Mohegan Sun Opens Casino of the Wind with a Full House

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Mohegan Sun Opens Casino of the Wind with a Full House

Casino offers 45,000 square feet of new gaming space in addition to new retail and dining options

 

An eager crowd, all wanting to be the first on the shiny, new slots and un-christened tables, were among the first to see Mohegan Sun’s 64,000 square-foot Casino of the Wind, which opened Friday.

After a Tribal blessing ceremony and brief press conference, the 100-foot curtain that has masked the casino as it was prepared for the public, was parted to reveal the space designed to reflect Mohegan Tribal traditions honoring the wind.

The space opened just 14 months after it broke ground in June 2007.

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Abercrombie & Kent and David Rosengarten Present the culinary pleasures of Hong Kong

Abercrombie & Kent and David Rosengarten Present the culinary pleasures of Hong Kong

Join Abercrombie & Kent and food and wine expert David Rosengarten on Southward from the Peak: Hong Kong to Bora Bora by Private Jet (December 27, 2008 – January 19, 2009), for a personal introduction to the culinary pleasures of Hong Kong. Learn to identify the specialties of local food markets, appreciate the details that differentiate regional cuisines and celebrate the New Year with a dinner meticulously planned out by David Rosengarten.

Your epicurean adventure begins on a luxuriously appointed 757-200ER in the skies between Seattle and Japan, where an on-board discussion introduces you to the varied cuisines you will encounter during your journey through the Pacific. With just 52 privileged guests (instead of the 186 most airlines carry) there will be plenty of time for leisurely conversations with David over dinner or drinks in the Sky Lounge.
Discover why meals are celebrated events in China as you ring in the New Year with a private New Year’s Eve dinner hosted by David Rosengarten.

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Exciting news from Starwood!!

Exciting news from Starwood!!

 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. marks a milestone in its aggressive growth in Greater China announcing its 100th hotel there, with the signing of the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel. As the first international hotel chain to enter China when the historic Great Wall Beijing Sheraton Hotel opened in 1985, Starwood today is the largest international upscale hotel company in China and continues to grow its footprint there with the expansion of its brands including Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, St. Regis, Luxury Collection, aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and W hotels in established and emerging cities as well as resort destinations.starwood

STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS ANNOUNCES ITS 100TH HOTEL IN CHINA
Starwood Solidifies Its Position as Number One Operator of Upscale Hotels in China; Underscores Aggressive Expansion Worldwide

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) marks a milestone in its aggressive growth in Greater China announcing its 100th hotel there, with the signing of the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel. As the first international hotel chain to enter China when the historic Great Wall Beijing Sheraton Hotel opened in 1985, Starwood today is the largest international upscale hotel company in China and continues to grow its footprint there with the expansion of its brands including Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, St. Regis, Luxury Collection, aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and W hotels in established and emerging cities as well as resort destinations.

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Exciting news from Starwood!!

Exciting news from Starwood!!

 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. marks a milestone in its aggressive growth in Greater China announcing its 100th hotel there, with the signing of the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel. As the first international hotel chain to enter China when the historic Great Wall Beijing Sheraton Hotel opened in 1985, Starwood today is the largest international upscale hotel company in China and continues to grow its footprint there with the expansion of its brands including Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, St. Regis, Luxury Collection, aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and W hotels in established and emerging cities as well as resort destinations.starwood

 

Exciting news from Starwood!!

Exciting news from Starwood!!

 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. marks a milestone in its aggressive growth in Greater China announcing its 100th hotel there, with the signing of the Sheraton Beijing Dongcheng Hotel. As the first international hotel chain to enter China when the historic Great Wall Beijing Sheraton Hotel opened in 1985, Starwood today is the largest international upscale hotel company in China and continues to grow its footprint there with the expansion of its brands including Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, St. Regis, Luxury Collection, aloft, Four Points by Sheraton and W hotels in established and emerging cities as well as resort destinations.starwood

 

ROCKRESORTS EMBRACES “APPETITE FOR LIFE”

ROCKRESORTS EMBRACES “APPETITE FOR LIFE”

Sustainable Cuisine Now Being Served at all Properties in the RockResorts Collection

RockResorts, a luxury hotel company with a long-standing tradition of embracing the natural settings of its resort locations, and parent company Vail Resorts, has recently launched Appetite For Life, a brand-wide program showcasing cuisine created with local/regional organic and sustainable ingredients across all resort properties.

