Holiday Travel: Get Away With A Longer Holiday Stay And Hit The Savings Jackpot With New Deal From Las Vegas Marriott

Hotel Near Las Vegas Convention Center Offers Discounts Up To 30% Based On The Number Of Room Nights Booked

Lady Luck has struck again at Las Vegas Marriott. With near-perfect weather year round, it’s easy to want to stay in Las Vegas for an extended period of time — especially around the holidays. Travelers visiting Sin City during this holiday season can hit the jackpot even before stepping into any casino on the Strip with a new package from the Marriott International‘s most central outpost in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Marriott

Las Vegas Marriott

The Las Vegas Marriott at 325 Convention Center Drive in Las Vegas, NV is near the Monorail Station, Las Vegas Strip, Cirque du Soleil and Pole Position Raceway. The hotel is 17 floors with 278 rooms, 6 meeting rooms with 3,426 square feet of total event space, a cafe, fitness center and outdoor pool.

The longer guests stay, the more they will save on deluxe accommodations when taking advantage of the Stay Longer in Vegas & Reno Package. Double down and save 20 percent when booking two nights, or up the ante and save 30 percent for three or more nights. Room rates are $97 to $295 per night with these exclusive savings, valid through Dec. 28, 2015 when using promotional code SPU upon making a reservation.

What to Expect at The Las Vegas Marriott

Step inside the elegant lobby and get ready for some fun. The hotel offers spacious rooms with living and sitting areas to give guests ample space to spread out in style. Pillow-top mattresses, featherbeds and custom duvets afford the jetlagged traveler an ideal place to get a restful night’s sleep, while marble bathrooms with Bath and Body Works bath amenities offer a luxurious space to prepare for a busy day in the city. Room service is readily available for guests who have had “a little too much fun the night before.” Lucky guests can rest easy knowing their casino winnings are safe inside complimentary safes provided in each room.

Before hitting the Strip, step inside the cheerful atmosphere of Cafe 325, offering a wide array of foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner, sure to satisfy even the most distinct of appetites. Enjoy fresh salads and sandwiches for lunch, plus burgers, pasta dishes and much more for dinner without ever leaving the hotel. The casual dress code and vast drink menu offers a relaxing place to gather with friends and family before exploring all Las Vegas has to offer.

At the end of a day, take a dip in the outdoor resort-style pool, or melt away stress in the whirlpool. Guests can maintain their physique at the fitness center with cardiovascular equipment and free weights.

Las Vegas Marriott also features 3,426 square feet of total event space in six rooms for holiday parties and end-of-the-year business meetings. Floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the city, a dedicated staff and custom event menus will all ensure a successful event.

To save big on accommodations and spend more on the fun, use promotional code SPU when booking online or calling 1-800-834-7236. For information, visit or call 1-702-650-2000.

Celebrate The 2015 Festive Season With Four Seasons Hotel New York

Four Seasons Brings Magic To Manhattan With A Holiday Tree Lighting, New Year’s Eve Soiree, And More

This holiday season, join in the festivities at Four Seasons Hotel New York for an unforgettable New York experience. From an indulgent Christmas Day Brunch to the New Year’s soiree of the year, guests can be certain that 2015 will end on a high note.FSH_1232_aspect16x9

ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2015, 5:45 PM: Toast to the start of the holiday season at annual Four Seasons Hotel New York tree lighting ceremony. Guests will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne (non-alcoholic beverages are also available), and festive holiday favorites performed by carolers will help set the mood. Following the tree lighting, guests will have ample time to make it to Rockefeller Center to experience the tree lighting firsthand or alternatively, can catch a live broadcast in TY Bar. The Garden restaurant will also feature an impressive six-foot (1.8 metre) gingerbread house, hand-crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Jasmina Bojic, which is not to be missed.

All guests attending are encouraged to bring a toy in support of Toys for Tots. Ty Warner will also be contributing to this year’s donation by giving 2,016 toys to the cause. US Marine Corps will be present that evening to accept donations from Four Seasons on behalf of Toys for Tots.

WEEKEND HOLIDAY BRUNCH – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2015 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2016, 12:00 NOON TO 2:30 PM: Get into the holiday spirit by indulging in an extravagant holiday brunch menu, offered every Saturday and Sunday. The Festivus Market selection include seasonal fare such as tartare of exotic winter fruits with pomegranate and lime yogurt veil, while classic brunch dishes have been given a holiday twist, such as gingerbread waffles with eggnog crème anglaise. Brunch includes a choice of Blood Orange Mimosa or a glass of prosecco, but guests can also indulge in special holiday cocktails including the TY Bar Toddy, made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, pressed apple cider, and cinnamon syrup; the Pomegranate Margarita, composed of Herradrura tequila, pomegranate cordial, and Peychaud’s bitters; or the Apricot and Honey Gimlet, featuring Brooklyn gin, apricot honey, syrup and lime.

