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BUSHKILL, PA – Lumberjacks and hot air balloons come together in the Pocono Mountains to create one mega Autumn happening at Shawnee Mountain for a fall Timber and Balloon Festival held October 16 – 18. Special Fernwood Hotel and Resort weekend stay and festival packages have been created to make it possible for guests to see the entire weekend lineup. Gina Bertucci, spokesperson for Fernwood Hotel and Resort in the Poconos, said, "This is "the" fall event in the Pocono Mountains. The majesty and beauty of hot air balloons with the day-long schedule of lumberjack events, crafts and entertainment, is a great way to spend a fall day in the Poconos."

The Pocono Mountains form the picturesque fall foliage backdrop for a weekend of family friendly entertainment, music, food, lumberjack events and colorful hot air balloon launches. Special Fernwood Hotel and Resort weekend packages include a hotel room or villa and two tickets to the Timber & Balloon Festival per day of stay, starting from just $159. Bertucci continues, "This festival has something for everyone. Combined with our special accommodation pricing, it is a perfect way to see the spectacular fall colors on a Poocno Mountain fall weekend getaway. Afterwards return to Fernwood Hotel and Resort to relax, take a swim and have a nice quiet dinner."

Fernwood Hotel and Resort in the Poconos offers hotel and villa accommodations on its 440-acre property with an 18 hole golf course, themed restaurants, live entertainment, indoor pools, massage, sauna, fitness center, canoeing on the Delaware River, mini golf, horseback riding, and a full selection of nearby activities. For Timber and Balloon Festival reservations go to FernwoodHotel.com or 888-FERNWOOD (888-337-6966). Fernwood Hotel and Resort is located minutes from Shawnee Mountain on Route 209 in Bushkill, PA.

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Dog services such as pet sitters, boarding kennels and dog walkers can be a necessary but very expensive overhead, especially in the current financial climate. An innovative website aims to focus on this problem using the power of social networking.

When dog owners organise their yearly family holiday they bear the added burden of making certain that their dog is taken care of while they are away.

Boarding a dog in kennels can be a very expensive affair (the current 'credit crunch' financial climate makes things even tougher), not to mention potentially a traumatic separation for both owner and dog.

Now, thanks to a novel social networking site that's bucking the financial trend, there's an alternative – www.SwapaDog.com – an online introductory service designed by dog owners on behalf of dog owners.

SwapaDog is based on the straightforward concept of bringing like minded dog owners together who are willing to help each other out when needed.

Using the website, members search for other neighboring members in the scheme, they get to know each other and create arrangements for looking after each other's dogs. It might be for a holiday, a brief break or merely for a day. It might even be to provide dog walking or a little company for dogs while their owners are at work.

By getting to know one another, and each other's dogs, owners and dogs get to feel comfortable and secure about the agreement.

When any kind of dog service is used, whether it is dog boarding or dog sitting, the cost over a year is going to be one of, if not the, most expensive outlay that people have for their 4 legged buddy. With SwapaDog owners have the chance to save money, make new friends and have some fun while also enjoying the company of other dogs.

On the website there is also some additionally content including special offers, vouchers, competitions and 'Dog News and Tips' aimed at Dog owners so is worth checking out.

At the moment there is an introductory free membership, people should visit www.SwapaDog.com for details. Then while they take a holiday their dog gets one too.

According to Neville Price, one of the founders of SwapaDog.com 'In the current climate, Owners are thinking carefully about their outgoings and we believe that SwapaDog can help save owners a lot of money; but at the same time and definitely as importantly, enhance the life of their dog. Imagine the fun your dog can have with some new playmates. It really is a win-win service'.

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ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announced that Staybridge Suites was ranked highest in guest satisfaction among extended stay hotel chains, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM.

"This tremendous and prestigious honor is the result of hard work and dedication by Staybridge Suites team members across our portfolio," said Robert Radomski, vice president, Global Brand Management, Extended-Stay Brands, IHG. "It's especially meaningful that during our 10th anniversary year, feedback from our guests shows that they continue to be satisfied by the high-quality service and accommodations they receive at Staybridge Suites."

To earn the top satisfaction ranking, Staybridge Suites outperformed all other extended stay hotel chains in the study, scoring highest in overall guest satisfaction, as determined by seven key measures: reservations; check-in/check-out; guest room; food and beverage; hotel services; hotel facilities; and cost and fees. The 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study is based on responses gathered between June 2008 and June 2009 from more than 66,000 guests who stayed in a hotel between May 2008 and June 2009.

Over the past few years, Staybridge Suites has introduced several key innovations, including an innovative décor redesign by graduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design, home to one of the top five interior design programs in the nation, that will be implemented in 2010. The brand was first in its category to offer free wireless Internet access at every hotel and the first in the upscale extended-stay segment to introduce energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs as a brand standard. Staybridge Suites continues to encourage guest interaction by fostering a sense of residential community among long-stay guests. The Outdoor Living Room, Gathering Table and Just Like Home Theater are some of the latest brand hallmarks that serve as places for guests to socialize during their stay.

