Monday, 30 November 2015

Travel Trends: What’s Next in Tourism?

The rising trend for connected travelers to actually… unplug! Conversely, wifi remains a key component required for both leisure and business travelers, so hoteliers and destinations will need to strike a difficult balance.

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First luxury tent and villa encampment for Rosewood.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Waterfall Management Sole to manage Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos, scheduled to open 2017 as a luxury escape that will epitomize the collection’s A Sense of Place® philosophy.

Within 10 minutes’ drive from the historic city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests will be enveloped in an ethereal, idyllic setting as the resort is completely immersed within a virtually untouched natural environment. Rosewood Luang Prabang will be the only luxury vacation destination in the vicinity with no sightlines to civilization.

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Monday, 9 November 2015

'Would you like fries with that?", that would be $133, please....

This is the example of a rude joke. There is something about the fries at McDonald’s, something very satisfying and appetising. Venezuelan government doesn’t seem to think so. After a 10 month hiatus the fast food chain has reintroduced fries but the price to pay is around a tenth of the country’s minimum wage at $133. And the fuel to fire is that they aren’t made of the regular potatoes used by the brand but instead Venezuelan potatoes which do not taste the same. It is a weak replacement to McD’s famous fries but patrons have no choice but to relish on this ‘new flavour specially made in Venezuela’. It is understandable if they were offering gourmet fries like they are doing in Japan and Sweden. (source:

Strategy: How to Not Get Stuck with the Worst Room in the Hotel.

Whenever you are on the road in Europe, you are bound to have a few frustrating experiences. This happened to me a few years ago when I was on the road inspecting hotels across Europe.

I had a bad feeling when I checked into my second hotel on my trip to Lisbon. I was in town for the week to review about 50 hotels for our Lisbon guide, and I’d be spending three nights at this hotel.

I had just spent three nights at another hotel, the Metropole, several blocks away. My room had been wonderful—a spacious double on the fifth floor, with a small balcony opening to sunny city views. (And yes, it was quite affordable, given the off-season rates.)

But as I checked into this second hotel rather late in the afternoon, I grew nervous. The receptionist tapped away at his keyboard, apparently trying to find something open for my three nights. He frowned a lot. Finally, he handed me a keycard with a sigh and said, “I’m sorry, but this is the only room available.”

Minutes later I opened the door (which banged into the bed) of a very small room that hardly offered enough room to enter. It goes without saying that there was no desk (annoying, as I was in town for work), nor was there room to put away my luggage.

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Hottest Food and Beverage Trends in Restaurants and Hotel Dining for2016, plus 24 Buzzwords.

The two most noteworthy trends in for 2016 have nothing to do with food.

Big disrupters are a revolution in high-speed food delivery to homes and offices and a national conversation regarding tipping and pay disparities - Cleansing menus of additives won't be enough - Why there's a new obsession with fried chicken, plus 24 buzzwords for the year ahead.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Moet & Chandon Champagne nail bar.....

On 25th July, The Spa at The Merchant Hotel launched their brand new Moët & Chandon Champagne Nail Bar. Exclusively using OPI nail products, this nail bar is set to be a sumptuous experience, offering deluxe manicures and pedicures, complete with a glass of Moët & Chandon.

Macallan ice ball maker


Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Japanese Izakayas - great food, great atmosphere!

We highly recommend to venture into the small streets of Tokyo or other cities in Japan.

Here you will find an abundant choice in small restaurants and eating joints.

Great food, reasonable priced, top quality and always a buzzing atmosphere.

Why 'Book on Google' and 'Book on TripAdvisor' Will Be a Nightmare for the Hospitality Industry.

Background: Following the lead of, which has turned itself into a meta-OTA-type of a service for quite some time now, TripAdvisor rolled out their 'Instant Book' feature over the past year or so (now called 'Book on TripAdvisor'), which, at up to 15% commission, is a de facto OTA-like channel.

