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Business Events Thailand TCEB introduce 3 highly recommended rooftop bars

“Rooftop Bar” is one of the great choices for MICE travellers who are looking for a meeting spot with a laid-back atmosphere and good live music which can help strengthen bonds in any conversations. It is a venue where MICE travellers can also experience the stunning night sky view of Bangkok, one of the most vibrant MICE cities, in a relaxing mood.

Today, TCEB would like to introduce you to 3 highly recommended rooftop bars that all MICE travellers will undoubtedly like in Bangkok, the hosting city of APEC 2022.

Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar
Let’s start with “Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar”, a rooftop bar on Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit which is the luxurious landmark in the heart of Thonglor. The proper rooftop bar is perfect for dining and enjoying the picturesque 360-degree Bangkok cityscape. It covers three floors, where the dining zone is located on the 45th floor of the bar. In which, the fusion cuisine will be served, along with a variety of food and a specially made mocktail drink from the bar. The 49th floor is the top floor which allows everyone to enjoy the beautiful view of the high-rise buildings in the Phrom Phong and Thonglor. On a sunny day, MICE travellers will be able to see the Chao Phraya River even if it’s quite far away as well.

CRU Champagne Bar
We would like to invite all MICE travellers to have a glass of champagne while enjoying the unique 360 panoramic views of Bangkok skyline at “CRU Champagne Bar”, one of the highest champagne bars in the world. CRU Champagne Bar is located in the Centara Grand Hotel, Central World, where MICE travellers can embrace a view of the city’s sunset while appreciating the champagne bubble and drinking all night long in a modern atmosphere with a wide variety of drinks.

Seen Restaurant & Bar Bangkok
Located on the AVANI+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, “Seen Restaurant & Bar Bangkok”, a rooftop bar that offers more than just luscious cuisine, provides the city skyline and Chao Phraya river in a 360-degree panoramic view, featuring with lights from Asiatique’s enormous Ferris Wheel and the Krung Thep Bridge. MICE travellers can stop by and have a glass of wine here in an exclusive surroundings under the flickering lights.

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Essential Thailand travel tips Everything you need to know

Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand is the world’s 50the largest city bordering with Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. The country has a maritime border with India and Indonesia through the Andaman Sea, and with Vietnam via the Gulf of Thailand.

Theoretically, Thailand is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, however, due to the unstable political situation, the country has been turned into a military dictatorship for the past several years. 

Basic facts:

The capital: Bangkok

Population: 69.43 million (2018 census)

Official language: Thai

Writing system: Thai (Abugida system)

Currency:  Thai Baht (THB)

Do you need a visa?

Generally speaking, visitors coming to Thailand must have a visa obtained from one of the Thai diplomatic missions unless they are from a visa-exempt country or can get it on arrival. Currently, citizens of 64 countries and territories can travel visa-free to Thailand, while citizens of 18 countries can get a visa on arrival. Check this document for a detailed list

Those who can apply for a visa on arrival can stay in the country for 15 days, while others are given a 30-day stay period. Only the citizens of five countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, and Peru) can stay in the country for 90 days. 

Most of those visas are extendible except for those obtained upon arrival. Those citizens who can get a visa on arrival can apply for an e-visa, however, there are only certain checkpoints that can issue the e-visa including Chiang Mai, Phuket, and both of Bangkok’s international airports.  

Is Thailand safe to travel to? 

One of the most frequent Thailand travel tips I am asked is how safe the country is. Generally, it is very safe to go to. There are few scamsthat lots of foreigners fall for, however, if you do your research and read about them, you’ll be fine. 

There are few incidents of petty crime as elsewhere to general precautions apply here as well –  always be attentive and keep your belongings at sight. 

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In terms of your health safety, it’s always a good idea to have proper travel insurance to cover unexpected incidents. I recommend SafetyWing as one of the most budget-friendly services.  

Best time to visit Thailand

Thailand has two seasons that greatly affect the cost of your travel and how much you’d like to travel around. If you are a budget traveler and want to avoid the crowds, then plan your travel to Thailand in the monsoon season that falls from May till October.  

Even though the weather is rainy most of the time, the prices for accommodation, flights, and various activities do drop. It should be noted that due to the rain, you might not be able to visit particular places or do some activities, but the rainfall lasts only for a few hours. 

For those of you who want to have perfect sunny days to do island hopping, plan their honeymoon in Thailand, or visit various cities without worrying about the rain and bad weather, plan your trip during November to April – the dry season. This is the time which also brings lots of tourists, the warm temperatures, and low humidity.


