As the winter season approaches, both ski bunnies and near-professional slope fiends use travel as an excuse to visit some of the world’s best slopes. When it comes to selecting a destination, sometimes the best place to look is right outside your door. Based on recent data presented by the U.S. National Ski Areas Association, the top ski destinations are not in the Pyrenees or the Alps. With an increase in ski slope attendance by approximately 6 percent, the most popular ski destination in the world is the United States.
Nearly 50 million skiers and snowboarders visited resorts across the country in during the 2014–2015 winter season, with the most traveling to the Pacific Northwest including Oregon and Washington. Meanwhile on the East Coast, resorts saw a decline in the number of visitors due to unreliable weather patterns. Other locations in the west that saw consistent numbers in ski passes sold include Telluride in Colorado and Deer Valley, Utah.
France, which has topped the list for the past few years, fell to second place with a mere 52 million visitors at its resorts in the Pyrenees and Alps, while Austria came in third place. The regions’ lack of snow at the beginning of the season was the major cause for the dip in attendance.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Providence, Rhode Island, delights visitors this fall with plenty of spooky fun for the whole family. With several events canceled last year due to COVID-19, the city brings back favorite annual festivals for 2021. Those visiting this fall may also catch a glimpse of the cast filming Hocus Pocus 2 in Rhode Island’s Blackstone Valley!
Mercury Financial and Spirit Airlines announced the launch of Free Spirit Points Plus Mastercard, joining the Free Spirit Points Mastercard, which launched in February. Free Spirit Points Plus cardmembers will have the opportunity to earn points and status with Spirit Airlines.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Elegant Hotels launched a special wedding offer add-on to its properties in Barbados. Something Elegant takes inspiration from the famous saying: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Guests booking a wedding package can add the offer to their big day.