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Leisure Pass Group Introduces Inclusive Berlin Sightseeing Pass

August 14, 2011

City Sightseeing Pass operator the Leisure Pass Group has expanded into Germany with the launch of a Berlin Sightseeing Pass.

The all inclusive card gives users access to 53 of the city’s leading tourist attractions, including notable favourites such as the Pergamon, The Jewish Museum and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, as well as free access to the Berlin public transport network, a hop on hop off bus tour and a river cruise.

Now in its 13th year of operation, Leisure Pass Group already runs successful sightseeing pass schemes in London, Paris and New York – as well as powering a host of similar programs in tourist hot-spots around the globe.

 “The Leisure Pass Group is well on its way to powering four million attraction visits every year, and the addition of the Berlin Sightseeing Pass really underlines our commitment to European expansion,” said Amanda Truman, director of product marketing, Leisure Pass Group.

“Berlin is a spectacular city that has seen tremendous investment since reunification. Its history and culture means there is so much to explore, and make it a perfect candidate for an ‘all-in-one’ attraction pass. Germans are renowned for their great technology, and they have embraced the simplicity of the Berlin Sightseeing Pass.”

The Berlin City Card becomes the 11th sightseeing pass to operate on the Leisure Pass Group’s technology, the Leisure Pass Operating System. The system allows cash-less transactions at each attraction, and for individual venues to monitor card usage and numerous visitor information statistics.

Other gems featured in the Berlin Sightseeing Pass include The Berliner Dom, Bode Museum and the Alte National Gallery, along with a Berlin Bus Tour and river cruise. The Berlin Sightseeing Pass is available in two- and three-day durations, and costs $98 for adults and $48 for children (two days) or $117 for adults and $55 for children (three days). Users also receive a 96-page city sightseeing guide.

Passes must be ordered in advance of travel. For more information and to buy, see www.berlinpass.com.

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‘Summer Family Free Night Special’ at Mango Bay Barbados Goes Beyond Typical All-Inclusive

May 4, 2011

A Mango Bay all-inclusive experience also includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the gym, watersports (waterskiing, hobiecat sailing, kayaking and snorkeling) and nightly entertainment.

Mango Bay (www.MangoBayBarbados.com) in Barbados invites families to plan their summer vacation at the boutique-style property by affording guests one free night when booking seven, and four free nights when reserving 14 through the Summer Family Free Night Special.  In addition, children 12 years old and under stay free and teens (13-17) receive a special rate of $100 per person, per night when sharing a room with two adults.

The Summer Family Free Night Special is valid on new bookings made through July 31, 2011 for travel through Dec. 18, 2011.  All-inclusive rates start at $350 per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy with government tax included.

For added-value, Mango Bay will maintain its current rates through 2012 despite the Barbados government increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate on hotel rooms from 7.5% to 8.75% effective May 1, 2011.  Mango Bay will also absorb the tax increase so travelers do not need to pay it.

Guests have the option of exploring the shopping centre of Bridgetown on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with complimentary transportation leaving from the hotel, where they can walk along Broad Street, the main street of Bridgetown, discovering duty free shops, department stores and local restaurants.

Shopping enthusiasts will enjoy in Mango Bay’s hometown of Holetown with the opening of the new Limegrove Lifestyle Centre boasting high-end stores such as Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, Agent Provocateur, Cartier, and MAC Cosmetics, with Louis Vuitton opening in the coming months.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays families can embark on a catamaran trip off the resort’s coastline.  Guests sail for two hours and enjoy snorkeling and sunbathing on the open sea.

A Mango Bay all-inclusive experience also includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the gym, watersports (waterskiing, hobiecat sailing, kayaking and snorkeling) and nightly entertainment.  Spa treatments are available for an additional fee at the Elements Spa located at the resort.

For more information on Mango Bay, Barbados call 246-432-1384; fax: 246-432-5297; e-mail reservations@MangoBayBarbados.com; or visit www.MangoBayBarbados.com.

Mango Bay Barbados — Uncomplicated, Unencumbered, Unforgettable 

Located in the historic Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay is known for its casual sophistication and all-inclusive value.  This beachfront, boutique-style property is the ideal tropical retreat for travelers seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle – an oasis where warm breezes, delightful Caribbean sunshine, and picturesque beaches are refreshing and revitalizing.  Spacious accommodations, a centrally-located swimming pool, delicious dining and tremendous all-inclusive value make Mango Bay a truly exceptional “Uncomplicated, Unencumbered, Unforgettable” vacation paradise.

