While outward displays of extravagance have sparked outrage in Page 1 headlines and CNN news reports during these days of global economic turmoil, we do see signs that some segments of the luxury market are still going strong.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World, for instance, just launched a dedicated travel agents' website, at www.slh.com/travelagents, and is introducing a promotion through which agents can win one of 10 five-night stays at any of the brand's worldwide properties.
Windstar Cruises unveiled a collection of 28 luxury tours in Europe for those passengers for whom a regular shore excursion won't do. Called the Concierge Collection, the shore excursions are for small groups, six to 25 people, and are priced as high as $2,299 per person. Examples include helicopter flightseeing on the French Riviera and a spa and wine-tasting tour in Spain.
The Dorchester Collection also is targeting the frankly upscale with a three-night London and Paris extravaganza that includes stays at the Dorchester in London and Le Meurice and the Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, along with Rolls-Royce transfers, a Krug Champagne breakfast and Michelin Star dining.
All this isn't to say that plenty of luxury companies aren't offering incentives and dropping prices to woo back clients; they are, but catering to the no-apologies luxury market provides a stimulus to keep some suppliers going until better days are here again.