Staybridge Suites was also named best in customer satisfaction within the upscale hotel segment during the first quarter of 2009 by Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI), surpassing 23 other hotel brands in this category. This marks the third first-place finish in the MMHI for Staybridge Suites in the past six quarters.

About Staybridge Suites Hotels

Staybridge Suites® is an innovative all-suite hotel brand designed to meet the needs of extended-stay guests. It is ideal for travelers seeking a residential-style hotel that is perfect for business, relocation and vacations. Staybridge Suites was ranked highest in guest satisfaction among extended stay hotel chains, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM.

Amenities include: three suite types (deluxe studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom/2 bath) with fully equipped kitchens, highly functional work areas, speaker phone with voicemail and direct dial access and free high-speed internet access. Staybridge Suites offers free "Wireless Anywhere", complimentary daily deluxe breakfast buffet and evening Sundowner reception three days a week, and 24-hour business services featuring complimentary PC work stations and free Internet access.

The Staybridge Suites brand continues to grow rapidly with more than 160 hotels open across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. There are nearly 150 Staybridge Suites in the pipeline, including 7 outside of the Americas.

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Representatives of Elite Meetings International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, APEX and the Meeting Planning Community Unveil a New, Commission-Free, Portable Online RFP System – Available industrywide in 2010, SpeedRFP is Seen as a Solution to the Inefficiencies and Costs of Submitting RFPs Online (PRWeb Sep 30, 2009)


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The popular holiday island of Lanzarote now has its first online lifestyle magazine. Thanks to the launch of Lanzarote Magazine – www.lanzarotemagazine.co.uk

Lanzarote Magazine features all of the latest news from across the island. Covering lifestyle, sports, food and drink, events, property, travel and much much more besides.

The website's attractive and easy to use design provides the ideal backdrop for high quality photography and images of the island. Along with daily news snippets and in-depth feature articles.

According to the publishers; 'Lanzarote Magazine is designed to provide both tourists and residents alike with all of the latest news from the island in an easy to read format. Despite the current economic climate Lanzarote will still welcome hundreds of thousands of English speaking tourists this year. Whilst the island also has a sizeable expat population.'

'Currently there isn't really any English language media out there that provides up the minute news information and good quality lifestyle features. We aim to change that and have plans to introduce a print version of Lanzarote Magazine in the future.'

'Lanzarote Magazine also has an interactive element. Visitors to the site can get involved by commenting on stories and submitting their own news.'

ABOUT LANZAROTE

Lanzarote is the fourth largest and most easterly of the Canary Islands. Located around 80 miles off the coast of West Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.

The island is a popular holiday destination – welcoming 1.5 million foreign tourists during the course of 2008 alone. The majority of them from the UK, Germany and Eire. With an estimated English speaking expatriate population of 8,000 plus residents.

The island is best known for it´s unique volcanic scenery, excellent beaches and the work of a local artist called Cesar Manrique, who designed many of the leading tourist attractions on Lanzarote whilst campaigning against over development. Resulting in a ban on advertising hoardings and high rise buildings.

Lanzarote is a year round holiday destination, with average temperatures of 20 Celsius plus and very low rainfall. With tourism concentrated in the three main resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise.

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A new wave is taking helicopter skiing by 'storm'. The new trend for heli-skiing companies today is to venture into the mountains while skiing in small groups. In order to increase the level of safety, Eagle Pass Heliskiing is taking advantage of new technologies and development, supplying each participant with a 'SnowPulse Lifebag' inflatable backpack. This device represents a revolution in Avalanche safety technology. (PRWeb Sep 30, 2009)


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The estate of Allan Houser (http://www.allanhouser.com) has announced that three major new institutional exhibitions will open to the public simultaneously on November 21, 2009. While previous exhibitions, such as Allan Houser’s Smithsonian retrospective (2004 – 2005), have staged concurrently with other museum venues, this is the first time that three major shows open the same day in diverse geographic and cultural settings. (PRWeb Sep 30, 2009)


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September 29th, 2009 – The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a premier resort destination for resales and luxury rentals in the Caribbean Islands has chosen RezStream to design their new website and to support their internet marketing. They choose the company to design their new website based on their professional design services and strong hotel and resort portfolio.

The Grand Cayman vacation rental property has chosen to take their website design potential even further by combining their new website design with RezStream's internet marketing services which have show success in generating, targeting, and converting traffic, and increasing online visibility and exposure through search engine optimization.

As their partnership continues to develop, internet marketing tactics will include search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, strategic link-building, ongoing website changes, online reputation management, and proactive consulting services.

