Wardrobes made from exotic Japanese wood by Armani, a brass and leather "Donatella Versace" chair and other "home" furnishings from Italian luxury designers were on show in Milan this week in an effort to woo wealthy tourists and high end hotel developers.
Chinese tourists have overtaken Germans as the world's biggest-spending travelers after a decade of robust growth in the number of Chinese holidaying abroad, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation said on Thursday.
At the seven-story retail temple that is Louis Vuitton's flagship store in Paris, there are signs of a slowdown in spending by Asian tourists - the recent driving force in a European luxury market defying recession.
The sale of French department store Printemps to Qatari investors could be a done deal by as early as this summer as the timetable for presenting the deal to its staff is now set, people close to the proposed deal said on Tuesday.
Westin hotels is taking its shoe-lending program with New Balance international, allowing clients in 190 hotels world-wide to rent running shoes during their stay. New Balance also offers a fitness program to follow.