Accuweather: Jose to track close enough to bring rough surf, wind, rain to northeastern US

September 16, 2017

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AccuWeather Global Headquarters – September 15, 2017 – AccuWeather reports  Jose will track close enough to the northeastern United States to raise seas and winds as well as to deliver rain to coastal areas next week.

People in coastal areas of the Northeast will need to monitor the progress of Jose, which will begin to track northward but remain offshore of the Southeastern states this weekend.

“It appears that Jose will miss the quick ride away from the U.S. coast and into the cold waters of the North Atlantic next week,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

Instead, Jose is now expected to pass within 200 miles of the Northeast coast.

“We cannot rule out landfall in New England during the middle of next week,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.

The exact track and strength of Jose will determine the severity of the wind and surf as well as the northwestern extent of the rain.

Jose to bring significant impact, even if storm stays offshore

A hurricane does not need to make landfall to cause significant adverse effects in the northeastern U.S., since the shape of the coast tends to enhance storm effects and trap ocean water.

Rough surf and strong rip currents will be a problem along the southern Atlantic coast through the weekend.

At this point, impact in the northeastern U.S. is based on a strong tropical storm, minimal hurricane or hybrid storm that comes close to the Northeast coast but remains slightly offshore. Such a storm and track will tend to keep the most significant effects to communities along and east of Interstate 95.

At the very least, Jose will cause dangerous surf and seas, which will lead to beach erosion and minor flooding at times of high tide from eastern North Carolina to Maine.

The number and frequency of rip currents will increase along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts this weekend. Breakers powerful enough to cause serious injury may reach much of the Northeast coast by early next week.

With the new moon phase early next week, tide levels are higher than most of the rest of the month. A strong storm tracking near the coast may push tides to 1-3 feet above published levels.

Winds may get strong enough to damage trees and cause sporadic power outages. Gusts to 50 mph are possible from eastern Maryland to Maine and are likely on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Some rain will reach the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts. The combination of rain and wind near the coast will lead to airline delays and slow travel on area highways.

Much worse effects are likely if landfall occurs

Should Jose be stronger than a Category 1 hurricane and/or make landfall, more significant effects are likely.

A Category 1 hurricane or the equivalent thereof can cause property damage, widespread power outages, flooding rainfall and moderate coastal flooding.

Just offshore, seas could range upwards of 20 feet, should a Category 1 hurricane or greater approach the coast.

A landfall in southeastern New England could cause heavy rain and gusty wind to spread well inland across the Northeast.

What will influence Jose’s strength?

“Jose is likely to gain back some strength into this weekend as the storm encounters less disruptive winds aloft,” Pydynowski said.

Waters are sufficiently warm to maintain a hurricane through early next week.

“The storm will move over even warmer waters of the Gulf Stream by early next week, which may lead to additional strengthening,” Pydynowski said.

Jose may reach Category 2 or 3 status at some point between Sunday and Tuesday.

“As Jose moves off the coast of the upper mid-Atlantic and New England, water temperatures drop significantly, which may lead to weakening or transformation to a sub-tropical system,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

Even if Jose weakens or loses some tropical characteristics, the storm may spread out in size and the same adverse effects of wind, seas and rain can occur.

There is still a great deal of uncertainty of Jose’s track and strength. However, people may want to take some precautions, should the storm wander onshore. Preparation for the equivalent of a moderate to strong nor’easter may be warranted, especially in southeastern New England.

Lee and Maria may join Jose in Atlantic this weekend

Two additional tropical storms or hurricanes are likely to join Jose over the next few days. One has already become a tropical depression. These systems are likely to gather the names Lee and Maria.

Both of these systems are brewing in the same general area that gave birth to Irma.

The system farthest west has the greatest chance at bringing adverse conditions to Irma-slammed areas in the Leeward Islands, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos during the middle days of next week.

– By Alex Sosnowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

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St. Kitts Welcomes Tourists as Airport, Cruise Port and Tourism Providers Resume Operations Unscathed by Hurricane Irma

September 16, 2017
St Kitts Marriott Resort

The beachfront at the Marriott on St. Kitts. The island was relatively unscathed by Hurricane Irma and is back welcoming tourists to its airports, cruise ports and hotels. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Basseterre, St. Kitts (September 15, 2017) – St. Kitts’ tourism authority reports that the island’s airport, cruise port and all tourism providers are open and resuming normal operations, as it was fortunate to be virtually unscathed by Hurricane Irma.

