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With the Arctic Circle opening up more and more to tourism, maintaining the delicate eco-system is a concern for sustainable travellers. Now a concept for an “energy positive” hotel may help that.
The Svart hotel uses 85% less energy compared to a standard, modern hotel but with the help of its own solar power, will actually produce more energy than it uses. This point is key to building the hotel in the planned site; at the foot of the Svartisen glacier in northern Norway.
Svart extends in a circle from the shoreline, giving guests a panoramic view of the clear waters of Holandsfjorden fjord and the surrounding mountains. In the summer, guests can stroll around the hotel on the boardwalk and in warmer weather they can even kayak underneath the structure.
New York Times
Less than a year after a Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriage in Bermuda, the government of the British Overseas Territory has outlawed it, a reversal that is poised to roil the waters of the cruise industry and potentially threaten travel to the island.
The country where a ship is registered influences how cruise lines conduct marriages at sea. Cruise Lines International Association, a trade group comprised most of the industry’s cruise lines, said that about 10 percent of its members’ ships are registered in Bermuda, accounting for about 13 percent of passenger capacity.
Subsequent to the reversal, cruise ships registered in Bermuda that offered same-sex weddings have determined they can no longer do so.
In 2017, the average cost of a trip that travelers insured was lower than the year before, which could indicate that awareness of travel insurance has grown.
Generali Global Assistance (formerly CSA Trip Protection) found that in 2017, the average cost of an insured trip was $1,883, 19% lower than in 2016. The average premium declined to $139 per trip.
This pretty stretch of sand in Thailand’s Phi Phi islands has been a bucket-list staple ever since it was the other star — besides Leonardo DiCaprio — of Danny Boyle’s 2000 film “The Beach.”
But paradise-like Maya Bay has become the victim of its own popularity.
Damage due to overtourism has forced Thai authorities to close Maya Bay to the public, to allow the suffering coral reef to recover.
The beach is expected to close for three months.