Silvija Zalepugiene with Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association at IPW – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips with Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association at the CityPass media reception and awards at IPW.

U.S. Travel Association www.ustravel.org

Four travel journalists captured top honors in the U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA’s  IPW Travel Writer Awards competition, sponsored by CityPASS. The winners were announced yesterday during a media reception at the IPW trade show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The U.S. Travel Association, which coordinates the awards, received more than 150 contest entries from journalists representing 58 countries. The winners were as follows:

Best IPW Host City (Orlando) Article — Brazilian editor Amanda Fernandes Leonel de Queiroz captured top honors in this category, which judges articles highlighting the previous year’s IPW host city. After attending IPW 2015 in Orlando, Leonel was inspired to write a cover story for Melhor Viagem, a travel magazine targeting readers 55+ in Brazil. As the title of her article,Orlando: De volta à infância” (Orlando: Back to Childhood), suggests, all you need to enjoy Orlando is a youthful spirit and a willingness to explore new horizons.

Best U.S. Travel Destination Article — Due to the high number of outstanding entries received, the judges selected two winners in this category. Phoebe Smith, editor-in-chief of the U.K.-based travel magazine Wanderlust, won for her story “A Walk in the Woods.” Using Bill Bryson’s classic travel book of the same name as her inspiration, Smith drove the entire 2,180-mile length of the Appalachian Trail over a two-week period, cherry-picking the main highlights to explore on foot as she went. The resulting story, published in the October 2015 issue of Wanderlust, is chock-full of great information for would-be hikers, as well as engaging descriptions of the colorful personalities Smith met along the way.

Also winning in this category is Lindsay Sutton, a freelance travel journalist from the United Kingdom. On the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s creation of America’s expansive and much-envied National Parks system, Sutton chronicled a trek across North Dakota, the U.S. state where the idea for the National Parks system was born. Sutton’s article, “Follow in a President’s Footsteps,” appeared in the Manchester Evening News in February 2016. Sutton’s prose takes readers down unsigned dirt roads, through the rugged North Dakota Badlands, and to the far corners of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, all the while highlighting the personality and motivations of the man who would become America’s first “conservationist in chief.”

Best Trade Publication Article — Héctor Fabio Rizzo, editor of Mexico’s TOUR Magazine, won top honors for “La NUEVA New York” (The NEW New York). Through beautiful pictures and words, Rizzo’s article describes the distinctive flavor of New York, created by its diverse population, neighborhoods and energy. His story invites readers to discover the Big Apple’s new attractions and features, including One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, relocated to a brand-new building in New York’s Meatpacking District.
During their evaluation of the entries, this year’s judges looked for articles that featured original ideas and exceptional storytelling skills, as well as prose that would inspire readers to travel to the United States.

The IPW Travel Writer Awards competition is held annually. Each of the winning writers receives $1,000 U.S. and an award certificate. This year’s competition was sponsored by CityPASS, the company that offers discounted admission packages to the top attractions in 12 North American destinations. ###

The U.S. Travel Association is a national, nonprofit organization representing all components of the travel industry, which generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 15 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States. For more information, visit www.ustravel.org.

For nearly 20 years, CityPASS ticket booklets have been the premier product for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings of up to 50 percent. CityPASS ticket booklets, which have a 97 percent customer recommendation rating, contain prepaid admission to the most popular attractions in 12 North American destinations: New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. For more information, visit CityPASS.com.

Miami Seaquarium, Florida – Silvija Travel Tips

Miami Seaquarium a world-class marine-life entertainment park features eight marine animal shows and presentations. It is home to Lolita, the Killer Whale and TV superstar Flipper. Guests will discover the grace of bottlenose dolphins, and laugh with the adventures of Salty the Sea Lion. Other exhibits include Crocodiles, Salty’s Pirate Playground, stingray touch pool, and friendly Manatees. Visitors can get up-close to these friendly mammals through dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor or walk underwater among tropical fish during a Sea Trek Reef Encounter.

Miami Seaquarium Website: www.miamiseaquarium.com

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
USA
Telephone +1 305/361-5705

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Miami Family Temptations, Florida – Silvija Travel Tips

Miami Seaquarium
A world-class marine-life entertainment park features eight marine animal shows and presentations. It is home to Lolita, the Killer Whale and TV superstar Flipper. Guests will discover the grace of bottlenose dolphins, and laugh with the adventures of Salty the Sea Lion. Other exhibits include Crocodiles, Salty’s Pirate Playground, stingray touch pool, and friendly Manatees. Visitors can get up-close to these friendly mammals through dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor or walk underwater among tropical fish during a Sea Trek Reef Encounter. www.miamiseaquarium.com

Jungle Island
Family attraction located in the heart of the city, between Downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon the rich tradition Parrot Jungle began in 1936, it is home to some of the world’s rarest and most incredible animals, including Mama Cass, the only tame Cassowary on the planet; the liger, who holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the World’s Largest Cat; and Peanut and Pumpkin, only the third set of Orangutan twins to be born in captivity. Guests can participate in hands-on interactions with some of the animals, marvel at the engaging animal shows and are amazed by the park’s breathtaking landscapes and vistas. www.jungleisland.com

Miami Children’s Museum
Play, learn, imagine and create on Watson Island with the museum’s 14 interactive and bilingual exhibit galleries, as well as daily programming for the whole family. The museum also offers seasonal camps and classes, custom birthday party packages and more. Pick up a unique souvenir from Kid Smart Educational Gift Shop, and lunch at Subway. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
The 2.6-acre urban green space at the heart of South Beach was transformed in 2011 with a $1.2 million landscape renovation designed by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The new landscape showcases Florida native plants and trees, significant new water gardens and cascading fountains, a welcoming entrance.

