X-Project WiFi Portable Pocket Projector
This palm-sized HD projector utilizes LED technology and 100 lumens to display high-contrast images in brilliant color. It generates its own WiFi signal, so you can tap into your mobile devices and stream content from online sources or from your smartphone, tablet or computer; or upload media from an SD card or USB stick. Weighing 10 ounces, XProject easily goes anywhere; just set it up to face a hard, flat surface and select the images you want to stream. With a battery providing up to two hours of continuous playtime, create your own personal movie theater anywhere in the world. Includes a remote control, AC adapter, travel pouch, mini-USB and HDMI cable. $499.99.
This first-of-its-kind, high-resolution GPS/GLONASS mapping watch is the new must-have for outdoor enthusiasts looking for an unmatched hands-free navigator. Featuring a 1.4-inch, high-resolution color touchscreen, epix comes preloaded with a worldwide shaded relief base map, a free one-year subscription to BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, plus 8 GB of memory for additional maps. It also uses the Connect IQ open platform so you can customize your watch with apps, widgets, data fields and unique watch faces to make your Garmin smartwatch even smarter. Epix displays notifications from your Bluetooth device so you never miss a text or email, and it’s rugged, with PVD-coated surfaces and a water rating of 50 meters. $549.99.
Samsung Portable SSD T1 External Drive
A 2015 CES Innovation Awards honoree, this stylish, portable solid-state drive represents a new standard of storage. Designed for speed and security without sacrificing style, it’s ideal for business travelers needing secure local storage to quickly transfer large amounts of data on the go. Powered by Samsung’s proprietary 3D Vertical NAND technology, the drive boasts a write speed up to 100 times faster and a data-transfer speed four times faster than an external hard disk drive: Transfer a 3GB movie file in eight seconds or a 10GB movie in 27 seconds. Using an AES 256-bit encryption algorithm, it’s simple to use and accessed with one password. With no moving parts, it withstands more shock impact than alternative storage solutions. 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. Starts at $179.99.
Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H8 Wireless Headphones
Audiophile brand extraordinaire Bang & Olufsen introduces its first-ever wireless Bluetooth, active noise-canceling headphones, which the brand bills as simply the best headphones ever made. Weighing just less than 9 ounces, the H8 boast signature state-of-the-art sound and memory foam ear pads covered in supple lambskin that readily contour to your ears for maximum comfort. An intuitive touch interface on the anodized aluminum ear cups makes turning music on and off, answering calls, forwarding tracks or turning up the volume a snap — or, rather, a tap or a swipe. Available in two gorgeous colors. $499.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.