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OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2014
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Scottsdale CVB
  Pre-Super Bowl Celebrations in Scottsdale
Super Bowl XLIX may be in Glendale, but Scottsdale will be the hub for celebrity parties and events leading up to the game. Stop by Fan Fest, home of the ESPN live broadcast, and grab tickets to Taste of the NFL and 1st and Ten Kickoff Music Festival. Plus, NFL's biggest game kicks off the same weekend as the most highly attended tournament of the PGA Tour, Waste Management Phoenix Open. Find out more at experiencescottsdale.com/event/super-bowl-xlix. Visit scottsdalepressroom.com. Media contact: Laura McMurchie, 480-429-2253.
Arizona Great Pine Cone Drop
  Flagstaff's Great Pine Cone Drop
Fun Way to Spend New Years Eve
Flagstaff's traditional New Year's Eve celebration, the Great Pinecone Drop, is to Flagstaff what the glitzy giant ball is to New York City. Visit flagstaffarizona.org/great-pinecone-drop. For a full listing of holiday events, check out visitarizona.com/events-calendar. Visit arizonaguide.com; Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
The Boulders
  Celebrate the Holidays at The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Southwestern holiday traditions at The Boulders include sumptuous culinary celebrations and spacious one- to five-bedroom Villas that are ideal for multigenerational travelers. Outdoor adventures, from holiday horseback rides, night hiking and desert fly fishing to hot air balloon and private helicopter tours, begin right on the 1,300-acre grounds. The Waldorf Astoria Spa's "OHM for the Holidays" includes relaxing Holiday Light Candle massages and a Mistletoe Martini! Visit theboulders.com; Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Adams & Butler
  Adams & Butler's Glitz & Glamour Tour
From boutique hotels and your own personal shopping concierge, to spa treatments and touring Irelands most famous sights, this tour has it all! These hotels have prepared a surprise for you at each step, setting the trend for the future. Experimenting with new design and concepts and aiming to seamlessly merge style with substance. "Old Fashioned Ireland's dead and gone, It's with O'Leary in the grave" - with apologies to W B Yeats. Prices from: Euro1400 pps with a self-drive car for 7 nights. Contact: vacation@adamsandbutler.com. Media contact: Tania Kahn, + 353 (0) 1 288 9355.
AllThingsCruise
  AllThingsCruise Provides Comprehensive Chart of Cruise Line Inclusions
AllThingsCruise has updated their very popular "All-Inclusive" chart, which details what each cruise line includes in their cruise fare. The chart has been revamped for easier reference, providing categories for each line, and with numerous additions to the cruise lines that are included. To see the "All-Inclusive" chart, visit allthingscruise.com/all-inclusive. Media contact: Heidi Allison, 248-651-4491.
Arizona Biltmore Arizona Biltmore
  Arizona Biltmore Completes 5-Year Total Renovation
The legendary Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort has put the final touches on a five-year total transformation - including a just-completed major renovation and significant new guest facilities, among them a vibrant restaurant and an exclusive "hotel within the hotel" offering enhanced guest services - that has rebuilt and restored the iconic property's competitive position in the Phoenix/Scottsdale luxury resort marketplace. Media contact: Marian Gerlich, 818-786-8687.
Cruise Compete
  CruiseCompete Celebrates 11 Years and Nearly 13 Million Quote Requests
"CruiseCompete is honored by and sincerely appreciates the many accolades received," said CEO Bob Levinstein. CruiseCompete's CruiseTrends is an inside look at consumer trends. Did you know in September 2014 top requests were for Oceania and Viking quotes for luxury and river cruises, respectively? See more at cruisecompete.com. Media contact: Heidi Allison, 248-651-4491.
Fairmont Banff Springs
  Welcome Winter with Style at Fairmont Banff Springs
Celebrate the season with holiday cabin parties in Jasper, World Cup Downhill races in Lake Louise or simply get your holiday shopping done in the rustic charm of the towns of Banff and Whistler. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Canada's Western Mountain Region is the place that welcomes winter with open arms. Visit fairmont.com/banff-springs. Media contact: Lori Cote, tel: 403-762-6885.
Scottsdale Princess
   Christmas at the Princess Festival in Scottsdale
From November 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015, the "Christmas at the Princess" festival glistens with holiday splendor featuring a four-story musical tree, the Desert Ice skating rink, the Princess Express train, 2 million Lagoon Lights and a new carousel. "Christmas at the Princess" is open to the public and special overnight holiday Magical Memories vacation packages are available. Visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Media contact: Valerie Lee, tel: 480-585-4848.
