Comedian Harrison Greenbaum explains REAL ID in 60 Seconds

February 25, 2020
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USTOA partnered with comedian Harrison Greenbaum, who hilariously attempts to explain REAL ID in a 60 second video. Travelers can watch (and learn) by visiting youtube.com/USTOA.

NEW YORK –With an October 1, 2020 deadline looming for travelers to possess a REAL ID compliant travel document, the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) has compiled a simple tool kit for travelers and travel advisors.

Many states in the U.S. have only recently began issuing compliant licenses and state identification cards, which means that travelers may still hold a non-REAL ID compliant license that will not suffice for domestic air travel. Most recently, the Department of Homeland Security has made the decision to allow electronic submissions of the documents that are required to obtain a REAL ID, a positive step ahead of the deadline.

To lighten the mood and creatively share this information, USTOA partnered with comedian Harrison Greenbaum, who hilariously attempts to explain REAL ID in a 60 second video. Travelers can watch (and learn) by visiting youtube.com/USTOA.

“Travelers can also learn more about REAL ID by visiting the USTOA Travel Blog, which is constantly being updated with stories and tips from industry professionals,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO of USTOA. “Plus, with everything from passport and visa advice, to packing secrets and trip inspiration, it’s a helpful resource to stay up to date and continue learning.”

Read the USTOA Travel Blog at ustoa.com/blog.

Representing nearly $19 billion in revenue, the member companies of U.S. Tour Operators Association provide tours, packages and custom arrangements that allow 9.8 million travelers annually unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value and freedom to enjoy destinations and experiences across the entire globe. Each member company has met the travel industry’s highest standards, including participation in the USTOA’s Travelers Assistance Program, which protects consumer payments up to $1 million if the company goes out of business.  As a voice for the tour operator industry for more than 40 years, USTOA also provides education and assistance for consumers and travel agents.

For more information on USTOA, visit www.ustoa.com, call 212-599-6599, or email information@ustoa.com.

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Ski.Com Showcases Top Resorts for Best Spring Skiing, Events, Deep Discounts

February 25, 2020

Copper Mountain, Colorado, one of Ski.com’s featured resorts for spring skiing © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Aspen, Colo. – February 25, 2020 – Spring is one of the best times to make a trip to the mountains – from sunny days to a continuous line-up of concerts and events. Ski.com recommends their top spring skiing destinations and signature event weekends in each resort – paired with deep savings, which could offer guests up to 40 percent off regular season pricing.

Many resorts have received above average snowfall this season, making for a great base which will last well into the spring months. In addition, many resorts continue to see significant snowfall well into April.

Ski.com has been customizing dream vacations for nearly 50 years at more than 120 of the world’s top ski resorts. All of the featured packages can be booked by visiting their corresponding links or by calling an experienced Ski.com Mountain Travel Expert at 1-800-525-2052.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With an average of 459 inches of snow per year, Jackson Hole typically offers fantastic spring conditions across its 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain.

Since its inception in the ‘60s, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has been known across the globe for being some of the most challenging—and rewarding terrain—there is. Tight chutes, like the iconic Corbet’s Couloir, big airs, deep snow and steep lines are what make Jackson Hole famous. However, there are dozens of wide-open trails for beginners and picture-perfect cruisers and progressive bump runs for intermediates, and much more.

While a Jackson Hole ski vacation will always be top-of-mind with expert skiers as a bucket list destination because of the advanced and extreme terrain on its slopes and easily accessed sidecountry, Jackson brings a lot more to the plate than just being a place for adrenaline junkies to jump off cliffs. Not only does Jackson Hole exude refreshing cowboy character, on and off the slopes, but its All New-All Blue terrain off of Casper chairlift is a game-changer for intermediates.

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Jackson Hole Rendezvous – March 26-28, 2020

Bob Weir, member of the Grateful Dead, will be headlining this year’s Jackson Hole Rendezvous festival with his band Bob Weir and Wolf Bros. Jackson Hole Rendezvous is a three-day spring lifestyle and music festival presenting concerts on multiple stages in Teton Village and the iconic Town Square in Jackson, WY from March 26-28, 2020, and is free of charge for general admission audiences across all venues.

Mountain Modern Motel – Fourth Night Free:

The boutique Modern Mountain Motel puts guests smack dab in the heart of downtown Jackson. The 135 guest rooms were designed with practical spaces for storing all gear and are set up to be an adventure basecamp with open floor plans and conveniences like mini fridges and microwaves. Parking and wi-fi are complementary.

Package Details:

Mountain Modern Motel

3 nights in a deluxe double queen room

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price: $495.30 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 3/26/2020 to 3/29/2020

https://www.ski.com/breckenridge-deals/401575

 

Squaw Alpine Meadows, California

Squaw Valley is one of Lake Tahoe’s most coveted resorts, with a deep seeded history in ski culture from being the home of the 1960 Olympics to the birthplace of extreme and big mountain skiing in the U.S. Squaw is the perfect mix of challenging skiing with a fun-loving California mountain vibe. 

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Winter Wondergrass, March 27-29, 2020

The warm California sun paired with experiencing music amongst the backdrop of Mother Nature, provides the perfect setting for Squaw’s biggest music festival of the season. With bluegrass headliners The Devil Makes Three and The Infamous Stringdusters paired with over 20 additional bluegrass acts – this is the signature spring weekend to combine great spring skiing with bluegrass music’s finest musicians.

Package Details:

Resort at Squaw Creek

3 nights in a king room

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price:$839.49 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates:3/27/2020 to 3/29/2020

https://www.ski.com/squaw-valley-lodging/resort-at-squaw-creek

 

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge, Colo. captures the heart of spring skiing in Colorado. Thanks to a base elevation of 9,600 feet above sea-level and the Imperial Express, the highest chairlift in North America, Breckenridge is often blessed with access excellent spring snow conditions, and now one of the longest running ski seasons of any major resort in the country. With extensive terrain for all levels of skiers, various terrain parks (which come alive in the springtime), a charming historic downtown with plenty of dining options, shops and nightlife, and plenty of spring events,  Breckenridge is the perfect location for family or friends to enjoy Colorado sunshine and spring skiing.

