Labor Day is ‘Dollar Day’ at the 2014 Great New York State Fair

August 29, 2014

The Great New York State Fair is ending its 2014 run on Labor Day, September 1, by offering an unbeatable bargain: admission to the fair will be just $1, rides on the all-new Wade Shows Midway will be $1 and selected vendors will offer $1 specials on food or merchandise.

“This deal is yet one more reason why the Great New York State Fair lives up to its name,” Governor Cuomo said. “From expanding ticket sales to online, to securing convenient Amtrak service to the Fairgrounds and expanding our Taste NY selection, this final bargain gives fans and first-timers alike one more great opportunity this year to come and see why this is the best state fair in the nation.”

More than three dozen Fair vendors have agreed so far to sell items for $1. Among the food items are $1 meatball-on-a-roll sandwiches, $1 snow cones, $1 for a small kettle corn and $1 for two pieces of maple sugar. Merchandise values include jewelry, pet products, key chains and more as vendors continue to add to the list daily. Visit the State Fair website for the current list HERE.

The day includes the Fair’s new “Summer Sendoff” event, featuring a free concert by the Grammy-award winning group The Doobie Brothers at 6:00 p.m. at Chevy Court, and the return of fireworks at dusk sponsored by National Grid after a hiatus of several years.

The “Summer Sendoff” will cap a holiday weekend of excitement at the Fair. Saturday, a sellout crowd of approximately 17,000 will pack the Grandstand to see country superstar Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Last year, 31,000 people jammed into Chevy Court in a downpour to watch Florida Georgia Line for free, and Aldean sold out the Grandstand for his 2012 show. Uncle Kracker plays Chevy Court at 2:00 p.m., followed by Bell Biv Devoe at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, a monster truck show takes place at the Grandstand. MKTO provides youthful pop at Chevy Court at 2:00 p.m. and a large crowd is expected for Phillip Phillips’ show at 8:00 p.m. The New York State Demolition Derby Championships rounds out the major entertainment on Sunday at the Grandstand.

Competitions reach their finals during the last weekend. The new Miss New York State Fair Pageant takes place on Saturday, emphasizing intelligence and talent and featuring a show by some contestants in the afternoon. The pageantry of the Six Horse Hitch Championships takes place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Toyota Coliseum. There is a special Wine and Cheese Pairing Competition, pitting the winners of the commercial wine and cheese competitions in an event designed to find the best combination of winners. There is also championship boxing, the Taste NY Wine Seminar and more.

Sunday, there’s a contest to see who can turn wool from fleece into a shawl the fastest, an opportunity to find out how to milk a goat, wine seminars featuring the winners of the commercial wine competition and a show featuring several couples from the reality competition shows “Big Brother” and “The Amazing Race.”

Labor Day Monday opens with a special performance on Chevy Court by several area funk and soul bands, the annual Labor Day parade and rally, the championships of the Fair’s Rooster Crowing competition, a wheelchair basketball tournament and free seminars on how to make one’s own home brewed beer.

Every day features free music on the Fair’s seven stages, talented street performers, exhibits with wild wolves and animatronic dinosaurs, one of the best midways in the nation and much more. The Fair’s signature 25 cent cup of perfectly chilled white or chocolate milk and its $1 baked potato with all the toppings will be available right up until the end of the day.

The regional Centro bus service operates buses all day to and from the Fair to Park & Ride lots in Onondaga, Oswego and Cayuga Counties. The buses provide an efficient and safe alternative to driving to and parking at the Fair. A full schedule of locations and times can be found HERE.

Amtrak offers daily train service to a special train station at the Fair for those coming from other parts of the State. Riders can check train schedules HERE.

Operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Fair showcases the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment. This year’s tagline, “New Attractions, Old Favorites, Timeless Fun,” highlights the more than two dozen new events and attractions and the expansion or enhancement of several Fairgoer favorites.​ The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/NYSFair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at StateFairIdeas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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Film About US Diplomat’s Efforts to Rescue Jews from Holocaust Premieres in NYC and LI

August 29, 2014

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“A Voice Among the Silent: The Legacy of James G. McDonald,” a new documentary by Shuli Eshel about James G. McDonald, a U.S. diplomat who helped rescue Jewish refugees from the Nazis, will have its world premiere in New York with two showings on October 19 and 20, 2014.