American Airlines’ daily non-stop flights to St. Kitts’ Robert L, Bradshaw International Airport from Miami have resumed today with the Saturday JFK non-stop scheduled to resume on tomorrow. Seaborne Airlines’ daily non-stop flights to St. Kitts from San Juan have also resumed tomorrow. All hotels and resorts are fully operational and the Park Hyatt St. Kitts remains on schedule to debut November 1.

“We are thrilled to get back to business as usual and ready to welcome visitors,” said Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “For those who planning to travel to island, we look forward to providing a world-class experience and all the warm Kittitian hospitality for which we have become known.”

Cruise lines have resumed scheduled port calls to St. Kitts, with passengers from The Carnival Fascination enjoying the island’s various attractions and activities last Friday. Over the course of the next week, a total of four vessels are scheduled to dock at Port Zante, including Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas on September 21. With the arrival of the Carnival Magic on September 20, St. Kitts expects to welcome its one millionth passenger this year. A historic first for the island, the occasion also raises St. Kitts to marquee port status.

“At this time, we continue to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been affected by the storm, particularly to those in need of emergency relief.” For anyone wishing to donate to the recovery efforts of those islands most severely impacted by the hurricane, two official Caribbean Relief Funds are:

The Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund at www.tourismcares.org/caribbean

The Caribbean Tourism Association Hurricane Relief Fund at www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto

For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.

 

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Suiteness Startup Suite Contest Gives Startups Chance to Win Stay in Silicon Valley, Mentor with Top VCs

September 15, 2017
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Silicon Valley: Luxury travel company Suiteness has launched Suiteness Startup Suite, a contest offering startups the chance to win a complimentary three-night stay in San Francisco plus one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading venture capitalists. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

OAKLAND, CA – Oakland-based luxury travel company Suiteness has launched Suiteness Startup Suite, a contest offering startups the chance to win a complimentary three-night stay at the acclaimed Hotel Zeppelin, San Francisco. This travel experience will also include one-on-one mentoring sessions with leading venture capitalists to learn best practices and investment pitching strategies including:

Suiteness is an online booking service for exclusive luxury hotel suites and multi-room accommodations.  The Y-Combinator graduate who recently expanded to the San Francisco area is now offering hundreds of glamorous suites and connecting rooms giving business and leisure travelers the space they need and want when they travel.

To enter Suiteness Startup Suite, participating startups must submit a one minute video describing why their team needs to come together in San Francisco – whether it be to pitch Silicon Valley-based VCs, attend a conference or simply escape for a much-needed company offsite. All entries will then be shared with the public for community voting, during which period, startups are encouraged to promote and share their entries to receive votes. The selected winner will be announced on Friday, October 20th, 2017.

“Suiteness understands the struggles of growing and scaling a new business,” says Suiteness CEO Robbie Bhathal. “It is an exciting experience, but it’s also a stressful one. We believe that connectivity is crucial for young companies to exchange ideas and jumpstart new innovation. Our goal is to bring teams together so that they can succeed at their entrepreneurial goals while also getting a much needed stress reliever.”

Startup Suite Contest Details and Deadlines:

  • Phase 1: Application
    • Upload a video no longer than one minute to YouTube, Instagram or Vimeo, and share why their startup needs to stay together in San Francisco
    • September 7, 2017, to October 6, 2017, at 11:59 PM CDT
  • Phase 2: Voting
    • Share entries with everyone in their community asking for votes. Companies are encouraged to promote entries via email or via social media channels using the hashtag #StartupSuite
    • October 7, 2017, to October 20, 2017, at 11:59 PM CDT

To apply: https://www.suiteness.com/blog/suiteness-startupsuite

Link to video: https://vimeo.com/231952183#at=3

Suiteness is an online booking platform that allows users to access an inventory of thousands of exclusive luxury hotel suites. Suites range from standard one-bedrooms to spacious apartment-style stays with multiple attached rooms. The company is carving a niche for itself in the international travel industry as the leading website dedicated solely to luxury suites and is finding success with group travelers and families looking for a nice place to stay together.

