BBK AM99 English/Chinese Talking Dictionary
Unless you’ve spent the last couple of years exploring the outermost reaches of the galaxy, you’ve likely heard that China is the new business frontier now that it’s a full-fledged member of the World Trade Organization. If you believe the hype and have an entrepreneurial streak, you may want to start learning the language with the help of this handy electronic dictionary from BBK. It provides accurate translation and authentic pronunciation in both Mandarin and English, as well as Pinyin (Chinese phonetic) displays along with the Chinese characters. The dictionary also features bi-directional English/Chinese dictionaries, idiom dictionaries, and five specialty dictionaries for biology, computers, business, medicine and Chinese medicine. There’s even supplemental information to help you familiarize yourself with Chinese expressions and day-to-day conversation, and a QWERTY keyboard and built-in speaker for easy usage. Go East, young businessman! $99.99. (www.bbkusa.com)
V-Dimension Solar Backpack
Are you looking for a slick, stylish way to carry your gear, charge your cell phone and be “green” at the same time? You can do all three seemingly disparate things with the new solar backpack from Volere. The pack’s Light Amplifier Technology optimizes solar light intensity and electronically matches the spectrum to your cell phone or iPod, even in dim room lighting — day or night — using a small, inconspicuous solar panel. Here’s to environmentally friendly multitasking! $120. (www.volereinternational.com)
This nifty, fully faceted handheld from Verizon Wireless lets you leave your laptop at home. Equipped with Wi-Fi Internet, Windows Mobile 5.0 and a unique sliding QWERTY keyboard, the XV6700 is also a phone/speaker phone and 1.3 megapixel camera/camcorder. It’s even equipped with a “flight” mode, which allows you to turn off the wireless functions and work on Word documents or view PowerPoint presentations while en route to your next destination. $299.99 after $100 rebate with a two-year contract.
SwissMemory S.BEAT MP3
Forget the good ol’ Swiss Army knife you’ve been toting around forever. From those crafty folks at Swissbit and Victorinox comes the new-and-improved version — the world’s first integrated MP3 digital audio player and multitool. The s. beat boasts a high-capacity USB stick, audio player — it can store up to 1 GB of MP3, WMA, WAV or OGG Vorbis digital audio files — a voice recorder and FM radio, plus such optional old-fashioned fail-safes as scissors, a blade and a nail file. The digital audio player is detachable from the multitool body, so you can stroll through airport security with no worries. Who would have thought you’d ever be plugging your Swiss Army knife into your USB port? Now that’s progress. $199-$260. (www.swissarmy.com)
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
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.
It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.
MMGY Travel Intelligence released findings from its 2021 fall edition of its Portrait of American Travelers survey. It revealed the vast majority of vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are planning trips in the months ahead, but the types of trips are different.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Airbnb.org is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in moments of crisis, sheltering those displaced by natural disasters, offering frontline workers a place to stay at the height of the pandemic and, now, helping Afghan refugees.
Italian hospitality brand AG Group announced an international collaboration with Hyatt Hotels. AG Group’s IL Tornabuoni, slated to open in Florence in October 2021, will be part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The Tribune in Rome will become part of JdV by Hyatt in October 2021.
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.
Hotel diversity isn’t where it could be, but it’s a work in progress. Fueled with new energy that emerged from the racial reckoning of 2020, there’s more of a sense of urgency ... and with good reason. There’s plenty to do when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the hotel industry.