As we celebrate our 11th GT Tested Reader Survey awards, I’d like to share a few memories of past events. We presented the first awards at the Hudson Theater in New York two days after a blizzard crippled the city. Many award winners, especially those from Chicago, were unable to secure flights or were significantly delayed. Our first guest of honor, Terry Waite, flew Virgin Atlantic Airways from London without major issues. The airline assured me he would make it to New York no matter what, a huge task.
The following year, we secured the Grand Hyatt New York, which had just completed a major renovation. The original owner, Donald Trump, was scheduled as one of our guest hosts. “The Donald” likes top billing and insisted on presenting the final award. Traffic delayed his arrival, so I continued without him. He missed the final award and was ready to give up on the event, but I charmed him into speaking and all went well. He has supported my efforts my entire career, and I appreciate it.
When Jumeirah ran the Essex House in New York, we enjoyed several years of events in the Grand Ballroom, topping 400 attendees. The hotel afforded us the luxury of hosting a sit-down luncheon in a location where executives could easily get back to their offices after the festivities.
More recently, we moved the awards to a festive evening cocktail affair, booking many wonderful venues in Manhattan before settling at our current home, The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The charming Offer Nissenbaum, managing director, and his team make our guests feel more than welcome. This year, top executives from all over the world will gather for our gala at The Peninsula on Dec. 15, with the venue beautifully decorated for the holidays. Actor Michael Yo, our guest of honor on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will interview winners and entertain us with his comedic take on travel. The GT Tested Reader Survey awards are a great way to kick off the holiday season and make a considerable charitable donation to LLS.
Stay tuned for more changes at Global Traveler in 2015, with new faces and new ways to reach the frequent business/luxury traveler. Our newly launched Web publication, TrazeeTravel.com, is seeing great success, reaching the millennials who are gearing up to take over the baby boom generation as the economic force in travel. These savvy travelers will soon vote for their own travel awards, the Trazees.
Raise a glass and toast our winners as they continue to reach for goal line after goal line in winning your loyalty!
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.