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Pop into these fall pop-ups

usatoday.com — Who needs brick and mortar? Pop-ups have become a popular way for chefs or restaurants to try out new concepts or share old ones with those who've never tried them. This fall season is bringing a slew of pop-ups around the country, serving everything from coffee to barbecue to lobster rolls.

Hilton introduces new lifestyle brand

usatoday.com — Hilton Worldwide will introduce a new lifestyle brand for leisure and business travelers in urban and secondary markets around the world, the company announced today. The new Canopy by Hilton brand will debut in 2015. Hilton has already signed 11 letters of intent for properties in cities such as Miami, San Diego, Nashville, London, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C.

Pop into these fall pop-ups

experience.usatoday.com — Who needs brick and mortar? Pop-ups have become a popular way for chefs or restaurants to try out new concepts or share old ones with those who've never tried them. This fall season is bringing a slew of pop-ups around the country, serving everything from coffee to barbecue to lobster rolls.

Starwood's eco-friendly Element brand expands

usatoday.com — Starwood Hotels and Resorts is rapidly expanding its eco-friendly Element Hotels brand, more than doubling the number of properties in the next two years. The extended stay brand is on track to open its 15th hotel later this year. Another 19 properties will open in the next couple of years.

New .nyc domain name goes on sale

cnbc.com — The body that loosely regulates the Internet, known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has been reviewing applications for new names since January 2012. A few names that have already been approved are .photos, .expert, .guide, and .bikes. More From USA Today: Will buy-the-dip crowd rescue S&P 500 again?

New .nyc domain name goes on sale

usatoday.com — New York real estate is always in demand, and starting Wednesday, New Yorkers will get their chance to buy some -- on the Internet. The highly-anticipated .nyc top-level domain, which has only been available to a select group of non-profits and business owners, goes on sale to the general public today.

FCC fines Marriott $600,000 for Wi-Fi blocking

usatoday.com — Marriott International will pay $600,000 to resolve a Federal Communications Commission investigation into whether a hotel's employees blocked customers from using their personal Wi-Fi networks and then charged them to use the hotel network. The FCC says that employees at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville disabled Wi-Fi networks established by consumers at its conference facilities.

Korean Air, InterContinental to build hotel in downtown L.A.

usatoday.com — Korean Air is taking hospitality to another level by building the largest InterContinental hotel in North America. InterContinental Hotels Group, parent company of the InterContinental Hotels and Resorts brand, has signed an agreement to manage the new 900-room hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Hotels give kosher cuisine an upgrade

usatoday.com — Harriette Katz recalls groaning anytime a client asked for kosher food to be served at a wedding or other event that she planned. "Kosher food used to have a stigma that it wasn't any good," says Katz, founder and president of Gourmet Advisory Services, which caters events in New York.

HotelTonight to let guests book hotels next week

usatoday.com — HotelTonight, the last-minute booking mobile app, will now let travelers book rooms up to seven days in advance. Call it Hotel Next Week. The move pits the company against more established websites such as Travelocity, Expedia and Kayak that already have apps allowing travelers to book hotel rooms in advance.
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