By the time you receive this issue, I will have returned from Tahiti, traveling on award-winning airline Air Tahiti Nui and spending nearly all our time on the island of Bora Bora, with stays at the Four Seasons and The St. Regis. Bora Bora took an award in our newly created Leisure Travel Awards. The winners were announced in our Leisure Lifestyle Book, which you should have received in April.
I want to say thank you to all our readers who won items in our annual auction benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which ended May 1. I have been elected to the LLS Board of Trustees this year, so your support means a great deal to me personally. Once you hear the stories of those whose lives have been touched by blood cancer, you cannot help being moved to lend a hand.
Looking ahead, I have a fall crossing from Southampton, England, to New York on the Queen Mary 2. I was on the ship last year for my birthday, and they really made a fuss, so I felt a repeat performance was in order. We live in a world in which we go everywhere looking like we are about to clean the basement, but dressing for dinner — which Cunard recently reinforced — is really a treat. There are many types of cruises, and I encourage you to experience the best of them.
As we gear up for the 10-year anniversary of Global Traveler, I want to thank all of you who have supported us from day one and welcome those who have found us along the way. Our 10th-year GT Tested awards anniversary is planned at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and a handful of travel vendors have cut the mustard to be tops for 10 years — that is, if you select them for 2013! In the running for our 10-year Hall of Fame are Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, United MileagePlus, and Membership Rewards Program by American Express. Make sure you cast your vote online at globaltravelerusa.com/gt-tested-awards-ballot.
Have a great May, and brush off your tux and join in our 10-year anniversary celebration!
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
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.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
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.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Reykjavik with us.