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Tourism Ireland
Ireland's Ancient East welcomes Travel Classics International, May 18-21 in Kilkenny
A unique touring region in the East and South of Ireland, Ireland's Ancient East takes in an amazing 5,000 years of European history. From passage tombs like Newgrange (older than the Egyptian pyramids) to Palladian Mansions like Powerscourt and Castletown; from monastic sites to medieval castles and high crosses harking back to Early Christian Ireland, nowhere in Europe offers such a wealth of heritage in such an intimate geographical space. Connecting the past and present, this is the perfect opportunity to have a personal journey of discovery in this relaxing, off the beaten track, lush beautiful landscape that has attracted warring settlers for millennia. You can do everything from board a replica Famine ship to follow in the footsteps of the Vikings. With some of the best storytellers in the world, the intrigue, romance and incredible tales of Ireland's Ancient East are yours to discover. Visit tourismireland.com. Media contact: Bernard McMullan, 212-418-0847.
Kilkenny
Ireland's Newest Visitor Attraction: Kilkenny's Medieval Mile Museum
Kilkenny's Medieval Mile Museum is located on the 13th century site of St Mary's cruciform church and graveyard. The museum brings to life Kilkenny's history as Ireland's premier medieval city. Displays of Kilkenny's civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city's historic role in Ireland. Visit visitkilkenny.ie. Media Contact: Brian Tyrrell SEO, 353 87 9692757.
Visit Tucson
Events Showcase Tucson's UNESCO City of Gastronomy Designation
On June 17th, the JW Marriott at Starr Pass will host the Tucson 23: Mexican Food Festival, offering samples of the most authentic and delicious Mexican food available north of the border. On June 24th, the Ha: san Bak Saguaro Fruit Harvest Celebration will honor the traditional harvest of saguaro cactus-fruit by Southern Arizona's Tohono O'odham (Sonoran Desert People) with demonstrations and tastings. On July 29th, HarvestFest at Sonoita Vineyards kicks off the harvest season with wine tastings, a grape-stomping contest, and horse-drawn wagon tours. On September 3rd, tequila-based cocktails and salsas prepared by expert mixologists and chefs take center stage at the Salsa & Tequila Challenge. Visit visittucson.org. Media contact: Mary Rittmann, 520-770-2127.
Adare Manor
Adare Manor Announces Spa Partnership with La Mer
Adare Manor, one of Ireland's most renowned luxury hotels, has partnered with legendary skin care brand La Mer to debut the region's first La Mer spa, one of only eleven worldwide, as part of the property's multi-phase renovation, restoration and expansion. Set to unveil in Autumn 2017, the Spa at Adare Manor will feature exclusive and indulgent treatments inspired by the sea, meant to rejuvenate the mind, body and skin. With treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure salon, dedicated relaxation area, indoor swimming pool overlooking the River Maigue and more, it is sure to be a jewel in the next chapter of Adare Manor's legacy. Visit adaremanor.com. Media contact: Erin Hopkins, 212-924-3600.
Arizona
A New Agro-Utopia Takes Root
After closing Scottsdale's Singh Farms market last year, the city's favorite farming family opened its all-new agricultural destination, Singh Meadows, in January 2017. The 70-acre floodplain and former golf course is now an organic farm and the new host to Ken Singh's wildly popular Saturday farmer's markets. This new location is a public continuation of Ken's original (now private) utopia, which still supplies the market at the Meadows as well as many of Scottsdale's best restaurants with its farm-fresh produce, bread, olive oil and honey. Visit visitarizona.com. Media contact: Stephanie Dowling, 602-364-3704.
Courchevel
Courchevel Ski Resort Celebrates 70 Years
The access to Courchevel is very easy, with only 2 hours from both Lyon and Geneva airports. Located in Les 3 Vallées, the largest ski area in the world, the resort offers an exceptional snow cover. Legendary runs, fun zones, forest skiing; Courchevel is a stunning playground for all types of skiers. The resort has the highest concentration of luxury accommodation, most of them being ski-in ski-out. Courchevel offers a wide range of leisure activities : sledge, spas, art exhibition, aquatic centre. Pioneer when it comes to gastronomy, Courchevel offers 8 Michelin starred-restaurants, counting 13 stars. A unique situation in the world! The 1947 (Cheval Blanc Palace) just won its third star, highest recognition in the French gastronomy. With about 110 restaurants, Courchevel offers places to suit all tastes and budgets. Visit courchevel.com. Media contact: Nathalie Faure, 33 (0) 479-01-44-18.
