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  Cross-Country Skiing above East Grand Traverse Bay What’s Up North… News and Information from Traverse City, Michigan  January-April 2014A free news tip service from Traverse City Tourism 1-800-TRAVERSE or www.TraverseCity.comTraverse City to Host State Tourism Conference in March Some 1,000 tourism representatives, economic development officials and other attendees will gather March 9-11 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism. The three-day conference will include a trade show, a reception featuring local dishes, craft beers and wines, a bus tour of the Traverse City Ale Trail and presentations by award-winning travel journalist Doug Lansky and Christopher Thompson, president and CEO of Brand USA, the organization that markets the United States as a global tourism destination. There are also breakout sessions on such topics as culinary and recreational trail tourism, the state of the meeting and event industry, use of web analytics, and international marketing. But the centerpiece of the conference is the annual report from Michigan State University on the state’s tourism performance during 2013 and its prospects in the coming year. Traverse City CVB is now “Traverse City Tourism” As Traverse City’s tourism economy continues to show strong growth, the Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau has changed its name to Traverse City Tourism – a recognition of its ongoing commitment to that industry and its role as a valuable economic, cultural, social and environmental...

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Honor the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2013 FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Arnelle Kendall Telephone: (561) 330-0850 Email: Honor the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Nearly 70 years ago, a mighty armada embarked on an invasion that forever changed world history. The Nazi grip on western Europe was cracked on June 6, 1944, as brave soldiers crossed a slender ribbon of sea from England into Normandy and initiated one of the most influential battles of WWII. D-Day has been recalled by the veterans who fought it, the newsreels that depicted it, and thousands of dedicated historians – yet few have actually set foot on the infamous beaches.Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering the opportunity to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy with an all-inclusive “Paris & Normandy” cruise. Guestsexplore the D-Day museum in Mulberry Harbor and venture to the Juno and Omaha Beach landing sites. The American Cemetery serves as a haunting reminder of the Allied forces’ hard-won fight for freedom, and Uniworld guests attend a wreath-laying ceremony and moment of silence to honor the fallen American soldiers. This itinerary deftly combines history with culture, cuisine and the brilliant landscapes of northern France. Watch the evening lights dance along the Seine River in Paris, marvel at Notre Dame’s sneering gargoyles, and behold the scenery that inspired some of the world’s greatest artists. Breathe in the fragrance of Monet’s garden in Giverny and walk in the footsteps...

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La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico Shines as a Bucket-List Destination for 2014

     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *To download a Word version of the press release, please click here.  LA PAZ, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO SHINES AS A BUCKET-LIST DESTINATION FOR 2014  West coast residents can enjoy a world-class vacation without straying too far from home in the coming year   LA PAZ, MEXICO (December 20, 2013) – La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico has the upper hand when it comes to “off-the-beaten path” activities, offering visitors an unspoiled location, experiential adventures, and enriching cultural experiences. The authentic Mexican town is an under-the-radar gold mine for travelers, and more accessible than ever for West Coast residents with Aeromexico’s direct route from Los Angeles. While in the past cities like Paris, New York, and London were favorites among travelers, a 2013 study conducted by MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index indicates modern travelers have taken an exotic turn, giving way to a new list of must-see bucket-list destinations for 2014. La Paz, with it’s near perfect weather, pristine beaches, and off-the-radar atmosphere, fits the bill. Tucked away along the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, La Paz has managed to escape the crowds and become an oasis not only for travelers seeking rest and relaxation, but also for the adventurous vacationer in search of bucket-list worthy experiences. For The Adventurer Adventure is a big draw for experiential travelers who look to connect with the essence...

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Red Carnation Hotels Voted “The World’s Best Places To Stay” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2014

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2013 FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Arnelle Kendall Telephone: (561) 330-0850 Email: Red Carnation Hotels Voted “The World’s Best Places To Stay” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2014       Every year, Condé Nast Traveler sets the gold standard for international hotels, resorts and cruise lines with its prestigious Gold List. Properties are rigorously screened and rated by thousands of readers before a select few are awarded inclusion. This year, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is proud to announce that three of their award-winning hotels in the United Kingdom have been honored in the 2014 Gold List: Ashford Castle , ’41’, and The Chesterfield Mayfair.“These awards are a tribute to our staff’s commitment and devotion to maintaining the highest possible standards,” said Jonathan Raggett, Managing Director for The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. “We thank the readers of Condé Nast Traveler for recognizing our efforts to provide our guests with an impeccable experience.”Ireland’s magnificent Ashford Castle once again earned a Gold List placement among “Ireland Hotels & Resorts.” Ashford Castle was also included in Condé Nast’s Platinum Circle , which celebrates consistent excellence in properties that have been included in the Gold List five years in a row. The former home of Ireland’s renowned Guinness family, Ashford Castle is a prominent property located on the shores of Lake Corrib against a breathtaking mountainous backdrop. Boasting one of the finest golf courses in the world, Ashford Castle is distinguished by its gorgeous gardens...

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The Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Gold List Recognizes Auberge Saint-Antoine as One of the Top Hotels in the World

    The Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Gold List Recognizes Auberge Saint-Antoine as One of the Top Hotels in the World   Quebec City, December 19th, 2013 – Achieving yet another accolade is renowned hotel Auberge Saint-Antoine, which has just been recognized inCondé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2014 as one of the top hotels in the world.   In addition, Auberge Saint-Antoine has also been included in the prestigiousPlatinum Circle, which recognizes consistency in excellence for properties who make the Gold List five years in a row.   “We are thrilled that Auberge Saint-Antoine has been given an award of such prestige,” says Jean-Louis Souman, General Manager of the hotel. “To be included amongst these other incredibly luxurious hotels across the globe brings us great pride, and is further recognition that Quebec City is a premier destination.”   Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List is announced annually and identifies the best of the best of hotels, resorts and cruise lines. Approximately 80,000 of the world’s most discerning travelers produced a final selection by participating in the magazine’s Readers’ Choice Survey.   Congratulations to Auberge Saint-Antoine!   About Auberge Saint-Antoine: Located in the heart of the Old Port, Auberge Saint-Antoine offers guests historical décor and atmosphere, coupled with excellent and friendly service. The hotel is a member of Relais & Châteaux. Built on a major archaeological site, Auberge Saint-Antoine proudly displays artefacts...

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