Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When brothers Charles and Warren McArthur first got the idea for a hotel resort near Scottsdale, Arizona, in the 1910s, they knew exactly who to call: their third brother, Albert Chase McArthur, an architect who at the time was working alongside Frank Lloyd Wright. McArthur went on to design perhaps the greatest feat of his career: the Arizona Biltmore , a Waldorf Astoria resort, which today remains one of the only existing luxury hotels influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, cementing the property’s position as an architectural masterpiece. Affectionately termed the ‘Jewel of the Desert’, the Biltmore is legendary in these parts. The resort has hosted presidents, dignitaries, and the dazzling elite of every generation—think Marilyn by the pool and Sinatra at the bar. So revered is its history that even today, the resort honors its past with on-site history tours, free to guests, hosted by one of the Biltmore’s resident … [Read more...] about The Iconic Arizona Biltmore Has Retained Its Effortless Style For Almost A Century—Surviving Renovations, Sales, And Upheavals
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin On October 30, three American tourists were found dead at their Airbnb rental in Mexico City. The bodies of Kandace Florence and Jordan Marshall, both 28, and Courtez Hall, 33, were found in La Rosita, an upscale neighborhood close to Santa Fe. Sadly, the visitors had come to Mexico City to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Marshall and Hall were New Orleans teachers, while Kandace Florence was a small business owner from Virginia Beach. Florence was speaking to her boyfriend on October 30, and said she felt unwell. The call dropped. The worried boyfriend called for a welfare check, and authorities found the bodies. U.S. State Department travel advisories for Mexico include “exercise increased caution due to crime” in Mexico City. But the three friends staying at the Airbnb were not the victims of criminal activity or a drug overdose. Instead, they reportedly died from “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide. A … [Read more...] about Why Did Three Americans Die In Mexico City Airbnb?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Like Hollywood, travel is a glamor industry. Pictures of people on sunny beaches, partying on Las Vegas pool decks, clinking glasses aboard cruise ships or splashing in crystal-clear waters from Bali to Bermuda are designed to do only thing: sell travel and experiences. Hollywood helps sell tourism too. There’s a reason why people long to walk where their favorite characters did, whether it’s an isolated peninsula in Spain where “Game of Thrones” was filmed, or fancy hotels where the women of” Sex and the City” frolicked. HBO’s "White Lotus” will no doubt drive tourists to its first and second season locations of Hawaii and Sicily. But there is a large gap between the expansive, expensive picture the travel industry likes to paint, and the reality. In a perceptive article in The Street , “The Future of Travel is a Three-Star Hotel”, writer Veronika Bondarenkonov writes that for many properties, the goal is attracting … [Read more...] about Is The Future Of Travel Really The Three-Star Hotel?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The official day may be over, but many Travel Tuesday deals are still live—for now. Frequent fliers and budding globetrotters, take note: These are some of the best travel sales we’ll see all year. No matter what you’re looking for—a quick December getaway, a weeklong excursion or the best luggage —we’ve got you covered. But these sales won’t last; most will likely expire by the end of the day, so pack up your bags and get ready to jump into your next adventure today. We’ve found tons of Travel Tuesday deals for your next excursion, long or short. Check out major sales from the likes of Aer Lingus and Hawaiian Airlines to book your flights and head to Booking.com to reserve your stay at the best hotels. Looking for a more unique experience? Consider tours like Hurtigruten Expeditions to explore faraway destinations by sea, like the Galapagos. If you’re overwhelmed by the options, explore curated travel experience … [Read more...] about The 37 Best Travel Tuesday Deals: Major Savings On Flights, Hotels, Gear And More
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Native to the Philippines, ube (Tagalog for tuber and pronounced OO-beh) is a purple yam that has played a central role in local food culture for more than four centuries, and has been gaining popularity on global menus and Instagram feeds in recent times. With its delicious and unique taste, beautiful color, and its properties as a plant-based functional food, ube could just be the most nutritious and delicious purple-promise for global foodies in 2023. Americans first learned about ube in 2015, when Miami-based Filipino eatery, Manila Social Club launched a “gold-ube donut, adorned with icing made with Cristal champagne and filled with an ube mousse, champagne jelly, and covered with 24k Gold” at $100 per donut. The purple tuber experienced another surge in popularity during 2020, when Filipinos in the diaspora who were struggling with the social and mobility effects of COVID-19 began to yearn for a taste of home. … [Read more...] about Ube— The Uber Ingredient Of 2023
