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!
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
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.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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 adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile 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.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.