Friday, June 29, 2012

Renaissance Nob Hill Hotel Celebrates Fourth of July With Savings

“O say can you see” a Fourth of July vacation in the near future? One Nob Hill hotel offers guests a chance to celebrate Independence Day with style and savings thanks to a new hotel deal.

The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel welcomes travelers this holiday season with its Park and Stay hotel package. This Stanford Court hotel deal, perfect for holiday travelers driving into the city, includes deluxe accommodations and valet parking for one vehicle.

The Park and Stay Hotel deal is available now until December 31, 2012; however, during Fourth of July week (July 1 through July 7) the hotel is offering this new promotion at a special rate starting at just $189/night.

Parking your car without an added cost will come in handy on July 4, as guests staying at the popular Nob Hill hotel can walk or take a cable car, right in front of the hotel, around the city to visit many of the Bay Area’s popular attractions and Fourth of July events. From the legendary and popular fireworks show over the waterfront to Independence Day-themed cruises taking passengers up close to the pyrotechnics, there are plenty of exciting events just moments from the Stanford Court hotel.

After a night watching the dazzling fireworks around the city, guests can return to one of the best Nob Hill hotels and relax in luxurious hotel rooms. Well-appointed and featuring a sophisticated décor, the accommodations at the Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel are a perfect choice for families and couples looking to enjoy the Fourth of July with a relaxing staycation or patriotic getaway.

To book the Park and Stay hotel deal visit and use promotional code TRS online or call 1-800-228-9290. This deal is available from now until December 31, 2012; a special Fourth of July rate will be available for guests staying July 1 through July 7, 2012. A limited number of rooms are available for this promotion. For more information, visit 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Forget Snow! Vail Resort Offers Summer Hotel Deal That Won’t Melt Finances

Rather than zipping down a slope on a set of skis, couples and families will want to zip on down to a gorgeous Vail resort to take advantage of a plethora of unforgettable summer activities and a great Vail hotel deal.

The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is encouraging travelers to forget the white powder and instead concentrate on average summer temperatures in the mid-70s by introducing a special Vail hotel deal. Guests can take advantage of luxury accommodations starting at $189 per night after any number of family-fun activities during the day. The Vail resort’s Gas Up and Go package for couples includes breakfast for two and a $25 Shell gas card, while its Gas Up and Go With the Family deal adds two more free breakfasts at the resort’s own First Chair Café.

Whether it’s zip-lining from a mile high, rafting down a river or hiking up in the mountains, thrill seekers will enjoy so many things to do in Vail during their vacation adventure which also might include:
-A listen at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. This summer features the sounds of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Big Music For Little Bands, Piano Extravaganza and more. (June 25-Aug. 4)
-A swing on the dance floor at the Vail International Dance Festival. One of the country’s premier gatherings, this event includes free dancing seminars, interactive workshops and performances by world-renown dancers, choreographers and musicians. (July 29-Aug. 11)
-A “soul” searching experience at the Vail Soul Festival. Top musicians, empowerment events and cultural activities highlight three days and two nights of R&B, hip-hop, alternative rock, blues and neo soul. (Aug. 17-19)
-A patriotic tribute during Vail America Days. The red, white and blue celebration starts with a mid-morning parade and ends with spectacular fireworks at Golden Peak at around 9:45 p.m. (July 4)
-A ride of a lifetime on a scenic gondola. The Eagle-Bahn gondola is open daily and features panoramic views of Vail Mountain. Families can bring a bike up and ride down on one of several mountain biking trails. (Daily)

After a jam-packed day of activities, vacationers can retire back to their luxurious Vail, Colorado hotel and unwind in rooms featuring Marriott’s signature Revive bedding package sporting down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens and down and feather pillows. Wireless Internet, flat-panel TVs, in-room coffee makers, robes and spacious bathrooms are among the other deluxe amenities resort guests will enjoy.
Guests can pack up the family and head to Vail, Colorado on this Family Drive and Dine deal by using promotional code CSE now through Sept. 30.

One of the premier Vail resorts, the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is nestled at the base of Vail Mountain, only 150 yards from the Eagle Bahn gondola. The Vail ski resort offers the charm and elegance of a European chalet complete with cozy rooms, heated pools, ski and bike rentals and the Golden Leaf Spa. The resort also boasts 21,000 square feet of meeting space, three restaurants and a state-of-the-art fitness center featuring cardio equipment, free weights and changing rooms. For information, visit

Marriott Hotel near Texas Motor Speedway Celebrates 20 Year Partnership with Meals on Wheels

Few hotels near Texas Motor Speedway have given back to the community as much as the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana Hotel in Westlake, TX.

For the last 20 years, this Westlake hotel has served as a central kitchen for Meals On Wheels. Between the two organizations a countless number of senior citizens have received tasty, hot meals. To celebrate this partnership’s milestone, the Marriott hotel received congratulations from Governor Rick Perry, Congressman Michael Burgess, State Senator Jane Nelson and Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes. In addition to the kind words from state representatives, the Westlake hotel also received an official commendation for its effort in serving over 115,000 meals to senior citizens in the area.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana Hotel employed some special drivers to deliver the day’s meals. Kevin Hansen, Burt Schultz, Fred Held, Don Hanby and Allan Heath got behind the wheels of vintage and unique automobiles, including a 1933 DeSoto, a supercharged Mustang, and a 1957 Chevy convertible. It’s no surprise that the senior citizens were ecstatic to see such unique vehicles arrive at their homes to deliver delicious meals.

This Marriott Westlake hotel will continue serving the community that has taken care of it since its beginning. As one of the most beloved hotels near the Texas Motor Speedway, the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana Hotel has become an integral part of the Westlake, TX community.

Phoenix Resort Announces Return of its Most Popular Summer Hotel Deal

Enjoy a summer lovin’ getaway for the young and young at heart when a popular Phoenix vacation package returns to the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The Phoenix resort’s Family Fling & Swing Package starts at $149/night and will be available June 3 through Sept. 5.

The amazing summer package is back due to popular demand and includes a $50 daily resort credit, free golf on Faldo and Palmer championship golf courses, free meals for kids 12 and under at Blue Sage, free daily appetizer at Meritage Steakhouse, free in-room Wi-Fi, 10% off retail purchases in the resort’s Marriott outlets, complimentary parking, and no resort fee.

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge has a well-deserved reputation as a premier Phoenix family resort, and preferred dates book fast, so travelers are advised to plan early for their stay.

The Phoenix resort offers a dazzling variety of family attractions sure to bring out the inner child in everyone. Among the most popular is the four acre pool complex voted “No. 1 Pool” in the Valley by Phoenix Magazine, featuring a meandering 1,600-linear-foot lazy river with underwater jets for enjoying a cool and relaxing ride and waterslide with 89 feet of slippery thrills. The grand Wildfire pool, topped by glowing fire at night, is the resort’s largest pool and serves as a beacon in the center of the shimmering waterways. The Sidewinder pool reflects its serpentine namesake, and the Mesa pool is ideal for families with an average depth of 3.5 feet and located next to interactive dancing fountains. The Isla del Sol spa has a private setting for relaxing in soothing warm water with massaging jets.

