Your team at Global Traveler is heading westward to attend our second annual Globility Board meeting; subscribers will gather at The Westin La Paloma for two days of meetings and a little time off to enjoy the resort’s amenities. I will be hitting the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course — the Hill, Canyon and Ridge courses (three nines) that make up this fantastic golfing experience. Other GT staffers will review the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. When you go to Tucson, you can be sure that business is a pleasure.
Immediately after the meeting, I will head to Santa Monica to present the Leisure Travel Awards at the beautiful Hotel Shangri-La, which just completed a $30 million renovation. The property is a landmark in the Streamline Moderne style of the Art Deco period. GT staff and guests will congregate on the rooftop of the property overlooking the Pacific Ocean while we award the best in leisure travel.
Prior to my trip out West, I will take my annual diversion south to Myrtle Beach to tee it up at the Legends Heathland, Parkland and Moorland courses, as well as at Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, True Blue Golf Club and The Dunes Club.
I am sure we will find a few extra courses to play, many of which will grace the pages of GT’s Golf column in coming months. With the weather we have had here this winter, the “wrenches” are a bit more rusty than normal. I am sure you will be looking forward to my escapades on these beloved golf trips!
Looks like I am domestically bound for the next several months, but rest assured there are trips to Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Canada and a host of other global destinations coming up for the GT team.
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.
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.
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.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.
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.
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.