Chronicles of my recent visits to Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | So once again I am back in, my home town, Buenos Aires – Argentina. These chronicles, as a matter of fact, are the result of my last two trips, with a very small time lapse in between. The main reasons of my trips were, ( first trip ) surprise and celebrate my mother for her Birthday and ( second trip ) connecting from New York to Rio de Janeiro, were I will be during August, attending the RIO 2016 Summer Olympics, as the official travel agent for NBCUniversal’s VIP Guests and Executives. Let’s begin and hope you enjoy my insider tips of my city , chronicles of my recent visits to Buenos Aires. For more tips and recommendations, check and follow me on Instagram, to see all my minute-to-minute past/current/future post and experiences on BUENOS AIRES. Continue reading Chronicles of my recent visits to Buenos Aires
Carlos Melia priority VIP Hosted Buyer at ILTM | ILTM | Where can you see Carlos Melia and Carlos Melia Recommends next. At either International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) events where I have been invited as a priority VIP Hosted Buyer. ITLM Americas (Riviera Maya, Mexico – Sept. 30th – Oct. 3rd, 2013), and ITLM (Cannes, France – Dec. 2nd – 5th, 2013). ILTM, is the leading event for luxury travel where up to 1,400 of the very finest high-end properties, most secluded destinations and desired experiences come to showcase what makes them the best in the industry. Our VIP Buyers, go through a qualification process. Buyers must meet our luxury travel criteria before they are invited to participate at the events. Operating in this way ensures we can deliver you a first-class international selection of luxury travel products and services. See you there. !!!! Booking my appointments already. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Social Media vs. Return on Investment | HotelsMag.com | One of the best articles I have read on the hot topic among Hoteliers, travel destinations and suppliers, and Social Media. Many travel suppliers, specially hoteliers are still looking for the connection between social media and revenue generation or ROI – Return on Investment. Every day when I approach a new hotel or travel supplier and present my portfolio of digital resources and Social Media Network, I get asked the same question, RIO. Always my reply has been, the approach to social media in search of direct sales it is mistaken. Social Media is not a a purchase platform, but a proven successful positioning tool and decision making platform. Social media is about the EXPERIENCE and the CUSTOMER. Social Media is the new “Word of Mouth”. Clients/Friends/Followers/Fans they want to see experience, they want to see raw content, photos, videos…. finally someone manage to word in one piece the concept I have been trying to explain for the last 4 years, which you can see everyone online at www.carlosmeliablog.com / Source: HOTELSMag.com by Tony and Jason Potter. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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New Orleans Hotel Check INs | New Orleans, United States | Generally I do a post per hotel I visit when I am traveling, but this weekend in particular was rather special, and to be honest I didn’t have much time left to explore and experience the properties as I like to do. So I will mentioned and quickly share the videos of the rooms of this two hotels I tried during my Super Bowl XLVII weekend, along with my partner Rubin Singer hosted by Beyonce.
The Windsor Court Hotel, former Orient-Express property located right in the French Quarters of New Orleans. From what we heard from everyone in town, considered to be one of the top hotels in town.
Our Suite was very comfortable, featuring spectacular views of the Mississippi River. I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone. Nice entry, lovely old style deco.
Classic English/French Vogue decor, 800 square feet of living and working space, oversized King bed, separate, large living room with couch, work desk and chairs, and French doors for privacy from the bedroom, private balconies among many other amenities you can see in the video. IMPORTANT Carlos Melia VIP Agreement with the hotel, when you book through me, you get the following extra complimentary VIP amenities: Continental Breakfast for 02 daily + Lunch x 02 once during the stay + Upgrade subject to availability. So keep this in mind. !!!
Tonight I am staying for my last night at the modern yet classic International House Hotel, only five block away from my previous hotel, also at the French Quarter. Hosted at a Panoramic Corner Room, in total eight in the entire hotel, offering perhaps the most compelling experience in the base building.
With 12′ ceilings and two window-walls of natural light clad in theatrical sheers and velvetine drapes, each room feels particularly spacious and freeing to the human spirit. Like New Orleans, there is an ecclesiastical and handmade element woven into the design. Gali Art’s wrought-iron bedside tables with cruciform feet, Erica Larken’s totem-inspired cafe tables and the Pagan Cross corner console ebonized and silver-leafed, are each topped with honed Calcutta gold marble. Sharp Aquos flat-screens and iPod players are within easy reach.
