On the Ground: Because it was a late flight, I avoided the stress of dealing with the usual traffic from Manhattan to JFK. And as expected, only a few people stood in line for Saga Club check-in. I had checked in online, so I just needed to drop off my suitcase at the counter. It was taken care of without any delays, and I headed straight to the security line.
Pre-Flight: I was directed to the Galleries Lounge to briefly relax before my flight. Overall, the space was clean, with multiple counters offering different light snacks and drinks. Although I was not too hungry, I grabbed a few pieces of fruit and a soft drink and made some calls. I was excited about my first trip to Iceland and ready for my surprisingly short flight — a little more than five hours. Right at boarding time, I walked to my gate, eager to start my adventure.
In-Flight: The seats were spacious in business class, although they only reclined and did not lie flat. There were plenty of entertainment options as well as WiFi. I was ready to eat my dinner and take a quick nap. I ended up skipping the Parma ham and blue cheese starter. Although I expected some seafood options for the main course, I was delighted with my Indian chicken breast entrée. I reclined my seat and rested under the warm blanket while watching two consecutive movies and staying in contact with the world 30,000 feet below.
◆ You can stay connected the entire time you’re on board.
◆ I highly recommend Icelandair’s stopover promotion. Plus, the duty-free purchase of alcohol during your stay is smart and cost-effective.
◆ Book your flight earlier in the day if possible. Otherwise, you arrive early in the morning and your hotel may not accommodate an early check-in.
◆ Look for Icelandair Hotels throughout the island for clean, comfortable and convenient locations.
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 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.
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 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.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
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.