Mokulele Airlines, an interisland carrier in Hawaii, has won approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to offer daily service between Waimea-Kohala Airport (MUE) on Hawaii Island and Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui. T
he service will begin on Sept. 21.
Mokulele will replace Pacific Wings, which has ceased offering service on this route. Mokulele will operate two daily flights on the route. To celebrate, the airline is offering an introductory fare of $59 one-way, including taxes and fees, for reservations made by Oct. 31. This fare is based on availability.
All of the packages are subject to availability and are based on two people sharing a double or twin room.
HAMILTON PARK RACECOURSE – £100 per room
With over two centuries of experience behind it, Hamilton Park Racecourse continues to play a central part in Scotland’s sporting landscape. The course is held in high esteem in the racing world, known for its mixture of good quality horse racing and class entertainment.
The historic venue has now teamed up with Holiday Inn Express Hamilton to offer an overnight race course package, with prices starting from £100 per room.
Hamilton lies at the heart of Lanarkshire, close to both Glasgow and Edinburgh, making it a great base for visiting some of Scotland best visitor attractions. It is also roughly one hour’s drive from the border with England – the ideal spot for a quick weekend getaway north of the border.
The package includes overnight accommodation, breakfast in the morning and entry for two into Hamilton Park Racecourse. To book, or for more details, visit www.hiexhamilton.co.uk or call 01698 456 300.
ST. LEGER FESTIVAL – £95 per room
The 10 day long festival celebrates the best in music, fine foods, arts and culture, along with four days of race meetings, including the oldest classic race in the world – the St Ledger Stakes.
Established in 1776, the St Ledger Stakes is the last of the five classic to run each year, with a distance longer than any other, which makes for an exhilarating race.
The Ramada Encore Doncaster is the perfect base for anyone heading to the festival, with packages starting from just £95 per room.
The deal includes one night’s accommodation, a superior champagne breakfast, transfers to the race course and snacks on return.
For more information, or to book, visit www.encoredoncaster.co.uk or call 01302 718520.
STRATFORD RACECOURSE – £110 per room
One of the country’s leading small racecourses, Stratford Racecourse continues to draw punters from far and wide who fancy a flutter. With the course’s first race taking place in 1755, it has a rich and varied heritage, and continues to attract many top class jockeys to this day.
The racecourse has teamed up with the Best Western Grosvenor to offer an overnight race course package, with prices starting from £110 per room.
The historic Best Western Grosvenor is located near the centre of the town, made famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, with the Grade II listed Georgian building offering the perfect place to relax after a day at the races. The package includes overnight accommodation, a full breakfast the following morning and club stand tickets. For more details, or to book, log-on to www.bwgh.co.uk or call 01789 269213.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts officially assumed management of Traders Hotel, Brisbane in August 2012. The 191-room property that is centrally located above the Brisbane Transit Centre and next to Roma Street Parklands, is the first Traders hotel operated by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Australia. It marks the hotel group’s third venture in the continent following the group’s recent acquisition of the 563-room landmark Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney and its current majority stake in Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina in Cairns.
“We are thrilled to debut the Traders brand in Australia to leisure and business travelers alike,” said Bruno Cristol, general manager of Traders Hotel, Brisbane. “Brisbane is a strategic feeder destination to other major Australian cities and we believe Traders’ “Be Ready” philosophy is an excellent fit for visitors to this dynamic city.”
After China and the United States, the Australian continent represents the third largest market for Shangri-La and forms a key substantial membership base within the worldwide network of 2.1 million members of the company’s prolific loyalty programme, Golden Circle. Travel partners, corporate executives and meeting planners will also benefit from the Shangri-La’s recognized global sales and marketing network as well as ongoing support from the group’s established regional presence in Sydney.
For special events, banquets or meetings, Traders Hotel, Brisbane will offer seven meeting rooms which have the ability to be converted into a ballroom for up to 500 guests. With a total meeting area of 700 square metres and a fully equipped business centre, meeting and social planners will find the hotel flexible enough to host either large gatherings or intimate business conferences.
