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New Zealand is the fimling location for the Disney movie "Pete's Dragon"

New Zealand in the Movies
New Zealand's beautiful landscapes make it an excellent filming location as many well remember from Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Now, the country is the setting for the soon to be released Disney film "Pete's Dragon." Four places have a role in the making of the film: Wellington, Lower North Island; Rotorua, Central North Island; Queenstown, southern South Island and Tapanui, Lower South Island. Each is also a fascinating destination for tourists visiting New Zealand. "Pete's Dragon" releases in the United States August 12, 2016.

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ILOVERIO.com is a new portal to help tourists learn about and navigate Rio de Janeiro

Introducing the ILoveRio.com Portal
In anticipation of the surge of tourists that will be visiting Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, a new portal is launching to help visitors navigate the city — ILOVERIO.com. An abundance of information can be accessed about Rio, from gastronomy to nightlife to safety precautions. The inauguration ceremony for the site is set for July 26, 2016, and parts of ILOVERIO.com can be accessed now.

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The Belmond Andean Explorer will travel one of the world's highest rail routes in Peru

South America's First Luxury Sleeper Train by Belmond
Belmond will introduce South America's first luxury sleeper train in May 2017 with the Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru. The train will traverse one of the highest rail routes in the world, traveling the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca. The excursion is a wonderful way to witness the beautiful landscape of Peru during one- or two-night trips. There will be four journeys to choose from and the Belmond Andean Explorer will accommodate 68 passengers ensuring an intimate experience. Prices start at $462 per person for the one-night "Spirit of the Andes" voyage, which includes all meals, open bar and land excursions.

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Cunard remodels luxury liner Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 Makeover
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 has undergone an elegant makeover totaling $132 million. Among the enhancements to the ship are a fresh coat of paint to the exterior, remodeled guest rooms, plus the addition of 30 Britannia Club staterooms, 15 Britannia single staterooms and five Britannia inside staterooms. Restaurants and other major public spaces have also been redesigned.

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Patrick Foster chronicles the history of an iconic trailer in "Airstream: America's World Traveler"

Airstream Celebrates 85 Years
To commemorate Airstream's 85th anniversary, noted automotive writer Patrick R. Foster chronicles the history of this iconic trailer. In "Airstream: America's World Traveler," the author reveals fascinating details of the creator Wally Byam and the trials and successes he encountered through the decades manufacturing the Airstream trailers. The book takes you around the world sharing stories and colorful photos of Airstream's travels from the 1930s to today. This work makes a great addition to a historian or auto enthusiast's book collection.

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One of the guest rooms at The Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C.

The Watergate Hotel Reopens
After nearly a decade of renovations estimating $125 million, The Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. has reopened. The luxurious resort has been restored to its former beauty with a few added enhancements, such as the addition of mid-century modern architectural design and the hotel's first rooftop lounge, Top of the Gate opening this summer.

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Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo will launch The Maserati Experience

Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo Introduces The Maserati Experience
While undergoing renovations, Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo has recently launched a new concept — its first pop-up suite. 321 is the number of the suite that only a few lucky patrons can book, and beginning July 1 to September 30, 2016, The Maserati Experience will be available. Opulence is taken to a whole other level, with original décor by up-and-coming Italian designers L + R Palomba, sweeping views of the sea and Casino de Monte-Carlo, transportation to and from the airport in a Maserati, as well as your own Maserati to drive during your stay.

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An aerial view of the glass bridge in China, which will open in 2017

World's Highest, Longest Glass-Bottom Bridge to Open Early 2017
Climbing to the top of a canyon is already pretty terrifying for any traveler with a fear of heights. But Chinese builders have upped the ante with the world's longest and highest glass bottom bridge set to open in a few months above the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.

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ALIX is a concierge service developed by women, for women

ALIX Launches in London
Exclusively for the female business traveler, ALIX is a members-only concierge service that has debuted in London. The program was designed for women by women to make their stays more comfortable and luxurious. The company not only offers restaurant recommendations, events information and helpful London travel guides, but also goes above and beyond if you want to buy last-minute tickets to a show or book a spa day. There are also opportunities to connect with other members through the brand's dinner series. ALIX launches in New York, San Francisco and Paris this July, and will operate in more than 30 cities internationally by 2020.

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The Explorers' Lounge aboard Viking Sea

Viking Cruises Unveils Second Luxury Ocean Liner
When it comes to modern cruising, increasingly massive ships dominate the high seas. But Viking Cruises is bucking that trend with its new destination-focused Viking Sea — a 930-guest sister ship to last year's Viking Star, the company's first vessel designed for the ocean.

