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What’s luxury travel got to do with it? As the world’s ideas of wealth and status change, travelers’ ideas of luxury are changing to match. High-end travelers increasingly choose subtle indulgence over flashy logos and conspicuous consumption. And they’re gravitating toward travel that enables them to live out their personal values and fulfill their dreams through exclusive experiences.
In this new landscape, “luxury travel” can mean flying by helicopter to a remote desert peak for an exclusive yoga class. Or, it could mean passing up the comfort of a resort stay for a once-in-a-lifetime dive to the wreck of the Titanic – a “vacation” that requires specialized training in addition to the ultra-premium price. Read more »
Dr. Mehmet Oz made a surprise appearance aboard a Turkish Airlines flight bound for New York from Istanbul recently to tape a segment about a topic many of us know all too well: the vexing discomforts of long-haul flying.
The famed cardiothoracic surgeon and Columbia University professor whose syndicated talk show, The Dr. Oz Show, usually highlights weight-loss methods and ways to manage pain, had plenty of advice for passengers — many of them frequent flyers — about how to minimize discomforts and stay healthy and well during long-distance travel.
The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) recently looked at perceptions of American travelers to study some of their reactions to prominent issues, such as airline regulation and travel bans, to better support travel agents as they advise their clients.
The study comes at a time of turmoil for American travelers, a time of highly-publicized airline incidents, travel bans and tightened regulations and restrictions concerning carry-on items. ASTA collected the opinions of more than 1,500 travelers on a wide range of travel topics, including public policy issues such as travel bans and restrictions, airline regulation and a proposed Mexican border wall. Read more »
Beach hotel vacation in Los Angeles: Malibu Beach Inn
The Best Beach Hotel in Los Angeles can be found, not surprisingly, north of L.A. in a little precious enclave called Malibu. There, along a sliver of sunny California coastline called “Billionaire’s Beach” find the Malibu Beach Inn and 45 rooms of pure “one percent” heaven for those who might not live the life full time. Most of the eye candy at Malibu Beach Inn can be found in the custom-designed rooms opening onto private terraces right over the beach and waves. In fact, at Malibu Beach Inn guests sleep so close to the surf that the hotel provides complimentary ear gear to muffle the sounds of crashing waves at night. READ MORE …
One of the most rapidly growing sectors of the travel industry is spiritual tourism, with approximately 300 million travelers annually investing in this genre of travel. The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) reports that 25% of U.S. travelers are interested in some sort of faith-based trip, and the market in this $18 billion industry is expected to double by 2020.
Steeped in mythology and Orthodox Christian heritage, Greece is a leading destination for religious travel, with journeys that explore temples to the gods, sacred sites and religious festivals. Read more »
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is pushing the all systems go button on new experiences and developments at Disney parks around the world. At last month’s D23 Expo 2017 in Celebration, Florida, Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled an impressive line-up of new Disney moments, starting from before guests even arrive for a Disney vacation to the memories they take with them when it’s over.
Chapek offered a sneak peek at more than a dozen new experiences and projects in development, with a phalanx of imagineers in tow to provide details of the creativity, imagination and innovation behind these endeavors.
“On the heels of the many new and incredibly popular experiences that just debuted this year, the best is yet to come. We have ambitious plans for our parks and resorts around the world,” Chapek said. “We’re investing in the guest experience like never before, and we’re doing it all in way that is only possible at Disney!” Read more »