New research shows potential for hotels to offer on-location dining through tech partnerships, without the F&B overhead. The findings come from a new white paper commissioned by iSeatz, a technology company providing digital booking experiences that integrate with loyalty programs, titled The Future of Room Service.
The report focused on consumers interest and usage in three main areas: traditional room service, and both food delivery and grocery delivery while traveling. Key findings include:
The number of hotels offering room has declined by 40% in a two-year period ending in 2016. Profits from F&B departments at hotels that offer room service are substantially lower than F&B departments are limited service hotels. Food delivery apps such as DoorDash, Grubhub and UberEats have continued to grow at substantial rates.
Two of the top five largest hotel chains have already embraced food delivery. In November 2017, Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) was the first hotel brand to launch a food delivery partnership, allowing members to earn IHG points for food delivery with Grubhub. In April 2019, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts launched a similar partnership with DoorDash as a way to facilitate in-room dining at their limited-service hotels, which make up approximately 80% of the hotel group’s portfolio.
“We found that the interest in room service is still very high with travelers,” said Kenneth Purcell, CEO of iSeatz. “Hotels can facilitate their loyal guests’ dining needs through an asset-light tech partnership with a food delivery partner, instead of creating an expensive room service program.”
This whitepaper is the third survey produced by Phocuswright and iSeatz. In Spring 2018, Business Travelers’ Demand for Ancillary Services was published as a companion piece to Hotel Ancillaries: An Unexplored Opportunity which focused on the leisure traveler’s interest in ancillary products.
iSeatz is a New Orleans based technology company, focusing on bringing together global travel brands with supply partners via a curated booking experience. With clients such as American Express, Expedia, Air Canada, IHG Hotels, and Wyndham Hotels, the iSeatz OneView Platform processes more than B in transactions, and 150B loyalty points annually.
iSeatz recently launched a hotel-specific product, intended to streamline ancillary offerings, and allow deep integration into hotel loyalty programs. The Ancillary Management System (AMS) offers robust reporting and thirteen product modules which allow hotels to offer everything from rental cars to live event tickets through a seamless, mobile-enabled user experience.
Troop Travel, an award-winning startup in the corporate group travel, meetings and events planning, announces the integration of meetings.com group hotel sourcing and booking services into its planning platform. The additional data feeds and services will allow corporations using the Troop Travel platform to plan, source and book any corporate meetings and events in minutes.
TroopTravel’s Big Data planning platform aggregates thousands of data points which helps taking informed decisions on corporate meetings and events planning. While the startup has been focussing mainly on making the planning of these events perfect, the integration of fulfillment partners has been a logical step, as Leonard Cremer, one of the founders of TroopTravel stated: ”After our customers have successfully planned their meetings and events on our platform, they continuously asked us whether we can help with the fulfillment. Thus, an integration of fulfillment services was just a logical step.”
This is, however, just the beginning, as Dennis Vilovic, the other founder of TroopTravel mentions: “While working with a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies we learned that every customer has different needs and partners they want to work with. Thus, we are planning to integrate a number of different service providers and we are very excited that with meetings.com we have integrated a leading online seller of group hotel bookings which immediately create a massive value for our customers.” Future integrations will be included as additional air services, ground bookings and management modules.
With the integration of meetings.com, TroopTravel offers an end-to-end solution for corporate group travel, meetings and events, starting at the very first question of “Where do we meet?”
100 travelers from 15 different starting locations. Where do we meet? This is the initial challenge TroopTravel started to solve since it was founded in 2017. The team saw the massive potential of saving money and time when being flexible on where to have a meeting. Their big data analysis platform pulls together thousands of data points which help travel and event planners to make informed decisions. Whether it is around travel cost, ease of travel, carbon footprint, travel policy, security, visa requirements, etc. the platform combines all relevant data points in one place.
TroopTravel’s work has won a number of industry awards such as the Disrupt Award at the Business Travel Show in 2018 or the Battle of the Pitches 2019 at BCD Travel’s Mindmeld conference. Today, Troop Travel is the strategic meetings & an events planning platform for several Fortune 500 companies.
Meetings.com is the leading provider of online services in the global hotel marketplace, and an established resource for group event planners and hotel partners alike. Today, Meetings.com provides its travel technology expertise to over 5 million customers globally while servicing an estimated billion in 2018.
Hickory Global Partners, a leading travel management services company, providing innovative service, distribution and technologies to its network of travel agency, corporate travel departments and supplier partners is delighted to announce a partnership with TAS Global – powered by The Apartment Service. The Apartment Service will provide global serviced apartment solutions to all of HICKORY's TMC and CTD members. HICKORY’s goal of keeping its members on the forefront of leading-edge travel industry trends makes them the first North American consortium to offer serviced apartments alongside their extensive hotel program. This partnership will offer HICKORY’s members a complete 360 view when selecting the best accommodations for their client’s travelers.
Through the partnership with TAS Global, one of the largest global serviced apartment booking agents, Hickory Global Partners now has access to more than 1 million serviced apartments worldwide. This will provide additional flexible accommodation solutions for HICKORY’s members and their clients. The TAS global supply chain will give access to accommodations that are suitable for all reasons of travel at any length of stay from 7+ nights. This includes everything from apart-hotels through to serviced apartments as well as corporate housing, all designed to complement HICKORY’s existing hotel program.
“I am delighted that Hickory Global Partners has included The Apartment Service in their service offering to enable delivery of extended stay and corporate housing solutions for their partners’ business clients,” says Charlie McCrow, CEO. “Extended stay solutions in serviced apartments for business trips and assignments away from home are being requested more than ever before. The serviced apartment option offers cost savings and extra comfort with a living room and kitchen, providing a homely living space. Our team will save HICKORY partners the headache of working with a new and different supply chain, and smooth out the reservation process to support creative travel solutions offered by Hickory Global Partners.”
Mark Houston, Sales Director TAS, “we are really excited with this new partnership which will now see all the hard work begin. It is certainly going to be an exciting roll-out as we begin the amazing journey to connect with the HICKORY membership and share with them the solutions that can be accessed for their clients."
“We take great pride at being the first membership organization to recognize emerging markets for our agencies, corporate travel departments and their clients,” said Chris Dane, President, Hickory Global Partners. “We have found that The Apartment Service is the best-in-class provider for apartment bookings and is a natural extension of our hotel program.”
HICKORY members can access their reservation request form by visiting http://www.HickoryTravel.com and clicking on the Supplier Information tab and then Apartment Services.
The Apartment Service - TAS Global
The Apartment Service (TAS Global) is the leading global serviced apartment booking agency.
TAS Global has over three decades of experience, offering a wide choice of solutions for corporate travel buyers looking to develop global, regional or local extended stay programmes for business travel, relocation, assignments and business projects. TAS Global operates from our 7 global offices in London, New York, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt and Singapore providing an end to end service for consulting, sourcing, booking, managing and analysing reservations into serviced apartments worldwide, using our own proprietary technology.
In February 2014 The Apartment Service launched the celebrated TAS Alliance. The TAS Alliance brings together small and large serviced apartment operators across the globe under a single representation, distribution and marketing strategy, all powered by a common technology platform.
