Articles tagged “richard branson”

When Luxury and Wellness Travel Collide

When Luxury and Wellness Travel Collide

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Wellness and luxury travel overlap in more ways than one — like when high-end hospitality companies start to offer more niche travel experiences. Expect more overlap in 2020.

3 weeks ago

Still Waiting for Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels to Transform Hospitality

Still Waiting for Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels to Transform Hospitality

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Richard Branson created Virgin Hotels nine years ago, promising to deliver about two dozen boutique hotels with flair. So far, only three hotels have opened. Will it be able to accelerate its growth in 2020?

1 month ago

Virgin Galactic Struggles Since Its Public Takeoff

Virgin Galactic Struggles Since Its Public Takeoff

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

This venture may be a little ahead of its time. Investors don't have much confidence that space tourism will gain traction anytime soon. Can you really blame them? It's space tourism.

3 months ago

Richard Branson Has Big Plans for Virgin’s Travel Brands in 2020

Richard Branson Has Big Plans for Virgin’s Travel Brands in 2020

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

While Richard Branson and the Virgin Group have had attempted to break into many industries over the years, travel has remained an enduring part of the business. This looks to continue with cruises, hotels, and space tourism as key areas of focus.

3 months 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.

5 months ago

The Race to Space Speeds Up With Virgin Galactic’s Listing

The Race to Space Speeds Up With Virgin Galactic’s Listing

Thomas Seal, Christopher Jasper and Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Richard Branson has been trying to get to space since 2004, when he first founded Virgin Galactic. While the company's move to publicly list the company takes things up a notch, it certainly doesn't guarantee this idea won't remain a true moonshot.

6 months ago

Virgin Atlantic CEO Reveals Plans for FlyBe Acquisition

Virgin Atlantic CEO Reveals Plans for FlyBe Acquisition

Christopher Jasper and Guy Johnson, Bloomberg

Get ready for "Virgin something" as the airline moves to beef up its intercontinental offerings and take advantage of Heathrow's planned third runway with acquisitions like FlyBe.

7 months ago

Virgin Galactic Could Fly Customers to Space as Soon as This Year

Virgin Galactic Could Fly Customers to Space as Soon as This Year

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Virgin Galactic already has about 700 customers willing to pay $250,000 for a 90-minute flight. That's remarkable, right?

8 months ago

Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson Plans a Humanitarian Concert for Venezuela

Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson Plans a Humanitarian Concert for Venezuela

Matthew Bristow, Bloomberg

Cynics may guess that Richard Branson saw the movie Bohemian Rhapsody and, reminded of the success of the first Live Aid concert in 1985, decided narcissistically to revive the idea. Idealists will say, whatever the motivation, the world must ease the economic crisis in Venezuela.

11 months ago

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

How Two Billionaires Are Looking to Transform U.S. Rail Service

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

You can't help but root for Richard Branson and Wes Edens. Who doesn't want to see passenger rail service in the U.S. enter the 21st century, especially if you've been on ho-hum Amtrak recently?

12 months ago

Virgin Galactic Moves Closer to Shuttling Tourists to Space After Test Flight

Virgin Galactic Moves Closer to Shuttling Tourists to Space After Test Flight

Associated Press

It counts as progress that nobody died when Virgin Galactic tested its rocketship this time. It's still unclear when, if ever, expensive suborbital flights will become a reality for wealthy vacationers, especially considering the demonstrable safety risks.

2 years ago

Richard Branson Believes Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Richard Branson Believes Supersonic Air Travel Is the ‘Next Big Thing’

Angus Whitley and Jason Kelly, Bloomberg

Richard Branson has a history of making bold predictions that don't turn out quite right. If – and it's a big if – supersonic jet travel makes a comeback, commercially viable flights are decades away.

2 years ago