8 girls influencing luxurious journey inform us what’s scorching for 2023


Because the hospitality business strives for a extra equitable future consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Improvement Targets, extra girls have moved into management roles creating the posh lodge manufacturers we all know and love at this time.

Whereas we’re nonetheless waiting to see a woman become CEO of a major hotel chain, it’s not stunning that lodge corporations have tapped girls to guide the posh sector. Analysis by MMGY International, a journey and tourism advertising company, exhibits that ladies make near 85% of all journey selections: the place to go, when to fly, the place to remain and what to see.

In honor of Worldwide Girls’s Day, we’ve checked in with eight feminine model leaders to seek out out what’s scorching and what’s arising within the luxurious journey business.

The overriding theme: Luxury travel is booming. Together with plenty of new properties that promise extra genuine native experiences, the all-inclusive idea has been upgraded for luxurious prospects, manufacturers are increasing into rising and rising locations, and the large gamers are curating unique one-of-a-kind experiences for his or her loyalty program members.

Tina Edmundson


President, luxurious, Marriott Worldwide

Lately promoted to president, Tina Edmundson manages a portfolio of practically 500 properties that embody a number of the world’s most coveted luxurious lodge manufacturers: The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Version, St. Regis, The Luxurious Assortment, JW Marriott and W Inns.

“We all know our visitors are prioritizing extra significant journey and looking for experiences that improve their total high quality of life, so this 12 months we’re targeted on making use of innovation and recent pondering to the place and the way our luxurious manufacturers are rising,” Edmundson tells TPG.

2023 can be a 12 months of many firsts

This 12 months, quite a few extremely anticipated properties will break the mould. JW Marriott is ready to debut its first luxurious safari property, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge, in Kenya’s famend Masai Mara Nationwide Reserve. The lodge will function 20 non-public tents, together with two interconnecting canopied suites that are perfect for households, and sweeping views of the Talek River, Edmundson says.

“This may also be the primary full 12 months of crusing for Evrima, the primary yacht from The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, which formally launched in October 2022. The visitor suggestions up to now has been wonderful, and bookings are robust for the upcoming season,” Edmundson provides.

There are greater than 35 luxurious lodges opening in 2023, however there’s one within the Windy Metropolis she’s significantly enthusiastic about.

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“St. Regis will debut in Chicago,” she says. “The lodge was designed by world-renowned architect Jeanne Gang and it has already modified town’s skyline.”

Contemporary on the heels of the debut of Sanctuary Cap Cana, a Luxurious Assortment-linked adults-only, all-inclusive resort within the Dominican Republic, Marriott may also proceed its foray into the all-inclusive market with the opening of Almare, a Luxurious Assortment All-Inclusive Resort, Isla Mujeres.

“We’re excited to proceed to reshape each the notion and expertise of what an all-inclusive resort can supply,” Edmundson says.

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Different scorching openings embrace The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne, which is able to open in time for the Australian Grand Prix this spring.

“This can be a variety of enjoyable because the model has a partnership with the Mercedes-Petronas AMG Method One Staff,” she says.

Moreover, a Ritz-Carlton property is coming to Portland, Oregon. It will be the primary property for the model within the Pacific Northwest.

“Each of those lodges [in Melbourne and Portland] will showcase the model’s new, extra up to date aesthetic,” Edmundson says.

“The W Inns model can be having an thrilling second of progress and is ready to debut in Prague, Budapest, Edinburgh, Macau, Sydney and Milan,” she provides. “And The Luxurious Assortment is coming off a 12 months of openings in fascinating locations, together with Paros, Greece, and Madrid. This 12 months the model is anticipated to convey its destination-driven perspective to Nara, Japan, and Tbilisi, Georgia, a vacation spot that I feel is primed for its second within the highlight.”

New Bonvoy experiences on land and sea

By way of Marriott Bonvoy, Edmundson believes, “It connects our manufacturers and evokes our members to maintain touring and pursuing their passions. We introduced in late 2021 that The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Assortment would be a part of Marriott Bonvoy, and it’s wonderful to have the ability to say our members can now earn factors with us on land or at sea.”

Upcoming on the Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform, members can bid factors for unforgettable experiences.

