Archive for May, 2013

InsureMyTrip reminds travelers to buy travel insurance coverage early, lessons learned from Sandy

(PRWeb May 31, 2013)

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Hotel Brand Delivers Special Uber Offer to NYC Conference Goers

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Fighting for a cab in an unfamiliar, bustling city can often be daunting. Wingate by Wyndham® is making that job easier for those attending the 35th Annual New York University (NYU) International Hospitality Investment Conference in New York City next week with a $20 discount on their first ride with on-demand car service provider Uber.

Uber provides a simple, efficient car service experience by allowing anyone to request a ride anytime in major cities via the company's iPhone and Android apps, text message or the web. Licensed, insured drivers arrive to the customer's specified pick-up location within minutes of the order; furthermore, customers can track the arrival status of their ride right from their mobile device.

Beginning June 2, 2013, through June 4, conference participants can request the Wingate by Wyndham discounted Uber ride by signing up online at uber.com/go/hospitality, downloading the app or visiting m.uber.com on their mobile devices and using a promotional code. Attendees can then sit back, grab a coffee or continue conducting business, as they will receive a text message when drivers arrive curbside. After arrival, Uber will automatically charge the credit card on file, apply the discount and send a receipt via email.

'Helping people get around town easily allows us to offer a little something extra to hardworking conference goers,' said Bill Hall, brand senior vice president for Wingate by Wyndham. 'The Wingate by Wyndham brand is all about making sure business travelers have everything they need while on the road – plus a few extras – for one simple, affordable rate. We're excited to extend this philosophy to those visiting New York City to help them conduct their conference business with more ease and less stress.'

Attendees can get more information, including the Wingate by Wyndham Uber promotional code and a map of the city highlighting key destinations, by visiting the Wyndham Hotel Group table or hospitality suite during the conference. The offer is valid June 2 through June 4 for new riders only.

About Wingate by Wyndham
Wingate by Wyndham® hotels offer the services and amenities travelers need for one simple rate, including hot breakfast daily, copying and printing services in 24-hour business centers, free Wi-Fi, meeting space and exercise facilities. The hotels offer comfortable, oversized guest rooms that are designed to function both as a bedroom and an office with a large, well-lit workspace, in-room microwave and refrigerator, a pillow-top bed and more.

Wingate by Wyndham guests who are members of Wyndham Rewards®, the free-to-join guest loyalty program for the hotel brand and parent company Wyndham Hotel Group, will earn valuable points during their stay. Points may be redeemed for a wide variety of reward options including free hotel stays, air travel, gift cards for leading retailers and restaurants and more. In addition, frequent travelers will appreciate the program's newly introduced Gold Status tier, which provides the program's most loyal members with an additional free night after every 20 qualified stays. For more information or to join, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.

All Wingate by Wyndham hotels are individually owned and operated under franchise agreements with Wingate Inns International, Inc., a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,380 hotels and over 631,800 rooms in 66 countries under 15 hotel brands. All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain properties which may be managed by one of the affiliates of Wyndham Hotel Group. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.

Reservations at Wingate by Wyndham hotels and additional information are available by visiting www.wingatehotels.com

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Moscow

The only air plane in retro livery in Russia has joined the Aeroflot fleet celebrating the 90-th Anniversary of the national flag carrier.

In late 2012 Aeroflot organized a voting in social networks to choose the best livery for its retro-jet. More than 2500 people participated in the voting process, and the livery of one of the first world's jet airliners — Tupolev-104 (appeared in 1956) was declared a winner. In the opinion of the majority of voters this very livery is carrying the spirit of «romantic» 1950's, the time when the air transport industry in the country was rapidly growing and significant achievements were made in the national air construction.

The final draft of the livery to be painted on the newest Airbus A320 was designed in accordance with the voters' comments, taking into account safety standards and recommendations from Airbus and Akzo Nobel specialists considering the paint spraying and its technical and performance parameters.

The retro-jet was named «DOBROLET» after the Open Joint Stock Company found on March 17, 1923, which was the predecessor of Aeroflot. The newcomer to the Aeroflot fleet is to demonstrate the vast historical inheritance of the air company and to attract interest of the public to the long and rich history of Aeroflot.

