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VacationRoost Launches Largest Ski Promotion of the Year

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) January 16, 2015

VacationRoost announced today the launch of their annual ski season promotion, Ski Free, Stay Free, Rent Free. This popular early-bird sale provides outstanding savings on choice lodging at exciting ski destinations. Once a customer books a minimum night stay, which is usually 4 nights, they will receive a free day of skiing, free night stay and a free day of rentals. Promotional vacation properties are available at any of these popular winter destinations:

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For the 30th Year, American Club is Given AAA Five-Diamond Award

Kohler, Wis. (PRWEB) January 19, 2015

The American Club has once again been awarded the American Automobile Associations highest honor, its famous Five-Diamond rating, a distinction described as signifying the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. This is the 30th consecutive year The American Club has received AAAs premier prize, and it remains the only resort-hotel in the Midwest to receive the accolade.

The American Club is one of two resorts in the Kohler Co. Global Hospitality Group, and it provides guests with a well-rounded selection of world-renowned championship golf courses, outstanding spa experiences and myriad superb dining options. The Immigrant Restaurant, located within The American Club and known for its intimate setting and creative use of locally grown ingredients, was granted the Associations prestigious Four Diamond Award.

We aspire to provide every guest with an outstanding, memorable experience, said Michael Belot, General Manager of Destination Kohler. To do that day in and day out since 1985 is a real accomplishment, and we are very proud to have maintained such a consistently high level of service for so long.

The American Club was initially built in 1918 as a dorm for immigrants who had come to work at the Kohler factory across the street. On an imaginative leap of faith, the Kohler Company set out to transform the red-brick Tutor property into a luxurious resort hotel in 1981, and today it is recognized as one of the most premier resort destinations in the country. Offering elegant rooms outfitted with the finest KOHLER plumbing products, along with tile and furnishings from the Kohler-owned companies of Ann Sacks, McGuire and Baker, The American Club maintains what AAA recognized as impeccable standards of excellence.

In addition to myriad dining options and sophisticated conference facility, the resort also boasts the luxurious Kohler Waters Spa. This soothing sanctuary offers an extensive menu of unique treatments that make use of the companys state-of-the-art plumbing technologies, as well as a relaxation pool and glass-enclosed rooftop deck. In addition, The American Club is renowned for its award-winning championship golf courses, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, which have hosted two PGA Championships, the U.S. Senior Open, two U.S. Womens Opens and is home to the upcoming 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup.

The Immigrant Restaurant was also highly regarded by AAA and secured a Four-Diamond rating, a distinction awarded to only 2.5 percent of the nearly 30,000 AAA-approved restaurants. The American Clubs flagship restaurant, The Immigrant Restaurant, is renowned for its modern cuisine and the unique intimacy provided by its six small dining rooms, each one decorated in the distinctive style of the first Europeans to settle Wisconsin: French, Dutch, German, Normandy, Danish and English.

The AAA Diamond ratings started in 1937 as a way to provide accurate travel information to members; today it rates more properties than any other ratings entity. Each year, AAA sends professionally trained inspectors out to conduct unscheduled evaluations and anonymously assess over 59,000 properties. Those properties awarded Five-Diamonds represent less than half of one percent of all hotels visited by these inspectors; an elite club with fewer than 200 members throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The American Club is one of only 2 establishments that has maintained its Five-Diamond rating for 30 years or more.

For reservations, please call 800-344-2838 or visit http://www.AmericanClub.com for more information. Stay up to date on news and happenings on Facebook facebook.com/americanclub and on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/theamericanclub.

About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group

The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel property in Wisconsin, and world-renowned championship golf courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Acquired in 2004, its sister property, The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in the birthplace of golf, St Andrews, Scotland, is a AA Five Red Star property and recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in the world.

About The American Club resort

The American Club resort, a 2015 Forbes Five-Star Recipient and the Midwests only AAA Five-Diamond resort-hotel was named #3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. The resort is one of only 44 hotels in North America with both the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond distinction. Kohler Waters Spa in Kohler, Wisconsin is the first and only Forbes Five-Star spa in Wisconsin and one of 41 spas worldwide to hold this distinction. The resort features 12 dining establishments from the Forbes Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic Italian at Cucina. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin, one hour north of Milwaukee and two and a half hours north of Chicago.

