Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau Debuts Evocative #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched an unprecedented new destination brand initiative to serve as a warm welcome and visitor invitation to the international travel community. The campaign, which includes a new brand video and comprehensive digital marketing strategy, launches on United Nation’s World Tourism Day, a day that celebrates the importance of tourism and its cultural, political and economic values.

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From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale, located in Broward County, boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

In Broward County, we are making sure that we let the traveling public understand that we are a welcoming destination to all people across the world regardless of the color of their skin, whom they choose to love or what religion they believe in. We want to make sure that our message gets through despite the negative clutter they see on their nightly news, every day,” said Stacy Ritter, President/CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The #greatertogether video is an expression of Greater Fort Lauderdale‘s open-door/open heart philosophy for visitors in times of travel bans and safety concerns. Central to the initiative is a 1:45 minute video that draws the viewer’s attention to a story that plays out in a sunrise-to-sunset destination experience with people of different ethnic backgrounds. It opens with an iconic visual of yoga on the beach and continues with a portrayal of diverse activities and visitors, including two Muslim women wearing hijabs enjoying a cup of coffee together with a non-Muslim friend, millennials of mixed nationalities at play, LGBTQI couples and friends in warm embraces, members of the indigenous Seminole tribe, a not-so-mythical mermaid, local African-American street art and ending with a reveal of a human thumbprint and a welcome message in multiple languages. The video will serve to foster resident’s continued pride in the community and let the world know that in Greater Fort Lauderdale, everyone is welcome…every day.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

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Image from the new Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau #greatertogether Welcome Initiative as a Warm Embrace to Global Travelers.

An international marketing campaign will launch the #greatertogether video to consumers and international tour operators. The video will be featured on the CVB’s website (www.sunny.org/greatertogether) including the stories of diverse residents and visitors describing why they enjoy living in Greater Fort Lauderdale and how they welcome visitors to the community. The “Faces” social media component of the program will include key local residents that were featured in the video and communicate the diversity of the destination and how proud they are of the community that they live in. Continue reading

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Now Open: The Spectacular New Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya

The New Property Marks A New Era Of Luxurious Hospitality And Personalized Service In The Capital Of Kuwait

Four Seasons Invites Guests To Experience Its Newest Hotel In The Gulf Region With Special Introductory Offer

Entering the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to the dramatic staircase, spiraling 13 meters (43 feet) up through the soaring lobby, appearing to defy gravity as it makes its way toward the sky. Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya is part of a growing collection of Four Seasons hotels and resorts in the Gulf region, including award-winning hotels in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, and three properties in the United Arab Emirates.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Grand Stairways in Lobby

Our own ‘stairway to heaven’ is quickly becoming the symbol of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait, and indeed it reflects the optimism one feels in this dynamic city,” notes General Manager Didier Jardin on the occasion of the Hotel’s opening day. “For our team of 415 staff, it’s a daily inspiration to take the hospitality experience to new heights, proudly introducing renowned Four Seasons service culture in a new country while being at the vanguard of the company’s continuing leadership around the world.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya in Kuwait City (Far Right)

Located within the new, two-tower Burj Alshaya development – the stylish new centerpiece of Kuwait City – Four Seasons is ideally situated for business and leisure travelers visiting the city, as well as local guests to dine, entertain and relax. Indeed, with 2,912 square meters (31,349 square feet) of beautifully-appointed event spaces hosting up to 1,200 guests, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait already has many important business meetings and social events on the calendar – including 21 weddings so far.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Royal Suite

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Guest Room

With 217 guest rooms plus 67 lavish suites, the property easily transforms for each individual guest, whether in the city to do business, enjoy an urban getaway for two, or with the whole family for a holiday filled with shopping, sightseeing and playing in the outdoor pool. Four dining venues – plus a fifth opening this month – showcase the creations of international culinary talent while celebrating local tastes and traditions. A two-level spa complex hosts innovative treatments as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and second swimming pool.

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait At Burj Alshaya – Hotel Public Space

The Look of the New Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait

Conceived by Gensler architects and designed by Yabu Pushelberg, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait easily stands among the most striking hotels in the world, and yet it is distinctly Kuwaiti in style and ambiance. Continue reading

September is California Wine Month!

Discover the Award-Winning Wines of Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Cambria and San Simeon Along the Highway 1 Discovery Route

This perfect slice of California’s Central Coast is open for business and home to the Avila Beach Wine Trail, the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, Award-Winning Tasting Rooms and must see, must do Wine-centric activities

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Celebrate California Wine Month in September along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

Did you know that there are more than 2,000 acres of vineyards in Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande wine regions located on the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route? Have you taken the Avila Beach Wine Trail or the Pacific Coast Wine Trail? Or tasted the hand-crafted offerings of Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon? Do you know about the award-winning wines of Cambria? If the answers to those question is yes, then you know the region offers the perfect growing climate for delicate grapes – warm sunny days that turn into cool coastal nights. The weather is also perfect for wine tasting adventures and outdoor play!

