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EnVue Telematics Partners With Drivewyze To Offer Cutting-Edge Bypass Technology

EnVue Telematics, a leader in intelligent vehicle technology, has partnered with the leader in Connected Truck services, Drivewyze Inc., to offer systems that improve commercial fleet safety, maximize drivers’ Hours of Service (HOS) and make operations more efficient.

EnVue now offers Drivewyze’s best-in-class technology, Drivewyze PreClear, that allows commercial drivers to legally bypass routine weigh station stops. The PreClear technology transmits the vehicle’s safety record, credentials and other details as they approach the station, preclearing the vehicle to bypass the scale without always having to pull in. This keeps drivers out of scales and on the road, allowing them to deliver loads faster while staying in compliance with laws and regulations.

PreClear is a hands-free technology that’s integrated directly into your Geotab Drive® Mobile Application, eliminating the need for a transponder. PreClear also complies with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration distracted driving regulations. It improves driver safety by reducing the need for lane changes, lining up on the highway and merging with other traffic.

Drivewyze also offers business intelligence technology that provides data-driven information on activities and loss reports for unplanned delays at weigh stations.

“Drivewyze PreClear has become a game-changer for fleet managers. We’re always searching for innovative technology and cutting-edge systems that offer advantages to fleet managers, and partnering with Drivewyze fit our company mission perfectly,” said Randy Read, president of EnVue Telematics. “We look forward to offering our clients the solutions that Drivewyze brings to the table.”

In addition to offering Drivewyze products, EnVue Telematics also works with clients to ensure they fully benefit from what the technology has to offer. The relationship does not end at the sale. Carriers using Drivewyze PreClear enjoy many benefits:

  • Saves time. Weigh station bypass systems allow drivers to spend more time on the road.
  • Saves money. One client reported saving .3 million and more than 12,000 hours of drive time.
  • More efficient. The ability to bypass stations allows fleets to perform more efficiently. It also keeps drivers from accidentally missing weight station stops.
  • Recruiting and retaining drivers. In a survey, 79% of drivers said they’d think more positively about a company if they offered company-paid bypass service.
  • Improves safety. Bypass service allows drivers to avoid sometimes-risky situations.

 

The partnership with Drivewyze further enhances a robust lineup of technology and data-driven solutions from EnVue Telematics that optimize fleet performance and improve safety.

About EnVue Telematics


EnVue Telematics has 20 years experience in providing intelligent technology solutions to the challenges facing commercial fleets. The company partners with leaders in data analytics and offers innovative telematics tools and safety devices that can solve challenges in areas such as asset tracking, safety, compliance and route optimization. The company’s user-friendly solutions combined with powerful data collection and information technology make fleet and asset management simple and more precise than ever before.

About Drivewyze Inc.


Drivewyze Inc. is the leader in connected truck services and is on a mission to revolutionize transportation safety and efficiency. Drivewyze serves commercial drivers and fleets with innovative trucking services such as the Drivewyze PreClear bypass service, and the Drivewyze Analytics Weigh Station Loss Reporting service. Drivewyze was recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the North American Weigh Station Bypass Company of the Year Award for 2017, for its best practices and industry leadership. To learn more about Drivewyze, visit http://www.drivewyze.com.

Posted in: Transportation & Logistics,Travel,U.S

Houston's Got Talent: Pride Houston Joins Global Pride Stars Network

High kicks, jazz hands and high notes; bright lights and free-flowing feathers – this is how “those in the know” describe the world’s leading Pride Talent Show, PRIDE STARS. Originating in Amsterdam and across Europe, the Pride Stars franchise will debut in North America in 2020 during Pride Festivals.

The first U.S. city to join the Pride Stars global network is Pride Houston, Inc., which attracts nearly a million attendees annually. By partnering with Pride Stars North America, the festival will have international exposure and a chance to perform at Winter Pride in Maspalomas. Pride Stars in Houston will debut on June 18.

“Pride Stars connects people from around the world, spotlighting great talent with an inclusive spirit,” said Heather J. Taylor, Managing Partner of Pride Stars North America. “When a city joins the Pride Stars global network, they become part of a diverse family, supported by promoters, producers and program consultants dedicated to helping each city and contestant succeed.”

Singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, acrobats and other unique talents will compete for a chance to represent their host city at the Grand Finale at Winter Pride. Performers are encouraged to upload an audition tape by the deadline of April 30th before midnight. Audition tapes are reviewed by Pride Houston with the international Pride Stars consultants and the top talent are selected for the live show held at Culture HTX on June 18.

The winners from each city around the world will compete on November 9-15 at the international Pride Stars Grand Finale in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria during Winter Pride. Each finalist act will perform in front of thousands of people for a chance to win money and prizes from sponsors.

Who can audition? Anyone 18 and over. Pride Stars encourages individuals and group acts to let their talent shine. The contest is an all-inclusive talent show that celebrates the world’s diversity, showcasing amazing performances from around the world during Pride Festivals.

For Lo Moton Roberts, President of Pride Houston, the Pride Stars contest is a perfect fit for the nation’s most diverse city. “This year’s theme is Pride Houston ‘DiverCity,’ which sums up what we’re all about – celebrating inclusivity for all people in the beautiful queer community,” said Roberts. “We can’t wait to share our diverse talent with the world and look forward to sending our winning act from Houston to the Grand Finale in Gran Canaria.”

For many contestants, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete before an international audience. Last year’s Pride Stars Grand Finale winner was Jenny Ball from the UK who had competed against twelve other countries including Italy, Denmark and Spain. Ball’s win offered a career boost with a rush of incoming calls, bookings and invites for other performances. For 2020 the Pride host cities expand across several continents, including Canada, UK, U.S.A. and Europe.

For cities interested in joining Pride Stars, please visit pridestars.com or watch the razzle-dazzle videos on Pride Stars YouTube channel to learn more

Posted in: Society & Culture,Travel,U.S

Gatlinburg Cabin Rental Company Offers 50% Discounts For MLK Day Weekend

Venture Resorts (https://www.cabinsofthesmokymountains.com), the largest cabin rental agency in the Smoky Mountains, today announced special sale for the weekend of Martin Luther King Day. Guests booking stays for the nights of January 17-19 can save 50% on cabin rentals.

“This is an opportunity for families to have a three-day weekend in the mountains,” says Billy Parris, General Manager of Venture Resorts. This year Martin Luther King Day falls on Monday, January 20.    

