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.

20
Feb
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 5 HOTEL BATHTUBS WITH EYE-OPENING VIEWS

What’s better than enjoying the view? Soaking it up, as these spectacularly sexy hotel bath tubs prove. From the Swiss Alps to Aspen via Ubud, these new additions to the collective are revolutionising bathing, one tub at a time.

Marseille – by Victor Garcia
14
Feb
2018
CREATIVE HUBS: MARSEILLE

Marseille is a crime-troubled gritty port city by reputation – but don’t let first appearances fool you. A creative spark is looming, lighting the city’s gloomier streets and flooding into its tourism hotspots. Kate Hamilton investigates.

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

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.

Hero Lobby at QT Queenstown – courtesy of QT Queenstown
10
Feb
2018
QT QUEENSTOWN COMES TO TOWN

New Zealand’s hotel scene just got hotter with the arrival of QT Queenstown. Get the goss from Sara D’Souza on the ins and outs of what makes this smoking establishment tick.

White Guy Blinking
07
Feb
2018
Influence: Stay in the Loop

The unstoppable rise of the humble GIF has placed it firmly in the cultural zeitgeist, with brands from Airbnb to Apple getting in on the (moving) action. Lisa Davidson explores how the travel industry can capitalise on the wordless revolution.

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

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.

31
Jan
2018
MINISTRY OF IDEAS: MEET ALAIN SYLVAIN, FOUNDER & CEO OF SYLVAIN LABS

In the first of our Q&A series spotlighting this year’s Ministry of Ideas speakers, we caught up with Alain Sylvain, founder & CEO of Sylvain Labs, to get the scoop on AI vs EI, nurturing innovation and the role of escapism in contemporary travel. 

30
Jan
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 4 EXPERIMENTALISTS WHO KNOW WHAT MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES ARE MADE OF

Time and place – it’s how we define our experiences. But is it what makes them memorable? Meet four new experimentalists who’ve let the logistics of time and place fall away, only to uncover what make travel experiences truly unforgettable…

27
Jan
2018
TOURISM AFTER TERROR: HOW DESTINATIONS CAN RECOVER WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS

Over the past two years we have seen many of the world’s most iconic travel destinations suffer from terrorist attacks. In the wake of such public assaults, how has tourism been affected – and how can it recover?

Amanyangyun
26
Jan
2018
3 NEW CHINESE HOTELS AND TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018

China’s new hotels on the scene are open books when it comes to hospitality trends. Get an insider’s peek with Nancy Huang on China’s hottest newbies on the hotel block and her reader’s digest of where they’re are heading in 2018.

Bellevue Chicago – via Bellevue
25
Jan
2018
CREATIVE HUBS: CHICAGO

From architecture, to tech, to rocking restaurants, The Windy City is more ahead of the curve than ever before. Sara D’Souza gives us an overview on what’s cool and creative on Chicago’s block in 2018.

19
Jan
2018
NEWSFLASH: PROPER SAN FRANCISCO IS OPEN; DTLA, AUSTIN AND SANTA MONICA ARE ON THE WAY

What better way to fight the January doom-and-gloom than with riveting gossip on the latest hotel openings? Paul DeVries fills us in on the recently opened Proper San Francisco and other Proper projects in the works that will be making a splash on the scene in 2018 and 2019.

Park MGM's lobby – courtesy of Park MGM
18
Jan
2018
PRETTY AS A PICTURE: A SNEAK PEEK AT PARK MGM

The Las Vegas hotel scene is shedding its tacky glitter, instead donning a sophisticated, eclectic finesse that might just steal all the casinos’ thunder. Check out Juliana Shallcross’ goss on Park MGM if you don’t believe us…

17
Jan
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 3 RETREATS REDEFINING RELAXATION IN 2018

What January blues? Whether you’re seeking solace, balance or a poolside margarita, these new recruits will restore your zen and nurture your chi in the most ridiculously beautiful of settings.

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

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…

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’.

Hotel C.O.Q Paris
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.