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Union Pacific, U.S. Railroads May Post Record Profits on Fuel Surcharges Union Pacific Corp., the largest U.S. railroad, may help pace the industry to a record quarterly profit on higher fuel surcharges and growing demand for coal. Oct 12, 2008
Northern India[sup.1]s Ministry of Tourism has joined with Indian Railways and the Punjab government to launch a [sup.3]Palace on Wheels[sup.2] tourist train. The train will visit popular destinations including Amritsar, Dharamshala, Anandpur Sahib, Patiala, Kurukshetra, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi in a week-long itinerary. The train project will likely take two years before it starts accepting passengers. The train is targeted at premium-end clientele and the coaches will be equipped with five-star facilities including a spa, restaurant, lounge bar, cyber cafe, gym, beauty salon and library. The train will be manufactured at Kapurthala rail coach factory, with the cost shared by the railroad industry, the Punjab government and the tourism ministry. [sup.3]The long-term initiative of the railways ministry is to promote the tourism industry, and after the success of Palace on Wheels, we are receiving offers from many states for such luxury trains. It will also add revenue to the Indian railways, as well as the state government,[sup.2] said railways minister Lalu Prasad. For more information, visit www.incredibleindia.org. Oct 11, 2008
Costa is letting kids sail for free when traveling with their parents in the Caribbean this winter. This offer is available on 12 sailings -- including Christmas and New Year[sup.1]s -- aboard the Costa Fortuna, which departs from Fort Lauderdale on alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean routes each Sunday. Fares for parents begin at $669 per person. Costa features a children[sup.1]s program, or [sup.3]Squok Club,[sup.2] structured to accommodate younger guests from a variety of backgrounds. Squok is the plush mascot of the club, a mix of dolphin and shark. The 105,000-ton Costa Fortuna has a double-occupancy capacity of 2,720, 11 bars, four restaurants, a theater extending over three floors, three swimming pools, a casino, disco, ballroom and a gym. For more information, call 800-GO-COSTA or visit www.costacruises.com. Oct 10, 2008
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and other city officials officially welcomed the Star Princess to the city[sup.1]s newly expanded dry-dock at Pier 70. The cruise ship will undergo around-the-clock mechanical, navigational and interior upgrades during its 13-day stay. The ship is 952 feet long, 118 feet wide, 109,000 tons, and holds 1,200 crew members and as many as 3,100 passengers. [sup.3]Having this beautiful ship grace our waterfront reminds us of San Francisco[sup.1]s maritime roots and enhances our position as a destination city,[sup.2] Newsom said. According to a KCBS report, last year, the Port of San Francisco, Princess Cruises and the shipyard operator, BAE Systems San Francisco, agreed to undertake a major overhaul of Pier 70[sup.1]s dry-dock, making it the only commercial facility on the West Coast able to accommodate post-Panamax ships that are too large to transit the Panama Canal. For more information, visit www.sfport.com. Oct 10, 2008
Southwest Airlines Vacations clients who book a flight and hotel in Las Vegas vacation package at least five days in advance from Oct. 8 to 23 for three nights or longer can save on their travel between Oct. 10 and Jan. 6. Clients that stay two or three nights can save $50 per reservation and those that stay four nights or longer save $100 per reservation. If you use promotion code LASOCT they[sup.1]ll receive 10 percent off the price of any show, shopping, spa, wedding or nightclub attraction offered by Southwest Airlines Vacations. A sample two-night package from Columbus, Ohio, for instance, is priced at $344 for the Golden Nugget, $384 for the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, or $389 for the Paris Las Vegas. Packages include roundtrip air via Southwest Airlines into Las Vegas, hotel accommodations and taxes, Rapid Rewards credit on air portion and 24-hour traveler assistance. For more information or reservations, visit www.southwestvacations.com/specials/detail.asp?xmlfile=FS0259. For more information on Southwest Airlines Vacations, call 800-423-5683 or visit www.southwestvacations.com. Oct 9, 2008
Grand Turk Cruise Center
Grand Turk Cruise Center reopened on Oct. 8, welcoming the Carnival Destiny as the first call since the island was hit by Hurricane Ike on Sept. 7. The Associated Press said Premier Michael Misick greeted arriving passengers and posed with them for photos. The terminal is owned by Carnival Corp. For more information, visit www.grandturkcc.com. Oct 9, 2008
Gray Line New York
Gray Line New York Sightseeing, New York City[sup.1]s leading sightseeing bus and tour company, is searching for residents of Antarctica to embark on its Discover Staten Island Tour. Visitors from six of the world[sup.1]s seven continents already have taken the Discover Staten Island trolley tour, which departs just steps from the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal; only Antarctica is without representation on the tour. As a special incentive, Gray Line is offering a free trolley ride to the first couple from Antarctica to climb aboard. For more information, call 800-669-0051 or visit www.NewYorkSightseeing.com Oct 9, 2008
