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  • Waffle Taco, Bacon Sundae: Restaurants Aim to Wow Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 1:50 PM ET

    Hoping to increase sales and traffic in their restaurants, fast-food and fast-casual operators are cranking up the menu innovation to produce items that stray from the gastronomic norm.

  • Buzzkill? Restaurants Fear Tough Drunk-Driving Law Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 12:34 AM ET

    Restaurant owners are worried that a tough new drunk driving law, which would make it illegal to drive with at blood-alcohol content level above 0.05, may hurt their business.

  • Hotels Offer Weary Travelers Ways to Unwind     Thursday, 16 May 2013 | 6:19 AM ET

    Some hotels are now catering to tired guests by offering services such as in-room cocktail programs; and sleep concierge programs, in an attempt to meet customers' need to relax, reports CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • The UAE and Saudi Arabia big drivers for the InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel by number of rooms. Richard Solomons, the firm's CEO, discusses the drivers of regional demand, and why Africa is not on his priority list.

  • The Gulf's clout as an international tourism destination is growing, with 15 million visitors expected in Dubai alone by 2015. Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, tells CNBC how he's looking to capitalize on shifting trends in the region.

  • Watch Out, McD's! Burger King Plans McRib Rival Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    Burger King's new rib sandwich will compete with McDonald's McRib.

    Burger King will unveil its 2013 summer menu plans, highlighted by a new, limited-time BK Rib Sandwich, which is boneless like McDonald's McRib.

  • How Small Luxury Hotels Are Thriving     Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 6:51 AM ET

    Paul Kerr, Small Luxury Hotels of the World CEO, explains how his company is profiting by offering guests a unique experience not found at the larger hotels and resorts.

  • Taco Bell's Latest Creation: The Waffle Taco Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 10:07 AM ET

    Yum Brands' Taco Bell is quietly testing a waffle taco at three Southern California locations, as it looks to expand its breakfast offerings.

  • McDonald's April Sales Slip on Weakness Overseas Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | 12:09 PM ET

    McDonald's said on Wednesday that April sales at its established restaurants around the world declined 0.6 percent amid tough competition to attract frugal diners who are shopping around for the best deals.

  • McDonald's to Kidnapping Hero: 'We'll Be in Touch' Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | 8:15 AM ET
    Charles Ramsey helped rescue Amanda Berry and others from a house in Cleveland, Ohio.

    McDonald's said it will reach out to a man widely quoted in accounts of the three women who were found in Cleveland after they went missing about a decade ago.

  • We Need Wider Marketing: HotelTonight COO     Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | 5:20 AM ET

    Jared Simon, COO and co-founder of HotelTonight, explains how the App offers "great hotel pricing" to "tech-savvy users" and what the marketing strategy is.

  • Yum? China Probes Mutton Supplier in New Food Scare Monday, 6 May 2013 | 5:53 AM ET
    Chinese lamb stew hot pot

    Shanghai authorities are testing mislabeled mutton from a wholesaler that supplies a chain of hot pot restaurants run by U.S. fast food firm Yum Brands.

  • Nevada Becomes First State to Launch Online Poker Site Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 12:15 PM ET

    Nevada has become the first state to legalize online poker play for residents of legal age. Many other states will follow suit if sites such as UltimatePoker.com prove successful.

  • Arghh! Travelers Demand Wi-Fi But Reluctant to Pay Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 11:37 AM ET
    A passenger on Jet Blue Airways checks his cell phone before he disembarks at the Long Beach, California airport.

    Hotels, airports and airlines are struggling to meet traveler demand for Wi-Fi. But with networks overloaded and passengers frustrated, how much will fliers pay to log on?

  • Buffalo Wild Wings Changes the Game With Its Own Brew Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | 1:15 PM ET

    Buffalo Wild Wings is launching a new craft beer, Game Changer, in collaboration with Redhook Brewing. The beer is designed to pair with the company's wings.

  • Beer With That Burger? Smashburger Does Pairings Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    Smashburger has offered craft beers at its restaurants as a way to extend its focus on local flavors, but a decision to pair craft beers with burgers has been a huge success for its sales.

  • Boston Travel on Lockdown, NY-Boston Amtrak Halted Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | 12:49 PM ET

    Transportation in and around Boston was on lockdown Friday amid the marathon bombing manhunt. Train and bus services were halted, while Logan remained open under heightened security.

  • McDonald's Profit Rises, Falls Short of Estimates Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | 8:44 AM ET

    McDonald's on Friday reported first quarter profit that fell short of market expectations, amid weaker international and domestic sales as consumers appeared to dine out less.

  • Reimburse Me! The Most-Expensed Companies Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 1:25 PM ET

    Certify's SpendSmart report shows the airlines, hotels and rental car agencies used most by North American business travelers.

  • 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.