THE DESTINATION GAZETTE-SPRING
I and many families across the U.S.
celebrated our “royalty” on Sunday, Mom. Now, on May 19, millions
across the world will watch the royal wedding between Prince Harry &
Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. The month of May is
full of celebrations and future plans which can include a next level of
education, a first job out of college or new life as a married couple.
Leo Tolstoy said “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” and I
could not agree more. I only ask that on your list of plans and
projects, you don’t forget to plan some vacation time for you! I hope you enjoy our spring newsletter, find some travel
inspiration and have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.
2018/2019 “ESCAPES BY GLOBUS”
I am very excited to present the new
2018/2019 “Escapes by Globus”. These off-season vacation packages to
Europe, South & Central America and India offer an excellent value.
Moreover, there are no single supplements. Why not travel to these
incredible destinations when there are less crowds and milder
temperatures. The link below will take you to the E-brochure for the
2018/2019 Escapes by Globus. Please let me know if you would like me to
check availability and cost for you. I do foresee these great valued
trips will sell out quickly. Call me early for the best availability.
2018-2019 Escapes by Globus E-brochure (Zmag) (2985)
OUTRIGGER HOTELS & RESORTS 70TH ANNIVERSARY
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, known
for its Hawaiian warmth & hospitality, celebrates its 70th
anniversary. The Hawaiian hotel chain promotes the local culture of each
island destination and offers “Signature Experiences” programs
such as a ‘ukulele music lesson or a craft lesson to make a lei.
Honeymooners and anniversary couples can renew their vows on the beach
with a traditional Hawaiian ceremony. Find out more on the history
and commitment Outrigger Hotels & Resorts has to the culture and
identity of Hawaii in this beautiful dedication insert in the Honolulu
OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 2020
Less than 1 month ago, I visited the town of Oberammergau. I was
informed all of the local actors have been chosen and rehearsals begun.
Since last year, escorted tours which include an overnight and ticket to
the performance have been on sale with tour operators such as Globus,
Trafalgar, Insight, Collette and Ed-Ventures. I have been informed by Globus, prices
on these packages will increase very shortly. Also, I personally met a
representative from Tumlare; they are the sole officially authorized
general sales agent for Passion Play 2020 in North and South America,
the Philippines and Japan. Tumlare offers 1 and 2 night packages for
groups of 15 to 100 people to the Passion Play. These packages are
ideal for groups who do not wish to be part of an escorted tour. Please
note the 2 night packages are
almost completely sold out; there is
some availability in July and August. The 1 night packages have more
availability. If you have friends & family or a church group interested
in going to the Passion Play in 2020, please contact me as soon as
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
Universal Orlando Resort’s Cabana
Bay Beach Resort has unveiled 20 new two-bedroom suites which have views
of Universals’ Volcano Bay water theme park. Each suite offers 772
square feet for your family to relax and unwind and includes two full
bathrooms, a living room, three flat-screen TV’s, and a kitchenette with
a mini-refrigerator, microwave and small sink. The maximum occupancy is
The new Adventura Hotel is scheduled
to open this August and is situated 17 stories above ground level for
guests to see Hogwarts Castle, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller
coaster and Universal’s Volcano Bay. The resort will offer standard
room, kids-suites and Skyline suites with sweeping views of Universal
Orlando or the city of Orlando.
PET FRIENDLY TRAVEL
Puppy Love-Are you tired of putting your pet in
an overnight camp or have it watched by a local petsitter, friend or
relative when you go on vacation? Or, would you love to take your fur
family member with you on your next adventure. Today, there are several
dog-friendly hotel chains which would welcome your pet. Please note as
locations are often independently owned, policies may vary by hotel, so
inquire with the specific site to ensure it is pet-friendly. Some
chains and locations charge a pet fee while others allow a complimentary
stay. A pet cleaning fee may also be charged. Lastly, you’ll likely be
required to sign a pet policy agreement for the safety of everyone
involved, from you and your pet to the housekeeping and hotel staff.
Below please find dog-friendly hotel chains for every budget.
Economy/Value: Best Western Hotel &
Resorts, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham,
Motel 6, Red Roof and Super 8.
Moderate/Midscale: Extended Stay
America, Comfort Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Holiday Inn,
Kimpton and Hotel Indigo.
Luxury/Upscale: Hyatt, Aloft,
Sheraton, Westin, W Hotels and Ritz Carlton.
Kitty Love-Away from home and miss your beloved
feline? Problem solved as cat lovers have something to celebrate with
the rising phenomenon of cat cafes. Cat cafes allow you to come into a
cat themed cafe for a beverage and/or meal and be surrounded in kitty
love. Most cat cafes are partnered with a local rescue group or shelter
and offer a chance to adopt. Please check ahead of time as some
cat cafes may have a fee and require reservations. Below please
find a link to cat cafes throughout North America.
ANNIVERSARY OF "SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT"
24, 2018 will mark the 200th anniversary of the beloved Christmas carol
"Silent Night, Holy Night". It was on Christmas Eve, 1818, when
Joseph Mohr, a priest from Salzburg and Franz Xaver Gruber, a teacher
from Upper Austria, sang the carol for the very first time at the St.
Nikola Church in Oberndorf near Salzburg. Today, the Christmas
carol is performed in over 300 languages and dialects. In
Oberndorf, Salzburg and locations throughout Salzburgerland, you will
find many special exhibitions and events for the 2018 Christmas season.
A trip to visit the beautiful Christmas markets in Salzburg and the
surrounding region plus an opportunity to see these specials events and
exhibitions would make a wonderful holiday experience.
VIRTUOSO LIFE MAGAZINE May/June 2018-The Hotel Issue
CURRENT SPECIALS-Please note all specials are subject to change based on
availability and restrictions apply.
Royal Caribbean International-“Bond Over Beach
Days” Sale. 50 pct. off second guest plus kids sale free. Plus,
receive up to a $100 onboard credit to spend at sea. Offer valid until
Brendan Vacations-Save $200 per couple off flights when you book an
escorted vacation by 06/15/18.
Delta Vacations-Celebrate the 70th
anniversary of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts and save up to $325.00 on an
air, hotel and car rental package. Travel now to 12/21/18. Book by
Universal Orlando Resort-Save
$150 on a 3 night or longer Spring Savings Package. The Spring Savings
Package includes a 3 nights of accommodations, a 3 Park 3-Day
Park-to-Park Ticket with 2 Days Free to Universal Studios Florida,
Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, Early park
admission one hour before the theme park opens to one Universal Orlando
theme park as determined by Universal Orlando valid them park admission
required. You must book by 06/18/18 for travel now to 06/24/18.