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Breck Pride Week, April 1 – 5, 2020

Breckenridge welcomes the LGBTQ community April 1-5, 2020 for Breck Pride, featuring daily après parties, on mountain guided tours and a spring beer festival.

Beaver Run Resort – Save up to 40 percent on lodging:

Boasting a long list of amenities and convenient access to the slopes, Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center is one of Breckenridge’s most popular properties. This ski-in/ski-out property is located on the ski run above the base of Peak 9, making it an excellent choice for the skier or snowboarder looking to get as much time on the slopes as possible.

Beaver Run Resort offers an indoor/outdoor heated pool, a second outdoor pool, seven outdoor hot tubs, an exercise room, video arcade, retail stores, mini market/deli, bars and restaurants, ski and snowboard rental shops, business center, and complimentary in-town shuttle.

Package Details:

Beaver Run Resort

3 nights in a studio room

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price: $807.25 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 4/2/2020 to 4/5/2020

https://www.ski.com/breckenridge-deals/401575

 

Vail, Colorado

Vail Mountain, is known for a robust line-up of springtime events and is just over an hour drive from Denver, allowing quick access to one of the largest resorts in the U.S.

With 5,289 acres, Vail offering skiing for every level of skier and many lodging options for just about every type of budget. In addition, Vail keeps the party moving with plenty of après, dining and live music options in the village, once the lifts stop turning for the day.

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Taste of Vail –  April 1 – 4, 2020

The Taste of Vail is the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival, which features food from the Vail Valley’s world-class restaurants and fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe. Events include interactive seminars, an auction and dance party, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, après ski tastings and the mountaintop picnic on Vail Mountain.

Mountain Haus:

Nestled along the Gore Creek at the Covered Bridge in the heart of Vail Village, Vail’s Mountain Haus offers deluxe condominium and hotel accommodations just steps from world-class skiing, dining and shopping. At Mountain Haus, guests can quickly access the new Gondola One.

In addition to the amenities listed the Mountain Haus also offers their guests private balconies, spacious living/dining areas, fully equipped kitchens, equal number of bathrooms to bedrooms, stereo/TV/VCR/DVD, high-speed cable access, 24 hour front desk, daily housekeeping service and complimentary continental breakfast.

Package Details:

Mountain Haus, Vail

3 nights in a lodge room

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price: $998 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 4/2/2020 to 4/5/2020

https://www.ski.com/vail-deals/401580

 

Telluride, Colorado

A ski resort has to be doing a lot of things right to make SKI magazine’s shortlist as a top five destination in their annual Resort Guide. And while a Telluride ski vacation might require a bit more effort than visiting most other resorts, driving up the breathtaking box canyon in the San Juan Mountains is a priceless experience.

Besides its remarkably remote positioning, Telluride is surrounded by fourteen thousand foot peaks and is easily one of Colorado’s most gorgeous mountain towns. Rich in mining-era character and stocked with endless stashes, steeps, and deeps to explore thanks to nonexistent crowds, Telluride is a place skiers will never want to leave.

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Telluride Closing Weekend, April 3-5

With above average snowfall this season, Telluride has a great base moving into the spring season. Closing weekend features a pond skim and on-mountain dance party at Gorrono Ranch on April 5, followed by a concert by Main Squeeze in the Mountain Village Heritage Plaza.

Package Details:

The Peaks

3 nights in a Hotel Room Alpine Vista

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price: $587.49 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 4/3/2020 to 4/5/2020

https://www.ski.com/telluride-lodging/peaks-resort-and-spa

 

Aspen, Colorado

Aspen has seen great snowfall this season and is known for not only excellent coverage well into the spring and continued late-season snowfall, but also plenty of events on-mountain and in town, to keep guests entertained from first chair until their heads hit their pillowcase.

With three of Aspen Snowmass’ four area mountains being open until mid-to-late April, guests continue to have a choice of skiing/riding Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass during the package dates below – offering skiing options for every type of skier.

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Bud Light Hi Fi Series and Aspen Highlands Closing Day – April 9 – April 12

With on-mountain events including The Oasis, the roving champagne bar on Aspen Mountain, open Saturday and Sunday, a robust après scene and free concerts – this is the top recommended weekend to visit Aspen Snowmass according to Ski.com Mountain Travel Experts.

In Aspen on April 11, the Aspen Snowmass Bud Light Hi-Fi Series presents The Après – a free concert and street festival in the heart of downtown (the line up is to be announced soon). April 12 is Aspen Highlands Closing Day, which is one of the biggest parties on snow. On Aspen Highlands Closing Day, guests are encouraged to dress in their favorite 80’s ski gear or costume, hike-to the top of the 12,392 foot Highland Bowl and ski down, followed by on-mountain après at Cloud Nine mid-mountain restaurant. The day ends at the base of Aspen Highlands with a large dance party marking the end of another great season in Aspen.

Package Details:

Limelight Aspen

3 nights in a Grand Deluxe room, king

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price: $602.50 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 4/9/2020 to 4/12/2020

https://www.ski.com/aspen-deals/400806

 

Steamboat Springs, Colorado 

From its celebrated Champagne Powder to its deep Western heritage and Winter Olympic history – Steamboat is one of the most memorable ski towns in North America. Steamboat packs a punch for just about every on- and off-mountain interest: a nice mix of terrain, a casual, yet, high-quality dining scene. There’s a reason skiers of all ages have been calling Steamboat Springs one of their favorite ski resorts for the last 50 years.

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Steamboat Closing Weekend, April 10-12, 2020

With a great base from a powder-filled season, Steamboat is a great spring time destination featuring weekly on-mountain concerts and a robust event line up for it’s closing weekend, April 10-12, 2020. The Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series on April 12 features a free concert by one of Colorado’s favorite bands – The Motet – from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square. Closing weekend is complete with the Cardboard Classic, a downhill race featuring homemade cardboard crafts, on April 11. The annual Splashdown Pond Skimming Championships will provide great entertainment for guests on closing day, April 12.

