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Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’. Dubai cruise port set for biggest season yet Dubai cruise port has revealed it is on track to welcome one million cruise passengers by 2020. In the same year, the cruise port will see the opening of Dubai Harbour – a brand-new waterfront facility featuring two cruise terminals that will accommodate up to three cruise ships at any one time – taking Dubai’s cruise ship capacity to eight. The new development is expected to accommodate up to 1.2 million cruise passengers annually… [read more] Vic Falls gets new US$800-a-night hotel The list of luxury boutique hotels in Victoria Falls continues to grow with another addition scheduled to open its doors in the prime resort in May next year. Mbano Manor Hotel will bring a unique experience to global, high-end tourists visiting the resort’s pristine surrounds, which include the major drawcard, the world-famous Victoria Falls waterfall, and Zambezi National Park. The 19 all-suite luxury boutique hotel will… [read more] China will be the world’s most popular tourist destination by 2030 France has been a top tourist destination for years—it’s not in any way surprising, rather like saying cheese is delicious. Well, yeah. But research from global research company Euromonitor International shows a fascinating new trend: China will likely dethrone the European nation to become the world’s top tourist destination by 2030… [read more] The hottest new London hotel openings of 2019 From The Ritz’ old-world glam, to Claridge’s art deco splendour and Ham Yard’s distinctive design – there’s a hotel for every taste. But, there’s always room for more. Next year, there will be a number of new hotels popping up across our capital. Whether you prefer a boutique hotel or a Scandi-inspired skyscraper, below are the best hotel openings of 2019… [read more] What are rich people buying now? Superyachts, apparently. If you are a living, breathing person with a small amount of disposable income, you have, at some point in your life, probably bought a frivolous thing that ended up being a waste of money. That thing may be a fancy pair of shoes, or perhaps a silly hat. And for a handful of very wealthy people, that thing is apparently yachts — not just regular yachts, but superyachts… [read more] We really enjoy hearing from our readers and would love to hear your views on any of these stories! Please click on the comments below and share your thoughts. Thank you.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Interesting piece on Zimbabwe. Maybe it will be the next Sri Lanka which saw huge growth once the Civil War ended. I think that I’m probably part of a generation for whom Zimbabwe has been off-limits. There’s a lot of pent-up demand and many people will be keeping an eye on the political situation to see how things pan out. The intense competition amongst the hotels around the Victoria Falls can only be good news for travellers. Who knows there may be a bargain or two at the $800 a night all suites boutique hotel?

    1. I think Zimbabwe is already experiencing some of that growth. Zimbabwe Tourism Authority recently announced a 29% increase in tourism into the country from the EU for the first 6 months of the year (compared with the first 6 months of the preceding year).

  2. It is good news that there yet more hotels coming to London. Choice is never a bad thing. Some would say that the market is overcrowded but I think The Standard will do well. There aren’t enough hotels around the Kings Cross area, if you’ve just come in by train from Scotland or the north you need somewhere convenient to crash out for the night. Personally, I think the Vintry would be my choice – bags of character and tucked away. I would be tempted to give it a try.

    1. As someone who often comes into London from the north (so into the Euston/Kings Cross area), and often arriving late on a Sunday evening ready for meetings the next day, I’d tend to agree with that. There are some – and I have stayed at the Renaissance St. Pancras Hotel, for example – but I usually find myself travelling to somewhere a little more central before resting my head for the night simply because there’s a lot more choice that way.

  3. China beating France as the top tourist destination in about 10 years is not surprising. A lot of travelers are discovering the many delights of Asia, the variety and most possibly the exoticness of it. And the less stringent restrictions on Visas are definitely a big help. Plus, China’s ancient structures are older than anything in France (probably) and the country is rich in history and culture. There is a high level of interest there as well. Being the largest country in Asia, with the largest population in the world, China’s economy is booming and its popularity is booming. With this comes modern delights such as shopping, nightlife, and great cuisine.

    1. Yes, I think it’s pretty inevitable, plus with the second most populated country in the world as neighbours, it seems certain that it’ll get its fair share of tourism. Also interesting, I think, is that Chinese people are travelling more and more, and I think this will have an impact on a number of countries. Unprecedented numbers of Chinese tourists (many millions), with significant growth within the middle classes, are increasingly exploring the globe.

  4. Obviously the expanded Dubai port will be the starting point for some major cruises. The short ones will be interesting though. Tasters doing Abu Dhabi, then heading East to Muscat, maybe Salleh then across to Mumbai?

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