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  • Keep Your Mask Up-Let Your Hair Down

    9/21/2020 1:30:31 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Have you heard Vegas new 15-second commercial with the tagline: “Keep your mask up, let your hair down?”

    It seems kind of oxymoronic but, then again, we’re talking about Las Vegas so nothing is out of the ordinary or inconceivable.

    Like being able to party hearty while still taking proper precautions to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    Ostensibly, the promotion is to convince people that Las Vegas, which has slowly been reopening its casino-hotels since June 4, is still a place where you can cut loose and not be yourself despite the mandatory restriction by all hotels of wearing a mask.

    The promotion features the new Vegas tagline “What Happens Here, Only Happens Here.”

    Watch the new ad now : https://youtu.be/WJ72YYTvUII

    Let your hair down and check out https://bit.ly/2FD5H61 for limited time offers or call your Vegas Insider Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362 for all the latest updates on Vegas. Also tune into It’s Your Time to Travel on talktainmentradio.com. For the latest travel updates.

  • Let's Go There!

    9/16/2020 9:53:26 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Let’s Go There! https://youtu.be/a9_BTOyT6uQ

    Here’s some news we can all use: new research shows that even the simple act of planning a vacation can boost your happiness and even increase your energy levels.

    These findings were released as part of a new travel industry-wide initiative called “Let’s Go There.” The effort, coordinated by the U.S. Travel Association, brings together major airlines, hoteliers, local destinations and other businesses part of the travel ecosystem. Disney is proud to support this initiative, which aims to spark conversation about future getaways and encourage travel planning.

    The memories and experiences that travel enables cannot be replaced,” said Jill Estorino, President and Managing Director at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and a co-chair of the Let’s Go There Coalition. “This campaign is a first step in inspiring Americans to think about planning a vacation, and encouraging them to look forward to experiencing the wonder and joy—and even magic—that only travel can offer.”

    Given the benefits to planning travel, it might be the right time to start thinking about your next Disney vacation. And Tyus Tours and Travel is here to help you. We are a passionate about travel with years of personal experiences planning Disney vacations, and we are excited and looking forward to sharing advice and tips with you!

    “Quite simply, the world needs more joy. When little ones light up seeing Tiana for the first time or parents witness their children find the courage to ride an attraction, or families finally get everyone together in the reunion t-shirt, that joy inspires me.” said Ricky Tyus owner of Tyus Tours & Travel.

    Whenever you’re ready, we’re ready to welcome you back! Visit https://youtu.be/a9_BTOyT6uQ

  • Drivable Destination: New Orleans

    9/8/2020 9:09:08 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Travel insights from Jenna Buege, contributing editor of The Compass

    The verdict is in; travelers around the world love the Big Easy. The combination of rich history, colorful culture and out-of-this-world gastronomy makes New Orleans a top destination and tourism isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. Tyus Tours and Travel will help you soak up all this wonderful city has to offer with our picks for exploring New Orleans.

    What to Eat -

    Gumbo at Commander’s Palace :

    A thick stew-like dish consisting of meat, okra and Creole and Cajun seasonings, gumbo is iconic Louisiana fare. While many restaurants in town offer a mean bowl of gumbo, try visiting Commander’s Palace for a unique dining experience in the Garden District where they can grab a bite in the famous teal Victorian-style building.

    Beignets at Café Du Monde :

    When it comes to beignets there’s no better place than Café Du Monde. In fact, their beignets are so sought after the restaurant is open 24/7 so visitors can get their sweet-tooth fix at any hour of the day. A treasure from 18th century French colonists, a good beignet is comprised of gooey dough that is deep fried to perfection and topped with confectioner’s sugar.

    Soft Shell Crab at Galatoire’s :

    Are you on the hunt for delectable seafood dishes? Look no further than Galatoire’s soft shell crab for, “one of the best damn pieces of food you’ll ever put in your mouth.” Sadly, this mouth-watering crustacean platter isn’t on the menu every night of the week, but visitors lucky enough to sink their teeth into it will be happy they did.

