Affluent consumers were 73 percent more likely than non-affluent consumers to make a purchase on luxury brand retail Web sites during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a new index by Martini Media.
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The generic top-level domain name .luxury is now available for sale to the general public, giving brands the opportunity to further define their status online.
High-end travel agency Indagare is unveiling a new Web site, now in its beta soft launch, to better serve its members looking to plan, customize and book trips to worldwide destinations.
The intent among affluent consumers to purchase a cruise during the next 12 months is rising, according to a report by the American Affluence Research Center.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, HI, is renovating its fall and winter attractions with new programs and camps to appeal to the athletically-inclined.
Online retailer Net-A-Porter has partnered with new midtown Manhattan boutique hotel WestHouse to provide guests with bespoke shopping services.
The Ritz-Carlton is providing guests with a deeper meditation on its Reserve properties with a dedicated Tumblr that revolves around long-form storytelling.
Hilton Worldwide is updating its television service across the United States with a broader deal with DirectTV that greatly enhances content options.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is banning shark fins at all affiliate properties to join the cadre of establishments taking a stand against the depletion of marine life.
Mandarin Oriental is hosting a month-long photo competition through May 7 on the popular Chinese microblog site, Sina Weibo, to boost guest engagement throughout the region.