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Alterra Mountain Company Adds Snow Valley Resort to its Southern California Year-Round Destinations

January 27, 2023

Alterra Mountain Company has acquired Snow Valley Mountain Resort, adding another beloved Southern California destination to its portfolio of iconic year-round destinations. Snow Valley will join the operations of Big Bear Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, including Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, creating expanded access in Southern California and opening up new terrain to skiers and riders who call one of the three mountains home (photo supplied by Alterra Mountain Company)

Snow Valley will Join Big Bear Mountain Resort, Creating a Three-Mountain Destination for the Ultimate Ski & Ride Experience

DENVER, CO – Alterra Mountain Company has acquired Snow Valley Mountain Resort, adding another beloved Southern California destination to its portfolio of iconic year-round destinations. Snow Valley will join the operations of Big Bear Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, including Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, creating expanded access in Southern California and opening up new terrain to skiers and riders who call one of the three mountains home.

“The acquisition of Snow Valley Mountain Resort is a continuation of our ongoing mission to build a premier portfolio of great mountains in robust markets,” said Jared Smith, President & CEO, Alterra Mountain Company. “As we do with all our destinations, we are excited to invest essential capital to enhance the on-site employee and guest experience to further strengthen our offerings to skiers and riders in Southern California.”

Easily accessible from Pasadena, Santa Monica, Los Angeles and San Diego, and located just 11 miles from Big Bear Lake, the new three-mountain experience will offer skiers and riders the ability to progress from beginner to intermediate to expert terrain. With a focus on the beginning of that progression, Snow Valley features some of the region’s best beginner terrain, with award-winning learning centers and a shared dedication to exceptional guest service. The addition of the resort also means that skiers and riders will have access to Southern California’s only chairlift serviced sledding area for enhanced snow play during the winter season.

“Snow Valley Mountain Resort has been a treasured destination since 1924 and together we will continue its incredible legacy,” said Kevin Somes, Vice President and General Manager of Snow Valley Mountain Resort. “By becoming a member of the Alterra Mountain Company family of destinations, Snow Valley will continue to deliver exceptional guest experiences to ski and snow enthusiasts in Southern California, and beyond.”

Home of Southern California’s only six-person chairlift, Snow Valley is in the San Bernardino Mountains in Running Springs, CA. Snow Valley is Southern California’s most versatile ski area and is “Southern California’s #1 “Family-Friendly Resort,” “Beginner Friendly Resort”, and “Least Crowded Resort,” according to Liftopia’s “Best in Snow Awards.” These honors salute Snow Valley’s fantastic Snow Sports School, night sessions and lift-served Snow Play (sledding). Meanwhile, advanced skiers and snowboarders love Snow Valley’s Slide Peak, a legendary Southern California slope with a 35-degree pitch. Snow Valley is one of the largest resorts in the San Bernardino National Forest, with 1,041 feet of vertical drop, a summit of 7,841 feet and base at 6,800 feet -all spread across 240 acres of skiable terrain. Its longest run is one mile. Snow Valley has a lounge with full bar, food outlets, a large retail Sport Shop offering the biggest brands in snow sports, and rental and repair shops. For more information, see Snow-Valley.com.

Alterra Mountain Company’s destinations offer premium ski, snowboard, and all-season activities for those who seek adventure and fun in the great outdoors. The 16 mountain destinations are spread throughout six states and three Canadian provinces: Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Valley Mountain Resort in California; Stratton and Sugarbush in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia. Alterra Mountain Company also introduced the Ikon Pass for winter 2018/2019, which today offers skiers and riders access to more than 50 mountain destinations throughout the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

The Ikon Pass and Big Bear Mountain Resort season passes will be accepted at Snow Valley starting Monday, February 20, 2023.