Thai festivals to attend: 

  • Songkran, Thai New Year celebrated as a water fight – April. Here’s your perfect guide for surviving Songkran
  • Loy Krathong lantern festival all over the country – dates vary 
  • Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai – November 
  • The Vegetarian Festival in Phuket – October 

The most beautiful spot in California that you’ve probably never heard of… Highway 395 might not be on your radar for a California summer road-trip, but here’s why it should be

Looking for an alternative to the well-trodden Highway 1 this year? On the eastern side of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range lies U.S. Highway 395, home to outstanding scenery and geology. This incredible road skirts the intersection of arid desert, rolling sagebrush and alpine mountains, with cragged mountain tops soaring 12,000 feet high. Each turnoff shelters some of the Sierra’s most compelling – and strangest – sights, and a very different side of California to what most people imagine. 

Nestled in the two million acres of Inyo National Forest are dozens of remote wilderness trails lined by some of the oldest trees in the world (bristlecone pines). The high-altitude town of Mammoth Lakes is a must-visit. It hides expansive valleys, crystal clear lakes, natural hot springs and wildflower-lined mountain hikes, bursting with colour. The region provides refuge and critical migration corridors for plants and animals to survive climate change.

The Mammoth Lakes Basin has great hiking trails and even better views. Our favourite is Parker Lake – a fascinating, wildflower-trimmed trail, tucked in a small canyon overshadowed by the 12,000 ft. craggy peaks of the Sierra Crest. Visitors can also take the mountain gondola from the Main Lodge to the summit of Mammoth Mountain for spectacular views out over the surrounding mountains and the Minarets.  Mammoth Mountain is California’s largest (and highest) ski resort, but in the summer and autumn months the mountain’s epic ski runs make way for mountain bikers and hikers. It’s a perfect spot for those looking to escape into the wilderness and enjoy the laid-back California mountain life. 

In the town itself, visitors can hit up Mammoth Brewing Company, makers of award-winning craft beer since 1995. Since you’re driving US 395, it’s only right that you order the IPA 395, flavoured with juniper and sage. 

Further up the 395 lies the magnificent 1 million year-old State Reserve Mono Lake, with its otherworldly ‘tufa towers’ (mineral formations) that rise up out of the water and look like you’re standing on the moon. This ancient inland sea is saltier than the ocean and harbours a thriving but fragile ecosystem of interdependent plant and animal species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world but Mono Lake. 

Carry on north to Bodie, one of the largest unrestored ghost towns in the U.S. Preserved in a state of “arrested decay”, visitors can wander amongst deserted buildings that were constructed in the 1850s when gold fever gripped the Sierra before being abruptly abandoned when the gold rush mining boom went bust. Our one tip? Don’t take anything from the park – eager visitors who have lifted a souvenir have been known to be haunted upon leaving Bodie.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR IT&CMA/ CTW BANGKOK, 20 – 22 September, 2022 

IT&CMA/ CTW BANGKOK, 20 – 22 September, 2022

First Hybrid Event Returns To Bangkok

Over 200 Exhibitors/ Over 350 Buyers

Virtual 20 TO 28 SEPTEMBER 2022

Bringing back face-to-face business meets, engaging opportunities and more at the in-person event, with added knowledge and networking access exclusively during the virtual networking event.

  • Table-top/ Destination and Brand pavilion exhibition and business meets
  • Brand Engagement Platforms
  • Knowledge sessions and workshops
  • Social networking and F&B functions
  • Pre & Post-show tours
  • Hosting programme for eligible MICE Association and Corporate buyers from around the world.

IT&CMA remains uniquely positioned as the only global event with the largest exhibition showcase of Asia-Pacific MICE suppliers. The show has been incorporating Luxury Travel since 2012.

Buyers Program. Why Participate,  

‘Bottoms Up’ in Emilia Romagna, as the Italian Region Celebrates World Lambrusco Day Today 

The northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna is celebrating World Lambrusco Day today, Tuesday 21 June. To celebrate the momentous festivity of one of the region’s specialities, the Lambrusco Protection Consortium and the Emilia Romagna Tourist Board are inviting wine lovers in the UK to raise a glass of Lambrusco and toast the start of summer.

World Lambrusco Day highlights this wine varietal’s famous red bubbles, in all their nuance of taste and colour. Compared to other wines, Lambrusco is ‘frizzante’, meaning it is slightly sparkling, which is why it is a common choice for those seeking a refreshing drink in the sun. The increasingly dry Lambrusco’s are the perfect partners to a variety of food; cutting through Emilia Romagna’s salty meats and cheeses with its fizz, and pairing nicely with sweet desserts due to its fruity notes.

