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Cowboy Up on the Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Trailblazer Tour

Ever been out West? Well for a true Western-experience, every cowboy should spend some time in the desert.

Noted as a cool oasis in a desert of Scottsdale golf, spa and shopping, the Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch encourages guests to take advantage of the outdoors both on the green and in the sand.

Offering the Trailblazer Tour Package, Millennium Resort Scottsdale sends guests on an authentic cowboy adventure, through a maze of cactus-lined trails and desert riverbeds. Climb aboard a rugged 4-wheel, open-air jeep for the thrill of a lifetime and breathtaking views of the Camelback Mountains – at sunrise or sunset, your choice!

The guide is as authentic as they come, with enough historical and native information to put most historians to shame, and will teach you the survival techniques used by Native American Indians centuries ago during the four hour tour.

The Trailblazer Tour Package also includes a sunrise breakfast or sunset dinner picnic basket, including bagels with cactus jelly and tequila cream cheese, prickly pear fruit salad and “engine block” breakfast burritos for the sunrise basket. The sunset basket includes champagne, prickly pear glazed chicken, cowboy caviar (corn, avocado, beans, black eyed peas, tomato, cilantro) and tortilla chips, southwestern tortellini pasta salad and scorpion lollipops.

The package is available year round starting $239 per night for a standard room, double occupancy, plus applicable fees and taxes, based on availability.

To make reservations, please visit the Millennium Hotels & Resorts website at or call directly at 1-866-866-8086 and use the booking code TRAILBLAZER.

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Luxury Retailer Saks Fifth Avenue Partners with Hotels to Offer VIP Shopping Experience

NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, today announced that 15 hotels in the Signature Collection, a group of New York City’s luxury hotels, will participate in the Signature Collection Third Night™ promotion this winter.

The program gives visitors a complimentary third night at participating hotels after booking and paying for two consecutive nights between January 4 and February 28, 2010. Detailed booking information for the promotion is available on NYC & Company’s official tourism website at

Central Park View room with chaise

Mandarin Oriental, New York Central Park View room with chaise

“This winter we want to encourage visitors and residents to take advantage of unprecedented savings by patronizing luxury hotels participating in NYC & Company’s Signature Collection,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “Through the Third Night promotion, consumers can experience the vibrancy of our City without breaking the bank.” Continue Reading

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Traveling Never Ends, Neither Should Your Fitness Regimen

The holiday season brings lots of travel, and so does the New Year, Martin Luther King Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Spring Break …WOW, it never ends!

How are we supposed to be on a long-term plan to stay healthy and fit when there are always opportunities to travel?

Staying fit while traveling can be easier than imagined, notes fitness expert John Rowley, Director of Fitness & Wellness at The American Institute of Healthcare and Fitness

Below, Rowley provides tips for travelers to stay fit and healthy: Continue Reading

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Ascott Launches First Citadines Serviced Residence In Malaysia

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), today launched its first Citadines serviced residence in Malaysia – Citadines Kuching Uplands. This reinforces Ascott’s lead as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in the country. With Citadines Kuching Uplands and other properties due to open in Malaysia, Ascott’s operating apartments in the country will more than double from the current 455 units to a total of 1,168 units across nine properties by 2013. The company has recently clinched a management contract for its second Ascott branded serviced residence in Kuala Lumpur, while its third Somerset property in Malaysia will open next year.

Citadines caters to savvy, independent travellers who want high quality accommodation in a good location and the flexibility to choose the services they require. Ascott introduced the renowned European hospitality brand to Asia Pacific in 2006 with the opening of Citadines Shanghai Jinqiao. Since then, Ascott has opened 10 more Citadines in the region as they have proven to be popular.

