October Cover Battle
Kerala or celebrating our 175th issue? Which to choose for our October cover image? We opted for a cover celebrating our 175th issue rather than the unique houseboat in tropical Kerala. What did you think? Do you like the cover we chose, or do you prefer the alternate?
I think GT missed the boat on selecting October’s cover. Kerala houseboats are extraordinary gems, and that almost-cover photo is stunning. We were pleasantly surprised by the entire Kerala houseboating experience: the uniqueness and spaciousness of the boat, expansive interior bedrooms and an exterior dining room. Viewing backwater living while being served local food and beverages prepared in the onboard galley and observing the uniqueness of each houseboat along the cruise is equally incredible, fulfilling the country’s “Incredible India” theme. Returning to simply choosing a cover photo, Kerala’s houseboat photo is superb by far!
Debra Newman, St. Petersburg, Fla.
I love the celebration of Global Traveler’s 175th issue. It’s definitely something worth celebrating. That being said, I do look forward to seeing what next month’s travel photo cover will be.
Annie Newton, Fort Collins, Colo.
A World of Her Own
I thought Beth Santos’ story was really inspiring. I love that Wanderful provides a community for women who want to travel, along with valuable resources to help them do so. Women should feel confident and safe traveling alone if that’s how they prefer to travel.
Katie Presley, Framingham, Mass.
I never travel to San Diego without making a stop in the Gaslamp Quarter if I have the time in my schedule. There’s a great energy in that part of the city. I’m glad you featured Marriott’s Altitude Sky Lounge. They make great decade-themed cocktails, and the lounge has a great vibe. I definitely recommend the 1940s Side Car!
John Saunders, New York, N.Y.
Disruptive Airline Passengers
In the Oct. 5 issue of eFlyer USA, we reported airlines are increasingly suffering from unruly passengers. We asked: Do you feel disruptive passenger behavior is increasing? Have you experienced a disruptive passenger experience firsthand?
I agree — I see an increasing number of these incidents (some even before boarding, at the counter). However, I have found the crew is not always blameless. Over the past several years, I have found cabin crews are more and more unhappy with their jobs. This manifests in their attitude toward the passengers and their jobs. Over the past year alone, I have been snapped at, ignored and generally disrespected by crews of various airlines.
Donald Feinberg, São Paulo, Brazil
Bleisure Travel Trends
In the Oct. 12 issue of eFlyer USA, we reported bleisure travel has been a long-lasting trend. We asked: Do you feel bleisure travel is relatively new, or is it something you’ve enjoyed as a business traveler for years? Do you take length of travel into consideration when planning a business trip?
Been doing it for years! It is a fabulous way to travel and takes the edge off of the work side of travel, which can be rather demanding. Building in fun or a visit to significant others/friends is a fine reward for business travel.
Dr. Kathleen McCoy, San Antonio, Texas
Valuable Loyalty Programs
In the Oct. 19 issue of eFlyer USA, we looked at different loyalty programs and the value of their offerings. We asked: Which hotel reward program do you feel gives you the most for your money?
I found your story interesting. However, it is only “the tip of the iceberg” to base the comparison only on dollars per point. A big factor to also consider is how many properties that company has and the quality of its properties. Some properties tend to be way more consistent in quality than others. For example, I have found Marriott brands to be way more consistent in quality than Choice hotel brands. Also, location of property is an important factor in where I decide to stay. If the loyalty program I belong to doesn’t have a property where I want to stay, then where is the value of that program? On the other hand, if you join all the loyalty programs, you will spread your points so thin you’ll never get to use any points.
Randy Fine, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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.
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.
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.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
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.