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Affluents Will Travel in New Luxury Style This Year: Learn the Prospects and Opportunities for Serving the Luxury Traveler in 2015 in a New Unity Marketing Study

Stevens, PA (PRWEB) January 15, 2015

At any time about one-half of affluents are planning a vacation within the next six-months, according to a new research study about affluents’ luxury travel plans for 2015, from Unity Marketing. But this year, they are looking for new luxury travel experiences at a discount price.

For those that operate a travel business or serve the travel market, this trend report, Affluents Will Travel in New Luxury Style in 2015, reveals the new luxury style for this year’s affluent traveler. It is a guide to capture some of the roughly $ 8,000 they expect to spend on their next vacation. It reveals detail research data from a new survey among n=1,330 affluent consumers about their travel plans for this year, as well historical data from Unity Marketing’s quarterly Affluent Consumer Tracking Studies from 2008-1H2014, in order to track trends and shifts in this year’s market.

Affluents plan to take 3 vacations on average in 2015, but they are waiting till the last minute to book. This works in their favor, as they carefully research all the available options, compare the many promotional offers received, and tap the internet and social media for reviews and recommendations. For travel planning, they are more DIY in 2015 and using travel professionals less than in 2013.

Further, due to growing global unrest and the Department of State issuing a ‘worldwide caution’ on January 9, 2015, it only makes sense to wait till the time is right.

Click this link to learn the top destinations for luxury travelers in 2015.

“This year the share of affluents who are undecided about their travel plans more than doubled from Unity Marketing’s 2013 luxury travel study. Further, the projected budget for their next vacation is lower than we’ve tracked since 2009,” Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing and author of the new study says. “Consumer uncertainty and lack of confidence is never a good sign for marketers and that is the environment that travel marketers face this year.”

More affluents are undecided about travel plans & waiting for the last minute

Danziger continues, “The saying goes, ‘Hope for the best, but plan for the worst,’ and that should be the mantra for travel marketers this year. Given all the factors that can impact people’s willingness to travel, especially overseas, travel marketers need to plan that their customers will be harder to commit to proposed trips this year. Those customers will be more demanding when it comes to getting the most for their investment and may look more aggressively to cut expenditures. Further, this may be an especially good year for the travel insurance business.”

Travel rewards programs less rewarding in 2015

Another interesting trend found in this year’s survey is that rewards programs, like those offered by the airlines, hotels and credit card companies, are less motivating for affluents in 2015 than two years ago. A growing share of affluents have no plans or are undecided if they will redeem rewards for travel this year. Further affluents report being less influenced by collecting rewards points in their choice of travel provider.

“Overall travel rewards programs are less rewarding to affluents in 2015 than in 2013. Since travel marketers rely heavily on rewards programs to market their services, this is an important call to action. It points to the need for travel providers to focus their marketing and rewards programs toward rewards that are more meaningful and motivating to affluent travelers. Saving money is always welcome, but just offering rewards in the form of discounts and savings may no longer be the ticket to building a loyal and high-spending customer base,” Danziger says.

About Affluents Will Travel in New Luxury Style in 2015 trend report

Tapping a new survey of over 1,300 affluent travelers about their plans for travel in 2015 and perspective from six years of market research data, Unity Marketing reveals what’s on the mind of today’s luxury traveler. The new trend report, Affluents Will Travel in New Luxury Style in 2015, digs deeply into the spending habits and preferences of high-net-worth (HNW) and high-earners-not-rich-yet (HENRY) individuals.

In this report, travel marketers will learn:

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In the Year of the Expo, the Theme For The Upcoming Carnival of Venice 2015 Will be About “Good Taste

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 15, 2014

The 2015 edition of the Carnival of Venice will take place from January 31st to February 17th, and the theme is all about The triumph of flavors, exquisite tastes and the pleasure of good food, wine, and conviviality, an homage to the Expo of Milan and its theme of Feeding the planet, energy for life (May 1st – October 31st).

Select Italy (http://selectitaly.com), the web-based boutique travel company specialized in travel to Italy is offering a wide range of services for those traveling to Italy for the event, from accommodations to guided tours, and from transportation — like airport shuttles, gondola rides or water taxis — to cooking classes or wine tastings. The conjuction with the world’s fair in Milan makes the 2015 edition of the Carnival one of the most anticipated events of the year in Italy.

This event is one of the largest annual events in Italy, and with its ties to the food-themed Expo of Milan, it will be extraordinary this year, says Martina Zuccarello, Director of Food and Wine Lifestyle Representation at Select Italy, We suggest that attendees start planning now and that they look for exclusive, behind-the-scenes travel services, such as the Insights in the the Real Venice Tour or a cooking class, to avoid the major crowds and gain an authentic experience of Venices historic tradition.

