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Choosing a Luxury Self-Catered or Catered Ski Chalet in the French Alps

Choosing a Luxury Self-Catered or Catered Ski Chalet in the French Alps | luxury travel |

Ski chalets in France are all over. In fact, you can take your pick from any of the luxury chalets in the Alps depending on the number of persons you are bringing along and your specific requirements as well. Of these luxury ski chalets, one can choose between catered and self-catered. ( #travel source

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Top 10 luxury chalets in Europe

As adventurous as a day on the slopes can be, coming home to a beautifully furnished and elegant chalet is equally exciting. Scattered across the Alps in France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria are some of the most exclusive, stunningly beautiful luxury chalets in Europe. Chalet Abruzzes, Courchevel, France Chalet Abruzzes is located above the Cospillot […]

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The 5 best places in France for luxury travel - A Luxury Travel Blog

The 5 best places in France for luxury travel - A Luxury Travel Blog | luxury travel |

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3 of the best places to eat after a day in the mountains of the southern French Alps

Everybody knows you don’t need 3 Michelin stars to produce delicious unforgettable food. One of the joys of a trip off the beaten track is the discovery of these hidden jewels of gastronomy in unexpected places. After spending a day exploring the valleys and summits of the mountains on a sun-soaked summer activity trip, or after an […]

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Vintage Wine Travel

Vintage Wine Travel | luxury travel |

Vintage Wine Travel with 'Friendship 1' - luxury wine tourism on the mighty River Douro in Northern Portugal, private quinta visits, exclusive winemaker dinners and tutored tastings of both still and Port wines, experiennce the extraordinary beauty of the world's oldest formally demarcated wine region and UNESCO World Heritage Site…como missão a qualidade como excelência. O Douro Vinhateiro e o Romântico Rio Douro como cenário.

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'Boca Bacchanal' features weekend of wine, food and luxury

'Boca Bacchanal' features weekend of wine, food and luxury | luxury travel |

The 12th annual "Boca Bacchanal," benefiting the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum will feature a weekend of wine, food and luxury.

"Boca Bacchanal" is set to include international vintners who will showcase their exclusive wine selections. The award-winning chefs have been recognized by publications including Esquire Magazine, the Food Network, Forbes Travel Guide and Oprah's "The 'O' List."

 The weekend will begin with the "Vintner Dinners" March 28 at six venues in Boca Raton. Each dinner will feature a vintner and chef working

 together to create a five-course dinner paired with wine.

On March 29, the "Bacchus Bash" will take place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Guests will enjoy an interactive food and wine experience, meet award-winning chefs and vintners and dine on signature cuisine and wine selections. Silent and live auctions will feature wine, travel, cuisine and lifestyle prizes. One auction package includes round trip airfare and two tickets to the Ralph Lauren September Fashion Show in New York, an appointment with a Ralph Lauren stylist and a shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue New York.

The "Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting" will take place March 30 at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre. The afternoon will include more than 140 wines, by-the-bite specialties by South Florida restaurants and a beer garden, which will feature craft beer, ales and lagers. Miami band PALO will perform live.

Robert B. Campbell is the honorary chair for the event. Event chairpersons include Joyce DeVita, Betsy Fletcher,Yvette Drucker, Julia Johnston, Lauri Saunders, Kirsten Stephenson, Thom DeVita, Kathryn, Bo Gillespie, Joni Goldberg, LouAnn Such, Jamie Sauer, Eric Sauer and Kathy Qualman.

Some of the sponsors for the event include the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Republic National Distributing Company, Cendyn, Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton, JM Lexus, City of Boca Raton, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Geo Group, Crown Wine & Spirits, The Schmidt Family Foundation, Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, Palm Beach County, Champagne Taittinger, Bemka Caviar, The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Atlas Party Rental and Saratoga Water.


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Le Chinese tour de luxe: Chinese tourists shun museums and make a beeline for the shops

Le Chinese tour de luxe: Chinese tourists shun museums and make a beeline for the shops | luxury travel |

Europe will be among the top destinations for the 94 million mainland Chinese who are expected to travel abroad by 2015, according to McKinsey & Co. Their tour-group itineraries are showing day-long trips to luxury outlets - squeezing short visits to the Eiffel Tower and Louvre museum in between.