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2015, 12:30-2:00 PM: Celebrate Christmas Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York with an elegant three-course prix-fixe lunch, complete with live entertainment from a string trio hailing from The Juilliard School of Music. Appetisers include a warm chestnut bisque with vin jaune and black truffles for a lavish touch, or crisp maya prawns served with omelette crepe and piperade. For the main course, enjoy organic lamb rack with a toasted mushroom orzo and herb jus, or stuffed Vermont quails served with quinoa pilaf, swiss chard, and foie gras sauce. Finally, end brunch on a sweet note with luxurious holiday desserts, such as the individual Yule with chestnut cream and green apple gelee, or the sticky date pudding with caramel crunch ice cream. Pricing is USD 139 per person.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BOTTOMLESS BUBBLY SOIREE – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2015: Celebrate the last day of 2015, and ring in the start of the New Year at the annual New Year’s Eve soiree in TY Bar, with festivities beginning at 9:00 pm. Tickets cost USD 2,016 per couple and include one bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne; along with a decadent assortment of delicious canapés, petit fours and mignardises, such as peeky toe crab profiteroles with wasabi aioli, or foie gras sushi with fig mostarda. Guests can also imbibe on bottomless champagne at the ice bar installed at the mezzanine. Complete with live music, dancing, festive party favors and a live broadcast of the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, the evening will culminate in a champagne toast at midnight to ring in the start of the New Year. A separate high-end caviar offering and elegant champagne and drink list will be available to order. With room pricing starting from USD 1,295, guests can end their night at Four Seasons Hotel New York, or can arrange round-trip chauffeur rides for the evening with their partnering car service.

NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH – FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2016, 12:00 NOON TO 2:30 PM: After a long night of celebrating, start the day right by indulging in The Garden’s New Year’s Day “Recovery” brunch menu. Star dishes such as rich brie stuffed french toast with holiday berry compote and holiday hanger steak with eggs any style, along with a build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, will give guests the energy needed for the day ahead. Try out the housemade tomatillo cilantro juice for a green twist or sample the house cucumber-infused vodka for an alternative take on the classic Bloody Mary. If not a fan of Bloody Marys, no need to worry — all brunch entrees come with a choice of a Blood Orange Mimosa or a glass of Prosecco.

For reservation inquiries, call +1 844 760 6347, or book online.

Regal Entertainment Group Announces Cyber Monday Gift Card Offer

Regal Entertainment Group, one of the leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces a special Cyber Monday offer will be available on Monday, November 30. For every $50 a Regal guest spends on eGift Cards, the purchaser will receive a $15 Concessions eGift Card for free. With a raft of (potential) blockbuster movies opening soon (Star Wars, anyone?), this is the ideal gift for all the movie fans in the family.

Regal Entertainment Group announces Cyber Monday eGift Card offer: Buy $50 in eGift Cards and receive a $15 ePromotional Concessions Card for free. Source: Regal Entertainment Group. (PRNewsFoto/Regal Entertainment Group)

Regal Entertainment Group announces Cyber Monday eGift Card offer: Buy $50 in eGift Cards and receive a $15 ePromotional Concessions Card for free. Source: Regal Entertainment Group. (PRNewsFoto/Regal Entertainment Group)

This buy $50 and get $15 free deal is for one day only. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, November 30, Regal fans can purchase eGift Cards online at Regal eGift Cards are a great holiday gift for anyone and are easily sent via email. The eGift Card can arrive instantly or be scheduled for a specific delivery date via email, so there are no shipping charges. Each eGift Card can be customized for your recipients by adding a custom email message, choosing your favorite design, or uploading your own photograph for a unique gift. Regal eGift Cards can be used at any Edwards, United Artists or Regal Cinemas across the country and they have no expiration date.

Regal Entertainment Group (PRNewsFoto/Regal Entertainment Group)

Regal Entertainment Group (PRNewsFoto/Regal Entertainment Group)

Regal also offers discount movie ticket programs for organizations, companies, groups and individuals who may benefit from buying movie tickets in large quantities.