MJ’s Restaurant and Bar at Traders Hotel, Brisbane will provide all-day dining with the option of both set and a la carte menu options featuring modern Australian cuisine, while MJ’s Bar will offer a selection of beverages and light snacks in a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for unwinding with friends.
Alternatively, the hotel’s convenient location is only a 10-minute walk from the heart of Brisbane’s entertainment and dining district of Southbank. For travellers on layover or with jetlag, room service is available around the clock. Another special feature of the 13-storey hotel is its rooftop fitness centre that includes cardio vascular and strength training equipment, as well as relaxing whirlpools.
Established in 1989 and based in major business centres in Asia and the Middle East, Traders Hotels are the practical choice for business and leisure travellers. They complement the luxury brands of Shangri-La and Kerry hotels, and offer many of the same benefits including complimentary Wi-Fi internet service and the Golden Circle guest loyalty programme which enables members to earn and accumulate points that may be redeemed for complimentary
room nights, upgrades, dining, spa privileges and airline miles. Traders Hotels are located in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Changzhou, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Male, Manila, Penang, Shenyang, Singapore and Yangon, with scheduled openings in Chennai (India,) Doha (Qatar,) and Iskandar (Malaysia.)
For more information and reservations, contact a travel professional or access the website at www.tradershotels.com.
Plan a 2013 summer social calendar with a sporty twist. The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead hosts many hotly anticipated sporting occasions at Ascot, Eton Dorney, Guards Polo Club and Windsor Great Park among others. For spectators there’s plenty of opportunity to soak up 900 years of history without breaking into a sweat – apart from what to wear maybe.
She Runs Windsor EXPOtique
Saturday 04 – Monday 06 May 2013
The May bank holiday weekend hosts a new women’s only running and life style event. The 10km race starts and finishes on the famous Long Walk in Windsor’s Great Park and takes in iconic landmarks including the George III Statue, the York Club and the Jubilee Statue. The EXPOtique is a three day fun and interactive experience that is free, open to all and focused on sports, fitness, health and wellbeing.
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Wednesday 08 – Sunday 12 May 2013
Celebrating its 70th Anniversary, the UK’s biggest outdoor horse show involves 3,000 competing horses for International Carriage Driving, Showing, Equestrian Displays and first class Jumping. Set in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, the event is patronised by Her Majesty The Queen and show President, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, still takes an active part.
Toshiba Windsor Triathlon
Sunday 16 June 2013
One of the British Triathlon Super Series Events takes place against a backdrop of Windsor Castle, Eton College, the Royal Landscape and the river Thames. First comes the river swim followed by a bike course that takes in a number of Royal Borough villages and returns through Windsor Great Park. The multi-lap run course winds around the town centre passing the Castle, over Eton Bridge and along Eton High Street.
Awarded British Triathlon event of the year a remarkable 7 times this tough sporting challenge is a spectator favourite.
Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 June 2013
Few sporting venues match the 250 year heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse. Tradition, pageantry, fashion and style place Royal Ascot at the centre of the British social calendar and, with £4.5 million in prize money as stake, the ultimate stage for the world’s best racehorses.
Despite popular belief there is no particular Ladies’ Day – there is no difference whatsoever between any of the five June days of Royal Ascot – all five are ladies’ days.
Samsung World Rowing Cup II
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2013
International rowing returns to Eton Dorney with the second stage of the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup taking place on the Olympic course. Cheer on some of the world’s finest rowers at one of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games’ most iconic venues.
Friday 21 June 2013 – Heats & Repechages
Saturday 22 June 2013 – Semi Finals & Finals
Sunday 23 June 2013- Finals
Audi International Polo
Sunday 28 July
Guards’ polo club at Smith’s Lawn hosts one of the world’s greatest spectator polo days and is a ‘must’ in the UK social event calendar where English society and royalty mix with Hollywood film stars and global music icons. Team Audi England defends the Coronation Cup against a leading international team in what is generally one of the most memorable matches of the English polo season.
With 12 grounds, Smith’s Lawn in Windsor Great Park is Europe’s largest area dedicated to playing polo.
Many hotels offer special mini-breaks around the events with opportunities for an extended stay to take in some 900 years of heritage, as well as shopping and fine dining.
