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8/29/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) has named Latin pop star Luis Fonsi as the new global ambassador of its upcoming international tourism campaign.

Fonsi, who performs in Justin Bieber’s mega-hit song “Despacito,” will help promote Puerto Rico’s campaign that tells travelers “the longer you stay, the better it gets” by taking things “despacito” (which means slow). 

The number of travelers to Puerto Rico has dramatically increased since the release of the hit song, as it became the most-watched Youtube video, with more than three million views.

In the coming months, PRTC will offer an opportunity to win a free trip to Puerto Rico. Go here for details.

8/29/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

Beginning Nov. 17, 2017, Avianca will offer a direct flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to El Salvador International Airport.

The flight will operate five times a week and offer connections through El Salvador to Guatemala City, San Pedro Sula, San Jose, Managua, Panama City, Quito, Guayaquil, Lima, Bogota, Medellin and Cali.

Avianca is offering introductory fares starting at $349, traveling from New Jersey to El Salvador, Guatemala, Quito, Lima, Guayaquil, Bogota, Cali and Medellin, until August 31, for travel from through May 31, 2018.

8/28/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

The Napa Valley Wine Train, a renovated 1915-vintage Pullman railcar, recently added three new offerings to its Quattro Vino tour and tasting progra: the Legacy, Estate, and Collective journeys.

Quattro Vino tours start from downtown Napa McKinstry Street Station. During their journey, executive chef Donald Young will prepare guests a four-course meal.

The three new programs include:
• The Legacy Tour with tastings and tours at Robert Mondavi Winery, Charles Krug Winery and V. Sattui Winery
• The Estate Tour with tastings and tours at Domain Chandon, HALL Napa Valley and Inglenook
• The Collective Tour with tastings and tours at Raymond Vineyards, Beringer Vineyards and St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery

8/28/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

Last June, Polin Waterparks has launched the largest waterpark in Kosovo, stretching over 215,278 square feet, at the Ujevara Resort.

The Ujevara Resort offers attractions for all ages. For adults there is a Multi Slide, Black Hole, Body Slide, Space Hole, Aquatube, Kamikaze, Freefall, Rafting Slide and Wave Slide; Children can try smaller versions of the Multi Slide, Aquatube and Compact Slide, along with a Mini Pirate Ship, Baby Octopus Slide, Rabbit Slide, Frog Slide and Mushroom.

Polin Waterparks also has led waterpark projects in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Egypt, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovenia. The company is looking to open more parks in the Balkans.

8/28/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

Hyatt Hotels Corporation awarded the Jay A. Pritzker Award for Leadership to Hyatt Regency New Orleans General Manager Michael Smith.

Smith was recognized for managing a top-performing hotel and representing Hyatt's core values as a leader within the corporation and the New Orleans community.

Smith joined Hyatt’s Corporate Management Training Program at Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in 1978. Since then he has worked at Hyatt properties throughout the country. Smith is now the chairman of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau and has been appointed by Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu to several other boards, including the New Orleans Aviation Board, New Orleans Business Alliance and the Tricentennial celebration.

In 2017, Smith chaired the Human Rights Campaign Dinner Gala and continues to serve as a board member for the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans Museum of Art, Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Commission, and the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association.

8/25/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

In 2018 Abercrombie & Kent is offering five new Marco Polo Journey itineraries in Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia and Vietnam, plus Rio's Carnival and London's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The Marco Polo Journeys are limited to 18 guests who will experience private museum openings and visit the homes of locals.
The new itineraries are:

Mongolia: Naadam Festival & the Khan Legacy: Explore the Great Wall and the hutongs of Beijing, meet with a Buddhist lama at a monastery in Ulaanbaatar, ride a camel through the dunes of Moltsog and discover the Elsfossil-rich Flaming Cliffs; 12 days from $11,795; departures, July 3-14 or July 8-19, 2018.

Nepal & Tibet: From the Jungle to the Roof of the World: Witness a monks' discourse at Sera Monastery in Lhasa, go on a safari in Chitwan National Park, learn to cook Nepalese food, explore Nepal in Dulikhel and the Himalayas; 11 days from $6,995; four departures, April 11-21, September 5-15, October 10-20, November 1-11, 2018.

Vietnam: The Spirit of a Nation Revealed: Visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, cruise Ha Long Bay, bike through Mai Chau and see Hue's Imperial Citadel; 12 days from $5,995; four departures, January 16-27, February 21-March 4, October 23-November 3, December 14-25, 2018.

English Gardens & the Hampton Court Flower Show: Visit the garden at Hidcote Manor, take a tour of Sezincote House & Gardens and explore Sudeley Castle's art collection and the Queens' Garden; Nine days from $8,995; June 28-July 6, 2018.

Brazil: Soul of Carnival: See a performance of Carnival champions at the Winners' Parade, cruise Guanabara Bay, experience Salvador's local music and food and enjoy a performance by the dancers of the Bahia Folklore Company; Eight days from $6,595; February 16-23, 2018.

All A&K guests are offered a complimentary laundry service, Traveller’s Valet, at the midpoint of their journey, and Travelling Bell Boy service to transfer their luggage from one hotel to the next.

8/25/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

Pleasant Holidays has launched its 2017 & 2018 Hawaii Vacation Sale with $250 savings on air-inclusive package vacations from select U.S. gateways.

Guests must book by October 29, 2017 and travel by July 31, 2018. The sale includes 40 participating hotels and resorts on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Island of Hawaii, and on Norwegian Cruise Line’s seven-day Hawaii cruises on the Pride of America.

The NCL cruise itineraries feature more than 80 hours of port time, including overnights in both Maui and Kauai. Pride of America offers penthouses, family suites and connecting staterooms.

8/25/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

Half Moon has embarked on phase two of its $75-million renovation, called the “Half Moon Master Plan.”

Updated amenities will include 44 new accommodations where the Oleander now stands, and dining options including a pool bar, barbecue, cocktail bar and two new restaurants.

The beachfront also will be expanded, the Dolphin Lagoon will be converted into a natural swimming area, and an adults-only pool will overlook the Caribbean Sea.

The property will remain open to guests throughout the renovation.

8/24/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

Jackson Hole is offering guests 25 days of free skiing from Nov. 25 to Dec. 19, 2017, with a purchase of a 7- or 10-day pass of unrestricted skiing at the resort. 

Jackson Hole offers 2,500 acres of in-bounds terrain, 3,000 acres of back country and a vertical drop of 4,139 feet.

8/24/2017  |  by Kelly Harold

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will remodel 2,895 of its 3,027 guestrooms, across the Boulevard and The Chelsea Towers, by 2018.

The rooms will be in a modern style with artwork, wall coverings and textured carpeting. The Terrace rooms and Reception Suites will feature jewel and gold tones and handcrafted patterns. The Wraparound Terrace Suites and City Rooms & Suites mimic the atmosphere of an urban penthouse with neutral colors and some bright accents.

iPads in the new guestrooms allow guests to book restaurant and spa reservations, purchase show tickets, order room service, schedule wake up calls and automate lighting and temperature.

The refurbished Boulevard Tower and Chelsea Tower rooms will first be offered to members of Identity, the resort’s rewards program.

The Cosmopolitan also has 21 new Boulevard Penthouses on the top four floors of Boulevard Tower.

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