Your concierge is here
How much would you pay to skip the security and customs lines at the airport? Royal Airport Concierge operates in more than 750 airports, including MSP. At its basic tier of service ($100), travelers are assigned a greeter who will accompany them from the time they arrive at the airport to when they board their flight; they get assistance with check-in and their carry-on bags. Those who book the middle tier get fast-tracked through security and immigration in most countries. Splurging for the highest level of service ($750) is a full-scale luxury production: a ride to the plane in a limousine and entry into a private suite in the airport terminal with a top-shelf bar, a full spread of food with caviar, showers and an office. And, of course, a butler. The smaller Blacklane PASS was launched this summer in 500 airports. Its customers get a standard escort service ($100) that fast-tracks them through security, customs and immigration; carries their luggage; and helps process VAT refunds.
Denver’s artsy hotel
Reflecting the cultural vibe that emanates throughout the Mile High City, the boutique Art Hotel in Denver offers art lovers a wealth of artistic opportunities. Upon arrival, guests are treated to Leo Villareal’s undulating and never-repeating art installation created from 22,000 LED lights in the Portico Gallery. Works of art can be found in on-site galleries, in public spaces, on every floor and in each guest room. Embark on a self-guided tour of the hotel collection with the aid of complimentary art brochures or sign up for free guided tours offered every Saturday. You will be steps away from the Denver Art Museum and other venues of interest. After a long day, relax around a fire pit on the Fire Terrace, where views of the city will prompt the next day’s plan (visitdenver.com; thearthotel.com).
Cyber Monday deals
Pulitzer Amsterdam, a property with guest rooms in 25 interlinked 17th- and 18th-century canal houses, is offering 25 percent off stays of at least two nights from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The rate for two nights starts at about $480. Book Nov. 26-Dec. 1 with promo code CYBERMON at pulitzeramsterdam.com. Also, receive 25-percent discounts at Archer Hotel properties in Manhattan, Austin, Texas, and Napa, Calif. Travel through March 31. Rates vary. Book at archerhotel.com/book/cyber-monday-2018 from Nov. 26-Dec. 3. Wild Terrains, specializing in small-group tours for women, is offering $150 discounts on its trips to Mexico City. Rates start at $1,850 per person double. Use promo code CYBERWEEKEND to book through Nov. 27 at wildterrains.com/our-experiences.
China to topple France
Watch out, France, here comes China. According to a new report from Euromonitor International, China will overtake France as the world’s No. 1 destination by 2030. The report predicts that China will also generate more outbound travelers than all other countries. By 2030, China will be the source of 260 million outbound trips, said the report. Wouter Geerts, a Euromonitor consultant and author of the report, said tourism is now one of the key pillars of the Chinese economy, according to the Guardian. His research revealed that many of the tourists arriving in China will be coming from other Asian countries, including Hong Kong and Taiwan. The average spend per trip is also increasing, again driven by the Asia-Pacific travelers.