First, the NYC (and world) film premiere will be held on Sunday October 19, 2014, at Park East Synagogue, 164 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065.  A pre-screening reception will begin at 6:00 PM and screening of the film will start at 7:00 PM.

Then, the Long Island premiere will happen on Monday October 20, 2014 as a Pre-Gold Coast International Film Festival Screening at Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY. Doors open at 7 pm and screening of the film starts at 7:30 pm.

In both events, the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Barbara McDonald Stewart (McDonald’s daughter); historian Dr. Rafael Medoff; and filmmaker Shuli Eshel.

After a face-to-face meeting with Hitler in 1933, McDonald was one of the first to warn world leaders, including President Franklin Roosevelt and the future Pope Pius XII, about Hitler’s threat to “get rid of the Jews.” As the League of Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees and then as chairman of President Roosevelt’s Advisory Committee on Political Refugees, McDonald worked tirelessly to find safe havens for Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.

Later, as America’s first ambassador to Israel, McDonald helped build the foundation for American-Israeli friendship.

The incredible story of McDonald’s efforts and foresight were almost lost to history until his meticulously kept diaries were discovered in 2003. “McDonald spoke up when others were silent. McDonald’s bravery is a role model for human decency and courage that is as relevant today as it was 80 years ago.”

Admission for the reception, film and post film discussion is $20 per person.

Tickets go on sale on September 8 at www.parkeastsynagogue.org

For sponsorship visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

See also:

Documentary about ‘Sugihara Visa’ Jewish Refugees Escaping Nazi Europe Inspires New Tour of Japan

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Low-Cost Carrier Norwegian Air, Expanding US-UK Service, Nominated for Passenger Choice Awards

August 26, 2014
Norwegian celebrates its first ever flights between the U.S. and London Gatwick. the first flight between Los Angeles and London Gatwick, Norwegian’s first flight between New York’s Kennedy Airport and London and its inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale to London. All the flights are almost full.

Norwegian celebrates its first ever flights between the U.S. and London Gatwick. the first flight between Los Angeles and London Gatwick, Norwegian’s first flight between New York’s Kennedy Airport and London and its inaugural flight from Fort Lauderdale to London. All the flights are almost full.

Norwegian Air, which has expanded service between the US and Europe, has received seven nominations in the highly acclaimed Passenger Choice Awards 2014. Norwegian is represented in more than half of the categories, including “Best in Region: Europe” and “Best Overall Passenger Experience”. The Passenger Choice Awards has become one of the industry’s most significant award programs for the airline industry.

Norwegian has previously won the Passenger Choice Awards in the categories “Best in Region: Europe” and “Best Inflight Connectivity and Communications”. This year, Norwegian has been nominated for the same categories, in addition to “Best Overall Passenger Experience”, “Best Inflight Publication”, “Best Inflight Video”, “Best Ground Experience” and “Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience” for Norwegian’s interactive ‘Geotainment’ moving map.

“Norwegian’s decision to establish links to key cities in North America including New York and Los Angeles offers passengers real choice and affordable travel,” Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick said. “The launch also demonstrates the game-changing nature of the Dreamliner aircraft, which has less seats than older generation aircraft and therefore less reliance on transfer passengers. A two-runway Gatwick will best meet the needs of our rapidly changing aviation market, which looks very different today than it did even ten years ago. All of the signs point to Gatwick being the obvious choice for expansion.”

Flight schedule

London – Los Angeles twice a week from July 2, 2014
Norwegian operates two weekly flights between London (LGW) and Los Angeles (LAX) – on Wednesdays and Sundays. The introductory fare is £199 one way.

London – New York three times a week from July 3, 2014
Norwegian operates three weekly flights between London (LGW) and New York (JFK) – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The introductory fare is £149 one way.

London – Fort Lauderdale twice a week from July 4, 2014
Norwegian operates two weekly flights between London (LGW) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – on Mondays and Fridays. The introductory fare is £179 one way.

Norwegian’s long-haul operations In 2013
Norwegian commenced its long-haul operation by becoming the only low-cost carrier to offer flights between Europe and the US. Norwegian will have a fleet of 17 Dreamliners, whereof seven are currently in service and one more will be delivered in 2014. The company is planning to expand its long-haul fleet with even more 787 Dreamliners.