Steamboat Grand – Save 30 percent on lodging:

The Steamboat Grand brings a new level of service to one of the West’s best resorts for powder skiing. Steamboat Grand features 327 deluxe guest rooms and condos including hotel rooms, studios and one- to five-bedroom condominiums and penthouses featuring gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and walk-in closets. All units feature Direct TV and in room DVD players, stereo, coffee makers, dual phone lines with fax/modem and voice mail capabilities, hair dryers and iron and board. Many larger units include fully equipped kitchens with GE Profile appliances, hardwood cabinetry and granite countertops and much more.

After a satisfying, full day on the slopes, guests can find some R&R at the Grand Spa or soak in a hot tub. The Grand Hotel is also home to wonderful restaurants including The Grand Café, The Cabin Restaurant and offers an in room dining option. Additional hotel amenities include ADA accessible rooms, bathrooms, shuttle services, daily housekeeping, valet and bell service, underground parking and slopeside ski valet.

Package Details:

Steamboat Grand

3 nights in a Grand Deluxe king room

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price: $473.60 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 4/9/2020 to 4/12/2020

https://www.ski.com/steamboat-springs-deals/401252

 

Copper Mountain, Colorado

From its unique, naturally divided terrain, and world-class terrain parks and halfpipes, to its many low-key restaurants and bars, lodging options and family-friendly attractions, a Copper Mountain vacation will delight just about any skier. From first timer to expert, young to old, to those on a budget or those looking to splurge a little, Copper is a fantastic option. On average, most of Copper Mountain’s restaurants and accommodations sway towards laid-back, rather than upscale, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of world-class experiences to be had on a Copper Mountain vacation.

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Sunsation presented by 10 Barrel Brewing Co, April 18-19, 2020

For Copper Mountain’s closing weekend, the resort features free live concerts in the base village (acts to be announced soon) as well as Red Bull SlopeSoakers – a pond skim/rail jam hybrid event.

Passage Point – Third Night Free Lodging:

Convenient access to the best of everything Copper Mountain offers can be found at the Passage Point condos. Passage Point offers spacious living quarters in the Center Village. The units are located minutes from the ski slopes, just a short walk across a bridge to the American Eagle lift. Each unit comes with one unassigned garage space and balcony views towards the mountain and Center Village. Other amenities include a full kitchen and gas fireplace. Onsite amenities guests have access to include a ski locker, hot tub, laundry room, elevator, and fitness room.

Package Details:

Passage Point

3 nights in a One bedroom

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price: $502.16 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 4/16/2020 to 4/19/2020

https://www.ski.com/copper-mountain-deals/400859

 

Mammoth Mountain, California

Mammoth receives 400-plus inches of snow annually, and is home to a vast, and varied amount of terrain from steeps to one of the top terrain parks in the world. Located in the Eastern Sierra range, Mammoth boasts 3,500 skiable acres and has a robust village to keep guests entertained well after the ski day ends.

Ski.com’s Top Recommended Spring event:

Mammoth Mountain Annual Pond Skim – April 19, 2020

With ample snow through June and plenty of California sunshine, Mammoth is the perfect spring destination. Crowds fill up the slopes outside Canyon Lodge to watch the craziest costumed skiers and snowboarders straight-line it across an ice cold, 100+ foot pond.

Package Details:

Juniper Springs Resort

3 nights in a one bedroom

2, 2-day lift tickets

Package price: $640.59 per person based on double occupancy

Sample dates: 4/16/2020 to 4/19/2020

https://www.ski.com/mammoth-lodging/juniper-springs-resort

 

Founded in 1971 in the heart of Colorado ski country, Aspen-headquartered Ski.com is one of the largest providers of mountain vacation packages in North America and an industry leader in online travel technology. The company specializes in booking custom ski vacations at more than 120 of the most popular ski resorts and heli- and cat-skiing destinations in North America, Europe, Japan and South America and offers the largest collection of mountain lodging and ski-vacation components, including discounted lift tickets, flights, equipment rental, ski school, activities and more. Providing unsurpassed mountain-travel expertise, Ski.com’s 70 Mountain Travel Experts average 26 years of experience in the ski travel industry. Call 800-525-2052 or visit ski.com.

 

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Gold Coast Arts Center, Long Island Hosts Workshop in Solarplate Printmaking

February 20, 2020

Ron Pokrasso, Who is Pulling My Chain, 2019 , “Solar Impressions” exhibit, Gold Coast Arts Center, Long Island.

The Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck, Long Island is inviting budding artists to learn the innovative technique of Solarplate printmaking in a workshop being offered Sunday, March 15, 1-3 pm.

For teens and adults who are interested in trying a new art technique, this workshop requires no previous experience.

During this three-hour workshop, participants will learn a variety of ways to create unique plates and prints. The key innovation in the printmaking technique is that nNo harsh chemicals or solvents are involved; all you need is light, water and a bit of imagination.

Participants will transfer images with the Solarplate process using a thin steel plate coated with a UV light sensitive photopolymer.

The Solarplate process is the same technique used in all works in the current exhibition on view, SOLAR IMPRESSIONS.

Jude Amsel, “Temps,” (2018) which incorporates Solarplate, Polaroid transfer and pastel. Gold Coast Arts Gallery, Long Island, Presents “Solar Impressions: Contemporary Printmaking” © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

This exhibition is a result of nearly a three decade friendship of gallery curator and artist Jude Amsel with artist and master printmaker Dan Welden, who developed the Solarplate  etching process in the 1970s. “He altered the art of etching… doing away with acids and solvents while keeping printmakers healthy by respecting the environment,” Amsel said.

