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Four Seasons comes to Moscow

I have written before of my loyalty to St Petersburg (“A tale of two cities” – here), and it is fitting that the city is home to one of VIYM’s leading projects: the Four Seasons Lion Palace hotel. However, it has not escaped my notice that Moscow too has now joined the Four Seasons club, with its own hotel under the top Canadian brand. Continue Reading

East to West Capital Flow in Travel & Leisure Sector Gets a New Boost

In 2007 a ‘bombshell’ hit the well established European tourism market: Alexey Mordashov of Severstal, a Newcastle University MBA alumnus, bucked the trend and invested in a leading European tour operator TUI AG. Over time Mr Mordashov’s G-Groupe became the largest shareholder of the GBP 5.0 billion tourism behemoth. He hasn’t done badly – at least doubling his investment over the last 6 years. continue reading

Sochi Hotels: The power of the brand

No occurrence is sole and solitary,

but is merely a repetition of a thing

which has happened before,

and perhaps often.

Mark Twain

Have you ever wondered when reading the latest news headlines how “old”, if not ancient, the stories are? One of the recurring headlines that accompanies almost every major international sporting event is the readiness of the host city.  continue reading

Vanity Fair March 2014

I was very pleased to discover Victoria Mather – an infamously discerning travel writer – gave a glowing report of the Four Seasons St Petersburg in this month’s issue of Vanity Fair. Mather alludes to the difficulties of working and attaining quality service in Russia, and especially in the “notoriously difficult St Petersburg”.

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HOTELS Magazine Investment Outlook December Edition 2013 – Down and Out in the BRICS

HOTELS Magazine has published its December investment outlook, focusing on hotel development in the BRICS. The Associate Editor, Nathan Greenhalgh, argues the hotel pipeline remains robust despite slowing economic growth.

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Feci, quod potui, faciant meliora potentes…

All great countries have a legacy and cultural identity that should be cherished and passed on to future generations. Part of this legacy manifests itself in architecture and interior design. Sadly, however, even the great pyramids of Giza are not immune to the sands of time, and more modern construction is often even less robust. So the inevitable questions arise:

  • Who should bear the cost of preserving the great buildings of the world if they are in a state of disrepair?
  • Who should inject new life into these leviathans which tend to be situated in prime locations in some of the world’s most spectacular cities?

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