7 -min. read It hasn’t taken festivals long to go from novelty to calendar staple. With countless travellers trekking to Europe and beyond, find out how travel is jumping on the festival bus – and reaping noteworthy results along the way.
4 -min. read They’re just too good to be true. Meet Fab Lab: a corporation that gives us hope for a future devoid of the elitist modes of mass-production, where our supplies are obtained sustainably and provide life-changing opportunities for the local community.
7 -min. read From design-led dispensaries to fancy weed chocolate, the increasing legalisation of pot has seen a rise in ‘luxe’ potrepreneurs who’re catering to the creative class traveller. James Davidson tells us why we should be sparking up our strategies and taking weed tourism seriously.
5 -min. read Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? Find out how Assembly, an art project in Brooklyn, is giving ex-convicts a voice they might have struggled to find, and a chance to validate their own personality and free themselves from the constrictions of stereotypes.
8 -min. read From plastic cactus coat stands to inflatable swans, kitschness is enjoying a renaissance. James Davidson investigates what, to us, is so beautiful about bad taste, and how hospitality brands could harness this to their advantage.
4 -min. read The world has already produced enough plastic and glass to satisfy our needs forever – so why bother producing any more? From transforming smartphone screens into glassware, to plastic bottles into office furniture, learn how Pentatonic is paving the way towards a waste-free future.
7 -min. read Creating a sense of place: far from following the emerging trend of generically revamping old buildings, in today’s market, a hotel’s architecture and design must live and breathe their own story and style, and ignite real passion in us. Because when it comes to people, it’s all about integrity.
3 -min. read Going green has never looked or sounded so good: in a world emotionally unresponsive to the preconceived ideas of sustainability-obsessed hippies, Food Cabinet has figured out a way to successfully voice food sustainability issues. How, you ask? Sexy marketing language and design-led initiatives – that’s how.
7 -min. read Autonomous cars are reinventing the wheel, and to be asleep at it will no longer be the cause of havoc. But this is no time for travel businesses to be napping – learn about a fascinating, world-changing moment in transport history.
7 -min. read From theatrics to flavours of brandy with mushrooms and Oloroso with squash, mixology is reaching way beyond the bar. As fine dining pushes its creativity through the roof, the divide between bar and kitchen is growing ever narrower…
3 -min. read 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’.
6 -min. read 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.
7 -min. read 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.
7 -min. read 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.
8 -min. read 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.
7 -min. read 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…
7 -min. read 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.
10 -min. read Perhaps it’s the ongoing prevalence of design hotels and renewed interest in mid-century classics, but niche architectural scenes are big news.
6 -min. read Hotels are balancing an increasing desire to remove ourselves from constant connection with an insatiable appetite for culturally-conscious conveniences.
8 -min. read Fashion houses opening hotels is nothing new – but as the digital revolution has reshaped travel, what is the state of the catwalk-ready hotel in 2017?
6 -min. read There’s so much happening in the hotel design world that it’s almost impossible to distil its greatest moments. But that shouldn’t stop rebels from trying.
8 -min. read In the last decade, the co-working phenomenon has spiralled. How can culturally-minded hoteliers truly assimilate this metamorphosis in our working lives?
6 -min. read As artificial intelligence edges ever closer to Spike Jonze’s imagination, we’re losing the very thing that sets us apart from machines: empathy.
6 -min. read As the mobility of the creative class increases and savvy travellers seek new experiences, secondary cities are thriving in their relative obscurity.
7 -min. read Part one in our dissection of food and beverage trends in 2017 ended on a note of shameless positivity. Let’s continue our soak in the waters of optimism…