Lots of exciting news for those who travel a great deal — Brussels Airlines announced their newest flight, from Belgium to Washington, D.C., launches June 17, the first-ever direct service between the U.S. capital and the capital of the E.U. They will operate a night flight which will arrive at Dulles after 10 p.m. daily.
China Airlines purchased six new Boeing 777-300ER passenger planes to expand its fleet, leasing four of the aircraft in December for the North American and European routes. The 777 is the most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. It is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, produces 22 percent less CO2 per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat. Kudos to China Airlines for raising the bar for passenger comfort!
Last month, we conducted our first Globility Board meeting at The Benjamin Hotel in Manhattan. Ten of the 20 members joined the sessions, which included presentations from and feedback to Lufthansa, South African Airways, Denihan Hospitality and Global Traveler. Lisa Matte led the session on GT. We all learned invaluable information from this well-traveled group of subscribers. The next issue of GT will highlight key findings and images from the day’s activities. The next Globility Board meeting is in the works.
One item discussed was overseas delivery. Several board members had flown to Europe to pick up their brand-new Mercedes, Volvo or Audi. Driving the car through Europe, however, is only half the fun. Board member Steve White says the best experience is picking the vehicle up at the overseas delivery location and being pampered by the auto manufacturer. There really is nothing like it in the world.
I recently returned from trips to Chicago, Los Angeles and Montréal, followed by a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas to the Western Caribbean out of Port New Orleans. We were fortunate to secure a suite, which got us on the ship swiftly and afforded us other onboard perks. The service and food were wonderful! New Orleans was also fantastic — we caught the beginning of Mardi Gras and had great meals at Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant on Tchoupitoulas Street and Restaurant Revolution in the French Quarter.
Get out there, buy a car in Europe, take a cruise, fly to wherever, eat at great restaurants. There is a lot to do, and it is ever-changing, y’all!
Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.
Without visiting, it’d be easy to throw Chicago into any number of categories. Everyone thinks they know Chicago; after all, it’s the third-largest city in America, the most prestigious foodie city in the country, the city of jazz, a comedian’s playground, an architect’s dream, a writer’s paradise. The list goes on. Only when walking the streets themselves do you realize there’s nothing categorical about the Windy City, especially as it continues to evolve.
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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.
The Lanesborough, one of London’s most luxurious properties and part of Oetker Collection, offers a romantic afternoon tea experience alongside a hotel stay just in time for Valentine’s Day. Available Feb. 11, 12 and 14, Valentine’s Afternoon Tea features Rosé Champagne and a rose cake to share with that special someone.
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.
A deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Türkiye and Syria Feb. 6, with more than 11,000 fatalities thus far reported. That number is expected to grow as rescue operations continue.