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Today (June 26, 2020): June 2020 luxury travel news.
Every last Friday of the month, you can read my news round-up of what’s happening in the world of luxury travel and aviation. In this issue:
- Silversea welcomes Silver Origin to its fleet
- Lufthansa’s A380s won’t return for at least two years
- Rosewood will manage a property in St Barth
- Etihad Airways launches a COVID-19 risk assessment tool
- Langham Hotels will open a third Australian property
- Australian borders likely to stay closed until next year
- The InterContinental brand returns to Italy
- Trip to Cambodia requires extremely costly COVID-19 testing
- Chenot Palace Weggis, Wellness Retreat opens in Switzerland
- Aman announces phased reopening of its resorts globally
1. Silversea welcomes Silver Origin to its fleet
Silversea Cruises, the leading ultra-luxury cruise line, has taken delivery of its first-ever destination-specific Cruise, Silver Origin, from Dutch Cruiseyard De Hoop. An intimate ceremony, held on Wednesday June 3, 2020, marked the first in-person cruise Cruise delivery since the pandemic prompted a global lockdown. Integrating the latest state-of-the-art technology and designed with a focus on the pillars of sustainability, destination on board, expedition experience, authentic local culture, and comfort and service, the all-suite, all-balcony, 100-guest Silver Origin will welcome travelers year-round in the unique Galapagos Archipelago. The Cruise will provide guests with the ultimate destination experience, inspired by Silversea’s accrued expertise and founded on a deep respect for the fragility of the natural environment, while maintaining the cruise line’s trademark quality of service. Innovative, enriching, elegant, each of Silver Origin‘s spaces has been designed specifically with the Galapagos in mind by Hirsch Bedner Associates Miami. Silversea’s executives visited each to experience first-hand how they will create unique synergies between the destination and the Cruise.
most of its international flights, other than some flights to New Zealand, up until late October. The Australian Government is working though on a couple of exceptions to Australia’s border closure, including allowing travel between Australia and New Zealand. Talks between the two nations are underway and an expert panel has submitted a report to both governments on how it might work. There is still no timeframe on when it might happen though, with New Zealand’s Foreign Minister warning the plans are being held up by state border closures in Australia. Some international students will be let back into the country to study from next month as part of “pre-approved” pilot programs.
A multi-million-euro investment is behind IHG’s plans to open InterContinental Rome in 2022, marking a welcome sign of confidence in the Italian Tour industry at this challenging time. The luxury hotel will be set on the iconic Via Veneto, in the Ludovisi area of the city, close to the Villa Borghese. The existing property – which includes 160 rooms and suites, a restaurant, bar, spa and public areas – will be restored to create a sense of discreet, modern luxury for visitors and locals alike. Designed in the early 1900s by architect Carlo Busiri Vici in the neo-renaissance style, the palazzo building was originally home to ambassadors staying in Rome, opening as a hotel in 1993. Guests will benefit from its proximity to the city’s wealth of art and history, thanks to a prime position close to the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The hotel can be easily reached from Rome’s Ciampino or Fiumicino international airports and is less than 10 minutes from the city’s main rail station.
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