Our favorite newcomer from the it’s-about-time-someone-thought-of-that department, the Bheestie Bag removes moisture from personal electronics, including cameras and mobile phones. Spill your drink on your phone? Drop your PDA in the pool? Just remove the battery, toss it in the bag and zip it shut. Bheestie’s powerful moisture-absorbing beads physically pull the liquid right out. Presto — your gadgets are saved! Lasts up to a year, depending on use. How cool is that? $20.
Like the idea of a Kindle but prefer to maintain some of the vestiges of “old-fashioned” books? The brand-new Blio is the first eReader to preserve the image-rich format of books and magazines, including their layout, typesetting, images, color and graphics, while also supporting full media functionality, including video, graphics and Web links. Through a partnership with Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of print and digital books, Blio offers a library of more than 1.2 million titles across genres; purchased books are stored in your personal virtual library, giving you limitless access to their downloaded content. This library seamlessly migrates from one device to another, allowing you to begin a book on a home PC, then pick up where you left off on a mobile device. For 2010, Blio will run on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile and iPhone operating systems. Prepare to be wowed. Free.
Nikon COOLPIX L110
One of the newest COOLPIX cameras from industry stalwart Nikon, the L110 is optimized for action shots, high-powered zoom and simple operation. A full-featured long-zoom camera at a great price, the COOLPIX L110 owes its versatility to its incredible 15x Optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens. Covering a focal length from a wide 28mm to 420mm super-telephoto, the lens’ broad focal range can capture everything from action photos to stunning landscapes. It also features Sport Continuous Mode, allowing you to capture the best highlights from the stands or the sidelines. The power-efficient L110 digital camera can shoot approximately 840 still images or record seven hours of HD video. Available in red or black. $279.95.
5BARz Road Warrior
Here’s another idea whose day has finally come: the first consumer-ready, portable plug-and-play cell signal booster. A winner of the International CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Awards, the patent-pending 5BARz Road Warrior delivers full cell phone signal strength and up to 20 times faster Internet speeds (including 3G) in “dread” zones with the weakest network carrier coverage. The device can be used anywhere that power is available, including cars and hotel rooms. And unlike conventional, professional-grade cell phone boosters, the 5BARz Road Warrior requires no installation, external cables or antennas. $299.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
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.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.