May Cover Battle
Dubai or Côte d’Azur? Which to choose for our May cover image? We opted for the frenzied motion of Dubai rather than the laid-back vibes of the Côte d’Azur. What did you think?
I think you made the wrong choice for the May issue. The Côte d’Azur would have been much better, especially for the summer season.
Steve Garvan, Sandpoint, Idaho
Great May edition. I just bought a Rachio Iro Smart Sprinkler and loved reading about one of my favorite places, Ashford Castle. I agree the hawk walk is a memory for a lifetime. I have added Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco to my list of places to stay and learned about the new Swiss first class coming with the Boeing 777ER. I printed out my application for EasyPASS-RPT for Germany and always love reading about Dubai. All that, and I am only halfway done!
Frank Reilly, San Diego, Calif.
A Different Perspective
I was disappointed when I read the “Risks and Rewards” feature published in the February 2016 issue to see Pakistan’s name among the list of countries. Pakistan is neither war-torn nor is there any turmoil or lawlessness like other countries in the region. Of the incidents taking place in Pakistan, they are all due to the other situations in the region by which Pakistan has been greatly affected and impacted for the last many years. Other countries play a role in creating instability and insecurity in the region.
Raashid Mohsin, via email
Global Traveler’s Globility Board comprises vetted subscribers who serve as a focus group for our questions about the world of travel. As summer travel season heats up, we asked for their upcoming travel plans.
My favorite hotels are Wynn Resorts, and I’ve stayed in all of their resorts in Las Vegas and Macau. This August Macau’s third Wynn resort, Wynn Palace, opens, and I plan to be one of its first guests!
Eric Chiang, via email
I’m off to NYC next week to stay at the Fifty NYC, which I won in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society silent auction. The location is perfect, and I know the hotel will be as well. While there, I plan to (finally) walk the High Line and then visit Ellis Island for ancestral nostalgia. Then I have business/leisure combo trips planned to Charleston, Miami and Colorado Springs, prior to the Rio Olympics.
The best home adventure will be July 4th in my community, where I get a strategic spot right on the beach and can watch six fireworks shows simultaneously in towns up and down the shore.
Sue Castorino, via email
In August my wife and I are taking our 13-year-old grandson on a back-roads bicycle trip in the Loire Valley, France. We will also spend five days in Paris.
Marvin Singer, via email
It’s a busy summer of goofing off for me — the Dalai Lama in Boulder, Colo.; Seattle for a week; Manchester/northern England for eight days. Still not scheduled are using some of the hotel stays I won in the two Leukemia & Lymphoma Society auctions — 12 nights total in Hong Kong, Seoul, Beverly Hills, Chicago and Dubai. Great deals every year.
Mike Russo, via email
Summer greetings. I was in the Dominican Republic for much of June. In July, it’s Prague, Berlin and London for a couple of weeks. Along the way there will be long weekends in San Francisco; Toronto; Chicago; and Whitefish, Mont.
Frank Brightwell, via email
Joe and I will be traveling in June to Washington, D.C., and Boston for a quick trip. In August we are going to Iceland for the first time and then to London. I am really looking forward to the Iceland trip.
Mark Rizkowsky, via email
Rio Faces Obstacles as Olympics Approach
In the May 11 issue of eFlyer USA, we looked at a number of the growing concerns among travelers wondering whether they should attend the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. We asked: Are you attending or do you know someone who is? Do you think the city is capable of hosting such a major international event? How do you expect the city’s crime levels, Zika and civil unrest will affect the festivities?
As someone who visits Rio de Janeiro every few months and has witnessed the lack of progress, not to mention the crime sprees along Copacabana, I feel — personally — that not only is Rio not ready for the Olympics, but the city never should have been awarded the Olympics.
Corruption can overwhelm legitimate businesses. Every official or blue-collar worker expects to be paid under the table, and, as a result, you have bike paths collapsing, roadways with sinkholes and violence.
Donna DeRose, Washington, D.C.
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.
The holidays are right around the corner and it's time to start thinking about gifts for your wine-loving friends. If you or someone you know is planning an upcoming trip to a wine region, check out Argaux. The all-women-operated and -owned online wine shop and educational platform offers a series of tasting sets to celebrate and introduce some of the best wine destinations. The Gaux-To Tasting Sets are perfect for travelers to experience the wine before they travel — or without having to travel.
The Red Sea Development Company recently finalized its utilities deal with a consortium led by ACWA Power for The Red Sea Project, setting the development as the largest tourism project in the world set to be powered solely by renewable energy.
IHG® Business Edge: Working Together with SMEs for a smarter way to manage travel
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.
Peru-based hotel brand Inkaterra was named the first-ever “climate-positive” hotel brand in the world by GreenInitiative. Climate-positive can be defined as “any activity that furthers the achievement of net zero carbon emissions, providing an environmental benefit by removing additional carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.” Endorsed by the United Nations, GreenInitiative announced Inkaterra Hotels’ achievement upon measuring the company’s carbon footprint and offset.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Premiere luxury resort L’Auberge de Sedona debuts the Home for the Holidays experience to go with the resort’s holiday celebrations. Guests are invited to join in the festivities this year amid Arizona’s beautiful natural features like Oak Creek and Red Rocks.