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Scottsdale CVB
Luxury Loves Company in Scottsdale
Two new resorts are opening in the Scottsdale area in a matter of months, but they won't be lonely for long. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, opening in October 2016, and Mountain Shadows, debuting in February 2017, will be joined by Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley in late 2018 -- the centerpiece of a $2 billion residential and retail development. Already Arizona royalty, these three properties will further cement Scottsdale's status as the king of world-class accommodations. Visit scottsdalepressroom.com. Media contact: Laura McMurchie, 480-429-2253.
Omni Scottsdale
OmniPups Party Package
Celebrate your pup in style with the most purr-fect pet party. Put a leash on Fido and invite his (and your) closest friends over to Crave Cafe for a birthday celebration like no other. Sip on Montelucia wine while relaxing on the reserved Crave patio to mix and mingle with friends and family while your pets play. We will make sure your pup is pampered with a handmade birthday cake fit for Fido for the ultimate doggie kudos. After the party is over each pup will receive a goody bag full of puppy friendly treats from the Omni. Visit omnihotels.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Chloe Dake, 480-627-3144.
Switzerland Tourism
Prix Bienvenu 2016 Awards Top Swiss Hotels
On May 12th, the awards for Swiss hospitality were presented for the 4th time by Switzerland Tourism to the most welcoming Swiss hotels in five categories. The PRIX BIENVENU was given to the hotels with the highest scores in hospitality from online guest ratings and independent jury visits. TrustYou evaluated the feedback by several 100,000 guests on more than 250 rating and booking platforms during 2015. The analysis of the hotel evaluations focused on soft factors like attention, warmth, empathy and helpfulness of the staff. Visit MySwitzerland.com. Media contact: Ursula Beamish-Mader, 416-695-3496.
Visit Tucson
Fly Non-stop to Tucson
Starting in October, it'll be easier than ever to get to Tucson, the first American UNESCO City of Gastronomy. American announced a new daily, nonstop flight from JFK, starting October 7. Even better, this opens up one stop service from most of northeast America and numerous European airports. Visit visittucson.org. Media contact: Dan Gibson, 520-770-2133.
Plan Your Cruise with CruiseCompete
The CruiseCompete 2016 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner is packed with reviews and practical tips to help families plan best cruise. Find details on children's programs, minimum ages, and what types of activities by age groups help, so you don't have to look at each cruise line's website to get answers. http://www.cruisecompete.com/resources.php Visit CruiseCompete.com. Media contact: Heidi Allison, 248-651-4491.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora Receives New Accolades
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora has been named the Best Luxury Beach Hotel Worldwide by Luxury Travel Advisor, in their annual Awards of Excellence. The magazine's Awards of Excellence recognize companies considered to be the top luxury suppliers in the travel industry. Winners were voted on by an invitation-only advisory board, which is made up of influential travel advisors. The nominees for the Awards of Excellence included hotels, resorts, individuals, cruise lines and professional services. Visit fourseasons.com/borabora. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-634-2452.
Four Seasons Scottsdale
Monthly Foodie Events at Four Seasons Scottsdale
The fall Monthly Mashup series pairs Executive Chef Mel Mecinas with one prominent local chef each month. The series kicks off with Chef Bernie Kantak of The Gladly on Sept. 11; Chef Cory Oppold of Atlas Bistro on Oct. 9; Chef Bob Tam of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Lounge on Nov. 13; and Chef Lisa Dahl of Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill (Sedona) on Dec. 11. Visit fourseasons.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Kim Cole, 480-513-5049.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Chef Fest at Four Seasons Hualalai
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai announces Chef Fest--a celebration of high-profile dinners, interactive cooking classes and culinary experiences. The series of events will be held at the Resort November 9-12, 2016 and features some of today's top celebrity chefs coming together to cook, teach and entertain in an intimate and relaxed beach setting. Massimo Falsini (Executive Chef, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai) welcomes an impressive lineup of award-winning guest chefs, including: Matthew Accarrino, Chris Hastings, Jessica Koslow, Ludo Lefebvre, George Mendes, Seamus Mullen, Cyrille Pannier and Christof Syre. Visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-634-2452.