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Explore Under-the-Radar Destinations by Yacht-Dream Yacht Worldwide Makes it Possible

January 14, 2023

Offering sailing vacations in over 50 destinations, and with a fleet of more than 900 monohulls and catamarans, Dream Yacht Worldwide has sailing experiences available in almost every corner of the world including popular destinations like the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, but also under-the-radar destinations to discover. No sailing experience? No problem – just add a skipper or book a cabin cruise and enjoy a private stateroom in one of the company’s modern catamarans. (Photo supplied by Dream Yacht Worldwide)

Ever think about exploring “under-the-radar” destinations by sailing? Dream Yacht Worldwide, one of the world’s leading ocean tourism companies and a pioneer in making sailing and sea travel accessible to all around the globe, is making it easier for all to explore lesser-known destinations by sea plus some of the world’s favorite ocean vacation spots.

Instead of the Maldives, visit Seychelles: Dream Yacht Worldwide began its first yacht charters in the Seychelles. And for good reason, as it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet, comprising 41 of the earth’s oldest granite islands and 74 low-lying reef islands which embody the phrase ‘tropical paradise’. On a Seychelles yacht charter, travelers can snorkel among the treelike corals on Coco Island, or at stunning St. Pierre islet, where rugged granite rocks merge with lush tropical vegetation. And not to be missed highlight on any yacht charter in the Seychelles is a visit to the scented vanilla plantations at Union Estate on La Digue, one of the most beautiful islands in the region. While for nature lovers, there’s bird watching at Aride Island and the rare Aldabra tortoises at Curieuse, a protected island where you can observe these gentle giants. There are also the larger islands of Mahé and Praslin to explore. Here, you’ll find stunning landscapes, relaxed island hopping and plenty of opportunities to swim in the reefs.

Instead of the French Riviera, explore New Caledonia: Dream Yacht Worldwide was the first company to offer sailing charters in this exciting cruising ground, and now have an extensive fleet operating from its base at Port Moselle in Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia. New Caledonia is home to the world’s largest lagoon, a beautiful and unique natural aquarium covering over 9000 square miles, and one of the most remarkable and beautiful sailing destinations. The archipelago is also home to one of the world’s most extensive reef systems, with a diverse range of healthy coral and marine life, including whales, turtles and tropical fish. Nouméa is a cosmopolitan city which feels much like the French Riviera. Colorful waterfronts are lined with bars, cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs, and it’s an ideal place to stock up on superb French gourmet food and wine. The city is within easy reach of the south lagoon, where you can sail Îlot Maître, Île des Pins, Île Ouen, Îlot Brosse and Ilot Kuaré. 

Instead of Sicily, check out Sardinia: The island of Sardinia is off Italy’s west coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sardinia sailing adventures begin from Dream Yacht Worldwide’s base in Olbia on the northeast coast. From there, it’s an easy sail to the Maddalena Archipelago and the glamorous Costa Smeralda – Sardinia’s most coveted sailing areas. Well known for their miles of craggy coastline, the world-famous Emerald Coast and the Maddalena Archipelago National Park and Marine Reserve are the places to find superb beaches and scenic coves. Travelers can swim, snorkel and take in stunning sunsets in the solitude of these largely uninhabited islands. Many enjoy boutique shopping in the super-exclusive ports of Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, where travelers can mix with the international jet set. With a wide choice of dining options, from local trattoria to fine dining, it is recommended to sample the local cuisine during a boat charter in Sardinia, especially the amazing fresh seafood found on the coast.

Offering sailing vacations in over 50 destinations, and with a fleet of more than 900 monohulls and catamarans, Dream Yacht Worldwide has sailing experiences available in almost every corner of the world including popular destinations like the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, but also under-the-radar destinations to discover. No sailing experience? No problem – just add a skipper or book a cabin cruise and enjoy a private stateroom in one of the company’s modern catamarans.

