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Tourism Vancouver
  Two New Hotels Opening in Vancouver, B.C.
Donald Trump is expanding his collection of luxury hotels into Vancouver with a new $360-million build in the heart of downtown. Scheduled to open in fall 2016, the 63-story structure will be the second tallest in Vancouver. Parq, is a $600-million-dollar casino complex also opening in late 2016. With two JW Marriott Hotels and eight restaurants, this property will be adjoining BC Place (B.C.'s biggest sports stadium). Visit tourismvancouver.com. Media contact: Saschie MacLean, 604-631-2859.
British Columbia
Okanagan Wine Festival   "Create Your Own Wine Story" at Okanagan Wine Festival This Month
Sensory delights await during the 35th annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, October 1 - 11. This yearly gathering features a deliciously diverse array of more than 120 wine, food, educational and arts-focused events that tip their hat to resident vintners, grape growers and, of course, palate-pleasing Okanagan chefs. Check out TheWineFestivals.com. Media contact: Carla Mont, 604-660-1957.
  Celebrate Local Produce in Yuma, Arizona This Winter
Since 2011, the Yuma Visitors Bureau has offered hands-on tours of lettuce and vegetable growing areas in Yuma county in January and February. The Field to Feast tours include an opportunity to harvest fresh produce from a special field grown at the University of Arizona research farm, a narrated look at the nation's "winter vegetable capital" and a delicious lunch made from Yuma fresh produce by culinary arts students at Arizona Western College. For more, visit visityuma.com/field-to-feast-agriculture-tour.html. Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
Omni Scottsdale
  Ultimate Indulgence Package at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Indulge in Montelucia's best kept secrets, including a two-night stay in the Andalusian Presidential Suite, a four-course feast for two in the Chef's Kitchen & Herb Garden, where you will have the undivided attention of your own personal chef. Cap off this retreat with Puerta Privada at Joya Spa, an exclusive after-hours spa experience in the Grand Palace luxury spa suite followed by a romantic roof-top dinner. Visit omnihotels.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Shelby Callas, 323-944-0064.
Adams & Butler
  New Adams & Butler Safaris With Reinhard Radke
In 2016, Adams & Butler will be running two small group safaris escorted by Reinhard Radke, an award-winning documentary film-maker in Kenya and Tanzania. Reinhard made the documentary 'Serengeti' for National Geographic. Kasao Learat, our founder's husband and an elder of the Samburu tribe, who has assisted Reinhard on his films, will also be leading the safaris. Visit adamsandbutler.com. Media contact: Orla Timmins, 012889355.
Scottsdale Resort
Scottsdale Resort   The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Completes $10 Million Renovation
On Sept. 4, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel reopened following a $10 million renovation transforming the independent resort. The property boasts two new restaurants and a bar, transformed pool, additional outdoor meeting/event space, and enhanced guest rooms. Reopening room rates start at $76++ per night in honor of the year The Scottsdale made its original debut. Visit TheScottsdaleResort.com. Media contact: Tatum Luoma, 602-842-2998.
The Boulders
  Follow the Sun with the Girls at The Spa at The Boulders in Arizona
The Spa at the Boulders, recently named "Best Wellness Resort in the West" by Sunset Magazine, lures the ladies for a "Girlfriend Getaway" with 700 sq. feet Spa Suites, wellness classes and a threshold of outdoor adventure activities that transcend traditional resort activities-and begin right on the resort grounds. One- to five-bedroom residences offer "home-away-from-home" comfort and even a personalized chef. Visit theboulders.com. Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Talking Stick
  Halloween Entertainment at Talking Stick in Arizona
Wicked Ball at Talking Stick Resort celebrates Halloween with live entertainment, performances and more! The event features three separate rooms with different vibes and musical styles. Advanced general admission tickets are $50; VIP tickets are $90. General admission tickets purchased on the day of the event are $60; VIP tickets are $100 at the door and include six drinks. Visit talkingstickresort.com. Media contact: Lyra Manning, 602-505-7346.
Tourism Whistler
  Fascinating Exhibits the Audain Art Museum, Whistler, B.C.
In January 2016, Whistler will be home to a collection British Columbia art from early times to present day. Strengths will include a collection of 19th century First Nations masks, one of Canada's strongest Emily Carr collections, as well as a selection of Vancouver's celebrated photo-based art, Andy Warhol and Diego Rivera pieces. The museum will also house temporary exhibits from around the world. The 56,000 square-foot museum designed by Patkau Architects has been built into the existing landscape and will feature a park like setting for outdoor art and sculptures. Visit whistler.com/media. Media contact: Mary Zinck, 604-938-2702.
Visit Mesa
olives   Routes to Roots: Visit Mesa Launches Arizona Foodie Trail
Mesa is Arizona's third-largest city and this urban hot spot shares a border with some of the most charming rural farming communities in the state. The region features immersive culinary experiences from an olive mill with tours of their cold-pressing process to pasta making classes featuring ancient grains, and a 300-acre organic peach orchard. Nearly a dozen stops make up the popular foodie-driven road trip and new Arizona Foodie Trail & Agritourism Guide. For more information and request a copy, visit visitmesa.com. Media contact: Amy McConnell, 480-682-3678.
