I’m a frequent traveler. Whether it is for business or pleasure, it’s a constant string of flights, hotels, restaurants and transportation services in various countries and cities. When traveling and visiting cities I am often asking locals or authorities on the service or product what their suggestions may be for a successful trip. I find that being a frequent traveler and working at Global Traveler, I, too, am asked questions regarding hotel brand preferences, transportation dos and don’ts and favorite hot spots to wine and dine. The responsibility and power that comes with suggestion in all things should not be taken lightly by businesses or by those providing or receiving the knowledge.
This blog is entitled “The Power of Suggestion” because I find our suggestions and those we accept as truths have great power and can shift industries and the way travelers spend their money. Sometimes we are quite bold/brazen on social media, ready to criticize an airline or hotel due to poor service, but I urge those out there who choose to share generously to remember that their words matter. It is crucial to be accurate when writing a review of a product or service, but this must also include the issues an organization may have, so hopefully when the organization receives the recommendation, they may reflect and adjust accordingly.
Each year our readers have a strong “power of suggestion” through their voting in the annual GT Tested Reader Survey Awards. The month of September is the final voting month for 2019’s votes. Once tallied, we will notify and celebrate with the winners in each travel category in December, a splendid way to toast the end of a well-traveled year!
If you would like to use your “power of suggestion,” please click this link and submit your votes this month! YOU have the power to push your favorites to the top. Happy voting and safe travels, my friends!
— Stephanie Makowski, account executive
In May this year, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. In celebration, Taipei’s annual Pride Parade was especially festive, with 170,000–250,000 people in attendance — a record number for what was already the biggest pride parade in Asia.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open a new hotel and private residences in New Orleans in late 2020. The first Four Seasons property in New Orleans is slated to open inside the World Trade Center, adjacent to Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. The World Trade Center is currently undergoing renovations, with plans including a new podium and public spaces. The hotel plans feature four food and beverage outlets, retail space, a spa, rooftop pool and meeting and event spaces.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 opened as the second InterContinental property in Yokohama earlier this fall. The property, with its 173 guestrooms and suites, provides a relaxing atmosphere away from the hubbub of the city with views of the waterfront.
American Airlines now provides a passport-scanning feature on its mobile app. American Airlines is the first airline to offer a service of this kind. The passport chip-scanning feature transmits passport information to the airline, so passengers do not need a customer service agent to recheck their passports when arriving at the airport for international flights.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.