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Go on an immersive exploration of U.S. national parks with Privel

A New Way to Explore Western America's National Parks
To celebrate the centennial of America's national parks, Xanterra Parks & Resorts has created a new, immersive travel experience: Privel. In collaboration with Austin Adventures, the companies have developed the first themed excursion called The Majestic American West: Park to Park Journey, taking place September 18 through September 29. Tours are limited to eight people for a more exclusive experience. Beginning in Las Vegas, guests will go on a private 12-day voyage exploring the national parks of the Western U.S., such as Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Listen to lectures presented by astronomers and environmentalists, and attend a Celine Dion concert for the finale of your trip.

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A peek at one of the new Villas & Suites at Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley, California

Villas & Suites at Bernardus Lodge & Spa to Debut
Carmel Valley in California is about to get even more romantic with the summer 2016 debut of the Villas & Suites at Bernardus Lodge & Spa. Sprawled across 28 acres of vineyards and gardens, the new luxury accommodations range from 1,050 to 2,100 square feet and include fire pits, heated floors, French doors and private terraces with a view of either vineyards or the Santa Lucia Mountains. Rates start at $950 per night and reservations are currently being accepted.

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Guggenheim Museum in New York City will display a fully functional gold toilet

Guggenheim Museum to Display Fully Functional Gold Toilet
A porcelain throne is about to get the royal treatment at one of New York City's most popular museums. On May 4, the Guggenheim Museum will install a fully functional, 18-karat solid gold toilet by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. The famed sculptor even came out of self-imposed retirement to create the gilded potty.

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The Promenade Stateroom aboard French America Line's Louisiane

River Cruises with French America Line
Soon you can explore the rivers and waterways of the U.S. with the world's newest cruise line — French America Line. Starting August 2016, the company will offer voyages aboard its vessel Louisiane through the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Red Rivers. The ship is outfitted with 75 statetrooms, accommodating no more than 150 guests. Passengers can look forward to luxurious amenities, chef-designed meals, three lounges, nightly entertainment, onshore excursions and the full service Current Spa.

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The duckmaster at The Peabody Memphis in Tennessee maintains a hotel tradition

Hospitality Helpers with Unique Titles
Bellboys have been stationed in hotel lobbies for centuries, and they'll probably be there until robots replace them. But over the years, the hospitality industry has created some jobs that go far beyond the duties of a traditional porter.

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President Barack Obama will attend Hannover Messe 2016 in Germany

President Obama Will Open Hannover Messe 2016
This year, the United States is Partner Country at Hannover Messe, the world's biggest trade fair for industrial technology. President Barack Obama will make appearances at the event in Hannover, Germany, which showcases leading developments in industrial automation, energy and environmental engineering, and digital design. The event runs from April 25 to April 29, 2016 and tickets are currently available for purchase.

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Go on a cruise to Cuba aboard Fathom's Adonia

Carnival Cruise Line Will Sail to Cuba
Carnival Cruise Line will start sailing from the U.S. to Cuba starting May 1, marking the first time in 50 years that a cruise ship has been allowed to sail from America to the island country.

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A suite tent from Under Canvas Eco Safari Resort at Grand Canyon National Park

Under Canvas' New Eco Safari Resort
Just in time for summer, Under Canvas will be opening its Eco Safari Resort at Grand National Canyon Park this June. Located in Williams, Arizona, along historic Route 66, the site is spread across 56 acres of forest and less than an hour from the south rim of the canyon. Guests can choose from three types of tents, and accommodations include wood burning stoves, chairs for sitting out and, depending on the type of room selected, communal and en-suite bathrooms. Great for couples and families, the Eco Safari Resort lets you experience the great outdoors with a dash of luxury thrown in.

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Supersonic passenger jets may be making a comeback to the commercial flight industry

Small Airline Startup Aims to Restore Supersonic Flights
Supersonic jets may soon be back on the market and in the sky. The small Colorado-based company Boom plans to manufacture prototypes of the high speed jets with technologies currently available. Airlines have already begun to take interest in the endeavor with Virgin Group taking the lead to purchase 10 of the jets once they're set for commercial production.

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Attend a ballet featuring Daria Khokhlova and Artemy Belyakov from the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia, aboard one of Silversea's "Exclusively Yours — Enriched Voyages"

Silversea Announces "Exclusively Yours — Enriched Voyages"
Silversea continues to enhance passengers' onboard experience with the announcement of "Exclusively Yours — Enriched Voyages." Debuting this summer on select excursions, travelers can book a themed cruise that focuses on the performing arts, gastronomy or the game bridge. Attend an opera put on by the renowned Accademia Teatro alla Scala or take a sommelier's course and discover fine wines.

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Thales' latest airplane design is extra large, portrait-oriented screens for passengers' viewing pleasure

Top Airplane Designs from the Crystal Cabin Awards
When it comes to airplane cabins, many airlines and manufacturers have been rolling out designs that seem to perpetually squeeze passengers into oblivion. But not all aircraft designers want flyers to feel like a canned sardine.

