American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK

American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK   |  New York, United States  | Back in New York City after and amazing month an a half in Brazil and Argentina. The way back, well on board First Class non-stop American Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York City (approx. 10 hours and 30 minutes ). Yes everyone, after an exhausting week planning a Gay Wedding in Buenos Aires, I got on my almost flat bed seat, jump into my AA pijamas, enjoyed a few glasses of White Wine and Champagne, caught up with movies and slept the whole way through to wake up over a great breakfast at JFK. Continue reading American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK

Emirates A380 Upper Deck Lounge and First Class

Emirates A380 Upper Deck Lounge and First Class  |  Emirates  |  Yesterday I have the chance to experience for the first time ever the new Airbus 380. Yes, the double deck monster of the air, in this case from Dubai to New York City by Emirates. As amazing and fabulous as it looks and feels, I must be honest and say that I was expecting more. Around 79 Business Seats and 19 First Class Suites.  Continue reading Emirates A380 Upper Deck Lounge and First Class

ME by Melia opening in London 2012

ME by Melia Hotels opening in London 2012  |  London, England  |  This morning walking by Convent Garden in London, I saw this familiar sing. Right on the corner of Aldwych and Strand Ave. Scheduled to open 2012 featuring 157 contemporary rooms, 17 suites and 1 SuiteME. The Level–exclusive adults-only floor with private check in/out, 2 ground-floor restaurants featuring STK, 1 ground-floor bar Rooftop Club bar with views of the River Thames, Houses of Parliament and The London Eye. This new location to complete their already international presence in Barcelona, Madrid, Cabo and Cancun.  ME by Melia is a contemporary interpretation of the Meliá experience. It is a brand which seeks to fuse innovative style with local flavors in order to captivate travelers of a common psychographic – those with a decisive taste for cutting-edge art and design, international cuisine and world music – rather than a common demographic. By capturing these elements in urban and resort destinations, this new philosophy ignites a passion in each guest while appealing to their senses and emotions. The experience is unforgettable. CM

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Not so fast Mr. President Travel Agents are irreplaceable

Not so fast Mr. President   |  United States  |  Early last week during a town hall meeting in Atkinson, Illinois, President Obama remarked that “One of the challenges in terms of rebuilding our economy is – businesses have gotten so efficient, that, when was the last time somebody went to a bank teller instead of using an ATM? OR USED A TRAVEL AGENT INSTEAD OF GOING ONLINE? A lot of jobs that used to require people now have become automated.”

Needless to say, when Barry Liben – CEO of TZELL Travel Group, heard this – it didn’t sit well with him.  Attached, for your reading pleasure, the full response that was released to the media on Friday.  Today, Travel Weekly’s electronic edition features a condensed version and it has been referred to in blogs and other media outlets. All I have to say after over 17 years of being a Travel Agent, having gone around this world over two times, and being able to assist my clients with my own travel experiences, is GO BARRY LIBEN.  GO TRAVEL AGENTS.!!!  CM > Read the full letter

Echelon Magazine Small Business Issue is OUT

Echelon  Magazine Small Business Issue is OUT  |  echelon magazine.com  |  The August/September 2001 issue of Echelon Magazine is OUT focusing this time on Small Business. And I am happy to say that on page 46 you will be able to read my full page article on The ABC’s of Developing a Blog by Carlos Melia. Continue reading Echelon Magazine Small Business Issue is OUT

The Smurfs take over New York City and paint it in Blue

The Smurfs take over New York City and paint it in Blue  |  New York  |  La La, La La La La, La La La…. this is how I went singing along this afternoon to the Ziegfield Theater in New York City, for the World Avant Premier of The Smurfs 3D. Of course I was dressed for the occasion, in a light blue shirt. Smurf that. !!! You got to love them, I mean is part of my story as a child and now they have moved same like me to NYC. Continue reading The Smurfs take over New York City and paint it in Blue

The St. Regis New York Unveils Tiffany Suite

The St. Regis New York Unveils Tiffany Suite |  New York City |  Press Release  | The St. Regis New York unveiled the one-of-a-kind Tiffany Suite this month. Two legendary brands sharing rich histories in New York, The St. Regis New York and Tiffany & Co. are both housed in storied landmark buildings on Fifth Avenue. The glistening suite on the 14th floor of the beloved St. Regis New York is both whimsical and luxurious, reflecting Tiffany’s modern aesthetic and contemporary vision within the deeply elegant walls of The St. Regis. Continue reading The St. Regis New York Unveils Tiffany Suite

Connextions Magazine Travel Section by Carlos Melia signature

Connextions Magazine Travel Section now on by Carlos Melia |  United States |  Big week and big news on the press side for CM by Carlos Melia Network. First was the news on Mate Magazine, and now Connextions Magazine will also have a Travel section by the signature of Carlos Melia. From their next issue on, you will be able to read my chronicles traveling around the world as an OUT Gay Traveler. Continue reading Connextions Magazine Travel Section by Carlos Melia signature

Interview with Virginia Casale Intl’ President of Les Clefs d’Or

Interview with Virginia Casale Intl’ President of Les Clefs d’Or | Boston, United States |  Carlos Melia interviews Virginia Casale – International President of Les Clefs d’Or and Concierge at the SOFITEL Hotel in Montreal, Canada. BeenThereDoneThat interview series, this time come to Boston, Massachusetts for the Les Clefs d’Or USA Gala Diner which took place at the Seaport World Trade Center, gathering the ELITE of Hotel Concierges from the United States section. Virginia Casale has been recently elected as International President, with 2 challenging years ahead of her, traveling around the world networking and bridging eduction. Continue reading Interview with Virginia Casale Intl’ President of Les Clefs d’Or