This October, acclaimed gay historian Andrew Lear of Oscar Wilde Tours leads travelers on an exploration of gay history and same-sex artistic treasures during a grand new expedition, Gay Italy: From Caesar to Michelangelo and Beyond. Slated for Oct. 9–18, the journey gets underway in Rome, where the secret lives of emperors are exposed, Caravaggio is celebrated and tours take in the settings made famous in legendary operas including Tosca. Next up is Naples and the erotic displays at the Gabinetto Segreto, a “secret museum” room located at the Naples National Archaeological Museum.
The tour continues to the stunning setting of the Amalfi Coast, Capri and south to the ancient Greek city of Paestum, with time to relish well-preserved Greek temples and homoerotic wall paintings. Florence and its collections of fabulous Renaissance art complete the tour. Lodging all along the way centers on stunning and unique hotels. Participants partake of authentic local cuisine and exquisite wines from three of Italy’s fabulous culinary regions, with treats that include pizza Margherita in the restaurant where it originated, delectable gelati, succulent handmade buffalo mozzarella, and heavenly local babà al limoncello cakes infused with lemon-flavored liqueur. Maximum group size is 18, and a single supplement may apply.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Hilton announced the signing of three managed resorts in Mexico — Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive Resort and Conrad Tulum — furthering the company’s all-inclusive and luxury expansion plans. Hilton has more than 70 hotels open and more than 30 in the development pipeline in Mexico.
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills created a Wellness Floor for health-focused guests. In a partnership with Delos Living, the fourth floor transformed into a wellness oasis boasting 10 Wellness Rooms, one Wellness Studio Suite, three Wellness Suites, a Private Fitness Suite and a Well Office. The spa, Cabana restaurant, pool deck and fitness center are also located on this floor. One of the hotel’s meeting and event spaces has also been converted into an innovative, wellness-focused event space.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Air France’s Ready to Fly pre-travel health document verification service offers customers the certainty of knowing they have all the health documents required for their destination before they arrive at the airport. Air France has worked to assist its customers throughout the pandemic by enabling them to easily check the health documents required by the authorities of their destination with information updated in real time on the airfrance.traveldoc.aero website. Air France’s Ready to Fly takes this one step further.