To enhance the Venetian Carnival tradition, the 2015 theme, and experience the less popular but real side of the city, Select Italy suggests three Carnival-themed services: join an exclusive mask-crafting workshop to learn from skilled artisans how to create a Venetian mask; then taste the foodie theme of 2015 by l earning how to cook a Venetian meal; and finally explore the less crowded sites with the i nsights into the real Venice small group tour.

The Carnival of Venice is one of the most popular and ancient festivals in the world, with its first occurrence dating back to 1094. The highlights of the 2015 program are:

Saturday January 31: Venetian Festival in the Cannaregio district

Saturday February 7: Opening of Gran Teatro of Piazza San Marco and Festa delle Marie

Sunday February 8: Flight of the Angel in Piazza San Marco

Sunday February 15: Final competition of the most beautiful mask of the Carnival

Tuesday February 17: Mardi Gras grand finale and Flight of the Lion

For further information about Select Italys services visit selectitaly.com, or to schedule an interview with Select Italys Food and Wine Specialist, Martina Zuccarello, send an e-mail to pr(at)selectitaly(dot)com

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ConnectAndSell Voted Stevie Award Demand Generation Program Of The Year

Los Gatos, CA (PRWEB) March 02, 2015

ConnectAndSell announced today that ConnectAndSell OutboundOnDemand was voted the Demand Generation Program of the Year (Silver Medalist) in the 9th annual Stevie

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BookIt.com Features the Best Travel Deals of the Year

Panama City Beach, Fla. (PRWEB) November 25, 2014

With the holiday shopping season ramping up, online retailers are upping the ante with exclusive sales starting earlier than ever. Rather than simply having the traditional Black Friday door-busters the day after Thanksgiving, companies are releasing incredible offers that cannot be found otherwise, days before the holiday.

BookIt.com, a leading online travel agency that specializes in resort destinations, launched its annual 99-Hour Black Friday Sale today. The sale features savings of up to 70% off regular rates at top-rated hotels and resorts throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, and the US, plus exclusive extras like flight credits, ticket offers, and complimentary room upgrades.

Here are some of the deals being featured on BookIt.com today:

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Best Western International Celebrates Record Breaking Year

Phoenix (PRWEB) January 27, 2015

Best Western International set a brand record achieving a North American revenue per available room (RevPAR) index of 111.2 in 2014* (100 represents fair market share). This follows the companys previous two year record of a RevPAR index of 110 or above and represents a 26.8 percent growth rate in RevPAR since 2011, outpacing the competition by six points.

2014 also saw the brand reach two other milestones; generating total revenue of $ 3.9 billion in North America and exceeding the $ 1 billion mark through its central reservations system.

I am pleased with the success we have achieved over the past three years. Several factors have contributed to this success including the introduction of our descriptor program, improving the quality of Best Western hotels in North America and our continued investment in our marketing and sales programs and our technology infrastructure, said David Kong, Best Western president and CEO.

In 2015 we are focused on continuing our unprecedented success in RevPAR performance, enhancing our current industry-leading technologies by implementing a new digital platform to power our internet and mobile strategies and developing our two new global hotel products Vb and BW Premier Collection, added Kong.

With the addition of Mike Muir, vice president of North American development in 2014, the company also added an aggressive new construction focus to its development strategy. The 2015 North American pipeline is strong at 160 projects, of which almost 60 percent are new construction and of the BEST WESTERN PLUS

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Dickinson Wright Attorneys Work Recognized as Deal of the Year Finalist by The Bond Buyer

DETROIT, Mich. (PRWEB) November 19, 2014

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that The Bond Buyer, the only comprehensive news outlet for municipal finance, selected the Karegnondi Water Authoritys multimillion dollar financing of a pipeline to Lake Huron as a 2014 Deal of the Year Finalist.

The Karegnondi Water Authoritys $ 220.5 million financing to fund a 63-mile pipeline to Lake Huron completed Michigans Flint and Genesee Countys breakaway from their dependence on the Detroit water system. Entering a market where local governments across Michigan have faced heightened penalties, the authority sold the bonds to more than 30 investors and achieved an all-in borrowing cost below projections. Dickinson Wright Attorneys Terence M. Donnelly and Kester K. So served as underwriters counsel to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Wells Fargo Securities and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated on the deal.

