Sri Lanka Journal: Colombo’s “city within a city” project advances island’s modern look

Cinnamon Life mixed-use project in Colombo, Sri Lanka  (rendering courtesy Cinammon Life)

By Ron Bernthal A new, mixed-use building project in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital, will soon bring additional attention to this island nation that has already become a destination where business investment in new hospitality projects has increased dramatically during the … Continue reading

Porto Journal: Gem of Europe is Ready for Visitors

Casa da Musica _nighg _photo courtesy Porto Convention and Visitors Bureau

By Ron Bernthal Portugal was the last country in Europe to register its first case of COVID-19, giving the Portuguese an enormous advantage over other EU countries. They were able to thoroughly prepare their containment strategy regarding the pandemic, including … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Brasilia: Brazil’s Capital Turns 60

Brasilia 1

The capital of Brazil was inaugurated on 21 April 1960, following a four-year construction period and containing landmark works by a roaster of Brazilian modernists; this year, 2020, Brasilia celebrates its 60th anniversary. All Photos by Paul Clemence Few places … Continue reading

Hotel boom spreads across Eastern Europe

Bucharest JW Marriott Hotel completed major property renovations to celebrate its 19th year in Romania

From refurbished palaces in Budapest and Bucharest to gems on the Baltic coast, hoteliers who are seeking higher returns in Eastern Europe are venturing outside the region’s saturated hubs. With yields in Prague and the business districts of Warsaw dropping … Continue reading

Best New Hotels & Restaurants in Tel Aviv

The Lighthouse_rooftop bar with view_night_photo credit Assaf Pinchuk

By Ron Bernthal Israel has 3,000 years of history, warm and sunny weather for most of the year, and a trendy culinary scene –  but never enough hotel rooms for its increasing number of business and leisure visitors (over four … Continue reading



By Ron Bernthal On August 1, 2019, when Marriott International announced the opening of the highly anticipated 346-room JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District Hotel & Residences, in the heart of the city, it was almost 80 degrees downtown, so why … Continue reading

Review: Hotel X Toronto

Sunset from pool deck at Hotel X Toronto   (photo Ron Bernthal)

By Ron Bernthal In the middle of January, 2017, as a biting wind off Lake Ontario blew across the 30th-story rooftop of the not-yet-completed Hotel X Toronto, the property’s director of sales at the time, Celso Thompson, and I were … Continue reading

The Travel Corporation, TreadRight Foundation Pledge to ‘Make Travel Matter’

Brett Tollman, chief executive officer of The Travel Corporation, commits the company and its 42 brands, and the TreadRight Foundation to “Make Travel Matter” for the planet, people and wildlife © Karen Rubin/

You can run with the Masai, help build a school, see what it feels like to have to carry water barrels on your back; stay in a family’s home in Ecuador; in India, visit an elephant rescue preserve instead of … Continue reading

Nassau Journal: The Pointe and other projects revitalize Bahamas capital

West Hill Street  umbrellas

Story & Photos by Ron Bernthal The islands of the Bahamas are the closest Caribbean islands to the U.S. mainland, and have long been a favorite winter weekend flight destination for sun-starved Northeastern residents, or for year-round cruise passengers from … Continue reading

Beautiful Destinations, Design-Savvy Accommodations

The Mira, Hong Kong    (photo Design Hotels)

by Ron Bernthal Canary Islands Complemented by lavish mahogany floors and rich, olivewood furnishings, Hotel Bohemia’s Suites & Spa décor gives guests the sensation of being completely enveloped by nature. Stunning sea views provide the setting for aperitifs in the … Continue reading