Boutique hotels in Iran: a new book picks some of the best

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(CNN) — Cultural heritage, great food and… boutique hotels?

Some people travel to Iran for its history — the 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country, for starters. Others go for the living culture — the great food and legendary day-to-day hospitality that regular travelers rave about.

Thomas Wegmann is a little different. For him, the most striking thing about Iran is its hotels.

Not grand seven-star hotels, either, but small, boutique properties run by families — while being absolutely cutting edge.

“In Iran, there’s a superb scene of boutique hotels combining contemporary design with characteristic Persian heritage —

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Return of tourists to San Antonio this summer gave businesses a much-needed boost

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SAN ANTONIO – Beverly Johnson was visiting from the Bay Area in California for a conference and said she felt really good about how the San Antonio hotel she’s staying in is handling the COVID-19 protocols.

“The city itself feels real positive in terms of being a good advocate for promoting individual safety,” Johnson said.

Others coming from out of the state or country said it felt good to get out.

“Coming from New Mexico is extremely strict right now. So, we’re ready to get out of that,” said Aleah Stablein visiting from Albuquerque, NM.

Scott Russell from Canada said

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World Economic Forum plans Detroit urban innovation center with Bedrock

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The World Economic Forum announced plans Thursday to establish a Centre for Urban Transformation in Detroit, with plans for it to eventually be located within the Bedrock-owned site of the failed Wayne County jail project.

The international non-governmental organization said the center is expected to open in October with support from Bedrock. WEF’s Detroit center — its first Midwest office location — will be a hub for public-private collaborations to create a more sustainable model for urban development, the organization said.

“Detroit is uniquely positioned to serve as the epicenter for this work — a hub for urban transformation and

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Waikiki’s White Sands Hotel reopens with a retro refit: Travel Weekly

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What’s old is new again at the White Sands Hotel, a Waikiki property wrapping up an extensive renovation that included reimagined rooms, updated public spaces, and new food and beverage concepts.

The hotel on Nohonani Street off Kuhio Avenue opened in 1957, when the dawn of the jet age was greatly expanding access to the Aloha State, and the refurbishment firmly embraces 1960s and ’70s Honolulu aesthetic with modern twists on vintage elements.

The hotel is managed by Springboard Hospitality, and president and CEO Ben Rafter formed an investment group that purchased the property in 2016. Renovations on

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Community council chairman welcomes sale of Rogart hostelry

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A once popular Sutherland village hostelry which has lain vacant for a more than a year has now been sold, it is claimed.

Rogart Community Council chairman Frank Roach said at the group’s meeting last night that the Pittentrail Inn was set to change hands.

The Pittentrail Inn provided a hub for the Rogart community prior to its closure.
The Pittentrail Inn provided a hub for the Rogart community prior to its closure.

He said: “We are all very pleased that it looks as if the pub has been sold and will continue in its role as a pub and a place where you can eat.”

Mr Roach told the Northern Times later that

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