Luxury Travel Coverage

Inspirato CEO Predicts Subscription Model Will Spur Followers in Luxury Travel

Inspirato CEO Predicts Subscription Model Will Spur Followers in Luxury Travel

Laura Powell, Skift

Introducing a subscription model to the travel industry could lead to a transformation in the way companies sell their products. On the other hand, it may be a challenge to get travelers to lock themselves into one brand over a period of time — unless, of course, there is an attractive perceived value.

9 hours ago

Dear Travel Marketer, Intention Matters More Than Experience

Dear Travel Marketer, Intention Matters More Than Experience

Laura Powell, Skift

Experience is passé. Today's top luxury marketers have moved on to a new way of looking at the customer journey. It's now about intention. High-end brands that can align their own intentions — beyond making a profit — with those of their customers have the potential to foster true-blue relationships.

24 hours ago

How Boutique Hotel Brands Build an Opening Buzz

How Boutique Hotel Brands Build an Opening Buzz

Laura Powell, Skift

Luxury lifestyle brands are popping up all over the place. In order to distinguish themselves against more traditional competitors, the new kids on the block are taking great pains to integrate themselves into their neighborhoods. One strategy is inviting neighbors to play a role in grand openings.

1 week ago

Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Boutique brands are discovering that creating splashy grand openings is a way to build buzz while creating community connections. Expect more investment in these one-time celebrations.

1 week ago

High-End Hotels Lean Into Role as Curators of Niche Brands

High-End Hotels Lean Into Role as Curators of Niche Brands

Laura Powell, Skift

At Skift New Luxury, we frequently write about cross-branding efforts between high-end brands. Hotels are especially well-positioned to provide a showcase for niche products and deepen the relationship with their guests in the process.

2 weeks ago

Hotels Embrace Role as Curators of Niche Products

Hotels Embrace Role as Curators of Niche Products

Colin Nagy, Skift

As brands struggle to break through with consumers, they need to consider introducing themselves within the environs of hotels. It's a means to create a new relationship in a contextual way. And hospitality brands have a huge opportunity to introduce tastemakers to up-and-coming products.

2 weeks ago

Seven of the Most Luxurious Airport Lounges in Asia

Seven of the Most Luxurious Airport Lounges in Asia

David Flynn, Executive Traveller

If you've got time to kill in one of these airports, there are certainly worse ways to while away the hours.

3 weeks ago

Former Silversea Cruises CEO Takes Over at Luxe Travel Giant Abercrombie & Kent

Former Silversea Cruises CEO Takes Over at Luxe Travel Giant Abercrombie & Kent

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The co-chairman structure is an unusual one in business and rarely lasts for long. But given the friendship of the two occupants, maybe this one stands more chance of success.

3 weeks ago

The Gentrification Redux for High-End Hospitality

The Gentrification Redux for High-End Hospitality

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Where some lifestyle and luxury brands fear to tread, others are happy to step in. Being an early mover has plenty of advantages, and it helps to set up your brand as different to the rest.

3 weeks ago

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Sophisticated serenity is the best way to describe luxury hospitality in the Catalan capital where troubles including sky-high petty crime rates, legality surrounding Airbnb, and political tensions bubble under the surface. For a city once considered the coolest in Europe, its development is useful to watch for other cities just now entering their gilded age of tourism.

4 weeks ago

Virgin Galactic Reveals Its Space Base But Not Its Launch Timing

Virgin Galactic Reveals Its Space Base But Not Its Launch Timing

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Champagne and caviar? Check. Barista island? Check. Scheduled flights? Richard Branson will get back to you. Space tourism has been an endlessly delayed launch, after all.

1 month ago

Can High-End Travelers Save Amsterdam From Overtourism?

Can High-End Travelers Save Amsterdam From Overtourism?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

One way to beat overtourism is to target higher-spending visitors. Cities can get away with fewer tourists as long as they spend more. But will that really help solve the issue?

1 month ago