Turks & Caicos Islands said US Airways will increase flight service from Boston (BOS), Charlotte (CLT) and Philadelphia (PHL) to Providenciales (PLS), also known as [sup.3]Provo,[sup.2] as of Jan. 1. [sup.3]While many airlines are decreasing service, we are pleased that US Airways acknowledges Turks & Caicos as the foremost destination in the Caribbean,[sup.2] said Ralph Higgs, director of tourism and marketing at the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board. With the new US Airways schedule, vacationers are afforded greater flexibility and more options for travel with an additional once daily flight from Boston on Saturdays and Sundays; twice daily flights from Charlotte on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; and once daily flight from Philadelphia on Sundays. Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines increased flights from Atlanta to Provo beginning Dec. 20. For more information, call 800-241-0824 or visit www.turksandcaicostourism.com Oct 9, 2008
Icy Strait Point
Icy Strait Point, Alaska[sup.1]s only private cruise ship destination, was named winner of the Travel to a Better World award for sustaining an indigenous culture or community by the Travel Industry Association and National Geographic Traveler magazine. Given in conjunction with TIA[sup.1]s Odyssey Awards, this sustainable tourism honor recognizes the best in the global travel industry. Icy Strait Point was chosen for its commitment to the Tlingit Indian village of Hoonah, located about 1.5 miles from the port. Hoonah is home to many of the shareholders of Huna Totem Corp., the Alaska Native village corporation that owns Icy Strait Point. For more information, visit www.tia.org/odysseyawards/OA_Past_Winners.html or www.icystraitpoint.com Oct 9, 2008
Port of Prince Rupert
Port of Prince Rupert, B.C., said it experienced its best cruise season ever, welcoming 63 ships and a record 103,635 passengers, compared to 99,135 in 2007. The port also reported a 21 percent increase in passengers participating in shore excursions, from 25,621 last year to 30,962 this year.Our cruise line customers recognize that Prince Rupert has been growing and expanding its cruise capabilities since opening in 2004 and that we are constantly engaged in initiatives to continuously improve guest experience and expand as a cruise tourism destination.[sup.2] With the improvements in the shore excursion program, passengers spent nearly $2.4 million in the city on tours and excursions in 2008, up 32.4 percent from 2007 and 267 percent from 2006. For more information, visit www.cruisetoprincerupert.com or www.rupertport.com Oct 9, 2008
Windstar Cruises this fall and winter will operate in the Caribbean with the 312-passenger Wind Surf and the 148-passenger Wind Spirit. The Wind SWindstar Cruisespirit sails roundtrip from St. Thomas on seven-day sailings to St. John, St. Martin, St. Barts, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. For more information, call 800-258-7245 or visit www.windstarcruises.com. Oct 9, 2008
Pleasant Holidays and its affiliate company Distinguished Resorts are featuring savings of up to $550 per booking -- which incorporates an exclusive $200 air credit, an early booking bonus and daily buffet breakfast -- with five-night stays at participating Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts in Mexico between Oct. 6, 2008 and Aug. 31, 2009. Travel agents can earn up to $50 with each booking made at participating Fiesta Americana properties with bookings made between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. The offer can be combined with all other Fiesta Americana promotions, including the kids 12 and younger stay, play and eat free offer. Vacations featuring air from other departure cities nationwide are also available. Participating Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts include Aqua Cancun, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta, Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort and Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco. For more information, call 800-448-3333 or visit www.PleasantAgent.com Oct 9, 2008
The Tower of London has been crowned Britain's most popular paid attraction, with more than two million visits in 2007.It was followed by St Paul's Cathedral, which had 1.6 million visitors, and Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach at 1.4 million on the VisitBritain list.Overall, the number of visits made to tourist attractions last year grew 3%, with London attractions up 5%. The British Museum gained third place on the free list with 5.4 million visitors. Oct 8, 2008
