It has been a busy summer for me, with vacations and business trips around the globe and locally, ending the season with a Labor Day trip to Cape San Blas, Fla., for a few restful beach days. Prior to this, the GTteam attended the Global Business Travel Association convention in Denver to meet and mingle with airline and hotel executives and see their latest products and services.
At the convention, United Airlines displayed its new Polaris business-class product. I received an overview of the service and seat from a United flight attendant who served on the research panel alongside many top United customers. Polaris represents a big change for the airline, offering completely lie-flat bed/seats, each with aisle access. The design rethinks everything from the meals served to the entertainment — a big step to making United more competitive on overseas routes.
As we get down to business this fall, our subscriber Globility Board will meet at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in October to present ideas in focus group sessions. It is a wonderful way to get inside the heads of entrepreneur travelers who make their own decisions about which airline to fly and which hotel to book. Any subscribers interested in joining the board can reach out to me directly at [email protected] to receive an application and take part in the vetting process.
In addition, we are well into planning for the GT Tested Reader Survey awards gala, to be held in December at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. This marks the 13th year of our reader-voted awards and the sixth year celebrating them at this grand hotel. Last year we moved the event up to the pool level for a beautiful night under the stars and a splashing success.
I am thinking about an autumn adventure around the date of my birthday, Oct. 10. At this stage, I’m still considering many options, and I welcome your suggestions.
With the fall in full swing, we’re headed for more events, travels and golf — join the adventure!
Scenic Cruises launched the world’s first discovery cruise this past July with a journey from Iceland to Canada.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
A new J.D. Power 2019 North America Rental Car Satisfaction Study compared airport-based rental car companies and found rental car customer satisfaction is at an all-time high. Leading the pack, Hertz took the top spot for customer satisfaction, followed by Enterprise and Alamo.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Wheel the World, backed by booking.com, is a new accessible travel startup and one-stop shop for travelers with disabilities, regardless of age. The site curates accommodations, transportation and tour activities suitable for those living with disabilities.