Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Flight Attendants at ExpressJet Are Ready to Unify in the Association of Flight Attendants

Today, the voting procedure starts for almost 2,300 Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Flight Attendants in an election to figure out union representation. Voting instructions had been mailed by the National Mediation Board (NMB) today and Flight Attendants in the new ExpressJet are excited to unify in the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) in just 3 weeks when the voting results are announced on December 21, 2011. AFA already represents approximately 1,200 Flight Attendants at Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

"Today is an exciting day for Flight Attendants in the new ExpressJet and throughout our Flight Attendant union," stated Veda Shook, AFA International President. "Flight Attendants are extraordinary individuals and our work is unique. The biggest Flight Attendant union, run by and for Flight Attendants, AFA promotes our function as initial responders, negotiates industry-leading contracts, lobbies Congress and policy makers for secure, secure and healthy air travel and creates a network of Flight Attendants assisting Flight Attendants all through the globe. We've the experience and sources to negotiate the very best contract in the new ExpressJet. Flight Attendants may have peace of thoughts with our guaranteed seniority protection policy. With AFA they have a union operating 24/7 on supporting our function lifestyle and home life as Flight Attendants."

"AFA sought this election to unite Flight Attendants as quickly as possible to take advantage of the opportunities created from the merger and is uniquely positioned to advance the priorities of Flight Attendants. Built by Flight Attendants and run by Flight Attendants, our union has programs that improve every region of our work lives. Unified in AFA, we'll make sure Flight Attendants are full partners in the advantages of our new super regional airline," stated Lindsay Gardner, president of AFA at Atlantic Southeast Airlines.

The representation election isn't a vote to get a contract. Each contracts remain in location after the election. When it comes time to negotiate a single contract for your mixed Flight Attendant group, the best contract provisions from each contract will offer the floor for negotiations. AFA negotiates according to the priorities set by Flight Attendants via surveys, meetings and direct member feedback to elected Flight Attendant leaders.

"AFA is 100 % focused on Flight Attendants. As a super regional carrier, Flight Attendants in the new ExpressJet will benefit tremendously from AFA's excellent expertise more than nearly seven decades. We need a union that understands how to negotiate for our unique careers. AFA is the union that regularly negotiates higher spend for Flight Attendants with protections that pay us for all of our time on the job and away from home. We're prepared to be unified at the new ExpressJet with the concentrate on our careers that only comes with the world's biggest Flight Attendant union," said Roy Rodriguez, ExpressJet Flight Attendant. "Together we're better."

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's biggest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 % on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for more than 65 many years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants within the workplace, within the aviation business, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Almost 60,000 Flight Attendants at 24 airlines come together to type AFA, a part of the 700,000-member powerful Communications Employees of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. More election information at

New Marriott Mobile App Speaks Your Language -- App for iPhone, iPod touch, and AndroiDevices Now Available in Five Languages

Reflecting Marriott International's (NYSE: MAR) growing focus on global markets, the company is now offering its successful mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android devices in Chinese, Spanish, German and French. Initial introduced in English 3 months ago, the app has currently been downloaded greater than 500,000 occasions. Travelers were so eager for the new Marriott mobile booking app that in under two days following introduction it became probably the most downloaded totally free travel app and also the fourth most downloaded totally free app within the iTunes App Store.

Do not have an iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device? No issue. The business also announces the launch of its all new "app-like" Marriott mobile website in Chinese, Spanish, German and French, also as English, that may be accessed from any web-enabled mobile gadget -- the site even has an "app like really feel," from taps to finger-swipes.

"As the Marriott International portfolio of hotels expands and diversifies globally, we are placing a premium on investing in our eCommerce channels, which includes mobile," said Shafiq Khan, senior vice president, eCommerce for Marriott International. "The launch in the app and new mobile web site in 4 extra languages demonstrates Marriott's commitment to serving our clients by speaking their language whilst they are around the go."

The new Marriott Mobile tools enable time-crunched travelers to quickly discover nearby hotels, book a space, verify their upcoming reservations and get details about their hotel, including photos. Using the app and mobile web site, travelers may also enroll in Marriott Rewards, check their point balance, as well as discover what is happening in the nearby area.

To download the totally free Marriott app in Chinese visit , in Spanish go to , in German visit , and in French visit . The English version is available at .

As further validation of Marriott International's long-term mobile technique, Internet Retailer predicted in September that Marriott Mobile would be the third largest mobile commerce revenue platform on the planet in 2011, behind only and Apple. The success of Marriott Mobile builds on the good results of In 2010 according to property-level sales, ranked amongst the top ten customer retail websites in the world.

Marriott's mobile app for smartphones and its upgraded mobile website were provided and created by Kony Solutions, which provides unique Create Once, Run Everywhere platform technologies using its work with Kony Solutions. The platform leverages a single application definition so applications are created and developed just once, which means Marriott will be in a position to deliver richer content to its guests much more quickly. Marriott's mobile web site and apps are hosted and managed by AT&T and include quality control testing to ensure probably the most positive user experience.

