Westfield Travel Collection Shopping Centers

April 15, 2014 on 12:33 pm | In Airlines, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Shopping | Comments Off

Prada, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Fred Segal, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and more offer travelers from around the world the latest trends, the highest quality and personalized services.

LOS ANGELES—Shopping is always a memorable experience at the Westfield Travel Collection’s seven elite shopping destinations in California and Florida. The centers’ carefully curated retailer offerings feature leading luxury brands, high-end designers, and highly sought-after items from the world’s best department stores and boutiques. Contemporary collections and traditional style are set amid noteworthy architecture, art and gardens that reflect the destination and its unique lifestyle.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, shopping is the number one activity for international visitors to the United States, while Americans also rate shopping as one of their favorite things to do while on vacation. The Westfield Travel Collection’s signature shopping centers are on the must-visit list when travelers journey to two of the United States’ leading tourist destinations — sunny California and Florida. The Westfield Travel Collection includes Westfield San Francisco Centre, Valley Fair/Silicon Valley, Century City/Los Angeles, Westfield at Los Angeles International Airport/Tom Bradley International Terminal, UTC—La Jolla/San Diego, Horton Plaza/San Diego and Countryside—Clearwater/Tampa.

Fashionable men, women, teens and children will find the latest in apparel, shoes, accessories – the choices are unlimited. Prada claims an impressive 6,250 square feet at Westfield Valley Fair, where first-to-market Uniqlo—the renowned Japanese retailer, also brought the brand to the center—one of only a select few U.S. locations. REDValentino opened their only San Francisco location at San Francisco Centre, along with Burberry Brit. Only-in-Los Angeles retailers, Fred Segal and Kitson LA display items selected by jet setting celebrities and global fashionistas at Westfield at Los Angeles International Airport in the new Rodeo Drive-inspired storefronts of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Popular name brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Guess and more attract shoppers of all ages with their contemporary styles and trendy accessories. World-renowned designers like Gucci, Valentino, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, HUGO BOSS and others top visitors’ shopping lists, especially for international travelers.

Leading department stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s and Macy’s offer fashion and accessory collections for men and women by American and international designers. Personalized service is provided upon request. Professional personal shoppers find coveted merchandise on a traveler’s shopping list and provide expert advice in selecting the perfect accessory to any wardrobe. These personal shoppers are experienced in assisting the most fashionable women and men to select their attire for camera-ready occasions, galas and boardroom presentations.

Fine jewelry and classic timepieces are showcased at Tiffany & Co., Pandora, Rolex, Swarovski and Tourneau Watch Co. The latest beauty products and skin care lines are available at Aveda, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane en Provence as well as in department stores. Distinct home décor is available from Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and Restoration Hardware for those who want their home to be as stylish as they are.

The latest high-technology and accessories are available from Apple at Westfield Valley Fair, Silicon Valley and Westfield UTC in San Diego. Westfield Countryside has a PeachMac Store with Apple specialists, products and complimentary training. Another option for travelers who want to see the latest from the high-tech world is at Westfield San Francisco Centre at the Microsoft Store and Bose.

Favorable exchange rates, the latest trends and styles, and customer service that is second to none are more reasons to visit one of the seven Westfield Travel Collection Centers. In fact, international travelers often arrive at the centers with an empty suitcase or buy one at Tumi, Travel Pro and other travel retailers to use during an inspired shopping experience.

Each out of market traveler who visits a Westfield Travel Collection location receives a Passport to Savings book complete with special offers and amenities. Customer Service Ambassadors are available at many centers to assist those who are in search of specific merchandise items, restaurant reservations, event and attraction information and more. Many Travel Collection centers also offer language assistance and currency exchange services.

About the Westfield Travel Collection

The Westfield Travel Collection offers visitors outstanding brand and designer shopping, café and signature dining, and seasonal entertainment experience located in a variety of key U.S. travel destinations. Specialized FIT and group programs are available upon request. The Westfield Travel Collection centers include San Francisco Centre and Valley Fair in the San Francisco Bay Area, Century City and the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Horton Plaza and UTC in San Diego and Countryside in Tampa/Clearwater, Florida.