Mr Alfred Ong, Managing Director for Southeast Asia and Australia, said: “We see strong growth potential in Malaysia. The country’s economic growth is expected to increase from 3.5% in 2010 to 5.3% in 2014. Foreign Direct Investment is also expected to grow from US$5.8 billion in 2010 to US$8.8 billion in 2014. We currently have Ascott and Somerset properties in Malaysia and we see tremendous potential in bringing the vibrant Citadines concept to the country. The presence of our three brands – Ascott, Somerset and Citadines – will enable us to cater to a wider range of customers. We intend to grow our Citadines brand in Malaysia and we are looking for opportunities to bring it to Kuala Lumpur. We will also look at other potential areas for growth such as Penang, Petaling Jaya and the Iskandar region.” Continue Reading

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Experience Birds, Butterflies & Whales in a San Luis Obispo, CA Winter Getaway

As the nation rings in the New Year with parades and parties, San Luis Obispo, California

hosts a bright and lively festival unlike any other—attended by some of the most awe-inspiring performers of the natural world.

On wing and by water, a menagerie of migratory species lead the way to the lush and still-warm environs of the ideal winter vacation spot in San Luis Obispo (located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco).

With a host of alluring accommodations

—including B&Bs, economy lodges, unique hotels, and high-end chains—San Luis Obispo’s human guests will find an ideal winter refuge, as well, this new year, while feathered and finned area visitors help them celebrate life, love, and new beginnings in 2010: Continue Reading

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Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show Gears Up for 25th Year

This year, the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage is offering a deal that will have even warm-weather revelers pulling out their parkas to experience the beauty of the great outdoors.

Introducing the “Dollars for Degrees Deal” during the chilly months of December through February – where the lower the temperature drops, the lower the rates!

With rates starting at $99*, guests will receive $1.00 off for each degree the temperature drops below freezing during their stay.** Use the code “DOLLARS” when booking on, or by calling (907) 243-2300.

For more information on the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage, or for additional images, please feel free to contact me.

$99 starting rates are still available for Valentine’s Day weekend!

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Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa embarks on full-scale transformation of upscale ocean-side resort

The AAA Four Diamond Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa is nearing completion of its full-scale, multi-million dollar renovation that will transform the venerable ocean-side resort and provide guests with a new take on California casual elegance. Located midway between San Diego and Los Angeles along the California Coast, Dana Point is considered one of the most romantic spots on the West Coast, and the epitome of the California dream.

The ambitious project includes enhancements to the interior design, exterior structure and amenities of the resort. Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa will unveil completely refurbished guest rooms, 20,000 square feet of expanded indoor meeting and banquet facilities, a new porte cochère entrance and marble lobby with waterfall, a new pool and Splash Zone activity area for families and new, lush, eco-friendly landscaping including plants that are not only beautiful but also require little or no watering.

“Our vision is to maintain and expand Laguna Cliffs’ place as the quintessential contemporary California ocean-side resort,” said Jim Samuels, General Manager of Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa. “As we enter a new decade, we will present an encompassing array of renovations and enhancements that will blend casual sophistication with luxury and adventure to capture the essence of our guests’ California dreams.” Continue Reading

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Top Health Concerns For Frequent Flyers

If you have a job that requires you to travel frequently by air, you may already have some idea of the potential health risks of extended plane travel can be. A number of studies have focused on the affects of constantly flying at high altitudes such as those reached by commercial airliners. Okay, so what are the top health concerns for frequent flyers? This article is intended to describe four common health concerns and pose solutions for dealing with them.

Air travel has been recognized as the safest form of transportation. At the same time, it puts certain physical stresses on passengers due to the unique environment. Most of concerns leveled against air travel deal more with those who travel extensively or take long-distance flights often. There can be cumulative influences that will affect your health overall.

1. Jet lag – This is a common reaction to extended flights that cross multiple time zone. In fact, about 90% of airline passengers on long trips will experience the characteristic dizziness, irritability, lack of concentration, and fatigue associated with jet lag. It is not uncommon for people to sleep extended hours. There is possibility that too much jet lag can become detrimental to your health. You get so worn out from the strains of air travel you become more susceptible to other illnesses. Continue Reading

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Singapore Tourism Board to tap online media as part of their marketing strategy

Assistant chief executive at Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Ken Low says STB is in the process of overhauling its digital initiatives in order to strengthen digital to become the “core” of its marketing activities.

