10 best world sports and travel destinations this year

Canada’s most exciting backcountry trail

Backcountry hikers can now explore a part of British Columbia’s Purcell Mountains that has long been closed to the public. On Jan. 15, the Peak to Peak Wilderness Trail was open for a segment of 21.5 kilometers that runs from Purcell Basin northeast of Kamloops to Pigeon Lake. The Rideau Cone trail system, which is part of the Peak to Peak Wilderness Trail, will continue to be used. In May 2018, all five Peaks to Peak Trail segments were officially open. The Keefer Canyon Trail, owned by BC Parks, is closed to the public but is being studied for a future opening. For more information about Peak to Peak Trail, go to Peak2Pit.com.

Bucket-list trips by private jet

The Jeddah-based Jeddah Moorcraft Foundation is offering a pair of trips that include overnight stays in both Jeddah and the Radisson Blu Resort Abu Dhabi. At the hotel, a bi-annual event called Downtown Jeddah Blues on Friday, Nov. 9, 2019, will be held for 250 music, fashion and lifestyle influencers who will spend the weekend at the resort. In Jeddah, the travel package will include overnight stays at the Radisson Blu Hotel, a Jeddah Moorcraft Foundation conference room, breakfast for two and escorted sightseeing. In Abu Dhabi, a five-night overnight stay at the Radisson Blu and Sunday-Saturday airport transfers cost $9,275 per person. For more information, go to adventures.jeddham.com.

Proportional tax

For businesspeople who fly to other countries frequently for conferences, conventions and meetings, an investment in a cruise-specific pro-rate tax can help make these expenses tax-deductible. The Netherlands-based CruiveRevenue newsletter says the expenses can be claimed as part of federal “corporate-earned income” deductible. The amount of the pro-rate tax can also be claimed by individuals who booked trips as part of their vacations. The tax is calculated according to how much or little of each taxable event the traveler attended and the number of tickets purchased for that event. According to the newsletter, a perfect example would be a trip to the New York Met Ball, a total trip price of $26,000 that averages out to $26 a ticket. The charter company that owns the Met Ball drew in 14,567 guests and sold 1,302 tickets for the fall 2018 ball. If the 779 attendees attended for all of the events, their total bill would be $14,692 and the pro-rate tax would be $7,272. Before the tax is paid, a passenger would be reimbursed for room and board, miles flown and extras. But the credit is also available for business expense, conventions, trade shows and trips to other countries. For more information, go to CruiveRevenue.com.

Name change revealed

The Hobe Sound resort in Florida is rebranding itself from The Resort at Hobe Sound Resort to The Resort at Key West. The change takes effect with this winter’s 2019 winter season. The Holiday Inn Society Gate Hobe Sound will be one of three hotels in the portfolio. The resort has been operated by the same family for about 100 years. On the weekend of Feb. 9, as part of Hobe Sound’s 130th anniversary, guests will receive a free attraction ticket for the JW Marriott Key West, which will open in May 2019, as well as lunch at the Hobe Sound hotel restaurant. For more information about the resort, go to TheResortAtKeyWest.com.

Auxiliary cars in Riyadh

The Saudi Arabian Royal Palace in Riyadh will begin running “entertainment” cars Friday. Guests can take the cars between 6 p.m. and midnight for entertainment and “preserving their privacy,” the SPA reported. The cars will cover a 50-mile route, including one journey lasting about 5 hours. The royal palace will have two cars that will have a room for four people.

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