Lambrusco consists of 12 different varieties – and it is Italy’s most exported wine. The Lambrusco Protection Consortium, which brings together 70 producers and includes 10,000 hectares of vineyards, protects six different denominations: Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC, Salamino di Santa Croce DOC, Modena DOC, Reggiano DOC and Colli di Scandiano, and Canossa DOC.

Claudio Biondi, president of the Lambrusco Protection Consortium, said: “World Lambrusco Day is a symbolic day in which we aim to celebrate our bubbles, in their various forms, together with all the wine lovers around the world. From the UK and Ireland to Australia, Lambrusco is able to unite fans from all corners of the world.”

Those interested in participating in this year’s World Lambrusco Day can share their Lambrusco photos on social media with the hashtags #LambruscoDay22 and #InEmiliaRomagna and by tagging @consorziolambrusco and @inemiliaromagna.

Dubbed ‘Food Valley’ because of its world-known culinary traditions, Emilia Romagna boasts 44 PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) products, 24 PDO wines, 23 starred restaurants and 26 food museums dedicated to some of the most well-known treasures in Emilia Romagna, including Rosso Graspa museum, devoted to the Lambrusco Grasparossa DOC.

In 2021, more than 46 million bottles of Lambrusco DOC were produced – and about 60% of them were exported to international markets.

Eva Air Lays on More Flights to Meet High Demand 

EVA Air, Taiwan’s leading independent airline, has announced that it is to increase its London Heathrow – Bangkok – Taipei service from three flights per week to five flights per week in response to encouraging sales and high demand. Effective from August, the flights will depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for all flights scheduled in August and September, with a view to increasing further depending on performance.

This will be yet more welcome news for the travel industry and EVA Air customers and coincides with recent reports of booming sales to Southeast Asia. The relaunch of the airline’s London to Bangkok flights, which was announced at the end of April and coincided with Thailand’s lifting of arrival testing, have seen encouraging sales, which has prompted EVA Air to add on the extra departure dates.

Commenting on the news, Sarah Wu, EVA Air’s General Manager of the London office said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to add on more flights, so soon after the announcement of the London-Bangkok-Taipei relaunch. The addition of these extra days gives our customers more flexibility. If demand remains high we are well on the way to returning to our daily service later in the year.  We would like to thank all our partners for their support and are very much looking forward to seeing even more passengers from the UK flying with EVA Air again.”

The award-winning airline retains its desirable flight departure time of 2135 from Heathrow’s Terminal 2.

To learn more about EVA Air’s travel destinations and award-winning services, and to buy tickets, visit

Kultūra keliasi į Kauno rajonus: Dainava ir Šančiai kviečia į festivalius 

Kauno mieste vykstančių renginių diapazonas plečiasi – kultūra keliasi ir į mikrorajonus. Aukštaūgių daugiabučių pavėsyje gyventojus budins ir į lauką išlįsti visą vasarą vilios „Kaunas 2022“ bendruomenių programos „Fluxus Labas!“ kartu su gyventojais kuriami renginiai. Naujai pažinti, ištyrinėti ir prisijaukinti Kauno mikrorajonus birželį kviečia Dainava ir Šančiai.

Kauno mikrorajonai – daugelio dar neatrastas pasaulis. Miestui švenčiant Europos kultūros sostinės metus, čia vis dažniau skamba muzika, vyksta ekologijos, meno festivaliai ir renginiai. Jau nuo 2018 „Kaunas 2022“ bendruomenių programa „Fluxus Labas!“ kvietė Kauno miesto rajonų aktyvius gyventojus, bendruomenes ir vietos verslus ieškoti savo identiteto ir kartu įgyvendinti vietos kontekstą atspindinčias kūrybines iniciatyvas. Visą šiltąjį sezoną – nuo pat birželio iki rugsėjo vidurio – gyventojus ir svečius su projektų rezultatais susipažinti kvies Šilainiai, Dainava, Eiguliai, Panemunė, Gričiupis, Žaliakalnis, Vilijampolė, Petrašiūnai ir Aleksotas. Renginiai padės įsitikinti, kad kultūros toli ieškoti nereikia, o mikrorajonuose yra vietos kokybiškam veiksmui.

