Choice Hotels Won June on U.S. TV Among All Travel Advertisers

Choice Hotels, leveraging a reinvigorated drive market during the Covid-19 crisis, was the most-seen travel brand, and had the highest estimated spend, $3.2 million, on U.S. TV in June.

And Choice, with its “book direct” message, didn’t start advertising on U.S. TV until June 18.

Visit Las Vegas and the Montana Office of Tourism were there to be counted, as well, contributing 75 percent of all U.S. TV spend in the cities/destinations category, which led the pack of travel sectors as most of the industry returned to TV in June. Except for airlines and cruise lines, which each spent less

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Sunstone Hotel (SHO) Sells Renaissance Harborplace for $80M

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. SHO has announced the sale of the 622-room Renaissance Harborplace in Baltimore, MD for $80 million. The move comes as part of the company’s strategy to concentrate its portfolio in “Long-Term Relevant Real Estate”. It will also bolster the company’s liquidity position.

The coronavirus crisis and related uncertainties have resulted in a declining lodging demand, as the U.S. states have imposed travel restrictions and mandatory stay-at-home orders, and meetings and conferences have been called off.

As a result, business travelers are grounded, while leisure travelers are scared to go on an outing, affecting lodging REITs like

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This James Bond-inspired eco-friendly floating hotel is entirely solar-powered

This solar-powered floating hotel suite aims to reimagine tourism. 

Anthénea is unsinkable, moveable and autonomous enough to control from a smartphone. Inspired by the James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” French architect Jean-Michel Ducancelle designed it to look like the underwater Atlantis citadel in the film. 

“I was drawn to the story of this man who gives up everything to live under the sea and builds this octopus-shaped space that’s in contact with the flora and fauna of the ocean,” Ducancelle told the Hollywood Reporter.

The hotel suite looks like a sleek, white, floating saucer. Anthénea is

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Spain to fine tourists who leave their hotel without wearing a face mask

spain beach - getty
spain beach – getty

Tourists in several Spanish holiday hotspots must wear face masks this summer, or risk being hit with hefty fines.

Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and parts of the Basque Country are today adopting harsher rules on protective face coverings following several spikes in new coronavirus infections across the country.

It means that residents and visitors alike in popular tourist destinations such as Barcelona, Majorca and Ibiza are now forbidden from leaving their homes or hotels without wearing a mask, and must wear them at all times while out in public, with those who flout the rules liable

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