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  • New York Re-Open

    6/7/2021 2:36:50 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    We are thrilled to welcome you back to New York City—all five boroughs are open and ready to be explored on your next visit. Broadway tickets are on sale (with many shows reopening beginning September 14); the subway has resumed at 24-hour service; businesses, including restaurants, are no longer limited by capacity (only by the space available for patrons to maintain social distance); and the following guidelines have been implemented in New York :


            There is no gathering limit for groups with fully vaccinated attendees.
            For non-vaccinated attendees, social distancing remains in place. At indoor events above the gathering limit (250 people), attendees over the age of four who are not presenting proof of full vaccination must instead present proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test result (i.e., PCR/NAAT taken 72 hours or less prior to admission or an antigen test taken 6 hours or less prior to admission). Outdoor events do not require proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test result.
            The 1am curfew for catered events has been lifted.
            Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks at most businesses and public settings, though individual businesses may require patrons to continue doing so. Masks must still be worn in some settings, including airports and public transit.
            Covid-19 vaccines are available in NYC to all US residents who are 12 and older, including domestic visitors to the five boroughs. Those who are ages 12 through 17 are eligible only for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is a two-dose regimen with at least 21 days between shots.


    Additionally, Mayor de Blasio signed an Executive Order eliminating the 5.875% hotel room occupancy tax rate for a three-month period, from June 1 through August 31, 2021 (other City and State taxes still apply). With these updates, big events are returning to NYC this summer and fall, including the following :


            Tribeca Festival | June 9–20
            ABB FIA Formula E Championship | July 10–11
            NY NOW®, the modern wholesale market for retailers and specialty buyers seeking diversity and discovery, which will be the first event hosted at the newly reopened Javits Center | August 8–11
            TD Five Boro Bike Tour | August 22
            US Open Tennis Championships at Arthur Ashe Stadium, with fans this year | August 30–September 12
            New York Fashion Week, with Spring Studios as the hub in partnership with IMG | September 8–12
            The Governors Ball at Citi Field | September 24–26
            TCS New York City Marathon returning for its 50th year, operating at 60% of typical participant field for a total of 33,000 runners | November 7



    Stepping into Manhattan’s Chinatown, one of the largest in the US, is like finding yourself immersed in another country. Its street vendors, tearooms, dim sum parlors, lively parks and storied restaurants, within a network of narrow streets, lend the area a distinctive feel and provide some of the many reasons to visit.



    Stepping into Manhattan’s Chinatown, one of the largest in the US, is like finding yourself immersed in another country. Its street vendors, tearooms, dim sum parlors, lively parks and storied restaurants, within a network of narrow streets, lend the area a distinctive feel and provide some of the many reasons to visit.


    Stay tuned as we open new adventures to New York City.


  • The Ultimate Summer Destination - New Orleans

    5/26/2021 1:38:00 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    There’re endless reasons to book a trip to New Orleans in the summer. There are things to do for every type of traveler - the solo traveler, the festival lover, the foodie, the family. Summer is the unofficial season of deals & discounts in the Crescent City - from hotel bargains to month-long restaurant specials, it’s possible to do an extravagant summer vacay in NOLA on a budget.


    EAT LIKE ROYALTY FOR A BARGAIN


    There’s no better time to try out some of NOLA’s most legendary restaurants than during the summer. Kick off summer with Restaurant Week New Orleans from June 21-27, where diners can enjoy a two-course lunch for $25 or less or a three-course brunch or dinner for $45 or less. So, you can eat at a historic, elegant French Quarter restaurants like Arnaud's or Garden District culinary landmarks like Commander’s Palace for a steal. Later in the summer, COOLinary will launch, which follows a similar model. Restaurant Week and COOLinary are both a must if you enjoy fancy food without fancy prices.


    ATTEND A SUMMER FESTIVAL


    Hogs for the Cause, June 4-5. Enjoy the best of barbecue while raising funds for families of children with pediatric brain cancer the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, NOWFE, from June 8-13. During the week, participate in wine dinners, labs, tastings and other one-of-a-kind experiences unique to the festival. Go from sampling sweet indulgent dessert wines or participating in an oyster workshop to checking out the French Quarter’s most impressive wine cellars.
    Satchmo SummerFest, the French Quarter festival dedicated to music legend Louis Armstrong, is scheduled for July 30-August 1.
    Other festivals typically held in the summer, such as Essence Fest, will remain virtual this year.


    ESSENCE Festival 2021


    Traditionally held over Fourth of July weekend every summer in New Orleans, we look forward to Essence Fest all year for its one-of-a-kind celebration of Black culture. This year, the festival has gone virtual with two back-to-back weekends of music, entertainment and empowerment from June 25-27 and July 2-4. Performances, webinars and guest speakers will be a part of the fun. The best part – it’s all FREE! Just be sure to register on the festival website in advance


    EXPLORE NOLA’S GREAT INDOORS


    Anyone who wants a behind-the-scenes glimpse into making Mardi Gras happen should head to Mardi Gras World, too. JAMNOLA is one of New Orleans’ newest attractions that offer a glimpse into the music, art and culture of New Orleans through various interactive and highly-Instagrammable exhibits.