Mount Juliet
Extensive Expansion at Mount Juliet Underway
We are very excited to announce our renovations in Hunter's Yard at Mount Juliet Estate. The investment in Hunter's Yard includes building 93 bedrooms with conference and banqueting facilities for up to 210 guests. Our new restaurant seating 140 guests will open in Spring 2017. The final completion date is yet to be finalized but we hope to have all areas reopened by the end of 2017. Visit mountjuliet.ie. Media contact: Shane McDonald, 0567773034.
Omni Scottsdale
"Slumber & Save" This Summer at Omni Montelucia
This summer, take time to reconnect and refresh at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Bask poolside in your private cabana at one of two sparkling pools with a refreshing beverage or relax at Joya Spa. Weekends are filled with specialty events including pool-side fashion shows, boutique trunk shows, culinary adventures and after-hours spa experiences. And when the sun finally sets, retreat to luxurious accommodations for a peaceful night's rest. The "Slumber & Save Package" is available from $129 per night for stay dates June 1 - September 30, 2017. Minimum 2 night stay required. Includes 2-night luxury accommodations, late check-out, and $50 poolside credit. Learn more. Visit omnihotels.com/scottsdale. Media contact: Tessa Bajema, 480-626-8290.
Swiss Deluxe Hotels
Overnight Stays Trending Up for Swiss Deluxe Hotels
After two extremely difficult years, Swiss Deluxe Hotels once again recorded an increase in the number of overnight stays in 2016. The current growth markets are the USA and the UK with 5.2% and 4.1% growth respectively. Together with the strong domestic market in Switzerland and the growth from the Middle East, the very positive development of these two traditional markets sufficed to more than offset the downward trends in the new markets. The Swiss Deluxe Hotels association was founded in 1934 and comprises 41 of the most renowned five-star hotels in Switzerland such as The Dolder Grand and the Baur au Lac in Zurich, the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, the Gstaad Palace, the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Badrutt's Palace Hotel and the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz, the Castello del Sole in Ascona and the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois in Basel. They all represent the renown of the Swiss luxury hotel industry. Visit swissdeluxehotels.com. Media contact: Stefan Mathys, 41 79 227 98 31.
Ballynahinch Castle
Ballynahinch Castle Makes Condé Nast Traveler List
Ballynahinch Castle recently completed an extensive refurbishment to its kitchen, guest corridor and the addition of a guest elevator and meeting room/private dining space. Set on a private 450 acre estate in Connemara with 48 magnificent bedrooms & suites on-site activities include walking trails, fly-fishing, hiking and cycling as well as a boat trip on Roundstone Bay. Voted one of the top 10 hotels in the UK & Ireland by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler in Oct 2016. Visit ballynahinchcastle.com. Media contact: Carol Hinch, 353 (0)95 31006
Good
Lynda Booth's Dublin Cookery School--3 Month Professional Certificate Cookery Course
Immerse yourself in Ireland's exciting food scene with a Professional Three Month Full-time Certificate Cookery Course at Lynda Booth's award winning Dublin Cookery School. You will mix with talented Irish chefs in what is widely recognised as a credible and practical course to acquiring the expertise and skills needed to pursue a career in food. As a Good Food Ireland Approved Cookery School, you can be assured of a quality experience and the very best Irish ingredients. This is the only course of its type in Dublin. Visit goodfoodireland.ie. Media contact: Margaret Jeffares, +353539158693
Ireland's Blue Book
The Park Hotel Kenmare, Co. Kerry Celebrates 120th Anniversary
The Park Hotel Kenmare first opened in 1897 to accompany the Great Southern & Western Railways. Over the years, generations of visitors have flocked to this stunning hotel overlooking the Kenmare Estuary, where a warm welcome has awaited them. Today the hotel is run by brothers John & Francis Brennan who continue a fine tradition of hospitality. The Park Hotel is far more than bricks and mortar; it is the sum of 120 years of experience. Its history is shared with the Heritage town of Kenmare, of which it is an integral part. Visit irelandsbluebook.com. Media contact: Maria McEnery, 016769914
Lit Fest
Lit Fest Returns to Ballymaloe in May
The fifth annual Ballymaloe LitFest runs from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May 2017 with all of the events available to book on on-line. Every year Litfest tickets sell like the proverbial hot cakes, but don't worry if your favorite food hero's event has sold out already, as most participants will also speak at the symposium on responsibility at the Grainstore over the weekend. Search the website by speaker for the full list of events in which each guest will take part. Visit www.litfest.ie. Media contact: Maggie McMenamin, 353 1 855 8500
British Columbia
Destinaton BC and Google Team Up on Maps
Destination BC is putting British Columbia on the map, literally. Through a partnership with Google, stunning imagery from BC's wild places has been added to Google Maps, complemented with interviews with BC locals, imagery, drone footage, immersive 360° video, and featured businesses on the new BC Journeys platform. Visit HelloBC.com. Media contact: Fiona Tso, 604-660-3679.
