Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 with Slope +/-
What makes this laser rangefinder different from others on the market? It’s equipped with a built-in inclinometer that provides you with a compensated distance based upon the degree of incline or decline — so if you’re aiming uphill or downhill, the handy 10-ounce PinSeeker will adjust the yardage reading for the distance and angle to better aid with club selection. It’s capable of ranging distances from five to 1,500 yards and is accurate within plus- or minus-one yard, and is 100 percent waterproof. Hey, we need all the help we can get on the links. $643.75. (www.bushnellgolf.com)
Sony Reader Portable Reader System
This cool new eBook reader from Sony lets you take a literal library of books with you wherever you go — all on a sleek, lightweight device the size of a paperback. It boasts the world’s first consumer application of a revolutionary technology called Electronic ink (E ink), which offers much higher resolution than traditional portable devices and delivers a realistic print look that rivals traditional paper. The result is crisp text and graphics that can be read from practically any angle and in any light, from bright sunlight to a dimly lighted room. And the rechargeable battery allows about 7,500 page turns per charge. When you’re not devouring the latest best-seller, you also can use the Reader to store and display documents in Adobe PDF format, RTF, text and JPEG photos. Sony’s just-launched Connect eBook store already offers more than 10,000 titles. Now where can we get a virtual library card? $350. (www.sony.com/reader)
This GPS navigation system from Delphi offers a budget-friendly alternative to the slew of pricier GPS systems currently on the market. The NAV200 comes pre-loaded with U.S. and Canada maps and is equipped with a high-sensitivity SiRF GPS antenna. When you’re not using the NAV200 to get you to your destination, its 3.5-inch, antiglare, full-color screen is perfect for watching movies, viewing pictures or listening to MP3s downloaded from your computer onto an additional SD card (sold separately). An optional adapter gives city commuters current traffic information via Traffic Monitoring Channel programming and adjusts your route to avoid back-ups and bottlenecks. $399. (www.delphi.com)
Imagine if you could have all your voicemail messages emailed to you in near-real time? The folks at SimulScribe have come up with a service that does just that. Using advanced voice recognition technology, SimulScribe converts messages into emails to be delivered to your BlackBerry or Treo, or to text messages if you’re using a nonemail-equipped mobile phone. A WAV file of the message comes attached in case you still want to listen to the audio and your messages are stored online just as they would be in a regular email account. How cool is that? Twenty-five cents per message after one-month free trial. (www.simulscribe.com)
Set to open in 2026, Rosewood San Francisco will be the last skyscraper developed in the downtown region for the foreseeable future. The projected 800-foot-tall property will host a hotel, residences, office and rental spaces. The brand’s third property in California will join Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
It’s not even 9a.m. in the sleepy fishing village of Rawai on Thailand’s famous Phuket Island, but already the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea swarm with local fishermen casting their lines and releasing their nets from the bows of rustic long-tail boats. The scents of lemongrass, incense and sweet pandan leaves season the air as the villagers slowly rise from their beachside bungalows to start their day. In just a few more hours, the fishermen will return with their catches, filling the stalls of the iconic Rawai Seafood Market with buckets of shellfish and displays of fresh filets. Visitors line up each afternoon for the catch of the day, selecting their fish with care before hauling their purchases across the well-worn road to the restaurants opposite the market to have the fish cooked for 100 Thai baht per kilo.
MMGY Travel Intelligence released findings from its 2021 fall edition of its Portrait of American Travelers survey. It revealed the vast majority of vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers are planning trips in the months ahead, but the types of trips are different.
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.
Airbnb.org is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in moments of crisis, sheltering those displaced by natural disasters, offering frontline workers a place to stay at the height of the pandemic and, now, helping Afghan refugees.
Italian hospitality brand AG Group announced an international collaboration with Hyatt Hotels. AG Group’s IL Tornabuoni, slated to open in Florence in October 2021, will be part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The Tribune in Rome will become part of JdV by Hyatt in October 2021.
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.
Hotel diversity isn’t where it could be, but it’s a work in progress. Fueled with new energy that emerged from the racial reckoning of 2020, there’s more of a sense of urgency ... and with good reason. There’s plenty to do when it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the hotel industry.