I hope you all had the opportunity to watch the FXExpress Publications combined awards show, The Greatest Show on Earth! We presented the winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, the Wines on the Wing airline wine competition, the Leisure Lifestyle Awards, The Trazees and the Wherever Awards. You can view the ceremony by visiting globaltravelerusa.com, trazeetravel.com or whereverfamily.com; it is housed in a sponsored content post and hosted on YouTube.
When this issue hits, I will be enjoying our annual Valentine’s Day dinner at Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. I’m hoping it won’t be too cold; one Valentine’s Day the temperature dipped below 14 degrees and the water pipes froze solid.
Like many, I spent January working remotely (in Florida), and I am certainly ready to get back in the swing of things as vaccines continue to deploy across the country and the world. It has been a challenging year, but we are ready to dive right back into travel — there is so much pent-up demand. Travel has changed dramatically and will continue to be different from before, but it surely will be significantly better.
For now, I have a lot of trips to replan: golf in Kiawah Island, a European riverboat cruise, business trips to Asia and more of the regular trips around the country for results-oriented, face-to-face meetings. Nothing ever replaces them. Zoom to Teams, remote meetings will not stand the test of time, as there is nothing better than breaking bread with your clients and seeing them in person.
I would like to “Zoom shame” those of you who do not turn on your cameras! After all the time I spend getting ready for a video conference, it turns into just a conference call. Many of the Zooms could have been telephone calls, but we all seem wrapped up in Zooming. Let’s hope these sessions diminish as we begin to meet in person.
After 9/11, videoconferencing replaced business trips, but only for a short while. The truth is, once one of your competitors gets out in front of you with your clients — face to face — and takes them away from you (which will happen), you need to get out there and see them in the flesh. Check out Martin Zimmerman’s Los Angeles Times article from Sept. 11, 2006, on the decline of videoconferencing — maybe this time is different, maybe not.
Here’s to a reduction in videoconferencing and an increase in vaccines!
Brewing long and deep at its center before radiating out to the rest of Europe, Vienna boasts an illustrious history and lasting intellectual impact. The Austrian capital dates back to Celtic and Romen rule, the latter inhabitants using the center city as a military hub among many other employments.
Whether taking a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight or looking up different travel restrictions before planning your trip, travel has looked a little bit different this past year. With all the extra steps for traveling, American Airlines is committed to finding ways to provide ease and more flexibility and choices for passengers when traveling.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
When you think of a relaxing spa day, mountains, rivers and view of gorgeous landscapes pop in your head; a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of any city’s booming music and honking taxis. SoJo Spa Club and Hotel gives you the relaxing feeling of being away while still staying close to the busy center of Manhattan.
Dance the night away with Grand Hotel’s Ballroom Dance offer, available May 16–18. Dancers of all skill levels will experience a diverse range of ballroom dance styles, alongside daily breakfast and dinner, a welcome reception and complimentary golf green fees.
The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, introduces new meeting offerings starting this month. Louisville’s only waterfront hotel recently underwent a property-wide $80 million renovation on all guestrooms, meeting spaces and new food and beverage concepts.