Other summer activities for children include movies under the stars; arts and crafts; and the Family Escape Club, providing entertainment, computer fun, or just a place for lounging for teens and kids of all ages.
Wildfire Golf Club, home to the LPGA tournament and a multi-award winning club including "Top 75 Golf Resorts in North America" by Condé Nast and "Best Resort Course in the Southwest" by Travel & Leisure Golf features two picturesque 18-hole courses situated in the rugged Sonoran desert designed by golf's greatest legends -- Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo.

With 10 eateries to choose from, guests will find that JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has redefined resort dining. From elegant Italian cuisine at their Desert Ridge restaurant, Tuscany, to steaks and seafood at Meritage Steakhouse, casual American cuisine at Blue Sage, and gourmet poolside fare at Just a Splash, the dining options are varied for pleasing the entire family.

The package’s special resort credit can also be used at Revive Spa featuring 41 elegantly appointed treatment rooms and a two-story rotunda with a central water feature that flows directly underneath an open skylight two floors above. Beautiful, tranquil settings abound at this renowned Arizona spa resort, with indigenous signature treatments combining ancient rituals and cutting-edge techniques. Spa guests will also appreciate such special features as private balconies, indoor relaxation rooms, secluded patios and outdoor celestial showers.

Delray Beach Hotel Cures the Blues with New Offer during Blues Festival

One of the finest hotels in Delray Beach has a way to cure the vacation blues: a new hotel deal and a trip to the Red, White and Blues Festival.

The Delray Beach Marriott Hotel is celebrating the third annual Boston’s on the Beach Red, White and Blues Festival by offering guests a resort credit package. Kicking off on June 29, 2012, the festival is spread over six days on five stages. About 40 acts are scheduled to appear, including blues legends Bobby Rush, and Beverly McClellan, blues acts from around the globe, as well as some of South Florida’s favorite local blues bands. Guests planning on attending the festival will enjoy the hotel’s convenience to all the festivities. And when they’re ready to give their ears a rest, the hotel’s quiet, comfortable, and luxurious accommodations will be nearby.

Just in time for the festival, this Florida beach resort deal comes in the form of a generous Resort Credit Package, rewarding guests for the longer they stay. For guests that stay two nights, they will receive $50 in hotel credit and $50 Bonus Bucks for a future stay; guests that stay three or more nights will receive $100 in hotel credit and $100 in Bonus Bucks for a future stay.

Festival attendees should find some creative and fun uses for the credit during their stay, whether dining at the hotel’s award-winning Seacrest Grill, or enjoying a soothing treatment at the hotel’s on-site N Spa.

The Resort Credit Package for this Marriott Delray Beach hotel is available now for those interested in attending Florida’s premier blues festival. To reserve the deal, use promotional code ZX0 online. This Delray Beach hotel deal is valid seven days a week until September 30, 2012.

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Marriott Florida Beach Hotels Spring into Summer with New Hotel Deal

Travelers looking to kick off their summer with a great Florida beach hotel deal will have some choices to make as three Marriott hotels are heating things up with a special offer.

The Suntastic Summer Savings offer in South Florida includes some great incentives sure to delight families, couples and other vacationers and make for a memorable trip. Celebrating the transition from spring to summer with this hotel deal are three South Florida favorites: the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel, Hollywood Beach Marriott Hotel and the Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort.

Valid at any of these three Marriott hotels, the new Suntastic hotel deal includes:
  •     Luxurious guest room accommodations at one of three participating Marriott hotels
  •     Up to $50 resort credit
Each of these resorts offers a unique hotel experience, whether it’s the quaint, Mediterranean-style setting of Delray Beach, with its boutiques and bistros; or all the picturesque hustle-and-bustle of Hollywood Beach’s fabulous ocean-front Broadwalk; or the private beach and access to great diving at Key Largo Bay. But one thing is for certain: vacationers are sure to love the Florida sunshine, the beautiful beaches, the famous attractions, and luxurious hotel rooms. The resort credit can be used for meals at each of the properties’ on-site restaurants, beach rentals, spa treatments, room service and much more.

This offer is available to be reserved between now and September 7, 2012, for travel that takes place between June 1 and September 30, 2012. To reserve the Suntastic Summer Savings Florida hotel deal (, visit the promotion page; or visit the Find Deals page at any of the three Marriott Florida hotel websites and use promotional code SUM; or call 1-800-228-9290.

Whether looking for one of the best Hollywood, Florida hotels, a Key Largo resort experience, or a luxurious Delray Beach hotel stay, vacationers are sure to find just what they’re looking for at these three Marriott Florida hotel properties, and with the Suntastic Summer Savings deal, guests can see and do more for less.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

FTC: Wyndham Hotels Failed to Protect Consumers' Personal Information

The Federal Trade Commission filed has filed a suit against Wyndham Worldwide Corporation and three of its subsidiaries for alleged data security failures that led to three data breaches at Wyndham hotels in less than two years.

The FTC alleges that these failures led to fraudulent charges on consumers' accounts, millions of dollars in fraud loss, and the export of hundreds of thousands of consumers' payment card account information to an Internet domain address registered in Russia.

The case against Wyndham is part of the FTC's ongoing efforts to make sure that companies live up to the promises they make about privacy and data security

In its complaint, the FTC alleges that Wyndham's privacy policy misrepresented the security measures that the company and its subsidiaries took to protect consumers' personal information, and that its failure to safeguard personal information caused substantial consumer injury.  The agency charged that the security practices were unfair and deceptive and violated the FTC Act.

Since 2008 Wyndham has claimed, on its Wyndham Hotels and Resorts subsidiary's website that, "We recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of individual-specific (personally identifiable) information collected about guests, callers to our central reservation centers, visitors to our Web sites, and members participating in our Loyalty Program …"

According to the FTC's complaint, the repeated security failures exposed consumers' personal data to unauthorized access. Wyndham and its subsidiaries failed to take security measures such as complex user IDs and passwords, firewalls and network segmentation between the hotels and the corporate network, the agency alleged.  In addition, the defendants allowed improper software configurations which resulted in the storage of sensitive payment card information in clear readable text.

Hotel Near Manhattan Beach Shows its Style with Latest Renovation

California is known for, among other things, its sense of style. One hotel in Hawthorne, CA has taken that to heart and welcomes guests to experience its newly renovated, stylish property.

The SpringHill Suites Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach Hotel announced today a major renovation of its 164 suites, lobby, meeting rooms and fitness center that combines a fresh new look with smart design and style. Located 4.5 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport, this hotel near Manhattan Beach is the perfect choice for traveler on the go.

“We’re delighted that the Manhattan Beach SpringHill Suites has undergone this exciting renovation,” said Callette Nielsen, vice president and global brand manager for SpringHill Suites. “The new design promises to enhance the experience for travelers on the road, offering a seamless blend of spacious style with function at an affordable price.”

