Luxury Hotels

Kempinski – Thailand – LVMH – Zurich

Finnish-German F1 driver Nico Rosberg, seen above  in front of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Havana, is global Ambassador for Kempinski. Rosberg is co-founder of Berlin’s GREENTECH FESTIVAL, 16-18 September (at Kraftwerk C is co-fulub, with a huge virtual component), and during the festival he, and other VIPs, will be staying at the gorgeous Adlon Kempinski, Berlin. The group’s recently-appointed VP Sustainability, Julia Massey will  explore economic sustainability in her video address: Kempinski is adamant about assisting local communities, say through education and job creatiob,
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Thailand is finalizing a plan that would make it possible for some Europeans to spend the upcoming winter months in the country. The country’s borders have been closed to most foreigners since late March to fight the pandemic, but the government plans to grant visas to foreigners who want to stay in Thailand for up to nine months. Visitors will undergo a 14-day quarantine and virus tests in Phuket; after three weeks total, they could travel elsewhere in the country. Thailand has seen 3,411 coronavirus cases and 58 deaths.
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Anyone who had dreams of staying in an LVMH-owned Tiffany hotel, with turquoise sheets (and of course Audrey Hepburn-look breakfast servers) must think again.  LVMH has called off its intended $16 billion purchase of Ttiffany & Co – and the jeweller is said to be suing to keep it on track. Tiffany shares dropped 10% in pre-market U.S. trading, and LVMH dropped one percent in Paris.
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Dolder Grand, high above Zurich and looking down at both the city and its beautiful lake, is already planning another open-air cinema for Summer 2021. This year’s trial, with 9pm show times and picnics, was tremendously successful, says Mark Jacob, MD of the luxury resort. Over the last few months, he adds, guests are more likely to arrive by their own cars, and, when inhouse, they do a lot of cycling, and enjoy the area, with a nearby zoo.  Inhouse, the fabulous art collection is a cultural plus, and the variety of culinary offerings results in longer lead times for restaurant reservations.
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All Zurich hotels might have thought they would be better able to market to Milan’s luxury seekers by Summer 2021, and vice versa. The $2.58bn, 15.4km Ceneri rail tunnel was officially opened 4th September 2020 and comes into operation this December. After all that spend, however, the journey by rail will be a mere 23 MINUTES FASTER, namely three hours and 17 minutes instead of three hours and 40 minutes.
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And now, if you have not yet heard him, do listen to Anthony Mallows, President and CEO of world master-planner WATG, talking on MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST (one of the best things is that each episode only lasts 15 minutes, by the way – this is quality rather than quantity).  Send an email to yaro@almontglobal.com to be alerted, with hyperlink, each time a new episode is published.