Archive for August, 2012

It is again that time of the year where the Kingdom of Swaziland educes excitement due to the colorful and now internationally recognized Umhlanga ceremony. The Swaziland Reed Dance or Umhlanga is an annual tradition held in late August or early September where maidens collect bundles of reed and deliver at Lobamba, the Royal Capital.

Umhlanga attracts thousands of Swazi girls from all corners of the Kingdom of Swaziland and provides the occasion to honor and pay deference to the Queen Mother.

Maidens were registered to be 80 000 on the first day and they are led by newly appointed 22year old Nonduduzo 'Zuzu' Zubuko and Princess Sikhanyiso who is King Mswati III's daughter.

The main day for Umhlanga has been announced to be on the 3rd of September 2012 . On the main day, all the maidens will be gathered at Ludzidzini geared in short beaded skirts decorated with fringes and buttons; together with anklets, bracelets and necklaces and colorful slashes. The Royal Family Princesses will be expected to be wearing red feathers in their hair and lead the maidens before their Majesties, spectators, tourists and foreign dignitaries.

Umhlanga ceremony developed from the Umcwasho custom where young girls were placed in regiments to ensure their virginity.  According to local sources the legitimate motive of this annual ceremony is to preserve the women's chastity, provide patriotic labor to the Queen Mother, and produce solidarity among women through working together.

'The increase in the maidens' numbers sends to be proof that the ceremony is becoming highly recognized and more young Swazi Girls are eager to be a part of the event.' Mentioned the source

Umhlanga has also become an internationally recognized event; numerous tourists visit the country to experience the ceremony. More information about the Swaziland Reed Dance is available on Amazon.com of the downloadable ebook written by Sibusisiwe Dlamini. It is entitled: Umhlanga The Swaziland Reed Dance with Pictures.

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Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, a member of the global luxury hotel group Jumeirah, officially opened Abu Dhabi's and the hotel's latest gourmet venue: Tori No Su, a sleek Japanese destination of style and taste offering traditional Japanese cuisine along with contemporary creations based on classic elements by Chef Ando. Combining an authentic modern Japanese ambience with superb dining and lively urban interaction, Tori No Su features live Teppanyaki and Robatayaki counters, a Sushi bar, a beverage bar as well general seating areas.

A native of Japan, Chef Ando applies decades of mastery and skill as a kaiseki-trained chef, and like a traditional Japanese poem, at all times pays homage to the season, ensuring freshness and connectedness to what is served. The cuisine served within each corner of the restaurant has been specially designed in consideration of its own unique environment so that the overall dining experience can be enhanced, a philosophy reflected through the "hito kuchi" or "bite-sized" gourmet elements offered at the bar, through to the skewered culinary creations at the Robatayaki counter, or more intricate creations served at regular table dining areas. The freshest of the day's catch is served either as sashimi or sushi depending on personal preference, and in traditional Japanese style, guests could try not looking at the menu and request an "omakase" course whereby Chef Ando and his team will provide a line of dishes inspired by the moment. Here, at the Abu Dhabi hotel, the true sense of Japanese culinary skill and hospitality is experienced.  

A contemporary reflection of modern Japan, Tori No Su, meaning "bird's nest" in Japanese, is located opposite the Lobby's main entrance and is contemporary in design but with a heart that reflects a strong connection to its cultural, homely traditions. The importance of freshness is immediately recognised with the restaurant's living grass walls, and the soul of modern Japanese tradition comes clearly through Restaurant Manager Hosoda-san and his team's deep desire to impart not only a dining experience to be remembered, but also one that helps provide a little light and illumination on Japanese culture, cuisine and service. The perfect scene for casual drinks after work amongst an eclectic crowd, Tori No Su mixes style with taste, infusing traditional Japanese beverages with modern accents. Not to be missed is the house signature mocktail known as 'Tei-en' or 'Japanese Garden' which is a delicious mix of fresh kiwi, cucumber and apple juice garnished with a traditional Shis? leaf.

