Luxury goods sales increased after UK´ s Brexit


Luxury goods sales have showed positive trend after the UK´s Brexit. According to national statistic and Swiss Watch Industry the luxury watch export to the UK increased by over 13 % in July. The main reason has been the weak sterling. According to the industry leaders, Britain is now the fastest growing major market for Rolex watches.

Also the world largest luxury goods maker the French LVMH (MC:FP) Group showed sales above the analyst estimates during the summer. The stock price of this industry leader has increased by 9,4 % on year.

The US jewelry company Tiffany ( (TIF:US) reported second quarter profit above the market estimates. The Italian fashion company Prada (PRDSF:US)  announced increased investments in e-commerce for the year 2017, but the company also made statements that Prada will retrun to growth in sales and earnings next year.

The British SUV maker Aston Martin announced that it will be moving its business core also to consumer products like Hermes and trying to appeal also more female customers.

In general the Luxury goods and apparel industry will be moving more towards e-commerce globally and the consumers have also noticed the tax-free shopping centers in the global airports. The sales of luxury goods at the airports have also increased by nearly 30 %  according to Global Blue.






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London Heathrow 70 years anniversary


London Heathrow is celebrating its 70­ years anniversary this year and the airport has now made also exciting stories about the terminals and gates.

Did you know that the Queen´s terminal, terminal 2, opened 4th June in 2014 and it is sustainably heated by about 20.000 tonnes of local wood chips? Or that the terminal 5 was the place where Daniel Craig flew to film for “Spectre” in 2011. James Bond has record of 146 destinations in 49 countries.

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Davos- your new travel destination

Davos, is the world capital for one week in February, when the World Economic Forum gathers in the Swiss Alpine Mountains with leaders all over the world. The preparations for the next year meetings are also going on in June, when I visited this lovely Alpine village.

–  You know, when the leaders come to Davos, they have very tight schedules. They want to meet everybody, while their all collaques are also here. One way to see it, one could say that this is also sustainable. For one week, you do not have to travel anywhere, just stay in Davos to meet everybody, says the top quality-hotel director Silvana Schlösser from Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel.

And yes, she is right. Why not stay for longer on this just-opened, brand new four-star plus quality spa hotel in Davos. The hotel, 1560 meters above the sea level, is a culinary and well-being heaven. One can feel the slow-down and nature while the mountains and all sports facilities are near.

This Davos based Ameron hotel is the first Ameron Resort, a place for relaxation and smart business. It has 148 rooms with modern Alpine design and led-lightnings, 6 meetings and event rooms and vitality spa with over 850 m2 different saunas and silence room. This hotel has also a Finnish sauna for its quests.

The Kids Club is also a very popular in the hotel. Kids have their own events and activities during the stay. What would you say about a trip to the local farm or a play in the snow?

Art design hotel

One design element in the hotel is art. One can see that the art collection reflects the local surroundings. According to Mrs Schlösser this art concept is famous in all the Amaron destinations in Europe.

This hotel group has several destinations in Germany for example in Berlin, Cologne, Bonn, Hamburg and next year also in Munich. Group´s five-stars hotels are called Atlhoff-hotels and they have over 10 Michelin restaurant stars according to Mrs Sclösser. It goes without saying that the hotel-owner, German Thomas Althoff, is a star-collector, as the German newspaper Die Welt, has also named his business. These five-stars hotels are located in Germany, London and Saint-Tropez.

Davos Klosters for winter and summer sports

This Alpine village is located about two hours ride from Zurich main railway station. It offers a wide range of different sports possibilities: for example 700 km marked hiking and panorama roads, biking, horse riding and golf. And even theme trails:this time cultural-historic trail or Alpine Botanical Trail would be perfect.

During winter time Davos has over 320 km ski slopes, Nordic skiing, Alpine Skiing, skating and winter hiking trails. And if you can not decide, the tourist office has made a day plan for different kind of events and activities to participate. Now it is up to you: discover and enjoy Davos! The winter season starts in the late November.