    What to Drink –

    Vieux Carré at Carousel Bar :

    A signature NOLA cocktail, the Vieux Carré is named after the original French Quarter and is concocted by mixing whiskey, cognac and bitters. Of all the places to sample this unique drink, the best is the Carousel Bar inside the Hotel Monteleone where guests can enjoy their adult beverages on a fully functional, rotating carousel.

    Hurricanes at Pat O’ Brien’s :

    While visitors can get handcrafted hurricanes at a variety of upscale bars throughout the French Quarter, only one bar has the claim to fame for the drink’s creation: Pat O’ Brien’s. Sure, the place might be a bit of a dive, but hey, isn’t that part of the fun? After all, the building is one of the earliest establishments in the French Quarter and this fruity rum-drink is sure to help get the party started.

    Café Brulot at Antoine’s :

    Because it’s always a good idea to combine fire and alcohol, right? For a next-level caffeine pick-me-up,visit Antoine’s where you can experience the Café Brulot, an after-dinner spiced coffee drink that’s prepared over fire. While this all might sound a little extreme, the process is actually quite safe and the bartenders at Antoine’s have perfected their craft.

    What to Do –

    Paranormal Tourism :

    One does not simply go to NOLA, the Voodoo Capital of America, without visiting a few spooky sights. Travelers can tour the infamous LaLaurie Mansion; a gruesome site that was once home to Delphine LaLaurie, a twisted socialite turned serial killer. Or, they can visit Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo, a shop dedicated to the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans herself, Marie Laveau. Laveau lived in the 1800s and was famous for her works of community service and her natural flair for theatrics that could often be seen during her ceremonies. Many people still flock to see Laveau today and she can be visited at her final resting place just down the street from the French Quarter at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

    Swamp Tours and Bayous :

    For an experience that’s uniquely Louisiana, check out a New Orleans swamp and bayou boat tour. There are a number of boating companies who take visitors out on the open water for a closer look at swamp life including: alligators, snakes and hidden villages. Some tours even make stops at a few of the oldest plantations in the south. These tours are a great chance for visitors to learn about culture and history while being totally immersed in nature.

    Art and History :

    NOLA is home to a variety of museums that are sure to have something of interest to any traveler. Visit the National WWII Museum for an unforgettable chance to tour and ride an authentically restored PT-boat. Travelers can get in touch with their artistic side. We recommend one of the city’s many local art galleries. Or for a uniquely New Orleans experience, visit a specialty museum such as the Historic New Orleans Collection or the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.

    Where to Stay –

    Contemporary Living at the W Hotel New Orleans :

    A beautiful courtyard, bright, bold rooms and a lively late-night bar, the W Hotel gives off an artsy vibe that’s perfect for urban visitors. Guests can enjoy the cabana-style pool, unique restaurants and the hotel fitness center to help burn off some of those beignets.

    Southern Charm at the Ace Hotel :

    The Ace Hotel oozes cool with rooms decorated with artwork from local artists, handcrafted furnishings and interesting details like acoustic guitars and turntables. Guests can indulge in delicious food served on site at one of the hotel’s many restaurants, sip on finely crafted coffees at Stumptown Coffee or enjoy the fantastic rooftop pool and sundeck.

    Angels and Devils at the Saint Hotel :

    A healthy mix of our best intentions and sweetest temptations, the Saint Hotel’s motto is, “play naughtily but sleep saintly.” This dramatic lodging option features upscale interiors such as crushed velvet drapes and retro furniture. Each guest room is fashioned with unusual artwork, leather headboards and marble floors to play up the angels versus devils theme. During their stay guests will be tantalized by traditional Louisiana dining options, live jazz music and devilishly delicious cocktails.

    Join Tyus Tours and Travel for a Tour of the Big Easy. Discover its unique flavors during a cooking class featuring the popular dishes of the city as well as dinner at the Court of Two Sisters. Learn the secrets of the city’s famous French Quarter on a walking tour featuring St. Louis Cathedral and the French Marketplace. Enjoy a 5 day / 4 night stay at The Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, plus much more. For more information visit https://bit.ly/3jO6S0O or call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362.