Norwegian offers long-haul flights between the following destinations:

Routes from New York (JFK): Oslo (OSL), Stockholm (ARN), Copenhagen (CPH), Bergen (BGO) and London (LGW)

Routes from Fort Lauderdale (FLL): Oslo (OSL), Stockholm (ARN), Copenhagen (CPH) and London (LGW)

Routes from Los Angeles (LAX): Oslo (OSL), Stockholm (ARN), Copenhagen (CPH) and London (LGW)

Routes from San Francisco (OAK): Oslo (OSL) and Stockholm (ARN)

Routes from Orlando (MCO): Oslo (OSL)

Routes from Bangkok (BKK): Oslo (OSL) and Stockholm (ARN)

As for the Passenger Choice Award nominations, Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer, said, “It is a great pleasure that Norwegian’s employees’ hard work is valued so high among our passengers. To be nominated in seven categories together with many of the leading airlines of the world shows that our product, service and innovative way of thinking is highly appreciated. This is fantastic news.”

The Passenger Choice Awards has become one of the industry’s most significant award programs for the airline industry. This is because winners are chosen based on customer feedback. The Passenger Choice Awards comprise 13 individual categories and were created to give the flying public a voice in the passenger experience. The survey is open each May and June at http://www.passengerchoiceawards.com, and passengers are encouraged to vote every time they fly.

The winners will be announced at the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Awards Ceremony on September 15, 2014, in Anaheim, California, USA.

Norwegian was recently awarded the title “Europe’s best low-cost carrier” for the second year running by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards, where the passengers themselves decide the winners. Norwegian also came third in the vote for “World’s best low-cost carrier”, only beaten by AirAsia and AirAsia X.

Norwegian is nominated in these Passenger Choice Award categories:

Best Overall Passenger Experience 
EMIRATES
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
GARUDA INDONESIA
NORWEGIAN
VIRGIN AMERICA

Best in Region: Europe
AUSTRIAN AIRLINES
IBERIA LINEAS AEREAS DE ESPANA
NORWEGIAN AIR SHUTTLE ASA
TURKISH AIRLINES
VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Best Inflight Publication
AVIANCA
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
GARUDA INDONESIA
GULF AIR
NORWEGIAN

Best Inflight Connectivity & Communications
ALASKA AIRLINES
EMIRATES
JETBLUE
NORWEGIAN
VIRGIN AMERICA

Best Inflight Video
EMIRATES
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES
GARUDA INDONESIA
NORWEGIAN
VIRGIN AMERICA

Best Ground Experience
ALASKA AIRLINES
AUSTRIAN AIRLINES
EL AL ISRAEL AIRLINES
NORWEGIAN
VIRGIN AMERICA

Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience (recognizing a specific achievement – rather than a general improvement – which an airline has successfully implemented)
Air Canada: Air Canada 787 GUI
Air France KLM: IFE upgrade with next generation GUI
Delta Air Lines: Delta Air Lines ’80s and Holiday Safety Videos
Norwegian: Interactive ‘Geotainment’ moving map
Virgin America: The NEW Safety Video

Founded in 1993 Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, which is headquartered in Fornebu, Norway, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the second largest airline in Scandinavia and third largest low cost carrier in Europe. More than 20 million passengers fly on its network per year. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has a total of 417 routes to 126 destinations and employs approximately 4,500 people in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, UK, Spain and Thailand. The airline has 258 undelivered aircraft on firm order. In 2013, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian boasts of offering better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi, world-class punctuality and a fleet of 96 aircraft with an average age of only 4.8 years.

For more information, visit norwegian.com.

 

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Tickets on Sale for 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville

August 26, 2014
The Radio City Rockettes will perform beloved numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” a tradition since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception in 1933, at the 2014 edition of the Christmas Spectacular, at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Radio City Rockettes will perform beloved numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” a tradition since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception in 1933, at the 2014 edition of the Christmas Spectacular, at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, marking its 13th season in Nashville as part of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s annual A Country Christmas, as it embarks on an unparalleled new journey this holiday season in Nashville. The Christmas Spectacular will run from November 21 – December 24, 2014.

