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.

05
Oct
2017
MEET THE NEW LITERARY SET

3 -min. read 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.

03
Nov
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LISBON

5 -min. read 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.

03
Oct
2017
IT IS TIME TO EMBRACE CRAFT BEER’S CONTEMPORARY REVOLUTION

7 -min. read 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.

06
Oct
2017
CARLOS JOÃO PARREIRA ON SWITCHING OFF AND GETTING HANDS-ON

6 -min. read 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.

Night view of Seoul
16
Oct
2017
HOTELS IN SEOUL ARE THE NEW THEME PARKS FOR ADULTS

2 -min. read Who ever said hotels were just a place to lie your head? It is time for hotels to think outside of the realm of a guest’s basic needs, and start thinking about good, old-fashioned entertainment-value. Nancy Huang shows us how hotels in Seoul are breaking down the boundaries to make their spaces as riotous and diverse as a theme park for adults.

09
Sep
2017
WHY CHINESE MILLENNIALS ARE FLOCKING TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

3 -min. read The boom of Chinese farmhouses in countryside regions echoes a new societal phenomenon similar to the Brooklyn-isation of the Western World, as younger generations seek a different lifestyle away from the urban tempo.

09
Sep
2017
MUJI SET TO TAKE ON THE HOTEL SCENE IN STYLE

2 -min. read Not quite content with dominating the quality stationary and household wares market, renowned Japanese brand Muji is set to take the hotel world by storm…

Katamama Bricks
20
Sep
2017
Be Good: How 1.8 Million Hand-Pressed Bricks Became a Symbol of Social Responsibility

4 -min. read Be Good is a new series that looks behind the buzzwords of conservation and social responsibility, uncovering stories from travel projects that are, simply, doing the right thing. This week: how design-led Bali hotel Katamama saved the fate of a village with 1.8 million hand-pressed bricks.

09
Sep
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: BOLOGNA

4 -min. read Bologna’s identity is diverse and dynamic, yet the city remains relatively unknown by tourists on their quest to see Italy’s most recognised landmarks.

05
Sep
2017
MADE HOTEL NEW YORK IS FINALLY OPEN

3 -min. read We’ve made no secret of our excitement about New York’s MADE Hotel, so we’re thrilled that the new boutique hotel with a global soul is now open in the NoMad area of Manhattan.

04
Sep
2017
COPACABANA ISN’T RIO’S ONLY BEACH, YOU KNOW

6 -min. read Rio’s overall beauty holds many microcosms with multifaceted cultures nurtured in different neighbourhoods that provide nuanced experiences of the city – check out the properties catering to the assortment of discerning travellers it entices.

09
Apr
2018
FIGHT CLUB: CAN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY WIN ITS WAR AGAINST AIRBNB?

9 -min. read Lawsuits and legislations are desperate and futile against a company that is valued as much as Hilton and Hyatt combined. Perhaps it’s time for hotels to reconsider what they are and what they can be, to embrace what Airbnb offers and to capitalise on what they don’t, argues James Davidson.

29
Aug
2017
#INTERIORPORN: REBELLIOUS DESIGN TRENDS TO TURN YOU ON

2 -min. read Who said contemporary has to mean minimalist? From souped-up classicism to eye-popping maximalism, the younger generation of rebel brands are constantly questioning what ‘the shock of the new’ means today. Emma Love trawls the ‘gram to bring you 2017’s hottest interior design trends.

23
Aug
2017
THREE HOTEL RENOVATIONS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT

6 -min. read A barrage of new hotels also means that existing properties need to keep up… Here are three hotel renovations spanning the globe to get excited about.

02
Aug
2017
REBEL CONCEPTS: GETTING WASTED NEVER FELT SO GOOD

5 -min. read A new vanguard of chefs are upcycling waste into wonder. Blue Hill head chef and wastED co-founder Dan Barber on why mindful dining will disrupt the future of travel.

07
Aug
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LIVERPOOL

4 -min. read There’s more to Liverpool than the Beatles and football. Scouse pride runs deep, with roots tied up with the city’s ability to bounce back from adversity.

02
Aug
2017
REBEL CONCEPTS: INVESTING IN THE INTANGIBLE

5 -min. read SAIRA Hospitality’s founder, Harsha Chanrai, explains why pop-up hospitality schools will disrupt the future of travel.

03
Aug
2017
FIVE GARDEN HOTELS GROWING IT FOR THEMSELVES

4 -min. read As Ham Yard Hotel launches its Summer Sessions, shaking up cocktails with botanicals from their rooftop garden, we take a look at the garden hotels growing their own produce.

02
Aug
2017
REBEL CONCEPTS: COOL IS DEAD, LONG LIVE COOL

5 -min. read Kurt Bredenbeck, Chairman of Wood Green’s community-minded hotel Green Rooms, explains why social enterprise will disrupt the future of travel.

27
Jul
2017
GOING OFF-GRID AT IBIZA’S CHILLED-OUT LITTLE SISTER, FORMENTERA

4 -min. read The laidback and quiet lifestyle on the Spanish haven of Formentera island is an antithesis to the steamy party mindset of neighbouring Ibiza.

26
Jul
2017
IRAN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

6 -min. read As it becomes more important than ever for travel to push the boundaries of experience, discover a creative, dynamic Iran on the move from foreign stereotypes.

03
Aug
2017
FROM MUMBAI TO BROOKLYN, SOHO HOUSE IS ON A ROLL

2 -min. read There is no slowing down Soho House. It seems the unveiling of glittering city club and hotel The Ned earlier this year was just the start of things to come.

La Muralla Roja
24
Jul
2017
THE RISE OF ARCHITECTURE TOURISM

10 -min. read Perhaps it’s the ongoing prevalence of design hotels and renewed interest in mid-century classics, but niche architectural scenes are big news.

24
Jul
2017
5 HACKS TO INSTANTLY IMPROVE THE DIGITAL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE FROM TRIPTEASE

2 -min. read Triptease’s Product Manager, Thomas Griffiths, gives his five top hacks to instantly improve the digital customer experience.

21
Jul
2017
THE ROOMS AT MADE HOTEL NYC ARE WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

4 -min. read With MADE Hotel NYC opening September 5th, after a recent site tour of the property we’re even more enthusiastic about this independent debut.

18
Jul
2017
FULL HOUSE: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT SHANGHAI’S THE MIDDLE HOUSE

2 -min. read Swire Hotels have announced their latest hotel, The Middle House in Shanghai. Set to open at the end of 2017, here’s what we know so far…

17
Jul
2017
ALILA YANGSHUO: ABANDONED BUILDING, VIBRANT HEART

4 -min. read Peeking inside Alila Yangshuo, the recently opened converted sugar mill in China’s Yangshuo and part of a wave of new Chinese hotel openings.

07
Jul
2017
AMSTERDAM HOTELS TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

2 -min. read With a rush of new hotels opening their doors, Amsterdam is having something of a design moment. Here’s our pick of our new favourite places to check in, to check out the Netherlands capital in style.

23
Jun
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: GOTHENBURG

4 -min. read Gothenburg has got reason to smile. The Scandinavian hotspot has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

29
Jun
2017
THE REBELS WINNERS MAKE A SPLASH

2 -min. read The tension was palpable at THE REBELS and Closing Party as we waited to hear who from the shortlist our panel of creative class judges had chosen to take home a REBEL – check out the winners.

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