This stretch of Highway 1 is open for business and ready to roam and wine taste! And since September is California Wine Month, this is the perfect time to experience the annual harvest season first hand and enjoy special tastings, festivals, concerts, wine and food offerings along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route including:

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This perfect slice of California’s Central Coast called the Highway 1 Discovery Route is open for business and home to the Avila Beach Wine Trail, the Pacific Coast Wine Trail, Award-Winning Tasting Rooms and must see, must do wine-centric activities.

  • Edna Valley, where cool ocean breezes and rich soil create ideal conditions for growing world-class grapes.

Wine-centric Activities in Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Avila Beach and San Simeon include:

Highway 1 Road Alerts
If you’re heading to the Central Coast, be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, located 21 miles north of Cambria. Please note that Highway 1 is still open from Morro Bay to Ragged Point. For those traveling past Ragged Point, check out these Sights to See Along the Detour.

Be sure to download the SLO Wine map with info on wine tasting, lodging, dining and points of interest in this beautiful and delicious part of the world. For more information, visit www.Highway1DiscoveryRoute.com.

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InterContinental® Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa And InterContinental® Bora Bora Le Moana Resort Honored On Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017 List Of “The Best Resorts In The South Pacific”

InterContinental Resorts French Polynesia is pleased to announce that the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa and the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort were both honored by readers in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017 on the top five list of “The Best Resorts in the South Pacific.”World's Best 2017

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is located on a virgin beach on Motu Piti Aau with breathtaking views of Bora Bora’s majestic Mount Otemanu. Known for its exemplary service to its guests, the resort features a number of unique attributes, including: luxurious overwater villas each with a split-level terrace and sundeck for easy access to the turquoise waters of the lagoon; two of the finest culinary experiences in French Polynesia at its restaurants Reef and Le Corail; and the first overwater wedding chapel with glass bottom floor in French Polynesia. The resort just unveiled 10 overwater villas with private infinity pools and will debut four new overwater Brando Suites Bora Bora in December 2017 which each feature 3,400 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space and uninterrupted, 180-degree views of Mount Otemanu.

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

The resort’s Deep Ocean Spa by Algotherm is the very first spa to utilize the benefits of deep-sea water and minerals extracted from the Pacific Ocean in its signature spa treatments. And, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa‘s romantic Secret Garden of Love offers couples the opportunity to symbolize their eternal devotion by sealing their love with a lock in Polynesian style in the resort’s botanical garden.

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

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InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

Thank you to the readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious honor,” said Stephane Massarini, General Manager, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. “Every day we look forward to providing our guests with an extraordinary stay in Bora Bora.” Continue reading

The Surrey Wins Best City Hotel, US & Best Hotel, New York City Voted by Readers of Travel + Leisure For World’s Best Awards 2017

Upper East Side Luxury Hotel Claims Top Hotel Positions and Celebrates with Special Travel Deal

Each year, Travel + Leisure, the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, encourages travelers to vote on their favorite destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators, rental-car agencies, and more. Today, the results of the poll were revealed, and The Surrey was announced Best City Hotel in the United States and Best Hotel in New York City by the readers of Travel + Leisure in the 22nd edition of the “World’s Best Awards.”

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The Surrey Wins Best City Hotel, US & Best Hotel, New York City Voted by Readers of Travel + Leisure For World’s Best Awards 2017

New York City is a highly competitive market with more than 656 properties vying to woo discerning travelers,” said Pedro Dias, general manager of The Surrey. “We are truly honored to receive not only this accolade but also the extraordinary recognition of No. 1 hotel in the U.S. This achievement is a testament to our staff’s dedication to providing customized service to each guest throughout every moment of the travel experience from the first click on the website to check-out.”

Offering 189 salons and suites, The Surrey is New York City’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel, owned and operated by Denihan Hospitality Group. The luxury boutique property is located in the posh Upper East Side neighborhood near The Met Breuer between Madison Avenue and Central Park. Built in 1929, it was once an intimate hideaway to JFK, Bette Davis, and Claudette Colbert. Following a $60 million renovation in late-2009, it exudes the ambiance of a glamorous re-imagined townhome with all the premium features of a hotel.

Known as one of the “World’s Best Art Hotels,” The Surrey offers an extensive contemporary collection, which includes a six foot tapestry of model Kate Moss by Chuck Close, custom pieces by Jimmie Martin and rotating art exhibitions.