The 2014 awards, which considered deals that closed between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, drew nominations that represent the full diversity of the communities and public purposes that are served by the municipal finance market. One finalist was selected from each of the five regions with the Karegnondi Water Authority deal representing the Midwest Region. The entries were evaluated by The Bond Buyers editors and bureau chiefs. They looked for deals that involved innovation, the ability to pull complex transactions under challenging conditions, deals that could or did serve as a model for other financings, and the public purpose for which a transactions proceeds were used.

The regional finalists are in the running for the National Deal of the Year Award, which will be announced on Dec. 4th at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

In 2012, Dickinson Wright Attorneys Terence M. Donnelly, Kester K. So, and Thomas V. Yates served as co-bond counsel to the Michigan Finance Authoritys multibillion dollar refinancing of the states federal unemployment insurance loan. The deal was named the National Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 360 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 35 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

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Viewpoint Construction Software Wins Company of the Year; 4Projects by Viewpoint Wins Collaboration Product of the Year 2014 at the Construction Computing Awards

London, UK (PRWEB) November 24, 2014

Viewpoint Construction Software and 4Projects by Viewpoint

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Nickelodeon Suites Resort to Offer Super Cyber Discount During Biggest Shopping Weekend of the Year

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 19, 2014

For a limited time, Nickelodeon Suites Resort (Nick Hotel) is offering guests an extraordinary savings on a stay at the resort for travel through June 11, 2015. For just four days, beginning on Friday, Nov. 28 and ending on Monday, Dec. 1, guests can reserve suite accommodations at Nick Hotel for up to 40% off the best available rate.

With incredible family-friendly entertainment that everyone will enjoy, this remarkable deal also provides kids and their families with the chance to meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants costumed characters, while experiencing all the green gooiness of Nickelodeons world-famous slime.

The Super Cyber sale offer includes:

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Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade Enhances Visitor Experience This Year With Improved Parade Route Map & Viewing Spots

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) November 12, 2014

With more than a million visitors and counting expected to attend the 106th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, through its partnership with Visit Newport Beach, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is enhancing the experience for locals and tourists with a new parade route map, free viewing spots to watch the parade, dine & watch locations around town, dine & walk locations around town and easier parking options.

A refreshed parade route map will ensure visitors have an easier time finding the best place to watch with friends and family for free as well as locate restaurants around town that are in walking distance of the parade or offer a great view right from the comfort of your table. In addition, we are very excited that this year visitors will be able to purchase grandstand seats at two great locations around the parade route, the Newport Sea Base and ExplorOcean. Advance reservations are suggested, as seats will sell out fast!

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights Home Decorating Competition is Newport Beach’s Christmas card to the world. The boat parade runs for five consecutive nights, beginning Wednesday, December 17 and ending Sunday, December 21, 2014. Each night the parade starts at Bay Island at 6:30 p.m. and finishes at the same site at approximately 9:00 p.m., completing its 14.7-mile route around Newport Harbor.

The theme for the 2014 Christmas Boat Parade is Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly.

The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights are organized by the Commodores Club of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. The organizing committees look forward each year to see how the boat owners and homeowners will decorate around the theme. Some boat owners in the past have spent over $ 50,000 to decorate their vessels for the event.

With a significant positive financial impact on the city, especially to its restaurants, hotels and charters in terms of tourism, marketing and generating business during the holiday season, the Parade continues to be a highlight of the Newport Beach lifestyle.

Presenting sponsors of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights are the City of Newport Beach, Visit Newport Beach, Inc., Simple Green and Meguiar’s.

For more information about the 106th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, please visit http://www.christmasboatparade.com.

For information on hotel packages or restaurants with specials during the parade go to http://www.visitnewportbeach.com.


About the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce is a business organization of almost 800 members representing over 20,000 employees. The Chamber, with its five councils, committees, staff and valuable members, works with city officials, local businesses and the community at large to promote the local economy.

About the Commodores Club

The Commodores Club is a council comprised of actively involved members of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce providing leadership, organization and fundraising support on business, social and community special events that promote the overall mission of the Chamber.

About Newport Beach & Company

Founded in January 2013, Newport Beach & Co. is a non-profit organization established to serve as the official marketing agency for the city of Newport Beach. The agency seeks to bring together all of the marketing entities connected to the Newport Beach brand, and is designed to oversee separate business units that include Visit Newport Beach, Dine Newport Beach, Celebrate Newport Beach, Enterprise Newport Beach and Newport Beach TV. Additionally, Newport Beach & Co. includes the Newport Beach Foundation focused on creative charitable endeavors that support the business community.

