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How a Women-Led Hospitality Team Is Paving a Path for Africa’s Next Generation

How a Women-Led Hospitality Team Is Paving a Path for Africa’s Next Generation

Colin Nagy, Skift

For Africa to realize a lot of its economic potential, especially within hospitality, elevating women to positions of leadership will help power and accelerate growth. Asilia's Dunia Camp in Tanzania, run by General Manager Angel Vendeline Namshali and her team of all women, is an example of this positive change.

1 month ago

Aman Expands in New Direction With Launch of Community-Focused Luxury Brand

Aman Expands in New Direction With Launch of Community-Focused Luxury Brand

Colin Nagy, Skift

Aman launches a new sister brand. The opportunity? To give creative class travelers more connected and social experiences while in the familiar aesthetic considerations (and a lower price point) of the elder sister brand Aman. Right now it's all theoretical, but the rationale is rock solid.

1 month ago

How to Get Music Right in Luxury Lifestyle Hotels

How to Get Music Right in Luxury Lifestyle Hotels

Colin Nagy, Skift

Music is getting better at hotels. What was once piped through in muted tones has now moved front and center. The strongest hospitality companies are investing in experiences in an effort to map from the soul of a brand and capture its signature sound. And, as Sister City has shown with its Björk collaboration, hotel music can become high-concept performance.

1 month ago

How Luxury Travel Can Build Community and Awareness in Africa

How Luxury Travel Can Build Community and Awareness in Africa

Colin Nagy, Skift

Connecting luxury travelers to the local community and fostering a better understanding of a destination is hard to do well. Here are two examples that the industry can draw inspiration from.

2 months ago

Building an Indonesian Lifestyle Brand From the Ground Up

Building an Indonesian Lifestyle Brand From the Ground Up

Colin Nagy, Skift

Lifestyle brands can feel like the forced product of one too many focus groups. Potato Head is the opposite: It's an Indonesian-born lifestyle brand that has been slowly built from the ground up with an emphasis on community, art, and culture.

2 months ago

How South African Tourism Can Get Its Mojo Back

How South African Tourism Can Get Its Mojo Back

Colin Nagy, Skift

South African tourism is on the decline. There are several factors at play, but given the diversity of experiences that can be had in this country of 58 million people, what's needed is a new and sharper narrative.

2 months ago

Designing a Better Airline Lounge Experience

Designing a Better Airline Lounge Experience

Colin Nagy, Skift

Despite the investment and focus on lounges to compete for and retain premium passengers, there's a lot of thinking left on the table. Here are some simple fixes to design a better experience on the ground.

2 months ago

The 2020 Innovators in Travel and Hospitality: Winter Edition

The 2020 Innovators in Travel and Hospitality: Winter Edition

Colin Nagy, Skift

Twice a year, this column looks at who is doing it right. Here are some of the most inspiring innovations in design, service, and guest experience in hospitality and travel. Let the debates begin.

3 months ago

A Wish List for Hospitality and Travel in 2020

A Wish List for Hospitality and Travel in 2020

Colin Nagy, Skift

In 2020, the stakes for innovation and being customer-centric are higher than ever. Here are some gaps, opportunities, and much-needed prescriptions to improve travel and hospitality.

3 months ago

A Bush Pilot Who Always Longs to Return to African Skies

A Bush Pilot Who Always Longs to Return to African Skies

Colin Nagy, Skift

Kirsty Henderson has arguably one of the coolest jobs in aviation: She’s a bush pilot, ferrying passengers across scenic African landscapes like Botswana. What’s more, she’s helping show aviation as a viable career path for young women.

3 months ago

Luxury Tented Resorts Poised for a Post-Glamping Era

Luxury Tented Resorts Poised for a Post-Glamping Era

Colin Nagy, Skift

A lot of nature-centric hospitality experiences got lumped under the "glamping" moniker and seemed frivolous as a result. But the space is growing because luxury travelers like the ability to be closer to nature without sacrificing creature comforts.

4 months ago

Africa Needs to Make Conservation a Growth Industry

Africa Needs to Make Conservation a Growth Industry

Colin Nagy, Skift

If leaders continue to look at African conservation as a charitable cause, it is doomed. As a growth industry — yes, an industry — that creates jobs and economic mobility, there is still hope for a sustainable future driven by the very young population on the continent.

5 months ago