Victorinox’s Original Swiss Army Knife was created in 1897 and went on to become one of Switzerland’s most famous exports. Today, the knives are still crafted in Ibach, Switzerland, but the products themselves are much more complex. About 450 steps go into creating the three-and-a-half-inch SwissChamp, which has 33 traveler-friendly features, including a corkscrew, can opener, scissors and a ballpoint pen. $88. (http://www.swissarmy.com)
Switzerland might be best known for its Emmentaler cheese (the kind with holes), but an exclusive variety is Tête de Moine, also called monk’s head cheese. Fewer than 10 dairies produce the cheese, but it’s available at nearly every Swiss cheese market. Just be sure they don’t see you cut into the wheels. The semi-hard cheese should be shaved into rosettes with a Girolle, allowing air to expand the cheese’s natural flavor. About $26 for a 2-pound wheel. (http://www.tetedemoine.ch/en.aspx)
Every savvy traveler needs a fine Swiss watch. A luxurious choice is a Breguet timepiece, produced in the Vallée de Joux, the western part of the country. Marie- Antoinette had many delicate Breguet pieces. A sportier — and more budget-friendly — choice is the Marine 5817, a steel wristwatch with a caseback with a sapphire crystal. $13,950. (http://www.breguet.com/)
The nation that first combined fresh milk with cocoa beans has the highest chocolate consumption in the world — about one bar per person per day — with travelers responsible for much of that indulgence. Stop by the Lindt & Sprüngli factory in Kilchberg (near Zurich) to sample truffles and mousse au chocolat. From June through October, tourists also embark on the Swiss Chocolate Train, making stops at a dairy, a castle and the Cailler- Nestlé chocolate factory (http://www.myswitzerland.com). Can’t hop aboard? Enjoy Swiss chocolate at home with Neuchatel’s Swiss Chips — all-American Herr’s potato chips dipped in imported Swiss chocolate. $8 per tin. (http://www.neuchatelchocolates.com)
Princess Premier, a new add-on recently launched by Princess Cruises, offers cruise-goers unlimited WiFi, premium/top-shelf beverages, photos and more. The new offer builds off the popular Princess Plus add-on to bring guests a more comprehensive bundle and savings of more than 50 percent when all the amenities are purchased separately.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Recently, NoMo SoHo and its ownership, real estate and investment firm Sapir Corp Ltd., launched a curated NFT program, making NoMo SoHO the first hotel in the United States to offer guests an innovative way to book stays using blockchain technology.
From Aug. 9 to 17, Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, will vibrate to the sound of the world’s favorite Elvis Presley tunes as Elvis Week 2022 gets underway. This year’s event will be a fun-filled mashup of tributes, concerts, special events and celebrity appearances, including actress Barbara Eden, who starred with Elvis in the 1960 film Flaming Star and became a household name for her lead role in the long-running television series I Dream of Jeannie.
Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.
What happens when three of the six French nationals residing in San Antonio get together? If they happen to be from a long line of proud French gourmands from three different regions of the country, they take what they know and make it something proudly Texan, while still adhering to their separate and collective culinary roots. That’s exactly what happened as a result of those three — Executive Chef Laurent Réa of Strasbourg, Philippe Placé of Chartres, and Jérôme Sérot of Lyon — meeting 20 years ago.
With a network of more than 450 independent luxury advisors, Travel Edge, the North American leader in luxury travel, released a report on its findings for travel trends in 2022. No doubt the pandemic can be blamed as the main culprit behind many of these changing trends in travel, with travelers attempting to regain moments lost over the last two years.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
Nobu Barbuda is underway in the Caribbean, the newest installation to the Nobu Hospitality portfolio. The Nobu restaurant, all conceived by actor Robert DeNiro, debuted in 2021, and Nobu Barbuda’s first beach club opened this year.