2021 LuxPin Weekly Travel Abstract from the Latest News W2 June

Week 02, June 2021

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends. The mind can never break off from the journey.” 〜 Pat Conroy

By LuxPin Team

CREDIT: COURTESY OF DOLLYWOOD

1. Dolly Parton on Dollywood’s Growth and What’s Next — Including a Half-billion-dollar Expansion

◆ The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, theme park destination announced a half-billion-dollar, 10-year investment campaign starting with a new resort — Dollywood’s HeartSong Lodge and Resort, set to open in 2023.

CREDIT: COURTESY OF LIVE AQUA BEACH RESORT PUNTA CANA

2. 13 New Hotels in the Caribbean — From Family-friendly Resorts to Private-island Retreats

◆ Introducing the Caribbean class of 2021! From the Bahamas to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and family-friendly resorts to private-island retreats, here are the new (and new-ish) Caribbean hotels to have on your radar. Check out this year’s crop of new Caribbean resorts.

CREDIT: CHRISTOPHER CYPERT/COURTESY OF THE RITZ-CARLTON MALDIVES, FARI ISLANDS

3. The Ritz-Carlton Just Opened Its First Resort in the Maldives — and It’s Absolutely Gorgeous

◆ The Ritz-Carlton just made its Maldives debut with a new collection of private overwater and beachfront villas. A short, 10-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport, or 45 minutes by boat, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands opened its doors this week — and the views are nothing short of stunning.

CREDIT: COURTESY OF THE CURTIS

4. This Denver Hotel Is Celebrating Pride With Drag Olympics, Gaga Dance Parties, and More

◆ There’s never been a better place to celebrate Pride 2021 than Denver, Colorado. The Curtis, a downtown “retro-chic” hotel known for its colorful decor and pop-culture-themed guest rooms, is offering a variety of unique packages in celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month.

CREDIT: JORDAN MILLINGTON/COURTESY OF NEMACOLIN RESORT

5. This Famed Pennsylvania Hotel Is Hosting a Glittery Pride-themed Summer Camp Weekend

◆ Nemacolin, the luxury resort located in the Pennsylvania wilderness, is already well-known for being an over-the-top fantasy destination. But now, the resort wants to take that idea up a notch with its Pride Extravaganza weekend that will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before. On June 11 and 12, the resort is set to host Summer Camp: Pride 2021 alongside the legendary nightlife event producer Susanne Barstch.

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6. Twitter Launches New Weather Platform Where Users Can Chat With Local Meteorologists

◆ Twitter is launching an interactive weather service that’ll keep users in the know of any trending storms or precipitation nearby. Launched on Tuesday in partnership with climate journalist and meteorologist Eric Holthaus, the platform, named “Tomorrow,” connects users to hyper-local experts in more than a dozen cities around the country.

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7. Move Over Italy — Japan Is Also Selling Off Abandoned Bargain Homes to Lure Residents

◆ Japan is luring new residents with cheap homes and lots of incentives. Italy isn’t the only place to score a major deal on an abandoned home. Japan is also dotted with unoccupied homes called akiya — an estimated eight million of them. Japanese officials are willing to let some of them go for free in the hopes of revitalizing rural areas across the country.

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8. A Country-by-country Guide to Europe’s Reopening

◆ A full guide to which European countries are open to vaccinated American tourists during the summer. The European Union agreed to welcome fully vaccinated foreign travelers this summer. Here, we’ve outlined every country in Europe and its current reopening status — including their entry requirements for foreign travelers.

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9. Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals to Return April 2022

◆ Mark your calendars now: After more than a year of delays, rescheduling, and cancellations, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival are finally returning next April.

CREDIT: COURTESY OF GRADUATE HOTELS

10. Graduate Hotels Is Bringing Back Its Popular $500 Unlimited Summer Travel Pass

◆ Graduate Hotels is giving you the perfect reason to plan a summer vacation right now. Back by popular demand, the hotel chain is bringing back its Hall Pass, an unlimited $500 summer travel pass that gives travelers access to all 30 of its properties throughout the month of July.

CREDIT: VANGELIS PATERAKIS/COURTESY OF ANGSANA CORFU

11. This Brand New Hotel in Corfu Will Inspire Your Grecian Summer Travels

◆ Corfu will welcome a new luxury hotel this month, giving travelers yet another reason to visit this chic, tropical Grecian island. Angsana Corfu opens on June 15 and is the very first Banyan Tree hotel in Europe.

A rendering of a Boom Overture aircraft in United Airlines colors. Boom Supersonic

12. United placed a $3 billion order for 15 supersonic jets. Meet Boom Supersonic’s Overture

◆ United Airlines entered the supersonic realm on Thursday with an order for 15 Concorde-like jets from Boom Supersonic. Overture is estimated to fly up to 88 passengers in an all-business class cabin at a top speed of Mach 1.7. New York to London could be flown in under four hours while San Francisco to Tokyo could be flown in six.

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