FOLLOW THE GUIDEBOOKS in your next destination and they will likely have you pound the pavement in an effort to uncover the hottest of the crowded restaurants or the priciest of the charming boutiques without even breaking a sweat. While there’s something to be said for shopping locally and supporting small businesses, cities often go only partially explored when visitors stick to the concrete pathways and brick-and-mortar establishments within their borders. A destination’s green spaces are often the lifeblood of the city, acting as a place where locals and visitors can breathe in fresh air, commune with nature and maybe even embark on an adventure or two.
Green spaces are becoming essential for urban environments, generally funded and maintained by the city in an effort to help filter urban pollutants while improving overall well-being and quality of life. Tour operators and hotels get behind these spaces in a big way by offering unique experiences for visitors and guests to get out in the open air and see the city in a different light.
In Florida, World of Hyatt loyalty members can use their points to book bespoke experiences in the wilderness with a guided hike through an oldgrowth forest outside Pembroke Pines through Hyatt’s new FIND experience platform. The platform recently launched in cities around the world with exciting tours and experiences to encourage Hyatt guests to get out and explore more of their destinations.
“These immersive local experiences speak to various facets of well-being and encourage members to feel at their best while enhancing the mind, body and spirit,” said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt. “Members are able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points by partaking in these authentic, exclusive experiences that encourage travelers to adventure into the beauty and nature that surrounds their destination, whether that’s in their home market or where they travel.”
In New York City, visitors can indulge in a hearty, farm-fresh breakfast at The Bar Downstairs and Kitchen at Andaz 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and then be transported moments later into the pristine waterways of Cold Spring Harbor for a guided kayak trip through a beautiful landscape. Other options include taking a guided hike with Ambassador Wolves in Frazier Park, California, or enjoying a meditative walk through nature with a forest therapy guide in Chicago, Illinois.
Lynott Tours offers insights into some of Ireland’s and the United Kingdom’s best gardens, including tours through Ardkinglas Woodland Garden and Crarae in Scotland and the famous Chelsea Flower Show in England. The Old Town Trolley sightseeing tour in Boston drops passengers off at the Boston Common for a chance to wander around the nation’s oldest city park, and many other parks around the world are free and open for visitors to stop and smell the flowers while exploring on self-guided, self-paced tours.
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.
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 Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with us.
As of July 23, St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is open and ready for travelers. With new precautions, protocols and guidelines regarding guest and staff safety, health and wellness, the resort confidently welcomes travelers to the beloved resort, while showcasing refreshed overwater villas and Iridium Spa.
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.
Barbados is now accepting applications for its new 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a special visa that provides remote workers with an opportunity to transport their home office by relocating to Barbados for up to a year. Learn more.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Beginning Aug. 1, travelers from around the world flying Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi will be required to show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a list of approved testing facilities and ICA approval if Abu Dhabi is the end destination. The PCR test must be carried out within 96 hours prior to arrival in Abu Dhabi and a negative test result certificate must be shown to board.