Suiteness was launched in 2015, with funding and support from investors including Y-Combinator, Structure Capital and Keystone Capital. The platform currently has access to 30,000 luxury suites in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Chicago, and London. The company is expanding its suite inventory rapidly in key markets across the world.

For more information on Suiteness, visit http://www.suiteness.com.

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‘St. Kitts is Open for Business,’ Tourism Authority Says After Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017
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From a promontory on St. Kitts, you can see the rolling waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the left and the calm Caribbean Sea on the right. St. Kitts was relatively unscathed by Hurricane Irma’s wrath and is welcoming tourists © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

Basseterre, St. Kitts  – St. Kitts Tourism authorities are reporting that the Federation is virtually unscathed following the passage of Hurricane Irma. “Considering the minimal damage that was sustained, the islands’ tourism providers are in the process of reopening. Hotels are returning to business as usual and guests are continuing to enjoy their stays.  Our restaurants, attractions and shops including the many popular retail outlets at Port Zante are now open, with The Carnival Fascination confirmed to visit St. Kitts as planned,” the tourism authority stated.

“Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has kept St. Kitts & Nevis in thoughts and prayers while we awaited the passage of the storm,” said Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant.  While we are beginning to resume normal operations, please join me in continuing to send thoughts and prayers to those who have been more seriously impacted.”

St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) is open and accepting flights.  However, due to the impact of Hurricane Jose, many airlines may have canceled flights. It is highly recommended to check with your airline for schedule and service changes.

St. Kitts is open for business. For more information about the island, visit www.stkittstourism.kn

 

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Hotels Available to Those Seeking Shelter in The Palm Beaches After Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  – Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, has been closely monitoring the reports on ground conditions following Hurricane Irma’s impact. Due to the eye of the storm’s redirection to the west, The Palm Beaches, as a destination, was fortunate to experience very minimal damage as compared with the rest of the state.

“While The Palm Beaches are on the path to regaining normalcy for its residents and visitors, our hearts go out to those in our great state and other affected areas who have experienced damage in the path of Hurricane Irma,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches. “We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have Palm Beaches International Airport (PBIA) reopen yesterday, and we are on the path to ‘business as usual’ with many companies expected to re-open on Wednesday.”

Several hoteliers across The Palm Beaches are offering special rates for those in need of shelter and accommodations.

Hotel and Lodging Updates:

The following hotels in The Palm Beaches are currently open. Call directly for hotel availability and rates.

Boca Raton Plaza Hotel & Suites

http://www.BocaRatonPlaza.com

Boca Raton Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

http://www.bocaresort.com/

Boca Raton Wyndham Hotel

http://www.wyndhamboca.com/

Casa Grandview Historic Luxury Inn Cottages & Suites

http://www.casagrandview.com/

Courtyard by Marriott Boynton Beach

http://www.marriott.com/pbibb

Courtyard by Marriot Palm Beach Jupiter

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbija-courtyard-palm-beach-jupiter/

** DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Palm Beach Garden

http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-and-executive-meeting-center-palm-beach-gardens-PBIMPDT/index.html

** DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Palm Beach Airport

http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-west-palm-beach-airport-PBIAADT/index.html

** Embassy Suites Boca Raton

http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/embassy-suites-by-hilton-boca-raton-BCTNWES/index.html

Embassy Suites Palm Beach Gardens – PGA Boulevard

http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/embassy-suites-by-hilton-palm-beach-gardens-pga-boulevard-PBIPGES/index.html

Embassy Suites West Palm Beach

http://www.eswestpalmbeach.com/

Hampton Inn Boca Raton

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-boca-raton-BCTFLHX/index.html

Hampton Inn Jupiter/Juno Beach

http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-jupiter-juno-beach-PBIJBHX/index.html

Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens

http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hilton-garden-inn-palm-beach-gardens-PBIGDGI/index.html

Holiday Inn Express Boca Raton

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/boca-raton/bctls/hoteldetail

Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport

http://www.hipalmbeachairport.com/

Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Beach Gardens

http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/homewood-suites-by-hilton-palm-beach-gardens-PBIHWHW/index.html

Homewood Suites by Hilton West Palm Beach

http://homewoodsuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/homewood-suites-by-hilton-west-palm-beach-PBICTHW/index.html 