The RockResorts collection of eight luxury hotels has implemented the Appetite for Life program in all food and beverage operations. The program involves a variety of sustainable food elements including:
– Offering Horizon Organic dairy products
– Implementing the use of sustainable seafood and fish
– Eliminating all artificial Trans Fats
– Using Coleman natural meats and poultry in all restaurants, supplemented by other specialty cuts of free-range, natural and organic meats
– Serving 100 percent Certified Serena Organic Starbucks coffee and Fair-Trade Cafe Estima espresso blend

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ST. BART’S HÔTEL LE TOINY’S REOPENING

 

NEW BEACH ACCESS, RENOVATED VILLAS AND A NEW OCEAN VIEW FITNESS CENTER AND SPA WILL MARK ST. BART’S HÔTEL LE TOINY’S NOVEMBER 1 REOPENING

 

Hôtel Le Toiny, St. Bart’s luxurious 15-villa hideaway, announces a series of enhancements that will be available to guests beginning this November. The enhancements include a significant renovation of all the villas, the addition of an ocean view fitness center and spa cottage, along with the creation of a path leading to the beach. Hotel Le Tôiny’s Nov. 1 re-opening coincides with the Caribbean high season.

 

New General Managers Guy and Dagmar Lombard, who joined Hôtel Le Toiny in January 2008, have extensively revitalized this classically elegant property. A favorite escape for the rich and famous throughout its 16-year history, Hôtel Le Toiny offers the ultimate in privacy as each pastel-colored villa is set apart from one another on a hillside and comes with its own swimming pool.

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Travel to Beijing Olympics Fraught with Potential Health Risks

Travel to Beijing Olympics Fraught with Potential Health Risks

MU international travel expert has advice for those visiting China

As the torch is lit for opening ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a University of Missouri international travel expert advises visitors to be careful behind the scenes. Visitors to the Olympics face potential problems with respiratory infections, injuries and animal bites. Although it is never too late to receive necessary vaccinations, it is important to be careful during the trip and consider seeing a doctor after returning to the United States.

“In all of Southeast Asia, travelers coming back to the United States with medical complaints typically have either experienced a viral syndrome, fever, respiratory infection, animal bites or scratches, or diarrhea,” said Deborah Kaplan, director of MU’s Travel Connections – a service provided by the School of Health Professions. “Results from a recent stud, completed during a 10-year period showed that people who traveled, especially to Beijing, were commonly afflicted with respiratory infections and animal bites.”

The trouble with animal bites or scratches, according to Kaplan, is that China only recently adopted rabies policies for pet owners, but not soon enough to have helpful effects prior to the Olympics.

 

“In the United States, in 2006, there were three cases of human rabies, two from bats and one from a dog bite in the Philippines,” Kaplan said. “In the same year, there were more than 3,000 human deaths from rabies in China alone. In China, health professionals use a rabies immune globulin that is not approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Anyone bit by a rabid animal needs more than just a vaccine; they need immune globulin to protect them during the window of time before the vaccine take effect.”

 

It is very important for visitors to China to practice good hand washing, brush teeth with bottled water, and do not eat food from street vendors, according to Kaplan. People who smoke or have underlying respiratory ailments are at an increased risk for respiratory infections.

 

After returning from China, visitors should see their doctor if they are not feeling well, Kaplan suggests. If bitten or scratched by an animal, travelers should report the incident to a doctor, the health department or Travel Connections immediately.

 

“Since the Olympic games last for several weeks, many people have not yet traveled to China,” Kaplan said. “It is never too late to take necessary precautions. Travelers to China need updated routine immunizations, Hepatitis A and Typhoid shots.”

 

Kaplan said that the athletes face far less risk because their food will be handled in a much more controlled environment in the Olympic Village. However, the pollution problems in Beijing could affect them as well.

WYNDHAM HOTELS TO OFFER ALLERGY-FRIENDLY ROOMS AND MEETING SPACES

WYNDHAM HOTELS TO OFFER ALLERGY-FRIENDLY ROOMS AND MEETING SPACES

Health-conscious travelers – especially those suffering from allergies and asthma – may breathe easier at Wyndham® hotels thanks to the upscale chain’s new Wyndham ClearAir(sm) initiative to offer allergy-friendly guest accommodations.

 

While eight Wyndham hotels offer the rooms today, all will be required to convert 10 percent of their room inventory or a minimum of 25 rooms into allergy-friendly environments by the end of 2009. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is the first national upscale lodging chain to mandate allergy-friendly rooms systemwide.

 

The chain’s move responds to guest concerns over rising consumer health issues and costs associated with allergic reactions. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies and asthma affect one in four Americans.

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Travel to Beijing Olympics Fraught with Potential Health Risks

Travel to Beijing Olympics Fraught with Potential Health Risks

MU international travel expert has advice for those visiting China

As the torch is lit for opening ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, a University of Missouri international travel expert advises visitors to be careful behind the scenes. Visitors to the Olympics face potential problems with respiratory infections, injuries and animal bites. Although it is never too late to receive necessary vaccinations, it is important to be careful during the trip and consider seeing a doctor after returning to the United States.

“In all of Southeast Asia, travelers coming back to the United States with medical complaints typically have either experienced a viral syndrome, fever, respiratory infection, animal bites or scratches, or diarrhea,” said Deborah Kaplan, director of MU’s Travel Connections – a service provided by the School of Health Professions. “Results from a recent stud, completed during a 10-year period showed that people who traveled, especially to Beijing, were commonly afflicted with respiratory infections and animal bites.”

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