The holiday falls during Gatlinburg’s ski season and coincides with the city’s 14th annual Winter Ski Fest. The Ski Fest features over 20 events in 3 days, including parties, shopping trips and ski lessons.

The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge continue their annual Winterfest celebration featuring over 5 million holiday lights. Visitors can see the light display through a driving tour or by taking the Gatlinburg trolley.

Venture Resorts’ 50% sale means that a 1-bedroom cabin like the company’s “Magic Moments” cabin can be available for as little as per night, after discount. A 3-bedroom cabin like the company’s “Smoky Mountain Ridge” cabin can be available for just 5 per night, after discount.

Cabin prices vary by cabin based on size, amenities and cabin location. Parris notes that all rates are subject to cabin availability. The cabins cited above are available at the time of writing but may already be booked by press time. Guests can visit the company's web site to see rates for all currently available cabins, with this weekend’s promotions discounts applied at the time of booking.

For more details, visit http://www.cabinsofthesmokymountains.com/specials.php or call (866) 347-6659. The promotion is not available for existing reservations. Discounts do not apply to cleaning, resort and other fees.

Guests can also visit the Venture Resorts website to view current ski conditions at Ober Gatlinburg.

About Venture Resorts
Venture Resorts is the largest luxury cabin rental agency in the Smoky Mountains. The company manages over 400 cabins ranging in size from 1-bedroom to 12-bedrooms, and located near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For more information, call (866) 347-6659 or visit one of the company’s web sites http://www.cabinsofthesmokymountains.com or http://www.cabinsofpigeonforge.com.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Travel

SmartBuyGlasses Brings the Top Performing Sunglasses for Winter Sports

Snow is one of the most reflective surfaces when it comes to light, so wearing sunglasses for winter sports is absolutely essential to avoid harmful UV rays, even without direct sunlight. Snow blindness (when bright light reflected from snow affects vision) is a real threat when skiing or snowboarding, particularly at high altitudes and travelling at high speeds. Hitting the slopes this winter? Make sure your ski goggles or ski glasses lenses provide 100% UV protection to ensure the best experiences.  

To make choosing the ideal pair of winter sports eyewear easy, SmartBuyGlasses provides you with a list of the top recommended products which are worth to be invested in before heading to the mountains.

Top Recommended Goggles

If you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding down the slopes this winter, consider equipping yourself with some quality ski goggles; they are your best choice for comfort, visibility and eye protection.

In low-light and fogging conditions, yellow, gold and amber lenses filter out blue light. Shadows are emphasized to see better the contours in the snow. They also work well in moderate and variable light conditions. Check out the Bloc Evolution E014 or the Bloc Small Fit Moon JM01.

When in bright and reflective snow conditions, darker lens tints such as dark brown, dark grey and dark green will increase contrast with the whites. Gray lenses are also good to reveal the true colours. Check out the Smith I/O7 IE7BKISA17, the Smith RIOT RO2BKECW17 and the Bolle Tsar.

Mirror coating enhances the effectiveness of tinted lenses by reflecting sunlight so it does not penetrate the lenses, making it a great choice for bright and sunny days. Check out the UVEX S40. 

Clear lenses are undoubtedly the best option for sunset and nighttime as they have the highest visible light transmission (VLT), increasing wearers’’ visibility on the slopes. Check out the Salice 609.

Photochromic lenses or transition lenses are designed to automatically adapt to surrounding light, making them perfect to ensure optimal vision and UV ray protection in every situation. Check out the Salice 618 ITA Speed Polarized BKIT/TECH and the Smith Goggles Smith I/OX.

Top Recommended Sunglasses

If you prefer opting for sunglasses over goggles, consider getting some 100% UV protecting sports sunglasses like these.

Sports sunglasses with a wrap-around frame minimize light reaching the eyes from all sides and allows better peripheral vision. Mirror coatings such as on this model are perfect for very bright conditions as they can block an additional 10 per cent to 60 per cent of visible light for greater comfort in highly reflective sunny environments. Check out the Smith RIDGEWELL ChromaPop Polarized and the UVEX SPORTSTYLE 223.

Polarized lenses selectively blocks light reflecting from horizontal surfaces, eliminating glare. Polarized lenses are especially helpful in blocking glare from light reflecting off water, sand, snow and concrete. This model is also made of highly durable polycarbonate made to withstand harsh conditions. Check out the Oakley OO9102 HOLBROOK.

Photochromic or transition lenses are not just found in the goggles, and provide the same optimal protection from unpredictable light conditions. By reacting to the surrounding light, they are perfect for every light condition, from low light to bright light on a sunny day. Check out the Oakley OO9290 JAWBREAKER. 

All of these models are available on SmartBuyGlasses website, discover their website for more information and lots more products.

About SmartBuyGlasses

The SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group is a world-leading designer eyewear e-retailer, with websites in over 30 countries. The company was an early adopter to the online eyewear market, starting VisionDirect.com.au in 2006, selling prescription eyewear, sunglasses and contact lenses in Australia before expanding globally. Today, SmartBuyGlasses is the one-stop-shop for all eyewear needs, giving customers the power to shop their style. With over 180 brands and 80,000 products available, customers get their perfect unique look at amazing value. SmartBuyGlasses are the eyewear fashion experts offering big-name designers along with the most exciting niche brands.




Posted in: Lifestyle,Retail,Sports,Travel,Website & Blog

moremexicoforless.com An Online Travel Agency (OTA) with a Social Cause

http://www.moremexicoforless.com An Online Travel Agency (OTA) with a Social Cause

  • Promotes volunteer tourism to develop the communities’ economies.
  • Leaders in every industry have the responsibility to give back, and travel is no exception.

Jorge Cadena is a world leader in marketing tourist destinations. Through his advertising agency, Smart Strategic Marketing, LLC, he has created over 500 marketing campaigns for destinations, airlines, hotels and attractions all over the world.

Heidi Herfurth, Editor of VIVA! The Woodlands Magazine delivered the news to Jorge Cadena, President of Smart Strategic Marketing, LLC and Founder of moremexicoforless.com and said, "We need more companies that consider helping others a fundamental part of their business strategies".

Although the travel industry is not seen as an industry that gives back, in reality it provides millions of jobs around the world. Tourism employs people from all walks of life and caters to the vast range of tourists, that travel to nearby and distant destinations. Moreover, Jorge has seen that tourism has had a great impact in the development of regions around the world. Which is why he is committed to educating travel brands on how to use tourism to increase employment in areas of few opportunities.

