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News: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Venice San Marco, set for 2019 opening

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has signed a long-term management agreement of a canal-side hotel in the inner part of Venice’s San Marco district, just steps from renowned Saint Mark’s Square. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Venice San Marco is expected to open by the end of 2019. “This signing marks our entry to one of Europe’s most renowned destinations,” said Elie Younes, chief development officer, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “One of our priorities is to rejuvenate growth in our mature markets, especially in Western Europe, and Venice is an ideal beginning…

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News: Saint Petersburg to host 23rd UNWTO General Assembly in 2019

Russian cultural capital Saint Petersburg will host the 23rd General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The event will take place in 2019 and follows the successful hosting the 22nd event in Chengdu, China, this month. The holding of the General Assembly in Saint Petersburg will be a celebration for the country, not just the city, the organisers said. Andrey Muskarev, the chairman of Committee for Tourism Development, commented: “This victory means recognition of the Saint Petersburg tourism industry by world leaders as a city that is able…

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No rate rise until 2019, economists say

Most economists do not expect UK interest rates to rise until 2019 despite inflation remaining above target, according to a BBC snapshot survey. Most of those surveyed think the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will be reluctant to raise rates during Brexit negotiations. The base rate has stood at a record low of 0.25% since August 2016. That was the first cut since March 2009, when it was reduced to 0.5%. Last week, one MPC member, Michael Saunders, said a “modest rise” in rates was needed to curb…

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Everton skipper Phil Jagielka signs one-year contract extension to keep him at Goodison Park until 2019

Phil Jagielka has extended his Everton stay Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Everton captain Phil Jagielka has penned a one-year contract extension to keep him at Goodison Park until 2019. The 34-year-old moved to Merseyside from Sheffield United a decade ago and has represented England on 40 occasions. He had been linked with a transfer away this summer but boss Ronald Koeman is light on defenders due to long-term injuries to Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori. Jagielka has now committed his future to the Toffees to give Koeman some relief,…

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British Grand Prix future uncertain beyond 2019 as Silverstone activates break clause

The future of the British Grand Prix has been left uncertain after Silverstone’s owner confirmed it has activated a break clause to cease hosting the race after 2019. Silverstone has been home to the race every year since 1987. However, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), which owns the circuit, is struggling with the financial cost of hosting it. “We have reached tipping point,” said BRDC chairman John Grant. “We can no longer let our passion for the sport rule our heads. We sustained losses of £2.8m in 2015 and…

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Sony PlayStation 5 Arriving in 2019, Linked to 4K TV Adoption: Analyst

The recent PS4 Pro debut and upcoming Xbox One X launch have led some to speculate we’re seeing the wholesale retirement of the traditional console launch cycle. It’s possible Sony and Microsoft have transitioned to something like the iPhone model, as new products launch with backwards compatibility, and older models work with the latest software and receive OS updates for a substantial period of time (typically 3-4 years for Apple, markedly less for Android devices depending on the manufacturer). Sony has made some recent comments indicating there will be a PlayStation 5, however…

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2019 Rugby World Cup: Fiji qualify with victory over Tonga

Fiji players celebrate Saturday, July 8, 2017 Fiji have secured their spot at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Saturday’s 14-10 victory over Tonga in Nuku’alofa, thanks to Leone Nakarawa’s try and three Ben Volavola penalties, saw Fiji confirmed as the top Oceania qualifier and they will now join Australia, Wales and Georgia in Group D at Japan 2019. The last remaining spot in the group will be taken by the winner of the Americas 2 qualifier, which will be either Canada or Uruguay. Let’s block ads! (Why?)

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