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Marriott CEO Predicts Good News for Hotels

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Original Article Published by CNBC and Kevin Stankiewicz

Marriott International CEO Tony Capuano told CNBC on Monday the distinction between business and leisure travel is fading, a welcome development for the hotel operator as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

People going on vacations and other personal trips has led the hospitality industry’s rebound from the Covid-induced damage that hit more than a year ago. The return of trips for corporate purposes is crucial for a complete comeback, though, and there have been questions about how long it will take for that to return to pre-pandemic levels — if ever.

“We do think you’ll see a steady return of business,” Capuano said in an interview on “Squawk on the Street,” noting that, in mainland China, business-travel demand in March was 5% above where it was in March 2019. China’s economic recovery timeline is generally thought to be several months ahead of the U.S.

However, Capuano said Marriott could benefit from a broader shift in the way corporate travel is viewed after the pandemic, when many white-collar employees are expected to have greater flexibility around going into the office following the necessary embrace of remote work due to Covid.

As more people return to the office, business travel will pick up, Capuano said. “The thing that will be interesting to watch, I think it’s going to be less clear what the trip purpose is,” he said.

“Increasingly we’re seeing folks that say, ‘I can blend trip purposes. I can combine leisure with business travel.’ And we think that’s really good news for our hotels across the country,” said Capuano, who has led Marriott since February. He took over for the late Arne Sorenson.

Capuano’s comments Monday came shortly after the Maryland-based company reported first-quarter financial results. Marriott’s adjusted earnings per share of 10 cents topped consensus estimates of 4 cents, according to FactSet, while quarterly revenue of $2.32 billion was below projections of $2.38 billion.

Marriott shares fell by more than 3% Monday to trade around $142 apiece. The stock is up about 7% year to date.

 

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Travel Confidence Increases

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Have you been chomping at the bit to get out and travel? Perhaps, after being stuck inside for longer than we all thought, you’re feeling more adventurous than usual. Either way, you are not alone.

New research suggests that more people than ever before are itching to spread their (airplane) wings and fly. We have collected some of the most compelling and interesting pieces of research and listed them below. Be sure to let us know if you have travel plans and check out JIFU.com to make all your budget travel plans.

Travel Confidence

Many people (43%) feel extremely or very confident in their plans

Parents on the Move

Parents are 2x more likely to have traveled since the start of the pandemic and they’re planning trips earlier in 2021.

’tis the Season to Travel

60% of travelers say they’re planning a post-pandemic trip within the next 9 months

Familiar Destinations

“We may be dreaming of that big bucket list trip, but what travelers are actually planning so far this year are visits to familiar destinations (24%), a road trip or a beach trip (30%), or weekend getaway (26%).”

5 Tastiest Summer Snacks

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Here at JIFU, we are excited for all the adventures that summer brings. Keeping this in mind, it is important to stay energized and healthy, no matter where your exploration takes you. We have compiled some of our favorite snacks for the days to come! Let us know if you have any suggestions for the community in the comments.

Garden Salsa

There is nothing like fresh vegetables to kick off your summer the right way. Combine all your favorites: tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, cilantro, and whatever else suits your fancy to create the perfect salsa. Serve with your favorite chips as a precursor to your dinner. This salsa also doubles as a fresh and healthy snack for those beautiful summer evenings.

Fresh Fruit

Summer and fresh fruit go hand and hand. Stock up and add the pre-cut fruit to containers that can be taken out when the moment is right. Some of our tried-and-true favorites include strawberries, kiwis, and watermelon. These can be great additions to any drink and can help spice up the main dish with ease.

Smoothies

An easy follow-up to raw fruit is, of course, smoothies. This can be a great way to get your daily fruits and veggies. Including some leafy greens, like spinach and kale, will add nutrients to your smoothie in an easy-to-consume way. Plus, they can be fun to make with kids and friends on a hot summer day!

Trail-Mix

The best thing about making your own granola is that you can add whatever you want to it! If you are not happy with the regular nuts, raisins, and M&M’s, feel free to get creative! Add some marshmallows, animal cracks, or pretzels. Throw some in a plastic bag for a hike, or add some to your arsenal of pantry snacks.

Granola

An easy follow-up to raw fruit is, of course, smoothies. This can be a great way to get your daily fruits and veggies. Including some leafy greens, like spinach and kale, will add nutrients to your smoothie in an easy-to-consume way. Plus, they can be fun to make with kids and friends on a hot summer day!

Recession Proof: Fact or Ficition

By JIFU Success, JIFUlife No Comments

We’ve all heard mutterings of industries that are “recession-proof”, but is it just a rumor with no merit? Let’s explore the industries and markets that have been able to thrive through historically difficult economies.

Essential Industries (Investopedia)

Food + Grocery

While this is a huge industry, grocers are a necessary part of our society. As we saw in 2020, stores were protected and even required to stay open. According to Investopedia: “Besides discount stores like Dollar Tree and Walmart, which are major grocers, several other companies that make or sell food also made the list. They include packaged food company General Mills, Inc., grocery store chain Kroger Co. (KR), and also restaurant chains McDonald’s Corp.”

Freight

As the market continues to become more internationalized, freight and logistics increase in importance. A few corporations that saw positive returns during the 2008 recession include:
Old Dominion Freight
Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies
C.H. Robinson Worldwide

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An industry being recession-proof is not black or white and relies on the grey area that lies in the context of the economy of the time. If you are interested in seeing which industries and companies sustained growth in the 2020 pandemic, click the button below.

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Travel is Back-TSA Facts

By JIFUtravel, Travel Tips No Comments

The United States Transportation Security Administration has been clocking record numbers at the airports, many headed for domestically located vacations. International travel is also on the rise. Check out the facts we collected from TSA’s website.

