Happy anniversary, Global Traveler. Over the past 12 years, the publication has firmly established itself as the leading magazine for frequent, savvy travelers, and the ultimate source for travel information. That’s why it is so important for us to reach the GT reader, and why it’s the ultimate testament and honor for two of our Chase cards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card and the Marriott Rewards Credit Card, to be continually recognized in the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. Our partnership with the magazine is a valuable one, and we look forward to many continued years working together.
Vibhat Nair, general manager, Chase Bank Credit Cards
Congratulations to Global Traveler on its 12th anniversary. I enjoyed the evolution of the magazine over the years, which now includes an online edition. I particularly like the destination articles that feature great photography combined with practical travel tips. It is a truly international publication featuring destinations from all over the world, and this global perspective is highlighted in the scope of the annual reader survey awards. Keep up the good work!
Sinead El Sibai, vice president, Marketing, Dubai Duty Free
We have been working with Global Traveler for a long time and are happy to see GT has constantly improved itself during these years, becoming an even stronger voice in the travel industry.
Cenk Ocal, general manager, Turkish Airlines
Over the past 12 years, EVA Air has worked with and gotten to know Global Traveler and its staff. We congratulate Publisher and CEO Francis X. Gallagher for charting the right course through sometimes choppy markets. We also applaud him for having the wisdom to assemble an awesome staff. These smart, capable people are both a pleasure to work with and the secret sauce to Global Traveler’s success.
K.W. Nieh, spokesperson, EVA Air, and executive officer, Public Relations, Evergreen Group
The Chicago Department of Aviation offers its congratulations to Global Traveler and CEO Francis X. Gallagher on 12 successful years as the premier publication for international travelers. We also are grateful to Global Traveler readers for selecting O’Hare International Airport as the Best Airport in North America for the past 12 years, and for O’Hare’s induction in the Hall of Fame.
Ginger S. Evans, commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation
For 12 years, Global Traveler has provided readers insight into the world of luxury and business travel. Like Global Traveler, from check-in to landing, Alitalia is committed to providing the best travel experience for our customers. We are proud to celebrate this milestone with a publication that shares our values. Happy anniversary!
Maria Sacconi, vice president, regional manager, North America, Alitalia
Happy 12th birthday, Global Traveler! We at oneworld are just a few years older than you. Our airline alliance was a 5-year-old toddler when Global Traveler came into being. My, how we’ve both grown! Back then, oneworld brought together eight airlines collectively serving slightly more than 500 destinations with 7,900 daily departures by a combined fleet of 1,940 carrying 220 million passengers a year. Today we feature 15 great carriers who can take you to more than 1,000 cities in 150-plus countries on 14,500 daily departures by 3,400 aircraft used by 512 million customers a year. Like Global Traveler, we are in the business to make life easier for frequent international travelers by understanding, recognizing and caring for their travel needs. We are proud they, your readers, voted oneworld their favorite airline alliance for the past six years in Global Traveler’s GT Tested Reader Survey awards — that’s half your Global Traveler lifetime! Here’s to them! Here’s to Global Traveler! And here’s to another 12 great years and more ahead!
Stephen Usery, vice president, Commercial, oneworld
Global Traveler is a significant publication that provides valuable information to travelers worldwide. In addition, the magazine is a useful resource for providing trends in the travel industry.
Danny Saadon, vice president/general manager, EL AL Israel Airlines, North and Central America
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced plans to take over an existing hotel in Switzerland. The property is undergoing extensive renovations in preparation to open at the end of next year as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern. The property was previously Hotel Palace Luzern, on the shores of Lake Lucerne and in the heart of the city; it originally opened in 1906.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
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.