Vasarvidį kviečia pasitikti Dainavoje – nuo promenados iki senųjų papročių

Birželio 18 dieną, Vasarvidžiui artėjant, Dainava pasitiks senaisiais papročiais, folkloru ir kūrybine laisve persismelkusiu vyksmu. Skaičiuojant valandas iki vidurnakčio, V. Krėvės prospekto kiemais keliaus lietuviškų sutartinių įkvėpta muzikinė promenada, tris savaites kurta 50 profesionalų iš viso pasaulio („Academy of the Unfulfilled“) ir Kauno bendruomenės scenos menų atstovų. Menininkai kelias savaites ruošėsi renginiui dalyvaudami kūrybinėse dirbtuvėse bei bendraudami su vietos kūrėjais ir bendruomene. Specialiai renginiui jie netgi mokėsi lietuviškų sutartinių. Anot „Kaunas 2022“ programos „Fluxus Labas!“ koordinatorės Godos Kacilevičiūtės, menininkams Dainava pasirodė įdomi ir egzotiška – sužavėjo žali mikrorajono kiemai bei draugiški žmonės. Unikali eisena su teatralizuotomis stotelėmis seks René Daumalio alegorinio romano „A Night of Serious Drinking“ motyvais, pasakojančiais apie neretai kiekvieną aplankantį dvasinį troškulį.

Pastarąjį numalšinus – veiksmas kelsis į Draugystės parką. Čia postindustrinės muzikos garsais, griaudinčiais ritmais bei ugnies ir šviesų žaismu bus pristatyta daugiau nei metus mikrorajono bendruomenės ir profesionalių atlikėjų bei meno kolektyvų kurta misterija. Prie įspūdingo renginio „Dainava vyksme. Vasarvidžio burtai“ įgyvendinimo prisidėjo net 200 kauniečių.

„Manau, kad mikrorajonuose svarbu kurti bendruomeniškumą, terpę kultūrai, stiprinti ryšius su kaimynais. Tikiu, kad nebūtina važiuoti į miesto centrą tam, kad nuveiktume ką nors gražaus. Dainava – dainų kraštas, o tuo pačiu – pramoninis rajonas. Pasirodymuose išvysime šias abi Dainavos puses,“ – žada G. Kacilevičiūtė.

Šančiuose naujai atgims unikalios erdvės

Birželio 23-24 d. veiksmas kelsis į Šančius. Trumpiausią metų naktį netikėtomis spalvomis atsiskleis mažiau žinomos rajono erdvės ir pastatai, kurie pasitiks su muzika, šokiais ir plačiai atvertomis durimis.

„Šančiai – ypatingas rajonas, turtingas savo istoriniu paveldu. Čia gyveno ar savo kūrybos pėdsakus paliko ne vienas žymus žmogus, vietovėje galima rasti modernizmo stiliaus, kitų architektūriškai svarbių pastatų, nuolat atsiveria ir naujos erdvės. Šventėje istorinė rajono dalis pinsis su šiuolaikiškais pasirodymais, instaliacijomis. Festivalis pasiūlys savotišką tradicijos ir naujovių sinergiją“, – teigia Goda Karbonskytė.

„Nacionalinė ekspedicija“ prisišvartuos Kaune: kviečia į viešas diskusijas apie miestą 

Nacionalinė ekspedicija“, per septynerius metus upėmis apkeliavusi Lietuvą, Baltarusiją, Latviją, Lenkiją, išnaršiusi senąsias LDK valdas ir Vidurio Europą, prisišvartuos Kaune – Europos kultūros sostinėje. Žiūrovų pamiltas ir savotišku šalies istorijos populiarinimo ambasadoriumi tapęs projektas kartu su „Kaunas 2022“ visą savaitgalį (birželio 17–19 d.) kvies diskutuoti apie miestą, istoriją ir Europos kultūros sostinės titulą.

Lietuva neįsivaizduojama be Kauno lygiai taip pat, kaip Senasis žemynas neįsivaizduojamas be savo kultūros. Tad labai džiugu, kad šiemet „Nacionalinė ekspedicija“ į Kauną atvyksta ne tik kaip į istoriškai svarbų miestą, bet ir į šių metų Europos kultūros centrą. Tikiu, kad diskusijose Kaunas dar sykį atsiskleis kaip atviras ir šiuolaikiškas miestas, kuriame yra vietos naujoms idėjoms,“ – į renginius kviečia „Kaunas 2022“ vadovė Virginija Vitkienė.

