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

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

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

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

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

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

Startup Suite Contest Details and Deadlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ramada Hotels Celebrates 60 Years by Giving Away Six Dream Getaways

October 22, 2014

Hangzhou, China, one of the dozens of countries where Ramada has a hotel. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Ramada® hotel brand has launched the “Ramada’s 60 Reasons Contest,” offering travelers the chance to win one of six trips of a lifetime to one of 60 global destinations © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Hangzhou, China, one of the dozens of countries where Ramada has a hotel. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Ramada® hotel brand has launched the “Ramada’s 60 Reasons Contest,” offering travelers the chance to win one of six trips of a lifetime to one of 60 global destinations © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Ramada® hotel brand has launched the “Ramada’s 60 Reasons Contest,” offering travelers the chance to win one of six trips of a lifetime to one of 60 global destinations.

Ramada started in 1954 as a small 60-room motel off of Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona, and over the last 60 years, has grown to become one of the most well-known hotel chains in the world, with more than 820 locations throughout over 50 countries.

To enter for a chance to win, travelers should visit www.facebook.com/Ramada and click on the tab titled “60 Reasons.” Once there, they must then pick the location of their dream getaway destination using an interactive map and provide a short, written reason for why they want to travel there. Brief contact information and a Wyndham Rewards® membership number are required to complete the entry. For those not already a member, Wyndham Rewards is free to join.

When the contest ends November 16, 2014, a panel of judges will review all entries and select six winners to receive roundtrip airfare for two to any of 60 global destinations, six nights at the Ramada hotel of their choice and $2,000 U.S. in spending money, awarded in the form of a prepaid, Wyndham Rewards® Visa® Debit Card.

The Ramada’s 60 Reasons Contest is open to all residents of the U.S. and Canada age 21 years or older. For more information, including official rules or to enter, visit www.facebook.com/Ramada.
A Global Hotel Chain
Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, Ramada is a global chain with more than 820 midscale and upscale hotels. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, most properties in the brand’s portfolio offer a wide-array of services and amenities, including but not limited to high-speed wireless internet access, on-site restaurants, lounges, room service, concierge service, meeting and banquet facilities and business centers. Properties also offer travelers the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program, which can be joined for free at www.wyndhamrewards.com.

Each Ramada hotel is independently owned and operated, except for certain Ramada hotels outside of the U.S. which are managed by an affiliate. Ramada Worldwide is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation. Reservations and information are available by visiting www.ramada.com.

“Ours is a globally known brand with an outstanding footprint and heritage,” said Caryl Porter, Ramada brand senior vice president. “What better way to celebrate this terrific milestone than by giving six loyal fans the chance to take the trip of a lifetime.”

Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,440 hotels and over 638,300 rooms in 68 countries under 15 hotel brands.  Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

 

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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Economy/Budget Hotels

July 31, 2014

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®—part of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide—once again has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction in the economy/budget segment by J.D. Power in the 2014 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study.

Within its segment, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham ranked highest in six out seven factors measured by the study, including: reservations, check-in/check-out, guest rooms, hotel services, hotel facilities and cost and fees. This marks the 12th time in the last 13 years that Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham has been ranked highest in its segment by the study. It was previously ranked highest in its segment for 10 consecutive years between 2002 and 2011, and then again in 2013.

“Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is a leader in the economy space thanks in large part to a focus on innovation, design and quality,” said Patrick Breen, brand senior vice president for Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. “As a brand that regularly competes with hotels in not only in its own segment but with those in the segments above it, it’s a great honor to once again receive this distinction. My sincere gratitude goes out to our hotel owners and their staffs.  It’s their commitment to providing exceptional experiences that has allowed us to build such an enviable reputation over all these years and it’s their continued dedication that will allow us to keep raising the bar.”

With more than 310 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is one of the few economy hotel chains that requires every hotel that joins its portfolio to be newly constructed, resulting in exceptional levels of both consistency and quality.

