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Basel Tourism
American and Swiss Artists Featured at Fondation Beyeler in Basel
From 29 May through 4 September 2016, the Fondation Beyeler is presenting a comprehensive exhibition devoted to American artist Alexander Calder and Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss, who worked as partners under the name of Fischli/Weiss. See fondationbeyeler.ch. Visit basel.com. Media contact: Christine Waelti, +41 268 68 02.
Bern Tourism
summer toboggan ride New Toboggan Track in Bern
From June 2016, you will be able to toboggan down the Gurten. The new summer toboggan run will offer around 500 meters of unforgettable tobogganing fun. This will give the Gurten -- Bern's very own mountain -- a new summer attraction, making it an even more attractive destination for young and old alike. Visit bern.com. Media contact: Nicole Schaffner, +41 31 238 12 42.
Luzern Tourism
Special exhibition NRLA at Swiss Museum of Transport
June 1st 2016 sees the inauguration of the longest railway tunnel in the world. The Swiss Museum of Transport is celebrating this historic moment of railway history with a special exhibition. Called NRLA -- gate to the south, the fascinating visitor experience links the north with the south. See www.verkehrshaus.ch. Visit luzern.com. Media contact: Sibylle Gerardi, +41 41 227 17 33.
Tschuggen Hotel Group
New Rooms, Beach and BBQ at Tschuggen's Lakefront Hotel Eden Roc
Lakefront Hotel Eden Roc in Ascona will unveil 15 redesigned rooms this April, as well as a brand new white sand beach and barbecue station later this spring. Hotel Eden Roc's pergola, which is situated on Lago Maggiore, will feature fine-grained white sand, new lounge chairs, a fire pit grill station, and more. Creating a beach-chic vibe, guests can throw their own barbecue get-togethers and grill fresh ingredients, if they so choose. This will be coupled with complimentary Swiss BBQ workshops once per week courtesy of an Eden Roc Chef. Visit tschuggenhotelgroup.ch/en. Media contact: Gabriele Sappok, 212-922 1961.
Swiss Travel System
Free beer on the "Quöllfrisch Express" in Switzerland
A refreshing late summer season surprise awaits Appenzell Railways passengers in 2016. On four Sundays in September the Quöllfrisch Express will operate from Gossau to Wasserauen in eastern Switzerland, with passengers being offered a free first beer. But beer or no beer -- beautiful Appenzell is always worth a vacation visit, with its many scenic splendors between Lake Constance and Mount Säntis. Route included in the Swiss Travel Pass! Visit swisstravelsystem.com. Media contact: Ladina Wunderli, 0041795939550.
Serbelloni
Villa Serbelloni Lake Como Four Ways
A boat excursion is a must during your visit to Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como. For a different view, take the Funicolare Como-Brunate to the tiny village of Brunate for spectacular views and sightseeing. Looking for a more active experience? Take a kayak tour with Bellagio Water Sports Kayak Club and see historic architecture and gardens from a unique vantage point. For the truly adventurous, choose from canyoneering tours of varying lengths and levels of challenge with experienced guide Claudio Pozzi of AltoLarioGuide via jumps, slides, zip lines and rappelling. The Concierge team at Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni can help you choose activities and arrange transportation. Visit villaserbelloni.com. Media contact: Noel M. Carroll, 914-961-0334.
CruiseCompete
The Hottest Digs at Sea: Family Travel Goes Next-Level
Highly-acclaimed CruiseCompete provides the latest about family suites and planning a great family cruise vacation. Comprehensive information about family accommodations & suites' provides families assistance in their cruise vacation planning. Lines featured include Princess, Holland America, Celebrity and Disney and overviews include sizes and such available features as sofa beds, butler service and Wi-Fi service. Visit CruiseCompete.com. Media contact: Heidi Allison, 248-651-4491.
SLH
Four New Hotels Join Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) Small Luxury Hotels of the World is pleased to introduce four new hotels to join the luxury collection this March. From a glamorous retreat in the south of France and an art deco villa in Germany to a congregation of exclusive townhouses in Japan's northern Hokkaido Island, these hotels all have something unique and indulgent to offer the independently-minded traveler. Muse St Tropez, Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse, RIVA - Das Hotel Am Bodensee & Villa Franca. Visit SLH.com. Media contact: Erin Woodward, 917-864-57171.
Scottsdale CVB
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa to Debut
Prepare to be swept away by Scottsdale's newest resort addition, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, slated to open in September 2016 near the base of Camelback Mountain. The midcentury modern property will include 201 bungalow-style guest rooms, a full service spa and salon, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space on 22 acres of land. Most excitingly, the property has announced a partnership with nearby artist compound Cattletrack, the longtime home and studio of some of the Southwest's most notable artists such as Philip Curtis and Fritz Scholder. For additional details, see scottsdale.andaz.hyatt.com. Visit scottsdalepressroom.com. Media contact: Laura McMurchie, 480-429-2253.
Arizona
Great Weather, Great Rodeos in Arizona
Summer in northern Arizona means great weather and great rodeos. From Payson's 132nd Annual Oldest Continuous Rodeo to the 129th Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World's Oldest Rodeo and from the Annual Show Low Deuces Wild Rodeo to the 104th Annual Apache County Round Valley Rodeo, professional cowboys descend upon Arizona each summer to compete to be the best. More at visitarizona.com/events-calendar. Visit visitarizona.com. Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
Visit Tucson
Fashion Week Comes to Tucson
Tucson Fashion Week will take place October 13-14, 2016. This year's exciting lineup includes a rock-and-roll fashion show curated by Cesar Padilla, owner of Cherry Vintage and author of "Ripped: T-shirts From the Underground" on Friday evening. Saturday evening's event will feature Richie Rich, iconic designer and creator of the fashion brand and cosmetic line Heatherette along with Shahida Parides, who returns to TFW as a featured runway designer. Visit visittucson.org. Media contact: Mary Rittmann, 520-770-2127.
