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Noel Irwin Hentschel, American Tours and Mike Gallagher, CityPass with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW 2018

It was a interesting to meet two Brand USA Board members with a wealth of travel industry experience at IPW 2018. Noel Irwin Hentschel, of American Tours International and Mike Gallagher from CityPass.

Noel Irwin Hentschel is Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of AmericanTours International (ATI), America’s largest privately held, American-owned, visit USA tourism and marketing organization. Dually headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. and Orlando, Fla. with regional offices in New York City, N.Y., and Hawaii, ATI was founded in 1977 and today serves nearly one million visitors and generates over $3 billion into the U.S. economy annually.

Mike Gallagher is Co-Chairman and co-founder of City Pass, Inc., an innovative attractions marketing company that provides significant savings on ticket packages to the top attractions in 12 North American destinations. The idea sprang from the collaborative efforts of co-founders Mike Gallagher and Mike Morey. Beginning in 1996, the two combined their respective attraction marketing and industry research skills to launch a company whose products currently enjoy a 98 percent customer recommendation rating. From its initial 1997 debut in the cities of San Francisco, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. the CityPASS program has expanded to include New York City, N.Y; Southern Calif., Atlanta, Ga; Boston, Mass; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pa; Tampa Bay, Fla; Toronto; and Southern Calif. The Southern California CityPASS card includes prepaid admission to four family-friendly theme parks: Disneyland®, Disney California Adventure Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and LEGOLAND California.

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Noel Irwin Hentschel, American Tours International and Mike Gallagher, CityPass with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW 2018

The best places to visit on an Epic American Road Trip

America is famously a country of multitudes, a melting pot of cultures, and incredible geographic and human diversity. And one of the best, and most classic, ways to experience America as a whole is through a road trip. We’ve put together a bucket list itinerary of where you should stop on the ultimate American road trip.

New York City

New York City is one of the most international and culturally significant cities in the world. From learning about the city’s immigrant history at the Tenement Museum, to walking the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge, to checking out world-class art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the city that never sleeps has a little something for everyone.

Washington, D.C.

Just a four hour drive from New York is the seat of American political power: Washington, D.C. Politics isn’t all D.C. has to offer, though; once you’ve seen the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, walk the beautiful streets of Georgetown and check out one of D.C.’s best restaurants. World-renowned chef José Andres’ restaurant Oyamel is a favorite.

Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. The party capital of the United States offers ample opportunities to let loose, whether that’s in one of the city’s many famous clubs, at a top-notch restaurant, or by trying your hand at the slot machines.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley’s landscape is dotted with massive sandstone structures, giving the entire area an otherworldly feel. The Valley is home to around 200,000 Navajo Indians and has been the backdrop to countless Westerns. Don’t forget to take your camera here!

Grand Canyon

Another incredible natural landscape, and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must on any travel buff or nature lover’s bucket list. The incredible 1.5-kilometer gorge is the result of six million years of erosion from the Colorado River. The area is great for hiking and you can even opt to take a helicopter ride over the Canyon to get a true sense of its immensity.

New Orleans

Head south from Memphis and you’ll find yourself in (arguably) America’s funnest city, New Orleans. A unique mix of European, Cajun, and Creole cultures, NoLA offers a seemingly endless array of activities. Visit the famous Café du Monde, have a drink on rowdy Bourbon Street, and take a stroll through the beautiful antebellum architecture of the Garden District.

Appalachian Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains offer stunningly beautiful nature, and have a rich cultural history and tradition for any visitor to explore. A drive around the crests of the region’s mountains is an unforgettable experience, as is pitching a tent in one of the area’s gorgeous forests.

                           

Nashville

Nashville may be the country music capital of the world, but that’s not all it is. This bustling city has become a foodie destination with standout restaurants like The Catbird Seat and Husk, and a has a spate of excellent boutiques, like Emerson Grace. Don’t miss the chance to line dance downtown.