Hyatt Place Boca Raton

https://www.bocaraton.place.hyatt.com/

Hyatt Place Delray Beach

https://delraybeach.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Hyatt Place West Palm Beach Downtown

http://www.westpalmbeach.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html 

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

https://www.jupiterbeachresort.com/

** Palm Beach Gardens Marriott

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbipg-palm-beach-gardens-marriott/

** PGA National Resort & Spa

http://www.pgaresort.com/

Ramada Boca Raton

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/boca-raton-florida/ramada-boca-raton/overview

Red Roof Inn Plus + West Palm Beach

https://www.redroof.com/

** Residence Inn by Marriott West Palm Beach

http://www.residenceinn.marriott.com/

Residence Inn Downtown West Palm Beach

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbird-residence-inn-west-palm-beach-downtown-cityplace-area/

SpringHill Suites by Marriott West Palm Beach

http://www.marriott.com/pbiwi

Waterstone Resort & Marina, Curio Collection by Hilton

www.waterstoneboca.com

Wyndham Grand Jupiter At Harbourside Place

http://www.wyndhamgrandjupiter.com/

Note, those hotels with two asterisks are open but were sold out at the time of release distribution. To continually monitor hotel availability in The Palm Beaches in real-time, refer to the accommodations list here: http://www.thepalmbeaches.com/severe-weather/accommodations

 

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Website Lists Hotel Room Availability During Hurricane Irma in The Palm Beaches

September 8, 2017
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The grand, historic Breakers Hotel on Palm Beach island must now brace for Hurricane Irma. Discover The Palm Beaches has deployed a storm update page as a resource regarding hotel room availability © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 8, 2017) – Discover The Palm Beaches, the official tourism marketing corporation for Palm Beach County, has deployed a storm update page as a resource regarding hotel room availability during the potential impact of Hurricane Irma. The page can be found at: www.thepalmbeaches.com/severe-weather/accommodations.

The page is also accessible on www.ThePalmBeaches.com and will feature a list of hotel and lodging options throughout Palm Beach County with available occupancy. In addition, the page is linked to a list of key agencies that provide important resources for hurricane preparedness in Palm Beach County and throughout Florida.

“Our top priority is the safety of our visitors, conference attendees, residents, and tourism partners. This webpage will help ensure that these groups can remain informed in real time regarding the availability of resources to assist them during the potentially severe weather,” said Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches. “We encourage everyone in the area to monitor our website as we continue to keep our eye on the storm and its potential impact on our area.”

Current weather forecasts have issued hurricane advisories that include Palm Beach County. Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution and check with airlines, hotels, meeting venues, car rental companies, tour operators, etc. to determine what actions they plan to take and what methods are in place to assist potentially displaced travelers.

Travelers, conference delegates and residents should also look to the following sources for information:

  • National Weather Service: www.weather.gov/
  • National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov
  • VISIT FLORIDA travel advisories on www.VISITFLORIDA.com
  • VISIT FLORIDA Partners and businesses in the Florida tourism industry hotline, (877) 435-2872
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management: floridadisaster.org
  • General tourism information: VISIT FLORIDA consumer hotline, 888-735-2872
  • Florida Power & Light (FPL) Storm Center: www.fpl.com/storm
  • Palm Beach County public affairs: http://discover.pbcgov.org/

 

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Vermont Ski Resorts Put 2017-18 Season Passes on Sale for Limited Time

September 6, 2017
Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont

Riding up the lift in the cozy comfort of the bubble chairs at Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

For visitors coming to the Green Mountains of Vermont to ski or snowboard this winter, season passes are one of the best investments to make. Not only is there no better feeling on a powder day than skipping the ticket line and heading straight to first chair, but skiers and snowboarders save immensely throughout the season when they purchase a pass at their favorite resort. Many of Vermont’s resorts offer special discounts and passes like pre season deals, military, couples, student passes and more. Find out what’s on sale for the 2017-18 season:

Bolton Valley
Lowest price deadline for passes: September 25, 2017

Highlighted Pass: The Ski Bum Pass
Price: $189 through Oct 31, 2017
The Ski Bum All Access Pass is for anyone ages 18-25.

For all Bolton Valley season pass options, visit boltonvalley.com

Bromley Mountain
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 15, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Super Value Pass
Price: $525
The Super Value Pass is valid seven days a week, non-holiday for all ages (5+).