The Westfield Group has interests in and operates one of the world’s largest shopping center portfolios. This high-quality portfolio of 90 properties in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand is valued at over $70 billion and encompasses more than 20,000 retailers across nearly 95 million square feet of retail space. During the past year, Westfield worldwide welcomed more than 1 billion customer visits and registered over $40 billion in total retail sales. In the United States, Westfield’s portfolio of 38 shopping centers includes nearly 7,000 stores across 46 million square feet of retail space in the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Washington. Operating also in eight major U.S. airports, Westfield is raising the bar on the traveler experience with developments at JFK, LAX, Newark, Houston Intercontinental and Chicago O’Hare airports.

Paris in Spring: The Perfect Place For Retail Therapy

April 7, 2014 on 10:15 am | In Europe, Fashions, France, Paris, Shopping | Comments Off

Shoppers, especially visiting shoppers, take to the boulevards of Paris with devotion and a ritual flair that almost elevates the great department stores into cathedrals. You only have to watch the crowds as they walk the aisles of Printemps, Le Bon Marche and the Galleries Lafayette to appreciate the city’s status as the pre-eminent capital of shopping.

Paris is also a city of art and a singular boutique hotel, located just off the Champs Elysées, the Pavillon des Lettres is celebrating the confluence of art and shopping by launching a new series of photo exhibitions in its lobby, and of course, the photos are for sale. It begins with an exhibit by Marie Gruel, which pays homage to the Historic La Samaritaine Department Store. Gruel’s “Ma Samaritaine” exhibit will be up at Le Pavillon des Lettres through June 25.

The literary-themed Pavillon des Lettres will rotate exhibits of original artwork that complement the hotel’s permanent art and sculpture collection. Gruel’s “Ma Samaritaine” show consists of 15 photographs of La Samaritaine, the department store overlooking the Seine that is famous for its Art Deco interiors and is currently on the verge of transformation by LVMH into a grand commercial space. Gruel, along with 11 other photographers, was given carte blanche to shoot the historic space, which she used as a backdrop for artistic displays of clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. The Gruel exhibit will be followed by a show of nudes from Paris-based photographer Michael Dak (June 15 to Oct. 15.

Each of the hotel’s 26 rooms celebrates an international writer from Charles Baudelaire to Victor Hugo. Each room features an excerpt from one of the author’s books, poems or plays, which is painted above the bed, and a hard copy of the work is on the nightstand. The penthouse suites on the top two floors offer sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. Rates at the hotel begin at €230.

Over at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, a new luxury shopping experience comes in the form of a package that allows guests VIP access to the city’s famous department store, Printemps Haussman. Printemps has been a leading department store since 1865. With its remodeled façade, classified as a historic monument, the Printemps has 45,000 square meters dedicated to the rites of shopping as well as seven restaurants.

The J’aime la MOde package combines a stay in the hotel with an exclusive private shopping experience at the department store. Printemps offers premium services including a VIP welcome, bespoke in-store personal service, store VIP Card, ‘hands-free’ shopping, local delivery, and shipping.

Guests will be helped by a personal shopper, fashion advisor, and luxury and beauty treatments (on appointment).

The package includes one night at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, breakfast for two in-room or at Camélia, a daily spa credit of €150, premium services at Printemps Haussmann, VIP welcome, Printemps VIP Card with a special offer, multilingual personal shopper, hands-free shopping, priority tax refund, local delivery and international shipping, and a Printemps candle gift. The ‘J’aime la MOde’ package is available year-round with a starting rate of €995.

Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience Opens Its Pink Doors At Mall Of America

March 28, 2014 on 9:58 am | In Midwest, Shopping | Comments Off

The world’s most famous fashionista, Barbie® has taken over Bloomington’s Mall of America as the iconic Malibu Dreamhouse® has been bought to life and transformed into a unique interactive attraction.

