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APRIL/MAY 2015
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I Love NY
  Popular I LOVE NY Bus Service Expanded to Spring/Fall
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the start of the first spring/summer season of operation for the I LOVE NEW YORK Bus service, a new year-round tourism initiative that offers easy and affordable excursions from New York City to destinations and events across the state. The program which kicked off this fall with excursions to wine and beer festivals, foliage trails and ski resorts, have been quite popular. Visit iloveny.com. Media contact: Delfina Guemes, 646-307-6316.
Westchester Lightscapes
  Unlock Unique Experiences in Westchester County
Westchester County, the heart of the Hudson Valley, is the perfect escape for one-of-a-kind attractions. Enjoy LIGHTSCAPES, an incredible walk-through evening display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. Or, visit the Spring Crafts show at Lyndhurst, one of America's leading craft events. Get ready for exciting events, top-notch dining and charming hotel accommodations. Visit visitwestchesterny.com. Media contact: Natasha Caputo, 914-995-8502.
Arizona
  World's Oldest Rodeos in Arizona
Summer in Arizona means rodeo time and northern Arizona has two of the best and oldest. Prescott will host the 128th Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World's Oldest Rodeo, June 29-July 5. worldsoldestrodeo.com. Payson is home of the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, slated for August 20-23. paysonrimcountry.com/Activities/Rodeos. Visit arizonaguide.com; Media contact: Tony Alba, 602-364-3715.
The Boulders
  Chill at The Boulders
The Boulders' beckon summer travelers to the cooler and higher grounds of the desert the temperatures are typically 10 degrees cooler. Summer specials include rates that dip more than 70% from regular rates and nighttime activities that include Twilight Desert Photo tours, Twilight golf, Moonlight Yoga in the Garden, Night Exploration tours, Moonlight bicycling, Stargazing and Full Moon Celebrations at the Spa. Visit theboulders.com; Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Scottsdale CVB
  Summer Sizzles in Scottsdale!
Looking for a summer getaway that doesn't break the bank? Visit Scottsdale for savings of up to 60% off at top hotels and resorts like Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch or The Boulders. Soak up rays at the pool and enjoy resort credits good on food and beverage, spa treatments and golf. Plus, beat the heat during an early morning hot air balloon ride or late night tomcar tour. For additional ideas, check out experiencescottsdale.com/summervalues. Visit experiencescottsdale.com. Media contact: Laura McMurchie, 480-429-2253.
Dutchess Dutchess County marathon
  Walkway Over the Hudson Marathon in Dutchess County This June
Walkway Over the Hudson and Dutchess host a memorable event: Walkway Marathon! Saturday, June 13th, the world's longest linear park hosts 3 USTAF-certified running events. All ages/abilities can participate in one of three flat, fast, scenic races: marathon, half-marathon, or 5K; each traverses the Hudson. Friday, June 12th, Dutchess Tourism hosts a Health and Wellness Expo at Poughkeepsie's Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Check out dutchesstourism.com/walkway-marathon. Visit dutchesstourism.com. Media contact: Nancy Lutz, 845-463-5446.
Team San Jose
  New High-Tech Soccer Stadium in San Jose, California
The brand new Avaya Stadium, home to the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, has a capacity of 18,000 and features one of the most high-tech fan experiences in sports. Sporting the first cloud-enabled stadium in MLS and boasting the largest outdoor bar in the North America, Avaya Stadium delivers an entertaining and interactive experience. Visit sanjose.org. Media contact: Kyle Schatzel, 408-792-4119.
Canyon Ranch
  Canyon Ranch in Massachusetts Debuts New Dining Room
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA introduced Cafe -- a new dining venue offering a taste of the healthy Mediterranean. Featuring seasonal and local foods, the menu emphasizes vegetables, fish, regionally flavored meats and "Roman" style flatbreads, which include a proprietary blend of flour and house made ricotta, served from a wood-fired, open-flame Hearth Oven. Visit canyonranch.com. Media contact: Meredith Ford, 520-749-9655, ext. 4628.
Ritz Carlton Westchester
  The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester Hosts Farmers Market Tour & Class
Locals and guests are invited to join Executive Chef Kennardo Holder for a culinary excursion to the White Plains Farmers Market. After visiting the market, guests learn to utilize seasonal ingredients to make a farm-to-table lunch at the hotel. Reservations must be made in advance. Valid through October 7, 2015, Wednesday only. Starting at $750. Visit ritzcarlton.com. Media contact: Karen Siegel, 914-467-5826.