The exhibition, Solar Impressions, brings together more than 40 artists, who together show how versatile and adaptable Solarplate is across media and art forms – from photography to drawing to painting. “Each of these artists represent an ongoing exploration of the Solarplate etching process.”

See more about the exhibit and artists: ‘Solar Impressions’ Exhibit at Gold Coast Arts Center Features Innovative ‘Solarplate’ Etching Process, Workshop

Printmaking workshops for adults will be offered at the Gold Coast Arts Center on Sunday, March 15, from 12-3 p.m. No experience necessary. (For information, visit https://goldcoastarts.org/event/solarplate-printmaking-workshop/)

But that’s not all.

Long Island Premier: ‘The Truth’ 

Gold Coast Arts Cinema Series, which is offered through the Gold Coast Arts Center, is presenting the Long Island premiere of  “The Truth” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Neck Cinemas at the Squire, 115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021.

In “The Truth,” legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche play a mother-daughter duo in this charming and wise tale of a family dynamic, which co-stars Ethan Hawke.

The film offers a relatable look at human relationships, featuring performances from its all-star cast. “The Truth,” tells the story of a stormy reunion between script-writer Lumir (Binoche) with her famous mother and actress, Fabienne (Deneuve), against the backdrop of Fabienne’s autobiographic book and her latest role in a Sci-Fi picture as a mother who never grows old.

Directed by masterful filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda, “The Truth” was well received at Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in 2019. According to Owen Gleiberman of Variety Magazine, “Catherine Deneuve gives a magnificent performance: grand, subtle, lacerating and fearless.”

Tickets for “The Truth” are $15 Adults/ Seniors and $10 for members when purchased in advance. All tickets at the door are $20. Tickets can be ordered online at www.goldcoastarts.org or by phone at 516-829-2570.

8th Annual Big Break Talent Competition

Also: there are still a few days left to submit to the 8th Annual Your Big Break talent competition, open to musicians ages 15 to 25.The deadline to email one MP3 song, one photo anda short bio to yourbigbreakny@gmail.com or to submit on Reverbnation HERE is Sunday, February 23.

The semi-finals take place Saturday, March 14 and Saturday, April 25th and the Finals take place Saturday, June 6. Artists must perform with a band, solo with acoustic guitar, or sing to backing music track.  (https://goldcoastarts.org/your-big-break/)

(See more Open Call for Young Musicians to Enter Gold Coast Art Center’s 8th Annual Your Big Break Talent Contest) 

Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) multi-arts organization dedicated to promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance, and outreach. For a quarter-century, it has brought the arts to tens of thousands of people throughout the Long Island region. Among the Center’s offerings are its School for the Arts, which holds year-round classes in visual and performing arts for students of all ages and abilities; a free public art gallery; a concert and lecture series; film screenings and discussions; the annual Gold Coast International Film Festival; and initiatives that focus on senior citizens and under-served communities. These initiatives include artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher-training workshops, and parent-child workshops. The Gold Coast Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts “Partners in Education” program and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd.,  Great Neck, NY 11021, 516-829-2570, www.goldcoastarts.org.

 

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Romantic Places: Southampton Inn Offers Winter Getaways on the Idyllic East End

February 13, 2020

A winter getaway awaits at the idyllic Southampton Inn on Long Island’s East End.

A winter getaway awaits at the idyllic Southampton Inn. Located in the heart of Long Island’s historic Southampton Village, the Southampton Inn is just steps from Main Street, shopping, theaters, art galleries, museums and wonderful experiences—from candlelight tours of the Rogers Mansion and delicious dining to spectacular plays, art exhibits, spa days, hiking and walks on the beach.  

Stay packages offer families, friends and couples a fun and affordable place to gather and make new memories. Enjoy the Inn’s many on-site amenities or arrange outings with the assistance of the hotel’s guest services. Pets are welcome in one of the Inn’s specially designated pet-friendly guest rooms.

  • February is Romance Month: Celebrate with your Valentine anytime in February. Package for 2 adults includes an elegant overnight room, early check-in/late checkout, a special 3-course dinner and a delicious breakfast the next morning ($240, plus taxes and fee. 2020 room rate). For non-guests of the Inn and those who are just looking for a delicious romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, Claude’s is offering a special $35 Prix Fixe Menu. (alcohol, tax or gratuity no included).
  • Ghost Hunting & Tour at Rogers Mansion, & Dinner in Claude’s: Enjoy a delicious, 3-course dinner in Claude’s on Saturday, February 29, 2020 and then join the crew of the Long Island Paranormal Investigators at the Rogers Mansion for Ghost Hunting!On the hunt, you’ll test paranormal theories, hear great, spooky stories, and maybe even leave with one of your own(Ghost Hunting Tickets: $40/adult, Claude’s Dinner: *$40/adult). And the following weekend, take a self-guided, candlelight tour of the Gilded Age Rogers Mansion on Saturday, March 7, 4pm-6pm. Then enjoy an elegant 3-course dinner and complimentary glass of wine in Claude’s. ($45/Adult includes tour, dinner, tax and gratuity). Stay overnight at the Inn for *$125, and turn your adventures at the mansion into memorable getaways (*Plus tax and fee). 
  • Girls’ Getaway: Southampton Inn’s fabulous room rates make it perfect for a girls’ getaway! Enjoy Friday Happy Hour and dinner in Claude’s, shopping, yoga, pampering at the spas on Jobs Lane, 15% off hair treatments at John Dillon Salon, walks on the beach and wine tasting. Pet-friendly and connecting rooms available. Give us a call to discuss special packages and ideas to enjoy with your BFFs. 
  • Presidential BOGO

Bring the Family! The Inn is near ice skating, indoor mini-golf at the Children’s Museum of the East End, moonlight hikes at the Quogue Wildlife Preserve and ghost hunting at the Rogers Mansion. Or, just play “at home” at the Inn in our Game Room. From March 20 through April 20, buy one room, get 50% off the second. Children 12 and under stay and eat breakfast for free with parents/guardians.

  • Takeover 2020!

