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With more than 56 million overnight stays in 2016, London has set a new visitation record. The milestone also means that in 2016, London drew more overnights than any other city in Europe, according to new research from the city’s destination marketing organization, London & Partners. European Cities Marketing reports there were over 41 million overnight stays from international tourists last year –– an increase of 7 percent over 2015.

London’s enduring popularity has its roots in Britain’s many centuries of rich traditions and colorful heritage — Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and all things royal are perennial must-see attractions, to be sure — but pop culture and recent history have served to enhance and broaden the city’s appeal. Here are some current and upcoming happenings that celebrate the timely and timeless aspects of London.

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The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach Offers Special “Suite Getaway”
Available through December 22, 2017. | The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach is offering a special “Suite Getaway” deal just in time for the “sweet spot” of travel between the summer and holiday season.

The deal, valid through December 22, lets travelers experience a luxurious, relaxing Hawaiian vacation outside of peak travel season, so you can enjoy your stay without dealing with the high hotel rates, full resorts, and the chaos that comes with booking at the height of vacation season.

The vacation package includes a choice between the deluxe and grand one-bedroom suite with an exceptional room rate, resort credit, and reduced daily parking fees when reserving at least three nights.

Deluxe One-Bedroom, Ocean View:

  • Rates starting at $599 per night (usually start at $919)
  • $100 resort credit
  • $25 daily valet parking

Grand One-Bedroom, Ocean View:

  • Rates starting at $799 per night (usually start at $1,269)
  • $200 resort credit
  • $25 daily valet parking
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Last-Minute Labor Day Deals In Jamaica
Offer available until October 31. | IBEROSTAR

Iberostar Hotels & Resort in Montego Bay Jamaica is kicking off Labor Day with last-minute savings up to 40 percent. Bookings must be made by October 31, 2017 for travel through October 31, 2017. The five-star all-inclusive beach resort is comprised of three hotels: Rose Hall Beach, Rose Hall Suites, and Grand Hotel Rose Hall.  

Rose Hall Beach is surrounded by beaches and gardens and is a family-friendly location. Rose Hall Suites has a lazy river and children’s water park on the property. It was also recently named one of the 10 Best All-Inclusive Travel Resorts by Parents. Grand Hotel Rose Hall is an adults-only location with 11 restaurants to choose form. Trip Advisor named it one of the Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts in the World. 

The offer is based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Receiving resort credits depends on the length of the stay at the resort. Some blackout dates and additional restrictions may apply and the offer is limited to those in the U.S. market. Offer applies only to the USA market. 

Iberostar owns more than 100 four- and five-star hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, South America, Mexico, the United States, Africa, and Europe. The company specializes in all inclusive resorts for families as well as luxury adults-only hotels. 

For bookings call 888-923-2722 or visit the website at www.iberostar.com.

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Ultima Gstaad Offers Summertime Savings for Guests
Available through August 31, 2017. | Ultima Gstaad $2,595

Guests at the Ultima Gstaad can now save 25 percent in value-added amenities now through August 31.

The hotel is offering a “Room with Breakfast and Dinner” package, which includes a three-night stay for two in a Junior Suite, daily breakfast and dinner at the on-site Duchessa Restaurant, one private 60-minute yoga class, two signature caviar massages, two detox juices, a visit to Glacier 3000, welcome drinks and a special VIP welcome amenity.

Guests will also have access to all hotel facilities including the Ultima SPA, Aesthetics Clinic and outdoor hot tub in addition to receiving complimentary WiFi. While exploring the “storybook” town of Gstaad, visitors can experience a variety of alpine summer activities such as mountain biking, hiking, golf, fishing, rafting, horseback riding, designer shopping, dining and more. 

The rate for this package is $2,595 for two.