Viešoms diskusijoms „Nacionalinė ekspedicija“ surinko didelį būrį Lietuvos istorikų, visuomenininkų, mokslininkų, kultūros ir meno ekspertų. Dauguma jų – kauniečiai, apie savo gimtąjį miestą galintys papasakoti iš skirtingų perspektyvų. Apie tai, ar Kaunas tikrai yra lietuviškiausias miestas, kokia miesto misija bei kokius pokyčius atnešė Kultūros sostinės metai, diskutuoti kvies režisierius Gytis Padegimas, krepšinio treneris Rimas Kurtinaitis, prof. Alfredas Bumblauskas, prof. Rasutė Žukienė, dr. Rytis Bulota, prof. Antanas Kulakauskas, žurnalistas, „Kaunas 2022“ kuratorius Rytis Zemkauskas, dr. Vilma Akmenytė – Ruzgienė ir kiti dalyviai.

Birželio 17 d. programoje – dvi diskusijos: „Kaunietis – kilmės vieta ar savimonė?“ bei „Kaunas – lietuviškiausias Lietuvos miestas. Ar tikrai?“. Birželio 18 d. dalyviai svarstys ar Kaunas buvo Lietuvos pasipriešinimo sovietmečiu sostinė bei ar Kauno misija – būti alternatyva Vilniui. Birželio 19 d. laukia įtraukiantis pokalbis apie Europos kultūros sostinę ir kelionę iš laikinumo į normalumą.

Pasidalinti idėjomis bei užduoti klausimus bus kviečiami ir gyventojai bei miesto svečiai. Jie galės ne tik klausyti, bet ir aktyviai įsitraukti į diskusijas ar pareikšti savo nuomonę.

„Nacionalinės ekspedicijos“ diskusijos bus puiki galimybė viešai padiskutuoti ne tik apie Kauno vietą ir vaidmenį Lietuvos istorijoje, bet ir geriau pažinti pačius kauniečius – galbūt paneigti kai kuriuos mitus, pamatyti dabarties Kauno – visiškai europietiško didmiesčio veidą. Tikiu, kad ši mūsų kūrybinės grupės ir „Kauno – Europos kultūros sostinės“ iniciatyva sudomins daugelį mano mylimo gimtojo miesto žmonių“, – į renginį kviečia „Kaunas 2022“ ambasadorius Edmundas Jakilaitis.


—NYC’s Tourism Organization Spotlights Recent and Upcoming Developments Across Infrastructure, Hotels, Museums, Attractions, Broadway, Dining, Retail, Big Events, Summer Activities, and More—

—Additional Highlights Include New “Manhattan Like a New Yorker” Resource, Multicultural Content,

Halal Travel Guide and the 30th Anniversary of NYC Restaurant Week—

Orlando, FL (June 7, 2022)—At a press conference today during IPW—a leading generator of US inbound international travel—in Orlando, Florida, NYC & Company announced new and future destination updates and initiatives, underscoring New York City’s unparalleled vibrancy, diversity, and welcoming spirit. Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president, and CEO predicted that by year’s end, the City would recapture over 80 percent of its record 2019 visitation levels as the tourism industry recovers and as New York City once again proves its resilience and indomitable spirit.

“New York City is experiencing an extraordinary revival, with the iconic sites visitors know and love, plus many dynamic, new developments across all five boroughs,” said Fred Dixon, President, and CEO of NYC & Company. “From our world-class attractions, hotels, and Broadway shows to the authentic small businesses, and diverse experiences found across neighborhoods citywide, NYC is back in a big way and already welcoming visitors from around the globe.”

In addition to highlights of What’s New in New York City, Dixon presented NYC & Company initiatives, including the new Get Local NYC campaign, recently-launched multicultural content hubs on, and a new Halal Travel Guide and the upcoming 30th Anniversary of NYC Restaurant Week.

Destination highlights include 12,000 new hotel rooms coming online in the next three years with new properties such as Aman New York and NYC’s second Ritz-Carlton debuting this summer; more than 20 new Broadway shows from classic revivals to innovative debuts; and upcoming developments and openings across infrastructure and transportation, with upgrades across the region’s three major airports; arts and culture including the brand-new Museum of BroadwayThe Louis Armstrong Center and the American Museum of Natural History’s Gilder Center opening this year, with The American LGBTQ+ Museum and the Universal Hip Hop Museum coming soon; performing arts venues such as Lincoln Center’s reimagined David Geffen Hall debuting in October and the iconic Apollo Theater expansion next year; culinary highlights from new fine dining establishments to unique food halls across the five boroughs; retail including the renovated Tiffany & Co. Flagship on Fifth Avenue and the return of Century 21; big events including NYC Pride, the New York City E-Prix, the US Open Tennis Championships and summer programming across five boroughs this summer; and more. 