“As I discussed, Marriott Bonvoy and The Ritz-Carlton have a long-standing partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Method One Staff, and we’re wanting ahead to new Moments packages that may give members unmatched entry to race weekends on and off the observe,” she says. “We’ll additionally offer immersive culinary experiences with a number of the world’s greatest cooks and once-in-a-lifetime alternatives on the hottest occasions, live shows, and sporting occasions all year long.”

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Crystal Vinisse Thomas


Vice chairman and world model chief, life-style and luxurious manufacturers, Hyatt Inns Company

In control of a number of of Hyatt’s luxurious manufacturers, together with Alila, Andaz, Thompson Inns and Park Hyatt, Thomas is worked up in regards to the growth of luxurious manufacturers in key locations globally.

“Because the chief behind these manufacturers, my imaginative and prescient is to proceed setting Alila, Andaz, Thompson Inns and Park Hyatt distinctly other than their rivals,” Thomas says. “Maybe you possibly can chalk it as much as a girl’s contact, however my methods in bringing this imaginative and prescient to life embrace heightened sensitivity, listening, empathy and openness to alter.”

Sizzling Hyatt properties to look at

As for thrilling new markets to search for: Park Hyatt will reestablish its presence in South Africa with the 30-room Park Hyatt Johannesburg, a conversion overseen by award-winning world designer Yabu Pushelberg that sits within the iconic Rosebank neighborhood, and enter Morocco with Park Hyatt Marrakech, a 181-room resort with a Moroccan garden-inspired 18-hole golf course designed by award-winning golf course designer Kyle Phillips. Each of those lodges are slated to open within the fall of 2023.

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Andaz is now in Thailand with the 204-room Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Seaside, which opened in January. Additionally debuting in January, Andaz Mexico Metropolis Condesa is a 213-room life-style lodge and the primary Andaz property in Mexico Metropolis. Arising for Andaz is Doha, Qatar, slated to open in mid-2023 with 256 rooms and 32 suites, together with 4 Royal suites.

Whereas 2022 was targeted on Thompson Inns’ growth in Europe with Thompson Madrid, in 2023 the Thompson Inns model plans to proceed to develop throughout the U.S. with three stylish city oases set to debut: Thompson Houston (fall 2023), Thompson Palm Springs (late 2023) and Thompson South Seaside (late 2023).

New World of Hyatt experiences

As for loyalty, on the finish of final 12 months, Hyatt rolled out the brand new Discover platform of 200-plus curated experiences throughout greater than 85 locations in 30-plus nations for World of Hyatt members. Moreover, it added greater than 20 European all-inclusive properties, a part of Hyatt’s acquisition of Apple Leisure Group in 2021.

Shannon Knapp


President and CEO, The Main Inns of the World

With greater than 400 lodges in 80-plus nations, LHW is the most important assortment of impartial luxurious lodges.

Enterprise is booming, in line with Knapp.

“We not too long ago performed a examine on the attitudes and behaviors of luxurious vacationers and if I may sum up the findings in a single phrase, it will be ‘extra.’ They’re touring extra, spending extra and anticipating extra from their journey experiences. Individuals are looking for much more genuine and tailor-made experiences. Main Inns is effectively positioned to fulfill this second with our distinctive hoteliers who’ve been delivering these experiences for many years — just like the Scherz household of Gstaad Palace, the Fiorentino household of Grand Lodge Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, and the Ghitis household of Nayara Resorts,” she says.

Landmark additions throughout the globe

Final 12 months, LHW had practically 30 new members be a part of the gathering. Current openings have spanned the globe, from Portrait Milano and Casa Baglioni in Milan to Ambiente, a Panorama Lodge in Arizona.

Openings scheduled for 2023 embrace The Fifth Avenue Lodge in New York Metropolis and The Legian Sire, Lombok in Indonesia.

“We’ve additionally welcomed quite a few iconic lodges to the gathering, reminiscent of The Dylan Amsterdam, Casa Angelina in Italy, Jackalope in Australia, and Nayara Gardens in Costa Rica,” Knapp provides.

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Leaders Membership provides journey advisor packages

Leaders Membership, LHW’s loyalty program, contains pre-arrival upgrades, the possibility to earn free nights, members-only extras and presents, and on-property advantages reminiscent of complimentary breakfast for 2.

“As lots of our prospects favor to e book by way of a trusted adviser, final 12 months, we expanded Leaders, making it combinable with journey adviser packages, which implies vacationers get the advantages and advisers nonetheless earn a fee,” Knapp tells us.