About HICKORY - Hickory Global Partners, an INTRAVEL Company
HICKORY’s unique approach focuses on return on investment for agency and supplier partners alike, guaranteeing them a positive ROI. Its visionary hotel incentive program, a robust and one-of-a-kind air program, a car rental program, and 24/7 support products make HICKORY an important strategic partner to travel agencies. Proprietary, innovative tools designed to share data with agency partners enable agencies to make better, faster decisions – thus driving more revenue. Supplier partners benefit from measurable results and extensive distribution and marketing opportunities across the HICKORY global network. For more information, please visit http://www.HickoryTravel.com.
The luxury boutique Charm Hotel & Spa in Brighton is the perfect catalyst to get one started on planning that perfect summer vacation by the sea, from indulgent retreats to the City’s major attractions. This hotel offers luxury on its own terms, ensuring independently spirited travellers create unforgettable moments to last a lifetime. Also, many families enjoy staying at the Charm with its variety of family suites on offer that caters for all types.
Located just off the seafront in the heart of Brighton’s Kemptown district, the Charm represents a modernist interpretation of the luxury boutique hotel.
With a name like the Charm, it comes as no surprise that intimacy, tranquillity and comfort are a given at this very modern seaside boutique hotel with spectacular views over the Palace Pier, the beach and the Sea at every turn. Total relaxation is top-of-mind, with plenty of options to cosy up with a loved one at the Deluxe Hot Tub in a private garden, the luxurious Steam Room or try out many of the other options available in the Spa Suite like a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. For those eager to explore Brighton, staff at the hotel will happily point you towards other favourite spots in the City, from the British Airways i360 to the Royal Pavilion.
Having only just celebrated its 3rd anniversary, the meticulously restored Grade 11 listed building is a chic retreat where style is born from architectural simplicity to a mix of traditional with the contemporary and offering guests a truly luxury boutique hotel providing the best of both worlds: a quiet and romantic setting in Brighton, yet just round the corner from the City's plethora of great restaurants, shops and activities. Much effort went into preserving the architecture and design led by a team of three women, architect Linda Turner, interior designer Emma Kewley and artist collaborator, Ruthie Martin whose paintings are proudly displayed all-round the hotel including the bedroom suites. The team believe that having a woman led design team has resulted in a focus on guest enjoyment and together they wanted to increase the opportunities for relaxation and indulgence for guests and the local community at large.
Female Design Team of Interior Designer Emma Kewley, Artist Collaborator Ruthie Martin and Architect Linda Turner
The Charm Spa Suite also offers a selection of exclusive signature treatments and several beauty services including manicure and pedicure. In the City, guests can experience the melting pot of cultures that Brighton has to offer, a vibrant multicultural city. These influences make the city of Brighton & Hove a fascinating place to wander and explore.
In the Charm Spa Suite with the Luxury Deluxe Hot Tub in a Private garden
General Manager, Leo Nguyen said, “For summer bookings from two nights or more and to experience the benefits of the Spa suite, guests will be offered special rates if you book directly with the hotel”
Bedroom Suites at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton start from £90 and include breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm. The buffet selection includes fresh juices, pastries, fruit and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs Benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu. For the Summer Spa package, the price is £70 (two sharing) with a 30% discount. For more information and to book call the hotel on +44 (0)1273 021 085, visit the www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk, follow the hotel on Facebook@thecharmbrighton.co.uk and on Twitter@charm_hotel.
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The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.
The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk
The evening of memories and merriment served as a welcome reminder of how much The Cruise Web has grown and accomplished in its first 25 years. More importantly, the event gave reason to pause and reflect on the teamwork, support and values that made it all possible.
A company founded in 1994 upon the drive and determination of one man, Frans Hansen, has matured into a thriving agency supported by the combined efforts of many. Through its personalized cruise planning, reliable service and top-down emphasis on respect, The Cruise Web continues to earn lifelong clients around the world.
“I’m so incredibly proud of all members of our Cruise Web team. They not only come to work every day and give their best effort to earn lifelong clients with personalized cruise planning and reliable service, but they do so while treating our valued customers, important co-workers, and wonderful suppliers and partners with professionalism and respect,” said Frans Hansen, The Cruise Web’s President.
Additionally, in appreciation of the cruise lines and communities that made The Cruise Web’s first 25 years possible, the agency is including both in its anniversary celebrations—beginning with its cruise providers, many of which were recognized at the dinner cruise gala.
The Cruise Web also celebrated this milestone by giving back to its community, specifically through Stepping Stones Shelter. This local homeless shelter focuses on finding stable environments for homeless families with children, and The Cruise Web was honored to support their vital work with a ,500 donation.
“I couldn’t be happier to celebrate this amazing milestone. I am truly honored to be part of such a wonderful company and proud that The Cruise Web has become an industry leader and trusted resource for the cruise travelers. The future is bright and I look forward to many more milestones to celebrate,” said Karolina Shenton, The Cruise Web’s Vice President.
While The Cruise Web’s 25th anniversary might be company’s biggest milestone to date, they believe that their continued adherence to and reverence for the value of respect will earn them many more. For this reason, rather than looking at this year’s anniversary celebration as simply the culmination of 25 years of hard work, The Cruise Web is treating this milestone—as important as it may be—as one among many, with even more to come.
About The Cruise Web
The Cruise Web is an independent cruise travel agency with more than 25 years of expertise in personal cruise planning. The Cruise Web provides the best vacation value for clients throughout the world, saving them both time and money. To learn more, contact The Cruise Web today at 1-800-377-9383 (toll-free) or 1-240-487-0155 (international), and online at CruiseWeb.com.
Resort for a Day, the largest distributor of resort day-pass shore excursions in the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda and Mexico for cruise passengers, announces the launch of a completely redesigned website — http://www.ResortforaDay.com.
The revamped site’s design not only provides a more user-friendly experience, its beachy-feel and color scheme screams “vacation getaway” and entices users to purchase a resort day pass for a relaxing shore excursion experience. In addition, the enhanced search functionality makes it easier for guests to leisurely or quickly search by destination, cruise line, ship, cruise date and length of cruise. The interior destination pages offer a quick snapshot of the price per adult, price per child and whether the resort is family friendly; all inclusive; if it offers motorized watersports; and if there is free Wi-Fi available. When clicking on a particular resort, guests will receive more robust information about the resort’s features, what is included with the day pass and even customer reviews.
“We redesigned the site with both our guests and travel agent partners in mind,” said Lynn Walters, product manager for Resort for a Day. “We want to take the stress out of vacation planning so our top priority is to ensure a user-friendly experience when researching, planning and booking our resort day passes, and we achieved this with the new site.”
Many travelers are cruising with a large group of friends or family. The new site makes it easy for parties of 10 or more to register a group and take advantage of a group discount. In addition, Professional Travel Agents now have an improved and more user-friendly Portal making it easier to book resort day passes for their clients. Also, travel agents receive a 10 percent commission on every resort day pass booked.
To learn more about Resort for a Day or to book a resort day pass, visit ResortForADay.com or call 1-800-887-6620.
