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Travel Executive of the Month – Priya Paul, COO, The Park Hotels

Travel Executive of the Month – Priya Paul, COO, The Park Hotels

“It gives me immense pride that we are the pioneers of design hotels in India,” says The Park Hotels’ COO, Priya Paul.
The modern, luxury boutique hotels of the fast-growing brand are found throughout India, in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Goa, Hyderabad, and Kerala.  Also included is the luxury cruiser Apsara, a floating hotel that plies the waters of Kerala’s Vembanad Lake.
The Park Hotels’ first property opened on …

British Airways World Traveller Plus Flight 179 London Heathrow – New York JFK – Review

British Airways World Traveller Plus Flight 179 London Heathrow – New York JFK – Review

After an early arrival at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, and a quick check-in for World Traveller Plus, British Airways’ premium economy class, I made my way through passport control and security with time to spare before this 6:05 p.m. flight.
BOARDING
Boarding was equally speedy. World Traveller Plus seating was in a 2-4-2 configuration in a dedicated cabin aboard a Boeing 777-300. I found my aisle seat, 22D, already topped with a …

Graylyn International Conference Center, Winston-Salem – Hotel Review

Graylyn International Conference Center, Winston-Salem – Hotel Review

A 25-minute drive from Greensboro’s Piedmont Triad International Airport and a few minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, the Graylyn International Conference Center was originally built in 1932 as the 46,000-square-foot estate of Nathalie Lyons Gray and Bowman Gray, Sr., who would become chairman of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.
The Gray family donated the estate to Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1946, and it was operated as the college’s psychiatric …

Copa Airlines Clase Ejecutiva (Business Class) Flight 430 Panama City, Panama – Miami – Review

Copa Airlines Clase Ejecutiva (Business Class) Flight 430 Panama City, Panama – Miami – Review

Scheduled to join the Star Alliance this month, rapidly growing Copa Airlines will add four new destinations to its current total of 59 when it launches new flights to Recife, Brazil; Liberia (Guanacaste) in Costa Rica; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Curacao later this year.
Check-in for my flight to Miami, Florida at Copa Airlines’ hub, Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport, was fairly quick for my 11:58 a.m. flight. With no luggage …

Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf – Review

Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf – Review

Built on what was once the nexus for Britain’s spice trade, the West India Quay, the Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf shares a garden area with several residential buildings that overlook the Thames, offering guests a quiet refuge from the chaos of London.  Designed by Philippe Starck, the ten-story contemporary property is within walking distance of a number of East London’s major financial, tech, and media companies.
Staff members …

World Traveler of the Month – John Lopinto

World Traveler of the Month – John Lopinto

Life-long Long Island resident John Lopinto describes how he has found the resourcefulness that growing up in New York engendered to be helpful when traveling, as he recounts a day trip to Agra, India from New Delhi, to see the Taj Mahal.
“The train we took into Agra was full of tourists, but it was late, so we missed our tour bus connection. It had to be 100 degrees that day, …

Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany – Review

Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany – Review

Headed to Frankfurt on business? How would you like to stay downtown, at a historic neo-Gothic former villa, filled with more than 700 pieces of art, only a fifteen-minute drive from Frankfurt Airport, and just a few minutes from the main train station?
Rocco Forte’s Villa Kennedy, which opened March 1, 2006, is just that sort of hotel, although “hotel” seems a misnomer, as this property feels and appears more palatial …