Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts launches Four Seasons Chat

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, has launched Four Seasons Chat – a new digital service enabling guests to send and receive instant messages with property teams before, throughout and after their stay. Four Seasons Chat leverages technology to get more personal, providing guests with access to legendary Four Seasons service at their fingertips at any time, from anywhere. Guests can send a message via multiple channels – namely the Four Seasons App, Facebook Messenger, WeChat or SMS. The result is a seamlessly integrated conversation [...]

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China’s rich get richer – Hurun Report 2017

1184 saw their wealth increase, of which 348 are new faces, 2130 individuals, up 74 since last year, with a wealth cut-off of US$300 million, average wealth rose 12.5% to US$1.2 billion, with the Top 100 shooting up 60%. Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun Report Chairman and Chief Researcher, said, “This year we found more than 2000 individuals with US$300m, double that of five years ago and four times that of ten years ago. The Hurun Research Institute released the Hurun Rich List 2017 in association with China-based training platform 36G. Overall, though, [...]

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The changing profile of Chinese luxury consumers

In recent years, a significant number of high fashion brands have blamed China for lackluster sales growth. Prada, for instance, recently reported a decline in first-half net revenue and net profit, blaming weak sales, at least in part, on a pull-back in luxury spending in China. Burberry and Richemont – parent to Cartier and Chloe – have similarly struggled “as mainland Chinese consumers scaled back spending on luxury goods amid Beijing’s anti-corruption campaign and cooling economic growth.” And as reported last month, Chanel International BV, the Dutch holding company that is part of the Chanel [...]

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Richard Branson to turn 50 Saudi islands into luxury tourism destinations

Richard Branson will invest in a Red Sea project that aims to turn 50 Saudi Arabian islands into luxury tourism destinations, the Saudi government announced on Sunday. Branson is the first international investor to commit to the project, Saudi Arabia’s information ministry said, in what officials called “a clear sign that Saudi Arabia is opening its doors to international tourism”. Branson also visited the tombs at Madain Saleh – an UNESCO World Heritage site located near a string of new hotels – in a trip to the Gulf kingdom that [...]

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How the Private Jet industry is changing the way we fly

There was a time when flying on a private jet was the height of luxury. Only royalty, celebrities, and oligarchs could afford to take a private jet. The rest of us were stuck in Economy on a commercial airline. Today, however, the private aviation market is far more accessible. Whilst the mega-rich might ask their PA to prepare the Lear Jet for a shopping trip to NYC, the rest of us can make use of technology to book an empty seat on a private jet – for a lot less [...]

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