Ipevo PoV Web Camera
This handy, über-portable Web cam lets you capture images and video from any angle and vantage point. Thanks to its pen-like design, the PoV Pointer Cam is easy to pick up and point at any subject. It can also rest on its base or be clamped to a laptop or monitor, and includes an integrated microphone to capture sound for shooting video clips or video-conferencing. The PoV is compatible with major instant-messaging applications including Yahoo! Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Web Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. It also comes with Skype software to let you send snapshots to your Skype contacts right out of the box. And its tiny size is rivaled by its even smaller price. $39.99. (http://www.ipevo.com)
Zoombak A-GPS Universal Locator
Never worry about the ultimate fate of lost luggage again with this latest incarnation in “personal locator” technology, which harnesses the power of GPS and cellular know-how to let you quickly and accurately locate anything of importance that has gone astray. Small enough to be placed in a backpack, briefcase or pocketbook, or attached to a bicycle or golf bag, it provides you with real-time location information via the Web, email or text messages. How cool is that? $199.99 plus service, starting at $9.99 per month. (http://www.zoombak.com)
From the innovative crew at Planon — in the now-we’ve-seen-everything department — comes the world’s smallest fullpage printer. Measuring a sleek 1 inch high by 10.75 inches wide by 1.9 inches deep, and weighing less than 1.5 pounds, it easily synchs with laptops, PDAs and mobile phones to transfer images and documents using Bluetooth-enabled wireless connections or a standard USB connection. Utilizing Plan on’s Advanced Thermal Technology, it prints up to three full pages per minute with its self-contained 20-page roll and is powered by a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. $299.99. (http://www.planon.com)
Casio G’zOne Boulder Phone
This rough-and-tumble phone is ready for any and every adventure. Shock, dust and water resistant, it boasts multimedia capabilities, micro SD and Bluetooth GPS, as well as a bright LED lantern and a unique E-compass feature. Whether you’re hiking through the wilderness or trying to find your way back to your hotel late at night in a foreign city, the G’zOne will point you in the right direction. Available in black or orange. $129.99 with two-year service agreement, exclusively through Verizon Wireless. (http://www.verizonwireless.com)
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.
MMGY Travel Intelligence released findings from its 2021 fall edition of its Portrait of American Travelers survey. It revealed the vast majority of vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are planning trips in the months ahead, but the types of trips are different.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Airbnb.org is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in moments of crisis, sheltering those displaced by natural disasters, offering frontline workers a place to stay at the height of the pandemic and, now, helping Afghan refugees.
Italian hospitality brand AG Group announced an international collaboration with Hyatt Hotels. AG Group’s IL Tornabuoni, slated to open in Florence in October 2021, will be part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The Tribune in Rome will become part of JdV by Hyatt in October 2021.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Hotel diversity isn’t where it could be, but it’s a work in progress. Fueled with new energy that emerged from the racial reckoning of 2020, there’s more of a sense of urgency ... and with good reason. There’s plenty to do when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the hotel industry.