Four Seasons Four Seasons Bogota
  Four Seasons Debuts New Hotels in Bogotá, Columbia
Four Seasons prepares to plant flag at two iconic hotels in Bogotá, Columbia this fall. Located just three kilometers apart, Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá will be a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Zona T, the city's prime setting for stylish shopping and dining. Elevating each element of the property from top to bottom, the renovations will include stylishly redesigned rooms, suites and restaurants. Located in the financial and commercial centre of Bogotá, Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina will retain its unique French and Spanish architectural elements with a fresh contemporary flare. Visit fourseasons.com. Media contact: Laura Fairweather, 1-416-441-4233.
Four Seasons Bora Bora
  4th Night Free at Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is currently offering the 4th Night Free package, in which one complimentary night is offered for every three consecutive paid nights. This popular package includes accommodations in one of the Resort's 100 overwater bungalow or seven expansive beachfront villas and daily breakfast buffet for two. Visit fourseasons.com. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-712-1493.
Four Seasons Hualalai
  24/7 Concierge Service at Four Seasons Hualalai, Hawai'i
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. Visit fourseasons.com. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-712-1493.
Small Luxury Hotels
  SLH Adds New Hotels to 520-Hotel Collection
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is an unrivalled portfolio of some of the world's finest small, independent hotels. This spring, we've added some new hotels. Comprising over 520 hotels in more than 80 countries, our press office is available to assist you with any additional information, press visits or image requests. Check out the press release. Visit slh.com. Media contact: Erin Woodward, 212-338-4809.
Starwood Hawaii Mailani Tower
  Mailani Tower in Waikiki, Hawai'i Offers New Standard of Luxury
The evolution of travel continues at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort with the opening of The Mailani Tower in Waikiki, April, 2015. The re-branded Mailani Tower offers travelers a new standard of luxury with more exclusivity, services and amenities. Mailani guests will have their own check-in, concierge service and 3,000-square-foot poolside lounge with complimentary breakfast offerings, beer, wine, beverage and pupu service. mailanitower.com. Visit starwoodhotelshawaii.com. Media contact: Lester Leung, 808-921-4040.
British Columbia
  Maple Leaf Adventures in British Columbia Adds Refurbished Wooden Tugboat to its Fleet
Swell, a 80-foot classic wooden tugboat, redefines boutique expedition cruises along British Columbia's coast with excursions for up to 10 people to the Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, the Inside Passage, and mystic Haida Gwaii. Helmed by a skilled crew, these journeys cruise through the coast's wild fjords and archipelagos, complete with luxurious touches. MapleLeafAdventures.com. Visit HelloBC.com. Media contact: Janice Greenwood-Fraser, 604-660-3228.
Tourism Vancouver
  Vancouver's Famous Sea-to-Sky Highway - In Your Own Lamborghini
The 70-mile Sea-to-Sky Highway connecting Vancouver and Whistler is considered one of the world's most beautiful drives. New tour company Scenic Rush (started fall 2014) offers self-drive tours of this famous route in luxe vehicles including the Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari Spider, Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo and Nissan GT-R. $495 to $1,295 CAD. scenicrush.com. Visit tourismvancouver.com. Media contact: Amber Sessions, 604-631-2870.
Geoffrey Weill
  New Luxury Safari Lodge Opening in Kenya
Angama Mara, a luxurious new safari lodge overlooking Kenya's Maasai Mara, is scheduled to open in June 2015. Comprised of two camps, each encompassing 15 tented guest suites with 30-foot-wide floor-to-ceiling windows, the property will be situated 1,000 feet above the Great Rift Valley with a private track into the park to view the wildlife at leisure. Visit geoffreyweill.com. Media contact: Deepa Sharma, 212-288-1144.
Delamar Delamar
  Spring is in the Air at The Delamar Hotels
Both luxury boutique hotels located in Fairfield County, Connecticut feature outdoor dining and lounges with cocktail bars in their award winning restaurants featuring Chef Frederic Kieffer's sumptuous fare. Whether it's a weekend with the girls or a romantic getaway, The Delamar's offer numerous packages that have something for everyone. Visit thedelamara.com. Media contact: Lisa Johnson, tel: 914-420-6283.