Thailand is a culture that revolves around the dinner table, where meals are woven into the fabric of culture and society. The standards for good food are high, and there is no lack of fine dining options in Bangkok, both Thai and international cuisine, offering world-class cuisine connoisseurs. A memorable cruise down to the Chao Phraya River accompanied by a fine meal is truly an experience of a lifetime, and one place to enjoy such an evening than on the [sup.3]Manohra[sup.2], the Marriott[sup.1]s beautifully restored authentic rice barge. Enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of a world on the river, full of history, experiencing a journey as you escape the city and cruise the waters of Thailand[sup.1]s mighty Chao Phrayal, River of Kings. www.manohracruises.com Oct 8, 2008
El Salvador accelerates with beautiful beaches and many adventure and eco-tourism options, El Salvador is a gem to discover in Central America. Although relatively undiscovered and new to the global travel scene, El Salvador is quickly becoming a choice destination in Central America. As a way to jump start its place in the global tourism market, El Salvador introduced a new ministry of tourism project in 2005. As part of this focused project, El Salvador adopted www.ElSalvador.travel as its primary marketing message. El Salvador is becoming increasing popular among tourist travels due to its beautiful climate and variety of attractions featuring some of the most breathtaking volcanoes and beaches in the world. From the Santa Ana volcano, which is the largest in the Pacific volcanic chain to Los Cobanos beach where you can find some of the best scuba diving in the world, one will surely find the activity of choice in El Salvador. For more information on El Salvador and planning a visit to this beautiful destination, please go to www.ElSalvador.travel. Oct 8, 2008
Thailand[sup.1]s legendary hospitality extends to some of the world[sup.1]s finest spa treatments. Whether it is for beauty, peace of mind, or health benefits, there are numerous luxurious options to satisfy mind, body, and soul.The Bodhi (www.thebodhi.com) wellness center offering core utilizes technologically advanced equipment and modern developed treatment methods catering to health conscious consumers. It uses innovative technology and world-class equipment to promote good health, physically and mentally for people with time constraint. Results can be expected within a short period of time using a combination of innovative technology and state-of-the-art exercise equipment, along with a team of in-house specialists. Oct 8, 2008
Bangkok, there are choices from romantic riverside settings with stunning views of the cityscape: Always at the top of the list of The World[sup.1]s Best Hotels, the 130-year-old The Oriental (www.mandarinoriental.com) epitomizes luxury and unparalleled service that all other hotels strive for. After extensive renovations, has returned in a grand manner. The exquisite timber panel details throughout the grand 295 square meters (3157 square feet) Oriental Suite residence are designed in a classic and timeless manner. Just across the Chao Phraya River, opposite to the Oriental, the grand 364 square meters (3919 sq ft), The Peninsula Suite of The Peninsula Bangkok (www.bangkok.peninsula.com) is located at the heart of Thonburi city. Without question, it is one of the finest addresesses in Bangkok, offering spectacular panoramic views of the City if Angels from its windows. Its copious amenities include marble master bathroom with whirlpool, super king-size bed in the master suite and twin queen beds in the guest bedroom, both formal and orivate dining roooms, and a fully equipped fitness center. As we leave the old capital city not too far from the Chao Phraya River, a five star luxurious hotel, the Sukhothai (www.sukhothai.com) reflects an authentic hospitality that blends tradition with the best of elegant, contemporary living. Located on the 9th floor with a view of the Sathorn Road financial district set beyond, The Sukhothai Suite is decorated in contemporary Thai style, using rich JimThompson fabrics throughout, and has often served as a home in Bangkok for heads of state and movie stars. In the central business area, the famed Metropolitan (www.metropolitan.com.bz/bangkok) hotel in London brings East meets West contemporary style to Bangkok, offering an urban ultramodern haven of Zen-like tranquility. Oct 8, 2008
Orion Expedition Cruises
Orion Expedition Cruises, the Sydney-based luxury cruise line operating expeditions in the South Pacific, is offering free airfare to guests who book the 19-night Norfolk & Melanesia Island Discovery expedition. Guests will depart Los Angeles on Feb. 25 and arrive in Auckland on Feb. 27. Cruising to Melanesia, guests can witness an active volcano at Tanna Island and see the wreck of the Discoverer on Nggela Island. While in New Caledonia, they[sup.1]ll explore the beaches, indigenous Kunie tribes and ruins of Norfolk Island. Orion, founded in 2004, operates the 53-passenger Orion. For more information, visit www.orionexpeditions.com. Oct 7, 2008
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is giving one guest and their family their own presidential vacation. In honor of the 2008 presidential election, the resort will be electing a candidate to stay in one of their eight presidential suites. This is the first time the resort has Walt Disney offered a presidential suite prize, as the suites range in prices up to $3,100 a night.