During IPW, NYC & Company issued an updated press resource on 22 Reasons to Visit New York City in 2022 and a brand-new “What’s New + Trending in NYC” video for the media and trade.

The organization also announced the latest iteration of its neighborhood-centric Get Local NYC campaign, inspiring visitors to explore Manhattan Like a New Yorker. Originally launched in March, the new five-borough initiative encourages visitors to support small businesses citywide. Guides to Brooklyn Like a New Yorker and Bronx Like a New Yorker have already been released, with features on Staten Island and Queens set to launch this summer. 

This summer also marks the 30th Anniversary of NYC Restaurant Week, from July 18-August 21. To commemorate this historic milestone, NYC & Company plans to launch a “Year of Culinary” in New York City.

Recently-launched multicultural platforms on include The Black Experience in NYCThe Latino Experience in NYC, and the latest addition, The Asian Experience in NYC.NYC & Company is also the first US tourism organization to produce a Halal Travel Guide for Muslim visitors and continues to update visitor information on LGBTQ+ NYC and Accessible NYC.

NYC & Company is joined at IPW by more than 10 industry partners, including Academy BusAlliance for Downtown New YorkBroadway PlusCarnegie HallCircle Line Sightseeing CruisesFotografiskaHyatt Grand Central New YorkThe Metropolitan Museum of ArtMuseum of BroadwayRockefeller Center and Times Square Alliance. Visit the New York City delegation at Booth 2800

Additionally, NYC & Company and Broadway Inbound will once again host IPW’s NYC Center Stage luncheon today. The program will be emcee’d by Michael James Scott, currently starring as Genie in Aladdin, and will feature musical numbers from Aladdin, Chicago, The Lion King, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.

For more on all, there is to see and do in New York City’s five boroughs, visit

Universal Studios Hollywood Reveals Details of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD’s Signature Ride,“Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge”

Inspired by the Popular MARIO KART Video Game Series
and Featuring Cutting-Edge Augmented Reality, this All-New Technologically-Advanced Ride
Raises the Bar on Interactive Theme Park Attractions

Here for a Sneak Peek of the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” Ride

Universal City, California, June 2, 2022 – When “Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge” opens in SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™ at Universal Studios Hollywood in early 2023, guests and fans will find themselves immersed in one of the world’s largest, most interactive rides they have ever experienced. It seamlessly fuses augmented reality with projection mapping technology and actual set pieces along a moving ride track to debut a ride that’s unparalleled anywhere within the theme park industry.

The highly-anticipated opening of SUPER NINTENDO WORLD at Universal Studios Hollywood represents the first SUPER NINTENDO WORLD to debut in the United States, designed to transport theme park guests and Nintendo® fans into the world of Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach to be part of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Guests will access SUPER NINTENDO WORLD via the iconic Warp Pipe to enter the land where they will find the “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” ride located within Bowser’s Castle.

This innovative achievement will propel guests into a multi-dimensional experience that recreates iconic environments from the Mario Kart games and where no two races are alike. “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” is also one of the most complex rides ever built within the entertainment industry.

The sophisticated ride is a multi-sensory cornucopia of color, sound and movement that invites guests to navigate familiar environs through the creative use and integration of head mounted augmented reality (AR) goggles—a key point of differentiation that distinguishes this ride from other theme park attractions.

From the depths of the dungeon within Bowser’s Castle, guests will climb aboard stadium-style, four-seat Mario Kart vehicles inspired by the video game, put on their AR goggles …and then with a 3-2-1 GO! signal from Lakitu, they will be off to the races.

The premise is simple but equally inspiring and challenging and will appeal to guests of all ages regardless of gaming experience. As part of Team Mario, guests will steer through courses underwater and in the clouds to compete for the Golden Cup while collecting coins to defeat Team Bowser and win.

“Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge” raises the stakes for guests as an intriguing and repeatable ride with a variety of outcomes.

SUPER NINTENDO WORLD is conceived in partnership with Nintendo and the visionaries at Universal Creative to deliver exhilarating entertainment with innovative technological achievements inspired by characters and video games that have appealed to Nintendo fans for generations.

The immersive land will be a visual spectacle of vibrant colors and architectural ingenuity located within a newly expanded area of Universal Studios Hollywood that will feature the groundbreaking ride, “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge,” and interactive areas, to be enjoyed by the whole family, along with themed shopping and dining to enhance the entire experience.

