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HOUSTON — A cruise booking for a family of four will usually bring home a hefty commission for travel agents. But a possible commission on the world’s most expensive trip will have agents laughing all the way to the bank.
Experiential travel boutique DreamMaker has designed a trip around the world aboard a privately outfitted Boeing 767 for its ultra-high net worth clientele. ‘Passport to 50’, which OddityCentral has dubbed the world’s most expensive trip around the world, is styled as a milestone celebration for the billionaire client and up to 50 friends and family flying in tandem on a second Boeing Business Jet.
The price? A modest US$13,875,000.
Scheduled to depart in August, ‘Passport to 50’ visits 20 cities in 20 days and covers 50,000 kilometres in the air. Surprisingly, the trip includes a ratio of 88% on the ground and 12% in the air, allowing for plenty of exploration. Highlights in the air include a $500,000 charity poker tournament with the world’s top-ranked poker player, inflight yoga session, a fashion show and a Master Sommelier.
“Since 1988, we have been setting benchmarks in the experiential travel space worldwide,” said founder Gregory Patrick. “In 2017, we will be the first to introduce Experiential Aviation as the pinnacle of private aviation.”
DreamMaker has also appointed hypnotherapist April Norris to develop a holistic program that integrates wearable sleep technology with hypnotherapy, Reiki healing and Ayurvedic medicine.
“It is irrelevant how big and beautiful your private jet is if you are unable to relax comfortably or get the required amount of sleep on the plane,” added Patrick. To further ensure the comfort of guests, ‘Passport to 50’ will boast a one-to-one ration of guest to staff, with a cast of 50 handpicked professionals, each experts in their respective fields.
Partner World of Diamonds Group was commissioned to create the trip’s most luxurious amenity: a set of 18-karat gold swizzle sticks set with white and blue diamonds worth a total of $1 million.
London’s Hotel 41 will be the first in the world to completely rebrand its identity to ‘Hotel 50’. It will chip out its marble tile in the foyer, commission newly monogrammed bed and bath linens, and raise a ‘Hotel 50’ flag. Other ground highlights include 50 monks’ blessings amidst an inundation of 50,000 lotus petals.
To offset all that excess, the ‘Passport to 50’ experience directly benefits children around the world through ‘Experiential Giving’. This includes the distribution of 2,500 bicycles to rural children in Cambodia, the provision of clean drinking water for 50,000 at-risk children in the Philippines, as well as building ‘fun centres’ for 50,000 children battling life-threatening illness in the United Kingdom.
‘Passport to 50’ begins in Koh Samui and continues through Siem Reap, Kathmandu, Agra, Florence, Siena, Cannes, Moulinet, London, Barcelona, Ibiza, Marbella, Marrakech, Havana, Knoxville, Kona, El Nido, and A Secret Island before concluding in Manila.