Surround yourself with tropical beauty in the big city until April 9, as the New York Botanical Garden celebrates its 15th year with The Orchid Show: Thailand. Displayed within a traditional Thai garden setting, thousands of orchids will frame the façade of a beautiful sala pavilion, a time-honored space used for shade and tranquility, complete with gabled roofline and a border of orchids. The garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will display examples of mai dat, a form of gardening that uses pruning techniques to transform trees and shrubs into whimsical forms.
After the sun goes down, visitors can experiences Orchid Evenings, where leisurely walks through the flowered paths include musical accompaniment. Related events include performances of Magical Thailand – A Journey with the Somapa Thai Dance Company on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Based in Washington, D.C., the dance company brings Thailand alive through classical and folk dances native to the country. On April 1, Orchid Talks: The Secret Lives of Orchids will present a talk by Matthew Pace, Ph.D., assistant curator, Herbarium at The New York Botanical Garden on the theme of Rotting Meat, Jewels, and Venus’ Slippers: The Orchids of Southeast Asia. Make an evening of it: Throughout the show, Thai-inspired dishes will be on offer in the garden complex at the Hudson Garden Grill and the Pine Tree Café.
My husband and I enjoyed outdoor dining with another couple at Suraya in Philadelphia. The Lebanese restaurant makes frequent appearances on many local and national Best Of lists, including being named Best Restaurant in Philadelphia by Philadelphia magazine.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Members of TAP Air Portugal’s TAP Miles&Go loyalty program now have new benefits with Miles4Extras. Mileage points can be used to purchase upgrades, extra baggage or sports equipment; access lounges; or FastTrack services. Customers who travel less frequently or haven’t accumulated enough miles to book flights are also able to choose benefits tailored to their miles.
Cordis Hangzhou, Sci-Tech City opened, joining sister properties in Shanghai, Beijing, Dongqian Lake, Hong Kong and Auckland. Located in Hangzhou Future Sci-Tech City, the luxury hotel features 186 rooms and suites, three restaurants and bar, a 24-hour gym and a range of meeting and event spaces. It is also nearby a subway station.
The What Matters 2021 survey from Agoda found Americans most look forward to spending more quality time with loved ones in 2021, at 34 percent, while also committing to traveling differently this year. Agoda’s digital travel platform offers a global network of more than 2.4 million properties in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide; the survey’s sample size was 16,064 adults, carried out online Dec. 10–16, 2020.
Delta Air Lines recently finalized a partnership with Viasat and took steps to introduce a Delta-developed WiFi access portal to enhance how travelers interact with WiFi. Adding Viasat’s next-generation satellite technology, Ka-Band, will allow the airline to modernize the connection. The new technology is expected onboard in summer 2021 for more than 300 mainline narrow-body aircraft. The Ka-Band, satellite-powered technology includes faster, more consistent connections and an ability to stream all types of entertainment and content to any internet-ready device, gate to gate.
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
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