Coincidentally, the hotel[sup.1]s presidential suites have hosted the likes of Presidents H.W. Bush and Clinton, presidential hopefuls including Sen. John Kerry, and other prominent world leaders.
The winning candidate will be invited to bring up to five [sup.3]cabinet members" on a two-night term. They will arrive via limousine transport from the airport, be treated to a red carpet welcome at the resort and can celebrate their victory with a [sup.3]state[sup.2] dinner using a $250 dining certificate at any of the resort[sup.1]s 17 restaurants and lounges.
The [sup.3]elected[sup.2] (chosen by random drawing) candidate along with their guests will receive complimentary Walt Disney World theme park three-day Park Hopper passes. Guests can simply nominate themselves by visiting www.swandolphin.com/election and signing up anytime before the polls close on Nov. 4. The winner will be announced Nov. 5 at www.swandolphin.com/election and has a year to [sup.3]take office.[sup.2] For more information, call 800-227-1500 or visit www.swandolphin.com Oct 7, 2008
Quark Expeditions is offering a 50 percent reduction on the Nov. 30 departure of Clipper Adventurer to the Antarctic Peninsula. The per-person retail cost, including fuel surcharge, ranges from $7,080 to $8,280. For a limited time travelers will pay from $3,540 to $4,140 per person for berths in twin cabins. The night of Nov. 30 will be spent in hotel accommodation in Ushuaia. Embarkation is on Dec. 1 with disembarkation in Ushuaia on Dec. 11. The 100-meter, ice-strengthened ship accommodates 122 guests in outside cabins with exterior views. All cabins have facilities en suite. The dining room with exterior views accommodates all guests in a single seating. The vessel will journey through the Drake Passage, which divides the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, to the South Shetland Islands and then the Antarctic Peninsula. Travelers may set foot on the Antarctic continent and visit Port Lockroy, a former British scientific station turned museum, where visitors can send a postcard from one of the world[sup.1]s most remote post offices. Public spaces include a dining room, library, forward lounge, bar and open decks with promenades. Built in 1975, the ship received a $13 million renovation in 1998. The Clipper Adventurer is equipped with Zodiacs for shore landings and ocean-level cruising. For more information, call 800-356-5699 or visit www.quarkexpeditions.com Oct 7, 2008
Scenic Tours has extended the deadline to Dec. 15 for its early-booking bonuses for 2009 European river cruises. Also, a Fly Free offer applies to the 15-day Jewels of Europe cruise, which sails on the Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest. The Fly Free offer applies to departures on March 9, March 23, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 2009. Or passengers can choose the free upgrade bonus on selected departures of the 11-day Moselle and Rhine Escapade itinerary. Passengers who book a Category D cabin will be upgraded to a Category B cabin, which has a furnished balcony -- a bonus worth $1,120 per couple. The offer applies to June and September departures, which comprises a seven-night cruise with a three-night stay in Paris at the Hotel Scribe. Scenic includes regional wines with lunch and dinner, a selection of day trips, and all tips ashore and on board. For more information, call 866-689-8611 or visit www.scenictours.com. Oct 7, 2008
Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort
Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club is ready for a test-drive. Starting Oct. 7, guests who book this experience receive pick-up from a nearby airport in a 2008 Lexus LS 600h L equipped with a power reclining right-rear massage seat, a biodegradable [sup.3]Spa VIP[sup.2] license plate, a 90-minute all-natural Balance Body treatment in the Willow Stream Spa, a [sup.3]green[sup.2] lunch at the Cascata Grille restaurant and a take-home organic cotton robe. This rejuvenation package begins the moment guests are greeted by a Spa Chauffer at Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and escorted to the resort[sup.1]s $120,000 Lexus LS 600h L. Pamper Me Green starts at $275 per person, excluding tax and gratuities. Package must be reserved 48 hours in advance and is based upon availability. The program is also offered to locals who live or work within a 15-mile radius of the resort. Now through Dec. 18, 2008, guests can add accommodations in a deluxe Fairmont Room from $279 per night. From Dec. 19, 2008 through Jan. 4, 2009, rates are from $659 per night, while Jan. 5 through April 30, 2009, rates being at $549. Resort tax not included. For room reservations, call 800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com/turnberryisle. Oct 7, 2008
