"Where you go becomes who you are. Go somewhere breath
I recently came across this tag line for the Preferred Hotel
Group. It certainly gave me something to think about.
Whether for business or pleasure, travel - the pure object of
getting there - may be difficult. Even if we're in "first class" we
still battle the traffic, join the lines at security, face the
indignation of a customs shake down. We should at least know that at
the end of that process, something breathtaking awaits us. It may be
life-changing, like stepping out into Machu Picchu, or it may be
simply awe-inspiring, like the fountains at the Bellagio in Las
Vegas, but there should be something worth the travel.
My job is ensure that your every travel experience has that
breathtaking element. I want to know that, for one brief moment,
this trip, your trip, will include an experience that you've never
had before. An incomparable view, an incredible massage, an
unsurpassed culinary experience, a feeling of weightlessness or a
walk on the bottom of the sea.
Let me make it happen for you. Hold your breath, and "consider it
Virgin Galactic Accredited Space
|New Hotel Trends|
Undersea Resort . Accessible by elevator and nestled
in the crystal clear cerulean waters of a 5,000-acre Fijian
lagoon, Poseidon Undersea Resort is the world's first seafloor
resort and the only place where, beginning in early 2009, you
can spend the night 40 feet underwater in incomparable luxury.
- When a hotel isn't enough. A unique collection of
architecturally refined properties combining the spaciousness,
serenity and long term comfort of a fully equipped luxury
apartment with the amenities and friendly personal service of
an intimate hotel. New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC.
|New from Four Seasons|
The expanding Four Seasons network continues to offer more
of the world's most distinctive experiences with the opening
of six new properties this year. Three already in full and
luxurious swing are:
Village, California, a unique corporate retreat, with
extensive function spaces and serene, generously proportioned
accommodations, a short drive from Los Angeles
Samui, Thailand, an away-from-it-all hillside resort
on the Gulf of Siam: spacious villas wrapped in tropical
gardens, conserved coconut groves and the amphitheatre of sky,
sea and islands.
at San Stefano, Egypt rekindles the glamour and
prestige of San Stefano, Egypt's legendary Mediterranean
resort, melding cool, classic accommodations with
|World's busiest airports|
Think Toronto's Pearson airport is busy? At 31 million
passengers last year, and a growth rate of 3%, it ranks number
29 in the world, and is certainly the busiest in Canada. The
world leader? Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport had a
traffic volume of 85 million, vying for top honours over the
past few years with Chicago's O'Hare. London's Heathrow, Tokyo
International, and Los Angeles LAX complete the top five.
Fastest growing of the top 30 is Beijing, with 48 million
passengers in 2006, a jump of 18% over 2005.
The largest cargo airport in the world is Memphis, the
FedEx hub. Hong King is second.
But size isn't everything! What about customer
satisfaction? The 2006 World Airport Award, given out by
Skytrax, honored Singapore's Changi Airport as the best in the
world. Hong Kong and Munich ranked No. 2 and No. 3. Copenhagen
Airport was given an award for the best on-site food. No U.S.
or Canadian airports were on the list.
|Touch the Sky without leaving the
Gravity is stronger at the water's edge. Spirits are
higher. Tensions are lower. Senses are keener. And anything
can happen when you are there. Welcome to two of the newest
additions to The Tides' collection of chic-by-the-shore
Tides Riviera Maya Resort & Spa
eco-conscious hideaway in the jungle" is how Travel+Leisure
describes this retreat on the white sands of the Riviera Maya
in Playa del Carmen and nestled in the tropical forest, the
resort counterpart of being invited to an exclusive private
villa and stunning spa. The resort refuge has a full service
luxury spa, an award-winning restaurant and lounge featuring
"Yucatecan" cuisine, seven-miles of white-sand beach, and
trips to nearby ancient cities and ruins.
"The classiest resort hotel in
the country," says the London Financial Times. Cool garden
waterfalls. Enchanted lagoons. Elegant adobe-inspired villas
nestled along one of Mexico's premier beaches. The Tides
Zihuatanejo is Zihuatanejo Bay's most romantic hideaway,
blending the casual romance of beachfront lifestyle with the
coveted seclusion of a lush garden retreat. Stunning jungle
and ocean views across a tranquil private beach, award-winning
Mexican-Pacific cuisine, four swimming pools, an intimate spa
and superb service.
Crystal Cruise from London to Rome
Since re-discovering the pleasures and the convenience of
luxury cruising last year, we've been on four, each a delight
in their own way, but one stood apart: Crystal Serenity
in the Mediterranean.
I will be Tour-Conducting a group on one of their most
popular itineraries: London, Northern France and Spain,
Portugal, Gibraltar, Southern Spain and France, and Rome.
Twelve nights, eight ports, and all at up to half price, from
May 7 to 19, 2008.
It's a "group," but no group activities are required: if
you want a quiet, exclusive two weeks of pampered luxury, this
is also ideal. Of course, you'll be tempted to join one of our
legendary Lemon Drop Martini receptions, but nothing is
obligatory. Except your pleasure!
Please join us! It's an incredible value (half off the
brochure price) and lots of perqs (including a complimentary
shore excursion in Barcelona led by me!). Deposits are
required by October 1, 2007, to hold your stateroom, and all
deposits are fully refundable until January 1, 2008.
cruise with Roger on Crystal
Credit Card tip
It's a good idea to let your credit card companies know
when you are traveling abroad
Credit Card suppliers face huge losses due to fraudulent
use of credit cards, and have systems installed to track any
changes in spending behavior that can signal a stolen card or
misappropriated card information. If you plan to travel to an
overseas destination, it is advisable to contact your credit
card provider to advise them of your travel plans and of your
estimated expenditure. This will avoid the inconvenience and
aggravation that can result from non-authorization of credit
card transactions while overseas.
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of their friends, family and business associates. Thank you
for your support.