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There's a reason we talk a lot about what's "new" in luxury in our New Luxury Newsletter. We like to look at how the industry is innovating, how it's better understanding consumers, and how it's exploring new products — not the same old, same old.

But sometimes old just works. Today our correspondent Colin Nagy talks about seven things that make for a long-lasting hotel. Celebrating what works is timeless.
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5 Looks at Luxury
7 Elements of Hotel Brands Built to Endure
Hotels built to last all have backbone, a strong bearing, and a reliable customer base even in the world of competitive online price warfare and disposable, digital consumer culture.

Crystal Cruises Hires Disney Veteran In Shakeup to Replace Outgoing CEO Edie Rodriguez
Crystal Cruises has no shortage of ambitious plans for growth, but those plans have occasionally changed. Its new CEO will need to reassure fans of the luxury brand that the company will steer a consistent course under new leadership.

Mandarin Oriental Receives Bids for Excelsior Hong Kong as Chinese Luxury Travel Evolves
High-end properties such as Mandarin Oriental's Excelsior in Hong Kong will face room-rate pressure as supply increases, and affluent Chinese travelers take long-haul flights to explore destinations beyond Hong Kong that might not have been on their bucket lists five years ago.

Montage Resorts’ New Luxury Brand Goes Urban and Local
We've heard many of these talking points before by hotel brands seeking to do exactly this. Consumers will respond if the product is good, not if it's "young" and "local."

Affluent Chinese Are Buying Travel Instead of Diamonds
Luxury travel is taking a bite out of Chinese spending on other high-end products.
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