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Luxury Hospitality Embraces Transience

An experience that only has a temporary shelf life is more valuable to certain consumers – especially those with plenty of money to spend. We can expect to see more hospitality brands experimenting with pop-ups in the future.

Luxury Hospitality Embraces Transience

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InterContinental Hotels Is Taking Kimpton Global

Kimpton is pretty unknown in Europe and Asia but that is about to change. Whether it truly is a luxury brand is a moot point; InterContinental Hotels Group thinks it is, and will be pushing it as such.

InterContinental Hotels Is Taking Kimpton Global

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Accor Makes Another High-End Acquisition

AccorHotels has made quite a shift upmarket in the last couple of years and it's unlikely the acquisition of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will be the end of its dealmaking exploits.

Accor Makes Another High-End Acquisition

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How Do You Rate a High-End Hotel?

Travel guides, in their various forms, are a dying breed, especially those that require an expensive army of reviewers. They are still valued by agents and others in the industry, but with cheaper alternatives out there, how long can they survive?

How Do You Rate a High-End Hotel?

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High-End Hoteliers Are Taking Loyalty More Seriously

Luxury hotel brands have lagged behind their cheaper siblings when it comes to loyalty programs. In the past they might not have needed to think about such schemes but with data becoming more and more valuable, companies can no longer afford to ignore them.

High-End Hoteliers Are Taking Loyalty More Seriously

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Fitness Clubs Are Becoming Hotels – and Vice Versa

With people spending more money on well-being, it makes sense that fitness clubs around the country would spy an opportunity to expand their brands. However, it's important to remember not every gym can have a 40-room boutique hotel above it.

Fitness Clubs Are Becoming Hotels – and Vice Versa

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Paying to Be on the A-List

Times are tough for legacy travel media brands and they are having to come up with more creative ways to cash in. But bringing in a charge for its A-List — no matter how this manifests itself — calls into question the idea of editorial independence.

Paying to Be on the A-List

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High-End Hotels Embrace Informality

Gone is the buttoned-down, forced formality, and in its place comes the freedom and confidence to treat guests as individuals. A new generation of hoteliers is learning to embrace informality.

High-End Hotels Embrace Informality

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Niche Cruising Earns High-End Appeal

The rise of uber-luxury cruise ships is well documented, but what about high-end cruising without the bling? We've said it many times before, but it is worth repeating: Experience counts much more than it used to. An intimate vacation on a tiny barge or a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica can still be luxurious.

Niche Cruising Earns High-End Appeal

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Travel Brands Turn to Risky Payments From the Crypto-Wealthy

The bitcoin bubble may have burst — at least temporarily — but there are still plenty of people sitting on sizable gains. The risk for any company accepting payment in cryptocurrencies is their volatility, which tells you that it is probably more about public relations than profits at this stage.

Travel Brands Turn to Risky Payments From the Crypto-Wealthy