Archive for June, 2013

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In their latest article, Cellars Wine Club explores the roots of unfair wine shipment laws.

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Leading NYC Walking Tour Company Urban Oyster awarded Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the third year in a row, confirming their status as one of New York’s best food and beverage walking…

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These days any kind of travel seems to cost a lot. Car Rental Express suggests a few simple ways to bring these costs down.

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The LA drive in and outdoor cinema series will show the comedy starring Bill Murray during an outdoor cinema, food truck and live music event.

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Wine club vendor Cellars Wine Club explains some of the health benefits of moderate wine consumption in their latest article.

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Newport, RI, with its seafaring past and tony ambiance, is the destination of Jean Renoux, The Experimental Traveler, in mid-October 2013. He is offering an exclusive, guided tour to a small, select…

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• Greece, Spain and USA preferred destinations
• Not just about sun and sand: culture main motive for travelling
• 37% of all Austrians already 'fly' abroad on holiday

Crises may come and go. But Greece remains the destination of choice for Mr and Mrs 'Average Austrian'. In a survey carried out recently, around one-in-eight Austrians (12%) said they would be travelling to Greece on holiday this year. 10% wanted to visit Spain, and 9% said they would be travelling long-haul to the USA (see chart below). The main motive for the flight is the culture, according to the results of a representative survey of 1,000 Austrians by market research agency GfK Austria on behalf of Austrian Airlines.

42% of survey participants said they wanted to visit 'culturally valuable tourist attractions'. The 'holiday by the sea' only came in second place as a reason for travelling, with 37%, ahead of 'long-distance travel', with 24%. That means one-in-four Austrians wants to take a long-distance journey.

Karsten Benz, the member of the Executive Board of Austrian Airlines with responsibility for destinations, said the following: 'The results of this survey do surprise me a little. They do not simply confirm the cliché of the lazy holidaymaker interested primarily in sun and sand. In terms of destinations, we have already reacted to the results and increased our schedule of flights to Greece, Spain and the USA.'
Around 27 million passengers took a journey by air either from or via an Austrian airport in 2012, an increase of three per cent on the previous year. The survey found that Mr and Mrs Average Austrian are now flying 3.5 times a year. 37% of those taking private holidays abroad chose to travel by air, a percentage which rose to 56% for those making business trips.
Alexander Zeh, a market researcher from GfK, commented as follows on the results: 'What is interesting is that the trend is increasingly for price and reliability to become the most important criteria affecting the decision over which mode of transport to use. Catering is playing less and less of a role on flights within Europe.

When it comes to choosing an airline, price and reliability were the most important requirements for the Austrians who were asked. 38% of Austrians mentioned price as the factor affecting their choice of airline, 17% the right journey times, 17% the ability to travel non-stop, and 12% the reliability of the airline. Although service is also given as a criterion affecting the decision, catering is no longer mentioned. 'The story is a different one in the case of business or long-haul travel,' market researcher Zeh said.

Stable prospects
Austrians said they would still be flying just as much in future as they have done in the past. While 20% of all Austrians said they would be flying more in future, around the same number of people said they intended to reduce the number of flights they took. Meanwhile, 60% of the participants from Austria wanted to continue flying just as much as in the past. 'Those are good prospects for the future,' said Karsten Benz, Chief Commercial Officer at Austrian. 'Flying is still attractive.'

Austrian Airlines
Austrian Airlines is Austria's largest carrier and operates a global route network of round 130 destinations. That route network is particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 43 destinations. Thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company's hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe's largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines. The flight operations of the Austrian Airlines Group has been bundled at its 100% subsidiary Tyrolean Airways since 1st July, 2012.

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – As the great summer escape approaches, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced it will offer bespoke packages for Middle East travellers looking to exchange the heat and humidity of the Gulf for the cooler climes of Europe during the summer months.

With over a third of Arab nationals known to make between one and five personal trips outside the region every year, the Middle East continues to be one of the most important source markets for the global luxury travel and hotel industry. And, with Arab families frequently travelling in large groups with immediate and extended families, there is also an increasing need for hotels to offer facilities and services which reflect the needs of the whole family.

