Archive | June, 2010

Universal Orlando Resort’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction

From Quidditch matches to the halls of Hogwarts, Universal Orlando Resort’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction is the perfect place to celebrate all the magic and kwikspells of the iconic Harry Potter series.

In celebration of Universal’s newest attraction, CheapOair and CheapOstay are offering travel deals to Orlando for all those wizards and muggles looking to get a taste of the Harry Potter World.

With these deals, you can fly roundtrip from Chicago to Orlando for $256* and stay at the Radisson Worldgate Resort for $45** per night.

This airfare deal must be booked by July 31, 2010.

*Airfares include all fuel surcharges, ad valorem tax and CheapOair service fees. Fares exclude government taxes. Sample airfare listed from Chicago to Orlando; additional cities spanning the U.S. are available. Fares and rates are subject to change based on availability. For reservations, please call 866-636-9088 or visit

**Sample hotel rate listed for travel from July 5, 2010 through July 8, 2010 and is based on availability; additional dates and locations available.

Taxes and service fees not included. For reservations, please call 866-466-8827 or visit

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The first shopping festival in Lithuania starts this July 2010

On 9th, of July 2010 in Lithuania will start the first shopping festival “Akropolis Kaunas Grand Shopping Festival 2010”. Duration of the first shopping festival “Akropolis Kaunas Grand Shopping Festival 2010” will be 3 days.

The shopping festival in the Baltic countries will be the first time. It organizes the largest in the Baltic states shopping and entertainment center “Akropolis Kaunas”.

“All over the world have traditionally held festivals shopping. As the largest shopping and entertainment center in the region, we decided to establish a tradition – every year in Kaunas create a real shopping festival for Baltic States, Poland, Kaliningrad and Belarus. Geography Kaunas simply beautiful – from many cities in Latvia, Byelorussia, Russia (Kaliningrad and Pskov regions), Poland separate us no more than 300 kilometers.

Akropolis Mall in Lithuania

The main purpose of the festival to attract shopping shopping fans from all over Eastern Europe, Kaunas present as a viable alternative to the European capitals of fashion and “revive” domestic tourism “, – says the manager of shopping and entertainment center “Akropolis Kaunas”, Vladimir Kononenko. Continue Reading

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Summer Diving In Egypt For The Whole Family

Families looking to go away with water-babies of all ages need look no further than Tropical Sky Family Diving Holidays ( who offer a wide selection of diving holidays around the world that the whole family can enjoy.

What’s more, there’s still availability during peak school holidays and savings of up to £100 per person, with prices starting from £619 per adult and £459 per child, travelling on 24 July to Egypt.

At Tropical Sky Family Diving, the focus is on parents who would like to dive whilst on holiday and want the reassurance that their children will be safely looked after by qualified carers.

Kids Scuba Diving

All resorts in the portfolio have children’s clubs and some also offer qualified childcare or a fly-and-stay nanny service where a personal nanny is made available for the duration of their holiday. Continue Reading

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Walking on Sunshine Comes To Life In This SoCal Haven

Today, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau launched its new dynamic destination video entitled, “Walking on Sunshine.”

This fast-paced, upbeat film set to the catchy 80’s tune “Walking on Sunshine,” showcases more than 25 diverse Orange County locations and features more than 60 people soaking up its brand of SoCal fun, all in less than two minutes.

It highlights an eye-catching collection of iconic Orange County experiences and its sunny, casual ‘feel good’ lifestyle, that make it a Southern California classic destination.

Hamboard Kids

This video film is part of a new destination image campaign that shines the light on the array of light-hearted and iconic experiences found in Anaheim and Orange County. Continue Reading

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Who Will Win the Ascott Grand Prize of Complimentary Stays for 25 Years?

The Ascott Limited, the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, has presented its 25th Anniversary grand prize of complimentary stays for 25 years to a lucky winner.

Mr Tomo Takuma, who stayed for a year at Citadines Shanghai Biyun from April 2008 to March 2009, was picked from a whopping four million chances.

Ascott flew the 35-year-old Shanghai-based Japanese expatriate to Singapore for the recent prize presentation at Ascott Raffles Place Singapore. “I can’t believe my luck. In Japan, winning a prize of such magnitude is unheard of.

