Luxury by any name

The continuing upward trend in travel is spinning good times in other related sectors – it would seem. Travel Mole recently reported on “luxury cottages” in Connecticut going for $2000 a night and lower-end versions for a still eye-popping $1450 a night (spas, bars, spectacular pastoral views and cultural tours included). Just when exactly did the thatched hut make a transition into a “luxury resort”? Also, what constitutes luxury at a time when midmarket hotels offer the latest frills? Since space tourism remains a flight of fancy for most people, down-to-earth expeditions promising adventure and escape (with a hefty tab attached) are playing to a select clientele – babyboomers with money to spend and no new places to go. Still, back to nature for $2000 a night is intriguing!

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.