With its intriguing history and array of cultural and leisure experiences, combined with refreshing temperatures, Europe has long captivated the Middle East traveller. However, it has been seen a significant increase in visitors from the region in recent years, as airlines including Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways continue to increase their global footprint, making it easier than ever for travellers from the region to explore all that the continent has offer.

To ensure that guests travelling from the Middle East receive the full Ritz-Carlton experience this summer, preferred suites at selected hotels across Europe are offering exceptional accommodation and personal amenities which specifically cater to their needs. This includes spacious private apartments suited to large families and Arabic-speaking Ladies and Gentlemen, who take note of each guest's individual preference and offer personalised amenities such as dried fruits, macaroons and chocolate, Koran and prayer carpet, timings and direction to Mecca, as well as personalized Halal menus.

Barcelona is a particular favourite among visitors from the Gulf region, with The Ritz-Carlton's iconic Hotel Arts having an enduring appeal among affluent travelers. This Catalonian gem offers its apartment guest's a very high level of attention, with the concierge team proving insider access to the city that only a select few get to experience. From one-of-a-kind fashion consultations with one of the city's leading boutique brands to VIP culinary adventures, including a helicopter experience to El Cellar de Can Roca, which was recently named the World's Best Restaurant 2013, Hotel Arts is the perfect place to explore all that the city has offer.

Perennial favourite Istanbul has also regularly sees an influx of visitors from the Middle East with The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul's prime Bosphorus location, combined with the city's rich history, Islamic culture and traditions offering an experience that has an enduring appeal for Arab travellers.

Those looking for a historical and cultural experience of a different kind will be fascinated by destinations to be found in central Europe. The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin for example, is a unique five-star hotel just steps from the city's premier shopping districts and cultural attractions, including Chamber Music Hall, National Gallery and The Reichstag. The stunning Ritz-Carlton, Vienna meanwhile, is set amidst the romantic backdrop of the Austrian capital's opera houses, imperial history and striking architectural styles, providing a very different but equally fascinating city to visit. Both hotels combine traditional architecture with stylish interior design from which to enjoy the elegant streets and celebrated landmarks.

Another increasing popular destination is Moscow, with the city's love for luxury encapsulated by the glamour of The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow. After a day spent exploring Red Square, shopping at upscale boutiques or immersed in Moscow's fascinating past, guests can return to the hotel to rejuvenate their bodies and souls at the luxury spa, indulge in an unforgettable meal or allow their personal butler to assist them in planning the perfect evening.

While the delightful and character-filled cities of Europe offer a myriad of unique experiences for travellers, the continent also has more than its fair share of stunning beaches to be enjoyed by those in the mood for a beach-side getaway and The Ritz-Carlton is delighted to present two spectacular resorts offering the ultimate in luxury, recreation and tranquillity. The Abama Golf & Spa Resort is set within a private estate on the Canary Island of Tenerife, providing an idyllic haven in the sun combined with a world-class golf resort. Abama features volcanic landscapes, exuberant vegetation and breathtaking panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, while its average annual temperature of 22º C provides a pleasing retreat from the Middle East summer.

Equally delightful is The Ritz-Carlton Penha Longa Resort which is set along the gorgeous Estoril coastal region of Portugal. The Resort is located on a palazzo-style estate nestled among the spectacular rolling hills and clear lakes of the southern Sintra mountains and has provided a quiet retreat for Portuguese royalty and foreign dignitaries for many years, a testament of its ability to meet the needs of seeking the ultimate in luxury and sophistication.

Included among the wide range of exceptional amenities available to guests booked into many Ritz-Carlton preferred suites, is the exclusive Club Lounge which provides ongoing food and beverage presentations throughout each day, with the ability to serve select Arabic dishes upon advance request.

With so much to offer Middle East travellers this summer, Europe really is the perfect summer escape with something to suit everyone whatever style of vacation they are seeking. To find out more about how an individual Ritz-Carlton hotel can cater to specific travel needs this summer, and exclusive packages visit for more details.