Travelers today want to know the country authentically, the people, culture, nature, and everyday life. His OTA, moremexicoforless.com, partners with Nomad Republic, a company that organizes volunteer travel to Central and South America.

“I think travelling far brings you closer,” said Jorge when asked about Volunteer Tourism. “I’ve seen people travel long distances and spend a lot of money just to get to a remote community in the poorest regions of the world because that’s where they get a tremendous sense of accomplishment from helping others, which is priceless,” he added.

Jorge also believes that one should get to know their neighbor better. However, when going to meet one’s neighbor he says, “take the long way; if your neighbor lives to your right, go left. Go around the world and get a little lost. As you travel around you will be exposed to different cultures, languages, and ways of thinking. This will give you a better understanding of the world and the people around you, ultimately bringing you closer to your neighbor.” Jorge also has a compelling message for travel companies, “by sharing our knowledge about tourism, we will build better tourism destinations, improve the level of service, and gain a better understanding of each other.”

Jorge is a renowned travel speaker, who is passionate about sharing his knowledge to help travel brands find their uniqueness. He has helped hundreds of brands learn how to successfully market their products. He is therefore devoted to offering solutions that help bring economic development through sustainable tourism projects that can be turned into new exciting travel products for consumers.

For more information please contact
Jorge Cadena
+1 (832) 948-4440
jorge@smartsmarketing.com

Posted in: Media & Communications,Travel

Celebrate Free Shipping day with SmartBuyGlasses Offers

Just a few days left on the calendar before Christmas Eve and I bet you still haven’t finished shopping all your holiday gift list, or even started yet! For those of us who always leave our shopping to the last minute, this Saturday 14th is Free Shipping Day! On this day all orders are shipped for free, no restrictions or minimum purchase required. To make it even better shops offer special discounts on selected products. 

This year, SmartBuyGlasses is one of the companies taking part in free shipping day, offering 50% off on selected eyeglasses and sunglasses from top designer brands like Ray-Ban, Gucci, Oakley, Nike and many more.

Don’t miss the chance to get the perfect gift for Christmas, whether if it is for someone special or just an occasion to treat yourself. For this holiday season, a nice pair of frames is the perfect accessory anybody would like to add to their closet. Some shiny eyewear to complement the festive outfit, a new pair of goggles for skiing, trendy sunglasses for the next summer vacation. Find the best eyewear options at SmartBuyGlasses.com and get all orders shipped for free on Free Shipping Day!

 

About SmartBuyGlasses

SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group is the world’s leading designer glasses e-commerce company. With operations across Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, the portfolio of domain properties are market leaders in over 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses.com in the US and VisionDirect.com.au in Australia.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,Living,Shopping & Deal,Travel

Goway Travel Now Taking Bookings on 2020 Shongololo Rail Adventures

Celebrating 50 years in travel in 2020, Goway Travel is offering Africa-bound passengers booking a journey on the famed Shongololo Express unbeatable rates on upcoming departures. Passengers are invited to climb aboard for Goway’s 16-day Shongololo Good Hope itinerary, or the 13-day Shongololo Southern Cross, saving up to ,149 per person.

Inviting guests to sleep in comfort in between their Africa adventures, the Shongololo Express is the ultimate way to explore Southern Africa in style. Passengers take in the best multiple countries have to offer, including some of the world’s finest game viewing, without the need to constantly unpack and repack. Along the way, they enjoy delicious and authentic dishes unique to the region, paired with select South African wines.

With departures in March and November, the Shongololo Good Hope is a 16-day adventure through South Africa, beginning with a full day tour of Pretoria and historic Soweto. It then takes the famous Panorama Route to Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe National Park for game drives, with a visit to Swaziland en route. Stop in Durban where golfers can choose to tee off at the city’s world class golf course, then continue on to the beautiful landscapes of the Cape, finishing with a full day tour of Cape Town, the Mother City. Passengers who book by January 31, 2020 will save US,149 on this incredible journey.

The Shongololo Southern Cross begins at one of Africa’s legendary wonders, Victoria Falls. After a tour of the ‘Smoke That Thunders,’ it’s on to Hwange Game Reserve for arguably Zimbabwe’s finest wildlife viewing. Passengers then get to explore the Great Zimbabwe ruins before crossing the border into South Africa. Awaiting them is a morning at Kapama’s Wild Dog and Cheetah Project, followed by days exploring the kingdom of Swaziland and Maputo in Mozambique. A Kruger National Park visit offers more great game viewing before the Shongololo follows the Panorama Route, bound for Pretoria and historic Soweto. Passengers booking with Goway by January 31, 2020 will save US0 on departures in January, April, and June.

A journey aboard the Shongololo is a coveted experience, with only a few departures throughout the year. Passengers should book early for the ultimate rail journey through the best of Southern Africa in 2020.

Since 1970, Goway has been providing unforgettable travel experiences to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central & South America, Idyllic Island destinations and Europe. Today Goway is recognized as one of North America's leading travel companies for individuals, families and groups to select exotic destinations around the globe. Goway has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Manila, and Sydney, Australia.

For reservations and information, visit http://www.goway.com, or call 1-800-387-8850.

Posted in: Travel

Ovation Travel Group Publicly Unveils New “Sunday in the City” Mini-FAMS in New York City for its Luxury Advisors

Ovation Travel Group – one of the largest independently owned travel management and luxury leisure companies headquartered in the United States – today is publicly announcing an initiative designed for its travel advisors to experience some of New York City’s most buzz-worthy hotel properties. “Sunday in the City” is an educational program enabling Ovation’s luxury leisure advisors to enjoy mini-FAM experiences at a mix of hotels that are new, freshly renovated, rebranded or legendary in stature. After this year’s initial success of Ovation’s pilot program featuring several hotel properties, the program is being formalized for 2020.

“With the high number of Ovation clients who travel to New York, it is imperative that our advisors remain at the forefront of knowledge about the city’s impressive array of luxury hotel options,” stated Paul Metselaar, CEO and Chairman of Ovation Travel Group. “Sunday in the City accomplishes that objective in that it further empowers our advisors to make the most appropriate hotel recommendations based on their expertise. As a result, our clientele enjoys even greater peace-of-mind.”

