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Luxury Fashion-Branded Hotels Aim to Exceed Chinese Expectations

Luxury Fashion-Branded Hotels Aim to Exceed Chinese Expectations

Samantha Shankman, Skift

It is said the future of luxury lies at the intersection of luxury and fashion, a nexus attractive to Chinese consumers who are still driven by brands and status in making purchase decisions.

4 days ago

Innovative Hoteliers Tap Craft Cocktail Culture for Luxury Guests

Innovative Hoteliers Tap Craft Cocktail Culture for Luxury Guests

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Craft cocktail culture is based on the same principles driving change in the luxury hospitality world today: consumers’ desires for best-quality ingredients, a curated sense of place, and staff conscious of (and connected to) the local scene.

2 weeks ago

Why Luxury Hotels Are Investing in Family-Friendly Programs

Why Luxury Hotels Are Investing in Family-Friendly Programs

Samantha Shankman, Skift

What appear to be simple marketing schemes are in fact thoughtful curations that have the double effect of attracting new customers and, if executed correctly, their return. Happy children mean happy parents and there's no better way to secure another booking.

2 months ago

Belize Is Latest Test Ground for Luxury Development and Environment

Belize Is Latest Test Ground for Luxury Development and Environment

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Belize should serve as a case study for conscious luxury development. There will be successes and lessons to watch for in the coming years as the effects of a small group of hoteliers' decisions play out in the local environment and culture.

2 months ago

The Growth and Democratization of Flying Private

The Growth and Democratization of Flying Private

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Any luxury industry experiencing an uptick in new, affluent young customers has a right to be bullish about growth, but it is a combination of logistics, customer service and branding that will eventually set the winners apart from the other players.

2 months ago

Is Luxury Hospitality Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?

Is Luxury Hospitality Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Education delivered directly from local communities, and informed by tradition, is what distinguishes immersion from appropriation. It's the job of luxury professionals to facilitate the experience without adding the influence of their own lens.

2 months ago

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Forget millennials. It's their parents who have the money and time to sign up for luxury experiences around the globe. With the aid of digital communications, going alone no longer feels like tragedy but an asset.

3 months ago

The Rise of Luxury Wellness Tourism in Africa

The Rise of Luxury Wellness Tourism in Africa

Samantha Shankman, Skift

An expanding definition of wellness experiences that includes self-actualization and adventure as much as farm-fresh meals and sophisticated spa treatments is positioning African destinations and operators to become the next leaders in the luxury wellness travel market.

4 months ago

The State of Luxury Yacht Rentals and Sharing Schemes

The State of Luxury Yacht Rentals and Sharing Schemes

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Breaking open the yacht rental market with a sharing platform is a difficult endeavor given the challenges of operating a digital business within the luxury sector as well as the nuances and securities needed for an experience as hands-on as yachting.

4 months ago

Being Informal Is the Future of Luxury Guest Relations

Being Informal Is the Future of Luxury Guest Relations

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Luxury travelers are seeking out experiences that enrich their lives rather than isolate them from adventures. That's why The Thief in Oslo is one of a growing number of luxury hotels that are pursuing more informal and instantaneous relations with guests.

6 months ago

Luxury Hospitality Brands Play Catch-Up on Social Media

Luxury Hospitality Brands Play Catch-Up on Social Media

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Social platforms are constantly evolving, mandating that luxury brands perpetually refine their approach and balance their agenda of pushing a lifestyle brand while providing real-time customer communications.

6 months ago

Is the Crypto-Luxury Travel Market Worth the Risk?

Is the Crypto-Luxury Travel Market Worth the Risk?

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Bitcoin's growth has made a lot of people very wealthy, and more companies are looking at tapping into what could be a lucrative market. The problem, though, is the unpredictable nature of cryptocurrency markets means accepting these virtual currencies comes with considerable risk.

6 months ago