This summer, as part of its “Microcation” contest, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham is giving travelers the chance to win their dream getaway in the form of two million Wyndham Rewards® points. For official contest rules or to enter, visit www.facebook.com/microtel. Travelers can also save 20 percent off the best available rate when they book their own Microcation: three consecutive nights at any participating Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotel. For full terms and conditions or to make a reservation, visit www.microtelinn.com.

 

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CruiseOne Offers Military Veterans Chance to Win Free Travel Franchise

May 16, 2014

CruiseOne and Cruises Inc agents aboard Norwegian's Breakaway for the travel franchise's 2013 annual conference © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

CruiseOne  agents aboard Norwegian’s Breakaway for the travel franchise’s 2013 annual conference © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

CruiseOne®, one of the nation’s leading home-based and military-friendly travel franchise companies, , is celebrating Military Appreciation Month this May with the launch of its third annual Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General contest, which begins on Monday, May 19, 2014 and continues until Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Five deserving U.S. veterans will each receive a CruiseOne home-based travel franchise, a total value of $63,500.

“We not only thank our veterans for performing the highest call of duty by serving our country, but we also invite them to put their military skills to use in the civilian workforce by owning a travel franchise and making vacation dreams come true,” said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne, part of World Travel Holdings.

The CruiseOne franchise contest is open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) who are retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest start date.

To participate, candidates must complete an online entry form by Friday, Aug. 8. The form and all contest details can be found at www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or on CruiseOne’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/CruiseOneFranchise.

There will be three rounds of judging as part of this contest. First, candidates will participate in a phone interview with a CruiseOne franchise development specialist. Semi-finalists will be required to submit a franchise application, business plan and resume, all of which will be scored by the CruiseOne executive team. Final candidates will be invited to participate in follow-up phone interviews before winners are selected.

Five grand prize winners will be announced in August 2014. Valued at $12,700, each grand prize includes a free CruiseOne franchise with a waived $9,800 initial start-up fee and monthly service fees. The new recruits will report for active duty in October, when they participate in weeklong franchise training at CruiseOne’s state-of-the-art world headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Winners will be reimbursed up to $500 for their travel and provided with complimentary accommodations during the training program. Once their training is completed, winners will be armed with all the tools and knowledge that they need to start up their own CruiseOne franchise.

“Studies show that veterans are among the most successful business owners in the franchising industry and that approximately 250,000 transition out of the military each year,” said Tim Courtney, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs for CruiseOne. “We recognize this fact and proudly recruit military veterans to join our network when they return home. In fact, veterans appreciate our extensive training program and the flexible work-life balance owning a home-based business provides, enabling them to simultaneously be successful and maximize their family time. Operation Vetrepreneur is just one way CruiseOne supports military veterans.”

A member of VetFran, CruiseOne offers many military veteran incentive programs including a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee and additional discounts for hiring former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates. The company aims to have 25 percent of its travel franchise system consist of veterans and their spouses by December 2014.

CruiseOne’s Vetrepreneur program will aid military veterans in finding work that will separate them from their past lives while still using the disciplinary skills they have acquired. This opportunity will enable military veterans to rise to success in the travel franchise industry while still granting them time to also relax and vacation anywhere in the world.

Consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a military-friendly franchise, CruiseOne’s accolades include a number one ranking by Forbes in its “Top 10 Military Friendly Franchise,” inclusion on USA Today’s “50 Top Franchises for Military Veterans” and recognition as a “Top Veteran-Friendly Franchise” by Entrepreneur and U.S. Veterans magazines. For the past four years, CruiseOne was named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s Military Friendly Franchises® lists, which represents the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to support military veterans.

Military veterans with a passion for travel and entrepreneurism who are interested in working as a CruiseOne franchise owner, visit www.OperationVetrepreneur.com or call 888-249-8235.

