Imagine charging your laptop and portable electronic devices without unraveling a tangle of cords and searching (often in vain) for an available power outlet in your hotel room. The whizzes at WildCharge have developed a revolutionary product using electromagnetic induction that lets you do just that. The WildCharger is a flat, thin, wire-free charging pad capable of delivering up to 90 watts of power — enough to simultaneously charge and power most laptop computers and a range of small devices placed anywhere on its surface. (The WildCharger Mini provides almost 15 watts of power for up to four small devices.) Simply put, it’s true full-power, wire-free electricity for the mobile consumer. How cool is that? $100. (www.wildcharge.com)
Speed Trio TV5
This handheld entertainment center combines a movie player, video recorder, MP3 player, and 5-megapixel digital camera into one nifty, versatile package that won’t break the bank. It supports MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF and WAV formats, and comes equipped with 512 megabytes of built-in memory (expandable to 2 gigabytes with an SD card). A built-in surround-sound feature provides a rich listening experience. Bottom line: The TV5 boasts lots of features and functionality for a fraction of the cost of many media players. $119. (www.machspeed.com)
iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard The Bluetooth revolution is gaining converts left and right — and there’s no shortage of devices aimed at making working on the go easier than ever. Enter this perfectly portable, practical keyboard from iGo, ideal for extensive emailing and typing. The Stowaway boasts a Qwerty keyboard with four full-size rows, yet folds up into a convenient case ands weighs in at less than six ounces. It’s sure to make your smartphone seem even smarter — and will take up much less space than your laptop on your next flight. $149.99. (www.iGo.com)
While it’s virtually impossible to keep up with the lightning pace of computer innovation, replacing your home computer with the Next Big PC just became a whole lot easier. This nifty gizmo from Data Drive Thru, a standout at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, lets you transfer data between two computers in a snap — with no additional software or pesky computer experts involved. Just connect both computers via the Tornado’s USB cables and watch as the contents of both hard drives are displayed in split-screen format. Then simply drag and drop files or entire directories from one computer to the other. Better yet, sit back and let the kids take care of it. $59.95. (www.buythetornado.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.