Fairview Park Marriott
Fairview Park Marriott in Virginia recently completed a $3.5 million renovation. The renovation ran five and a half months and encompassed the lobby, lounge and restaurant. An earlier renovation of the guest rooms and health club was completed in 2006. The newly renovated and expanded Ellipse Restaurant and Lounge, includes the addition of a new private dining room, offering an intimate gathering place for meetings or meals. The Lounge has been expanded from 34 to 110 seats and showcases jazz and other musicians from the local Virginia area, as well as daily cocktail specials, local wines and beer brewed in the Gentile Old Dominion. For more information, visit www.MarriottFairviewPark.com. Oct 7, 2008
Mandarin Oriental, Boston opened its doors on Oct. 6, 2008. Located in the Back Bay, the new Mandarin Oriental offers 136 guestrooms and 12 suites, a 16,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, along with 10,000 square feet of function space, the signature restaurant Asana, and the M-Bar & Lounge. To celebrate the arrival of this hotel, Mandarin Oriental has introduced a special opening promotion available until March 31, 2009. Guests can enjoy one complimentary night accommodation in conjunction with two or more consecutive paid nights of stay with the We [sup.3]Fan[sup.2] Boston offer. The package also features daily American breakfast for two at the Asana, and special benefits to showcase the city[sup.1]s finest cultural attractions. This offer is subject to space availability, and advance reservations are required. Rates for the We [sup.3]Fan[sup.2] Boston[sup.2] offer start at $1,560 for a deluxe room for a minimum of two nights, and are exclusive of taxes and gratuities. All room categories are available for the inaugural offer. For more information, call 866-526-6567 or visit www.mandarinoriental.com/boston. Oct 7, 2008
Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe and Marriott Timber Lodge are offering a Girlfriends Getaway from now through Dec. 11, 2008. Guests may choose from one-bedroom accommodations starting at $295 per night or two-bedroom accommodations starting at $499 per night Sunday through Thursday. Plus, guests receive two spa treatments with a one-bedroom rental and four spa treatments with a two-bedroom rental as well as 15 percent off additional spa treatments and services at Body Essentials Spa & Salon. Guests may reserve at 800-VILLAS-9 and request special rate SPA or by visiting www.marriott.com and listing SPA in the corporate/promotional code box. Oct 7, 2008
Occidental Hotels & Resorts[sup.1] flagship property, Royal Hideaway Playacar, an all-inclusive resort on Mexico[sup.1]s Yucatan Peninsula, has earned the American Automobile Association[sup.1]s (AAA) Five-Diamond Award for the third year in a row. Royal Hideaway Playacar was the first adults-only all-inclusive resort in the world to earn this distinction in October 2006, and continues to set precedents for quality, comfort and service year after year. Royal Hideaway Playacar opened in Playa del Carmen, on one of Mexico[sup.1]s most stunning stretches of beachfront, in 1998. Ten years later, the award-winning property boasts a 36-percent repeat guest rate and an attentive staff of more than 400, under the leadership of Managing Director Jean Agarrista. For more information, call 800-858-2258 or visit www.occidentalhotels.com. Oct 7, 2008
Pearl River Resort
Pearl River Resort, the Southeast[sup.1]s premier luxury gaming and entertainment destination, will host the first annual Blues at The Moon music festival presented by Ground Zero Blues Club, at the Golden Moon Hotel & Casino on Oct. 17 and 18. The festival comes in advance of the planned Ground Zero Blues Club, an initiative being spearheaded by Academy Award-winning actor and blues enthusiast Morgan Freeman and scheduled to open at The Golden Moon in 2009. [sup.3]The Blues at The Moon festival demonstrates Pearl River Resort[sup.1]s commitment to blues music as we move forward with plans for the new Ground Zero Blues Club,[sup.2] said Freeman, who co-owns the original Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Miss. [sup.3]The club and the festival have the same goal: furthering the understanding of, and appreciation for, blues music of all genres to all generations.[sup.2] The festival opens on the evening of Oct. 17, featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds as the headliners at 10:30 pm. Saturday[sup.1]s headline act is Solomon Burke. Other acts include Big Jack Johnson, Deborah Coleman, Eddie Cotton, Jimmy Duck Holmes, Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, Reverend Peyton[sup.1]s Big Damn Band, Bobby Rush and Ruby Wilson. For more information, and a fill list of musicians and scheduled performing times, call 866-44-PEARL or visit www.pearlriverresort.com Oct 7, 2008
