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|EXPANDING THE GATES OF TOURISM
Ethiopian Airlines Begins Flights to Los Angeles
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that as of June 19, 2015 it now offers flights to Dublin and Los Angeles from its airport in Addis Ababa. This marks a momentous occasion for the airline (the largest in Africa) since it will be the first direct service connecting Africa to Ireland and the West Coast of the United States.
Find out more in the GAYOT Blog
|PERSONALIZE YOUR STAY
The Four Seasons App
Committed to holding true to its status as a leading luxury hotel, Four Seasons now offers guests the Four Seasons App. Checking in and out of your room or reserving a table for dinner is made hassle-free with the hotel's user-friendly mobile application. It's also equipped with a variety of other features that allow you to customize your travel experience. Get recommendations on what to see or do locally, communicate any special requests to the Four Seasons staff and don't worry about getting lost because this app comes with a geo location service. To broaden its global appeal, the Four Seasons App will eventually be available in multiple languages, beginning with Simplified Chinese and Arabic.
Find out more at the Four Seasons official website
|DEBUT AT SEA
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.
Get more news on cruises on GAYOT
|INTO THE EAST
Beautiful China — Journey Along the Great Wall
Recently, the China National Tourist Office Los Angeles hosted an event to attract American travelers to the Great Wall. In collaboration with the Great Wall Alliance — representing the nine provinces of China that the architectural marvel runs through — the occasion gave guests the opportunity to meet and talk with local representatives. The event highlighted sightseeing opportunities beyond the popular Badaling Great Wall near Beijing, including Ningxia, referred to as the "Amazing Land Beyond the Great Wall."
Discover more at the China National Tourist Office official website
|ALL-INCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONS REDEFINED
The New Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva
Get an all-inclusive experience at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montega Bay, Jamaica, and at Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Hyatt's newest additions to its collection of luxury hotels offer a different way of vacationing in Jamaica and Mexico. If you seek an adult getaway, book a stay at Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall, an 18-and-over resort that provides a relaxing atmosphere, plenty of pampering and a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea. Vacationers with kids can opt for Hyatt Ziva, which is open to all ages and is great for a family-and-friends vacation.
Plan your trip at the Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva official website
|THE WAITING GAME
Avoid Weather-Related Delays this Summer
It's raining, it's pouring and your flight's not going. With summer upon us, it's a good idea for travelers to prepare for possible flight delays caused by severe heat and thunderstorms. Find out why avoiding certain airports and taking earlier flights can save you loads of time and trouble when traveling in the coming months.
For more tips, go to the Fox News official website
Asia Cruises: Why It May Just Be Your Best Bet
For Americans, traveling in Asia is typically not what we think of as Travel 101. Flights are costly and long, and navigating local languages and internal workings — like accommodations and transportation — of some of these less developed countries can prove too much — even for the seasoned traveler. Cruises can simplify a trip to the region — which is why CruiseCritic.com cited Asia itineraries as a major trend last year. Some of the appeal is that these trips tend to be longer and are stackable, so many cruisers with the time and disposable income book two or even three back-to-back sailings so that they can see even more of the region.
Read the full article on the Fox News official website
|FEEDING THE PLANET
Expo Milano 2015
Join Expo Milano on an educational journey through the current state of food and the environment. From May 1 to October 31, 2015, this major event will focus on how to make healthy, safe food available globally while also respecting the planet and its resources. More than 140 countries will be participating to make the Expo an eye-opening experience. If you happen to be in Milan on business for the event, take a look at GAYOT's business travel guide for tips on where to stay, eat and what to do during your leisure time.
Plan your itinerary with this helpful guide
THE GLOBE'S MOST VISITED PLACES
Top Tourist Cities Around the World
Rome has the great Colosseum, Giza has glorious pyramids and New York City has the Statue of Liberty. These popular tourist sites are big draws but where are world travelers really going? Check out the top tourist destinations in the world. Have you visited any of these popular cities?
See the list at the Fox News official website
A FAMILY GETAWAY
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.