Since 2018, the company’s catamaran charters with skippers to assist with sailing have more than doubled (+133%) in select destinations like the Mediterranean. Due to demand and industry research pointing to an increase in Marine tourism, Dream Yacht Worldwide will launch 150 news boats in the coming season of which 80% are catamarans. The company will continue to offer sea travelers the option of crew support including a variety of skipper and hostess offerings to support sailors and non-sailors of all skill levels. 

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31% of Americans Plan to Travel this Christmas; Hotel Bookings Up

December 6, 2022
Hotel Peninsula NYC, decorated for the holidays. The American Hotel & Lodging Association sees an increase in holiday travelers planning to stay in hotels this year over last © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The share of holiday travelers who plan to stay in hotels is up this year, and hotels are the top lodging choice among those certain to travel for leisure in the next three months, according to a new national Hotel Booking Index Survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and conducted by Morning Consult.

Key findings include:

  • 31% of Americans report they are likely to travel for Christmas this year. Of these travelers, 28% plan to stay in a hotel during their trip, compared to 23% who planned to do so last year.
  • Concerns about COVID-19 are fading among travelers but are being replaced by economic challenges like inflation and high gas prices. 85% of respondents reported that gas prices and inflation are a consideration in deciding whether to travel over the next three months, compared to 70% who said the same about COVID-19 infection rates.
  • 64% of Americans would be concerned about delays or cancellations if they traveled by plane right now, with 66% of these respondents reporting a lower chance of flying this holiday season as a result.

The survey found that the share of those who plan to stay in hotels during their holiday travels is rising this year. Thirty one percent of Thanksgiving travelers plan to stay in a hotel during their trip, compared to 22% who planned to do so last year. Twenty eight percent of Christmas travelers plan to stay in a hotel during their trip, compared to 23% who planned to do so last year. Among those absolutely certain to travel for leisure in the next three months, 54% plan to stay in a hotel, according to the survey.

Overall holiday travel levels will likely remain flat, however, with 28% of Americans reporting they are likely to travel for Thanksgiving and 31% likely to travel for Christmas this year – compared to 29% and 33%, respectively, in 2021.

The survey also found that concerns about COVID-19 are fading among travelers but are being replaced by economic challenges like inflation and high gas prices. Eighty five percent of respondents reported that gas prices and inflation are a consideration in deciding whether to travel over the next three months, compared to 70% who said the same about COVID-19 infection rates.

In a May AHLA survey, 90% of respondents said gas prices and inflation were a travel consideration while 78% percent said the same about COVID infection rates.

The survey of 4,000 adults was conducted Oct. 14-16, 2022. Other key findings include the following:

  • 59% of adults whose jobs involve travel said they are likely to travel for business in the next three months, with 49% among them planning to stay in a hotel during their trip. In 2021, 55% of adults whose jobs involve travel said they were likely to travel for business during the holiday season.
  • 64% of Americans would be concerned about delays or cancellations if they traveled by plane right now, with 66% of these respondents reporting a lower chance of flying this holiday season as a result.
  • 61% of Americans say they are likely to take more leisure/vacation trips in 2023 than they did this year.
  • 58% of Americans are likely to attend more indoor gatherings, events, or meetings in 2023 than they did this year.
  • 66% of Thanksgiving travelers and 60% of Christmas travelers plan to drive to their destinations, compared to 24% and 30%, respectively, who plan to fly.

“This survey bolsters our optimism for hotels’ near-term outlook for a number of reasons,” said AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers.“The share of holiday travelers planning hotel stays is rising, plans for business travel are on the upswing, and hotels are the number one lodging choice for those certain to travel for leisure in the near future. This is great news for our industry as well as current and prospective hotel employees, who are enjoying more and better career opportunities than ever before.”

To help hotels fill open jobs and raise awareness of the hotel industry’s 200+ career pathways, the AHLA Foundation’s “A Place to Stay” multi-channel advertising campaign is now active in 14 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, and Tampa. For more info on the campaign, visit thehotelindustry.com.