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, a RockResort located in downtown Santa Fe, N.M., is offering the Ski, Spa and S'mores package. With a savings of 15 percent, guests can enjoy a three-night stay, one 50-minute massage per person, two lift tickets for one day at Ski Santa Fe, a welcome amenity with s[sup.1]mores and hot chocolate kit, and breakfast for two daily. The package is available from Nov. 22, 2008, to April 15, 2009. Rates start at $218 per person per night. For more information, call 866-331-ROCK or visit www.RockResorts.com Oct 7, 2008
Stevenswood Spa Resort on California[sup.1]s Mendocino Coast is featuring the Emperor[sup.1]s Choice package at the property's Indigo Eco|Spa -- a 10-hour program costing $2,008 per couple (a savings of more than $500). The program features a range of relaxation options, including craniosacral therapy and a massage, as well as a 10-course dinner with wine pairings. The full package includes champagne gourmet breakfast; a craniosacral therapy; a Pacific Sea Detox, aroma stone or salt scrub; a facial; a spa lunch; a scalp treatment; a hand treatment and paraffin hand treatment; a citrus leg therapy; a reflexology treatment, a paraffin foot treatment; a shiatsu, reiki or lomilomi massage; and dinner. For more information, call 800-421-2810 or visit www.stevenswood.com/emperor.html. Oct 7, 2008
Vail Resorts is offering a Baggage Bailout for skiers and snowboarders staying at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly this winter. Guests will receive a $50 credit when they book at least a four-day, four-night ski or snowboard vacation by Dec. 1 through Vail Resorts at 866-949-2573. To qualify for a Baggage Bailout, guests must book four or more nights of lodging at any lodging property at one of the company[sup.1]s five mountain resorts and buy at least four days of adult lift tickets by Dec. 1, for travel this ski season through April 20, 2008. Vail Resorts Reservations offers one-stop shopping on an entire winter mountain vacation for guests including airline reservations, ground transfers, lodging, lift tickets, ski school lessons and other activities.
Guests who have already purchased Vail Resorts[sup.1] Epic Season Pass are qualified for the Baggage Bailout, as long as they purchase at least four nights of lodging. The Baggage Bailout credit is based on occupancy limits of two people per room. Other restrictions apply.
Children may also receive a $25 baggage credit, if at least four days of children[sup.1]s lift tickets are purchased. The Baggage Bailout credit is available to guests, even if they are not traveling with bags or flying on an airline that is not charging baggage fees, such as Southwest Airlines. Vail Resorts is offering other [sup.3]epic[sup.2] deals on lift tickets, ski rentals and lodging over key holidays, including The Epic Season Pass (www.epicpass.com), which features a full season of unlimited and unrestricted skiing at any of the five resorts and Arapahoe Basin for $579 for adults and $279 for kids, but must be purchased by Nov. 15, 2008; and the new Unlimited Ski Rental Pass (www.rentskis.com) reduces the hassle factor, eliminates luggage fees and provides a season-long quiver of skis (or snowboards) stored at your favorite mountain for $359. Your Holidays Are on Us is a new promotion that offers a free night of lodging on the six most popular holidays with the purchase of four consecutive holiday nights at the RockResorts from the Rocky Mountains to the beaches of St. Lucia. For more information, visit www.HolidaysOnUs.com. Oct 7, 2008
Walt Disney World
Disney's Mickey Mouse Jack-o[sup.1]-Lantern and the Town Square Christmas Tree will be the symbols of celebration for their respective holidays at Disneyland this fall. The fall season kicked off with a private party in Disneyland for teen sensation Miley Cyrus. [sup.3]Miley's Sweet 16 -- Share The Celebration[sup.2] took place Oct. 5, inside Disneyland. Miley celebrated with family, friends and fans, performed several songs, and recognized the contributions of Youth Service America, an organization that seeks to improve communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving as volunteers.
