In 2004 we held the inaugural GT Tested Reader Survey awards at Millennium Broadway Hudson Theater in New York City. As fate would have it, a bad snowstorm hit New York as award winners flew in from all over the world. The snow was so deep, we wondered if we would be able to host the event the following day. Back then, mass airline cancelations were no the rule, and just about everyone made it to Manhattan.
Since that first event, we have hosted the awards at Essex House, Hotel Bel-Air, The Peninsula Beverly Hills and The Ritz-Carlton. We are excited to host the 2023 GT Tested Reader Survey gala at another prestigious venue, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.
Please join us in raising a glass to all the winners voted by you, the readers and best travelers. I particularly want to congratulate the winners that consistently ranked as the best in their category for the past 20 years: United MileagePlus, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Asiana Airlines. Read the article about these and other status inductees on page 50.
I just returned from Korea, touching base with longtime friends and clients in Seoul. I enjoyed meeting with our Korean representative, Jeff Hwang, and his lovely family. Jeff and his son, Zion, met me at the airport to much fanfare, and we had a nice welcome Korean dinner. The trip ended with the entire family joining us at a favorite dinner spot in Jeff ’s hometown. It was quite a celebration, and I extended gifts in thanks of their fine support during the pandemic.
After a stressful pre-holiday season and a busy work schedule, there was no better time for a relaxing spa experience than during my recent trip to Pasadena with the FXExpress Publications, Inc. team. We headed to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena for the 20th anniversary of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, which meant a jam-packed trip, but I managed to carve a little time out of our busy schedule to visit Chuan Spa at the hotel.
Incentive travel has long been a way for organizations to drive sales and reward employees with opulent trips to exotic destinations. Today it encompasses even more.
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In time for peak travel season to Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast, the region will welcome its own airport as early as this July. Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport is not only undergoing renovations but it also plans to open as a commercial airport.