 

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to Grand Ole Opry House with a re-imagined second act that will amaze fans of all ages,” said Don Simpson, executive vice president of productions, MSG Entertainment.  “Both newcomers and returning audiences will be charmed by the heartwarming new storyline as Santa Claus takes two brothers on a magical journey unveiling the spirit of Christmas.  Coupled with technological enhancements and the precision technique of the legendary Rockettes, these scenes are sure to be audience favorites.”

 

The Rockettes are known for their rich history, unrivaled talent, strength, precision and athleticism and have become one of the nation’s most beloved icons. They continue to take the Christmas Spectacular to new heights, dazzling audiences with their performance style, as it continues to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous.

The Rockettes will bring audiences to their feet with the show-stopping number “Christmas in New York,” as they showcase their signature eye-high kicks and immerse audiences in the buzzing scenes and sounds of New York City. In fan-favorite scenes, including the high-energy, tap number, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the Rockettes will showcase their challenging and dynamic choreography.

 

The stage will come alive with scenes including “Sleigh Ride,” where the Rockettes become Santa’s reindeer, helping both Santa and the audience begin their magical journey, and “Christmas Dreams,” which will showcase the Rockettes unparalleled precision technique.

 

Beloved numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” which continues to set the standard as the signature Rockettes number for precision performance, and “The Living Nativity,” both of which have been performed since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception in 1933, remain a vital part of the show’s core. Audiences will have the opportunity to lend their voices in the closing number, the “Hallelujah Chorus,” a tradition in the Nashville production.

 

In the Christmas Spectacular’s more than 20-year history outside of New York, as well as the 82-year old production at Radio City Music Hall, the show has played to more than 75 million people. The Christmas Spectacular continues to create memories that audiences have come to treasure and this year, will mark an all new spectacular experience for Nashville.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets and A Country Christmas vacation packages are available online at www.ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com or by calling 1-888-999-OPRY (6779). Ticket prices range from $25 – $99.

 

A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort

 

Gaylord Opryland Resort’s 31st annual A Country Christmas will make memories of a lifetime for the thousands of people who travel from around the world to experience the most captivating holiday resort entertainment, décor and food in America. A Country Christmas® includes more than 2 million lights and more than a dozen shows and attractions, including 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculpture at ICE!; the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes®; Restless Heart’s A Season of Harmony Dinner Show; snow tubing, ice skating and much more. Located in Nashville, Tenn., the 2,882 room resort features nine acres of lavish indoor gardens and waterfalls under signature glass atriums. Learn more at www.ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.

 

See also:

OPRYLAND’S ‘A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS’ IS SPECTACULAR FAMILY HOLIDAY PLACE

NASHVILLE FOR FAMILIES: Music, Meerkats, Motorcars Are Just a Few of Fun Things to Enjoy

HONKY TONKING IN MUSIC CITY -HOW NASHVILLE GOT ITS ‘SOUND’
From Live Music Venues to Museums, You Gain New Appreciation for Country

NASHVILLE’S RICH HERITAGE:
Country Music’s Capital Shows Penchant for Classical

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Empty Nesters Invited to Rekindle Romance at Belmond Charleston Place

August 26, 2014
Belmond Charleston Place, in Charleston, South Carolina, has introduced a "Newly Nesters Package," designed to reawaken the spark that was in couples whose kids have flown the coop and find themselves emptynesters

Belmond Charleston Place, in Charleston, South Carolina, has introduced a “Newly Nesters Package,” designed to reawaken the spark that was in couples whose kids have flown the coop and find themselves emptynesters

Belmond Charleston Place, in Charleston, South Carolina, has introduced a “Newly Nesters Package,” designed to reawaken the spark that was in couples whose kids have flown the coop and find themselves emptynesters.

The Newly Nesters package includes one night luxury hotel accommodations in one of the new Premier rooms, sparkling wine welcome amenity, dinner for two in the award winning Charleston Grill (which the New York Times recently described as “simultaneously glamorous and comfortable”) and continental breakfast for two in the garden-inspired Palmetto Cafe. Rates from $389 plus tax.

Consistently ranked among the best hotels in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines, Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from its lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. The staff of the hotel is dedicated to indulging its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians.  Guests can enjoy the hotel’s full service European-style spa and horizon-edge swimming pool with retractable glass roof. The hotel is centrally located, surrounded by historic homes and buildings, and within strolling distance of the Charleston’s many boutiques, galleries and restaurants.

