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This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Enjoy!
Struggling Bed Bath & Beyond files for bankruptcy protection
The beleaguered home goods chain made the filing Sunday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey and said it will start an orderly wind down of its operations including eventually closing its stores, while seeking a buyer for all or some of its businesses. For now, its 360 Bed Bath & Beyond stores and its 120 Buy Buy Baby stores as well as its websites will remain open to serve customers.
It listed estimated assets and liabilities in the range of $1 billion and $10 billion. The move comes after the company failed to secure funds to stay afloat.
“Be Relax” spas join Priority Pass
Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with over 1,300 locations around the world. While most Priority Pass locations are traditional lounges, the network also has some other unique experiences, including dozens of airport restaurants. Priority Pass members can now also receive credits at the following 14 “Be Relax” spas.
Holland America Line’s ‘Pole-to-Pole’ Cruise Roundtrip from the U.S.
With the Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole and Grand World Voyage both departing in January 2025, this will be the first time that Holland America Line is offering two Grand Voyages of more than 120 days simultaneously. The Grand Voyage: Pole-to-Pole aboard Volendam enables cruisers to visit five continents on a journey that travels south-to-north, while the Grand World Voyage aboard Zuiderdam covers six continents on an east-to-west route, each conveniently sailing roundtrip from a U.S. homeport.
Hyatt Regency Mexico City Insurgentes
Hyatt Regency Mexico City Insurgentes is the ideal hub for business and leisure travelers in the south of Mexico City. All the hotel’s spaces are designed with productivity in mind conveniently located next to the World Trade Center Mexico City (WTC), which is home to the city’s convention center and Pepsi Center, and near the vibrant Condesa and Coyoacan neighborhoods. Guests are also a short distance away from the main business districts like Reforma and Polanco as well as less than seven miles away from Mexico City International Airport.
LA City Council Considering $30 Minimum Wage For LAX Airport And Hotels
The proposed minimum wage increase would apply to all hotel workers—including housekeepers, room service attendants, and other hospitality staff—working at hotels with sixty or more rooms. The increased wages would also apply to workers at LAX, including security guards, baggage handlers, janitors, airline catering employees, retail and restaurant workers, as well as other airport staff at LAX.
Here’s How to Get Your Passport as Quickly as Possible
Those lengthy passport processing times aren’t getting any shorter. In fact, every few weeks it seems like the wait time is getting longer (the latest figures predict 10 to 13-week wait times). That’s bad news for the last minute planners out there who are hoping to travel internationally this summer.
The Dirtiest U.S. Vacation Spots
Among the dirtiest attractions across the U.S., a couple of well-known landmarks stood out. Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, is among the oldest farmers’ markets in the U.S. Despite its rich history and widespread popularity among tourists, the public restrooms within the premises have garnered notoriety for their less-than-sanitary conditions. The market has 145 reviews that include the word “dirty” –– 63% above our study’s national average. Despite the negative feedback concerning hygiene standards, Pike Place Market is a prime tourist destination, renowned for its diverse offering of locally-sourced foods, flowers, and goods.
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