Just like LE’s guest list is our edit of industry rebels, THE SHIFT is our edit of the most rebellious, inspiring and cutting-edge happenings in contemporary travel.

This is where you’ll find the most exciting new openings from around the globe; meet the rebels imagining the future of travel; and track the trends and innovations taking travel artistry to the next level.

Featured image is by Olivia PurvisLisa Purvis
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.

09
Jan
2018
THE MASTER LIST OF 2018 WORLDWIDE HOTEL OPENINGS

Stop what you’re doing right now: 2018’s Master List of Hotel Openings – your industry bible – has arrived. Ready your calendars for a year of riotous developments due to take the hotel industry by storm.

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.

OLIO-app in hand
25
Dec
2017
BE GOOD: HOW SHARING COULD SAVE THE WORLD

Up to 50 per cent of the food we produce never gets eaten – an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions. James Davidson explores the solutions that prove (food) sharing is caring – including trailblazing app OLIO, dubbed the ‘Tinder for food’.

21
Dec
2017
INFLUENCE: THE URBAN JUNGLE

Botanical is the new black for a growing generation of cacti-crazed influencers and entrepreneurs. Lisa Davidson digs a little deeper into our global obsession with greenery.

20
Dec
2017
HOTEL WATCH: 3 ASIAN RENOVATIONS WE’RE EXCITED FOR IN 2018

They were trailblazers in the nineties and noughties – and now they’re turning to inspirations past and present to attract a new legion of travellers. Nancy Huang reports on the hotels shaking up the luxury scene in 2018, from Beijing to Osaka.

19
Dec
2017
LONDON’S BEST HOTEL CHRISTMAS TREES IN 2017

Forget your average spruce with a bit of tinsel thrown at it for the festive period – London’s top hotels have gone all out with their Christmas trees as they compete for the annual Christmas crown. Here’s our pick of the best…

19
Dec
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL

Find out how the rebels joining the collective this week are schooling the industry in cool, quirky ways to surprise the ‘been-there-got-the-t-shirt’ traveller.

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.

The site of Leonardo DiCaprio's venture into eco-tourism and Blackadore Caye – via ArchDaily
12
Dec
2017
THE A-LISTERS BEHIND THE HOTEL SCENE

With Robert De Niro due to start work on his new project, The Wellington, we’ve decided to take a sneak peek at other celebrities who are the soul and brains behind a brilliant set of hotels…

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.

02
Dec
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: DOWN WITH THE HOOD

This week, the collective welcomes four newcomers who’ve integrated the spirit of their neighbourhoods into their not-so-humble abodes.

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.

25
Nov
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: FROM WINE BLUFF TO WINE BUFF

Into wine? White, red, rosé or sparkling – the collective’s newbies have got you covered. Meet the three exhibitors who have taken it upon themselves to turn their guests into wine connoisseurs overnight.

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.

The Setai Tel Aviv
22
Nov
2017
WHERE TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE THIS WINTER

Juliana Shallcross has sought out the hottest and most indulgent hotspots for winter to help massage our weary egos and see 2017 out with a bang.

21
Nov
2017
LOST IN TRANSLATION? THE IMPORTANCE OF STRONG VISUAL LANGUAGE IN THE GLOBAL AGE

Visual language: the brain-ache of high-end travel brands… It’s one of the make-or-break factors that either veers you towards industry domination or demolition. James Davidson explores the importance of meaning and purpose behind a brand’s aesthetic.

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.

Nienke Hoogvliet
15
Nov
2017
BE GOOD: THE DESIGNER WHO’S CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE WASTE MATERIAL AT A TIME

Who knew used toilet paper could be transformed into decorative bowls? Dutch designer Nienke Hoovliet sets an inspirational example for us all by finding beauty in the contents of your dustbin.

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…

09
Nov
2017
FROM LA, TO NEW YORK, TO BARCELONA: 2018 BRINGS WITH IT SEVEN NEW EDITION HOTELS

EDITION is due to open a whopping seven new hotels in 2018 – exciting stuff, we know. Paul DeVries presents his findings and some renderings to tickle our tastebuds before the dawn of the new year.

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.

Seattle's skyline – photo by Peter West Carey
03
Nov
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: SEATTLE

Discover the fruits born from Seattle’s extensive transformation that coarse through the veins of its hotels, culture, and food and beverage hotspots.