Ring in the New Year with Great Rates from Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Book a spa appointment to relax and renew yourself for the new year

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Start your New Year's resolutions right away when you stay at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The Halifax hotel is excited to offer a great package for guests who would like to welcome the new year in luxury and relaxation.

Book the New Year's Eve Package at Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel for December 31, 2011, and receive:

Halifax accommodations with nightly room rates starting at just $319 CAD
Two flutes of sparkling wine and fruit ganache truffles to celebrate the new year
Dinner for two at 44N restaurant with live music and entertainment

Be sure promotional code ER5 appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, or call 1-800-228-9290 in the U.S. and ask for promotional code ER5.

Start the new year in the luxurious Interlude Spa right inside Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Treat yourself to an hour-long massage, facial, manicure and pedicure package, body wrap or spa hairstyle with make-up application. To schedule an appointment at Interlude Spa, please call (902) 469-2700 or visit

For more information about this package and to secure your dinner reservations, please call Jennifer at (902) 428-7813. Bring in the new year looking and feeling your best with a weekend getaway to Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.

About Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Discover a sparkling, waterfront hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia, boasting an ideal location connected to Casino Nova Scotia, overlooking the harbour. Positioned in the heart of downtown, this Halifax, NS, hotel is steps from the business district, World Trade and Convention Center and numerous attractions. Travelers delight in deluxe accommodations and abundant amenities while marveling at this AAA 4-Diamond Halifax, Nova Scotia, hotel's upgraded business facilities. Indulge in exquisite cuisine in one of the hotel in Halifax, NS, restaurant choices: 44 North Restaurant – highlighting scenic waterfront views of Halifax Harbour – or the lively Fife & Drum – a traditional Scottish Pub. For meetings and events at this Halifax meeting hotel, take advantage of 17,000 square feet of flexible space and skilled event staff. Plan your next trip or vacation at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel today!

For more information or to make a reservation, call 800-943-6760 or visit

Closed Captioning Now Available for Live Television Onboard Continental Airlines

MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LiveTV is proud to announce that, for the first time in the history of inflight entertainment, closed captioning is now available for live television content onboard an aircraft. This system enhancement is a major step forward in delivering the excitement of inflight entertainment to those passengers with hearing disabilities and continues to drive towards LiveTV's goal of a fully realized "At Home in the Air" experience for each of its end-users.

The Closed Captioning enhancement will initially be offered to passengers on all LTV3-equipped Boeing 737NG aircraft operated by Continental Airlines, a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, thereby putting each customer in control of the feature while interacting with the 100+ channels of DIRECTV-provided satellite television available onboard. Continental will be the first airline in the world to provide this feature to its passengers.

About LiveTV

LiveTV is the world's leading provider of live in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems for commercial airlines. Founded in 1998 in Melbourne, Florida, LiveTV has installation and maintenance locations around the world to support the more than 700 aircraft equipped with its products. Current customers include JetBlue, Continental, Frontier, AirTran, Alitalia, Virgin Blue, WestJet and Azul. For a full listing of products and partners, or for more information, please visit LiveTV is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways.


SENTIDO Hotels & Resorts Announces the Addition of More Services

OBERURSEL, Germany, November 30, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

SENTIDO Hotels & Resorts is expanding its holiday portfolio, with more services on offer from the start of the summer 2012 season.

Four hotels will feature new facilities for families with children: a SENTIDO hotel Crete [ ], a SENTIDO hotel Rhodes [ ], the SENTIDO hotel Kos [ ] and the SENTIDO hotel Lanzarote [ ]. The package price includes services such as babysitting and children's buffets. 'Baby cosy' packages can also be booked in the family hotels and offer the benefit of reducing holiday packing as the packages include a pushchair, a cot, a baby phone and baby bouncers.

Six other hotels are expanding their offering for the target group of adults and will be labelled 'Adults Hotels'. Guests have a choice of many different sporting activities and a weekly evening event called the White Night. Each hotel has a SENTIDO Blue Bar with a stylish atmosphere and cocktails.

There are also optional extras in the Adults Hotels. Under the 'Man's World' package, male guests can include a WiFi console and an iPod docking station in the hotel room and a sporting wellness treatment, while The 'Lady's Home' package includes a cosmetic treatment and a massage.

Alongside the 11 new partner hotels for summer 2012 that have already been announced, one more hotel has joined the SENTIDO chain. The holiday resort Kenzi Menara Palace is a ten-minute drive from the centre of Marrakesh, Morocco and is therefore perfect for guests who want to combine a relaxing holiday with discovery tours. The resort offers two restaurants, an indoor and an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a spa and several golf courses are located nearby. The hotel can be booked in combination with a beach holiday in the Agadir region.

