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The dangers ahead for independent hotel owners

“Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been!” Walter Gretzky, the most famous Canadian ‘Hockey Dad’ and father of the ‘Great One’ Wayne Gretzky, uttered those wise words of advice when coaching his young son on the small backyard rink behind his house in Brantford. We all now that the young boy grew up to be the best hockey player in the world, and much is due to his father who taught him not only how to play, but also how to think ahead in the…

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Blow for UAE tourism as UK PM holds fire on international travel date

The UK government warned it was “still too soon to know what is possible” and that the opening of foreign travel could be delayed beyond the middle of May British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised UK travellers not to book foreign holidays in a move that will come as blow to the UAE tourism industry. Johnson said on Monday that the international travel ban might not be lifted on the previously mooted date of May 17 due to the risk of importing Covid-19 variants. “We’re hopeful that we can get…

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When will location-based entertainment fully recover?

The pandemic’s impacts on life, the rate of infections and vaccinations, how long immunity will last, the emergence of new coronavirus variants, and consumers’ comfort returning to different public activities are almost all daily moving targets. But some general trends have emerged for predicting when and to what extent location-based entertainment (LBE) might recover. One thing is for sure. The old normal will not be the new normal. We won’t be going back to the way things were in 2019. Different segments of LBEs will be affected differently. Based on…

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