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!
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
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.
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.
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.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
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.
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.