For more information visit www.CharlestonPlace.com or call 800-383-2335.

Belmond Charleston Place is part of Belmond Ltd., a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations.  Established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates 45 distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations.  From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara.  Belmond also encompasses safaris, six luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants.  Orient-Express is a trademark of SNCF For more information, visit  belmond.com.

 

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Meritage Resort Offers Special Rates for Displaced Residents and Travelers Following Napa Earthquake

August 26, 2014

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, offered its ‘Meritage Masterpiece: The Art of Relaxation’ package in conjunction with Napa Valley’s Arts in April.

The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, offered its ‘Meritage Masterpiece: The Art of Relaxation’ package in conjunction with Napa Valley’s Arts in April.

The Meritage Resort and Spa is open and fully operational following the South Napa Earthquake that occurred at approximately 3:20 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, August 24, 2014. As the city of Napa and others throughout Napa Valley are working to clean up and open local businesses, restaurants and other hotels, The Meritage has been offering displaced residents and travelers special rates to assist during this time.

“We are working with our business partners and other hotels throughout Napa Valley to assist in any way that we can,” said Michael Palmer, general manager of The Meritage Resort and Spa. “We have been offering special rates to residents who cannot go back home because of structural damage, been in contact with hotels in Downtown Napa that have had to move guests, and are continuing to work with our staff to ensure that they and their families are safe.”

The Meritage Resort and Spa is a proud partner of Visit Napa Valley and is working to provide guests with a list of open wineries, restaurants and shops they can visit during their stay in Napa over the coming days and weeks.

“It is important that travelers know Napa Valley is open for business,” said Palmer. “Napa Valley restaurants, wineries and other local businesses are ready to serve them and provide the world-class hospitality that we are known for.”

The Meritage Resort and Spa is a four-diamond Napa Valley luxury resort set against a hillside vineyard. A destination unto itself, it features 322 Tuscan-inspired guestrooms and luxury suites, seasonal farm-to-table cuisine at the Siena Restaurant and wine tasting in the Estate Cave featuring Trinitas Cellars. Regain a healthful balance with curative treatments at Spa Terra-a lavish underground spa with steam grottoes, soaking pools, treatment alcoves and tranquil walls of water. The resort boasts the most comprehensive event and meeting space in the wine country, including the two largest ballrooms in the Napa Valley, the Estate Cave and three covered terraces. Crush Ultra Lounge offers guests a chance to relax with a full bar, sports entertainment and six bowling lanes.

For more information about The Meritage Resort and Spa visit http://www.MeritageResort.com or email info@meritageresort.com. For Napa locals who need a place to stay, please call The Meritage Resort and Spa directly at 707.251.1900. 

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Wyndham Hotel Group Partners with GetYourGuide to Connect Travelers with Tours, Activities

August 23, 2014
Washington DC Must See Sights Half Day Tour is just one of tens of thousands of tours that can be booked through Get Your Guide, which now has a partnership with Wyndham Hotel Group © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Washington DC Must See Sights Half Day Tour is just one of tens of thousands of tours that can be booked through Get Your Guide, which now has a partnership with Wyndham Hotel Group © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Travelers looking to add top-rated tours and activities to their upcoming travel itineraries can now easily do just that thanks to a new partnership between Wyndham Hotel Group—the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels—and travel tour booking company GetYourGuide.

Upon completing a reservation on any of Wyndham Hotel Group’s branded websites, travelers can now connect directly via link to GetYourGuide’s catalog of more than 25,000 activities around the globe, which includes everything from sightseeing bus rides and cooking demonstrations to guided walking tours, helicopter rides and more. While searching, members have the ability to sort activities and tours by country and city as well as by tour type and price. Tours can then be booked directly online and confirmed through GetYourGuide.

“One of the most rewarding parts of being able to travel is taking time to truly experience the city you are visiting,” said Mike Mueller, vice president of loyalty, marketing and partnerships at Wyndham Hotel Group. “In partnering with GetYourGuide, we’re giving customers a simple and seamless way to find and book tours and activities that are sure to help them make the most of any trip, whether it’s a weekend getaway to their favorite city or a business trip to someplace they’ve never been.”

