Riaan Jacob George Editor
There has never been a better time to be Indian. ese three words — Made-In-India — are arguably the trendiest words around. With the Indian traveller becoming increasingly discerning, hospitality brands, both domestic and international, are upping the ante to woo the large volumes of high-spending Indian travellers. Our lead story charts a course across India’s major cities to examine how global and local hotel brands are infusing the experience with desi elements. ese Indian elements can manifest themselves in many di erent ways — indigenous ingredients showcased in cuisine, heritageinspired design elements and even incorporating local pop culture. e Indian traveller has never felt more at ease.
A bit of disruption in any industry is always a good thing. Airbnb seems to be the disruptor du jour, eating into a sizeable portion of the traditional hotel industry’s pie. I recently travelled to London to see how Airbnb’s new luxury listings, Airbnb Plus, could pique the interest of business travellers, with exceptional decor, amenities and experiences. Being a self-confessed Insta-addict, I picked out London’s most Instagram-friendly Airbnb Plus accommodations.
To keep the nuanced debate owing, we’ve got a homegrown bespoke suitmaker to decode a travel jacket for us, while a seasoned watch collector decodes the fascination that men have for ne watches.
is issue is all about experiential travel, both business and leisure, with a special nod to India.
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