France opens for U.S. travelers, here’s what’s new.

Ron Bernthal France opened its borders to U.S. citizens in early June, 2021, and by the end of June most Covid restrictions were dropped (see graphic at bottom of page). The information below is from the France Tourism Development Agency, … Continue reading

Floating saunas are one of Norway’s “hottest” trends.

by Ron Bernthal One of the hottest trends in Norway in recent years, architecturally savvy floating saunas offer an unbeatable combination of a hot sauna experience and a more than refreshing dip in a chilly Norwegian lake or fjord. In Norway you … Continue reading

Doha Journal: City speeds up hotel, stadium and metro construction in time for 2022 World Cup

By Ron Bernthal With a winning bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and a national objective to diversify its economy, Qatar has been gearing up for an expansion of its tourism industry with investments being channeled into the construction … Continue reading

New 2020-2022 Hotel Openings in Italy

By Ron Bernthal Italy is showing enthusiasm for a leisure and business travel revival as Covid-19 has relaxed its grip on the country.  Seventy-three hotels, totalling 11,391 rooms, are expected to open during the 2020-2022 period.  For the remainder of … Continue reading

Airport City Manchester Journal: A large, mixed-use development ent to Manchester Airport in England satisfies business and residential needs.

By Ron Bernthal With little fanfare and just modest media coverage, the total planning area of the Airport City Manchester project now comprises about five-million square-feet, with a total development value of over $1.3 billion. The project, situated next to … Continue reading

Cabo Verde Journal: Sunsplashed islands off African coast wait patiently for prosperity

by Ron Bernthal Césaria Evora, Cabo Verde’s “Barefoot Diva,” often sang about her home, the stunningly beautiful island of São Vicente, one of the nine inhabited islands that make up the nation of Cabo Verde. When Ms. Evora died in … Continue reading

Veitastrond Journal: Trekking Cabins Near Norwegian Glacier

by Ron Bernthal Situated in the western part of Norway on a small plateau overlooking the beautiful Jostedalsbreen Glacier, Tungestølen is the name of a group of new, pentagonal-shaped cabins designed by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta for a local … Continue reading

Antigua & Barbuda Prepares to Reopen

by Ron Bernthal The Government of Antigua & Barbuda has announced a phased approach to the reopening of the country’s tourism and hospitality industry as they prepare to welcome the first guests back on the island on June 4th, 2020, … Continue reading

Barbados Journal: Hyatt to Build on Carlisle Bay

by Ron Bernthal Hyatt has partnered with a Barbadian company to build the Hyatt Ziva Barbados in the island’s Carlisle Bay. The all-inclusive resort, scheduled to open in 2022, will have 380 guest rooms, 40 condominiums and six premier rooms. … Continue reading

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

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