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Mexico Deploying Navy to Deal With Sargassum Invasion

The battle against the continued invasion of sargassum on the coastal regions of Mexico will be handled this year by the country’s naval forces.

According to Mexico News Daily, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced during a press conference the Secretariat of the Navy would use the country’s experts and equipment to combat the arrival of as much as 1.1 million tons of sargassum in 2019.

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IHG Likes Third-Party Bookings When Other Hotels Prefer Direct Reservations

InterContinental Hotels Group, which counts brands ranging from Holiday Inn to InterContinental Hotels and Kimpton in its portfolio, will announce the creation of a 17th brand next week, an official said.

Speaking at the HotelBeds MarketHub Americas conference in Cancun on Wednesday, IHG’s Philippe Garnier, the chain’s vice president of third-party distribution, didn’t reveal many details about the new brand but said it would be in the suite space.

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Expedia Being Investigated for Conspiring With Hotels to Suppress Competition

Expedia Group Inc. is under investigation by the Utah attorney general for allegedly conspiring with the biggest U.S. hotel chains to suppress competition in online travel booking.

The office is investigating whether Expedia conspired with Marriott International Inc., Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., and other hotel companies to manipulate search advertising on Google, according to papers filed in state court in Utah last week. Other states have joined the investigation, the office said in the filing.

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