Memphis

Another musical city, Memphis was the home of American icon Elvis Presley. Graceland, where he resided, is a must-visit. Afterwards, make sure you try legendary Memphis barbecue before heading to Beale Street’s bars to listen to some of the best blues musicians in the world.

 

San Francisco

Your final road trip stop, and a must-visit on any trip to the States, is San Francisco. Although the Golden City has become synonymous with the technology industry, there is much more to the city than Twitter and Facebook. Walk the famous Golden Gate Bridge, take in the buzz at the Marina, and check out the residual hippie culture of the Haight-Ashbury district.

East Texas

East Texas is a remarkable stretch of desert and swamp. Seeing this entirely unique ecosystem is a must for understanding the full scope of the United States. Embrace the open road and keep an eye out for swamps to explore.

San Antonio

The Mexican influence is strong in San Antonio, not least because of the Alamo, the famous last battle between the United States and Mexico that resulted in Texas becoming a part of the former. After you’ve visited, stroll along the famous River Walk and have what’s sure to be an excellent meal at one of the city’s many Mexican eateries.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Explore the enormous Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which is one of the largest caverns in the world, and is still only partially explored. The Caverns are best explored right before sunset, when thousands of bats take flight from the roofs of the caves.

Source: theculturetrip.com

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IPW Denver 2018 – Roger Dow, U. S. Travel Association – Silvija Travel Tips

Event promo interview with Roger Dow, President and CEO, of the U.S. Travel Association about the upcoming IPW Denver 2018.

IPW is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S. In just three days of pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 6,000 delegates representing U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA and international and domestic buyers and media from 70+ countries meet face-to-face to conduct future travel business to the USA.

For further information to to book a stand or attend as buyer or delegate visit:  www.ipw.com

Interview with Roger Dow, President and CEO, of the U.S. Travel Association speaking at the Phocuswright Conference, November 2017. The video includes shots of the presentation to BeachInspector.com  – Winner of the Brand USA Marketing and Innovation Award

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser – Big Bus Tour in Washington D.C. for IPW Media – Silvija Travel Tips

“Big Bus Tours” yra didžiausias pasaulio atvirųjų autobusų ekskursijų organizatorius, teikiantis pažintines keliones 19 miestuose trijuose žemynuose.  Viešėdama Vašingtone, DC, kaip IPW 2017 dalyvė, pasirinkau kelionę ” Big Bus” autobusu pažinčiai su šiuo ypatingu miestu. Kadangi tai yra geriausias būdas pamatyti Vašingtoną, atsipalaidavusi ir dairydamasi į šalis stebėjau įžymias vietas, dėl kurių Amerikos sostinė tokia atpažįstama ir ypatinga. O išsamūs gido pasakojimai dar labiau praturtino mano pažintį su Vašingtonu. Ir man labai pasisekė! Susipažinus su miesto įžymybėmis ir autobusui stabtelėjus ties Vašingtono paminklu, kitą kelionės dalį kaip gidė pratęsė Vašingtono DC merė Muriel Bowser. Big Bus prisipildė apsaugos, daugybės kamerų, žurnalistų. Visi norėjome pamatyti ir pasiklausyti miesto merės pasakojimo. Prieš tapdama Vašington DC mere, Muriel Bowser buvo ekskursijų vadovė. Jos išsamūs pasakojimai apie Vašington DC, autobusu keliaujant per šio didžiojo miesto istoriją nepaliko abejingų.Pravažiavome pro Baltuosius rūmus, Vašingtono paminklą, Nacionalinį prekybos centrą, istorinį Džordžtauną, Arlingtono nacionalines kapines ir dar daugybę žymių vietų . Tikrai kelionė buvo ypatinga.