GetYourGuide, the Internet’s largest booking platform for travel activities, offers more than 25,000 attractions, tours and activities in upwards of 2,400 worldwide destinations. From sightseeing and historical tours to sport activities, museums, and event tickets, GetYourGuide provides an extensive assortment. The GetYourGuide website was launched in 2010 and holds offices in Zürich, Berlin and Las Vegas. www.getyourguide.com.

GetYourGuide is the latest in a series of new partnerships to be announced by Wyndham Hotel Group this year. Such partnerships underscore the company’s ongoing commitment to finding new and creative ways to offer additional value to customers throughout the booking and travel process.

Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse hotel companies with approximately 7,540 hotels and 650,200 rooms in 71 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, TRYP by Wyndham®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®.  In addition, the company has a license agreement to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels brand and provide management services globally.

All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain hotels which are owned or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group.

Wyndham Rewards, the guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group, is one of the world’s largest lodging loyalty programs, as measured by number of participating hotels. It offers over 37 million members the chance to earn and redeem points for stays at over 7,000 hotels throughout more than 50 countries worldwide.

In addition to free stays, members may redeem their points for hundreds of reward options. For more information, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.
Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

 

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Uncommon Journeys Offers 13-Day Cross-Canada Trip by Luxury Train; Book by Sept 19 for Travel Bonus

August 23, 2014

Uncommon Journeys is taking reservations for a novel and exclusive train trip for Spring 2015, “Canadian Panorama” that combines a journey across Canada aboard one of the last classic passenger trains in North America, the legendary “Canadian,” a vista-dome train with dining cars under glassThis 13-day journey, offered only once, features a five-night visit to the Canadian Rockies in addition to deluxe hotel stays in Niagara Falls, Toronto and Vancouver, offering passengers the best of Canada and the Canadian Rockies.  Guests journey in comfort and elegance aboard the beautifully restored art deco splendor of the “Canadian.” complete with sightseeing, a tour manager, stylish dining, transfers.

The 13-day “Canadian Panorama” trip begin at $4,995 per person and guests who reserve by Sept. 19 will qualify for free Amtrak travel from any city in the country to Niagara Falls and for the special air travel add-on fare of $199.00 per person for travel to Niagara Falls from over 189 major U.S. cities.

The Uncommon Journeys adventure begins in Niagara Falls with an overnight stay at the Sheraton at the Falls, a choice location with plenty of free time for enjoying such a lovely setting.  Guests journey to Toronto the next day and enjoy a full day of sightseeing coupled with an overnight stay at the Four-Diamond rated Westin Harbour Castle with special welcome dinner at the stylish Canyon Creek Grill.  Guests then board the vista-dome liner “Canadian” at Toronto Union Station for a three-night journey west to Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.  Passengers are treated to superb “Silver & Blue”  first-class sleeping car accommodations, fine dining in the last real dining cars in North America (all meals on board are included), the famous “Park Car” with its upper level vista-dome, the round-end “Bullet Lounge” and the swank “Mural Lounge” for cocktails- a grand way to cross the continent.

At Jasper, guests have an overnight stay with visits to Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon before a spectacular tour of the Rockies including the stunning Columbia Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff. Also included is the famed sno-coach ride atop Athabasca Glacier, a continued favorite among guests.  In Banff, guests are treated to the rare luxury of a four-night stay complete with sightseeing of Lake Louise,  brunch at the legendary Chateau Lake Louise,  seldom-visited Moraine Lake and a visit to the famed Banff Hot Springs.

The final stage of Uncommon Journey’s cross-Canada journey is a final night aboard the “Canadian” between Jasper and Vancouver with daytime viewing of the Rockies from the vista-dome cars- the most scenic way to tour this area.  Upon arrival in Vancouver guests enjoy an overnight stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with a city sightseeing tour and a special Farewell Dinner before traveling home by train or air.

The 13-day “Canadian Panorama” trip begin at $4,995 per person.  Guests who reserve by Sept. 19 qualify for free Amtrak travel from any city in the country to Niagara Falls and for the special air travel add-on fare of only $199.00 per person for travel to Niagara Falls from over 189 major U.S. cities.

For more information or reservations, visit www.uncommonjourneys.com or call 800-323-5893.

