It’s been a while in the making, but HomePod is finally here. The hybrid device will compete with Google Echo and Amazon Home as a voice-controlled AI assistant while also taking on high-end wireless speakers such as Sonos and Haim. Apple is selling the device based on its great audio quality, and it seems like an elegant solution for music fans who want amazing sound as well as voicecommand capabilities. Buy two for different rooms or use them in the same space for stereo sound. $349.
AWAY: THE BIGGER CARRY-ON
Luggage startup Away took the industry by storm when it released its affordable luxury range, featuring the 46 liter-capacity The Bigger Carry-On. It fits in the overhead bins of all major airlines while giving you enough space for all of your stuff and comes with a built-in battery pack for charging your devices on the move. Luckily, it complies with new rules on batteries that saw rival brands banned by airlines. Available in eight colors, the bag comes with a lifetime guarantee. $245.
LOGITECH MX MASTER 2S ERGONOMIC MOUSE
The demands of the world of work evolved far more rapidly than the human body in recent decades, making fatigue and injury from using computer equipment for long periods a worry for many people. One way to cut down on tendon and muscle fatigue is to invest in an ergonomic mouse, such as this offering from peripherals heavyweight Logitech. It connects over Bluetooth or wireless USB for convenience and works on any surface, including glass. Its large body is designed to fit every hand comfortably, and the rechargeable battery lasts 70 days. $99.99.
DJI MAVIC AIR
If you don’t need a professional-quality drone but you’re looking for something more impressive than entry-level models, the new DJI Mavic Air is perfect. It’s incredibly portable, making it great for outdoors enthusiasts, and it’s easy to fly. Once you’ve got the hang of the controls, you can fly at an incredible top speed of 42 mph while shooting stabilized 4K video. $799.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.