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!
Experience the best of Italy with the new 10-day City and Coast Getaway. Travelers begin their trip with a luxury stay at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese before moving onto Abruzzo’s Castello Di Semivicoli.
There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*
National Rum Day is right around the corner on Aug.16, meaning it’s time to start planning your celebration. Sandals Resorts, the all-inclusive Caribbean resort company, shares recipes from mixologists, allowing rum fans to celebrate as if they are staying on property.
Until Aug. 21, catch the museum premier of Bonnie Lautenberg: Art Meets Hollywood at Boca Raton Museum of Art. After learning one of the large-scale red paintings created by artist Lucio Fontana was the result of his viewing of the 1964 film Red Desert (directed by Michelangelo Antonioni), Lautenberg set out to discover other instances where filmmakers and artists knowingly — or perhaps unknowingly — had an effect on one another’s work.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
Vacations providing travelers with opportunities to improve their mental and physical wellbeing continues to rise in demand as more and more hotels and resorts create offerings centered around wellbeing. ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, a resort boasting programming paying homage to Hawai’i’s rich culture and heritage, recently debuted a variety of new offerings focused on cultural experiences and holistic wellness.
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Summerlin, Las Vegas, recently announced plans to completely transform its dining space, entertainment offerings and gaming experiences with new additions. Currently underway, new concepts like the famed Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam and the new Greek restaurant Naxos Taverna will soon join the resort.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Scenic Group launched its Second Guest Sail Free offer on a variety of ocean and river cruises on both the Scenic and Emerald Cruises lines. This new offer applies to all Europe and Asia river cruise departures through June 30, 2023.