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  • Rent your home--or your couch Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 2:02 PM ET
    (Left to right) Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia, co-founders of Airbnb

    Despite opposition, Airbnb's rent-your-home marketplace, with its 'airbed and breakfast' approach, is catching on in the shared economy.

  • June 17- Oracle Corp is in talks to buy Micros Systems Inc, which makes software for retailers and hotel chains, for more than $5 billion, Bloomberg reported citing people familiar with the matter. Oracle declined to comment, while Micros could not be immediately reached for comment.

  • Big restaurant chains dip in customer satisfaction Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 7:36 AM ET
    An employee prepares a sandwich inside a Subway fast food restaurant in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, April 7.

    Quality is becoming more important than price, according to the American Customer Service Index.

  • Private jet charter to the World Cup—$250K and up Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    Competition to secure a private plane for the World Cup is heating up as Brazilian airports fill up.

  • Priceline snaps up OpenTable for about $2.6 billion Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    Priceline announces it is buying online reservation site OpenTable for $103 per share, or about $2.6 billion.

  • Wyndham CEO: Consumers booking earlier     Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    Wyndham Worldwide chairman and CEO Stephen Holmes, provides insight to increasing travel across the globe, and healthy booking trends in Europe.

  • Onefinestay won't destroy hotel industry: CEO     Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 5:15 AM ET

    Greg Marsh, co-founder and CEO of onefinestay, says the service offers an alternative to luxury city center accommodation and discusses the environment for start-ups in the U.K. and London.

  • New thrill rides raise the stakes in Las Vegas Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 6:59 PM ET
    The newly opened VooDoo zip line at the Rio Las Vegas gives riders a trhill 490 feet off the ground.

    The economy in Sin City continues to move away from gaming since the worst days of the Great Recession.

  • Hipmunk redesigns for younger travelers Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 8:32 AM ET
    Hipmunk app.

    Hipmunk is finding a slightly younger user base by mixing nontraditional results in one place with tried-and-true airlines and hotels.

  • Sinking travel sector pegs back European shares Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 4:14 AM ET

    *Deutsche Lufthansa profit warning sees selling of airlines. EDINBURGH, June 11- European stocks turned negative on Wednesday after a profit warning from German airline Deutsche Lufthansa rocked the travel and leisure sector.

  • June 10- P.F. Chang's China Bistro is investigating claims of a data breach involving credit and debit card data stolen from restaurant locations in the United States, the Asian-themed casual dining restaurant chain said on Tuesday.

  • June 10- PF Chang's is investigating claims of a data breach involving credit and debit card data stolen from restaurant locations in the United States, the Asian-themed casual dining restaurant chain said on Tuesday. We will provide an update as soon as we have additional information, "said Anne Deanovic, a spokeswoman for P.F. Chang's.

  • Coffee prices in Dunkin' Donuts restaurants set to rise Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 12:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 10- Dunkin' Brand Group Inc said on Tuesday it expects "modest increases in coffee prices" at its Dunkin' Donuts restaurants as the company reviews rising commodity costs with its franchises.

  • Mark Hoplamazian, CEO at Hyatt, discusses the impact of Beijing's austerity measures and the firm's outlook on the hospitality industry in China.

  • Mark Hoplamazian, CEO at Hyatt, discusses the opening of its Andaz Hotel in Tokyo and elaborates how a pickup in leisure and business travel is driving tourism in the city.

  • Rusty arches: McDonald's US sales fall again Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    McDonald's reported better-than-expected global sales at established restaurants in May, helped by strong demand in China.

  • June 9- McDonald's Corp on Monday reported a small rise in global sales at established restaurants for May, after a rebound in China helped offset another month of disappointing results from the fast-food chain's home market of the United States.

  • Meet the dynamic duo behind Banyan Tree     Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | 9:41 PM ET

    Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman and Claire Chiang, Senior VP at Banyan Tree Holdings, discusses how they expanded from one resort in Phuket into 40 branches.

  • Bourbon, marketing score tourists for 2nd-tier cities Saturday, 7 Jun 2014 | 12:07 PM ET
    Portland, Oregon

    As travel rebounds, second-tier U.S. cities, looking to grow arrivals and receipts, are wooing both developers and travelers—even overseas.

  • Banyan Tree: Not worried about Thailand     Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 11:45 PM ET

    Despite seeing occupancy rates at its hotels drop nearly 50 percent due to the political crisis, Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, is optimistic on tourism in Bangkok.