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Andre James continues winning streak

HYATT Regency Hotel (Trinidad) employee Andre James has continued his winning ways. Still giddy over his success in claiming the Trinidad Hotels Restaurants and Tourism Association’s (THRTA’s) Employee of the Year title on September 26, at the Hilton Trinidad, James, 33, repeated the feat, in Puerto Rico, last Sunday, winning the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Employee of the Year award.

It’s now a double dose of success for the Santa Cruz-bred waiter/ trainer, who enjoyed perfect attendance at the hotel last year and continues to lead by example in his chosen profession.

Once restrictions fade, pot tourism may become reality

Pot tourism in Las Vegas has begun slowly but (um, hmm, what's the word) surely.

If you are a tourist, and you brought your driver's license and medical marijuana card (or your California doctor's recommendation), then you are moments from a Vegas dispensary that will legally sell you your medicine.

This is the grand opening weekend of Las Vegas ReLeaf, 2242 Paradise Road.

Donald Trump's hotel chain reveals hack 'may have stolen credit card data'

“[W]e believe that the malware may have affected payment card data including payment card account number, card expiration date and security code,” the company said in a statement.

On the frequently-asked-questions page, the company detailed the nature of the breach and noted that it had not stored credit cards in a cache that had then been stolen. Instead, “the malware may have accessed payment card information in real-time as it was being inputted into our systems”.

Travel group protests TSA staff cuts

The U.S. Travel Association is protesting staff cuts that are being planned by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The appropriations bill that is being considered by lawmakers for the Homeland Security Administration, which oversees the TSA, would cap the agency's employment at 45,000, which the Travel Association said Friday would result in a cut of about 600 workers.

Tech firm Sabre Travel Network eyes expansion in Europe

U.S.-based Sabre Travel Network, part of Sabre Corp, is planning to double its market share in Europe by signing up more online travel agents and corporate travel firms to its system that distributes airline, hotel and car rental prices.

Set up by American Airlines and IBM as a passenger reservations system in 1960, the travel technology firm is one of the world's three major global distribution system (GDS) providers alongside Amadeus IT Holding SA and Travelport Worldwide Ltd.

New hotel fees include a charge to guarantee the room you want

The average rate of a hotel stay in the U.S. is expected to increase to $120 this year, a 5% increase over 2014, according to a forecast by PricewaterhouseCoopers. On top of that, U.S. hotels are expected to collect a record $2.47 billion in extra fees and surcharges, a 5% increase over the record $2.35 billion collected last year.

Japan’s Iconic Hotel Okura Checks Out

The hotel was built in 1962 in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Since its opening, the hotel has remained practically unchanged. Attendants still wear kimonos and guests can visit salons to play traditional Japanese board game, Go. But after half a century, the hotel’s management said the building is in need of redevelopment to meet demands of, somewhat ironically, the 2020 Olympics, the BBC reports.