July Cover Battle Our July issue highlighted the winners of our inaugural Trazees, the awards distributed by our sister web publication, trazeetravel.com. Our cover showcased Maui, one of the winning destinations. Our alternate was a fun cover shot from Munich. Which did you prefer? Maui is a beautiful destination; and while I understand you were trying to incorporate the nature of the award into the image, there must be pictures that better capture the beauty of the destination. I thought the Munich image was fun, a little kitschy and vastly different from your normal covers. It made me smile and was definitely my favorite of the two options. Leslie Grafton, via email
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
For the third year in a row, Global Traveler feted the world’s best leisure destinations, airlines, cruises and hotel groups at its annual Leisure Travel Awards celebration. For the second time, GT honored the winners of these prestigious awards at the Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean with themed cuisine and spectacular sunset views high above Santa Monica in the rooftop penthouse.