Wyndham CEO says enterprise is ‘off the charts’ as leisure and enterprise journey returns in massive cities

The CEO of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts CNBC told CNBC on Thursday that strong travel demand in the US has helped the company shake off its pandemic-induced slowdown.

While some industries have struggled to recover after the disruption of the Covid pandemic, business at Wyndham is “absolutely stronger than it was before the pandemic,” said CEO Geoff Ballotti in an interview about “The exchange. “

“The intent to travel, get in your car and go somewhere and get out of your attic, get out of your basement with your family and friends, is spectacular,” Ballotti said. “It’s off the charts, it’s unprecedented, and I think we’ll see that well into the fall.”

Wyndham hotel brands include Days Inn, La Quinta, and Baymont. The hotel franchisor’s business is not only picking up in its US hotels, but also internationally, as the number of outbound flights is slowly recovering. “We’re seeing the international airlift to destinations like Mexico continue to grow, where we have a new Wyndham Alltra Cancun and a new Wynhdam Alltra Playa Del Carmen,” Ballotti said.

“People want to get away and have a safe, very flexible and uncomplicated vacation, and we can see that,” said Ballotti.

According to the CEO, business travel is coming back more slowly than leisure travel. “Big cities like San Francisco are just beginning to recover, it’s the group meetings with urban goals that have lagged behind.”

Despite the delay in business travel, Ballotti and other hotel CEOs expect to receive a top-up starting next month as the Biden government lifts international travel restrictions on November 8, imposed in the early days of the Covid pandemic last year.

“We believe that demand in the United States is sure to increase. … One thing we need to pick up are visa applications.

In the US, cities like Boston, New York and San Francisco will continue to see influx and growth in business and leisure travel for the remainder of the year, “this is great news for the travel industry,” Ballotti said.

Wyndham exceeded Wall Street’s expectations in his Quarterly results Thursday and increased guidelines for the rest of the year. The stock closed 4.33% on Thursday afternoon, trading at $ 85.84 per share.

Soccer information – Doing it grandpa type, the outdated males dominating Europe’s scoring charts this season

When we went into the international break, an interesting statistic emerged. Of the four top scorers in the five best leagues in Europe, three are over 30 years old. If you expand it to the top ten by adding the five players who scored six goals, that adds two players. That means half of the top ten scorers in Europe are in their thirties.

Before we start raving about the old men, it’s worth noting that the exception to the top flight, unsurprisingly, is Erling Haaland, who already has an absurd seven out of five this season. He gets his contributions elsewhere.

But to the grandpas! The five players are Karim Benzema (nine of eight by the age of 33), Robert Lewandowski (seven of seven by the age of 33), Ciro Immobile (six of six by the age of 31), Edin Dzeko (six of seven by the age of 35 ) and Jamie Vardy (six of seven) 34 years old).


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Football, as a sport, can cause older players to fall by the wayside in terms of the attention paid to them. Unless you’re a silky playmaker or a crafty center-back. Occasionally there is a love affair between the general public and an older striker (I can think of Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni), but that’s not often the case.

Football loves the new and especially the new and young. The way young players are put on pedestals at such a tender age isn’t healthy, but that’s probably a conversation for another day. We tend to not appreciate what these people are doing.

Luca Toni

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The most impressive thing about these five is that each of them has its own unique story.

Let’s start with Dzeko because his performance is remarkable in many ways. Last year he scored only seven league goals for Roma in 27 games (seven as a sub). There were a few injuries and he contracted Covid-19, but it was clear that his time in the capital was coming to an end, there were even concerns that he was done at the highest level. The truth turned out to be everything else.

At 35, Dzeko is the oldest player on this list and the only one of the five to switch teams in the off-season. In addition, after the departure of her manager and two of her best players, he joined a team in chaos. One of those players, Romelu Lukaku, was the player he was supposed to replace directly. In addition, the players had to deal with the emotions that came with what happened to Christian Eriksen over the summer and the ownership of the club is extremely uncertain.

FC Internazionale’s Edin Dzeko watches the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Inter at Metalist Stadium on September 28, 2021

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Even so, Dzeko got in and looked like the player he was at Manchester City from the start. He skillfully plays off the talented (and often smaller) attackers around him. His leadership and mentality have been vital to this Inter team and he’s one of the main reasons they’re still in the title fight after such a tumultuous summer.

Speaking of written off. Dzeko shares the top spot in Italy’s scoring charts with Ciro Immobile, who is more at home in Lazio than most people in their own homes. If he can keep up this pace, he seems like a good bet to score another 20 goals, five times in six seasons with Lazio. The chaotic time of his life, which began with his commitment to Borussia Dortmund, is finally over, this is Immobile, not the guy from before.