Jane Mackie


Senior vp, world luxurious and life-style manufacturers, InterContinental Inns Group

IHG already has one of many largest luxurious portfolios on the earth, with 450 lodges and greater than 100,000 rooms.

“That is set to develop additional with 297 lodges within the pipeline globally,” Mackie tells TPG.

In November final 12 months, IHG signed a strategic alliance with Iberostar Group so as to add as much as 70 lodges to the community, underneath the Iberostar Beachfront Resorts model, over the following two years. Places embrace Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Brazil and the Canary Islands in Spain.

All eyes on Europe

Europe is a spotlight for 2023, particularly Italy and Portugal. New lodge openings embrace two scorching properties in Rome this month: the 160-key InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace and the 96-room Six Senses Rome.

IHG can be launching the Vignette Assortment in Portugal (Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve). Moreover, three new Regent lodges will open within the subsequent 12 months: Carlton Cannes, a Regent lodge opening this month; Regent Hong Kong, which is opening in June; and Regent Bali Canggu, which is able to debut on the finish of the 12 months.

Mackie tells us the multimillion-dollar intestine renovation and conversion of the Carlton Cannes to a Regent lodge will “mark a historic milestone for the Regent model since its reimagination after becoming a member of IHG Inns & Resorts in 2018. Two legends are partnering to inform new tales collectively, redefining Riviera magnificence for at this time’s luxurious client.

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In Hong Kong, the previous InterContinental Hong Kong returns to its Regent heritage, constructing upon a legacy of innovation, extraordinary views, service and eating.

“The majestic haven on Kowloon’s harbor entrance debuts a serene and soul-rejuvenating aesthetic by Hong Kong-born design visionary Chi Wing Lo – every of its 497 rooms with oasis baths (together with 85 suites) have been envisioned as a private haven of tranquility,” Mackie says.

IHG loyalty experiences, advantages and streamlined reserving

As for loyalty, the corporate launched IHG One Rewards, a totally redesigned loyalty program, in 2022, in addition to a brand new cellular app.

“We all know that at this time’s shoppers are mobile-first, and thru the app, visitors can discover the most effective charges, e book a room in seconds (together with an ultra-fast fast e book function), take pleasure in unique advantages, and handle their stays multi function place,” Mackie says.

One other new aspect of IHG One Rewards is an experiences platform, IHG One Rewards Entry, which permits members to make use of factors (by way of bidding or buy) to entry unforgettable occasions and experiences worldwide. This contains all the things from courtside tickets at sporting occasions to VIP live performance passes to celeb meet-and-greets.

Lindsey Ueberroth


CEO, Most popular Journey Group

The Most popular Journey Group, which incorporates Most popular Inns & Resorts and sustainably minded Past Inexperienced, has already introduced 15 new member properties this 12 months.

“From Antigua, Guatemala, to Washington, D.C., new additions will introduce vacationers to modern design, inventive social areas, domestically impressed delicacies and considerate facilities that cater to household, solo, journey, enterprise and ultra-luxury stays,” Ueberroth tells TPG.

Reimagining the lodge expertise in Europe and the US

Sizzling new lodges to get enthusiastic about embrace the 266-room El Fuerte Marbella in Spain, which launches this spring on town’s beachfront and adjoining to Marbella promenade, inserting it only a five-minute stroll away from the Outdated City. The BoTree in London, a 199-room property opening on the cross-section of Marylebone and Mayfair (two of town’s most unique neighborhoods) in July, guarantees an immersive expertise based on “acutely aware luxurious.”

Within the U.S., the Salamander Washington DC, previously the Mandarin Oriental, can have 51 spacious suites, together with an opulent three-bedroom presidential suite, when ongoing renovations are accomplished later this 12 months.

Extra sustainable properties

For the sustainable lodge model Past Inexperienced, Ueberroth tells us, “There are two thrilling properties in India becoming a member of this 12 months, marking first-time presence for the model on this vital market.” Suryagarh in Rajasthan, a fort-style property on the gateway of the Thar Desert, presents 83 rooms and suites, three eating places and a deluxe spa. Noteworthy sustainability initiatives embrace an on-site water bottling plant, an natural kitchen backyard, photo voltaic vitality use and an animal shelter.

