While kids are heading back to the classroom, we’re already planning for the New Year. We have some exciting changes on the books — new columns and tweaks on our destination articles and informative features. We’ll reveal most of the updates in January 2016, but we couldn’t wait to share a fun twist: We have replaced our Snapshot page with a monthly quiz. This month, we challenge you to identify currency from countries around the world. When you think you have it right, check your score via the answer link or pull out your smartphone and scan the handy QR code.
Trying to maintain a competitive edge in the evolving world of airline loyalty programs? Turn to page 34 for a comprehensive report on who wins and who loses as airlines switch from mileage-based to fare-based accrual formulas; then turn to page 38 for a pictorial review of our Leisure Travel Awards gala on the rooftop terrace at Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica.
And when it comes to around-the-world travel, we bring you destination reports from Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Tucson, Guangzhou, Berlin, Singapore, Seoul, Murcia (Spain) and Bermuda. Plus, be sure to check out GT Select Hotels & Resorts. Global Traveler’s new online hotel directory brings you one-click access to everything you need to know about the world’s best luxury hotels and resorts.
Whether traveling for business or leisure — or both — we’ve got you covered.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.