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Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Father’s Day packages from Corinthia Hotels in London and Budapest

Sunday, June 17, is an opportunity to spoil fathers, grandfathers and even father-in-laws. Corinthia Hotels has created perfect packages to solve gift ideas for Father’s Day.

Budapest, known for its thermal baths, Michelin-star restaurants, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, is the perfect destination for Father's Day. One of Budapest’s grandest hotels, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, boasts the hotel’s original 19th century Spa. Restored to reflect its former Art Deco grandeur and managed by ESPA, the Royal Spa provides cutting-edge wellness and therapeutic treatments and technologies. The 3,280 sq. ft. facility has a 50 ft. pool, fitness room, sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi and various relaxation areas.

L-R:  The Royal Spa at Corinthia Hotel Budapest
 whiskies in The Garden Lounge, Corinthia Hotel London

It’s the perfect place for fathers to relax and and rejuvenate. ESPA for men’s 50-minute Deep Muscle Massage, normally priced at £99 (approx. $117.00), carries a 20% discount for Father’s Day guests. Furthermore, the hotel’s two and three-course set Theatre Menu ( ), which currently features smoked goose, Atlantic cod and braised pork, has been discounted by 10% on the day.

The hotel is also currently offering a Stay 3 Get 25% package ( ), making this the perfect time to book a long weekend at Corinthia Hotel Budapest for Father's Day.

At Corinthia Hotels’ flagship London property, located in the heart of the city overlooking the Thames, there is a weekend treat to experience the culture and vibrancy of London. Corinthia Hotel London’s Weekend Wonder package includes accommodation, English breakfast for two, and access to the award-winning ESPA Life at Corinthia spa, a next-generation spa housed across four luxurious floors with pool, vitality pool, amphitheater sauna, steam room, ice showers, relaxation areas and BodySPace gym.

A wide selection of cigars and whiskey is another magnet for fathers at the hotel, usually enjoyed in The Garden Lounge, the hotel’s al fresco outdoor drinking and dining destination.

In addition, a Burger & Beer menu has been created for Father’s Day priced at £28 (approx. $33.00) for burgers and £7 (approx. $8.00) for beer. The Burger Platter includes three gourmet medium-sized burgers: Wagyu beef and mature Montgomery cheddar; vegetarian with Buffalo mozzarella, basil and spicy tomato; and king crab from Alaska with avocado, scallions, home-made mayonnaise and shredded lettuce. All are served with hand-cut, triple-cooked thick chips and dips.  A selection of porter style beers brewed in London will be on tap to help wash it all down: Kernel Table beer, Beavertown Gamma Ray, Beavertown Neck Oil Session IPA and Crate Lager.

Holding a meeting in the middle of Germany

Less than a one-hour drive from the financial metropolis of Frankfurt is the Congresscenter Marburg and the hotel VILA VITA Rosenpark in idyllic Marburg. These two exclusive conference locations offer a maximum of flexibility and the possibility to hold connoisseurs and excellent meetings. Due to the central location in Hesse and the great motorway and train connections, the convention centers are easily accessible from all over Germany.

For most convention goers, a pleasant journey to the conference location is just as important as suitable accommodation nearby the conference location. The VILA VITA Rosenpark conference hotel was recently refurbished and has 194 comfortable and modern furnished hotel rooms and suites, 5 a la carte restaurants, 23 light-flooded conference rooms with up to 600 square meters, and a large outdoor terrace.

As a multi-service provider, those attending a conference here will receive the right location, accommodation, cuisine, and an extensive offer of a framework program for a conference event.
Optimal conditions are guaranteed for a successful business event at the highest level.

During the holiday season, specials are offered from June 25 to August 3, 2018 and from October 1 to 13, 2018.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

VODOHOD enhances fleet

Navigation 2018 has officially started in Russia, and VODOHOD introduced 3 newly-refurbished ships. This year, in addition to scheduled maintenance, VODOHOD’s 3 vessels were upgraded from 3 to 4 stars. Onboard the fully refurbished MS "Nikolay Chernishevsky," MS "Konstantin Fedin," and MS "Kronshtadt" an enhanced level of comfort, quality, and service is being offered.