Puerto Rico is open for international travel again

22 straight days of one million passengers nationwide

8 million passengers each week experience expedited screening

The TSA Screens 2 Million Passenger Per Day

Veterans comprise a large percentage of TSA's workforce
JIFUlife
May 10, 2021

Marriott CEO Predicts Good News for Hotels

Original Article Published by CNBC and Kevin Stankiewicz Marriott International CEO Tony Capuano told CNBC on Monday the distinction between business and leisure travel is fading, a welcome development for…
JIFUtravel
May 7, 2021

Travel Confidence Increases

Have you been chomping at the bit to get out and travel? Perhaps, after being stuck inside for longer than we all thought, you're feeling more adventurous than usual. Either…
JIFU SuccessJIFUlife
May 3, 2021

5 Tastiest Summer Snacks

Here at JIFU, we are excited for all the adventures that summer brings. Keeping this in mind, it is important to stay energized and healthy, no matter where your exploration…

5 Must Visit Seaside Locations for 2021

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Looking for somewhere warm, sunny, and sandy to spend your 2021 summer days? Check out this list of five of the best beaches to visit and let jifu.com help you save money on the way!

Sunset Beach-Hat Pramong, Thailand

This gorgeous beach is found along the coast of Thailand. Sunset Beach is called this because of the stunning colors that spread across the sky each night as the sun falls below the horizon. This is beach is a quiet, less-visited location that is excellent for relaxing and getting away from everything.

Herring Cove Beach-Provincetown, Massachusetts

Herring Cove Beach is situated on Cape Cod Bay and offers calmer and warmer waters perfect for splashing around in the summer. It’s about a 10-minute drive from Admiral’s Landing bed and breakfast or about 30 minutes if you bike.

Franklin Point Beach-Pescadero, California

Franklin Point Beach is a beautiful wide sandy beach in the northern portion of Ano Nuevo State Reserve. The trail to the beach follows a sandy path and a couple of long boardwalks across the plateau through natural vegetation

Lizard Beach, Australia

As the northernmost resort on the Great Barrier Reef and a luxury lodge of Australia, Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. This is just one wonderful Lizard Island fact that makes it like nowhere else- no long boat rides are needed to enjoy one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

Bora Bora Island

Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady. Her beauty is unrivaled and her fame, unwavering. Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamored.

JIFU’s Business Building Tips

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JIFU wants YOU to build your business and grow your entrepreneurial skills, so we gathered some basic tips and ideas to help kickstart your upward trajectory. For more, visit jifu.com.

 

Provide Value

Every businessman should know what value their idea or company brings to the market. Another huge piece of the puzzle is educating potential consumers on that provided value. You can do this through internal education and external marketing.         

 Invest Time

Most people know the importance of investing money, but what about time? Time is one of our most important and valuable assets. Be sure to invest your time in the things and people who will offer a good return.    

Strive to be educated 

It is important to work with other professionals, your team, and leaders in your industry to continue bettering yourself. By staying up to date on the newest technologies and movements nonmatter how long you’ve been in the industry, you will always be in the know. 

Prepare for obstacles 

Even the best and brightest business people run into roadblocks along the way. The ones who make it through the hard times are the entrepreneurs who prepare for it before it comes. Obstacles are inevitable, but preparation is necessary for any market. 

Seek new perspectives

It can be easy to be stuck in a consensus bias feedback loop. This happens when the only people you are receiving feedback from are people who think and act as you do. By seeking new perspectives, your business will become more resilient. 

 

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8 Spring Must Haves

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As we round the corner into spring, JIFU wanted to share some products that will have you excited and prepared for the flowers, beautiful spring rainstorms, and all the other joys that spring brings. Don’t forget to browse JIFUshop.com for all your spring essentials.

Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler

 

This cooler is the perfect addition to any spring cookout. Keep your drinks cool and your friends close for hours!

Hint Water-Pomegranate Flavor

This refreshing beverage is the perfect way to stay hydrated and healthy as the weather begins to warm up.

Bali Outdoors Wood Burning Fire Pit

Spending more time outside requires accessories and the perfect addition is this firepit. Become a pro by the time the summer nights role around and your backyard will become the hangout spot of the season!

Mineral Fusion – Body Oil Shimmer – Bronze

As we break out the short sleeves and shorts, a dash of at-home tanner can help boost your confidence. This bronzer adds a shimmery glow that the spring sun will compliment well.

Hunter Original Short Rain Boots

Spring showers bring May flowers… and these stunningly practical rain boots available for men and women.

 Brumate Hopsulator Slim Double-walled Insulated Can Cooler 12-oz

This insulated can cooler is a great beverage accessory for any time of the year, but spring encourages more outdoor hang time than others.

Fire Bird Plant-Based Energy Shot

These natural energy shots give you a boost of energy without unwanted jitters. The days are getting longer and Fire Bird may be just what you need to get more done during the long months.

Coleman Saluspa Inflatable Hot Tub, $530

Perfectly portable, this inflatable hot tub is easily brought with you wherever your adventure takes you.

Comment below which product you’re thinking about picking up for the spring months. Shop JIFU to earn points, get rewards, and save money!

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TSA Screens Record Number of Passengers

By JIFUtravel, Travel Motivation No Comments

“Passengers took to the skies this past weekend where Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day fell one day apart from each other More than 1 million passengers passed through U.S. airports on two consecutive days ahead of Presidents’ Day and Valentine’s Day, the first time the Transportation Security Administration recorded such numbers since right after New Year’s.” -TSA

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We have compiled the most promising facts and figures that prove that 2021 is the year of travel!

Travel is back and bigger than ever in 2021. Let JIFU help you make your adventure dreams come true and live life to its fullest potential!

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