About SENTIDO Hotels & Resorts:

SENTIDO Hotels & Resorts is an international hotel brand founded in 2009. In summer 2012 it will offer 40 hotels in 10 countries (Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Kenya, Morocco, Montenegro, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey), as well as two cruise ships on the Nile. The hotels are in the Four-Star-Plus segment and are operated under franchise contracts. The concept is aimed mostly toward discerning singles, couples and small families, who, besides quality and service, also value a health-conscious cuisine and wellness facilities along with a wide-ranging sports and entertainment programme. Travellers can book the hotels directly online through In addition, the hotels are offered in all renowned international tour operator programmes. The company is part of the Thomas Cook Group. The head office is in Oberursel, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Advantage Rent a Car Opens Eight New Locations Across Europe

Advantage Rent a Car, which provides vacation travelers with quality autos at extremely competitive prices, is continuing its fast expansion in Europe by opening at eight additional airports in Europe in just 3 months, bringing its total number of locations in the region to 26 across eight nations. The new places include Amsterdam Schiphol (Netherlands), Bergamo (Italy), Brussels (Belgium), and Luton (UK). Advantage will also open in the Grenoble, Lyon and Orly airports (France) on December 1st and at Hamburg airport (Germany) on December 15th. Clients can book European destinations online from

Having a fleet of 20,000 vehicles worldwide, Advantage also operates from 57 places within the US and provides a service throughout Latin America, bookable from the U.S. web site In Europe, Benefit ( offers a wide range of vehicles in Mini, Economic climate, Compact, Intermediate and Premium categories at extremely competitive prices across eight nations. The European web site also functions ongoing top employ automobile offers as well as travel guides for Spain, France and Italy to make probably the most of holiday getaways.

The Advantage locations in Europe consist of:

Belgium - Brussels airport*
France - Bordeaux, Grenoble (open 1 December - 30 April annually), Lyon*, Marseille, Orly, Toulouse, and Paris Roissy airports
Germany - Frankfurt and Hamburg airports
Italy - Bergamo, Bologna, Cagliari*, Catania*, Rome Fiumicino*, Milan*, and Pisa airports
Netherlands - Amsterdam Schiphol airport*
Spain - Alicante, Malaga, Seville, and Valencia airports
Switzerland - Geneva airport
UK - London Heathrow* and Luton airports and London Victoria (central London)

Giant MoonPie to Fall from Sky in Downtown Mobile

The sounds of "Joy to the World" will be flowing via the streets of downtown Mobile on New Year's Eve. But do not get your vacation songs confused. Legendary music group 3 Dog Evening will probably be headlining the free Mobile celebration leading to the giant MoonPie Drop at midnight.

Along with listening towards the leading hits of Three Dog Evening and the opening acts, revelers will appreciate a Mardi Gras-style parade, a laser light display and magnificent fireworks. Whether you choose RC Cola or perhaps a glass of champagne, ring in the New Year in downtown Mobile.

This year's free celebration will probably be located around the corner of Government Boulevard and Royal Street. The new stage place will allow for bigger crowds and great views of the MoonPie and the fireworks shows. The 12-foot-tall electronic MoonPie will descend from the 34-story RSA BankTrust skyrise as the city welcomes 2012 and the beginning of Mardi Gras season.

"Downtown Mobile is going to be the place to become this New Year's Eve," said Mayor Sam Jones. "Last year we had greater than 40,000 people attend MoonPie Over Mobile and we hope to create it even bigger this year." First began in 2008, MoonPie Over Mobile provides locals and tourists an opportunity to experience New Year's Eve having a bit of Mardi Gras flavor. "It is time to 'Celebrate,' just such as the Three Dog Night song."

Why a MoonPie?

Mobile is the home of America's first Mardi Gras celebration, and also the MoonPie will be the favored "throw" of the countless Mardi Gras maskers riding the floats throughout the substantial Mardi Gras parade season. MoonPies had been first thrown from Mardi Gras floats in 1952. Today, Mobile consumes more than 4 million MoonPies yearly, and has adopted the delicious treat as an informal emblem. For your MoonPie More than Mobile celebration, this southern city has teamed up with Chattanooga Bakery, the maker in the iconic MoonPie marshmallow sandwich, to create the largest electronic MoonPie because the featured attraction for its New Year's Eve celebration. This is actually the third year an electronic edition of the scrumptious treat will light up downtown Mobile.

Mardi Gras was first found within the New World in 1703 at Twenty-Seven Mile Bluff, the very first settlement in Mobile. The very first masked parading society, the Cowbellion de Rakin society, was formed in 1830. Mobile presently has more than 50 parading and non-parading organizations. An estimated 850,000 individuals attend parades, parties and other organizations associated with the carnival festivities. This number will likely increase with the enhanced MoonPie Over Mobile celebration.