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Cloud-Based, Workforce Scheduling Solution for Hospitality and Event Industry Experiences National Growth within First Year

PEARL RIVER, NY (PRWEB) November 13, 2014

Seasoned hospitality executives Frank ODea and Greg Dodge engaged Pearl River, NYs Superior Technology Solutions to design and create the scheduling application Schedule Cloud by One Touch. The scheduling tool, rolled out in September 2013, was built to meet to meet the growing needs of the hospitality industry.

One year later, Schedule Cloud is actively used by over 3,000 staff members for hospitality giants such as Restaurant Associates, Wolfgang Puck and Universal Studios in a multi-city roll-out including New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Washington DC. Given the success of Schedule Cloud, ODea and Dodge are already planning next steps for the platform. One year out, were turning a profit, and growingvery positive for a start-up, says co-founder Dodge.

ODea explains that, since each Schedule Cloud customer requires some level of customization, their high-touch relationship with Superior Technology has been imperative. Superior has made tweaks for us on a dimequickly and efficiently, and weve never had to worry about something not working. That could be a killer when we have large companies counting on us to organize their workforce at all hours.

Superior Technology President John Luludis shares, the Superior Technology team is proud to have spearheaded the creation of Schedule Cloud, and we are thrilled that the market has responded positively to the application. We understand the timely nature of the hospitality industry, and continue to work hard to deliver the updates and customizations needed by the One Touch team as their footprint expands.

Created in response to a continual rise in labor costs and shrinking profits, Schedule Cloud saves time in managing a part-time workforce, streamlines operations and maximizes profits. The tool allows employees to directly interface with the application; by entering their availability, users are matched with upcoming events, and after scheduling, administrators and employees both have access to electronic employee time sheets. The competitively-priced software is based on number of users versus the traditional transaction pricing model, and it can be used on the enterprise level or for smaller caterers.

ODea explains, Among a number of projects right now, we are customizing the program for a staffing company with the help of Superior Technology. Really, its use is limitless in regards to schedule management.

Schedule-Cloud offers role-based access for administrators and managers. The tool is leased with a monthly fee, which can be cancelled at any time. In addition, Schedule Cloud offers users a free trial period. Superior Technology is already working on many new enhancements for the mobile version of the application.

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Downtown Denver’s New Year’s Eve Celebration Returns Again this Year

Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 30, 2014

Grand Hyatt Denver, an award-winning downtown Denver hotel located at 17th and Welton, and MIX 100.3 FM, once again present Denvers Grandest New Years Eve Party. This, the biggest and best Denver New Years Eve celebration, with expected attendance at over 1,400, allows guests to enjoy open bar with premium pour, buffet dinner, champagne toast at midnight, party hats and favors, admission to four separate areas of entertainment, non-stop dancing and balloon drops everywhere. The entertainment line-up is as follows:

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Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel of North Conway, New Hampshire Receives Distinguished Hotel of the Year Honor

Rockville, Md. (PRWEB) July 08, 2014

Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s leading hotel companies, presented the Comfort Inn & Suites of North Conway, N.H., with the elite 2014 Choice Hotels International Hotel of the Year Award for the Comfort brand. Hotel of the Year Award honorees are recognized for going above and beyond for their travelers by providing exceptional service, operational superiority and guest satisfaction.

The Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel of North Conway has a culture of providing exemplary customer service, relaxed and attractive accommodations, and genuine care for guests, said Stephen P. Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Choice Hotels. They are extremely deserving of this honor and we are proud of how they represent Comfort, Choice Hotels flagship brand.

Though this is the first Hotel of the Year Award win for the Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel of North Conway, the property has consistently proved to be an outstanding property within the Choice Hotels portfolio. For the past nine years, The Comfort Inn & Suites of North Conway, N.H. has received Choice Hotels Platinum Award which recognizes the top 3 percent of Comfort Inn hotels across the United States in customer satisfaction and commitment to brand standards.

General Manager Dave Power accepted the distinction at the recent 60th annual Choice Hotels International Convention in Las Vegas. Power credits the staff with making the Comfort Inn & Suites of North Conway successful, including several employees that have been with the team since the hotel opened in 2000.