Spanning an impressive 30,000 square feet, visitors of all ages can become a living doll and play in Barbie’s world with nine amazing rooms featuring the signature pink lift, a coveted closet filled with outfits complete with an impressive collection of shoes, and a colourful kitchen where visitors can get artistic with cupcake design.

The Dreamhouse® also features a glamorous make-up studio and closet where visitors are prepped before having the opportunity to take part in their own fashion show on the Fashion Runway or belt out a tune on the Pop Star Stage with a few pointers and coaching from the on hand experts.

To round off the experience, the Barbie®Café has a range of Barbie® inspired delicacies and refreshments, and the Barbie® ™ Dreamhouse® ™ Boutique features an exclusive Barbie® Dreamhouse Doll in addition to the extensive Barbie™ collection of dolls and accessories.

Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™ opened in February 2014 and is located at the Southeast Corner on Level 3 of the Mall of America. Tickets are priced from $16.99 with under 2 are free. For further information or to book, visit www.BloomingtonMN.org/barbie.

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The Bloomington Convention & Visitors Bureau markets Bloomington, Minnesota, and is home to Mall of America and near St. Paul and Minneapolis attractions and attracts domestic and international visitors. Bloomington is located ten minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul, and 5 km from the MSP International Airport. Bloomington, MN is also a premier destination for meetings and conventions. Bloomington has 38 hotels with free parking and shuttles to the airport and Mall of America®. We are connected to light rail and have no taxes on clothing or shoes! Mall of America features world-class shopping at more than 520 stores. Visit bloomingtonmn.org for more information and learn about The Big Ticket™, the 3-day attractions pass.


Grand UK Holidays adds Corrie cobbles to 2014 tours

March 19, 2014 on 8:51 am | In London, Shopping, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Over-55s specialist Grand UK Holidays has introduced a new Corrie coach touring holiday, which visits the old Coronation Street set in Manchester.
The famous cobbled street will open as a visitor attraction in April and is due to run for six months until October.

It will offer fans a final chance to visit the set, where 53 years of TV history were made.
Coronation Street moved filming to Salford Quays’ Media City in November, leaving the old site redundant.
The attraction expects about 1,000 people a day will visit the soap’s former home, walk along the famed cobbles and take a peek behind the doors of some of the famous cast members’ dressing rooms in a section named ‘The Corridor of Stars’.

Harold Burke, sales director of Grand UK Holidays, said: “These tours really are a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience and if you’re a Corrie fan, this holiday will be a real treat.
“As an added bonus, our tour also includes visits to Liverpool and Blackpool, both of which also have associations with the world’s longest-running soap opera.
“We expect this new holiday to be a hit with our customers – but there is only a brief window of opportunity as developers will eventually turn the site into a new city centre neighbourhood.
“So if you want to return to the Rovers Return, time is running out!”

The five-day escorted coach holiday costs from £229pp and includes transport, admission and half-board accommodation. The departure on 22 September also includes a visit to the Blackpool Illuminations.
It is one of several new UK holidays introduced over recent weeks to cater for demand.
Different types of escorted tour have been added to the 2014 programme, including trips for solo-travellers and ever-popular Grand UK Gold holidays, which add a touch of luxury to coach tours.
The Corrie tour and other newly added holidays are available on the ‘New Offers’ section of the operator’s website: www.grandukholidays.com/new-offers

For bookings, call 01603 619933 or see www.grandukholidays.com

First-Ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops at Caesars

March 13, 2014 on 9:50 am | In Fashions, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Shopping | Comments Off

Features Live Beauty Presentations, Make-Up Demonstrations, Mini Makeovers, Giveaways, Music and More

Two-day make-up and skincare event celebrates beauty March 21-22

LAS VEGAS (Feb 24, 2014) – Wondering how to get the freshest looks in beauty and skincare for spring? Wonder no more with the first-ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Mark your calendars for March 21 – 22 between 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. to celebrate the first-ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops. A free, two-day extravaganza, visit Dior Beauty, Fresh, Inglot, Kiehl’s Since 1851, MAC Cosmetics and Sephora at The Forum Shops to enjoy live beauty presentations, make-up touch ups, music, beauty bars, product demonstrations and more. Plus, be sure to register at any participating store to win one of many exciting gifts including shopping sprees and beauty products. There is no purchase necessary to take part in the Festival of Beauty.

