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  • LAS VEGAS SPLASHES INTO WARMER WEATHER

    4/5/2021 4:11:53 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Las Vegas has resumed operations in addition to resorts opening, a number of other venues and industries that contribute to an #ONLYVEGAS experience have been allowed to re-open, with restrictions. The initial opening is limited, but visitors can expect to enjoy gambling, dining, shopping along with wellness amenities including fitness centers, Spa treatment and pools at most resorts.


    With a wide range of high-energy experiences and tranquil retreats, visitors looking to shake off the winter blues can soak up the sunshine with lively pool fun in Las Vegas. With new health and well-being protocols in place where applicable, it is recommended that pool guests make reservations in advance for entrance as well as lounge chairs, cabanas and daybeds to guarantee seating keeping with capacity limits and appropriate distancing.


    Escape the Cold with Pool Experiences You'll Only Find in Vegas


    Circa Resort & Casino has the country’s largest pool destination for sports lovers called Stadium Swim. Featuring six temperature-controlled pools, two swim-up bars and a 143 x 40 foot, 14-million-megapoxel LED screen, the pool amphitheater plays the day’s hottest games and televised events. Guest can enjoy live music from DJs and other special guest in one of 30 cabanas, or a supper cabana hosting up to 50 people.


    For more information about Las Vegas’ pool scene or to plan your next trip, please visit https://bit.ly/3sPblW0. Click here to view How to Vegas video.


  • 6 Tips for Travel in 2021

    3/25/2021 4:42:55 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    With the glimmer of travel very much back on the horizon, 2021 has promise. As restrictions ease, everyone has different travel priorities—younger generations are excited to get out there; the rest are only a couple of months behind, eager to get some rest and relaxation in by September. What’s on your 2021 travel bucket list? Maybe it’ll be that exotic dream vacation you’ve been dreaming of all year. Maybe it’ll be a much-needed family reunion or a weekend away with friends after a heavily vacation-deprived year. Maybe it’ll be the long-awaited fun of one of 2020’s postponed wedding celebrations.


    Whatever you’re looking forward to, the travel landscape has changed, and we can help you navigate it. Maybe you share some of the common questions we’re hearing right now: When can we travel again? Will travel resume in 2021? (yes!) Is travel safe?4 How can I get the best deals and stay flexible? Where are the best destinations to explore right now? To help you plan your trips in 2021, we’ve created this guide full of travel tips. And if you still have questions, give us a call. Whatever your reason for getting excited about travel again, we want to make sure it’s as easy and joyful for you as possible.


    Here are our top 6 recommendations.


    It all starts with a little bit of inspiration, and sometimes creativity flows when you’re feeling relaxed. So why not make a night of it? – order takeaway, get a refreshing beverage, and sit down with a pile of magazines for inspiration. Or, you’re welcome to simply send us a message for recommendations!


    It’s possible to book a fantastic trip in 2021, but with some restrictions still in place and a lot of pent-up demand, it pays to be prepared. So, we recommend you start that planning stage early.


    Do you need to present a negative COVID test or proof of recovery from the virus? Do you need to self-quarantine before or after travel? As circumstances can change unexpectedly, we recommend you opt for bookings with flexible rates, with free cancellations, and the option to reschedule your trip easily. If you would like advice for your circumstances, please do get in touch.


    Many of us are guilty of neglecting our local areas and missing fantastic destinations just around the corner or only a few hours down the road. Domestic travel can offer all the excitement of a trip abroad, but with far less hassle. Let us help you plan the ultimate staycation!


    Of near-equal importance, you should have a blast and stay safe on your next trip. Reach out to us for guidance on creating a safe, convenient, and rewarding travel experience.


    For the complete guide click here. Any questions or concerns? Speak to us, call 866-547-5362 or email us at travel@tyustours.com visit us at https://www.tyustours.com/11383748_21812.htm


  • 7 U.S. Cities That are Perfect for Family Travel

    3/18/2021 9:17:43 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Smoky Mountain, Gatlinburg TN

    As the weather begins to warm, it’s time to start thinking about family travel, but you don’t have to go far! With so many exciting parks, museums and landmarks to see in the U.S., it’s an easy decision to stay stateside but it can be hard to decide which destination is right for you. Here are seven U.S. cities with the opportunity for tons of family fun to help you get started.