“Sunday in the City has already been a major hit among our participating advisors, and they love getting a taste of the hospitality their clients will experience,” noted Gina Gabbard, Senior Vice President of Luxury and Independent Advisors. “In addition to providing overnight accommodations, each Sunday in the City includes a hotel-hosted cocktail reception for our advisors, a site inspection and dinner at one of the property’s premier restaurants. Then, on the following Monday morning, breakfast is served to our advisors before they depart to commence their week’s business. The overall opportunity allows them to further enrich their expertise.”

Gabbard added that among the five hotels already hosting Ovation’s Sunday in the City have been the InterContinental New York Barclay and The Langham New York. Both properties are two longstanding hotel partners with Ovation.

“We were thrilled to host Ovation Travel Group for Sunday in the City at The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue. Not only did it give us the opportunity to show these travel professionals the very best of our hotel, but we were able to showcase our neighborhood and the inside knowledge our Concierge team has about New York City as a destination,” explained Stephanie Younts, Senior Sales Manager, Travel Industry for The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue. “Ovation is a consistent source of strong business for The Langham and we were very excited to be able to further strengthen our relationship with this event.”

According to Gabbard, properties already scheduled to host upcoming Sundays in the City are Equinox Hotels, The Dominick and The Mark.

“Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards, NYC is thrilled to partner with the world’s leading luxury travel group. Just as Ovation is focused on providing exceptional experiences and services, so too is Equinox Hotels as the brand aims to disrupt the hospitality industry and break barriers,” stated Chris Reed, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards, NYC, Manhattan’s newest luxury lifestyle hotel centered on the principles of movement, nutrition and regeneration. “Sunday in the City is the perfect opportunity for leading travel experts to discover the new flagship hotel, club and spa and truly understand all the meticulous details and offerings incorporated into this game-changing new brand.”

Participating luxury leisure travel advisors from Ovation Travel Group have described how they – and ultimately their clients – benefit from each Sunday in the City.

“Sunday in the City is an invaluable educational program that offers a wonderful way to see and experience a top-tier hotel in New York City as your clients would. There are so many new and greatly refurbished hotels in this city, and the only way to understand them and their relevance to your client is to experience them directly,” explained Vicky Metcalfe, an Ovation travel advisor who has already participated in two of the events.

“I’ve found Sunday in the City to be above and beyond your normal site inspection. It’s experiencing every aspect of the property – from check-in to check-out, plus having two meals (dinner and breakfast) provides a good insight into the dining experience,” said Denese Senno, a luxury travel advisor with Ovation. “Also, it was nice to see the public areas both during the day and at night. It really helps to feel the vibe of the hotel.”

Ovation’s luxury leisure travel division is inviting independent advisors to learn how to qualify for its program by visiting OvationTravel.com/Become-an-Independent.

About Ovation
Ovation Travel Group, whose flagship brand, Lawyers Travel, began operations 35 years ago, is one of the largest independently owned travel companies headquartered in the US. Ovation is a .4 billion travel company with travel consultants in more than 30 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Ovation is committed to providing exceptional service and unforgettable luxury leisure travel experiences for its clientele. Its trusted advisors act as a one-stop shop source for the best value and candid, personalized advice. From traditional getaways to exotic adventures, Ovation’s leisure travel consultants develop the right vacation experiences for its clients year-round. For more information, please visit https://www.ovationtravel.com.

Posted in: Business,Travel

New Goway Offer Invites Globetrotters to Cruise the Ancient World

Goway Travel is inviting globetrotters to discover three continents on one compact, 8-day itinerary with its latest cruise offer. Part of the company’s World On Sale promotion, Cruising Three Continents stops at ports in Greece, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and Cyprus, creating an ideal itinerary for history buffs, or anyone else looking to escape the chill this winter.

Embarking in Athens, passengers set sail for Alexandria, home of the ancient world’s most famous library, with the option of an excursion to Cairo and the Giza Pyramids. It’s then on to the cultural offerings, ancient ruins, and sun-drenched shores of Ashdod, Israel, and Limassol in Cyprus. Continue to the island of Rhodes, where one can imagine the Colossus that once welcomed ships to this ancient harbour. Then explore the enormous covered bazaar of Kuradasi in Turkey before returning to Athens.

Globetrotters booking departures on December 9, 16, and 23 will save US 0 per person on this incredible journey. Discounted prices start at just US ,539 which includes 7 nights’ accommodation, all meals as per itinerary, an unlimited drinks package, port charges and gratuities, onboard entertainment including gala night and captain’s cocktail, and more. Passengers must book by October 31, 2019 to be eligible for this offer.

Many more great Europe travel deals are included in Goway’s World on Sale, including long stays in Spain and Portugal, German Christmas Markets, an 8-day Eclectic Aegean Cruise, and the Best of Greece including Mykonos and Santorini.

Since 1970, Goway has been providing unforgettable travel experiences to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central & South America, Idyllic Island destinations and Europe. Today Goway is recognized as one of North America's leading travel companies for individuals, families and groups to select exotic destinations around the globe. Goway has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Manila, and Sydney, Australia.

For reservations and information, visit http://www.goway.com, or call 1-800-387-8850.

Posted in: Travel

International Jet Celebrates 40 Years of Private Charter

On September 25, 2019 International Jet celebrated 40 years of private charter jet services. The company has been based out of Centennial Airport in Centennial, Colorado since 1980 and is the longest tenured company at the airport. International Jet has a unique and varied history. Aside from flying celebrities and private passengers for business and personal private charter, the company has flown missile codes to air bases around the country for the military, cancelled checks for banks, and even once flew a gorilla—BeBe—to the Cincinnati Zoo. International Jet has also flown over 10,000 AirLife flights over a twenty-five year period. Since 1991, International Jet has flown the Dream Chaser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2014 the company was honored with NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership.
 
The 40th celebration was September 25, 2019 at the International Jet offices and hangar at Centennial Airport.
 

Early Roots

In 1979 Lynn Krogh and Bill Milam began the company in Long Beach, California. The first plane was a 1975 Cessna 421 Turbo Prop. Business was good and in February of 1980 the company acquired a Lear 24 and moved the operation to Denver, Colorado, where space was rented from Tiger Air. During this time International Jet flew a lot of cargo flights for Emery Air Freight and Purolator.

 

In June of 1980 we added a Lear 25 and became the first charter Lear Jet at Centennial Airport. Our first hangar, today’s maintenance hangar, was built shortly after arriving in Denver. Today, International Jet is the longest tenured company at Centennial Airport.