To add to the celebratory atmosphere during The Festival of Beauty, visit the VEGAS/RATED RECHARGE ZONE – relax, tweet, and post your favorite beauty finds in the VEGAS/RATED recharge zone near the Fountain of the Gods. While there, enjoy Real Water, relax with some music and delight in the custom, floral decor by Flora Pop.

Festival of Beauty Happenings:

Dior Beauty – Dior Beauty make-up artist will demonstrate looks for spring. A DJ and make-up touch up station will be available.

Fresh – Enjoy mini skin rituals, hand and arm massages and lip treatment rituals

Inglot – Take part in makeover applications for spring/summer colors and trends. Learn the tricks for easy false lash application, as well as complexion and couture demonstrations.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 – Visit Kiehl’s Since 1851 for skincare demos, 20-minute mini facials, demos, hand massages, and hand product demos from the Kiehl’s product line. Enjoy DJ and refreshments as well.

MAC Cosmetics – Pick your Demo at MAC Cosmetics. Whether it’s the eye, lip, or skin, customers can choose the demo they would like.

Sephora – Inspire your beauty with Radiant Orchid, Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year. Experience its deeply flattering flush and ravishing glow with: custom mini-makeover for eyes, lips, and cheeks, personalized tricks and techniques, a complimentary look book featuring professional steps to master exhilarating new looks at home. BONUS: take home an official Sephora + Pantone Universe Pouch—free with your personalized Color of the Year consultation and any $25 purchase.* *While supplies last.

Recognized worldwide as one of the finest luxury shopping streets in the world, The Forum Shops is proud to host a one-of-a-kind event in celebration of beauty. Don’t miss the Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops!

For additional information and updates about the first annual Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops visit us at www.FSFest.com

Concord Mills Adds Sea Life Charlotte-Concord to its Unique Brand of Shopping

March 11, 2014 on 10:39 am | In Shopping, The South | Comments Off

CONCORD, NC – Concord Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Carolina, has added Sea Life Charlotte-Concord to its roster of popular retail stores, plus family dining and entertainment options. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord will further solidify Concord Mills’ position as a leading attraction for local shoppers and visitors from across the U.S. and beyond.

“Concord Mills is thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of Sea Life Charlotte-Concord, which adds another dimension to our unique brand of shopping with great retail, dining and entertainment all under one roof,” said Ray Soporowski, general manager at Concord Mills. “This much-anticipated family attraction is the perfect fit for Concord Mills, enhancing our already celebrated shopping experience with more stores, more value and more fun.”

Now open at Entry 7 at Concord Mills, the new Sea Life Charlotte-Concord will provide a fun, interactive and educational experience for kids and adults with more than 5,000 sea creatures and more than 20 spectacular displays of diverse marine life with everything from shrimp and starfish to seahorses, sharks and rays. The aquarium also features a shoaling ring, an indoor play area and a 360 degree viewing tunnel surrounded on all sides by water.

“Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is proud to join the incredible group of shopping, dining and entertainment options at Concord Mills,” said Trisha Ruf, general manager of Sea Life Charlotte-Concord. “We look forward to providing families visiting the mall with an interactive, educational experience they won’t find anywhere else in our area.”

Already home to an impressive array of popular family-friendly dining and entertainment venues, Concord Mills features several eateries, such as Dave & Buster’s, Chili’s Too and Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza. Visitors can also relax and catch a movie at AMC 24-Screen Theatres / IMAX and test their go-kart skills at Concord Mills’ iconic attraction, The SPEEDPARK.