Located on Podium Level 3, opposite the hotel's main lobby entrance and with its own private outdoor entrance, Tori No Su is open for lunch from 12:00 – 15:30 and for dinner from 19:00 – 23:30.   

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts, including Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah Dubai luxury hotels; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas five star hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Mallorca hotel & spa, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah in Istanbul; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes luxury hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.

PR Contact:
Genevieve Picard
Director of Corporate Communications
Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
PO Box 73137
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+ 971 50 644 5608
www.jumeirah.com

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Choice Hotels Europe, the company behind the Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands in Europe and part of Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the largest lodging franchisors in the world, has launched a promotion enabling European members of Choice Privileges, Choice Hotels International's award-winning rewards programme, to earn a free night at over 250 participating hotels in Europe*.

After a member completes two separate stays with arrival between 30 August and 14 November 2012, they will receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem them for a free night at a participating hotel in Europe between 16 September and 30 November 2012. Hotels taking part in the promotion include the newly refurbished Comfort Inn Victoria in London, Comfort Hotel Diana in Venice, Clarion Hotel Dublin City, Comfort Hotel Frankfurt City Centre and Quality Hotel Centre del Mon in Perpignan, France. Qualifying stays must be booked online at ChoiceHotelsUK.co.uk or by calling 800.800.44.800.

"We are delighted to offer Choice Privileges members in Europe the opportunity to now earn a free night's stay when they travel either on business or holiday," said Duncan Berry, CEO UK, Choice Hotels Europe. "This promotion will reward our most loyal customers and help them earn a free night faster."

Originally launched in 1998, the Choice Privileges rewards programme has been available in Europe since 2008 and is one of the fastest growing travel industry rewards programmes with membership tripling over five years and now standing at 15 million members worldwide. At the recent travel loyalty industry Freddie Awards, over 1.3 million frequent travellers scored Choice Privileges as the second best programme overall.

To become a Choice Privileges member, travellers can log on to www.ChoicePrivileges.eu or sign-up when checking into a Choice-brand hotel. Members can earn points or miles at 5,500 locations around the world and also enjoy express check-in, extended check-out, and the opportunity to redeem points for free nights at thousands of properties throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australasia, North America, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Members can also redeem points at luxury partner hotels, such as Preferred Hotel Group and Barceló Hotels & Resorts, through airline partners including airberlin, American Airlines, Qantas, Delta, and Czech Airlines, and for free car hires from Avis and Budget.

Notes to Editors:
* Terms & Conditions apply, see www.choicehotelsuk.co.uk/en/free-night for full information.

About Choice Hotels:
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories, including hotels in Croydon, hotels in Coventry City Centre and the Quality Hotel Edinburgh Airport. As of June 30, 2012, more than 375 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 30,000 rooms, and 75 hotels, representing approximately 6,700 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in 15 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide. In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.

PR Contact:
Sally Brown
Brown PR
67 Astonville Street
London
SW18 5AW
+ 44 (0) 7917 091782

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Jumeirah Restaurants LLC, the branded restaurant division of Jumeirah Group, has signed two franchise agreements that will see Urbano, its Italian restaurant concept that is at Souk Al Bahar in Dubai, open soon in Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Turkey.

Jumeirah Restaurants signed a licensing agreement with a key Food & Beverage market leader in Bahrain to open Urbano restaurants in Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. The first Urbano in Bahrain will open in Seef District in late 2012.

Meanwhile, in Turkey, Jumeirah Restaurants signed with BCF Group to open the Urbano restaurant in Aqua Florya Mall, located in an affluent neighbourhood of greater Istanbul. The restaurant is scheduled to open in October 2012.

