Imagine commuting at a speed of, well, faster than a speeding bullet. You’d feel like Superman right? The concept isn’t that far-fetched.
During a test run this week, Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train hit a top speed of 603 kilometers per hour (374.69 mph), marking a new world record. Maglev, or magnetic levitation, trains “float” over guiding tracks utilizing magnetic technology to replace steel wheels and tracks.
The test run was one in a series of milestones as Central Japan Railway moves toward its goal of cutting the current travel time between Tokyo and Nagoya (about 177 miles) to 40 minutes by 2027. Current travel time via an existing bullet train servicing the route is about an hour and a half.
The new world record will likely come into play during an upcoming U.S. visit by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has expressed interest in perfecting and distributing the technology internationally.
I arrived in Mexico City on a sunny late afternoon and zipped through light traffic from Benito Juarez International Airport to the heart of Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma. Four Seasons Mexico City sits in the middle of the bustling area; but once you arrive in the covered driveway, you are transported into a sense of calm, art and luxury.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Windstar Cruises introduces a new point and tier system to its Yacht Club loyalty program to provide recognition and rewards for guests who continue to sail with Windstar. Its loyalty program always provided special benefits, like a 5 percent discount on all voyages, a $100 shipboard credit referral gift, early notification on new ports and itineraries, private sales and more.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises contracted Danish company CleanCoat A/S to employ its ACT CleanCoat solution across all Uniworld-owned ships. This makes Uniworld the first river cruise company to adopt this solution, renowned for its ability to render surfaces self-disinfecting after one application.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
Singapore Airlines returns to New York City (JFK) Nov. 9 with its launch of non-stop flights between the Big Apple and Singapore (SIN). An Airbus A350-900 long-range aircraft will service the route, with 42 business-, 24 premium-economy and 187 economy-class seats. Currently, Singapore Airlines is operating non-stop flights to Los Angeles (LAX). The airline will continue to review its operations to the United States and assess demand before reinstating more U.S. flights.
I took a much-needed vacation to somewhere I’d never been before but had heard about for years: Montana. We chose The Resort at Paws Up outside of Missoula, as it blends miles of open land and outdoor activities with luxury accommodation and service.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Hyatt plans to expand its luxury portfolio in the Asia Pacific region with several new openings and a strong development pipeline. Its luxury portfolio presence in the region will grow by nearly 15 percent with recent openings and expected 2021 openings.