MoonPie Over Mobile Timeline - December 31, 2011

7:30 p.m. - New Year's Eve Parade, Mardi Gras Design.
8:30 - 11:00 p.m. - Live entertainment on the Primary Stage.
11:00 p.m. - Three Dog Evening performs around the Main Stage.
11:30 p.m. - Light show starts downtown.
11:59 p.m. - Countdown starts because the giant MoonPie descends from atop the RSA BankTrust Building.
Midnight - Laser and fireworks display over downtown Mobile.
12:30 a.m. - 3 Dog Evening performance concludes. Crowds enter downtown bars, restaurants and hotels to continue celebrating the New Year.

For particulars on MoonPie More than Mobile, visit Info on going to Mobile and pictures can be discovered at More info on 3 Dog Night is available at B-Roll and pictures are available upon request.

FAA Gives Single Operating Certificate to United Airlines and Continental Airlines

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for a single operating certificate, marking an additional substantial achievement in the integration of United Airlines and Continental Airlines.

This regulatory milestone, whilst substantial from an operational policies and procedures point of view, does not alter how clients interact with the airline. Customers of United and Continental will continue to store for flights, acquire seat assignments and verify flight standing on every carrier's respective website till the company migrates to a single passenger service system within the first quarter of 2012. At that point, from a customer's perspective, the two carriers will function as one airline.

"I would really like to thank the teams at United, Continental, the FAA, the Division of Transportation and the numerous regulatory authorities round the globe who place tremendous time and work into our attaining a single operating certificate," said United's president and chief executive officer, Jeff Smisek. "While we have much work ahead of us as we integrate these two excellent carriers, this is a substantial milestone."

The two carriers went through a rigorous 18-month process of aligning operating policies and procedures to obtain a single operating certificate from the FAA. A group of more than 500 employees from both carriers worked collectively to evaluate closely each pre-integration plan, procedure and operating specification from both airlines to determine the very best choice for your new United. The group streamlined more than 440 operational manuals, programs and procedures down to approximately 260 manuals for your new United - a procedure that involved roughly 2,000 modifications.

Effective these days, air traffic manage communications will refer to all United and Continental flights as "United." United and Continental announced their merger in May 2010 and closed the transaction on Oct. 1, 2010.

American Airlines Unveils 777-300ER Aircraft Interior Selections

Functions Designed to Modernize and Improve the Onboard Travel Experience; Integral Piece of American's Fleet Renewal Plan During Time of Restructuring

American Airlines these days announced particulars of the interior choices for its fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, including totally lie flat First and Business Class seats, seating plans which will give the airline the opportunity to offer a premium item in the primary cabin, and Wi-Fi capability to keep customers linked while traveling internationally.

Throughout its time of restructuring, today's announcement demonstrates a continuation of the airline's efforts to improve its fleet and become more fuel efficient. American is scheduled to take delivery of ten state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ERs in 2012 via 2013, with London dedicated like a first marketplace for this aircraft, and more markets to become announced. American is the first U.S. airline to order the 777-300ER and can be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the 777-300ER.

"American Airlines continues to remain focused on offering a differentiated consumer expertise via various efforts, including the execution of our fleet renewal plan," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Industrial Officer. "The addition of 777-300ER aircraft will additional modernize our fleet through the integration of unique customer comforts, which are created to create more inviting interiors and enhance the travel experience."

Arranged inside a three-class cabin configuration, the new 777-300ER will offer the airline with much more passenger and cargo capability than any other aircraft in its fleet today. Customers will be welcomed in to the aircraft by distinctive mood lighting. American will be the very first carrier to make use of a dramatic archway and ceiling therapy on the 777-300 to create a feeling of spaciousness. A walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments within the premium cabin will probably be a first for any U.S. airline and adds another distinctive element of luxury to the 777-300. Entertainment choices which includes up to 120 films, more than 150 Tv programs and greater than 350 audio selections will be offered all through the aircraft. Also, each and every seat will function individual 110 volt AC power outlets and USB jacks for charging personal electronic devices.

The first Class cabin will offer new Flagship Suite seats. Regarded as 1 in the most comfortable and popular First Class seats within the business, the 777-300 will function an updated and enhanced edition of the customer-favorite Flagship Suite seat that transforms into a totally lie flat six-foot, eight-inch bed with drop-down armrests that allow for easier access and more sleeping area. Each suite offers aisle access and permits clients to individually modify any element in the seat for ultimate comfort. All suites will function privacy dividers, two universal AC power outlets, one USB outlet, two large tray tables, a swivel seat along with a host of other comforts, including Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headsets, created to improve the travel expertise. A 17-inch touchscreen keep track of will provide an array of entertainment along with a touchscreen video handset will serve like a remote that allows customers to easily select programming without touching the keep track of and watch extra video applications, like the moving map, whilst viewing the 17-inch monitor. The first Class cabin will use updated interior trim and finishes to attain a comfy, contemporary really feel throughout the cabin.