By turning their holidays into lengthy shopping excursions, the Chinese are propping up European sales and aiding the outlook for brands from Prada to Gucci, even as the euro zone faces a second year of economic contraction. Close to a third of Chinese luxury buyers will shop in Europe in 2013, McKinsey estimates, up from a fifth last year.

Helping drive the overseas purchases are China's import taxes on luxury items and added rebates on European taxes available to non-residents. The cost of 20 luxury items in China, including bags and watches, was 72 per cent higher than in France and 45 per cent higher than in Hong Kong, according to a 2011 survey by the Ministry of Commerce. Chinese from richer cities are also picking Europe and the US over nearby Hong Kong as they seek out new experiences, according to UBS Securities.

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Must-have travel experiences in 2016

Must-have travel experiences in 2016 | luxury travel |

Virtuoso, the international network of luxury travel agencies, has unveiled its 2016 Virtuoso Luxe Report, with results from the annual survey of its elite advisors. Virtuoso's travel advisors have weighed in on their five must-have experiences of 2016:


Exploring new destinations is this year's chief travel motivator, with Cuba as the top emerging destination.Creating unforgettable memories that outlive the experiences themselves will be more crucial than ever.Crossing something off the bucket list without waiting for the trip of a lifetime to happen in the future.Pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone, with adventure a key trend in 2016.Enjoying closer to home experiences, with New York being rated as the United States' top destination.


The report has tipped the following countries as the top global destinations of 2016: Italy, France, South Africa, Mexico and Australia. Find out more.

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Hurun Chinese Luxury Traveler 2015

(1 June 2015, Shanghai) -- Hurun Report and ILTM Asia today released The Chinese Luxury Traveler 2015, a 40-page report on the travel trends of the Chinese luxury high net worth individual. The report features the travel trends of China’s super travellers, defined as individuals who spent US$30,000 or more on travel in the past year. For the first time, the report highlights the relative strengths and weaknesses of five popular countries: US, Japan, France, Australia and the UK. The report also features the best outbound luxury travel agencies.

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InterContinental Hotels Europe Pivots Back to Promoting Incentive Travel


The InterContinental Davos in Switzerland is one of the brand's few non-urban properties in Europe. IHG

Skift Take: North American companies are investing more in incentive travel programs across Europe, so travel brands like InterContinental are attempting to capture that with compelling content, with varying degrees of success.

— Greg Oates

InterContinental Hotels launched a new Incentive Options content program last month, which marks a return for the brand toward promoting luxury corporate incentive travel in major European markets.

The fact that InterContinental developed this campaign now supports data showing that U.S. corporate incentive planners are returning to medium-haul travel destinations overseas, following a precipitous decline that has had lasting effects well after the recession.

According to Christopher Koleros, European director of sales/marketing at InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), incentive sales for 2015 are up 16% across the continent over 2014.

The Incentive Options content is downloadable as an 85-page Apple iBook or PDF showcasing the brand’s 30 European properties. There are also 2-5 content pieces for each hotel profiling destination experiences applicable for incentive travel programs, which generally demand a certain level of exclusivity, individuality and cachet.

That can be a challenge to achieve in a group environment for people who have often participated on a lot of these types of trips, so this is designed to spark planners’ imagination and pivot their focus back on Europe.

An example of one of those experiences is a behind-the-scenes tour of the Fabrica Sant’Anna factory in Lisbon, where participants can meet the few remaining artisans who still hand paint ceramic tiles in 18th century Portuguese tradition.

Most of the destination experiences have a somewhat cultivated timbre focusing on food, wine, architecture, history and culture. There’s room there for perhaps a few more technology or media-based experiences to keep InterContinental Europe from feeling too much like a baby boomer brand.


‘Back To Europe’

According to the latest 2015 trends research coming out of the Incentive Research Foundation, North America and the Caribbean are the top two preferred destinations for North American incentive planners.