About Resort for a Day
Resort for a Day is the largest distributor of resort day passes giving cruise customers the unique opportunity to spend their day at some of the best resorts; all conveniently located in over 20 of the most cruise ports throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera and more. Resort for a Day works with travel agents and agencies nationwide, offering commission on all Resort for a Day passes. Resort for a Day is part of World Travel Holdings in Massachusetts and offers live travel agent and customer support assistance seven days a week. For more information, visit the newly redesigned website at http://www.ResortforaDay.com.
Relaxing In the Deluxe Hot Tub
Inside One of the bedroom suites
Perfect place to reenergise and rejuvenate
Nearly two years after the island of St. John was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Category 5 storms that touched down within two weeks of each other, Love City vacation rental owner Karla Gustafson celebrates the city that emerged from the storms. When Matt Landau, host of The Vacation Rental Show, chose to film the fourth episode of his web series on the island and at her rental, Gustafson opened his eyes to a story of resilience—from tropical flowers back in full bloom to a 4,000-person community that’s closer than ever before.
“I wasn’t on the island for Hurricanes Irma or Maria. There were horrific photos of the damage on TV and in newspapers but I couldn’t reach anyone on St. John. Power was down, cable was down, Wi-Fi was down, and phones were down. I finally received a text from a friend: ‘house gone.’” said Gustafson. “What do you do when something like that happens? You pack up a box of clothes, some solar lights, a battery radio, and ship that box to a friend. You do whatever you can to help out.”
Gustafson, who now resides part-time in the Maine but was a full-time resident of Love City for over 10 years, gravitated to the island because of its natural beauty and sense of camaraderie—so much so that she quit her job to move there after her first time visiting. Her vacation home, Tropical Blessings, is her way to share her appreciation of the island with guests from across the world.
“It was very tough to cancel all vacation rentals. More than one person said to me, ‘as long as you have a roof we don’t need anything else.’” said Gustafson. “People from everywhere wanted to help St. John. Some sounded almost ready to pack a chainsaw in their luggage. I was so touched by how much people cared.”
The island welcomes visitors again—who are returning enthusiastically—and Tropical Blessings is available for rent. As portrayed on The Vacation Rental Show, Gustafson’s love of the island, deep personal connections to its community, and warm approach offer travelers the chance to experience the Love City that exists beyond the borders of the large resorts—the most well-known of which still remains shuttered.
“Great destinations, not unlike great people, go through ups and downs,” said Landau in the fourth episode of his web series. “When I got the call that the island was open for visitors again, I started to wonder: what’s it like to vacation somewhere that could really use your help?”
A show that explores the emerging world of vacation rental rentals and seeks to change the way people travel, The Vacation Rental Show combines the feel of premium television with the immediacy and versatility offered by modern digital distribution. Season 2 launched in March.
Throughout the filming of the St. John episode of the show, Gustafson introduced Landau to friends and neighbors, including boat captains, an underwater photographer, and Abby Hendricks, a community organizer who rallied residents behind recovery efforts. At the conclusion of filming, Landau and Gustafson hosted a community dinner and dance party at Tropical Blessings, prepared by island chef Shaibu Abdulai.
“Karla is the quintessential vacation rental pioneer: quirky, visionary and committed to doing things her way,” said Landau. “She was the connector beneath each and every experience we had, person we met, and memory we made.”
Tropical Blessings is a Caribbean-themed luxury vacation villa just off the shores of Frank and Turner Bays. For more information, visit tropicalblessings.com. The Vacation Rental Show is a travel web series dedicated to showcasing the magic of the vacation rental movement. Watch the St. John episode and more on the Vacation Rental Show channel on YouTube.
Voyager HQ is partnering with leading companies in the travel industry, including Fareportal and Amadeus, to host the second annual Travel Disruption Summit in New York City on May 22, 2019. The Travel Disruption Summit is a full-day symposium gathering the chief luminaries and change makers in travel, tourism, and hospitality innovation.
This event is highly curated, with all 300+ attendees vetted to ensure focused discussions and actionable outcomes towards the advancement of the industry. Attendees represent the leading voices and minds in the travel and technology industries, taking part in content sessions with high-growth startup founders, technologists and industry champions.
Content at the Summit will be sorted into three tracks: Aviation, Hospitality, and Tourism.
As a key part of the programming, attendees will participate in focused roundtable sessions exploring subtopics within each track: Discovery/Inspiration, Search/Aggregation, Inventory/Distribution, Payments, Mobility, Experiences, Corporate Travel, Sustainability & Conservation, Loyalty, Luxury Travel, and Operations.
These intimate conversations are moderated by startup founders and enterprise leaders from Voyager HQ’s network who are developing solutions or making an impact in their own vertical. Each table includes industry leaders, venture capitalists, startups and media professionals to contribute diverse inputs to the discussion.
The day’s program culminates with a selection of early-stage, visionary startup founders pitching their innovations for the near future of travel, with all attendees casting a vote for the winner. The day concludes with an afterparty in New York City to continue the conversations and formalize the partnerships initiated during the Summit.
For more information and to apply to attend, visit https://www.traveldisruptionsummit.com.
CEO and Founder at Fareportal
Managing Director -Digital Sales at United Airlines
CEO at Foursquare
Managing Director, Operations and Partnerships at JetBlue Technology Ventures
Head of Marketing, North America at Norwegian Air
Head of Amadeus for Startups
Senior Director, Partnerships at TripAdvisor
Senior Manager, Business Development at Virtuoso
SVP & Managing Director at Arlo Hotels
About Voyager HQ
Voyager HQ is the startup club for the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. Their community brings together entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and investors from around the world to create the future of travel experiences through curated events, workspace, and actionable introductions. The Voyager Clubhouse NYC is their signature coworking and event space in Flatiron, as well as the global headquarters for a digital community of 1,500+ entrepreneurs in more than 200 cities around the world. Join the Voyager HQ club by visiting https://www.voyagerhq.com/join-voyager/.
Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next-generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 450 airlines, 1 million hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international travel and add-on ancillaries.
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“Luxury boutique hotel, The Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton gets rave review in the UK national press.” The UK’s biggest selling newspaper, The Sun travel writer Olivia Brett says the venue is "A bucketful of seaside Charm" with the staff "really making the place."
The Deluxe Hot Tub in a Private Garden at the Charm Spa Suite
She said: " The newly extended refurbished listed hotel and spa is a perfect postcard character without skimping on modern - day luxuries. The upscale rooms have been restored to their original glory, with high ceilings, Victorian cornices, retro chic furniture and quirky art. The King Suite has a sea-view balcony that looks out over the grand crescents and elegant squares.
With the hotel located in the heart of Brighton’s Kemptown and offering a cooked breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm with the buffet selection including fresh juices, pastries, fruit and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu or continental buffet, she invites readers to also try out Brighton’s thriving food scene to provide lunch and dinner including seafood at the Regency and visiting the Fairydust bakery. Brighton’s nightlife is also on the doorstep, less than a minute’s walk to St James Street. The sea is less than a minute away and Brighton Palace Pier beckons as well as the Sealife centre. King George’s extraordinary zany Royal Pavilion is about 5 minutes’ walk away from the hotel and for a stunning bird’s eye view of the City and beyond, there is the British Airways i360 Observation tower. Shopping for clothes, antiques and jewellery is available in the narrow, winding cobbled streets of the North Laines with plenty of restaurants, cafes, bistros, all within walking distance of the Charm.
