INFLUENCE: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

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11
Jan
2018
INFLUENCE: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

Learn how social media influencers are getting their cameras involved in their most private and intimate moments, and how this online transparency is guiding the social behaviours, pleasures and inclinations of the social-media-savvy public.

06
Jan
2018
THREE TIPS TO HELP YOU FIND MICRO-INFLUENCERS WITH MAXIMUM REACH

It’s time to stop complaining about influencer marketing and play the (Insta)game, says Nora Oravecz. Here are her top tips for finding micro-influencers with maximum reach.

Zurich skyline – by Patrick Schopflin
05
Jan
2018
CREATIVE HUBS: ZURICH

Zurich might not immediately scream creativity, but scratch its stuffy surface and find a legacy left by the raucous bunch who took advantage of Switzerland’s neutrality during the First World War: home to contemporary art, a sea of entrepreneurs, and thriving restaurants and hotels, this is not a city to be overlooked.

28
Dec
2017
INFLUENCE: THE NEW REALITY

Blurring the lines between selfie-culture and reality, Cindy Sherman’s recent reappearance on Instagram has caused a stir in the art world. Lisa Davidson examines the relationship between surreality and our IRL personas.

27
Dec
2017
HOW THE ARTIST RESIDENCE GROUP QUIETLY REDEFINED LUXURY

From Brighton to Penzance, Sara D’Souza explores how the Artist Residence brought understated cool (and a seriously covetable bathtub or two) to the UK’s boutique hotel scene.

17
Dec
2017
HOW ACTIVISM BECAME UNAVOIDABLE

In an increasingly fraught political climate, how can hotels and the travel industry make a stand – and better embrace the causes that matter? James Davidson explores the trailblazing brands swapping avocado toast for considered and impactful activism.

The terrace at Café le Bistrot – Along Dusty Roads
15
Dec
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: GIRONA

Far more than just the gateway to the Costa Brava, Girona’s blend of Catalan cuisine, medieval architecture and distinct fusion of the old and new are cementing its status as one of Spain’s leading cultural capitals. Kate Hamilton explores a city waiting to be discovered.

Hotel de' RIcci – via How To Spent It
11
Dec
2017
VINTAGE EDITIONS: TWO ITALIAN BOUTIQUES PUTTING A SPIN ON COLLECTABLES

We’ve all got collections we’re proud of – for some, it’s a shelf full of Polly Pockets; for others, its a massive stack of Pokémon cards. Meet two boutique hotels who’ve based their properties around the the collections that bring them pride and joy.

Le Méridien - courtesy of Le Méridien
08
Dec
2017
THE PROBLEM FACING LIFESTYLE BRANDS IN SEOUL

Along come the Chinese middle-class travellers, and there go the lifestyle brands: Nancy Huang investigates why high-end lifestyle hotel brands hoping to make a splash in Seoul are struggling to survive. So how will soon-to-open Méridien Seoul fare in 2018?

07
Dec
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LOS CABOS

Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula might be better known for spring break, but a creative tide has brought everything from breweries to boutique hotels that’s fast-changing the place’s repute.

Image is courtesy of Netflix
01
Dec
2017
INFLUENCE: HOW NOSTALGIA IS SHAPING OUR NOW

Come on, everyone – for nostalgia’s sake! Lisa Davidson delves deeper into the emergence of nostalgia in our everyday. Sure, it can go down a treat with both the oldies and young ‘uns, but don’t serve it neat. Always mix it up with something new…

BFRS on Mars
29
Nov
2017
SEEING BEYOND SPACESHIPS AND HUMANOIDS: HOW THE EMO-TECH REVOLUTION IS SHAPING OUR TRAVEL FUTURES

From blockchain-assisted transport to itineraries curated by artificial intelligence, James Davidson outlines how tech is revolutionising the high-end travel industry from behind the scenes.

23
Nov
2017
THEY’VE GOT SOUL: HOTELS LIVING AND BREATHING LIKE LOCALS

Travellers are sniffing out faux-authenticity a mile off. Camila Belchior introduces us to exemplar hotels in the Americas that embody the heart and soul of local life. From design to dining, they have captured their neighbouring areas down to a tee.

16
Nov
2017
GETTING CREATIVE: THREE HONG KONG HOTELS TO WATCH

Hong Kong is, without doubt, is a city for big spenders – but also emerging on this piping-hot hotel scene are properties specifically geared towards the Creative Class. Nancy Huang introduces us to three who are shaking things up in the Pearl of the Orient.

