As we close this issue, we are experiencing the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Many of us at World Headquarters were without power; as of press time, my home is operating with a generator. Thankfully, the office is up and running without any significant loss of power and connectivity. I wish I could say the same of our New York staff, who are struggling with the rest of the city to get back to full operation. We wish them well and hope for a speedy return to normalcy.
It will take a long time to rebuild the Eastern seaboard — from Maine to North Carolina. I have found donating to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army the best way to make an immediate impact on a tragic situation. Their operations run like a tight ship, so most of the dollars you donate reach those in need.
Global Traveler is in full gear to celebrate the best in business and luxury travel as we announce the winners of the 2012 GT Tested Awards, chosen by you, and the Airline and Hotel of the Year awards. We will present these awards, along with the Wines on the Wing awards announced in August, at a gala event this month at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, with guests of honor Layla Kayleigh and Nikki Boyer.
The Peninsula’s team, led by Offer Nissenbaum, general manager, always does a wonderful job, with no request too small or too large. In fact, last year when I checked into the hotel I asked where I could repair a shoe. In seconds one of the famous Peninsula pageboys took my shoe and told me it would be repaired that afternoon. Another time, one of my employees was admiring the floral display at the front desk and I told her, “This is The Peninsula. If you like it, you can have it.” The woman at the desk offered to have the florist deliver it to her home — that’s service! And that’s what we expect from all the winners of the GT Tested Awards.
Enjoy reading about the winners of Global Traveler’s awards, and note those who are missing and those who have excelled!
The Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC), the cultural cornerstone and final public element of the World Trade Center site, opened this September. The new performing arts center in Lower Manhattan provides a dynamic home for the arts, serving audiences and creators through flexible venues enabling the facility to embrace wide-ranging artistic programs.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
Whether you call secondhand fashion treasure troves “thrift stores,” “fripperies,” “charity shops,” “vintage boutiques” or something else, shifting the paradigm from “old clothes” to “new finds,” you may find the best, most conversation-starting souvenirs inside these shops and neighborhoods located in the world’s most fashionable cities and a few unexpected places.
While the 372-passenger Viking Polaris expedition ship, launched in September 2022, falls midway in size between Viking Cruises’ intimate river cruise ships and large-scale ocean ships, it is operated with the same attention to detail and personalized service.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts partners with Cisneros Real Estate to construct a new Four Seasons property in the Dominican Republic. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia is slated to open in 2026.
On Sept. 25, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, the prime minister of Iceland, revealed plans to add a tax on travelers visiting the country. The goal of the tax is to help offset the impact of tourism on the environment.
From the moment you step onboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, you will be transported to The Islands of Tahiti. The French Polynesian carrier considered every detail to awaken its passengers’ senses, creating the feeling you are already on the Islands while 30,000 feet in the air.
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