When guests stay at the renovated Hawthorne, California hotel, they’ll enjoy convenient access to Manhattan Beach Pier, Santa Monica Promenade and Pier, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Hollywood.

SpringHill Suites Los Angeles LAX/Manhattan Beach is ideal for business and leisure travelers who look for style and inspiration in their stay. From furniture to lighting, the new décor at this hotel in Hawthorne, CA is carefully selected to offer a calm and refreshing alternative for travelers. Bright colors, natural light and smart design embrace guests as they step into the new suites. Separate living, working and sleeping spaces assure guests have flexibility and ease. The perfect accommodations to sink into a good night’s sleep, the Manhattan Beach hotel suites now offer luxurious bedding in every suite. A comfortable pullout sofa bed and lounge chair with ottoman adds even more space for relaxation or extra family members.

A separate bathroom and shower area create a spa-like environment and features a spacious vanity and creative lighting to help reenergize and revive.

Business travelers can take advantage of a large, well-lit desk with ergonomic chair, two phone lines and voice mail. Free high speed Wi-Fi in the hotel’s lobby and in every suite allow guests to remain connected at all times.

In the new lobby area, guests can conduct casual meetings or simply socialize thanks to a bright, stylish new environment. Besides a sense of style, this hotel near Manhattan Beach features business services, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and express checkout. The Market offers convenient 24/7 access to food and beverages.

Daily complimentary hot breakfast is SpringHill Suites’ way of making sure guests have a good start to their day. The property has 971 square feet of meeting space to accommodate meetings and functions of up to 50 people.

Courtyard Hotel in Emeryville, California Completes Major Renovation

One of the best hotels near Berkeley, California, just got a little better thanks to a new renovation.

The Courtyard Oakland Emeryville Hotel, featuring 296 spacious rooms, has completed a major renovation of its lobby and on-site amenities. As one of the most convenient hotels in Emeryville, California, the Courtyard now features the brand’s new Refreshing Business lobby concept, designed to give travelers the flexibility to work and socialize however they choose while on the road.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott. “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.”

With new bright colors and a contemporary design, the hotel near Berkeley welcomes guests with new features the moment they walk through the door. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in. Guests can also kick back and relax with new flexible seating options including a communal table, private media booths with high-definition televisions, and an intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.

Unique among hotels in Emeryville, California, the exclusive GoBoard® technology offers guests an intuitive and easy way to explore the local area. The GoBoard is a 52-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news business and sports headlines. Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.

Guests can connect to free Wi-Fi and charge their devices with added electrical outlets throughout the lobby. The enlarged business library features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

Dining at the Courtyard Emeryville hotel's restaurant has been completely reimagined. Guests will now enjoy delicious higher-quality food and a new health-conscious menu at The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect. Whether enjoying a filling breakfast or, sampling light evening fare, or sipping on wine and beer, guests will be treated to fresh and tasty treats. The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste you forgot to pack.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located by side exits.

San Francisco Airport Hotel Greets Guests with New Amenities

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) can be a hectic place. For guests traveling through the busy airport, take a breather and enjoy some peace at the newly renovated Courtyard San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront Hotel, located just 10 minutes away.

One of the most convenient San Francisco Airport hotels, the Courtyard San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront announced today a number of exciting improvements to increase guest comfort. The moment guests walk into this SFO airport hotel, they will be treated to modern design, stylish color schemes and high-tech additions.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott. “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.”

The open, bright and contemporary new lobby at the hotel in South San Francisco welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors, including blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in.
Guests can also start relaxing right away thanks to new flexible seating options. This hotel near the San Francisco Airport installed a communal table, private media booths with high-definition televisions, and a semi-enclosed lounge area.

A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology. Unique among San Francisco Airport hotels, the 52-inch LCD touch screen is packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. Guests can navigate using the touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions and directions.

Guests can connect to free Wi-Fi while charging their gadgets thanks to newly installed outlets in the lobby area. The enlarged business library offers even more space to work in and features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

Guests at this South San Francisco hotel can also keep their stomachs happy with a new dining concept. The completely redesigned Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect. Offers casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, wine and beer so guests can unwind. The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or the toothpaste you forgot to pack.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located by side exits.

Beaverton, Oregon Hotel Adds Style and Amenities with New Renovation

Big changes are afoot at one of the best hotels near Portland, Oregon.

The Courtyard Portland Beaverton Hotel, featuring 149 spacious and comfortable rooms, is proud to announce its new Refreshing Business lobby concept. This new renovation adds a new level of style, comfort and hospitality to the overall guest experience and features new exclusive amenities.

“From day one, Courtyard has prided itself as a brand that listens to what travelers want from a hotel,” said Janis Milham, vice president, Global Brand Manager, Courtyard by Marriott. “Guests want more control and choice with services and amenities that create a healthy balance between working and relaxing. We redefined the Courtyard lobby so it invites guests to get out of their rooms to work, socialize or for entertainment, whether traveling alone or with colleagues.”

Guests will notice the changes at this Beaverton, Oregon hotel the moment they walk through the doors. The new lobby area welcomes guests with vivid contrasting colors of blue, green, orange and red. The traditional front desk is replaced with separate welcome pedestals to create more personal and private interactions when guests check in.

Comfort is just a few steps away thanks to new flexible seating options installed at this Courtyard Hotel in Beaverton, OR. The new seating area features a communal table, more private media booths with high-definition televisions, and a more intimate, semi-enclosed lounge area.

A signature element of the new lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology. Unique among hotels in Beaverton, OR, the 52-inch LCD touch screen is packed with local information, maps, weather, and news, business and sports headlines. Guests can navigate using the intuitive touch screen to find restaurants, local attractions, directions and more.

Staying connected has never been easier thanks to free Wi-Fi access in the lobby area. For gadgets running on low juice, additional electrical outlets have been installed. Business travelers at this Beaverton, Oregon hotel can also take advantage of an enlarged business library, which features several complimentary computer terminals along with a free printer and separate computer stations dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

Have a craving? The Courtyard Beaverton Oregon Hotel’s dining concept has been completely redesigned with The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect.; offering casual, flexible seating; easier access to food and higher quality, healthier menu options for breakfast; and light evening fare, including snacks, wine and beer so guests can unwind. For guest convenience, The MarketTM, a 24/7 shop for snacks, beverages and sundries, is always open for late-night cravings or replacing forgotten toothpaste.

Green has been Courtyard’s signature color since Marriott launched the brand 25 years ago. Now it is even greener with the introduction of a guest recycling program for the environment. Receptacles for paper, glass, plastic and metal will be conveniently located by side exits.

Downtown Montreal Hotel Earns Accolades from World’s Largest Travel Site

“This hotel was simply perfect.” --- “This will be where I stay in the future.”
Guests of the Residence Inn Montreal Downtown Hotel have spoken, and the world’s largest travel site has listened. The Montreal, Canada hotel has just been honoured with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for its consistency in achieving outstanding traveller reviews. To qualify, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher on a scale of five. The number of reviews received in the last 12 months is also taken into consideration before the travel site bestows its coveted honour.

