Archive for July, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, CA – Today, YMT Vacations, the leading provider of affordable group travel packages, announced the company's brand new Cuba, Its People & Culture program has sold out one itinerary and booked 300 participants six weeks after the program went on sale.  Most of the bookings are from Boston, Seattle, Portland, OR and Tampa, FL and have been driven primarily by online sources and newspapers.  In addition to stays in Havana and Santa Clara, YMT has added visits of colonial Remedios & Cayo Santa Maria to the itinerary for all 13 departure dates.  YMT is one of the few U.S. travel companies authorized to take U.S. citizens to Cuba under a special Department of the Treasury issued People to People license.
'Our affordable People-to-People educational exchange program to legendary Cuba makes it easy for anyone to explore the rich heritage of this island nation' stated Jerre Fuqua, President of YMT Vacations.  'We've created the perfect, fully-escorted program at the right price and we have had very high interest from both loyal past guests and those new to YMT who have always wanted to go to this intriguing destination.'
YMT's Cuba, Its People & Culture program includes 8-nights of hotel accommodation, a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that promote interaction with Cuban people, 15-meals as noted in the itinerary, a professionally-trained Cuban guide, round-trip charter flights from Miami to Cuba, baggage handling, and a required Cuban visa.  Highlights include Old Havana & Revolucion Plaza, Jose Fuster's House, Ernest Hemmingway's Farm, the Che Guevara Museum, and a tobacco farm for cigar rolling lessons.  Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in painting and dance classes that will provide unique insight into the colorful island culture. The program is priced from $2,298 per person with multiple departure dates from October 2012 to March 2013.
YMT Vacations has been issued a specific license CT-18935 by the Department of The Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) authorizing travel to Cuba. For more information about Cuba, Its People & Culture, please contact YMT Vacations at 1-800-922-9000 or visit the website at
About YMT Vacations:
Based in sunny Los Angeles, YMT Vacations has been a leader in providing affordable travel packages since 1967. YMT programs are targeted to a mature audience and feature land and cruise itineraries to popular destinations including Alaska, Hawaii and Europe.  Over one million travelers have enjoyed YMT's time-tested tour programs and nearly half of their guests are repeats or referrals – two facts that illustrate that YMT Vacations truly is the best travel value available.

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Guoman Hotels is to host 'Athleticizm', a new painting exhibition from urban artist Goldie, featuring painting of twelve of the UK's leading athletes.

The athletes include such household names as cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton 2009 World Champion triple-jumper Phillips Idowu MBE, European and 2009 World Heptathlon Champion Jessica Ennis MBE, three-time World Champion track cyclist Shanaze Reade, leading field athlete and nine-time National Champion Goldie Sayers, Commonwealth bronze medallist weightlifter Zoe Smith and high-jump hopeful Tom Parsons. The works will be on show at a special London exhibition until the 12th August at Guoman's The Cumberland hotel in London. The exhibition is open from 7-10pm and admission is free.  

'Athleticizm' brings street art together with the world of sport in a unique way for the first time and the energy and power of these sporting greats is perfectly complimented by the colour, vitality and edge of Goldie's art.  His skilfully composed street-art style marks and departure from the traditional portrayal of national sporting stars, the exhibition celebrates the new generation of athletic hopes and depicts the 'rawness of their talent' Goldie said, 'in a light in which they are rarely seen.'

As a pioneering force on the UK urban art scene in the early eighties, at a time when graffiti was far from the widely regarded art form it is today, Goldie forced the boundaries of public approval. He made his name as an exceptionally skilled graffiti artist, turning his hand to a variety of art forms before becoming one of the most famous DJs in the world as founder of ground-breaking UK drum 'n bass collective Metalheadz. A finalist on the successful BBC series Maestro, he can currently be seen scouting musical talent across the country on BBC Two's Goldie's Band:  By Royal Appointment, which sees his specifically chosen group of disadvantaged kids perform at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of guest of honour, Prince Harry, as the grand finale of his mentoring programme.  

The Cumberland hotel is one of five Guoman hotels in London and is fast becoming a must-use venue for showcasing contemporary art. The hotel's foyer perfectly lends itself to a pop-up gallery space, and has already featured a street art exhibition with the likes of Banksy and Shepherd Fairey.

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About Guoman Hotels
Guoman Hotel Management Limited operates two hotel brands within the UK market; Guoman Hotels, an exclusive collection of deluxe hotels located in central London and Thistle Hotels, a chain of quality full service hotels in the UK's major cities, including luxury hotels in London.

Guoman Hotels in the UK consists of five landmark properties; Charing Cross, The Cumberland, The Royal Horseguards hotel near the London eye, The Tower and the newest addition, The Grosvenor in Victoria. Whilst each hotel in the portfolio is different with its own unique identity and style, each provides the very highest levels of comfort and service to its guests.

