Toast the Holiday Spirit in These Whimsical Winter Wonderlands

Celebrate the festive season and discover a new city full of holiday bliss. From snow to palm trees, Marriott International hotels across the Americas are offering winter getaways to these unexpected destinations for some holiday joy and to experience another destination on the travel wish list.

Where should you go?
Some of the coolest destinations to offer merry celebrations, activities and holiday spirit are: Asheville, NC – Branson, MO – Medina, OH – Las Vegas, NV – Louisville, KY/Santa Claus, IN – Philadelphia, PA – Phoenix, AZ – Seattle/Leavenworth, WA Toronto, ON Canada and Washington, DC.

Asheville, NC
Situated in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville lends itself to a picture-perfect backdrop for all holiday happenings. Visit the city’s biggest attraction as the Biltmore Estate adorns 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees, 1,000 poinsettias, and miles of garland. New for 2017, guests can visit The Biltmore Winery, where 7,000 globe-shaped ornaments will hang from the ceiling creating the illusion of being inside a bottle of sparkling wine. Settle in at the brand new AC Hotel Asheville Downtown where every hand-selected detail fuses local culture with the brand’s European roots.

Branson, MO
Holiday celebrations continue through New Year’s Day in this Ozark town. Branson does not disappoint, offering up an array of holiday-themed activities from exploring Silver Dollar City Continue reading “Toast the Holiday Spirit in These Whimsical Winter Wonderlands”

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Poster unveiled at Moscow Metro

With just three days to go to the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in the Russian capital, the famed Moscow Metro held the unveiling of the last remaining visual icon of the event. For the 2018 issue of the Official Poster, the renowned Russian artist Igor Gurovich chose legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin as a central figure of his work.

“The Official Poster of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a true reflection of Russia’s artistic and football heritage,” commented FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil.”

“It was very important for us to portray Russia as the Host Country in the Official Poster,” added theChairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee Vitaly Mutko, “that’s why Lev Yashin was choosen, a symbol of Russian football, as the main figure. I’m sure that the poster will become one of the most memorable symbols of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and that fans and participants alike will approve of it.”

Yashin played in four FIFA World Cups – 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 – and remains the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the Ballon d’Or. In the poster, he is dressed in his traditional outfit of black shirt and shorts, knee brace and his famous cap. He is shown reaching for the ball, one half of which is a typical football from Yashin’s era, with the other depicting the vast landmass of Russia as seen from space, reflecting a key inspiration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup brand, that of Russia’s achievements in space exploration. Continue reading “2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Poster unveiled at Moscow Metro”

UNITED FOR GIRL POWER!

Female Empowerment Ambassador & producer of PADMAN, Twinkle Khanna, invited to join eminent panel at United Nations, NY for ‘Woman Entrepreneurship Day

Best-Selling Author, Film Producer and vocal female empowerment champion, Twinkle Khanna was invited to be part of a panel of “girl power” change-makers at the annual international Women’s Entrepreneurship Day [WED] event, which convened at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, 17th November 2017.

Held to empower women and girls globally to help alleviate poverty, WED curated the Sparking Confidence in Girls with Stars of Today panel, which saw Twinkle Khanna join discussions with other eminent personalities including Sara Bareilles, Singer, Songwriter, 6-time Grammy Nominee, Broadway Musical Writer/ Composer “Waitress”, Mikaila Ulmer, 12 Years Old, Founder Me & the Bees Lemonade & Successful ABC Shark Tank Contestant, Angela Simmons, Founder/Designer Foofi and Bella, Editor Angela’s Rundown, Star WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop and MTV’s Run House, Philanthropist. The panel was moderated by Veronica Dagher, ‘Secrets of Wealthy Women’ @WSJPodcasts and Wall Street Journal Wealth Adviser Reporter.

In an event replete with a host of high-profile attendees such as the CEO of Beauty Evolution, Bobbi Brown, the First Woman Television Producer in the US Lucy Jarvis Continue reading “UNITED FOR GIRL POWER!”

