RESORT’S BLEAULIVE™ CONCERT SERIES
Special packages now available for first BleauLive country music performance
coming to Fontainebleau this October
Miami Beach, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2013) – Kick up your boots at the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach when THE BAND PERRY takes the stage and BleauLive goes country on Sunday, October 13, 2013. This exclusive weekend will feature a private concert by The Band Perry, a poolside party and access to exclusive lounge areas. BleauLive combines a luxury vacation experience with live performances by some of today’s biggest names in music and personal guest interaction with the artists.
“After releasing their new album, Pioneer, and embarking on a world tour, The Band Perry is one of the most sought after groups in country music and we’re proud to have them appearing at Fontainebleau,” said Philip Goldfarb, President and COO, Fontainebleau Miami Beach. “We pride ourselves in bringing a diverse range of musical talent to Fontainebleau and welcoming The Band Perry to the family of artists that have performed at BleauLive exemplifies our commitment to offering entertainment for a variety of audiences.”
Packages for BleauLive presents THE BAND PERRY include:
BLEAU FAN Package
From $299 based on 3-night stay
From $399 based on 2-night stay
· Deluxe accommodations
· Two (2) passes to BleauLive presents The Band Perry on Sunday afternoon Oct. 13, including 2-hour open bar featuring specialty cocktails
· Daytime DJ Pool Party on Saturday, Oct. 12
· Welcome amenity
· Access to BleauLive Poolside Lounge throughout the weekend featuring discounted specialty cocktails
· Package based on double occupancy, $100 per each additional guest, per night
From $499 based on 3-night stay
From $599 based on 2-night stay
· Junior Suite accommodations
· Two (2) VIP viewing passes to BleauLive presents The Band Perry on Sunday afternoon Oct. 13, including 2-hour open bar featuring specialty cocktails
· Meet and greet photo with The Band Perry
· Daytime DJ Pool Party on Saturday, Oct. 12
· Welcome amenity
· Access to BleauLive Lounge throughout the weekend featuring complimentary specialty cocktails
· 2 p.m. guaranteed late check-out
· Complimentary valet parking
· Package based on double occupancy, $100 per each additional guest, per night
Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, THE BAND PERRY has ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has released a string of hit singles, including the quadruple-platinum “If I Die Young,” which climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country and Adult Contemporary charts, the platinum “You Lie,” and the Country No. 1 “All Your Life.” They’ve also enjoyed sold-out tours and an abundance of honors, including multiple Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, GRAMMY, and Country Music Television music award nominations, all of which have cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest country acts today.
BleauLive packages can be purchased online at WWW.BLEAULIVE.COM or by calling 1.800.548.8886.
About The Band Perry
Since releasing their self-titled debut album on Republic Nashville in 2010, The Band Perry has ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her younger brothers Reid and Neil, the band has notched a string of hit singles, including the quadruple-platinum “If I Die Young” (which climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Country and AC charts), the platinum “You Lie,” and the gold-certified Country #1 “All Your Life” as well as the consecutive #1 hits, “Better Dig Two” and “DONE.” (co-written by Reid and Neil) from their sophomore release PIONEER, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #2 All Genre. The project, produced by Dann Huff, sold nearly 130,000 copies in the first week and has received acclaim from top critics across the country. They’ve also enjoyed sold-out headlining dates and a showering of honors, including multiple ACM, CMA, and CMT Music awards, as well as Teen Choice, AMA, ACA, Billboard Music Awards and Grammy Awards nominations — all of which has cemented the sibling trio as one of the hottest acts in recent history.
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will host the 21st edition of Gala Vallarta from April 2-5, 2013. The industry event brings together over 70 national and international wholesalers with over 80 local hotel properties. In 2013, the event resulted in over 2,000 B2B meetings.
Set on Bandera’s Bay, Puerto Vallarta offers a variety of hotel accommodations, from picturesque villas, to 5-star all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels; the destination can accommodate the needs of every guest.
Puerto Vallarta’s DMCs and local Tour Operators adhere to the highest of international standards and can provide tailor-made tours and destination packages.