Tourism Vancouver
New Passenger Ferry Between Vancouver and Victoria Launches May 2017
The V2V Empress will travel once daily between the two cities. The 3.5-hour journey will depart from Vancouver in the early morning and return from Victoria in the early afternoon. The onboard menu will feature "a taste of British Columbia". The vessel is adorned with aboriginal art. More details. Visit tourismvancouver.com. Media contact: Sonu Purhar, 604-631-2870
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora Anniversary Package
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the overwater bungalow by paying homage to the year of the first overwater bungalow. The Anniversary Package includes a resort credit, to be used dining, activities and Spa experiences. Guests also receive a "Make Your Own Mai Tai" kit, to further celebrate with French Polynesia's most famous cocktail. Visit fourseasons.com/borabora. Media contact: Brad Packer, 310-634-2452.
Fairmont Scottsdale
Summer Splash Birthday Bash 30th Anniversary Celebration at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, this AAA Five Diamond play-cation paradise is celebrating the past 30 years and the next! Summer weekends include cool rides down waterslides, a white sand beach, Techno Glo pool parties with futuristic Technobots, Beta and Blast, Dive In movies, virtual reality roller coasters, Mermaid University and lagoon fishing and nature walks with Ranger Rick. Then, fireworks light up the sky every Saturday night. The 4th of July Freedom Fest and Labor Day Dreamcation weekends have even more themed festivities. Packages start from $169 per night and include a $50 resort credit, with options for $30 room upgrades and special $30 dining and spa experiences. Visit scottsdaleprincess.com. Media contact: Valerie Lee, 480-585-4848.
Sanctuary at Camelback
New Culinary Festival at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
Paradise Valley will be heaven for fine food aficionados with the debut of Nirvana, a culinary festival hosted by Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. The inaugural Nirvana will evoke "a flavorful state of mind," bringing together festival-goers with world-acclaimed chefs and winemakers for a series of tastings, special meals, and a celebrity golf tournament April 27-30, 2017. Visit sanctuaryaz.com. Media contact: Jamie Scalici, 212-980-9194.
Phoenix
Arizona Restaurant Week Comes To Phoenix
The Arizona Restaurant Association's Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is celebrating a decade of delicious this year. What began as a yearly week-long culinary celebration of Arizona chefs has now grown into a bi-annual 10-day foodie extravaganza. The 2017 Spring Arizona Restaurant Week will kick off ten days of dining, May 19-28 with over 150 participating restaurants showcasing three-course, prix-fixe meals for just $33 or $44 per person. Visit visitphoenix.com. Media contact: Trish Lanteigne, 602-254-6500.
The Boulders
Grown-Up Amenities, Great Rates at The Boulders
This summer, the Boulders Resort offers "grown up" amenities designed for a blissful adult getaway, and at seasonal rates 70% lower than spring season. In addition to the newly completed resort-wide renovations, the Boulders unveils a luxurious new clubhouse facility, a new caddie program and a new outdoor terrace offering unparalleled panoramic views. The Spa's private outdoor Watsu water lounge provides a true "back to the womb" experience. Visit theboulders.com. Media contact: Debi Bridges, 480-306-4242.