Black Friday Steal from Josie Maran, Available Exclusively at Sephora and

With all the Black Friday Deals already available to you, I would like to also add Josie Maran’s Black Friday Deal launching this Friday for just $10. Josie Maran’s new Argan Pure Cleansing Collection consists of a duo of her best cleansing essentials. Suitable for even sensitive skin, the products are completely free from harmful ingredients, insuring they never irritate skin. Made with Josie’s 100% Pure Argan Oil, each one is specially formulated to hydrate while they cleanse, leaving your skin luxuriously soft and moisturized.BlackFriday2015

The Argan Pure Cleansing Collection includes:

Argan Cleansing Oil: This unique formula self-heats to deliver the best possible cleaning power. Rich and never greasy, the oil melts away makeup and impurities while providing intense hydration that leaves skin soft and velvety. To use, simply apply the oil even across your dry face, and then add water and massage into a rich milk. Rinse away for clean, purified skin.

Bear Naked Wipes: Remove makeup even when you’re on the go with these gentle yet powerful wipes. Made from a soothing blend of aloe vera, chamomile, and cucumber, the formula is enriched with Vitamin E to fortify skin with every use. Each wipe is biodegradable and completely free from synthetic fragrances or parabens, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin.

Clean skin doesn’t have to be dry. I designed these two purifiers to moisturize skin as they clean, leaving your skin soft, supple, and flawlessly hydrated.” – Josie Maran

The Argan Pure Cleansing Collection gift set, which premieres on Friday ay Sephora and online at, will be on sale for $10 (for one day only!) while supplies last. Happy Shopping!

The 2016 Awards Season Has Begun!: 31st Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

$75,000 In Grants To Be Awarded To Filmmakers

Carol” Leads With Six Nominations, Followed by “Spotlight” with Five and “Tangerine” with FourFi_Primary_Logo_RGB_POS

Spirit Awards To Be Broadcast Live Exclusively On IFC, Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:00 Pm Pt / 5:00 Pm ET

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2016 Spirit Awards this morning. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included Anomalisa, Beasts of No Nation, Carol, Spotlight and Tangerine.Fi_SpiritAwards_Primary_Logo_RGB_POS

This year’s nominees are a testament to the strength, vitality and diversity of independent, artist-driven filmmaking,” said Welsh. “It’s an astonishingly strong group of films and performances this year and we look forward to celebrating them all at the Spirit Awards.”

Now in its 31st year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best International Film, Best Documentary and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award and the Truer Than Fiction Award.

Spotlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Spotlight is a remarkable film that excels on every level, but the Nominating Committee thought it was especially deserving of the Robert Altman Award,” said Welsh. “The film is beautifully cast with every member of the ensemble working together to tell the story of the Boston Globe investigating allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church.FI_SA16_NomineeLaurel


Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Bel Powley, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine


Christopher Abbott, James White

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind

Jason Segel, The End of the Tour

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea


Robin Bartlett, H.

Marin Ireland, Glass Chin

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa

Cynthia Nixon, James White

Mya Taylor, Tangerine


Kevin Corrigan, Results

Paul Dano, Love & Mercy

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Anomalisa: Producers: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, Dino Stamatopoulos, Rosa Tran

Beasts of No Nation: Producers: Daniel Crown, Idris Elba, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Amy Kaufman, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker

Carol: Producers: Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley

Spotlight: Producers: Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

Tangerine: Producers: Sean Baker, Karrie Cox, Marcus Cox, Darren Dean, Shih-Ching Tsou

BEST FIRST FEATURE – Award given to the director and producer.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Director: Marielle Heller. Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit

James White, Director: Josh Mond. Producers: Max Born, Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, Melody Roscher, Eric Schultz

Manos Sucias, Director: Josef Kubota Wladyka. Producers: Elena Greenlee, Márcia Nunes

Mediterranea, Director: Jonas Carpignano. Producers: Jason Michael Berman, Chris Columbus, Jon Coplon, Christoph Daniel, Andrew Kortschak, John Lesher, Ryan Lough, Justin Nappi, Alain Peyrollaz, Gwyn Sannia, Marc Schmidheiny, Victor Shapiro, Ryan Zacarias

Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Director/Producer: Chloé Zhao. Producers: Mollye Asher, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Angela C. Lee, Forest Whitaker

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded. Continue reading

National Geographic Travel Announces 2016 World Legacy Awards Finalists

Finalists Comprises of Travel Companies, Organizations And Destinations Driving Positive Transformation Of The Global Tourism Industry

The 15 finalists of the 2016 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were unveiled this past week. The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between the National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from large resorts to small eco-lodges and from wildlife conservancies to geoparks — driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the travel industry based on National Geographic’s work of inspiring people to care about the planet.NG-World-Legacy-Awards-634x358

Costas Christ, chairman of National Geographic World Legacy Awards, said, “Sustainable tourism is the foundation for the future of the travel industry, and those destinations and companies that understand this today will be the global leaders of tomorrow. Tourism is based on selling culture and nature — the very things sustainable tourism practices work to protect. Have you ever heard someone come back from a vacation and say, ‘I just had a great holiday hiking in a dead rain forest and then staying on a beach filled with trash?’ The World Legacy Awards finalists are all about protecting the places travelers love to visit and benefiting the local people who live there. Together, these 15 finalists are working towards a future when all tourism will be sustainable.

