I hope all of you avid readers of Global Traveler enjoy this August issue as part of your summer travel planning. Most of you already selected your next best place to see, and now that things are normalizing around the world, you can reschedule those long-awaited in-person trips. Maybe you’re cruising the high seas or, like me, hanging at the beach and enjoying golf, sun and the shore.
We’ll spend part of our summer at the Global Business Travel Association convention in San Diego. In conjunction with GBTA, we mailed Global Traveler to every registered delegate and will distribute it throughout the convention center. Eight Global Traveler staffers, including yours truly, will descend on San Diego Convention Center to learn about the newest developments in travel.
Our cocktail reception at University Club Atop Symphony Towers will prove an intimate, award-winning success. We’ll present The Trazees awards — selected by the readers of our millennial platform, trazeetravel.com — marking the awards’ eighth year and our third time hosting an event at the club. Please join us Aug. 16.
On a personal note, I look forward to my daughter’s wedding at the historic Washington Crossing Inn in Washington Crossing,Pennsylvania—steps away from where Gen. George Washington crossed the Delaware River on Dec. 25, 1776, to defeat the Hessian mercenaries hired by the British. The wedding should be a much calmer event, but one never knows.
We are also planning for the GT Tested Reader Survey awards in December at a new venue to be announced soon. Global Traveler and the family of brands, globaltravelerusa.com, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com, will host three live events this year.
Face-to-face meetings are the only means for recovery. This proved true after 9/11 and the 2008 recession, and it’s the same today. Get out there and see your clients and let them know how much you value them.
On National Cheese Lover’s Day, Azamara announced a brand-new land program offering travelers the opportunity to experience a cheese-making workshop on Mount Rigi in the Swiss Alps.
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
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Meeting planners looking for a more environmentally conscious destination for their next event need look no further: Barcelona is it. Fira de Barcelona, one of Europe’s most important trade event organizations, commits to making events greener at facilities like CCIB, the Barcelona International Convention Center. By looking to local wind and solar sources, among other natural processes, Barcelona makes a significant impact by leaving smaller carbon footprints in the future by using zero-mile, or entirely local, energy.
Discover why Global Traveler readers named Cunard® the Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for seven consecutive years. For a limited time, book your voyage during Cunard’s Explore with More promotion and take advantage of lower fares*, up to $1,200 Onboard Credit†, Free Specialty Dining for Two^, 50% Reduced Deposit††, and more. Choose from an array of exciting journeys, including Transatlantic Crossings and voyages to Alaska, the Caribbean and Canada & New England.
Villa specialist Maya Luxe offers guests curated and bespoke accommodations in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This local company works with companies in the region to provide unique itineraries for guests to enjoy, from tequila tastings to cooking classes to in-house spa services. Unlike other rental companies, Maya Luxe caters to a high-end market in which homeowners enjoy a concierge service to help them provide the best experience for guests.
The United Family of Cards from Chase recently teamed with Timeshifter, a circadian technology platform, to launch the Jet Set & Reset pledge and sweepstakes, exclusive to United MileagePlus members. Members who take the pledge in 2023 will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize from three potential prize categories.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.