How Luxury Travel Is Leading the Recovery: A Skift Deep Dive

The managers of Aethos Corsica weren’t sure what to expect when debuting their nine-suite boutique hotel this month. Pandemic restrictions in many countries had quelled immediate international travel. But the owners needn’t have wondered.

“We’ve been experiencing a tremendous increase in bookings recently — especially for our larger suites,” said Ariane Chapot, the general manager of the refurbished 17th-century palazzu on the French island.

The good days appear to be coming for many travel brands that woo high-income leisure travelers. In the U.S., for example, Google search interest in the phrase “luxury hotels” is at its highest since before 2006. Signs are surely pointing to luxury travel being one of the quickest slices of the travel sector to rebound from the pandemic.

Consider properties like The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in California — both part of Dorchester Collection.

“We are witnessing a dramatic increase in demand for our U.S….

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