This month France will be at the center of the golf universe when the United States meets Europe in the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National near Paris.
When it’s over, it’s likely most golfers will forget about France.
One of the reasons for holding the Ryder Cup in France for the first time is to drive more tourism to the country. But will it inspire more golfers to visit France and play its courses?
“Short answer, no,” said Gordon Dalgleish, co-founder of PerryGolf, one of largest golf-tourism operators in the U.S. Dalgleish pointed to the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales and the 1997 tournament in Spain as examples of countries that never got the desired tourism bump.
Hilton is making a big play in all-inclusive resorts, expanding a partnership with Playa Hotels & Resorts to convert properties in the Caribbean and Mexico to the Hilton brand.
The Royal Playa del Carmen in Mexico and Dreams La Romana in the Dominican Republic will be renovated and reflagged as Hiltons, with Playa managing the resorts.
Furthermore, Hilton and Playa plan to convert up to eight more all-inclusives by 2025.
Following the rapid growth of discount transatlantic carriers like Norwegian, WOW, Level, and the new Primera Air, another low-cost operator is being formed in Europe to target U.S. destinations – and it will rely on single-aisle planes.
Temporarily called Swiss Skies – it will be rebranded before launch, officials said – the new company is seeking an initial $100 million in investment capital and plans to start flying in the second half of 2019 from a base at the Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg EuroAirport, strategically located where the Swiss, German and French borders meet.
For many, camping in the great outdoors or a quaint teardrop trailer is the perfect way to get away. But others may prefer to “glamp,” otherwise known as luxury camping, in order to enjoy a few more creature comforts. That’s the idea behind the Santa Barbara-born startup AutoCamp.
This outdoor hotel experience books guests into Airstreams and high-end tents packed with the same amenities of boutique hotels. But instead of city streets, AutoCamp sets up in picturesque, adventure-oriented locations like Santa Barbara, California, and the Russian River Valley in Sonoma wine country.