Latest news from A Luxury Travel Blog (Q3, 2022)

Hello readers! You may already be aware that, as of this year, I’ve been getting into the habit of providing quarterly updates on some of latest news and developments from A Luxury Travel Blog. Here is our third instalment of the year.


We are currently in Scotland working for a small hotel group, producing some first hand reviews of their accommodation and gastronomic offerings and, of course, writing some destination editorial to sit alongside. Soon after we return, we’ll be heading to a very remote property in Cumbria – by no means a luxurious property, but unique in terms of its setting within the Lakeland fells. Then, on our return from there, we’ll be taking a family trip to Iceland where again we will be working with a number of hotel partners as well as documenting some incredible experiences.

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Best Upscale Tourism Blog

Last quarter I reported how A Luxury Travel Blog had been been shortlisted for a Travmedia Award again. I attended a black tie ceremony in London and, although I didn’t win my category (‘Influencer of the Year’) that time around, it was an honour to be shortlisted all the same. Since then, though, I’m pleased to report that A Luxury Travel Blog has been awarded the title of ‘Best Upscale Tourism Blog’ in this year’s UK Enterprise Awards. You can’t win them all, of course, but it’s nice to pick up one or two now and again!

A Luxury Travel Blog mailing list

As we do quite regularly, we’ve given our mailing list quite a severe ‘pruning’ recently. In instances where subscribers regularly don’t open our newsletters, we remove them from the list. This might seem a little harsh but there’s little point in us repeatedly mailing people who aren’t really interested in what we’re sending them. Plus, by keeping the list smaller and with a higher open rate, it probably enhances the chances of our emails going to recipients’ inboxes rather than their junk mailboxes.

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Arabian Travel Market

It feels like a while ago now, but our panel session on “How to work with influencers post-COVID” at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai seemed to go down well. The ATM event itself was a great success – the first conference I’ve been to since the pandemic that really made me feel that travel is back on the map.

I was honoured also, to be selected as a judge for exhibition stands at the events. There were some amazing stands, with SAUDIA scooping the award for Best Stand Design as well as the People’s Choice Award.


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Contests and giveaways

We have received a number of requests for to feature some incredible giveaways – everything from hotel stays and holidays to travel products and accessories – which we hope to start rolling out in the not too distant future.

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Comments (9)

  1. Kristof says:

    Clearly once again there’s a lot going on which is a testimony to the revival of the travel industry! Seems like we were too optimistic when we thought 2021 would be the year where everything came back, yet it took the industry an extra 365 days to get on top of it.

    Can’t wait to see the new content and be inspired once again!

    • Paul Johnson says:

      Thanks, Kristof… I have quite an intense couple of months ahead of me with various trips, but come September/October, we have all sorts of new things planned!

  2. Mary Sheard says:

    Congratulations on your win in the Best Upscale Tourism Blog competition. It’s not an easy category to compete in. There are plenty of blogs that want to target the upscale market segment.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      Thank you, Mary… as the very first blog (ever, worldwide) to focus on luxury travel, we have certainly seen a lot of interest in this area over the years, with lots of new blogs and websites appearing with a similar focus.

  3. James says:

    I’ve dropped into many blogs that like to focus on luxury as I’m always on the look out for insider tips. A few of them are really good. The thing is that none of them are as global as A Luxury Travel Blog.

    • Paul Johnson says:

      Awww… thank you, James! That’s very kind. Because we have so many different contributors, we are in a fortunate position of being able to cover many different corners of the globe.

    • Sara Wilson says:

      Generally, the writing is of a good standard too. Most of your contributors are very skilled at taking you to the destination.

      I get the impression that most of your contributors know the destination really well and are not just travel writers calling in for a few days.

  4. Phil says:

    Great that the ATM in Dubai went ahead. So many millions of people are heavily dependent on the travel industry for their living. For all the problems with trains and planes we’re all desperate to get our holidays back.

  5. Roger says:

    These quarterly updates serve as a useful barometer on the travel industry. It is beginning to look as if the patient is responding well to treatment.

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