Concord Mills has gained national prominence for its unmatched selection of retailers. Shoppers enjoy a variety of stores such as American Eagle Outfitters Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, The Children’s Place Outlet, Forever 21, Gap Outlet, The Limited Outlet, Michael Kors Outlet, Old Navy Outlet and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH. Other recently announced new additions opening in the coming months include Torrid, J.Crew Factory, Buckle and a first-in-state location from Janie and Jack Outlet.

For more information about Concord Mills or a complete list of retailers, please call (704) 979-3000 or visit www.concordmills.com. Concord Mills also may be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ConcordMills) and on Twitter @ConcordMillsNC.

About Concord Mills

As the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Carolina, Concord Mills brings together over 200 stores, plus great dining and family entertainment options. Popular retailers include Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH,Banana Republic Factory Store, Coach Factory Store, LEGO Brand Retail Store and the only Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in the state. Shoppers can also enjoy quality dining and entertainment at Chili’s Too, Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza, AMC 24 Theatres, Dave & Buster’s and The SPEEDPARK. Adding a new dimension to its unique shopping experience, during spring 2014 Concord Mills will debut SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord.

Concord Mills is located 10 miles north of uptown Charlotte, at exit 49 off of Interstate 85. Regular hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Concord Mills, please call (704) 979-3000 or visit www.concordmills.com.  Concord Mills also may be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ConcordMills)  and on Twitter @ConcordMillsNC.

About Sea Life Charlotte-Concord

SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is a one-story, 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with another 10,000 square feet planned for future expansion. This one-of-a-kind attraction will allow visitors to experience the magical world beneath our seas with marine habitats, displays, and close encounters with over 5,000 sea creatures. SEA LIFE provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors will see strong evidence of SEA LIFE’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally.

SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium chain with over 45 attractions around the world. SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord is the sixth SEA LIFE aquarium launched in the U.S. and is located at Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. in Concord, NC. For more information, visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord


March 4, 2014 on 1:01 pm | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Shopping | Comments Off

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Continues Temptations Program with Second Annual Shop Miami Month

MIAMI (February 28, 2014) – From upscale malls and famous department stores to boutiques and specialty shops, browsing and buying is a favorite pastime for residents of and visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches. This March 1-31, shoppers get more bang for their buck as the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) rolls out Shop Miami Month, sponsored by MasterCard’s Priceless Miami Program showcasing the destination’s world-renowned marketplaces and retail establishments.

How shoppers benefit:

· Spend and Get Offers: During March, take advantage of Shop Miami Month featuring special offers and gifts from leading malls and retailers. For a complete list of offers and participating malls and retailers, visit: www.ShopMiamiMonth.com.

· Shop Till You Drop Sweepstakes: Sign up for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card and a luxurious Miami getaway, which includes a three night-stay, one complimentary couples spa treatment at ELLE Spa and Wellness Center, one dinner for two at 15 Steps at Eden Roc and daily breakfast, courtesy of Eden Roc Miami Beach. For an updated list of participants and to enter, please visit www.ShopMiamiMonth.com.

· Shop Month Style Boards & Fashion Trends: Get shopping inspiration and the inside scoop on top trends with our weekly style boards featuring fab finds from Shop Miami Month malls and retailers inspired by your favorite Miami neighborhoods and activities.

Our style boards will be featured on www.Facebook.com/VisitMiamiwww.Twitter.com/MiamiandBeaches and www.Pinterest.com/MiamiandBeaches.

Want to have a chance to win a $20 gift card during March? Visit us at www.Facebook.com/VisitMiami and www.Twitter.com/MiamiandBeaches for more information.

· Shop Miami Hotel Packages: Visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches can relax and recharge after a busy day of shopping by taking advantage of special hotel offers throughout the month of March.

Visit www.ShopMiamiMonth.com  for a complete list of hotel packages and promotions.

“Our first ever Shop Miami Month debuted last year with great success,” said GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME.