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Davos Klosters fact figures & Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel

  • two hours from Zurich Airport/Railway Station
  • several sports facilities in winter and summer
  • place for the annual World Economic Forum
  • 1560 meters above the sea level

Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel
prices from 120 euros onwards per night
telephone: +41 81 544 19 19

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New terminal opened in Stockholm for Tallink Silja fleets

New passenger terminal is now opened in Stockholm for Tallink Silja fleets (TAL1T.TL). According to the company the company transports nearly 9 million passengers annually and the company employs around 6800 people.

The new terminal has been opened in the 21st of June in Stockholm and the shops are expected to open in October.

The terminal will be operating daily from 5:45 am until 7:30 pm, according to the schedules of the ships arriving and departing. The terminal will serve the passengers of Silja Symphony and Silja Serenade from Helsinki, Baltic Princess and Galaxy from Turku and Victoria I and Romantika from Tallinn. The passengers of the company`s vessel Isabelle operating between Stockholm and Riga will yet remain to be served by Frihamn terminal in Stockholm.

In the 2015 financial year the group´s revenue increased by 2.6% to all-time high of 945,2 million euros. Net profit more than doubled compared to previous year and amounted to 59,1 million euros. The company share is listed in the Tallinn Stock Exchange and it closed to 0,97 euros.




Graff: The first automatic Lady Watch with 519 diamonds

The Swiss-UK luxury company Graff has launched its first automatic timepiece for ladies during the BaselWorld2016. It features a grand date complication and a dual time with day and night indicators. The luxury watch has also mother-of pearl dial with rose gold lugs and with with alligator strap.

This Icon Ceramic Watch is embedded with 519 finest diamonds making the diamond design and overall style very modern and chic.

Throughout its  history, Graff is said to have handled more diamonds of rarity and beauty than any other jeweller, perhaps most notably the House has cut and polished four of the five largest diamonds uncovered this century and remains the leader in the production and retail of exceptional diamonds and precious gemstones. Today, after more than five decades at the pinnacle of the luxury jewellery industry Graff continues to push the boundaries of evergreater innovation and excellence.

Founded in 1960 by Laurence Graff, the company remains a family business, with Francois Graff (son of Laurence) as the CEO and two other family members directing design, merchandising and production. 

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BaselWorld2016- trends in the jewellery and watch industry

Once again, BaselWorld was the premiun place for jewellery and watch industry to be present. All the major industry leaders were saying the same thing: Basel showed the optimism the luxury industry is having in spite of the economic slowdown for example in Asia.  Also recent studies from diverse research organizations indicate that the luxury markets are recovering this year in spite of the situation for example in Hong Kong.This was also the first time, when smartwatches were present.

The CEO of Tag Heuer Jean-Claude Biver, president of the LVMH Watch Division said that the BaselWorld has been one of the best years ever: the number of visitors was high and the sales figures were better than in recent years. Also the new smartwatch has gone so well that the company is sifthing the production from Asia to  Switzerland, Chevenez according to the press person in the fair.

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The Tag Heuer new smartwatches will be manufactured in the near future in Switzerland in the company production site in Chevenez. The Android-based smartwatch has been developed together with Intel and Google. Globally the smartwatch industry is expected to grow to 11,5 billion dollars in revenues according to Gartner with 50,4 million units sale.

The fashion and luxury industry leader Swarovski had again the largest pavilion  in Basel. According to the company the new spring and summer collection features  sleek and geometric lines. The company has launched “Chrystalline Hours”, the first automatic watch for women with sparkling 4000 crystals.


The famous Russian jewellery company Faberge presented their Lady Faberge timepiece with enamel champagne dial and of course Easter eggs. Here you can see the four Easter eggs in the Faberge pavilion.


The BaselWorld is also about the pavilions and design. Great masterpieces and craftmanship, nature as inspiration: flowers, butterflies  and water falls. It is no wonder why this event gathers over 140 000 attendees for inspiration, luxury and design.




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