More than any of these players, Immobile is a great example of how a player is more than the sum of its parts. He’s not the biggest, strongest, fastest or deadliest in front of the goal. But he’s doing everything at a level high enough to make him one of the best strikers in Europe. He’s so good at so many things and that, combined with his incredible pace of work, makes him unique.

Ciro Immobil, 2021

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And when it comes to uniqueness, there aren’t many stories more unique than Jamie Vardy, all of whom you will know well enough. What sets Vardy apart is that it is supposed to be ready at this age. Vardy’s game as he rose through the ranks built on his breathtaking pace and rate of work. He should be a one-shot, but here he’s still one of England’s top scorers.

Like real estate, it just continues to score (even if not quite as high). His goal record in the league over the past seven seasons is as follows. 24, 13, 20, 18, 23 and 15. Not bad for a mayfly. Nobody gives Vardy enough credit for how smart he is. His movement is more elitist and his knowledge of how to attack defenders is among the best in the world. He really is a special striker.

Jamie Vardy, Leicester

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It might seem strange to consider Robert Lewandowski when talking about underrated players who aren’t given enough credit, but it still feels like that, at least to this writer. I’ve already hit that drum but it feels like everyone is way too ready to move from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (more on that later) to Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

That doesn’t do Lewandowski justice. This is a guy who not only has to go down as one of the best players of his generation, he should be considered one of the greatest strikers to have ever played in that position. Since his first season in top football in Poland in 2008-09, there has only been one season in which he has not scored double-digit league goals (his first in Dortmund). That means having played in leagues in which they play shortened seasons (30 games in Poland, 34 in Germany). Apart from this first season in Dortmund, he only failed to reach 20 league goals three times (his two seasons in the top division in Poland and his first year with Bayern).

It is very important to us not to take Messi and Ronaldo for granted. Why don’t we do that for Lewandowski too?

Robert Lewandowski – FC Bayern vs. Dynamo Kiev

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So the last player on our list, currently the best goalscorer in Europe. Benzema’s career is one of the most interesting in the way he kept reinventing himself. When he was younger he was a legitimate player at Lyon. He was fast, strong, and brimming with technical prowess. Some of the goals he scored in France were just amazing, he was one of the original PlayStation players.

But he was signed by Real the same summer as Ronaldo, so he had to adjust. Gonzalo Higuain recently gave an interesting interview in which he shared his feelings after signing Benzema and Ronaldo. Some of his complaints are certainly fair, but he was wrong in his assessment that he was sold for not being able to play with Benzema. In fact, it was because Benzema could play with Ronaldo.

Benzema and Ronaldo probably only really got off to a good start as partners under Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane, but they have always played well together. Benzema, despite all that he berates as a selfish player, skillfully sacrificed some of the best years of his career for the good of the team and for the good of Ronaldo.

Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D first round football match between Real Madrid and Sheriff Tiraspol at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 28, 2021. (Photo by JAVIER

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But now, now he can show what he is really capable of. In each of the last three seasons since Ronaldo left, he has scored 20 league goals (21, 21 and 23). This is made even more impressive by the fact that he effectively had to take on two different roles. Firstly, he had to take on practically all of the offensive responsibility as Ronaldo was gone and both Gareth Bale and new signing Eden Hazard were constantly injured. Second, he had to help a new generation of Real Madrid attackers like Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo Goes adapt and develop at a club like Madrid. Did he complain or grumble? Not even. Well maybe once. But other than that, he has been an exemplary leader and it is utterly remarkable that he has shown how good he is when it should run out of his prime.

Football fans love to talk about how incredible it is that Messi and Ronaldo dominate well into their 30s and they’re not wrong, it’s amazing. But that often means we don’t value the other players doing the same. Let’s give the old guard some love, don’t wait until they’re gone.


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Bitcoin Seperate Cash State – Bitcoin Journal: Bitcoin Information, Articles, Charts, and Guides

Discussion around Bitcoin for years relegated it to being a bubble, tulipmania or some Ponzi scheme, but now even disbelievers likely acknowledge that Bitcoin is here to stay. What they may not realize is that beneath the veneer of charlatans, gamblers and grifters is a movement slowly making progress towards a grand vision of the future. A future where money is the medium of a flourishing society rather than an oppressive arm of the state.

Since the odds of Bitcoin collapsing in on itself grow slimmer each passing day, Bitcoin’s enemies have begun coming to terms with what its steady progress means for them. As they slowly realize the ensuing revolution, politicians and central bankers are starting to say the quiet part out loud by arguing that Bitcoin is a threat.

