IRELAND’S TOURISM INDUSTRY has grown steadily for years, reaching record numbers in 2016 with 9.5 million trips to the Emerald Isle. Dublin exudes an independence and quaint allure, from its ancient bridges over the River Liffey to winding cobblestone streets.
Temple Bar Square offers a unique blend of upscale dining, shopping, history and urban flair. The neighborhood, revived in the 1980s as a cultural hub, expands from the south bank of the River Liffey to Dame Street, Trinity College and Fishamble Street.
Residing on more than 40 acres of sprawling green, Trinity College boasts incredible architecture and history. The impressive buildings, dating back to the 1500s, retain one of the finest historic landmarks in the Temple Bar District: Trinity College Library.
Steps from the Trinity College lawn, The Bank on the Green bar and restaurant occupies a beautiful stone building once an Irish bank, maintaining an incredibly ornate décor and serving libations and farm-to-table cuisine. Chefs and servers make use of the bank vault for food service, as a blinking light on the vault door alerts servers when food is ready.
Dame Street runs parallel to the River Liffey through the Temple Bar District, offering sophisticated dining at The Ivy and historic sights such as Dublin Castle and City Hall. A five-minute walk away, Grafton Street, famous for high-end shopping, boasts a picturesque pedestrian walkway.
Encounter Ireland’s rich and rugged history, proudly displayed throughout the city with memorials to countless revolutions, uprising and unifications. Landmarks of Ireland’s revolutionary and literary history make up the bulk of Dublin, melding into the city’s culture and allure.
The Northside and Southside economic/cultural divide is still evident in Dublin, with the River Liffey acting as a border. The recent roadwork in Dublin’s city center ultimately will inch toward closing that divide by offering more accessible and affordable public transportation between the two sides.
To say Dublin is a city bursting at the seams with activity and charm is an understatement. Luckily, this city is easily walkable and brims with idyllic accommodations for visitors.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.