Tuesday, March 29, 2011

No April Foolin’ - RockResorts Announces 96 Hour Sale through April 1

For the first time ever RockResorts and Vail Resorts are opening their exclusive 96-hour sale to the public: starting on Tuesday, March 29 through Friday, April 1st at 12:00 noon (Mountain Standard Time) RockResorts and Vail Resorts Hospitality lodging rates begin at $96/night.

Those looking for last minute spring skiing deals in Colorado or Wyoming (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Aspen and Jackson Hole) will select from a variety of lodging options. If the beach or southwest is where you’re planning to kick-start summer holidays, RockResorts properties in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, The Bahamas, Miami, Santa Fe and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming are also participating in this incredible limited time sale.

Bookings must be made online only at RockResorts.com/96Hour. Offer is good for travel through January 31, 2012. Based on availability, blackout dates apply. Offer is valid for new bookings only, and cannot be combined with any other offers. All reservations booked through the 96-hour sale are non-refundable.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Report details economic significance of travel and tourism industry

The World Travel & Tourism Council has released a report entitled, "The Economic Contribution of Travel & Tourism," which highlights that in terms of economic impact on the world's economies, the travel and tourism industry outweighs the automotive industry. According to this March 2011 report, the travel and tourism industry accounts for almost one of every ten dollars in the world's total gross domestic product and almost one out of every ten jobs in the world. Key statistics include:

*2011 contribution to global GDP: $6.0 trillion, 9.1% of global GDP.

*GDP contribution forecast to rise 54% to $9.2 billion by 2011, 9.6% of
global GDP.

*2011 contribution to global employment: 259 million jobs, 8.8% of total
employment worldwide.

*Employment contribution forecast to rise 25% to 324 million jobs by 2011,
9.7% of total employment worldwide.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Because it’s hard to plan all those proposal details when you’ve got love on your mind...

For $29,000, treat your sweet to the peak of romance at Vail’s newest luxury property, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail. The “Romance, Roses and Even a Ring” package includes two nights of luxury lodging, two first-class tickets on American Airlines, dinner for two at the upscale slope-side restaurant, Centre V, a rose petal bath, a couples’ massage, a personal training session for two and even the choice of a $20,000 engagement ring from Betteridge Jewelers in Vail (with a private shopping experience!). For more information or to book, call 877-525-9631.

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail is one of Vail’s newest and most exclusive addresses – it’s located just a few steps away from the action of the slopes and the bustle of Lionshead’s dining and shopping but is a bit more private, nestled along the banks of the Gore.

Other nearby options for a special celebration include:

  • The Celebrations Concierge at Beaver Creek (Vail’s sister resort) will help with planning every detail of a trip and the concierge highly recommends Beaver Creek’s mountaintop Trappers Cabin nestled in a stand of aspen trees, set back from the resort’s meticulously groomed ski runs. Either ski in, ski out to your luxurious cabin in the woods or get a snowcat ride and enjoy meals cooked just to your liking by the private chef.
  • The Game Creek Chalet in Vail, a private chalet perched on Vail Mountain at approximately 11,000 feet above sea level, is also a perfect spot for a memorable celebration/vacation for the whole group or just for the two of you.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Villa del Arco Los Cabos heats up Mexico with a “Looking for Paradise Love” package

The five-star Villa del Arco Los Cabos, a member of Villa Group Resorts, is currently offering a “Looking for Paradise Love” package. Available now through December 19, 2011, the all-inclusive package includes:
  • Four nights accommodations in a luxury one-bedroom ocean view suite
  • All food & beverage for the duration of stay
  • A welcome bottle of wine from Valle de Guadalupe, a Mexican winery that produces special wines just for Villa Group Resorts
  • A romantic bath complete with fresh flowers and aromatic candles
  • A private 45-minute serenade by Mariachi band during dinner (can be at one of the restaurants or in the privacy of couples’ suite)
  • Round-trip ground transportation in Cabo San Lucas
  • One couples massage at the Desert Spa in the VIP spa suit
Rates start from $1,500 (based on double occupancy) and are subject to availability.

Set on El M├ędano Beach, Villa del Arco is a five-star, upscale resort featuring 221 luxurious studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with kitchens, whirlpool tubs, spacious living areas and balconies. The Desert Spa features contemporary treatments and amenities, including expansive hydrotherapy centers for men and women, a Jacuzzi, a cold-plunge pool, cold-pressure showers, a body temperature pool, steam room, sauna and Swiss showers. The resort offers a gourmet dining experience at La Perla, which proudly showcases fresh seafood, steaks and International Cuisine. For more information, please visit www.villagroupresorts.com

Monday, March 14, 2011

Preferred Hotel Group Welcomes 10 New Hotels This March

Preferred Hotel Group announced the addition of ten hotels worldwide this March. The hotels include:
  • Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi - Amalfi, Italy
  • Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa - Sandys, Bermuda
  • Divan Bodrum - Bodrum Mugla, Turkey
  • Camino Real El Paso - El Paso, Texas
  • The Waldorf=Astoria - New York, New York
  • Palace Hotel - San Francisco, California
  • The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort - Honolulu, Hawaii
  • InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile - Chicago, Illinois
  • The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC - Washington, DC
  • Doral Golf Resort & Spa - Miami, Florida
About Preferred Hotel Group™
Preferred Hotel Group represents more than 800 independent, best-in-class hotels and luxury shared-ownership residences in over 70 countries across a collection of six distinct brands: Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Preferred Boutique™, Summit Hotels & Resorts™, Sterling Hotels™, Historic Hotels of America® and Preferred Residences™. A family-owned company, Preferred Hotel Group offers independent hotels the global reach required to serve the leisure and business markets, providing its partners with a suite of comprehensive business solutions including global sales, marketing, distribution, technology, and quality assurance. Partner hotels have access to over one million active travel consumers through a global guest loyalty program, I Prefer™, and increased opportunities and exposure to a valuable niche market through Preferred Golf™. For more information, visit us on the web at www.PreferredHotelGroup.com.

The Waldorf=Astoria, a member of Historic Hotels of America

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Samantha Brown's Top 4 Travel Items

Samantha Brown, host of the popular Travel Channel TV series Passport to Europe, Passport to Latin America and Great Weekends, spoke this weekend (Sunday, February 27, 2011) at The New York Times Travel Show in NYC and provided the audience with a fun and engaging perspective on the "Adventures of a TV Travel Host." Samantha opened her seminar with useful tips for travelers. Beyond the cell phone chargers and computer cords, here are our notes from Samantha Brown's "Top 4" items to take along when traveling:

1. Earplugs. Need we say more?

2. Pinky balls - These can help with travel-related muscle aches.

3. Peanut butter - A great snack with diplomatic qualities...Who knew? Finding jam or jelly around the world is pretty easy. Make a PB&J sandwich your ice breaker. Since the PB&J sandwich is a popular American treat, many other countries and cultures aren't familiar with it...so spread the love!

4. I Love NY T-shirts...or any other easy-to-carry gifts. These are great when you want to give a little extra something or when tipping isn't appropriate.

For more info about Samantha Brown and Travel Channel, click here.


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