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
Southwest Airlines is cutting almost 20 non-stop routes as of January 2020. The airline says the move will allow it to focus its efforts on top destinations. The airline announced the move last month, with flights from Boston (BOS), Dallas Love Field (DAL), Los Angeles (LAX) and Orlando (MCO) seeing the most cuts.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva now offers its Royal Penthouse suite, one of the largest in the city at nearly 3,500 square feet, with an additional 1,800-square-foot terrace.
For any traveler interested in backcountry camping, wilderness exploration or any other type of outdoor adventure, REI now offers a wilderness safety training course to the general public. The programming is in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School, takes place on weekends and is “ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts.”
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Ryanair will soon start its first round-trip Georgia flights. The flights, which start this November, will connect the capital Tbilisi (TBS) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) four times weekly and the western city of Kutaisi (KUT) to Bologna (BLQ) and Marseille (MRS), both twice weekly. Then, in April, Ryanair will add twice weekly flights between Tbilisi and Cologne (CGN).
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.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.