CruiseOne, Home-Based Travel Franchise

Celebrating 22 years in business, the home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® is ranked in the top one percent of all franchises worldwide and is a member of the International Franchise Association. As part of World Travel Holdings, one of the world’s largest cruise retailers, CruiseOne franchisees are able to offer their customers the lowest possible pricing on vacations with its 100 percent “Best Price and Satisfaction Guarantee.” CruiseOne has received partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line®, Royal Caribbean International®, Celebrity Cruises® and Carnival® Cruise Line. For more information on CruiseOne, visit www.CruiseOneFranchise.com; Like CruiseOne on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CruiseOneFranchise, and follow on Twitter at @CruiseOneBiz.

Begins May 19, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends August 8, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older at the start of the Contest, have a computer and internet connection, be a legal resident of the US or DC and a former member in good standing of one of the five branches of the U.S. military who is retired, off active duty and/or was honorably discharged prior to the start date of the Contest.  If selected as winners, Contestants must commit to a 5-year CruiseOne home-based franchise, which requires attendance at a 6-day New Franchisee Training Class in Ft Lauderdale, FL and a starting investment capital (for more information, go to www.cruiseonefranchise.com ; or call 888-441-2542).  Only one submission per contestant. To enter, complete the online entry form available on the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cruiseonefranchise) or on the website (www.operationvetrepreneur.com) ; If qualified and selected to move to the next round after a phone interview, Semi-Finalists must submit a résumé, CruiseOne franchise application and 1,200 words-2,200 words business plan. Submissions must comply with the Submission Guidelines in the Official Rules. Only complete, valid submissions will be accepted. Sponsored by CruiseOne, Inc., 1201 W. Cypress Creek Rd. Ste. 100, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.  See [www.OperationVetrepreneur.com] for complete Rules and details. 

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Win a Villa Vacation in Provence, France with Villas of Distinction

May 15, 2014

Villas of Distinction®, one of the world’s premier villa rental companies, is giving away a bucket-list villa vacation rental in one of the most sought out destinations — Provence, France at the breathtaking Villa Fleurs de Provence.

From now through May 30, 2014, consumers who enter will get the chance to win a 5-night stay and bring up to 13 of their closest friends and family with them to experience this luxurious 10-bedroom, 19th century mansion.

This villa offers ultimate privacy with two security gates at the entrance. With access to cars for airport transfers with the house manager as the chauffeur, the winner of this contest is sure to feel like a star. And, with a cleaning service five hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, guests can bask in the sun, relax in the sauna or pool, or take advantage of the many on-site activities including biking, Ping-Pong, soccer and more. If the winner is traveling with children, the tree house is sure to be a big hit.

“Coming together with our villa partners to offer our customers such an amazing giveaway is the ultimate way to give people the opportunity to experience a villa vacation,” said Steve Lassman, vice president & general manager of Villas of Distinction. “Once a consumer experiences a villa, they realize that it is an amazing value and really look forward to what a villa vacation provides – more space, privacy and personalized attention so you won’t need a vacation after your vacation.”

This villa estate is located a little over a mile from the village of Cabannes, a charming village with narrow streets which wind around the church with old cottages, some of which have been restored. Other nearby sites include St Rémy de Provence, a town associated with famous artists including Vincent Van Gogh, and St Remy is also the birth place of Nostradamus; and the historic center of Avignon with several things to see and do including Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge, a group of late medieval buildings linked to the Papacy.

To enter to win a 5-night stay at Villa Fleurs de Provence, a premier villa rental in Provence, France and for terms and conditions, visit the Villa Fleurs de Provence contest page on VillasofDistinction.com.

About Villas of Distinction®

Villas of Distinction®, as part of World Travel Holdings, is a premier luxury villa provider with an extensive portfolio of thousands of privately-owned villas in more than 50 luxurious destinations. For nearly 25 years, Villas of Distinction and its team of expert concierges have been helping travelers find their perfect vacation home without a membership fee. The company takes pride in offering customized vacations to meet every imaginable need, with most villas featuring private pools, butlers, maids and chefs. www.VillasofDistinction.com.

