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Luxury Hotel Openings Surge in 2021

Though the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the travel industry, 2021 brings a litany of hotel openings globally, as hospitality giants and boutique properties make their debuts in major cities and off-the-grid locales. When Covid-19 wanes and tourism creeps back, luxury accommodations aim to entice travelers, offering idyllic settings, delicious food, and culture aplenty.

One of the year’s most anticipated properties, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Napa Valley is scheduled to premier mid-year. Located in Calistoga, Calif., a small town known for its hot springs history, the hotel is Napa’s first to be set in a working winery. The

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Trump Hotels are dumped by luxury travel agency Virtuoso

“Trump Hotels are no longer part of the Virtuoso network,” the company said.

The luxury travel agency declined to elaborate on why it made the decision, saying they “consider many variables when reviewing both existing and new network participation. Out of respect for all involved parties, and as a general policy, we do not share comments regarding our non-renewal and exit decisions.”

Zenger News, a digital wire service, was the first to report the news.

Virtuoso operates a network of more than 1,100 travel agencies and roughly 22,000 travel advisers in 50 countries. The travel agency enjoys preferred relationships with

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Trump Hotels dropped by Virtuoso, a major luxury travel agency network

Virtuoso, a global network of luxury travel agencies, no longer considers Trump Hotels a preferred partner.

The Texas-based company, which includes 20,000 luxury travel advisers, said the change was effective March 8; it applies to the six Trump hotels that were considered partners.

“Trump Hotels are no longer part of the Virtuoso network,” spokeswoman Misty Belles said in a statement. “We consider many variables when reviewing both existing and new network participation. Out of respect for all involved parties, and as a general policy, we do not share comments regarding our non-renewal and exit decisions.”

The split, which was first

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What Are The Best Luxury Hotel Brands?

Here’s a fun topic that I’ll share my thoughts on, and then I’m curious to hear how OMAAT readers feel — what are the best luxury hotel brands in the world? It goes without saying that there’s no right answer as to what the best hotel groups are, given that it really is dependent on the specific property and what you’re into.

Below I figured I’d share my overall impressions of major luxury hotel groups, and I’ll put them into two categories:

  • Hotels you can easily book with points because they belong to major hotel loyalty programs
  • Hotels you can’t
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Luxury Hotels Are Looking More Like Apartments

Say what you will about 2020 and Covid-19, but they forced the hospitality world to get creative. There were lockdown weekend promotions, transitions toward cowork spaces and even luxury quarantine packages. 

Now, with many parts of the world still a long ways off from being able to have a normal tourist season, some savvy hotels are rethinking their offerings and becoming more like residential buildings—but with all the bells and whistles of five-star hotels—ready to welcome the many newly remote workers who want to try their hand at digital nomadism, with leases

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KZN’s Luxury Fairmont Zimbali rescued by hotel group after nearly going under

By Lee Rondganger Mar 19, 2021

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Durban – The luxury Fairmont Zimbali Hotel, one of KwaZulu-Natal’s iconic coast hotel that was forced into administration following the devastating blow South Africa’s hard Covid-19 lockdown caused on its business has been rescued.

According to a report, the Capital Hotels Group has reached an agreement with the Fairmont Zimbali Hotel’s Business Rescue Practitioner, Pierre Berrange, to buy the property in a R240 million deal.

The hotel, built on the picturesque Ballito coastline and overlooking the Indian Ocean was forced to retrench 220 staff

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