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The 17 most photogenic vacation spots on the planet

By The Hub team, May 23, 2017

Beach view looking up at the homes built on the cliffs in Positano, Italy. There are a lot of beautiful places to travel, but only some truly shine under your camera's scrutinizing gaze. Here are 17 of the most photogenic vacation spots in the whole entire world. Don't bother choosing a filter…they're as gorgeous as it gets, all on their own.

Beach view looking up at the homes built on the cliffs in Positano, Italy.

Positano, Italy

From vibrant beach umbrellas and lush gardens to pastel homes built on cliffs overlooking the sea, this Amalfi Coast destination is the closest we've come to finding paradise.

Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada beneath the Rocky Mountains.Balberts/Getty Images

Alberta, Canada

In Banff National Park, cobalt Lake Louise glistens beneath the snowcapped Rocky Mountains.

A home overlooking the mountains at sunset in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.Strickke/Getty Images

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Rustic yet chic, Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons become more gorgeous with each season.

Fishing homes along the water in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam12ee12/Getty Images

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Emerald water, jutting limestone pillars and adorable fishing homes built on stilts: It's no wonder this picture-perfect bay is the most visited place in Vietnam.

Horses grazing on Patagonia, Chile's rustic landscape.Kavram/Getty Images

Patagonia, Chile

Visit during Chile's summer (December to February), when the sun hardly ever sets on Patagonia's rustic and sublime landscape.

Aerial view of the whitewashed homes overlooking the sea in Santorini, GreeceAetherial/Getty Images

Santorini, Greece

Cobalt-blue-sea and whitewashed houses as far as the eye can see.

View of Central Park in Manhattan, New YorkLukeAbrahams/Getty Images

Manhattan, New York

This concrete jungle is quite the stunner. Just visit Central Park during fall and you'll understand.

Aerial view of hundreds of hot air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey.Goinky/Getty Images

Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot-air balloon is the best way to take in this rocky landscape, made up of hundreds of “fairy chimneys."

A school of fish swimming below the surface in the Great Barrier Reef.pniesen/Getty Images

Greet Barrier Reef, Australia

For the best views in Queensland, you're going to have to dive below the surface. There, you'll find sea turtles and 1,400 types of fish along the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on earth.

Aerial view of the cliffs and ocean in The Algarve, PortugalSimonDannhauer/Getty Images

The Algarve, Portugal

There's a reason why this coastal stretch in southern Portugal is one of the most popular summer destinations in all of Europe.

Blue walk stairwell with colorful pots in MoroccoRuslanKaln/Getty Images

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Sky-colored alleyways, vibrantly-painted buildings and cobblestone streets make up the old city in Chefchaouen, which was originally built to represent God and heaven.

Hidden beach below emerald green cliffs in Kauai, HawaiiAdam-Springer/Getty Images

Kauai, Hawaii

The Na Pali Coast, a rugged, 16-mile stretch on the island of Kauai, offers some of the most breathtaking views in all of Hawaii. Think: emerald green cliffs, lush valleys and hidden beaches.

Colorful homes along a canal in Burano, Italy.Adisa/Getty Images

Burano, Italy

One of the most colorful places on earth, this small island in Venice is practically a work of art.

Narrow fjord in between the mountains of Western Norway.cookelma/Getty Images

Western Norway

Norway's western coast is made up of dozens of narrow fjords, which cut through the mountains creating majestic waterfalls, steep cliffs and glaciers.

Sunset over the water on the Palawan Islands in the Philippines.MaxTopchij/Getty Images

Palawan, Philippines

One of the least inhabited places in the world, the Palawan Islands are a pristine, tropical paradise. Just wait until you see the sunset from here…

A canal in Annecy, France with cobblestone streets and homes along it.DWalker44/Getty Images

Annecy, France

No, this isn't a page from a fairy-tale, it's a real French Alpine town complete with cobblestone streets; colorful, timber homes; and canals winding from end to end.

California's Pacific Coast Highway over looking the ocean in Big Sur.65mmre/Getty Images

Big Sur, California

If you've never driven down California's Pacific Coast Highway, it deserves a prominent place on your travel bucket list. As you cruise along Big Sur, you'll spot iconic McWay Falls, Bixby Creek Bridge and scenic Pfeiffer Beach.

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Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

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