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luxury sector stayed consistent in a time of economic uncertainty and if the sales we have seen so far this year continue, we are set for another strong year,” Hirsz said. She added that lead times were also longer, with some bookings being made as far ahead as spring 2014, but booking within eight weeks of travel is still a key trend. “We’ve seen growth across a


range of destinations, with agents supporting us in all areas,” she added. “But Dubai is performing really well alongside the Indian Ocean and Caribbean.” In May, a fam trip is planned to the Indian Ocean which includes a stopover in Dubai for about 10 agents. “We are also in the process of organising a trip to the


Caribbean later on in the year,” said Hirsz. “It’s crucial for both


agents and our own team to experience the products we have on offer to give them the best chance of securing a booking. “Our agents can also be confident that we won’t court their customers directly or undercut their prices.”


wings’ joins the LHW


RED BULL billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz’s private island resort in Fiji has been accepted as a member of Leading Hotels of the World. General manager


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David Stepetic said: “This membership is a major recognition and a true testament to the work of our 300-plus staff. We look forward to furthering our international recognition.” One of three small islands off Taveuni, it claims to be the “southern hemisphere’s largest private island resort” and 85% self-sustainable. It is also already


featured by the likes of Elegant Resorts in the UK.


There are just 25 villas on the island, but it is has a golf course designed by David McLay Kidd. Laucala is a 45-minute flight


from Fiji airport and operates on an all-inclusive basis.


via Rainbow Tours from £3,620pp including flights.


villa hotel on a seven-night package pay up front for all food and drink, with the price also including daily snorkeling, yoga sessions, tennis, bicycles and Wi-Fi. It can be booked


Trio of luxury in Ile De Re Three new houses in French bolthole Ile de Re are being featured by SJ Villas. The island is off the west coast of France and SJ has now taken on Villa du Couchant (from £1,500pp per week, based on 10 sharing), La Maison des Prises (sleeps six, from £1,500pp per week) and Maison Atlantique (sleeps 10, from £680pp per week).


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