Four Seasons Bora Bora Bora Bora
  Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Completes Resort Enhancement
Adding to its inventory of premium accommodations, Four Seasons Bora Bora has added three two-bedroom overwater bungalow suites and seven plunge pools to existing overwater bungalows. Of the Resort's 100 overwater bungalows, 15 now offer their own plunge pool; while all seven beachfront villas are all outfitted with their own plunge pool. Visit fourseasons.com/borabora. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-712-1493.
Hualalai
  Four Seasons Hualalai Named #1 Beach Resort in the World
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has been named the #1 Beach Resort in the world, in the 2014 Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report Readers' Choice Awards. The Resort was also named the #2 Family Resort in the world, #2 Golf Resort in the world and the #6 Spa Resort in the world. Visit fourseasons.com/hualalai or call 888-340-5662. Media contact: Brad Packer; 310-712-1493.
Omni Montelucia
  Omni Scottsdale's Prado Introduces New Entertainment and Demos
Prado - the award-winning restaurant at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia - debuts a brand new social dining concept at the helm of newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Tom Vykulil this fall. Outdoor communal seating and nightly offerings including Flamenco dancing to Olive Oil pressing demonstrations will complement the new approachable Spanish-influenced menu, showcasing dishes from Prado's authentic wood-fired tapas display kitchen. Visit omnihotels.com/montelucia. Media contact: Ty Bentsen, 323-944-0064.
Glendale, AZ
  Special Thanksgiving Offerings at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
For Thanksgiving, Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is serving up a New American menu; $75 + tax/gratuity, and The Views presents a Holiday Buffet with all of the fixings; $55 + tax/gratuity. Guests are invited to come "Home for the Holidays" and enjoy a private estate with holiday decor, welcome basket and $250 spa/F&B credit on 2+ nights. Valid 11/16/14-1/8/15 from $1,500 per night. Visit sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Shara Seigel, 516-697-3975.
Westin Kierland Westin Keirland
  Sun and Fun This Winter at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa invites those seeking a sun-filled winter escape to enjoy its Endless Summer Package for stays from Nov. 1- Jan. 9, 2015. Rates are from $249 per room, per night and include a $100 resort credit. Guests who book the package also can enjoy a $99 round of golf during their stay. Visit kierlandresort.com. Media contact: Jennifer Franklin, 480-624-1315.
Tourism New Zealand
  Rebuilding Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch's central city is buzzing with the development of new dining precincts and a luxury boutique hotel opening soon. New Regent Street, a collection of historic buildings that has now been fully restored to its former glory, offers unique shops and cafes, while Stranges Lane juxtaposes old and new around a tucked-away brick courtyard with restaurants such as Lower 9th Bistro and Orleans. The 25-room Hotel Montreal will open in October, providing an oasis in the city with peaceful gardens and an outdoor urban theater. Visit www.newzealand.com/us; Media contact: Yves Gentil, tel: 212-598-1167.
Travel Alberta
  Edmonton, Alberta - Canadian Finals Rodeo
Canadian Finals Rodeo is a world-class rodeo event that attracts the best contestants and stock in the land. Held in Edmonton since 1974, you'll see the top competitors at CFR. They've been earning points at rodeos across Canada to secure a spot at the Canadian Championship. The contestants must be in the top 12 of their discipline by the end of the circuit to earn a position at the CFR. Contestants compete in Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding. Canadian Finals Rodeo: November 5-9, 2014, www.cfr.ca. Visit travelalberta.com; Media contact: Judy Love Rondeau, tel: 817-572-3592.
Team San Jose
  Christmas In The Park - A Festival of Fun in San Jose, California
From mid-November through early January, Downtown San Jose's two-acre park is transformed into a holiday fantasy during Christmas in the Park. For over 30 years, this San Jose tradition brings over 60 musical and animated exhibits, glittering lights and 60-foot Christmas tree. The festivities also include Circle in the Palms ice skating rink, carnival rides and delicious holiday treats. Check out christmasinthepark.com. Media contact: Noe Sacoco, 408-792-4101.
