As I write this letter, I am 30,000 feet over Korea, on the way to Jeju Island for two days of golf. I will play Tameus Golf Club and Pinx Golf Club, where Tiger Woods played for Ballantine’s Golf Championship. I have heard a great deal about Jeju from my friends and clients in Korea; it is a frequent getaway destination for Koreans, Japanese and Chinese. The island is large, with more than 40 golf courses, and is known for its seafood. I will report in upcoming issues on my games.
In Seoul, I stayed at the Lotte Hotel, next to the famous Lotte Department Store, where I also stayed on my first trip to Korea in 1989. The hotel has a magnificent Club Floor Lounge, wonderful suites and top service. As I came down the hallway laden with bags, the maid rushed ahead to open my guestroom door. This is part of the Korean hospitality I have come to expect.
I had the opportunity to meet the new general manager for the Hyatt Regency Incheon and tour the property. Paul Wright is ready to take possession of the Hyatt’s second tower, to open later this year, which will double capacity, making Incheon a real meetings and conventions destination for gatherings of 500–600 persons.
I caught up with Young-Do Yoon, president and CEO of Asiana Airlines, at its headquarters and got an update on the progress of the Airbus A380 product which will fly to Los Angeles next year. The top-secret designs add business-class seats to LAX (greatly needed) and offer a product superior to others now operating the A380 on their routes. Asiana launched a new first-class suite, already flying to Chicago and starting in New York in July.
As Global Traveler’s World Headquarters is located in the Greater Philadelphia area, we are pleased to welcome Qatar Airways as it joins the oneworld alliance and ties into the US Airways (soon to be American Airlines) hub at Philadelphia International Airport. The airport has long been the “stepchild” of the Northeast, so close to Newark, Baltimore Washington International and even Dulles. Philadelphians not flying British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa or US Airways learned to commute to Newark or JFK to catch an international flight. I hope Qatar Airways opens up more opportunities.
This issue comes out when most are on their summer vacations. I will be taking a much-needed break in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Enjoy your getaways!
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 Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.