Today’s lesson? How to excel in all things travel. And our guest lecturers? The 2016 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. All kidding aside, each year in December we announce our annual award winners and try to keep the announcements fresh and not mundane by giving the article a kitschy theme. This year we’re taking it back to school — both in the article and in our editor and publisher letter photos. Enjoy a few laughs while admiring the school-age photos of Francis X. Gallagher and me. Big hair and even bigger glasses are about all I can say about the 1990s Kimberly Krol.
It’s been a whirlwind year of travel, traversing the globe from Italy and Brazil to Belgium, Dubai and Morocco with a number of other stops in between — luckily on board and in the guestrooms of many of the stellar winners detailed on the following pages. From our 2016 Airline and Hotel of the Year winners and the numerous honorees our readers selected in the GT Tested Reader Survey awards to the newly minted Hall of Fame and Quint Status titleholders, all of us here at Global Traveler congratulate you! And we celebrate you in this issue; we hope you enjoy learning more about the best of the best of 2016, all scoring straight A’s for service, style and so much more.
That’s only the beginning of what’s on offer in this extra-large issue as we journey around the globe to Moscow, Guadalajara, Durban, New York City, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Lausanne, Lima, the Galápagos and the Maldives.
Check back next month as we unveil a fresh new look for the pages of Global Traveler, as well as a new article and other fun changes to some of your favorite columns. See you in the New Year!
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
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.
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.