Luxury Travel, Lifestyle and Marketing Trends

Airports selling local foods

Another variation on culinary tourism, a segment which continues to grow, seems to me to be eclipsing duty free….the busiest shop at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport was the one selling Turkish food products: from preserves, honeys, teas and coffee, to sweets and olive oil.

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Reach Out and Touch Someone 2.0

‘60s visionary, Marshall McLuhan spoke of “high tech, high touch.” He predicted a search for meaning, a yearning for community, and a desire for deeper relationships to balance rapid technological change. We see this all around us today. Whether due to our global society, recession, unemployment, telecommuting, today’s 24/7 digital work life, or maybe even that infamous 50% divorce rate, all these forces combine to create a renewed desire to reconnect and share. Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Match and its endless dating permutations facilitate just that. Via these social media, friends and strangers alike share information, experiences and bond around common interests like never before.

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Luxury Cruise Trends 2011

As editor Nancy Novogrod, editor of Travel + Leisure quoted to the Miami Herald, luxury cruising is “not about 3000 thread count sheets”. Nor is it about spacious cabins, white glove service, celebrity branded restaurants or spas; it’s not even about status and exclusivity.

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Countdown: Our 10 Travel PR Trends for 2011

We go to great lengths to identify emerging trends so that we can always be one step ahead, and so our clients can benefit from constant changes in the marketplace. Over the next week or so, we’ll be rolling out our predictions for travel PR trends in 2011.

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Vacation rentals add value with hotel-like luxuries

In an effort to distinguish themselves from other short-term rentals and capture a share of the $100 billion hotel market, many vacation rentals are trying to stand out by essentially posing as hotels — offering everything from regular maid service to miniature toiletries to concierges who can arrange restaurant reservations.

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Growing demand for fractional / lifestyle leasing in 2011

For years now, we’ve seen that for some luxury goods, access is better than ownership. Even more so since the recession. We still want a mini indulgences – pick-me-ups.

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What to get food lovers for Christmas?

AP foodie, JM Hirsch suggests what to get our culinary lovers for Christmas. From smaller indulgences, like hand crafted collection of intensely rich sweet treats from Dufflet Rosenberg, a Toronto pastry chef who has been earning accolades for more than 30 years; to some of Norman Love’s artistic chocolates or jars of Jamie Oliver’s artisanal Marvellous Mayo or jams.

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