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!
Mövenpick, Accor’s premium Swiss-born hospitality brand, officially launched its first property in New Zealand. Situated in Auckland, Mövenpick Hotel Auckland sets a new standard in the world of hospitality with unique and exciting amenities and a warm, contemporary design found throughout the property.
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Turkish Airlines offers premium travelers something new. After signing an agreement with fashion brands Coccinelle and Hackett, the carrier introduced redesigned premium amenity kits for its business-class passengers flying eight hours or more on long-distance flights. The new kits were introduced April 29.
Lisbon’s popularity has soared in recent years, but within an hour’s drive of Portugal’s capital city, lots of quiet towns and interesting regions that are still somewhat off-the-beaten path await.
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Saudi Arabia is currently undergoing a bit of a transformation, repositioning itself as a tourism destination and debuting new developments and attractions. While perhaps not a “development” or “attraction” per se, NEOM is one of these new initiatives — but one beyond many of our wildest dreams. NEOM, a special economic zone within the country of Saudi Arabia, has been dubbed “a vision of what a new future might look like” and “a city of the future.”
California invites visitors and locals alike to experience some of Hilton’s newest hotel openings and renovations this year. Set to debut this fall, Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton lies between Malibu, and Santa Barbara, in Oxnard, California. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation and conversion, the resort will accept reservations beginning Oct. 1.
ISN’T IT TIME? It's time to treat yourself to the vacation you deserve, and Celebrity Cruises® offers the perfect escapes. With an award-winning fleet of ships that sail to more than 300 destinations around the world, Celebrity will take you almost anywhere you want to go in style. Enjoy stunning staterooms and suites, culinary experiences imagined by Michelin-starred chefs and intuitive service. Celebrity makes sure your vacation is effortless from the start, which is why drinks, WiFi and tips are Always IncludedSM on every sailing.
City Experiences recently announced its first U.S. food tour offered exclusively by the award-winning, international tour provider Devour Tours. This addition sees City Experiences further expand its offerings in New York City.