The choice to travel less but travel better is one trend likely to come out of the coronavirus pandemic, Simon Calder, travel editor for The Resident, says. He points to eco-resort Jungle Bay Dominica, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa and Villa Copenhagen in Denmark as excellent examples of sustainable luxury.
Some changes expected in hotels as they reopen after the coronavirus will be invisible to guests, such as improved HVAC systems. "Five-star ventilation hasn't historically ranked among fine dining and sumptuous decor on a hotel's list of attributes," Callum Borchers writes.
Limited-service hotels suffered far less than other properties in April, the first full month of the coronavirus impact on the industry, STR reports. Among other findings, labor costs fell 73% year over year as revenues dropped 93%.
The 12-suite Istoria Hotel Santorini boutique hotel in Greece will cease room-by-room reservations and only rent out the entire property as a private villa in July and August. The long list of private features includes pools, spa and chef.
Traveling within Europe is likely for all later this month, but international travelers probably won't be allowed in until July, one official says. Even within borders, however, confusion reigns, as some countries hesitate to let in people from countries that were heavily hit by the coronavirus.
A Minnesota woman refused to be grounded by canceled birthday travel plans, so she took a faux vacation with an inflatable plane, cardboard signs and even a smuggled-aboard bottle of tequila. The four-minute video of her "vacation" has delighted more than 700,000 social media viewers.
The International Luxury Hotel Association will be hosting their 9th annual INSPIRE Summit at the Fairmont Miramar Resort & Bungalows in Santa Monica, Calif., on October 19 and 20. The event will showcase an updated trend forecast for the luxury hospitality industry, with leaders and disruptors sharing their insights on sustained recovery and pricing strategies to boost business and engage consumers. Read more here.
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