From February 1 through April 12, the Southampton Arts Center will hand over its galleries to ten East End artists. Stay at the Inn, just one block from the artists, and deduct $20.20 off the overnight rate. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with dinner at Claude’s on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. *(Call-in special only. Plus, taxes and fees. 2020 special. Voucher provided at check-in).

  • Spas at 71 Hill Street: Pamper yourself at the day-spas, located just across the way at 71 Hill Street. At Yippee Feet, hotel guests can enjoy a one-hour full body massage for $55 or one-hour foot massage for $35. Cosmic Nails is offering a $39 mani-pedi.

For more information on Southampton Inn’s Special Packages, visit: southamptoninn.com/special-packages/

The Southampton Inn is classic, unassuming and utterly charming. The Inn offers the personal attention of a bed & breakfast with the services of a hotel. The 90 guest rooms, all with slightly different decor, offer individual temperature control, sparkling tiled bathrooms, refrigerators, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The grounds consist of several acres of manicured lawns and gardens, with amenities that everyone can enjoy: 50-foot heated outdoor pool, All-weather tennis court, Croquet and volleyball, Game Room for all ages, and Claude’s Restaurant.

Located in the heart of historic Southampton Village, just steps from Main Street, the Southampton Inn is a special place to enjoy all four seasons—from the quiet beauty of winter and warm, sunny spring to the long, lazy days of summer by the seaside and brilliant colors of autumn. The inn offers year-round packages to celebrate the seasons, holidays, weddings and events. Claude’s serves breakfast daily, 7am-10am, Sunday brunch until 2pm, dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5pm-9pm, and half- priced drinks at Friday Happy Hours. Dine indoors, or enjoy a hot toddy by the cozy fire pit in the garden courtyard. Menus feature locally sourced food and flavors and seasonal favorites.

The Inn and Claude’s Restaurant are also popular, established settings for corporate retreats, meetings, reunions, destination weddings and other gatherings, combining the natural beauty of the East End of Long Island with seasonal amenities, all in one convenient location. Facilities and amenities are designed to accommodate both small and large groups.

The Southampton Inn and Claude’s Restaurant are located at 91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY, 11968. For more information, contact 631-283-6500, southamptoninn.comreservations@southamptoninn.com.

 

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Open Call for Young Musicians to Enter Gold Coast Art Center’s 8th Annual Your Big Break Talent Contest

February 8, 2020

Last May, Your Big Break crowned the seventh winner, Arizona Lindsey. Since her YBB win, Arizona has been featured on radio stations across the East Coast such as Last-FM, Blast-FM, WUSB Homegrown Long Island, Granite Coast Entertainment Inc. and WHPC Rising Stars. The 8th Annual Your Big Break talent contest, presented by the Gold Coast Arts Center, is now underway © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Long Island, NY — A young musician’s dream of getting the attention of an important music executive who can pave the way to a career has for the last seven years come true for contestants in Your Big Break talent contest presented by the Gold Coast Arts Center, Love Revolution Org., and the Rick Eberle Agency. An open call is now underway for submissions from all musicians ages 15 to 25 living on Long Island and New York City who do not currently have a recording or publishing contract. Interested artists MUST be prepared to perform two original songs (with a band, or solo with an acoustic guitar/other instrument). Submissions are open now through February 23rd, 2020. There is no fee to submit.

The semifinals will be held on March 14 and April 25, with the finals taking place on June 6, 2020.

Those interested can email to yourbigbreakny@gmail.com: one MP3 song, one photo, and a short bio, or enter at Reverbnation here: https://www.reverbnation.com/submission/details?campaign_id=38532

Young artists are judged in categories including stage presence, overall musicianship, and fan reaction.

The annual Your Big Break showcase is held at the Gold Coast Arts Center’s Weinstein Playhouse. Accomplished veteran music business professionals donate their time and resources to help identify and assist the new wave of aspiring stars to take the next step in their musical journey.

Last May, YBB crowned the seventh winner, Arizona Lindsey. With her sweet-sounding voice, passionate vocal performance and heartfelt lyrics, Arizona has been captivating audiences attention worldwide. Since her YBB win, she has appeared in multiple live interviews and performances. Arizona has been featured on radio stations across the East Coast such as

Last-FM, Blast-FM, WUSB Homegrown Long Island, Granite Coast Entertainment Inc., and WHPC Rising Stars.

Past winners – All Types of Kinds, Paris Ray, Youth Be Told, Katie Zimmer, Annika and Matt Grabowski and finalists SEE and Zofolk – have gone on to work with major producers, managers and agents. Past artists who have performed in the headline slots have included: Brooke Moriber, Lem Payne Jr. Iridesense, John Hampson of Nine Days, The Brady Brothers, Sir Cadian Rhythm- all of whom are local musicians who have since enjoyed success in the business.

The Judges: Hosted at the Gold Coast Arts Center by founders Rick Eberle, Brian Viner and Eugenia Viner; judges take on a major role in the competition. Included have been some of the music industry’s elite such as: ReverbNation.com’s Lou Plaia, All Music Inc and Scatterbrain’s Guy Brogna, artist manager Randy Nichols, radio host and former pro wrestler Brimstone, songwriter and bassist Tara Drouin, producers David Caggiano and Donnie Klang, Good Times Magazine’s Rich Branciforte, musician Richy Petrello, club owner Pauline Damiani and label executives Stephen Marcuccio, Jill Morrison, Jerry Lembo, Linda Ingrisano, and Mark Ambrosino. Judges for 2020 will soon be announced.

The Mentors: Mentors will be assigned to the finalists. These mentors will work to help them hone their craft before performing in the finals. 2020 mentors are still TBD – while past years have included American Idol’s Robbie Rosen, Dream Recording Studio’s Jason Melker, Sojourn Records’ Mark Ambrosino, producer/songwriter and former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records Jimmy Bralower, singer/songwriters John Hampson of Nine Days, Ryan Star, Cass Dillon, and songwriter/producer Donnie Klang of MTV’s “Making the Band”, songwriter/producer Ido Zmishlany, among others.

