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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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Is It Safe to Stay in a Hotel During COVID-19? Here’s What the Experts Have to Say

Summer is usually the perfect time to satisfy your wanderlust by jetting off on near and far vacations, but during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many people are asking themselves just how safe traveling is right now. While stay-at-home orders have mostly been lifted, many travel bans and restrictions are still in place. But if you do decide to get on a plane or even drive somewhere for a getaway, how safe is it to stay in a hotel? In short, not very, experts say.

“As with any public place, there are transmission risks in hotels,” Andria Rusk,

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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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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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