Gstaad is located 10 minutes away from Saanen Airport, ideal for a private aircraft, two hours from Geneva International Airport and two-and-a-half hours away from Zurich International Airport. It is 98 miles away from Geneva, 43 miles from Interlaken and 111 miles from Basel. The Duchessa Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and serves authentic Italian-inspired cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients. There are also dining rooms with a private chef on hand, along with butlers in both suites and residences.

In addition to the restaurant and dining rooms, there are three hotel bars, including the Lobby Bar, the Detox Bar located in the Ultima Spa, which offers freshly made fruit and vegetable juices and organic herbal teas, as well as the Shisha Bar, which offers a Middle Eastern atmosphere.

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Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa Offers Free Third Night
Now through September 30, 2017. | Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Now through September 30, travelers can take advantage of Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa’s free third night after booking two. 

Located in the heart of Palm Beach, the resort offers a Sunday “Veuve Rich” Brunch, a newly elevated poolside margarita cart, and oceanfront cabanas (complete with flat screen TVs and private cabana hosts).

There are 309 guest rooms and suites including private terrace suites and club rooms. The Eau Spa offers high end treatments with options for just $99. 

Four restaurants are housed at the resort. They include Angle, a contemporary fine-dining twist on American classics; Temple Orange, offering a Mediterranean-style breakfast buffet and seasonal specialties, guests dine oceanfront with views of the Atlantic; Stir Bar and Terrance is the social hub of the resort and offers a cocktail and light food menu; and finally Breeze is located just off the beach and offers gourmet burgers, salads, light bites, and cocktails. 

The resort is located 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, 40 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, and just over an hour from Miami International Airport. 

Questex Travel Group will hold next year’s Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit at the resort. From May 30 – June 1, 2018, the exclusive, invite-only event will bring together luxury travel agency owners and managers with the most opulent, luxury suppliers.  The event includes informative education, one-to-one meetings, networking events, and elegant receptions. 

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa was a Forbes Five-Star Award winner in both 2017 and 2016 and also received the AAA Five Diamond award in 2016. 

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Napa Valley Wine Train Is Offering First-Ever Commission
The Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is offering travel agents a 10 percent commission on entire package sales. All packages and tours for both group and individual bookings are eligible for commission.   

Travel agents or travel professionals with a valid IATA, CLIA number or equivalent affiliations are eligible and will be given commission following the dates guests take the wine train.

The wine train recently announced several new experiences including the expansion of its Quattro Vino tour which now includes the Legacy, Estate, Collective tours as well as one more that will be announced soon. Quattro Vino makes stops at three of Napa Valley’s most renowned wineries aboard a renovated 1915 Pullman railcars.

Quattro Vino tours begin with a sparkling wine tasting followed by a four-course Napa Valley style meal. Guests then enjoy tastings at three wineries. The six hour trip will take guests roundtrip from the town of Napa. 

Tickets for each of the Quattro Vino tours start at $329 per person and include train fare, food, and tours and tastings at the wineries.

In addition to daytime tours, the wine train will also introduce Twilight Private Tours that allow guests to enjoy an evening tour of Raymond Vineyards or Grgich Hills Estate. The tour includes appetizers and wine tastings onboard as well as dessert and coffee upon return from the vineyards. Transportation is provided  to an exclusive evening dining experience at the wineries, only open to guests of the Napa Valley Wine Train.  

The Twilight Private Tour starts at $339 per person and are only available on Saturdays. 

There are also murder mystery, romance, and food focused tours available. 

For reservations, visit their website at winetrain.com or call 800-427-4124. 

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Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club Offers Third Day of Vacation Free
This offer ends September 30, 2017. | Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Southwest Florida is now offering the third night of guests’ stays free.

This offer runs through September 30 and, in addition, provides guests no resort fees, complimentary valet parking and self-parking, and access to the resort’s fitness center. 

Over the last several years, the resort has spent more than $50 million on renovations and enhancements – part of these renovations were made to the golf course. In November 2016, the $9 million redesign of the resort’s course was led by Jack Nicklaus, who collaborated with golf course architect John Sanford.