The King Suite lit up complete with luxurious Comfy Hypnos bed with goose feather down pillows.
The positive review mentions the hotel’s extensive expansion including the addition of Spa facilities, with a steam room, manicure/pedicure room and a deluxe hot tub in a private garden. With a bottle of prosecco, it is perfect for romantic couples or a group of friends to relax before enjoying a night on the tiles in Brighton. These facilities are also open and available to the local community to visit and enjoy. The luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Brighton has been expertly renovated with luxurious, modern details, but still retains its original Victorian charm. General Manager of the Charm Hotel and Spa, Brighton Leo Nguyen said,” We are very delighted with the positive review in the biggest selling national newspaper in the UK. The hotel and spa at the Charm is busy and so is the sister hotel, The Sea Spray just a few doors down the road where customers are also invited to come in and use the facilities available at the Charm, so it’s a good idea to try and book so you will not be disappointed."
The Steam Room in the Spa Suite at the Charm Hotel, Brighton.
The Sun travel writer also asks readers to “Check in and check it out” with rooms starting from £90 to include breakfast. Hour long hot tub or steam room sessions are from £70 per couple. For details, call 01273 021 085 or visit thecharmbrighton.co.uk For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on (+44) 07850 736544 or email email@example.com
The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room. The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk
The South has seen a rise in interest in local creameries and dairies in recent years, and buying locally grown food and learning more about the origin of food have produced more interest in farm tours. While diary farms have been popular, goat farms are climbing the ranks and becoming more prevalent with families, travelers and foodies.
The Tennessee River Valley Geotourism Mapguide invites invites visitors to explore dairy and cheese farms tucked into the region’s rolling hills and valleys. These farms are open to the public and offer a chance to learn how milk is produced, learn how multi-generational farmers are perfecting the art of cheesemaking, see a farm in operation, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals and talk with experts in the farming industry.
Belle Chèvre, Elkmont, Ala.
Alabama-based creamery Belle Chevre has earned national attention for its French style goat’s milk cheeses. Located in northern rural Alabama in Elkmont, this artisan cheese shop offers a tasting room serving handmade goat cheese and guided tours. Owner Tasia Malakasis is an internationally awarded cheesemaker, cookbook author and an Alabama native who returned to her roots after working as a top marketing executive in the high-tech world.
Prior to Malakasis acquiring the company, Belle Chevre was among some of the best creameries in the country. It had garnered the highest honors from the American Cheese Society and the American Dairy Goat Association. Today, the creamery has received more than 100 national awards and hundreds of honorable mentions.
Belle Chèvre’s milk comes from a farm down the road, where the goats munch on grasses enriched by the fertile limestone soil that gives Elkmont’s home county its name. Belle Chèvre is most noted for its Fromage Blanc, a fresh goat cheese that can be used as a spread on bagels or as an accompaniment to fresh vegetables and fruit.
Guided tours of the creamery to see the making of the award-winning cheese are available Fridays and Saturdays. Tours also include a peek into cheesemaking with in-depth explanation by one of its cheesemakers, Belle Chevre history, goat petting and visiting, tastings/samples and a nine minute documentary film.
Mountain Hollow Farm Store & Studio, Tazewell, Tenn.
Mountain Hollow Farm is a cashmere goat farm located on the historic Vancel Mill property about an hour north of Knoxville. At this working farm, guests can visit with the cashmere goats, as well as Shetland sheep.
Each spring, the goats prized for their delicate undercoat get brushed until the finest fiber comes out. According to Mountain Hollow Farm, cashmere is not a breed of goat; it is a type of goat. Cashmere is the soft down of the goat that grows beneath the guard hair. There is not one “look” for cashmere goats. They come in a variety of colors, hair lengths and horn shapes.
The farm rests on the site of the historic Vancel Mill property. Although the mill is gone, a circa 1931 general store has been restored for use as a store and studio. After spending time with the animals, stop by the country store which features yarn, fine handcrafts, loose leaf tea, Raven's Brew coffee, gourmet food mixes and goat's milk soap. The farm is also particularly popular with those who knit and crochet. A variety of knitting, crochet and spinning classes are offered year round.
Sweetwater Valley Farm, Philadelphia, Tenn.
Located in the heart of southeast Tennessee’s dairy-rich Sweetwater Valley, Sweetwater Valley Farm is one of a few farms in the country producing fine farmstead cheese. As a farmstead cheese producer, Sweetwater Valley Farm controls the entire process from cow to consumer starting with what is grown at the farm to feed the cows and then later down the road using their milk to produce the cheese.
Sweetwater Valley Farm makes a wide variety of cheddar-based cheeses as well as Gouda, and visitors can stop by the farm store to sample over 30 flavors of cheese. Cheese is typically made January through the summer either two or three times a week. Limited quantities of fresh cheese curds are available for purchase when cheese is made.
Mayfield Dairy Farms, Athens, Tenn.
One of the nation’s leading dairies, Mayfield Dairy Farms has been in operation for over 100 years. A visit to the Mayfield Visitors Center in Athens, located between Knoxville and Chattanooga on I-75, explains the process of how Mayfield makes milk and ice cream.
The free, behind-the-scenes tour of this dairy plant shows how dairy farming has changed over time. The tour begins with an overview of the history of the farm and how it evolved into a modern dairy production plant. Tours are offered Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except Wednesday) and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
After the tour, visitors can stop by the ice cream parlor and purchase a cup or cone of favorite Mayfield flavor, or pick up a souvenir in the gift shop.
For more information or to discover additional things to see and experience in the Tennessee River Valley, visit http://www.exploreTRV.com.
There is a rapidly increasing wave among Americans dissatisfied with the rising costs of the US healthcare system that have been heading abroad for medical procedures. In excess of 1 million Americans go overseas for procedures every year according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And now, some American companies are considering outsourcing medical tourism as a healthcare option. For one company, HSM, outsourcing medical care has saved the company nearly million in healthcare costs in just 5 years. Close to 250 of HSM's employees have traveled abroad so far for medical tourism procedures, and more are scheduled to go.
And as more patients explore cost-effective ways to spend dwindling healthcare dollars overseas, finding those clinics, spas, hospitals, doctors and procedures that can be trusted becomes vital. The New World of Medical Tourism serves as an international platform where reliable information related to safety and quality at healthcare facilities around the world is shared on trusted news and information networks to empower patients and enhance their experience before, during and beyond their procedure, surgery, healthcare or wellness event.
In the United States, a typical knee replacement would have cost more than ,000. In Costa Rica, the procedure costs half that amount at ,531. In North Carolina, a gastric sleeve surgery would have cost about ,000, but in India, the procedure comes to less than ,000. Both are performed in state of the art hospitals.
As major players in the healthcare reform debate and feud, the medical tourism industry not only remains open for business, but is thriving in countries as diverse and exotic as Thailand, Iran, India, Saudi Arabia and countless others. And through the research and information provided in each episode of The New World of Medical Tourism, patients can realize the benefits of affordable and quality healthcare safely armed with the information they need to make wise, productive decisions.