Universal Studios Hollywood and guests continue the countdown to the land’s early 2023 opening with the Feature Presentation retail store, well stocked with SUPER NINTENDO WORLD merchandise such as Mario and Luigi themed apparel and iconic character hats and a selection of plush characters, including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Bowser.

More information and details will be shared soon. In the meantime, guests can for theme park updates. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

What’s New In Greater Miami & Miami Beach 

What’s New In Greater Miami & Miami Beach 

Greater Miami and Miami Beach are back in full swing this year, and visitors have more reason than ever before to celebrate life with a trip to experience the city’s culture, dining, beaches, and more. From new ways to get here to new things to do, this cheat sheet recaps some of the most recent highlights making headlines in Miami’s tourism sector.

Miami remains a top destination booked according to Q1 reports, but the city and region are only just getting started. 

New Hotels

CitzenM Miami World Center opens fall 2022, bringing an affordable luxury approach to hotel stays with 351 app-controlled bedrooms, a rooftop bar and fitness center. It joins the almost opened CitizenM Brickell Hotel (June 21) that includes 252 smart bedrooms with a rooftop open exclusively to hotel guests, with a pool, bar, and fitness area.

Among boutique hotels that opened recently, Gabriel South Beach is a newcomer powered by renewable energy. The Balfour brings Art Deco details and a dining scene worth checking out. Meanwhile, the Goodtime Hotel was ranked the 14th best new hotel according to TripAdvisor. Klimpton launched its boutique Palomar Hoteland Marriott did the same with Moxy Hotel, bringing more intimate properties to South Beach. 

AC Hotel Miami Dadeland, South Miami’s newly opened hotel that’s connected to Dadeland Mall, features contactless robot food delivery service in partnership with Cartken and FanFood. Upon check-in at AC Hotel Miami Dadeland, all guests will now be provided with a QR code that directs them to FanFood’s website where they will be able to choose and order from participating restaurants within Dadeland Mall’s Dining Pavilion.

Looking forward, Atwell Suites, a new hotel brand for IHG will open its first location in Downtown Miami in November 2022,  Treehouse Brickell has been announced for a 2025 opening. 

New Routes

It’s all about resuming previous service and starting new routes this year. For example, Sky Airline Peru launched a new flight from Lima earlier this year while Red Air now features a twice daily flight from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

In the U.S., getting to Miami has never been easier. Spirit Airlines rolled out 30 routes to Miami this year. Alaska Airlines also boasts a forthcoming daily flight to Miami this June. American Airlines has seasonal flights between November and April connecting Miami to cities across the country, including Albany, Burlington, Madison, and Tulsa.  

American Airlines also has new international services from Paris, Toronto, Martinique, Chetumal in Mexico, and San Andreas Island in Colombia.

Beyond the U.S., Frontier Airlines recently started a new service from Aruba. Air Transat also launched three weekly services from Montreal. WestJet returned recently with four weekly flights from Toronto and Air Canada resumed its service from Montreal and Toronto, ensuring Canadians have ample access to Miami.

SAS has seasonal service from Nordic cities including Copehnagen, Stockholm and Oslo. Finnair also maintains seasonal service from Helsinki and Stokcholm, while LOT is bringing Polish visitors in three times weekly. Lufthansa resumed its service from Munich. And for North African travelers, Royal Air Maroc brought back its service from Casablanca.

New Transport Options

Getting around Miami is convenient as ever with new services across the destination. The new transportation hub MiamiCentral allows for maximum connectivity with public transit options including the Metromover®, Metrorail®, Metrobus®, and City of Miami Trolley Systems. It will also link with the upcoming Tri-Rail Downtown Miami Link Service, a project through the South Florida Regional Transportation (SFRTA) and partners to extend the Tri-Rail commuter rail service to Downtown Miami. 

Miami Central also links South Florida’s Brightline express train which recently returned to regular service. Brightline rail service is also taking the next step to begin rail service linking Miami and Orlando in early 2023 by running trains without passengers between West Palm Beach and Cocoa starting next week and continuing throughout 2022. The trains in that new 130-mile stretch will be training engineers and conductors on the territory, going round trip once daily. 

On the water, Poseidon Ferry, Miami’s long-awaited waterborne commuter service, resumed hourly trips between Miami and Miami Beach. There are also two anticipated new routes that will be announced in 2022 including Miami/Miami Beach/Coconut Grove and Miami/Bimini/Nassau. 