We flew cargo for several years and at one point we even operated a helicopter charter. Long-time Denver residents might remember Mike Silva, pilot of the KCNC-TV helicopter. He was the first pilot for the International Jet helicopter charter services—Shy Charter.

During this time we also had a military contract to fly missile launch codes to the different air bases throughout the United States.

Transition To Passenger

Brian Smith joined International Jet in 1989 as the company was transitioning to more passenger charters. Columbia Air Life (later became HealthOne) became a long-time customer in the early '90s. Over a twenty-five year period International Jet flew more than 10,000 medical transplants using twelve to fifteen different planes.

 

Groundbreaking Event

In 2002, we broke ground on the current building at Centennial Airport and it opened in 2003. A series of large aircraft were added in the mid-2000s as International Jet became a completely passenger charter company.

 

In 2008 Brian became a full partner in the business.

Dream Chaser and Make-A-Wish

At International Jet we believe in giving back to the community and we put those beliefs into action. Five times one of our jets has been turned into the Dream Chaser, or "like a Lifesaver," as the kids say, and we do our best to make a few dreams come true by taking some of the kids on a flight to remember. This year (2019) we flew Make-A-Wish Foundation kids from Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque and Los Angeles. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) honored International Jet Aviation Services and the Make-A-Wish Foundation as co-recipients of NBAA's 2014 Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership.

Clouds Of Fun!

We’ve flown a lot of interesting and wonderful people over the years, including: Neil Armstrong, Pat Bowlen, Johnny Cash, Jack Nicklaus, Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey. We look forward to flying them, other superstars, executives and families for another forty years.

 

It’s all been possible because of the great people who made International Jet their home—some for a short while, others for years. We couldn’t have accomplished it without you! Come celebrate with us. Follow the link below to confirm your reservation.

Posted in: Hospitality,Services,Transportation & Logistics,Travel,World

Strange but efficient ways to customer satisfaction and loyalty at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton

“STRANGE BUT EFFICIENT WAYS TO CUSTOMER SATISFACTION & LOYALTY AT THE CHARM HOTEL & SPA, BRIGHTON”

Have you ever wondered what it takes to deliver customer service and satisfaction in the hospitality industry? It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't …” … please all the people all of the time” It really so much applies to our industry.
In order to be successful in hospitality it is not just enough to attract new customers we also must concentrate on retaining existing customers implementing effective policies of customer satisfaction and loyalty. In the hotel industry customer satisfaction is largely hooked upon quality of service. This approach focused on customer satisfaction can improve customer loyalty, thus increasing the positive image of the tourist destination. Hence, exploring the importance for customers of hotel attributes in hotel selection is indispensable. Research on the topic of guest satisfaction, which translates into the consideration of whether customers will return to a hotel or advise it to other tourists, is pivotal to the success of the hospitality business.

Massaging, Manicure & Pedicure at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton

 

The Charm Hotel Spa Suite with the Deluxe Hot Tub

 

At the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton and its sister hotel The Sea Spray, the focus is on delivering superior hospitality allowing guests to relax and create memorable moments throughout their stay. The hotel is committed to building meaningful, personal relationships with guests and a “Yes We Can” attitude to ensure the satisfaction of every guest. The Charm features solutions that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% guest Satisfaction guarantee.
To remain competitive, hotels are now expected to deliver exceptional customer service whenever and wherever customers contact them, whether it’s on social media, mobile apps or through traditional channels. At the Sea Spray and the Charm Hotel, as well as in most hospitality, technology is rapidly changing the way business is done. Although the fundamental qualities of great customer service remain the same, the way it needs to be delivered has already changed so we make sure all our staff are trained to be able to cope.
Leo Nguyen, the General Manager of both hotels said, “We are always striving to continuously improve our customer experience, and it is fantastic to have our long-term commitment recognised by so many guests.” He added “This is testament to our team of great staff who are firmly committed to our vision of delivering both excellence and service to our customers.”
Remarkable service pays dividends by increasing loyalty and word of mouth buzz. Customer service has always been a prerequisite to success in the hotel industry, but in this social media era where everyone acts as a publisher, there is additional marketing value to being remarkable. Getting the basics right, but also looking to create talk ability. Social media raises the stakes for customer service and at the Charm and the Sea Spray we have found that social media savvy consumers who are happy with our customer service seem to spend more with us getting involved in other activities in the hotel and recommending the hotel to other people.
Just to emphasise what has helped the Charm Hotel and Sea Spray staff deliver customer service, starts with knowing that the guest experience begins long before they arrive at the front desk to check in for their stay. A mobile-friendly website offers visual appeal and social proof of the experience that they will enjoy at the hotel.

We also actively solicit and respond to guest feedback by accepting and promoting our online reviews and showing other travellers that we value the opinion of our guests and that we are willing to go the extra mile to deliver superior customer service.

Next is connecting with guests on a personal level. This also begins before our guests arrive at the front desk. We utilise technology in the form of social media to reach out to our guests prior to their stay and learn a little bit more about them. Customised booking forms also help you gain insight about the people who will be staying at your hotel. While our guests are staying with us, we make sure to add small touches and details that personalise the experience. Guests will remember those experiences for years to come, and they will significantly improve their overall opinion of our property and help convince them to return.

Monitoring guest feedback and responding to it accordingly it’s important that we take note of what improvements could be made in the future based on those responses. It will also show future guests that we genuinely value their input.

FACT FILE:
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 Charm Suite 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.
Sea Spray Brighton Luxury Hotel
Featuring a shared lounge and free WiFi, Sea Spray Luxury Hotel in Brighton & Hove is a 6-minute walk from Brighton Pier. The property is situated 500 metres from The Royal Pavilion. Brighton Dome is an 8-minute walk from the guest house. The rooms in the Hotel are equipped with a kettle. Each room comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries, while some rooms come with a patio. Guest rooms in Sea Spray are fitted with a TV and a hairdryer. A buffet breakfast is served each morning at the property.
• Call Sea Spray on +44 1273 684966
• Email – seaspray@brighton.co.uk
• Sea Spray Hotel – New Steine, Kemptown Brighton BN2 1PD

For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk

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 – Luxury Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

 

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NextPax Introduces Direct Booking Technology for Vacation Rentals on Google

Channel manager NextPax releases a direct booking technology for property managers working with Google to list vacation rentals on Google Hotel Search. This technology puts property managers in control, as every visitor is directed to their own brand’s website, instead of to a third party website or iFrame.