For once, Bitcoin’s opponents are actually correct in their analysis of the subject. A threat is exactly what Bitcoin is: a vicious threat to fiat currencies and government coercion everywhere. While the media has chosen to spread this idea as Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD), Bitcoiners embrace it as the reason for Bitcoin’s entire existence: a practical means to separate money from state.

There are two falsehoods society has strangely accepted as truth: a) it is natural for government to control money and b) inflation is necessary. People argue in favor of separating powerful institutions when it comes to church and state, yet they do not apply that same logic when discussing money and state. Money’s impact on society cannot be understated as it is the means by which people transact value and interact with the economy. Putting this powerful institution in the hands of government, another extremely powerful institution with a history of misusing said power, is the natural conclusion we draw?

When government is given full control over money, it has the capacity to debase the money as its ruling party sees fit. Everyone is aware of the perils of hyperinflation, yet people are unphased by the ability of a small few to arbitrarily expand the money supply. Not only are they unbothered, but many even view it as natural that central bankers should determine the value of the money they use to store their hard work and that this interference in money is required to prevent economic collapse. This reality comes as no surprise given the dominance of Keynesian economics in politics, central banking and academia (as a current Economics major at a university, I witness this firsthand).

Keynesians’ entire theory is focused around government intervention and boosting demand to spur economic growth, so naturally they abhor something that severely limits those goals. Sound money, like bitcoin and gold, incentivizes saving and planning for the future which Keynesians, by their own admission, view as detrimental. To them, inflating the money supply is the necessary motivation for people to deplete their nest egg in favor of needless high time preference production.

Often referred to as a hidden tax, inflation breeds financial serfdom as citizens are subjugated to the silent theft of their purchasing power. Bitcoin finally provides an opportunity for the masses to opt out of this one-sided arrangement. With an immutable monetary policy and decentralized consensus structure, there is no fear of an arbitrary change to the rules of the game and those in power can no longer mold the monetary supply to meet their ends.

One of the most important qualities of money is its portability over space and time. Fiat is good for transferring value around the world (though you do run into restrictions with KYC or when moving large amounts), but it is terrible at transferring value across time as it is guaranteed to lose some purchasing power each year through inflation. Conversely, gold is difficult to move in large quantities or across distance but has proven adept at holding value over thousands of years.

Before Bitcoin came around, gold was viewed by many as the solution for separating money from state. However, this is misleading since gold is heavily reliant upon centralized institutions. Custodians are required to safeguard any meaningful amounts of gold and entities must be trusted to issue coins or paper notes in an honest fashion. Bitcoin requires no such trust as each individual can take delivery of the asset and custody it safely.

Gold is a durable, scarce, shiny rock that we have collectively chosen to use as a money for thousands of years because of its soundness and superior qualities when compared to other forms of money. Likewise, bitcoin has value because it serves the same purpose that gold does as a monetary good chosen by the free market, but without the handicaps inherent to gold’s physical nature. Simply put, bitcoin is gold 2.0 in that it is easily divisible, has a verifiably capped supply, is practical for self-custody, is seizure-resistant and is fully permissionless. The only valid criticism of bitcoin in relation to gold is that gold has stood the test of time, but Bitcoiners are willing to look past bitcoin’s relative infancy and bet that its ever-growing network effects will allow it to do the same.

Bitcoin is incredibly powerful in that it is one of the few true bearer assets. Practically all other forms of property you own are yours only because some centralized authoritative power deems it so. Strong property rights are necessary to the flourishing of society. It can generally be trusted that those rights will be respected and upheld in stable democracies. However, the same cannot be said for much of the world’s population. In countries with authoritative regimes or where rule of law means nothing, private property is a luxury afforded to few and where the solution may lie in Bitcoin. A person’s bank accounts could be frozen, possessions stolen and house repossessed, but so long as they memorize their mnemonic seed phrase, their bitcoin will remain stored in cyberspace, ready to be claimed.

In the United States, this notion of true property can serve as an insurance policy or even be used as a political statement. Bitcoin exists completely separate from the current financial system which operates under the steady gaze of the state. Removing your wealth from a system under their control to one outside their purview severely limits the state’s ability to coerce. Through holding an asset that the state is powerless to seize or freeze, an individual gains a great deal of leverage over those wishing to impede their civil liberties.

The narrative of bitcoin being a store of value has successfully entered mainstream discourse. Many bitcoin advocates, notably Michael Saylor, focus their pitches on how bitcoin’s fixed supply schedule and seizure-resistant properties make it the preeminent store of value. This is a far less threatening narrative than others they could tell. Evangelizing bitcoin as the future currency of Earth immediately turns heads, so pitching the more palatable notion of bitcoin being “digital gold” is a perfect Trojan horse.