The Company Class cabin will also be outfitted with totally lie flat seats - all with aisle access. The totally lie flat seat has 3 motors that offer extensive flexibility and comfort. Clients can individually adjust any component of the seat, which includes the seat back, head rest, and leg rest. The seats function a big tray table in addition to a function surface. Each seat offers a water bottle holder and headset stowage - as Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headsets will be offered inflight. Seat controls boast a much more intuitive style for optimum customer comfort and simplicity. Entertainment will be available on a 15.4-inch touchscreen monitor positioned in each Company Class suite along with a touchscreen premium handset will serve as a remote which will permit customers to effortlessly choose programming without touching the keep track of.

Seats throughout Economy Class may have a higher recline pivot, providing increased knee room. The seat bottom will articulate, producing an revolutionary cradling motion to much better distribute weight whilst increasing the recline angle of the seatback, leading to improved overall customer comfort while guarding the personal area for clients within the following row. Every Economic climate Class seat holds a 9-inch touchscreen Panasonic Eco Keep track of, specially designed for your primary cabin for inflight entertainment. The Panasonic Eco Monitor is lighter weight and much more energy efficient than most standard monitors.

American will also offer an Economy Class premium seat product, which will include extra legroom for seats within the forward portion of the cabin, allowing greater personal space and convenient access when boarding and deplaning.

The 777-300ERs will complement American's fleet by providing extra network flexibility in the long term, and providing elevated efficiency due to better seat mile economics and efficiency traits. Steps As much as Cover "Diverted Flights" Loophole for 3-Hour Rule

Airports Ought to Have the Discretion to Disembark Stranded Passengers from Diverted Flights, Contingency Plans Should be in Place for Stranded International Passengers

On October 29th, 2011, 28 international and domestic flights had been diverted to Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT due to inclement weather, stranding a big number of passengers, one for over ten hours. This was because of the fact that airports aren't held accountable under the stipulations of the current three-hour tarmac rule. International flights are also held to a different standard because of customs requirements. These days, proposed additional enhancements towards the DOT Rule to close the "diversion" loophole.

"Local airports must have the authority to permit passengers to disembark to secured areas inside the facilities, according to a set of accepted guidelines during exigent circumstances this kind of as inclement climate," said Kate Hanni, President and Founder of "Additionally, ought to international passengers be stranded due to diversions, arrangements should be made to deplane them following 4 hours to a secure area if resources aren't accessible on the ground to clear them via customs effectively."

"We are operating using the Department of Transportation, the Transportation Security Administration, business stakeholders and other people to safely and effectively close this loophole as soon as feasible," additional Hanni.

The issues at Bradley caused from the diverted flights were not unique. In 2006, 138 American Airline flights, each domestic and international, were diverted to 24 different airports across Texas. At least 67 of those flights were forced to sit for more than four hrs around the tarmacs, with a few of them sitting in excess of 9 hours. In April 2007, 92 flights had been diverted to the exact same airports, with similar stranding wait times. These had been regularly occurring occasions that affected countless thousands of unsuspecting passengers.

In 2008, a Task Force representing the airlines, airports, the TSA, CBP and, was produced for "developing contingency plans for lengthy on-ground delays." The TSA made a recommendation for your airports to deplane international passengers into a "sterile" space with out getting to go through normal customs procedures. Passengers would happen to be escorted to and in the secured area by airline or airport workers and permitted to re-embark for your continuation of their trip. To date, no airports have taken any actions to adopt that policy. has sent out a number of Freedom of Information Act [FOIA] requests to all major and medium hub airports that frequently obtain diverted flights. Although results have not yet been finalized, preliminary figures indicate at least half of all airports haven't implemented any contingency plans for the management of passengers diverted to their facilities. Many in the airports contacted have responded by saying that it not their responsibility to have a plan, but is solely the responsibility of the airlines to handle this problem. The complete results in the airline and airport readiness study will be released to the media by December 30th.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition Brings High Fashion to the Mile High City

DENVER, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paris. Madrid. Denver. The internationally acclaimed exhibit Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective will make its only North American stop at the Denver Art Museum, March 25 – July 8, 2012. This sweeping retrospective of the designer's 40 years of creativity features a stunning selection of 200 haute couture outfits along with numerous photographs, drawings, and films that illustrate the development of Saint Laurent's style and the historical foundations of his work.

Organized thematically, the presentation melds design and art to explore the full arc of Saint Laurent's career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through the splendor of his final runway collection in 2002. Highlights include:
  • The Gender Revolution galleries, where visitors will see how Saint Laurent bent (and sometimes broke) the rules of what women were expected to wear crafting the wardrobe for today's modern woman;
  • The Yves Saint Laurent and Women section, displaying the clothing of the historic women who wore and supported Saint Laurent, including Catherine Deneuve, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Paloma Picasso;
  • The Last Ball section, featuring exquisite evening dresses from the glory days of haute couture complete with a red carpet;
  • and the Colors of Yves Saint Laurent gallery, where guests will enjoy vibrant examples from his collections and hundreds of fabric samples.

