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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