As this narrative continues, more capital and individuals will flock to bitcoin in search of a store of value amid inflationary fears which, unbeknownst to them, begins the process of hyperbitcoinization. Soon, as development and adoption of Lightning Network increases, bitcoin will make inroads toward becoming considered a scalable medium of exchange. After it has proven sufficient in that regard, bitcoin will steal fiat’s final redeemable quality: its status as a convenient unit of account. Keep in mind this process would take decades to play out as bootstrapping a currency with no leaders to global adoption is a hugely audacious task. Nevertheless, Bitcoiners have a rather low time preference and have no issues with being the patient stewards of this long-term project.

Despite some coming from benevolent intentions or misunderstanding, the FUD against Bitcoin has never been about saving the environment, preventing ransomware or stopping criminals. Co-opted by statists, it is now a vessel to restrict individual freedom and keep people entrenched in the coercive legacy systems that provide their power. If you ever want to see true bipartisanship in government, just start messing with the monetary system. When two diametrically opposed people like Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump share the same stance on Bitcoin, monetary sovereignty is clearly not an issue of left versus right, but one solely of power. Even politicians with the noblest of intentions become slaves to the allure of using other people’s money to achieve their own goals. Bitcoin fixes this.

Now, do not expect governments to give up their prized possession without putting up a fight. If history and recent regulatory scrutiny are any indication, a bitcoin ban is inevitable once the mass exodus from fiat draws near. Unlike the criminalization of gold in the U.S. following the Great Depression, trying to successfully ban Bitcoin is a nearly hopeless task.

While there is nothing nations can do to restrict the network itself, apart from shutting down the entire global internet, what they can do is destroy the fiat on and off ramps. Doing so would certainly weaken bitcoin’s price, but would only be successful if every nation showed a united front. The thought of Russia, China, North Korea and the U.S. working together to ban bitcoin of all things is nothing more than laughable.

Without a fully uniform ban, Bitcoiners would simply take advantage of jurisdictional arbitrage by moving to nations (or U.S. states) that establish bitcoin safe havens. Nations will be incentivized to create those safe havens in order to attract the wealth and investment of Bitcoiners to their local economies. Ironically, breaking bitcoin’s connection to the legacy financial system would likely just force Bitcoiners to leave fiat forever.

A revanchist revolution to remove from the state control over its prized possession and restore sound money chosen by the market is long overdue. The answer is not in greasing the wheels of politics to reinstate a gold standard that, despite perhaps being in their best interest, voters either think is archaic or just simply don’t care about. Not to mention how politicians on both sides of the aisle would be reluctant to give up control of the money printer that so easily helps fund their agendas. Instead, as F.A. Hayek presciently forecasted 37 years ago in reference to denationalizing money, “all we can do is by some sly roundabout way introduce something they can’t stop.”

The movement to separate money from state must always remain fully voluntary. No one must be forced to take part in it, which is why aspects of El Salvador’s new bitcoin law are concerning. If the law were to end at treating bitcoin as currency and eliminating capital gains, then this could be considered a win for freedom. But it does not stop there. Instead, Article 7 requires merchants to accept Bitcoin. Now, merchants do have the option to immediately exchange bitcoin for dollars through a $150 million government fund, but that is a fund financed by Salvadoran taxpayers who should not be forced to bear the brunt of bitcoin’s volatility.

It remains to be seen whether Article 7 will be strictly enforced or not, however its mere inclusion spells worry. The moment we stoop to the level of the entities we are attempting to replace for the sake of increased adoption, we lose any possible moral superiority. Make no mistake, a country adopting bitcoin to help end their reliance on the U.S. dollar is a huge step forward. What this means, however, is that more eyes will be on Bitcoin and FUDsters will be waiting with bated breath if things go even slightly awry. Therefore, Bitcoiners must remain vigilant and stay just as critical of themselves as we are of those looking to attack Bitcoin if we wish to preserve the Bitcoin ethos.

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Bitcoin can provide property, hope and self-sovereignty to billions of people. Money is purely a social construct which means each and every one of us has a voice in what we deem valuable and choose to transact with. Do not be tricked into thinking that money must be a top-down phenomenon bestowed upon us by our overlords.

Bitcoiners are used to being the ones forced to defend their position, so the next time a nocoiner or precoiner friend asks you about Bitcoin, posit them a question instead. Ask: why, during this epochal monetary revolution, have you chosen the side of theft, coercion and censorship when the alternative is so clearly in front of us?

