Manitoba’s beautiful capital city of Winnipeg has lots of new and updated attractions this year. The stunning new $43 million home of Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is now open, featuring 22 aircraft and 14 immersive galleries.
The 109-year-old Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, Ascend Hotel Collection recently restored its main dining room and relaunched it as Oval Room Brasserie, while also unveiling a new state-of-the-art fitness facility.
Dinosaur enthusiasts can see giant, full-scale skeletons of new and exotic dinosaurs from the Southern Hemisphere at the new blockbuster exhibition at Manitoba Museum, ULTIMATE DINSOAURS! The exhibit runs May 21–Sept. 5.
FortWhyte Alive’s on-site eatery, Buffalo Stone Café, teams up with social enterprise Something Beautiful and Chef Zack Ssenkungu to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Winnipeg’s food scene continues to welcome hot new spots to eat and drink this spring, including a Northern Manitoba-style pizza joint, Takoyaki takeout and several new coffee shops.
2022 is the Year of the Garden in Canada, and Winnipeg’s newest green gem is The Gardens at The Leaf, located in Assiniboine Park. Featuring six unique outdoor areas, The Leaf is an expansive new outdoor garden which will continue to evolve as the greenery matures each season. The six new outdoor areas are The Indigenous Peoples Garden, created by Indigenous landscape and architectural designers in collaboration with Indigenous elders and community leaders; Kitchen Garden, which focuses on active gardening with edible plants like vegetables, fruits and herbs; Seasonal Garden, a garden centered around the four-season Manitoba experience, celebrating change with perennial plants; Sensory Garden, which features garden beds with colorful, aromatic and tactile plants, tall prairie grass and hills with rock steps to climb; Performance Garden, an outdoor stage surrounded by tiered cement offering levels of grassy seating around the stage; and The Grove, a space showcasing impressively tall trees lining beautiful scenic paths.
Finally, CURRENT Winnipeg launches its new, weekend-long festival experience at The Forks, Aug. 12–14. This sophisticated summer experience highlights the city’s thriving drinks, music, visual art and culinary scenes.
Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2022 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
Global Traveler first launched awards to honor the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing and supporting diversity and inclusion within the travel industry last year. Now, continuing the awards for the second year, Global Traveler looked at many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to see which companies enacted the most changes toward promoting diversity and inclusion.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
For the 12th consecutive year, Global Traveler recognizes the best of the best in the industry, naming 2022’s Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
What a year 2022 has been for travel! It’s not an understatement to say travel rebounded and surged following the pandemic, and airlines, hotels, travel providers and more are ready and waiting to serve the masses returning to the beautiful art of traveling. As such, we celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2022 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, our 19th year honoring the best of the best in the world of travel. Our countdown to year No. 20 begins now.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Global Traveler, the only magazine for frequent luxury travelers, announces Singapore Airlines as the 2022 Airline of the Year and Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts as the 2022 Hotel of the Year. This marks the 12th year Global Traveler has awarded Airline and Hotel of the Year nods.
Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin recently announced plans to open in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, Feb. 1, 2023. Boasting 246 guestrooms, including five suites, the hotel serves as the perfect hub for travelers.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
After successfully launching a direct route from Pittsburgh International Airport to London Heathrow three years ago, British Airways now increases the route from four to six flights a week. Currently, British Airways operate services on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.