Being an early tech provider selected to co-develop with Google, NextPax is very pleased to introduce its solution to the vacation rental market. ‘Our aim is to put the supplier’s website first by sending traffic directly. By doing this we avoid intermediate solutions like external landing pages,’ says Erik Engel, CEO of NextPax.

The added advantage is that property managers start strengthening their own brands in Google, as their participation in this program with NextPax facilitates direct bookings on their own websites. Erik Engel explains, ‘NextPax has always highly valued the property manager’s own brand, so putting them in control of all guest communication and their own bookings is key in our development strategy.’

Some of the largest European property managers like Cottages, Hoseasons and NOVASOL A/S are among the first companies that went live with their inventory on Google’s vacation rental listings and are directly bookable on their own websites. Opening the connection to Google as a channel for vacation rentals via the NextPax platform exposes their brands to millions of travelers worldwide. The connectivity NextPax provides fully synchronizes updates in content, rates, availability and inventory.

For more information, visit the NextPax website.

Posted in: Technology,Travel

Limited Service Hotels Have Potential to Offer Room Service Through Tech Integration, Research Shows

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: 

  • 50% of leisure travelers and 51% of business travelers were either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to order food delivery from hotels for additional loyalty points.
  • Seven in ten respondents have great interest in local food experiences when traveling.
  • ‘Ease and convenience’ are the key motivating factors for ordering both traditional room service and online food delivery.
  • 67% of business travelers and 48% of leisure travelers have already used a food delivery app on a recent trip.

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.

Download the entire white paper here.

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.

About iSeatz 
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.

Posted in: Business,Food & Beverage,Travel

TroopTravel Announces the Integration of Meetings.com

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?”

About TroopTravel:

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.

About Meetings.com:

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.

Posted in: Services,Travel

Hickory Global Partners Announces Partnership with The Apartment Service

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.

About TAS

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.

For more information, visit http://www.apartmentservice.com and http://www.thetasalliance.com

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.

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STAYCATION UK - Summer by the Seaside

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”

FACT FILE:
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.

For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk

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 – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

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The Cruise Web Celebrates Twenty Five Years in Business

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

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Resort for a Day’s Revamped Website Enhances Resort Day Pass Shopping Experience

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.

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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH ECO FRIENDLY POLICIES – A WINNING FORMULA FOR THE CHARM HOTEL & SPA, BRIGHTON

Located off the seafront in the heart of Brighton’s vibrant Kemptown district, The Charm Hotel & Spa luxury boutique hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s major attractions, including the Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion, shopping in the North Laines, the British Airways i360 which gives you a great aerial view of Brighton, the West Pier, the Beach and the SeaLife centre. And for those arriving by train, it’s also a wheelie case friendly 15-minute walk from Brighton station.  The area has plenty of character, with its grand seafront crescents and elegant squares, and there’s a lively village feel, with independent coffee shops, restaurants, wine bars and quirky shops right on its doorstep.
This June, The Charm Hotel & Spa Brighton, 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 across the UK is celebrating its 3rd anniversary since it was launched by the Golden Lotus Group as its first property in the City. 
Since then, the Group have bought and renovated the Sea Spray Hotel, Brighton and have moved to extend the Charm Hotel by acquiring the hotel that was next door to the Charm which has had a major refurbishment to add another 9 bedroom suites to the hotel as well as a new Charm Hotel Spa Suite.  It now offers 34 rooms over 4 floors, which range from Compact Doubles to the super-swish sea-view King Balcony Suites. Original features such as elegant marble fireplaces and ceiling cornicing have been blended with luxurious modern touches. There are rich fabrics and wallpapers, gilt mirrors and individual artwork throughout, while guests benefit from organic toiletries, goose feather down pillows and duvets and comfy Hypnos beds. The suites also have Free Wi-Fi, Samsung TVs, Nespresso coffee machines and beautiful freestanding baths.
The Spa is designed for guest enjoyment as well as the local community who are welcome to come in, relax and enjoy. It 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 Spa offers the perfect place to reenergise and rejuvenate and works wonders for those wellbeing, health and fitness goals. You will need to book to avoid disappointment and get the special discount from the Summer Spa package.
The Charm Hotel’s environmental sustainability is championed through eco-friendly policies within the hotels. The group’s philosophy is to become a more environmentally conscious business while technological improvements are allowing it to protect the environment and be economically efficient at the same time. 
“We strive for sustainability across all areas of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda, in environmental sustainability, personal sustainability and community sustainability,” explains General Manager, Leo Nguyen.
FACT FILE:
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.
 
For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk
 
ENDS:
 
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 – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk      www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

 

Relaxing In the Deluxe Hot Tub

 

Inside One of the bedroom suites

 

Perfect place to reenergise and rejuvenate

 

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St. John Vacation Rental Owner Shares Story of Resilience on Travel Show

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.

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Voyager HQ Reunites Leaders in Travel Innovation For the Second Annual Travel Disruption Summit

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.

Speakers include:

Sam Jain, 
CEO and Founder at Fareportal

Anthony Toth, 
Managing Director -Digital Sales at United Airlines

Jeff Glueck, 
CEO at Foursquare

Amy Burr 
Managing Director, Operations and Partnerships at JetBlue Technology Ventures

Marina Suberlyak, 
Head of Marketing, North America at Norwegian Air

Kerri Zeil, 
Head of Amadeus for Startups

Nicole Brown, 
Senior Director, Partnerships at TripAdvisor

Barbara Joseph, 
Senior Manager, Business Development at Virtuoso

Javier Egipciaco, 
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/.

About Fareportal 
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.

Contact: 
John Matson 
john(at)voyagerhq(dot)com 
137 W 25th Street 
New York, NY 10001 
United States 
Ph: +1 347 440 1627

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Luxury boutique hotel, The Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton gets rave reviews in the UK national press

“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 ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk

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 – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

Posted in: Business,Hospitality,Lifestyle,Travel,World

A Tribute to Cows and Goats: Tennessee River Valley’s Guide to Dairy and Cheese Farms in the South

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.

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The New World of Medical Tourism TV Series Features World Class Facilities

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.

Check your local listings for exact time/dates.

For More Info Contact:
Lisa Meyers 305.974.1346
lisa.meyers@OMDprm.com

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Hospitality,Travel

The ÓLEO Cancún Playa Hotel Receives Award for its Excellent Performance During 2018

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.

About us:     
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.

