I’m fascinated by one of the products featured on this month’s Technology page.
Muuzii is an instant language translator. Through a combination of artificial intelligence and 24/7 access to a team of skilled linguists, the service provides real-time translation via text messaging. In its current incarnation, Muuzii can translate English to Spanish, Spanish to English, and English to Chinese. The service even identifies and accurately translates colloquialisms. Imagine the potential, not just in terms of on-the-spot translations but also as a low-impact means of gaining new language skills.
GT contributor Allison Voigts, author of “A Changing China,” is well-traveled throughout the world, and especially Asia, so her Chinese language skills may be top-notch. Still, in a bind, a service like Muuzii might come in handy. Also in this issue, our skilled team of contributors report on a roster of destinations around the world including Munich, Penang, Kerala, Genoa, Taipei, Helsinki, Acapulco, New York City and Paris.
And don’t miss the photo recap of our festive party during the Global Business Travel Association’s annual convention in Los Angeles. Staff and guests alike embraced the Casablanca vibe at Rick’s Place in the quirky Figueroa Hotel, donning fedoras and fezzes.
Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.
COMO Hotels and Resorts offers travelers new immersive luxury retreats for 2022. Perfect for couples, small groups or solo travelers, the new COMO Journeys are available to book in Australia, Bhutan, Indonesia and Thailand.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
Anantara Chiang Mai, the deluxe resort on the banks of Thailand’s Mae Ping River, relaunched the city’s most famous high tea experience, served on the terrace of the 100-year-old British Consulate that today houses the resort’s Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar.
The Hotel Bel-Air hosts a new end-of-summer BBQ with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck on the lawn of the hotel. The event is back after a three-year hiatus, set to take place Sept. 6. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening featuring backyard-style barbeque and seasonal summer favorites.
Sweet tea. Soul food. Y'all. Sound familiar? Though these words and phrases are commonly associated with the South, it's understood in any language. If you're seeking a city abroad that will enchant you, capture your attention from start to finish and welcome everyone as family, we cordially invite you to visit Savannah.
The Oberoi, Marrakech introduces its new holistic wellness program, SAHA. Meaning health in Arabic, SAHA aims to help guests reach their full wellbeing potential. The program operates on four key cornerstones: soul & spirit, active body, holistic treatments and a better plate.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Emerald Cruises christened its newest Star-Ship, Emerald Luna, in a ceremony in Amsterdam as it prepares to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers of Europe. Equipped to host up to 180 guests, Emerald Luna saw many members of Scenic Group, the parent company of Emerald Cruises, attend the ceremony, including U.S. travel industry advocate and educator Vanessa McGovern, who took honors as godmother during the ceremony.