Houstonians who have been feeling like a restless lock-in lately (thank you very much, pandemic) and looking for a luxury travel experience, can now join a new getaway club.
Manifesto, a Denver-based lifestyle and travel club launched in 2020 by the former CEO of Frontier Airlines, brings three new club chapters to Texas: in Houston, Dallas and Austin.
The company offers “tailor-made getaways” – via private plane service – to a variety of US destinations, handling all the logistics components of each experience offered, which includes adventure, wine / food, golf, cultural and romantic.
While the experience of skiing Telluride, sunning at Destin Beach, doing yoga at Aspen’s Snowmass, going on a music tour in Nashville, and attending a shooting school in Mississippi can be great adventures, they also come at a high price.
Here’s how it works: Manifest Chapters start with a limited number of memberships, and members pay an annual membership fee of $ 2,500, which gives them access to club exclusivity. travel experiences, which it offers throughout the year in the form of trips of three, four, six and seven days. The cost to members for each experience varies depending on the specific destination, activities and length of stay.
The impetus for Manifest – which also has chapters in Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Phoenix, and plans to open chapters in 50 to 60 U.S. markets – came amid the pandemic of COVID-19, when closures and stay-at-home orders forced adventure junkies to rethink the way they travel. It’s an idea the founder of Manifest thinks will resonate with travelers to Texas.
âThere has been growing interest from travelers in the Texas market and we think it’s natural for Manifest to expand to Lone Star State,â said Jeff Potter, Founder and CEO of Manifest. âThroughout COVID-19, Texans, like many of us, continued to seek moments of excitement and discovery but in destinations much closer to home. What we offer – small group travel, US destinations, private plane travel – continues to resonate with what travelers want right now. “
But it’s the actual experiences that Manifest says are the real draw, with the company pointing to a semi-recent Skift Search report, the US survey of affluent travelers, in which the industry site notes that 67% of affluent travelers would rather spend money on activities than on a hotel upgrade.
And with a 2020 investigation With 14,000 travelers finding that amid restrictions on inbound international travel, domestic travel is booming, Manifest may be on to something.
With its entry into the Lone Star State, Manifest is offering Texans who join the club before Dec.31 an additional incentive: the first six months free.