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Can’t Miss Hotel Winter Travel Deals

December 6, 2022

To celebrate the opening of AYANA Segara Bali, a luxury hotel overlooking the Jimbaran Bay, the hotel is offering limited time opening offers, including 25% off for stays booked now through March 31, 2023.

It’s officially December and while Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are now behind us, ‘tis still the season to snag some great travel deals for you or to gift a loved one. Here is a selection of opening offers and great deals from brand new hotels and resorts around the world that offer something exceptional in each destination – from the tropical island of Bali, the cosmopolitan metropolis of Mexico City, epic skiing in Salt Lake City, to seasonal deals at Panama’s family-friendly luxury resort and an eco-luxe hideaway on the island of Grenada.

AYANA Segara Bali, Indonesia

  • To celebrate the opening of AYANA Segara Bali, a luxury hotel overlooking the Jimbaran Bay, the hotel is offering limited time opening offers, including 25% off for stays booked now through March 31, 2023. Additionally, guests will enjoy 10% off in-room spa treatments or Spa on The Rocks from the award-winning AYANA Spa, as well as a complimentary 1-hour Thalassotherapy for two when booking a two-night stay. The deals continue with 10% off for food and beverage to use at all 22 restaurants in the AYANA Estateincluding its famed Rock Bar, and a complimentary 30-minute photoshoot by a professional photographer to capture AYANA memories throughout the stay. Guests can take advantage of the opening offers by booking directly at ayana.com and using the booking code: SEGARA. 

Andaz Mexico City Condesa, Mexico City

  • Located in the heart of Mexico City’s sophisticated Condesa neighborhood, the brand new Andaz Mexico City Condesa, slated to open this month, is offering a “Book Now and Save” deal where guests can enjoy 15% off stays through 2023 when booked before January 15. The deal offers travelers a chance to stay at the new hotel while experiencing the capital city’s trendy enclave – home to cultural richness, architectural significance and some of the most noteworthy dining, design, and local art and entertainment venues that Mexico City has to offer. |

The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort, Panama

  • Panama’s leading family-friendly luxury hotel, The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort is extending a Flight Cash Back promotion that travelers in pursuit of a discounted luxury vacation will love! The new promotion extends $400 cash back upon check out; complimentary breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years; and complimentary use of bicycle, tennis and volleyball courts. The offer is valid until Dec. 31, and a 5-night minimum booking applies.

Mount Cinnamon Resort, Grenada

  • Tucked away on the hillside atop Grand Anse Beach, Mount Cinnamon is a gorgeous eco-luxe hideaway with an enclave of 37 luxury villas and suites, each with their own veranda of sweeping views of natural unspoiled beauty. Guests can save 30% on stays of 5 or more nights at Mount Cinnamon Resort & Beach Club, daily breakfast included. Booking window: November 25 – December 9, 2022. Travel window: April 10 – November 30, 2023. Booking code: MC-BLACKFRIDAY. All room categories apply with the exception of Cinnamon Heights.

Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City, Utah

  • The recently opened Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City is letting guests get a taste of its new downtown digs while earning a bonus 500 points through the World of Hyatt’s “500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New” offer. Book a stay now through January 31 and earn bonus points while enjoying the city’s prime ski season or experiencing the world-famous Sundance Film Festival’s downtown screenings.

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Club Med’s ‘Getaway’ Sale Offers Up to 45% Off All-Inclusive Escapes

July 7, 2022

Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda,  Dominican Republic, the first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America,  offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation.

Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, invites travelers to enjoy 45% off all-inclusive summer, fall, and winter getaways, plus perks, at its top resorts throughout Canada, Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean. The Getaway sale is open for bookings now through August 30, 2022 with select travel dates from July 23, 2022 to February 17, 2023.

Additional perks include free stays for kids under 4, no single room supplement, flexible cancellations, and up to $1,000 of air credit – ideal for those looking to book last minute summer vacations, or upcoming fall and winter escapes, to the beach or the mountains.

