Girlahead tried on a carnival hat – above – last visit to Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro (where, by the way, there is a new GM, Ulisses Marreiros). Belmond, as a group, is one of the partners of Private Jet Card Comparisons Rewards, introduced by the Card owner-CEO Doug Gollan this very Monday. Card holders get special perks at all partners – the list also includes Auberge Resorts Collection, African Travel, Elegant Mexico, Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold Vacations, Medjet, Northrop & Johnson, Red Carnation Hotels, Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, and Wynn Las Vegas.
Also new this week is the release of the latest US annual Pulse of the Industry Survey from Strategic Vision, led by Peter Bates. Slightly less than half of US adult travellers surveyed (48%) said they feel somewhat or very positive about their leisure travel outlook in 2021, while 44% said they feel somewhat or very negative. Those with an optimistic outlook feel that sentiment more intensely than the pessimists: 14% identified as “very positive” and indicated they would definitely be traveling in 2021, whereas only 4% said they felt “very negative” and don’t plan to travel at all.
In fact, an eye-opening 70% of respondents said they had traveled since lockdowns began last March — 52% for pleasure, 10% for urgent personal reasons, and 9% for business. Those who traveled tended to stick to the nearby and familiar, with 31% taking a domestic trip that didn’t require a flight (vs. 30% who took a domestic trip with a flight), 21% visiting friends and family, and 18% staying in a vacation home that they own. Respondents were also cognizant of the risks of traveling now, both to themselves and to others. When asked how their overall attitudes about leisure travel had changed, the bulk said they were “more cautious,” more conscientious about mask-wearing and cleanliness, and more selective about where they visit and stay.
Accor has just announced the name of new GM of Fairmont Moscow, Kai Winkler. The 236-room hotel, designed by Dimity Chechulin in 1955, is one of the famous Soviet ‘wedding cake buildings’ symbolising China-US friendship. Do see, by the way, Accor’s latest promotional video, below: