Last week Global Traveler editor in chief Kimberly Krol and I traveled to El Paso, Texas, for the SMART Airports Convention to hear what’s next for our domestic airports. I’ve never been to this interesting city but was looking forward to not only seeing how close it actually was to the border (extremely close) but also trying some authentic Tex-Mex cuisine and margaritas. We later heard the margarita was invented in Juarez, the neighboring city in Mexico; thus, they had the best selection for all travelers.
But back to airports. We were only able to attend Day 1 of the conference but got lucky with some interesting CEO panels moderated by CNN correspondent Nick Valencia. The panel included key airport players like John Selden, general manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of airports, chief executive officer, St Louis Lambert International Airport; Stacey Stegman, senior vice president, Denver International Airport; and Daren Griffin, director, airport operations, Portland International Airport.
Hot topics discussed on the panel ranged from economic growth and the key to bringing top headquarters to cities to attract business travelers, the role of biometrics on travel experience versus privacy concerns, and how they are trying to attract the next generation of aviation and airport operation careers. The airports present were able to convey the importance of looking ahead not just two to five years but 10–15 years, and how the role of the airport will play out in the future.
— Carly Allen, executive vice president, associate publisher
I was staying in New York City with my daughter. We arrived at Penn Station, right across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania, at 9:30 a.m. — way too early to check in. But we had some luggage we didn’t want to carry around with us, so we stopped at the hotel to leave it.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Hudayriyat Leisure and Entertainment District opened in Abu Dhabi in early November, offering a wide array of food and beverage outlets, facilities for sports and other entertainment offerings. In accordance with current COVID-19 restrictions, visitors must pre-book the experiences available.
As a chaotic 2020 comes to a close, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will “turn down the volume” across its global spas with its annual Silent Night on Dec. 9. In addition to the standard wellness menu, the spas will offer mindful treatments, including guided meditation, signing bowl experiences and deep sleep practices. Talking and music will cease in the spas at 5 p.m. to help instill a sense of peace and allow for individual contemplation.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Rosewood Washington, D.C. unveiled six new townhouses as the final component of the property’s recent renovation. The townhouses offer a new, unique guest experience unavailable elsewhere in the capital. Situated on a tree-lined street and adjacent to the hotel, the townhouses offer privacy, 1,100 square feet and one bedroom, with a private entrance. On the second story, guests find a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, a communal dining area and a back patio. A master bathroom with a deep-soaking tub, walk-in rainforest shower and heated marble floors complement the bedroom. A lower level boasts a separate powder room and washer/dryer.
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Malta with us.
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.