Denver Hotels Create Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective VIP Packages
A dozen Mile High City hotels are offering Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective VIP packages, many of which are now available to book online on the YSL Denver website. Guests who purchase the VIP hotel packages will receive two tickets valid for any date and time along with an audio guide for the stunning exhibition for each room booked. The tickets also allow guests to enter the exhibit at the next available time slot, completely bypassing any lines. Participating hotels include: The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa; the Comfort Inn; Four Seasons Hotel Denver; Grand Hyatt Denver; Hilton Garden Inn – Denver Cherry Creek; Hotel Monaco Denver; Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center; JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek; The Ritz-Carlton Denver; Sheraton Denver Downtown; The Curtis; and the Westin Downtown Denver.
Each hotel offers additional fashionable amenities with their Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective VIP package, such as:
  • The Four Seasons Denver's Parisian Pampering Package includes two VIP tickets to see the exhibit, a $40 credit toward brunch or lunch at EDGE Restaurant and a $100 credit to be pampered at The Spa at Four Seasons, not to mention a special YSL Beauty sample courtesy of Neiman Marcus.
  • The JW Marriott Denver's Cherry Creek Couture Getaway includes two VIP exhibit tickets, a $100 Cherry Creek North shopping gift card, a $25 credit at the JW's Second Home Kitchen + Bar and complimentary valet parking.
  • The Ritz Carlton Denver's Haute Heights Package includes two VIP tickets, a choice of four fashion-inspired spa treatments and a YSL-inspired amenity upon arrival – a sweet chocolate stiletto or Sultry 'LBD' cocktail (Champagne/Chambord/St. Germain garnished with a black grape)

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective is organized by the Fondation Pierre Berge – Yves Saint Laurent in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum. Funding is provided by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign.
About The Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is a private, nonprofit, educational resource for Colorado. The mission of the museum is to enrich the lives of Colorado and Rocky Mountain residents through the acquisition, preservation and presentation of artworks in both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, and by supporting these works with exemplary educational and scholarly programs. The Denver Art Museum is located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Streets in downtown Denver. Open Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. General admission for Colorado residents: $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $3 for visitors 6-18, free for children 5 and younger. Admission for non-Colorado residents: $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for visitors 6-18, free for children 5 and younger. For information in Spanish, call 720-913-0169. For more information, visit or call 720-865-5000.

About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A record 12.7 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2010, generating $3 billion in spending, while supporting nearly 50,000 jobs, making Tourism the second largest industry in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER, on Twitter @visitdenver and the VISIT DENVER Facebook page, or by phone at 800 2 DENVER.

America's Promise Alliance and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Announce Grad Nation Partnership

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- America's Promise Alliance (America's Promise) and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company (The Ritz-Carlton) today announced a partnership to host a series of events in 2012 that will bring together local and national business, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to learn information and align support for the Grad Nation campaign. These events include:

Powell Leadership Circle Meetings: Powell Leadership Circle is an elite group of foundation, corporate and individual philanthropists who have donated $1 million or more per year to support the work of America's Promise.
Grad Nation Business Collaborative Meetings: These meetings will be held across the country and bring together local, regional and national business leaders to facilitate collaboration to support youth, schools and communities. Details and locations for these meetings will be announced early next year.
Convening of the America's Promise Alliance Board of Directors: Three annual meetings of the America's Promise Board of Directors.

As part of this partnership, The Ritz-Carlton will donate all meeting space at one of their properties in the designated cities to host the event, along with providing all catering and other logistical support.

"The quality of our education system directly impacts our economy, which is why we must all join together to end the dropout crisis," said Marguerite Kondracke, president and CEO, America's Promise Alliance. "We're proud to partner with a company like The Ritz-Carlton whose hospitality reaches beyond their properties into building stronger communities and young people."

The Ritz-Carlton has been a longtime partner of America's Promise, supporting the work to improve the lives of young people through its highly regarded Succeed Through Service program. At Ritz-Carlton properties worldwide, hotel employees engage young students through career exploration modules designed to reveal the career benefits of continuing education, and life skills training such as social skills, etiquette and presentation skills that are aimed at boosting self-confidence. The students also play an active role in each hotel's Community Footprints projects to learn the importance of contributing to their community.

"We focus our employees' efforts on engaging and mentoring young students," said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer. "As the name suggests, Succeed Through Service is all about inspiring young people to do their best. Our aim is simple - to instill in the students the vision of a successful future if they remain in school."

Grad Nation is a 10-year campaign to end the dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. It is the second phase of the highly successful America's Promise Dropout Prevention Campaign launched in April 2008. Between 2008 and 2010, America's Promise sponsored and helped co-convene 105 Dropout Prevention Summits in all 50 states bringing more than 40,000 policy, business, education, community and faith leaders together with nonprofits, parents and young people to discuss the dropout crisis in their communities and begin a dialogue on solutions around it.

