I have wanted to visit Israel for a long time but never nailed down the trip. This time, it is a done deal, and I’ll be heading there this fall.
There are so many options for flying to Israel: changing planes in Europe, changing planes in Canada or even in the United States. But after years and years of doing exactly that (sometimes flying over a destination only to change planes and fly back), I am done! I am looking forward to an efficient, non-stop flight on EL AL Israel Airlines to Tel Aviv.
The Waldorf Astoria recently opened in Jerusalem, and I cannot think of a better way to explore and experience this religious and historic city. Hilton continues to have a lot of tricks up its sleeve, from innovation with apps for keyless entry to room selection before you arrive. Jeff Diskin is one of the Hilton executives pushing for continual improvement in the customer experience and the ease of accessing your room.
I also want to hit the links in Israel. Golfers who travel are always looking for that different golf experience, and this surely is one: Nowhere else can you drive a ball over terrain where Jesus once walked. I’ll add this to my many golf experiences such as playing near the pyramids in Cairo and midnight-sun golfing during the summer solstice in Finland.
We just came off a whirlwind introduction of Rafie Iannello to Global Traveler’s Pacific Rim operations, including a “getting to know you” trip with Kim Krol, managing editor, followed by an introduction to how we do business on the East Coast with scheduled meetings in New York and a day at World Headquarters. We are all looking forward to Rafie’s contributions to the magazine.
While I have your undivided attention, let me introduce you to GT Select Hotels & Resorts. Perhaps you already found it, as it debuted online this summer at globaltravelerusa.com/gt-select-hotels. GT Select is our hand-selected online directory of the best luxury hotels and resorts around the world. Take a look at the great properties listed on this exciting new feature when booking your next stay.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
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.
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.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.