Then The Hyatt Regency Atlanta debuted a state-of-the-art lobby design, featuring a soaring atrium lined with concrete planters and plied by glass elevators.
Now Grand lobbies are out. In instead are “living rooms” like the laid-back red-and-black lobby at the W hotel in New Orleans.
Then Big, heavy, wheel-less cases with hard fiberglass shells put the lug in luggage.
Now The industry went soft in the ’90s. And now it’s headed toward hybrid luggage: hard on one side, soft nylon on the other. And, yes, bags have sprouted wheels.
Then Travelers from abroad spent $1.6 billion on trips to the United States, while U.S. travelers spent $2.7 billion on trips overseas.
Now Still have cash, still will travel. Incoming visitors spent $103 billion last year. Outgoing U.S. residents spent $88.7 billion.
Then What’s a Web site?
Now Almost half of the U.S. population uses the Internet to get travel information.
Then No matter how you traveled, you dressed first-class. Hats and gloves for women, suits and ties for men.
Now Comfort is king. Khakis, jeans, light cotton, microfibers. The ornaments of the Internet generation.
Then Hawaiian hula doll.
Now Vintage Hawaiian hula doll.
Then Average room rate: $10.81
Now Average room rate: $58.70
Then The lush, oceanside Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California, opens for business. The price to play? $10.
Now The world-renowned course now hosts the PGA’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. But better give up some green if you want to get in 18 holes. A round costs $250.
Then A few radical beach bums combed the planet for the perfect wave, as documented in Bruce Brown’s film The Endless Summer.
Now 147 million people — more than one-half of U.S. adults — have taken an adventure trip in the past two years.