Starwood Hawaii
Fitness That's Fulfilling
In Hawaii, travelers are seeking active pursuits for their bodies and their brains. Promoting holistic health through place-based experience, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort's Kiakahi: Polynesian Fitness and Movement class combines functional training with Polynesian methodologies rooted in ancient Hawaiian culture. "Like a Hawaiian Cross-Fit," guests say. You can open yourself to the universe's celestial gifts during The Westin Maui Resort & Spa's monthly Full Moon Yoga designed to rejuvenate body and mind, concluding with an expert-led meditation session. At Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Ho'alaa A Hawaiian Ceremony of Renewal of Mind, Body, and Spirit begins with traditional Hawaiian chants along the seashore at sunrise. Hiuwai at The Royal Hawaiian is newly added. Visit onlyinhawaii.com. Media contact: Jean Dickinson,808-921-4038.
Hermosa
Cool Dining in LON's Underground Wine Cellar
The return of 100+ degree temperatures in the greater Phoenix area also ushers in a cool reprieve in the form of a one-of-a-kind culinary experience in the underground wine cellar at LON's at the Hermosa. Beginning June 1st through September 9th, the hotel's signature restaurant will be opening up its private subterranean wine cellar to offer guests and Valley residents alike, a special tasting menu ($65++/person) prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco and his culinary team, along with a wine pairing option (additional $35/person). Cool (in every sense of the word), the cellar, kept at 57 degrees, is normally available only for private events, but will now be open for parties of two or more, Thursday through Saturday nights, June 1st through September 9th. Visit hermosainn.com. Media contact: Keeley Ast, 480-220-1061.
Westin Kierland
Old West Spirit and Spirits at The Westin Kierland
The Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona is raising a toast to Arizona's Old West spirit - and spirits. Inspired by the colorful characters of Arizona's territorial days, Nellie Cashman's Monday Club Cafe is expanding its flavorful tribute to the state's legends at its new bar, Doc's Watering Hole. Doc's Watering Hole cocktails use Arizona-made liquors and were created as a modern interpretation of drink recipes dating from the late 1800s. Six cocktails feature spirits that have been barrel-aged in house. Doc's Watering Hole also serves 18 Arizona wines and 10 craft beers from across the state. Nellie Cashman's Monday Club Cafe is open to the public nightly. Visit kierlandresort.com. Media contact: Jennifer Franklin, 480-624-1315.
Swiss Travel System
"InfoT(r)ainment" - Ideal Digital Travel Companion on Famous Bernina Express
The famous UNESCO world heritage route of the Rhaetian Railways features a new highlight: "InfoT(r)ainment" on the Bernina Express trains. The app provides fascinating information regarding the route, interesting stories via audio guide and an interactive route map. Passengers may follow the train's progress in real-time, including its speed and altitude. The app can be downloaded to the personal smart phone, tablet or laptop - either before departure or via the train-internal WLAN. Visit swisstravelsystem.com. Media contact: Isabella Ignacchiti Drüeke, 0041795939550.
Bern Tourism
First Gurlitt exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts Bern
The Museum of Fine Arts (Kunstmuseum Bern) and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn are currently collaborating in the organisation of a simultaneous double exhibition. The two exhibitions will, for the very first time, focus on a selection of artworks from the Cornelius Gurlitt legacy. Kunstmuseum Bern: Dossier Gurlitt. "Degenerated Art", confiscated and sold, November 2, 2017, to March 4, 2018; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn: Dossier Gurlitt, Nazi Art Theft and its Consequences, November 3, 2017, to March 11, 2018. Visit bern.com. Media contact: Nicole Schaffner, +41 31 238 12 42.
Southwest Germany
Staatliche Schlösser and Gärten Baden-Württemberg Celebrating 30th Anniversary
Staatliche Schlösser and Gärten Baden-Württemberg (State Heritage Agency) is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in SouthWest Germany. They are responsible for the maintenance and development of 60 historic and stunning monuments including Heidelberg Palace, Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, Weikersheim Palace and Gardens, and UNESCO World Heritage Site Maulbronn Monastery. Celebrate with them at the newly reopened bel étage at the Bruchsal Palace. schloesser-und-gaerten.de/en Visit tourism-bw.com. Media contact: Victoria Larson, 917-678-7689.
 

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