As we quickly move toward the end of the year, I want to send a personal thank you for helping Global Traveler exceed its aggressive goals for fiscal 2013 — and they were many.
Our cover shines the spotlight on our 10th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards along with the Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year awards. We will induct many of these travel professionals into our Hall of Fame for winning the same award 10 consecutive years. We hope more will enter the Hall of Fame next year — a true benchmark for consistent service. Consistency is a hallmark of Global Traveler and is what we expect from airlines, hotels and travel services.
We will celebrate the award winners Dec. 10 at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. We have a history of hosting events at The Peninsula, and it is only fitting to continue this tradition for the 10th awards ceremony at the property you voted Best Hotel in the United States.
There’s exciting news from GT’s World Headquarters: In January 2014, we will launch a Mandarin Chinese-language edition of this publication. China Global Traveler will reach out to Chinese luxury business travelers in their own language and address their needs as they travel within China and around the globe.
Walk into Tiffany & Co. in New York or Louis Vuitton in Paris and you will see China’s growing consumer class shopping and bringing back what the world has to offer to Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou. At the same time, they are conducting business and contributing to the world’s economic growth. China Global Traveler will accompany them in their world travels, offering advice on selecting a business-class seat, a 5-star hotel, the best restaurants for entertaining clients and the finest wines.
This coming year, I will be stepping up my travel to China and other exciting destinations around the world — the Seychelles and Beirut, to name just a few.
Enjoy the December issue and, again, many thanks for making Global Traveler a truly global success! See you at The Peninsula Beverly Hills — and happy holidays!
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
With the holidays right around the corner, travelers are preparing for holiday travels. For those looking for a last-minute getaway filled with holiday cheer, consider Croatia. With a variety of winter activities perfect for travelers and locals alike, the Christmas countdown in Croatia is in full swing. Leading up to Christmas, Advent in Croatia makes it even more worth your while to visit the country with free winter incentives. If you plan on visiting Croatia, here are five cities going all out for the holiday season: