I am so thankful the United States opened up to vaccinated travelers. I cannot understand the delay, but it is time to look forward rather than reflect on the past. Twenty months of restrictions is a long time to hold back friends and family, business travelers and developers who help make this country the greatest it can be.
I am excited as we return to The Peninsula Beverly Hills on Dec. 14 to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. We last held the in-person gala in December 2019, not imagining what would happen in March 2020 and through the entire year and most of this year.
Travel is back strong, though, and having traveled a lot domestically through this time, I now look forward to more trips internationally. The speedy development of vaccines has proved our road to recovery — the way out and essential for continued growth. Airlines are banking on a boom with overseas travelers able to come into the United States; we do not operate on a one-way basis, so this change should result in more flights and opportunities.
I want to thank all the winners of the GT Tested awards and particularly those who won for multiple years and those who entered the Quint (five years), Hall of Fame (10 years) and Crystal (15 years) levels. Some of our honorees — Asiana Airlines, United MileagePlus and Chicago O’Hare International Airport — won for an unprecedented 18 years. Congratulations to all the winners. Remember, this month marks the opening of 2022 awards voting!
As the year closes, I find myself traveling domestically as our business returns to normal.
November and December saw trips to our offices in Sarasota, to Orlando for the return of the GBTA convention and a trip to see the fine people at Visit Savannah.
Our Globility subscriber board members continue to take great international trips. Mike Russo keeps me posted on the improvements made to onboard cuisine during his KLM and Delta flights to Europe, and Eric Chiang made several trips, including a recent flight to Dubai to experience Emirates’ first-class service and take in the Dubai Expo.
Keep flying — it is only going to get easier and more exciting. Again, congratulations to all the GT Tested award winners!
The ultimate vacation indulgence involves a bathtub, solitude and amenities to enhance the bathtub experience. Bathtubs come in all shapes and sizes, from clawfoot to wooden ones, each offering unique experiences. These hotels across the world boast some of the finest bathtubs for those looking for the most luxurious bath experience ever.
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Ravens, casks, walled-up ex-friends … grab a glass of sherry (perhaps avoid Amontillado) and celebrate all things Edgar Allan Poe during the fifth-annual International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards (or, in shorthand, Poe Fest International). It’s all happening in Baltimore Oct. 8 and 9, with a mix of in-person and virtual events. To commemorate the 173rd anniversary of Poe’s death, this year’s festival includes music, theater, vendors and tours.
Park Hyatt New York unveiled its latest rotating art exhibition, and it’s by contemporary abstract artist and hotel bellman of eight years, Jeffrey Okyere-Agyei. This marks his third exhibit at the hotel.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
Developer Viaggio Resorts soon debuts Palazzo Ricci in Abruzzo, Italy. Built in 1799, the palace is in restoration mode ahead of its 2023 debut. The project is being offered as a private residence club, fractional or co-ownership model.
The world-renowned Italian fine-dining group with eight Michelin stars to its name, Da Vittorio debuts its new two-story restaurant, Da Vittorio Saigon in the hotel Reverie Saigon. The new restaurant reshapes Vietnam’s high-end culinary industry through its blending of contemporary and sophisticated design with traditional Italian food.
Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.
Desolation Hotel, named for the Desolation Wilderness near which it resides, opened in August 2022 in South Lake Tahoe. Immersed in the scenic alpine beauty of the Sierra Nevada range and inspired by preservationist John Muir, this dog-friendly hotel commits to supporting the local Tahoe community, leading in sustainable hospitality and helping guests enjoy the natural experiences the region offers.