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How the 1988 Olympics Helped Spark a Global Kimchi Craze

In 1988, organizers of the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, found themselves facing a conundrum: How would foreigners react to the country’s kimchi consumption? At the time, kimchi—the garlicky fermented side dish that has been a staple in Korean cuisine for centuries—was relatively unknown to the majority of westerners. Some organizers feared that its strong odor would turn off visitors and might even generate bad press for the country. But in reality the exact opposite happened, and soon people around the globe were lining up to take a bite out of…

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News: Airbnb rolls out plans for next decade of growth

Airbnb has revealed that it will add four new property types to its platform – Vacation Home, Unique Space, B&B and Boutique – in order to allow hosts better showcase their product. The rental company argues the move will give greater choice of accommodation options to guests and provide more transparency over the types of accommodation available. The new options will be in addition to the existing Shared Space, Private Room and Entire Home listings. From today, Airbnb is making tools available to hosts to categorise their listings to a…

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News: Capacity increase sees profits rise at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has reported GAAP net income was $ 756 million for financial 2017, up from $ 633 million the previous year. Earnings per share for the period stood at $ 3.31 compared to $ 2.78 in the prior year.  The company generated adjusted net Income of $ 908 million or adjusted earnings per share of $ 3.96, compared to $ 776.3 million or $ 3.41 in the prior year, despite unprecedented weather-related headwinds experienced in 2017. “The strong, record performance we delivered in 2017 was the perfect…

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News: International Airlines Group sees profits rise during financial 2017

International Airlines Group has reported pre-tax profits of €2.49 billion for the year ended December 31st, up 5.6 per cent on the figure of €2.36 billion recorded the year before. The group – which controls British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, and Aer Lingus – said revenue for the year was up 1.8 per cent to €22.97 billion. Following the results, the airline group said it would launch a €500 million share-buyback program and declared a dividend of 14.5 cents a share. IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said: “All our airlines performed…

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Focus: Mystery Hum Plagues Canadian City’s Residents for Seven Years

There is little worse than trying to sleep when a car alarm or barking dogs seem intent on disturbing your sleep. For residents of Windsor, Ontario, a strange and relentless noise has been plaguing residents for seven years. No one has been able to identify the source of the oddity, which has been attributed to affecting mental and physical health, scaring pets, and being a constant source of frustration to the folk of Windsor. Many have taken to exploring the possibilities of jumping ship or searching the Vancouver Real Estate…

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News: Atlantis Sanya welcomes first guests in Hainan, China

Atlantis Sanya, the flagship resort on beautiful Hainan Island, has opened its doors and welcomed its first guests. The much-anticipated opening of China’s first integrated entertainment resort is set to enhance Hainan’s incredible tourism proposition. Located on the Haitang Bay National Coast, Atlantis Sanya is the first Atlantis resort in China, joining the flagship Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai as well as The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai and Atlantis, Ko Olina in Hawaii, both currently in development. Serge Zaalof, chief operating officer, Atlantis Resorts & Residences, commented:…

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The Tipi Gets a Makeover

Sometimes a symbol can be so familiar that even out of context—different surroundings, different colors and very different materials—it remains immediately recognizable. That’s the case of the five neon-colored tipis that anchor the exhibition “Manifestipi,” currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. Created by ITWÉ Collective, a trio of artists based in Winnipeg and Montreal, Canada, the eight-foot-tall structures made of frosted plexiglass look nothing like what we think of as a traditional tipi, but are unmistakably…

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