Hyatt’s acquisition of Miraval is more than incremental

The acquisition of Miraval by Hyatt Hotels has the potential to mark a ‘tipping point’ for both the destination spa sector and the ever-expanding definition of hospitality brands, and the press release announcing the acquisition quotes several key pieces of data from research conducted by the Global Wellness Institute, an industry think tank, regarding the size of the wellness travel market and its integration in all key segments of travelers: leisure, corporate, and group and meeting. Specific to the destination spa market, integration with a major hospitality brand may be [...]

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Rebecca Minkoff launches fashion tech venture capital fund

Minkoff, alongside brother Uri Minkoff, CEO and president of her eponymous brand, announced the effort yesterday at the National Retail Federation’s Retail’s Big Show conference in New York City, in partnership with Quotidian Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York. The brand is joining several fashion entities that have developed incubator programs in recent years, allowing them to simultaneously identify new talent that will be advantageous to their business and give them an edge as digital harbingers. “We met [Quotidian Ventures] a couple years ago and were interested in working with [the] [...]

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Most anticipated launches at SIHH 2017

Ahead of the 2017 SIHH (Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva, the participating luxury watchmakers have unveiled a preview of their new launches at the prestigious event. Van Cleef & Arpels It’s all about nature as Van Cleef & Arpels looks set to present the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch. A showcase of enameling mastery, the dial features a butterfly motif with wings that flutter automatically or on demand through a push-button. Elsewhere, blue, mauve and violet sapphires bedeck the face alongside round and pear-shaped diamonds to create a stunning nature-inspired backdrop. [...]

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Fauchon aims to open its second hotel in Japan

France’s upscale gourmet retailer Fauchon plans to bring its new hotel brand to Japan, the fine food purveyor’s biggest market, just a year or so after the company opens the first ever hotel in Paris. Fauchon seeks partners to open a hotel in Japan in 2019, ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan’s capital. Likely sites include Ginza, Shinjuku and Shibuya. Fauchon’s Paris hotel is to debut in 2018 in Place de la Madeleine, where the business began as a fruit-and-vegetable cart. It will have 54 guest rooms and feature [...]

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New luxury hotel chain launches – Almanac Hotels

Almanac Hotels is destined to be a new luxury hospitality tastemaker recognized for developing iconic hotels in landmark locations that are rooted in rich histories. All of the properties are architecturally significant and located in the heart of each city where the cultural junction meets the urban landscape. This dynamic brand is inspired by locals yet determined to entice the wanderlust of travelers everywhere. The Almanac Group wholly owns and operates each and every property in the current portfolio allowing them the freedom to develop and create visionary projects that are entirely [...]

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