A generous seating area includes a 5′ x 8′ mirror, crystal chandelier and an “LM Chair”, the designer’s original chair-and-a half upholstered in antiqued velvet. The sprawling California King bed, with its 7′ tufted headboard and layers of white on white linens is framed dramatically by tall hammered-nickel lamps and animated by the slow moving Modern Fan Company “Flute” fan above. Generous bathrooms feature dark granite vanities with oval Kallista basins and an unusually elegant vanity light dressed in strands of cascading Swarovski crystals. The closet is also customized. Like the suites and penthouses, these rooms radiate this city’s signature sense of place and the optimism of this new time.
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My TOP 10 recent favorite Hotel Stays in the World | 429MAGAZINE | Dear followers, my column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429MAGAZINE at www.dot429.com is OUT and ONLINE. Check it out like every week. This issue, I share with you My TOP 10 recent favorite Hotel Stays in the World. Like in fashion, one day your are IN and the next day you are OUT. So stay tuned. Till next week. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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Travel Pop Art – A regular month in the Life of Carlos Melia | The story of my life written with great passion and pleasure. Pop Art made out of Hotel Keys, my homes away from home. Thank you to the support of all independent and chain hotels around the world, always a pleasure to work with you all.Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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Hotel Openings 2012 you MUST Try at 429MAGAZINE | 429MAGAZINE | Dear followers, my weekly column at 429MAGAZINE for the dot429 LGBT Social Professionals Network is OUT and online. This week on … “Hotel opening 2012 you MUST Try…”. This is how they posted it on their Facebook Wall: dot429‘s luxury travel expert Carlos Melia shares his must see hotels opening in 2012 for 429MAGAZINE. Till next week where I will share with you my 4 day and 3 night magical experience on board the Orient-Express Train from Bangkok to Singapore. A journey like no other. Have a great week. (click on the image above to see the full article). CM
FREE WiFi for everyone a lesson to be learnt by Hotels Worldwide | New York, United States | More and more hotels across the world are becoming more savvy and proficient in the use of Social Media and Social Applications. The big question that always raises to this still brand new technology, which many pretend to master, but only a few truly understand, is how to measure the ROI – return on investment. As I travel the world, staying at all types of hotels, I have had multiple experiences with the internet service, which most of the time can be very annoying, where hotels yet don’t understand that internet is one of the top features guests will take into consideration, at the moment of booking their stay. The worst examples during last year travels, were hotels in London, UK and Jaipur, India, where I was shocked with my bill upon check out with charges over USD 40 x day for a lousy crappy connection that would take me over 10 minutes to upload a single photo. On top of that, most hotels do not offer the Multi Device Connection platforms, and travelers like me, we need to at least to connect three devices, such as Laptop, iPhone and iPad, meaning three times the charges. The recently open cutting edge and modern Yotel in New York City, has grasped this concept and finally proved that what I have been telling hotels for the last two years, was indeed a great idea, first and for most to please customers, and second, to self promote their properties and services making use of the different techniques on online advertising and viral effects. Continue reading FREE WiFi for everyone a lesson to be learnt by Hotels Worldwide
According to Klout.com CarlosMeliaBlog is a Broadcaster | Klout.com | The Klout Score measures influence based on your ability to drive action. Every time you create content or engage you influence others. The Klout Score uses data from social networks in order to measure: True Reach, Amplification and Network. CarlosMeliaBlog.com has reached a total Klout Score of 62 out of 100, and been awarded with the title of Broadcaster. This is what Klout.com has to say about CarlosMeliaBlog.com “…You broadcast great content that spreads like wildfire. You are an essential information source in your industry. You have a large and diverse audience that values your content…”. According to them CarlosMeliaBlog.com is highly influential on the following topics London, Thailand, LGBT, Bangkok, Travel & Tourism, Restaurants, Hotels and Gay Marriage. Find out more about Klout.com and follow me there. CM
Conrinthia Hotel London just stunning | London, UK | This morning I came to the area of Embarkment to experience the recently opened Corinthia Hotel in London. It is the comment of every hotelier in London, and after walking through it I can see why. Not only the property is stunning, but has managed to gather some of the best names in the tourism, wellness and luxury business all matched and combined perfectly without ostentatious. ESPA Life Spa, Harrods, Baccarat Crystals, Daniel Galvin Stylist, Les Clefs d’Or Concierges, among many other top brands. Continue reading Conrinthia Hotel London just stunning