Dorchester Collection, London, launched on Tuesday a newly redesigned website, bringing all ten individual hotels together under its brand domain. Created in a magazine-style format, the site includes links to various social media platforms. This provides a live stream of constant communication from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, TripAdvisor, Pinterest and Instagram outlets. New to the site for instant communication is a private live chat feature. Incorporating a responsive design, the site resizes itself depending on which mobile device is accessing it. It is available in English, French and Italian, and in January 2014 Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese will be added. Source: HotelsMag
Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independently-minded travellers, has announced the three winners in its annual World Guide Awards, which honour the very best tour leaders from across the globe.
The World's Best Travel Guides Honoured in Annual Awards
In a ceremony at London's Royal Geographical Society, Deana Zabaldo from Mountain Madness, Egyptian Hossam Moussa who guides for Intrepid and half Italian, half Ethiopian Dario Ghirlanda from Wild Frontiers, were officially named as the world's greatest travel guides for 2013. Presenting the awards were BBC broadcaster Kate Humble and zoologist and wildlife presenter, Mark Carwardine. The final three all won bursaries, kindly donated by Swarovski Optik with prizes donated by Nomad and Powertraveller. Previous winners have gone on to use their prize money to fund projects that benefit the communities and the environment that they know and love so well. Now in their eighth year, the awards are the only ones of their kind to recognise the special individuals who really make our travel experiences. Wanderlust invited its readers to nominate and vote for guides, as well as other keen travellers from around the world via partners and social media. This year over 1000 nominations were received and a shortlist was judged by the team of experts who chose just three overall winners. Pressrelease.
High-End Art, a Way to Stand Out
Luxury hotels have been increasingly adorning their public spaces with high-end art, but now, some are going a step further by decorating their suites with museum-quality works. The Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome recently introduced an art exhibition in its new Roman Penthouse called "Luxury Is Not a Waste," which includes 26 limited-edition pieces by contemporary Italian designers and architects like Michele de Lucchi, who have had their works displayed in museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and La Triennale di Milano in Milan. Also in Rome, the Rome Cavalieri has a suite with Andy Warhol's "Dollar Signs" from 1981. The Pierre hotel in New York City is planning to hang a canvas painting in the living room of its Tata Suite before the end of the year from its collection of eight masterpieces by Indian contemporary artists like M. F. Husain. The presidential suite at the Greenbrier in West Virginia has several paintings from artists like Edward Beyer and Rembrandt Peale. The Saxon hotel in Johannesburg has pieces by top contemporary local artists in its villa suites, including a series on Nelson Mandela. And the new Aman in Venice has a suite with a bedroom ceiling painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, one of the most famous decorative painters of 18th-century Europe. Showcasing such valuable art in suites is a natural evolution in the luxury market, said Misty Ewing, the director of public relations for Virtuoso, the network of travel agencies. "Suites already have the expected wow amenities, and high-end art is a way to stand out," she said. "Also, the clientele who can afford the cost of these suites likely appreciate the arts and might even have their own collections, so it gives them an incentive to stay there." Staying in one of these suites, however, does come at a high price: nightly rates range from $850 to $25,000. Source: NYTimes