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Visit Hershey, Harrisburg, USA – Silvija Travel Tips

Visit Hershey Harrisburg where Sweet Family Fun meets Urban Eclectic and the Great Outdoors meets Rich History and Culture.

The Hershey Harrisburg Region is best known by many as the birthplace of Milton Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Bar. For others, it’s home to the priceless Pennsylvania State Capitol Building that’s often referred to as a “Palace of Art.” We’re both of those things, and so, so much more!

Whether you know us a little or you’re not quite sure what we’re all about, we’re here to shine a light on all things Sweet Family Fun, Urban Eclectic and Exploring in the Great Outdoors

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The Roosevelt Hotel, New York – Silvija travel Tips

Experience the quintessential New York City hotel, where classic elegance meets contemporary luxury. Opened during the Jazz Age, The Roosevelt Hotel impresses with its grand architecture and spectacular interiors beautifully restored to their original brilliance. The “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue” is the pinnacle of classic New York City glamour and an iconic Manhattan landmark.

In the city that never sleeps, you’ll find relaxation in beautiful guestrooms and luxurious suites. Savor creative gastronomy and classic cocktails in Vander Bar or the Madison Club Lounge, or head up to mad46 to mingle in the sky-high chic of our rooftop onsite bar. To paraphrase our namesake President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel speaks softly and carries a big New York City guest experience.

Located at Madison Avenue and 45th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan, The Roosevelt Hotel is a true New York City landmark. Step outside our elegant hotel in Manhattan to discover the world’s most captivating city and legendary attractions, including the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue shopping, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the Broadway Theater District. Explore the oasis of Central Park, see a concert at Carnegie Hall, watch the NY Knicks play at Madison Square Garden and marvel at the Museum of Modern Art – all within steps of our front doors. We are conveniently two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, where you can catch the train to JFK International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. If you’re driving in, we offer valet parking right at the entrance of the hotel.

Step through the doors of the historic Roosevelt Hotel NYC and the magnificent ambience transports you back to the classic setting of New York City in the Roaring Twenties. Renowned as the “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue,” this iconic hotel opened in 1924 and has been renovated to its original grandeur.

The Roosevelt Hotel has been a landmark on the Manhattan skyline since it opened on September 22, 1924. Over the last 90 years , this elegant hotel has remained a true icon of New York City, welcoming guests from around the world. From the Roaring 20’s and Prohibition, World War II and the Baby Boomers, Woodstock to music videos, and Y2K to smartphones, The Roosevelt Hotel has remained a quintessential New York City experience and a part of the cultural fabric of America.

Synonymous with the rich history of The Roosevelt Hotel, Guy Lombardo and his orchestra performed their first show at the Roosevelt Grill on October 3, 1929 and continued to play there for the next 30 years. It was at the Grill that he first broadcast what would become a famous New Years Eve tradition, playing “Auld Lang Syne”.

The Roosevelt Hotel has appeared in several major motion pictures, including The Boiler Room, Wall Street, Quiz Show, Presumed Innocent, Malcolm X, Monday Night Mayhem, The French Connection, Hanky Panky, Maid in Manhattan, The Hoax, and 1408. Infused with NYC culture and luxury, the hotel was most recently featured in the films Man on a Ledge, Men in Black 3 and The Dictator.

The Roosevelt Hotel
45 East 45th Street & Madison Avenue
New York, NY, 10017

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Sea Mist Thimble Islands Cruise, Stony Creek, Connecticut, USA – Silvija Travel Tips

Join Captain Mike and the crew of the Sea Mist as you tour the famous Thimble Islands off the coast of Branford, Connecticut, USA. For nearly fifty years, 1,000s of seafarers have enjoyed tours and charters of the Long Island Sound with Thimble Island Cruise.

The Sea Mist is a 44 ft. Carmen Boat of Chesapeake Design. ThE vessel was designed for sightseeing and private cruise with large removable windows and comfortable seating. The Sea Mist can carry 49 passengers for sightseeing and 38 passengers for private charter. There are two decks- the lower can be completely enclosed and heated when necessary. The upper deck is for observation under the sun or stars. Both decks have speakers. The Sea Mist is located in Stony Creek, CT, off of exit 56 in Branford,

Sea Mist Thimble Islands Cruise www.thimbleislandcruise.com
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Fly from Dublin, Ireland to Hartfotd, USA with Aer Lingus and explore Connecticut, USA. www.aerlingus.com

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El Paso, Texas, USA – Silvija Travel Tips

El Paso is a city in west Texas, along the waters of the Rio Grande. Outside the city, Franklin Mountains State Park is home to cacti and desert wildlife like coyotes and golden eagles. The park’s Wyler Aerial Tramway ascends to Ranger Peak for views of the city and to Mexico. Nearby, the National Border Patrol Museum traces the history of the U.S. Border Patrol, from its founding in 1924 to the present.

