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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2015
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Tourism Vancouver
  Jon Bon Jovi to Rock Vancouver's Stanley Park on August 22
Stanley Park will be transformed into a 14,000-person outdoor concert venue on August 22, 2015 for a one-night-only performance by legendary rocker Jon Bon Jovi. This urban forest concert will be Jon Bon Jovi's single North American performance of 2015. Tickets run from $39 CAD ($30 USD) to $595 CAD ($460 USD). To learn more, click here. Visit tourismvancouver.com. Media contact: Amber Sessions, 604-631-2870.
Vancouver Aquarium
  Vancouver Aquarium Showcasing Undersea World Since 1956
Step into the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and come face to fin with 50,000 aquatic creatures that call the Aquarium home. Explore our vast, colourful galleries of aquatic life, from the majestic beluga whale in Canada's Arctic to the Pacific octopus in Treasures of the B.C. Coast, and engage in our efforts to protect our natural world. Upcoming events include the Vancouver Premiere of the shark documentary film, "Mexico Pelagico" on August 19, featuring stunning imagery of open ocean marine life off the Mexican Pacific Coast. Visit vanaqua.org. Media contact: Charlene Chiang, 604-659-3453.
British Columbia
climbers at Kicking Horse Resort   New Via Ferrata Climbing Course at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
This summer, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort unveiled its latest mountain adventure: a new via ferrata (Italian for "iron path") climbing attraction in British Columbia's Purcell Mountains. The resort's via ferrata will join a winning Kicking Horse summer lineup of adventures near Golden, including mountain biking, hiking and lunch in the clouds at Eagle's Eye, Canada's highest elevation restaurant. Visit kickinghorseresort.com. Media contact: Mika Ryan, 604-660-3762.
Adams & Butler
  Adams & Butler Tour - Private Gardens, Historic Buildings, Lunch with an Earl
Adams & Butler's Art, Architecture & Gardens Tour of Ireland has received plenty of interest from experts in the field. This tour includes private visits to beautiful gardens such as Powerscourt House & Gardens, a tour of Dublin's fine Georgian buildings, lunch with the Earl of Rosse at Birr Castle and dinner at Johnnie Fox's, one of Ireland's oldest pubs. Visit adamsandbutler.com. Media contact: Siobhan Byrne Learat, 086 232 9932.
CIE Tours
  CIE Tours Presents New Tours and Discounts for 2016!
Explore Scotland on the new 10- or 11-day Scottish Clans & Castles tour, featuring Edinburgh Castle, starting at $2246; or discover Scotland's iconic landmarks on the new 15- or 16-day St Andrews to Land's End tour, starting at $3426. Save 7% now, up to $840 per couple, when you book by September 30, 2015. Call 1-800-243-8687 or visit cietours.com. Media contact: Melissa Sourbis, 973-292-1899 x 5813.
Scottsdale CVB
  Artist's Light Installations To Illuminate Greater Scottsdale
British artist Bruce Munro's large-scale light installations have been displayed throughout the world, and he's set his sights on the Sonoran Desert to unveil his most anticipated work to-date, "Desert Radiance," in greater Scottsdale. Experience Munro's genius through four distinct exhibits October through May at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Arizona Canal, Desert Botanical Garden and Lisa Sette Gallery. Check out ScottsdaleDesertRadiance.com. Media contact: Laura McMurchie, 480-429-2253.
Tourism Whistler
Whistler skier   Whistler Blackcomb - 50 Years of Going Beyond
This winter will mark Whistler Blackcomb's 50th anniversary. Originally opening for skiing in the winter of 1966, the resort has been going beyond to leave its mark on the ski and snowboard industry since inception. Throughout January 2016, various events will light up the resort to celebrate the 50 years of innovation. Visit whistler.com/media. Media contact: Mary Zinck, 604-938-2702.
