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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