Category: Travel Tips

What’s Happening in Las Vegas in 2017

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WHY LAS VEGAS?

Why not Las Vegas. Las Vegas is continuously evolving to keep new and exciting experiences and hotels available to our more than 42 million annual visitors coming back time and time again. Repeat visitors that keep coming back stand in amazement of how our city keeps changing. Las Vegas is truly unrivaled with what our city offers when it comes to headliner entertainment, celebrity chef dining, over the top nightlife and luxurious spas to name just a few. Not only does the “Las Vegas Strip” challenge the social conventions but you must check out the newly invigorated downtown Las Vegas with recently renovated properties like Downtown Grand and The D in addition to downtown attractions like The Mob Museum, The Neon Museum and the Slotzilla zipline that runs under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. Don’t forget the numerous national and state parks within a day’s trip of Las Vegas including Red Rock Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Valley of Fire. Lastly, who could pass up the chance to see the amazing man-made wonder of Hoover Dam, only a 30 minute drive from Las Vegas or the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon which can be an amazing helicopter tour experience as just one way to see this spectacle.

NEW HOTELS

Available in 2017 is the new 203 room Lucky Dragon Hotel, the first Las Vegas casino resort to deliver an authentic Asian lifestyle experience located on the north end of the Strip. The hotel features a nine-story hotel, 27,500-square-foot casino space, a pool designed to create an oasis garden escape and a Tea Garden with Las Vegas’ only tea sommelier. Additionally, Las Vegas welcomes its first W Hotel located at SLS Las Vegas’ former Lux Tower with a unique concept that’s unexpected and elevated with an intimate layout, secret entrances, private spaces and personalized Whatever/Whenever service. 2017 will mark the beginning of Monte Carlo’s $450 million transformation into a new property with a name change to Park MGM and boutique property NoMad Las Vegas which will occupy floors within Park MGM.

HEADLINER RESIDENCIES AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES

On the entertainment front, Planet Hollywood will welcome Las Vegas’ newest resident The Backstreet Boys in March. Not only have the Backstreet Boys signed a multi-month residency in Las Vegas but headliners Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez will continue their multi-month residences at the Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood as well. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will continue to showcase multi-month residencies from Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba McEntire with Brooks & Dunn and Mariah Carey. The brand new 5,200 seat Park Theater at Monte Carlo recently just announced 2017 residencies from Cher, Bruno Mars and Ricky Martin. In the fall of 2017 Las Vegas will welcome our first professional sports team. The newest NHL team is the Vegas Golden Knights and will take the ice at the new state-of-the-art, 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena now open between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. The T-Mobile Arena not only is the home for the new NHL team but hosts several major concerts and other sporting events throughout 2017 like the Professional Bull Rider World Finals and UFC to artists like George Strait and Bon Jovi to name a few. Don’t forget the new Topgolf now open behind MGM Grand which is a four-level entertainment venue with interactive golf games in addition to pool experiences and cabanas that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Have the need for speed? SPEEDVEGAS is the newest luxury car test track that you allows you get behind the wheel of Ferraris, Porsches and many other cars to test speeds you have never experienced before.

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Top Ten Tips for Travelers

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1.  Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visa, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page on your passport!

2.  Read the Consular Information sheets (and Public Announcements of Travel Warnings, if applicable.) for the countries you plan to visit.

3.  Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends at home, so that you may be contacted in case of an emergency.

4.  Make sure you have insurance, which will cover your emergency medical needs, while you are overseas.

5.  Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, while in a foreign country, you are subject to it’s laws!

6.  Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas and never accept packages from strangers.

7.  While abroad, avoid using illicit drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcoholic beverages, and associating with people who do.

8. Do not become a target for thieves by wearing conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry. Do not carry excessive amounts of cash or unnecessary credit cards.

9.  Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques in order to avoid violating local laws.

10. When overseas, avoid demonstrations and other situations that may become unruly or where anti-American sentiments may be expressed.

