As the travel industry finds itself in the midst of the first peak travel season since the beginning of the pandemic, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts commissioned a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers to learn more about business travel habits, learning 65 percent of Millennials, aged 25–44 years old, and 59 percent of Gen Z, ages 18–24 years old, prefer to work for a company offering frequent travel or flexible blended travel as a perk. Blended travel is the combination of business travel with leisure travel.
As a result, plans to open new Crowne Plaza hotels were accelerated — 107, in fact, for an additional 27,342 Guest Rooms — in the next three years. Additionally, there are plans to renovate 50 percent of the Crowne Plaza portfolio consisting of more than 400 hotels. As the brand sees an uptick in business travel across the board, several properties lead the blended travel way, including the Crowne Plaza HY36 Midtown Manhattan, the Crowne Plaza North Augusta, the Crowne Plaza Asheville and new properties in Vietnam, Hungary, Poland and Australia. These new Crowne Plaza properties each have distinctive style that meet the needs of today’s modern business traveler, whether they seek a dedicated workspace or one with a social setting.
In order to better identify the needs of its guests who seek combined business and leisure travel, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts launched The Future of Blended Travel white paper, identifying four emerging sub-trends:
- Reworking Work: Traveling to hotels or resorts in exotic locations as a base for remote flexible working
- Hybrid Living, Hybrid Lives: Increasing numbers of business travelers plan to extend work travel with leisure days, with flexibility the key element, enabled by new work practices
- Upskilling and Side-Hustles: Upskillers and Side Hustlers use travel to fuel inspiration, feed curiosity and enable connections
- A New Care Economy: Families, including children and grandparents, want to travel now more than ever before
Crowne Plaza destinations meet the needs of this new type of traveler with purposefully designed services and spaces that match a blended lifestyle. Its Plaza Workspace provide spaces for solo and collaborative work, including The Studio, which allow guests to work, eat and play in a dynamic environment. WorkLife Guest Rooms combine comfort, connectivity and flexibility across distinct areas that maximize space for all of guests’ needs.
Holiday Inn® hotels also delivers for blended travelers, offering warmth, trust and familiarity. The brand has nearly 1,200 hotels globally, including more than 500 properties across the United States. Great sleep, flexible meeting spaces, complimentary business services and a fitness center earn Holiday Inn hotels a spot among the most trusted travel brands. Travelers can also find full-service restaurants and bars, 24/7 sundry shops and markets, inviting lobbies and multifunction Guest Rooms.
Find flexibility in the future of your business travel with Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn hotels and all brands within the IHG® Hotels & Resorts family.
Pantone recently unveiled its color of the year for 2023. The highly anticipated announcement has become a tradition, each year introducing a new color to represent the coming year. In 2021, Pantone declared 2022 to be the color of Very Peri 17-3938, a blend of purple and blue. For 2023, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva magenta 18-1750. A shade from the red family, this color represents a new signal of strength. Brave and fearless, Viva Magenta is rooted in nature and embraces joy and celebration.
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.
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
At nearly 30,000 square feet, United Airlines’ newest United ClubSM now welcomes Newark Liberty International Airport travelers with its modern design, enhanced amenities, culinary offerings, locally sourced art and furniture and Manhattan skyline views. Seek airport solace at the new location in Terminal C3, near Gate C123.
If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
A giant, sparkling white fir tree and decadent holiday brunch in a historic Rocky Mountain setting? Please and thank you! It’s all happening at historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. Guests will be greeted by sparkle and light as they enter — the hotel’s enormous lobby tree is a local tradition, chosen each year through a partnership with Native Nursery in the nearby town of Golden.
ISN’T IT TIME? It's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve, and Celebrity Cruises® offers the perfect escapes. With an award-winning fleet of ships that sail to more than 300 destinations around the world, Celebrity will take you almost anywhere you want to go in style. Enjoy stunning staterooms and suites, culinary experiences imagined by Michelin-starred chefs and intuitive service. Celebrity makes sure your vacation is effortless from the start, which is why drinks, WiFi and tips are Always IncludedSM on every sailing.
Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.