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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
 

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“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.

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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.

Posted in: Media & Communications,Travel

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.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Europe,Society & Culture,Travel,World