Explore Club Med’s spacious, low-density resorts which are surrounded by nature and spread across an average of 50 acres, like: the eco-chic Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America; family-fun Club Med Punta Cana, with new renovations and innovations like the Circus School by Club Med; and Club Med Québec, Club Med’s newest four-season mountain resort offering a unique waterfront experience to discover Quebec’s natural wonders.

New programming includes Club Med’s new Mini Club + program, launching this month across all Club Med resorts in North America and the Caribbean as a newly enhanced Children’s Club experience. Built on the six pillars of creativity, courage, connection, cooperation, cheerfulness, and self-confidence, children will enjoy even more engaging, fun-filled, and educational activities designed to help them make new friends and expand their imaginations. Adults can take advantage of Club Med’s new Wellness Fusion experience, which includes an itinerary of active sports, opportunities for natural reconnection, mindfulness and yoga programming, spa experiences, and healthy dining options. The Club Med Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities, is a trademark Club Med experience designed to help families bond, reconnect, and experience a greater sense of reunion.

A Club Med getaway also provides access to unlimited culinary options, premium accommodations, and activities for all interests – from hiking and biking to standup paddle boarding and snorkeling. Paired with Club Med’s flexible cancellation policy and Safe Together protocols, guests will enjoy their vacation with total peace of mind and the freedom to unwind while creating cherished memories together.

For full details on the Getaway Sale, visit https://www.clubmed.us/o/best-all-inclusive-vacation-deals.

Getaway Sale

  • Booking window: Now through August 30, 2022
  • Travel window: Select dates from July 23, 2022 to February 17, 2023 (check-out by February 18, 2023)
  • 45% off plus perks:
    • Kids under 4 stay free
    • Up to $1,000 air credit
    • No single supplement
    • Flexible cancellations

Participating Club Med Resorts

Whether travelers are looking to unwind on the beach, have fun at the pool, or explore thrilling new cultures and adventures, Club Med has something for everyone. Participating resorts include:

  • Club Med Québec, Canada: Club Med’s newest four-season all-inclusive mountain resort, and its first in Canada, is just an hour and a half away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. With views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, this unique waterfront mountain resort is spread across 300+ acres and features 302 spacious guestrooms, including a private Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space with 25 suites. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will discover Québec’s natural wonders, cuisine, and culture through locally inspired culinary experiences, a variety of activities like guided mountain biking and hikes in the warmer months, and group ski and snowboarding classes during the winter. Leave time to indulge in R&R with the resort’s expansive wellness area which features a 25-yard heated pool, 1,000+ square foot outdoor terrace with a jacuzzi, and the Club Med Spa by Sothys – all overlooking the pristine Charlevoix region and welcoming guests to connect with Canada’s great outdoors. Lift tickets and all guided sport activities are included as part of the package.
  • Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana caters to solo travelers, couples, and families alike with unlimited land and water sports, from learning how to shoot with a bow and arrow at archery school to flying on the trapeze at the Circus School by Club Med. Families and groups will particularly enjoy the newly renovated Exclusive Collection space featuring spacious two-bedroom oceanside family suites, a dedicated infinity pool and bar, and breakfast room service. While adults indulge in treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE or relax in the adult-exclusive Zen Oasis area, where intimate cabanas, an oversized pool and dedicated Zen Beach await, kids can join their dedicated kids club for a day filled with water and land activities like windsurfing and sailing. Families can partake in the Club Med Amazing Family program, featuring a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories.
  • Club Med Cancún, Mexico: An ideal location for families looking for some much-needed R&R, the only resort in Cancún with three private beachfronts offers families a variety of opportunities to reconnect. Enjoy exhilarating land and water activities, from sailing and kayaking to flying trapeze and archery, before partaking in outdoor activities as part of the Club Med Amazing Family program. Relax in the refreshed Aguamarina family oasis area, which features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms and a dedicated family pool, before kids head off to their respective kids’ clubs while adults enjoy treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE. For added exclusivity, guests can book an ocean view suite in the resort’s Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space. Families looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá (at an additional cost) or discover life under the sea by snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef surrounding the resort with Club Med’s all-inclusive water sport activities.
  • Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic: The first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited refined culinary options, Zen moments with treatments at the on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, yoga in the treetop wellness canopy, and relaxation at the Zen pool. Must-try Experiences for families include learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to the boho-chic Sunset Ritual, the perfect way to end the day in paradise. Families can also satisfy their sweet tooth when discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!).

