Airports around the world are rebuilding, keeping up with the latest technology and expanding in order to create the easiest, safest and best experience for travelers. In 2023 expect to see not only new terminals but also entirely new airports.
With a brand-new development set to open on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea is one of the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, forging a new relationship between luxury tourism and the natural world. Surrounded by the world’s fourth-largest barrier reef system, the site will offer world- leading experiences across its archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands, idyllic beaches, mountain canyons and historic cultural sites.
The Red Sea International Airport is set to open in late December 2023. With 80 percent of the world’s population able to reach the destination in less than eight hours, location plays a significant role. The airport will consist of five pods, or departure lounges, representing the desert’s dunes. Architecture firm Foster + Partners leads the design which will feature greenery spots where travelers can relax before or between flights.
As an alternative to the existing Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, the new Luanda Airport, also known as Angola International Airport, is set to open December 2023. Construction, handled by Odebrecht, has been ongoing since 2008. In June 2022 the new airport launched its first test flight with a TAAG Boeing 777-300ER. With 60 percent of the project complete, the airport is on track for its projected opening. The structure will include three terminals and two runways with the capacity to handle Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 aircraft and is designed to accommodate 15 million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo annually.
When visiting Tulum, Mexico, travelers currently fly into Cancun International Airport, the closest at about an hour from the destination, but that may change in 2023. As of now, Tulum International Airport is set to open late December 2023, although the date may be pushed back due to low funding. The purpose of this new airport is to help ease traffic at Cancun International.
Other than fully new airports, new, enhanced terminals will open across the United States throughout 2023. The highly anticipated terminal debuts include the late spring opening of Kansas City International Airport’s new Single Terminal, Orlando International Airport’s South Terminal, the Delta Sky Way at Los Angeles International Airport, and new American Airlines and United Airlines Satellite Concourses at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
After almost four years in the planning, design and reconstruction stages, Baillie Lodges’ flagship property, Southern Ocean Lodge on Australia’s Kangaroo Island, reopened late last year after the original hotel was razed during the summer of the 2019/2020 Kangaroo Island bushfires.
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Two and a half hours beyond Ho Chi Minh City, via a newly constructed highway, Azerai Ke Ga Bay in Vietnam’s Binh Thuan province opens the gate to a corner of the country waiting to be discovered. The careful planning and sustainable development of Azerai Ke Ga Bay has already made a strong impression as an award-nominated and -winning pioneer of 5-star boutique hospitality in this emerging destination, drawing in an adventurous new generation of affluent international guests.
Set your sights on Australia this year as Queensland prepares to welcome some neat hotels and experiences in 2024. In fact, it’s easier than ever to reach the region thanks to a new, non-stop American Airlines flight from Dallas (DFW) to Brisbane (BNE) beginning this October.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Nobu Hotel Marrakech recently launched new and refreshed experiences for 2024. To kick off the new year, guests can find new spa treatments, wellness activities, a specially curated vegan menu and more.
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The resort offers several thoughtfully crafted artisanal cocktails to celebrate National Margarita Day or any day; however, if you can’t make it to Cancún this month, shake up two of Hilton Cancun Mar Caribe’s margaritas at home with these recipes.