Maid Service for a Year? Microtel Hotels Giving Away Guests’ Favorite Amenities

Travelers across the United States are getting a chance to bring home a slew of their favorite hotel amenities—from flat screen televisions and free Internet access to maid service and more—thanks to the Microtel Inns & Suites® hotel brand and its “A better place to stay® Sweepstakes.

Launched in celebration of the brand’s recent 10th consecutive ranking as “Highest in Guest Satisfaction among Economy/Budget Hotel Chains” by global marketing information services company J.D. Power and Associates, the sweepstakes offers entrants the chance to win one of 10 prize packs, each consisting of 10 items that represent amenities that make Microtel Inns & Suites hotels a better place to stay.
Each prize pack includes:
• One Year Free Cable TV and Internet Service
• One Year Free Home Phone Service
• One Year Free Breakfast
• One Year Free Home Maid Service
• One Year Free Gym Membership
• 42” Flat-Screen Plasma Television
• 7” Touch Screen Tablet Computer
• Queen-Size Mattress
• Microtel’s Signature DreamWellTM Bedding
• 10,000 Wyndham Rewards® Points

To enter, travelers should visit www.microtelinn.com and click on the sweepstakes banner. When they do, they’ll be able to create and submit a top 10 list of their favorite Microtel Inns & Suites amenities, which will then enter them into the sweepstakes. Travelers can enter until midnight ET on November 10, plus they’ll have the opportunity to invite up to three friends to enter for the opportunity to earn up to three additional entries. Terms and conditions apply. For more information and the terms and conditions, please visit www.microtelinn.com.
“Microtel Inns & Suites hotels have always been known for delivering outstanding service and high-quality accommodations at affordable prices,” said Rui Barros, Microtel Inns & Suites brand senior vice president. “A decade of the brand ranking highest in its segment certainly demonstrates that. To celebrate, we’re giving travelers a chance to take home just a few of the many things they love about Microtel hotels.”

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The Microtel Inns & Suites hotel brand, a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, features economy hotels located throughout North America and the Philippines that offer guests queen-bedded single, double and suite accommodations. Properties offer complimentary wired and wireless high-speed internet access, free local and long-distance phone calls within the continental United States, expanded cable television, in-room coffeemaker and continental breakfast.
Microtel Inns & Suites hotels in North America participate in Wyndham Rewards, the world’s largest lodging loyalty program as measured by more than 6,500 participating hotels throughout 36 countries worldwide.
Reservations and information are available by calling (800) 771-7171, TDD (800) 824-2082 or (888) 304-6835 (Español) or by visiting www.microtelinn.com. Microtel Inns & Suites hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Microtel Inns and Suites Franchising, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). For information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.

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Microtel received the highest numerical score among economy/budget hotels in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2011 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. Study based on responses from 61,313 guests measuring 11 economy/budget hotels and measures opinions of guests who stayed in a hotel May 2010-May 2011. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed June 2010-May 2011.


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FREE BUSINESS CLASS AIR ON TANZANIA DELUXE WING ADVENTURE WITH AFRICAN TRAVEL, INC.

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African Travel, Inc. has an amazing offer on their unforgettable eight-day Tanzanian Sky Safari: FREE BUSINESS CLASS AIR when you book anytime now through September 15!* This incredible journey includes Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Serengeti – ideal wildlife viewing locales. Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, Migration Camp – the lodging is absolutely top-notch throughout. And transport between destinations is provided by a meticulously outfitted Executive Grand Caravan – an eight-seat luxury aircraft. Game drives are in custom built Safari Cruisers and each day brings the promise of another surprise.

Free Business Class Air is offered only through September 15, so book today!*

Tanzania Sky Safari–8 Days. 1 night Arusha, 2 nights Tarangire National Park, 2 nights Ngorongoro, 2 nights Serengeti National Park. Priced from $6895 per person, land only, based on double occupancy during promotional period August 27-October 26*.