Phoenix Taste America Event in Phoenix, Arizona
James Beard Foundation's Phoenix Taste America national epicurean tour kicks off in Phoenix on September 22, 2016. The three-day, multi-location celebration includes Welcome Reception at Fox Restaurant Concepts' Little Cleo's Seafood Legend at The Yard, and Night of Culinary Stars, an exclusive dining event benefiting the James Beard Foundation at The Camby. The event showcases local chefs, and James Beard Award-winning chef and Taste America All-Star Amanda Freitag. Visit visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Trish Lanteigne, 602-452-6249.
Sanctuary at Camelback
New Spa Experience for Groups at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain fuses heightened luxury with personal wellness in Spa House, a new private mountain home enclave providing groups of up to 16 a totally unique spa escape (starting at $1,100 per night). Through Spa House Satori, guests can experience four or five days of rejuvenating spa and fitness activities designed to accommodate all on their paths to enlightenment (starting at $14,942.) Visit www.sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Jamie Scalici, 212-980-9194.
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Summer Offering
The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio salutes Summer with the celebration of Sacra di San Giovanni & Festival taking place now through August. Guests can enjoy the MAGIC ON THE LAKE, 3 night package offering delectable meals, exceptional excursions & restorative spa treatments. Pricing starts from Euro 1700 per person. The Bucher Family continues their unparalleled service and hospitality on Lake Como. Visit villaserbelloni.com. Media contact: Noel M. Carroll, 914-961-0334.
The Boulders
New Renovations, New Programs at The Boulders
Fresh changes for autumn include completion of a multi-million dollar renovations, new cooking series in the garden, 'Get Fit' golf programs, and spa services using ingredients from the organic garden harvest. New wellness classes and expanded yoga programs extend to the fresh open on the golf course, tennis courts, pools, garden and on an elevated site 2,288 ft. above ground level. Visit theboulders.com. Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Bern Tourism
Light and Sound Show "Rendez-vous Bundesplatz" in Bern
From October 14 to November 26, the 'Rendez-vous Bundesplatz' event will once again bathe the Parliament Building in a special light. Since 2011, the light and sound show takes place every year and has now become tradition, with up to 620,000 people being drawn to the parliament square over the six-week period. This year's theme is dedicated to the Red Cross. Visit bern.com. Media contact: Nicole Schaffner, +41 31 238 12 42.
Luzern Tourism
Lucerne Festival Summer
Lucerne is the place to witness top-tier music: for the past 75-plus years LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer has been presenting famous orchestras, legendary conductors and celebrated soloists. Enjoy unforgettable musical offerings far removed from the hustle and bustle of daily life. More information: www.lucernefestival.ch Visit luzern.com. Media contact: Sibylle Gerardi, +41 41 227 17 33.
Swiss Travel System
Schynige Platte now 100% included in Swiss Travel Pass
When visitors to Switzerland's Jungfrau Region take the trip up the Schynige Platte, it's like taking a trip back to the distant days of the Belle epoque. The 50-minute trip to the top is by cosy cogwheel train, on wooden benches and 19th century rolling stock. From 2016 the Schynige Platte Railway is included in the Swiss Travel Pass. Visit swisstravelsystem.com/media. Media contact: Isabella Ignacchiti Drüeke, 0041795939550.
Milaidhoo Island: Baa Atoll, Maldives - Opening November 2016
This tiny island in the breath taking Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has been transformed into a brand new contemporary luxury resort, opening on November 10th, where coconut palm thatched villas sit nestled among pristine beaches and lush greenery. A 30 minute trip by seaplane from Male international airport and with its closest neighboring island home to just 420 residents this resort provides the perfect secluded location for an exotic luxury break. Rooms from USD 1,127 + VAT per night. Visit SLH.com. Media contact: Erin Woodward, 917-864-5717.