Wales
  Wales To Host Several Rugby World Cup 2015 Games
While The Rugby World Cup 2015 is primarily hosted in England, some matches take place across the border in another country with a real passion for the sport - Wales. The Millennium Stadium will be the venue for several games. Cardiff is Wales' capital city - a young, vivid and beautiful place, just two hours from London. Visit usa.wales.com. Media contact: Rob Jones.
All Things Cruise
  Check Out New Ocean and River Cruise Listings at AllThingsCruise.com
All Things Cruise has created a comprehensive listing of all new ocean and river going ships that will be setting sail in the near future. This listing documents ship releases as far out as 2020, and provides cruise line and ship name, passenger capacity, and scheduled launch date. To find out more about the newest ships slated to debut, please visit allthingscruise.com/newest-ships. Media contact: Heidi Allison-Shane, 248-651-4491.
The Garrison
  Travel Classics To Wrap Up Summer Conference at The Garrison
The Garrison will welcome Travel Classic East writers and editors for a farewell brunch at this summer's conference on May 31. Summer is a great time to enjoy weekend brunch and a new menu at Valley Restaurant while taking in the views of the Hudson River. Live outdoor music returns to Valley in July. Golf is in full swing at our 18-hole championship course. Our Zipcar promotion provides reduced rates at the Inn through August for Zipcar members. Visit thegarrison.com. Media contact: Peggy Brunetti, 845-615-9084.
Villa Serbelloni
  The Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Open for 2015 Season
This historic resort on Lake Como, Italy is an ideal location to celebrate life's important occasions and vacations! Offering palatial accommodations, unparalleled service with the perfect synergy of the traditional and contemporary, activity and relaxation, its impeccably trained staff awaits your arrival to provide you with all the flawless details for memories for a lifetime. Special opening rates start at Euro 389 per double including breakfast. Visit villaserbelloni.com. Media contact: Noel M. Carroll, 914-961-0334.
Cruise Compete Cruise Compete
  New River Cruise Section at CruiseCompete.com
In response to consumer demand, CruiseCompete has added a new river cruise section to their website. River cruising has become the hottest trend in cruising, with recent CruiseCompete CruiseTrends reports reflecting a notable surge in the popularity of domestic river cruising. To see the new river cruise sections offerings, please visit cruisecompete.com/river_cruises. Media contact: Heidi Allison-Shane, 248-651-4491.
Roundhouse
  Patio Opens at The Roundhouse Memorial Day Weekend
The Roundhouse, a boutique hotel, award-winning New American restaurant and popular event space, will be opening its outdoor patio Memorial Day Weekend. The Patio offers al fresco dining at its best. Guests enjoy stunning waterfall views while dining on locally inspired, seasonal entrees, a variety of fun, smaller plates and sandwiches, specialty cocktails, craft beer and a full list of hand-selected wines. Reservations: 845-765-8369. Visit roundhousebeacon.com. Media contact: Meghan McAlpine, 845-440-3327 x305.
Sanctuary on Camelback
  Casitas and Suites Get a Facelift at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Debuting this autumn, major renovations to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain's Camelback Casitas and Suites are underway. Suites will be sleek and spacious with a contemporary, but elegant feel. One private mountain home is being transformed into a Spa House that will focus on all things holistic, like the Satori Meditation Retreat series (the next one is Oct. 4-7, 2015). Visit sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Jamie Scalici, 212-980-9194.
Cook Islands
  Cook Islands To Celebrate Te Maeva Nui - 50 Years of Self Government
The Cook Islands in the South Pacific is celebrating Te Maeva Nui, its 50th annual celebration of nationhood, self-government and independence July 23 - August 7, 2015. The ten-day celebration will showcase numerous events on the island of Rarotonga, including a spectacular float parade, an international night featuring live entertainment, dance, drama and singing, a choir competition with traditional hymns and songs, and a trade day with culture, food, arts and crafts and live music. Cultural performances and will spotlight original compositions, choreography and costumes. Drum dancing, action songs, traditional singing and chanting are all a part of this not-to-be-missed event. Visit paradiseincookislands.com, culture.gov.ck. Media contact: Susan Bejeckian, 626-570-1051.
 

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