Sicily My Love: how one Taormina-based DMC leverages fabulous video images to promote its region

Salvatore Lo Giudice, Managing Director of Sicily Lifestyle, had a clear concept of his company’s brand image: “It should be the perfect combination of tourism, fashion and cinema”. To underline this, he commissioned Vanity Fair fashion editor Michael Roberts to create a 13-minute short film to set the stage, called “Sicily My Love”; and for [...]

Close encounters of the natural kind

Following a strategic agreement in 2018 between the Accor and Mantis groups, an exclusive new game reserve has been opened just north of Durban, South Africa, in a total wilderness area belonging to the local Zulu community. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is renowned as being the oldest nature reserve area in Africa, and one in which, thanks to [...]

Relais & Châteaux gets new mobile app

Arnaud Wielgus, Chief Commercial, Marketing & Digital Officer at Relais & Châteaux tells us that the organisation has launched a brand-new app, which has already received, at the eCommerce awards in France, the “Best Mobile Initiative” of the year – across all categories. “It is very simple to use, and brings together all the tools [...]

South Korea is partnering with “Traveller Made” to sell the destination

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is counting on "Traveller Made", the invitation-only global Luxury Travel Network launched in 2013 by Quentin Desurmont, to bring more visitors to South Korea. KTO is promoting unique experiences for travellers looking for such different and authentic moments as cultural and nature outings, tips for Korean cuisine, and  beauty and [...]

Who will run Montage Beverly Hills now?

On Friday, 20 December 2019, it was announced that Maybourne, the three-hotel London group masterminded by determined Irishman Paddy McKillen, would be paying a reputed $400 million for the 201-key Montage Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Montage Beverly Hills, which opened 1st November 2008, is the first hotel in the brand conceived and so brilliantly led [...]

Six Senses takes over a London department store

Whiteleys will become a 110-key hotel, complemented by a 3,500 sq m Six Senses Spa, and 14 branded residences for sale. The department store was opened by draper William Whiteley in 1863.   Development of the hotel conversion is being done by a Meyer Bergman-advised fund, working with Finchatton. Complementing architectural addition by Foster+Partners are interiors [...]

What is a meaningful escape? Ask Capella

Capella Hotel Group’s new Meaningful Escapism guest experiences have three cornerstones: community, spirituality and sustainability. As company CEO Nicholas Clayton says, We want to meet the needs of mindful travellers who are looking for more conscious travel experiences that enrich their lives and positively impact members of the local community Capella, which is part of Global [...]