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Marriott CEO to Get Cancer Treatment

Marriott International Inc., the world's biggest hotel operator, said its chief executive, Arne Sorenson, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will undergo chemotherapy.
 The Bethesda, Md.-based company said Mr. Sorenson, 60 years old, was diagnosed Wednesday with stage 2 pancreatic cancer by a medical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He will remain in his role as president and CEO while undergoing treatment, the company said.

Royal Caribbean Raises Outlook On Strong Cruise Bookings, Prices

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. expects to earn even more money per passenger this year because of strong demand for cruises, higher booking prices and greater guest spending. The cruise-ship operator said Wednesday it had a record wave season, the peak January-to-March booking period for cruises.
 For the full year, Royal Caribbean expects net yield—a closely watched metric that reflects pricing performance—to rise by 7.5% to 9% from a year earlier excluding currency

Caesars to Name Outsider as CEO

Caesars Entertainment Corp. is preparing to name Anthony Rodio as its next chief executive and says it will evaluate takeover interest in the casino operator, people familiar with the matter said.
 Mr. Rodio, who currently serves as CEO of privately held Affinity Gaming, will succeed departing Caesars CEO Mark Frissora and take his seat on the board, Caesars is expected to announce Monday.

America's Deadliest Place to Bike

Trung Huynh used a marked crosswalk with flashing yellow lights when he rode his bike across busy, six-lane Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park, Fla., one morning in June.
 The 18-year-old didn't make it to the median.
 A white Chevy Malibu going an estimated 45 mph slammed into him and his bike, police said. Mr. Huynh died at the scene.
 The collision added to the already-high cyclist death toll in Pinellas County. Its per capita cyclist death rate for the past decade ranks No. 1 among the four counties in the Tampa Bay

Uber Wins Appeal In Drivers' Lawsuit

Uber Technologies Inc. scored a legal victory over drivers on Tuesday after a federal appeals court dismantled the class-action status of a lawsuit that sought to reclassify independent contractors as employees, with possible broader implications for the so-called gig economy.
 A panel of judges at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that some 240,000 ridehail drivers who had sought to be certified as a class to challenge their worker classification would have to pursue their claims individually in arbitration.

Owner of Luxury Hotels Seeks Buyer

A London-based company that owns and operates dozens of famous hotels, from the Cipriani in Venice to the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, is up for sale after years of rebuffing its many suitors.
 The move by Belmond Ltd. to explore the market now is the latest sign that luxury travel is booming after an extended downturn, when many leisure travelers and businesses shunned paying up for high-end accommodations.

UK funerals market faces double probe

The UK's consumer markets watchdog and Treasury have announced separate reviews of competition and price transparency in the £ 2 bnfuneralsmarket.
 The Competition and Markets Authority said it would investigate whether the information provided by funeral directors on prices and services is clear enough. It will also assess how and why prices have changed.
 The Treasury is to examine regulation in the pre-paid funerals market, to “stop grieving families from being ripped off”. The government will consult on tougher regulation and propose

Marriott takes on Airbnb with new homesharing website

The largest hotel company in the world is putting Airbnb, HomeAway, and on notice — along with fellow hoteliers AccorHotels and Hyatt.

Marriott International today is launching its official foray into the homesharing market via a six-month pilot in partnership with London-based home rental management company, Hostmaker.