Additional participating resorts include Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico, Club Med Turkoise, Turks and Caicos, Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Club Med La Caravelle, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, and Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique, French Caribbean.

Flexible Policies

To ensure added flexibility and peace of mind for travelers, Club Med also offers:

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: For all bookings on any Club Med resort worldwide, cancel for free up to 61 days prior to arrival and receive a full refund on the land portion of your stay.
  • Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19.
  • Safe Together protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.

Full details can be found here.

Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new mountain resort annually.

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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New Orleans Offers Full Menu of Holiday Happenings

December 16, 2021
Revel in holiday happenings in New Orleans.

The holidays are a great time to visit New Orleans with events that include decadent four-course holiday Reveillon dinners, dazzling light displays at City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, Audubon Zoo Lights and NOLA ChristmasFest, bonfires on the Levee on Christmas Eve in St. James Parish, festive hotel lobbies with extravagant Christmas trees and gingerbread displays (including a Waldorf Wonderland at The Roosevelt), caroling in Jackson Square, riverfront bonfires, holiday concerts, plenty of places to find unique gifts, and more.  Many hotels – including Hotel Monteleone, Higgins Hotel and Windsor Court Hotel – offer savings up to 20% with Papa Noel Rates. Read more about the holidays New Orleans-style here.

Come Dec. 31, New Orleans is a marvelous place to ring in the new year. Whether you want to grab dinner and turn in for the night early, celebrate at a children’s event during the day, or party all night long, there’s something for everyone: Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, New Orleans’ version of the Times Square party and ball drop (er, fleur-de-lis drop) in Jackson Square, Zoo Year’s Eve at the Audubon Zoo, Noon Year’s Eve at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, fireworks shows throughout the city, and more. Here’s a list outlining celebrations, live music, LGBT events and family fun.

Beyond New Year’s Day, there are many more reasons to visit in 2022, including:

  • New developments at the National WWII Museum, including the Bollinger Canopy of Peace and Liberation Pavilion
  • Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Exhibit, March 18 – July 17, at the New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Mardi Gras, the French Quarter Festival, the Jazz & Heritage Festival, and more celebrations and events
  • Many new hotels, restaurants and attractions to experience if you haven’t already, including the Four Seasons (and Donald Link’s newest restaurant Chemin a la Mer), Virgin Hotels New Orleans, Hotel St. Vincent, The Chloe, Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, and more. 

 For more information, visit www.neworleans.com, 800-672-6124.

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Palm Beach Zoo’s Holiday Spectacular Returns Starting Nov 19; Tickets Now on Sale

November 5, 2021
While the animals slumber, Palm Beach Zoo is illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights, with the return of the “Zoo Lights“ festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 19-Jan. 2, 2022.

WEST PALM BEACH – While the animals slumber, Palm Beach Zoo is illuminated for the holidays with over one million eco-friendly lights, with the return of the “Zoo Lights“ festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 19-Jan. 2, 2022.

Each evening of Zoo Lights, the Zoo reopens from 6-9 pm, aglow with themed displays throughout its 23 acres. The festive holiday fun also features photos with Santa (until Dec. 23rd), a DJ holiday dance party, and seasonal treats.

Advanced ticket purchase is recommended, and Zoo Lights attendees can select from two specific times for entry; 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are limited each evening to allow for plenty of room to move about the Zoo.