Prizes include: Show at Revolution Bar & Music Hall (Pauline Damiani, Judge), Recording time at The Sound Cellar (Dave Alini, Judge), PR campaign with the Rick Eberle Agency (Host) including an interview and airplay on WHPC “Rising Stars” on 90.3 FM, Gift Certificate from All Music Inc (Guy Brogna, Judge), Equipment from ZOOM North America (Stephen Marcuccio, Judge), ReverbNation.com Discount (Lou Plaia, Judge), Article in Good Times Magazine (Rick Branciforte, Judge)

For more information on how to submit, contest rules, prizes and more, visit www.goldcoastarts.org,  goldcoastarts.org/your-big-break/ or call 516-829-2570.

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance, and outreach. Located on the North Shore of Long Island, it has brought the arts to tens of thousands of people throughout the region for nearly 25 years. Among the Center’s offerings are its School for the Arts, which holds year-round classes in visual and performing arts for students of all ages and abilities; a free public art gallery; a concert and lecture series; film screenings and discussions; the annual Gold Coast International Film Festival; and initiatives that focus on senior citizens and underserved communities. These initiatives include artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher-training workshops, and parent-child workshops. The Gold Coast Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. More information can be found at www.goldcoastarts.org.

 

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Top 25 ‘Extraordinary Minds’ in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, Revenue Optimization to be Honored at HSMAI Adrian Awards, Jan 21

January 17, 2020
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HSMAI’s Top 25 for 2018. This year’s honorees will be presented at the Adrian Awards gala on Jan. 21 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City (c) Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

HSMAI’s Adrian Awards Dinner Reception and Gala, January 21, 2020, at the New York Marriott Marquis, recognizes inspiring best practices in sales and marketing for the hospitality industry. This multifaceted-event celebrates lifetime achievement; award-winning approaches to advertising, public relations, and digital marketing; and the teams that make it all happen. This black-tie networking extravaganza allows key constituents within the hospitality industry to connect with one another. With a crowd of nearly 1,000, it is a networking and celebratory event unlike any other.

The HSMAI Adrian Awards competition is comprised of multiple categories in three entry divisions: advertising, public relations, and digital marketing. Gold winners are celebrated at the Adrian Awards Gala Dinner Reception, which is co-sponsored by HSMAI, a leading hospitality and travel industry sales and marketing association, Google and TravelClick, and their work is showcased on-screen as part of the Gala opening. All winning entries are showcased in the online winner’s gallery.

One of the events of the evening is honoring the HSMAI Top 25 leaders in sales, marketing, and revenue optimization of hospitality, travel, and tourism organizations for their accomplishments in the preceding 18 months. Selected by a panel of senior industry executives, “Top 25” awardees are high achievers who stand out through their creativity and innovation, cutting-edge campaigns and programs, triumph in challenging situations and efforts that resulted in dramatic gains.

The HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds 2019 are as follows:

  • Tammie Carlisle, Head of Hospitality, Milestone Inc.
  • Leah Chandler, Chief Marketing Officer, Discover Puerto Rico
  • Alex Ferdinand, Senior Director, Worldwide Sales, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Christen Garb, Vice President, Revenue Management-Americas, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • Thomas Garzilli, Chief Marketing Officer, Brand USA
  • Valerie Gavin, Vice President, Hotel Sales & Marketing, North & Central America, Accor
  • Lisa Giaimo, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, OTO Development
  • Kristie Goshow, Chief Marketing Officer, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
  • Lauren Grech, CEO & Co-Founder of LLG Agency & LLG Events, and Adjunct Professor at New York University
  • Linda Gulrajani, Vice President, Revenue Strategy & Distribution, Marcus Hotels & Resorts
  • Patrick Harrison, Chief Marketing Officer, Visit Tampa Bay
  • Matt Jones, Head of Analytics, Travel, Google
  • Jonathan Kaplan, Vice President, Global Sales Strategy, IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Nancy Kern, Vice President of Marketing, Coral Tree Hospitality
  • Jayna Leach, Vice President of Marketing, Visit Panama City Beach
  • Caroline MacDonald, Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Rosewood Hotel Group
  • Rene Mack, President, Percepture
  • Starla Middlebrooks, Director, eCommerce Services, Marriott International
  • Frank Passanante, Senior Vice President, Hilton Worldwide Sales Americas, Hilton Worldwide
  • Derek Price, Director of Business Development, North America, Expedia Group Media Solutions
  • Karin Salinas, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Baha Mar
  • Monica Salter, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Outrigger Hospitality Group
  • Phil Yi, Vice President, Marketing, Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Tony Yousfi, Vice President, Sales, MGM Resorts International
  • Lou Zameryka, Director, Global Chains, Booking.com

Nominations for the Top 25 are reviewed by a panel of industry experts selected by HSMAI from among its membership and/or Board of Directors. HSMAI selects judges who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability and have outstanding knowledge of the hospitality industry. Judges are held to the highest standards of integrity and commitment to honoring those individuals that have shown extraordinary leadership in our industry over the last 18 months. The entire judging process adheres firmly to these guiding principles and judges must recuse themselves from scoring any nomination that may present a conflict of interest. Nominations are scored on a scale of 1-10 for the results of their leadership for specific sales, marketing, and revenue management initiatives.

The evening celebration also includes:

» Gold Dinner Reception co-sponsored by HSMAI, Google and TravelClick, an Amadeus company, celebrating the Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners
» Adrian Awards Platinum & Best of Show
» Corporate Social Responsibility Awards
» The Facebook Mobile Video Award
» Lifetime Achievement Awards: Lee Pillsbury, Bjorn Hanson
NEW! – The HSMAI Foundation Awards for Outstanding Efforts in Attracting, Developing & Engaging Hospitality Talent

Join the celebration honoring this year’s Top 25 by attending the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception & Gala, January 21, 2020, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Learn more and register.

