I looked back at my letter from 2016 and, wow, has travel changed in five years. In the letter I recounted trips taken locally and around the globe — travels to the Gulf of Mexico, Florida,
Asia and many other places. I also talked about attending the Global Business Travel Association convention.
As so much has changed, I have made no trips outside the United States but have traveled a great deal domestically, and we are planning for a fantastic back-to-travel GBTA convention in Orlando this November. Please make sure you check out the November issue with an exclusive interview with Suzanne Neufang, executive director, GBTA.
We just hosted a successful awards event in Washington, D.C., at Kimpton Monaco. The November issue will recap our FXExpress Awards 2021, which cover the winners of the Leisure Lifestyle (GT reader-voted), The Trazees (trazeetravel.com reader-voted) and Wherever (whereverfamily.com reader-voted) awards.
Along that vein, this is the last month to vote for the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, which honor. your best airline, hotel and destination partners. Please complete the ballot for your favorites before the Sept. 30 deadline. This is the 18th year we present these awards, and we are well into the planning for the GT Tested awards event, to be held in December.
This fall we have a lot going on, with a meeting of our subscriber Globility Board at which travel brands will present ideas in focus-group sessions. It is a wonderful way to get inside the heads of entrepreneur travelers who make their own decisions about which airline to fly and hotel to stay at. Any subscribers interested in joining the board can reach me directly at fran[email protected] .com to receive an application and take part in the vetting process. We encourage new membership to join the great team we currently have on board.
I know many of our board members have traveled like mad. For example, Eric Chiang, who has been to Hawai’i in the last few weeks, is planning his visit to the Dubai Expo in November. Eric lets little time pass before he boards another flight!
With fall in full swing, we look forward to more trips, travels and golf — join the fun!
While the lure of 10 tasting rooms along the only Urban Bourbon Trail in the United States (and the world) brings almost 19 million visitors to Louisville each year, business and city leaders have plans to grow the city to attract another type of visitor — the sports enthusiast.
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.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers the chance to get up to $5,000 off per person on a 2022 sailing if booked by Nov. 30 as part of a Black Friday deal. This offer is valid on bookings made through Nov. 30 on cruises in 2022. Additionally, this deal can be combined with any publicly available promotion and standard River Heritage Club membership savings or benefits.
For this year’s holiday season, Cancún’s NIZUC Resort & Spa offers a special deal for stays Jan. 9–April 15, 2022. The booking window is available Nov. 25–30; to book, visit the website, email them at [email protected] or call 855 MY NIZUC.
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Florida’s famous “Pink Palace” in St. Petersburg Beach, the Don CeSar, is offering guests a deal of three nights booked through Nov. 30 for 30 percent off stays through Sept. 30, 2022. The historic 1920s hotel underwent a total property renovation in 2021 and is ready to celebrate the holidays. To receive early access, sign up for The Don’s monthly email offers.
It isn’t the stars or even the winds that direct boats toward their destinations as the months ease into autumn in the British Virgin Islands; instead, captains, crew and passengers all sail with noses high in the air, ready to drop anchor when hunger strikes.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Based on their respective locations and divergent personalities, it’s inevitable there will be New York vs. Los Angeles (or San Francisco) comparisons when discussing the South Korean cities of Seoul and Busan. While Seoul is known as the nation’s business and government hub, Busan is defined by its coastline, beaches, cliffs, mountains and a slower — but by no means sleepy — pace. The city’s public hot springs, historic temples, ornate parklands, regional South Korean flavors and spins on global trends (like craft beer) also distinguish it from its Western counterparts.