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This Underwater Hotel Wants To Lead The Way In Restoring Reefs

This Underwater Hotel Wants 

To Lead The Way In Restoring Reefs

The moving hotel’s owners plan to restore coral 

reefs wherever it’s located.

When it comes to the future of travel, many experts have looked
beyond Earth to the cosmos, 
naming space tourism as the next big trend.
But it turns out there’s another trend that’s quietly making waves 
on our home planet, targeting destinations beneath the sea 
instead of above the sky: underwater hotels.
The trend has been dubbed “inner space tourism” by Tony Webb, 
managing director of the new Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel
which is in development after receiving a U.S. patent for its 
innovative design last year.
Webb even describes the 12-room luxury submarine hotel,
 which will float about 30 feet beneath the ocean surface,
 as being “like the International Space Station.”
One point of this is
 to try to link
 the tourism to improving 
the environment.”
Planet Ocean aims to donate 10 percent of its proceeds
 to coral reef restoration — and wherever the 
movable hotel is located, marine biologist Dr. Thomas Goreau
 will grow a natural coral reef habitat in that same area. 
The plan includes relocations to various sites around the world.
“One point of this is to try to link the tourism to improving the
 environment,” Goreau, president of the Global Coral Reef Alliance,
 told The Huffington Post. “We help people restore reefs
 and having hotels do something and be part of the solution
 would be great. So far, they’ve been part of the problem.”
Indeed, about 58 percent of the world’s reefs are threatened
 by human activity, such as the coastal development 
of buildings or yachts causing reef damage
according to the United Nations Environment Program.
Restoring reefs is possible, however. 
Goreau and his colleagues at the alliance invented 
the so-called biorock methodin which low-voltage electrical 
currents are used to stimulate the growth
 of reefs on limestone surfaces.
“We can grow reef frameworks all around an underwater hotel,
 and put them down on flat sand,” Goreau said. 
“We can grow reefs of any size and shape
 around those and that material is limestone.
 It’s the only marine construction material
 that gains strength with age.”

Planet Ocean itself will only be positioned above sand, 
so as to reduce any potential negative impacts on 
the environment, Eleanor Mitch, CEO of the hotel, 
told The Huffington Post. She added that non-corrosive
 and non-pollutant marine equipment 
will be used to build the hotel.
Marine biologists will help the hotel to select
 the best sites to settle in, Mitch said. 
The underwater property also will make an
 effort to avoid hurricanes and any other weather-related risks.
“We believe that the future of travel and tourism
 will be tailor-made experiences,” she said.

 “We also firmly believe in responsible travel and tourism,
 which means that local economies and 
the environment benefit from these activities. 
It has to be a win-win scenario.”
Just like the ISS, the property presents an exciting
 opportunity to do some science.


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