 

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50 Tall Ships Sail into London as Part of ‘Totally Thames’ Month-Long Festival

August 23, 2014

‘Totally Thames’ is an exciting new, month-long arts and cultural celebration of London’s river, featuring over 100 river-related events along its entire 42 mile course through the capital, taking place for the first time throughout September.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman will create an extraordinary new sculpture, his first UK commission, which will be situated in the River Thames at Nine Elms on the South Bank for the month of Totally Thames. Details remain a closely guarded secret until Tuesday 2nd September 2014 when the installation will be towed upriver from its build site to its end position at Nine Elms on the South Bank between Battersea and Vauxhall.

On Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September 2014 internationally renowned French artists Carabosse present ‘Fire Garden,’ a spectacular display of fire and light, and one of the last ever public events at Battersea Power Station before it closes for development.

Visitors can immerse themselves in ‘The Thames SENSEation,’ a free family event at Victoria Embankment Gardens on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September 2014 which explores the sights, aromas, tastes, textures and sounds of London’s bygone eras. This multi-sensory festival designed by the award-winning House of Gastrophonic in partnership with The Northbank.

The largest Tall Ship event in London for 25 years comes to Royal Greenwich September 5-9, 2014. Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta, the first major Tall Ships event in the city since London hosted the Tall Ships Race in 1989, will bring up to 50 ships from Falmouth to Royal Greenwich for four days of festivities.

One event stretches the whole length of the Thames, the ‘Source to Sea River Relay’ brings a bottle of Thames water from its source in the Gloucester hills to the sea. The bottle, passed hand-to-hand, arrives in London on 1st September – the first day of Totally Thames – and travels across the capital and out to sea on September 30, the final day of the Totally Thames festival.

And, for those travelling to London for the festival which includes many free events, it’s possible to find a choice of cheap hotels in London a short walk from the river, through LondonTown.com, a leading Internet site for London, as well as information on restaurants, attractions, sightseeing tours, and all the latest London happenings.

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco Invites Guests to Extend the Weekend, Explore City

August 23, 2014

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is offering its popular Explore Package in conjunction with a series of free walking tours, especially designed for those who want to take a long weekend getaway to discover San Francisco’s many outdoor attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is offering its popular Explore Package in conjunction with a series of free walking tours, especially designed for those who want to take a long weekend getaway to discover San Francisco’s many outdoor attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco, a luxury property on the city’s waterfront, is offering its popular Explore Package in conjunction with a series of free walking tours, especially designed for those who want to take a long weekend getaway to discover San Francisco’s many outdoor assets. 

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s Explore Package includes overnight accommodations in newly renovated guestrooms, 15% off food and beverage at Eclipse Restaurant located in the Guinness Book of World Records largest atrium lobby and two San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) passes, which provide unlimited daily use on the iconic cable cars, historic street cars, busses and trolleys.  Rates start at $229 with further discounts available for those that extend their weekend into Sunday and Monday nights.

And, for those who want to extend their stay in San Francisco through Sunday and Monday nights, there are many diversions, including free concerts at Sigmund Stern Grove, better ticket availability for such popular attractions as Beach Blanket Babylon, better chance of snagging last-minute passes for the Alcatrz Cruises’ prison tour, fewer crowds at some of the city’s most popular attractions, like for such museums/attractions as Academy of Sciences; ExplOratorium; Hyde Street Pier; PIER 39; Cable Cars; walking or biking across the Golden Gate Bridge; Japanese Tea Garden; and greater access to some of the most celebrated restaurants, such as restaurants, including:  Boulevard, La Mar, Water Bar, Plouf, Butterfly, Chaya Brasserie, Piperade and Slanted Door.

Walking San Francisco’s Most Beloved Destinations

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is ideally situated to explore the City-by-the-Bay. with free, self-guided walking tours:

Lands End: Sometimes considered the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco, Land’s End is a historical hike that begins at Point Lobos and is an ideal location to watch the spectacular sea lions bark on the rocks below.  This is a nice retreat from the busy city life where outdoor enthusiast can get lost in the dramatic cliffs, open terrain and 30-mile, panoramic views of the California coast. While here, hikers can also visit the ruins of Sutro Baths, a large public bathhouse that was constructed in 1896. There is also a Labyrinth, shipwreck remains and the Palace of the Legion of Honor to round out the adventure. This relatively easy hike is roughly 3.4 miles long and normally takes 1-3 hours. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/lands-end-san-francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge Walk: The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the opportunity to walk across the 1.7 miles span of this bridge, which opened to the public on May 28, 1937 at a cost $35 million dollars. For those that want a longer walk, there is a trail up to Hendrik Point, which features a phenomenal view of the bridge and the San Francisco skyline. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/walking-the-golden-gate-bridge.

