2021 LuxPin Weekly Travel Abstract from the Latest News W4 Mar.

Week 04, Mar. 2021

“Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better.” Simon Raven

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” Jack Kerouac

By LuxPin Team

The Rock Boat cruise in 2020.The Rock Boat


◆ Sixthman is looking to bring both back by November in the form of a rock music festival aboard a Norwegian cruise ship.

◆ Like Sixthman’s other upcoming “festivals at sea,” the five-day Rock Boat XXI is sold out. Prices for the November 7 to 12 cruise range between $695 to $9,451 per person.

◆ The cruise will take passengers from Miami to the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

This photo provided by the Icelandic Met Office shows an eruption, center right, on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland on Friday, March 19, 2021. Icelandic Met Office via AP


◆ A long-dormant volcano has erupted about 25 miles away from the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavík. Lava began to flow on Friday night near Mount Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula. The volcanic system there had previously lay dormant for nearly 800 years, The New York Times reported.

◆ No injuries have been reported, but police ordered residents living nearby to close their windows and stay indoors, Al Jazeera reported. Flights at the airport have not been affected and have been on schedule since the eruption began.

◆ In recent weeks, Iceland had reported tens of thousands of earthquakes. Over 50,000 took place in the past four weeks alone, Forbes reported. An increase in seismic activity is often a precursor to an impending eruption.



◆ Attention theater lovers: Shakespeare in the Park is ready to make its return. Public Theater, the company that produces the free Shakespeare plays in New York’s Central Park, announced its productions will be returning this summer after taking a lengthy hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

◆ In the announcement, the company shared that it will kick off the season with a “fresh and joyous adaptation” of “Merry Wives of Windsor” at the Public’s Delacorte Theater. According to Deadline, the production will be directed by the Public’s Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director, Saheem Ali.



◆ Hotel Figueroa’s past and present revolves around adventurous women. Advertised as “an ideal stopping point for ladies unattended,” Hotel Figueroa originally opened in 1926 as a safe haven for solo female travelers.

◆ Today, Hotel Figueroa continues to be a champion for women with its Featured Artist Series, showcasing the works of local independent female artists with rotating art exhibitions and special events throughout the year.

◆ With its yearly rotation of female artists, visual reminders of the past in its vintage photographs, and even its colorful exterior design created by local muralist Bella Gomez, Hotel Figueroa demonstrates its support for women in the arts and creative fields.



◆ A new and groundbreaking exhibition is opening in Canada, and you can experience it from the comfort of your own home. The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is finally opening Qaumajuq, the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art, in Winnipeg, Canada, and it’s celebrating the opening with a virtual exhibition.

◆ Qaumajuq, which means “it is bright, it is lit” in Inuktitutan, is a one-of-a-kind museum that spans 185,000 square feet in Downtown Winnipeg. The gallery hopes to “bridge Canada’s North and South,” Forbes reported, and help reconcile the country’s colonial past. The new museum was a collective effort between artists and Indigenous community advisors, as well as WAG’s partners.



◆ With the Uffizi Diffusi project, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery collection could be spread across as many as 100 exhibition spaces throughout Tuscany.

◆ The plan, called Uffizi Duffusi, which means “scattered Uffizi,” will showcase the art from the gallery’s deposit in buildings throughout the region, in essence turning all of Tuscany into one big museum. The project hopes to start rolling out this summer.



◆ Measuring about 23 feet wide, the installation by U.K. artist Luke Jerram is suspended from the ceiling in the museum’s Hintze Hall. Hintze Hall showcases artwork from previous NASA missions, with this one paying special tribute to the Perseverance rover, which made a seven-month voyage from Earth before finally landing on Mars last week.

◆ The rover will search for traces of past microbial life, and scientists from the museum are collaborating with NASA and the European Space Agency to help make decisions on rock and soil sampling.



◆ In March, The Thompson announced its latest addition, the Thompson Austin, and its plans to open the hotel’s doors in summer 2021.

◆ Located in the heart of downtown Austin’s vibrant music and entertainment district, the Thompson Austin will bring an elevated hotel experience to the area, with thoughtfully designed guestrooms, suites, and residences, along with several distinct food and beverage concepts led by its culinary partners Mashama Bailey and Johno Morisano.



◆ Chicago’s Navy Pier is finally getting its first hotel. On March 18, Sable at Navy Pier, the 100th property in the Curio Collection by Hilton, will officially open its doors to the public, ushering in a new era of hospitality for the famed attraction.

◆ “As we celebrate the 100th Curio Collection opening, we are delighted to welcome guests to Sable Navy Pier, a truly extraordinary property that sits on one of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks,” Jenna Hackett, global brand head, Curio Collection by Hilton, added.



◆ Last December, New Orleans’ French Quarter saw its first new hotel opening in more than 50 years. Located inside a former sugar factory in the 85-block area of the Vieux Carré, as the French Quarter is also known, One11 Hotel has 83 guest rooms and “sweets” (paying homage to the building’s history), and a modern aesthetic complemented by unparalleled views of the Mississippi River.

◆ Because of its unique location and development as an adaptive reuse hotel without any demolition, One11 could also be the final new hotel in the French Quarter. You know what they say about saving the best for last.

A traveler with visual impairment feels a map with the help of a Planet Abled guide.| CREDIT: COURTESY OF PLANET ABLED


◆ Three of this year’s Global Vision Awards honorees are in the business of creating perspective-shifting experiences — tour operators and travel outfitters that want to expand your horizons, and not just in the literal way.

◆ One channels the power of the outdoors into transformative group trips for those facing adversity in their lives. Another invites visitors to explore a rewilded cattle ranch, showing that going back to the land is more possible than we might think. And a third makes the world easier to navigate for those historically marginalized by tourism infrastructure by planning accessible trips for travelers with disabilities.

The seal colony in Kaikōura, on New Zealand’s South Island.| CREDIT: KYLE MULINDER/COURTESY OF TOURISM NEW ZEALAND


◆ The destinations honored in this year’s Global Vision Awards are taking measures to protect their land and communities for generations of visitors (and residents) to come.

◆ Here are three of our Global Vision Awards honorees. Aruba is deeply focused on environmental protections and innovations. New Zealand is working to deepen foreigners’ appreciation for local customs and traditions, creating guidelines for expected conduct and best practices while exploring the country. And Visit Faroe Islands is trying to mitigate the effects of the archipelago’s newfound, Instagram-driven popularity with a clever voluntourism campaign.

A kelp-and-mushroom burger from sustainable snack company Akua.| CREDIT: COURTESY OF AKUA


◆ These are four Global Vision Awards honorees: a snack company, a nonprofit, and two farms that are reimagining what agriculture can and should look like. These Global Vision Awards honorees want to change our choices in the kitchen.

1. Courtney Boyd Myers and Matthew Lebo co-founded Akua, which creates sustainable snacks out of one of the world’s few zero-input crops: kelp.

2. Chef Edward Lee and restaurant-industry veteran Lindsey Ofcacek started the Let’s Empower Employment (LEE) Initiative as a mentoring program for women chefs — and to address broader issues of equity and diversity in their profession.

3. Cypress Pond, a 1,638-acre spread, had been owned by one of Georgia’s richest enslavers. Today, that plantation is called Resora, and it is devoted to activities that seek to restore and heal.

4. Every variety grown by the Tehachapi Heritage Grain Project carries a story: Sonora wheat, soft and versatile, landed in Mexico with a 16th-century Spanish priest.

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