With new direct flights from New York, Philadelphia, Lansing, St. Louis and Rockford.
Frequencies from Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Denver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg, Puerto Vallarta is easily accessible from the US and Canada.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and in celebration of that spirit Puerto Vallarta will host the First International Celtic Music Festival of Mexico from March 20 to the 22, 2014.
With support from the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, the State of Jalisco, the city of Puerto Vallarta, as well as the Irish and UK Embassies, this unique event will gather Celtic musicians, traditional artists and Celtic crafts and art vendors for 3 days of Celtic Music of the highest caliber in sunny Puerto Vallarta.
FIMC 2014’s program starts with an inaugural parade through the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s boardwalk, with Pipe Bands on Thursday, March 20,
free open air concerts and classes, a traditional Scottish Ceilidh and the Drumming for Drinks competition.
Intenational performers such as the British/French/Swedish ensemble, Follow the Rats, Scotland’s Tenor, Jamie MacDougall, Pipers, Bruce Gandy and Rory Grossart and Red Hot Chilli Pipers, winners of the Scottish Live Act of the Year will be taking part in the celebration along with Puerto Vallarta’s Orchestra.
For more information, visit website: www.fimcmexico.com.mx
“The music is there waiting for you; all you have to do is listen.” So says Roy Horn, one half of the iconic entertainment duo, Siegfried & Roy. In recognition of their pioneering and inspiring role in Las Vegas’s entertainment history, their commitment to the city of Las Vegas and in acknowledgement of their SARMOTI Foundation, the Las Vegas Philharmonic will honor Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn at its 2014 Diamonds Are Forever Gala to be held Saturday, March 1st at the Aria Resort and Casino.
“When it comes to identifying the diamonds of the Las Vegas community, they do not come any brighter, more dazzling or more genuine than Siegfried & Roy,” says Las Vegas Philharmonic President and CEO, Jeri Crawford. “As inspirational entertainers, they showed what could be achieved when you dream big and become ‘masters of the impossible,’ and as Las Vegas residents they demonstrate a commitment to this city and to this community that is wide-reaching and heartfelt. We honor their philosophy of pursuing excellence, enchantment and magic every day.”
Many of the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s musicians perform, or have performed, in shows on the Las Vegas Strip where Siegfried & Roy headlined at The Mirage for 14 years. Siegfried & Roy’s long commitment to producing an unforgettable performance extravaganza that included live musicians and original music provides an artistic link to the orchestra that will be celebrated at the gala.
The Las Vegas Philharmonic is currently in its 15th anniversary concert season and second season as a resident company of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The Diamonds Are Forever Gala is the orchestra’s main fundraising event of the year with proceeds supporting the orchestra’s concerts and education and community outreach programs, including its Youth Concert Series that provides free concerts to 15,000 fourth and fifth graders annually. In addition to their philanthropic work in the Las Vegas community, in October Siegfried & Roy announced the formation of their new SARMOTI Foundation dedicated to protect, conserve and preserve endangered and threatened animals globally.
For information on tickets, table bookings and sponsorship opportunities for the Diamonds Are Forever Gala honoring Siegfried & Roy, contact the Las Vegas Philharmonic by phone 702-258-5438.
.S. Entrants Vie For Free Trip To Chile and A New Nikon 1 AW1 Camera
NEW YORK, NY, December 12, 2013 – It is often said that a “picture is worth a thousand words.” As one of the most scenic destinations in the world, Turismo Chile is encouraging U.S. visitors to capture their memories across its more than 2,600 miles of breathtaking landscapes. Turismo Chile has teamed up with renowned international brand Nikon to launch the “Life Is An AWDVENTURE” sweepstakes in the U.S., promoting tourism to this budding destination and addressing growing American interest in the region.
The “Life is an AWDVENTURE” page is open for entries until January 20, 2014, and will award one U.S. winner an 8-day/7-night trip to Chile for up to two adults and two children under 12 including standard hotel accommodations and economy class flights. The trip features visits to Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Grey Glacier base camp, and Santiago. The prize package also includes a new Nikon 1 AW1 camera so the winner can capture lasting memories of their Chilean experience.
