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Luxury brands are gradually realizing the power of experiences and this is leading them to buy or partner with traditional travel and hospitality companies. Expect this trend to continue in 2019.

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When LVMH, which owns brands ranging from Louis Vuitton to Moet Hennessy, acquired Belmond, it wasn’t the first time a luxury fashion firm decided to get involved with hospitality. But it does represent something of a change in the way high-end retailers view fashion.

Before it might look good for a brand to occasionally partner with or buy a hotel, but now it is considered vital to have a bigger slice of the “experiences” market, as well as goods.

Earlier this year, we published a story on luxury car firms linking up with hotels, and that is just one area to keep an eye on. The whole luxury sector is primed for more cross-selling.

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— Patrick Whyte, Europe Editor

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Luxury Concierges Help the Super Rich Grab Elite Experiences: If your net worth is about $50 million — the supposed average net worth of members of luxury concierge service Quintessentially — you too can have some unique travel experiences. This shows how the “experiences” trend is becoming pervasive in different shapes and forms, and for a variety of income levels.

Bali Mulls How to Charge $10 Tax on Foreign Tourists: Tourism revenue accounts for a vast majority of Bali’s income, but the crowds take a toll on its resources and infrastructure. Now the provincial government will charge a toll of its own: a $10 tax on foreign visitors to help defray the impact.


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Tags: belmond, luxury, lvmh

Photo credit: A guest boarding the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Luxury brands will step up their collaborations this year. Belmond

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