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!
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Charleston, South Carolina, with us.
Are you looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own refined adventure of a lifetime. You can custom order your new Volvo, tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Velas Resorts’ new Group Takeover Program offers a spin on the classic working vacation. With so many industries going fully remote and leaving the office for good, companies can now take advantage of the flexibility with offers like Velas Resorts Group Takeover Program, guaranteeing exclusive, private use of the hotel for corporate functions, meetings and group events.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Atlantis, The Palm offers global guests staying five or more nights the opportunity to claim back the cost of their respective countries’ departure PCR test now through April 30, 2021. Many travelers are required to present a negative PCR test before arriving in the UAE, and the luxury resort will give back the full cost of the tests for two guests per room to spend as in-resort credit. For a PCR test that costs up to $190, two guests will receive the full amount back to spend at the resort, including food and beverage, spa or waterpark experiences.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Premium travelers know the benefits of holding a first- or business- class ticket extend beyond those front-of-the-craft cabins boasting lie-flat seats, fine dining and top-shelf wines and liquors. Yes, extra baggage allowances and access to priority check-in, security, boarding and luggage retrieval also make the travel experience more pleasant. Perhaps the perk experienced flyers most appreciate, however, is access to airport lounges.