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 [...]

News: New Zealand update

At 2.11 p.m. local time, Monday 9 December, 2019, the volcano on White Island, also known as Whakaari,  erupted without warning. At least 50 were in or around the crater and initial reports indicated at least five dead and say the death toll may rise. White Island is about 50 kilometres north of New Zealand's [...]

Virtuoso shares hottest new openings

Virtuoso is the leading network of over 1,000 travel agencies ( in all, comprising more than 20,000 elite travel advisors) in 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with over 1,800 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, [...]

How to make ILTM work best

At the start of the final day, the 'VIP Media' at Leading Hotels of the World's networking breakfast were unanimous. If hotel groups and individual properties would be more transparent, they would achieve more coverage. Marriott's breakfast the previous day got high marks. Branding leader for the luxury hotels Tina Edmundson went beyond describing Marriott [...]

Greece’s platform introduces luxury travellers to its finest artisans and craftsmen.

  “We must put more effort into quality”, declares Angela Gerekou, the dynamo artist, businesswoman and former politician who was appointed Chairman of the Greek National Tourism Organization in September 2019. “We must stress the year-round advantages of this glorious country”. Speaking on 22 November 2019 at breakfast atop the Grande Bretagne (GB), Athens’ iconic Luxury [...]