In June 2016, the Global Traveler and Trazee Travel team hopped in cars, trains and airplanes to journey to Prince William and Manassas, Va., for our annual staff conference, with a side of fun and history, to boot.
In addition to discussing the state of the business and what’s to come for the magazine and websites in 2017, we sampled the best of the best on offer in the historic region. From our base at the centrally located and business traveler-friendly Courtyard Manassas Battlefield Park, we traversed the county.
For a dose of history, the group visited Manassas National Battlefield Park, the location of two Civil War battles at Bull Run. In 1862 the Confederates won a solid victory at the Battle of Second Manassas, bringing them to the height of their power. The park is also celebrating the year-long centennial of the National Park Service. Another fascinating peek into the past came courtesy of Ben Lomond Historic Site, a plantation converted into a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of First Manassas.
Two unique venues hosted us, providing ample space and accommodations for all our meeting needs as well as some tasty libations: Winery at La Grange, a high-quality winery in a restored 1790 manor house; and KO Distilling, a craft distillery that opened its doors to the public in September 2015.
Standouts among many great meals included a visit to locally owned Irish pub Grafton Street, located in the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center and offering a wide selection of beers, cocktails and wines, and freshly made dishes; and Jirani Coffee House, a truly one-of-a-kind community within a community where artists, bakers, businesses and more come together to meet and network while enjoying delicious food and drink.
For history, fun, culinary delights, golf, business and much more, look no further than Prince William and Manassas, Va.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Southwest Airlines is adding new flights to, from and within Hawai’i, beginning mid-January 2020. The airline will add a new daily service between Sacramento International Airport and Honolulu (HON), plus new non-stop flights between Oakland (OAK) and San Jose (SJC) and both Kauai (LIH) and the Island of Hawai’i (KOA).
The Luxury Collection welcomes its eighth property in China with the opening of Na Lotus Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanning. The property is situated in the capital of the Guangxi Province, in a high-rise landmark building in the business district.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Qantas will start using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Sydney–Santiago route starting in late June 2020.