BE GOOD: HOW CREATIVITY CAN HELP FIGHT E-WASTE

08
Aug
2018
BE GOOD: HOW CREATIVITY CAN HELP FIGHT E-WASTE

3 -min. read While plastic waste is important (and let’s not forget it!), the world has also got a bigger fish to fry. James Davidson tells us how casting away our metal will impact life as we know it, and how getting creative with our old TVs could help.

Sónar Barcelona
20
Jun
2018
RIGHT ON: HOW THE FESTIVAL BECAME IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE

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.

Leka Barcelona
18
Jun
2018
BE GOOD AND FAB-ULOUS: HOW THE FUTURE OF SELF-SUFFICIENCY COULD CHANGE HUMANITY

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.

16
May
2018
IT’S HIGH TIME TO CONSIDER THE POTENTIAL OF POT TOURISM

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.

Recess Assembly Brooklyn – courtesy of Alloy, Kaz Sakuma / via recessart.org
20
Apr
2018
BE GOOD: HOW AN ART PROJECT IS LEADING THE WAY IN CHANGING THE NOTION OF CRIMINALITY

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.

Gufram
23
Mar
2018
ACQUIRED TASTE: HOW KITSCH HAS COME BACK IN

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.

pentatonic
15
Mar
2018
BE GOOD: THE BRAND PUTTING THE WANT BACK INTO WASTE

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.

Freehand New York – photo by Adrian Gaut
02
Mar
2018
HOW TO ACHIEVE INTEGRITY THROUGH EMOTIONAL CONNECTION

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.

12
Feb
2018
BE GOOD: THE STUDIO USING DESIGN AND MARKETING TO TACKLE CRUCIAL FOOD ISSUES

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.

Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept – photo is courtesy of James Davidson
05
Feb
2018
REINVENTING THE WHEEL: HOW AUTONOMOUS DRIVING COULD IMPACT THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY

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.

Wyld Tea at Dandelyan
12
Jan
2018
TEAM SPIRITS: HOW FINE DINING’S NEW DAWN HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF MIXOLOGY

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…

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

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’.

17
Dec
2017
HOW ACTIVISM BECAME UNAVOIDABLE

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

4 -min. read 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.

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

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.

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

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…

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

4 -min. read 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…

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

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.

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

4 -min. read 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.

31
Aug
2017
FIGHT CLUB: CAN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY WIN ITS WAR AGAINST AIRBNB?

9 -min. read Lawsuits and legislations are desperate and futile against a company that is valued as much as Hilton and Hyatt combined. Perhaps it’s time for hotels to reconsider what they are and what they can be, to embrace what Airbnb offers and to capitalise on what they don’t, argues James Davidson.

La Muralla Roja
24
Jul
2017
THE RISE OF ARCHITECTURE TOURISM

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.

manshausen
14
Jun
2017
HOTELS AND THE GREAT DISCONNECT

6 -min. read Hotels are balancing an increasing desire to remove ourselves from constant connection with an insatiable appetite for culturally-conscious conveniences.

18
May
2017
FASHION AND HOTELS: A STATE OF DRESS

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?

ECAL, More Rules for Modern Life
19
Apr
2017
BETTER BY DESIGN: WHAT DOES HOTEL DESIGN MEAN 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.

WeWork Berlin
27
Mar
2017
HOME SWEET HOME: HOW THE CO-WORKING REVOLUTION IS TAKING ITS NOMADS BACK HOME

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?

Her, Spike Jonze
24
Feb
2017
THE EMPATHY (R)EVOLUTION AND THE BACKLASH TO AI IN TRAVEL

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.

The Durham Hotel
31
Jan
2017
SECONDARY CITIES: THE RISE OF THE UNDERDOGS

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.

© Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016
16
Jan
2017
EAT YOUR ART OUT: FOOD AND BEVERAGE TRENDS IN 2017 (PART TWO)

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…

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