Marriott International Announces Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Canada

Members of Marriott Rewards and SPG Can Get Exclusive VIP Access to Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Event
Marriott International, the country’s leading lodging company, is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), making Marriott International the preferred hotel company for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 100 million+  global members of Marriott’s three loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG), including the more than 3.7 million members in Canada, will be big winners with the partnership. Members will be able to redeem points on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments for once-in-a-lifetime hockey themed experiences with players and legends of the game.

“The cross country popularity of hockey makes the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment an ideal partner to provide members of Marriott Rewards and SPG with once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Don Cleary, President of Marriott International Canada. “We know that Canadians – more so than ever – travel for experiences and our partnership with the Toronto Maple Leafs unlocks the potential for memorable travel.” Continue reading “Marriott International Announces Partnership with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment in Canada”

48th International Film Festival of India inaugurated at Goa

Inviting film makers to India is the endeavour of IFFI: Smriti Zubin Irani 
Cultural extravaganza highlight of IFFI 2017 

Minister of Textiles  and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has said  that India is a land of festivals, celebrations, dynamic youth and stories, where in  stories were told in over 1600 dialects.  Minister said this while addressing the opening ceremony of 48th international Film Festival of India in Goa.

Elaborating further, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani  said that the endeavor of Government of India through International Film Festival of India is to invite film makers from all over the world to the land of stories. Speaking on the role of IFFI, Minister said that the festival will help the film lovers to meet the biggest and brightest names of Indian film industry.

Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parikkar in his address welcomed all the delegates to IFFI 2017 and said that Goa will be ready in 2019 to host the 50th edition of IFFI in a magnificent way. Shri. Parikkar added that Goa has developed a good film culture over the last few years and the state government would continue its work towards further developing the film industry in Goa.

Earlier, Indian film star Shri. Shahrukh Khan while welcoming all film makers and delegates to IFFI 2017 said that films are about loving, about an idea transformed into reality by hundreds of people working together. He further added that story tellers and story listeners are like a family and stories have the power to bind each and every one together. Continue reading “48th International Film Festival of India inaugurated at Goa”

Ontario Supporting Seniors to Live Their Best Life

New Action Plan Provides More Fairness for Seniors in Brampton and Enhances Support Across the Province

Every person in Brampton-Springdale and across the province should benefit from the opportunities that Ontario has to offer, no matter their age. That’s why the province is taking action to make sure that all seniors are able to access the support they need at every stage of their life.

Earlier today, MPP Harinder Malhi was at Flower City Seniors Centre in Brampton West to share the, Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. The plan empowers people to make the choices that are right for them when it comes to their care, their independence and how they access government services — whether that’s finding ways to keep up an active lifestyle or getting the support needed to live at home longer.

The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years — and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for as long as possible and staying connected through social, recreational and volunteer activities. To ensure communities like Brampton-Springdale are ready for the changing realities of an aging population, the plan also substantially expands the number of long-term care (LTC) beds across the province, while increasing staffing levels and support for LTC home residents. Continue reading “Ontario Supporting Seniors to Live Their Best Life”

The Riu La Mola recognized as Top Producer of the year in Formentera by Expedia Inc.

The Riu La Mola hotel has been chosen by Expedia Inc. as the Top Producer 2017 in Formentera, Balearic Islands, for its outstanding performance and amount of rooms generated on Expedia.com for 2017. Considered as one of the largest and most important travel companies in the world, Expedia Inc. awarded this resort located on Migjorn Beach during the last Expedia Partner Appreciation Event that took place in the Pueblo Español in Palma de Majorca. Nacho Alonso, Expedia Senior Market Manager in the Balearic Islands, was in charge of giving the prize to RIU Hotels & Resorts, represented by Sandra Rodón, Director of Global Distribution of this hotel chain.

