HOW TO TELL TRAVEL STORIES WITHOUT STEREOTYPES

30
Oct
2018
HOW TO TELL TRAVEL STORIES WITHOUT STEREOTYPES

4 -min. read Getting acquainted with locals is making its way up travellers’ wishlists; but are their preconceptions, bolstered by overgeneralised marketing, journalism and social media, overriding the individuality of the humans they meet?

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.

AI versus the human touch
24
Jul
2018
AI VERSUS THE HUMAN TOUCH

6 -min. read The jury’s out on artificial intelligence, with as many travel brands battling against it as they are incorporating it. Like it or not, AI is reshaping the way we travel – but it doesn’t (and shouldn’t) replace the human touch, writes Jen Murphy.

Finding your ikigai
18
Jul
2018
FINDING YOUR IKIGAI: WHY HUMANS NEED PURPOSE

5 -min. read Born in Japan, the concept of ikigai is spreading much further afield as transformational experiences become luxury’s new mantra. Ana Andjelic considers why humans need purpose – and what the travel industry should be doing about it.

29
Jun
2018
INFLUENCE: VIRTUAL REALITY? THE RISE OF THE DIGITAL INFLUENCER

5 -min. read Have you met the new face of high fashion, Lil Miquela? (FYI: she’s a super-cool Instagram influencer who, well, doesn’t really exist.) Find out how evolving virtual ‘avatars’ like her could impact the way travel brands behave online.

Illustration by Gajan Panchalingam
28
Jun
2018
MIND THE (GENDER PAY) GAP

6 -min. read Five years after Sheryl Sandberg first told women to Lean In, the gender pay gap is still a gaping chasm and one half of the human race remains noticeably absent from top-tier positions – even in the otherwise female-dominated travel industry. So, asks Melissa Twigg, what’s to be done?

Sónar Barcelona
26
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.

15
Jun
2018
3 WAYS TECH CAN TEACH US TO CREATE CONNECTED EXPERIENCES

3 -min. read In an always-on age where technology is evolving to mimic and even surpass human capabilities, the notion of a ‘connected’ experience is changing rapidly. As these insights from Ministry of Ideas prove, smart brands are embracing this shift and cashing in on the plentiful opportunities on offer…

Emma Riley
13
Jun
2018
4 REASONS WHY LUXURY NEEDS TO FIND ITS PURPOSE

3 -min. read We’ve been tapping into the key trends coming out of Ministry of Ideas 2018. Read today’s Top 4 Takeaways on the importance of purpose-driven experiences in luxury travel.

13
Jun
2018
MEET THE CUSTOMER OF THE FUTURE

5 -min. read Dan Clay introduces the customer of the not-so-distant future and outlines six ways brands can future-proof their offering in a world where digital and reality converge.

Reykjavik
25
May
2018
CREATIVE HUBS: REYKJAVIK

5 -min. read Inspired by the surrounding waterfalls, mountains and fjords, it’s no surprise every other Icelander is a budding creative in the making. Kate Hamilton checks out the capital’s scene and seeks out its up-and-coming hotspots.

14
May
2018
3 HOTELS BRANDS IN CHINA WHO’VE STARTED A LOVE AFFAIR WITH FOOD

4 -min. read Dig in and discover the three hotel brands in China who’re enticing in locals by going to town on their foodie offerings.

11
May
2018
CREATIVE HUBS: NEW ORLEANS

5 -min. read A happy beneficiary from many creatives’ exodus from hubs like San Fran and New York, New Orleans is emerging as a melting pot for all things jazz-, street food– and art-related. Kate Hamilton checks out the highlights.

02
May
2018
INFLUENCE: RAIDING THE ARCHIVES

4 -min. read Get stuck into Instagram’s best online visual archives – accounts cum personal moodboards that document everything from fashion to film to push their own aesthetic agenda. Find out why hotel brands should be swapping conventional hotel photography for historical visuals to Insta-paint their own story.

