Entries by Karen Kuzsel


Dive at Plate Reef in Freeport, Bahamas.


From cruises to hotels, book Freeport (Bahamas) now and get up to 50% off. Book Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line through Mar. 31 and get $200 OFF per cabin ($100 off per person), plus five free drinks, free cabin upgrade, and $25 onboard credit. The Cruise Line also has four- and six-night getaway packages that combine a fun 2-night cruise with a luxurious resort stay in Grand Bahama. Four beachside resorts have special promotional discounts through Dec. 23 (so book now!) The resorts are Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach, Pelican Bay Hotel at Lucaya, Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan and Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina.


‘Mingo Mocha Cocktail, part of the holiday festivities honoring the Flamingo’s 75 years in business.


Seventy-five years after Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and business partner Meyer Lansky opened the Flamingo Hotel, the first resort-style hotel on the Las Vegas (NV) Strip, the neon city has never been the same. To celebrate the big 75, The Flamingo is offering anniversary-themed offers. For instance, use promo code FL75V and get two nights in a Flamingo Garden View, City View, or High Roller View room for $75. Use FL75P and you can stay in GO Mini Suite or Renovated Flaming Premium room for $75 a night. Getting married? Here are two offers to consider. The Fabulous Vow Renewal begins at $750 and includes a dedicated wedding coordinator, 12-rose bridal bouquet, groom’s rose boutonniere, 30 minutes of professional photography during and after the ceremony, photo prints, music playlist, six decorated cupcakes, a bottle of Champagne and branded toasting glasses. Couples can also get $75 off select wedding packages for ceremonies occurring through January 2022. (702) 733-3232. Or maybe you just want to experience the Sparkling Diamond Body Polish treatment. Don’t forgot the hotel’s reputation for handcrafted cocktails. The LINQ Promenade and some of the Flamingo Las Vegas restaurants and bars has holiday cocktails that will be offered through Jan. 2, 2022. These include Mingo Mocha, a divine sounding mix of Crème de Cacao, Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur, Ketel One vodka, vanilla syrup, and graham cracker rim.


Lobby of the new Margaritaville Beach House Key West , FL


Get your fifth night free when you book Margaritaville Beach House Key West (Key West, FL), previously known as the Barbary Beach House Key West. With its recent reopening, the resort has expanded its retail outlet and upgraded the Tin Cup Chalice Bar & Chill. The 186-suites, lagoon-style pool, and lounging hammocks throughout the grounds all line the Smathers Beach oceanfront. The resort has indoor banquet space and outdoor gardens and courtyards, including a 1,500 sf Tiki for smaller functions. Complimentary shuttle service to the Key West International Airport, Duval Street, and the Downtown Seaport Harbor.


Rebranded Sal Y Mar Rooftop Bar & Events Venue atop the dual-branded Aloft and Element Hotel in Midtown Tampa, FL has rental deals for holiday events.

The job market is much better than has been pondered, worried over, and misrepresented according to the latest numbers released Nov. 5 by the U.S Labor Department. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 531,000 in October, beating the estimate of 450,000, states the report. “This is the kind of recovery we can get when we are not sidelined by a surge in Covid cases,” said Nick Bunker, economic research director at job placement site Indeed. “If this is the sort of job growth we will see in the next several months, we are on a solid path.” Best of all for the hospitality, leisure, and meetings & events are that these industries have regained 2.4 million positions lost during the pandemic as more than 164,000 Americans have now returned to restaurants and vacations.


Pueblo Bonito’s Mexican resorts offer Day of the Day menus and events.


Yes, I know people dress up for Halloween in makeup and clothing that reference the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), but for Mexicans, the two holidays are vastly different. At Pueblo Bonito resorts (Los Cabos, Mexico), the holiday is celebrated with unique dining options that honor the memory of departed family members and friends. The Day of the Dead is commemorated on Nov. 1 – 2 (All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day according to the Christian calendar) to coincide with the fall maize harvest. Dia de los Muertos has been recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization) on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. I have never celebrated Dia de los Muertos, but the food offerings sure make me plan for it in the future. At Cibola at Montecristo Luxury Villas, located high on a bluff overlooking the ocean, breakfast will feature Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, a traditional sugary roll dotted with anise seeds and decorated with skulls and bones made from dough. The bones might be arranged in a circle, as in the circle of life.

EVENT INSIDER: MEETINGS MAYHEM – a startling reality check behind live events

Meetings Mayhem

Meetings Mayhem is what happens when you tumble dry the principles of Murphy’s Law with surprising mishaps experienced by hospitality, meetings and events, and entertainment industry experts, and then have a professional meeting planner collect and fold them into a passion project ready-made as a “how to respond to nightmare scenarios and come out a winner” book. I vacillated between laughing out loud and gratefully moaning, “Thank goodness it wasn’t me in that situation!”

You don’t have to be in the aforementioned industries to appreciate that “no matter how well you plan, there is always something beyond your control that can drastically upend at the last minute.” What author and professional meeting planner Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP demonstrates is that no matter how dire the situation might seem, the anecdotes contained within the pages of this easy-to-read 182 pages are an amusing guide for what-to-do-if…


Main dining room rendering of Nobu Restaurant and Lounge at Paris Las Vegas. photo by Studio Pch, Inc.


What happens when Caesars Entertainment, Inc. and Nobu Hospitality (the global lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper) decide to expand their longstanding partnership? You get two new Nobu Hotels and restaurants at Harrah’s New Orleans and Caesars Atlantic City, a Nobu restaurant at Paris Las Vegas, and a refresh of the first Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, opened originally in 2013. Nobu Hotels and restaurants blend modern, cool luxury and minimal Japanese tradition into a lifestyle with products, services, and unparalleled personalized touches. Each location provides a local experience coupled with Nobu’s signature style. Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace was the first Nobu Hotel with 182 guest rooms and suites, including the extravagant rooftop Nobu Villa and one of the world’s largest Nobu restaurants.