  • This Year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Will Be Different

    8/27/2020 4:42:12 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The coronavirus pandemic will not stop the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but it will be different.

    “For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has kicked off the holiday season with its signature entertainment spectacle, making it one of the world’s most beloved events,” a statement on the event’s website reads. “Following our successful, safe and innovative production of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, it is our intention to similarly reimagine Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. Stay tuned for more details later this fall.”

    Macy’s Independence Day firework show featured a week of fireworks throughout each borough and a grand finale atop the Empire State Building.
    That may provide some sort of blueprint for what the parade could look like.

    “Some is going to be virtual, there might be some small in-person pieces, spread out pieces, it’s not going to look at all of course like how we are used to,” de Blasio added. “But the important thing is, the traditions will be kept in some way.”

    The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1924, making it tied for the second-oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the United States, behind only America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit, which started in 1920.

    It typically takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with the route running through Manhattan and finishing outside Macy’s Herald Square in Midtown. The event has been nationally televised on NBC since 1953, and is known for its massive balloons featuring popular characters like Snoopy and Spider-Man.

    For over 20 years Tyus Tours and Travel has provided great vacation packages to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade but due to the pandemic those packages are no longer available. In the coming weeks Tyus Tours and Travel will provide more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

  • Psst........ Are Your Friends Traveling. Secretly?

    8/19/2020 10:10:14 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Why are travelers keeping their travel hush-hush? No Facebook or Instagram post, no text to friends about their latest adventure, no bragging rights. During the pandemic the phrase "traveling shaming has taken off and most folks would rather not be scolded.

    The pandemic presents a unique case of travel entering the moral sphere, because there are two things that happen when you travel: The first is that I put myself at risk, and the second is by virtue of putting myself at risk, I could be spreading coronavirus to other people.

    Sharing the details about where we’ve traveled has always been a way to transmit our values, tastes and means — look no further than the postcards of the 19th century or the Kodak carousels of the 1960s and 70s. Then came Instagram, a decade ago, to turbocharge the practice. And while technology has made it easy to keep up with loved ones during this period of physical distance, there is one topic being withheld from conversations and hidden from social media: vacations. For a variety of reasons related to the pandemic, some travelers are content to let the tree fall in the forest, so to speak, without a single soul around to hear it.

    So far there is no universally agreed-upon consensus about whether or not to travel. If you think it’s fine to travel and some people don’t think it’s fine — but if you’re not persuaded by the opposing argument — you may feel motivated to hide your behavior.

    We’re living in this moment when longstanding inequities are particularly stark and the dividing line is between people whose lives remain relatively normal and people whose lives have been completely turned upside down by this pandemic. I feel like vacation pictures signal to the world, ‘Hey! This isn’t so bad!’ And it has been really that bad for many, many, many people.”

  • Antigua & Barbuda
    Two Little Island in the Sea

    7/31/2020 10:04:46 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    The tropical islands of Antigua and Barbuda are located in the heart of the Caribbean about a thousand miles to the east of Jamaica and half that distance from Trinidad on the coast of South America. We are at 17- N latitude, about the same as the Cape Verde Islands and Bombay and 61- W longitude.

    The island of Antigua was born out of the sea by a volcano about 30 million years ago. A young island in geologic time. On the northern flank of this volcano, reefs were formed, hence the greater part of Antigua is low lying and is composed of limestone rock.

    The highest point of Antigua is 1,319 ft in the south-west and is called Boggy Peak, but the limestone Highlands of Barbuda rise to only 125 ft. The area of Antigua is 108 square miles, while Barbuda is 62 square miles. The population of the former is approaching 80,000, but the latter is relatively unpopulated at 1,300. Days and nights are refreshingly cooled by the gentle trade winds.

    Barbuda became separated from Antigua by about 28 miles, when the sea-levels of the world rose considerably at about 10,000 BC. Today parts of Barbuda are geologically flooded to form interesting lagoons. Here may be seen the largest breeding and nesting colony of the Magnificent Frigate Bird in the world. Barbuda supports a tremendous diversity of native habitats, as yet unthreatened by development. Reef-fringed Barbuda may be one of the best kept ecological secrets in the West Indies. Her rugged scenery, beautiful beaches, (one at least 12 miles long), lagoons and abundant wildlife may be a resource as valuable as its fisheries.