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CEIBA DEL MAR: “ REST & RELAX” FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH 4TH NIGHT FREE”




Ring In the New Year Refreshed—Offers Includes Two 50-minute Massages, Breakfast Daily, and a Private Dinner for Two

Ceiba del Mar Beachfront Resort & Wellness Spa, a boutique, award-winning Riviera Maya outpost situated on half-mile of a private beach at the edge of sleepy village, is gifting wintertime travelers who book a five-day, four-night stay during the holidays with a one extra night of indulgent accommodation at no extra cost with the Rest & Relax With 4th Night Free package.
Amenities of this exclusive offer includes:

– 5 days and 4 nights in luxury Ocean-View accommodations, with the 4th night free;
– A welcome champagne cocktail;
– Two 50-minute Relaxing Massages with a 10% discount on all other spa therapies at the holistic aromatherapy Spa at Ceiba del Mar;
– Daily ala carte breakfast featuring freshly cooked Mexican cuisine, fresh juices, baked sweets breads and other savories; and
– One three-course private candlelight dinner for two amid a romantic backdrop with one bottle of wine and personal butler service.

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LAST CHANCE TO BOOK YOUR CLIENTS! HOTELS SELLING OUT FOR CURAÇAO NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL, FEATURING STING, STEVIE WONDER Branford Marsalis Quartet Added to Star-Studded Line-Up of Performers, September 2-3

Time is running outfor your clients to reserve a spot at the hottest concert serious of the season, the highly-anticipated second annual Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival, September 2-3, 2011!This year, the star-studded line-up already has many hotels across the island almost completely booked, but some limited rooms and packages are still available at hotels, including the Plaza Hotel Curaçao & Casino, Atlantis Diving & Apartments, Royal Sea Aquarium Resort and Breezes Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino.

Acclaimed Jazz musician Branford Marsalis and his quartet have been added to the A-list line-up of musicians performing this year. Marsalis will join16-time Grammy award-winner Sting and 25-time Grammy award-winner Stevie Wonder, who are headlining the sizzling, soulful event.

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A Taste of Panama With a Barcelona Accent:

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Dining at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Executive Chef Daniel Bausà Peris brings the flavors of his native Barcelona to the dining experiences at Trump Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama,

opening July 6, 2011. trump panama 1 Iberian-inspired dishes will mingle with local Panamanian and international specialties on menus at the hotel’s signature Tejas Restaurant & Bar, casual BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar and al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill. Complementing these exceptional dining venues will be the fine wines and small plates of Cava 15 Wine Bar.

True to Trump Ocean Club’s waterfront setting, seafood will take center stage during dinner at Tejas Restaurant & Bar. Here, Chef Bausà concentrates on beautifully plated, deceptively simple dishes that allow the true flavors of the seafood to shine through. In the same spirit of “transparency,” a window from the dining room to the kitchen will allow guests to watch the chef and his team at work.

Chef Bausà has infused the cuisine of Tejas with a Mediterranean accent cultivated through his years of experience in the top kitchens of Spain and Italy. Asian, Latin American and other European flavors will also be highlighted in a true fusion menu. Enticing appetizers will range from a watermelon and feta cheese salad with Greek olives and lemon almond oil to an octopus terrine with ñame root purée, arugula and light, spicy chorizo oil. The freshest catch of the day will be served in a choice of preparations: crusted in sea salt, roasted Mediterranean, Caribbean or local Tikin-xic style. Each of these preparations can be paired with the patron’s choice of sauce, from a garlic mojo to a fresh herb pistou. Meat lovers will enjoy inspired choices such as beef tenderloin with onion compote and gorgonzola ravioli, and a grilled pork chop with smoked cheese and red cabbage strudel. Key lime pie, warm apple tart, and a traditional Latin American three-milk cake are among the tempting dessert selections. Tejas will also feature a lively outdoor raw bar, where Mexican and Panamanian ceviches share the menu with the traditional shellfish.

For small bites in an inviting, casual setting, BARcelona Tapas Restaurant & Bar will draw heavily on Chef Bausà’s Barcelona roots, and several time-honored family recipes are showcased on the menu. The lunch and dinner menus at this restaurant, which promises to be a favorite of locals and hotel guests alike, are designed around a small-plate concept in the tapas tradition, to encourage sharing and plenty of socializing. Panamanian fare is also featured, including a local Sancocho soup that shares the menu with the traditional Salmorejo gazpacho topped with quail egg and Spanish ham. Newcomers to the tapas concept will appreciate Chef Bausà’s “Tapas Walk Through,” a four-course tasting menu hand-selected by the chef and served family-style. Each course will include multiple plates for plenty of culinary variety. Among them are oven-roasted vegetables with pickled anchovies “Montadito,” spicy crispy “Brava’s” potatoes (a BARcelona signature), baby lamb chops with sundried tomato marmalade and aioli, and a coconut rice pudding Panamanian style.