The Royal Windsor Information Centre offers an online booking service for tickets and hotel packages at www.windsor.gov.uk . Contact 01753 743900 or email Windsor.email@example.com.
Anantara will host the 12th Annual Kings Cup Elephant Polo Tournament from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. The tournament has raised $600,000 for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population. Such projects include the building of Thailand’s first elephant hospital in the south, providing elephant shelters and housing for their mahouts (handlers) and families, a mobile blood centrifuge for elephants in need and an elephant ambulance for the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC).
To date, Anantara has rescued 30 elephants off the streets and they now enjoy a comfortable lifestyle at Anantara Golden Triangle’s onsite Elephant Camp. In addition, the elephant event allows a further 50 young elephants to be taken off the streets and provides them with a native forest environment, the best food possible, as well as the only proper veterinary check and vitamins they receive all year
An unusual offer from London’s Coworth Park will allow your clients to play the sport of kings as it becomes the only British hotel offering polo lessons as well as a full menu of “polo-inspired” cocktails for those spouses who prefer to cheer from the sidelines. The Coworth Park, luxury country house hotel and spa of Dorchester Collection, works with the Guards Polo Academy at Coworth Park and its expert Andrew Hine, a former captain of the England Polo Team.
The polo lessons and polo days are offered to everyone from beginners to more advanced players. An hour-long private lesson can be booked from £160 ($203), with a course of five lessons from £750 ($952), while group lessons (three people or more) cost from £150 per person ($190). Upon request, the property can arrange for bespoke polo experiences for individual clients and instructional chukkas (polo games) are available for the more serious player. For younger players, Coworth Park offers smaller mallets for children. Preferential rates are offered for guests of Coworth Park and Guards Polo Club members. Guests must be over 10 years of age.
Guests staying at Coworth Park during polo season can take advantage of the latest “A Royal Life at Coworth Park” package. The package includes a riding or polo lesson; accommodations in two rooms for two nights; a customized tour of Windsor with carriage rides and picnic lunch; afternoon tea for a family of four; and more. “A Royal Life at Coworth Park” package starts at £3,090 including VAT ($4,717) for two nights for a family of four (kids up to 14).
What could be more appealing than an early spring Mediterranean cruise and a long weekend in Barcelona—all for the amazing price of $695. TourCrafters is offering this package on one date, and one date only: Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
The package includes all transfers, a 4-day/3-night all-inclusive cruise aboard the Sovereign of Pullmantur Cruises (inside cabin), three nights’ accommodation in the 4-star Condes de Barcelona Hotel, three breakfasts and a Hop On Hop Off Tour of Barcelona. It does not include air fare. Cabin upgrades are possible: an outside cabin costs $765 and a deluxe cabin costs $955. Babies sail free and there are special prices for children and for families.
The Spanish-flavored Sovereign sails from Barcelona, arriving the next day in Corsica’s main city. You can wander the narrow, picturesque streets of the old part of Ajaccio on your own, seeing the cathedral where Napoleon was baptized, Napoleon’s birthplace, the town hall, Market Square and Fesch Museum., or you can take a shore excursion and see even more.
The next day brings arrival in Villefranche, one of the most charming towns on the French Riviera, close to resort towns like Beaulieu and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and even Nice and Monte Carlo. Here, too, you can purchase a shore excursion, or take the local train along the coast, or just relax and enjoy Villefranche.
Day four means back to Barcelona and a transfer from the pier to the deluxe Hotel Condes de Barcelona. The included Hop On Hop Off Tour is a great way to see Barcelona’s main sights: Plaça de Catalunya, the gracious boulevard Passeig de Gracia, Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece La Sagrada Familia and the fanciful Park Güell. Another day you can roam around the Gothic Quarter, a tangle of medieval streets, or ramble along Las Ramblas to see the famous market La Boqueria.
All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include air fare, port charges of $111 or service. For additional information visit http://www.tourcrafters.it/tour.lasso/?ID=174. For reservations, call 800-482-5995.
