Boostcase for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
This innovative two-piece design includes an ultra-thin snap case with a battery sleeve you can attach in a single click when you need a boost of juice and remove when you don’t. The rechargeable 2700mAh battery sleeve adds more than a 100 percent recharge for the iPhone 6. You can simultaneously charge and sync your iPhone and Boostcase, and an LED light bar shows your remaining battery level. The iPhone 6 Boostcase comes in clear, black, gold, pink coral and orchid colorways; the iPhone 6 Plus Boostcase is available in gold, black and clear. The Gemstone collection offers eight fashion-forward colors: pink tourmaline, ruby, topaz, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, onyx and clear. $99.95–129.95.
Ecoxgear Sol Jam
The industry’s first 100 percent waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker with integrated HD solar panels, the Sol Jam uses the sun’s rays to charge the internal battery so you never have to plug it in to keep the party rocking (though you can if you’d like — it’s also a standard speaker). Its portable size means it can easily come along to the beach or on other outdoor adventures, and its top-facing controls make it easy to navigate your music. $150.
This handy new app offers cultural, societal, etiquette and business practice information for 150 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Ideal for business travelers, executives relocating to foreign countries, conference organizers and virtually any company conducting business across borders, the app supplies the skinny on communication habits, business protocols and social etiquette. Created by a business travel consulting firm that’s provided cultural training for international travelers and expats for 15 years, it also provides access to local maps, pertinent articles and downloadable pocket guides for each country so you can use it when you’re not online. Available on iOS and Android.
Phiaton Noise-Cancelling PS 202 NC Earphones
New from audio company Phiaton, these sleek earphones block out 95 percent of ambient background noise and emphasize high-frequency clarity and rich bass with newly developed drivers and an optimized vibration system. You can manage your playlists and answer phone calls with an in-line remote and microphone that include a music and call button, and Phiaton’s exclusive Everplay-X technology lets you keep answering your phone or listening to your music even if the battery runs out. The half in-ear design means hours of comfortable listening, enhanced by four different sizes of silicon ear tips or Comply foam tips (included). $89.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.