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Places worldwide light up green for St. Patrick's Day

Tourism Ireland's Global Greening Initiative
Go green this St. Patrick's Day! For the past six years, Tourism Ireland has been promoting Global Greening — a fun campaign where iconic sites and brands around the world light up in the verdant color. The tourism company encourages people to get into the Irish spirit and shine green, whether it's at home, in your office or on your car.

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1 million U.S. tourists visited Japan in 2015

Japan Celebrates 1 Million U.S. Visitors in 2015
The year 2015 marks a significant milestone for Japan: The number of U.S. tourists to the country reached 1 million for the first time. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Japan National Tourism Organization and All Nippon Airways will award five lucky winners in March a pair of round-trip tickets to Japan. Tourism between the United States and Japan continues to be on the rise and 2016 is sure to hit a higher number of visitors.

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See a remote part of the Grand Canyon on Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines' Bar 10 Ranch tour

Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines' Bar 10 Ranch Tour
Returning April 1, 2016 through November 18, 2016, Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines will once again host the Bar 10 Ranch Tour. Passengers board at the Boulder City Aerocenter and land at Bar 10 Ranch, located on the northern rim of the canyon. Once there, see a remote part of the Grand Canyon, experience an exciting 10-mile ATV ride to the edge of the gorge and go river rafting along the Colorado River. Overnight accommodations are available at the ranch and guests can enjoy activities such as horseback riding and evening entertainment.

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New York based artist Sean Kenney crafting one of his LEGO brick scultures for the Nature Connects exhibit

Art with LEGO Bricks Exhibit at South Coast Botanic Garden
You won't want to miss the Nature Connects interactive art exhibit happening from February 19 to May 8, 2016 at the South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Created by artist Sean Kenney, the display showcases 27 LEGO sculptures of animals and plants. Nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks were used to craft the collection, which includes a bison — the exhibition's heaviest sculpture weighing in at 626 pounds! You can also expect a bricks raceway and building area, mosaic wall and reading lounge. This is the exhibit's only stop in Southern California during its national tour and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

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A guestroom at the newly renovated Four Seasons Resort Lana'i in Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Lana'i Celebrates Grand Opening
After undergoing a multi-million dollar makeover, the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i opens its doors once again. Guest will swoon over the new luxuries and amenities now available at the property. To start, the hotel is set atop a red-lava cliff with a white-sand beach below and breathtaking ocean views all around. Inside, the establishment is outfitted with 217 guestrooms, posh lobbies and seating areas, an immersive spa and wellness program, plus luxury boutiques. Fine dining options include Kailani restaurant, NOBU LANAI, ONE FORTY American Steak, Hawaiian Seafood and VIEWS at Manele Golf. Golfers will especially enjoy the 18-hole layout of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course.

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The "Love is Art" kit is part of SLS South Beach's Seductive Little Sleepover special

SLS South Beach Valentine's Day Special
This Valentine's Day, SLS South Beach is offering a hot package for couples. Book the hotel's Sexy Little Sleepover special (available through February 29) and enjoy the "Love is Art" kit in your suite. It comes with a large cotton canvas and paint so you and your loved one can create fun images with your bodies. Disposable slippers and a body scrub are also included. Your stay is topped off with breakfast in bed and champagne toast.

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Chef Curtis Stone and Peter Roelant, Princess Cruises' manager of culinary operations

Princess Cruises and Chef Curtis Stone Team Up
Princess Cruises has announced its collaboration with renowned chef Curtis Stone. This year, his specialty restaurant SHARE will debut aboard select Princess Cruises' ships (including Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, Coral Princess and Sun Princess), where guests can expect a singular dining experience.

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The observation car aboard the Belmond Grand Hibernian

Ireland's First Luxury Train to Open This Year
Explore the Emerald Isle in an exciting, new way. This August, Ireland will introduce its first luxury train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, and offer excursions leaving from Dublin for two, four or six-nights. Stay in charming cabins as the Irish countryside rolls by and enjoy gourmet cuisine from one of the two restaurants on board, Sligo and Wexford. The voyages will take passengers to must-see sites, such as Blarney Castle and Cliffs of Moher, and golf enthusiasts can opt for one of Belmond's complete golf itineraries.

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Aqua Expeditons offers "Exclusive Access" with Hosted Departures

Aqua Expeditions' "Exclusive Access" Cruises
Aqua Expeditions is offering a new experience for passengers traveling with the company in 2016. Two sets of cruises will give guests the singular opportunity to meet with Francesco Galli Zugaro, founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions, or sail along with celebrated chefs David Thompson and Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. Learn about what inspires these notable figures through one-on-one conversations or interactive Master Classes. The "Exclusive Access" perk will be available on Aqua Amazon and Aqua Mekong voyages on select dates throughout the year.