Tickets for the event are available at http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/zoolights. Palm Beach Zoo Annual Members receive special pricing. Ride sharing is encouraged.

Palm Beach Zoo, 1301 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035, 561-547-9453 (WILD) www.palmbeachzoo.org.

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Broadway Theater Tickets Back on Sale for Performances Beginning Sept 14

May 7, 2021
Broadway theater, New York City’s Great White Way, will fully reopen its doors this September, in accordance with the New York State’s health and safety guidance. Beginning May 6, and throughout May, tickets for Broadway shows – which begin September 14, 2021 – are already on sale at 100 percent of theater capacity © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Broadway theater, New York City’s Great White Way, will fully reopen its doors this September, in accordance with the New York State’s health and safety guidance. Beginning May 6, and throughout May, tickets for Broadway shows – which begin September 14, 2021 – are already on sale at 100 percent of theater capacity.

The announcement builds upon the reopening of performing arts and live entertainment venues at limited capacities last month and further sets the stage for Broadway shows to return to theaters throughout the fall. 

“Broadway is at the core of our New York identity, and a big part of our economy which employees countless performers and show creators, and beginning this September, the show will go on,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.”Visitors from all around the world have come to New York to experience the arts and culture and see iconic performances on Broadway, and sadly, the pandemic put this unique New York experience on pause. Thankfully, as we continue to monitor the data and reopen our economy, we are now on track to allow full capacity performances on Broadway to resume beginning this September, bringing back this beloved world-famous attraction.”

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said, “On behalf of the nearly 100,000 people who make their living on Broadway – on stage, backstage, and throughout the city and state – we are immensely gratified by the support of Governor Cuomo today. Restarting Broadway is a complex endeavor, requiring long lead times for productions the need to reconnect with a sustaining audience from across the country and around the world. Today’s green light by the Governor to put our shows on sale now for the fall is vital to our success. Broadway is the beating heart of NYC tourism and we can’t wait for the day soon when our hearts will beat before a live joyful audience.”

The State will continue to work closely with Broadway industry partners to plan for the safe, successful return of this world-class cultural experience.  As public health conditions and the State’s guidance for performing arts and live entertainment changes, Broadway stakeholders will remain flexible and adapt to applicable health protocols, such as face coverings, health screening, enhanced air filtration and ventilation, and rigorous cleaning and disinfection. 

The availability of advance sale tickets and marketing for shows begins the months-long process of reopening to full capacity, building momentum to sustain many long and successful Broadway runs.  The Governor, Department of Health, Empire State Development, and State agency partners join with the industry in their commitment to creating safe and heathy environments for audiences, performers, and employees to enjoy, perform, and work.  If performances need to be postponed due to the public health conditions, theaters have planned to offer customer-friendly refunds and exchange policies. 

To support the performance industry in New York City, the FY 2022 enacted budget included $1 billion in Small Business and Arts Relief and Recovery Assistance, which includes the New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit Program which provides up to $100 million in tax credits to jump start the industry and revitalize tourism in New York City. Under this program, productions which have their first performance scheduled through December 2022 are eligible for a 25 percent credit on eligible costs. 

Prior to the pandemic, almost 250,000 people were seeing a Broadway show every week.  Broadway supports nearly 97,000 local jobs and contributes about $14.7 billion every year to the New York City economy.

For more information, visit the Broadway League, the industry’s trade association: www.broadway.org/

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US Tour Operators Launch Global Bucket List Travel Bracket Sweepstakes for Chance to Win Trip for Two

March 11, 2021
Paris. France. Enter the US Tour Operators Association Bucket List Travel Bracket Sweepstakes for a chance to win a vacation for two, valued up to $10,000 (c) Eric Leiberman/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK (March 11, 2021) – The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) today launched the USTOA Bucket List Travel Bracket Sweepstakes for consumers to vote on the most inspiring experiences in destinations around the globe. Participants will be entered to win a vacation for two, valued up to $10,000, to the destination that champions the bracket with a USTOA tour operator member.