One Perfect Day in San Francisco: San Francisco may be as diverse a city as they come. The city boasts vast culture, art and history. For one perfect day, enjoy this 7.1 mile tour that will highlight  the locals’ favorite diversions. It begins at Tartine Bakery, which is one of the best bakeries-cafés in town. Next, Stow Lake, where adventurers can rent rowboats and paddle boats. For lunch, walk a short few blocks to check out the vicinity surrounding UCSF at Irving Street & 9th Ave where there’s a diverse group of several ethnic restaurants. Then, return to Golden Gate Park for a visit to The Academy of Sciences Museum, a world-class science museum that has visitors lost for hours. Finally, finish at Haight-Ashbury, which takes visitors back in time to the hippie culture of the 60s. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/one-perfect-day-in-san-francisco.

Downtown Architecture Walk: For those interested in a walking tour through the heart of downtown San Francisco, check out Crocker Galleria, Hallidi Building on 150 Sutter St, Wells Fargo Banking Hall, 111 Sutter St, City Group Center Greenhouse, The Crown Zellerbach Paper Co. Building and Shell Building. These buildings offer unique architecture that are not found anywhere else, and are considered to be some of the most important buildings in the world. Even though it’s only a half a mile walk, architecture buffs can get lost here for hours just admiring the beauty this historic area. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/san-francisco-downtown-architecture-walk.

Touring Chinatown: Tourists and locals alike are drawn to the irresistible charm that Chinatown has to offer. The entryway to this historic neighborhood features a green-tiled gate at the intersection of Grant and Bush streets at which point visitors are drawn into one of North America’s most populated Asian communities with the authentic ambiance of shops, restaurants, grocery stores, delis, bakeries, fortune cookie factory, tea and herbal shops, galleries, souvenir haunts and more. At 1.2 miles long, it’s the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/chinatown-san-francisco-walk.

Union Square and SoMa: Built in 1850, with a history from the Union troops of the Civil War, Union Square is the place to gravitate to for shopaholics, theater enthusiasts and people watching addicts. Some of the most reputable retailers include Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Williams-Sonoma, Nike and Neiman Marcus. Or, for those that enjoy the more exclusive boutiques, head to Maiden Lane for the more intimate, chic boutiques and cafes. Before or after shopping, take the cable car or head to south of Market Street (SOMA) to enjoy museums, park life, a great variety of food and drinks and several family-friends sites. To properly prepare for this outing, prepare for a half-day with a 1.6 mile long journey. For more information, check out http://www.everytrail.com/guide/san-francisco-s-union-square-amp-soma.

The Explore Package is available through December 30, 2014 (with the exception of blackout dates) and is based on availability.  Rates vary according to dates of reservations (best rates available on Sunday and Monday nights). For reservations and additional information, visit www.sanfranciscoregency.hyatt.com or call (800) 233-1234.

About Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Situated on the Embarcadero Waterfront, across from the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace, with ferries to Sausalito, Tiburon and Alameda, Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the city’s most accessible hotel.  The hotel is at the beginning of the California Street Cable Car line and is also in close proximity to the Embarcadero Center’s shops and restaurants, Financial District, Downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, South of Market, AT&T Park (home of the SF Giants) and Embarcadero’s waterfront walking and jogging trail.

The city’s largest luxury waterfront hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco boasts 804 newly refreshed rooms and suites. Guest services and amenities include Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel, 24-hour automated business center and 24-hour StayFit @ Hyatt Fitness Center. Situated in the soaring atrium lobby of the hotel, amidst magnificent trees and trellises that create a serene and relaxing environment, Eclipse Restaurant and Lounge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring classic interpretations of local cuisine. In addition to the physical attributes of the hotel, Hyatt Regency San Francisco has also been distinguished as one of The Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

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