Sustainable Tourism Grows in California 

According to recent statistics, 87% of vacationers care about sustainability when they travel. In California, destinations from North to South have embraced regenerative tourism, offering visitors a host of feel-good travel options.PLAY

Redwood Wonder

The Redwood Forest area in Del Norte County is a natural wonder worth seeing and preserving. With Redwood Rides Adventure Outfitters, visitors can tread lightly with their “leave no trace” wilderness ethics whether mountain biking through the forest, running the rapids on the Smith River or casting a line from an ocean kayak.

Bridge of Hope
The Sundial Footbridge on the Sacramento River in Redding is the first bridge that famed architect Santiago Calatrava designed in the U.S. The bridge links the Turtle Bay Museum to a 200-acre Arboretum. The bridge was designed to not harm the native habitat, with no columns in the river and translucent materials on the footpath to avoid casting shadows on the spawning ponds of the river’s salmon.

Cultural Connections
Learn more about the land and history of the Palisades Tahoe region on a cultural tour led by a member of the local Washoe Tribe. Visitors will learn about natural landmarks, native plants and animals and the Washoe way of life.

Giving Back
Travelers in Visalia that want to really connect to preserving nature can take part in conservation and stewardship volunteer activities with Sequoia Riverlands Trust, dedicated to preserving the nature of the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley. Visitors can help out in the Dry Creek Preserve plant nursery propagating native grasses and drought tolerant plants, or trail maintenance and tree planting crews at Kaweah Oaks Preserve.


Adkins Family Vineyards

Located in California’s Gold Country, Adkins Family Vineyards is a 100% solar powered winery that is on the path to also becoming a certified organic winery. The boutique winery has 35 acres of vineyards and is known for its Viognier wines.

Go Fish
You’ll know you’ve found Fish when you find the line running out the door. The popular Sausalito seafood spot is known for its fresh, sustainably sourced seafood at both its restaurant and market. In fact, they were awarded the Sustainable North Bay Award to honor their commitment to protecting wild fish populations and helping the local economy by supporting local fishermen.

Sustainable Sips
You’ll feel good about tasting your way through Temecula’s Ponte Winery portfolio knowing that the winery has been committed to sustainable farming and winemaking practices since the mid 1980s. Ponte uses composting, reduced water practices and natural pest controls in the winemaking process and is committed to energy reduction and recycling in all its facilities. The winery was the first in Temecula to achieve the Certified California Sustainable Winegrower (CCSW) designation.

Plotting the Future
The Plot in Oceanside is a plant-based restaurant that has cut its produce and dry goods waste to under 1%, an unheard-of number in the restaurant industry. The Plot focuses on whole vegetables, many of which come from the garden behind the restaurant. Don’t miss the Chicken & Waffles, whole grain waffles, smoky maple syrup, habanero shallot sauce, house cashew butter and crispy-coated fried tofu cakes.


Iconic and Sustainable

Known for amazing golf, luxury car shows and stunning ocean views, Pebble Beach Resorts are now also making a name for themselves as eco-friendly. Over 75% of the hotels’ energy comes from renewable sources and water conservation efforts include using the high-tech Rain Bird Cirrus irrigation system to water the famous golf courses more sparingly and sustainably. The resort also works diligently with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and others to address incidental golf ball accumulation in the marine waters off Pebble Beach.

For Shore
Located just steps from the iconic Santa Monica Pier and with each room boasting ocean views, Shore Hotel is an eco-friendly hotel that doesn’t sacrifice luxury for sustainability. It was Santa Monica’s first LEED Gold Certified hotel. The pool is heated through solar energy and guest rooms are designed with energy reducing climate systems, low-flow shower heads and enough natural light to eliminate the need for using lots of lighting.

What’s Old is New
Two Bunch Palms might be one of the oldest resorts in Coachella Valley, but it’s one of the most modern when it comes to sustainability. The wellness resort was the first solar-operated hotel in the Coachella Valley and is the only carbon-neutral wellness resort in the nation. In fact, it has a 3.5-acre solar farm on property that not only saves energy, but also reduces the resort’s water consumption by 21 million gallons a year.

Go Green
The Ranch at Laguna Beach recently was rewarded with the highest level of certification in California’s Green Lodging Program. The resort employs a wide variety of eco-friendly practices including grinding used glass bottles into sand for its golf course bunkers and irrigating with reclaimed water, which saves 20 million gallons of water annually. The just-launched OC Tree Collective is helping plant trees throughout the area’s communities, while a new program encourages employees to collect organic waste for composting.  For more about how sustainable travel matters to California visit, and for more story ideas and inspirtation visit