Guoman Hotel Management Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GuocoLeisure Ltd, part of the Hong Leong Group which has hospitality and leisure businesses across the globe with hotels in Europe, USA, Australasia and Asia. For further information please visit   

PR Contact:
Natalie Eales
Siren Communications
Room on the Roof
Riverside Studios
Crisp Road
W6 9RL
0208 237 1210

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Marley Majcher, founder of The Party Goddess!, a celebrity event planning firm in Los Angeles, announces plans for her annual event planning conference, Uncensored! 2012. Uncensored! 2012 gives inside…

(PRWeb July 31, 2012)

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Kuoni Travel and Nuffield Health have revealed 84 per cent of British holidaymakers claim holidays are worth more to them in terms of wellbeing than the money they spend on them.

The UK's largest healthcare charity and Kuoni Travel surveyed 2,845 UK adults between 14 April to 30 June 2012 to find out how a holiday can help to alleviate the effects that everyday life has on the public's mental and physical wellbeing.

The research showed that taking a break can improve people's lives in four key ways:
– It enables to break out of a routine
– Offers an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones
– Puts a fresh perspective on people's lives
– Enables us to relax and recharge our batteries

These benefits explain why almost a third (32 per cent) of Britons say that every pound they spend on a holiday is worth 2-4 times more to them in terms of wellbeing, 21 per cent say it's worth 5-7 times more, more than a quarter (27 per cent) say that its worth 8-10 times more, and 4 per cent say it's worth over 11 times more.

Interestingly, of those surveyed, 67 per cent said it took up to four days to stop worrying about work, this breaks down into:
– 44 percent said it took between 1 and 2 days
– 23 per cent said it took between 3 and 4 days
– Younger adults (16-24) were most likely to worry the longest (74 per cent)

Chris Jones, Head of Physiology at Nuffield Health, said: "On a day-to-day basis, our bodies give us subtle physical signals for stress or tiredness that may be caused by our busy modern lives and we all intuitively know that a holiday can help us re-charge our batteries. The fact that two-thirds of people are taking up to four days to switch off maybe an important indicator of how we manage stress from our everyday lives."

Derek Jones, MD Kuoni, said: "This study highlights the health benefits of a significant 10-day to two week holiday. Kuoni is well known for its expertise in tailor-making trips to long-haul destinations across the globe, and it seems more time away means the better we unwind and recover from the demands of our busy lives."

This survey is part of a bigger research study the luxury holidays provider and Nuffield Health are carrying out this year called The Holiday Health Experiment. Across August, Kuoni are sending three different couples away on three radically different types of holiday – to Amazonian Peru, to Thailand and to the Maldives. Nuffield Health and psychotherapist, Christine Webber, will be conducing medical tests on the couples before, during and after their time away to see how the holidays may impact on a person's well-being.

About Kuoni:
Kuoni was established in 1906 in Switzerland by Alfred Kuoni, a visionary adventurer and explorer of his time who opened some of Europe's first travel agencies. Kuoni has branch operations in over 40 countries. Its portfolio includes: safari holidays, Hawaii holidays, Vietnam holidays and Maldives honeymoon options.

Kuoni has come top of a Which? Recommended Provider survey, due to the company's reliability and 'excellent customer care'; been voted World's Leading Tour Operator for 11 years in a row at the World Travel Awards; Britain's Favourite Tour Operator as voted by the readers of Ultra Travel and the Daily Mail; and been voted Britain's Best Longhaul Tour Operator by travel agents for the past 29 years. Kuoni recently opened 21 new stylish travel stores across the UK offering a new experience in travel retail with stylish décor, complimentary champagne, impeccable service and the expert knowledge of Personal Travel Experts.

PR contact:
Anne-Marie Hansen
Kuoni House
Deepdene Avenue
01306 744 173

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Destination Wedding Couples call on Hawaiian Style Wedding Planners For Healthy and Beautiful Custom Wedding Cake Solutions

(PRWeb July 31, 2012)

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Speedycash4gold develops new technology in order to give customers the most accurate figures for their scrap gold

(PRWeb July 31, 2012)

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This award is the result of its visitors’ votes and acknowledges quality in the service provided to travelers.

(PRWeb July 30, 2012)

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EduKick France Footballer, James Njenga Kihato, impressed French coaches while at the EduKick France HIFA Professional Trials Program in Cannes, France

(PRWeb July 30, 2012)

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Research by the 3 Mobile Phone Deals website between 1st and 15th July 2012 found that there was a 80% increase in customers choosing to recycle their mobile phones from the same period in June 2012

(PRWeb July 29, 2012)

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Some people will celebrate "Christmas in July" to create some holiday cheer during the summer season while others prepare for the Winter holidays a little early. The Made In America Store…

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