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Entrepreneur , Artist, and Online Visibility Strategist who helps companies create innovative campaigns to propel business to the next level. Public relations (PR) is much more than the latest buzzword in the marketing world. The public’s impression of a brand can be significantly influenced by its publicity efforts. Publicizing aims to raise awareness regarding the brand or product by promoting it in various public forums. Brands should learn how to generate favorable PR if they want more people to interact with their business or buy their products. This article will offer insights into what publicity entails and an overview of its significance. Defining Publicity The term “publicity” simply refers to the act of mentioning a brand/business/person in the media. This action is performed to help brands build awareness and attract and retain potential customers. When another person mentions a brand positively … [Read more...] about Brand Publicity: What It Is And Why You Need It
- A + A (Dec 1): This will be a year to forget for the gaming industry in Macau, where casinos are on track for their weakest revenue haul on record as China’s rigid Covid policies and travel restrictions keep gamblers away. The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said on Thursday that casino revenue in November fell 56% from a year earlier to three billion patacas (US$374 million). That took revenue for January-November to 38.7 billion patacas, far short of the 270 billion patacas for the same period in 2019, prior to the pandemic. Analysts had forecast that November revenue would drop 47% from a year earlier to 3.6 billion patacas. In November 2019, Macau’s casinos brought in 22.9 billion patacas. Key Insights Macau’s tourist numbers remain way below pre-pandemic levels. There were about 580,000 arrivals in October, compared with 2.9 million in the same month of 2019. That’s because China is persisting with Covid restrictions to curb a rise in … [Read more...] about Macau casinos head for worst year on record due to Covid squeeze
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Early pandemic lockdowns raised appreciation for the joys of travel and for eating out, two things people quickly found they really missed when they could no longer do them. This has fueled the current pent-up demand, and one easy way to satisfy both urges is with a visit to America’s longest running food and wine festival - which just happens to be held annually (except for pandemic) at one of nation’s very best hotels, the Forbes 5-Star Boston Harbor Hotel . The Boston Wine Festival has been a fixture on the culinary and oenophile scene for three and a half decades, and for almost all of that time, it was the labor of love of its founder, Chef Daniel Bruce, career executive chef at the property and one of the world’s leading experts on food and wine pairings. For 30 years Bruce spent a good part of each year visiting vineyards, meeting with wine makers and tasting wines, carefully designing dishes and creating special … [Read more...] about Great News For Foodies – America’s Oldest Food And Wine Festival Is Back
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Canouan is a small island in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago, and with just five square miles of land it’s home to more turtles than people. Its hilly interior boasts the 700-foot Mt. Royal—a volcanic remnant—which towers over the island’s sinuous shoreline, a shore that offers both Caribbean and Atlantic exposures. The appeal of this remote island, where many well-heeled bigwigs come seeking privacy, is undeniable. Home to just a few hotels and one very small town (Charleston), this is not the place you visit to hit the bars, or wear out the credit card on a shopping spree. You come to Canouan to escape into a cocoon of uninterrupted, well-fed, luxurious time with each other. In keeping with the island’s private idyllic vibe, The Mandarin Oriental Canouan —part of Canouan Estates—is an ultra-luxury offering that delivers access to an entire country club’s worth of activities. Golf, tennis, hiking are always … [Read more...] about The Perfect Winter Break Is On Canouan Island
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The BBC and many other news outlets have called recent demonstrations in China “Covid protests.” But the protests are not simply about stringent Covid-19 policies. Though triggered by ongoing lockdowns, the protests have a much broader aim of ending authoritarian rule and lack of freedom of expression. And so, criticism of draconian Covid-19 measures is a channel to express wider dissatisfaction with the government’s authoritarian modes of domestic governance and surveillance. Western media report that the Chinese government’s harsh Covid-19 measures sparked mass protests in a growing number of cities. A fire in the city of Urumqi, which killed 10 people, appears to have instigated the unrest. Protesters said that strict lockdown rules hampered rescue efforts, as local authorities had sealed the people inside their homes. The Chinese government in Beijing has denied this. Holding blank paper above their heads – the … [Read more...] about China Protests Go Beyond Demanding An End To Severe Covid-19 Restrictions