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Hilton Head Golf Island, JetBlue Announce ‘Airways, Fairways & Spa Days’ Sweepstakes

May 10, 2014

Hilton Head Golf Island (HHGI) – a collection of 28 of the Lowcountry’s premier golf courses in South Carolina – and JetBlue announce the “Airways, Fairways & Spa Days” sweepstakes featuring airfare, accommodations, golf and spa treatments for four, valued at over $5,000.

Golfers can enter now through September 24 by visiting www.hiltonheadisland.org/jetblue/sweepstakes.

The giveaway is aimed to highlight new non-stop JetBlue flights from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK) to Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV),

The Boston Airways, Fairways & Spa Days sweepstakes includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare for four from BOS to SAV
  • Two rooms for three nights, four days at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
  • Two rounds per person (based on a foursome) at any of the seven Heritage Collection courses
  • One complimentary round for two at Harbour Town Golf Links, home of the PGA TOUR’s RBC Heritage
  • One complimentary round for four at Golden Bear Golf Club
  • Two spa treatments at the Heavenly Spa by Westin
  • Complimentary breakfast for four at the Westin
  • $100 resort credit towards bikes, kayaks and other family activities
  • Complimentary court times at the Port Royal Racquet Club

The New York Airways, Fairways & Spa Days sweepstakes includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare for four from JFK to SAV
  • Five days, four nights’ accommodations for four in a Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort villa
  • Two rounds of golf for four on any of the three Palmetto Dunes championship courses (Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Arthur Hills)
  • One round for four at the Country Club of Hilton Head
  • Four complimentary massages at Marriott’s Spa Soleil
  • $100 resort dining card
  • Complimentary kayak excursion for four
  • Complimentary bike rentals
  • Two hours of court time daily at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center

To enter, visit www.hiltonheadisland.org/jetblue/sweepstakes

The inaugural JetBlue flights took place Feb. 13 and are now available seven days a week. Duration from BOS and JFK to SAV is about 2.5 hours. Hilton Head Island is an easy 40 minute ride from the airport.

Hilton Head Golf Island features 28 member courses on Hilton Head and Fripp Islands, as well as Bluffton, Beaufort and Jasper counties. Golf enthusiasts enjoy Hilton Head’s Southern hospitality and world-class designs sculpted by such vaunted architects as Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Arthur Hills and Robert Trent Jones.

Its territory encompasses many of the great golf courses and resorts of North America and is ranked top 10 in seven categories by Golf Digest including “Best Buddies Trip Destination,” “Best Accommodations,” “Best Couples Trip,” “Best Courses,” “Best Food and Drink,” “Best Weather” and “Best Value.”  Home to the world-renowned Sea Pines Resort, the PGA TOUR makes its only South Carolina stop each April at Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage.

More info: www.HiltonHeadGolfIsland.com, 800.523.3373.

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Win an “Ultimate Guy’s Getaway” in Lehigh Valley with Golf, Grand Prix Racing, Horse Racing

April 29, 2014

There’s still time to enter a contest to win the ultimate “guy’s experience” in Lehigh Valley, filled with golf, grand prix racing, and horseracing.

Discover Lehigh Valley, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania, is partnering with Woodstone Country Club, Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, Pocono Raceway and more to give one lucky winner the ultimate guy’s experience.

The Ultimate Lehigh Valley Guys’ Experience is a month-long promotion that will have a winner and three of his friends putting the pedal to the metal with a few of his buddies. The winner will be challenging his friends on the links, trying to lap them on the track, and experience Pocono on race day.