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Holiday Inn® Guayaquil Airport Hotel marks first IHG®-branded hotel in Guayaquil

MIAMI – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's largest hotel companies, today announced the opening of the 122-room Holiday Inn® Hotel Guayaquil Airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The seven-story new-build hotel is adjacent to the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, and is the second IHG®-branded hotel for Ecuador, with the first being the Holiday Inn Express® Quito, located in Ecuador's capital city of Quito.

'The addition of the Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport hotel is in line with IHG's strategy to expand our portfolio in all key markets across the region,' said Alvaro Diago, chief operating officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, IHG. 'Guayaquil is an ideal location as it attracts both business and leisure travelers. We are also excited to partner with BPO Asesores Empresariales S.A. on this property and look forward to continuing our relationship with them.' The ownership recently announced plans for the Holiday Inn Quito Airport hotel, scheduled to debut in 2016.

Guayaquil is Ecuador's main port and economic hub. The city boasts significant regional influence in commercial, financial and cultural activities, is an important center for Ecuador's manufacturing industries and home to key business enterprises. The hotel is also close to the city's convention center and main business area.

'We are thrilled to have opened a Holiday Inn in such a wonderful city,' said Gerardo Murray, vice president, Marketing Strategic Services for Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG. 'Guayaquil lures both business and leisure travelers alike, and the hotel's proximity to the city's convention center, downtown, main business area and shopping venues make it ideal."

The new hotel will be designed in line with the Holiday Inn brand family's $1 billion global brand relaunch, the largest project of its kind in hospitality history. The relaunch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The hotel will feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

'The Holiday Inn brand attracts the precise demographic we are seeking for the hotel in Guayaquil,' said Juan Carlos Santos of BPO Asesores Empresariales S.A. 'Since the city is the country's main business hub and the hotel is located at the airport, the Holiday Inn brand, known for its comfort, convenience and value, is a perfect addition to the area.'

Situated in the Kennedy Norte neighborhood, the Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, business center, fitness center overlooking the airport and city, lobby bar, eight meeting rooms with capacity for over 200 people and free airport shuttle service. Just a short walk from the airport, the hotel also features complimentary high-speed Internet, cable TV, safe deposit facilities and mini bar. On the top floor overlooking the city is the Executive Floor equipped with an exclusive front desk, lounge and a VIP meeting room. The hotel's culinary offering serves up a range of regional dishes from the coast of Ecuador as well as select international options at the ConneXion Bistro-Bar. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers the Holiday Inn Best-4-Breakfastâ menu, with signature items such as Rainforest Alliance™ Certified coffee, Cinnamon Supreme French Toast™ and Skillet Inspirations™. Kids 12 and younger eat free at Holiday Inn hotels when ordering from the kids' menu in the hotel restaurant and accompanied by a dining adult. Room Service Right … On Time™, also at all Holiday Inn hotels, ensures that guests' room service orders are accurate and delivered on time, every time.

Holiday Inn hotels feature a residential atmosphere that is warm, trend forward and comfortable. Guest beds are made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: 'soft' and 'firm.' The residential design will include business-focused necessities such as an ergonomic workstation and data ports with the bathrooms including a multifunctional showerhead, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod, and amenities. Additionally, each room will have standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations – comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, hairdryer, micro fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board.

IHG has 42 Holiday Inn hotels and Holiday Inn Express hotels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and has been serving Latin America for more than 65 years. With hotels in nearly every key market throughout the region, IHG has more than 75 hotels in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Holiday Inn hotels participate in IHG's hotel rewards program, Priority Club® Rewards, soon to be named IHG® Rewards Club this July. The industry's fast-growing guest loyalty program with 73 million members is free and guests can enroll by logging on at, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at any of IHG's more than 4,600 hotels worldwide.

About Holiday Inn hotels
With over 1,200 hotels worldwide, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world. In fact, the Holiday Inn brand was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. The Holiday Inn brand provides the services that business travelers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges. The casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, Kids Eat Free and Kids Stay Free programs, and KidSuites rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort hotel demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn brand to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as 'America's Favorite Hotel.' For more information about the Holiday Inn brand and Holiday Inn Resort brand, including IHG's vacation resort brand Holiday Inn Club Vacations, or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit Find us on Twitter or Facebook

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IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 73 million members worldwide. The program will be renamed and relaunched as IHG Rewards Club in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 674,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

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