Urbano serves authentic Italian cuisine using the freshest seasonal ingredients with traditional cooking techniques that enhance the natural flavour of food. The first outlet of Urbano opened in Souk Al Bahar (Dubai) in 2008, combining three elements – caffè, trattoria and pizzeria – to deliver authentic, tasty and simple Italian cuisine in a modern environment.

Urbano is the second restaurant concept developed by Jumeirah Restaurants to gain international awareness. Starting out as a UAE home-grown brand in 2002, the noodle house is currently operational in 13 countries and is set to enter Russia, Lebanon, Great Britain, Morocco and Bahrain in the coming months. The brand was awarded Superbrand status in 2012 in the UAE.

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About Jumeirah Restaurants LLC:
Jumeirah Restaurants LLC is the branded restaurant division of Jumeirah Group, the global hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding.

Jumeirah Restaurants is tasked with setting up and licensing innovative and successful casual dining concepts to its international network of partners. The noodle house was the first restaurant brand to be developed and is the flagship of Jumeirah Restaurants, with licence agreements already signed in 13 countries globally. The company also has the rights to develop a number of brands from the Caprice Holdings group across the Middle East and North Africa. This stable includes world-famous restaurants and clubs such as Rivington Grill, Scott's, Annabel's and The Ivy. Other concepts that have been developed by Jumeirah Restaurants include Urbano, Sana Bonta, AllFreshCo, Rice + Spice and The Flaming Revolution.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts, including luxury resorts in London, a 5 star hotel in Shanghai, a Mallorca hotel and a hotel in Abu Dhabi.

For further information, please contact:
Director of External Communications
Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
PO Box 73137
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+971-04-364-7849
www.jumeirah.com

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Own a Made In America Store T Shirt? Visit the Made In America Store wearing your Made In America Store T Shirt anytime during or after their 9/11 Tribute Concert Event and receive a free Russell…

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The Last BIG 3 Day Holiday Weekend of the Summer is approaching fast… its Labor Day Weekend 2012! In observance of Labor Day Weekend, Tube Haus is offering an unheard of BLOW-OUT $5 OFF Coupon, good towards Tube Rentals on the Guadalupe River, valid September 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2012 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday). In addition to the $5 Off Holiday Coupon, Tube Haus is offering an unheard of Group Rate of $7 Off each Tube Rental when you have 20 or more people in your Group! (Your Group must have 20 or more people, and 1 payment must be made for the entire group, Group Rates do not apply to Private Equipment, not valid with any other offers, details on Website)

Tube Haus isn't done yet! In honor of our Military Freedom Fighters, Tube Haus is offering an $8 Off Military Discount good towards 1 Tube Rental per valid Military I.D. (A valid Military I.D. must be shown at the time of your tube rental, Active, Reserve, Retired, Veteran, etc… not valid with any other offers.)

The 2012 Tube Season is winding down fast with the start of school and the end of vacations, so what better way to close out the Last 3 Day Holiday Weekend of the Summer, than by floating down the picturesque Guadalupe River with your friends and family, sipping on your favorite beverage, kicking back on your inner tube and taking in the awesome beauty and surroundings of the Guadalupe River! Tip: Bring a waterproof camera with you so you can show all your friends what you did over Labor Day Weekend!
 
P.S. There is 'No Can Ban' at Tube Haus, Disposable Containers are legal on the River, any size Cooler is OK, Music and Alcohol are Legal on the river! More info: New 2012 River Rules here.

TubeHaus is located near New Braunfels on the Guadalupe River in Canyon Lake, Texas. Owner Jerry Lara from Tube Haus recommends that everyone coming out to go river tubing read his Tubing Checklist on the Tube Haus Website, so everyone will be prepared to have a great time on the river. Click for Maps and Easy Directions, or call 830-964-3011.

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Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and its global brand ambassador, Rory McIlroy, joined forces to support a local community initiative in New York. Fresh from his second Major victory, Rory got back to basics with a junior golf clinic at the City Parks Foundation's Junior Golf Center in Brooklyn.

