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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Closed hotels and deserted streets: the unrecognizable face of Spain’s tourism industry | Spain

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Benidorm's tourism sector is getting ready to reopen. Above, a maintenance worker at the Hotel Bali.
Benidorm’s tourism sector is getting ready to reopen. Above, a maintenance worker at the Hotel Bali.Mònica Torres

Last week, in the month when the summer season begins, you could walk through one of Spain’s main vacation destinations without bumping into a single tourist. All that was to be heard was the sound of the sea, or workmen fixing the street. That reflects the extent to which the coronavirus pandemic has hit the country’s tourism sector, a key industry that accounted for 12.4% of GDP in 2019 – €154 billion – as well as 2.72 million jobs, which is 12.9%

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New and updated hotels make a Mexican colonial jewel even more of a draw: Travel Weekly

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San Miguel de Allende is not new to fabulous hotels. Quite the opposite, actually. The small city with a population of less than 150,000 people has one of the highest concentrations of boutique hotels in all of Mexico. These design-forward hotels are part of the fabric of what makes the destination so special. And in the wake of the pandemic, as San Miguel de Allende is expecting travelers to start to flood the city once again, new hotels are getting ready to make their debut.

Much like Cancun, Mexico City and Los Cabos, San Miguel de Allende is becoming one

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New York Travel Is Down. Plenty of Hotels Are Opening Anyway.

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New hotels in New York City are starting to open with the summer travel season fast approaching, testing a market that has been recovering but still faces serious challenges from Covid-19.

Data firm STR is projecting that 78 hotels with more than 13,000 rooms combined will open in 2021, the largest year for deliveries in recent memory. While many suffered construction delays during the pandemic and might hold back on their openings, dozens of others are still on track to open this year or early next year.

Arlo Hotels is planning to open an upscale hotel near Hudson Yards this

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Portuguese hotels ‘excited’ to welcome back UK tourists from Monday

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Portugal will allow holidaymakers from Britain to enter from Monday, the national tourism board said, prompting a sigh of relief from hotel owners already inundated with bookings after Britain’s go-ahead for travel from that day.

Britain added Portugal, whose economy heavily depends on tourism,particularly from the UK, to a “green” list of foreign destinations a week ago, allowing Britons to travel there without needing to quarantine for COVID-19 when returning home. read more

European Union rules prohibit non-essential travel from outside the bloc, making Portugal’s decision to allow in UK tourists an exception.

“We’re very excited about this news. The

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5 of the best new hotels are in Mass., according to Travel & Leisure

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Travel & Leisure magazine named five Massachusetts hotels among the best on the planet Tuesday as part of its It List 2021.

The five hotels are among 30 nationwide and 73 worldwide that made the travel magazine’s 16th annual list, full of properties that showcase “resilience, determination and hope for the future,” according to the publication. The Bay State hotels that made the cut: The Newbury in Boston, Edgartown Inn and Harbor View Hotel, both on Martha’s Vineyard, Life House Nantucket, and Miraval Berkshires in Lenox.

“It’s an honor to recognize each of these standout new properties

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