Gaining from the synergy of prominent heritage and modern innovative development, the Russian national flag carrier, one of the oldest air companies in the world, operates one of the youngest air fleets in Europe. Currently there are 137 aircraft in Aeroflot including 87 Airbus A319/320/321 family planes.

All Airbus aircraft are received by Aeroflot directly from Airbus manufacturing plants. The airplanes are designed in two class composition and can carry 116 (A319), 140 and 158 (A320) and 170 (A321) passengers. These aircraft provide services on European and Russian domestic destinations. Airbus A320 family airplanes satisfy the highest reliability, safety and comfort standards and are one of the best for mid-range flights.

Celebrating its 90-th anniversary in 2013, Aeroflot is Russia's flagship airline and the largest national air company. Proudly being a member of SkyTeam global airline alliance, Aeroflot with its partnering members provides service to 1000 destinations in 187 countries. Aeroflot operates one of the most modern and youngest fleets in Europe counting 137 aircraft formed by Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi airliners with an average airplane age of 5 years. In 2012 Aeroflot carried 17,7 million passengers, continuously showing the best results in modern Russia's history. In the same year Aeroflot received Readers' Choice Condé Nast Traveller Award as the best Russian airline. Find more at www.aeroflot.ru.

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In an effort to refresh the shopping experience and to provide families with more reasons to visit the mall, Westfield Capital mall has welcomed several new retailers and also replaced an aging play…

(PRWeb May 31, 2013)

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SEATTLE – Boeing and TUI Travel PLC announced a commitment today for 60 737 MAX airplanes, valued at $6.09 billion at list prices. The commitment by one of the world's leading leisure travel groups includes 737 MAX 8s and 9s. Boeing looks forward to working with TUI Travel to finalize the details, at which time the order will be posted as a firm order to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website.

'A major part of TUI Travel's strategy is to provide our customers with unique holiday experiences that they can only get from us,' said Peter Long, Chief Executive, TUI Travel. "This multi-billion pound investment in the Boeing 737 MAX – representing the future generation of more fuel-efficient aircraft for our short and medium-haul programmes – will be a further driver in delivering this.'

"Boeing and TUI Travel airlines have a relationship which goes back almost 50 years' said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "TUI Travel's airlines currently operate more than 135 Boeing airplanes and the commitment for 60 737 MAXs marks the next chapter in their continued fleet expansion, ensuring unrivalled efficiencies and superior passenger comfort. All of us at Boeing could not be more proud to see our relationship extended for years to come."

The 737 MAX builds on the strengths of the world's best-selling Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 13 percent fuel-use improvement over today's most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes.

The 737 MAX also features the new Boeing Sky Interior. The sleek interior boasts modern lines, a spacious cabin with more headroom and LED lighting that offers vibrant color options.

TUI Travel PLC

TUI Travel PLC is one of the world's leading international leisure travel groups operating in approximately 180 countries worldwide. It serves more than 30 million customers in over 31 source markets. Headquartered in the UK, the Group employs approximately 54,000 people and operates a pan-European airline group consisting of 141 aircraft. The company is organised and managed through three business Sectors: Mainstream, Specialist & Activity and Accommodation & Destinations. In the financial year ended 30 September 2012 TUI Travel had revenues of £14.46bn and an underlying operating profit of £490m.

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Eat|See|Hear was featured in MomsLA.com, Complex.com, and LA.Curbed.com about its outdoor movie, live music, and food truck festival that took place on Memorial Day Weekend.

(PRWeb May 31, 2013)

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Leading property management and vacation rental company, TPW Management, released its latest app designed to streamline the communications process with guests and homeowners.

(PRWeb May 31, 2013)

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RINGOES, NJ- They've done it again at Unionville Vineyards. After crafting a Bordeaux-style blend that earned the title of best bottle of wine in the state in the 2012 Governor's Cup competition, on Memorial Day Unionville was awarded the crown for best dessert wine in the state in the 2013 judging for their 'Vat 18' Port Wine.

Winning a trophy at the judging, which is announced annually at a festival that draws thousands to Somerset County's Natirar Park, has become increasingly impressive since the competition began 27 years ago. In that time, the number of participants in New Jersey's burgeoning wine industry has swelled from 13 to 62, making the Cups all the more coveted. Judges this year included NJ wine store owners, restaurateurs & sommeliers, wine writes, and certified judges from the American Wine Society. Out of over 50 submissions in the dessert wine category, they collectively nodded to Vat 18.

