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.

Le Méridien - courtesy of Le Méridien
08
Dec
2017
THE PROBLEM FACING LIFESTYLE BRANDS IN SEOUL

Along come the Chinese middle-class travellers, and there go the lifestyle brands: Nancy Huang investigates why high-end lifestyle hotel brands hoping to make a splash in Seoul are struggling to survive. So how will soon-to-open Méridien Seoul fare in 2018?

07
Dec
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LOS CABOS

Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula might be better known for spring break, but a creative tide has brought everything from breweries to boutique hotels that’s fast-changing the place’s repute.

02
Dec
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: DOWN WITH THE HOOD

This week, the collective welcomes four newcomers who’ve integrated the spirit of their neighbourhoods into their not-so-humble abodes.

Image is courtesy of Netflix
01
Dec
2017
INFLUENCE: HOW NOSTALGIA IS SHAPING OUR NOW

Come on, everyone – for nostalgia’s sake! Lisa Davidson delves deeper into the emergence of nostalgia in our everyday. Sure, it can go down a treat with both the oldies and young ‘uns, but don’t serve it neat. Always mix it up with something new…

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

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.

25
Nov
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: FROM WINE BLUFF TO WINE BUFF

Into wine? White, red, rosé or sparkling – the collective’s newbies have got you covered. Meet the three exhibitors who have taken it upon themselves to turn their guests into wine connoisseurs overnight.

23
Nov
2017
THEY’VE GOT SOUL: HOTELS LIVING AND BREATHING LIKE LOCALS

Travellers are sniffing out faux-authenticity a mile off. Camila Belchior introduces us to exemplar hotels in the Americas that embody the heart and soul of local life. From design to dining, they have captured their neighbouring areas down to a tee.

The Setai Tel Aviv
22
Nov
2017
WHERE TO LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE THIS WINTER

Juliana Shallcross has sought out the hottest and most indulgent hotspots for winter to help massage our weary egos and see 2017 out with a bang.

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

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.

16
Nov
2017
GETTING CREATIVE: THREE HONG KONG HOTELS TO WATCH

Hong Kong is, without doubt, is a city for big spenders – but also emerging on this piping-hot hotel scene are properties specifically geared towards the Creative Class. Nancy Huang introduces us to three who are shaking things up in the Pearl of the Orient.

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

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.

Magpie interiors
10
Nov
2017
THE NEW WAVE IN DINING: THE RISE OF THE GUEST CHEF

Traditional dining experiences are out, and the guest chefs are in. Sara D’Souza introduces us to the trendsetters creating food for thought, alongside innovative menus to die for…

09
Nov
2017
FROM LA, TO NEW YORK, TO BARCELONA: 2018 BRINGS WITH IT SEVEN NEW EDITION HOTELS

EDITION is due to open a whopping seven new hotels in 2018 – exciting stuff, we know. Paul DeVries presents his findings and some renderings to tickle our tastebuds before the dawn of the new year.

07
Nov
2017
INSIDE SCOOP WITH RAMI FUSTOK: THE MAN BEHIND THE MANDRAKE

Sultry and sublime, The Mandrake Hotel has already caused a stir, promising to be the sexiest addition to London’s thriving hotel scene. Amanda Ho catches up with its founder, Rami Fustok, to get the fabulous big picture on this brand-new establishment.

Seattle's skyline – photo by Peter West Carey
03
Nov
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: SEATTLE

Discover the fruits born from Seattle’s extensive transformation that coarse through the veins of its hotels, culture, and food and beverage hotspots.

Via Ancient Hearts
31
Oct
2017
INFLUENCE: CONTEMPORARY WITCHCRAFT AND THE NEW MYSTICISM

Influence is a new regular feature that explores the power of influencers in contemporary culture. Travel industry, beware: wellness, mysticism, spirituality and a dark moodiness have combined to brew a trend-setting, independent witch who y’all should be dying to meet.

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

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.

27
Oct
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: A CITY INSIDE A CITY

It’s that time of year again: Welcome to the Collective has returned, and with it comes an awesome bunch of brand-new exhibitors raring to go for LE 2018. Meet three hotels posing as miniatures of their respective iconic cities.

26
Oct
2017
WHAT’S NEW ON THE US HOTEL SCENE?

Along comes autumn, and with it an influx of U.S. hotel openings that are worth shouting about. Rebecca Wallwork gives us the low-down on the exciting developments guaranteed to make a splash in the States in the months and years to follow.

25
Oct
2017
ANDAZ SINGAPORE IS WEEKS AWAY FROM OPENING

It’s been two years since we first talked of the Andaz Singapore… And despite all construction worries and odds, this Hyatt hotel is due to open its doors in a few weeks’ time. Paul DeVries gives us a sneaky preview before the grand opening.

20
Oct
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: BILBAO

Barcelona, Madrid and Cadiz had better watch out: Bilbao is on the up. Its gastronomy and art scene are smoking and beckoning travellers to come hither for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.

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

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…

17
Oct
2017
WHY VISCERAL LANGUAGE IS THE NEXT BRAND-BUILDING TERRITORY

Symbolic, visceral and more closely linked to memory than any other sense, smell is a powerful brand language that convincingly conveys identity and differentiation; so why are many brands yet to crack the code of olfactive branding?

13
Oct
2017
DO YOU WANT COLLAGEN WITH THAT?

“Demand is changing; innovation is fast and well-documented; and fitness and nutrition are definite lifestyle choices that consumers aren’t willing to sacrifice whilst travelling”.

11
Oct
2017
THREE HOTELS BENEATH SHANGHAI’S ORIENTAL VENEER

Shanghai’s hotels are emerging from their ‘oriental’ shoebox, and are embodying all that is cool, inclusive and contemporary. How, you ask? Contemporary art, that’s how.

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

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…

05
Oct
2017
MEET THE NEW LITERARY SET

Tucking a slew of new hotels under its belt, Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury and Covent Garden are taking the mantle from Soho for the hottest new central London hoods.

04
Oct
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LISBON

If you haven’t been to Lisbon, then quite frankly: where have you been? Dubbed ‘the New Berlin’, Portugal’s capital is well and truly on the up, now home to a constellation of design studios, art galleries and on-trend cafés.

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

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.

29
Sep
2017
CARLOS JOÃO PARREIRA ON SWITCHING OFF AND GETTING HANDS-ON

Slow-making, wabi sabi and hygge are giving rise to simple pleasures focused on connecting with the world and people around you. Ana Anjelic talks to Lusitano1143 founder, Carlos João Parreira, about craftsmanship, curation, authenticity in product design and customer communication, and global creativity.