If this proposition of a fully digital money controlled by no one were immediately accepted by all, then this would cease to be a revolution. It is precisely because of how radical and ambitious Bitcoin is that we must undertake this project as a society. What does it say about us if we are unwilling to embark on what is certainly a Herculean effort, the success of which we may not see in our time? Our society is at its best when we build for the future. Now we have a tool to build a freer one together.

This is a guest post by Jack Kriesel. Opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC, Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.

From Tina to Demi, 10 Music Documentaries Burning Up the Charts | Leisure Information

A steady stream of compelling documentaries about popular musicians has come down the pipelines lately – and more is on the way. From the icon Tina Turner‘s Tina on HBO and Young Grammy Winner Billie EilishApple TV + hit The world is a little blurry to rock Bruce Springsteen‘s Letter to You, there is something for just about every musical taste.

So let’s get started. Here are 10 pedals on those metal music documents you won’t want to miss.


Including Never-before-seen footage, tapes and interviews with stars like Angela Bassett and Oprah WinfreyIt tells the story of Turner’s struggles with domestic violence and her rise to fame – a fame she did not claim for many years.

Directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, it’s ffrom OBB Films, the same people behind the record breaking YouTube Originals Justin Bieber: Meetingsand it serves as the perfect accompaniment to their new album, Dancing with the devil … the art of starting over.


Dancing with the devil

The pop star is one of the hottest musical documents of the moment Demi Lovato Dancing with the devil, a four-part documentary currently available on YouTube. The project traces the last few years of the actress and singer on “Cool for the Summer” as she recounts her battle against addiction, including a near-fatal overdose in 2018, as well as battles with mental illness and eating disorders.


Billie Eilish: The world is a little blurry

This offering from award-winning filmmaker RJ Cutler (Belushi) first premiered in theaters before landing on Apple TV + in February 2021. The intimate portrait introduces viewers to the creative process behind the youthful singer-songwriter’s groundbreaking debut album When we all fall asleep, where do we go ?. From Eilish’s humble beginnings to her meteoric rise and cleaning up at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, it’s a one-of-a-kind look at a star that’s just getting started.


The Bee Gees: How Can You Heal a Broken Heart?

Acclaimed filmmaker Frank Marshall leads the audience through the triumphs and difficulties of the Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb brothers, who took the world by storm as Bee Gees. After making a name for itself in the 1960s, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers wrote over a thousand songs and 20 # 1 hits during her prolific career. It’s fun watching the pop group’s popularity explosion thanks to their contributions to Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack that became one of the best-selling albums of all time.


Framing Britney Spears

The New York Times publication on FX and then Hulu is a sobering look at the impact fame can have on a person’s life. Pop superstar Britney SpearsThe brutal legal battle with her father over the more than ten year judicial conservatory is a tough watch. The Doctor also delves into Spears’ struggles as she grew up in the spotlight in the 1990s, with paparazzi following her every move. It was also a conversation starter when it comes to misogyny and double standards in the entertainment industry.


Singer-songwriter and former Vine star Shawn Mendes is the subject of this Netflix movie, directed by Grant Singer, who has worked on music videos with artists from The Weeknd to Mendes’ own friend, Camila Cabello. The documentary gives a glimpse into Mendes’ life on and offstage, as well as into his fight against depression and anxiety. This document coincided with Mendes’ fourth studio album wonder.


If you miss out on attending live shows, this concert documentary on Netflix is ​​a great way to remember. Named after a text from Ariana Grande’s 2018 album sweetenerIt’s a behind-the-scenes look at the vocal powerhouse’s world tour of the same name as she takes the stage in London. Grande was also the subject of a YouTube Premium web series Dangerous women’s diaries a couple of years earlier.


This Netflix-produced Doc first bowed at the Sundance Film Festival before arriving on the streamer in January. The film explores Taylor Swift’s public transformation from prolific singer-songwriter to singer-songwriter activist. It’s a provocative look behind the scenes of an entertainer who learns the true power of her voice and makes a difference. You can also watch the concert film that surrounds their surprise album folklore called Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions on Disney +.


This 90-minute documentary by longtime collaborator Thom Zimmy, shown on Apple TV +, follows Bruce Springsteen, aka “The Boss,” as he makes his 20th studio album. Letter to you. While cameras accompany Springsteen on a four-day recording session with the E Street Band in his home studio in New Jersey, the legendary performer also reflects on his legacy and creative process.


The Beatles: Come back

Directed by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings), this highly anticipated documentary covers the making of the Beatles’ final studio album let it be, which came out in 1970 and originally had the working title come back. Using footage from director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary, this fresh look explores the camaraderie that is often questioned between the Fab Four. Find it on Disney + on August 27th.