Top Ten Reasons to Care About Tourism Cares

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First of all, I’d like to wish you, your friends, family and colleagues Happy Holidays!  We have much to be thankful for this year, and to those who have given so much back to our communities around the country – especially Tourism Cares.  Because of your past support, Tourism Cares been able to reach some incredible milestones this year-since the formation of Tourism Cares They have awarded more than $2 million in scholarships, organized more than 3,600 volunteers in give-back projects and awarded 180 grantees around the world with much-needed funding.

I’m reaching out today with a special request for your support in helping Tourism Cares‘ year-end campaign to help them achieve the best year yet-2013.  Below are the Top 10 reasons to give a personal, charitable gift to Tourism Cares by December 31, 2012. 

 

#1 Sarah Andrews and other hundreds of potential interns working with Tourism Cares to create a foothold in our industry through InternInTourism.org.

#2 Coney Island in New York City that needs our volunteers to help paint playground benches, light posts, water fountains and trash receptacles to preserve the travel experience for future visitors.  

#3 Helping historic sites such as Honduras for Ancient Ruins of Copan who need their assistance for educational and capital projects.

#4 Laurie Gray and other many other young professionals who utilize Tourism Cares‘ student mentoring program to benefit such as building a business contact base, learning best practices and securing employment.

#5 Jamaica Bay in New York City that needs Tourism cares to orchestrate volunteers to participate in dune preservation and beach clean-up project at Fort Tilden Beach.  

#6 Global Outreach to Peru to provide the Tourism Cares model of volunteering, grants and educational initiatives to spread the mission of preserving the travel experience for the future worldwide.

#7  Norman Rockwell Museum and other cultural sites that request funding each year for a variety of projects in order to sustain themselves for future visitors.

#8  Samantha Hogenson and other students like her who require scholarships to continue their undergraduate and graduate degrees in travel, tourism and hospitality.

#9  Plimoth Plantation that need Tourism Cares to organize volunteers to restore the palisade around the village, clear brush, remove invasive plants, rebuild stairs, and paint interior buildings as well as the replica Mayflower II.

#10  Natural sites like Glacier National Park that apply to Tourism Cares each year for funding assistance to preserve the beauty we enjoy today for the future.

 Whether your gift is $10, $100, $1,000 or more it will directly benefit treasured sites in need.  It’s easy.  Just go to Tourism Cares’ website at www.tourismcares.org/donate to contribute your donation today.

Thank you very much!  Again, Happy Holidays to you, your friends and family, and best wishes for a prosperous New Year!

 

Airport Authority Administration Charge.

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Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority Administration Charge The Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, Ministry of Finance and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority would kindly like to advise travel providers to inform their clients of the new Airport Authority Administration Charge that will take effect on all travel on or after.

November 1, 2012.
The Airport Authority Administration Charge is to be collected on all tickets for each arriving passenger at USD$37.50 and each departing passenger at USD$37.50 and this will come into effect for travel from November 1, 2012. This charge will in effect replace the existing departure tax that is currently issued to all passengers; except those transiting through Antigua and Barbuda and departing from Antigua and Barbuda within 24 hours. Additionally, the new Airport Authority Administration Charge will also replace the current Passengers’ Facilities Charge.

Passengers exempt from the Airport Authority Administration Charge include:

  • Children under the age of two (2) years at the time of travel;
  • Positioning air crew;
  • Persons taking part in training flights;
  • Passengers travelling on the domestic sector between the islands of Antigua and Barbuda;
  • Persons travelling on military, scientific or meteorological flights to whom no ticket has been issued;
  • Persons using diplomatic passports as their travel documents; and
  • Persons transiting through Antigua and Barbuda and who depart from Antigua and Barbuda within 24 hours.

The newly-effective charge will be built into a passenger’s ticket and the funds will then be remitted to the Government via the International Air Transportation Association (IATA). All airlines and travel operators are required to collect this tax when billing the customer for the ticket as there will no longer be a facility at the airport to collect departure tax from the passenger.

All bookings made with travel dates on or after November 1, 2012 will be subject to the new Airport Authority Administration Charge.

All persons who have booked and paid for their ticket in full to commence travel on or after November 1, 2012 will NOT be subject to the new Airport Authority Administration Charge.

However, those persons who have booked their ticket to commence travel on or after November 1, 2012 but have not yet paid for the ticket in full will be impacted by the new charge.