Southwest Germany
Stuttgart Celebrates First UNESCO World Heritage Site
An Extraordinary Example of and Contribution to Modernism, Le Corbusier's Houses in the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart Share the Prestigious UNESCO Title. On Sunday, July 17, 2016, the two Le Corbusier houses at the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart earned the title, 'UNESCO World Heritage Site.' This is the first World Heritage Site for Stuttgart and the 41st for Germany overall. Stuttgart won this status along with 17 other Le Corbusier houses from all over the world in France, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland and India. This honor pays tribute to Le Corbusier's architectural work as an outstanding contribution to Modernism as an architectural movement that expressed the aesthetic, social and technical upheavals of the 20th century. Above all, the Stuttgart houses, which are already a sophisticated museum, are a fantastic draw for enthusiasts of art and architecture, history and design. www.weissenhof2002.de Visit tourism-bw.com/. Media contact: Victoria Larson, 917-678-7689.
Adams & Butler
Tour Ireland in Luxury on the Belmond Grand Hibernian
The wait is over. Travelers keen to secure a cabin on Ireland's first luxury touring train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, can now avail of exclusive two, four and six-night itineraries. Adams & Butler is the exclusive ground handler for the Belmond Grand Hibernian. Speak with us today to take the Grand Tour of Ireland in the lap of luxury. Visit adamsandbutler.com. Media contact: Siobhan Byrne Learat, 353 1 2889355.
Zurich Tourism
Notable Exhibitions at The Kunsthaus Zurich
The Kunsthaus Zurich stages up to a dozen exhibitions of international scope each year. The highlights of 2016 and 2017 promise art of the highest order: Alberto Giacometti, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and French Painting from Romanticism to Impressionism. From 28 October 2016 to 15 January 2017 the Kunsthaus Zurich presents "Alberto Giacometti - Beyond Bronze." Visit zuerich.com. Media contact: Aurelia Carlen, 41 44 215 40 85.
Tourism Whistler
Cornucopia Food + Drink Festival: Cheers 20 Years!
Whistler's favourite fall festival - Cornucopia, Whistler's celebration of food + drink celebrates turns 20 November 10-20. New events include 20th Anniversary Party, Cornucopia Kids! family cooking competition and the Wine Summit - a gathering of experts discussing and debating topics relevant to the wine industry and its changing landscape. www.whistlercornucopia.com. Visit whistler.com/media. Media contact: Mary Zinck, 604-938-2702.
Tourism Victoria
"Boat to Bowl" Tours in Victoria BC
Treat yourself to a gourmet West Coast experience with The London Chef. Throughout summer, Chef Dan Hayes will run full-day luxury 'boat to bowl' tours, taking you to catch, prepare & eat the region's freshest local seafood. You will begin the day with Dan enjoying a gourmet picnic brunch aboard a fishing charter. Over the course of three hours you will fish for crab and salmon while Dan prepares fresh ceviche and sashimi and explains sustainable seafood practices. Upon your return you will head straight to The London Chef's beautiful custom kitchen to prepare what you caught & enjoy! Visit tourismvictoria.com. Media contact: Katie Dabbs, 250-414-6985.
VIA Rail Canada
Aurora Borealis with VIA Rail Canada
Travel the varied landscapes of the Canadian prairies, northern boreal forests and to the edge of Canada's arctic to Churchill, Manitoba with VIA Rail. New for 2017, VIA's legendary domed Park car will be added to departures and available to those travelling in Sleeper Plus class from January 31 to March 24 and traveling between Winnipeg and Churchill, MB. Traveling over two nights and two days, passengers will find comfort in semi-private and private sleeping accommodations and the unique opportunity to observe the mystical Aurora Borealis from the comfort of the Park car. Visit viarail.ca. Media contact: Ryan Robutka, 604.640.3741.

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