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JetBlue offers season flight service Palm Springs, California

JetBlue's Newest Destination
Now East Coasters can escape the winter blues and head to sun-filled Palm Springs with JetBlue. Beginning January 14, 2016, the airline will offer seasonal flight service from New York's JFK International Airport to Palm Springs International Airport. Five round-trip flights per week will be available through May 1, 2016.

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Sir Richard Branson's posh Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands

Sir Richard Branson's Exotic Moskito Island
Moskito Island has gotten a lavish makeover with an eco-resort established by Sir Richard Branson. The property consists of five three-bedroom villas that can accommodate up to 22 guests. It's equipped with a restaurant, beach bar, nature trails, organic garden and orchard, swimming pool and tennis courts. Absolute paradise surrounds visitors with lush greenery and azure waters making the island an ideal Caribbean escape. Remaining environmentally-friendly is Branson's top priority, and the resort is powered by wind and solar energies instead of diesel. The initiative is for Moskito Island to be a model for other islands to cut diesel imports, which will help decrease the adverse effects of climate change and rising sea levels. Sir Richard also wants the island to be a habitat for endangered species and has imported lemurs from around the world in hopes of reviving their population. Reservations are now being accepted for early 2016.

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The outdoor heated pool and pool bar on the third-floor sundeck at Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki in Hawaii

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach to Open in 2016
Plenty of exciting things are happening in the hotel industry for 2016 and this year will prove to be impressive for Hilton Worldwide. They announced plans to open the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki, which will be the first Hilton Garden Inn on the island of Oahu. Formerly OHANA Waikiki West, the property has had a major remodel. The establishment has 623 guestrooms — most with balconies so visitors can enjoy the stunning ocean and city views — and is steps away from Waikiki Beach. The hotel will offer a full-service restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an outdoor heated pool and pool bar on the third-floor sundeck. Reservations are being accepted now for dates beginning August 3, 2016.

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Costa Cruises introduces robots named Pepper to greet and aid passengers

European Cruise Company Debuts First Robot Ship Greeters
The high seas are increasingly going high tech. European travel company Costa Cruises will debut a fleet of robots named Pepper to greet cruisers, assist passengers with the embarkation process and help them navigate ships' restaurant and entertainment options.

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A rendering of a guest room at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas Julius Tower

New Julius Tower at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Caesars Palace Las Vegas plans to start the New Year in a big way — with the unveiling of the 587-room Julius Tower. Formerly the Roman Tower, the swanky $75 million makeover is part of Caesars Palace 50th anniversary celebration. The guest rooms and suites embody a contemporary look with classically-inspired details, such as the photographs of costumed Roman statues alongside artwork of glitzy showgirls. Rooms are decked with 55-inch TVs, a curated mini bar and in-room products by Gilchrist & Soames. Accommodations are available for booking January 1, 2016 and rates begin at $149.

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A suite at the Amanemu Resort on the island of Honshu in Japan

Aman to Open New Amanemu Hotel
In early 2016, the hotel brand Aman will launch Amanemu in Ise Shima National Park on Japan's main island, Honshu. The resort celebrates the ancient Japanese onsen (mineral hot spring) tradition and each of the 24 suites and four villas come with its own hot spring. There will also be the Aman Spa, a gourmet restaurant and lounge, and sweeping views of Ago Bay, also called "Bay of Pearls." Visitors can look forward to complete relaxation, a harmonious atmosphere and a rejuvenating experience.

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The dining room of Pacific Rim aboard Seven Seas Explorer

Regent Seven Seas Explorer
In the summer of 2016, Regent Seven Seas Cruises will debut its most extravagant ship to date, the Seven Seas Explorer. The cruise line has pulled out all the stops for its newest creation, from elegant architecture to specialty dining restaurants to luxurious suites. Exclusive to the ship will be Pacific Rim, a Pan-Asian eatery serving a variety of dishes inspired by the regional cuisines of China, Korea and beyond. Another notable feature of the Seven Seas Explorer is the opulent Regent Suite — measuring in at nearly 4,000 square feet and boasting its own spa. The two-bedroom suite has created such a buzz that it is already sold out for the first year of cruising.

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Enjoy family activities on land during your Disney river cruise

Disney Launches European River Cruises
Adventures by Disney and AmaWaterways have teamed up to create a unique vacation experience for families. Starting in 2016, Disney will offer European river cruises through up to five European countries, giving parents and children the opportunity to discover new cultures together. Get a taste of the region's food with the cruise line's menu of local specialties, and enjoy exclusive perks such as a falconry show at Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria. Although you won't encounter any Disney characters, this cruise is sure to be a magical experience for both kids and adults.

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