For example, one featured facility that will be showcased is EVEX Medical Corporation, which owns and operates a chain of hospitals in the charmingly cosmopolitan country of Georgia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The capital and largest city is Tbilisi. And from Tbilisi, EVEX Medical Corporation operates a wide range of outstanding regional, referral, and specialized hospitals, as well as outpatient centers that offer local and international patients a wide range of quality procedures and treatments at remarkably reasonable costs, including Liver Transplantation, Cardiac Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and even Plastic surgery. And world class surgeons from world renowned facilities as diverse as Glen Eagles in Singapore and Bumrungrad International have been featured.
But The New World of Medical Tourism goes beyond just educating it's international viewers on their Medical options. It includes special features and stories on facilities that include high quality Dental Offices and world class Wellness Spas and Retreats as well…helping travelers learn what physical healing, spiritual healing, and cuisine and art experience options are available to them as well. The world is moving lightning fast and keeping up doesn't generally include taking a moment to breathe. So, it's no surprise that the retreat trend continues to grow: According to the Global Wellness Institute worldwide wellness was a .2 trillion industry in 2017, with 9 billion dedicated to "wellness tourism."
For 2019, people are once again turning to well-being retreats for a chance to escape, unplug, reset and start anew. And the definition of "wellness" continues to expand: "We have noticed a spike in travel requests that are spearheaded by a keen interest in wellness and spirituality," says Sarah Casewit, co-founder of Naya Traveler, an international, women-run company that specializes in custom itineraries.
"People's understanding of wellness goes well beyond a fancy spa and an infinity pool: [It's] a wholesome, all-encompassing theme that explores the healing elements of physical treatments, as well as spirituality, cuisine and art, within the cultural context."
That's why The New World of Medical Tourism will be uncovering 11 holistic wellness retreat destinations around the world -- with offerings from TED-style talks to ancient shamanic rituals -- designed to help people relax, heal and get inspired, including Cala De Mar in Ixtapa Zihuantanejo, Mexico and Santani in Dumbara Sri Lanka.
With a global audience reached via CNN International and other global television and digital distribution, The New World of Medical Tourism travels around the world to help people live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives.
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ÓLEO Cancún Playa, the exclusive All-Inclusive Boutique Resortoperated by the innovative Mexican hotel chain ATELIER de Hoteles, received the award for the best performance by a new hotel during 2018 from the on-line travel website Booking.com during the event held recently on March 1st.
The ÓLEO Cancún Playa obtained the best comments from guests who had reserved their trip through the Booking.com travel agency and enjoyed the facilities and services in all the new hotels in Cancun during 2018.
“For ATELIER de Hoteles it is an honor to receive this award, since ÓLEO Cancún Playa is the first converted hotel in our chain, and in which we have implemented the highest quality standards to clearly set ourselves apart from the rest of the market; and in only two years of operations we have proven the success of our services”, declared Oliver Reinhart, CEO of ATELIER de Hoteles.
The Booking.com team recognized accommodation establishments in the city of Cancun for the first time with the Guest Review Awards. These awards are based on the opinions of on-line users who have made reservations in destination resorts, and in which ÓLEO Cancún Playa received recognition for the Best New Hotel Performance in 2018, recognizing its excellent performance.
The OLEO Cancun Playa Resort is the first hotel of the ÓLEO Hoteles brand to be established in remodeled facilities that have been adapted to the standards of the ATELIER de Hoteles chain. On February 21st it celebrated two years of operations in Cancun with excellent commercial results.
The ÓLEO Cancún Playa is a 4.5 star All-Inclusive hotel that is pet-friendly and designed for all types of travelers. This concept in hospitality allows it guests to enjoy their vacations with freedom of expression, bringing them into continuous contact with different artistic expressions, offering constant activities and personalized service.
ATELIER de Hoteles is an innovative and ground-breaking Mexican hotel chain that was born in 2015, with contemporary Mexican art as the conductive thread that sets it apart from other hotels, with a unique strategy, passion and commitment. ATELIER de Hoteles offers in its four brands, ATELIER, ESTUDIO, MET and ÓLEO, relaxed luxury and high standards of service in its properties, currently located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, Quintana Roo, and with openings planned for the near future in the most important beach and business destinations in Mexico.
Travelers will discover the warm hospitality of Newfoundland and Labrador with new experiences based on the Broadway Musical Come From Away. The friendly faces of the locals, who are known for their music, storytelling, and culinary traditions, are the same people who welcomed nearly 7,000 stranded passengers into their homes when 38 planes were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, during 9/11. The epic musical tells the story of these stranded passengers and the locals who welcomed them.
Located at the northeastern edge of North America, named one of the four corners of the world by Canada’s Flat Earth Society in 1970, the province is home to 10,000-year-old icebergs, the largest migrating population of humpback whales, and 35 million seabirds – making it the seabird capital of North America. Live music is always being played, and a combination of English, Irish, French and Indigenous heritage creates more varieties of English spoken than anywhere else in the world.
On the heels of the success of Come From Away, this off-the-beaten-path destination offers true “live like a local” activities for every traveler looking for a warm welcome and immersive experience.
Meet the Flynns
The new Meet the Flynns experience invites guests to visit home of Derm and Dianne Flynn to drink tea and listen to their story of the day that the airplanes landed in Gander. Derm Flynn was the mayor of nearby Appleton during 9/11 and is one of the characters portrayed in the musical. The Flynns also take guests to visit to the Appleton Peace Monument and Park, where a piece of steel from the World Trade Center sits today. The experience is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout 2019, starting at CAD per person.
Visit Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn, a coastal 29-guestroom property with floor-to-ceiling windows, is offering a Come From Away itinerary which includes a half-day island orientation led by a community host, a tour of Gander, all meals at the Inn’s award-winning dining room, and two-night stay (extensions available). The award-winning Inn is known for its contemporary luxury, offering guided geology hikes, open boat iceberg viewing, foraging expeditions, and more. The itinerary is available in 2019 starting at ,080 CAD for two people.
Take a Tour
Maxxim Vacations’ six-night Come From Away itinerary offers a tour of Gander, a visit to the North Atlantic Aviation Museum, and an interpretive tour of the Prime Berth Fishing Heritage Center. The trip includes six nights at a country bed & breakfast in the Gander area and a car rental, so travelers can explore more of Newfoundland and Labrador by driving along the coast. The experience is offered throughout 2019 starting at ,139 CAD.
Visitors can also take a one-day tour by Beyond Words that showcases many of the key locals, places, and events during 9/11 in Gander. The itinerary includes a tour of the Gander airport, the Townhall, and more. The tour is available June through August 2019 starting at CAD.
Make an Ugly Stick
Travelers can create their own ugly stick, just like the ugly sticks featured in the Come From Away, with Coastal Cottages on the Baccalieu Trail. An ugly stick is a traditional Newfoundland and Labrador musical instrument fashioned out of household and tool shed items, including mops, bottle caps, tin cans, and other noisemakers. A drumstick is used to strike the ugly stick as the musician lifts and drops it in a rhythmic fashion. The musical instrument is used to entertain guests and locals at community events, social gatherings, and kitchen parties. This experience is available throughout the year by booking in advance, a minimum number of participants and other fees may apply.