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Come From Away: You've Seen the Show, Now Visit the Set in Newfoundland and Labrador

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.

For more information on the four provinces, visit these websites or follow on social media:

New Brunswick 
Web: http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca 
Instagram: @DestinationNB 
Twitter: @SeeNewBrunswick 
Facebook: @DestinationNB

Nova Scotia 
Web: http://www.novascotia.com 
Instagram: @VisitNovaScotia 
Twitter: @VisitNovaScotia 
Facebook: @NovaScotia

Newfoundland and Labrador 
Web: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com 
Instagram: @newfoundlandlabrador 
Twitter: @NLtweets 
Facebook: @NewfoundlandLabradorTourism

Prince Edward Island 
Web: http://www.tourismpei.com 
Instagram: @tourismpei 
Twitter: @tourismpei 
Facebook: @tourismpei

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Gina Dolecki/Ashley Mindnich 
Redpoint 
212.229.0119 
dolecki@redpointspeaks.com 
mindnich@redpointspeaks.com

Posted in: Travel,U.S

The impact of TripAdvisor hotel review scores on the luxury boutique Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton

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.

Currently with 738 TripAdvisor reviews, of those 616 view the hotel as excellent, 111 as very good, 10 average and 1 as poor, with location, cleanliness, service and value and most importantly staff as the key decisions why they score the hotel highly on TripAdvisor.
 
While we know that travel reviews influence traveller decisions—95% of travellers report using travel reviews regularly to make booking decisions, the impact of reviews on hotels goes much further than just making the final cut. For instance, a Cornell study found that a one-point increase in reputation (based on a five-point scale) may result in a hotel’s ability to raise room rates up to 11.2%. A Trust You heat mapping study found that given equal prices travellers are 3.9 times more likely to choose a hotel with a higher review score. And, even when hotel prices are increased for hotels with better review scores, travellers are more likely to book the hotel with the higher score despite the higher rate. In fact, 76% of travellers said they were willing to pay more for a hotel with higher review scores.

 
Understanding the nuance of these correlations however as TripAdvisor score vs. TripAdvisor popularity ranking, timeframe in which the review was written, brand, geographic market can be challenging.
 
With the recent extension and addition of nine suites and the new “Charm Spa Suite, 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.
 
Beyond that, the Charm’s desirable location in Kemptown, Brighton makes it a convenient start point for exploring the City, with the Palace Pier, the Beach, the Royal Pavilion, Shopping in the North Laines, the SeaLife Centre all within 4 minutes walking distance away.
 
A recent PhoCusWright study revealed the impact reviews have on travellers’ decision-making: These show that
 
• 83% of respondents indicated that reviews help them pick the right hotel
• 80% read at least 6 – 12 reviews prior to booking
• 53% won’t commit to a booking until they read reviews
 
General Manager of the Charm Hotel and Spa Brighton Leo Nguyen said, "Whether you're looking for a great value hotel in a popular city like Brighton & Hove, a luxurious beachfront splurge, or a romantic getaway, you can see that hundreds of reviews and opinions from the TripAdvisor community has picked the Charm as the place to enjoy your stay in Brighton and our great staff will give you a fabulous welcome that will inspire and help you enjoy your amazing trip."
 
The impact of a hotel’s ranking, review score, and percentage of 5- star reviews each have a positive influence on the number of bookings. It is said that if the share of 5-star reviews increases by 10%, the number of bookings increases by 10.2% in the UK and Europe. Also, if the average review score of the hotel improves by 10%, the number of bookings increases by 2.2% in the UK and Europe.
 
There is an introductory offer for the new “Charm Spa Suite” of FREE One hour of Spa treatment worth £70 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, Twitter@charm_hotel.co.uk For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on (+44) 07850 736544 or email ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk
 
END NOTES TO EDITOR: 
 
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 – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk
 

Posted in: Business,Hospitality,Leisure Activities,Travel,World

“Female Led Design Team” excel with innovative approach at the Charm Hotel, Brighton”

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 ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk

The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa,

20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK

Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085

Email – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk

Website - www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

CONTACTS:

Emma Kewley, Interior Folk, hello@interiorfolk.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/

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The Charm, Brighton Unveils Stunning New Spa for extensive expansion for the Elegant Luxury Boutique Hotel

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

ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk

ENDS:

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 – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

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Big City Mountaineers Honors Smartwool with Inaugural Partner of the Year Award

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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Franklin County Visitors Bureau Announces 11/30 Visitors Center 2019 Speakers and Tours

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.

Posted in: Travel

Eagle Creek and National Geographic Launch New Eco-Friendly Collection Designed to Get the Family Outdoors

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

Features:

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty
  • Backpack straps deploy out of back pocket and attach via swivel snap hooks
  • Top 3-1-1 pocket for easy access to liquids at TSA
  • Lockable zippers with reflective zipper pulls
  • Padded top and side grab handles
  • Padded back panel and moisture-wicking backpack straps for comfortable carry
  • Interior compression straps and zippered door panel pocket
  • Vertical front zip pocket
  • Luggage tag pocket
  • Durable wheel housing and corner bumpers
  • Retractable handle system stores in protective zip compartment
  • Treaded wheels carry the weight of your bag
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Duffel 60L

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

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • Adjustable removable shoulder strap is padded for comfortable carry
  • Lockable zippers with protective rain flap
  • Front zip pocket
  • Padded carry handle and side haul handles
  • Side compression straps
  • Durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance
  • Reflectivity
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

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

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • 17” laptop sleeve
  • Zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics
  • Lockable zippers with reflective easy-grip pulls
  • Side compression straps for gear attachment
  • Dual vertical zip pockets maximize carry capacity
  • Elasticized water bottle pocket
  • Bottom compartment creates separation
  • Baffled main compartment extends into bottom compartment if not in use
  • Storm flap protects contents
  • Padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps
  • Load lifter straps adjust how you carry the load
  • Adjustable sternum strap with safety whistle
  • Top and side grab handles
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Backpack 30L

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

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • 17” laptop sleeve
  • Zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics
  • Lockable zippers with reflective easy-grip pulls
  • Side compression straps for gear attachment
  • Vertical zip pocket for quick-access items
  • Elasticized water bottle pockets
  • Padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps
  • Adjustable sternum strap with safety whistle
  • Top grab handle
  • Storm flap protects contents
  • Durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Backpack 15L

