Springtime was in bloom on a recent visit to Chicago. I traveled to the Windy City in May with senior vice president Richard T. Evans for three days of meetings, and it was such a pleasant sight to walk along Michigan Avenue and see these beautiful, colorful tulips. After a long day of meetings, the well-manicured scene put an extra pep in our step as we made our way to our hotel.
Like many of you, I combined my business travel with a personal visit, opting to spend the weekend in Chicago and inviting my mom to join me for the Mother’s Day holiday. We also enjoyed ambling along the Magnificent Mile, this time filling up shopping bags. Take a closer look at family travel in Bilbao on page 66.
But now, with this July issue, summer is in full swing, which, of course, means summer travel. While you probably already have your 2016 vacation plans in order, perhaps consider adding a touch of über luxury to next summer’s travel with one of the high-roller tours featured on page 40. Learn more about the award-winning Posadas brand of hotels in our Hotel Update on page 44.
Also kicking into high gear next month are the 2016 Summer Olympics. For more on Rio de Janeiro, turn to page 70. Continue around the globe with Global Traveler to Delhi, Osaka, Denver, Hong Kong, Berlin, Cardiff, Turks & Caicos and London.
I cannot wait to announce the winners of our Wines on the Wing airline wine survey in our August issue. Just think: You could be sipping one of the winning wines as you read this note. Until then, happy jetting!
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Without visiting, it’d be easy to throw Chicago into any number of categories. Everyone thinks they know Chicago; after all, it’s the third-largest city in America, the most prestigious foodie city in the country, the city of jazz, a comedian’s playground, an architect’s dream, a writer’s paradise. The list goes on. Only when walking the streets themselves do you realize there’s nothing categorical about the Windy City, especially as it continues to evolve.
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The Lanesborough, one of London’s most luxurious properties and part of Oetker Collection, offers a romantic afternoon tea experience alongside a hotel stay just in time for Valentine’s Day. Available Feb. 11, 12 and 14, Valentine’s Afternoon Tea features Rosé Champagne and a rose cake to share with that special someone.
Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.
A deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Türkiye and Syria Feb. 6, with more than 11,000 fatalities thus far reported. That number is expected to grow as rescue operations continue.