Like our new look? It’s subtle, a tweak here and a tweak there incorporated to personalize your experience with notes shared by our world-traveled writers and columnists. We’re also bringing back our popular chef profiles, this time with a focus on the chef’s professional experience and personal likes, dislikes, favorite dishes and go-to ingredients. Plus, we’re debuting a new column: Airport Update will keep you informed about new developments at airports around the world and share insider information about the best shopping, lounging, viewing and even touring options available to travelers. Another new feature, Hotel Update, profiles a different hotel brand in select issues. This month: Hilton Hotels Worldwide.
Speaking of airports, have you ever considered rerouting your travel to incorporate a stopover at a favorite destination or to maximize your mileage earnings? If so, our article about alternate airlines and airports will be of interest. And in the “time-flies-when-you’re-having-fun” category, we celebrate our 150th issue with a look back at highlights, favorite articles and the travel industry then and now.
We round out the issue with coverage of the meetings and incentives landscape in Sydney, tips on doing business in Paris and suggestions for adding on a bit of fun in the sun on Portugal’s Algarve coast. Plus, we check out the nightlife in Frankfurt; tour San Francisco with family in tow; cruise Alaska; kick back in Aruba; check out the business and investment climate in Lima and, on the homefront, Hilton Head Island; and explore Rome’s upscale Parioli neighborhood.
Let’s get started.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.