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.

Photo by Alex Harvey
13
Jul
2018
3 REASONS WHY ETHICS ARE THE NEW AESTHETICS

Today’s successful brands are more than a logo and colour palette: they’re a personality unto themselves, known and understood by consumers as if they were a friend. Kate Hamilton maps out the formula for brands looking to find their human side.

06
Jul
2018
TUNE IN: THE SOUND OF LE MIAMI 2018

We’re taking ourselves back to South Beach this time last month, where the weather was hot and the music was even hotter. Keep the tunes rolling with our four-hour-long tribute to the vibing tracks of LE Miami 2018.

Photo by Mihai Surdu
05
Jul
2018
TRAVELLING IN COLOUR

As an emerging ‘black travel movement’ fights against the racial prejudice plaguing the industry, Annie Maddison finds out why inclusion is best achieved from the inside out – and how it could positively impact not only a brand’s bottom line, but humanity as a whole.

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

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.

Photo by Steven Peice
28
Jun
2018
LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

At a time when gender is an increasingly shifting notion, one thing’s for sure: we’re all human. As inclusiveness reaches new heights, James Davidson reminds us why now is not a time for complacency, but for increasing awareness, understanding, and action.

Illustration by Gajan Panchalingam
22
Jun
2018
MIND THE (GENDER PAY) GAP

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

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

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
THE TOP 10 MOMENTS FROM LE MIAMI 2018

This year’s epic edition of LE Miami was all about keeping our collective connected with a stylish show floor, unique networking opportunities and unforgettable events – relive our favourite moments from the Magic City…

14
Jun
2018
3 WAYS TECH CAN TEACH US TO CREATE CONNECTED EXPERIENCES

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
14
Jun
2018
4 REASONS WHY LUXURY NEEDS TO FIND ITS PURPOSE

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

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.

13
Jun
2018
3 IMMERSIVE IDEAS THAT PROVE EXPERIENCES ARE THE NEW LUXURY

Accumulating experiences, not things, is the new luxury: here are four box-fresh takes on how brands can build beautiful – and impactful – experiences, as explored in three of yesterday’s Ministry of Ideas panels.

Round bar at Bulgari Shanghai
12
Jun
2018
5 HOT HOTEL OPENINGS THIS JUNE 2018

The month of June is well underway, and it’s not just the weather that’s hotting up. Juliana gives the dish on five new promising hotels that have opened their doors this June 2018, with offerings too tempting to turn down – from a ginormous spa and fitness centre to a robotic staffer that can deliver wine to your hotel door.

The Elounda Gulf
07
Jun
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 3 RESORTS DELIVERING DYNAMIC DAYS OUT

With LE Miami 2018 just a few days away, we’re showing off three awesome additions to the collective who curate exceptional extra-curricular experiences for travellers in search of a true taste of local life.

27
May
2018
5 HOTELS SERVING UP HOT HYGGE IN 2018 AND BEYOND

News of hot openings are giving us a warm glow inside. Juliana Shallcross checks in on the hotel contenders serving up hygge good vibes in 2018 and beyond, wherever they are in the world.

Reykjavik
26
May
2018
CREATIVE HUBS: REYKJAVIK

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.

24
May
2018
HOTEL COLUMBUS MONTE-CARLO’S $15 MILLION MAKEOVER

Get the details on how Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo plans to change Monte Carlo from a pitstop to a final destination with its huge renovation – and we mean really huge.

Image from the series Plástico, filmed by Coke Bartrina; art direction Nuria Val / original concept by Pepi de Boissieu
17
May
2018
INFLUENCE: PLASTIC IS NOT FANTASTIC

Plastic: it’s by far the most concerning threat to the environment – one that’s not gone unnoticed by influencers and the industry’s most forward-thinking hoteliers. Get inspired by the visionaries who are taking action to right the world’s previous wrongs and build a more sustainable future.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Nordic Light Hotel
09
May
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 5 DESIGN-DRIVEN HOTELS WITH STANDOUT STYLE

In the age of Insta, it takes a lot to standout from the crowd. This week we’re meeting five hotels whose distinctive good looks are turning heads and raising the bar when it comes to urban design.

08
May
2018
4 HOT NEW HOTELS OPENING THIS MAY 2018

Get acquainted with the four new hotel openings causing a stir on the hotel scene this May – from a W skyscraper popping up in Amman to the brewing of a seductive new hotspot in London.

03
May
2018
TRAILBLAZERS: A SHOUT-OUT TO INNOVATORS IN THE AMERICAS

LE Miami 2018 is partnering with Sleeper Magazine and their industry-leading awards show, AHEAD Americas, to give a shout out to some seriously disruptive hotel brands and the rebellious innovators behind them.

02
May
2018
INFLUENCE: RAIDING THE ARCHIVES

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.

SUITCASE dinner – by Philippe Stenier
01
May
2018
MINISTRY OF IDEAS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT DINNER SERIES

To get the creative ball rolling, the months leading up to Ministry of Ideas 2018 have played host to three thought-provoking dinners in collaboration with SUITCASE Magazine, Surface Magazine and Sleeper Magazine. Get a taste for the goings-on and discover the top four trends that came out of the SUITCASE dinner.

26
Apr
2018
MINISTRY OF IDEAS: MEET MICHAEL PAPADEAS, GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS, FRIEZE

In the latest dispatch from this year’s Ministry of Ideas speakers, we caught up with art-world visionary (and lifelong Brooklynite) Michael Papadeas, Head of Global Partnerships at Frieze, to get his thoughts on the new way to travel and why hip-hop is the catalyst of contemporary culture.

Photo is courtesy of Meet Me There Eco Lodge in Ghana
25
Apr
2018
POWER TRIPS: CAN TRAVEL CHANGE THE WORLD?

Social enterprises are emerging as a potent force for empowering consumers, enlivening communities and even changing the world. #CookForSyria founder Serena Guen reflects on her realisation that no business or individual is too small to make an impact – and what this means for the travel industry.

23
Apr
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 3 ROOFTOP BARS WITH KILLER VIEWS

As we swing our way into spring, we’re introducing three of the collective’s city rooftop hangouts that are perfect for warm days and evenings filled with stunning skylines and strong liquor.

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