“We want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business.

Customers have praised the hotel in Montreal, Canada, with more than 390 reviews, noting everything from its convenient location and clean rooms to its reliable Internet, helpful front desk staff and excellent breakfast.
Just steps away from Peel subway station and 18.9 kilometers from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, the downtown Montreal hotel offers the perfect location for both the busy business executive who is staying for a few nights or the vacationing family that has a week or more to relax and explore the city.

Museums, outdoor activities, nightlife, world-class shopping and a variety of restaurants are all within reach along with a seasonal calendar of things to do in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Guests are made to feel right at home the second they step foot in the Montreal, Quebec, hotel. The lobby’s living room-like environment radiates warmth and coziness with its comfortable leather seating, inviting fireplace and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Suites with separate working and sleeping quarters boast a warm earth-tone décor with natural light. The spacious studio suites with 433 square feet and one king or two double beds call to weary travellers with their crisp linens, custom comforters and fluffy pillows. Fully equipped kitchens provide longer-term guests with refrigerators, stovetops, ovens, microwaves, pots and pans and tableware if they choose to cook. Or, they can take advantage of the complimentary breakfasts and evening barbecue socials to cure their hunger pains.

Other amenities guests can write home about (or pen a review for) include a rooftop terrace and fitness centre with stunning panoramic views of downtown Montreal, a 24-hour Market stocked with snacks and soft drinks, a 24-hour business centre with free high-speed Internet and a spacious coin-operated laundry facility.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pet Owners Won’t Bark at Pooch Package Offered by Nob Hill Hotel

Sit. Fetch. Stay. Save?

Those are commands that should perk up the ears of two- and four-legged guests who stay two or more nights at The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco Hotel from now through December 31, 2012.

Pet lovers who fetch the Nob Hill hotel’s Society Dog deal can take advantage of deluxe accommodations with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay starting at $199. Rooms feature luxury bedding, 37” LCD TVs and wireless high-speed Internet for owners and water bowls and fresh treats for canine companions.
As part of the pampered pooch package, pets will be listed on the hotel’s activity board along with a photo.

Guests also will receive a $20 gift card to Bow Wow Meow, a premier pet supply and grooming store that offers everything from inexpensive cardboard carriers to luxury cashmere sweaters in a fun shopping environment.

Furry friends and their civilized companions won’t want to sit around too much with so many pet-friendly things to do in San Francisco. Besides the usual dining out adventures and walks around the city, owners can experience the following with their pets:
  • The San Francisco Giants Dog Days of Summer game against the Atlanta Braves, where canines receive water, treats and puppy bags while Mom and/or Dad chow down on peanuts, hotdogs and beer (August, 25, 2012)
  • Pier 39, a shopping mecca featuring 110 specialty shops, 14 restaurants, live entertainment and picturesque views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf (daily)
  • A San Francisco Bay Cruise, where the Blue & Gold Fleet takes visitors along the city’s historic waterfront with full narration of major landmarks (daily)
  • One or more of the city’s 48 parks where Fido can run and play with others while you enjoy the fresh air and sunny skies of San Francisco (daily)
Pet lovers should use promotional code YX1 to get The Stanford Court Renaissance’s Society Dog package.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Travelzoo Asia Pacific Appoints Paul Marshall as Managing Director, Australia

Travelzoo Asia Pacific, a licensee of Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), a global Internet media company, today announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Marshall as Managing Director, Australia.  Mr. Marshall will lead the company's business and operations in its entirety in Australia.  He reports to Mr. Jason Yap, CEO of Travelzoo Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Travelzoo, between 2006 and 2011, Mr. Marshall was executive general manager at Salmat Limited, where he founded the digital division and started, Australia's leading pre-shopping site.  During his tenure, Mr. Marshall also established a number of significant initiatives, including Salmat's eCommerce business, digital catalogue services, smartphone application development, an aggregated group buying site and social media integration services.  Between August 2002 and June 2006, Mr. Marshall was CEO and managing director at HWW Limited, Australia's leading content aggregator, publisher and supplier of entertainment content across all digital media.

Mr. Marshall holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce (Marketing) from University of New South Wales and a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Chesapeake Hospitality Adds Crowne Plaza Oklahoma City

Chesapeake Hospitality, one of the country's fastest growing third-party hotel management companies, has transitioned management of the Crowne Plaza Oklahoma City hotel, adding to its growing full-service management portfolio. Kim Sims, president of Chesapeake Hospitality, made the announcement.

This one-of-a-kind hotel offers guests an outdoor pool, fitness center, barbeque grills, business services, Internet and on-site laundry facilities. The hotel also features the Crowne Plaza's Sleep Advantage — which offers guests luxurious bedding, soft pillows and other selected amenities designed to ensure a great night's sleep. For meetings, corporate events or weddings, the hotel includes nearly 13,000 square feet of flexible event meeting space for up to 300 guests.

The Crowne Plaza Oklahoma City is located off of the Northwest Expressway just north of downtown Oklahoma City, near the Will Rogers World Airport, (OKC).  This prime location makes the hotel a leading choice for travelers and is close to many leading attractions and businesses including the Cox Convention Center, Chesapeake Energy, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), IBM, Integris Medical Center, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, the Frontier City Theme Park and White Water Bay Water Park. Notable nearby dining and other entertainment attractions include Historic Bricktown, Oklahoma City, Thunder NBA basketball, the nearby Amateur Softball Association Softball Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Lake Hefner.

The addition of this property adds to Chesapeake Hospitality's impressive growth story. The company offers a full-range of management services, including operations, revenue management, asset management and development, and has an outstanding proven track record of successful operations in all phases of the hotel economic cycle.

Luxury and Excitement Hit the Spanish Market at iPoker's iPOPS Live Barcelona

It was a dynamic weekend in Barcelona as Playtech's Poker Network, iPoker, celebrated the opening of the Spanish market and hosted the highly anticipated live event iPOPS. The event, a series of tournaments with a total guaranteed prize of $1M and a low buy in, brought players from all over the world to Gran Casino de Barcelona.

The iPOPS main event began online on May 6th when 2,480 players participated for as little as $135 with a total guaranteed prize of $1/2M.

The tournament was paused at the last 3 tables, at which point the final 27 players were invited to Barcelona to finish in a live event. The winner was Canadian player Jesse Rockowitz from William Hill Poker, who took home $100,000.

The players enjoyed a EUR1,800 elite package with 4 nights at the Luxury Arts Hotel and all expenses paid. To kick off the weekend, iPoker welcomed everyone with their guests to an exclusive cocktail party at the Sal Cafe restaurant on June 1st, setting the tone for the action-packed few days to come. Due to its growing popularity with players, the sixth iPOPS event is scheduled to take place later this year.

iPoker is the industry's largest poker network and is certified in all of the regulated markets in which it operates. Connecting a huge range of leading card rooms, players benefit from unrivalled liquidity and some of the most lucrative prize pots in the poker world.

