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.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, with hotels in Hawai’i, Florida and Costa Rica, introduced an intelligent text messaging platform at its hotels and resorts, streamlining real-time communication with guests. Since the mobile technology has been implemented, the platform has been successfully used to answer guest questions, manage check-in, deliver amenities, quickly communicate updates on services, send alerts and enable contact-less check-out.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
After more than a year of staying home and social distancing, Americans are ready to experience live entertainment again. According to Allianz Partners USA’s Vacation Confidence Index survey, 55 percent of Americans plan on attending at least one ticketed event before the end of 2021, with 16 percent planning to attend three or more events.