    1. Gatlinburg, TN



    One of the most popular destinations in the U.S. for family travel, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is full of fun and adventure for people of all ages. For a healthy dose of the great outdoors, begin your Gatlinburg expedition at Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of America’s most iconic natural areas with endless winding trails and colorful bluffs to explore. After soaking in all of the sights, make your way into town where you’ll find a variety of tourist attractions such as local shops, adrenaline-fueled activities like mountain coasters and the Gatlinburg space needle and of course, plenty of fresh moonshine waiting to be enjoyed.


    2. New York City, NY



    Between world-famous landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square and the unrivaled arts, culture and entertainment scene, a trip to NYC is a rite of passage for any young traveler. Spend your days navigating the subway system to popular attractions and museums around the city and spend your nights enjoying a Broadway show or devouring some classic New York pizza. If your family is of the thrill-seeking variety, don’t miss a day trip to Brooklyn’s Coney Island or the new Legoland New York Theme Park which is set to open July 4, 2020.


    3. Chicago, IL



    Thanks to a variety of transportation options, visiting Chicago with the whole fam is easier than ever. Enjoy the scenic lakefront by bike, view the city from a new perspective with a boat tour, hop on the L train to make quick work of getting across town or rely on the oldest method of getting from here to there, and take in the sights by foot. Chicago is a place where finding something fun to do will never be an issue. Spend some time exploring the Museum of Science and Industry or the popular Shedd Aquarium for some educational fun, then make your way to Navy Pier where you can go for a spin on the Centennial Wheel, a massive Ferris wheel that soars nearly 200 feet and offers some of the greatest views of the surrounding area.


    4. Orlando, FL



    Orlando is well-established as a family destination and the recent opening of Sesame Street Land is just one more reason to check out the City Beautiful. Perfect for fun rain or shine, visit one of the many theme parks in the city like SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando or Discovery Cove, absorb some knowledge at the Orlando Science Center or dabble in intrigue at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! for an action-packed time. When it’s time to eat, check out opt for a unique dining experience like the Medieval Times Dinner Tournament or Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, an elaborate themed restaurant with five-star cuisine.


    5. Portland, OR



    Don’t let Portland’s rainy reputation scare you away; the fabulous Pacific Northwest is ideal for a trip jam-packed with unbeatable nature, fine dining and unique culture. With 64 acres of activities including the Oregon Zoo, the Portland Children’s Museum, Hoyt Arboretum and the Portland Japanese Garden, Washington Park is a great place to begin your adventure. For an introduction to the city’s famous hipster lifestyle, visit the Portland Saturday Market, a weekly event that features the work of nearly 300 local artisans March through November. Of course, no visit to the City of Roses would be complete without a hike or two and Cooper Mountain and Kelley Point Park are family-approved.


    6. St. Louis, MO



    Voyage to the friendly Midwest and discover St. Louis, a city with lots of interesting attractions that all will enjoy. Begin your visit on a high note with a stop at the City Museum, a wild labyrinth of slides, bridges, tunnels and secret passageways that is always evolving thanks to the help of local artists. After exploring like you never have before, visit the totally kid-friendly Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour. Yes, it may sound counterintuitive to take the kiddos to a brewery, but this tour isn’t the sloppy drunk-fest you might imagine. Instead, travelers will explore the famous and pristine Clydesdale Stables which house a number a massive Clydesdale horses, some of which were featured in Anheuser Busch advertisements throughout the years.


    7. San Diego, CA



    Kick off the summer with a little action at SeaWorld San Diego where the new Mako Dive coaster will debut in May 2020. The coaster will be the tallest of SeaWorld’s thrill ride lineup and is being designed with a focus on shark awareness and conservation. For more wildlife, fun don’t miss the San Diego Zoo, which was voted the number one zoo in the world and is famous for its commitment to breeding and caring for endangered species found across the globe.


    Contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 to book your Family vacation or visit www.tyustours.com to request more information.


  • Tyus Tours and Travel Payment Plans

    3/9/2021 1:09:12 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Buy now, pay later. If you know when you want to take your vacation, but still need to do some saving. A Payment Plan is your solution. We'll help you lock-in today's great rates with only a down payment.


    Reserve your vacation for as little as $50 and we'll gives you a great option to buy now and pay later.


    Standard deposit policy:
    Deposit policy vary by vendor.


    Here's how to do it:
    Make your vacation reservation more than 6 weeks in advance.


    Deposits can include portion of both your air and hotel costs, the full cost of any add-ons.


    From here you've got options:


    A. Schedule a final payment - your credit card will be charged on the date of your choosing.


    B. Make multiple payments - pay for your vacation in regular increments.


    The finer details:


    Deposit options may not be available if the minimum deposit rules cover your full air and hotel costs, or you are traveling during a holiday or convention period that require full payment at time of booking.


    Reservations are still subject to all change or cancellation penalties outlined in the terms and conditions, as well as any supplier penalties should you wish to change or cancel your vacation. Adding TravelSafe Insurance to your vacation may lower or eliminate these penalties.


    Note: Some vendors offer double the discount if you pay in full at the time of booking and other vendors offer financing.


    To learn more contact Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362


  • Let Hawaii Happen!

    2/24/2021 8:56:25 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    The culture of the Hawaiian Islands is steeped in the values of kuleana (responsibility) and aloha. Now that travelers are once again welcomed back to the Hawaiian Islands, share aloha with the world and #LetHawaiiHappen with savings up to $400 and exclusive hotel discounts across fan-favorite hotels. It’s more than where you go. It’s how you stay. To learn more visit https://bit.ly/3aS3z5t.


  • Experience ‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’
    At Disney World Epcot

    2/10/2021 2:39:56 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    It’s a special day at The American Adventure inside EPCOT, as we introduce “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure.” This new exhibit celebrates the distinctly American musical art form, originated by African Americans and fusing the influences of many different cultures.



    Joe Gardner – the musician, mentor and teacher from Disney and Pixar’s new film “Soul,” streaming on Disney+ – shares the rich and surprising history of jazz by taking Guests on a musical tour of several influential American cities. Guests will also discover artifacts from legendary jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong. And soon Guests will be able to use the Play Disney Parks mobile app to interact with the exhibit and test their knowledge of jazz.


    Our team at Walt Disney Imagineering is thrilled to bring the compelling story of jazz to EPCOT, and we were honored to work with jazz experts and institutions across the country to explore the rich history and influence of this ever-evolving genre of music. We hope Guests are as inspired by what we discovered as our Imagineers were bringing this exhibit to life.


    And as a special surprise, check out this new video from American pianist, band leader, and jazz extraordinaire Jon Batiste, who provided the original jazz compositions and arrangements for “Soul,” as he shares his excitement for “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure.” Click video.



    To book your Disney Adventure call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit http://bit.ly/36PaM2P or http://bit.ly/34YU3Mo.


  • Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs

    2/5/2021 8:39:26 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Coinciding with the start of Black History month, “Celebrate Soulfully at Disney Springs” honors Black culture and puts the spotlight on some of the Black and African-American talent at Disney Springs, while also introducing some exciting new offerings. With jazz-inspired entertainment, new art displays, special offerings, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!



    Indulge in New Tastes


    Stay tuned for more details on a special ticketed event at The Edison for Guests seeking a special, elevated dining experience. “Chef Dee Presents A Taste of the Bahamas” is a one night-only event taking place on Feb. 25, 2021 hosted by the newest Executive Chef at Patina Restaurant Group, Deaundra “Dee” Rolle. From appetizers of conch fritters with remoulade to a steamed snapper entrée and benne cake ice cream for dessert, Guests will feel transported to the Caribbean with every bite as Chef Dee describes the inspiration behind her creations, drawing on her Bahamian heritage.