At breakfast, cooking stations outside BARcelona’s doors will draw diners in with the tantalizing aroma of waffles, pancakes and French toast prepared before their eyes. A counter display including pastries, fresh fruits, cold cuts and cheeses will also be stationed outside, while within the restaurant, guests can choose from a wide array of omelettes and other inspired egg and meat dishes.

For poolside guests, the al fresco Azul Pool Bar & Grill will deliver refreshing treats against a spectacular Pacific Ocean backdrop. Among trump panama 2 the light delights on the menu are Caesar salad, guacamole served with totopos and salsa, a selection of quesadillas and a shrimp, coconut, banana and avocado ceviche. Angus beef burgers come with a choice of five toppings, from mozzarella basil pesto to sundried tomato and goat cheese. Sandwiches and market-fresh grilled items, from lamb chops to shrimp, will also be featured, topped off by a selection of desserts that include a tropical fruit salad, country bread served with chocolate and sea salt, and a choice of three ice cream cups: Caribbean (tropical sorbets with red fruit sauce and blackberry whipped cream), Panamanian (chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon roll ice cream with caramel sauce, whipped cream and banana) and Azul’s own signature (coffee, chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, Bailey’s and Oreo cookie).

About Trump® Ocean Club® International Hotel & Tower® Panama

Opening July 6, 2011, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama, perched above Panama Bay in Punta Pacifica, will be the first international venture for Trump Hotel Collection. It is destined to be the largest hotel in Latin America, designed by architect Arias Serna Saravia and developed by Newland International Properties Corp. Its 369 handsomely appointed hotel rooms, including 47 suites, will be a home-away-from-home for travelers, and amenities will include a floor of elite boutiques and shops, multiple restaurants reflective of the region’s best fare, a phenomenal pool deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 10,000 square feet devoted to wellness at The Spa at Trump, over 46,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, a casino and a private beach club on nearby Isla Viveros. Signature services of the Trump Hotel Collection, including The Trump Attaché, will also be a part of the Trump Ocean Club experience. For more information, please visit www.TrumpPanamaHotel.com. Reservations can be made by calling (877)898-7867. Connect with Trump Ocean Club on Facebook and Twitter.

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LIVE LA DOLCE VITA AT THE HOTEL HASSLER ROMA THIS EASTER

imagoeasterEaster is perhaps one of the most anticipated events in the Eternal City. From the procession on Good Friday to the Pope’s Easter Sunday mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, the holiday excitement runs throughout the city. This year, the Hotel Hassler Roma is offering a special Roman pasqua (Easter) for guests looking for an extraordinary Easter in Rome. The package includes:

  • Three nights in luxury accommodations
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the Hassler’s Salone Eva 
  • Special Easter Sunday Brunch created by Chef Francesco Apreda at the Hassler’s panoramic Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant
  • Spumante (Italian sparkling wine) and two bottles of mineral water upon arrival
  • Easter surprise from the hotel’s pastry chef
  • Sauna and steam bath

Guests may also relax with an optional massage in-room or at the hotel’s Amorvero SPA (at additional charge). 
Priced from €1,800 to €2,100 (approximately US$2,430 to US$2,840) based on double occupancy, the package is valid for arrivals on April 22 or 23, 2011.
To know more about Hotel Hassler Roma, visit www.hotelhasslerroma.com.

ABOUT HOTEL HASSLER ROMA:
Set atop the Spanish Steps and featuring a panoramic view of the entire city, Hotel Hassler Roma, owned and managed by Roberto E. Wirth, has been Rome’s five-star lodging of choice for the world’s elite for more than a century. Each of the 95 rooms (of which 13 are suites) are individually designed and adorned in authentic Italian accents. Highlights include the Michelin-starred panoramic restaurant, Imàgo, and the neighboring, Hassler-owned Il Palazzetto (www.ilpalazzettoroma.com), a charming 16-century, five-story palazzo that offers a restaurant and wine bar with panoramic terraces and four guest rooms

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Amankora Paro lodge Offers Yoga and Beauty

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From March 14 through May 1, 2011, guests at Amanresorts’ extraordinary circuit of five luxury lodges in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan can experience the ultimate escape with private yoga lessons with internationally renowned yoga teacher, Jonas Westring (pictured, below).

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Based at the Amankora Paro lodge (pictured, above right) for eight weeks this spring, Westring will be available for one-on-one and private group yoga sessions at any of Amanresorts’ five lodges in Bhutan (Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Gangtey and Bumthang), upon guest request.  Nestled in high mountain valleys between China and northern India, Bhutan is one of the most isolated and serene locales on earth–the ideal blissed-out yoga destination.

