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Whole New Game: Letter From The Publisher

Jan 31, 2015
2015 / January 2015

After completing the most successful year to date for Global Traveler and the launch of trazeetravel.com, we are ready to embark on 2015 with renewed vigor. This year we re-evolve, as we do from time to time; many changes will be internal, others will involve the website, circulation and editorial products. January marks our 150th issue — to reach this kind of milestone, we constantly adapt to the needs of our readers and the ever-changing marketplace. And travel always throws a few curve balls.

My family and I are touring London this month, staying at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, close to Harrods and Hyde Park. We’ll have dinner with friends we met on our trans-Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2, Pauline and Dennis Banks, true travelers who take in everything possible. In March, we’ll have dinner in Philadelphia with Alan Clark and Gus Matuteb, two more QM2 tablemates.

After London, I’m off to Brussels to meet the team at Brussels Airlines. They are expanding upon their wins at the Global Traveler Wines on the Wing business- and first-class airline wine competition by creating a “Beer Card” of Belgium’s finest beers, ales and other brews. Richard Evans, GT’s senior vice president, and I look forward to our first airline beer tasting. With the explosion of the craft beer craze here and abroad, the carrier is spot on. Even discount carrier Frontier Airlines serves a Colorado IPA on board, a welcome treat. I wonder how many airlines offer specialty, craft or exotic beers on board? I would welcome feedback from our readers.

As you read Mail Call, note the letter about golf from a woman’s perspective. True, at most courses, the women’s tee boxes are an afterthought; however, I recently played at The Hotchkiss School Golf Course in Connecticut, and they had a brilliant concept. A high wooden guard shielded the women’s tee boxes so players could get in position in front of the men and be safe while teeing off. Golf enjoyment is all about speed and shortening delays, so women often move ahead and wait. I am concerned when they are “safely” standing on the side but forward; any missed hit could have dire consequences. If you are unhappy with the way you are treated at a course, tell the club. Golf is in a tailspin, and the smart pros and managers will listen.

There are women-friendly courses and, like most things designed with women in mind, they are better for men, too. Bigger bathrooms, better amenities, better hotel bedding and healthier room service menus have been championed by women travelers, and men love them, too. Check out Golf Digest’s Top 50 Courses for Women; No. 1 is Pine Needles in North Carolina, a fantastic course designed by LPGA legend Peggy Kirk Bell that both women and men find enjoyable and welcoming.

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