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Top Female Travel Execs Weigh in On Industry Trends

Mar 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Studies show that 80 percent of all travel decisions are made by women, and they control $15 trillion in spending power, according to the Harvard Business Review. Today’s female traveler is not only impacting the industry, but reshaping it. Yet, when we look behind the curtain of luxury brands in the hospitality sector, we find that many C-Suites are still being occupied by men. CNN Money reports that “only 14.2 percent of the top five leadership positions at the companies in the S&P 500 are held by women.”

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La Dolce Vita at The Baglioni Hotel Regina

Mar 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

Before you even get settled into the five-star Baglioni Hotel Regina in Rome, one of the property’s butlers will request to unpack your bags for you. It’s this kind of service and attention to detail that is at the forefront of a stay at this over-a-century-old hotel.

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Iconic HMS Hermes to be Turned Into Five-Star Hotel

Mar 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Originally, the HMS Hermes aircraft carrier was part of the Royal Navy before becoming the flagship of the British military’s taskforce commissioned to recapture the Falkland Islands from Argentina in 1982. After its successful mission and almost 35 years later, the iconic carrier re-named Viraat will be decommissioned in June and turned into a 600-room, five-star hotel.

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Sit On-Stage During Florence + The Machine's Performance at BottleRock

Feb 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With headliners Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus a bevy of great bands, this year’s BottleRock Napa Valley is set to be a pretty solid weekend. The fest will kick off in Napa Valley on May 27, and those who want the full fan experience can purchase Platinum Pass tickets.

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Can Hotels Keep Up With Millennial Travel Expectations?

Feb 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Millennials are a fascinating study of contrasts: creatures of habit and lovers of change; warriors for social consciousness and aficionados of self-promotion; innovators and philanthropists. Despite the group’s love of instant gratification and selfies, the discerning traveler subset is defining in-demand travel, seeking unique, life-enriching moments over flashy, superficial ones. 

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LA Hotels Offer Exclusive Access to Pre-Oscar Beauty Treatments

Feb 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

Hollywood is gearing up for the biggest party of the year: the Academy Awards airing this Sunday, February 28. To commemorate the world's most star-studded event, Los Angeles area hotels, spas and beauty salons are offering "Oscar-worthy" experiences with the type of VIP perks and treatments typically reserved for movie stars.

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Ritz-Carlton Debuts Gorgeous Multi-Million Dollar Penthouses

Feb 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Yesterday, Five Mile Capital Partners announced the debut of six new residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman available for purchase. The two- and three-bedroom penthouses are priced from $3.85 million to $16.4 million and range in size from 2,540 to 8,070 square feet.

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Prince Charles, Henry Kissinger & Ingrid Bergman Have All Stayed at this Roman Hotel

Feb 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

When you enter the Hassler Hotel in Rome, the old-world European elegance of a grand structure built in 1893 is still apparent. It’s easy to see why notable guests such as Prince Félix de Luxembourg, Frederik of Denmark, Gabriel García Márquez, Pablo Picasso, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Henry Kissinger, Ingrid Bergman, Deepak Chopra, and John Steinbeck have all stayed at the Hassler.

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The Rittenhouse Celebrates 25 Years of AAA Five Diamond Status

Feb 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For the 25th consecutive year, The Rittenhouse in Philadelphia has received a AAA Five-Diamond honor. To celebrate the prestigious accolade, the property is debuting a new $10,000 package filled with indulgent spa treatments, custom jewelry and accommodations in their Park Suites.

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A Small Hotel In Prague Has Quietly Become One Of Europe’s Best

Feb 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

When you think of luxury hotels in Prague, you may immediately think of the Mandarin Oriental or the Four Seasons. But lately Hotel U Zlaté studně (the Golden Well), a smaller, more intimate affair perched on a hill just below Prague Castle, has been gaining major recognition. It recently landed the top spot on TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice awards for Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Europe and number three in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the World.

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The Good & Bad of Staying at Singapore's Iconic Marina Bay Sands

Feb 5, 2016  |   Contributor: James Kelley

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have at least seen pictures of what is arguably the world’s most famous infinity pool. Hovering thousands of feet above Singapore, it sits atop the city’s most iconic building: the Marina Bay Sands. Comprised of a hotel, casino and shopping mall, the complex came with a staggering cost of over $5 billion, making it the world's most expensive hotel ever built. 

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The Irish Leap Day Tradition That Single Women Should Know About...

Feb 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Irish Legend has it that St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was asked by St. Brigid of Kildare (a fifth-century nun) if he’d give women permission to propose to men who might be too shy to do it otherwise. Initially he agreed on the condition that it was done only once every seven years. But St. Brigid pushed the matter and he acquiesced, allowing women to propose on Leap Day, every four years.

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What it's Like to Host the Leader of the Free World

Feb 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Presidents travel, a lot. And when the Commander-in-Chief isn’t sleeping at the White House, he’s cozying up in hotel rooms just like the rest of us. Unlike us however, his check-in process takes a little more work than simply presenting a credit card at the front desk, and his visit is anything but ordinary. To get an idea of what a Presidential hotel stay is really like, we queried properties across the nation to gather insights into what it looks like to host the Leader of the Free World.

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How To Pop the Question Like Donald Trump: The $620,000 Proposal Package

Jan 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We tempted lovers with seven over-the-top $10,000 Valentine’s Day hotel packages this month, but for some of you, those probably seemed like child’s play. If this is you, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas’ offer may be more along the lines of what you’re seeking.

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The Taboo Business of Rooms by the Hour

Jan 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Rent-by-the-hour hotels have gotten a bad rap over the years, but the industry is missing out on an emerging revenue stream. Stereotypically they are used for unsavory activities, and tend to be in equally unpalatable locations. Yet the concept and business model isn’t so bad. In fact, it makes a lot of sense when you look at how many hotels suffer unbooked rooms that could be generating revenue. 

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