Those staying at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club can also take pleasure in the resort’s spa, which offers body treatments, restorative facials, manicures, pedicures and other salon services. The spa also includes nine different treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpool baths, a fitness center, and an aerobics studio. Treatments at the resort spa include the Signature Medley Massage, Aroma-Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Essential Facial, Express Mud Detoxifying Body Wrap, Lemon Verbena Body Polish and Tropical Glow Sugar Scrub.

There is also the resort’s tennis center, plus a beachfront pool complex with two pools, the Beach Kids Club for children ages five to 12, beach rentals, and retail shops on-site.

 

The resort also has several restaurants and lounges, including HB’s on the Gulf, Broadwell’s restaurant, the Seminole Store and the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, which has been recognized as the “Best Place To View A Southwest Florida Sunset” and was named “Naples’ Best Beach Bar” by Travel Channel.

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Fourth of July Sale From Windstar Cruises
Deals ends July 7, 2017. | Windstar

From June 28-July 7, small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises is offering its Fourth of July One Week Sale.

Starting at $1,099 per guest, the sale includes all of Windstar’s regions including the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Asia / Arabia, Costa Rica / Panama, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Canada / New England.

There are more than 50 Windstar itineraries included in the One Week Sale, including:

  • Southeast Canadian Explorations: This cruise takes guests from Montreal to Boston over nine days. The ship sails through whale- and fishing-boat water. On-shore excursions will allow guests to explore historic Boston or Victorian-era architecture in Portland. 
  • Alaskan Splendors:  Windstar's new itinerary will sail from Vancouver to Seward (Anchorage) over 11 days and will explore Alaska’s top destinations. Excursions include: tours of wildlife and glaciers of the Inside Passage, hiking in Haines, and the biggest zip-line in the United States in Icy Strait Point.
  • James Beard Foundation Epicurean Explorations of France, Spain, and Portugal: This food- and wine-themed cruise will sail with Chef Hugh Acheson, winner of multiple James Beard awards and “Top Chef” judge. Guests will sail to the Bordeaux wine region for an overnight stay and wine valley visit as well as visit Northern France’s oyster beds. There will also be cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and wine pairings at dinner.

Windstar is also including its new Star Collector Voyages itineraries in the sale. The voyages are longer and more in-depth, lasting from 14-34 days.

For more information visit their website at windstar.com
 

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Travelers Can "Live Like a Local" with Luxury Hotel Packages
The Palace Pinstripes Package is now available through October 1, 2017. The Summer Like a Local Package is available from June 22 to August 30, 2017. | Lotte New York Palace

The Lotte New York Palace, located in the heart of Manhattan on Madison Avenue, is offering travelers two new packages for the summer.

The luxury hotel’s new deals include the Palace Pinstripes Package, ideal for Yankees’ fans, as well as the Summer Like a Local package.

In a new partnership with the New York Yankees, the hotel gives its guests the opportunity to save up to 50 percent on ticket to a Yankees game, gives them a welcome gift from the New York Yankees which includes two baseball caps and a Yankees Yearbook, two complimentary beers at any of the beverage outlets at the Lotte New York Palace, two pairs of limited edition Lotte New York Palace sunglasses and a discounted room with suite accommodations.

This package for baseball lovers, available through October 1, 2017, also offers guests the chance to stay in cathedral view room types and higher. 

With the Summer Like a Local package, curated by the hotel’s Le Clefs d’Or concierge, guests will get 10 percent off Best Available Rate rooms and 25 percent off suite style rooms, 50 percent off Best Available Rate rooms on Sundays, an additional 5 percent off stays of at least four nights, an official Lotte New York Palace summer itinerary, complimentary Wi-Fi as well as a complimentary hotel tote bag with sunglasses. While staying at the Lotte New York Palace, guests can explore the city by row boating on the lake in Central Park, picnicking on Governor’s Island, along with many other New York City activities.

This offer is available for bookings between June 22 and August 30, 2017 and is applicable for a minimum of two-night stays. 

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