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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How hotels can create sustainable change for communities beyond lockdown

Ronald Akili
Ronald Akili

It was during lockdown that Ronald Akili was struck by just how reliant Bali is on tourism. Despite recording fewer than 2,500 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and just 27 deaths, the ­pandemic still managed to bring the country’s economy to a standstill, with no tourists able to visit.

Akili, who is Indonesian and was born in Jakarta, founded the Potato Head group of hotels 10 years ago, and is currently based at its newest Bali complex, Desa Potato Head. The property includes the hip Potato Head Studios hotel and plant-based restaurant Tanaman, which both opened in January of

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Am I allowed to visit, are hotels and restaurants open and what rules are in place?

The towering Burj Al Arab hotel, overlooking Dubai marina: istock
The towering Burj Al Arab hotel, overlooking Dubai marina: istock

With year-round sunshine and just a few days of annual rainfall, it’s no wonder Dubai is such a hit with British holidaymakers – 1.2 million Brits visited in 2019. But can you visit this summer – and will you be welcome?

Here’s all the information you need to know.

Am I allowed to travel to Dubai from the UK?

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued a blanket warning against all non-essential international travel in March, but this has now been lifted for 67 destinations as of 4 July.

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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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