As many of you who travel for business know, summer is a time to take the family along for a little getaway. I am writing this from the Outer Banks of North Carolina as we prepare for an unwelcome guest by the name of Arthur. Arthur is the first hurricane to hit the coast of North America this year, and we are battening down the hatches for his arrival. Even the Global Traveler flag will be lowered in preparation. Arthur, a Category 1 hurricane, will move swiftly through the area. All Fourth of July plans have shifted from Friday to Saturday, including fireworks and cookouts. The Gallagher clan will make it to Ocean Boulevard in Kitty Hawk for dinner Friday night, where owners Donny and Heather King will entertain us with their jocularity. If in the region, you must make a stop and ask Donny for the GT Martini he created in our name. It’s by far one of the better, if not best, restaurants on the barrier island.
I have been asked to re-chair The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Red and White Ball in Philadelphia March 21, 2015. The 500-person black tie event will take place at the beautiful Westin hotel, where Philadelphia’s finest will gather to help cure blood cancers. Last year, we raised nearly $300,000 — and we have even more aggressive goals for 2015. Kimberly Krol, Global Traveler’s managing editor, agreed to chair the silent auction committee for the ball and welcomes any donated items we can turn into cash to cure cancer. Please reach out to her via email at [email protected].
This issue includes my review of Treetops Resort’s Signature golf course, designed by famed golf instructor Rick Smith, who helped Jack Nicklaus, Lee Janzen and Phil Mickelson improve their PGA Tour performances. ESPN’s Par 3 Shootout featured one of Treetops’ five courses, The Threetops Course, ranked the best par-3 course in America. Global Traveler just returned from Treetops, where we conducted our annual employee conference. The staff at Treetops were incredibly friendly and helped make our conference an overwhelming success.
We ended last month with a retro party at the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, where subscribers and industry executives gathered at Rick’s Place, which has a Moroccan theme reminiscent of the classic movie Casablanca. Party attendees were decked out in the style of Bogey and Bergman.
This fall we’ll be traveling all around the world to bring you the best the industry has to offer. Until then, enjoy the rest of the summer, and I’ll see you at security!
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.