“It proved to be a natural addition to our Temptations Program as Greater Miami and the Beaches has become one of the most fashion-forward destinations in the world, flaunting a red-hot shopping scene that’s a major draw for everyone from shopaholics to casual browsers.

In addition, Miami’s hidden gems continue to redefine the shopping experience. If you visit for Shop Miami Month, explore Miami’s rich heritage neighborhoods to discover the sights, sounds and flavors of these diverse cultures and find treasures of trendsetting items, from unique fashions to cutting-edge home décor.”

To date, Shop Miami Month participants with special offers for consumers during the month of March include:


o Bayside Marketplace

o Dadeland Mall

o Dolphin Mall

o The Falls Shopping Center

o Mary Brickell Village

o Merrick Park

o Miami International Mall

o Southland Mall


o Bloomingdale’s, Aventura Mall

o Bloomingdale’s, The Falls

o Peterbrooke Chocolatier

o Tommy Bahama, Dadeland Mall

o Tommy Bahama, Merrick Park

o WACOAL America, Inc., Dolphin Mall

Cooltan Tan-Through Shirts & SwimsuitsFor a complete guide of participating malls and retail partners and special offers, visit the Shop Miami Month website: www.ShopMiamiMonth.com.

Shop Miami Month is part of the GMCVB’s popular Temptations Program, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices. Other programs include Miami Cruise Month, Miami Romance Month, Miami Sports Month, Miami Museum Month, Miami Film Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Spice, Miami Attractions Month, and Miami Live Music Month. For more information on the Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com.

About the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited not-for-profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions.

For a vacation guide visit our website at www.MiamiandBeaches.com  or call

1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com

To get further engaged with Miami and the Beaches, join the conversation by following us on our social media channels at www.Facebook.com/visitmiami, www.Twitter.com/miamiandbeaches, www.Instagram.com/miamiandbeaches and www.Pinterest.com/miamiandbeaches.

About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities — such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances — easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest news.

Forum Shops at Caesars Joins Simon Shopping Destinations

February 25, 2014 on 10:36 am | In Gaming Resorts, Hotels, Las Vegas, Shopping | Comments Off

The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas has joined the Simon Shopping Destinations program, a recently created tourism initiative and incentive program for travel professionals by The Simon Property Group, Inc. The program offers travel agencies, tour operators and receptive operators the opportunity to earn quarterly awards.

Among the quarterly awards are $1,000 for the travel professional who refers the most clients to any of the participating Simon properties; $250 for the travel professional who refers the most clients to each Simon property (102 prizes awarded each quarter); and $500 for the travel professional in a random drawing.

The program is valid from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014. Random drawings will take place on Oct. 5, Jan. 5, April 5 and July 5. There is no purchase necessary to win.

Shop Miami Month‏

February 24, 2014 on 9:53 am | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Shopping | Comments Off


General Growth Properties’ Village of Merrick Park and Bayside Marketplace Enhance Shopping Experiences with New Retail Outlets and Dining Options

MIAMI – February 20, 2014 – The Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has declared March Shop Miami Month, and with new offerings available at two of South Florida’s premier shopping centers – Village of Merrick Park and Bayside Marketplace – it’s the perfect time for shoppers to find the latest fashion finds and take advantage of both center’s timely special offers.

From exclusive brands to elegant boutiques, visitors to South Florida are sure to find new and old favorites during their next Florida shopping vacation.

Village of Merrick Park_Fact Sheet 2013_Garden 2Village of Merrick Park – Nestled in historic Coral Gables within a lush tropical enclave, the center boasts over 100 retailers and restaurants that surround an expertly manicured courtyard along three open-air levels. With its scenic atmosphere, sparkling fountains and collection of sculptures, Village of Merrick Park offers a relaxed and private setting to browse, shop and people watch.

Village of Merrick Park houses internationally recognized luxury brands and world-class boutiques, including Gucci, Burberry and Diane Von Furstenberg, all of which underwent recent renovations to create a new, exciting shopping experience.

