Travel fantasies and more
Walking along the turquoise beaches of Bora Bora in Tahiti has been the most popular travel fantasy shared on an app developed to help users curate their own travel bucket lists. After looking at the most shared, liked and uploaded images on the BUCKiTDream app throughout the month of August and part of September, developers found that, more than snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef or embarking on an African safari, Bora Bora has been capturing travelers’ imagination over the last few months. The platform is designed to allow users to share their travel fantasies and curate their bucket lists with fellow users, but is also used by merchants to send targeted deals and packages.
The app launched last year with the powerful endorsement of Sir Richard Branson and a special promotional package that included a five-day vacation at Branson’s exclusive Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands with the entrepreneurial titan himself.
BUCKiTDream’s list of top 10 travel fantasies:
1: Walk the beaches of Bora Bora, Tahiti
2: Experience Australia, Go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef
3: Summer Holiday in Santorini, Greece
4: Road trip across America (USA)
5: See The Northern Lights (Norway)
6: Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
7: Go on an African Safari
8: Tour the Coliseum in Rome, Italy
9: Visit the Great Wall of China
10: Vacation at the Bahamas
In the meantime the Ritz Carlton has topped a new report that ranks the most popular luxury hotel brands. For the list, analysts used data from TripAdvisor’s public review forum, looking primarily at how a hotel was ranked against the competition in its city. And according to TripAdvisor, travelers are happiest with their stays at the Ritz, a Marriott-owned brand. In Quebec, the Ritz-Carlton ranks first out of 164 hotels. In London, the brand is ranked 22nd out of 1.052 hotels, and its Central Park location 46th out of 469 hotels in New York. Rounding out the top three spots are traditional luxury brands at the top end of the high-end spectrum such as the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Raffles Hotels & Resorts. The top 10 list is conspicuously absent of well-known, established brands such as the Four Seasons, Peninsula, St. Regis and Waldorf Astoria.
The World’s Most Popular Luxury Hotel Brands, 2015 are:
1: The Ritz-Carlton
2: Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
3: Raffles Hotel & Resorts
4: Langham Hotels and Resorts
5: Rocco Forte Hotels
6: Dorchester Collection
7: Capella Hotels and Resorts
8: Park Hyatt
9: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
10: Armani Hotels & Resorts
In October, HSBC’s Expat Explorer survey named Singapore as the best place to live and work for expats. Congrats, Lion City! With a focus on economics, experience and family, the survey queried 21.950 respondents in 39 countries. According to the Wall Street Journal, the results found that 59 percent of Singapore expats believed it is a good place to move up in their careers, 67 percent praised the city’s quality of living and 65 percent noted their children’s improved health and well-being. The survey also stated that 28 percent of expats were earning more than $200,000 annually, which is 15 percent more than the global average for expats. Seen as a place of opportunity, 79 percent of those surveyed also expressed their confidence in the economy. The top 10 countries from the survey (in order from first to last) are: Singapore, New Zealand, Sweden, Bahrain, Germany, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.