The area of the cabins and bathrooms has been expanded by one-and-half times. This led to a major maintenance not only of cabins and public areas of the ships but of all communications as well. The sewerage was replaced with a new one, new plumbing and shower cabins were installed, and the system of air conditioning was completely modernized. Following the modern design of the project, all the furniture and accessories in the cabins were also updated using only high-quality materials which meet all safety requirements. Walls, floor coverings, bar counters, armchairs, chairs, and even chandeliers – all combine to create a special atmosphere.

Conference halls were completely reconstructed onboard the MS "Nikolay Chernishevsky," MS "Konstantin Fedin," and MS "Kronshtadt." Now the halls can be easily transformed into a bar, because the expanded space was supplemented with a bar counter, tables with comfortable seating, and a DJ mixer. There is also much more free space to hold business events and recreational cultural activities, as well as movie evenings thanks to a big screen. And, of course, the best personnel and musicians are working onboard. There are plenty of irresistible events during which guests will have fun and be amazed. The entertaining program caters to all tastes!

VODOHOD has considered the requests and suggestions of its customers in preparing a new and higher-level menu. The new menu will surely satisfy even the most capricious wishes of true gourmets.

The refurbished vessels have already made an impression on Russian passengers and have made a splash in the European market. Guests from Europe, North America and South America, as well as Asia and Australia, are interested in joining cruises organized by VODOHOD. With demand increasing, it is best to hurry up to catch available cabins onboard MS "Nikolay Chernishevsky," MS "Konstantin Fedin," and MS "Kronshtadt" and experience an amazingly beautiful voyage with the wonderful nature of Russia as a backdrop and a high level of service while onboard.

SALES 2019 is now OPEN! For more information visit or email requests to:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mother’s Day in the Mediterranean at Malta’s Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay

Still looking for the perfect gift to give Mom for Mother’s Day? Why not a trip to Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay in Malta! Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay has put together a wonderful assortment of treats including pampering in the spa, buffet lunch and a special afternoon tea. All spa treatments at the hotel’s Apollo Day Spa have 50% off between May 11-21.

Explore Malta with Mom, a beautiful archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea with superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, and over 7,000 years of intriguing history. This year Malta is celebrating Valletta, the European Capital of Culture 2018, with over 400 cultural events including concerts, open-air music, arts and crafts, exhibitions, shows, feasts and carnivals perfect for the whole family.

After taking in all the sights and sounds of Malta, Moms can relax in tranquility at the Apollo Day Spa and choose between revitalizing, refreshing, replenishing and nourishing massage treatments and body wraps including the deeply relaxing Aromatic Anti-Stress Massage, indulgent Hot Stone Massage or decadent Oriental Head Massage. See the full spa menu here:

On Mother's Day, Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay is offering an indoor or al fresco buffet lunch at Fra Martino between 1-3pm for the whole family. The menu includes a variety of soups, pasta, a carving table, seasonal sides, an Oriental section and sprawling dessert table. Priced at €52 (approx. $62.00) for adults, and €24 (approx. $29.00) for children aged 6-11.

More food and refreshments are on offer for Afternoon Tea: sandwiches, homemade pastries and specialty teas or prosecco at Le Café in the stunning columned lobby of the hotel. Prices from €13.75- €19.50 (approx. $16.50- $23.50).

When you and your family are ready to get back out into the sunshine, Malta has a wide variety of activities Mom is sure to enjoy! Malta offers plenty of outdoor activities including scuba diving, sailing & yachting, segway tours, and horseback riding.

For more information on the Mother’s Day offerings at Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay, please click here:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Relief Riders International pioneers horseback humanitarianism

How travel with a purpose broadens the mind with an equal dose of altruism and adventure

Setting the agenda for adventure travel with a purpose, Relief Riders International announces 2 spectacular rides for 2018: July’s Andes/Amazon Relief Ride through Ecuador and November’s Pushkar Relief Ride to the famous Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India.