Phoenix
  Discover the Food Tourism Trail in Greater Phoenix
From fertile farms and fields, agriculture is important to both Native American and Mexican inspired cuisines. Phoenix's farms are a testament to the fact that YES--food does grow in the desert! From olive oil to beer to wine, the desert is a remarkable farm. Discover the food tourism trail throughout Phoenix which offers fresh and unique farms. From family-owned Schepf Farms (a citrus farm) to Tolmachoff Farms (fruits and vegetables) to Queen Creek Olive Mill. Visit visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Trish Lanteigne, 602-452-6249.
Victoria BC Tourism
  Victoria's Ghost Festival
The Ghosts of Victoria Festival is an annual event featuring spooky activities throughout British Columbia's haunted capital. Held over the last two weeks of October, the festival provides many activities to choose from including ghostly walks, ghost bus tours, cemetery tours, spooky plays at Craigdarroch Castle, pumpkin art and a Festival of Fear. And don't forget Victoria's newest additions to our city's scary scene with Epic Escape and Horror Escape! Visit tourismvictoria.com. Media contact: Amanda Eyolfson, 250-414-6998.
I Love NY
  New York State Fall Travel Events
There is no shortage of fun in New York State! Events coming up include getting spooked at The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, and Pumpkin Chunkin; join the feast at the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival, Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain, and the Finger Lakes Beer Festival; and the colorful aerial display at the Adirondack Balloon Festival. For more, check out iloveny.com. Media contact: Emma Roithmayr, 212-593-5845.
Delamar Greenwich Wine + Food Fest
  Delamar Greenwich Harbor Features Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Package
Serendipity Magazine's popular Greenwich Wine + Food Festival will return to Greenwich the weekend of September 25-26 and will feature a weekend of chef demos, tastings and a performance by country stars Little Big Town. Our package includes an overnight stay and passes for two to the festival, which is just across the harbor in walking distance from the hotel. Sept 25-26, 2015 only. Visit thedelamar.com. Media contact: Lisa Johnson, 914-420-6283.
Hilton Hotels
  Ghoulish Good Fun at Phoenix Resort's Pumpkins At The Peak!
Each year, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort hosts one of Phoenix's most anticipated family Halloween events - Pumpkins At The Peak. The resort transforms its four-acre water park to a glowing carnival of ghoulish fun, featuring fortune tellers, costumes, games, crafts and other spirited activities for the whole family. Just for resort guests, the evening before the event families can help carve pumpkins to display during the event. The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 and is free, with a donation to St. Mary's Food Bank. Visit squawpeakhilton.com. Media contact: Tessa Bajema, 602-870-2720.
The Boulders
  Luxury Upgrades in Progress at The Boulders Resort
The Boulders Resort has begun a multi-million dollar renovation project that revives the luster of this celebrated resort with a fresh look that continues to draw inspiration from the serene desert environs. The luxurious upgrades include 160 casitas, main lobby, restaurants, and a stunning new bar lounge and Latilla ballroom with dramatic windows positioned to capture the breathtaking views of the atmospheric waterfall over the ancient boulder formations. Visit theboulders.com. Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Arizona
  Ride with Santa on the Grand Canyon Railway
The classic children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express, comes to life November 6th through December when the Grand Canyon Railway train departs the Williams Depot for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit to the "North Pole." Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story. Watch the joy on the children's faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting! Santa will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Visit the train.com, or call 800-843-8724. Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
Starwood Hotels
St. Regis Princeville   The St. Regis Princeville Resort Partners with Designer Heidi Merrick
The St. Regis Princeville Resort is delighted to partner with designer Heidi Merrick on a limited edition collection of beachwear created exclusively for the resort. The beachwear showcases a photographic image depicting the breathtaking view of Hanalei Bay and the iconic "Bali Hai" as seen from the property. The collection will be available July, 2015 at the resort's Halele'a Spa. Visit stregisprinceville.com. Media contact: Lester Leung, 808-931-8800.
