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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’. Tokyo’s restaurants again boast world’s most Michelin stars in 2020 guide Tokyo once again topped the list of cities worldwide with the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants, according to the 2020 edition of the guidebook, but one of the capital’s most famous restaurants is no longer one of them. Renowned sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten in the Ginza district was left out of the book for the first time, Michelin said… [read more] Emirates launches new US$125k private jet safari collaboration With Roar Africa Earlier this week, travel specialist Roar Africa announced that it’s partnering with Emirates to offer an exclusive private jet safari that combines luxury travel with extraordinary adventure. The inaugural 12-day trip will bring guests aboard an Emirates A319 Executive Private Jet, equipped with private suites and showers, mini-bars and lie-flat beds, a spacious lounge that doubles as a restaurant and gathering space, as well as gourmet meals and wine fines. Despite the lavish accommodations, the trip’s main focus will be on sustainability and conservation, and will be 100 per cent carbon neutral… [read more] London tops list of world’s most vegan-friendly cities London has been named the most vegan-friendly city in the world for the second year running by online vegan restaurant guide HappyCow. Berlin, New York and Los Angeles also rank high in the 2019 list – with Bangkok in the top 10 for the first time. Home to 152 vegan restaurants citywide – including eateries serving plant-based takes on fried chicken, sushi and pizza – London’s meat-free scene has gone mainstream in recent years… [read more] Surprising ways the luxury travel industry will change in 2020 Gilded globetrotters saw numerous changes in 2019. These included ‘affordable’ business class, Airbnb being attacked by Amsterdam, Santorini losing its credibility, post-luxurious Barcelona hotels and forbidden helicopter thrills at LAX. This is set to continue in 2020, with travel company Luxury Escapes releasing a report this week called “Travel 2020: Forecasting The New Decade Of Travel,” which highlights the emerging cultural (and technological) wrinkles Australian jet setters will be affected by in 2020, and the next decade… [read more] The Queen is hiring a travel director following the Harry and Meghan private jet controversy Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly spent Thanksgiving in the US with baby Archie Harrison this year, and they announced that they would be taking an extended break from royal duties to spend time together as a family. They are said to be splitting the next few weeks between the UK and the States, with the Palace also confirming that they would also be spending Christmas overseas… [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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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. I’m not surprised that London leads the world as one of the top vegan cities.

    What is great about London is how cosmopolitan and free-thinking it is. I’ve read articles about London being the capital of the world – perhaps even on A Luxury Travel

    There are so many nationalities bringing their ideas and cuisines that London will be more open to change than many more staid cities.

    PS : London may have its vegan hair-stylists but I’ve driven a vegan car – a TESLA.

  2. Following on from the attack by Amsterdam on Airbnb I get the feeling that it won’t be the last attack. I’m just back from Budapest which is something of a magnet for Hen and Stag weekends. The Budapest residents are tired of the noise of these parties at Airbnb flats, property prices are falling and we might see Budapest protesting soon too.

  3. Good news that Emirates and Roar Africa are collaborating on a luxury safari trip. Even better that they are donating funds towards conservation. It’s the lower segments of the market where funds are tighter, and where eco-corners might be cut, that worries me.

  4. I never knew the Michelin guide gets published before the year it refers to begins, I don’t know when I thought it was done actually. I’m not surprised Tokyo gets a lot of recognition, they certainly know their food. Seems a shame the Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten mentioned here isn’t included this year based on its lack of availability to people, but you can still book as a tourist it just has to be through concierges. Although actually yes that does I guess mean you can’t book as a member of the public living there, which seems a bit stingy. It’s not the only restaurant there that’s been removed from the guide for the same reason either.

    1. Recently, after a superb meal in a London restaurant, I got talking to the Head Waiter and the Chef. They were both so in awe of Tokyo food that they were planning a 15 day trip to Tokyo to soak up as much culinary knowledge as they could. I look forward to visiting that restaurant again soon to see what tips they have brought back.

  5. Well done London! Vegan foods and products certainly seem to be far more popular lately and the options seem to be ever expanding, which is good for those who live a vegan way of life. I can’t say I could ever give up meat fully but I have made an effort to have at least three meat-free days a week. I’ve seen more of these plant based concoctions in restaurants and supermarkets but I don’t find them hugely appealing. I think I’ll still to Quorn!

    1. We have a pescatarian in the family so have tried quite a few plant-based options and mostly been pleasantly surprised. I’ve tried a number of Quorn products and find them a little ‘hit and miss’ – some good, some not so. It should perhaps be noted also for any vegans reading that, whilst Quorn do have some vegan products, most of their products are not because they often contain egg white or milk ingredients.

  6. Have you seen how much the travel director will get for working for the royal family? £85,000 yearly salary! Considering how much they’re all intending to be travelling I don’t think they’re going to be all that eco friendly about it. It doesn’t hurt to look at ways to make smarter, greener choices, but it seems a bit overkill to open up a new full time position for arranging it all. That said, I’m happy to help them out if they’re still looking for candidates!

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