Guests at Amankora can now spend days exploring the region’s many sacred temples and mountaintop monasteries and hiking through remote villages, followed by a private yoga class with Westring, who can tailor classes to all skill levels from beginners to advanced practitioners to guests seeking the therapeutic benefits of yoga.

A certified yoga instructor for the past 30 years, Jonas Westring is also a yoga therapist, therapeutic bodyworker and certified teacher of Anusara Yoga, a system of Hatha Yoga that blends the ancient art of yoga with the science of biomechanics.  Westring is also a licensed physiotherapist in Sweden and the US, and currently directs the Shantaya Yoga & Bodywork School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Private 60-minute yoga sessions are priced from $130 per person (or $190 for two people) and 90-minute sessions from $160 per person (or $240 for two people).  Suites at Amankora are priced from $1,400 per night, based on double occupancy.  For more information, please visit: www.amanresorts.com/amankora/home.aspx.

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Panama offers free medical insurance for tourists

During the first thirty days of their stay, tourists will have emergency medical insurance

In 2011, Panama begins a new program; reinforcing tourists are a top priority for the country. All tourists as well as Panamanians living abroad will receive medical insurance with top level coverage in case of emergency during the first thirty days of their stay. 

This initiative, which is only offered by very few countries in the region, become official on January 17th for all visitors arriving in Panama through Tocumen International Airport.

The process for this health insurance is very simple. Once the person arrives at the airport in Panama City, they must go to the tourist information centers located in the area of immigration and they will be handed a brochure with all the necessary information, along with a user card. If the person requires medical attention, they will only need to present this card along with its passport at any health center.
The insurance policy will cover accidental death (up to $20,000 dollars), hospitalization and medical expenses for injuries due to accidents or in case of contracting a disease in Panama (up to $7,000 dollars), expenses for dental emergency (up to $ 2,000 dollars), administrative legal assistance by accident (up to $ 3,500), and lost or stolen documents, among others. The policy does not however cover incidents caused by negligence, those related to alcohol and drugs ", such as those caused by extreme sports.
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Health insurance is an incentive for tourists visiting Panama as well as all other attractions of the country as a tourist destination. Those who take advantage of the health services in the country will see that Panama is an ideal place for medical tourism with highly trained physicians and hospitals , said Minister of Tourism of Panama and Director of the ATP, Solomon Shamah.
The insurance company, Assicurazioni Generali, will be responsible for issuing the insurance policy, and their contract is valid with the country for the next two years. Read phonetically

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CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS UNVEILS NEW SHIP

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Adventure cruise specialist Cruceros Australis announces the unveiling of its new ship, the Stella Australis. Set to launch in December 2010, the Stella was commissioned in celebration of Cruceros Australis’ 20th anniversary.

The Stella will have a capacity of 210 passengers luxuriating in 100 cabins, each 177 square feet. Guests can choose between cabins with a large double bed or two twin beds. For those seeking roomier accommodations and larger beds, superior cabins are available. Cabin highlights include picture windows, independent climate controls, private bathrooms and a satellite phone.

Travelers will enjoy five decks featuring three lounges, an exercise room and a dining room, as well as a spacious deck allowing for unobstructed views of the spectacular scenery.

The Patagonia Deck, the first deck, includes a galley and the Patagonia Dining Room, which has a number of tables that can accommodate groups of four, six and eight people.

The Magallanes Deck, the second deck, includes a reception area and a gift shop where guests can purchase a variety of equipment for expeditions. The cabins on this deck feature large picture windows that are more than three feet wide and four feet tall.

The Tierra del Fuego Deck, third deck, includes the Yamana Lounge that will have a bar and a game room. The cabins on this deck feature slightly larger picture windows that are nearly five feet wide and five feet tall.

The Cabo de Hornos Deck, fourth deck, includes the Sky Lounge. The cabins on this deck feature even larger picture windows that are more than five feet wide and nearly six feet tall.

The Darwin Deck, fifth deck, includes the Darwin Lounge, bar and fully-equipped gym. The gym has glass panels so that guests can enjoy incredible views while working up a sweat. The three lounges- the Sky Lounge, the Darwin Lounge and the Yamana Lounge- are equipped with modern audiovisual equipment for educational presentations throughout the voyage.

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