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.
Experience the best of Italy with the new 10-day City and Coast Getaway. Travelers begin their trip with a luxury stay at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese before moving onto Abruzzo’s Castello Di Semivicoli.
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.
National Rum Day is right around the corner on Aug.16, meaning it’s time to start planning your celebration. Sandals Resorts, the all-inclusive Caribbean resort company, shares recipes from mixologists, allowing rum fans to celebrate as if they are staying on property.
Until Aug. 21, catch the museum premier of Bonnie Lautenberg: Art Meets Hollywood at Boca Raton Museum of Art. After learning one of the large-scale red paintings created by artist Lucio Fontana was the result of his viewing of the 1964 film Red Desert (directed by Michelangelo Antonioni), Lautenberg set out to discover other instances where filmmakers and artists knowingly — or perhaps unknowingly — had an effect on one another’s work.
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Vacations providing travelers with opportunities to improve their mental and physical wellbeing continues to rise in demand as more and more hotels and resorts create offerings centered around wellbeing. ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, a resort boasting programming paying homage to Hawai’i’s rich culture and heritage, recently debuted a variety of new offerings focused on cultural experiences and holistic wellness.
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Summerlin, Las Vegas, recently announced plans to completely transform its dining space, entertainment offerings and gaming experiences with new additions. Currently underway, new concepts like the famed Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam and the new Greek restaurant Naxos Taverna will soon join the resort.
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.
Scenic Group launched its Second Guest Sail Free offer on a variety of ocean and river cruises on both the Scenic and Emerald Cruises lines. This new offer applies to all Europe and Asia river cruise departures through June 30, 2023.