“The Turismo Chile and Nikon partnership is very important in engaging the U.S. market,” said Daniel Pardo, Chile’s Under Secretary for Tourism. “In 2012, nearly 180,000 Americans visited Chile, staying on average for 14.6 nights. This market brought in a total of USD of over $200 million in foreign currency. The United States currently ranks fifth in the number of tourists to Chile, and we want to continue making our country a go to destination for Americans in the future.”
Turismo Chile’s General Manager, Andrea Wolleter, also stressed that “this action is part of a new co-branding strategy that Chile has implemented to align itself with prestigious international brands that will help to heighten visibility of Chile as a leading international destination.”
The “Life is an AWDVENTURE” sweepstakes is part of SERNATUR’s and Turismo Chile’s promotional program in the U.S. market. Similar efforts during 2013 have included cooperative campaigns with Afar and Backpacker magazine; Sea Trade and Virtuoso Week Trade events; as well as “Chile Adventure Week:” A familiarization trip co-hosted with ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association).
About Turismo Chile
In 1994, Turismo Chile joined the efforts of both public and private sectors to promote Chile as a tourist destination in international market. Now a fully private entity, Turismo Chile maximizes these efforts to achieve the most strategic and cost-effective methods in promoting the country abroad. For more information, please visit www.chile.travel, and get up-to-date news on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Las Vegas is the place to be for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, with spectacular and stunning experiences across the Strip and beyond. America’s Party will have one of the largest pyrotechnic firework shows in the world along with impressive nightclub parties and concerts by A-list performers for an extraordinary rendezvous, along with decadent culinary offerings from world-class chefs. Everyone can find an extraordinary way to ring in 2014 in the destination.
Fireworks Light Up the Sky
Ring out the old and ring in the new by watching a stunning fireworks display in the sky above the famed Las Vegas Strip. The dazzling pyrotechnics show launches from the rooftops of seven resorts along the iconic boulevard: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (TI), The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino and the Stratosphere. The highly anticipated America’s Party is hosted by Las Vegas Events (LVE) and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) with the fireworks display being produced by world-renowned Fireworks by Grucci of New York. The 8 minute and 12 second show will light up the night’s sky with more than 88,000 fireworks.
Concerts & Entertainment
GRAMMY Award-winning group, Maroon 5, will toast 2014 with two shows at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Dec. 30 and 31. Both shows start at 8 p.m. and open with special guests, A Great Big World and Rozzi Crane.
Bruno Mars takes the stage for an unforgettable performance at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Mars will perform at The Chelsea on Dec. 29 and 31 with the celebration beginning at 9 p.m. each night.
Britney Spears will leave fans wanting more on New Year’s Eve weekend with the premier of her show, “Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Tickets are available for shows on Dec. 27, 28 and 30 along with Britney’s special performance on New Year’s Eve that kicks off at 10 p.m. Fans will experience all their favorite songs plus new tracks from Britney’s eighth studio album.
The Pearl Concert Theatre inside Palms Casino Resort welcomes Robin Thicke to Las Vegas on Dec. 29. Tickets are available for the concert that starts at 8 p.m.
Celine Dion rings in the New Year with her fans at Caesars Palace inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. This masterful and iconic show starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Fremont Street Experience will rock in 2014 with their Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve celebration that takes place from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. This street party includes non-stop music from co-headliners Blues Traveler, Loverboy and Vince Neil. The Downtown Countdown also includes a 2013 year-in-review retrospective on the Viva Vision screen.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will be filled with the beautiful voice of Kristen Chenoweth on Dec. 31. This unique night begins at 7:30 p.m. and promises to take concert-goers on a ride of laughter, heartbreak, thrills and great music.
Music sensations Tony Orlando and Wes Winters come together in the Grand Ballroom at South Point Hotel & Casino for a memorable night beginning at 8 p.m.
The Pointer Sisters will regale guests with their classic hits at the Eastside Cannery for a special performance with doors opening at 8:30 p.m.
The Blue Man Group offers two special New Year’s Eve shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Monte Carlo.
