If you’re a US cancer patient, did you know that you can fly to recognised treatment ceters around the country, absolutely free, in the empty seats of corporate jets? New York State-based Corporate Angel Network is a national public charity which works directly with patients and families to co-ordinate their travel needs with the flight [...]
Based in Long Island, NY, ExcelAire is about to add a Global Express plane to its private jet fleet. The aircraft flies from New York City to Tokyo nonstop in 14 hours. There’s nothing that remarkable about the journey time but the level of comfort is second to none. The plane represents the pinnacle [...]
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has overcome Ritz-Carlton’s 6-year reign at the top of Business Travel News’ annual US Hotel Chain Survey. Mandarin Oriental came third and Starwood’s St. Regis fourth.
Norwegian Cruise Line has again taken the industry by storm by offering its guests three cruises rolled into one. The new offering features two back-to-back 6- and 8-night cruises out of New York. Norwegian Spirit will head out of New York, taking in Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The 16-night ‘BBC’ cruise, as [...]
Another great article from Forbes’ Sophia Banay is accompanied by their summation of family resorts for 2006. Making the shortlist (actually, there’s 14 of them so it’s not so short!) are: Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Disney World, Orlando, Florida [...]
Island Air is spreading its wings beyond the Hawaiian skies with a new luxury jet charter service allowing Hawaii travelers to book their own private intercontinental corporate jet to any destination worldwide. Service begins with a limousine pick-up followed by a Bombardier Challenger jet accommodating up to nine passengers served by a flight crew and [...]
Stay two nights or more nights at the Mosaic Hotel in Beverly Hills, just two blocks from Rodeo Drive and enjoy complimentary breakfast for two, each morning of your stay. All Mosaic rooms include free high speed internet access, Frette linens, Wolfgang Puck coffee, BVLGARI ® bath products, Rain Forest showerheads and an oversized workspace.
A portfolio of six Sofitel hotels has been sold for $370 million. Accor sold the six hotels to a joint venture comprised of GEM Realty Capital and Whitehall Street Global Real Estate Limited Partnership 2005, but will maintain a 25% stake. The hotels included in the deal are located in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San [...]
A former finance director of lastminute.com who is Chairman of the UK luxury travel company known as Western & Oriental Travel (formerly World Luxury Group) has unveiled plans to float on the stock market. David Howell is seeking to raise £5.5 million through the floatation. The company has also recently acquired Ranch America, providers of [...]
I blogged yesterday on the contents of this evening’s Oscars swagbag, given to presenters at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. In addition to the travel goodies already mentioned, I’ve since discovered there’s more, including a $1,495 leather-trimmed cashmere travel blanket from Frette, the famous Italian linen house, $1,500 exclusive dinner party in Morton’s Private Boardroom [...]
Celebrities at events like the Oscars and Golden Globes are traditionally given a goody bag with all manner of lavish gifts from companies eager to have the big names use their products. This year’s Oscars will be no exception. Presenters such as George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman will receive [...]
Chicago-based Prism Development Company will construct a 40-story, 360,000-square-foot, Ritz-Carlton-managed residential tower on a prime site in Chicago, at North Michigan Avenue and Erie Street in the heart of the ‘Magnificent Mile’. The site was previously occupied by The Terra Museum of American Art which closed in October 2004. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago, Magnificent Mile [...]
I understand from my good friends at Five Star Alliance that both W Hotels in New Orleans re-opened recently, just in time for Mardi Gras. Both had been shuttered in the wake of Hurricane Katrina following substantial wind and water damage. W New Orleans – French Quarter and W New Orleans have both been restored [...]
Kahala Mandarin Oriental – the only AAA Five Diamond resort in Oahu -officially changed its name to The Kahala Hotel & Resort yesterday. Kahala Hotel Investors LLC have unveiled that the now independent 364-room property will now be managed by Landmark Hotels. The Kahala is one of only four AAA Five-Diamond properties in the State [...]
I don’t know about you, but it really grates with me when I get speculative junk in my inbox. And yet unfortunately it seems one or two corners of the luxury hotel sector feel it’s the way to go. Today, on my work email address, are some apparently “exclusive specials” courtesy of Hotel Zaza [...]
ITTFA, the International Tourism Trade Fairs Association, welcomes its newest member, Luxury Travel Expo. Luxury Travel Expo is the industry’s largest gathering of luxury travel professionals in the U.S. and during its last show in Las Vegas, December 2005, it attracted 4,376 visitors and 486 exhibitors over three days, serving both international and domestic [...]