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We want happiness, we all know that being with happy people spreads the feeling. Girlahead is always happy when she is welcomed at a hotel – see above, at Rosewood London. Once inside, a luxury hotel, however, a memorable welcome need not be so discreet. The video at the end of this story shows moments from Rosewood London that are truly memorable.

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AFAR studied happiness. It surveyed 263 U.S.-based adults over the four days 21-24 August, 2020.  97 percent of these people say having a trip planned actually makes them happier, and  71 percent report having more energy when they have a trip planned within the next six months. Michelle Gielan, founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, confirms that looking a trip, even just getting it on the calendar, might be the very thing needed to restore emotional immune system after months of mounting uncertainty and stress. AFAR, by the way, has a really exciting webinar scheduled for 15th September, 2020: it stars Costas Christ, the top environmentalist in luxury travel (he is CEO of Beyond Green Travel) and Annie Fitzsimmons, new mum and seasoned global traveller and journalist. Girlahead first met Annie at a mutual favourite, Belmont Maroma on Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast. It was turtle release time and, that evening, after the sun set, hotel GM and Belmond RVP Federico Echaiz led the way in helping baby turtles, all of three inches long, make their way down the pristine sand and into Atlantic, to swim away, all by themselves.  What a memory of happiness.

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There is a new episode up on MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST. Listen to a 15-minute insider chat with Jennifer Cronin, CEO of Wharf Hotels, the company that has a portfolio ranging from The Murray in Hong Kong to Marco Polo and Niccolo hotels around South-East Asia. Lane Crawford is a sibling so build that into the family equation. Get to the podcast via https://anchor.fm/gostelow

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Clare McAndrew heads Arts Economics. She has found that during the period January-June 2020 art gallery sales dropped about 36%, though some respite is provided by increasing-familiar Online Viewing Rooms OVRs, that have currently replaced art fairs. One art name that certainly remains ahead of the global game is Hauser & Wirth, which a couple of days ago appointed its first-ever worldwide CEO, Ewan Venters. As of 1st January 2021 he will swop the traditional suit and tie business attire he has been wearing as CEO of Fortnum & Mason for the de rigueur quality leather jacket of the art world (he will report to Co-Presidents Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Marc Payot, head of the executive board).  The Wirths’ many galleries include one in Bruton, Somerset, and their portfolio also includes the art-filled Fife Arms hotel in Scotland. Now see the Rosewood London video.