Athos Smart Fitness Apparel
The next trend in wearables might be smart clothing. Unlike fitness bands and your iPhone’s Health app, this intelligent fitness apparel from Athos works by utilizing sensors embedded in the fabric making direct contact with the skin. Fitness enthusiasts can get detailed feedback on their workout, enabling them to monitor their activity on an app and make more informed training decisions. Athos’ smart clothing app tracks your workout in real time, right down to which muscles are used and how hard. $149–398.
Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide Camera
First you had a digital camera, then gave it up for the smartphone, but you can’t deny the appeal of that old instant camera sitting in your attic. While a number of modern reincarnations have appeared on the market, most of them are lacking in the technical department. Lomography aims to bring instant film to more advanced photographers who want a variety of controls at their disposal while retaining the point-and-shoot feel of the old Polaroid cameras. Though the image quality is easily surpassed by an SLR, Lomography is more about enjoying the idiosyncrasies of instant film. $199.
Unless you’re an Android enthusiast, you might not have heard of Project Fi, Google’s new cellphone service available in 120 countries. The carrier operates by allowing users to seamlessly switch between WiFi and the cell networks of Google’s two partners, Sprint and T-Mobile, enabling users to save on data usage and make calls in areas where cell service is limited. Project Fi is limited to the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X or Nexus 6 and requires a special SIM card available through Google. Fi Basics, $20/month for unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texts and other features; $10 per GB of data.
Microsoft Outlook for iOS
Microsoft launched its iOS version for Outlook a little more than a year ago after acquiring Acompli. While it wasn’t groundbreaking, the app improved with time, especially after the company’s acquisition of Sunrise, a popular calendar app, culminating in its latest update taking aim at the popular Inbox by Gmail app. Outlook for iOS now supports a variety of cloud storage services like Dropbox and even its rival, Google Drive. The added customizable swipe features and an intelligent sorting algorithm make workflow on this app a breeze. Free.
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.
MMGY Travel Intelligence released findings from its 2021 fall edition of its Portrait of American Travelers survey. It revealed the vast majority of vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are planning trips in the months ahead, but the types of trips are different.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Airbnb.org is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in moments of crisis, sheltering those displaced by natural disasters, offering frontline workers a place to stay at the height of the pandemic and, now, helping Afghan refugees.
Italian hospitality brand AG Group announced an international collaboration with Hyatt Hotels. AG Group’s IL Tornabuoni, slated to open in Florence in October 2021, will be part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The Tribune in Rome will become part of JdV by Hyatt in October 2021.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Hotel diversity isn’t where it could be, but it’s a work in progress. Fueled with new energy that emerged from the racial reckoning of 2020, there’s more of a sense of urgency ... and with good reason. There’s plenty to do when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the hotel industry.