Leaders in Luxury

Leaders in Luxury will introduce some of the visionaries with a knack for anticipating the needs and wants of today’s elite travelers.

The World’s First AI-Powered Luxury Travel Festival

By Samantha Coles

The world’s first artifical intelligence-powered luxury travel festival is coming to Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. We catch up with Christy Kuplic, who is heading up the project known as TFest. How did you first get involved with TFest?  The idea for TFest came out of a discussion about how we at Private Luxury Events could make our events better. Every […]

Victor Vescovo Completes Historic Five Deeps Mission

By Alex Martin

Victor Vescovo has become the first person to visit the deepest point in each of the world’s five oceans. The American adventurer completed the Five Deeps Expedition by reaching the bottom of the Arctic’s Molloy Trench, some 3.5miles below the surface, last month. Elite Traveler was invited aboard the support ship, the DSSV Pressure Drop, after its triumphant arrival in […]

Kevin Underwood of HKS on the Importance of Travel

By Emma Reynolds

Kevin Underwood has more than 35 years experience in the architectural planning and design of five-star hotels, resorts and upscale properties around the world. His work has taken him all over the globe, designing hotels for Four Seasons, Six Senses and private clients, such as David and Victoria Beckham and The Emir of Qatar – to name a few. As […]

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

By Kristen Shirley

Earlier this summer, Rolex honored five visionaries and their audacious projects to save the planet, eradicate malaria, help paralyzed people walk again and protect wildlife through the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. One major distinguishing factor of these awards is that the laureates are not being honored for past accomplishments. Instead, the awards are given to promising new projects; this year, […]

Olivier Dassault on Business, Travel and Interior Design

By Emma Reynolds

French businessman Olivier Dassault has his toe dipped in many industries. First, he oversees holdings for his family business, Dassault Group (which includes private aircraft manufacturer, Dassault Aviation, producer of the globally renowned Falcon jet model; newspaper Le Figaro and Investir; and the FC Nantes football team). The France native also is an avid photographer who exhibits in major cities […]

Getting to Know Victoria Houghton, Hamilton & Inches’ New CEO

By Samantha Coles

Victoria Houghton was appointed as CEO of Hamilton & Inches in April 2019, taking over from Stephen Paterson who held the position for 40 years. She has been tasked with doubling the jewelers’ turnover and bringing new life to the historic brand. Hamilton & Inches showroom and workshop is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It has held a Royal Warrant as […]

Getting to Know Jacques Smit of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

By Elite Traveler

As marketing director for the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Jacques Smit is at the forefront of conservation efforts in South Africa. For 40 years, the luxury safari company has strived to provide a sustainable tourism industry in one of the world’s most precious environments. Smit, who has worked with Sabi Sabi for over 13 years, speaks to Elite Traveler […]

Getting to Know Master Architect Antonio Citterio

By Samantha Coles

Since coming onto Milan’s design scene in the 1980s, Antonio Citterio has become a bonafide force for luxury brands. He has worked with Hermes, B&B Italia, Flexform, Luminaire, Vitra and Technogym, giving each of them the Midas touch when it comes to sales. His work has reshaped the luxury design industry and changed the way we view modern elegance. He […]

Stockton Rush on the Titanic Survey Expedition

By Elite Traveler

by Stockton Rush From building his own aircraft at 19 to dreams of space travel, Stockton Rush has always been fascinated by the unknown. As the founder and CEO of OceanGate, he now explores the oceans’ depths. Man’s history of pushing boundaries and exploring the unexplored, whether driven by need or curiosity, is one of mapping previously unknown oceans, continents […]

Jean-Georges Vongerichten on Cultivating a Global Empire

By Alexandra Cheney

Hailed as the chef who reinvented French cuisine, Jean-Georges Vongerichten sat down with Alexandra Cheney to ruminate on sustainable eating, meticulousness and why there’s more to fine dining than Michelin stars. There’s a finite precision to everything in Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s orbit. Some of it reflects his upbringing: He was raised in a two-story house dating to the 1780s with his […]