Luxury Travel Still on the Rise: Exotic Locales Draw Guests for Holiday Getaways and Pure Comfort

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Raquel Baldelomar, a hospitality industry consultant and the official spokesperson for Luxury Travel & Living (http://www.LuxuryTravelandLiving.com), finds that exotic locales will continue to draw top guests and prosper during the current economic slowdown. While medium-priced hotels and discount lodgings may experience a drop in bookings, both in the United States and abroad, premium destinations will remain a major draw among the world's elite travelers.

Raquel Baldelomar, a hospitality industry consultant and the official spokesperson for Luxury Travel & Living (http://www.LuxuryTravelandLiving.com), finds that exotic locales will continue to draw top guests and prosper during the current economic slowdown. While medium-priced hotels and discount lodgings may experience a drop in bookings, both in the United States and abroad, premium destinations will remain a major draw among the world's elite travelers.

"Niche luxury markets have the ability to transcend the current economic slowdown because they offer unparalleled attractions and first-rate accommodations. Travelers who visit these places are not motivated purely by price - cost is a more significant factor among middle income families who plan to stay within the United States - and these elite guests want a high quality vacation," says Raquel Baldelomar.

Notable destinations include:

  • Brazil
  • Tanzania
  • Australia
  • The Maldives
  • New Zealand
  • Bora Bora

According to recent statistics from Luxury Travel & Living, the average online booking rate for luxury hotels has increased in 2008 from the prior year. "The average online booking rate for the Luxury Travel & Living web site increased from $550 per night for 2007 to $795 per night for 2008. This shows how, even during these economic difficulties that some people face, luxury hotels are continuing to prosper," declares Baldelomar. Households earning $100,000 or more have been taking a larger share of hotel rooms since 2000 and now account for about a third of hotel stays, according to D.K. Shifflet & Associates in McLean, Va.

Holiday Getaways: Exoticism and Leisure:
For luxury travelers, many top international attractions reflect a perfect sense of intimacy for the holidays. "Some of the most exotic locales - particularly throughout Australia and the South Pacific - are ideal getaways this Christmas, combining superb weather and the very best accommodations. These locations are unforgettably beautiful and discreet," states Baldelomar.

About Raquel Baldelomar:
Raquel Baldelomar serves as the spokesperson for Luxury Travel & Living (http://www.LuxuryTravelandLiving.com), one of the world's leading luxury travel websites. A pioneer in the use of contextually specific content as a marketing tool, Raquel is a former financial analyst with J.P. Morgan and a past liaison for large hospitality brands. As a media spokesperson and travel columnist, Raquel is a popular expert about various trends within this field. An honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Raquel holds a degree in finance.

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