Turtle Bay Resort Oahu Jazz
  Turtle Bay Resort Introduces Oahu Jazz & Blues Fest in November
Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's Fabled North Shore will host the first-annual Oahu Jazz & Blues Festival, with events from Nov. 20-23, 2014, bringing together Grammy-winning artists and legends of jazz with the best in Hawaii-sourced cuisine. Tickets are $40 per person for the main night of performances, from 5-9 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2014. Check out oahujazzandbluesfestival.com for more. Visit turtlebayresort.com and click on "Special Events". Media contact: Teddi Anderson, tel: 808-535-9099.
Banff Lake Louise
  Winterstart Festival in Banff National Park, Nov. 29 thru Dec. 21
All of the holiday jubilation, shimmer of lights and culinary delights of the season come together at the Winterstart Festival in Banff National Park November 29-December 21, 2014. Spend an afternoon strolling the boutique-lined streets of downtown Banff and when it's time to leave the energy pulsing nightlife, you can curl up by the crackling fire at your mountain getaway. The next day watch World Cup racing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort or hit the slopes yourself, followed up by some well earned apres ski fun. Don't miss the Santa Claus Parade of Lights where Santa himself dazzles the the young and the young at heart. Learn more at banfflakelouise.com; Media contact: Judy Love Rondeau, tel: 817-572-3592.
Niagara Tourism
  New Year's Eve Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Drop in Niagara
For a unique New Year's Eve celebration, come to Niagara and see a Gibson guitar dropping 120 feet at the stroke of midnight. Enjoy a free outdoor concert and check out food and beverage vendors. December 31, 2014, 8:00-12:00 AM, 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Admission is free! Visit www.niagara-usa.com; Media contact: Michelle Blackley, tel: 716-282-8992.
Glendale, AZ
  Dazzling Glendale Glitters Holiday Light Display Returns November 28
Glendale Glitters, Arizona's largest free holiday light display, kicks off Nov. 28-29. The stunning display of 1.5 million lights will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, and Friday and Saturday evenings through Dec. 20 will feature entertainment, children's activities, food, craft artisans and more. All events offer free admission, and the light display is on nightly through Jan. 10. Visit glendaleaz/events. Media contact: Kim Larson, 623-930-2989.
The Garrison The Garrison
  Plan a Memorable Holiday Season at The Garrison in The Hudson Highlands
Celebrate the holidays in the Hudson Highlands at The Garrison. Our countryside retreat setting with spectacular views is ideal for corporate holiday parties and special events. Make the holidays memorable by dining at Valley. Our menus are seasonally inspired. Winter wedding packages available at The Garrison and Highlands Country Club. Visit thegarrison.com, or call 845-424-3604. Media contact: Peggy Brunetti, 845-615-9084.
Castle Hotel and Spa
  Luxury Spa Stay at The Castle Begins with Helicopter Tour of Hudson Valley
Your private helicopter will whisk you from Manhattan for a scenic tour of the majestic Hudson Valley along the world's most iconic skyline, over the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Castle and up to West Point. Land nearby where a fully-stocked luxury car will escort you to Castle Hotel & Spa. What a way to start your stay! Includes a night in a luxury suite, a five-course dinner in the award-winning Equus and breakfast for two. Start your dinner with a private wine cellar tour with hors d'oeuvres. Luxuriate in the brand new THANN Sanctuary Spa where you each enjoy a THANN Signature Massage. Visit castlehotelandspa.com. Media contact: Brittney Baeriswil, 914-524-6390.
Roundhouse
  Roundhouse at Beacon Falls A Unique Setting for Special Events
The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls is the ideal venue for any special occasion. The beautifully designed event space, The Waterfall Room, is situated in the oldest building on the property, which dates back to the early 1800's. With its high ceilings, wood beams, exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, the room is a timeless backdrop for a celebration of a lifetime. The Waterfall Room can accommodate dinner and dancing for up to 200 people. Visit roundhousebeacon.com. Media contact: Meghan McAlpine, 845-440-3327 x305.
Rhinecliff
  Beaujolais Nouveau Launches at The Rhinecliff
Enjoy an evening of French inspired entertainment with the live sounds of Elaine Rachlin, sample the 2014 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau along with classic French treats... l'escargots, frogs legs and onion soup... formidable! And don't forget, Rhinecliff Event Catering provides expert event and menu planning, logistic coordinating and professional service that can execute any vision, from the smallest to the largest events. Visit therhinecliff.com. Media contacts: Michelle Tommasi, 845-876-0590; DA Associates PR, 914-299-0837.
 

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