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.

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

4 -min. read 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

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.

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

4 -min. read 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

4 -min. read 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?

7 -min. read 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

3 -min. read 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.

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.

Dan Clay - via Lippincott
17
Apr
2018
MINISTRY OF IDEAS: MEET DAN CLAY, PARTNER, INNOVATION, LIPPINCOTT

3 -min. read In the new age of data sharing, how do brands connect emotionally with the customer of the future? We caught up with Dan Clay, Partner in Innovation at Lippincott and speaker at this year’s Ministry of Ideas, to hear how ‘transparent existence’ could impact the travel industry.

Photo by Dane Deaner
16
Apr
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.

12
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.

09
Apr
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 3 HOTELS GOING TO TOWN ON DESIGN

4 -min. read This week, we’re pursuing our hotel #designgoals and ogling the hotels who’re luring travellers in with their dashing looks.

The WW Club
06
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
05
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
03
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.

29
Mar
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 3 HOTELS PUTTING THE FRESH BACK INTO FUSION DINING

3 -min. read Foodies, it’s feeding time at the collective. Meet three hotels who’re raising the fusion bar and tantalising tastebuds with their à-la-carte offerings.

28
Mar
2018
MINISTRY OF IDEAS: MEET JEFF CARVALHO, MANAGING DIRECTOR NORTH AMERICA, HIGHSNOBIETY

4 -min. read In the latest dispatch from this year’s Ministry of Ideas speakers, we caught up with Jeff Carvalho, MD of Highsnobiety, to get the inside scoop on FOMO in travel, hotel brand loyalty and why a personal chef is the key to going off-grid.

27
Mar
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
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.

22
Mar
2018
AIRPORT HOTELS GET COOL

3 -min. read Time around take-off and touch-down has just got more tolerable: Sara D’Souza fills us in on how a handful of savvy airport hotels have upped their design game and offerings – in doing so attracting a brand-new travel audience who are well worth tapping into.

17
Mar
2018
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: 4 HISTORICAL HOTELS WHERE THE WALLS CAN TALK

4 -min. read Soaking up a city’s culture is easy when you’re bedding down in one of these lovingly restored buildings – from former theatres to opera houses, meet the hotels where history is king.

16
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.

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.

13
Mar
2018
HAMBURG UNLEASHES ITS FIRST FIVE-STAR IN NEARLY TWO DECADES WITH THE FONTENAY

4 -min. read Erica Firpo takes a sneak peak round THE FONTENAY Hamburg, the haven of lakeside luxury, before it opened last week on 15 March. Get the goss first while the first five-star hotel in Germany in two decades is making its grand entrance.

10
Mar
2018
A NEW WAVE: 3 HOTELS BRINGING THE CHIC TO SHANGHAI IN 2018

5 -min. read From heritage meets chic to the emergence of the first lifestyle brand, Nancy Huang shines a spotlight on the rebels stirring new, creative waves on the Shanghai hotel scene.

09
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.

08
Mar
2018
MINISTRY OF IDEAS: MEET TARANA BURKE, FOUNDER OF #METOO

12 -min. read In the third of our Ministry of Ideas Q&As, we caught up with Tarana Burke – founder of the #MeToo movement – to discover how she wants to change the narrative around sexual abuse and harassment and, in a post-#MeToo world, what’s next for its founder.

06
Mar
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
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.

28
Feb
2018
CLOAKED IN SECRECY: ACE HOTELS WANTS YOU TO GET EXCITED ABOUT SISTER CITY

2 -min. read The people behind Ace Hotel’s newest project aren’t exactly what you’d call sharers: Sister City so far remains a hotel venture hidden by a veil of mystery… Although that hasn’t stopped Paul DeVries from making some primary musings for those of us left craving more.

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