With travelers from around the world seeking refuge from the cold of winter, Cancun is the ideal locale for spring travel. As the #1 international destination for American tourists and a top pick for Canadian travelers, Cancun’s powdery white-sand beaches, its culturally-immersive experiences, world-renowned gastronomy and thrilling offerings for adventure seekers make this seaside retreat the spring break hotspot for. In addition to Cancun’s unique blend of offerings, tourists can rest assured the destination takes every precaution to ensure the utmost in security for all its visitors. So much so, that Cancun boasts an enviable safety record that keeps families, couples and singles returning year after year.
As the preferred destination among North Americans attracting on average 20,000 visitors in the spring, Cancun encourages guests to keep in mind the following tips to ensure they have a flawless vacation:
- Keep passports in a safe place
- Remember to save $23 for the airline departure tax
- Drive responsibly, and never under the influence of alcohol
- Life jackets are mandatory in certain water activities such as snorkeling
“Last year Cancun welcomed almost four million visitors, and while none of our tourists were victims of violent crimes, we understand that safety is always a concern when traveling to a foreign country. In response to that concern, and in an effort to dispel any misconceptions about the destination, we always amplify our security protocol during peak travel times to ensure the safety of every single person visiting us,” said Jesus Almagauer, CEO, Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau.
One of the most highly-anticipated events taking place in Cancun this Spring is the 2013 Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival featuring world-renowned chefs Massimo Bottura and Enrique Olvera. Taking place March 14-17 under the title “Europe Meets the Americas,” this second installment of the inaugural CRMFest offers a true taste of authentic Cancun cuisine, as well as epicurean delights from around the world.
Tourists heading down to Cancun this Spring should not miss the recently-opened Maya Museum located on the famed Hotel Zone. The largest museum built by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the museum’s collections take a look at the ancient Mayan roots that make up the destination’s Mayan culture.
Trump International Beach Resort kicks off 2013—and its 10th anniversary year—with the launch of a new, resort-wide activity program that revamps the Resort’s routine with interactive daily fun and a plethora of action-packed pursuits that promise to add extra excitement to the guest experience.
Located in the exclusive enclave of Sunny Isles Beach, the oceanfront Forbes 4-Star Resort is encouraging guests to refocus their minds and re-energize their bodies with an activity program geared toward all ages and exertion levels, from toddlers and teens, to parents and grandparents.
Scheduled to change monthly, the program offers both complimentary and fee-based options—including blood pumping physical activities, innovative arts and crafts, and family bonding experiences—that transform travel.
There is no need to forgo staying fit when vacationing. With Trump International Beach Resort’s new activity program, guests discover fun fitness alternatives that outperform average exercise routines
. From high energy “Aqua Fit” water-based workouts and “Teen Xtreme Water Sports” like skim boarding and body surfing, to “Beach Yoga,” “Beach Bocce Ball,” and “Paddleboard Racing,” the active options are both endless and exhilarating.
The new tennis program features both private lessons and high-energy clinics for all experience levels, and is led by renowned tennis pros, Audrey Bañada and Charles Golphin II.
Let’s Get Creative
Exercising the mind is also part of the Resort’s new program with its array of innovative and artsy activities. Guests can enjoy painting works inspired by famed Miami artist, Britto; designing their own pair of “Surf Style Shades;” and creating mini 3D sandboxes filled with seaside memories, among other crafty creations.
Family Tested, Kid Approved
Families and kids are Trump Miami’s biggest fans, which is why many of the activities in the new program revolve around them. On “Family Fun Fridays” loved ones can participate in a variety of games and adventures that promise to create lifetime memories. Pool deck dancing allows families to explore the multicultural spirit of Miami as they move to the beat using a variety of dance styles featuring a Latin flair.
And with “Picture it!” families embark on a resort-wide adventure using picture clues to earn points that lead to the ultimate treasure.
Plus, Planet Kids, the Resort’s innovative children’s program, has added new activities specially-designed for its pint-sized guests, such as ocean rescue, Trump Tots and special holiday events, which complement the program’s existing green-initiatives and “Enviro-Adventures”-themed curriculum.
Ensuring that guests enjoy stimulating their body and minds and not their bank accounts, Trump International Beach Resort is offering these value-added activities at an alluring seasonal starting rate of $275 per night.
For more information or reservations call 866-628-1197 or visit www.trumpmiami.com.