Cirque du Soleil offers guests a special treat to ring in the New Year. Show times are: KÀ at MGM Grand at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; Zumanity at New York New York Hotel & Casino at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; MJ One at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Mystère at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Zarkana at ARIA at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage Hotel & Casino at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and “O” at Bellagio at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Perched high above Las Vegas Boulevard, guests can lace up their ice skates for a winter treat on New Year’s Eve. The Ice Rink at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will feature a live stream of Bruno Mars’ concert from the new performance center, The Chelsea. Guests can also enjoy an open bar along with a spectacular view of the Strip’s midnight fireworks. Guests can hit the ice from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Mandarin Bar, Tea Lounge and Sky Lobby at Mandarin Oriental will host a New Year’s Eve Gala featuring extraordinary décor, live music, spacious dance floor and multi-colored floor-to-ceiling windows framing the fireworks across the city skyline. The gala begins at 9 p.m. and is complimentary to hotel guests.
Join the LVH for the “Legendary New Year’s Eve Extravaganza” that includes four separate parties, all with free admission to the public. Guests are encouraged to move from party to party, which include a classic rock band, two island-style bands and Top 40 music. The first party gets started at 8 p.m. in the Shimmer Cabaret.
Dance your way into 2014 at Hard Rock Café with rock, hip-hop and mashup tunes. A hosted bar and appetizers are available when the party gets started at 9 p.m.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaretville at Flamingo Las Vegas will open its doors to guests starting at 9 p.m. The party includes open bar, appetizers and live entertainment.
Call out your lucky numbers on New Year’s Eve for a chance to win $25,000. South Point Hotel & Casino offers bingo with champagne, hors d’œuvres and party favors. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with games starting at 10 p.m.
Dance the night away as world-class DJ’s keep the party going into the New Year.
Ring in 2014 in high style with a VIP package from Surrender Nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas as guests countdown with electronic dance music superstar Diplo. Packages may also include a dinner tasting menu at the adjoining Asian dining hot spot Andrea’s. Kaskade will headline at XS Nightclub while Lil Jon will rock Tryst on the biggest party night of the year.
Hakkasan, inside MGM Grand, welcomes Calvin Harris for a special New Year’s Eve celebration in the main room while DJ Ross One takes to the turn tables in the Ling Ling Club.
Enjoy heavily passed hors d’oeuvres from 9 p.m. to midnight with a premium open bar from 9 p.m. to 11p.m. at Marquee inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. DJ Chuckie will spin his greatest hits into the early morning hours.
LIGHT, inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, presents partygoers with “Phase 2: The Journey” featuring a performance from DJ Sebestian Ingrosso. Doors open at 9 p.m.
The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio will count down the end of 2013 with a live performance from Common. The two-hour open bar starts at 9 p.m.
Celebrate the most glamorous night of the year with hip-hop sensation J. Cole at 1OAK inside The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Festivities kick off with an open bar at 9 p.m.
Body English, inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, hosts an unforgettable night that starts at 9 p.m. with an open bar until 1 a.m. Or relive the era of grunge rock, flannel shirts and ripped jeans with Empire Records’ “All 90’s Experience” at Vinyl beginning at 9 p.m.
Jeremih has a special live performance planned for guests at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens inside Paris Hotel & Casino. Fans can enjoy an open bar from 9 p.m. until midnight along with electrifying beats that will have partygoers popping bubbly as they kiss 2013 goodbye.
LAVO, inside The Palazzo, welcomes VICE for New Year’s Eve. Guests can enjoy a two-hour premium open bar from 9-11 p.m. along with passed hors d’oeuvres. Miguel takes the stage for a live performance at TAO inside The Venetian. Guests will also enjoy a premium open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres starting at 9 p.m.
Indulge in Culinary Creations
Reminisce and spend the final hours of 2013 by indulging in one of Las Vegas’ many world-class restaurants.
Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant inside MGM Grand offers an exclusive seven-course pre-fixe menu on New Year’s Eve. The meal features savory Cantonese selections, including wok-braised Australian lobster, seared Boston live scallops, Mongolian-grilled lamb chop and other decadent choices.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable meal on New Year’s Eve at La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway inside Wynn Las Vegas. The restaurant offers an early seating menu from 5-6:30 p.m. and a late seating menu from 7-10 p.m. Guests will dine on crudo tasting, pumpkin ravioli, beef Wellington, butter-poached lobster tail and the chef’s selection of tasting desserts.
A specialty menu will be offered this New Year’s Eve at Culinary Dropout inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This à la carte four-course menu includes the restaurant’s signature appetizers and antipasti, salads, entrees and desserts.
Tacos & Tequila inside the Luxor Hotel & Casino will celebrate New Year’s Eve with an East Coast countdown party featuring the ladies of Fantasy. Drink specials include $14 tequila flights, $5 Dos Equis bottled beer and a $10 beer and shot special.
Sushi lovers can enjoy a six-course omakase menu at Sushi Roku Las Vegas at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Reservations begin at 4 p.m. along with the offering of festival drinks like the Milk & Cookie and Once a Pama Time Cocktails.
Getting around the Strip is easy when you use The Las Vegas Monorail. While New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest times of the year and the famed boulevard is closed to automobile transportation, the monorail provides convenient connections to major Strip destinations for hassle-free transit, visitors can purchase a special three-day pass, valid Dec. 27 to Jan. 1. Riders should use the promo code NYE2013 when purchasing tickets at any Monorail customer service booth.
WHAT: Boyd Gaming’s Las Vegas properties will be offering a variety of food and beverage, entertainment and gaming specials for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
BOYD GAMING PROMOTIONS
“12 Days of Giveaways” will begin on December 13 at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, Fremont, Main Street Station and The California. Participants earning 200 base slot points will be eligible to receive one Pepsi stuffed animal toy, up to two plush toys per day per account. The promotion concludes on December 25.
THE ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO
4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103
The Orleans will be hosting a variety of events to ring in the New Year on Tuesday, December 31. Events include:
Bourbon Street Lounge
Latin Vida will host a dance party at Bourbon Street Lounge on New Year’s Eve, starting at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Brendan’s Irish Pub
Third House will host a dance party at Brendan’s Irish Pub on New Year’s Eve starting at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Mardi Gras Ballroom
Dance away 2013 and ring in 2014 with Disco Inferno from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy hors d’eouvres, open bar, champagne toast and party favors. All-inclusive tickets are $75 per person; attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
Prime Rib Loft
DJ Dave will provide the soundtrack for an intimate New Year’s Eve celebration from 9 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. All-inclusive tickets are $100 per person, and include a gourmet dinner, open bar and a midnight champagne toast.
Tickets for events at Mardi Gras Ballroom and Prime Rib Loft can be purchased by calling 702.284.7777 or by visiting The Orleans Box Office.
GOLD COAST HOTEL AND CASINO
4000 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Christmas Gaming Multiplier
B Connected members playing at the Gold Coast will receive a 10x point multiplier on reels or 6x point multiplier on Video Poker on December 25. Please see B Connected club for details.
Gold Coast Showroom/Lounge
HNLV will host a dance party at the Gold Coast Lounge starting at 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Admission is $10 (cash only) at the door.
Disco dance your way into 2014 with Wonder Boogie starting at 10 p.m. The $30 cover includes two drinks and snacks. Tickets can be purchased online at GoldCoastCasino.com, or by calling 702-284-7777.
SUNCOAST HOTEL AND CASINO
9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89145
The Christmas Day menu for SC Prime will be served from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 25. The three-course meal offers three delicious entrees: grilled filet mignon ($39), pan-seared duck breast ($30) or roasted garlic & sundried tomato-crusted salmon ($38); meals include a starter of creamy wild rice & exotic mushroom soup or Sonoma field greens salad and finish with Dulce de Leche cheese cake. Reservations are recommended; call 702.636.7111 for more information.
Holiday Gaming Multiplier
B Connected members playing the Suncoast Hotel and Casino will receive an 11x point multiplier on reels or 7x point multiplier on Video Poker from December 25 through December 31. Please see the B Connected club for details.
