When you receive this issue, we may or may not have the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, but we feel we are progressing toward re-opening with full force. Travelers can only stand so much confinement before they figure out a way to spread their wings.
Over the past nine months I connected often with our subscribers and travel clients. Many readers are planning trips for 2021 and are leapfrogging out of the COVID world and back to the real world. Our friends at GOWAY Travel report most of the trips planned for this year have been rescheduled for 2021, thus making Europe crowded and difficult to book.
In this issue I am proposing a trip to Portugal that was in the planning stages for 2020. Reality means this trip might not make the 2021 schedule due to all those postponed bookings. If this trip holds interest, please email me directly — see the details in the Golf article on page 32. If we see enough interest and availability for fall 2021, we might get lucky and secure this trip.
For now, please enjoy our North America Issue. I know from our conversations you have taken many domestic trips and road trips. Some of you have been creative and held face-to-face meetings (requiring a negative COVID test). I joined you — through many trips to North Carolina (driving) and to Florida (flying three times).
Our next issue will feature the results of all the FXExpress-branded awards. As I write this letter, I am looking forward to attending the Wines on the Wing survey and after-party. Your votes counted, even during these less-traveled days — who better to select the best of the best than you?
Thanks for reading, and keep traveling!
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.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
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.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.