The property is within walking distance of many shops in Holetown, 25 minutes from the capital city of Bridgetown, and 45 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport.

Tara Tours introduces 7-Day ‘Panama-City, Canal, Beach’ for $1,186 with air

May 2, 2011

Spend 7 days/6 nights in Panama for just $1186 pp including air fare from Miami via Copa Airlines, and four days at an all-inclusive beach resort, with a new package from Tara Tours Inc., “Panama: City, Canal & Beach.”

The program spends the first two  nights at the deluxe property Radisson Decapolis with daily buffet breakfast, city tour with visit to the famous Canal and then four nights at the Royal Decameron Playa Blanca.  

Playa Blanca is an all inclusive beach resort with all meals at any of the eight restaurants (breakfast & lunch are buffet style and a la carte dinners); unlimited domestic and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; daily activities program; non motorized water sports (wind glider, kayaks, snorkeling and sailboats); beach towels, chairs; tennis courts, basketball, volleys; nightly entertainment; unlimited drinks at the discotheque; taxes & tips included. All transfers are included as well as English speaking tour guides.

The cost of this fantastic tour program is only US$1186 per person double occupancy plus USA departure taxes (it varies from $90 to 150) including airfare from Miami via Copa Airlines. The add-on from New York is US$250, Washington DC $270, Los Angeles $300 and Orlando $150

The tour package does not include: Insurance, airport departure taxes, tourist card $5.00 and any other service not specifically mentioned in the program.

Contact Tara Tours Inc., 12002 SW 128 CT -Suite 209, Miami, FL 33186, 305-278-4464, 800-327-0080, http://www.taratours.com.

JANUARY IS LEARN-TO-SKI MONTH AT NEW HAMPSHIRE SKI AREAS

December 18, 2010
Waterville Valley, NH

Waterville Valley is one of the 37 Ski New Hampshire resorts offering Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month programs in January © 2010 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

During the month of January, Ski New Hampshire and its 37 member resorts will participate in a national program to introduce guests to the sports of skiing and snowboarding.  Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is a program taking place across the United States that features special offers making it easy and affordable for people to learn to ski, snowboard, cross country ski or snowshoe, and for current skiers & snowboarders to enhance their skills by taking lessons from professional instructors.

Among the special offers being featured in New Hampshire is Learn to Ski & Ride Free Week from January 3-9. 2011.  During this week, 14 NH ski areas will be offering a limited number of free learn to ski or snowboard packages.  These packages include a free beginner lesson, free equipment rentals, and a free beginner lift ticket or trail pass to those who register in advance.  Participants must visit http://www.SkiNH.com/JanLearnToSki to register and download a Learn to Ski or Ride Free Coupon; they then contact one of the 14 participating areas to make a reservation for a specific day that week.  Participating alpine areas include Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain, Cannon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Wildcat Mountain, Cranmore, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Pats Peak, Ragged Mountain, King Pine and Black Mountain; participating cross country areas include Great Glen Trails, Purity Spring Resort XC & Snowshoe Reserve, Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center and Sunset Hill Nordic Center.

Every day of the ski season, New Hampshire’s ski areas already offer specially-designed learn to ski and ride programs to introduce new people to the sport. In addition to these learn to ski and ride packages, there will be many other special programs offered during January that normally are not available.

Among these offerings, guests will find savings on lift tickets for those who bring a friend to try the sport, special pricing on learn to ski or ride packages, and follow-up rewards for first timers who choose to hit the slopes or trails again.  Guests can visit SkiNH.com’s January Learn to Ski page for full details & offers at SkiNH.com/JanLearnToSki.

Visitors to SkiNH.com can also enter to win a learn to ski or snowboard weekend for two.  The grand prize includes two days of beginner lessons at King Pine and two nights’ accommodations at Purity Spring Resort in East Madison.  The second place prize includes two days of beginner lessons at Gunstock Mountain Resort and one night’s accommodations. Third place prizes include learn to ski or snowboard packages from Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Cranmore Mountain, Granite Gorge and Pats Peak, with other areas expected to contribute even more in the upcoming weeks.  The contest runs from January 1-31 and winners will be notified the first week of February.

Nationally the program is being promoted by Glen Plake, Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month’s official spokesperson.  Plake, with his infamous mohawk, is one of the world’s most recognized skiers and ambassadors of the sport.

“For some good, healthy exercise, skiing and snowboarding are a great incentive to get outside and enjoy winter with family and friends,” said Alice Pearce, president of Ski NH.  “As our slogan says, ‘Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate.'”

