Luxury Travel

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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.

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Is Luxury Hospitality Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?

Is Luxury Hospitality Guilty of Cultural Appropriation?

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Education delivered directly from local communities, and informed by tradition, is what distinguishes immersion from appropriation. It's the job of luxury professionals to facilitate the experience without adding the influence of their own lens.

1 month ago

How Millennials and Chinese Consumers Will Change Luxury Travel

How Millennials and Chinese Consumers Will Change Luxury Travel

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Even if you think you've heard enough about millennials and Chinese consumers, it's worth keeping an eye on how both are reshaping the luxury travel industry — especially as brands are looking to target them in the coming years.

1 month ago

Millennials and Chinese Consumers Are Rewriting the Luxury Rulebook

Millennials and Chinese Consumers Are Rewriting the Luxury Rulebook

Laura Powell, Skift

The luxury goods market is going to be worth more than $450 billion by 2025 and many of its trends are relevant to travel as well. Younger consumers see brands in a different way than previous generations — and for them consistency is key.

1 month ago

The Winners and Losers in Accor’s Loyalty Revamp

The Winners and Losers in Accor’s Loyalty Revamp

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Hotel loyalty programs are evolving especially with new forms of accommodation coming online. Change is inevitable but that doesn't mean everyone is going to be happy.

2 months ago

What the Growth of Solo Travel Means for Luxury

What the Growth of Solo Travel Means for Luxury

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With older people much more confident about travel than they were a couple of decades ago, it's perhaps understandable that they are happier to travel on their own.

2 months ago

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Forget millennials. It's their parents who have the money and time to sign up for luxury experiences around the globe. With the aid of digital communications, going alone no longer feels like tragedy but an asset.

2 months ago

Royal Caribbean Places a Big Bet on Expedition Cruising

Royal Caribbean Places a Big Bet on Expedition Cruising

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With expedition cruising set for serious growth over the next few years, it is understandable that one of the big cruise companies has decided to get more involved. The question now is will the others follow?

2 months ago

Lack of Used Private Jets Spurs Demand for Newer Aircraft

Lack of Used Private Jets Spurs Demand for Newer Aircraft

Thomas Black, Bloomberg

Private jets are catching the eye of wealthy travelers and corporations following a period of soft pricing and reduced depreciation of used planes. For those who can afford it, a $9.7 million jet can be worth avoiding the traditional public aviation experience. They're buying now as prices have begun to creep higher.

2 months ago

Ponant’s North American Push Highlights Growth in Expedition Cruising

Ponant’s North American Push Highlights Growth in Expedition Cruising

Laura Powell, Skift

With luxury travelers getting more adventurous it is not a surprise to see expedition cruising growing in popularity. French company Ponant is making a big push in North America, something that is likely going to benefit the sector as a whole.

2 months ago

Taking Luxury Hotel Service to Sea

Taking Luxury Hotel Service to Sea

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Hotel-cruise crossovers are pretty rare these days, so it will be interesting to see how the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection fares. Will the brand power be enough to entice land-lovers to take to water?

2 months ago

Rwanda Is Making a Push for the Right Number of High-Spending Visitors

Rwanda Is Making a Push for the Right Number of High-Spending Visitors

Laura Powell, Skift

Rwanda is setting itself up as Africa's new big luxury tourism destination. And while mountain gorillas are the country's main attraction, new luxury lodges will help open up other regions of this small, yet highly diverse country.

2 months ago