Su didžiuliu malonumu aplankiau National Geographic – Silvija Travel Tips

Neseniai, lankydamasi Vašingtone, kaip IPW 2017 atstovė, su didžiuliu malonumu aplankiau “National Geographic” būstinę. Aš visada žavėjausi garsiomis “National Geographic” knygomis su jų ryškiu geltonu stačiakampio formos rėmu ant viršelio. “National Geographic” žurnalas buvo pradėtas 1888 m. Ir tapo informacijos, nuotraukų ir puikios žurnalistikos šaltiniu apie geografiją, kultūrą, gamtos mokslą ir istoriją visame pasaulyje. Žurnalas išgarsėjo dėl savo ypatingai gražių nuotraukų. “National Geographic” logotipo geltona spalva reiškia saulę, kuri yra svarbi mūsų planetos gyvenimui visame pasaulyje. Stačiakampis – tai foto rėmelis. Žurnalas publikuojamas kas mėnesį ir yra išleidžiamas daugiau nei 40 kalbų. Šiandien “National Geographic” logotipas rodomas daugelyje žiniasklaidos priemonių. 1963 m. prasidėjusios televizijos laidos laimėjo daugybę apdovanojimų, įskaitant daugiau nei 100 Emmy apdovanojimų. Televizijos programos apima: “Explorer”, “Specializacija ir įvykiai”, “Gamtos istorija” , “Mokslas” ir nuolat plečiasi. Mano vizitas į “National Geographic” būstinę paliko didžiulį įspūdį. Aš be galo laiminga, turėdama puikią galimybę prisiliesti prie šio žurnalo originalo, susipažinusi iš arčiau su jo istorija ir ypatingais darbuotojais, mylinčiais savo darbą.

Čia yra nuoroda į “National Geographic” Lietuvos svetainę:
www.nationalgeographic.lt

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Silvija Zalepugiene with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips  with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery during pre IPW 2017 visit to Stone Tower Winery.

“Stone Tower Winery” yra šeimos valdoma ir eksploatuojanti vyno gamykla, kur aukščiausios rūšies vynai ir puikūs vaizdai yra vienodai suderinti su nepriekaištingu svetingumu. Čia dirbama su aukščiausios rūšies vynuogininkais, dirvožemio specialistais ir enologų komanda. Daugiau nei 50-yje akrų užauginti svaiginančių klasikinių prancūziškų veislių vynuogynai 206 akrų valdoje virš Hogback kalno Leesburge, Virdžinijoje. Talentinga komanda sukūrė pasaulinio lygio vynų gamybą. Geras vynas ir puiki komanda padarė labai gerą įspūdį, tai viena iš įsimintiniausių kelionių po Virdžiniją.

Stone Tower Winery  www.stonetowerwinery.com

Christopher L. Thompson, Brand USA with Silvija Zalepugiene at IPW – Silvija Travel Tips

Christopher L. Thompson, President and CEO, Brand USA with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW.

“Brand USA”, kaip Jungtinių Valstijų rinkodaros organizacija, siekia didinti nuolatinį tarptautinį aplankymą, kad būtų galima kurti tautos ekonomiką ir pagerinti JAV įvaizdį visame pasaulyje. “Brand USA” pradėjo veikti 2011 m. gegužės mėnesį, įsteigtu “Travel Promotion Act”, kaip pirmosios šalies viešojo ir privačiojo sektorių partnerystės iniciatyva, siekiant paskatinti pasauliniu mastu suderintas rinkodaros pastangas propaguoti Jungtines Valstijas kaip pagrindinę kelionių paskirties vietą , apie JAV vizų ir įvažiavimo politiką.

Brand USA  www.thebrandusa.com

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.

Christmas Tax-Free Shopping Break In Philadelphia – Silvija Travel Tips

With the UK high streets becoming increasingly busy with shoppers on the hunt for the perfect gift, now is the time to escape the Christmas chaos with a well-timed winter shopping break to Philadelphia. The city of Philadelphia is offering a festive selection of shopping experiences for travellers this winter, including browsing the outdoor market stalls at the 10th annual Christmas Village in the recently re-opened LOVE Park and tax-free shopping at the festively decorated Macy’s. Or travellers looking for carols, cocoa and roasted chestnuts on fairy-lit streets can explore the quaint neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill, which will host lively Stag and Doe Shopping Nights throughout December 2017.

