Oregon Gov Kate Brown warns against hotel price gouging amid wildfires


A drive along Highway 22 shows what buildings are still standing and others that were damaged by fires in September 2020.


When he was forced to evacuate from his Gates home due to the Santiam Fire early Tuesday morning, Daniel Tucker followed a line of Santiam Canyon residents down Highway 22 into Salem.

He felt fortunate to find a hotel room in Salem. But he was charged $700 for four nights. 

Wildfires have displaced thousands of Santiam Canyon residents forced to evacuate their homes. 

After reports of price gouging at hotels, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order declaring an abnormal market disruption Thursday, which allows the Attorney General and Oregon Department of Justice to investigate businesses where price gouging is reported.

“During a statewide emergency, it is absolutely unacceptable to price gouge Oregonians who have already been hard hit and are facing devastating loss,” Brown said in

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Amid Newport’s Mansions, a Battle Over Development

Famous for its grand mansions and historic homes, Newport is struggling to figure out how to accommodate new development. 

Photographer: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

Newport, Rhode Island, is a small New England beachfront town with a permanent population of 26,000 and an amazing collection of historic homes. Billed as “America’s First Resort,” the 350-year-old city on Aquidneck Island hosts more than 3 million tourists every year. They come for the boating, the famous folk and jazz festivals (both canceled this summer), and the architecture.

The narrow streets of the Point along the waterfront are lined with hundreds of modest homes from the early 1700s, one of the largest ensembles of colonial architecture in the country. On Historic Hill sits an assortment of grander antebellum, classical and Gothic Revival structures from the latter part of the 18th and early to mid-19th century, many built

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Pojoaque Pueblo assumes management of Hilton Buffalo Thunder hotels | Business

Pojoaque Pueblo has taken over management of the Hilton and Homewood Suites hotels at the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino north of Santa Fe.

Hilton had operated both hotels since it opened the Hilton in 2008 and Homewood Suites in 2005.

The pueblo confirmed its Buffalo Thunder Inc. assumed management of the hotels Aug. 18. BTI has operated the Buffalo Thunder casino since it opened in 2008, and the pueblo is now ready to operate the hotels after 12 years, said Michael Allgeier, CEO of Buffalo Thunder Inc.

“It has always been the intention of the pueblo to be self-sufficient and manage the property itself,” Allgeier said. “It’s time.”

Allgeier said the transfer of management had been in the works since last October. Buffalo Thunder Inc. is a division of Pojoaque Pueblo and operates the casinos and Cities of Gold Hotel, as well as the Hilton and

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Are these the WORST hotels in Britain?

With Covid-19 putting an end to dreams of trips abroad, many holidaymakers are booking in for staycations instead. 

But while there are plenty of places in Britain that are well worth a visit, these hotels are unlikely to appear at the top of anyone’s list. 

These five establishments have among the lowest visitor review scores on and TripAdvisor for their respective cities, with several earning the unwelcome accolade of ‘the worst hotel ever’. 

The issues raised are varied, from chest hairs on the bed to lumpy mattresses and missing pillowcases, but almost all visitors agree they would never stay at the hotel again. Here, a selection of the most blistering recent reviews…  


Room for improvement: The Swansea Bay Hotel was criticised for out-of-date food, lumpy mattresses and a lack of amenities in scathing reviews

A guest photo of a twin bedroom in the Swansea Bay Hotel reveals basic accommodation

A guest photo of a twin bedroom in the Swansea

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‘Shimla of Nepal’ misses tourists despite re-opening of hotels and travel business amid COVID-19 – travel

Nepal’s Makwanpur, which is commonly referred to as “Shimla of Nepal” is missing tourists this year, especially from India, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though hotels in the Makwanpur have opened for business yet the tourists are nowhere to be seen.

The government of Nepal had allowed the hotels to operate from July 30.

Shivakumar Khatri, Chairman of Thaha Nagar Hotel Association, said the government has allowed them to open hotels but business is dry.