Aeroplan Welcomes Avianca-TACA and Copa Airlines as its Newest Travel Partners

Aeroplan has announced the addition of Avianca-TACA and Copa Airlines to its roster of travel partners. Starting today, Aeroplan Members can accumulate and redeem Aeroplan Miles for travel with both airlines, bringing the total number of airline partners to 33.

Avianca-TACA, a Star Alliance member, offers the widest network in Latin America with services to more than 100 destinations in the Americas and Europe, offering connections to more than 750 destinations in the world through partner airlines around the globe. Its multi-hub operations offer travel options through Bogotá, San Salvador, Lima and San Jose.

Copa Airlines is also a Star Alliance member and is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, with more than 290 daily scheduled flights among 63 destinations in 29 countries carried out with an average on-time performance above 90% and one of the youngest and most modern fleet in the Americas. Through its hub in Panama City, Copa Airlines is able to consolidate passenger traffic from multiple points and provides unique service to many destinations such as Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic, Asuncion in Paraguay and Guanacaste, Costa Rica and Iquitos, Peru from June/July 2012.

Parking Made Simple at Residence Inn Hotel near Calgary Airport

Guests staying at one of the newest extended stay hotels in Calgary, AB can take some of the stress out of travel with a special Calgary hotel deal.

The Residence Inn Calgary Airport hotel welcomes travelers departing for their next big vacation or business trip to de-stress and relax. The Park Here, Fly There Deal at this hotel near the Calgary Airport offers travelers’ added peace of mind when parking in this secure location. Guests who book this Park Here, Fly There hotel deal can park their car at the hotel for up to eight days.

However, it’s not just cars that benefit from this Calgary hotel deal. In addition to providing a great location just minutes from Calgary Airport, this hotel deal also includes complimentary breakfast and complimentary shuttle service both to and from the airport. Guests can also check their flight status thanks to free Wi-Fi access at the hotel.

Skip the expensive airport parking and take advantage of a hotel deal that will save you money and offer you great convenience. Guests departing from the Residence Inn Calgary Airport will never have to fear missing a flight again, as the regular shuttle service from the hotel to the airport will bring guests to their terminal without stress or worry. A delicious hot breakfast will provide travelers with a much-needed boost to get them through their day. All the while, guests can relax at 30,000 feet knowing that their vehicle is safe and secure at the Residence Inn Calgary Airport Hotel’s onsite parking lot.

The Park Here, Fly There hotel deal can be reserved online by entering promotional code PKF or quoting the code when calling 1-877-515-4108. This deal is available now until December 13, 2012, seven days a week. For more information about this and other hotel deals, visit

Guests at Courtyard Hotel near Calgary Zoo Cool Off with New Deal

As one of the best hotels near the Calgary Zoo, it’s no wonder that the Courtyard Calgary Airport Hotel is so cool.

The new Penguin Plunge exhibit at the Calgary Zoo invites families to chill out with some of the most playful creatures to ever waddle. To celebrate the exhibit’s grand opening, the Calgary hotel near the airport is offering families a special hotel deal.

The Penguin Plunge Calgary Zoo hotel package includes accommodation in a deluxe guest room, two children’s tickets to the Calgary Zoo, and two pairs of penguin slippers, along with two collectible cups. For guests that have a love for penguins, this Calgary Airport Hotel deal is the perfect choice.

Located just minutes from the Calgary Zoo, the Courtyard Calgary Airport Hotel offers the perfect hotel experience for families travelling for leisure. Spacious guest rooms allow everyone to have their own personal space, while great amenities like free Wi-Fi access in the lobby area and large in-room televisions enable everyone to unwind after an exciting day at the zoo. Guests can also take advantage of the fresh and delicious meal options served onsite at the Bistro—Eat. Drink. Connect.®

To book the Penguin Plunge Calgary Zoo hotel package, enter promotional code ARN online or quote the code when calling 1-877-515-4094. This deal is available between now and March 6, 2013, on weekends. For more information, visit

Foothill Ranch Hotel Increases Footprint In SoCal with $1M Renovation

The Courtyard Foothill Ranch Irvine East Hotel has secured a solid foothold in Orange County with the completion of its $1 million remodel project.

Renovations to the Foothill Ranch hotel’s public spaces emphasize Marriott’s commitment to freshening up the Courtyard brand and providing comfortable, flexible areas for visitors to eat, drink, work, socialize and sleep.

From the second guests step foot into the hotel near Lake Forest, CA, they will notice the warm, reinvented lobby where semi-private check-in and check-out pedestals have replaced the traditional front desk. Media pods placed strategically throughout offer comfortable work tables where travelers can plug in their cell phones, laptops or tablets while they enjoy free wireless high-speed Internet and flat-screen TVs with personal remotes. A 52-inch interactive GoBoard in the center of the lobby allows guests to scope out things to do in Southern California, find driving directions, get the latest news, view local weather conditions and search flight information. A separate Boarding Pass Station provides a nook where guests can print their boarding passes, and a business library offers individual workstations with ergonomic chairs. Travelers can tap into wireless high-speed Internet while being afforded capabilities to print, fax and copy.

A home theater space with an extra large, flat-screen TV is unique to the hotel in Foothill Ranch, CA. The living-room-like setting, with its cozy couches and over-sized chairs, was carved out to unite families or small groups so they can watch a comedy, action/adventure or children’s movie after grabbing a snack at the hotel’s 24-hour The Market.

Situated just feet from the lobby, the new Foothill Ranch hotel restaurant, The Bistro – Eat. Drink. Connect.®, provides the ultimate place for guests to sample light breakfast and dinner fare ranging from fresh fruits, pizzas and salads to soups and sandwiches made onsite. The café-style environment sports a granite communal table along with comfortable bar seating where guests can sip on Starbucks coffee, imbibe on a number of craft, domestic and imported beers or have a bartender whip up a custom-concocted cocktail. More flat-screen TVs display news, entertainment or sports programming.

Other improvements at this hotel near Lake Forest, California include stylish décor and furnishings in its four meeting rooms with a total of 1,305 square feet, new tables and chairs in outdoor lounge and pool areas and a completely renovated fitness center with state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio equipment and free weights.
Guests can take advantage of the Stay for Breakfast Hotel Package to check out the rejuvenated facility now through Dec. 21. The deal includes deluxe accommodations featuring beds with custom duvets, plush comforters and feather and down pillows. Other amenities include mini-refrigerators, coffee makers, in-room movies and free high-speed Internet. Breakfast for two is included in the deal along with children 12 and under eating free. Guests should use promotion code S4B when booking their stays with rates from $119 per night.