To learn more about Ski NH’s Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month events and New Hampshire’s 37 downhill and cross country resorts, visit www.SkiNH.com.

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 37 alpine and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging and guest service properties in New Hampshire.  For more information on ski areas, lodging packages, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com.

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Fun Freebies Add Value to Colorado Ski Country Destination Resorts

December 17, 2010
Crested Butte

Families visiting Crested Butte can take advantage of the free skiing for kids six and under, free Mountain Express shuttle from Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte and free fourth night of lodging (photo courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort).

Skiers and riders have a lot of options to get more out of their ski season this year as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts build in value to ski vacations with an assortment of free activities. From concerts, to races, to lift tickets, savvy deal seekers will find plenty of choices for fun and enjoyment offered completely free of charge.

Here are some highlights:

Arapahoe Basin’s May Concert Series is not only free but entertaining. Free concerts will be held in the base area every Saturday in May from 1pm-4pm. Guests are invited to follow spring skiing with libations and live music.

Aspen/Snowmass plays host to a number of events throughout the season, including the X-Games, World Cup Races and concerts. All events at the four mountains are free.

Families visiting Crested Butte can take advantage of the free skiing for kids six and under, free Mountain Express shuttle from Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte and free fourth night of lodging.

Sitting at the edge of Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Resort provides breathtaking views of the valley. Guests can take in the scenery on a free, one-hour guided mountain tour. Tours are offered every Saturday and sign-up is located at Guest Services.

Guests at Purgatory now have the chance to experience the latest craze in winter sports—snowbiking. Purgatory Ski and Ride School offers free snowbike licensing, which guests will need to have before speeding down the slopes. Rentals are available at Purgatory Rentals.

Kids at SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch can go straight from the slopes to the sledding hill for more fun on the snow. The Sledding Area is fenced off from ski traffic and provides kids and adults alike with a perfect place to play when the lifts are closed.

For those who want to stay out of the cold, Telluride offers free gondola transportation between the resort, the Intercept Lot, and the core of the Mountain Village. The gondola runs seven days a week from 7:00am-midnight.

Wolf Creek’s “Fun Series” offers races of all kinds during the 2010-2011 season. Entry is free and open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. The fastest racers in each age and gender category will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals and eternal glory.

Steamboat has free skiing with Olympians Billy Kidd and Nelson Carmichael. Guests can get pointers from the best while skiing on Heavenly Daze or Nelsons’ Run. Grooming reports will let people know what days Billy is skiing at 1pm, as well as which Sundays Nelson is conducting his free clinic.

Free Skiing

Copper Mountain offers free snowcat rides to the legendary Tucker Mountain, where skiers and riders can access more than 273 acres and 1,200 vertical feet of terrain. Cats run on select days from 10:00am-1:30pm and depart from the base of the Mountain Chief Lift.

Echo Mountain wants to help parents pass on their love of skiing and riding to the next generation. Lift tickets for children age five and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Season Pass holders at Eldora can enjoy free access to the Nordic Center as well as more than 40 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing. Just steps from the ski lift, Eldora’s Nordic trails meander through forests, snow-covered alpine meadows, and mountain peaks. The Nordic Center offers complete rental packages, lessons, and clinics.

For those who have never tried skiing or riding before, Loveland has a great deal. Guests who purchase a 3-Class Pass from Loveland Ski and Ride school will receive a free season pass to help them work on their turns all season long.

Monarch Mountain has free deals for skiers and riders of all ages. Children ages six and under, as well as seniors ages 69 and over, can ski for free all season long.

Guests at Silverton Mountain can earn free unguided ski days by volunteering for Boot-Packing Days. Those who want to participate should show up—with pants duct-taped to boots—at the base area at 8:45am on any of the scheduled boot-packing days and be ready to pack down snow with their boots. No experience is required but participants must have a beacon and probe. Each day of boot-packing earns a free day of unguided skiing.

One of Colorado Ski Country’s Gems Resorts, Ski Cooper offers Gems Cardholders one free season pass after completion of three lessons.

Guests at Sunlight Mountain who print a coupon from www.sunlightmtn.com can get a free child lift ticket with the purchase of two adult lift tickets.

 

When guests book a minimum of two nights of lodging at Winter Park between Opening Day and Christmas Day 2010, they will receive one free lift ticket per night booked. The “Ski Free at Winter Park” lodging package is available online at www.playwinterpark.com.

For Colorado Ski Country destination resorts trip planning information and tools, visit http://www.coloradoski.com.

