I know you’ve been traveling, as you frequently reach out with pictures and tales from your journeys. A recent study indicated business travel is back to 52 percent of 2019 levels. However, that number includes all businesses, and we know smaller businesses travel at a more robust level. Industry trackers tend to focus on large companies, as they can easily gain statistics from their movements. But, in fact, small- to medium-sized businesses, which comprise the majority of Global Traveler’s readership, represent the largest-growing segment of business travel.
I am pleased to announce Global Traveler will host a river cruise this fall on AmaWaterways’ AmaMagna, departing Oct. 8, 2023, from Vilshofen, Germany. The itinerary includes Passau, Germany; Linz, Grein, Melk and Vienna, Austria; and Budapest, Hungary. Travelers can visit Salzburg, ancient villages, fortresses and abbeys. The eight-day cruise includes evening events and dinners with your fellow subscribers and the Global Traveler team. Learn more at amawaterways.com/globaltraveler.
As you know from my previous letter, I sailed on AmaPrima last fall through Bavaria and had a wonderful time. AmaMagna is a much larger ship and offers comfort and style. Yours truly will host the trip, and I look forward to spending time with you.
As we present the first issue of 2023, we look forward to a robust year filled with travel and events. On April 13 we return to Kimpton Monaco Washington DC to host the Wherever Awards as voted by the readers of WhereverFamily. Now in its fifth year, our sister publication, whereverfamily.com, focuses on all aspects of family travel. Alongside the reader-voted awards, we’ll award innovators in family travel by category: airline, hotel, resort, rental car, travel provider and destination.
Lastly, we’ve added the FXExpress Traveler of the Year award to the honors to be celebrated April 13. The contest is open to all subscribers. Please reach out to any member of our team for submission requirements; winners will be entered to win two business-class tickets.
The categories are
Airlines: Most trips in the last year or most interesting airline flights
Hotels: Most stays or most interesting stays
Destination – Leisure: Most interesting vacation trip
Destination – Business: Most interesting business trip
Airline Mileage: Best use of mileage on a trip
Hotel Points: Best use of points on a trip
Affinity Credit Card Usage: How a card program helped you plan the trip of a lifetime
Looking forward to a great year of travel and to reading your FXExpress Traveler of the Year submissions!
Francis X. Gallagher
Publisher and CEO
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
Envisioned as one of Asia’s most sustainable skyscrapers, a proposed 63-story, mixed-use downtown development project in Singapore takes cues from bamboo forests to create an indoor-outdoor vertical community with public spaces, offices, retail, a hotel, event spaces and luxury residences.
Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.
Holland America Line celebrates its 150th anniversary with the addition of authentic Heritage Cruises, focused on ports rich in the brand’s history and featuring unique onboard and shoreside experiences.
Go car free in Miami, Florida, thanks to a new partnership between Brightline and Uber. Brightline, a high-speed rail, works with Uber to offer guests a familiar rideshare option integrated within Brightline’s app. The partnership makes it easier for visitors and locals to get to and from all of Brightline’s five South Florida stations.
Exclusive Sailing with Global Traveler
Vienna, Austria, welcomes the highly anticipated Almanac Palais Vienna April 1. The boutique property, part of Almanac Hotels, lies inside a set of former palais dating back to 1871 and overlooks Stadtpark, the city’s first public green space.