Visitors can enter throughout the month of April at LVUltimateExperience.com. This experience includes:

DAY ONE (JUNE 6)

Lunch at Woodstone Country Club

18 holes of golf with cart at Woodstone Country Club

$150 gift card to enjoy dinner, drinks and cigars at Leaf Cigar Bar

A private tour of Leaf’s humidor

Overnight accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott – Bethlehem – I-78

 

DAY TWO (JUNE 7)

Lunch at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix

Afternoon of racing at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix

$100 to enjoy dinner at Allentown Brew Works

Four $10 slot vouchers to the Sands® Bethlehem

Overnight accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott – Bethlehem – I-78

 

DAY THREE (JUNE 8)

Roundtrip luxury transportation service from hotel to Pocono Raceway

Food & drink tickets for Pocono Raceway

Four Club Level tickets and four Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Passes to NASCAR’s June 8, 2014 Pocono 400

Overnight accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott – Bethlehem – I-78

 

ADDITIONAL COOL STUFF

Lehigh Valley Grand Prix swag

Woodstone Country Club Golf swag

Official Pocono Raceway program.

 

The Grand Prize winner will also receive an Olympus digital camera to capture their Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience courtesy of our friends at Olympus. A winner will be announced in the first week of May.

The Lehigh Valley Ultimate Family Experience is one of 12 monthly experience-based travel packages Discover Lehigh Valley is giving away through June 2014. For more information, full rules and prize descriptions for The Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience, visit LVUltimateExperience.com.

For more information on Discover Lehigh Valley and its activities or to request a Lehigh Valley Official Visitors Guide, call (800) MEET-HERE, or visit the official tourism website of Lehigh Valley at DiscoverLehighValley.com.

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Win a Guided National Park Adventure with O.A.R.S. Social Media Contest

April 29, 2014

Veteran river outfitter and nature-based adventure travel company, O.A.R.S., has partnered with outdoor industry leaders The Clymb, Teva, and Klean Kanteen, along with the National Park Foundation for a social media contest that gives contestants a chance to win one of four guided National Park adventures. The launch of the contest is timed to coincide with National Park Week. To enter see: http://www.smarturl.it/NationalParks

The contest runs for four weeks from April 21 through May 18. O.A.R.S. will select one winner at random each week to receive a world-class national park adventure for two. The prizes include a 5-day Grand Canyon rafting trip, a 4-day Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Park trip, a 6-day Colorado River trip through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park and a 4-day Green River rafting trip through the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument.

In addition to the trip, each winner will receive: a pair of Teva Original Sandals, a $100 Clymb Gift Certificate, an “I Heart Parks” hoodie from the National Park Foundation and a 20-oz Insulated Klean Kanteen.

To enter, people are asked to complete the statement: “I LOVE OUR NATIONAL PARKS BECAUSE…” Every answer is overlaid on an image from a park of their choice to create a personalized meme that can be easily shared via social networks.

“These images are fun to share and the incentive to win prizes has created an organic response that spreads love for our parks,” says Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. spokesperson. “O.A.R.S. and our partners really hope to inspire people to visit a National Park this summer. National Parks are essential to the American outdoor experience. It’s where nature reigns and man is just a visitor. It’s one of the few places where true adventure is still possible.   And we know the best way to support the parks is to share people’s passion for them and encourage others to visit.”

O.A.R.S. is an authorized National Park Service concessioner in Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon & Grand Teton National Parks as well as in Dinosaur National Monument.

For more information, availability, reservations and a copy of the 2014 O.A.R.S. Adventures catalog call 209-736-4677 or 800-346-6277, email info@oars.com, or visit: www.oars.com/.

O.A.R.S. has been providing whitewater rafting vacations to some 500,000 guests since 1969, offering experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines around the world. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 different itineraries, including one-day and weekend escapes. In 2013, for the seventh consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler’s standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category. In 2013 Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, named O.A.R.S. one of the top two outfitters in the world in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program.

 

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Mystic Seaport seeks applicants to ‘stowaway’ aboard Charles W Morgan this summer

January 30, 2014
The Charles W Morgan is looking for an adventurer to be a stowaway on its first sea voyage in 80 years, but visitors will be invited to see the ship while it is in port.