We are so proud to receive our first Hotel of the Year Award, said Dave Power, general manager of the Comfort Inn & Suites of North Conway. When guests stay at our hotel, they feel like they are a part of the Comfort Inn & Suites family. Our repeat guests appreciate the recognition they receive from employees and are grateful for the stability of the staff year upon year.

Conveniently nestled in the central North Conway area, the Comfort Inn & Suites opened in 2000, boasting 59 rooms. Its central location allows guests to have convenient access to attractions including tax-free retail shopping, unique local restaurants and the White Mountain National Forest. Front-desk staff members offer a concierge-like service to ensure that guests are well taken care of while visiting North Conway. The hotel also features a Pirates Cove Adventure Golf course onsite that offers themed miniature golf courses with lush gardens and a relaxing waterfall.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 35 other countries and territories. As of March 31, 2014, 398 hotels, representing more than 30,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 95 hotels, representing approximately 8,900 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories. The company’s Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.

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Banks Lyon Win Independent Retailer of the Year at Retail Jeweller UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014

(PRWEB UK) 3 July 2014

Banks Lyon, the independent luxury watch and jewellery retailers based in Lancaster, were honoured last night to receive the title of Independent Retailer of the Year at the annual Retail Jeweller UK Watch and Jewellery Awards. The ceremony, at the Hilton Hotel Park Lane in London, was hosted by television personality Rick Edwards and attracted many prestigious attendees from within the watch and jewellery industry.

Whilst Banks Lyon have been providing unparalleled service to their customers for many years, and have been listed in Retail Jeweller Magazines top 50 results in previous years, this is the first year that they have entered the UK Watch and Jewellery Awards, and they are naturally very pleased to have received this award in their debut year.

In order to qualify for the award, Banks Lyon submitted a 2000 word entry document and underwent several hours of in-store scrutiny from the editor of Retail Jeweller, Lauren McCreedie. With strengths in the depth of their product range, expert and well trained staff, impeccable customer service in store, online and on social media and in their unique bespoke jewellery design service, they were confident in their positioning. However, as they were shortlisted alongside five equally strong finalists, Banks Lyon were expecting stiff competition and were therefore exceptionally pleased to take the title.

Store owner and managing director, Rodney Banks Lyon, said: We are absolutely elated to receive the title of Independent Retailer of the Year, as it is an incredible recognition of the high standards of customer service that we strive to give every customer, every day. Whilst we are a family run business, this is about my team as a whole, not one individual I am very fortunate in my staff, as it is their dedication, loyalty, and professionalism that makes us what we are today.

Banks Lyon Jewellers have been providing their customers with the very finest in luxury watches and jewellery for more than 27 years. Since 1986, this family run business has combined exceptionally high quality products with outstanding standards of customer service, consistently delivering expert advice and friendly service to each and every customer. As an official and authorised stockist for a comprehensive range of luxury watch and jewellery brands, including Rolex, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Breitling, and TAG Heuer, Banks Lyon Jewellers are a unique presence in the North West, as they bring together all these exclusive brand names in one store.

For further information about Banks Lyon Jewellers, visit their website at http://www.bankslyon.co.uk or call their experienced team on 01524 38 48 58.

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Five Hot Spots Benefiting from Turkeys Bumper Year for Rentals

(PRWEB) May 11, 2014

Homeowners in Turkish resorts who let their property can expect 2014 to be a bumper year, as holidaymakers are attracted by a Turkish lira that has weakened by around 27 per cent since May 2013. Eating out and shopping are consistently cheaper in Turkey compared to other European hot spots, so todays exchange rate only increases this attraction.

In March alone, foreign visitors to Turkey rose 0.6 per cent to 1.85 million compared to last year, said Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue International Property. Homeowners in sought after locations should have little problem with bookings this year, and thanks to Turkeys balmy climate and expanding flight network, which is attracting a broader range of nationalities, occupancy levels extend beyond the core summer months.

To help foreign buyers looking for a lettable property in Turkey, Spot Blue International Property has listed its top five rental destinations.


Fethiye itself is a colourful harbour town and its surrounding villages and scenery, most notably the famous lagoon at Oludeniz and the Uzumlu Valley, add to its appeal. The Calis Beach area is a hot spot for British holidaymakers and has an established rentals market.

At Calis Beach, British homeowners John and Lesley Carrington rent out six apartments, which form a boutique complex that includes a private pool, bar and their own three-bedroom villa. The apartments two two-bedroom, four one-bedroom – let as a group booking can generate up to

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