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Ascott 25th Anniversary Grand Prize Presentation

I have never won such a big prize in my life,” said Mr Takuma upon receiving the grand prize from Mr Chong Kee Hiong, CEO of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited. Continue Reading

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Three New York based Culinary Magnates Open Kiosks at World Financial Center Plaza

Brookfield Properties announced today that three new alfresco food kiosks – featuring the culinary stylings of some of New York City’s best-known restaurateurs – are open for business at the World Financial Center Plaza in Battery Park City, just outside the Winter Garden atrium fronting the Hudson River.

The three kiosks represent the first phase of an array of new dining options that will be coming to the WFC over the next several months. Ed’s Lobster Bar, Harry’s Italian and Quality Burger all bring a fresh and unique dining experience to Lower Manhattan.

Each will offer a quick, affordable way to enjoy cuisine from some of the city’s most highly regarded eateries within the picturesque setting overlooking New York Harbor.

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Harry’s Italian

“The World Financial Center Plaza is truly one of the great outdoor public spaces in Manhattan – especially during the spring and summer months,” said Ed Hogan, national director of retail leasing for Brookfield Properties. “We’re pleased to offer these exciting new alfresco dining options to our building tenants as well as area residents and visitors.” Continue Reading

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Looking for Any Travel Gear Summer Round-Ups?

Are you one of the many people planning a road trip with your pet this summer? Over 49% of adult travelers consider their pet to be part of the family and 18% of adult travelers can’t imagine a vacation without Fido.

Leading Slipcover and Home Solution company Sure Fit is thrilled to introduce their Auto Friends Collection, an easy budget-friendly way to help keep your pet safe and your car protected. The hammock one-piece style secures to car seat headrests, keeping your pet from tumbling to the floor during sudden stops while working double duty to protecting the seats from fur and stains.

The Sure Fit Auto Friends Collection is available in Car Seat, Cargo Mat, Floor Mat, and Car Hammock styles in a variety of colors on All covers have a waterproof lining and no-slip grips, protecting from any accidents along the way ($14.99-29.99).

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Now that your pet is ready, below is a list of Sure Fit’s Top 10 Pet Friendly Cities to help plan your road trip:

1. New York City – Between winding trails, off-leash hours and fenced-in dog parks, NYC’s Central Park is the perfect pet hang-out. Plus, pet daycare can be found in nearly every Big Apple neighborhood. Continue Reading

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Free, unlimited Cebu Pacific travel passes for best Pinoy travel blogs

Cebu Pacific (CEB), one of Asia’s fastest growing airlines, continues its advocacy of promoting travel as it launches the first ever Wandering Juan Blog Contest. This contest recognizes travel bloggers who share Cebu Pacific’s vision of frequent travels for every one through their informative and inspiring narratives.

The Wandering Juan Blog Contest is open to all Philippine residents who blog about traveling. Blog post nominations can be made for the following categories: Leisure and Relaxation (spa/medical tourism, shopping, entertainment, special events, among others), Culture and Heritage (food, history, landmarks, local festivals, among others), or Adventure and Sports (indoor and outdoor sports, sports events, extreme sports, camping, hiking, wildlife encounters, and more). Blog entries can be nominated just by filling out the nomination form on from June 1 to July 31, 2010.

CEB, in cooperation with Mozcom, Inc. and contest partners will reward the best blog entries with unlimited travel passes to any CEB domestic destination from September to October 2010, and a Fun Tours package to Cebu’s top resorts and hotels, inclusive of 3 days, 2 nights accommodations for two.

These Fun Tours Packages are for Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa (Leisure and Relaxation category), Marco Polo Plaza Cebu (Culture and Heritage category) and Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa (Adventure and Sports category).

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Castle in Osaka

There will also be a special Fun Prints Picturebook Travelers Edition package (where the winner can put together their own travel story book containing photos, captions, plane tickets and other travel memorabilia) for the Best Travel Blog Photography or blogs with the most enticing travel photos. Continue Reading

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Beach Fun For The Whole Family On Boa Vista, Cape Verde

With less than six hours flying time and no jet lag, Parque das Dunas Hotel ( on Boa Vista, Cape Verde is a great destination for frantic families seeking a sunshine break. And now with the announcement by The Cape Verde Experience of two new flight routes out of Bristol and Stansted from December 2010, this sand dune isle is more accessible than ever before!

The perfect place for parents to relax and unwind, Parque das Dunas Hotel is an established boutique hotel that boasts seven miles of white-sand beach, guaranteeing plenty of space for both sandcastle competitions and a relaxing sunbathe.