Sanctuary on Camelback
  Fresh New Casitas, Suites at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is embracing the spirit of "refresh" with the debut of its new Camelback Casitas and Suites, showcasing a contemporary look highlighting Paradise Valley's breathtaking views. Through Sept. 2, guests can refresh the soul with the Spa Harmony package: three nights' stay, $25 dining credit per person and two 60-minute spa treatments per person ($1,678 based on double occupancy). Visit sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Jamie Scalici, 212-980-9194.
Glendale, Arizona
  Teddy Bears Make the World a Happier Place in Glendale, Arizona.
Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day in Downtown Glendale Sept. 12, 10a.m.-4p.m. Have fun with friends, family and your favorite furry bears as you enjoy a fun-filled day of make-and-take arts and crafts and exclusive deals. Visit boutique stores, specialty shops, and downtown eateries for special offers and discounts. Additionally, the Visitor Center will be accepting new teddy bears (12" in size) to benefit the Glendale Fire Department Trauma Teddy Program, the Glendale Crisis Response Team and local children's charities. Visit visitglendale.com. Media contact: Kim Larson, 623-930-2989.
Four Seasons Hualalai Hawaii
  24/7 Concierge Team Pampers Top 10 Guests at Four Seasons Hualalai
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai recently unveiled its Suite Experience Managers program. This around-the-clock concierge team is exclusively dedicated to serving the top 10 of the Resort's 51 spectacular suites and villas. Services offered include everything from booking ground transportation; packing and unpacking services; placing dining and Spa reservations; to organizing private, exclusive meals and unique activities on, above and around the Island, with highly-personalized touches and extravagant offerings. Visit fourseasons.com/hualalai. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-712-1493.
Westin Kierland Westin Kierland Scotch
  World's Best Scotch Showcased at Westin Kierland Resort
The Resort's Scotch Library, boasting more than 175 single malts and 30 blends, will host Autumn Master Tastings led by experts from top Scotch producers. The schedule is: Macallan on Sept. 17, Glenmorangie on Oct. 15, Glenfiddich on Nov. 19 and Balvenie on Dec. 10. The entertaining, hour-long events feature a selection of whiskies paired with light bites. $50 per person. Visit kierlandresort.com. Media contact: Jennifer Franklin, 480-624-1315.
Wales
  Newly Restored Welsh Castle Reopens as Luxury Hotel and Restaurant
Cardigan Castle in Wales has reopened this year after a £12m restoration project. Famed as the birthplace of the National Eisteddfod, the property has been transformed from a 900-year-old site into a modern heritage attraction, complete with luxury accommoation, riverside restaurant and a summer events programme. Visit visitwales.com. Media contact: Rob Jones, 0300 061 6087.
Bannerman Castle
  "Theater on the Rock" and Special Dining Event at Bannerman Castle
Acclaimed Broadway star Mark Jacoby, as Don Quixote, will be featured in "Man of La Mancha" at Bannerman Castle at Beacon/Newburgh in new York on August 8 and 9. Join Mark on Bannerman Island in the garden with the Bannerman Castle Ruin as the backdrop, as he sings 'The Impossible Dream'. For details, visit Bannerman Castle on Facebook. On September 12, come back to Bannerman Island for the Best Dinner of the Year! The Hudson Valley Chefs' Consortium will whip up an amazing five course gourmet "farm to table" meal. Call Zerve for tickets to both events: 855-256-4007. Media contact: David Archer, 914-299-0837.
The Garrison
  The Garrison's Sweet Summer Series Returns
Stop by Thursday evenings, now through August 20 and enjoy live music, savory food and breathtaking views of the Hudson River at The Garrison. Try one of our fabulous weekly drink specials and flavorful cuisine from our summer menu from 5-9pm. Local performers take the stage from 6:30-9:30 pm. Weekly prizes include $50 gift certificates from Old Souls of Cold Spring and a grand prize of two New York Yankee Tickets with a VIP Tour and Tasting to the Bronx Brewery. Visit thegarrison.com. Media contact: Jaime Hennigan, 845-615-9084.
 

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