Ri­aan Ja­cob Ge­orge Ed­i­tor

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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.

En­joy the read!

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