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’. These are the 15 hottest destinations billionaires are traveling to in 2019 Investing in travel is becoming an increasingly popular way for the ultra-rich to signify their status – and they’re extending it far beyond the classic idea of a vacation. Nowadays, the super-rich are taking months-long, multimillion-dollar trips to recharge or reconnect with family because they’re often burnt out, Business Insider’s Katie Warren previously reported. That can take shape in the form of extreme adventures, luxurious getaways, and educational excursions. But just where are these billionaires headed?… [read more] The super-rich are being scammed on their private jets Five grand for mystery sushi. Seven for plastic cups. And more fuel than the plane could possibly hold. Such are the deceptions stinging the billionaires and mere millionaires of today’s private jet-set class. In an era of ultra-wealth, reports of shady billing related to private-jet travel are on the rise… [read more] Look inside Damien Hirst’s US$100,000-a-night Empathy, the world’s most expensive hotel suite The world’s most expensive hotel room doubles as an art gallery. Featuring work by renowned contemporary artist Damien Hirst, the Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas can be booked. At US$100,000 per night, the Empathy Suite has eclipsed the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel; the Geneva hotel charged US$80,000 per night for its costliest accommodation to top the rankings last year… [read more] Could new flights make St Helena an unlikely mini-break destination? Visitors to Cape Town next winter will have more opportunity to tack on a trip to St Helena, one of the most remote islands in the world and site of Napoleon’s imprisonment after the Battle of Waterloo. The Atlantic outcrop and British Overseas Territory will, in December 2019, welcome a second weekly flight from the South African city, raising the prospect of a dual-city break, St Helena’s tourist board says… [read more] Ethiopian official: ‘Clear similarities’ between catastrophic Boeing plane crashes On a day when thousands mourned the 157 victims of last Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash, Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said “clear similarities’’ were found between that accident and a fatal Lion Air crash Oct. 29, 2018, in Indonesia. Both doomed flights involved the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, putting the onus on the American manufacturer to find the source of the catastrophic failure of its now-grounded plane… [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.
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