Omni Scottsdale
Snag a Spanish Summer Escape at Omni Scottsdale Resort
For travelers looking ahead to summer, guests are invited to take time to reconnect without reaching for their passport. Whether basking poolside in a private cabana, unwinding at Joya Spa, indulging in wine tasting and savory tapas at award-winning Prado or joining in on any one of the specialty weekend events, Omni Scottsdale Resort provides the perfect Spanish escape. The luxury resort's Summer Escapes Package includes two nights in luxurious accommodations with a third night free, in addition to exclusive offers throughout their stay. Visit omnihotels.com/scottsdale. Media contact: James Bardwell, 212-683-2442.
The Boulders
New Tennis, Golf and Spa Programs at The Boulders
The Boulders introduces new wellness programs that include "Tennis Yoga Mind & Moves," the "Golf & Fitness Combo" package and new autumn-inspired spa treatments that employ fresh products harvested from the Organic Garden, focusing on renewing skin damaged by the summer sun. Guests can also enjoy the new multi-million dollar renovations, the new waterfall rappelling and autumn desert romance packages. Visit theboulders.com. Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Tourism Whistler
Foodie-Cyclist Event in Whistler
The Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride was created for the insatiable love for gourmet food and cycling. Join an intimate group of 70 riders for an early season 70 km spin through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys -- peppered with moderate climbs and garnished with flowing descents. Post-ride is an exquisite dinner created with ingredients within 70 km, this is the ride for you and your taste buds. See bicigusti.com. Visit whistler.com/media. Media contact: Mary Zinck, 604-938-2702.
Phoenix
Three New Arts Venues in Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix adds three new properties to its portfolio channeling arts. The Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown opened in a historic architectural gem constructed in 1939 with art deco embellishments. The Founde:Re (opening Summer 2016) will reflect modern and local art just steps from Roosevelt Row Arts District. The Camby boasts "playful fun" with 5 C's of Arizona (Climate, Citrus, Cotton, Cattle & Copper). Visit visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Mariah Hurst, 480-390-4213.
Victoria BC Tourism
Victoria, B.C.'s Eagle Wing Tours Partners with First Nation on Marine Tour
Discover incredible local wildlife and learn about Aboriginal culture in Victoria, BC with Eagle Wing Tours on their new tour beginning in summer 2016. Developed in partnership with Songhees First Nation, this experience will give visitors the unique opportunity to learn from a Songhees Nation guide as they cruise the waters around their traditional territory while looking for local marine life. Half of the tour cost will go directly to the Songhees Nation to help revitalize the area and promote long-term sustainability for the people and ecosystems in Tl'chés. Visit tourismvictoria.com. Media contact: Amanda Eyolfson, 250-414-6998.
Four Seasons Scottsdale
Babymoon Package Pampers Parents at Four Seasons Scottsdale
Make magical memories together with the new Hello Baby babymoon package at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. The package includes a monogrammed baby onesie, decadent chocolate welcome amenity, and complimentary ice cream sundae in Proof. Guests also receive $100 credit for every two paid consecutive nights. While on property, enjoy complimentary guided hikes and stargazing to complement the experience. Visit fourseasons.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Kim Cole, 480-513-5049.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Italian-Inspired Indulgence Celebrated at Four Seasons Hualalai
La Dolce Vita, the annual Resort-wide celebration of the sweet life, returns to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai with a series of celebratory events, June 2-4, 2016. Co-hosted by Executive Chef Massimo Falsini and winemakers Steve and Chrystal Clifton (Palmina, La Voix), La Dolce Vita offers a variety of spa, retail and lifestyle experiences add to the weekend of Italian-inspired indulgence. Visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-634-2452.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
New All-Inclusive Luxury Experience at Four Seasons Bora Bora
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora announces the new, inclusive experience for guests of its seven beachfront villa estates. These accommodations range from one to three bedrooms, encompassing between 2,722 and 5,380 square feet. Each includes its own private plunge pool, expansive beachfront lawn, white sand beach and spectacular views. All Beachfront Villa Estate guests receive: airport transfers, all meals, a villa personal assistant, private beach set-up, private bar stocking and more. Visit fourseasons.com/borabora. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-634-2452.
Visit Wales
Wales Welcomes Roald Dahl 100 Celebrations Programme
A programme of events to celebrate the centenary of Welsh born author and the world's number one story teller, Roald Dahl in 2016. The Roald Dahl 100 celebrations Programme will include City of the Unexpected, a city-wide performance celebrating all things Dahl, produced by National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre. Visit visitwales.com. Media contact: Rob Jones, +44 (0)300 061 6087.
Victorinox
New Victorinox Swiss Army Brand Store Opening in NYC's Rockefeller Center
This summer Victorinox Swiss Army will host a launch celebration for the company's new brand store in the heart of New York City's Rockefeller Center located at 620 Fifth Avenue. A one-stop-shop for everything Victorinox, the store will feature a wide selection of Swiss Army Knives, including new and U.S. exclusive designs, along with the company's most popular watch styles, apparel and travel accessories. Media contact: Rachael Lyon, 203-944-2348
 

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