I had fun writing “Best of GT: Destinations,” the most recent chapter in the countdown to our 10th anniversary in February 2014. I decided to focus on special moments in the destinations I’ve visited over the years, from a rug emporium in Turkey to vineyards in Switzerland and from the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China. It was difficult to narrow the field to 10 but a great opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane.
In this issue, we also reveal the winners of our 10th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards as voted by you, our esteemed readers. Did your favorites earn top honors? Check out the results.
As always, our intrepid team of writers weighs in with reports from around the world. Sharon King Hoge writes about the business climate in Baku, while Debra Bokur explores Prague with family in tow. Ron Kuhlmann shares tips for sealing business deals in Manila, and Ted Alan Stedman profiles some of the world’s best dive sites. Richard Newton describes the after-5 scene in Jeddah, and Eunice Fried offers suggestions for exploring the Big Apple’s boroughs during a day off in New York City. J.D. Brown and Margaret Backenheimer kick back on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and Ron Bernthal gives us an up-close look at doing business in Omaha.
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Four Seasons now offers a full-service, online shopping experience. Travelers can purchase Four Seasons beds, linens, towels, robes and more. Each product receives premium packaging and door-to-door delivery, with the shopping experience assisted by unique chat options — shoppers enjoy the Four Seasons standard of service from home.
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.
One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.
In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
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.
The Hyatt Regency brand returns to Cairo with the anticipated 2020 opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The property is aimed at both business and leisure travelers with its close proximity to Pyramids Heights Business Park, diverse corporations and landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza.
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.