Winners of 2014 GlobeRunner Awards Announced at Event in New York City

by Jeremy Del Nero

Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Lufthansa, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Hertz, LOT Polish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Transaero Airlines have been named best in class by readers of Frequent Business Traveler.
At the 2014 GlobeRunner Awards presentation in New York City on Tuesday, Jonathan Spira, Frequent Business Traveler’s editorial director, announced the winners.  The awards honor the world’s top hotel groups, airlines, car rental agencies, travel websites, and more.  …

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Crossing the Pond: Assessing British Airways’ Competition in First and Business between London and New York

by Jonathan Spira
London Heathrow from the air

New York-London is one of the busiest markets for business travel. The route links two of the world’s most important financial hubs and it is also the busiest intercontinental route in the world. In 2012, over 3.6 million passengers flew from London Heathrow to New York.
The competitive nature of the route has made it necessary for airlines to continually practice one-upmanship, and this has resulted in the introduction of many …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: July 26, 2014

by Karin Sun

As we head into another weekend, let us take a look back at some of the most engaging news and features from the past week.  Here are five stories that will keep you entertained en route to your weekend getaway:
1.) The winners of the 2014 GlobeRunner Awards were announced at a ceremony in New York City on Tuesday.  This year, attendees were treated to such Viennese specialties as Wiener Schnitzel …

What’s Doing in Warsaw

by Karin Sun

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is the ninth most populated city in the European Union.  Like Budapest, this east European metropolis is renowned for its majestic royal palaces, churches, and parks, and exudes a regal and dignified air.
However, the city’s commanding beauty masks a tragic and turbulent past.  Sometimes referred to as “the phoenix city” as a result of the number of wars it has endured, Warsaw is notable for …

Elvis’ Lost BMW 507: A Special Exhibition at the BMW Museum

by Christian Stampfer

MUNICH – The King may be dead but the King’s car is back. BMW unveiled the mythical BMW 507 that originally belonged to singer Elvis Presley at a ceremony at the BMW Museum in Munich.
Called “Elvis’ 507: lost & found,” the special exhibit opened on Wednesday. It will be open to the public for two weeks and will feature the King’s original BMW 507 in its unrestored condition.  Following the …

Lobby Bar – July 25: Skyward Parties, Running the Globe, Homer’s Brain, and Welcome Back Kotter for $100

by Jeremy Del Nero

The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Many will enter, few will win.  It’s official; the recipients of the GlobeRunner Awards were announced in New York City this week.  Mustbe18yearsoldtoparticipateentrydoesnotguaranteewinningsbatteriesnotincluded.
Turned up.  Jonathan Spira hops on a Virgin Atlantic jet from New York to London.  From the airline’s Clubhouse to the on-board bar Virgin seems to be cementing its reputation as a party airline.  …

Home Automation Part 3: SmartThings Know and Control Your Home Kit

by Jeremy Del Nero

In our continuing series on home automation, we now turn to specific products that centralize and automate control of lighting, doors, appliances and other devices, making life more convenient, energy efficient, and comfortable.  Today we’ll take a look at SmartThings’ Know and Control Your Home Kit.
While the concept of home automation is nothing new, practical solutions are only recently beginning to gain traction and popularity.  The SmartThings Know and Control …

The House Hotel, Nisantasi, Istanbul – Review

by Shannon McClatchey

Celebrated Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk describes Istanbul as “an archipelago of neighborhoods” and, from my personal experience, they all exhibit their own unique character. Nisantasi, part of the Sisli quarter on the European side of Istanbul, has always been an upscale neighborhood known for its cafés and exclusive shops.  Here on Abdi İpekçi Street, Istanbul’s premier shopping street, is one of the four House Hotel locations.
The low-key entrance, one that doesn’t …