Luxury Travel

What’s Next for Belmond?

What’s Next for Belmond?

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Belmond hasn't had the easiest time over the past few years, but its collection of iconic hotels and trains make it an intriguing target.

4 days ago

Luxury General Managers on How Five-Star Expectations Have Changed

Luxury General Managers on How Five-Star Expectations Have Changed

Laura Powell, Skift

What better way to discover how luxury travel has evolved than to chat with veterans of the five-star hospitality space?

4 days ago

Minor Hotels Founder Offers Lessons in Bottom-Up Entrepreneurship

Minor Hotels Founder Offers Lessons in Bottom-Up Entrepreneurship

Colin Nagy

Minor Hotels founder William Heinecke has had quite the entrepreneurial journey. As an American expat, he started his entire empire of businesses in Thailand from the age of 17. Here he shares thoughts about the state of hospitality, luxury, and embedding social good into the core of his properties.

1 week ago

The Many Ways Travel Companies Target Luxury Agents

The Many Ways Travel Companies Target Luxury Agents

Patrick Whyte, Skift

In certain sub-sectors — luxury and cruise spring to mind — travel agents still play a big part in driving sales. Hoteliers and tour operators know this and are happy to splash the cash in order to get some of their business.

2 weeks ago

Why Luxury Hotels Are Investing in Family-Friendly Programs

Why Luxury Hotels Are Investing in Family-Friendly Programs

Samantha Shankman, Skift

What appear to be simple marketing schemes are in fact thoughtful curations that have the double effect of attracting new customers and, if executed correctly, their return. Happy children mean happy parents and there's no better way to secure another booking.

2 weeks ago

How Luxury Operators Dial Into Top-Producing Agents

How Luxury Operators Dial Into Top-Producing Agents

Laura Powell, Skift

It's an old business axiom that 20 percent of customers are responsible for 80 percent of one's business. Top travel companies are recognizing this is certainly the case in the world of luxury travel agents. That's why more and more of them are starting to create novel programs for their best sellers.

2 weeks ago

AccorHotels’ High-End Acquisition Problem

AccorHotels’ High-End Acquisition Problem

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Two of Accor's high-end deals have failed to live up to expectations. The big question now is: Can the company fix things?

3 weeks ago

Belize Is Latest Test Ground for Luxury Development and Environment

Belize Is Latest Test Ground for Luxury Development and Environment

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Belize should serve as a case study for conscious luxury development. There will be successes and lessons to watch for in the coming years as the effects of a small group of hoteliers' decisions play out in the local environment and culture.

3 weeks ago

The Changing Market for Private Jets

The Changing Market for Private Jets

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Booking a seat on a private jet is easier than ever, and there are lots of companies out there thinking more and more people will give it a try. But how low does the price have to go to gain any traction?

4 weeks ago

The Growth and Democratization of Flying Private

The Growth and Democratization of Flying Private

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Any luxury industry experiencing an uptick in new, affluent young customers has a right to be bullish about growth, but it is a combination of logistics, customer service and branding that will eventually set the winners apart from the other players.

4 weeks ago

Palau Tests the Waters of Luxury Tourism

Palau Tests the Waters of Luxury Tourism

Laura Powell, Skift

The tiny republic of Palau is striving to become a global leader in ecotourism. In recent years, the government has made moves to ensure the country becomes a pristine paradise for luxury travelers.

4 weeks ago

Cultural Immersion Versus Appropriation

Cultural Immersion Versus Appropriation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's a difficult topic for the travel industry to discuss, especially as experiences get more immersive. But just because it can be uncomfortable doesn't mean we should shy away from confronting it and calling out bad behavior.

1 month ago