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  • Summer travelers planning bigger, longer vacations Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:19 PM ET
    The Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Early numbers show travelers are looking to book bigger and better vacations as soon as the weather warms up.

  • Cheaters may speed need for data-laden poker chips Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:19 PM ET

    Some RFID gaming chips have the ability to not only cut casino's cheating losses, but also track an individual player bet by bet.

  • Hotels rush to create 12/13/14 wedding packages Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    The last sequential calendar date in this century may be a lucky day for some couples.

  • *Problems in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia. LONDON, April 15- SABMiller, the world's second-largest brewer by sales, posted a modest rise in full-year lager sales volumes following troubles in a number of African markets that have been fueling growth for the past few years.

  • Travelers seeking to conquer unexplored territory Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 4:02 PM ET
    Elk at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

    Travelers are spending more money on a quest for something authentic. "It's almost like there's no wild places anymore," said one industry spokesman.

  • Airbnb working on plan to pay New York hotel taxes Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:43 AM ET
    Airbnb app on an iPhone and iPad.

    The peer-to-peer home rental company hopes to start collecting New York hotel taxes by July 1.

  • April 11- Shares of Zoe's Kitchen Inc rose as much as 73 percent in their market debut, valuing the casual dining restaurant chain at more than $475 million. Zoe's Kitchen raised about $87.5 million from the offering, after its initial public offering of 5.83 million shares was priced at the upper-end of the expected price range.

  • April 10- Zoe's Kitchen Inc priced its initial public offering at $15 on Thursday, valuing the Mediterranean-style restaurant chain at about $276 million. The company earlier this week expected the IPO to be priced between $13 and $15 per share. Birmingham, Alabama- based Zoe's Kitchen is selling all the shares in the offering.

  • World's first Ferrari Hotel to open in theme park Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 12:23 PM ET
    The Ferrari Hotel is scheduled to open in 2016.

    A 5-star hotel will be built in a Ferrari theme park along with rides including the highest and fastest vertical accelerator in Europe.

  • *Shares open at $16.75, below IPO price of $17. La Quinta's shares, which priced below the expected range at $17, fell as much as 4 percent in early trading before recovering their losses to trade slightly up.

  • Discussing La Quinta's IPO and the unique technology solutions it delivers to its guests, with Wayne Goldberg, La Quinta CEO.

  • Starwood Capital launches two new hotel brands     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital chairman & CEO, discusses the launch of luxury brand Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, and eco-brand 1 Hotels & Resorts.

  • Sternlicht: I'm a big fan of Jeb Bush     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital chairman and CEO, explains why the thinks Jeb Bush should throw his hat in the ring and run as the Republican candidate for president.

  • Sternlicht's pockets of opportunities     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    I've owned Las Vegas Sands forever, says Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital chairman & CEO, sharing his thoughts on where he sees investment opportunities.

  • Sternlicht: Bond market purveyor of truth     Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital chairman & CEO, shares his thoughts on the outlook on bonds and the economy. The weather really changed things, says Sternlicht.

  • April 8- The initial public offering of La Quinta Holdings, owned by the Blackstone Group, was priced at $17 per share on Tuesday, valuing the hotel chain at about $2.1 billion. La Quinta's IPO raised $650 million, after its offering of 38.25 million shares was priced below an expected range of $18 to $21 a share.

  • April 8- Blackstone Group LP- owned La Quinta Holdings Inc's initial public offering priced at $17 per share, according to Bloomberg, valuing the hotel chain at about $2.1 billion. La Quinta's IPO raised $650 million, after its offering of 38.25 million shares priced below an expected range of $18 to $21 a share, Bloomberg reported.

  • Pent-up winter demand to boost travel spending Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    After more than 100,000 flights were canceled this winter, business travelers are returning to the road.

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- A U.S. court ruled on Monday that the Federal Trade Commission can proceed with a lawsuit against hotel group Wyndham Worldwide Corp for allegedly failing to safeguard consumers' personal information.

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- A U.S. court ruled on Monday that the Federal Trade Commission can proceed with a lawsuit against the hotel group Wyndham Worldwide Corp for allegedly failing to safeguard consumers' personal information.