Special Report: The FBI sting that tore apart a small town


Paul James
Upscale hotels offer clients insider's access
Upscale hotels offer clients insider's access

For your next vacation, top hotels would like you to try something extra special, perhaps a VIP table at a hot Hollywood club, seats at a New York fashion show or a behind-the-scenes tour of a world-famous Italian theater. As they recover from a brutal economy that slashed rates, occupancy and cachet, select luxury hotels are borrowing the messages and methods of tour operators that emphasize travel as not just a destination, but as an indelible experience, all wrapped up as a pre-priced — or even complimentary — service or package. Savvy, high-end customers aren't always swayed by a free spa treatment or a third-night-free stay, promotions that have been popular during...