The opposite property in India, Hidden India Mahavan Madhya Pradesh, is a safari lodge located close to Kanha — the land of “The Jungle E-book.” It helps native communities by way of well being and commerce initiatives and is owned by wildlife conservationist, writer and photographer Dr. Latika Nath, who was named the “Tiger Princess” by Nationwide Geographic.

Loyalty and inclusion

The corporate can be upgrading the I Choose Lodge Rewards loyalty program this 12 months as effectively along with “launching a sequence of client journey campaigns, repositioning Most popular Satisfaction, our LGBTQI+ welcoming portfolio of properties that commemorate variety and inclusion,” Ueberroth says.

Elizabeth Harlow


Chief advertising and model officer, Sonesta Worldwide Inns Company

Sonesta is at present the eighth-largest hospitality firm within the U.S. and opened 74 new properties and greater than 8,500 visitor rooms in 2022, additional increasing Sonesta’s world presence. The corporate is positioning itself as a frontrunner within the life-style lodge area with a rising portfolio of manufacturers in each phase.

Regionally impressed: The James

Sonesta not too long ago expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of the mental property for The James lodge model, Harlow tells TPG, describing it as “artistically impressed luxurious boutique lodges with cool touches like localized cocktail packages and sneaker shine stations, aiming to attraction to the following wave of vacationers.”

Two present Sonesta properties in Chicago and Washington, D.C., will remodel into The James model later this 12 months, becoming a member of The James NoMad in New York Metropolis.

Fashion and substance: The Royal Sonesta

“We’re redefining the expertise of upscale journey at The Royal Sonesta, a collective of distinctive, memorable lodges in a number of the world’s most fascinating locations. Our impressed mixture of hanging design, unmatched — however decidedly unstuffy — service, and genuine native touches ship a keep that actually can’t be replicated,” Harlow says.

“From San Juan to San Francisco, each vacation spot presents a curated celebration of its native customs, distinctive sights, sounds and flavors. At The Royal Sonesta, our groups are devoted to forging a real reference to visitors by way of heat, unscripted service and elevated wit,” she provides.

New Sonesta properties within the US

In early 2023, Sonesta added 4 new properties in New York Metropolis: The Benjamin Royal Sonesta New York, The Shelburne Sonesta New York, The Gardens Sonesta ES Suites New York and The Fifty Sonesta Choose New York. The latest member of The Royal Sonesta portfolio opening this summer season, The Royal Sonesta Washington, DC Capitol Hill, includes a sweeping glass facade, a 10-story atrium and a curated number of commissioned artworks, and is close to Washington’s most vital landmarks. Sonesta additionally intends to broaden in different key cities throughout the nation, reminiscent of Los Angeles and Miami.

Sonesta Journey Go loyalty program

As for loyalty, “We’re at present redesigning the Sonesta Journey Go program, our buyer loyalty program that gives members entry to our various portfolio with factors towards free lodge stays, entry to unique charges, promotions and different advantages,” Harlow says. Sonesta at present has 2.7 million members.

Hilary Philpott


Company director of loyalty integration, Kempinski Inns

Celebrating 125 years in 2022, Kempinski is Europe’s oldest luxurious lodge model. It now operates 82 lodges in 36 nations, with 26 properties in improvement.

Kempinski lodges are usually not simply recognized for his or her luxurious facilities and Michelin-starred eating places; every lodge actually embraces the heritage and cultural traditions of its location. Iconic properties embrace the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, which is the one lodge housed in an Ottoman Imperial palace, and the Grand Lodge des Bains Kempinski St. Moritz, a property located on the foot of the slopes within the storied Swiss ski resort.

Beachfront cool and historic charmers

Philpott is most enthusiastic about Kempinski coming to Mexico, the place it has simply opened the model’s first property in North America in Cancun (within the former Ritz-Carlton). The five-star resort has 315 beachfront rooms, plus 48 suites with Membership Lounge entry.

“We’re embedding the Kempinski DNA and expertise into the lodge,” Philpott says. “One in every of our signature options is the long-lasting Girl in Crimson hosts, with knowledgeable information of the native space, which now we have in any respect our properties.”

Different options embrace a personal seashore with cabanas, six meals and beverage retailers led by chef René Camelo (two with AAA 5 Diamond standing), a big spa with historical Mayan therapies, a health heart with sauna and steam rooms, tennis courts, a cooking faculty, a youngsters membership and a magnificence salon.