  February 11-20 is Beer Week in Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona's exploding craft beer scene is not to be missed -- from bringing back four top three awards from Great American Beer Festival to new brewpubs opening up such as PedalHaus, Mother Bunch Brewing, Wren House Brewing Company, Blasted Barley Beer Co., and more. Phoenix is bursting with HOPPY potential with its collective group of innovative and creative breweries. Arizona Beer Week will return for a sixth year, February 11-20th, for locals and visitors to enjoy craft beer of Arizona. Visit visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Trish Lanteigne, 602-452-6249.
Wines of B.C.
  The Wines of British Columbia Celebrates 25 Years of BC VQA!
British Columbia is a very special place for wine and, thanks to a handful of hard-working visionaries, our vibrant industry has been making a name for itself nationally and internationally for the past 25 years. In 1990, the Vintner's Quality Alliance (VQA) standard was created to guarantee consumers they were drinking wine made from 100% BC grown grapes. Today, BC VQA wines dominate wine sales in British Columbia, and are finding their way to more places than ever before. Visit winebc.com. Media contact: Laura Kittmer, 250 762 9744.
Victoria BC Tourism
  Winter is Wonderful in Victoria, B.C.
With the festive season within sight, Victoria, B.C. sets the scene for a wonderful (and green) winter experience. Visitors can head down the city's Holiday Harbour Stroll, making stops at popular attractions such as Christmas in Old Town at The Royal BC Museum, the Bear Wear Event at the Hotel Grand Pacific, the National Gingerbread Competition at Inn at Laurel Point, or simply taking in the 3,500+ lights at the B.C. Parliament Buildings with hues of red and green. Enjoy the Island Farms Santa's Light Parade, the Lighted Ship and Truck Parades or the Magic of Christmas at Butchart Gardens. Visit tourismvictoria.com. Media contact: Amanda Eyolfson, 250-414-6998.
VIA Rail Canada
Train Passenger   Experience Spectacular Canadian Landscapes in Comfort on VIA Rail
VIA Rail's legendary trans-continental journey, The Canadian, travels four nights and three days across five provinces and 4,466 kilometers between Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON. Complete with private bedrooms, freshly prepared meals, domed lounge cars and on board activities, The Canadian creates the perfect environment to take in the breathtaking and varied landscapes of Canada. Visit viarail.ca. Media contact: Maxime Dupont-Demers, 514-871-6137.
Westchester, NY
  Favorite Escapes in Westchester County, New York
Westchester has it all this fall. From apple picking to pumpkin patches, spooky Halloween adventures to family-friendly fun, you'll find your perfect autumnal getaway in Westchester. Choose one of our weekend itineraries at escapes.visitwestchesterny.com. See the colorful foliage, breathe in the crisp air and enjoy all Westchester has to offer during one of our favorite seasons of the year. Media contact: Jessica Apicella, 914-762-1900.
  Holiday Magic Coming to Niagara Falls, USA
It doesn't stop with holiday lights and a tree festival! Santa will also visit Niagara Falls, USA this winter. For a full-slate of seasonal happenings, including a castle tour by candlelight, visit niagara-usa.com. We cannot predict a frozen Niagara Falls--you will have to visit to see for yourself. Spring will bring our water attractions; stay tuned! Media contact: Michelle Blackley, 716-282-8992.
Four Seasons Scottsdale
  Four Seasons Scottsdale Offering Holiday Events and Specials
This Festive season, stage a getaway to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale and experience a winter wonderland in the Southwest. Book the Experience More package to enjoy a $100 credit with every two paid consecutive nights. Festive happenings will include "Cookies with Claus" on select Saturdays in December, as well as Festive Family Game Night every Friday night on Fountain Terrace. Visit fourseasons.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Kim Cole, 480-513-5049.
Sanctuary on Camelback
Sanctuary Camelback pool   New Emphasis on Spa and Wellness at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's private Mountainside Estate, Casa del Sano, will be transformed into a spa-centric oasis come early 2016. Boasting four new casitas, the complete renovation will create a distinct wellness retreat for guests (up to eight) and will include a movement studio. Ongoing programs, like Sanctuary's Satori Meditation Retreats, will find a perfect home at the spa house. Visit sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Jamie Scalici, 212-980-9194.
Four Seasons Hualalai Hawaii
  Four Seasons Hualalai Chef Presents Delicious New EVOO
Four Seasons Resort Hualālai introduces its new Beach Tree Extra Virgin Olive Oil, produced by Executive Chef Massimo Falsini and fourth generation olive growers, Lorenzo and Massimiliano Gerachi. Pressed exclusively from Sicilian Nocellara del Belice olives, and preserved with no chemical or colorant additives, the oil evokes a natural deep green color and aromatic notes of herbs, tomato and artichoke, with a peppery finish. Visit fourseasons.com/hualalai. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-712-1493.

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