Gregory D. McCluney
KICKING BACK IN KEY WEST and the Florida Keys embodies the definition of days off for busy business travelers and visitors on holiday ... and a permanent state of mind for residents. If you arrive by air, Key West International Airport is as laid-back as any in the United States. If you make the 160-plus-mile drive from Miami, the views will surely begin your decompression, and the same goes for passengers on the ferry boats cruising the straits from Miami.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
RISING OUT OF THE DESERT, framed by the world’s tallest building and another built like a giant sail over the sea, Dubai dumbfounds the first-time visitor. The eyes see a phoenix, a contemporary city of the future, while visitors tour canals in abras, traditional wooden boats. Not far away, men dressed in white attend a camel race. It seems at first like Disney’s latest and greatest project. How did this city get here, and who built it?