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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’. Uluru’s climb to the summit closed forever The last people to climb Uluru have been lashed for their “ridiculous” behaviour with the final eight descending the sacred rock together. Speaking on NITV’s special show to celebrate the closure of the climb, NITV correspondent and Anangu man Ryan Liddle and NITV host John Paul Janke described the behaviour of the final group as “kind of selfish”. A handful of people who scrambled to the top of Uluru on Friday morning stayed at its summit until sunset, finally descending it just after 7pm… [read more] Gulfstream’s new $75 million private jet is the world’s largest Gulfstream has unveiled the G700, its new flagship private jet, which the company says is now the largest plane in the private jet industry. “The Gulfstream G700 takes the very best elements from our most innovative products and unites them with cutting-edge advances to create an all-new, advanced-technology aircraft that redefines safety, comfort, and range at speed,” Gulfstream President Mark Burns said at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas… [read more] Global luxury tourism is on the rise According to Statista’s latest data, over the next five years, global luxury tourism is expected to grow at a faster pace than tourism in general. As of this year, global tourism revenue amounted to $5.9 trillion, while high-end tourism currently has a global value of $831 billion. Over the next five years, tourism in general is expected to increase with a compound annual growth rate… [read more] The 10 best countries to travel to in 2020 It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation. Lonely Planet unveiled its top destinations for 2020 in its annual Best in Travel collection — and the variety of locations means there’s something for every type of traveler. In this year’s edition, Lonely Planet paid particular attention to the best sustainable travel experiences, in the hope that travelers will have a positive impact wherever they venture. Scroll down to see Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to travel to in 2020… [read more] World’s most expensive painting might not appear in Louvre’s Leonardo da Vinci 500th anniversary show. Here’s why The world’s most expensive painting, the Salvator Mundi, purportedly by Leonardo da Vinci, was supposed to go on display next week in the world’s most famous museum, the Louvre in Paris, in a blockbuster exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death. Barring a last-minute surprise, however, the painting will be a no-show… [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. The 10 best countries to visit in 2020 is, as always with these lists, very thought-provoking and will spark off plenty of discussion.

    What is great is that it comes in with some suggestions that most of us will never have heard of. No way were Liberia and Uruguay on my radar.

    Although Bhutan’s number 1 its popularity worries me. It is a very special place and I worry that it may become over run with visitors.

  2. I’m always rather wary of forecasts and surveys. It is highly likely that tourism will continue to grow and if you take the information available today then a forecast of an increase in tourism of over 6% and an increase in luxury tourism of over 7% look logical.

    But it should never be forgotten that the future is not merely a continuation of the past. Merely extrapolating the past does not give you tomorrow’s trends.

    I wonder just how much of a Greta Thunberg effect we may see. Although people have been highly critical of Extinction Rebellion’s methods I suspect that they are just the first primitive organisation in a movement that will become increasingly sophisticated and successful.

    With the power of social media it does not take very long to change people’s mindsets. In five years time you may find that although we still want our luxury experiences we may not be travelling as extravagantly for them.

  3. It will be a very sad indictment of the art world if the Salvator Mundi is not displayed at the Louvre next week. Pieces of art are created to be displayed. I know that they were originally created for rich patrons to display but when a painting has received much acclaim as the Salvator Mundi has received surely it should be available for wider audiences.

  4. Surely Gulfstream are going to cop some flack for that jet, it can’t be very eco friendly! Very impressive though, for the sheer size of the thing not to mention the eye watering price to build. It’s interesting that luxury in general is on the rise, especially given economic slumps, Brexit, cost of living increasing and such. I wonder if part of that is a focus on quality over quantity? People perhaps making less trips, but making sure each one is a little more luxurious and well worth it.

  5. It’s such a shame for something so beautiful to be closed off so people can’t appreciate mother nature. I do understand why the indigenous owners of the land want to preserve Uluru, it’s a sacred place that has probably been used and abused for a long time now, even though it sounds like the number of visitors going there to climb it have actually been decreasing over the years. I agree having it as more of a destination for climbing distracts from the value and sacred nature of the place, but it still seems like a shame. I noticed there’s now a $6,300 fine if you’re caught trying to climb it. I wonder how many will give it a go anyway and risk the fine?

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