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Fall 2007


"Where you go becomes who you are. Go somewhere breath taking."

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 done!"

Roger Kershaw
Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agent

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in this issue
  • Feature Destination
  • New Hotel Trends
  • New from Four Seasons
  • World's busiest airports
  • Touch the Sky without leaving the Water

  • New Hotel Trends

    Poseidon 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.

    AKA - 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:

    Westlake Village, California, a unique corporate retreat, with extensive function spaces and serene, generously proportioned accommodations, a short drive from Los Angeles

    Koh 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.

    Alexandria at San Stefano, Egypt rekindles the glamour and prestige of San Stefano, Egypt's legendary Mediterranean resort, melding cool, classic accommodations with Mediterranean views.

    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 Water

    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 destinations.

    The Tides Riviera Maya Resort & Spa
    "A sexy 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 Tides Zihuatanejo
    "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.

    Feature Destination

    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.

    Come 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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    The highest compliment my clients can give is the referral of their friends, family and business associates. Thank you for your support.

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