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HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – LATE SEPTEMBER 2022

Caesars Palace Renovated Main Entrance

Hi ya’ll. Am prepping my house and yard for Hurricane Ian, so this will be a short update in case we lose power at some point. My blessings to all for safety, especially to those who were just impacted by Fiona and all facing the powerful Ian.

NEW AND RENEWED!

Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, NV) has finished the multi-million-dollar renovation. The front roof the entryway has been coffered and raised. There’s a new porte-cochère, refreshed gaming areas, and the new Galleria Bar is featured

HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – JUNE 2022

TradeWinds has also added the new Zing Ray Zip to its St. Petersburg, FL resorts.

NEWLY OPENED, RENOVATED, AND COMING SOON

You might say that TradeWinds Island Resorts is zipping along. After all, the St. Petersburg, FL resorts, which includes the Island Grand and RumFish Beach Resort, have added 141 guestrooms, new zip line on the beach, and a new Mexican restaurant concept at the Island Grand. The 141 rooms were part of the property formerly known as the Alden Suites, which was acquired by TradeWinds last March and incorporated into the RumFish Beach Resort. The expansion brings the

HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – LATE FEBRUARY 2022

The Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita at Quivira Clubhouse, Los Cabos, Mexico adds a spicy zip for National Margarita Day (ASK ME FOR THE RECIPE)

HOT DEALS!

Homesick-branded candles and The Bahamas have teamed up with luxury resort, Caerula Mar Club in Andros, for a four-day, three-night escape package. Enter to win. One lucky winner (and guest) will be randomly drawn on February 28. The package is worth over $2,000.

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HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – LATE DECEMBER 2021

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

HOT DEALS!

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.

HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – OCTOBER 2021

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

DAY OF THE DEAD HOLIDAY IS NOT HALLOWEEN

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.

HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – SEPTEMBER 2021

FLORIDA HOTELS “RAISE THE ROOF FOR HURRICANE IDA RELIEF”

Raise the Roof raised over $7000 for Hurricane Ida Relief

They came. They ate and drank. They donated to the tune of $7,000 in the one-night “Raising the Roof for Hurricane Ida Relief” program. Patrons of four Florida rooftop bars: EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge (Epicurean Hotel in Tampa); Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar (Fenway Hotel in Dunedin); Vantage Rooftop Bar (The Karol Hotel in Clearwater); and Beacon Social Drinkery (Luminary Hotel & Co. in Fort Myers) donated half of the evening’s sales to directly support of those impacted by the storm. The $7,000 was given to the American Red Cross. “It came together fast, but we wanted to give our guests and neighbors a way to quickly and directly help those affected by Hurricane Ida,” said Joe Collier, President of Mainsail Lodging & Development. “It was great to see so many come out at our four hotel rooftop bars to support the cause, with some guests making private donations, including one $1,000 donation from another local business.” To donate: www.RedCross.org.

HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – JULY 2021

Sexual Discrimination in golf packages? You’ll have to read on to see which resort chain only thinks men golf. Venue alert: new hotels and renovated properties are vying for your business. The Galapagos say, “Welcome back”!

OPEN AND READY FOR BUSINESS

The new Crystal River Rapids ride is an exhilarating way to cool off in Gaylord Palms’ Cypress Springs Water Park.

The two-year, $158 million renovation and expansion of the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center (Kissimmee, FL) has been completed. More than 100,000 sf of meeting space and 306 guest rooms in the new Gulf Coast Tower have been added. Gaylord Palms has 482,745 sf of meeting space, with 76 event rooms and 10,000 sf in the largest space. Florida Exhibition Hall, Florida’s largest in-hotel exhibition facility has 178,500 sf of flexible space. The new meeting spaces add 30,000 sf of breakout space and 30,000 sf of pre-function space. The expansion includes the 306 additional guest rooms, 13,000 sf outdoor terrace and function space, parking garage, and expanded pool offerings. Added fun for adults and youth: the new Crystal River Rapids ride has twists and turns through varied currents amid limestone rock walls in the Cypress Springs Water Park.

Part 1: SOUTHERN FRENCH CONNECTION: ART, FOOD and WINE

Idyllic Southern France countryside

Art. Food. Wine.

Those were the three words that drew my husband, Russ, and I to book our two-week tour to Southern France, the Languedoc and Provence regions. Russ expected this tour would be a bit more laid back than our previous Odysseys Unlimited tours, though sometimes we still felt as if we were racing against time to cram in as many cultural experiences as we could before our weary bodies collapsed. That’s not a complaint, by the way… just the reality of not wanting to miss out Read more

HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – MAY 2018

Zebras are just one of the many 55 species of animals you might see on Safari Wilderness’ Sunset Safari’s this summer.

It’s the season for summertime travel if you’re based in North America, and if you are one of 72 million Americans expected to travel abroad, WalletHub has some interesting statistics about foreign transaction fees you may want to consider. According to surveys done by WalletHub, 51% of Americans worry more about foreign transaction fees on credit cards than tariffs on Chinese imports. Two-thirds of those surveyed think credit cards should charge lower foreign transaction fees in countries allied with the U.S. Are you aware that 96% of credit cards offer rental car insurance, while 86% offer travel accident Read more

HOTEL HAPPENINGS & PROGRAM PROMOTIONS – APRIL 2018

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach’s guitar-shaped pool. photo by Architectural Photography Inc


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April is World Autism Month. In honor of the month, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, which already offers entertainment for children with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as food allergies and other dietary restrictions, has their carousel alight in blue. The theme park’s Guide for Guests with Disabilitie, available in printable PDF form, lists ride-by-ride safety requirements, including LEGOLAND Water Park, Read more