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What hotels, tourism will look like in Southwest Florida over the Fourth of July

Fourth of July usually brings visitors to Southwest Florida in droves.

This year will be different amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Marco Eagle, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network..

While some hotels and resorts expect to fill up as usual, others don’t anticipate the crowds they’d typically get, due to coronavirus-related risks and restrictions.

With Independence Day falling on Saturday and the holiday observed on Friday, it naturally creates a long holiday weekend for many workers, making it easier for them to get away for a quick trip.

However, more people are expected

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Choice Hotels Boosts Ascend Portfolio With Eco-Friendly Hotel

In a bid to expand the Ascend brand, Choice Hotels International, Inc. CHH added a new dolphin and marine-themed hotel — Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club in Florida — to its portfolio. Based on the “Dolphin Tale” movies, the hotel offers amenities that are designed to deliver an unforgettable marine experience.

Located at 655 S. Gulfview Blvd., the five-story, 91-room hotel provides guests access to amenities such as live video stream of dolphins, an outdoor heated pool with sundeck, and food and beverage options at the Cabanas Beachside Bar and Grill. Keeping in mind the best interests of marine mammals,

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Wyndham Sees Opportunity at the Top of the World With Plans to Open First Hotel in Nepal

The catastrophic impact of coronavirus on travel demand isn’t keeping Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from expanding and even introducing a new brand to the Indian subcontinent.

Wyndham announced plans this week to open its first hotels in Nepal and Bhutan over the next year while also moving forward with plans to grow its Hawthorn Suites brand in India. The company sees strong market fundamentals in the region for more of its economy and extended stay brands like Hawthorn, Howard Johnson, and Days Inn as well as the midscale Ramada brand, currently its biggest brand in India.

“I believe, in the

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Workers fight back as US hotels try to lay off staff and hire on the cheap

In early March, Antonio Rodriguez, a banquet waiter for 11 years at the luxurious Terranea resort in Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles, was told he was being temporarily furloughed because of Covid-19. Rodriguez, 58, took that setback in stride, but then in mid-May he received a shocker – Terranea informed him he was being permanently laid off, even though the resort was planning to reopen in June.

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“I felt terrible knowing that I was going to lose my job and my benefits. I have three daughters,

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