To plan a trip and more information on Newfoundland and Labrador, visit http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com.
About Atlantic Canada Agreement on Tourism (ACAT):
This project has been made possible through funding provided by the Atlantic Canada Agreement on Tourism (ACAT). ACAT is a nine-member pan-Atlantic initiative comprising the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the four Atlantic Canada Tourism Industry Associations, and the four Provincial Departments responsible for tourism.
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Trip Advisor reviews of the Charm Hotel & Spa in Brighton has put it at Number 7 in the Top 10 hotels in Brighton & Hove which is a massive achievement after just two years with customer intimacy, creating an emotional connection with guests, building loyalty and attention to detail by the staff cited by many guests as the reason why they keep returning to the hotel. The ultimate goal is to go for the top position and time will tell.
The Charm Hotel, Brighton has made significant progress to empower women in entrepreneurship. Establishing the idea when it first set up in the UK in June 2016 Female Entrepreneurship has been central to its success, achieving more gender balance in Sussex entrepreneurship. The Charm, the upscale, full-service luxury boutique hotel which was listed on Traveler's 2017 "Hot List," in the UK - the insider's guide to the newest, hottest hotels, restaurants, spas and nightclubs opened across the UK has now undergone an extensive expansion including the addition of luxurious Spa facilities as well as 9 new luxury suites enhancing and transforming this listed Brighton boutique hotel The new “Charm Spa Suite” which was officially opened for business in December 2018 is a good example of where the hotel owned by the Golden Lotus Group has carried this forward.
The design was led by a team of three women, architect Linda Turner, interior designer Emma Kewley and artist collaborator, Ruthie Martin whose paintings are proudly displayed all-round the hotel including the bedroom suites. The team believe that having a woman led design team has resulted in a focus on guest enjoyment and together they wanted to increase the opportunities for relaxation and indulgence for guests and the local community at large. The Suite is designed for guest enjoyment as well as for the local community who are welcome to come in, relax and enjoy.
The Suite encompasses a luxurious Steam Room to accommodate guests, clients and romantic couples, top range quality and deluxe Hot Tub in a lush private garden, a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. To complete the Spa Suite the interior focus is on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and plants with unique artwork and soft furnishings creating a calming atmosphere to help you chill out and relax. Emma Kewley, Interior Designer at Interior Folk has previously worked with the owners on other hotel renovation projects in Sussex, explained “The new interior fuses contemporary fabrics and colours with traditional, period features, epitomising elegance with a modern-day style.
The spa areas focus on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and planting creating a sense of well-being. There’s an array of unique artwork by artist collaborator, Ruthie Martin and soft furnishings taking inspiration from the hotel’s urban and beach side surroundings.” Linda Turner, Architect, comment: “The renovation of a listed building is always challenging, requiring a sensitive and open-minded approach in order to retain the essence of the original building, whilst also updating it for modern requirements. This project with its female led approach has allowed us to create an environment that fuses both the traditional and modern aesthetic with a light sensitive touch.”
Leo Nguyen, The General Manager of the Charm said, “This strategic investment to support women to realise their full potential is not only the right thing to do, but also critical to Brighton’s economic prosperity. We are proud to make this investment and more to come in 2019.” There is an introductory offer for the new “Charm Spa Suite” of FREE One hour of Spa treatment worth £60 for a minimum of 2 nights stay in the Hotel with EITHER the luxurious Steam Room or the Deluxe Hot Tub. Please contact the hotel directly for this very special deal. This offer is only valued till the end of March 2019. For more information about the Charm and the Spa Suite checkout www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk or call 01273 021 085. Rooms at the Charm & Spa start at £90 and include breakfast. Follow the Hotel on Facebook@theCharmbrighton.co.uk For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email email@example.com
The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa,
20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK
Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk
Emma Kewley, Interior Folk, email@example.com / 01798 874293 / www.interiorfolk.com
Linda Turner, Architect, nature ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN / 01273 710056 / Mb. 07966 039832 / www.inature.co.uk
Ruthie Martin, Artist Collaborator is https://www.ruthien.co.uk/
The hotel has acquired the adjacent property and has undertaken a major refurbishment to add the new “Charm Spa Suite”.
The “Charm Spa Suite” is designed for guest enjoyment as well as the local community who are welcome to come in, relax and enjoy. The Suite encompasses a luxurious Steam Room to accommodate guests, clients and romantic couples, top range quality and deluxe Hot Tub in a lush private garden, a manicure/pedicure room as well as a massage treatment space. To complete the Spa Suite the interior focus is on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and plants with unique artwork and soft furnishings creating a calming atmosphere to help you chill out and relax.
The design was led by a team of three women, architect Linda Turner, interior designer Emma Kewley and artist collaborator, Ruth Martin whose paintings are proudly displayed all around the hotel including the bedroom suites. The team believe that having a woman led design team has resulted in a focus on guest enjoyment and together they wanted to increase the opportunities for relaxation and indulgence for guests and the local community at large.
The addition of 9 luxury bedroom suites and transformation of the breakfast room and public areas completes the renovation works all aiming to elevate the customer experience.
Emma Kewley, Interior Designer at Interior Folk has previously worked with the owners on other hotel renovation projects in Sussex, comments on the importance of the design. Emma explained “The new interior fuses contemporary fabrics and colours with traditional, period features, epitomising elegance with a modern-day
style. The spa areas focus on serenity with textured tiling, aqua colours and planting creating a sense of well-being. There’s an array of unique artwork by artist collaborator, Ruth Martin and soft furnishings taking inspiration from the hotel’s urban and beachside surroundings.”
Commenting on the refurbishment, General Manager, Leo Nguyen said: “The investment demonstrates our continued commitment to the growth and transformation of our portfolio in Sussex. The renovation of The Charm Hotel provides a taste of what’s to come over the next year as we increase hotel development and elevate the customer experience.”
Linda Turner, Architect, comment: “The renovation of a listed building is always challenging, requiring a sensitive and open-minded approach in order to retain the essence of the original building, whilst also updating it for modern requirements. This project with its female led approach has allowed us to create an environment that fuses both the traditional and modern aesthetic with a light sensitive touch.”
There is an introductory offer for the new “Charm Spa Suite” which officially opened beginning of December 2018 of FREE One hour of Spa treatment worth £60 for a minimum of 2 nights stay in the Hotel with EITHER the luxurious Steam Room or the Deluxe Hot Tub. Please contact the hotel directly for this very special deal. This offer is only valued till the end of March 2019.
For more information about the Charm and the Spa Suite visit checkoutwww.thecharmbrighton.co.uk or call 01273 021 085. Rooms at the Charm & Spa start at £90 and include breakfast. Follow the Hotel on Facebook@theCharmbrighton
For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200- year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.
The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email – firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk
Big City Mountaineers (BCM), a leading provider of transformational wilderness experiences for under-resourced youth, will honor Smartwool as its Corporate Partner of the Year. Smartwool’s contributions enable BCM to send more youth participants into the backcountry, as well as provide quality camping apparel for overnight trips.