Overlooking Migjorn Beach, the Hotel Riu La Mola offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful vacation at one of Formentera’s best hotels. The resort has 345 rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony or terrace, as well as many other amenities. At this hotel on Migjorn Beach in Formentera, the guests can relax with the magnificent treatments offered by Renova Spa, workout at the hotel’s gym, or play sports such as tennis, volley ball or rent bikes.

The Hotel Riu La Mola’s facilities include a children’s pool, two pools for adults and a private beach access so all guests can head easily to the beach for a swim in the crystalline waters surrounding the hotel. On the other hand, the hotel offers exquisite food which stands out for its variety and the quality of its ingredients.The hotel’s restaurant has incredible buffets, show cooking areas and the best barbecue thanks to the restaurant located in the garden area. In addition, the Hotel Riu La Mola’s 3 bars offer the best beverages and appetizers all day long. Continue reading “The Riu La Mola recognized as Top Producer of the year in Formentera by Expedia Inc.”

Marriott International Named Best International Hotel Chain at Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards

Top accolade judged by Travel Weekly Asia readers honours the best in the industry

Marriott International has been named Best International Hotel Chain at the Travel Weekly Asia 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row. The coveted award was announced at a gala dinner at the Mandarin Orchard Singapore in front of an audience of more than 100 hospitality leaders across the region.

The awards celebrate the best in the travel industry in Asia and are voted for by readers of Travel Weekly Asia, a group made up of professionals from different fields within the industry. The Best International Hotel Chain award honours outstanding hotel chain operating a network of properties internationally.

“Travel Weekly Asia would like to congratulate Marriott International for its impressive success at this year’s awards. It’s clear that our readers, who number some of the most well-travelled people in the region, continue to be impressed by Marriott’s distinct offerings such as its industry-leading loyalty program and remarkable breadth of brands”, said Irene Chua, group publisher, Travel Weekly Asia.

Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific for Marriott International, said: “I’m so proud of all of more than 130,000 associates across the region who are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our guests. At Marriott we put people first, so I am delighted with this fantastic recognition of their hard work,” Continue reading “Marriott International Named Best International Hotel Chain at Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards”

RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico

Palma de Majorca, Spain on October 10th, 2017

  • The hotel chain has signed an agreement with UNICEF for this organisation to manage these resources, which will be dedicated to the “Back to School” programme
  • RIU’s donation will serve to set up and equip temporary classrooms so that children will not have to interrupt their education while their schools are being rebuilt or repaired

RIU Hotels & Resorts has donated $400,000 to UNICEF to address the most urgent needs in the area of education and protection following the earthquakes that occurred on 7 and 19 September in Mexico. This aid will used to build temporary classrooms, as well as for purchasing the furniture and equipment needed by students and teachers. According to UNICEF calculations, RIU’s donation could contribute to building and setting up nearly 100 classrooms, which would enable hundreds of children to immediately resume their education while waiting for schools to be repaired or rebuilt. Continue reading “RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico”

Rubin Museum New York hosting 24-hour ragas festival

Rubin Museum of Art (RMA) in New York is hosting “Ragas Live Festival—24 hours of sacred sound” on October 21-22, where guests with a $280 ticket get handpicked gallery sleeping spot under an artwork and may bring bedding.

Starting 10 am on October 21 and ending at 10 am on October 22, this overnight Indian classical music concert, whose tagline is “Color your mind at Ragas Live Festival”, includes performances by over 50 master musicians and is a first for RMA. Museum will also provide lounge areas in the lobby for naps and spaces where guests can make themselves cozy.

A worldwide audience will share this “immersive 24-hour global listening experience” in real time via a live radio broadcast. Museum Café will serve “mango lassis”, and the event includes meditation and traditional Hindu sunrise puja (prayer).

Musical instruments to be used during the festival include sitar, kanjira, tabla, bansuri, sarod, sarangi, harmonium, mridangam, santoor, etc. It would showcase some hundreds of years old compositions and includes many artists from India. Continue reading “Rubin Museum New York hosting 24-hour ragas festival”