Beginning later in October, guests can enjoy an array of new attractions at Disneyland Resort, adding to the fun of the Halloween and holiday seasons. On Oct. 24, [sup.3]High School Musical 3: Right Here! Right Now![sup.2] premieres at Disney[sup.1]s California Adventure. The new street show celebrates the upcoming theatrical motion picture [sup.3]High School Musical 3: Senior Year.[sup.2] Pixie Hollow appears in Disneyland on Oct. 28. Entering along a pathway with an enchanted pool, between the entrances of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, guests are gradually immersed into the community of fairies. Guests will get the feeling that they are shrinking to fairy size as they encounter statues of Tinker Bell and her friends, and spot other evidence of the pixies[sup.1] presence. When guests arrive at Tinker Bell's home, they will meet some of the pixies in person. A preview of the Blue Sky Cellar opens Oct. 20 at the Golden Vine Winery in Disney[sup.1]s California Adventure.
The Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar -- named for the Imagineers[sup.1] [sup.3]blue sky[sup.2] creative process -- displays never-before-seen models and art outlining the concepts and design for the park[sup.1]s coming attractions, along with a video presentation. The showcase will be updated regularly so that fans can stay abreast of developments. Sleeping Beauty Castle will open a [sup.3]reawakened[sup.2] version of its classic walk through time for the December holiday season. Halloween highlights at Disneyland include the 16-foot-tall Mickey Mouse Jack-o[sup.1]-Lantern on Main Street, U.S.A.; Woody's Halloween Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch; and Haunted Mansion Holiday, inspired by Tim Burton[sup.1]s [sup.3]Nightmare Before Christmas,[sup.2] which continues into the Christmas season. In addition, Disneyland Resort will offer special attractions and events for Halloween and for the Christmas holiday season, which gets underway Nov. 21, when the traditional [sup.3]A Christmas Fantasy[sup.2] daily parade and [sup.3]Believe in Holiday Magic[sup.2] fireworks make their seasonal debuts.
The towering Christmas tree appears on Main Street, U.S.A., and the decor and nighttime show surrounding [sup.3]Sleeping Beauty[sup.1]s Winter Castle[sup.2] will be will updated. Additional holiday highlights include the return on Nov. 21 of the [sup.3]It's a Small World Holiday[sup.2] attraction, celebrating holiday traditions around the world. Guests will visit Santa Claus throughout the season at Santa[sup.1]s Reindeer Round-up in Big Thunder Ranch, and those looking for a unique experience will reserve time with a guide for Disney[sup.1]s Holiday tours. For more information, call 866-603-4763 or visit www.disneytravelagents.com. Oct 6, 2008
Princess Cruises is offering an enhanced Hawaiian cultural experience onboard Golden Princess as it begins a new season in the Hawaiian Islands. Among the onboard features will be demonstrations by local artisans, ukulele lessons and regional cuisine in the dining room. This year, Princess[sup.1] Hawaiian programs will feature cultural presentations and demonstrations, interpretive lectures, folkloric performances, hands-on activities, Hawaiian cuisine, and a number of new Adventures Ashore excursion options throughout the islands. Local artisans and performers will come aboard during select island port calls. Among them will be Niihau shell artists from Kauai. The [sup.3]forbidden[sup.2] island of Niihau is privately owned and largely closed to the rest of the world. Although outsiders generally cannot visit there, some of Niihau[sup.1]s skilled artisans will come onboard for a shell lei-making demonstration. Following an ancient art form, the native Hawaiian lei-makers use tiny shells, found only on the northern coast of Niihau, to create pieces that are prized as fine jewelry. For the 2008-09 season, Golden Princess sails to Hawaii on 14 departures. The ship offers 14-day round-trips from Los Angeles to Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai (Nawiliwili), and Maui. The ship sails until April 1. For more information, call 800-PRINCESS or visit www.princess.com Oct 6, 2008
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites hotel opened last week in Rose Hall, Jamaica. The new hotel is the second Iberostar property to open in Jamaica, in addition to the existing Iberostar Rose Hall Beach. The hotel features 273 suites, 44 superior suites and two presidential suites and offers the highest level of service, quality, cuisine and amenitie. Iberostar offers an all-inclusive experience, which includes tips and taxes, food and beverages, non-motorized water sports, entertainment and resort activities. The $82 million Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Hotel is located 20 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay is part of Iberostar[sup.1]s plans to rapidly expand in the Caribbean over the next few years. For more information, call 888-923-2722 or visit www.iberostar.com. Oct 6, 2008
InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of a new $45 million, 118-room Staybridge Suites in Las Vegas. The extended-stay property is the city[sup.1]s first Staybridge Suites hotel. The new five-story all-suite hotel, originally built as a timeshare facility, features two well-designed spacious suite options (deluxe studio and one-bedroom). All suites offer balconies with views of the bright lights of Las Vegas and include in-room DVD/CD players; functional, well-lit work stations with ergonomic seating; two-line speaker phones with direct-dial number; personal voice mail and complimentary local phone calls; and fully equipped kitchens. The new property offers complimentary daily breakfast buffet featuring Wolfgang Puck coffee, complimentary guest laundry and workout facilities, a complimentary 24-hour business services center.