'It is made from 100% Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid that grows successfully in cooler climates like New Jersey, Nantes, and the Loire Valley,' offered Cameron Stark, Unionville's winemaker of nine years. 'It's versatile. You can use it to make a rose, a dry red, or blend with it. But we think it shines best as a dessert wine.' The judges this year agreed. The ruby style Port (yes, they can call it 'Port', as they were grandfathered in having made Port for almost 20 years at Unionville) is blended from 10 different vintages of Chambourcin, as old as 2001 and as young as 2012. 'The result is this deliciously complex, layered wine that has so many unique flavors, like almond, berry, dried fruits, and even orange liqueur. It's a special wine,' says Stark.

For Unionville, it's the latest stamp of approval in a long history of recognition, cementing their status as one of the premier wineries of not just New Jersey, but the East Coast. Besides the success at the state competition, Unionville has had remarkable results when toe to toe with wines from across the country and around the world. Director of Operations John Cifelli rattled off a string of awards, but a couple stood out. 'Last year's Judgment of Princeton was a watershed moment for us, with one of our single vineyard Chardonnays coming in 2nd in a blind taste test between New Jersey and high-end wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Two years prior, a different vintage of that Pheasant Hill Chardonnay was the only double gold medal winner at the International Wine & Spirits Competition on London. When you are in the same league as names like Grgich, Mondavi, and Drouhin, you're doing alright for yourself. To be doing that in New Jersey is special, and we are all really proud of that.'

Tucked away on 90 acres of preserved farmland in bucolic western New Jersey, Unionville is open to visitors seven days a week from 12-5pm. In addition to Vat 18, last year's champion, 'The Big O,' is still on the menu, so for the time being, guests of the winery can sample not one but two state champions, and there is more to come. 'The 2012 Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are currently in barrel are some of, if not the very best wines of my life,' says Stark. 'When we release them later this summer, we expect them to redefine how people look at wines grown in New Jersey.' Strong words, from one of New Jersey's strongest. Visit the website at www.unionvillewinery.com to plan your visit for tastings or a special event.
 
This past year Unionville joined with 9 other wineries to create Vintage North Jersey, a group of wineries with the primary goal of introducing visitors to northern New Jersey wines and other area attractions. To learn more about the northern New Jersey wineries visit www.vintagenorthjersey.com.

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The Morris County Tourism Bureau (MCTB) welcomes you to join them again for the annual walking tour series. Experience the rich history Morris County has to offer with a knowledgeable guide. Tours are offered during July and the early part of August on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and last approximately 90 minutes.  Tickets are $12 each.  Please mail your pre-payment to MCTB, 6 Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960 to hold your reservation.  All tours except Denville and the Seeing Eye begin at 6 Court Street.
 
The Seeing Eye's Guide Dog Training Program:  Up Close
Saturday July 13
North America's first guide dog training school, The Seeing Eye of Morris Township, was founded in 1929 by Morris Frank.  You've noticed the statue of Morris and his dog Buddy, off the Morristown Green, maybe even toured The Seeing Eye's campus.  During this tour you'll learn about the history of The Seeing Eye, walk the streets where the dogs train, and see how Seeing Eye® dogs respond to their owners.  As we walk from their in-town training center, we'll pass sites important to the history of the organization and visit the J. Seward Johnson's statue of Morris and Buddy for a photo op.
 
Secrets and Lore of Gilded Age Morristown
Saturday July 20
Grand homes, wealthy builders, and some annoying neighbors are part of the story of the development of Morristown's historic residential district.  As two farms developed into one of the nation's most prestigious summer enclaves during the Gilded Age (1895-1929), the new 'summer cottages' changed the character of Morristown's landscape and the local social scene.  Walk by beautifully restored Victorian homes and hear the stories of wayward livestock, eccentric tycoons and their wacky exploits.
 