“We are in awe of Smartwool’s commitment to Big City Mountaineers and how much the organization has done for us this year,” says Bryan Martin, Executive Director at Big City Mountaineers. “Smartwool’s belief in the restorative value of the outdoors aligns well with BCM’s mission to give more youth transformational wilderness experiences.”
Smartwool’s Advocacy Fund, established to protect the environment and share Smartwool’s love of the outdoors with others, donated nearly ,000 to Big City Mountaineers this year. This donation alone is enough to fund week-long expeditions for 20 under-served youth.
In addition to the gift from the Advocacy fund, Smartwool employee Joelle Hamm raised 00 participating in a BCM Summit for Someone climb on Long’s Peak—more than double the fundraising commitment. At the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show, an activation at the Smartwool booth raised an additional ,300 for Big City Mountaineers, and in 2018, Smartwool donated close to 1,000 pairs of wool socks for BCM trips.
“At Smartwool, we recognize there are many ways for both companies and individuals to give back. We want to show our support through monetary and in-kind donations, as well as volunteer time,” says Jennifer McLaren, president of Smartwool. “Participation and accessibility are two key areas of focus for our brand moving forward. Big City Mountaineers is critical in that they introduce the outdoors to children who might not otherwise have access to experience all its wonders. And, they instill confidence in these kids that will someday be the future stewards of our lands. We are proud of the work we have done with them as a brand and as individual team members.”
In addition to announcing Smartwool as Big City Mountaineer’s Corporate Partner of the Year, the nonprofit also honors the following partners in 2018:
Volunteer: Nathan Silvergate, OR
Youth Program Instructor: Adam Long, MN
Youth Agency Partner: Environmental Learning for Kids, CO
Land Manager: Nathan Fletcher, OR
Summit For Someone Participant: Scott and Kirsty Thorsteinson, WA
Board Member: Ben Gipson, CA
National Council Member: Deborah Beggan
About Big City Mountaineers
Big City Mountaineers (BCM) instills critical life skills in over 1,000 under-served young people each year by getting them outdoors with volunteer mentors for life-changing wilderness experiences. BCM’s unique model of 1:1 mentoring is proven to develop integrity, responsibility, and improve communication skills and decision-making abilities in youth from risk-filled environments through a nationally recognized developmental analysis tool. Youth who develop these skills alongside caring mentors are more likely to stay in school and avoid drugs, gangs, and violence. To learn more, please visit www.bigcitymountaineers.org
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With the opening of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is creating a year-long series of speakers and tours to showcase Franklin County history, architecture, outdoor beauty, and one-of-kind stories.
January launches the year with a paranormal investigation of the 11/30 Visitors Center, an 1865 former bank. The investigation will be conducted by the Ghost Pit team on January 31 and discussion of the investigation will follow on February 2 at 2 PM.
February emphasizes history by focusing on hallowed grounds, freedom seekers and equality. February 23 includes a presentation of Hallowed Grounds by Dr. Arnold Hence in the morning and a bus tour of Franklin County’s Road to Freedom sites.
During March, the Franklin County 11/30 Center will explore famous women of Franklin County. A panel will discuss contributions of the county women on March 23, from Revolutionary heroine Margaret Cochran Corbin to 20th century philanthropist Emma Geiser Nicodemus.
April is Spring into History Month in Franklin County and is highlighted by tours and discussions throughout the month, including Waynesboro’s industrial and Civil War history, frontier and colonial history of Mercersburg and Fort Loudon, and presentation by author Cindy Ross on using local assets of history and culture to educate children.
May puts the focus on Harriet Lane, the First Lady of Franklin County. June launches the Franklin County barn quilt trail and tour. September explores Franklin County’s role in the conservation movement. October brings together the beauty of fall foliage, the importance of farming in Franklin County, and a prominent concentration of Cumberland Valley bank barns.
Further details of the month’s itineraries and how to register will post on ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com in early January.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Plan a visit at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, by contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chambersburg.
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Eagle Creek and National Geographic have partnered to offer a collection of bags with family adventure and the environment in mind. The National Geographic Adventure collection inspires Moms and Dads to get the kids out in nature, take a family road trip or camp in the wild using bags made with innovative new recycled materials. Eagle Creek’s heritage in sustainable outdoor and adventure products, along with National Geographic’s legacy of exploration and environmental stewardship, make this the ideal collection to pack up the whole family and begin making memories outdoors.
As the original manufacturer of travel backpacks, packing organizers and adventure travel luggage, Eagle Creek lends a reputation of quality, sustainability and durability to everything we do. For the Adventure collection, designers went another level by sourcing a unique recycled material using glass fished out of landfills to create a water and scratch-resistant coating that makes the bags friendly to the environment as well as functional.
“We wanted to build something that lives up to Eagle Creek and National Geographic quality standards and still packs in the value,” said Mark Davis, Product Line Manager at Eagle Creek. “Our new Adventure series elevates the innovation of a recycled water-resistant coating (RPVB) made from discarded automobile windshields to make these products not only super durable but also more environmentally friendly. The look speaks to a wide range of users who love outdoor aesthetics, and of course, the usability is what we focused on most, so everyone can have a great travel experience.”
The Adventure line includes a variety of practical silhouettes that are perfect for travel, camping, day hikes as well as everyday life. The collection includes Eagle Creek’s most popular styles and sizes. Everything travelers need, including a Convertible Carry On, 60 Liter Duffel, 45 Liter Travel Pack, 30 and 15 liter backpacks, plus another 15 liter packable daypack, sling pack, waist pack, neck wallet and Pack-It (Cube Set, Sac(k) Set, Toiletry Bag).
The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure line features Eagle Creek’s Limited 10-Year Warranty, assuring full support of the legendary quality and longevity of Eagle Creek products.
Additionally, National Geographic Partners returns 27% of proceeds back to the non-profit National Geographic Society to support vital work in conservation, research, exploration and education.
Colors: Black, Firebrick, Cosmic Blue, Mineral Green, Sahara Yellow, Fossil grey.
The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure Series bags will be available at select retailers 1/1/19.
Eagle Creek National Geographic Adventure Series Products:
Convertible Carry On
Convertible for the ultimate versatility.