The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has been named one of the 10 best large resorts in the world by Zagat. With their prime Caribbean location and unparalleled level of service, they continue to be an internationally acclaimed Grand Cayman Vacation ideal for romantic getaways and family vacations alike.

RezStream, located in Denver, CO, is an industry leader in hospitality solutions providing property management software, online booking engine, hotel and resort internet marketing, and customer website designs, credit card processing, website hosting and tracking to travel business around the globe.

For more information please contact RezStream by phone 866.360.8210 or visit online at www.rezstream.com.

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With the excitement following the 2009 Euroleague Basketball Final, and the 2009-2010 College Basketball season beginning in the coming weeks, THG Sports is fielding strong interest from Fortune 1000 clients to secure their executive hospitality during next years NCAA College Finals in Indianapolis April 3rd & 5th, says THG Sports CEO Jon Stromberg.

'Both the NCAA and Euroleague Finals have always been key platforms for C-level executives to strengthen their business relationships,' Stromberg says. 'THG has grown alongside both events and produced a long track record of success and reputation for exclusive, five-star hospitality.'

Next year's NCAA College Basketball Finals marks the 20th year THG has organized corporate hospitality during the event—and its third return to the private Skyline Club in Indianapolis overlooking the heart of downtown and the Lucas Oil Stadium.

'We're planning another knock-out NCAA celebrity coach's dinner, placing some of the best division 1 coaches with our platinum clients sitting at their private tables,' Stromberg says. At this year's Final Four in Detroit, Rick Barnes of the University of Texas and Bob Mckillop of Davidson University earned rave reviews from THG clients and guests.

NCAA coaches and hall of fame celebrities have always been a key feature of THG's annual hospitality, traditionally numbering over 20 per day during the Semi-Finals and Final games. Past celebrities include Bobby Knight, Gene Keady, Tom Izzo, Jim Calhoun, Clark Kellogg, James Worthy, and Jamie Dixon.

THG is also preparing for next year's Euroleague Final Four, slated for May at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris. The initial qualifying rounds for next year's Final Four start next week.

'The build-up to this event is tremendous, particularly with the league's decision to hold next year's Final Four in Paris, a host city for great European basketball championships,' Stromberg says. The French capital's offering of a 'neutral court,' given it has no Euroleague team, adds to the Final Four's prestige, he adds.
Like its annual NCAA counterpart, THG's exclusive hospitality during the Euroleague Final Four gives clients and guests an insider's experience of the marquee games. 'We were very fortunate at this year's Final Four in May to have Johnny Rodgers share his insights on the game and his title-winning experience with the Panathinaikos team in 2000 and 2002,' Stromberg says.
For more information about hospitality during the NCAA and Euroleague 2010 Basketball Finals, click here.

About Jon Stromberg
Jon Stromberg currently serves as CEO of North America for THG Sports. Jon began his career at THG Sports in sales, progressing through the ranks to become CEO in October 2008. He attended DePauw University where he received a Bachelor's degree in economics and communications and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

Read more about Jon on the Web at:
Jon Stromberg Blog
Jon Stromberg on Naymz

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Jumeirah's Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai's favourite family destination, has announced that it is celebrating its 10th birthday on October 10th 2009 and to help join in the festivities Jumeirah is inviting its friends to splash and giggle at its action-packed birthday party.

To get the celebrations underway, Jumeirah has organised a range of fun activities and exciting entertainment for all of its guests, including carnival performers, drummers, magicians and dancers, and many more surprises to be enjoyed along with the usual thrill-inducing Wild Wadi Waterpark waterslides.

In addition, because no birthday celebration would be complete without a gift, any child who is also having their 10th birthday on October 10th, they will get free access to Wild Wadi along with some special gifts in honour of their special day. Children who are 10 years old, but whose birthday is not on October 10th, can also look forward to a special day, thanks to a special discounted entry rate to the park; after all, being 10 years old is a big deal.

In between blowing up balloons, Chris Perry, General Manager of Wild Wadi Water Park and Official Birthday Cake Taster commented: "Wild Wadi Waterpark loves birthday parties – especially when it is our own. We are very proud to be 10 years old, and we want to celebrate this milestone properly with all of our friends. With the help of some special entertaining guests and a whole party bag of surprises we've managed to make Wild Wadi Waterpark even more fun and exciting than usual; we can't wait to celebrate."

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Note to Editors:

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The Dubai-based luxury international hotel management group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world's most luxurious hotel and recognised as the symbol of Dubai, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House in New York.

The Group's activities are, however, not restricted to hotel and resort management. The Jumeirah Group portfolio also includes Jumeirah Living, the Group's luxury brand of serviced residences offering effortless living in luxurious surroundings; global spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants, the company's dedicated restaurant division; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Jumeirah Retail.

For further information please contact:
Samantha Dancy
Corporate Communications Manager
Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
PO Box 214159
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+971 4 3647959
Fax: +971 4 3016655
www.jumeirah.com

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