As chairman and CEO of a global hotel empire, J. W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. knows hospitality. He tells T+L what it’s like to be the ultimate repeat guest, his favorite room-service snack, and more.
Q: What was your first job? A: I used to make hot-fudge ice cream cakes at my parents’ Hot Shoppes restaurant in Salt Lake City. The trick was to leave a little indent for the whipped cream and cherry on top.
Q: How can we welcome more foreign travelers to the United States? A: Regulations regarding visas need to be fixed. Travel is an important economic engine, and a stay at a hotel is an export.
In January, it’ll be two years since Haiti suffered the ravages of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Life there since has not been easy—some 1.5 million Haitians still live in tents, daily routines, health, and education are still impacted by severe lack of infrastructure, and tourism has all but evaporated. As of today, there are only 500 hotel rooms in the Caribbean country's capital city. But that’s about to change.
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To celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec. 1-4) inaugurates new collaborations with the Bass Museum of Art and the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, which promise to transform the cultural land- and soundscape of South Beach – extending beyond the Miami Beach Convention Center (ABMB’s venue), where more than 260 top galleries from across the globe showcase 2,000 modern and contemporary artists. There’s an admission charge for the fair (not to mention the price of the art), but plenty outdoors is free. Here's our what-not-to miss guide, plus recommendations for last-minute hotel booking.
Feeling spontaneous? Travel + Leisure's deputy editor, Laura Begley Bloom, chats with Kathy Lee and Hoda about last-minute travel deals over the Thanksgiving holiday. Watch to find out where the bargains are.
Here at T+L, beating jetlag is something of a sport. So we’re all pretty pumped for The Layover—the new show from globetrotting chef-author Anthony Bourdain, he of No Reservations notoriety—premiering at 9pm ET/PT tonight on the Travel Channel. In ten hour-long episodes, Tony travels everywhere from London to Hong Kong to Los Angeles in search of the best that each city has to offer.
Here’s the catch: the entire series was shot in 30 days, and he has only 24-48 hours in each place. The result? A whirlwind world tour that’s peppered with all the biting Bourdain commentary we’ve come to love and expect, even if it’s tempered with a dash of jetlag. I got a sneak peek at the first episode (spoiler alert!), in which Tony spends a day in Singapore.
the government aiming to fix Cambodia’s
dilapidated railway system by 2013, Battambang, the country’s second biggest
city, is poised to become the next big destination. Located near the Thai
border, the town has not been touched by the development frenzy seen in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap,
and along the southern coast.
is still home to dozens of charming French colonial villas and Chinese-style
shophouses, some of which are being converted into small hotels. A couple of
recent examples: La Villa, a
lemon-hued 1930’s villa stuffed with seven antique-filled suites, and Ma Maison, another villa-turned-hotel. And, there’s plenty to see in the
area, including some interesting temples and Phnom Banan, an Angkor-era ruin
set on a mountainside outside of town. Backpackers are already flocking here; I
reckon it is only a matter of time before a critical mass of French expats
starts opening up more boutique hotels and cafés, as happened in Siem Reap,
Phnom Penh, and Luang Prabang.
Chen is Travel
+ Leisure's Asia correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at xiaochen6.