In 1967, Atlanta architect and developer John Portman gave the city — my city — a certified civic symbol. It wasn’t as tall as the Empire State Building or as grand as the Golden Gate Bridge. But the new Hyatt Regency Atlanta, with the first-ever atrium lobby and a revolving restaurant on the top floor, shattered the old hotel mold. At the Hyatt, hallways had turned into balconies, and guests were encouraged to indulge in some “indoor sightseeing” — watching people ride up and down the glass-bubble elevators, for example, or sip cocktails amid the ferns and fountains below.
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.