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The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA – Silvija Travel Tips

 

The Mark Twain House & Museum, is a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. The property was the home of America’s greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books. National Geographic named it “one of the ten best historic homes in the world,” and TIME magazine dubbed it “Downton Abbey’s American Cousin.”

Throughout the year, The Mark Twain House & Museum presents special events and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy for fans of all ages. In addition, we offer LIVING HISTORY TOURS, a behind-the-scenes look at The Mark Twain House with a costumed interpreter, nighttime Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours and murder-mystery CLUE Tours on select days and times.

For more information, call +1-860-247-0998

The Mark Twain House & Museum www.marktwainhouse.org

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The Greatest Showman film inspiring travel to New York – Silvija Travel Tips

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, today announced a new partnership with 20th Century Fox Film on a holiday campaign titled The Greatest New York City in support of the global release of The Greatest Showman film on December 20, 2017. Inspiring travel to New York City, the campaign showcases extraordinary experiences in NYC during the holiday season when the City puts on its greatest show, from the festive Fifth Avenue department store windows in Midtown Manhattan to the world’s largest gingerbread display at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Live now on NYCgo.com, content from The Greatest NYC campaign includes an exclusive video with cast and crew from The Greatest Showman expressing their affection for NYC.

“New York City serves as an inspirational backdrop to all those who live or visit here, just as it was over a century ago when it was the creative platform for legendary showman P.T. Barnum,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “To partner with 20th Century Fox Film on a movie inspired by Barnum’s NYC story has been a privilege for us, and we invite our travellers to be equally inspired by The Greatest NYC this holiday season across all five boroughs, from the icons to the local neighbourhood gems.”

The Greatest NYC campaign features advertisements throughout the five boroughs, including street pole banners, bus shelters and LinkNYC screens, with creative that cross-promotes the film and NYC travel content on NYCgo.com. Website content includes an exclusive video with cast and crew from the film, editorial articles on the holidays in NYC, a photo gallery of department store holiday windows, a gift guide and more. Social media on @nycgo Facebook and Instagram will also feature The Greatest NYC content.

“What better partner than NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, to help celebrate the release of The Greatest Showman. NYC is practically another character in the film. Indeed, only in NYC could the amazing story of The Greatest Showman come to life. We are so excited to be working on a campaign with NYC & Company to bring The Greatest NYC to people everywhere,” said Zachary Eller, executive vice president, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox Film.

The Greatest Showman was shot in New York City, including Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Brooklyn Armory. The movie was inspired by the life and imagination of P.T. Barnum, who lived and worked in New York City in the mid-1800s, and the City was where his work in show business came to life. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, and features original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The film hits theatres worldwide on December 20, 2017.

The holiday season is one of the greatest times of the year to experience New York City. The season began in late November with the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the iconic Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. Additional activities during the season include department store windows, artisanal markets and various events at cultural institutions, and concludes by welcoming in the New Year with fireworks at Prospect Park in Brooklyn and, of course, the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square.

To further celebrate the release of The Greatest Showman and The Greatest New York City campaign, The Greatest Week kicks off today in New York City with a series of fun, fan-centric activities. Visit nycgo.com/holiday for full details.

The Greatest Showman and 20th Century Fox Film will be honoured at the NYC & Company Foundation’s annual Visionaries & Voices Gala taking place December 18, 2017, in New York City. The NYC & Company Foundation supports NYC’s cultural institutions and their effort to communicate diversity and excitement of the arts for New York City. The Visionaries & Voices Gala celebrates iconic individuals and institutions that embody the vibrancy and vitality of New York City.

NYC & Company has previously partnered on film tourism campaigns with major box office films and movie studios, including Warner Brothers’ Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them in 2016 and Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 3 in 2007.

For more on The Greatest New York City and NYC holiday activities, visit nycgo.com/holiday.

Dublin – Seattle, USA new route with Aer Lingus – Silvija Travel Tips

May 2018 Aer Lingus will launch Ireland’s first direct service between Dublin and Seattle. Fondly known as The Emerald City, Seattle sits pretty between Puget Sound and Lake Washington on the Pacific Northwest. Home to must-visit sights like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle is a superb city just waiting to be explored.

The brand new Dublin – Seattle direct route takes off on 18 May 2018. There will be four direct flights a week to and from Seattle. There will also be connections via Dublin to Seattle from a range of UK and European destinations. Another plus point is when you fly Aer Lingus, from Ireland to the USA you pre-clear U.S. Immigration in Dublin Airport and save precious time when you land in the USA.

To book your flight visit the Aer Lingus website www.aerlingus.com