For over a decade, Relief Riders International has taken intrepid explorers on unforgettable horseback journeys to the most far-flung corners of the Earth. From the mountains and rainforests of South America to the open plains and rolling dunes of Rajasthan, each ride offers an unforgettable adventure. Riding through remote and unspoiled landscapes to provide humanitarian aid to local rural communities, Relief Riders International quite literally takes you off the beaten track. 

Taking the art of slow travel into a new realm, Relief Riders International is as much about philanthropy as it is self-discovery: escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life to re-set, re-connect and re-boot. Think mornings waking up under canvas to the sound of birdsong; days spent crossing plains, valleys and mountains on beautiful Marwari and Criollo horses; and evenings around the campfire sharing safari tales over a hearty supper.

Behind each ride is a genuine and pressing humanitarian cause. Since 2004, Relief Riders International has improved the lives of 25,000 people, including 18,700 children across India, Turkey and Ecuador. It is this philanthropic bent that sets Relief Riders International apart from other horse safaris. While the Andres/Amazon Relief Ride is in conjunction with the Ecuadorian Red Cross and includes two medical camps (covering ophthalmology, dentistry, CPR and gynecology), November’s Pushkar Ride focusses on resourcing remote schools; the Give A Goat program; and a dental, eye and obstetrics medical camp.

Each ride is different from the last and carefully tailored to its unique group of riders. The Andes/Amazon Relief Ride (from 20 July – 1 August 2018) begins on the Andean Plateau – home to the Quechua tribe – and leads down through the cloud forest before crossing to the Amazon (by plane, canoe and on foot) to spend time with the Sàpara people, an indigenous tribe known for their encyclopedic plant knowledge. Meanwhile, the Pushkar Relief Ride (11 – 20 November 2018) crosses through the ancient Thar Desert to the internationally-renowned Pushkar Fair, the world’s largest horse and camel fair: a major Rajasthani festival involving traditional dancing, live music, acrobatics, sports, fairground rides, local sellers and all-day feasting - a spectacle on an epic scale.

Relief Riders International is the brainchild of Alexander Souri who – in 2010 – received a UN Positive Peace Award for his humanitarian efforts. Commenting on 2018’s upcoming adventures Souri says: 

“Quite apart from the spell-binding scenery and fantastic riding, our trips are about so much more than an adventure through the wilds. From the outset, Relief Riders International has pioneered humanitarian-led adventure travel, focusing on remote and often-overlooked communities, ranging from the depths of the Amazonian rainforest to the ancient plains of Rajasthan. Those with a spirit for adventure are looking for a purpose to their travels: a way to play a part in positive change, engage with local communities and come away feeling truly aligned and enthused. This ethos lies at the very heart of Relief Riders International.”

Relief Riders International offers three small group trips each year: 

- July 2018 Andes/Amazon Relief Ride (20 July – 1 August)
- November 2018 Pushkar Relief Ride (11 – 20 November)
- February 2019 Khimsar Relief Ride (February 19 through March 2nd)

For further details, please click here
or follow @reliefriders on Instagram.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alexander Souri: 413.329.5876

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Sesame Place: First Theme Park designated as a Certified Autism Center

Langhorne, PA – Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), today announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training at the theme park.  The completion designates Sesame Place as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES, — the first theme park in the world to receive such a distinction. The certification aligns with National Autism Awareness Month and comes as the park readies for its 38th season, opening on April 28, 2018.

For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism training for licensed healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel options, and in response, created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry.
As a Certified Autism Center, Sesame Place is required to provide ongoing training to ensure that team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to interact with all families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum. Training takes place in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam.  The autism training must be taken every two years in order to maintain the certification.
“As the first theme park in the world to complete the training and become a CAC, Sesame Place is better equipped to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs,” explained Sesame Place park president Cathy Valeriano.  Robust pre-visit planning resources will be added to the park’s website including a sensory guide, developed by IBCCES.  This sensory guide will make it easier for parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations by providing insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for each attraction.  The park will also have two quiet rooms located on Sesame Island.  These rooms will have adjustable lighting, and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.

Monday, April 2, 2018

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