She’s taken a position at TripAdvisor as ‘Travel Advocate’ and is also launching her own travel site, and I was able to hop up to New York on Friday afternoon to join the festivities.
Now, I’ll admit that part of the attraction was that the event was held at the Andaz. There are a lot of suites at this hotel, and I’ve had good luck on short one-night stays being upgraded to a suite. I know that when the property first opened there were frustrated Diamonds not getting great upgrades, so the previous general manager started pre-blocking Diamond members into two-category upgrades as a matter of course. (I’m not certain the current procedure.)
I did get assigned into one of the really small suites, but it’s one of my favorites on the 11th floor as it comes with a balcony.
The Andaz 5th Avenue also, of course, means complimentary room service breakfast as a Gold Passport Diamond member. And that means I get my lemon poppyseed pancakes.
I made it to New York just for this evening, to show support for Wendy. So I turned up right at the start of things on the second floor in the space designated “Apartment 2E.”
My best guess is that there were 40 people in attendance, including former Condé Nast Traveler editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska, who is launching Town & Country‘s new travel magazine; George Hobica; the AP‘s Scott Mayerowitz, and Arnie Weissmann, editor of Travel Weekly.
Now, here’s the difference between a good photo (that I stole off of Wendy’s Facebook page)..
.. and one that I snap myself.
Wendy is one of the really great people in travel, who cares deeply about the advice that she gives and about connecting with readers and helping them to make the most of their travel dollar. I don’t think I’ve known anyone else as genuine, so I wish her all of the best. So please consider visiting her new site.