Recently Google launched a copycat service - 'Book on Google', which is a similar OTA-like / commission-based option in their Hotel Price Ads (HPA) meta search program. 

Now both Google and TripAdvisor are running two parallel tracks within their meta search programs:

A. OTA-type of a program, based on commissions of 15%, where users book on Google or TripAdvisor respectively (“Book on Google” and “Book on TripAdvisor”).

B. Meta search advertising program, based on CPC (cost per click) and advertising budgets, where after they click on the meta listing, the users are sent to the property’s own website booking engine to complete the booking.

We see similar OTA conversions from other smaller meta search players like Hipmunk, Skyscanner, and others.

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The Value of Authenticity in Storytelling and Travel.

A little over a year ago, I went to Peru, on my list was a visit to Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake AND Getting there involves a half-day-long drive from Cusco – made longer by drag in the dirt roads and the occasional llama crossing.

Monday, 21 September 2015

15 Stunning Bridal Suites in Singapore.

Really nice hotel suites to get naughty in, luxurious, elegant, and romantic, these beautiful bridal suites will set the right mood for your wedding night.

Whether you’re checking out bridal suites in Singapore before you sign your wedding banquet package, or are looking for the perfect spot to stage a surprise proposal, these gorgeous suites will leave you spoilt for choice.

Monday, 14 September 2015

21 million more international tourists in the first half of 2015.

The number of international tourist arrivals grew by 4% in the first half of 2015 according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, destinations worldwide received some 538 million international tourists between January and June 2015, an increase of 21 million compared to the same period of 2014.

Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East all recorded 5% growth in international arrivals and the Americas 4%. Limited data available for Africa points to an estimated 6% decrease in the number of international tourists in the region.

Singapore remains top location for meetings.

For the third consecutive year, Singapore remains the top international meetings city, ahead of 1,653 cities, according to rankings by the Union of International Associations (UIA), an organisation which has carried out statistical studies on international meetings for the past 61 years. Singapore has also been ranked as the second “Top International Meetings Country”, only behind the top-placed US.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Hermes redesigns the Apple Watch.

While the next techno gadget is waiting to swallow mankind the market is getting busy with styling it in the best manner for its discernible clientele.

Un nouvel attelage

Uncompromising craftsmanship. Pioneering innovation. Groundbreaking functionality. Apple Watch Hermès is the culmination of a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision, and mutual regard. It is a unique timepiece designed with both utility and beauty in mind. With leather straps handmade by Hermès artisans in France and Hermès watch faces reinterpreted by Apple designers, Apple Watch Hermès is a product of elegant, artful simplicity — the ultimate tool for modern life.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Rolls Royce introduces DAWN, a car like no other.

After the darkness comes Dawn, its striking silhouette transformed at a touch, its inviting interior opened to the elements – to friends, to the unexpected, to endless possibilities:
Dawn lives in the moment and the moment is now.

Sensuous styling

Dawn’s alluring presence is unmistakable, right from the very first encounter. Striking and assertive, its charm and charisma draw you in.

With the top up, the mood is powerful. With one touch, its sensuous appeal is unveiled: the roof silently folds away, revealing a seductive interior.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

15 Weirdest Foods Around the World.

From chicken feet to tuna eyeballs: here are 15 weird foods to satisfy the most daring of palates. If a bacon sarnie just isn't cutting it and you fancy something more exotic, how about sinking your teeth into some raw whale blubber? If that doesn't quite float your boat, don't worry, there's always a crispy tarantula. If you're hungry now, you won't be by the end of this article.

Here are 15 of the weirdest foods to try on your travels.


Emirates debuts Dom Perignon at 30,000 feet.

Popping bottles: Emirates is now offering in-flight exclusive vintages and new champagne pairing menu 'Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!' – the legendary words of a French Benedictine monk in the 17th century.


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Lifestyle Concepts Group launches new website

Exciting news! Lifestyle Concepts Group has launched its completely redesigned website. Nice piece of work and we're proud of it!

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