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!
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.