In addition, a tropical warm sea awaits, perfect for water babies (or perhaps their older siblings) looking to try windsurfing or even kite-surfing for the first time as well as plenty of fun activities inland, including a thrilling dune buggy ride through the impressive desert-like dunes.

Beach Bungalow in Cape Verde

The charming and informal hotel comprises 48 bungalow-style rooms, each with patio and stunning sea-views and many with direct access to the beach, in addition to an open restaurant, bar and large swimming pool with kids section. Continue Reading

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5 simple ways you can save hundreds of dollars on your next trip

“For the average hotel guest, dining can make up anywhere from a third to a half of the total spend on an average trip,” noted Lisa Grossberg, General Manager of the historic Buckingham Hotel in Manhattan which has eat-in kitchens in every apartment-style suite.

Whether you’re headed to a tropical island or a major city, here are 5 simple ways you can save hundreds of dollars on your next trip:

1) Book a condo-style hotel room with an eat-in kitchen. If you’re headed to a major city, you’ll find that many of the early and mid-century hotel buildings, like the Buckingham, came installed with private kitchens. And if you’re jetting to an island destination, more and more hotels are renting out their dormant condo and timeshare units.

“The overdevelopment of timeshares in 2008 has left a lot of hoteliers with a wider inventory than they anticipated. As a result, travelers can find cheap hotels, some with Viking kitchens and high-end appliances!” notes Grossberg.

2) Stock your fridge. Even if you have plans to dine out every night of the week, you can still skip paying $40 for a below-average continental breakfast by bringing your own eggs, bagels and coffee.

“We have the great fortune of being located in midtown Manhattan, so we’re blocks from some of the best bagels and lox in the country,” said Grossberg. “But every city and town has its own food gems. It’s a great loss if you don’t take advantage. When in Rome!”

And if you want to spice things up with a mimosa, pick up a bottle of Freixenet cava. It retails for just $10 at the liquor store and is what many restaurants use behind the scenes. Just pour out half a flute of Freixenet and top off with another half of OJ — and you’re set, brunch style… Continue Reading

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Surf’s Up in La Jolla – Guide to a Surf, Sand and Sun Getaway

La Jolla, Spanish for “The Jewel,” lives up to its name as one of San Diego North’s most treasured coastal retreats for surf, sand and sun.

Characteristic of its natural beauty and dramatic ocean views, the coastal community contains grassy high bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, an underwater ecological preserve, natural sea caves and one of the nation’s rarest pines trees, the Torrey Pine.

Known as the “Rodeo Drive of San Diego,” Prospect Street in La Jolla is famous for its collection of designer boutiques, diverse art galleries and ocean view dining.

Below are some ideas for experiencing surf, sand and sun activities in La Jolla:

Surfing in San Diego North

· Explore La Jolla’s Delicate Tide Pools
Uncovered daily with the rise and fall of ocean tides, tide pools are one of the most diverse ecological marine systems that are best viewed during a low tide. With low tides typically occurring early to late morning during summer months, visitors can start their day by exploring tide pools at Shell Beach where they can observe some of La Jolla’s most delicate marine life in their natural habitat including sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and mussels. Continue Reading

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Diving Delights In The Maldives – With Sun Hotels & Resorts

For underwater lovers, nothing comes close to the pleasure of diving in the Maldives. This collection of 1,190 atolls and islands that string together like teardrops in the Indian Ocean, offer divers of all ages and experience the chance to marvel at an unspoilt underwater world.

With a choice of two stunning islands to stay on, Sun Hotels & Resorts offers not just amazing accommodation and excellent resort facilities, but also the exceptional services of a Sun International Diving School with PADI Gold Palm status which can be found at Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort and Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort.

Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort (South Malé Atoll)
The diving sites around this four-star 133-room resort have everything to offer. The long house reef is beautiful and safe and ideal for those learning to dive.

But what makes Olhuveli so special and popular with divers from all over the world is the access to over 35 dive sites, making it possible to dive with whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles, tuna, Napoleon fish and even dolphins.

Dive in Maldives

Experienced divers will enjoy a 30-metre reef channel drift dive where they can be serenaded by surgeon fish dancing around the air bubbles from the airtank or come face-to-face with black tip and hammer head sharks as they hang out on the flat sand shelf of the reef’s edge. Continue Reading

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