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals and their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy ConferenceAdrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is a membership organization with more than 5,000 members worldwide and 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI at www.hsmai.org, HSMAI Facebook, HSMAI Twitter, HSMAI YouTube.

See also:

HSMAI 2018 Adrian Awards Honor State-of-Art Travel Marketing Techniques that Get Back to People-to-People Basics

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Where To Go In 2020: US Tour Operators Reveal Top Travel Trends For 2020

January 2, 2020

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Arriving in Porec, Croatia, the end-point of Biketours.com’s 8-day self-guided bike tour that started in Venice, Italy. US tour operators see Croatia as a top emerging destination; Italy as the most popular destination for 2020 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) released results of its annual travel trend and forecast survey of the association’s active tour operator members naming Italy the most popular destination for travelers in 2020.

The top five “hot” destinations for next year also included France, which ranked second; followed by Spain, Greece and the United Kingdom (tied for third); Ireland and Japan (tied for fourth), Germany tying South Africa for fifth.

“Europe has a very strong presence, which we saw in last year’s survey reinforcing continued interest and growth in European travel among US consumers, driven by both more product and more demand,” cited Terry Dale, President and CEO of USTOA.

USTOA tour operator members also identified their top five off-the-beaten path or emerging destinations that they see gaining popularity in 2020: Egypt, Croatia and Colombia tied for first. “Egypt topping the list is the epitome of a destination comeback story,” added Dale. “It reinforces a strong return in popularity and demand among travelers, after several challenging years.”  Making the list for the first time, Slovenia was named second, followed by Thailand, Vietnam, and Morocco and Ethiopia (tied for fifth).

On the domestic front, USTOA members forecast California as the most popular U.S. destination for clients in 2020. New York came in second, with Florida and Nevada tied for third, followed by Arizona, and Alaska and Hawaii (tied for fifth).

Arts and culture was cited by survey participants as the top travel category driving sales in 2019, wildlife and nature followed in a close second.  Local immersion, small groups/small ships and uncharted destinations were named by Active Members as the top three travel trends projected to grow the most over the next five years.

Members were also asked to name the destinations/sites that travelers should see now, with some sense of urgency before overcrowding, climate change or other factors impact the experience.

Antarctica was named first, followed by Machu Picchu in Peru, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Venice, Italy (tied for third).

Who is Traveling?

Just shy of two thirds (60%) of members’ customer base are 51 years of age and older. The next largest age group is 35 to 50 years old, representing 20% of customers. Almost half (44%) of members named multigenerational family as their top growing passenger category in 2019.

Growth Ahead

Roughly 82% of USTOA tour operator members anticipate growth in sales for the year ending in 2020 with nearly half (45%) “optimistic” and forecasting a “boom year” with growth anywhere from seven to 10% or higher.

“Member confidence levels for the year ahead are high with roughly three quarters of our tour operator members ‘confident’ or ‘highly confident’ that revenues will increase in the coming year,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO for USTOA.  “This is particularly encouraging especially as we approach a election year, when, historically, consumer spending is more conservative.”

“In fact, when asked about potential threats to traveler confidence in the year ahead, the presidential election year topped the list,” Dale continued. Recession was named the second global risk that could impact potential growth in 2020, followed by global financial instability in third.

Research from the new member survey was revealed at USTOA’s Annual Conference & Marketplace, December 2 to December 6 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, FL.

For more information on USTOA, visit www.ustoa.com, call 212-599-6599, or email information@ustoa.com.

Representing nearly $19 billion in revenue, the member companies of U.S. Tour Operators Association provide tours, packages and custom arrangements that allow 9.8 million travelers annually unparalleled access, insider knowledge, peace-of-mind, value and freedom to enjoy destinations and experiences across the entire globe. Each member company has met the travel industry’s highest standards, including participation in the USTOA’s Travelers Assistance Program, which protects consumer payments up to $1 million if the company goes out of business.  As a voice for the tour operator industry for more than 40 years, USTOA also provides education and assistance for consumers and travel agents.

 

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New York Times Travel Show to Showcase Latest Global Travel Trends, Jan 24-26

January 2, 2020

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NEW YORK—Dubai Tourism, in association with Expo 2020 Dubai, will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 New York Times Travel Show, to be held on January 24-26, 2020 in the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

Dubai Tourism will offer Travel Show attendees a variety of Dubai-focused programming and incentives during each day of the annual event, including a Dubai Focus on Travel session on Friday, January 24 for the travel trade and a presentation Saturday, January 25 for travelers.

“Together with Expo 2020, being the Presenting Sponsor at such a key show is a testament to how important the U.S. market is to Dubai,” says Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM). “During the New York Times Travel Show, we are looking to engage with new partners and strengthen our relationships within the US travel trade ecosystem and to highlight Dubai’s destination proposition to American travelers.”

“In 2020, Dubai will host the World Expo, one of the biggest events held in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa,” says Sanjive Khosla, Chief Commercial Officer, Expo 2020. “As a co-Presenting-Sponsor with Dubai Tourism, we aim to increase awareness and understanding of Expo 2020 Dubai–the world’s greatest show amongst the U.S. travel audience through The New York Times Travel Show.”

The 2020 New York Times Travel Show–now in its 17th year–will open with a Trade Day exclusively for over 11,000 travel industry professionals and media on Friday, January 26; Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 will be open to over 23,000 consumer travelers, as well as to travel professionals and media. The three-day showcase will feature global cuisine tastings, cultural performances, travel book signings, one-on-one conversations with travel experts and special discounts and offers for consumers of all ages from over 750 exhibitors.

This year, Travel Show attendees will be able to partake in a variety of offerings related to travel to countless destinations and other program highlights including a Trade Day keynote panel on the state of the travel industry, moderated by James Shillinglaw; expanded Travel Products; an LGBTQ pavilion; a Family Fun stage; and much more.