For all Bromley Mountain season pass options, visit bromley.com

Burke Mountain
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 9, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Couples Judge Pass
Price:  $1809
The Judge is valid at both Burke Mountain and Jay Peak Resort all season long.

For all Burke Mountain season pass options, visit skiburke.com

Jay Peak Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 9, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Midweek
Price: $479 (All ages)
Midweek passes are valid Monday-Friday throughout the 2017-18 season.

For all Jay Peak Resort season pass options, visit jaypeakresort.com

Killington Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 12, 2017

Highlighted Pass: 4.0 The College Pass
Price: $399 for full-time college students through December 15, 2017
Full-time undergraduate and graduate students for the 2017-18 school term get unlimited access to four resorts – Killington, Pico and Okemo in Vermont and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire.

You can also M.A.X.IFY your Killington season passes. Add-on up to 42 resorts, five days at each with zero blackout days for $329 for adults and $229 for youth.

For all Killington Resort season pass options, visit killington.com

Mad River Glen
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 15, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Value Pass
Price: Adult $551
The Value Pass is valid every day except Saturday and on holiday Sundays (Dec. 31, Jan. 14 and Feb 18 & 25).

For all Mad River Glen season pass options, visit madriverglen.com

Magic Mountain
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 15, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Senior (70+) / Military Unlimited Pass
Price: $399
Adults 70+ can still get after it in youthful style with Magic’s unlimited season pass. The Military Pass discount is for active military and spouses plus Veterans.

For all Magic Mountain season pass options, visit magicmtn.com

Middlebury Snow Bowl
Lowest price deadline for passes: November 30, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Student Pass (7th grade through college)
Price: $320
Ski or snowboard all season long with unlimited access thanks to the Student Pass.

For all Middlebury Snow Bowl season pass options, visit middleburysnowbowl.com

Mount Snow Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 18, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Explorer Pass
Price: Adult (30+) $799 / Youth (7-17) $599
Enjoy unlimited access to Mount Snow and 6 other Northeast resorts with the Explorer Pass.

For all Mount Snow season pass options, visit mountsnow.com

Mount Snow Resort, Vermont

Skiing down the Long John Trail at Mount Snow © 2017 Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

Okemo Mountain Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 9, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Ultimate Season Pass
Price: Adult (19-64) $1,409
Ski and ride every day at Okemo with no blackout days. Ultimate pass holders also qualify for one-day, non-holiday tickets at Stratton Mountain Resort for $49.00.

You can also M.A.X.IFY your Okemo season passes. Add-on up to 42 resorts, five days at each with zero blackout days for $329 for adults and $229 for youth.

For all Okemo Mountain Resort season pass options, visit okemo.com

Pico Mountain
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 12, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Adult My Pico Season Pass
Price: $449
Get unlimited access to Pico Mountain all season long with the Adult My Pico Season Pass.

You can also M.A.X.IFY your Pico season passes. Add-on up to 42 resorts, five days at each with zero blackout days for $329 for adults and $229 for youth.

For all Pico Mountain season pass options, visit picomountain.com

Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 31, 2017

Highlighted Pass: The Hybrid
Price: Adults (19-69) $429
The Hybrid is the best value for those who have the flexibility to ski and ride mid-week — a season pass during the week/non-holiday and a Bash Badge on weekends and holidays.

For all Smugglers’ Notch Resort season pass options, visit smuggs.com

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Skiing down the Rumrunners Trail at Smugglers’ Notch © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

Stowe Mountain Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 8, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Epic Pass
Price: Adult (13+) $859
Ski as much as you want, whenever you want. The Epic Pass allows unlimited, unrestricted access to Stowe in addition to 14 additional western resorts.

For all Stowe Mountain Resort season pass options, visit stowe.com

Stratton Mountain Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: October 9, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Strattitude
Price: $349
Valid every day with no blackout dates for ages 18-32. The Strattitude Pass also includes (2) $45 buddy tickets valid every day, non-holiday, during the 2017-18 season.

You can also M.A.X.IFY your Stratton season passes. Add-on up to 42 resorts, five days at each with zero blackout days for $329 for adults and $229 for youth.