More than 150 World Legacy Awards entries were received, representing 51 countries and six continents. Finalists in five award categories were selected by an international team of judges. The judging process also included on-site inspections of all finalists. For details on the judges, go to

The National Geographic World Legacy Awards finalists are:

CONSERVING THE NATURAL WORLD — Recognizing outstanding support for the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat and protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the oceans.arkaba-walk-on-white_new

Arkaba by Wild Bush Luxury, Australia — Located on the outskirts of Flinders Ranges National Park, Wild Bush has systematically restored a 60,000-acre former sheep ranch into a thriving wildlife conservancy. Sharing its scientific monitoring of the area’s biodiversity with its guests, conservation groups and community members, Wild Bush is demonstrating that eco-tourism can be a vehicle for nature conservation and rural economic growth.The Elephant Camp

A Unique Elephant Experience at Elephant Hill, Thailand

A Unique Elephant Experience at Elephant Hill, Thailand

Elephant Hills, Thailand — With two tented camps bordering remote Khao Sok National Park, Elephant Hills focuses on the protection of the endangered wild Asian elephant. Through guest and community education, including caring for rescued elephants, Elephant Hills is demonstrating that local livelihoods can be improved through conservation-based tourism, while supporting an alternative to captive elephant riding as a tourism attraction.

Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, Mexico — This nonprofit grassroots community organization has been instrumental in the creation and maintenance of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, an area of rich biodiversity in central Mexico. Working with local communities, Sierra Gorda has provided new opportunities for employment, encouraging and supporting the development of small eco-tourism businesses, while monitoring and tracking benefits to biodiversity conservation and economic development.

EARTH CHANGERS — Recognizing cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation to zero-waste systems and carbon emissions reduction.

Mission Hills, China

Mission Hills, China

Mission Hills, China —Demonstrating that environmental responsibility can be adopted across the Chinese tourism industry, Mission Hills published a sustainability manual and was one of the first resorts in mainland China to engage in green operations. They launched an educational campaign against the sale of ivory and shark fin. Incorporating solar-powered golf carts and solar “pest control,” Mission Hills Haikou earned the UK based Golf Environment Organization’s certification in 2014.

Laguna Lodge, Guatemala — A luxury eco-lodge focused on green operations and environmental responsibility, Laguna Lodge uses solar power and carefully tracks and monitors energy, water, waste and purchasing. It grows most of its own food, sources locally, and offers a vegetarian and vegan menu to all guests. It also offers cooking classes and highlights the environmentally responsible benefits of food choices.

Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, Portugal — Located in Lisbon, this hotel works to minimize negative impacts on the environment, implement environmentally friendly operations and serve as a role model for Portugal’s tourism industry. In addition to careful tracking of energy and water, the hotel’s “Green Squad” provides leadership in implementing innovative sustainable tourism ideas both in the hotel and the community.

SENSE OF PLACE — Recognizing excellence in enhancing cultural authenticity, including implementing vernacular architecture and design, support for the protection of historic monuments, archaeological sites, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.

CGH Earth, India — CGH Earth operates 16 properties in southern India emphasizing local cultural heritage, including lodge design, community relations and helping guests experience authentic local culture. All of its properties emulate the traditional design of the region’s villages and are built using local, recycled and reclaimed materials, while the introduction of organic farming and local markets contributes to the conservation of local biodiversity.

Tierra Patagonia, Chile — Built to blend harmoniously with the dramatic landscape of Torres Del Paine National Park, the goal of the lodge construction was to create a place that not only used local materials but also took care to ensure the least amount of disruption possible to the surrounding environment, taking wind patterns, animal trails and native vegetation into account in the lodge design.

TIME Unlimited Tours, New Zealand — TIME (To Integrate Maori Experiences) Unlimited Tours is an Auckland-based eco-tourism company offering environmentally friendly tours across New Zealand. A Maori-owned company, TIME Unlimited introduces guests to both the natural and cultural heritage of New Zealand, providing a “living cultural” experience that immerses guests in the local Maori way of life, benefiting local communities while promoting sustainable tourism. Continue reading