With many Americans sheltering in place and working from home, staying connected is more important than ever. New remote workers turn to Zoom to stay in contact with coworkers and other business associates. The video conferencing service offers a fun option to jazz up your virtual meetings: virtual backgrounds. This option allows users to select a unique backdrop to display behind them, instead of wherever they are in their home.
Hotels around the world offer images to use as virtual backdrops to inspire travelers. Check out these properties for an escape, all from the comfort of your home office.
Visit Santorini via Zoom courtesy of Adronis Concept. The only 5-star wellness retreat on the island, the hotel features a large spa and beautiful views.
Located in Northland, New Zealand, the luxurious property boasts stunning views of lush greenery and the Pacific Ocean.
Marquis Los Cabos
The all-inclusive resort and spa in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, offers breathtaking views of the sunset, as seen from three infinity pools overlooking the Sea of Cortés.
The Mulia Bali
Experience the white-sand beaches of southern Bali from the comfort of your home. The property boasts design elements inspired by Balinese culture, blending with natural landscapes.
The Shore Club Turks and Caicos
The Caribbean retreat is located on Turks and Caicos’ coveted Long Bay Beach. Take in poolside views for a rejuvenating experience.
Washington School House
The Park City, Utah, boutique property is a National Historic Registry landmark. Built in 1889, the elegant property provides striking views during any season.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Climbing along the coast, I was trying to snap pictures of the cool-blue Puerto Vallarta waters outside my car window (I know, it never works) when we started winding along stone walls draped in jungle-like foliage. Annoyed my view was blocked, I looked around to see where we were just as we were parking at Hotel Mousai — I audibly gasped. The all-glass, chic and incredibly grand entrance was so well-secluded, it somehow snuck up on me.
Three weeks after welcoming the first international flights since its borders closed, Saint Lucia’s government reinforced its mandatory travel protocol messaging. The island also launched an informative video with on-island footage of the actual travel experience.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
United Airlines plans to bump up its capacity by 4 percent month over month in September; this will account for 37 percent of its schedule compared to the year prior.
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
I left little time to drive from Bucks County to Philadelphia International Airport and hit a little bottleneck just before the city due to constant construction on I-95. All in all, the drive took 40 minutes and parking at C was ample but not empty (the economy lot appears to be closed to make staff more efficient).