You don’t have to love snow and ice to enjoy Québec City’s annual extravaganza of all things winter, but it helps. For an activity-packed 17 days — Jan. 29 to Feb. 14, 2016 — the Québécois don’t just skate and ski on it. They celebrate it, slide down it, carve it into works of art, drive dog teams over it, build castles with it, make candy out of it, even sleep in it.
Québec Winter Carnival engulfs the city. On a toboggan slide beside the historic Château Frontenac, three toboggans filled with revelers race down parallel chutes. A huge ice palace with towers to climb fills Place Loto-Québec. Find the best view of the palace from above, atop the city’s famous ramparts — Québec is North America’s only walled city.
On two frosty Saturday nights, the whole city bundles up to watch a parade where more than 600 colorfully costumed people create a mobile stage show of floats, performers, dancers and bands. More cheering spectators crowd the riverside terraces to watch a canoe race across the wide St. Lawrence. Competing teams propel massive canoes through the freezing water and over an expanse of moving, tilting ice slabs that jam its surface.
Most of the activities take place on the Plains of Abraham, Québec’s huge city-center park on a high bluff overlooking the river. Lining its wide promenade, dozens of giant sculptures await the judges at the International Snow Sculpture Competition. Beyond stretch snow-covered acres of sleigh and dogsled rides, a giant outdoor hot tub, ice towers to climb, tubing and snowboarding parks, igloos, zip lines, skating rinks, free ski lessons for kids, live entertainment stages and events that include the popular Snow Bath, with competing teams in bathing suits rolling in the snow.
Look for the Cabane à Sucre — Sugar Shack — where you can sample traditional chewy sweet candy made by pouring maple syrup onto snow. The nearby Ice Bar serves up another winter tradition: a steaming Caribou concocted of warm Port wine, rum and maple syrup.
You may want another of these if you elect to spend the night at the continent’s only ice hotel. Guests at Hôtel de Glace sleep bundled into down-filled sleeping bags on beds carved of ice in a building constructed entirely of ice. Themed rooms and suites are designed anew each year and melt away in the spring. You can tour the hotel and have a drink at its Ice Bar without staying the night.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
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.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
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.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.