Luxury Travel, Lifestyle and Marketing Trends

The future of luxury

French born Dr. Clotaire Rapaille, author of the “The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way to Understand Why People Around the World Live and Buy as They Do” gave a thought provoking talk this week at Miami’s Luxury Marketing Council.

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2010’s Upside-Down Pyramid: All Hail King Consumer

No one knows for sure what 2010 will bring. Most economists say the global recession has probably peaked, but what will the recovery look like? In some sectors, consumer spending is on the rise, and we’re spotting more and more post-recession flowers blooming. Whether their pocketbooks were squeezed or not, many affluents are now transformed. They want value, quality, and products with a “moral conscience.”

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Slow recovery forecast for US travel industry in 2010

With the arrival of the New Year, there are some encouraging signs that the travel industry is poised for a gradual recovery, although not as quickly as many travel service suppliers would like. The culprit remains the languishing economy. While recent GDP numbers reflect a positive path and job losses have subsided, American consumers have adopted more conservative spending patterns and now maintain the highest savings rate observed in the past eight years.

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Travel is increasingly ‘mobile’

The term “mobile” reflects consumers growing demand for immediacy in their interactions. Sparked by Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed, immediacy is compelling, engaging, highly addictive. Our recent favorite: the Twitter tool that shows who else is at the airport.

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