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Tourists cross a hanging bridge in the treetops of Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forest. Matthew Williams-Ellis/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Protecting biodiversity – and making it accessible – has paid off for Costa Rica

Tourism revenues account for almost 10% of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product. New research shows that charismatic wildlife is necessary but not sufficient to attract ecotourists.
Fishermen weigh a basket full of fish off the Indian ocean’s archipelago of Lamu on Kenya’s coast. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

How COVID affected markets and livelihoods in Kenya’s fisheries sector

COVID-19 greatly disrupted local market dynamics at landing sites, within the communities, and connections to more distant markets.
Could the Chateau Laurier be your new office? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Stressed out working from home? Consider a hotel day pass

People working from home, especially parents, are stressed out during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotels, meantime, have taken a huge economic hit. Here’s why hotels should market to remote workers.
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. After the SARS pandemic in 2003, Toronto hotels faced a recovery period. (Shutterstock)

SARS didn’t prepare the hospitality industry for the prolonged impact of COVID-19

After SARS in 2003, an effort was made by Toronto’s tourism and hospitality industries to stimulate the sector’s recovery. But measures weren’t put in place for future pandemics.
Grandparents are eager to spend time with their grandchildren, and many are also eager to travel. There are many things to consider to ensure safety when going to hotels and overnight accommodations. FG Trade/Getty Images

Is it safe to stay in a hotel, cabin or rental home yet?

Taking a trip this summer? You can do a lot to prevent coronavirus exposure, but you cannot take away all risk. It is important to practice caution.
Survivors of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 spent the night on beach chairs in a ballroom at the Melia Hotel in Nassau. Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Hotels play vital role in relief efforts when disaster strikes

Hotels in the Bahamas are helping the islands recover from the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian, just as they did in Florida following Irma in 2017.
Many of us collect points via loyalty programs. They’re popular, but can cause headaches for the companies who head up loyalty and rewards programs. (Shutterstock)

Rewarding your shopping loyalty with points

The companies that head up loyalty rewards programs must compensate for their uncertainty about your reward preferences.
The Spanish hotel chain Meliá has big plans for Cuba. So did the Trump Organization, up until its CEO was elected president of the United States. Desmond Boylan/Reuters

Before Trump was anti-Cuba, he wanted to open a hotel in Havana

As president, Donald Trump has taken a harsh stance toward Cuba. But his real estate company has tried twice to open Trump properties on the Communist island, allegedly even skirting the law to do so.
A photograph of Penn Station’s interior from the 1930s. Bernice Abbott

Remembering America’s lost buildings

We asked five architecture experts to name one building or structure they wish had been preserved, but couldn’t resist the tides of decay, development and discrimination.
The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, is one of the few remnants of America’s mid-20th century motel boom. Library of Congress

The twilight of the mom and pop motel

What does the shuttering of traditional roadside motels say about America’s relationship with travel and freedom?

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