Photo by Dane Deaner
15
May
2018
CREATIVE HUBS: AUSTIN

5 -min. read More than just fried chicken and waffles, Austinite culture revels in all that’s cool, quirky and rockin’. Resilient to the conformist influence of an influx of tech workers, Kate Hamilton tells us how Austin’s creatives are keeping things wacky.

13
Apr
2018
JOINING THE MILE-HIGH (SOCIAL) CLUB

6 -min. read What do Netflix and the mile-high club have in common? Not what you’d think. Surf Air’s VP Brand Partnerships and Events, Louise O’Riordan, tells Katie Palmer why subscription models will disrupt the future of travel.

Prince – via American Songwriter
10
Apr
2018
TUNE IN: REBEL INSPIRATIONS AND THEIR REINCARNATIONS

1 -min. read Rebels, earphones in and “Tune In” for a series of playlists spotlighting the most groundbreaking musical shifts from past to present, and from present to future. Introducing the rebellious icons of rock and pop – paired with their modern reincarnations, who’ve taken inspiration from these greats’ badass musical stylings.

The WW Club
18
Apr
2018
INFLUENCE: HOW THE #GIRLBOSSES TOOK OVER

7 -min. read Before you ask: no, this doesn’t have anything to do with She-EOs. With more reach (and girl power!) than you could possibly imagine, Lisa Davidson introduces the industry to the original – and subsequent – #girlbosses who’re using social media as a tool to empower and inspire women all over the world.

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi – via The Architect's Newspaper
17
Apr
2018
CULTURE TRIP: HOW MUSEUMS CHANGE A CITY

2 -min. read Here’s to culture putting destinations under the spotlight: Sara D’Souza looks into how and why museums are transforming cities worldwide.

'Bleisure' at Maderas Village – by Cesar Mateo
18
Apr
2018
BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL

6 -min. read Bleisure is bludgeoned, TED is dead and Burning Man is in the ashes. Olivia Squire investigates how the latest breed of ‘thinking festivals’ are taking the merging of work and play a step further by going under the radar.

15
Apr
2018
IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE THE OMOTENASHI OF THE FUTURE?

6 -min. read From virtual chatbots programmed to surprise and delight to sci-fi novelties working the lobby, Ana Andjelic navigates the right (and wrong) way to emulate the Japanese spirit of hospitality and service with the help of AI.

Gufram
29
Jun
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.

19
Mar
2018
SAY NǏ HǍO TO CHINA’S ‘NEW HEDONISTS’

6 -min. read Creative Class 2.0 is here: China’s ‘new hedonists’ are sophisticated self-optimisers, both at home and away. Beijing-based CHAO co-founder, Maurice Li, tells Katie Palmer how this psychographic is prompting China’s homegrown contemporary hotels to disrupt the future of travel.

13
Mar
2018
SHARING ECONOMY: ENEMY OR ALLY?

7 -min. read Ana Andjelic explores how, far from being the enemy of high-end hospitality, the sharing economy’s tech upstarts are prompting the next generation of rebellious travel brands to reinvent themselves and emerge stronger than ever.

09
Apr
2018
8 WELLNESS TRENDS IN 2018 THAT THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY SHOULD BE TAPPING INTO

5 -min. read Travel maestros, fasten your Fitbits – from mindfulness to moringa, get ready for Alice Tate to pace you through eight wellness trends forecasted to hit the big time in 2018.

Freehand New York – photo by Adrian Gaut
06
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.

Copenhagen – by Nick Karvounis
04
Feb
2018
CREATIVE HUBS: COPENHAGEN

4 -min. read The giver of simple pleasures and design where underrated beauty meets utility, Copenhagen is a hidden gem with the creative oomph to stop travellers dead in their tracks. Kate Hamilton does some digging to uncover the up-and-coming hotels, activities and F&B hotspots in Denmark’s capital.

05
Mar
2018
5 STARTUPS THAT ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF LUGGAGE

5 -min. read Innovative startups may have caused a storm in a lot of areas in the travel industry, but until recently few have thought to rethink suitcases. Meet the five who are working to fill this potential goldmine of a gap in the market, and to make schlepping our stuff from A to B that little bit easier.

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