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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’. Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo to open a luxury Marrakesh hotel in 2020 If you’re a fan of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, you may want to stay at his new hotel in Marrakesh, which is scheduled to open in 2020. The Pestana CR7 hotel will be launched by the sports star in partnership with the Portuguese Pestana Group, and it will be built in the luxurious M Avenue development in the centre of the Moroccan city… [read more] Luxury cruise market capacity set to double The luxury cruise market is set to more than its capacity between 2019 and 2027, with a fleet of more than 40 new ships set to join it in the next decade, according to the 2019 Luxury Market Report by Cruise Industry News. Existing players, new market entrants, ship stretches and big cruise operators getting in on the luxury market, all point to a strong demand environment… [read more] Cuba taps into high-end luxury tourist market Cuba used to depend on aid from its oil-rich ally Venezuela. But with Venezuela in turmoil, opening luxury hotels is “a new stage,” but also “a necessity,” Cuba’s Tourism Minister says as his country scrambles for other revenue sources… [read more] Paris residents plea for influencers to leave Instagram’s most famous street alone Nothing garners more Instagram likes than a row of candy-hued houses, with influencers travelling from far and wide to capture the perfect shot of Paris’ Rue Crémieux. But with relentless hoards of millennials now posing on the cobbled street every day, residents are staging a protest… [read more] Bugatti unveils the world’s most expensive new car Even before the car was unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire, meaning “The Black Car,” had already been sold for an astounding US$12.3 million plus another $6.4 million in taxes and fees. The car is a modern version of the classic Bugatti Type 57, designed by founder Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean, in the 1930s and 40s… [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. Have a story you’d like to share? Please contact us for details.

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. Personally, I like the idea of MSC expanding its small-ship brand, ships with around 1,000 passengers just is around the optimum number. My problem with bigger ships isn’t on board, they are so well designed that they eat up the numbers but once you disembark. If you’ve got 3,000 plus passengers pouring off a ship into a small port they can really change the character of the place for a day or two.

  2. It’s good news that Cuba is looking at the luxury market segment. I keep toying with the idea of taking a trip to Cuba but a number of my friends have been a little disappointed with their experiences. They’ve reported that the food hasn’t been great and that the service is pretty ordinary too. It’s such a pity as they’ve all agreed that Cuba is a beautiful island with a fascinating history and really should be making more of itself.

  3. I just couldn’t cope with the stresses of owning an $18.7m car. I’d worry about finding places with secure parking. I’ve seen owners of expensive cars who are always looking out from bars and restaurants checking that their car is still there.

  4. Marrakech’s come a long way since George Orwell’s essay on a depressing grubby city in the 1930s. The Pestana CR7 hotel will bring even more glamour to an exotic city loved by travellers for its Middle Eastern design flair. Marrakech is already an enticing prospect but the new art galleries, cafes and restaurants will pull in even more tourists.

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