Each year, more than one million students drop out of high school—about 7,000 each school day. Research by the Alliance for Excellent Education found that cutting the nation's high school dropout rate in half would generate $7.6 billion in increased earnings in an average year and would likely result in $19 billion in increased home sales and $741 million more in auto sales. Together, the increased earnings, additional spending, and investment by new graduates would equate to 54,000 new jobs and $9.6 billion in economic growth for the nation.

About America's Promise Alliance

America's Promise Alliance is the nation's largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. We bring together more than 400 national organizations representing nonprofit groups, businesses, communities, educators and policymakers. Through our Grad Nation campaign, we mobilize Americans to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce. Building on the legacy of our Founding Chairman General Colin Powell, America's Promise believes the success of young people is grounded in Five Promises: caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others. For more information, visit

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Maryland, currently operates 77 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR)

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France Continues to Outshine Spain as Destination of Choice for the British

LONDON, November 29, 2011/PRNewswire/ --

France has again beaten Spain to the top European spot and destination of choice for Britons leaving the UK to live permanently abroad. Some 18,000 Britons are estimated to have moved to France during 2010, nearly a third more than moved to Spain, according to data released this month by the UK National Statistics office.

At the same time, average house prices have continued to rise in value during the twelve months to the end of June, with values increasing by an average of 7.8% across the country. Prices in the capital rose by 22.5% in some parts, whilst in other areas popular with British expatriates such as Nice and Cote D'Azur, the rise was a healthy 8.4% over the same period, according to independent data produced by the Notaires de France,

Commenting on the new figures, Tim Harvey managing director of French mortgage specialists [ ] said, "The French lifestyle has always appealed to the British and now those who want to move to France but who may have been putting off the decision due to the adverse publicity surrounding the Euro area can see that property market has been a good investment for many Britons too."

Unlike in the UK market, French mortgages are widely available with interest rates varying from 3.40% to 3.80% for basic variable rate repayment products. Homebuyers should budget on having at least a 15% deposit whilst for those with more, interest rates costs are likely to be lower. In this respect, the French market compares favourably with the UK market where overseas property buyers currently need to find a 30% deposit in many cases.

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Take off Faster with the Marriott Rewards® MegaMiles Promotion

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott Rewards® MegaMiles has soared to new heights, giving members the opportunity to earn 2,000 bonus miles with every stay, beginning with the second stay, up to a total of 50,000 bonus miles during the promotion. Members will also earn their usual base miles with every stay. Stay between January 1 and April 30, 2012, at any of over 3,500 participating hotels in 70 countries.

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AMR Corporation and American Airlines Announce Leadership Transition

Thomas W. Horton Named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMR Corporation and American Airlines; Succeeds Gerard Arpey Who Decided to Retire

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of AMR Corporation (NYSE: AMR) (the "Company"), the parent of American Airlines, Inc. ("American"), has named Thomas W. Horton chairman and chief executive officer of the Company, succeeding Gerard Arpey, who yesterday informed the Board of his decision to retire. Horton will also succeed Arpey as chairman and chief executive officer of American. Horton will continue to serve as President of AMR and American.

"Today, we entered a new phase in the evolution of this great company with a talented and experienced new leader, Tom Horton, succeeding Gerard Arpey, who skillfully led our company through some of its most challenging times," said Armando M. Codina, lead independent director of AMR. "With more than 22 years at American, Tom is ideally suited to guide the company through this next important period. Tom's experience in a different company and industry gives him a unique blend of experience and objectivity that will serve the company well as we work through this process to achieve a competitive cost structure. The Board has great confidence that, together, Tom and the industry's best workforce and management team will reaffirm American's position of pride and leadership among global airlines.

"For 30 years Gerard Arpey has given his all to this company, especially during the last decade," Codina continued. "Gerard is a person of exceptional integrity, intelligence and commitment, and he helped our company to achieve amazing things against sometimes staggering odds. Although we had asked that he continue to lead American, we understand and respect his decision to retire and entrust the company he loves to a new leader for a new time. This Board will always be grateful for Gerard's unwavering commitment to what is best for the company."

"It is a privilege and an honor to lead this company and I intend to do everything in my power to help restore its position of leadership in the global airline industry," said Horton. "This is a difficult business in the best of times, and I cannot think of anyone I would rather have worked with or had as a friend for over two decades than Gerard Arpey. He is not only a great business leader; he is also a man of honor. With characteristic selflessness, he decided it was time for a new leader to take the company forward and I am grateful for his – and our Board's – confidence. I know we can all count on Gerard's friendship and encouragement as we work to reaffirm American's place among the world's premier airlines."

"The process launched today will no doubt require far-ranging and sometimes difficult change, but it represents an opportunity to rebuild American in a way that assures its ability to compete in a changed world," Arpey said. "I appreciate the Board's confidence in me, but I also believe that executing on this plan requires a new leader for a new time. That is why I informed the Board of my decision to retire and, with my enthusiastic support, the Board decided to appoint Tom as CEO. It has been an honor to serve this company alongside the men and women of American Airlines who have met challenge after challenge with perseverance, skill, determination, and grace. I know they will continue to do so."

