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Luxury Travel

In-depth coverage of luxury travel, including hotels, cruises, private jet travel, travel advisors and agents, and tour operators.

Hotels

Italy leases abandoned castles to luxury hoteliers for cash

The project is modeled after Spain’s Paradores, 25 of which were recently shut down indicating not even they were safe from the recession. The Italian project might provide a tourism boost, but won’t be a saving grace.

Italy leases abandoned castles to luxury hoteliers for cash

Hotels

Pop goes the luxury five-star hotel bubble, as investors focus on upscale

The high-manpower, high-costs five star luxury hotels haven't recovered since the recession, and investors are more interested in smart upscale, one or two notches below, as that market -- competing with boutiques -- has been booming over the last year or so.

Pop goes the luxury five-star hotel bubble, as investors focus on upscale

Tourism

Visitor spending in Atlantic City was on a steep incline before Sandy hit

Despite Revel’s bankruptcy declaration last week, the AC resort, a new marketing campaign, and gubernatorial initiatives contributed to a significant uptick in visitor spending in 2012.

Business Travel

Starwood’s big push in Latin America: 100 properties by end of 2013

Starwood could have 100 properties in Latin America by the end of 2013, up from the current 71. See, it's not all about Asia and the Middle East, where Starwood set up temporary headquarters. Latin America is on the agenda.

Hotels

Starwood looks to wealthier overseas economies to expand luxury portfolio

The demand for luxury properties and travel experiences is growing among a very small group of consumers in the U.S. so brands are heading to Asia to meet lucrative guests closer to home.

Starwood looks to wealthier overseas economies to expand luxury portfolio

Tourism

Chinese tourists boost luxury retail sales in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s retail industry is closely intertwined with tourism making an integrated marketing strategy and the proximity between shops and hotels important to the island’s overall economic success.

Chinese tourists boost luxury retail sales in Hong Kong

Hotels

What’s the right scent for a hotel? A memorable one

The hotel smell is something you notice only when it goes just right or has already gone very bad. Finding the right one is half science, half art.

What’s the right scent for a hotel? A memorable one

Hotels

Ritz Carlton tries to break free of its cookie-cutter design with new brand

When luxury travelers go looking for authentic and original travel experiences, Rtiz-Carlton and its "every hotel looks like a Boston legal office" look is low on the list. Can this tiger change its stripes?

Ritz Carlton tries to break free of its cookie-cutter design with new brand

Business Travel

Hotels swap out standard airport shuttles for tuk-tuks, helicopters, and a Rolls-Royce

Offering a creative spin on the standard transportation gives high-end hotels an opportunity to differentiate themselves from the competition and introduce their brands before guests even arrive.

Hotels swap out standard airport shuttles for tuk-tuks, helicopters, and a Rolls-Royce

Cruises

Legacy cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 to be converted into luxury hotel in Asia

Cruise ships switch hands many times in their lifetime and usually end up getting scrapped, except in the case of notable or historic ships, which, like the QE2, become docked attractions.

Legacy cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 to be converted into luxury hotel in Asia