San Diego is a year-round travel destination offering a plethora of annual events. No matter what time of year, visitors can travel to San Diego and find an extraordinary range of colorful street festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, specialty fairs and much more. For up-to-the-minute event listings and changes, visit www.sandiego.org/eventcalendar.
San Diego Restaurant Week
More than 180 of San Diego’s finest restaurants participate in a celebration of the local dining scene with prix fixed menus.
Carlsbad Marathon and Half-Marathon
The second-oldest marathon on the U.S. West Coast also features a Kids’ Marathon Mile on the day before the big race, as well as a Health and Fitness Expo.
Farmers Insurance Open
The annual PGA Tour men’s golf tournament is played at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, home of the 2008 U.S. Open.
Big Bay Whale Days & Festival
Wildflowers Bloom in the Desert
Depending on the timing and amount of winter rainfall, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego’s East County turns into a wonderland of color when the spring wildflowers bloom.
Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter
This is the biggest Fat Tuesday celebration on the U.S. West Coast. Parades, music and beads take over downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter.
31st Annual Chinese New Year and Cultural Fair
Festivities in downtown San Diego include Asian cuisine, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, cultural exhibits and traditional Lion and Dragon dances.
Mar. 1 – May 12
Flower Fields Ranunculus Season
20th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
San Diego’s proximity to Mexico makes it a natural venue for this prestigious film festival, focusing on works by Latinos or about the Latino experience, held at the UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center in Mission Valley.
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
‘Tis the luck of the Irish for San Diego when the St. Patrick’s Day Parade sets off from Juniper and 6th Street by Balboa Park. An Irish festival with traditional dancers, music, a beer garden and Celtic village follows the parade.
With 40,000 sq. ft. of Astroturf, downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter turns into the rolling hills of Ireland from 4 p.m. to midnight. This St. Patrick’s Day party includes Irish rock bands and pints of green beer; guests must be 21 years or older to attend this ticketed event.
Spring Busker Festival
Seaport Village along San Diego Bay comes alive with a celebration of street performers in a battle of entertainment and one-of-a-kind performances by jugglers, sword swallowers, comedic stuntmen and more.
Ford California Half-Ironman Triathlon
Athletes from all over the world swim 1.2 miles in Oceanside Harbor, bike 56 miles through neighboring Camp Pendleton and run 13.1 miles back to the finish line at Oceanside Pier in the San Diego North County city of Oceanside.
San Diego Padres Season
The San Diego Padres step up to the plate and begin another exciting, six-month season of Major League Baseball, played in PETCO Park in downtown San Diego.
La Jolla Concours D’Elegance Motor Car Classic
Paying tribute to some of the world’s finest automobiles, the Motor Car Classic highlights over 30 juried classes of automobiles; vintage auto aficionados and collectors compete against the best vehicles in automotive history.
49th Annual San Diego Crew Classic Regatta
Rowers from across the country come to Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay to participate in one of the most distinguished rowing competitions in the U.S.
Apr. 18 – May 5
Annual Del Mar National Horse Show
The most prestigious horse show in Southern California offers more than $300,000 in prize money and attracts more than 3,000 horses to the equestrian complex at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in coastal Del Mar.
49h Annual Lakeside Rodeo
Bareback bronco rides, calf roping and other traditional rodeo competitions, along with food and crafts, bring the Wild West to life in Lakeside in San Diego’s East County.
The nation’s largest flower show under a tent takes place in Spreckels Park in Coronado. Flower exhibits are placed around a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for live entertainment and trophy presentations.
Fallbrook Avocado Festival
Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers converge in Fallbrook, located in San Diego’s North County, to sample avocados, check-out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens.
Annual San Diego Earth Fair
Set in Balboa Park, the celebration of planet Earth features a children’s parade, booths, educational exhibits, music and earth-friendly food.
Mission Federal ArtWalk
The free visual and performing arts celebration takes place in downtown San Diego’s colorful Little Italy neighborhood and is the largest art event in San Diego.
40th Annual Adams Avenue Unplugged Festival
The free, two-day festival features 180 musical performances of acoustic music, held on four outdoor stages and 22 indoor stages along a two-mile expanse along Adams Avenue, from the neighborhoods of Kensington to North Park.
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