    Escape 2020 and visit Antigua and Barbuda, where we’ve got the sun, the sea and plenty of much needed space.

    Antigua’s shoreline is washed almost exclusively by the Caribbean Sea, and is hugged by 95 miles of superb coastline. Her sister Barbuda, is surrounded by protective reefs, and features a large lagoon and Frigate Bird sanctuary. The islands are best-known for their friendly and welcoming people, pink and white-sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and the most satisfying and enjoyable climate in the world.

    For more information visit http://bit.ly/2RoyDhG or call Tyus Tours and Travel at 866-547-5362. #LoveAntiquaBarbuda. To learn more about Antigua & Barbuda view video “Your space in the sun is ready for you” https://youtu.be/uvILnN02nxM.

  • Is Your summer road trip spreading the CoronaVirus?

    7/17/2020 4:24:06 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Gregory Wallace and Pete Muntean, CNN - Published 10th July 2020
    Photo by Vusal Ibadzade on Unsplash

    The coronavirus has not killed off the summer road trip.

    New travel data shows that nationwide, Americans are taking more long trips than they were before the pandemic struck -- a trend that has experts concerned these travelers could spread the virus.

    Uptick in trips

    During the week preceding the July 4 holiday, Americans made 32.2 million trips of more than 50 miles, according to data prepared by the Maryland Transportation Institute for the federal government. That's slightly more than the 31.9 million long trips made during the same period in 2019.

    American did a good job during March and April staying home, but it seems that when we reached the Fourth of July, we’re getting back to traveling where it was before the pandemic.

    We expected to see more travels during the holidays, but getting back to where we were before the pandemic-was a bit surprising.

    The institute uses anonymized cell phone location data to chart how people move. The data includes all trips, including those by train and plane.

    Travel by car

    But the numbers suggest many of the trips are by car. The measure of ultralong trips (those over 500 miles) is one third of what it was last year. Amtrak says its bookings are down significantly, and security checkpoint data shows airports are seeing about a quarter of last year's foot traffic.

    The trends are really concerning, we know that if a person from a region goes to another region that has the disease, it may start a new outbreak in a new region.

    Only about three in 10 people in several hot spot states -- Arizona, California, Florida and Texas -- did not venture out during the holiday weekend, according to the Maryland Transportation Institute data.

    Luisa Franzini, Ph.D. and professor and chair at the University of Maryland, said in an interview she doesn't think there is widespread understanding of the risks of traveling to a gathering.

    "Even outdoor events like barbecues or a party outdoors -- they still can be super-spreader events," she said.

    Car travel does not carry the same risks as sharing a crowded aircraft cabin or train car with other people, she noted.

    Unavoidable risks

    "But that doesn't mean it's without any risk," Franzini said. "There is still the risk during the trip when they stop at the gas station to get gas, or go to the restaurant. That's certainly risky. And then once they arrive to their destination, there are risks, too."

    Dr. David Damsker, who leads the health department in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is also concerned about what happens when travelers return home from places such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina -- a vacation destination and a coronavirus hot spot.

    "We're seeing about half of our new cases are people that are infected while they're traveling," he said.

    "It's very important because without those cases, we'd obviously have a better prevalence here in Bucks County. Citizens that are traveling are now increasing our numbers by getting infected in other places."

    A measured approach

    Damsker told CNN he understands that "people are feeling a little bit bottled up," and believes a call for eliminating summer vacations would flop. So, his approach is to urge returning travelers to stay home and avoid public places.

    "People are going to travel. You can't keep people in their homes forever," he said.

    When they do go out, Damsker said he hopes they wear a face mask, avoid bars and practice social distancing.

    And he's urging travelers to carefully consider the rate of coronavirus cases at their destination.

    "If you don't have to go to a state where there's high prevalence, don't go."

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