Remodeled Courtyard Chicago O’Hare Hotel Offers Free Parking Deal

Guests of the Courtyard Chicago O’Hare Hotel can leave the wind at their backs – along with their vehicles – when they take off from the local airport following a refreshing night stay at the newly renovated hotel.
The O’Hare hotel’s Park Here, Fly There … US and Canada package will blow travelers’ minds with its deluxe accommodations from $99 to $189 per night along with free parking for up to eight days – a savings of $13 to $48 per day given current parking prices at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Add in the Des Plaines hotel’s complimentary shuttle service between 4 a.m. and 1 a.m. daily and guests can save an additional $24 because they won’t have to hail a pricey taxi to get them to and from the airport approximately 2 miles away.

One of the recently remodeled hotels in Des Plaines, the Courtyard Chicago O’Hare features several upgraded amenities throughout the property that will put every guest, from the busy executive to the vacationing family, in a sunny disposition. The re-imagined lobby caters to travelers with an expanded business library where guests can sit at individual computers and print out their boarding passes to save time at the busy airport. An interactive GoBoard, a 52-inch LCD TV, serves as the centerpiece of the O’Hare Airport hotel’s welcome area and allows guests to check the status of their flights, find directions to local attractions and get the latest news and weather information for their destination city. Ample electrical outlets in media pods throughout the lobby provide the perfect places to charge cell phones, laptops or tablets while visitors enjoy light breakfast or dinner fare from the Bistro.

The hotel near O’Hare Airport features the new casual restaurant where guests can fuel up on pizzas, salads, soups, sandwiches and fresh fruits while sipping on a Starbucks coffee or imbibing a number of craft, domestic and imported beers.

Luxurious bedding with rich cotton linens and fluffy pillows await weary travelers when they turn in to one of the O’Hare hotel’s 180 rooms on five floors. Flat-screen TVs, ergonomic chairs, large desks, coffee makers, mini-refrigerators, free high-speed Internet and pullout sofas provide the extra comforts guests won’t receive when they board their planes at O’Hare.

Jetsetters can take advantage of the Park Here, Fly There … US and Canada package from now through Dec. 13 by using promotional code PKF when booking their overnight stays.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Air Canada Enhances St.John's, NL Services this Summer

Air Canada today announced it is further enhancing its services in Newfoundland and Labrador by offering customers travelling to and from St. John's a five per cent increase in available seats over last summer.

St. John's-London Heathrow
Extension until the end of October of the only daily non-stop seasonal St. John's-London Heathrow, U. K. service offering the fastest and most efficient way of making connections throughout Europe with its Star Alliance partner carriers to several European capitals such as Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Vienna, Warsaw, and Berlin. Flights are timed to offer convenient connections to and from Deer Lake and Halifax.

St. John's - Toronto
Six daily flights operated with a mix of 93-seat Embraer E90, 120-seat Airbus A319, 146-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.  During the summer travel season two of the six fights, including same plane service to Edmonton and Fort McMurray, have been upgauged from A319 to A320 aircraft.

St. John's - Halifax
Five daily flights with four operated with 93-seat Embraer E90 aircraft and the fifth upgauged from a 93-seat Embraer E90 to a146-seat Airbus A320. 

In addition, this summer Air Canada will offer from St. John's up to two daily flights to Montreal, one to Ottawa, three to Deer Lake, three to Gander and one to Goose Bay.

Other Newfoundland and Labrador 2012 Air Canada service highlights include:
  • Doubled frequency between Gander-Goose Bay-Wabush (twice daily)
  • New Deer Lake-Goose Bay-Wabush service
  • Three daily flights between Goose Bay-Wabush with convenient connections to/from Halifax and St. John's
  • Three daily flights from Wabush to Sept Iles.
Air Canada and Air Canada Express offer over 150 scheduled flights each week to 11 destinations across Canada to and from St. John's, including non-stop service to Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and London Heathrow, as well as same plane service to Calgary, Fort McMurray and Edmonton.

UAL, CAL pilots to picket United Continental Holdings shareholders meeting June 12

United and Continental Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) will be conducting informational picketing at the site of the United Continental Holdings annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 to mark the passing of a second year without a new contract and to alert management, shareholders, passengers and the media that it is time to complete the end-game negotiations now underway with the Company. If the Company cannot comply with the agreed-upon June 15 deadline to reach an agreement on a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement, the pilots of United and Continental call on the National Mediation Board to grant our request for a release from mediation.

United Airlines pilots, Continental Airlines pilots, pilots from other ALPA carriers.

Informational picketing at the site of the annual shareholders meeting, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1605 Broadway, New York, N.Y.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

8 a.m. to conclusion of shareholders meeting

9 a.m. (shareholders meeting start time)

7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.,  Capt. Jay Heppner, chairman of the United pilots union chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l,  and Capt. Jay Pierce, chairman of the Continental pilots union chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l, will be available for onsite interviews at the picket line.

Other spokespersons will be available for media interviews.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

1605 Broadway, New York, N.Y.            

  • We are more than two years past the merger announcement between United and Continental Airlines and we still don't have a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • United and Continental pilots contract amendable dates are 12/31/2009 and 12/31/2008, respectively.
  • United management often uses the refrain, "Fresh Start," referring to the company's venture through bankruptcy and the consummation of the United/Continental merger. The pilots, whose sacrifices and professionalism made this merger possible, have been waiting for their "fresh start' for nearly a decade. United and Continental pilots continue living and operating under bankruptcy-era and concessionary contracts.
  • Airlines are a service industry and its employees must be recognized if the product is going to be well received. United must respect the leadership role of its pilots and that begins at the bargaining table. The pilots of United and Continental call on United management to honor the June 15 deadline in reaching an agreement on a JCBA.

Paul Elliott Selected for Two Panel Discussions at 2012 Marriott eCommerce Global Activation Summit

Rosetta, an independent brand in the Publicis Groupe of global agencies and one of the nation's largest digital and direct interactive agencies, today announced that Partner Paul Elliott has been selected by Marriott to serve on the Mobile and Social Media Panel Discussions during the 2012 Marriott eCommerce Global Activation Summit. The event will be held June 10-13, 2012, in Boston, MA, at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. Marriott has been a Rosetta client since 2003.

The Marriott eCommerce Global Activation Summit is the central eCommerce-focused event for Marriott International, its associates, franchise partners and industry colleagues. Now in its sixth year, the conference pulls together Marriott eCommerce leadership, Global eCommerce managers and Marriott's partners to review trends, share best practices and network. Topics cover a broad range of eCommerce-related specialties, including: Brand Website Support and Evolution (, Paid & Natural Search Marketing, Mobile and Online Travel Agents.

The Social Media Panel Discussion will take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT on June 12 and focus on the social media landscape and the role and direction of social media in the hospitality industry. The Mobile Panel will take place from 1-2 p.m. EDT on June 12 and focus on today's global mobile landscape, the most important factors and developments shaping the future of mobile, and how travel companies and hotels can best leverage eCommerce to drive continued revenue growth.  