Convertible Carry on (EC0A3XVD) MSRP 9
Capacity: 2320 cu in / 38 L; Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz / 2.22 kg; Size: 14 x 22 x 9 in / 35.5 x 56 x 23 cm
The perfect size duffel for trains, planes and automobiles
Duffel 60L (EC0A3XVG) MSRP
Capacity: 3845 cu in / 63; Weight: 1 lb 13 oz / 0.82 kg; Size: 24 x 13.5 x 11 in / 61 x 34.5 x 28 cm
Travel Pack 40L
Carry-On size and hands-free for on-the-go ease
Travel Pack 40L (EC0A3XVN) MSRP
Capacity: 2320 cu in / 38 L; Weight: 1 lb 12 oz / 0.81 kg; Size: 12.25 x 20.5 x 7 in / 31 x 52 x 18 cm
Daypack or weekend bag, it’s up to you
Backpack 30L (EC0A3XVE) MSRP
Capacity: 1585 cu in / 26 L; Weight: 1 lb 6 oz / 0.63 kg; Size: 11 x 19 x 6.5 in / 28 x 48.5 x 16.5 cm
Perfect daypack for adventures small and large
Backpack 15L (EC0A3XVC) MSRP
Capacity: 915 cu in / 17 L; Weight: 1 lbs 0 oz / 0.45 kg; Size: 11.5 x 16.5 x 4 in / 29 x 42 x 10 cm
One shoulder style and ease of access with all-day comfort
Sling Pack (EC0A3XVM) MSRP
Capacity: 610 cu in / 10 L; Weight: 10 oz / 0.28 kg; Size: 7.25 x 13.5 x 5 in / 18.5 x 34 x 12.5 cm
Waist Pack (EC0A3XVP) MSRP
Capacity: 305 cu in / 5 L; Weight: 7 oz / 0.20 kg; Size: 8.25 x 6.25 x 2.75 in / 21 x 16 x 7 cm
Packable Backpack 15L
There when you need it, out of the way when you don’t
Packable Backpack 15L (EC0A3XVJ) MSRP
Capacity:1065 cu in / 17.5 L; Weight: 5 oz / 0.15 kg; Size: 10.5 x 16.25 x 4 in / 27 x 41.5 x 10 cm
Packing Cube Set
Organization for everyone, get more stuff into less space
Packing Cube Set (EC0A3XVK) MSRP
Includes: Cube Large, Cube Medium, Shoe Sac
Packing Sack Set
Versatile storage for everything from art supplies to snacks
Packing Sack Set (EC0A3XVK) MSRP
Incudes: Sac Small, Sac Medium, Sac large
Keep all your toiletries together and organized
Toiletry Bag (EC0A3XVF) MSRP
Capacity: 365 cu in / 6 L; Weight: 4 oz / .12 kg; Size: 10 x 5 x 6 in / 25.5 x 13 x 15 cm
Security for when the adventures get real
Neck Wallet (EC0A3XVI) MSRP
Capacity: 90 cu in / 1.5 L; Weight: 4 oz / .12 kg; Size: 14.5 x 31 x 12.5 in / 37 x 79 x 32 cm
ABOUT EAGLE CREEK
Eagle Creek is the original inspirator of getting outside – outside the familiar and the well worn paths. We take journeys that lead us outside our comfort zone toward new levels of understanding, growth and connection. We exist to serve all generations of travelers, backpackers, jet-setters, and weekend nomads looking for something deeper, something greater. This insight informs the products we make, the places we touch, and the people we meet to unlock new perspectives in our shared explorations of life. Eagle Creek. Find your unknown.
ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
A lot of people are eager to get on a vacation during winter, and that is why National Debt Relief shares some tips to do make it an affordable plan. The article titled “Best Winter Travel Destinations For An Affordable Vacation” released November 23, 2018, aims to give people vacation ideas that will not break the bank.
The article starts off by explaining how a lot of people are already planning on getting away before the holidays. That desire only increases as the holidays roll in. The good thing is that there are a number of fun and interesting vacation ideas people can consider for the holiday. One of the things consumers need to pay attention to in order to avoid the crowd and save some money is booking “off-season.”
The article shares that people usually love to go to the beach to get away from the cold of winter. This means that during the holidays, there are not many people on the beach and even in hotels and restaurants. People who choose the beach could get huge discounts because it is an off-season and enjoy the location without a big crowd.
The article also explains that National Parks can be a great idea for people to visit during winter. This might sound like a bad idea since national parks are best visited in the warm weather months when they’re easily accessible and full of lush, green beauty. However, winter gives a unique glimpse into winter wildlife and the stunning elegance of snow-capped evergreens and glass ponds.
The article also explains how a staycation can be a great way to plan a winter vacation. People will be able to do away with the stress of a long travel and enjoy locations close to home. To read the full article, click https://www.nationaldebtrelief.com/winter-travel-destinations-affordable-vacation/
How many of us ‘wear’ our seat belts properly?
As RoSPA state, seat belts should ‘be worn as tight as possible with no slack’ and ‘the lap belt should go over the pelvic region, not the stomach’. It is well documented that although the crash test dummies are in this perfect sitting position when new cars get tested by NCAP/EuroNCAP, this is not the position most of the world’s 900 million vehicle drivers are in during normal driving.
As EuroNCAP state “Occupant positioning is critical to effective protection during a collision: systems such as seatbelts and airbags do not work as effectively if the occupants are displaced from the expected sitting positions before the impact.”
Although seat belts are proven to reduce injury and save lives, after just a few miles we slip down just an inch or two and our pelvis rotates and this leads to the lap belt riding up off the pelvis onto the stomach, compromising the seatbelt safety. Any collision in this position leads to a very different outcome compared to the EuroNCAP tests. At lower impact speeds the seat belt can cause bruising but at higher speeds internal bleeding and even ‘submarining’ can occur, where the occupant slips under the seat belt. Ask any first-on-the-scene paramedic. A head on collision of 2 cars travelling more than 30mph leads to a 60mph impact. The seat belt works optimally when firmly across the hips to take the huge force on the strong pelvic bone, but if there is slack in the lap belt section, as happens commonly, the damage to the occupants can be fatal.
SHOFT is a new patented product that goes a long way to solving this problem, and it’s so simple.
We all want to sit in the safest position and although most of us start off in a healthy upright position with slack removed, gravity takes its toll after just a few miles and we tend to slip down and forwards slightly into a ‘slouch’ position. We often see drivers sit back up at traffic lights and even give the seat belt a tug upwards to remove the slack again, only for the process to happen again a few miles down the road.
The stark fact is that any slack in the lap belt or misplacement of the seat belt will compromise the effectiveness of the safety devices fitted to the car, such as airbags, knee protection and the seat belt as they are all designed and tested with the occupant sitting upright with seat belt across the hips and with no slack.
Now there is a simple solution.
SHOFTTM is a small palm-sized product designed to keep the slack out of the seat belt. After a 2 second install adding a SHOFT to the seat belt provides it with extra functionality by turning it into an ‘anti-slouch’ device. By keeping out the usual slack that creeps into our seatbelts, SHOFT helps to keep both driver and passengers in a better and potentially safer seated position. And with our poor posture in cars being identified as a major cause of back pain, SHOFT also helps to solve a problem that nearly all of us will have to deal with.
The innovative simple design invented by Dr Graham Cox and his father Ronald, is made from a specially designed soft material that fits by slipping over the top of your car seat belt tongue (that’s the bit you grab every time you buckle up).
How does it work?
SHOFT has a specifically designed built in ‘brake pad’ made of a secret formula called GRIPteneTM, that engages the seat belt webbing across the lap portion when you buckle up and this helps to resist slack creeping into the lapbelt. SHOFT only affects the lap section of the seat belt, so the occupant can lean forwards in the seat to reach dials as normal.
Adding SHOFT to your vehicle can help you comply with RoSPA guidelines and will help ensure your seat belt is optimally positioned every mile of your trip.For more infomration visit us at www.shoft.co.uk.