Happy 100th Birthday, Denville
Join a local historian for a walking tour through three centuries of Denville history.  From its humble beginnings as a small forge community on the Rockaway River  through recent catastrophic storms, Denville's downtown has been resilient.  Learn how Denville was transformed from a rest stop along the old turnpike into a chic business district with a popular New York-style nightclub and state-of-the-art movie theater, the first in New Jersey built exclusively for sound.  Walk in the footsteps of governors, presidents, and other renowned figures like Thomas Edison, who made their way to Denville.  Hear about the antics at legendary landmarks like the Denville Shack, Wayside Inn, and at numerous street festivals along Denville's Broadway since 1929.    
 
The Trial of the (19th) Century:  Antoine LeBlanc
Saturday August 3
Learn all about Morristown's most famous murder trial as you sit in the actual courtroom where Antoine LeBlanc was tried in 1833 for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sayre and their servant Phoebe. The triple murder shocked the entire state and resulted in LeBlanc's execution by hanging on the Morristown Green. 
 
 
Thomas Nast's Morristown (1872-1902)       NEW!
Saturday August 10
Thomas Nast was one of the most famous people ever to live in Morristown.  America's most innovative and popular political cartoonist, and the designer of the Democratic donkey, Republican elephant, Columbia, Uncle Sam, the Tammany Tiger, Nast is most beloved for his image of our modern-day Santa Claus. When Nast's cartoons brought down New York City's Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall, death threats forced him to move his family to swank Morristown.  

We'll visit the restored Independent Hose firehouse on Market Street where Nast was an honorary member for 30 years. Next, we'll stop by Thomas Nast's gracious c. 1865 Macculloch Avenue home, a national historic landmark, and conclude at the Morristown library to see examples of Nast's artwork and artifacts associated with his time in Morristown.

For more things to see and do in Morris County visit www.morristourism.org.
 

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333-room Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel Opens

CAIRO, EGYPT – Renaissance Hotels announced today the opening of the new Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel, the first Renaissance Hotel to open in Cairo. With its contemporary design and architecture, the Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel brings a sophisticated sense of lifestyle hospitality to Mirage City. Destined to become a local landmark, the hotel is conveniently located minutes away from Cairo International Airport in New Cairo, Cairo's new strategic business and entertainment center.

'We are thrilled to introduce the Renaissance Hotels brand to Cairo,' said Magdy Naguib, general manager of the hotel. 'With its sleek design and signature Renaissance Hotels programming including NAVIGATOR and RLife LIVE, we are confident the hotel will be a popular destination for guests and locals alike.'

The hotel's spacious and comfortable guest rooms include indigenous touches of historical and cultural artwork inspired by the city. The 333 rooms and suites also offer superb views overlooking either Mirage City or the expansive swimming pool.

Renaissance Hotels helps to inspire authentic travel experiences through innovative guest programs including NAVIGATOR, the brand's signature concierge service, and RLife LIVE, an industry-leading entertainment platform showcasing music, arts and more at Renaissance Hotels around the world. Last year, Renaissance Hotels introduced its first ever global advertising campaign, Live Life to Discover, inspiring guests to discover something distinctly new whenever they travel for business or leisure.

The Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel features unique culinary experiences that fulfill every palette while establishing a new dining and entertainment bar for Mirage City. During the day guests can enjoy Citron with its elegant approach and contemporary design influenced from Arabic and Mediterranean countries. For those looking for an authentic Chinese dining experience, Chinoix restaurant offers the best of indigenous Chinese cuisine. Guests may also relax poolside at SOL Pool Bar, or gather together in the chic Vintage Bar or Flute Lobby Lounge.

With seven meeting rooms and a grand ballroom offering more than 1100 square meters of event space infused with natural daylight, the Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel is the idea location to host state-of-the art meetings or extraordinary special event. With accommodations ranging from small, intimate events to large functions, the hotel offers an array of customizable meeting sand event space. Whether it's a small board meeting, conference, training, assessment center, cocktail party or a wedding, Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel is the impeccable place to host your event.

About Renaissance Hotels
Renaissance Hotels represents a diverse collection of 155 hotels in 35 countries worldwide. Each property is unique, offering passionate travelers a one-of-kind experience and memories they will be sure to take with them long after they depart. Within every hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional array of amenities and an inspiring world of local discoveries. For travelers looking to experience something new, innovative and locally driven programs including the industry leading entertainment platform RLife LIVE as well R Navigator, ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. Renaissance Hotels. Live Life To Discover. To discover more visit www.renhotels.com.

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About Marriott International
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