There are extra cool properties that not too long ago opened as effectively. The David Kempinski Tel Aviv, with a primary location proper on the seashore and 250 rooms (56 are suites) throughout 34 flooring, opened final 12 months. One other noteworthy possibility is the Kempinski Palace Engelberg Titlis, Switzerland, a 129-room property that opened in 2021 after a five-year renovation of the historic Grandhotel Winterhaus; it pairs belle epoque grandeur with luxurious, trendy lodge requirements.

An enhanced loyalty program

By way of loyalty, Kempinski is a part of the International Lodge Alliance.

“With GHA’s newly enhanced luxurious Discovery loyalty program, members can entry 40 lodge manufacturers, providing 800 properties throughout 100-plus nations. For Kempinski, you possibly can earn Discovery {Dollars} on purchases throughout the lodge to spend as they need: in the direction of a keep, room upgrades, late checkout, eating, spa remedies or different indulgences alongside the best way,” Philpott tells TPG.

Laura Schofield


Space vp, luxurious operations for the US, Hilton Worldwide

Schofield is the one govt additionally featured in TPG’s International Women’s Day story about female general managers; she has since been promoted from GM of Conrad Washington, DC to space vp of operations for luxurious lodges, overseeing operations for Waldorf Astoria Inns & Resorts throughout the U.S.

Conrad expands by way of the Americas

2022 marked a monumental 12 months for Hilton’s luxurious manufacturers within the Americas with the opening of Conrad Los Angeles, the primary in California. The arrival of this model to Los Angeles makes LA solely the second metropolis within the U.S. to accommodate all three of Hilton’s luxurious manufacturers: Conrad Inns & Resorts, LXR Inns & Resorts (Oceana Santa Monica) and Waldorf Astoria Inns & Resorts (Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills).

Elsewhere for Hilton, Schofield tells us, “We opened Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya and Waldorf Astoria Cancun, which additionally marked our two hundredth lodge opening within the Caribbean and Latin America.”

Coming later this 12 months, Conrad Orlando can have 433 rooms, together with 51 suites and 10 spacious household suites, plus a Conrad Spa, a water backyard and quite a few eating choices like a signature rooftop expertise. A part of the Evermore Orlando Resort bordering Walt Disney World Resort, visitors can have entry to a 20-acre tropical seashore and an 8-acre crystalline lagoon, aquatic actions and two Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf programs.

“After I joined Hilton in 2018 to open Conrad Washington, DC, there was immense pleasure surrounding the growth of our Hilton Luxurious Manufacturers footprint within the Americas, and now with the opening of Conrad Orlando later this 12 months, it’s unimaginable to see how far we’ve are available in simply 5 years.”

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Superstar chef partnerships

Hilton has partnered with chef José Andrés and his crew to function a number of totally different eating places at Conrad Los Angeles and Waldorf Astoria Washington DC.

“The debut of The Bazaar by José Andrés within the foyer additional elevates our meals and beverage story throughout our luxurious portfolio,” Schofield says.

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New Hilton Honors promotions and experiential focus for 2023

As for loyalty, Hilton Honors is operating a doubles promotion.

“By April 30, members can take part in Hilton Honors’ Double Up & Explore global promotion, which is making member stays twice as good, offering 2X factors on each keep,” Schofield tells us. “As well as, members who keep at one in all Hilton’s manufacturers that they haven’t stayed in beforehand will obtain an extra 1,000 factors for every new model — with the possibility to earn as much as 18,000 factors.”

To supply members once-in-a-lifetime experiences by way of the Hilton Honors program, the corporate not too long ago hosted an intimate live performance with multiplatinum artist, producer and Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards winner John Legend at Waldorf Astoria Washington DC.

“As a part of this continued experiential dedication, we not too long ago launched Hilton’s Connecting Room Live performance Sequence in time for the Grammys, the place a fortunate group of tremendous followers and Hilton Honors members checked in at The Beverly Hilton and noticed Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile singing on to them within the room subsequent door,” Schofield says.

Hilton’s Connecting Room Live performance Sequence will proceed to be replicated throughout the globe, giving music followers and Hilton Honors members unique entry to performances, one-on-one interviews and behind-the-scenes experiences with their favourite artists.

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