Get more details at the Fox News official website
BIRD'S-EYE TOUR OF THE ALOHA STATE
Maverick Helicopters Opens Maui Location
Maverick Helicopters, a division of the Maverick Aviation Group, has expanded its terrain and opened a new location in Maui, Hawaii. The company offers a range of aerial tours aboard its ECO-Star helicopters featuring quiet technology, giving guests a unique overhead perspective of Maui's coastlines, valleys, cliff-side waterfalls and volcanoes. The aircraft holds up to seven people and individual voice-activated headsets are provided. The wrap-around windows ensure that everyone has a great view and for a more intimate flight, custom and private helicopter charters are available. There are three tour packages to choose from and prices range from $329 to $399 per person.
Take flight at the Maverick official website
|"KING'S LITTLE PATH"
World's Most Dangerous Walkway Reopened
Are you brave enough to take on the world's most dangerous walking path?
Spain's Caminito del Rey looks more like an "Indiana Jones" movie set than a walkway for mere mortals.
See the full article at the Fox News official website
Hot Right Now: Outdoor Dining on Cruise Ships
The cruise ship industry is all about one-upmanship, and its new big thing is outdoor dining. Most ships have had options for this in the past — often a dining terrace outside the casual buffet room and a grill and possibly a pizza bar by the pool. But when the sun went down, cruisers moved inside to the air-conditioned dining room or a specialty restaurant, both of which insulated them from the warm weather and salt air.
Find out more on the Fox News official website
| A BAHA MAR RESORT DEBUT
Baha Mar Casino & Hotel
The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel will open its doors March 27th, 2015 and, for the grand opening, the resort is offering a complimentary first-night stay if you book by April 30, 2015. Rooms will be available beginning April 13th. Play golf, shop the boutiques and experience nightlife, then return to luxurious lodgings at the end of your day. Three additional Baha Mar hotels - SLS Lux, Rosewood and the Grand Hyatt - are scheduled to open within the next few months.
Read GAYOT's review of Baha Mar Casino & Hotel
Fairmont Pacific Rim Unveils Art Installation by Bocci
The Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, British Columbia has some impressive new art to add to the hotel's collection — Bocci's "16." Bocci, a Vancouver-based design firm, first imagined this creation in 2007 and it gradually came to fruition over the course of the past year. "16" embodies the company's contemporary art aesthetic, fusing together the romantic and technical aspects of design and manufacturing in this installation.
Read the article at the Fairmont Pacific Rim official website
|WIN A COMPLIMENTARY ESCAPE
Spring to San Diego Sweepstakes
If you're eager for sunshine, beaches and a free vacation, then try your luck at the Spring to San Diego sweepstakes. The winner will receive a three-night stay at Kona Kai Resort & Marina, a spa package at Kona Kai's Spaterre and other exclusive perks. Don't let this opportunity sail by — the last day for entry is March 15, 2015.
Plan your trip at the San Diego Tourism official website
|CALLING ALL THRILL-SEEKERS
10 New Roller Coasters to Shake, Rattle, and Roll You
The trend at amusement parks across the nation is to wow guests with bigger, faster, and more daring roller coasters. This year will see some of the most innovative and heart-stopping thrill rides yet, from the floorless Rougarou at Cedar Point in Ohio, to Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California, the world's longest wood-and-steel hybrid with 5,000 feet of track.
Discover the new coasters at the Fox News official website
|LODGE IN LUXURY
New York's Dream Downtown Hotel GuestHouse Suite
The multi-floor penthouse at Dream Downtown in New York City underwent a $1 million makeover and made its debut as the GuestHouse suite this month. The penthouse exudes opulence with a design that blends modern and classic details. Upgrades include a vanity that has a Champagne bar, a private garden terrace, a glass-bottom hot tub, and a private barista available to prepare coffee and espresso beverages when desired.
Be the first to book your stay
|NO SELFIES ALLOWED|
Places Around the World that have Banned Selfies
People love taking selfies.
"Braggies" — or selfies taken in locations to make your friends and family jealous — have overtaken our social media feeds.
But the process of how they're taken has been criticized of late.
Read the full article on the Fox News official website
2015's European Capital of Culture
Pilsen, Czech Republic, the official home of the beer style Pilsner, is a rich and vibrant city that boasts an evocative history full of kings, tyrants and a constantly transforming government and people. Check out GAYOT's article to explore the city's blossoming culture scene.
See what to do in Pilsen
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