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Editor's Note | April 2006

Innovation is everywhere, once you set your mind to finding it, and for this issue that became our quest. Because looking forward rather than back is our practice at T+L, we have assembled an honor roll of travel innovators as part of the magazine's yearlong 35th-anniversary celebration (see "T+L 35"). Contributing editor Andrea Bennett infiltrated the worlds of science, industry, and tourism to identify the people—35 in all—who are changing the face of travel. Strange bedfellows emerged: the scientist working on a vaccine for avian flu, the creative force behind the reinvention of the American motel, the Arab sheikh who has reconceived Dubai as a magnet for luxury hotels.

This month's cover story ("Fantasy Island") is also about innovation—Amanyara, in the Turks and Caicos, the West Indian outpost designed by Adrian Zecha and Jean-Michel Gathy. The first Aman resort, Amanpuri, created by the visionary team of Zecha and architect and designer Ed Tuttle in Phuket, Thailand, debuted in 1988 and ushered in the phenomenon of exotic but simple luxury. It is no exaggeration to say that Amanresorts has changed the course of affluent travel over the past two decades.

In this issue, fiction writer Nell Freudenberger takes us on tour in a fast-developing artists' neighborhood in Beijing ("Made in China"), where innovation is ever-present. Even within the old-world culinary traditions of Brittany, noted food writers and contributing editors Matt and Ted Lee come upon a surfeit of new flavors and techniques, as they finally track down their Holy Grail, kig ha farz—turn to "Tastes of Brittany" to find out what it is. There's either too much innovation (the logos of global brands looming on buildings and signs) or too little (the still-lurking toothpick fish, whose attack is beyond insidious, in the waters near the Amazonian city of Manaus), as reported by Mark Jacobson ("The River's Edge"). But one thing's for sure with innovation: more is always on the way.

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