AMR, American and AMR Eagle Holding Corporation ("American Eagle"), announced earlier today that in order to achieve a cost and debt structure that is industry competitive and thereby assure long-term viability and ability to continue delivering a world-class travel experience for customers, the Company and certain of its U.S.-based subsidiaries (including American and American Eagle), filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Thomas W. Horton Background

Thomas W. Horton was named as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer AMR and American Airlines in November 2011. He was named President of AMR and American in July 2010. Previously, Horton served as Executive Vice President – Finance and Planning and Chief Financial Officer of AMR and American. He was named to that position in March 2006 upon returning to American from AT&T Corp., where he had been Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer.

Horton initially joined AMR in 1985 and held a range of senior financial positions with AMR, including Vice President and Controller. From 1998 to 2000, he was vice president responsible for the airline's Europe business, based in London.

In January 2000, Horton became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AMR.

In 2002, Horton joined AT&T, where he served first as Chief Financial Officer and then as Vice Chairman and CFO. In 2005, Horton led the evaluation of strategic alternatives, ultimately leading to the combination with SBC, which formed the new AT&T.

Horton holds an MBA degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and graduated with a BBA degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University. Horton serves on the Board of Directors of Qualcomm, Inc., a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU.

About American Airlines

American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,300 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website,®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 10,000 daily flights to 149 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection,, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

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SOURCE AMR Corporation; American Airlines

Flight Attendant Union Prepared to Protect American Eagle Flight Attendants Through Airline Bankruptcy

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Veda Shook issued the following statement today after AMR, the parent company of American Eagle and American Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization:

"As details emerge regarding the restructuring of American Eagle and American Airlines, AFA is prepared to represent the best interests of the American Eagle Flight Attendants. The AFA leadership at American Eagle is fully engaged in responding to the bankruptcy filing and, along with our financial and legal advisors, will monitor developments closely. We also are committed to working closely with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, coordinating efforts as we protect our Flight Attendant careers.

"AFA will continue to defend the jobs, pay and benefits for the over 1,500 Flight Attendants at American Eagle. We are committed to protecting American Eagle Flight Attendants, ensuring the long-term success of the airline and working swiftly through the bankruptcy process with as little disruption as possible. Today's filing does not change pay, benefits or working conditions for Flight Attendants as their contract remains intact.

"Flight Attendants will continue our work as the safety professionals we are proud to be. We will work closely with all of our fellow front-line workers and their unions throughout the bankruptcy. As members of AFA, American Eagle Flight Attendants remain proud of the contributions they make daily to the airline. Chapter 11 is not an excuse to lay failed business decisions on the backs of the hard-working Flight Attendants. Pure and simple: Flight Attendants and other front-line workers are the airline's greatest asset and they should be recognized and respected as such.

"AFA will ensure Flight Attendants play an integral role in the reshaping and rebuilding of American Eagle. AFA and our team of bankruptcy experts will work tirelessly to see that creative solutions are utilized throughout this process. We know -- and management knows -- what happens when a carrier fights with its workers in bankruptcy. The key to successful bankruptcy reorganization is commitment to working together toward a strong future.

"AFA has vast experience in restructuring and we have been successful in preserving our profession along the way. With AFA's legal and collective bargaining experience, American Eagle Flight Attendants have industry-leading resources at their disposal."

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 65 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants at 24 airlines come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA)

What American Airlines Bankruptcy Means for Passengers

What American Airlines Bankruptcy Means for Passengers

NAPA, Calif., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today AMR, American Airlines' parent corporation, announced it was seeking chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to significant losses over the last few years, leaving many passengers to ask what protections they have in the event American Airlines fails.

There is risk that your ticket will not be honored by AA should their restructuring fail.
If you have frequent flyer miles, book your trip now, preferably on a code-share partner of AA that is not at risk of bankruptcy.
Ticket holders are unsecured creditors, last on the list of creditors, so if AA shuts their doors there will be little to NO relief for affected ticket holders.
Reciprocity rules, under which airlines were required to honor other airlines' tickets in cases such as this, expired in 2007. Ticket holders will be left holding the bag if AA does fall.
Some airlines may have insurance to guard against passenger loss in this situation, but we don't know if American Airlines has insurance that would cover the kind of volume that AA would have to cover if they fail entirely.
American Airlines' refusal to take bailouts was admirable. They wanted complete management control with no government intervention, but it appears that need for control was fatal.
It appears that they filed bankruptcy because of high labor costs and extremely large management bonuses. FlyersRights hopes that other air carriers will take note. is the largest non-profit airline passenger rights organization in the world with 50k members and a toll free hotline 1-877-359-3776.