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AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017
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Visit Tucson
Tucson Ranks Second in America's Best Cities Report
Resonance Consultancy says "youthful, delicious and ambitious, Arizona's second city has never been hotter." In the "small city" category, Tucson came in second with high scores for product, programming and promotion, citing cultural attractions associated with the University of Arizona, outdoor opportunities and food with a nod to Tucson's UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation. See the full report here. Visit visittucson.org. Media contact: Mary Rittmann, 520-770-2127.
Arizona
Arizona Now More Accessible by Air
In February, Air Canada begins nonstop service between Phoenix and Montreal. Allegiant Air will add 8 nonstop flights to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Louisville, Omaha and St. Louis/Belleville. Flights to Tampa/St. Petersburg and Boise will join the list. Sun Country Airlines will add nonstop service to Minneapolis-St. Paul Dec 21-April 15. Condor Airlines begins service to Frankfurt, Germany May-Sept. Visit visitarizona.com. Media contact: Becky Blaine, 602-364-3696.
Westin Paloma
Experience a New Level of Luxury at Westin La Paloma
Discover one of southern Arizona's most captivating resorts. Nestled amidst the high Sonoran Foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the magnificent The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, host of Travel Classics West 2017, provides an unforgettable escape for your next vacation, business meeting, wedding, or golf excursion. Visit westinlapaloma.com. Media contact: Cerelle Gooding, 520-577-5867.
The Boulders
The Boulders Resort & Spa Named Best in Arizona
The Boulders, hailed by Travel + Leisure as the "Best Arizona Hotel," is a romantic desert hideaway. Nestled amidst ancient rock formations, distinctive amenities include casitas with wood-burning fireplaces, couples spa suites, golf; outdoor adventures that transcend traditional resort activities. "Meet the Chef Culinary Series" includes culinary demonstrations in the Spa Demonstration Kitchen and reception in the Organic Garden. Visit theboulders.com. Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Cruise Compete
Trending Cruise News at CruiseCompete
CruiseCompete's CruiseTrends reports are based on consumer quote requests and transactions with CruiseCompete.com, the premier online cruise marketplace since 2003. Consumers request an average of more than 25,000 cruise quotes per month on CruiseCompete. A recent report shows the most popular contemporary/premium line requested as Royal Caribbean International; luxury as Oceania Cruises; and river as American Cruise Lines. See more here. Media contact: Heidi Allison, 248-935-3224.
Scottsdale
Experience Scottsdale's Desert Dish Provides the Ultimate Inside Scoop
DesertDishScottsdale.com -- a new micro-site launched by Experience Scottsdale -- is the essential resource for wine and ale trails, must-see culinary events, the latest in dining and nightlife, in-depth chef profiles, and can't-miss drinks and dishes. Statistics show that a city's culinary scene is a top factor in travelers' decision-making. Nearly 800 restaurants can be found in Scottsdale, from world-renowned establishments to enchanting hidden gems. Visit experiencescottsdale.com. Media contact: Laura McMurchie, 480-429-2253.
Miraval
Miraval Brand Expands With New Massachusett and Texas Properties
Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa continues to inspire guests to live life in balance through mindfulness. Miraval will spearhead the brand's growth beginning with the expansion of two newly-acquired properties in Lenox, Massachusetts and Austin, Texas. Visit miravalresorts.com. Media contact: Heather David, 520-825-4000.
Marana
Marana Gastronomy Tours Launch This Fall
The Marana Gastronomy Tours are the first tours approved by UNESCO's Creative Cities Network member, Tucson City of Gastronomy, the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S. The tours are created and presented by Discover Marana, the tourism program of the Town of Marana, AZ, and will provide a journey through ancient Hohokam culture to contemporary Sonoran haute cuisine in beautiful Marana, AZ (the bread basket of Tucson, AZ). Stops include ancient food production sites, tastings, and a stop at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain restaurant headed by Executive Chef David Serus, Master of French Cuisine. Visit discovermarana.org. Media contact: Laura Cortelyou, 520-448-7480.
Whistler
Pangea Pod Hotel - Whistler, B.C.
In April 2018, Whistler will welcome the opening of Canada's first pod concept - Pangea Pod Hotel. This visionary property situated in the centre of Whistler's pedestrian village; Pangea is designed for the discerning solo traveller seeking a boutique hotel feel, impressive design and a prime location at an affordable price. Pangea is set to fill Whistler's void between hostels and hotels. Visit tourismwhistler.com. Media contact: Mary Zinck, 604-938-2702.
Switzerland
Edelweiss Air New Direct Flights to Zurich
Edelweiss Air, a subsidiary of SWISS Air Lines International, belonging to the Lufthansa Group, will introduce a new year-round direct flight from Orlando, Florida to Zurich starting in January 2018 and a new seasonal flight from June to September 2018 from Denver to Zurich. There will also be additional flight frequency from Calgary and Vancouver to Zurich. The airline also flies to Tampa and Las Vegas. Visit switzerland.com. Media contact: Ursula Beamish-Mader, 416-695-3496 x3.
Serbelloni
Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni the Perfect Rendezvous for Health & Wellness
Enjoy Bellagio at its best with Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni's 3-night Spa program including palatial accommodations, unparalleled service with gourmet, romantic meals, excursions on Lake Como, and spa treatment for 2 persons. 3 night/4 day rates start at: €3398. Visit villaserbelloni.com. Media contact: Noel M. Carroll, 914-961-0334.
Adams & Butler
Adams & Butler Introduces Hidden Foodie Trail in Northern Ireland
Often clients do it as an add-on for a day or two, when they are visiting Ireland starting with traditional Irish bread-making in a lovely thatched barn, a beautiful Strangford Lough coastline experience and a tour deep into the Mounre Mountain. Visit adamsandbutler.com. Media contact: Siobhan Byrne Learat, +353 1 288 9355.