Paul Elliott is a Partner in Rosetta's Consumer Products & Retail Industry Vertical and a thought leader in interactive marketing strategies with a competency expertise in organic search engine optimization and paid search engine marketing. Paul has more than 12 years of experience in helping marquee brands achieve significant business results and return on investment from their digital marketing initiatives. Paul is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of online marketing, including the keynote address at Marriott's 2011 eCommerce Global Activation Summit.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

American Airlines Will Be Official Airline Sponsor For 2012 National Puerto Rican Day Parade

American Airlines will be the official airline sponsor for the June 10, 2012 National Puerto Rican Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in New York City. American, which recently celebrated 40 years of service to La Isla del Encanto , will host Q'Viva! The Chosen stars from Puerto RicoEktor Rivera, Jossette Reilly and Jose Febres – on the American Airlines float as it winds through Manhattan. American is the official airline partner of the show, which aired in the U.S. on both Fox (English) and Univision (Spanish) this spring. American provides transportation to Puerto Rico and throughout the Americas to help Q'Viva! uncover talent.

For more than 30 years, American Airlines has proudly partnered with the National Puerto Rican Day Parade to support causes that are important to the New York and Puerto Rican communities. The Parade honors more than 4 million people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage residing in the United States. Each year thousands of New Yorkers join the celebration, which emphasizes the achievements made by Puerto Ricans in business, government, sports and the arts.

American Airlines has served the New York market for more than 80 years and is committed to the Greater New York community by providing sponsorships and in-kind giving to many nonprofit and cultural organizations, including those engaged in such pursuits as ballet, opera, film and theater. Whether it's for visiting friends and relatives, conducting business, or just traveling for vacation, American helps bring people closer together. American Airlines offers four daily flights from New York JFK to San Juan.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Go Wild With Free Night Offer, Kids Going Free & Photographic Safaris at Ulusaba in South Africa

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve [ ], Sir Richard Branson's beautiful award-winning luxury retreat, has a fantastic free night offer available for guests who book to stay between now and the 22nd December 2012; which means they can treat themselves for a little bit longer and enjoy the final night for free!

Guests can either book to stay for 4 nights for the price of 3, 5 nights for the price of 4 or if they wish to stay even longer 7 nights for the price of 5. Rates start from ZAR 4,750 per person per night based on double occupancy in Safari Lodge and includes accommodation, all meals and drinks, twice daily game drives, all drinks (including alcoholic), as well as a team of fabulous staff.

Kids (otherwise known as Cubs at Ulusaba) aged from 0 - 11 years can stay at Ulusaba's Rock Lodge for free throughout 2012 and 2013! That's a saving of ZAR 2,000 per child per night. Ulusaba tailors fantastic programmes for the little ones at the Cub's club... like keeping them out of trouble for a start... Kids over the age of 6 can join the rest of their pride on game drives.

For those who fancy getting snap-happy and exploring the African bush in a truly unique way photographic safaris are also available. Aimed at amateur photographers and led by Ulusaba's professional rangers and trackers who are also experienced photographers. They teach guests how to interpret animal behaviour so they can capture some outstanding pictures to treasure forever.

Rates for photographic safaris start from R5,500 per person per night in a Safari Room and are based on double occupancy and a minimum stay of 3 nights. Rates are valid for arrivals until the 22nd December 2012.

Terms and Conditions:

    - Stays can be split between Safari Lodge and Rock Lodge; the last night of
      your stay will be complimentary
    - Offer is subject to availability and applies to new bookings only made on or
      after 21st May 2012
    - Block out dates may apply
    - Maximum of one free night per booking
    - This offer can be combined with the Kids go Free Offer although not with any
      other packages or special offers.
    - Kids go free offer is valid up to the 18th December 2012 and then again from
      the 10th January 2013 up to the 18th December 2013. Block out dates may apply
    - The photographic package is subject to availability and cannot be combined
      with any Ulusaba special offers or other packages unless otherwise stipulated.
      Packages are based on a minimum 3 night stay, for further information of what is
      included please contact our reservations team below
    - All our normal booking terms and conditions apply

Hilton Garden Inn® And Feeding America Launch Breakfast With Heart

Hilton Garden Inn and Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization, today launched Breakfast with Heart , a four-month campaign to help fight hunger in America. From June 1 and running through September 30, guests booking the Breakfast with Heart room rate* will receive cooked-to-order breakfast included in the room rate.  In support of Breakfast with Heart, Hilton Garden Inn will make a donation to Feeding America that will help provide one million meals to families that need it most.

In the United States, one in five children is at risk of hunger. This summer, nearly 18 million children will be at greater risk of hunger while they are out of school and don't have access to free or reduced-priced lunches. Through Breakfast with Heart, Hilton Garden Inn is dedicating its summer promotion to help children and families have access to nourishing meals and help fill this nutrition gap

Breakfast with Heart is the first initiative of You Can Count on Us, Hilton Garden Inn's signature community relations program to nourish and nurture communities on their road to success. Through this commitment, Hilton Garden Inn aims to help provide food, shelter and comfort to communities in which there are locations.

You Can Count on Us is one of the many ways Hilton Garden Inn delivers on Hilton Worldwide's commitment to Travel with Purpose and increase the economic and social benefits the company brings to its backyard communities.

To make a reservation to support Breakfast With Heart, please visit
* Subject to availability at participating hotels.  Book Plan Code "PBBWH1."   Valid for Friday and/or Saturday night stays booked and consumed between June 1, 2012September 30, 2012 in the U.S.  Availability and rate will be confirmed at time of booking and will vary by property, length of stay, date and are based on occupancy per room.  Rate does not include resort/service fees, taxes, incidental charges or gratuities.  Rate includes breakfast for up to two adults and two children 12 years old and younger registered in the same room.  Breakfast does not include gratuities or alcoholic beverages.  Other restrictions may apply.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mokulele Airlines Receives Approval for use of i-Pads

Mokulele Airlines has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for the use of iPads (Electronic Flight Bags) replacing paper on the flight deck.  The use of i-Pads replaces logbooks, manuals, charts and also displays satellite weather.

 The 1.5 pound iPad replaces about 15 pounds of paper on each of Mokulele's Caravans saving an estimated 1,400 gallons of fuel per year.  The FAA has granted Mokulele approval to be the first Hawaii based airline for use of iPads in all phases of flight. By using electronic charts and manuals, the safety and efficiency on the flight deck is significantly enhanced. This FAA approval cumulates the results of several months of training and compliance with FAA Advisory Circulars. 

Mokulele Flight Service, flying the skies of Hawai'i since 1994, was purchased by TransPac Aviation, Inc. last year. Mokulele offers more than 60 flights a day connecting Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island with their fleet of 9 passenger turbine powered Cessna Grand Caravans.  Mokulele recently commenced service between Kahului and Lanai.  New service is planned between Honolulu and Kapalua starting July 1st. The company is headquartered in Kailua-Kona. For reservations & information, visit,, visit your favorite travel agent, or call 866 260 7070.
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AAA Expects 7.9 Million Stranded Motorists During Summer Travel Season

The summer travel season officially kicked off this week with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and AAA estimates it will come to the rescue of 7.9 million stranded motorists between Memorial Day and Labor Day

The three maintenance tasks AAA recommends all motorists perform before hitting the road for a summer road trip include:
1.    Inspect All FIVE Tires
Many motorists may be confused when told to check five tires, however AAA has found one of the most frequently overlooked items on a vehicle is the spare tire. When inspecting tires, it's important to know if your vehicle even has a spare. If so, be sure it is properly inflated and stowed. If you cannot locate a spare tire, ensure your vehicle has an alternate solution. Options include an emergency sealant and inflator kit or run-flat tires that allow the car to be driven to a safe location.