The Staybridge Suites Las Vegas offers the brand[sup.1]s new Outdoor Living Room concept, featuring outdoor all-weather furniture, three pool-side cabanas, a fire pit, grills, music and desert landscaping. The hotel also offers meeting space for business functions or special events. The new property is located four blocks from the Las Vegas Strip. For more information, call 702-259-2663 or visit www.staybridge.com Oct 6, 2008
James[sup.1]s Hotel and Club re-opened in September after an extensive 18-month renovation and restoration. The 60-room hotel in the heart of London[sup.1]s Mayfair district will be operated by the Althoff Hotel Collection. The hotel appointed Tim Pettifer, formerly at Cliveden, as general manager and Michelin three-star chef Dieter Muller to direct the kitchens. Operating six luxury properties in Germany and France, Althoff Hotel Collection has a reputation for high-quality service and gastronomy. Its restaurants are regarded as among the best in Europe with two of them boasting three Michelin stars. Muller[sup.1]s Michelin three-star restaurant in the Althoff Hotel Collection[sup.1]s Schlosshotel Lerbach is known for its marriage of classical French and Mediterranean cuisine. He was recently ranked at number 62 in a list compiled by the World[sup.1]s Best Restaurants Awards 2008. For more information, visit www.stjameshotelandclub.com Oct 6, 2008
Trump Entertainment Resorts celebrated the opening of The Chairman Tower at the Trump Taj Mahal on October 2, 2008 in Atlantic City. The $225 million Chairman Tower will officially usher in a new level of luxury for Trump[sup.1]s Atlantic City properties and is the third in a series of new towers in the city. The first 20 of the tower[sup.1]s 39 floors opened on Aug. 29, with approximately 350 rooms and suites. The entire inventory of rooms will be opened by the end of December 2008. [sup.3]We[sup.1]ve been saying for many years that Atlantic City must add rooms in order to become
a destination for both leisure and business travelers. As the city continues to evolve, so do we,[sup.2] said Mark Juliano, CEO of Trump Entertainment. [sup.3]The Chairman Tower puts Trump Taj Mahal ahead of the curve when it comes to luxurious rooms and prime meeting space.[sup.2] The Chairman Tower features 782 guest rooms, including 74 suites - eight of which will be at the Penthouse level and offer full-scale luxury. These suites boast plush amenities and impeccable service for which Taj Mahal's legendary Penthouse Suites are famous. Once open, Trump Taj Mahal[sup.1]s room inventory in The Chairman Tower and Taj Tower will total 2,032 rooms and suites. The Chairman Tower is connected to the original tower via the Spice Road level. Guests can check in at the existing front desk and proceed to the second level to access The Chairman Tower at Trump Taj Mahal. Rooms in The Chairman Tower feature higher ceilings and modern bathrooms, including double sinks recessed into Brazilian granite counter tops, oversized walk-in showers with water closets in a separate room, and other amenities. Each room is equipped with a 50-inch high-definition plasma TV, an iPod docking station, wireless Internet access and more. Contemporary rooms range from 425 to 550 square feet and come in three distinct layouts. All feature upgraded comforts and amenities, including large bathrooms, the latest technology, a concealed coffee service area, as well as pillow-top mattresses, premium linens, a refrigerator and a safe. The Chairman Tower suites come in four layouts, the most common featuring a living room and dining area, with one bedroom and private bath. They range from 950 to 1,140 square feet and feature floor to ceiling windows for spectacular views of the ocean. Each suite also offers a powder room just off the living room area, as well as a wet bar. Eight suites top off The Chairman Tower. Four contain one bedroom and range from 950 to 1,140 square feet. The new tower has three meeting rooms, located just off the elevator lobby. Each contains approximately 1,200 square feet of space. For more information, visit www.trumpcasinos.com. Oct 6, 2008
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