The Charles W Morgan is looking for an adventurer to be a stowaway on its first sea voyage in 80 years, but visitors will be invited to see the ship while it is in port.

OMG! What an opportunity for an adventurer: to be a stowaway on 1841 whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan making its first voyage in 80 years! There’s a contest – applications due Feb. 18 – and if you win, you live aboard the ship for 3 months and actually get paid! The rest of us get to visit the ship when it is in port.

To land this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you need to apply to Mystic Seaport, the maritime museum in Connecticut which is home to the Charles W. Morgan and three other landmark vessels, by February 18. To apply, you need to submit a resume, online application including essay, and 60-second YouTube video, by February 18.

The stowaway must be 21 years or older. Prior sailing experience is not required, but curiosity and enthusiasm are a must. It’s probably also a good idea to be should be somewhat well-bodied in being able to move about the ship. The stowaway will receive a stipend.

To apply and submit your video entry, visit www.mysticseaport.org/stowaway.

“This is for someone with a sense of adventure,” said Susan Funk, executive vice president of Mystic Seaport. “The word stowaway brings to mind a romantic image. To take a chance. To not know what you’re getting into until you’re already in it, and to go to places you’ve never been before, or go to places you’ve been, but seeing them in a whole different perspective.”

While on the 38th Voyage from May to August, the Charles W. Morgan will stop at historic ports of call throughout New England including visits to New London, Conn.; Newport, R.I.; and Vineyard Haven, New Bedford, and Boston, Mass., where she’ll dock next to the USS Constitution. She will also anchor off the coast of Provincetown, Mass. for day sails to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where the Morgan will team up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to observe whales in their natural environment.

The stowaway will watch, inquire, learn, participate, and use their creative energy to share the voyage experience with the general public through blogging, videos, social media, and activities in the port cities. The stowaway must be 21 years or older. Prior sailing experience is not required, but curiosity and enthusiasm are a must.

The stowaway will be immersed in all aspects of the Charles W. Morgan’s 38th Voyage while living on board the ship with the crew. The stowaway will learn and take on any jobs associated with living and working on a 19th-century vessel including handling the sails and lines, steering the ship, and scrubbing the decks. The stowaway will be a key player during events and exhibits at each port of call with an opportunity to explore and meet new and interesting people. The stowaway will receive compensation in the form of a stipend for their work.

“This is a unique opportunity, a moment in time that won’t come around again,” said Funk. “This person will go into record as the stowaway on board this voyage. This is going to be the Morgan’s most documented voyage ever.”

The Stowaway program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport is one of the nation’s leading maritime museums. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org.

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Villas of Distinction Celebrates New Website with Chance to Win 7-Nite Stay at Villa Aquamare

January 28, 2014

Villas of Distinction®, a premier villa rental company that is part of World Travel Holdings, is celebrating the launch of its redesigned, mobile-friendly website with a 7-night stay giveaway at the beautiful Villa Aquamare, in Virgin Gorda.

Through March 12, consumers who visit the newly enhanced Villas of Distinction website can enter for a chance to win a 7-night stay in the luxurious Villa Aquamare. One lucky winner can bring up to nine guests to stay in one of Aquamare’s 8,000 square foot, 5-bedroom beachfront villas with unobstructed sunset views over Sir Francis Drake Channel and experience Virgin Gorda, one of the most breathtaking islands in the Caribbean.

From a private stretch of Mahoe Bay Beach, a private heated pool and outdoor showers to complimentary kayaks and snorkeling equipment, signature spa treatments and daily maid service, this is an ultimate vacation in a stunning location that some only dream of.

Villas of Distinction’s new website that launched today, is mobile-friendly, has updated search capabilities, streamlined navigation and larger images making it easier for consumers to find and select the villa that best fits their vacation wishes.

To enter to win a 7-night stay at Villa Aquamare, a premier rental villa in Virgin Gorda and for terms and conditions, visit the Villa Aquamare contest page on VillasofDistinction.com.

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