"Roughly 1.1 million drivers will call AAA for help with a flat tire during the summer travel season, and many of those problems could be avoided by inspecting the tires and being prepared before hitting the road," said Nielsen. "Tire inspections are simple to perform. The only tools needed are a quarter and a tire pressure gauge."

Begin every tire inspection with a pressure check. "Eighty-five percent of drivers do not know how to properly inflate their tires, and more than half of all cars on the road have at least one under-inflated tire," explained Nielsen.

Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold and the car has not been driven recently. Use a quality gauge to make sure all five tires are inflated to the pressures recommended by the vehicle manufacturer—which is probably not the maximum pressure molded into the sidewall of the tire. The carmaker's recommendation can be found on a sticker usually attached to the driver's door jam, in the owner's manual and sometimes on the gas cap door. Drivers should be aware that the recommended pressures for front and rear tires may differ, and the spare may require yet another pressure. Most space saver spares require much higher air pressures than normal vehicle tires.

Properly inflated tires also can reduce fuel costs during a trip. The Department of Energy reports that correctly inflating all four tires can improve fuel economy by up to three percent, which is equivalent to as much as to 12 cents per gallon.

After making sure all five tires are properly inflated, drivers should inspect the tread depth and overall condition of the tires. Worn tires in need of replacement are much more likely to suffer punctures and other problems.

To check tread depth, insert a quarter into a tire tread groove with Washington's head upside down and facing outward. The tread should cover part of Washington's head. If any area above his head is visible, it might be wise to go tire shopping before you take a long road trip. Be sure to check the tread depth at several points around the tire and across its width, and use the lowest reading.

While checking the tire tread wear, also look for signs of uneven wear or abnormal bulges or other damage on the tire treads and sidewalls. "Taking a few minutes to inspect your tires once a month can help keep you rolling down the roadway instead of being stranded by the roadside," noted Nielsen.

2.    Check and Clean Car Battery
AAA estimates it will assist nearly 1.6 million motorists with dead batteries during the summer driving season—replacing nearly 500,000 batteries at the roadside. Summer heat breaks down car batteries internally and accelerates the rate of corrosion on the vehicle's battery terminals. Both conditions can lead to insufficient electrical power being available, and leave a motorist stranded without warning.

Check the battery cables and ensure they are securely attached to the terminals. Clean the terminals if there are signs of corrosion. It is not enough to simply remove external corrosion; proper cleaning requires disconnecting the cables to clean the hidden areas where they contact the battery terminals.

Depending on local climate and vehicle usage patterns, most car batteries have a three to five year service life. If a battery is nearing the end of its lifecycle, have it tested at a AAA Approved Auto Repair shop or by the AAA Mobile Battery Service to determine if replacing the battery before your road trip might be a good idea.

3.    Replace Wiper Blades and Refill Washer Fluid
Rain, insects, grime and other debris on a windshield will compromise the driver's vision, and safety, if the wipers cannot remove them. Check the windshield washer fluid reservoir monthly or more often if the washers are used frequently. Top it off with a solution formulated to aid in the removal of insects and other debris. Be sure to test the washer spray nozzles for proper operation and aim before leaving on a trip.

While topping off the washer fluid, also check the wiper blades. If blades are worn, cracked or rigid with age, they will not adequately remove rain, grime and other debris that can obscure driver vision. If the wiper blades are sufficiently deteriorated, the metal wiper blade frame could contact and permanently damage the windshield.

Check the wiper blades at every oil change or whenever they fail to wipe the glass clean in a single swipe. The life of a rubber insert is typically six to 12 months depending on its exposure to heat, dirt, sunlight, acid rain and ozone. Streaking and chattering are common clues that the rubber is breaking down and replacement is needed.

Travel Leaders' 2012 Consumer Survey Reveals: American Travelers' "Tipping Point" on Cost of Airfare

As airlines begin to charge travelers and families extra if they would like to sit together on a flight, Travel Leaders Group's latest survey reveals Americans' "tipping point" on the cost of domestic and international airline tickets. For 81.5% of consumers polled nationwide, their tipping point for a domestic airline ticket is somewhere between $200 and $500; and for 42.9% of those polled, their tipping point for an international ticket is between $1,000 and $1,500 dollars. Also, 83.1% indicate that they will spend the same or more on leisure trips in 2012 as compared to last year.  This survey was conducted by Travel Leaders Group from April 4 to May 16, 2012, and includes responses from 855 consumers throughout the U.S.

Domestic and International Airfare Tipping Points:

  • When asked "the maximum you're willing to pay to fly to your domestic destination" the top two individual responses were: "Up to $400"per ticket (33.1%) and "Up to $500" (24.2%).  When looking at combined responses, 81.5% of consumers polled nationwide say their domestic airfare tipping point is between $200 and $500, while 18.5% of those polled indicate their tipping point is up to $600 or more.
  • When asked "What could potentially change that?" with regard to domestic airfare, the top responses were: Funeral (65.5%), Medical needs (44.6%), and Wedding (33.2%).
  • When asked "the maximum you're willing to pay to fly to your international destination" the top two individual responses were: "Up to $1,000" (16.3%) and "Up to $1,200" (10.4%).  When looking at aggregated responses, 42.9% would pay between $1,000 and 1,500, while 8% of those polled indicate that they would pay up to $2,000 or more for an international airline ticket.
Leisure Travel in 2012:
  • An overwhelming majority (93.6%) of those polled say they will take at least one leisure trip in 2012.  In fact, of that group, over 71% have already taken one leisure trip this year and nearly 28% have taken two or more trips so far this year.
  • When asked "Is the total number of leisure trips you anticipate taking in 2012 more, the same or less than last year?" o ver 92% of those polled indicate they will take the same or more trips this year as in 2011.  Only 8% indicate they will take fewer trips.
  • When asked how much they will spend on leisure travel this year, 83.1% of those polled say they will spend the same or more on leisure travel in 2012 than they did last year.  Only 17% indicate they will spend less on leisure travel this year.
Traveling Away from Home:  Travel Leaders Group asked, "For your leisure trip(s) did you or will you ..." (Participants could choose all that apply, so total will not equal 100%.)

Travel within the U.S. and farther than a bordering state
Travel internationally (Canada, Mexico and/or Caribbean)
Travel within your home state
Travel internationally (other than Canada, Mexico and Caribbean)
Travel to a bordering state

Land or Cruise: When asked whether participants' leisure trips were land-based, cruise-only or a combination of both, the results indicate:

Land-based, only.
Cruise, only.
Both land-based and cruise vacations.