Guests of The Surrey are afforded choice amenities such as a Duxiana bed with custom Sferra bedding, plush Italian robes by Pratesi, and bath products by diptyque. The hotel also offers guests Michelin-starred dining by Cafe Boulud, the atmospheric Bar Pleiades, and the award-winning Cornelia Spa.

To celebrate the two major wins, The Surrey has launched a celebratory promotion, An Infatuation Celebration to commemorate the hotel team’s gratitude for the support of its loyal guests. Guests who reserve this special will be treated to a variety of inclusions for an indulgent getaway: a welcome bottle of bubbly, passes to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for two, a celebratory amenity by Café Boulud, a Wellness Soak at Cornelia Spa, and cocktails for two on the picturesque Private Roof Garden or Bar Pleiades. To reserve now, visit www.thesurrey.com/travelandleisure.

In addition to claiming the Travel + Leisure No. 1 Hotel in New York City accolade, The Surrey was also voted No. 1 Hotel in New York City and No. 6 Hotel in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler for the “Reader’s Choice Awards” in October 2015 and 2016.

All results of Travel + Leisure‘s 22nd edition of the “World’s Best Awards” will be published in the August 2017 issue and online at http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KitchenAid Adds Premium Cutting Boards And Ceramic Cutlery To Offerings

KitchenAid, long known for the precision, design, and durability of its cookware and cutlery, is introducing premium ceramic cutlery as well as wood and poly cutting boards to the brand’s offerings. Thoughtfully designed and crafted from the highest quality materials, the new ceramic cutlery sets and cutting boards are sure to become essentials for the well-equipped kitchen.

KitchenAid currently offers a large selection of forged and professional grade steel cutlery that cater to a variety of cooking style and needs,” says Wendeline Camp, global product marketing manager. “As we expand our cutlery and cutting board collection, our goal is to provide cooks with high-quality tools that both assist in and help fuel culinary creativity.”

Ceramic Cutlery

The new KitchenAid Series of Ceramic Cutlery offers an exciting alternative to traditional stainless steel knives and is a durable, long lasting addition to any kitchen cutlery collection. The line includes tough-grade black matte ceramic knives with precision diamond grind blades that stay sharp up to 10 times longer than stainless steel cutlery*. The ceramic blades feature a black matte hue, offer a rust-free guarantee, are Dishwasher Fearlessä, and incredibly durable, yet light in weight. The line includes an 8” chef knife, 6” chef knife, 6” serrated bread knife, 5” santoku knife and a 3” paring knife.

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KitchenAid Series of Ceramic Cutlery

Currently available, the knives will be available for purchase separately at a suggested retail price of $39.99, $34.99, $39.99, $34.99 and $19.99, respectively, as a 4-piece set with a suggested retail value of $79.99 and as a 3-piece set with a suggested retail value of $59.99.

Wood Cutting Board

Made from high-quality materials and artfully designed, the new wood cutting boards are a practical and attractive addition to any kitchen countertop. Available in three premium wood finishes, the double-sided board features one flat side with measure marks for more precise preparations while the second side boasts a drain-away tray to allow juices, gravy, and liquids to flow away from the cutting surface. Available in 15mm thick Bamboo, 25mm thick Acacia, and 25mm thick Walnut, the boards are extremely durable, yet gentle on knives to prevent dulling of blades.

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KitchenAid’s New Cutting Boards in 15mm thick Bamboo, 25mm thick Acacia and 25mm thick Walnut.

Available in July 2017, the boards will be offered in size 8”x11”, 11” x 14”, 12”x”18, with a suggested retail price of $19.99 – $59.99 based on material and size. Continue reading

KitchenAid Introduces New Precision Kettlesat 2017 International Home & Housewares Show

KitchenAid is expanding its popular portfolio of craft coffee appliances with the introduction of two new gooseneck spout Precision Kettles. Available in both electric and stovetop models, the new kettles offer precise and consistent pour control for a pour over coffee, tea or beverage of choice.

Our new precision kettles allow for coffee and tea lovers to create their favorite pour over beverages in the comfort of their own home,” says Daniel Galea, global product marketing manager for KitchenAid. “The streamlined design and accuracy allow consumers to precisely pour their preferred beverage without needing the skills of a trained barista”.

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KitchenAid Precision Kettle

Featuring a polished stainless steel design and elegant gooseneck spout, the new kettles make a stylish addition to any kitchen or coffee bar countertop. A one-liter capacity and three unique flow rate settings offer precise pour control for a perfect at-home custom pour, every time. The electric and stovetop kettles also include a brew range thermometer displayed on the lid to keep track of the water temperature while pouring. The stovetop kettle is compatible with gas, electric and induction stove tops.

The new KitchenAid® Precision Kettles will be available in August at a suggested retail price of $119.99 for the electric model and $99.99 for the stovetop model.