A Holiday Inn Express in Park Slope has begun accepting bitcoins for rooms a week after the general manager denied knowing anything about it, the Daily News has learned. The Union St. hotel served their first guests paying in the alternative currency that some supporters say could replace traditional money, a worker confirmed on Tuesday. The bitcoin technology, sometimes called cryptocurrency, allows people to transfer money without a middleman such as a bank or credit card company. The Brooklyn Holiday Inn Express was set to become a test site for the massive hotel chain, bitcoin pioneer Charlie Shrem told the News last week. But general manager Brandon Ward initially claimed ignorance of the project in a series of heated e-mails. I dont know anything about bitcoin at the Holiday Inn Express and EVERYTHING operationally at that asset runs through me, Ward wrote on June 24.
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TWO MILLION Brits go back to the same holiday resort year after year | Mail Online
From beyond the grave: Richard III boosts Leicestershire tourism by 482m in just one year (not bad for a body in a car park) Two out of five stay in the same resort, one in 10 do the same activities, almost two fifths go to the same beach, and almost a third will go to the same bar or pub. When it comes to the type of holidays, half want relaxing beach holidays, a fifth want sightseeing trips or city breaks. Top destinations for boomerang Britons are Tenerife, Paris, Florida, Benidorm and Majorca with two fifths saying good weather and reasonable prices made them return to the same place. Over an eighth cited the resort being family friendly for their return. New experience?: No thanks. The majority of British tourists know what they like and want that on holiday My spot: An eighth of British holidaymakers will even sit in the same place Overall two in five enjoy revisiting the same place because they know what to expect, while a fifth said they do not feel the need to try somewhere new as they know they like this particular location.
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Send them on a free holiday: China’s new method of taking on dissidents
“We would spend up to 1,000 yuan ($160) on a single meal.”‘Stability maintenance’China’s ruling Communist party keeps a tight grip on power, frequently detaining those who speak out against government abuses.Over the last decade domestic security spending has soared, regularly exceeding Beijing’s declared military outlays.It has built a vast “stability maintenance” apparatus and President Xi Jinping has sought to further stifle dissent since his 2012 ascension to the top of the ruling party.State-enforced travel spiked this year ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown — where the army killed hundreds of protesters — on 4 June.According to US-based advocacy group Human Rights in China, 15 people were taken on forced vacations beforehand.”I’ve just returned from Beijing after being travelled,” Yan Zhengxue, a painter and government critic, told AFP.Police “went with me everyday, and paid for everything” on a trip to Ningxia in the northwest, including the towering dunes of the Tengger desert.”If you refuse to go travelling, there will be consequences,” he said. “You have to go. Even though you are at tourist sites, you have been forced to go, so you’re not in the mood to enjoy it.”Government personnel relish the trips, some regular forced travellers suggest.”We ate the best food, and drank the best alcohol. The security officials enjoyed it too. Not just any security official can go on this kind of trip, they need to be above a certain rank,” said environmental campaigner Wu Lihong, adding he was taken to the ancient city of Xian for two weeks in March.”Quite a few” officials from Beijing’s secretive ministry of state security accompanied him, he said.They stayed at Xian’s “best hotel”, he said, and saw the Unesco-listed Terracotta Warriors, as well as the “Wild Goose Pagoda”, a Tang dynasty tower that hosts night-time laser shows.”They are usually stuck inside using their computers and reading the papers, but by accompanying me they have a chance to travel and eat well,” he added.’Moving jail’When Chinese citizens travel to Beijing seeking redress from higher authorities for local government abuses they risk detention in makeshift “black jails”, where they are sometimes beaten before being sent home.More persistent ones, though, are targeted for holidays.”If you’re really grassroots you’ll be held in a black jail. Forced travel is for fairly well-known activists,” said Maya Wang, of US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch.”It’s a form of illegal detention,” she added. “This kind of forced travel depriving people of their freedom is unlawful.”China’s foreign ministry often says that detained activists are treated according to the law. The public security ministry did not respond to a request for comment.Wang Rongwen, a longtime petitioner from Sichuan in the southwest, had her third trip ahead of the Tiananmen anniversary, with six officials taking her to the majestic peaks and gurgling waterfalls of the Tiantai mountains.During the Communist party’s 2012 Congress she was brought to a hotel that boasts a chandeliered restaurant, marble-floored lobby and king-sized beds.But she did not enjoy the experiences, she said.”Being travelled is no better than being in a moving jail.”AFP
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