Speaking in the fourth and final episode of MediaTV’s series examining travel and tourism brands’ marketing strategies, Low says STB is specifically focusing on CRM, mobile marketing and social media to improve its marketing.

“We decided a while ago to make digital the heart of what we do because, after all, a lot of the travel decisions today are all either researched or reviewed or made through the cyberspace, so it’s a natural thing for us to move and engage in this ground,” Low says. “We’ve not done it really well yet. There’s still a lot of room to grow.”

In addition to digital, STB earlier this year appointed new creative, media and digital agencies to boost its image worldwide.

Low says that STB’s biggest campaign of the year, called the ‘2009 reasons to enjoy Singapore’, has “worked quite well – we’re on target to reach 9.5 million visitors, as we expected”.

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Top British landmarks now available on Google Street View

Specially collected imagery of iconic British locations has been made available for people to explore in Google Street View for the first time. Now Americans can discover top British landmarks with just a click of a mouse.

VisitBritain, the national tourist office for England, Scotland and Wales has joined forces with Google to showcase top tourist treasures Stonehenge, Millennium Stadium, Angel of the North, Eden Project, Warwick Castle and ‘wildcard’ Bamburgh Castle.

The locations were voted for by the British public in Google and VisitBritain’s online poll this summer and were photographed using the Google Trike. This custom-designed three-wheeled bike is equipped with a Street View camera and is designed to make special imagery collections in places less accessible by cars, such as historic landmarks.

Simon Bradley, executive vice-president for VisitBritain Americas, says: “This is a great way to give Americans a small taste of the fantastic attractions and destinations that await them in Britain. It’s a great way of using digital technologies to increase the accessibility of our destinations. Google users will be able to use Street View to virtually visit some British icons that I hope will inspire them and make them want to explore more for themselves.” Continue Reading

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New premium Ascott serviced residence is part of the iconic Raffles City Beijing development

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), is celebrating the opening of its fifth serviced residence in Beijing, Ascott Raffles City Beijing. This marks the first time an Ascott serviced residence has partnered with a Raffles City. Raffles City is an iconic integrated lifestyle development comprising a retail mall, an office tower and a serviced residence owned by CapitaLand. The opening of the new Ascott Raffles City Beijing further strengthens Ascott’s leadership position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in China.

Housed within the Raffles City complex, one of five Raffles City in China and only seven worldwide, the premium serviced residence brings something new to the Ascott experience. Besides being able to enjoy the exclusivity of living in an Ascott serviced residence, the high-end Raffles City, with its extensive services and welcoming atmosphere, also gives Ascott’s residents the convenience of working, shopping and dining under one roof.

“Ascott Raffles City Beijing is our fourth property to open in China this year, reaffirming Ascott’s commitment to grow our presence in the Mainland,” said Mr Lee Chee Koon, Managing Director of Ascott North Asia. “This is the first time we have a serviced residence located within a Raffles City development, a perfect combination to cater to our residents’ varied lifestyle needs. Continue Reading

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Stay Two Nights and Receive Complimentary Airfare with Purchase of One Round-Trip Flight; Rates Starting at $179/night

With three luxurious properties in the Florida Keys offering rates starting at just $179/night, Singh Hotels & Resorts is enhancing affordability with the new “companion fly free” program, available now through Feb. 11, 2010.

Guests who reserve two or more nights at Singh’s Parrot Key Hotel and Resort, Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort or Coral Lagoon Resort & Marina and book their room through a companion airfare link will receive one complimentary companion airfare with the purchase of one adult round-trip fare. The companion airfare offer is good for travel to anywhere in the United States (some restrictions apply). If a guest books four room nights, then two companion airfares are awarded. The offer is available even on discounted rooms.

“This is a great offer for not only our ‘snow bird’ visitors, but also our many guests from right here in Florida who drive or bike to the Keys,” said Bob Bauersachs, Singh Hotels & Resorts general manager. “And although we’d be very happy if the airfare we’re offering were used to visit us in the Keys again, we’re thrilled that this offer allows our guests to travel to any destination in the continental U.S. that they please.” Continue Reading

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