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  • UPDATE 2-Hotel group Accor takes battle to online rivals Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 30- Accor will spend 225 million euros over five years to beef up its digital business, the hotel company said on Thursday, responding to competition from online booking rivals such as Expedia and Booking.com. Europe's largest hotel group's traditional competitors are the likes of InterContinental, Marriott and Starwood, but it faces multiple...

  • Guess what it may cost to see LeBron in Cleveland Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:53 PM ET
    Fans wearing LeBron James shirts gather at a bar in downtown Cleveland on July 11, 2014.

    Now that LeBron James is back home in Cleveland, ticket prices for the Cavaliers' home opener are going through the roof of the Quicken Loans Arena.

  • Oct 28- J. Alexander's Holdings Inc, a casual-dining chain operator backed by Fidelity National Financial Inc, filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday for an initial public offering of its common shares. J. Alexander's will join the list of casual dining chains, including El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc and Zoe's Kitchen Inc, that have listed this year.

  • Oct 28- Marriott International Inc raised its profit forecast for the year as more business travelers and tourists pay higher rates to stay at its hotels in North America. With a greater percentage of its hotels in North America than Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc, Marriott was less affected by the strong dollar and Ebola concerns that dragged on its...

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 28- Taco Bell on Tuesday debuted its mobile app that allows customers to place an order, customize their food, access special offers and pay from their phones. "We believe mobile ordering and payment is the biggest innovation since the drive-thru," Taco Bell President Brian Niccol said in a statement. Taco Bell's website as well as its Twitter, Tumblr...

  • Taco Bell, fast-food rivals push toward mobile ordering Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, Oct 28- Taco Bell on Tuesday debuted its mobile app that allows customers to place an order, customize their food, access special offers and pay from their phones. The move from the chain owned by Yum Brands Inc comes as restaurant chains, including McDonald's Corp and, seek ways to use mobile technology to drum up more business and speed up service times.

  • *Sees FY 2014 profit $2.79- $2.80/ shr vs est $2.84. Oct 28- U.S. hotel operator Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc forecast a full-year profit below Wall Street estimates, citing volatility in international markets and the strengthening U.S. dollar. Starwood, which operates the Sheraton and Westin chain of hotels, said it expected a full-year 2014 profit of...

  • UPDATE 1-Starwood Hotels profit beats as travel rises Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    Oct 28- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit, as a rise in travel drove up occupancy and room rates. Starwood said it expected a full-year 2014 profit of $2.79- $2.83 per share, below the average analyst estimate of $2.84. Total revenue fell 1 percent to $1.49 billion, missing analysts' average estimate...

  • Oct 28- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc reported a 31 percent fall in quarterly profit, hurt by a fall in revenue in its residential business. The company's net profit fell to $109 million, or 59 cents per share, for the third quarter ended Sept.30, from $157 million, or 81 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue from sales of residential units fell to $2 million...

  • Dallas consumers hunkered down during Ebola scare Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 9:16 AM ET
    Bar, people drinking, pub, restaurant, lunch

    New York's Ebola case has investors wondering if there will be any economic impact from the scare. If trends in Dallas are any indication, there could be.

  • GrubHub should be 'a way of life' for foodies: CEO Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney sits for a photograph during an interview in Chicago.

    GrubHub wants a bigger bite of the $70 billion takeout market, and is eyeing an untapped group that still orders food the traditional way,

  • NYC tourism, travel unfazed by Ebola worries Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 5:02 PM ET
    Times Square

    Hotel, restaurants and museum officials said they did not expect tourists to stay away from New York City after a doctor was diagnosed with Ebola.

  • New from Fatburger: A bun made of...meat Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 PM ET
    Skinny Burger by Fatburger

    Fatburger has rolled out a new "Skinny Burger" that has a lot of meat, but apparently not a lot of calories.

  • How to save, and even cash in, on airport parking Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 3:00 PM ET
    Airport parking sign

    A little research can uncover deep discounts, freebies and even options to get paid for leaving your car while on vacation.

  • Tesla—the other one—nets a big crowdfunding win Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    A film still from the documentary “Tower to the People” shows how Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab may have looked on Long Island before his wireless transmission tower was torn down in 1917.

    The last remaining lab of "mad scientist" Nikola Tesla will open it doors to the public this summer after a fundraising campaign saved the site.

  • How to get the vapors when you're on vacation Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    A man smokes an electronic cigarette in Miami.

    E-cig consumption is on track to pass regular cigarettes in a decade, but for now, rules on where you can smoke are often unclear.

  • The one thing guarding you from a bedbug apocalypse Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 | 9:31 AM ET
    Bed bugs

    Bedbugs have not gone away, they've just found new places to hide. But the answer to the problem might be closer than you think.

  • The Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, Calif., is among the hotels benefiting from the rise in business travel spending, especially in the oil and agriculture industries.

    Prices are going up for business travelers and, at least for now, they're willing to spend, according to a new report.

  • American icon Waldorf Astoria sold to Chinese company

    The Waldorf Astoria has been sold to Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion. Insight to the most expensive U.S. hotel sale, with CNBC's Robert Frank.

  • Goodbye, casino business. Hello...Arena Football? Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 1:16 PM ET
    An Arena Football League game featuring the new LA Kiss, which is owned by members of the rock band Kiss.

    The ex-CEO of Foxwoods Casino knew back in 2012 that he was in the mood for a career change. Boy, did he find one.