“The major destinations of Daman, Chitlang, Markhu, Bajrabarahi and Simbhanjyangare are without tourists. There are over 100 hotels in that area. They usually use to host Indian tourists along with domestic ones. Due to the pandemic, the flow (of tourists) has dropped to zero,” he said.

Makwanpur is known for its different vegetation and varied climate and it is normally flocked by tourists around the year.

The area is usually packed with Indian tourists during

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Disney World resort creates ‘schoolcation’ option for families, offers supervised class sessions

Back to school is looking pretty different for Americans across the country. But as students, teachers and parents navigate the murky waters of online learning, a Florida hotel is here to help lighten the load.

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at the Walt Disney World Resort is letting parents and their children keep up the vacation vibes, even while school is back in session, through its “schoolcation” initiative, which is providing quiet learning spaces for children to use while they attend classes remotely.

Parents can enroll their children in the supervised sessions, where kids can attend classes and do their homework before experiencing the “ultimate recess” at the hotel’s water park, and outdoor recreation areas, a press release from the hotel shares. 

RELATED: Disney World’s Polynesian resort to be remodeled, take inspiration from ‘Moana’

“This new offering exclusively for our Resort guests will be both helpful

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Chris Hope Family House unveiled in Memphis for families of sick children


After losing her daughter to cancer nearly two months ago, Jamie Swain couldn’t have guessed that painting a door could give her so much joy.

Thing is, the door she painted is attached to the Chris Hope Family House. It’s a house for families who are, like Swain once was, grappling with the sickness and, in many cases, the impending death of children from cancer.

“About a week ago, he (Chris Hope) sends me this message saying: ‘I need this thing to be done, and I was wondering if you wanted to do it. I really want you to paint the door, because of the story of your daughter,’” Swain said.

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Hurricane Laura evacuees staying in Houston hotels being transitioned to other cities across the state

HOUSTON – After arriving in Houston Monday from Lake Charles, where his home was badly damaged, Sires Ceaser and his young family will soon be on the road again. They are one of about half a dozen that temporarily stayed at a hotel near Hobby Airport.

Ceasar said securing help and housing has been troublesome.

“Call this number, call that number. They should help you and there’s no help. It’s just hard,” he said.

Like many others that evacuated to Houston following Hurricane Laura, they checked into local hotels with the costs covered by the state through Friday. However, Houston was only a temporary option, according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Although families had to check out, the agency said the evacuees were informed through the process that they would be transitioned to other hotels in other parts of the state, including San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas. The

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A Sidewalk ‘Sleep-Out’ in Support of the Homeless on the UWS, Weed-Eating Goats, Fairy Doors in Queens, and Other News

Upper West Siders Hold Sleep-Out to Support Temporary Homeless Neighbors

A group of Upper West Siders gathered on the sidewalk of the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street last Saturday night for a “sleep-out” and art protest in support of the temporary homeless residents staying there and in two other neighborhood hotels. Per the organizers, around 80 people hung out with hotel residents and drew chalk messages on the sidewalk while at least 15 participants spent the night outside the Lucerne on yoga mats and in sleeping bags.

Corinne Low, a member of UWS Open Hearts Initiative group, which organized the event, said the best part was engaging with the hotel’s residents, who spoke about “how hurtful some of the stigmatization that they’ve experienced has been.”

The protest came a few days after another group of area residents, called the West Side Community Organization, hired lawyer Randy Mastro to further

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Why loyalty programs are a lifeline for airlines and hotels during COVID

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There’s no doubt that airlines and hotels have been hit hard by the coronavirus-fueled travel downturn. As passenger numbers dropped, airline stocks fell, international airlines filed for bankruptcy and others cut routes and massively reduced onboard service. This has led to one of the worst travel years in recent history, forcing airlines and hotel groups to seek other revenue sources.

One of these revenue sources? Loyalty programs. We’ve seen a ton of promotions over the past few months, with higher credit card welcome bonuses and — even more so — great mileage sales.

It turns out that loyalty programs make a ton of money for airlines, primarily by selling miles to consumers who may not be

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