One of California’s most sought-after destinations has a host of updates throughout 2020.
Through new meeting spaces, new dining and entirely new hotels, Carlsbad, California, is using 2020 as an opportunity to redefine itself for travelers considering it as a destination.
One of the biggest boons coming to Carlsbad is the massive expansion of meeting space. Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is adding a new ballroom this year with more than 30,000 square feet of space. The property already boasts 46 meeting rooms.
A major icon of the Carlsbad hotel scene, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa is embarking on a massive renovation expected for completion later this year. The $50 million renovation includes upgrades to all guestrooms and suites as well as the property’s meeting rooms. It is also enhancing the lobby entrance area, spa, pools and golf clubs.
Finally, The Cassara Carlsbad is a new boutique hotel already welcoming guests. It offers 90 guestrooms and plans to add 29 suites this year. The hotel offers a private Legoland entrance, making it a good spot for families with kids.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Escape to Italy’s Gavi region and settle in for one of the new experiential summer stay offerings within the peaceful setting of Locanda La Raia. The intimately proportioned, 12-room boutique mansion hotel is located between the cities of Milan and Genoa. The setting? A 180-hectare estate comprised of vineyards, meadows and forests of chestnut trees, elderflower and acacia, all of which provide a habitat for birds and wildlife.
The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua recently announced the final phase of a $100 million resort-wide transformation, set to be unveiled by the end of 2022. Located across 54 acres of pristine, wide-open space overlooking Honokahua Bay, The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is a sanctuary for guests seeking a luxurious escape.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
The best food tours go beyond reliving a newly arrived traveler of having to figure out which restaurant or bar to hit first. They also provide context in explaining how a destination’s crops and cuisine tie in with a place’s historical events and different populations. During a vacation in Iceland, 20-year veteran tour guide and proud Madeira native Jaqueline Freitas was reminded of this when she put herself in the hands of a savvy Reykjavik guide leading a street food tour.