Luxury Travel Coverage

Can Best Western Really Do Luxury?

Can Best Western Really Do Luxury?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Change is good, but it requires spending a decent chunk of cash and having a coherent strategy.

6 days ago

Singapore’s Iconic Raffles Hotel Is Adding a Co-Working Space

Singapore’s Iconic Raffles Hotel Is Adding a Co-Working Space

Katrina Nicholas, Bloomberg

Co-working is entering the hotel space more and more, and even going luxe when the historic Raffles Hotel in Singapore reopens later this year, just as we predicted last year.

2 weeks ago

Finding the Right Approach to High-End Wellness

Finding the Right Approach to High-End Wellness

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With their extensive global contacts, luxury tour operators have an advantage over newer wellness upstarts. They've just got to make sure they are putting on the kind of vacations travelers want.

2 weeks ago

Luxury Tour Operators Expand Into Wellness to Meet New Demand

Luxury Tour Operators Expand Into Wellness to Meet New Demand

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Luxury tour operators have incredible advantages over wellness industry competitors in crafting dynamic, immersive wellness-first travel experiences. However, they must adapt to this new market quickly to avoid stagnation in crafting luxury that is better-suited to past generations.

2 weeks ago

China’s Outbound Travelers May Be Spending Less on Luxury Goods

China’s Outbound Travelers May Be Spending Less on Luxury Goods

Kim Bhasin, Cécile Daurat, and Matt Townsend, Bloomberg

Fears of a Chinese slowdown have spooked luxury brands that look to outbound tourists from the world's second-largest economy to fill their shops. We at Skift can worry with the best of them about global trends, but for now, this Chinese spending decline seems modest and manageable.

2 weeks ago

Making Room Service Truly High-End

Making Room Service Truly High-End

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sometimes the best way to succeed is to take a contrarian approach.

3 weeks ago

Accor Taps SBE for New Luxury Lifestyle Brand

Accor Taps SBE for New Luxury Lifestyle Brand

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Like the other big hotel companies, Accor thinks it has gaps in its portfolio it needs to fill. Let's see if guests feel the same way.

3 weeks ago

How a French Gourmet Food Brand Plans to Succeed in Hotels

How a French Gourmet Food Brand Plans to Succeed in Hotels

Laura Powell, Skift

Another example of a luxury brand extending its reach into hospitality is developing out of Paris. But the question is, do we really need another luxury hotel brand? Maybe, if it has a certain je ne sais quoi.

3 weeks ago

Trump SoHo Hotel Drove a Sales Boom by Changing Its Name

Trump SoHo Hotel Drove a Sales Boom by Changing Its Name

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Business turned around last year after Trump SoHo changed its name to The Dominick. The story shows the power of rebranding in a contentious age.

3 weeks ago

Taj’s Alternative Experiment

Taj’s Alternative Experiment

Patrick Whyte, Skift

These days every good hospitality company needs an alternative accommodations strategy.

4 weeks ago

InterContinental Lands Another Luxury Brand

InterContinental Lands Another Luxury Brand

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Six Senses looks like a good addition to IHG's high-end portfolio and should fit in well with the existing luxury brands, without too much overlap.

1 month ago

More U.S. Snowbirds Are Favoring Resorts Over Timeshares

More U.S. Snowbirds Are Favoring Resorts Over Timeshares

Sarah Firshein, Bloomberg

Forget the timeshare condo. There’s a new, cold-weather version of “summering” abroad, if you have the money: Five-star resort properties that are close to the equator.

1 month ago