For all Stratton Mountain Resort season pass options, visit stratton.com

Sugarbush Resort
Lowest price deadline for passes: September 13, 2017

Highlighted Pass: Boomer Pass (Age 65-89)
Price: $139
The Boomer Pass includes midweek, non-holiday skiing at Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen.

Sugarbush is now a part of the Mountain Collective. The Mountain Collective Pass includes two days at each of the 16 destinations plus 50% off additional days.

For all Sugarbush Resort season pass options, visit sugarbush.com

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Travel Insurance Company Warns of Widespread Disruptions as Florida, Caribbean Prepare for Hurricane Irma

September 5, 2017

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MIAMI, FL (Sept. 5, 2017) – As Houston continues to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, another potentially life-threatening storm is churning east of the Caribbean with a trajectory that will likely reach Florida by the end of the week, according to APRIL Travel Protection. Hurricane Irma (NASA satellite view of developing storm pictured) has recently been upgraded to Category 5.

“While it’s still too early to tell what kind of impact Hurricane Irma will have on the U.S. mainland, the storm is on a direct path for the Caribbean with islands in the northeast region from Puerto Rico to Antigua and Barbuda in its crosshairs,” said Jason Schreier, CEO for the Miami-based U.S. division of 29-year-old APRIL Group.

Policyholders who purchased travel insurance from APRIL for an affected destination before the storm was named on Aug. 30 are eligible for trip cancellation. Additionally, policyholders currently on vacation in affected areas may be eligible for trip interruption and evacuation benefits under APRIL’s flagship “Stress Less” Benefits which utilize instant adjudication to bypass the claims process for applicable inconveniences.

A ground-breaking feature first introduced to the U.S. market by APRIL, ‘Stress Less’ Benefits allow policyholders to enjoy their vacation without having to worry about out-of-pocket expenses in an emergency caused by severe weather, natural disasters or a wide range of potential issues including injury, sickness, death, job loss or relocation, military duty, terrorism, strikes, supplier default and more. “This means you don’t have to pay out of pocket, endure a ton of paperwork and then wait months to find out how much your policy will actually cover,” explained Schreier.

“Though Hurricane Harvey was only a tropical storm when it traversed the Caribbean, the proximity of these storms lends credence to some of the dire predictions made by forecasters for the 2017 hurricane season, which may stretch into November this year,” noted Schreier.

Earlier this year, Global Weather Oscillations, which is known for its reliability with an impressive 87% accuracy, predicted that the “2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be the most dangerous in 12 years.”

APRIL Travel Protection is owned by APRIL, an international group with 45 operational companies in more than 40 different countries.  APRIL is listed on Euronext Stock Exchange and has yearly sales of more than $1.1 billion.

With Insurance Made Easy as it guiding principle, the APRIL Global Assistance Network benefits from an extensive organizational structure servicing more than six million policyholders worldwide.

The company’s U.S. division is supported by American Modern Insurance Group (an AM Best A+ rated carrier) as its preferred underwriter and is headquartered at 11900 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 600, Miami, FL, 33181. Visit www.AprilTravelProtection.com to learn more.

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Accuweather: Hurricane Irma tracking toward US; Residents of East and Gulf coasts urged to prepare now

September 4, 2017

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By Jordan Root and Renee Duff, Meteorologists for AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather Global Headquarters – September 4, 2017 – As major Hurricane Irma churns across the northern Caribbean and towards the United States, residents along the Gulf and East coasts of the U.S. need to be on alert, AccuWeather reports

Irma will blast the northern Caribbean with flooding rain, damaging winds and rough surf this week, bringing life-threatening conditions to the islands.

A similar scenario could play out somewhere along the Gulf or East coasts this weekend or next week, depending on where Irma tracks. Residents are urged to prepare now.

“This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast. It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring so quickly on the heels of Harvey,” Evan Myers, expert senior meteorologist and chief operating officer, said.

A landfall in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas is all in the realm of possibilities. Irma could also head into the Gulf of Mexico.

Another scenario still on the table is that Irma curve northward and miss the East Coast entirely. This would still generate large surf and rip currents along the East Coast. However, this scenario is the least likely to occur at this point.

The exact path of Irma beyond the end of the week remains uncertain and will depend on a variety of moving parts in the atmosphere.