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VAIL RESORTS’ TOP 10 LIST OF FREE AND EPIC DEALS THIS WINTER

October 15, 2010

 

Keystone ski resort ice skating rink

Skate for free at Keystone. When you stay at Keystone and book through their central reservations system, you play for free thanks to the Adventure Passport program that gives lodging guests dozens of one-time vouchers for free activities and discounted items like a free yoga class, free snow biking mini-clinic, free ice skating admission and discounted wine tastings, sleigh rides and more © 2010/Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

There’s loads to do at Vail ski resorts that have nothing to do with strapping boards onto your feet and shushing down a mountain:

10. Free nature nights and programs. Think bears hibernate? Think again. Learn the difference between torpor and hibernation and get the dirt on local vegetation and other animals through Beaver Creek’s Ski with a Ranger program (valid lift ticket required), a guided nature program on snow, or Vail’s fireside Nature at Night. They’re free and perfect for the whole family. www.beavercreek.com or www.vail.com

9. Free guided tours. All of our resorts offer free mountain welcome tours for intermediate to advanced levels. Check with a friendly guest service team member or call a concierge to get the details on where and when to meet (or visit www.snow.com). Typically, the tours meet in the morning at the base of the mountain or on top of the mountain (depending on the resort) and last anywhere from an hour to two, during which time you’ll get an overview of the mountain, pick up a few tips from the locals and even learn a bit of history about our resorts and towns.

8. Free rides. You can’t beat the price or the convenience. Plus the free in-town (or in-resort) shuttle systems at Vail, Heavenly, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge have an added bonus – they’re also good for Mother Nature. Leave the car at home and let our drivers navigate our alpine villages, resorts and roads. www.snow.com

7. Rock for free! Between Vail Snow Daze, Vail Holidaze, CarniVail and Spring Back to Vail, there are plenty of opportunities to catch free headline acts, great contests like the Dummy Gelunde and World Pond Skimming Championships, parties, giveaways and more…and great lodging offers. http://www.vail.com. Check out Spring Massive or the Dew Tour concert. www.vvf.org or www.breckenridge.com

6. Free postcard + free postage at Beaver Creek. “Wish you were here” was never so easy, convenient or … so, free. On a daily basis, the top-rated Beaver Creek guest services team hand outs free collector resort postcards to visitors that they will then actually mail for you – for free. Yep, postage is free for you, too.

5. Yummy free freshly baked cookies at Beaver Creek. Every afternoon, it’s Cookie Time at Beaver Creek. Reward yourself after a great day on the slopes (or a great day in the spa or shopping or relaxing off the slopes) with a freshly baked, warm, chewy and gooey chocolate chip cookie served daily in the slopeside Beaver Creek Village by Cookie Time chefs (near the escalators!). http://www.beavercreek.com

4. Free ice skating, yoga, snowshoeing and kids puppet shows at Keystone. When you stay at Keystone and book through their central reservations system, you play for free thanks to the Adventure Passport program that gives lodging guests dozens of one-time vouchers for free activities and discounted items like a free yoga class, free snow biking mini-clinic, free ice skating admission and discounted wine tastings, sleigh rides and more.

3. Fly in Ski Free. Ski free the day you arrive at Vail and Beaver Creek when you fly direct into the Eagle Airport, located 30 minutes from the slopes. Simply take your boarding pass and Vail or Beaver Creek lodging confirmation to any Vail or Beaver Creek ticket window, and ski the same day with a complimentary lift ticket till the lifts close. Some restrictions apply. For more information visit www.flyvail.com

2. Free Holidays. Vail Resorts is giving travelers a free night of lodging on the season’s most popular holidays – Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day and Easter Sunday – in the Company’s managed ski resort condos and townhomes or the nine elegant RockResort properties in Vail, Aspen, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Santa Fe, St. Lucia and Jackson Hole. Book by October 31, 2010 and the package is restricted and the guest must stay five consecutive nights to receive the holiday night free. http://www.HolidaysOnUs.com

AND …one more EPIC deal for the ski season:

1. Vail Resorts also offers an array of season pass products that provide skiers and riders with the best value in the ski industry. At, $619 the Epic Pass provides unlimited, unrestricted access to six world-class resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly – as well as at Arapahoe Basin and the new Epic 7-Pack is a seven-day, unrestricted ticket that skiers and snowboarders can use at any one of Vail Resorts’ five mountain resorts and Arapahoe Basin anytime during the season for a price of $469—which works out to be $67 per day. The Epic 7-pack differs from a seven-day lift ticket because it can be used any time during the season, from beginning to end. For more information, visit www.epicpass.com.

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