    For those with a sweet tooth, the debut of two new petite cakes at Amorette’s Patisserie is not-to-be-missed. One cake celebrates Disney’s first Black princess, Princess Tiana, while the other features Joe Gardner, the African American jazz musician at the heart of “Soul.” Both are chocolate cakes with raspberry mousse and each is a culinary work-of-art inspired by a beloved film.



    Music, Art and More


    Guests can experience Motown Mondays, Jazz Thursdays and Smooth Sundays – a line-up of musical acts that will stir their soul. Three evenings a week, Guests can find a collection of notable artists taking the stage throughout Disney Springs, among them Motown in Motion, Tonya Staples Duo and Joseph Jevanni.


    Also, Guests can listen up for jazz-style renditions of some of their favorite Disney tunes as they meander through property – select locations feature a soundtrack that will make any jazz-loving Disney fan smile from ear-to-ear.


    Also smile-worthy are four new art displays inspired by Disney and Pixar’s SOUL, created by emerging Black artists: Bee Harris, Bianca Pastel, Arrington Porter and Cory Van Lew. Originally developed in collaboration with Disney and Pixar as part of a HUE Unlimited collection of wearable artwork, the work reflects each artist’s interpretation of the film.


    To take in even more art, Guests can make plans to dine at House of Blues Restaurant and Bar. They can check out special Mardi Gras-themed menu items from Feb. 12-16, but their impressive collection of Southern Vernacular Art, available year-round, is the largest permanently displayed collection of Outsider and American Folk Art in the country. More than 150 untrained, self-taught and mostly African-American artists (including notable artists such as Mose T., Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Leroy Almon, Roy Ferdinand, Howard Finster, Richard Burnside, Ruth Mae McCrane, Jon Bok and Archie Byron, to name just a few,) created emotional, raw, primitive and powerful pieces which serve as a Visual Blues, visible throughout the venue.



    Shop for Something Spectacular


    As Guests browse the retail destinations at Disney Springs, they can be on the lookout for these stores, that are spotlighting Black designers, artists and visionaries:


         Guests can visit Bowes Signature Candles, located inside Marketplace Co-Op, and delight their senses with aromatic must-haves and invigorating scents to suit every mood. The company was founded by Jamaica native Dave Bowes, an artisan who discovered his passion for candle-making in 2002. Today, his company boasts over 110 inspired candle scents sold proudly at Disney Springs and shipped worldwide, including the featured “Jamaica Me Crazy” candle – it’s one of Bowes’ signature scents and a masterful blend of mango, papaya, orange, pineapple, coconut and watermelon.


         At Sephora, the company has made a commitment to dedicate substantial shelf space in-store to diverse companies. Fenty Beauty (Founder and CEO, Rihanna), Briogeo (Founder and CEO, Nancy Twine), Pat McGrath Labs (Founder & CEO, Pat McGrath) and Shani Darden Skincare (Founder and CEO, Shani Darden) are among the brands they are proud to prominently feature. In addition, Sephora recently launched BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY which offers haircare for basics, kinky and coily hair; their aim is to double the assortment by the end of 2021.


         Inside Art of Disney, check out the Artist Spotlight to learn more about Floyd Norman, Bruce Smith and Marlon West – some of the talented animators who have worked with the Walt Disney Animation Studios in films ranging from “The Jungle Book” to “Hercules” to “The Princess and the Frog” and beyond.


         Within some of the most popular Disney-owned locations, Guests will discover products featuring classic and new characters and films. At World of Disney, Guests can look for items tied to “Soul” and “Princess at the Frog.” Marketplace Co-Op will also feature “Princess and the Frog” merchandise, while Super Hero Headquarters will offer some of the most popular “Black Panther” must-haves.


    We hope Guests celebrate soulfully soon at Disney Springs – in February and beyond! To book your Disney Adventure call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362 or visit https://bit.ly/34YU3Mo.


  
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