The Suncoast Showroom has two ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve for the early risers and the party-all-nighters.
Start the day with Kelly Clinton’s New Year’s at Noon, starting at 12 p.m. on December 31. The multi-talented Clinton show mixes songs, stories and impressions throughout her show. Tickets start at $15.95 plus tax and convenience fees. This show is open to all ages.
End the day with Vegas Super Band (also known as VSB), the only dance band in Vegas with a full horn section, Latin percussion, a rotating rhythm section and special lead guest vocalists. Admission is $29.95 and includes party favors, dancing, and a champagne toast/balloon drop at midnight. The show begins at 10 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Tickets to either show can be purchased by calling 702.636.7075, or by visiting the Suncoast Box Office.
SAM’S TOWN HOTEL & GAMBLING HALL
5111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89122
Two free acts at Roxy’s Lounge will kick off the New Year right. Starting at 4:30 p.m. on December 31, State of the Art will take the stage. Later, starting at 10:30 p.m., In-A-Fect takes over to rock on through to 2014. Admission is free to both events.
JOKERS WILD CASINO
920 North Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV 89011
Celebrate the New Year at Jokers Wild with the Chris Zemba Band, who will be playing a free show beginning at 8 p.m. on December 31. Admission is free.
The Sydney Opera House today launched Own Our House, a unique grassroots fundraising campaign that gives people in Australia and around the world the opportunity to show their support for the Opera House by buying a virtual tile on the tallest sail.
Tile owners, known as Housemates, will be able to:
Choose their tile online and check out the view
Personalise their tile with a photo and short message
Form or join virtual tile communities with friends, family and famous artists
Visit their tile and share it through social media
Search for other Housemates and see what they have done with their tiles
Buy a tile as a gift
The Opera House’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in October raised community awareness of how central this World Heritage masterpiece is to Australian identity and its vital role in the country’s economy and culture. A Deloitte Access Economics report issued as part of the 40th celebrations valued the Opera House at $4.6 billion.
Housemates will own their tiles for the Opera House’s decade of renewal, launched as part of the 40th Anniversary. The Own Our House campaign gives everyone the chance to be a catalyst in the renewal process.
The NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, said: “Own Our House is a way for people to express their love of the Opera House and play a part in its future. It is an innovative idea and I applaud it.”
Sydney Opera House Trust Chairman John Symond AM said: “The Opera House is the People’s House. Own Our House is an opportunity for everyone to feel that they are contributing to its future. This is about our partnership with the community.”
Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said the funds raised by Own Our House would go first and foremost to help renew the building. “The Opera House belongs to everyone. This campaign gives people a really tangible, practical way of showing how much they care. It provides the seed funding for the renewal campaign of Australia’s greatest icon.”
Funds from the Own Our House campaign will also be used to increase public access to the Opera House through more free events, digital innovation and new education initiatives.
Another Australian icon, actor Hugh Jackman, is leading the charge as one of the first Housemates. “The Opera House is a World Heritage masterpiece that belongs to all of us,” said Mr Jackman. “Own Our House is a great way for people to show their pride and affection for one of the world’s greatest icons and Deb and I are happy to be involved with our family.”
A range of other stars – including Jack Thompson, Josh Pyke, Delta Goodrem, Matt Moran, Glen Hansard and The Frames, Martha Wainwright and Diesel – have already expressed their support for the Opera House by buying tiles.
The virtual Opera House at the heart of the campaign and the Own Our House website were made possible through the use of ground-breaking laser-mapping technology developed by US-based digital preservation foundation CyArk.
The Opera House’s tallest sail, known as A2, covers the Concert Hall and has more than 125,000 tiles. The tiles come in Snow (matt) and Ice (shiny) finishes and give the famous sails their extraordinary lustre. Ice tiles will be offered for $100 and the rarer Snow tiles for $400 (in honour of the Opera House’s 40th Anniversary year).
Leading audiovisual service provider AVPartners has launched an innovative events app set to revolutionise the Australian conferencing landscape.
The AVPartners event app combines social media tools, gamification, surveys, and live polls with up-to-date, user-friendly event information; ensuring events are accessible and relevant for the modern event delegate.