Cooltan Tan-Through Shirts & SwimsuitsRecent additions to Village of Merrick Park include J. Crew, Athleta and global lifestyle brand Michael Kors. In addition, the multi-leveled center welcomed tea accessory retailer Teavana; boutique Calypso St. Barth; children’s clothing brand Peek; and retailer Purificacion Garcia.

Adding to Village of Merrick Park’s assortment of restaurants and cafes, will be Brasserie Central, which is set to open its doors in 2014 and will add contemporary French food to the center’s international dining options.

Shoppers who spend $200 or more during the month of March can turn in their receipts to get a free Desktop Photo Album in honor of Shop Miami Month. Shoppers can redeem receipts Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Mall Management Office, located on Level 3. Limit one per day, per customer, while supplies last.

For a complete list of retailers and more information about Village of Merrick Park, visit www.villageofmerrickpark.com

_MG_4953 2Bayside Marketplace – Located on Biscayne Bay in the heart of downtown Miami, visitors to Bayside can experience the real Miami – home to impeccable international cuisine, fine shops and exotic music in a scenic, waterfront setting.

In addition to views of the bay and Miami skyline, the center offers a dose of Latin flavor, making Bayside a feast for all the senses.

This two-level, open-air festival center features more than 150 stores, including national retailers such as GUESS, Victoria’s Secret, Express, Bath & Body Works and Brookstone.

Recent additions to Bayside include Icing, a leading international specialty retailer. Icing offers colorful, trendy jewelry and accessories for ladies of all ages.

Bayside also features a choice of 12 restaurants and eateries.

Shoppers who spend $100 or more during the month of March will receive a free Bayside Nylon Tote in celebration of Shop Miami Month. Shoppers can redeem receipts Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Mall Management Office, located on Level 3 in the North Building.

For a complete list of retailers and more information about Bayside Marketplace, visit www.baysidemarketplace.com

About General Growth Properties

Bayside Marketplace and Village of Merrick Park are owned and managed by General Growth Properties, an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP’s portfolio is comprised of 120 retail properties in the United States comprising approximately 125 million square feet. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

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Korea Grand Sale 2014 – Offering Great Shopping Experiences For International Tourists

February 22, 2014 on 10:14 am | In Asia, Korea, Shopping | Comments Off

The greatest shopping festival, Korea Grand Sale 2014 has begun and runs until 16th February, 2014. More than 27,000 shops will provide plenty of discount opportunities for foreign a visitor which includes discounts of up to 70% on shopping, accommodation and tourism attractions throughout the country. The Grand Sale will be more than a shopping event. Rather, it will offer full-scale tourism experiences for visitors.

Discounts are available on shopping, fashion, dining, entertainment, beauty and health and visitors can also take advantage of the one more night promotion where hotels are offering one free night if you book two nights. Top hotels like the Grand Intercontinental, IP Boutique Hotel and Lotte Hotels are offering up a free night’s accommodation if you book and pay two nights.

To take advantage of the savings it’s as simple as downloading coupons from the Korea Grand Sale 2014 website: www.koreagrandsale.co.kr or visit the Korea Grand Sale mobile website using your smart phone and click on the coupons tab to download. Inaddition, there are themed weekly events like Fashion Week, Food Week, and Beauty Week etc. where further discounts will be offered. The best way to keep up with all the discounts and offers during the Korea Grand Sale 2014 is via the official website.

A Korea Grand Sale 2014 Event Centre has been set up in the Doota Plaza Shopping Centre in Dongdaemun which offers an information and translation service, free internet service, free mobile re-charging service and a photo zone. Here you can get help and advice on the best places to shop and the best discounts on offer. Seventeen traditional markets all over Korea have stepped up to participate in the Korea Grand Sale 2014. Korea’s traditional markets are central to the nation’s culture, history, people and daily life. Tourists will be able to taste local cuisine and benefit from various promotional programs.

Full details of the Korea Grand Sale 2014 offers and events are detailed on the website: www.koreagrandsale.co.kr

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