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  • Airlines, Hotels Waive Fees for Boston Travelers Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | 11:09 AM ET

    Following the Boston Marathon bombings, major airlines and several hotels have issued waivers allowing travelers to alter their plans without fees. Here's a summary.

  • Iyad Malas, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim, tells CNBC that people in the Middle East are overlooking industries where there are a lot of job opportunities, as they don't believe they offer good career prospects.

  • Cure for Tax Day Pain? $10.40 Bagel Bundles, Rib-Bates Saturday, 13 Apr 2013 | 3:51 AM ET

    To capitalize on one of the year's most dreaded days, several restaurants and retailers are planning promotions to help customers take the sting out of forking over money to Uncle Sam.

  • Holiday Inn Express: Staying Here Makes You 'Smart' Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    Holiday Inn Express plans to bring back its popular "Stay Smart" ad campaign and add new, healthier breakfast options and upgraded bathroom amenities to lift their brand.

  • Shhh...These Are Secret Menu Items! OK, Tell Everyone Saturday, 6 Apr 2013 | 11:25 AM ET

    Restaurants are increasingly selling these off-menu items to bring customers "in the know" while in an oxymoron move showcasing these "secret" or hidden menus on their own websites.

  • More Finger Lickin' Without the Bones? KFC's Latest Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 10:11 AM ET

    The fast-food chain, which is owned by Yum Brands, will introduce fried boneless chicken chunks as an alternative to its traditional breast, thigh and drumstick pieces.

  • Starwood's Expanding Footprint     Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 12:40 AM ET

    Frits Van Paasschen, President & CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide discusses hotel expansion in China, the Middle East and Emerging Markets.

  • The 287-room Lemon Tree Premier hotel at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport features a dramatic view of planes landing and taking off, but it has no guests to see them.

  • Selim El-Zyr on Operating in Iraq and Iran     Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 7:00 PM ET

    Rotana CEO Selim El-Zyr discusses business opportunities in Iraq and Iran, both of which he says have "huge untapped potential".

  • How Much More Can Carnival Cruise Lines Take? Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 4:48 PM ET
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    More bad news for Carnival cruise lines: Another ship adrift and reports of sick guests on an island cruise center. Will this latest wave sink the stock?

  • 'F' for Nutrition: Inside Restaurant Kids' Meals Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 9:37 AM ET

    The menus offered to children by most U.S. restaurant chains have too many calories, too much salt or fat, and often not a hint of vegetables or fruit, according to a new study.

  • How Much for the Chili? Panera Lets Diners Decide Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 4:52 PM ET
    Chili Turkey

    Order a bowl of turkey chili at a St. Louis-area Panera Bread cafe, and it'll cost you a penny. Or $5. Or $100. In other words, whatever you decide.

  • Free Hotel Wi-Fi Means More Profits: CEO Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 12:48 PM ET

    Road warriors rejoice! InterContinental Hotels Group will offer free Wi-Fi to all its loyalty program members in 2014, a perk more travelers demand.

  • IHG Rewards its Members With Free Internet     Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 10:20 AM ET

    Richard Solomons, CEO of Intercontinental Hotels Group, now rewards its members with free WiFi. Solomons explains why the technology is such a draw.

  • Hotel Rewards Points: Getting Less Rewarding? Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | 12:17 PM ET

    If you've been hoarding hotel rewards points, now might be the time to use them. Several hotel chains are making big changes.

  • Hotel Amenities Get Funny With Debut of 'Loo Laughs' Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | 11:38 AM ET
    Travelodge Loo Laughs

    Hotel room toilet paper with a sense of humor? Yep, it's true, as Travelodge introduces "loo laughs" at its newest hotel location opening atop a comedy club.

  • Wings+Beer+Sports=Buffalo Wild Wings' Secret Sauce Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | 2:57 PM ET
    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Buffalo Wild Wings pours more draft beer than any restaurant in the country and has worked to maximize its beer strategy to boost the bottom line.

  • Carnival Posts Lower Cabin Revenue, Cuts 2013 Forecast Friday, 15 Mar 2013 | 10:15 AM ET
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival on Friday reported a quarterly profit but posted a drop in the revenue each cabin generates and lowered its revenue forecast for the year, citing weakness in Europe and pricing promotions.

  • Carnival's New Debacle: Cruise Ship Stuck in Port Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 2:50 PM ET
    Passengers wave from the stranded Carnival Splendor 2010

    The Carnival Dream was stuck in a Caribbean port with equipment trouble Thursday, a month after the Triumph was disabled by a fire that stranded thousands.

  • Hotel Operators Play Blame Game     Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 | 10:43 AM ET

    Anders Nissan, Pandox CEO, explains why the current hotel business model is in need of a major overhaul.

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