Magpie interiors
10
Nov
2017
THE NEW WAVE IN DINING: THE RISE OF THE GUEST CHEF

Traditional dining experiences are out, and the guest chefs are in. Sara D’Souza introduces us to the trendsetters creating food for thought, alongside innovative menus to die for…

07
Nov
2017
INSIDE SCOOP WITH RAMI FUSTOK: THE MAN BEHIND THE MANDRAKE

Sultry and sublime, The Mandrake Hotel has already caused a stir, promising to be the sexiest addition to London’s thriving hotel scene. Amanda Ho catches up with its founder, Rami Fustok, to get the fabulous big picture on this brand-new establishment.

Via Ancient Hearts
31
Oct
2017
INFLUENCE: CONTEMPORARY WITCHCRAFT AND THE NEW MYSTICISM

Influence is a new regular feature that explores the power of influencers in contemporary culture. Travel industry, beware: wellness, mysticism, spirituality and a dark moodiness have combined to brew a trend-setting, independent witch who y’all should be dying to meet.

30
Oct
2017
HOW AMERICA’S OPEN ROAD HAS BECOME THE FRONTLINE FOR INDIVIDUALISM

Homogenisation has littered American street corners and highway rest stops with uninspiring chains. James Davidson redirects us to the open road to find relief in the franchises wriggling free from the old cookie-cutter mould.

20
Oct
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: BILBAO

Barcelona, Madrid and Cadiz had better watch out: Bilbao is on the up. Its gastronomy and art scene are smoking and beckoning travellers to come hither for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.

18
Oct
2017
THE BIRTH OF THE VANILLA TOURIST AND THE DEATH OF COUNTERCULTURE

Where have all the individuals gone? James Davidson laments the homogenisation of travel and implores us to dare to be different in the new landscape of bland…

17
Oct
2017
WHY VISCERAL LANGUAGE IS THE NEXT BRAND-BUILDING TERRITORY

Symbolic, visceral and more closely linked to memory than any other sense, smell is a powerful brand language that convincingly conveys identity and differentiation; so why are many brands yet to crack the code of olfactive branding?

13
Oct
2017
DO YOU WANT COLLAGEN WITH THAT?

“Demand is changing; innovation is fast and well-documented; and fitness and nutrition are definite lifestyle choices that consumers aren’t willing to sacrifice whilst travelling”.

11
Oct
2017
THREE HOTELS BENEATH SHANGHAI’S ORIENTAL VENEER

Shanghai’s hotels are emerging from their ‘oriental’ shoebox, and are embodying all that is cool, inclusive and contemporary. How, you ask? Contemporary art, that’s how.

09
Oct
2017
BE GOOD: HOW TO TRULY EARN THE TITLE OF ‘DESIGN HOTEL’

Taipei’s Play Design Hotel shows wannabe ‘design hotels’ how it’s really done by telling the story behind that chair you’re sitting on…

04
Oct
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LISBON

If you haven’t been to Lisbon, then quite frankly: where have you been? Dubbed ‘the New Berlin’, Portugal’s capital is well and truly on the up, now home to a constellation of design studios, art galleries and on-trend cafés.

02
Oct
2017
IT IS TIME TO EMBRACE CRAFT BEER’S CONTEMPORARY REVOLUTION

Whether it is hospitality and the brewing world colliding with all the conceited commotion of a BrewDog, sharpening up your local credentials, or offering something that X, Y, or Z aren’t down the road – embracing craft beer’s creative new wave could be a metaphor for any new trend: the important thing is avoid complacency. At all costs.

29
Sep
2017
CARLOS JOÃO PARREIRA ON SWITCHING OFF AND GETTING HANDS-ON

Slow-making, wabi sabi and hygge are giving rise to simple pleasures focused on connecting with the world and people around you. Ana Anjelic talks to Lusitano1143 founder, Carlos João Parreira, about craftsmanship, curation, authenticity in product design and customer communication, and global creativity.

Night view of Seoul
27
Sep
2017
HOTELS IN SEOUL ARE THE NEW THEME PARKS FOR ADULTS

Who ever said hotels were just a place to lie your head? It is time for hotels to think outside of the realm of a guest’s basic needs, and start thinking about good, old-fashioned entertainment-value. Nancy Huang shows us how hotels in Seoul are breaking down the boundaries to make their spaces as riotous and diverse as a theme park for adults.

15
Sep
2017
WHY CHINESE MILLENNIALS ARE FLOCKING TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

The boom of Chinese farmhouses in countryside regions echoes a new societal phenomenon similar to the Brooklyn-isation of the Western World, as younger generations seek a different lifestyle away from the urban tempo.

Katamama Bricks
11
Sep
2017
Be Good: How 1.8 Million Hand-Pressed Bricks Became a Symbol of Social Responsibility

Be Good is a new series that looks behind the buzzwords of conservation and social responsibility, uncovering stories from travel projects that are, simply, doing the right thing. This week: how design-led Bali hotel Katamama saved the fate of a village with 1.8 million hand-pressed bricks.