US residents ages 21 or older can enter the USTOA Bucket List Travel Bracket Sweepstakes at https://ustoa.com/bucket-list-sweepstakes by voting on 64 featured travel experiences among 32 match-ups that span nearly 40 destinations across six continents. A new round of voting starts every Monday and Thursday through March 31, culminating in a champion bucket list travel experience named on April 1.

Consumers can cast votes once per day as the brackets advance. Every vote is an entry to win a trip for two to the bracket champion destination with a USTOA tour operator member of their choice. The vacation prize value is up to $10,000.

“USTOA is launching this bracket challenge as a fun and engaging way to inspire consumers to start vacation planning again,” said Terry Dale, president and CEO of USTOA. “The bucket list worthy experiences featured in the bracket are merely a sampling of the exhaustive collection of travel, adventure, and cultural experiences that our 142 different tour operator brands offer to a wide variety of destinations across all seven continents.”

The sweepstakes opens today for the first round of voting which closes at 11:59pm ET on Sunday, March 14, as the brackets advance to a new round of 32 destination travel experiences across 16 match-ups. Winning destination experiences advance every Monday and Thursday until the final two destination experiences are revealed on March 29. The destination experience that champions the bracket will be unveiled on April 1, and the grand prize entry winner will be selected on April 5, 2021.

For eligibility and sweepstakes rules, click here

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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Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn offers Special Elopement Wedding Packages

January 23, 2021
Proving that an elopement can be synonymous with a “destination wedding”. Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn offers special wedding and elopement packages that keep intimacy and romance in mind.

CARMEL, Calif., — First used in the 14th century, the word elope came from aloper, which meant to leap. While origins of elopement paint the term as something last-minute or secret, modern couples now see it a bit differently and favor less stress and less urgency, with more focus on a true celebration of love. Proving that an elopement can be synonymous with a “destination wedding”. Hyatt Carmel Highlands Inn offers special wedding and elopement packages that keep intimacy and romance in mind.

Designed for 2 to 20 people, the Highlands Elopement Package allows couples to exchange vows on a romantic gazebo overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This package includes:

  • Wedding Changing Room (Makeup, Hair and First Look)
  • White Folding Chairs and Cocktail Tables for your ceremony
  • Site Fee (Monday-Thursdays) starting at $1,500, limited to 1.5 hours of event time
  • Site Fee (Weekends) starting at $3,000, service charge and tax not included.

The special package is available to book for a weekend elopement (Fridays-Sundays) within 60 days of saying “I do.” There is not a restriction in booking a midweek elopement (Mondays-Thursdays).

Couples can elect to add the following:

  • Additional Event Time: $500 per hour
  • Officiant: $300 for Elopement Ceremonies
  • Photographer: $650/1 hour, $1,200/2 hours
  • Florals: $500 allowance, with choice of bouquet, boutonniere, or other floral decorations

Believing a Carmel Highlands wedding should be an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event, the Events Team takes great pride in handling the special details so couples can spend time on what’s most important — creating memories in a magnificent and romantic environment. Prospective guests may schedule a site or a virtual tour with Hyatt events specialists by calling 831-622-5461. More information on weddings and elopement packages are available here.

Perched on the hillside of the Carmel Highlands with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Hyatt Carmel Highlands combines true Carmel luxury with an approachable and sophisticated spirit. A haven for artists and discerning travelers since its opening in 1917, the property also offers spectacular dining at the award-winning California Market at Pacific’s Edge, 4,800 square feet of meeting space, heated outdoor swimming pool, three spa tubs and a StayFit fitness facility. Situated only four miles from downtown Carmel, Hyatt Carmel Highlands’ idyllic setting and personalized service has attracted families, weddings, honeymooners and privileged travelers for nearly a century.

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