The Global Traveler team took it back to The Roaring Twenties with friends and colleagues at our yearly reception to celebrate the annual Global Business Travel Association convention. Held at the brand-new, speakeasy-style Itta Bena in Orlando, Fla., GT hosted the event in conjunction with co-sponsor Meliá Hotels International.
There was more than one reason to celebrate this year, as we also honored the inaugural winners of The Trazees, the awards distributed by GT’s sister web publication, trazeetravel.com. Acceptees from a number of award-winning travel providers joined us on behalf of their companies and to celebrate another successful year in the industry.
Trazee Travel is dedicated to all things travel for travelers aged 18–35. Updated daily, the Web publication covers trends, products, tips and so much more in the world of travel. Nominations for the inaugural awards were accepted via online ballot and from trazeetravel.com’s intrepid contributors. A committee of select FX Express Publications, Inc., management selected the final winners.
“This year proved to be another successful GBTA convention,” said Francis X. Gallagher, publisher and CEO, Global Traveler. “As we announced the launch of trazeetravel.com at last year’s show, we thought it only fitting to honor the inaugural The Trazees winners at this year’s event. We all had a great time celebrating the successes of our partners at the incredible, 1920s-themed Itta Bena, a must-visit in Orlando.”
This year marked the 47th annual Global Business Travel Association convention, with more than 6,000 attendees from hotels, airlines, travel companies and corporate travel departments. The 48th annual convention will be held in Denver in July 2016.
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United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Southwest Airlines is adding new flights to, from and within Hawai’i, beginning mid-January 2020. The airline will add a new daily service between Sacramento International Airport and Honolulu (HON), plus new non-stop flights between Oakland (OAK) and San Jose (SJC) and both Kauai (LIH) and the Island of Hawai’i (KOA).
The Luxury Collection welcomes its eighth property in China with the opening of Na Lotus Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanning. The property is situated in the capital of the Guangxi Province, in a high-rise landmark building in the business district.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
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.
Qantas will start using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Sydney–Santiago route starting in late June 2020.