Dubai Tourism in association with Expo 2020 is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 New York Times Travel Show. Turkish Airlines is a Platinum Sponsor; South African Tourism is a Gold Sponsor; MSC CRUISES, Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board and Greek National Tourism Organization are Silver Sponsors; and I LOVE NY is a Bronze Sponsor.

Travel Industry Association Sponsors include Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), Africa Travel Association (ATA), American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa (APTA), Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF), Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), Destination Wedding & Honeymoon, Specialists Association (DWHSA), European Travel Commission (ETA), Family Travel Association (FTA), International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA), Millennials in Travel (MIT), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA), Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), Travel Goods Association (TGA), and U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

Travel Industry Media Sponsors include, GoNomad, Destination I Do Magazine, Healthy Aging Magazine, Insider Travel Report, ManAboutWorld, Passport Magazine, TAConnect, TravAlliancemedia, and Travel Market Report.

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Grand Geneva, Timber Ridge Lodge Are Ideal Resorts for Grandtravel Trend

December 26, 2019
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Grandparents are taking grandkids on more vacations and leaving mom and dad home in 2020. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark in Geneva, Wisconsin are ideal resorts for the grandtravel trend.

Grandparents are taking grandkids on more vacations and leaving mom and dad home in 2020. Here are two midwest resorts that already offer “grandparent” experiences.

Multigenerational travel may still be happening, but the hottest new trend is “skip-generation travel,” where grandparents travel with their grandkids and leave the middle generation — the parents — at home. About one-third of grandparents have taken such trips, according to recent AARP research. Ditching the middleman offers a unique bonding opportunity, especially for family members who live far apart from one another, and lets both generations hit the road together, creating memories of a lifetime. It also gives mom and dad a break of their own.

There are resorts such as Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (grandgeneva.com, 262-248-8811) and Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark (www.timberridgelodge.com, 262-249-3400) in Lake Geneva, WI that have already begun to see this family travel trend on the rise and offer special vacation experiences tailored towards “skip-gen” travelers. Amenities include all-suite accommodation options, special memory-making experiences and low-impact adventures such as indoor waterpark fun, mini-golf, beginner hikes, biking, seasonal skiing and more. Grandparents and grandchildren don’t need to leave the resort and can spend several days together enjoying new experiences. During the peak summer months when grandchildren are out of school, Timber Ridge offers a getaway specifically created for grandparents and grandchildren for easy vacation planning. The ‘Grandparents Getaway’ includes accommodations, food & beverage credit, arcade tokens and 4 rounds of mini golf.

This trend dovetails with the aging of the world population. By 2020, those aged 65+ worldwide will have grown to over 700 million people. At the same time, this aging generation is healthier and fitter than ever before, so they’re well poised for “grand” travel.

 

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Insight Vacations Celebrates 100 Years of The Travel Corporation with Anniversary Sale

December 25, 2019
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Taste the sensational pastries of Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon on Insight Vacations’ “Amazing Spain and Portugal” tour © Dave E. Leiberman /goingplacesfarandnear.com.

New York, N.Y.– To celebrate The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) 100 years of being driven by service, Insight Vacations is offering travelers a special anniversary savings.

As a proud member of TTC, Insight Vacations is excited to welcome you into the TTC family and showcase why it is the leader in travel across the world—by catering to every taste, place and pace. Through our dedication to service and making travel personal, we cannot wait to welcome you on a magical journey.

“For 100 years, travel advisors have booked the companies of The Travel Corporation with supreme confidence, and Insight Vacations is no exception. The tradition of excellence in hospitality established long ago by the Tollman family influences everything we do,” says Jon Grutzner, president of Insight Vacations. “To honor that and celebrate with our loyal customers, we have created 100th Anniversary Celebration savings to give our guests the opportunity to experience our new itineraries and immersive experiences at the best value for 2020.”

On all Insight journeys, you’ll travel in relaxed style that experience the heart and soul of the destination–with small groups, premium hotels in the best locations, authentic dining and experiences with locals.

For TTC’s 100th anniversary, you can save up to 20% on European Discovery, Spain, Portugal and Morocco trips for bookings between January 1, 2020- January 7, 2020 for the travel periods April 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020.

You can also take advantage of even more savings in 2020 with Insights’ extended air offer and early payment discountFrom now until Feb. 27, you can save up to $300 per couple on economy air on departures to Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Morocco for travel during Oct. 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020, and September 1, 2020 to November 15, 2020.

By choosing flights with American Airlines, British Airways, Finnair and Iberia, you can save $150 off per person on Economy, $200 off per person on Premium Economy or $300 off per person on Business Class.

Also, if you book and pay in full by Feb. 27, you can receive a savings of 7.5% on trips to Europe and Britain, and the USA and Canada. This special offer is not combinable with the anniversary sale.

So, live your stylish life on a remarkable journey, venturing to some of the most iconic and remarkable destinations in Europe and beyond:

European Dream (11 Days); Leisurely paced with two-night stays in each destination and plenty of time to explore, this journey allows you to live your European Dream and come face-to-face with history through memorable local interactions. Enjoy VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, as well as exclusive access to the Bramante Staircase that is usually not open to the public. Meet a gondolier in Venice and learn how the tradition of gondola navigation is being passed on to future generations. In Orvieto, marvel at the skills of an Italian chef during a cooking demonstration where you’ll learn how to make homemade pasta. In Stanserhorn, join a Swiss ranger to learn about local fauna and flora in the areaWhile in Paris, join a local foodie to venture where Parisians go about their daily lives, explore small shops and sample local treats and delicacies.

Amazing Spain and Portugal (9 Days): Delve into the heart and soul of each destination on this 9-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Tour the celebrated Alhambra Palace with a Local Expert, taste authentic Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon, and see the ancient Roman arches across the river Tormes in Salamanca. Embark on a scenic drive to Seville to explore the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, and see the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, along with his tomb, at the grand 15th century Seville Cathedral. In the historic city of Toledo, visit the workshop of a master craftsman and see how Damascene swords are made. In Jabugo, taste the famous jamon Iberico (Iberian ham) and learn about its history and production.

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