Luxury travel news this week

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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’.

‘Oh my God, look at that ship!’: massive cruise liners collide off Mexico

Two Carnival Corp cruise ships collided on Friday in the port of Mexico’s Caribbean resort of Cozumel, the luxury cruise operator said, crushing the stern of a 952-foot-long (290-meter) vessel and leaving passengers stunned at the loud impact. One person was lightly injured while evacuating a dining room on the massive ship named Carnival Glory, according to Carnival, the world’s largest cruise operator… [read more]

Meet the artist who designed a hotel room that’s difficult to stay in

The bed is difficult to get onto and has barely enough space to squeeze around. The bathroom door doesn’t shut, and gets in the way when you reach for the toilet roll dispenser. This may sound like a pretty typical TripAdvisor review. But if you stay in the hotel bedroom created by Christopher Samuel, don’t rush to post a scathing review. He has actually designed it to be as annoying as possible (while remaining just about habitable)… [read more]

Private jet comes within 10ft of hitting drone mid-air in ‘UK’s joint closest near-miss’

A private jet came within 10ft of colliding with a drone in what is reported to be the joint closest near-miss in UK airspace. The Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft was flying into Luton Airport when it almost hit the device at 4,000ft, a report by the UK Airprox Board said. The jet’s pilot reported seeing the drone, which was black and “appeared to have some sort of light source at the front”, according to the report… [read more]

Japan is developing 50 luxury hotels to cash in on the 40 million visitors it expects next year

Tourism to Japan has increased exponentially in recent years. The country was host to 31 million international tourists in 2019. That’s nearly five times more than it was in 2011 — and it’s expected to reach 40 million in 2020, the Economist reported. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics alone is expected to draw 10 million tourists… [read more]

Photo of the Week: Kyoto, Japan

New York’s Billionaires’ Row named the world’s most exclusive street

New York’s Billionaires’ Row, 57th Street in Manhattan, where most of the city’s super-tall luxury residential towers are located, was ranked the most exclusive residential location by two global leading brokerages. The street, which is the address for luxury developments such as 432 Park, One57, Central Park Tower and the Steinway Tower, among others, has registered 41 residential transactions over $25 million in the last five years, at an average sales price of $38.5 million… [read more]

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