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The concept of alternative accommodations encompasses so much. Even in the realm of high-end travelers, there are often multiple examples to choose from in the same place.

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Here at Skift, we’ve documented the growth of interest in alternative forms of accommodations over the last couple of years, and it seems no travel subset is immune to their charms.

Investors and entrepreneurs have cottoned on to the idea that even luxury travelers are keen to try something new. In many cases, what’s on offer is very different from old-school interpretations of what traditional high-end lodging should be.

This week we have a story that features a couple of examples of places offering multiple options in one spot.

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— Patrick Whyte, Europe Editor

5 Looks at Luxury

Luxury Accommodations Head Outdoors in Creative Ways: We’ve been reporting on alternative luxury accommodations like glamping, yurts, and tiny homes for the past couple of years. But now the hotel-less caravansary is going one step beyond, offering a variety of alternative accommodations all in one location.

Genting’s Dream Cruises Leadership Change Won’t Rock the Boat: Thatcher Brown has done a lot for Dream Cruises, and the last thing Genting wants to do at this time is appoint a successor who will make waves. Michael Goh is a perfect fit.

Travel Advisors See U.S. Domestic Tourism Evolving Amid Inbound Woes: Domestic leisure travel among Americans appears to be getting stronger, helping to offset declining growth in international visitors to the U.S. It’s also growing in new directions, with glamping and cultural tours especially popular.

Weaker Global Growth Forecast Leaves Mixed Clues for Travel Industry: Travel executives, take note. Global growth is more subdued than some of you may have expected. But many travel companies will still enjoy profitable growth this year.

When a Meditation App Becomes a Billion-Dollar Business: There’s no denying that meditation is on the rise in the U.S., and companies want in on the upswing. Not only are the big players getting more funding but so too are startups, which might be able to carve out their own niches.


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Photo credit: Collective Retreats has created what it calls an Outlook Shelter. Luxury travelers are looking for alternative types of accommodations. Collective Retreats

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