“A large area of high pressure across the central North Atlantic is helping to steer Irma,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

This feature will be the main driving force of Irma over the next few days. As the weekend approaches, other factors will come into play.

“The eastward or northeast progression of a non-tropical system pushing across the central and eastern U.S. this week will highly impact the long-range movement of Irma,” Kottlowski said.

How fast or slow this non-tropical system moves will be an important factor on where Irma is steered this weekend into next week. The speed of this feature will determine when and how much Irma gets pulled northward or whether Irma continues on more of a westward track.

This amount of uncertainty means that the entire southern and eastern U.S. should monitor Irma this week. Residents along the coast are urged to start preparing and making sure plans are in place to deal with the worst case scenario. This includes plans on how to evacuate and what is important to bring with you and your family.

“As we saw just 10 days ago with Harvey, it is important to be ready to evacuate,” Myers said. Be prepared with a list of items you would need to take if you had 30 minutes’ notice or one hour’s notice or six hours or a day to evacuate.

Due to Irma following so closely on Harvey’s heels and since FEMA and other government resources will be strained, more preparation and storm aftermath may rest on individuals, Myers said. It may be crucial to evacuate ahead of the storm, so preparation is key.

If Irma were to make landfall as a Category 4 or 5 storm somewhere in the U.S., it would be in historical territory.

“The U.S. has not sustained a direct hit from two Category 4 or above hurricanes in more than 100 years,” Myers said.

Keep checking back to AccuWeather.com for updates on the status of Irma and where it may track in the days ahead.

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PhotoPlus Expo Announces Contest Themed ‘Perspectives’; Submissions Due Sept. 14

August 24, 2017
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NEW YORK  — PhotoPlus Expo, one of the largest photography conferences and expos in North America, has announced its second annual photo contest, themed “Perspectives”  a celebration of the human experience, a theme that is ideal for travel photographers. The deadline to enter is September 14, 2017.

PhotoPlus Expo is calling for your best photos that capture the human experience in the following categories: Portraits, Street Photography, Food Photography, Architecture and Landscapes.

Grand Prize winners in the Professional and Amateur categories will each receive a trip to Germany to attend the renowned photokina in Cologne, Germany in 2018, or a trip to PhotoPlus Expo in New York City in 2017. All contest winners will be featured in the PhotoPlus Expo Show Guide and the “Perspectives” international traveling exhibit, which will make its debut at PhotoPlus Expo in New York on Thursday, October 26th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, then travel to photokina (Germany), FHOX (Brazil) and CPPS/Studio of Masters (China).

“Photography is the international language and we wanted to give photographers at all levels an opportunity to share experiences they’ve had all over the world, through their pictures,” explains Lauren Wendle, vice president and group publisher of PDN, which hosts the annual PhotoPlus Expo. “These shows are world-class photography fairs that bring people together who have one common thread; the love of photography.”

The contest is  also sponsored by FHOX, an international photography organization and magazine that promotes the work of photographers from all over the world, the China Portrait Photography Society (CPPS), and Studio of Masters, which are responsible for the growth of the portrait photography industry throughout China.

In addition to winners having their photos publicly displayed and published internationally, several photographic manufacturers will provide hundreds of dollars in prizes to many of the winners. Prize sponsors for this year’s contest include Fujifilm, OmegaBrandess, Red River Paper, Ikan Corporation, Iris Works, Drobo, PRL Lighting, LaCie and Mini Wing USA.

Contest Rules and Deadline

The call for submission is open for the “Perspectives” photo contest. There will be a fee of $20 per professional entry and $15 per amateur entry for each photo entered into the contest, but contestants may enter as often as they would like.  PHOTO+ members will receive a 30% discount for each photo entered. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: SEPTEMBER 14, 2017.

To enter the contest and see the full contest rules, go to contest.photoplusexpo.com.

Contest Exhibit

All winning images and honorable mentions will be placed on exhibit during the PhotoPlus Conference + Expo at the Jacob Javits Center from October 26-28, 2017. The exhibit will be seen by more than 20,000 photographers and consumers expected to visit the photo expo this year. “Perspectives,” the exhibit, will travel internationally and be displayed at a variety of photography fairs around the world, including photokina in 2018.

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Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo―www.photoplusexpo.com―showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services―all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars, intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.5 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.

 

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