    HAVE FAMILY FUN


    Coming with kiddos? To many visitors’ surprise, it’s easy to make a NOLA vacation fun for grown-ups and kids. Spend a day at Audubon Zoo (and cool down at Cool Zoo), the Audubon Aquarium or the Louisiana Children’s Museum, located conveniently in New Orleans' City Park. City Park is home to Storyland, gondola rides, City Putt mini golf, and lots of green space & other family attractions. Be sure to treat the fam to sno-balls at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, too.


    New Orleans summers provide tons of opportunities to snag great rates wherever you go. Receive free admission to various museums and attractions depending on the day of the week, like the New Orleans Museum of Art on Wednesdays. Check out New Orleans 35 Free Things to Do this Summer. Additionally, be on the lookout for temperature drinks, a program that many restaurants follow: when the temperature spikes past a certain point, ice cold cocktails dip in price.


    Plan the ultimate getaway to New Orleans with tours, museums, family activities and more right at your fingertips. Visit world-class attractions like the Audubon Zoo and National World War II Museum, take a historic tour on foot, bike, or Segway. Come see why New Orleans was recently called the #1 destination in the world to visit by the New York Times. For more information visit https://bit.ly/3ixZZRQ.


  • REAL ID Deadline Extended

    5/17/2021 2:58:05 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    The deadline to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license to fly domestically has been extended again. Beginning May 2, 2023, every traveler 18 or older must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license to fly within the U.S.


    The deadline was extended from Oct. 1, 2021 to May 2, 2023 due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the April 27 announcement from Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The announcement also says that the pandemic has significantly impacted states’ ability to issue REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards, with many driver’s licensing agencies still operating at limited capacity.


    “Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver’s licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card.”


    If your ID is not REAL ID-compliant, you must present a different form of ID, like a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) agents to board a plane. If you don’t have a REAL ID-compliant form of identification or any other acceptable form of ID, you won’t be allowed to fly. Seriously. TSA and DHS are not joking around with this.


    To get a REAL ID, you must go to your state’s driver’s license agency (aka the Department of Motor Vehicles or DMV) and bring documentation that proves who you are and where you live. Check with your DMV to be sure you bring the right things before you go. Many DMV websites have checklists for you to follow.


    For example, if you got married and your current last name is different than the one on your birth certificate, you should bring :


          U.S. birth certificate
          Marriage certificate
          W2 with your current name and social security number
          Valid driver's license with current address


    All U.S. states and territories, except for American Samoa, are now issuing REAL IDs.


    Travelers without a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card by May 2, 2023 can still fly domestically, but they must have a valid passport to board the plane. But anyone planning to travel in the U.S. should just go get one so you don’t have to think about REAL ID anymore.


  • Special Invitation to Explore America’s Last Frontier with Royal Caribbean

    5/11/2021 8:41:32 AM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    Join Abe Hughes & Brendan Halcomb with Royal Caribbean for an engaging look at cruising the southeast coastline of Alaska, and touring the interior of the Last Frontier.


    Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7pm


    This is a Last Frontier webinar you won't want to miss!


    To register click here


    Please include the following reservation ID upon registering for the webinar: 4169144


    Plus, Receive an Exclusive Alaska cruise offer for attending the Broadcast


  • Grand Bahamas Island
    New Entry Requirements for Visitors

    4/29/2021 4:43:06 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    For more information visit https://bit.ly/3av4R7k


    Step 1 :


    Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application :


        •    All persons traveling to The Bahamas, and those traveling inter-island, must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs.


    Vaccinated Travelers :


        •    DOMESTIC


        •    Effective immediately, a Bahamas citizen or resident who is fully vaccinated – after receiving their second dose - will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements when traveling inter-island from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera.


        •    INTERNATIONAL


        •    Effective May 1, 2021, visitors traveling to The Bahamas from other countries who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel.


    Unvaccinated Travelers :


        •    Unvaccinated travelers entering The Bahamas and/or those traveling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, Abaco, Eleuthera or Harbour Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.


        •    Children 10 and under, and pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas are not required to take a test.


        •    Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas Health Visa application, and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas.


        •    Any person presenting test results older than 5 days will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas.


    Step 2 :


    Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, travellers can apply for their required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs. (Click on International Tab)

    Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to upload proof of vaccination confirming they have passed the two-week immunity period.


        •    As part of the Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee.


        •    Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.


        •    The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent on the length of stay.


        •    All travelers eighteen (18) years of age and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa.


        •    Persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of their parent or guardian.


    * Unvaccinated Bahamian citizens or residents planning to travel abroad for five (5) days or less must secure a test in the destination they visited before traveling back to The Bahamas. Any RT-PCR test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry.


    It's Your Time To Travel Radio Podcast


    Date: 04/15/2021
    Topic: Grand Bahama Island continues to rebound with special call-in guest,

    Carmel Churchill, Author, Tourism Consultant for Grand Bahamas Island

    www.talktainmentradio.com/podcasts/ITS YOUR TIME TO TRAVEL 041521.mp3



  • Beach vs Pool Quiz

    4/21/2021 12:39:23 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Can a beach tempt you away from your resort pool?

    By Valerie Conners


    To beach, or not to beach … that is the vacation-vibe question. Of course, it’s not the only thing to ask — because if not a beach, is it a pool? And if so, what pool scene are you craving? Decisions, decisions.


    Not to fret. We’re here to help you figure out life’s hard-hitting vacation questions. Take the quiz to discover if your next trip should be all about chill pool cabanas, a wet and wild waterpark, laid-back beachy romance — or something else entirely! To take the test click here!


    As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.


  • 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.


  
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