Following those: “Europe comes as a popular third option with over a third of planners choosing it for incentive travel. Third parties seem to be driving the push back to Europe with over half of incentive houses using Europe, compared to only a quarter of corporate end users doing so.”

The fact that only one out of four in-house corporate planners is looking at Europe shows the reservations that many companies still have toward the continent regarding value for spend. That cautious outlook is also helping drive new awareness toward destinations like Portugal and Hungary, which tend to have significantly lower room, venue and F&B pricing than the iconic incentive countries.

“Lisbon and Porto in particular are seeing an increase in demand among incentive travel buyers due to InterContinental’s recent expansion in the country,” says Koleros. “The cities in Portugal tend to be seen as authentic and unspoiled, giving incentive guests a unique flavor. Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Berlin and Vienna remain key favorites, and we’re also seeing interest in Davos now because of the new InterContinental there.”

Good But Could Be Great

InterContinental Hotels was actually one of the first big hospitality brands to promote local experiential travel over a decade ago with its Insider Experiences content and Insider Concierge video series, although it has since fallen behind the content initiatives at some of the other large corporate brands.

As an ebook or PDF, the Incentive Options program works well for a sales tool for InterCon executives, and it helps meeting planners sell European incentives programs to their procurement departments and C-suite.

But from a planner user experience perspective, this would potentially be more effective and user friendly as a responsive microsite, because then it could evolve every season with updated content. It could also pull in all of the video content, like the Portugal hotels’ video above, and special promotions across the portfolio to drive excitement around the IHG brand.

Meanwhile, the InterContinental David Tel Aviv created its first-ever dedicated incentive travel program this winter to build on the new Incentive Options content.

The group programming showcases the culture of the surrounding Neve Tzedek district, considered the “SoHo” of the Middle East, where some of Israel’s best writers, artists and other cultural luminaries have lived. The program also includes a fashion and design tour, and an exploration of Old Jaffa.

David Cohen, GM of the InterContinental David Tel Aviv, told Skift, “Due to the ease of experiencing Tel Aviv that this program provides, we expect to see an increase in bookings for incentives trips next year.”

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Destination West Introduces Luxury Tours for Chinese-Speaking Travelers

Sheridan, WY – Destination West Tours announced today that it has started offering unique luxury tours of the Western United States for Chinese-Speaking travelers. Destination West provides an all-inclusive tour package for small, private or semi-private tours to such locations as Yellowstone National Park, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and Mount Rushmore. The upscale experience includes travel in a Hummer H2 limousine, complete with alcohol, snacks, and beverages. Guests stay at 4 and 5 star hotels and private luxury lodges. The entire trip is conducted by a local Mandarin-speaking tour guide.


“Before we started our luxury tours, visitors from China really only had one option for touring the West, which was riding on a large tour bus with a big group of people while staying at low end hotels and eating cheap food,” said Darren Small , Founder and CEO of Destination West. “Our guests want something more – a special, truly memorable experience visiting some of the most remarkable places in the world.”


Serving the comfort-conscious Chinese traveler takes a driver who acts as a dedicated translator and chauffeur. Destination West guests dine at the most upscale and high-quality restaurants, which have been selected to provide their guests with authentic Western cuisine. Tours are limited to 10 guests at a time, though Destination West also arranges completely private tours. Tours last 10 days, 9 nights, with the option of adding a 2-day high-end shopping extension in Denver, Colorado. Private security escorts are also available.


In addition to Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore, tour destinations include Grand Teton National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, Jewel Cave National Monument, Custer State Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial. Tours feature such adventures and activities as hot air ballooning, river rafting, star-gazing, live rodeos, live music entertainment, museums, firearms training and shooting, wildlife viewing, shopping, wine tours, distillery tours, helicopter tours of Mount Rushmore, and more.


For more information, please visit


Media Contact
Darren Small
Destination West
(888) WEST-365

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Une veille gratuite sur les entreprises avec Owler

Une veille gratuite sur les entreprises avec Owler | luxury travel |

Owler est un service de veille automatisé qui mêle habilement crawling de sources d'actualités, gestion d'entités nommées, datavisualisation et crowdsourcing

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