Alongside tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes, Philadelphia is also consistently citied as one of the most walkable cities in the US – the perfect combination for a stress-free shopping break. The city is renowned for its excellent shopping districts, including the centrally-located Rittenhouse Row which is brimming with independent shops and national retailers alike. Travellers looking to find a one-off gift for a loved one back home can also find a great selection of vintage and thrifted items in the various boutiques located in the Old City of Philadelphia and those eager to ‘shop until they drop’ should head to the nearby King of Prussia Shopping Center or the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Celebrates The Christmas Village’s 10th Anniversary at LOVE Park
Following an official opening ceremony by the Christkind from Nuremberg on Thanksgiving (23rd November), the city’s recently renovated LOVE Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with the return of the 10th annual Christmas Village. Inspired by the traditional German Christmas markets, Philadelphia’s very own open-air Christmas Village will play host to more than 80 vendors from across the world until Christmas Eve. From the wooden booths, local and international merchants will sell traditional gifts and treats, including ornaments, toys, jewellery and artwork. Following a browse of the stalls, holidaymakers are invited to warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate under twinkling lights, while enjoying the festively-themed and mouth-watering food. Admission to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is free, with food, drink and shopping available to purchase. For more information, visit www.philachristmas.com

Enjoy the Christmas Light Show and Tax-Free Shopping at Macy’s
Dating back more than half a century, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Philadelphia’s Market Street Macy’s is not to be missed during a family break in the city. During the show, 10,000 LED lights will create falling snowflakes, dancing ballerinas and reindeer against a four-storey-high velvet curtain in the store’s atrium, all to a soundtrack provided by the largest playable instrument in the world, the Wanamaker Organ. After the show, bargain-hunters can enjoy over 157,000 square feet of shopping space, take a stroll through the store’s wonderland of holiday window displays, or head to the third floor to explore the Dickens Village, which will include over 100 animated figures re-enacting 26 of A Christmas Carol’s most memorable moments. The Christmas Light Show and the Macy’s Dickens Village will run from 24 November – 31 December, excluding Christmas Day. For more information and for store opening hours, visit www.visitmacysusa.com/philadelphia.

Stag and Doe Shopping Nights in Chestnut Hill
Each Wednesday throughout December, Philadelphia’s charming north-western neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill will celebrate the season with Stag and Doe Shopping Nights, one of the areas oldest and most loved holiday traditions. Located just 25 minutes from Center City, travellers visiting the historic district of Chestnut Hill can enjoy extended opening hours of many stores on the festively decorated and tree-lined streets of Germantown Avenue, with many hosting holiday sales and promotions. Along with a chance to purchase unique gifts for loved ones back home, the nights will also provide revellers with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights and carollers. For more information on Christmas events in Chestnut Hill, visit www.chestnuthillpa.com/events/holidays-hill-2017.

A package for a last-minute shopping break to Philadelphia includes:

Four-Night Package To Philadelphia From £843 Per Person
America As You Like it is offering a four-night package to Philadelphia from £843 per person. Package includes direct return flights from London Heathrow to Philadelphia with Virgin Atlantic and four nights’ accommodation at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Price is based on selected departure dates in December 2017 and is based on two people sharing. For more information or to book, call 020 8742 8299 or visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com.

For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website, www.discoverPHL.co.uk

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Santa Monikos pliaže – Silvija Travel Tips

Ach kaip gera pasipliuškenti Ramiojo vandenyno bangose Santa Monikos pliaže Los Andžele, Kalifornija, JAV .Šiltas vasaros vakaras, rami pakrantė, begalinis vandenyno chorizontas ir vandens gausa paliko didžiulį įspūdį ir lengvai atpalaidavo po visos dienos viešnagės Holivude.

Silvija Zalepugiene #SilvijaTravelTips flew from Dublin Airport to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with Ethiopian Airlines www.ethiopianairlines.com/IE