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’.

Will the Nairobi attacks dent Kenya’s tourism boom?

Tourism operators in Kenya are hopeful that this week’s terror attacks in Nairobi will have little impact on the country’s all-important tourism industry — but successive attacks in the past few years are causing new anxieties… [read more]

Google Maps’ ‘incorrect’ outback travel times could be deterring tourists, businesses say

Business owners in Queensland’s south-west say travel times on Google Maps are inaccurate and could be deterring tourists from making the trip to the bush after discovering significant discrepancies between actual travel times and those listed on Google Maps… [read more]

Rome city council and Church row over coins from Trevi fountain

A row has broken out between the mayor of Rome and the Roman Catholic Church over what should happen to coins retrieved from the Trevi fountain. Every year nearly €1.5m (£1.3m) is fished out of the famous landmark. It is traditionally given to a Catholic charity to help the destitute. But now Mayor Virginia Raggi wants the money spent on the city’s crumbling infrastructure instead. The Catholic charity Caritas says the loss of income will hit the poor…. [read more]

The cheapest cities to book a five-star hotel

Antalya in Turkey is the cheapest city in the world for five-star accommodation, according to new research. The cheapest top-tier hotel in the coastal destination costs from just $39.62 (£31) per night, according to online travel agent Globehunters, which compared over 170 destinations around the world using data from Price of Travel to compile its five-star index… [read more]

New luxury destinations to add to your travel plans in 2019

The world is your oyster, so goes the famous line in Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor. Thanks to numerous technological advancements in the travel industry, today’s well-heeled travellers and jet setters in search of discovery and adventure have access to a plethora of options at their fingertips. But with so many places to explore, finding one to that suits your personal preferences can feel daunting especially if one is always strapped for time… [read more]

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Comments (8)

  1. Andy says:

    I’ve finally moved into my house. I’m exhausted so I need a holiday but after the move I’ve got very little cash to take.

    I’m sure that the website on cheap 5* hotels will help me sort out a much needed holiday.

  2. Lesley Alexander says:

    Rwanda, seemingly coming from nowhere, has crept up on the blindside. Ten years ago no-one would have thought it would be in the world’s safest Top Ten. It’s people have done so well to move on from their traumatic past, the arrival of The One and Only is a real vote of confidence in the country’s future.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      I attended a presentation by the Rwanda Development Board at a luxury conference a few months ago, and they have a lot happening at the moment. As well as the One&Only Nyungwe House, there’s Bisate Lodge from Wilderness Safaris, and Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House from Singita. There’s a new national park this year, too: Gishwati-Mukura.

      I believe there were over one million tourist arrivals last year. That figure looks set to still climb in the years to come. It’s quite a turn-around for a country that has quite a bloody past, with the genocide of 1994 being just 25 years ago.

  3. Gerald says:

    Regarding the short piece on Kenya, to play devil’s advocate, there is a case for saying that you are safer after an attack than at other times. Firstly, the perpetrators may have used all their resources. Secondly the may have retreated to safe territory. Thirdly security will be at its most vigilant.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      All valid comments but this isn’t necessarily how the public sees it, and the warnings from various state advisories usually err on the side of extreme caution.

  4. Phil says:

    Looking at the piece on new trending luxury destinations there’s one phrase that really intrigued me. The writer talks about satisfying your “inner wanderlust warrior”.

    I ain’t got a clue what it means but I’m going to add it to my cocktail party vocabulary. It sounds so intellectual and philosophical.

  5. Chuen Buan says:

    Turkey sure looks like a affordable yet luxurious place to visit.

  6. Kevin Dakin says:

    There is probably no bigger advocate of technology than I. In fact, I’m one of those fortunate (or anti-social?) people who work from home and live in cyberspace.

    The story about inaccurate travel times on Google asks serious questions about how we use technology and more importantly how we trust it without questioning the validity of the data.

    I fear that Google can be making us intellectually lazy. I think the real answer to this problem is that we need to think through the journey and do some of our own research.

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