American Queen Steamboat Company Extends Relaunch As An Act of Caution

American Queen Steamboat Company | June 30, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) has extended its suspension of operations onboard the American Empress through August 2, 2020, and the American Duchess through August 16, 2020.
“The decision to extend our suspension was disappointing, but necessary in order to prioritize the wellbeing of our guests, crew and partners,” said John Waggoner, CEO and Founder of American Queen Steamboat Company. “We have continued to monitor the climate surrounding COVID-19, we feel that extending our relaunch date is the most responsible way to uphold our commitment to the safety of each individual who steps onboard one of our paddlewheelers and to the communities we visit.”

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DFID is comrnitted to maximising the contribution the private sector can make towards its poverty reduction goals through encouraging responsible business practices. Responsible business embraces economie, social and environmental as well as fmancial responsibility. DFID's Rural Livelihoods Department (RLD) is supporting research on the policy and practice of delivering social and environmental added value through, for instance, the funding of Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme (NRET) work on ethical trade and horticulture, and etbical trade and forest-dependent people.

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DFID is comrnitted to maximising the contribution the private sector can make towards its poverty reduction goals through encouraging responsible business practices. Responsible business embraces economie, social and environmental as well as fmancial responsibility. DFID's Rural Livelihoods Department (RLD) is supporting research on the policy and practice of delivering social and environmental added value through, for instance, the funding of Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme (NRET) work on ethical trade and horticulture, and etbical trade and forest-dependent people.

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IBS Software Partners with IATA to Power IATA's New CASSLink Initiative Aimed at Transforming Air Cargo Payments

IBS Software | October 07, 2022

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ROOMDEX, A Hotel Upsell Innovator, Partners with PANDOX

ROOMDEX | September 20, 2022

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EPISODE Hsinchu Officially Debuts as the First Hotel in the JdV by Hyatt Portfolio in Taiwan

Hyatt Hotels Corporation | November 22, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced the official opening of EPISODE Hsinchu, marking the first hotel within the JdV by Hyatt portfolio in Taiwan and the debut of the Hotel EPISODE brand which delivers new experiences that match the unique rhythms of the modern lifestyle traveler."Modern travelers have outgrown the one-size-fits-all business versus leisure mindset, and in response, we created the Hotel EPISODE brand for that community. Our guests can fuse a day’s worth of collaborative work with new encounters that not only energize them, but also make time for true rest,” said Aaron Chan, Chairman of Riant Capital and creator of the Hotel EPISODE brand. Located along Taiwan’s northwestern coast, Hsinchu is about an hour’s drive from Taipei and 40 minutes from Taoyuan International Airport. The city is globally renowned for its Hsinchu Science Park – also known as the Silicon Valley of Taiwan, and is home to top science and technology-focused universities and research institutes. Aside from being a technology innovation hub, Hsinchu features ancient architectural and cultural landmarks such as Chenghuang Temple and East Gate as well as scenic attractions such as 18 Peaks Mountain Park and Siangshan Wetlands. The hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the main freeway exit and a short drive from the Hsinchu Science Park. Westwood Restaurant curated by Michelin-starred Chef Richie Lin Westwood is Hsinchu’s newest culinary destination, a modern California fusion bistro serving comfort food. With its 1930s Art Deco-inspired interiors and an island bar with a vintage LA vibe that takes center stage, Westwood is a great place to dine and imbibe. 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