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The views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author.

By Benoit Gateau-Cumin

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author.

WHAT’S LEFT TO GRAB?

February 20, 2019

With the recent acquisitions of Belmond by LVMH and of Six Senses by IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group), what is left to “grab” in the ultra-luxury hospitality market? What makes the LVMH purchase of Belmond exceptional and may lead to “copycats” before we know it? Simply that LVMH is before anything else a “luxury conglomerate” with […]

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OPEN LETTER TO HOMEAWAY

April 17, 2018

Dear HomeAway and assorted not-so-transparent subsidiaries: Your concept of hotel-replacement product is a great idea. It seems that, most of the time, it works. If I were to read all the gushing reviews from past guests, I would altogether stop staying in hotels. BUT, after 4 experiences with your concept (Southern France, Paris, Hawaii and […]

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SCENT OF A LOBBY

October 23, 2017

Have you noticed, in recent years, that little “je ne sais quoi” that feels so familiar when you step into the lobby of a luxe hotel? Is it that all the beautiful women are exquisitely made up and perfumed? Or does it feel more like getting off the elevator at Neiman Marcus’ cosmetics floor? Your […]

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