Visit Phoenix
New Marriott Hotel Complex in Downtown Phoenix
Located in historic Luhrs City Center, the newly opened dual-brand Marriott offers a combined 200-suite Residence Inn hotel and 120-room Courtyard hotel in the heart of Phoenix's sports and entertainment district. The properties share an all-new 20-story tower attached to Phoenix's original high-rise at the new Luhrs City Center, featuring a seamless design aesthetic with its historic neighbor and state-of-the art guests amenities. Visit visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Trish Lanteigne, 602-254-6500.
Adare Manor
Adare Manor Welcomes New GM
Ireland's Adare Manor has appointed Paul Heery as General Manager as the 5-star castle hotel enters its final refurbishment phase. With 20+ years of experience, Paul was General Manager of The Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland. Prior, Paul was Hotel Operations Manager at The Connaught Hotel, London and Deputy General Manager at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin. A passionate golfer, Paul will be an additional asset to the golf course. Visit adaremanor.com. Media contact: Erin Hopkins, 212-924-3600.
Small Luxury Hotels
Small Luxury Hotels of the World Introduces The LaLiT London
This 70-room luxury boutique hotel is the first overseas venture for New Delhi-based Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, with original Victorian features, custom-made Indian interiors and modern technology. Once home to St Olave's Grammar School, there are nods to the building's history throughout, most notably in the striking paneled Great Hall, and two bars in the former Teachers' Room and Headmaster's Room. Rates from $327 per night. Visit slh.com/lalit. Media contact: Dana O'Malley, 212-338-4809.
Courchevel
New Hotels, Renovations and Events in Courchevel
Courchevel, located in the biggest ski area in the world, Les Trois Vallées, will offer two more hotels in December 2017: Le K2 Djola, and Fahrenheit Seven Courchevel. Les Airelles Palace and Aman Le Melezin debut major makeovers. The Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup (Dec. 19) attracts 18,000 spectators per day. A brand new eco-friendly gondola will offer a higher quality of service to skiers. Visit courchevel.com. Media contact: Nathalie Faure-Bernoud, 0033479088930.
Good
Tour Ireland's Only Blackcurrant Farm
Book visits to Ballykelly Farm, the only Blackcurrant Farm in Ireland and home to the renowned Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants. Since 1955, the Jeffares family have being growing blackcurrants, creating super healthy cold pressed juices. Today Des Jeffares with his wife Margaret, Founder of Good Food Ireland offer an unparalleled experience of Irish fruit growing and introduce you to their horse breeding farm. Visit goodfoodireland.ie. Media contact: Margaret Jeffares, +353539158693
Griffin Hotel Group
Monart Destination Spa Earns Overall Spa of the Year 2017
Monart Destination Spa were absolutely thrilled to be awarded Overall Spa of the Year 2017 at the Irish Spa Awards. At Monart we believe in delivering an exceptional experience and we are dedicated to ensuring you relax, rejuvenate and renew. Set in over 100 acres of Irish countryside, come and discover why Monart is Ireland's Best Destination Spa for the last 9 years. Visit www.monart.ie. Media contact: Aisling Kelly, 876781402.
Mount Juliet
Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley and Mount Juliet Introduce New Golf Academy
An existing academy has been redesigned, re-configured and updated to create a specific teaching and fitting centre, incorporating the most advanced teaching system, Trackman. Instruction will be based around Paul's playing philosophy. For more details on the Paul McGinley Golf Academy please email Director of Golf, Matt Sandercock (AA PGA Professional and Qualified Director of Golf CoGMT). Matt joined the Mount Juliet team in 2017. Visit mountjuliet.ie. Media contact: Shane McDonald, 0567773034.
Ireland's Blue Book
Stay at a Historic Castle in Ireland's Ancient East
Enjoy four nights of mystery & excitement by staying in one of Ireland's most historic Castles, the 13th century Barberstown Castle, Co. Kildare. Use it as a base to explore Ireland'€™s Ancient East and its 5,000 years of history, from tales of knights & kings, to ghostly tombs that predate the pyramids. Four nights Bed & Breakfast from €162.50 per night (maximum 2 adults sharing). Visit irelandsbluebook.com. Media contact: Maria McEnery, 016769914
Fairmont Scottsdale
Dogs Enjoy a "Ruff Life" with Special Amenities at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Travelers can meet the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess' four-legged colleagues Bixby and Gibbs, at select properties. Trained service dogs, they greet guests in the lobby. Pick up the new book, "The Golden Friends of Fairmont: The Adventures of Bixby and Gibbs". The resort's Posh Paws program provides special amenities for $25 per night, and special pet check-in with dog treats and recommendations. Visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Media contact: Valerie Lee, 480-585-4848.
Sanctuary at Camelback
Sanctuary on Camelback Hiker's Package Includes GoPro Session
Thanks to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa's new "Hike-Tech" package, visitors can tackle the trails of its namesake mountain and replay those desert views for a lifetime. The offer includes a two-night stay for two in a Mountain Casita, an expert-guided hike, a GoPro Hero Session, one 60-minute spa service per person at Sanctuary Spa and daily breakfast. Visit sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Jamie Scalici, 212-980-9194.
Starwood Hawaii
Free "Pack For Paradise" Download From SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) Resorts Hawaii
Pack on the fun with "How to Pack for Paradise," a free guide for planning an experience in the Islands. From Oahu's sizzling nightlife to Maui's breathtaking scenery to the volcanic landscapes of Hawaii Island, these tips help travelers prepare for an island getaway and save money, too. Book now through Sept. 30 for travel through Dec. 20, 2017. Visit packforparadise.com or call 866-716-8140. Media contact: Jean Dickinson, 808-921-4038.
 

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