Category: Nature & Tourism

David Beckham Gives a Sneak Peek at His First Hotel, The Londoner Macao

England’s former soccer captain — and one of the most recognizable faces on the planet — David Beckham has unveiled plans for an unexpected career shift: “Golden Balls” is taking a swing at hotels. Beckham, 44, has unveiled plans for his first property, an ambitious, London-themed hotel in Macao, in

The Faroe Islands Will “Close” Again to All but 100 Volunteers—and You Could Be 1 of Them

In 2020, volunteers will be able to work on projects like repairing the hiking trail at the top of Slættaratindur, the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands are famously home to more sheep than people. But considering that tourism to the remote island archipelago southeast of Iceland has

Travel Instagrammer Apologizes After Auschwitz Rubber Duck Photo Sparks Debate

An Instagrammer has apologized to officials at the Auschwitz Memorial in Oswiecim, Poland after posting a photo of their rubber duck on social media in front of the former concentration camp’s “Gate of Death.” The unidentified travel blogger, who goes by the name of @Atuk.Apil on social media, has a

Italian town of Cammarata offers free houses to lure new residents

Over the past few years, numerous towns in Italy have resorted to selling homes for just over a dollar in a bid to revitalize their dwindling communities. Zungoli near Naples and Sicily’s Sambuca were the most recent Italian destinations to get in on the act, launching schemes promoting dilapidated properties

Travelers in 2020 will be making more sustainable choices

In 2020, over half (54%) of world travelers claim to want to reduce the impact of mass tourism, while 51% will opt for a lesser-known destination in order to lessen their carbon footprint. According to Booking.com’s annual trend report, the first year of the next decade’s big travel trend will

Disney Cruise Line Announces Three New Ships, Details of Disney Wish

Disney Cruise Line announced it has reached a memorandum of agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany for the construction of three additional cruise ships. The three new vessels will be powered by liquefied natural gas and will be larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy by boasting

Hotel chains are acquiring boutique hotels, shaking up industry

Independently run hotels are on the decline, Julie Weed wrote for the New York Times. Boutique hotels are joining or becoming affiliates of large hotel chains to benefit from bigger marketing and operational budgets, Weed reported. Marriott International, Accor and IHG are among the major hospitality chains purchasing collections of

Norwegian Spirit to Undergo $100 Million-Plus Renovation

Norwegian Spirit is poised to undergo the most extensive bow-to-stern revitalization in Norwegian Cruise Line’s history next year, the company announced Monday. Part of The Norwegian Edge program, the $100 million-plus renovation will extend to all of the ship’s dining venues, staterooms and public areas. Norwegian Spirit is scheduled to

New data on the evolution of plants and origin of species

There are over 500,000 plant species in the world today. They all evolved from a common ancestor. How this leap in biodiversity happened is still unclear. In the upcoming issue of Nature, an international team of researchers, including scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, presents the results of a unique

Basket-shaped building to become a luxury hotel in Newark, Ohio

Ever envied your cat’s ability to curl up to sleep in a basket? You’re in luck. Plans are in the works to convert a seven-story, picnic-basket-shaped building — complete with handles — into a luxury hotel. The 1997 building, the former Longaberger Co. headquarters, is in Newark, Ohio. Longaberger made,