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'Code Muriel': How's Sydney's top restaurants manage proposal season

While a flashmob or covertly filmed timelapse video may turn your public marriage proposal into a headline, the popularity of popping the question during a nice dinner endures. And, with November-to-February being peak proposal season, Sydney’s top restaurants are rushing out the chilled champagne. Floor manager Thomas Philbin-Malucelli with a special dessert prepared by the staff of the O Bar and Dining in Sydney’s CBD.  Photo: James Alcock At O Bar and Dining, on the 47th floor of the Australia Square building, up to 15 diners pop the question to…

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News: AccorHotels to manage Le Grand Amman, Lebanon

AccorHotels have announced the rebranding of a prominent landmark hotel in Jordan to Le Grand Amman – managed by AccorHotels. The property consisting of 298-rooms and 67 well-appointed serviced apartments was launched in partnership with Iskan Co. for Touristic & Hotel Investments.  Le Grand Amman is situated in close proximity to the upcoming Abdali Downtown Project, a ground-breaking development that is set to become Amman’s premiere leisure, tourism and business hub. Catering towards a growing number of business travellers, the hotel is located at the centre of the Shmeisani commercial…

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We need to be clever about the way we manage Harry Kane, says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Tottenham cannot force Harry Kane to stay at the club. Kane has always maintained he is happy at Spurs but Pochettino says Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona shows there can be no room for complacency. Tottenham’s star striker underlined his value again on Sunday by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon as Pochettino’s side eased into the FA Cup fourth round. Jan Vertonghen’s first club goal since October 2013, a sensational 30-yard strike, added some gloss late on at Wembley. But,…

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News: Rifai urges tourism sector to carefully manage visitor growth

UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai has warned the hospitality sector it must carefully manage growth if the world is to avoid the pitfalls of over-tourism. Some 1.2 billion travellers will cross an international boundary in 2017, with the figure expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030, according to UNWTO forecasts. The increase has prompted some to question whether the impact of tourism has led to a detrimental impact on popular destinations, especially for local residents – a trend known as over-tourism. Examples including Venice, which many travellers believe to…

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News: Mantis Collection signs with Shurooq to manage Sharjah Collection

The Sharjah Investment & Development Authority (Shurooq) has unveiled that Mantis Collection will be managing all hospitality facilities under Shurooq’s Sharjah Collection brand. Shurooq is an independent government organisation that facilitates partnerships and connects investors with relevant opportunities. Established in 2009, Shurooq strives to encourage investment in Sharjah by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from both the region and the world. The selection of Mantis Collection by Shurooq came due to their expertise and experience in delivering and managing sustainable, boutique hospitality…

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News: United Airlines offers passengers chance to manage flights through new app

United Airlines has debuted enhancements to its mobile app that add even more convenience for customers to manage their reservations on-the-go. With the newest version of the United app, customers will be able to change and cancel flights in the app, add their MileagePlus and United Club cards to the Apple Wallet and access other helpful travel tools. These updates build on the airline’s recent announcement to allow customers to access boarding passes for 19 other carriers through its mobile app. “Every day 800,000 customers rely on our mobile app…

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Why acceptance is key to helping manage social anxiety

Before going to a social event, Jamie Pavljuk never used to feel well. “The physical feelings [ranged] from butterflies in my stomach to feeling like I was about to throw up,” the 23 year-old retail assistant says. Jamie Pavljuk.  Before leaving the house, Jamie’s mind would race and she began worrying about the “worst possible scenarios”. Often, her anxiety would build to a level where the only way she could get relief was to cancel her plans. Jamie is far from the only person to suffer from social anxiety. According…

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