It is a pleasure to present our December issue and the results of the 2016 GT Tested Reader Survey. I cannot believe this marks the 13th annual awards, and we are excited to hold the event at The Peninsula Beverly Hills for the sixth consecutive year.
You have selected so many great award winners based on your travel all around the world. I cannot agree with your selections more, in view of my globetrotting this year while working and relaxing.
On a recent trip I once again packed my Briggs & Riley rollaboard; I have had it for years, but it still looks like new. When I depart for a multi-event trip, it is a challenge to get in my suit, casual clothing, shoes, golf balls, golf apparel and golf shoes. All the added “stuff” makes my bag heavy — much to the chagrin of anyone who attempts to move it — but it still easily fits in the overhead. I see why the Briggs & Riley brand outperforms for our readership.
I hope you enjoy my review of the Santo da Serra Golf Club in Madeira, Portugal. I spent my birthday in Madeira, flying the award-winning service of TAP Portugal via Lisbon. Driving was a hoot, scaling narrow mountain roads in the smallest car I could find. I tested my prowess with a manual transmission, downshifting through S-turns on this beautiful island off the coast of Morocco. TAP expanded its footprint in the United States, adding key gateways like Boston to its mix this summer.
Two months ago, Global Traveler’s Globility Board met in Los Angeles to review new products, concepts and ideas on the travel subjects we are passionate about. United Airlines introduced its new Polaris business class. Named for the North Star which has guided travelers for centuries, Polaris is United’s new flagship service for international flights. Maria Walter, managing director, product and brand strategy, United, flew in for a comprehensive presentation of the new product, services and logistics.
Saudia led the second presentation to showcase its new Boeing 787 global service, its new business class and particularly its new first-class suite. The team from Saudia presented several videos of the 787 Dreamliner and its premium classes to the oohs and aahs of the Globility Board. As many board members frequently travel to the Middle East, they were intently interested in this new product.
Enjoy reading our December issue, which showcases the best in travel. I look forward to a fruitful 2017!
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.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
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 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.
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.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.