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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’. 25 of the most beautiful places around the world The world’s a spectacular place, full of hidden and overt beauty in every corner. But beauty’s also subjective. It’d be impossible to get a unanimous decision on the most beautiful places around the world — but we think this list is a good start to plan your travels. In celebration of Earth Day, we’ve rounded up the best of the best. From lush African forests to vast Latin American deserts, watery Balkan paradises to ancient Middle Eastern cities, here are our picks for the world’s top breathtaking, beautiful destinations… [read more] See Komodo dragons up close on this luxury cruise around Komodo National Park I had been wandering Komodo for over an hour when I encountered its most famous resident. Covered in muddy, chainmail-like scales, the world’s largest lizard half-heartedly flicked his long, forked tongue, then heaved his awkward limbs and kept moving. A grinning ranger walked up to me, wielding a stick and playing twangy Bahasa ballads from his cell phone: “I guess you didn’t look good enough to eat.”… [read more] Sri Lanka fears up to $2 billion tourism losses Sri Lanka fears its lucrative tourism industry could see arrivals drop by up to 30 per cent, with losses of US$1.5 billion (S$2.05 billion) this year, after deadly Easter attacks, the finance minister said on Friday (April 26). “Tourism will be the worst affected,” Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera told reporters… [read more] World Superyacht Awards 2019: the nominees not to miss TBoat International Media in association with Oyster Yachts will hold the 14th annual edition of The World Superyacht Awards 16 – 18 May 2019 in London. The awards are aimed to recognise remarkable design, engineering and construction innovations of the world’s finest luxury yachts. This year’s ceremony will take place in the heart of the City, in Old Billingsgate, returning to London after several other venues, such as Venice, Amsterdam and most recently Florence… [read more] ‘Four Seasons Jet 2.0’ to take flight in 2021 The Four Seasons Private Jet is getting a very glamorous upgrade. A fully customized Airbus A321 LR, part of the new Airbus NEO family, is being brought in to replace the current model, the luxury group has announced. Due to take flight in early 2021, the new aircraft will feature “the widest and tallest cabin in its class” as well as spacious lavatories and an expansive lounge area… [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. Sri Lanka and it’s people have suffered appalling and atrocious loss and tragedy. The ultimate victory for the terrorists would be if tourists stayed away for years on end. Terrorist activity in both Egypt and Tunisia has done significant damage to the economy and the people’s well being.

    Hopefully, the Sri Lankan government will react and vastly improve their security procedures. As a British citizen I believe that once the Foreign Office advises that Sri Lanka is a safe destination again we should show our support for this devastated island by travelling. Clearly, it is an individual decision but I would ask people to investigate the decision to travel rather than just writing off the island for the next couple of decades.

  2. Maybe I just wasn’t viewing the right media this year but it seemed to me that Earth Day wasn’t as big as it has been in recent years. Nice piece by CNN to raise awareness of the beauty of the Earth. If we are going to counter all the threats that our planet faces then we are going to need to fight on all fronts.

    1. I agree, I heard very little about it. I went to visit someone in the hills near where I live, and when I came down the hill I could see all the lights of the city shining as normal

  3. As someone who is well over 6 feet tall I appreciate the idea of more headroom on the Four Season’s Jet. I also like the idea of bringing back glamour to flying, too often nowadays taking a flight is like getting onto a very crowded bus where everybody immediately goes into zombie mode by putting on their headphones, living in a digital world and ignoring everyone around them.

    1. As someone who looks down on the world from a height moving towards two metres tall it just seems to me that the travel industry too often ignores us gangly folks. Hotel’s emperor size beds are often wider than they are long and my feet still hang over the end.

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