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Posts by Rich Beattie

New Ideas In Travel Innovation
Each year, T+L travels to the Phocuswright conference to hear about the latest in travel technology. This year’s gathering took place in Los Angeles at th... Read More
#TLSMITTY Video: T+L’s Social Media Awards Party
SMITTY video from Cubavera on Vimeo. What’s better than a Twitter chat? Actually talking, face-to-face—with no concern over character limits. Which is wh... Read More
PhoCusWright Travel Innovators Going Strong
When is eight months an eternity? When you’re talking about the world of digital travel. New technologies are launched and companies are born—while others g... Read More New York City
First things first: I don’t do staycations. However, I’ve made exceptions for quirky experiences, like camping in Brooklyn’s Marine Park and checking in to ... Read More
Beaver Creek Gets More Ritzy
Ten years ago, I stayed at the then-relatively-new Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, at the base of Colorado’s Beaver Creek resort. The ski lodge was a new co... Read More
Sneak Peek: Breckenridge’s New Peak 6
It’s not every day that a ski resort massively expands out its skiable acres. Maybe it opens a new lift or on-mountain restaurant, but for a resort to inc... Read More
The Ritz-Carlton's Plan for World Domination
By now, we’re used to hearing the big news that Trip Advisor has acquired some smaller company—it seems to happen about once a week. But the past couple m... Read More
Travel Innovation at the PhoCusWright Conference
November means T+L’s annual pre-Thanksgiving trip to the epicenter of travel technology, otherwise known as the Phocuswright conference, being held right ... Read More
A Very Ohio Island Getaway
Here’s a fun exercise: Tell people you’re taking an island vacation…to Ohio. Then see how quickly they start measuring you for a straightjacket. It turns... Read More
Tech Thursday: Google Glass—Half Empty or Half Full?
Blending in with the locals. For most travelers, that’s the goal. We know that pulling out a guidebook never helps. But what about sporting funky headgear... Read More
Gwyneth Paltrow on New York City Pizza (Good) and Paris Concierges (Bad)
Sure, she’s in the summer’s biggest blockbuster, is on the cover of this week’s EW, and was just named the world’s most beautiful woman by People. But wha... Read More
A Visual Journey to the Australian Outback
On my way to Tasmania several years ago, I spent a few days in Sydney and told people where I was headed. More than once, the response was "Be careful, it... Read More
Online Travel Brass at PhoCusWright
Some 1,400 people from 30 countries are packed in this year to the PhoCusWright conference at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s three days ... Read More
Latest Travel Tech Innovations
We love Day 1 of the annual PhoCusWright conference—the Travel Innovation Summit. A full 30 companies present; some are startups, some are existing compan... Read More
Pacific Northwest in Time-Lapse
I’m a sucker for time-lapse photography. I’m also a sucker for the Pacific Northwest. Combine the two and you have this mesmerizing work—some 260,000 stit... Read More
What's Underneath a Las Vegas Casino?
I've always been slightly obsessed with urban exploring...especially when it's not me who's risking arrest. A few years ago, two friends did just that by ... Read More
Win Free Beer (and a Trip to Denver)
How do we know when a city is serious about beer? When the tourism office shoots an entire video around the local craft brewers. When visitors rank it ato... Read More
The Ritz-Carlton: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
A few years ago, we did a story in the magazine about becoming a housekeeper at a luxury hotel—a fascinating look at the level of detail that goes into this... Read More
The Race is On at Vail Resorts
  We love it when celebrities drop by the T+L offices. And on Wednesday, Olympic and World Cup Champion skier Lindsey Vonn stopped in to tell us abo... Read More
Golfing in High Heels? Only in the Ukraine
We knew they liked things flashy in the former Soviet Republic. But looking fancy has moved from dancing in nightclubs to swinging golf clubs. Superior Go... Read More