When we start off the New Year, we always try to better ourselves and project how we can achieve our goals. At Global Traveler, we are bettering ourselves by expanding our brand into mainland China with our new Mandarin edition, China Global Traveler. Our partner in China, the i2i Group, has a wealth of experience producing successful Mandarin editions including Concierge Magazine, Essentially America and Essentially Britain. Please welcome China Global Traveler to the family!
Launching in China means a great deal more travel to Asia for the Global Traveler team. This, coupled with our new employee in Hong Kong, Felix Cheng, shows our dedication to this part of the globe. Chinese travelers take the lion’s share of trips and have surpassed Americans as the top business travelers around the world. We welcome Chinese travelers wherever we go, from top hotels to business- and first-class cabins.
We constantly change in response to what our subscribers want; they communicate frequently with us directly or through our various boards. As a result, we start 2014 with some alterations and additions to GT’s editorial features. I will leave the introduction of our new articles to our editor in chief, Lisa Matte.
The past year has taken me around the world several times, mostly for business, working to continually improve the magazine, but also for pleasure. Highlights include flying Asiana Airlines to Korea and Jeju Island, Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Brussels Airlines to Europe to catch the trans-Atlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2. I also enjoyed my flights on Air Canada to Asia, an efficient option when traveling to Hong Kong and Shanghai.
I hope to see you on board soon — find a way to make business a pleasure while traveling in 2014!
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 Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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 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.
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.