The day was organised by City Parks, a New York City organisation, and Rory's principal sponsor, global luxury hospitality company Jumeirah Group.

During the clinic, 50 junior golfers from the City Parks golf centre, aged 10 to 17, got the opportunity of a lifetime to receive coaching from the current world number one golfer. Rory led the day with a demonstration of his practice routine and answered questions from participants. The young golfers then rotated through driving, putting and chipping stations while receiving tips and techniques for improving their game.

"I spent my day with Jumeirah in one of my favorite cities, New York," said Rory McIlroy at the end of the clinic. "It was great to see so many kids enjoy the game of golf and for me to be able to help them in some way."

Jumeirah Group has sponsored Rory McIlroy from the very first year he turned professional in 2007. Spotting his prodigious talent early on, Jumeirah invested in the young golfer's career and has followed it with great passion ever since. After winning the PGA Championship in the US with a record eight strokes, Rory recently reclaimed the top spot as world's number one golfer.

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About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Creekside, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah hotels in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai hotel; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Mallorca hotel & spa in Mallorca; Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah in Istanbul; two choices of London hotel in Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.

For further information please contact:
Director of Corporate Communications
Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
PO Box 73137
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+971-4-364-7849
www.jumeirah.com

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Launches the First Ever Travel Toothpaste Refill System; Travelers Never Have to Buy Travel-Sized Toothpaste Again

(PRWeb August 30, 2012)

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Jumeirah Carlton Tower is inviting guests to celebrate the latest installment in the famous secret service series throughout October and November, with its espionage inspired packages.

The 'Shaken' package is the ultimate secret agent themed experience. Designed to give spy aficionados a glimpse into the life of Britain's most infamous secret agent, the package includes one night's accommodation in Jumeirah Carlton Tower's opulent Royal Suite and return airport transfers in an Aston Martin. On arrival, guests will be greeted by their very own bartender who will fix them the hotel's signature martini, shaken or stirred of course.

In the evening, guests are invited to indulge in a three-course dinner in the iconic Rib Room Bar & Restaurant. The menu, featuring an array of modern British dishes redefined for the 21st century by head chef Ian Rudge, is accompanied by a bottle of wine to share and followed by a martini nightcap in the hotel's glamorous GILT Cocktail Lounge.  

During their stay, guests will also be treated to a 60-minute relaxing massage per person in The Peak Health Club & Spa. On waking up to breathtaking views of Knightsbridge from The Royal Suite, guests will start their day with a traditional Full English breakfast for two in The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, and the option of late check-out (subject to availability).

The 'Stirred' package invites guests to stay at Jumeirah Carlton Tower in a room of their choice, over a hundred of which have been recently refurbished to a new level of luxury. Guests will be treated to a welcome martini on arrival in true secret agent style at GILT Cocktail Lounge. During their stay, guests will also enjoy unlimited access to The Peak Health Club & Spa and Full English breakfast in The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant.

The essence of Knightsbridge, Jumeirah Carlton Tower is the perfect setting for guests to experience quintessentially British tastes in the heart of London.

To book either package, visit www.jumeirahcarltontower.com or call +44 (0)20 7235 1234

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About Jumeirah Carlton Tower:
Jumeirah Carlton Tower, situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, is acknowledged as one of the finest London hotels. The hotel is noted for its fine dining, famous Peak Health Club & Spa and enviable location off Sloane Street – the Capital's most fashionable shopping area. Jumeirah Carlton Tower has 216 rooms and suites, all individually styled with a calm and contemporary feel, together with The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant, GILT Cocktail Lounge, Chinoiserie and The Club Room.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts, including Dubai hotels, Shanghai hotels, Rome hotels and a Mallorca hotel. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah in Istanbul; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.

PR Contact:
Director of Corporate Communications
Jumeirah Group Corporate Communications
PO Box 73137
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+ 971 4 364 7849
www.jumeirah.com

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