Delegates can post updates, tag their location, like posts, comment on each other’s posts and send private messages all from within the app. The app also integrates with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter and the event’s hashtag is automatically added to outbound tweets.
Designed as an interactive conference guide, the AVPartners app allows delegates to access up-to-date event documentation such as programs and flyers, videos, maps and local weather as well as speaker, attendee and exhibitor information.
Founding Partner Gary Hackett said “At AVPartners our focus is on enhancing event experiences.”
“An event app was a logical next step as it combines what we do best – the smart use of technology, responsive customer service and ingenuity.”
The app transfers crucial event information traditionally delivered as hard copy documentation or through in-person announcements online. Event organisers can easily update event information at any time without the hassle and cost of printing. They can also send targeted push notifications to attendees giving event organisers a direct line to delegates.
Delegates can leave reviews on sessions, speakers, venues and exhibitors; making it easy for delegates to have their say and conference organisers to collect feedback.
Event sponsors can also gain further visibility with delegates through branded content and advertising within the app.
The app includes an analytics function which allows event organisers to comprehensively report on active users, attendee interactions in the app and reviews.
The AVPartners app accommodates all smart phones and is accessible across iOS, Android and HTML5.
-History and Culture Come to Life on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail-
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 10, 2013– The American Queen Steamboat Company, owner of the largest and most opulent riverboat in the world, is proud to announce its exciting new Bourbon & Bluegrass itineraries beginning in Aug. 2014 between St. Louis, Mo. and Cincinnati, Ohio. The nine-day journey offers guests the chance to experience a dynamic blend of historic discovery, music and the Kentucky Bourbon Trial, with tours to renowned distilleries and celebrated ports including Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Paducah, Ky.; Henderson, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.; and Madison, Ind.
Taking place on two dates, Aug 29th and Sep 5th, the Bourbon & Bluegrass voyages will feature distilleries from the makers of Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace, and Heaven Hill. Famous bourbon makers will also be onboard to present and reveal their finest creations paired with the famed cuisine of the American Queen Steamboat Company.
“Sipping bourbon and enjoying Bluegrass are two iconic American pastimes that go hand in hand,” shares American Queen Steamboat Company President and COO Ted Sykes. “Our guests will appreciate this authentic experience that brings the history and culture of the Ohio Valley region to life.”
Highlights of the trip include:
Included pre-cruise hotel stay in St. Louis, Mo. or Cincinnati, Ohio, depending upon the departure.
Onboard Bluegrass Acts featuring Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and Storefront Congregation.
Multiple Lecturers and tasting opportunities from Four Roses Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Heaven Hill Distilleries and other Kentucky bourbons.
Distillery Tours on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail where 95% of all bourbon is made.
Premium touring opportunities to the Bluegrass Hall Of Fame and International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky.
Barbeque luncheon at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, Ky.
Daily open jam sessions in the “Pickin’ Parlors” for anyone wishing to join in on the fun.
An exclusive “Moonshine Matinee” deck party on the Ohio River. Featuring outdoor bar barbeque, moonshine lectures on the art and history of moonshine making, festival style Bluegrass and moonshine tasting.
Offering the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America, the nine-day Bourbon & Bluegrass fares begin at $2,549 per person based on double occupancy. All journeys include a one-night pre-voyage hotel stay, shore tours in all ports, complimentary wine and beer with dinner and a host of other amenities. For additional information and reservations, kindly contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit www.aqsc.com or call a professional travel agent.
American Queen Steamboat Company
The American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) is the owner and operator of the U.S. flagged American Queen, the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world. Longer than a football field, towering six decks in height and laced with fanciful gingerbread trim, she is a marvel of modern engineering. Her journeys through the heartland offer a unique perspective on America’s history, culture and landscape with convenient departures from some of America’s most iconic river port cities including Memphis, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and St. Paul. In April 2014, the AQSC will begin serving the Pacific Northwest with the opulence and grandeur of the American Empress. For additional information and reservations, contact the American Queen Steamboat Company at 888-749-5280, visit us online at www.AQSC.com
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