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

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • 17” laptop sleeve
  • Drawstring closure with front compression buckle secures pack shut
  • Top zip pocket for quick-access items
  • Internal zip pocket and slip pockets for electronics
  • Padded moisture-wicking back panel and pack straps
  • Top grab handle
  • Durable bottom fabric is wipeable for easy clean and water resistance
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Sling Pack

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

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • Swivel chest clip for flexible comfort and wearability
  • Lockable zippers with reflective easy-grip pulls
  • Interior zip pocket with key fob and slip pockets for electronics
  • Side water bottle pocket
  • Vertical front zip pocket
  • Top grab handle
  • Storm flap protects contents
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Waist Pack

Trending, convenient

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

  • 500D Poly Heather Ripstop with RPVB Micro Diamond backing
  • 500D Poly Oxford with RPVB backing
  • Mesh back panel and wings for support, breathability and comfort
  • Lockable main compartment with zip pocket
  • Exterior pocket contains key fob
  • Webbing keepers secure excess waist belt
  • Reflectivity
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

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

  • 150D Polyester
  • Adjustable mesh backpack straps
  • Top zip pocket for organization
  • Drawstring closure with front compression buckle secures pack shut
  • Ultralight pack stores in its front pocket
  • Washable, hang dry
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Packing Cube Set

Organization for everyone, get more stuff into less space

Packing Cube Set (EC0A3XVK) MSRP

Includes: Cube LargeCube Medium, Shoe Sac

  • 150D Polyester
  • Cubes have easy-see mesh for visibility
  • Two zippers for maximum compression
  • Shoe Sac fits up to Men’s size 14 shoes
  • Top grab handle
  • Washable, hang dry
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Packing Sack Set

Versatile storage for everything from art supplies to snacks

Packing Sack Set (EC0A3XVK) MSRP

Incudes: Sac Small, Sac Medium, Sac large

  • 150D Polyester
  • Easy-see mesh for visibility
  • Washable, hang dry
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Toiletry Bag

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

  • 150D Polyester
  • Main compartment holds shape when empty so it’s easy to pack
  • Easy-grip zipper pulls
  • Top grab handle
  • Wipeable bottom fabric easy-to-clean and water resistant
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

Neck Wallet

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

  • Compact size for lightweight carrying
  • Crossbody strap
  • Rear slip pocket
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty

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 FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Affordable Winter Travel Destinations Shared By National Debt Relief

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/

Posted in: Lifestyle,Travel

Most Drivers Don't Wear Their Seatbelts Correctly

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.

Posted in: Automotive,Health & Medicine,Living,News & Current Affairs,Travel

2018 International Surrealism Now exhibition, Coimbra, Portugal, Europe

International Surrealism Now is the largest international surrealist exhibition in the world, presenting 107 of the world’s leading surrealism artists from 45 countries. This ground-breaking project is presented by Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro. Ribeiro is dedicated to promoting Surrealism of the 21st century through exhibitions presented over the last 7 years in various parts of the world, including Berlin, Moscow, Dallas, Los Angeles, Mississippi, Warsaw, Nantes, Paris, Florence, Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Lisbon, Belgrade, Monte Negro, Romania, Japan, Taiwan and Brazil.
 
In an attempt to take art to the people en masse – and promote the largest group exhibit of surreal art this year – Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro is teasing the public with flash images of his work in the most famous intersection of the world: Times Square, photos of which can be seen at www.santiagoribeiropainting.blogspot.pt.
 
The pieces are part of the International Surrealism Now exhibit, which is to open at the Coimbra House Culture and Chiado Museum in Portugal on November 17th, 2018. Billed as the largest world exhibition of contemporary Surrealism art in Europe with more than 100 artists from 45 countries participating, the exhibit of paintings, drawings, digital art, photographs, and sculpture is also expected to be shown, at least in part, at several monuments and public spaces throughout Portugal.
 
“As always, I’m doing something different, and the idea to exhibit in Times Square in New York shows how the mass media are our modern means to show our art,” Ribeiro said.
 
As explained at santiagoribeiropainting.blogspot.pt, Ribeiro’s work has been featured at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, in the Portuguese American Journal, in Digital Meets Culture, Pressenza.fr, metroNews.ru, Pravda in Portuguese, Huffington Post, The Herald News, Associated Press and many other publications (link).
 
His sponsors include Coimbra House Mayor, Bissaya Barreto Foundation and MagicCraftsman Studio.
 
He conceived the International Surrealism Now movement in 2010 in Coimbra with a major exhibit organized by Bissaya Barreto.
 
International Surrealism Now of the 21st century presents a strong force for freedom of creativity, love and hope. This can be seen in the works of the personal visions of 107 of the world’s leading surrealism artists representing the hopes, dreams, and ideologies of 45 countries proposing new perspectives, solutions, and healing journeys. Showcasing the dreams of creative and ideological freedom, the modern-day internet allows us to bring to the public the vital works of these astounding 21st century surrealist artists. Some of these artists include: Achraf Baznani of Morocco, Agim Meta of Spain, Aissa Mammasse of Algeria, Alvaro Mejias of Venezuela, Ana Neamu of Romania, Ana Pilar Morales of Spain, Andrew Baines of Australia, Asier Guerrero Rico (Dio) of Spain, Brigid Marlin from the UK, Bien Banez of The Philippines, Can Emed of Turkey, Carlos Sablan of Cuba, Catlin Precup or Romania, Cristian Townsend of Australia, Conor Walton of Ireland, Cynthia Tom of China, and many, many more.
 
The 45 countries represented in the exhibit include: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
 
International tourists are encouraged to visit Portugal for International Surrealism Now. It’s one of the safest places in the world, as it is without terrorism, without violence, and without weapons. There are no hurricanes and cyclones, only good food and wine (vinho tinto), wonderful places and weather, the sea and mountains, the monuments and city ruins from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire; from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance; from the Classic to the Modern.
 
Log on to www.santiagoribeiropainting.blogspot.pt to learn more about Santiago Ribeiro and his upcoming International Surrealism Now exhibit.
 
About Santiago Ribeiro:
 
Portuguese artist Santiago Ribeiro spent his childhood in the village of Condeixa-a-Nova and living in Coimbra where was born, has shown his artworks with great regularity in Portugal and in other European countries. He is the driving force and the promoter of the international project “Surrealism Now”, which started in 2010, organized by the Bissaya Barreto Foundation. Recently, the “Surrealism Now” exhibition was held in Lisbon as a result of a partnership with artist Victor Lages.

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