Register NOW: Visit USA on the road

The 2016 Visit USA Roadshow is taking place in Newcastle/Gateshead (Tuesday 4 October), Bristol (Wednesday 5 October) and Brighton (Thursday 6 October).

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There will be 30 exhibitors at each location as Visit USA members, including United Airlines, Choice Hotels, Grand Canyon Tour and Travel, Cruise America Motorhome (RV) Rentals, Aer Lingus and Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board amongst other USA destinations and products, outline their latest news and offers.

Great prizes on offer at all three locations – don’t miss out, agents can book early by registering today at www.visitusaroadshow.com

Delta heads to Portland

Delta Air Lines will launch a four-times-weekly service from London Heathrow to Portland, Oregon, next May.

Delta

It will be the first non-stop flight between the UK and the West Coast USA city.

The new service is part of a number of network changes for 2017 announced by Delta and Virgin Atlantic to optimise their joint network across the Atlantic.

Delta will also add a second Heathrow-Detroit service next March (replacing Virgin’s existing daily service on the route) and will fly a third Heathrow-Atlanta service from next May.

Meanwhile, Virgin will take over the daily service currently being operated by Delta between Heathrow and Seattle. And a daily non-stop service between Manchester and New York JFK will commence in May, replacing the service operated by Delta.

Dwight James, Delta’s Senior Vice President Trans-Atlantic, says: “Adding a brand-new service to Portland while increasing the scale of Delta’s reach across our Atlanta and Detroit hubs provides a comprehensive network of non-stop and connecting destinations.”

Delta recently commenced a new non-stop service between Edinburgh and New York JFK.

Virgin and Delta’s joint summer 2017 schedule includes a total of 42 daily non-stop flights between the US and UK, of which 28 will operate from Heathrow.

delta.com
virgin-atlantic.com

New Canopy by Hilton for DC

Work has started on a new Canopy by Hilton hotel in Washington DC as the new lifestyle brand from Hilton Worldwide expands across the U.S.

Hilton

The Canopy by Hilton Washingon DC Bethesda North is due to open in 2017 and is located at the centre of Pike & Rose, a new mixed-use leisure development featuring a blend of restaurants, retailers and live performance venues.

The hotel will have 177 rooms including 23 suites and two Presidential suites.

As with all Canopy by Hilton hotels, the property is inspired by its local surroundings and in DC will serve local favourites like soft- shell crabs and half-smokes from iconic Ben's Chili Bowl.

All produce will be sourced from Maryland farms within 50 miles of the hotel and local beers will be served at the bar.

Wifi access and breakfast will be included in all room rates.

“Bethesda is an ideal neighborhood for our Canopy by Hilton brand,” said Gary Steffen, Global Head, Canopy by Hilton.

“The community is both a business hub and recreational destination with attractive shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities. We’re confident that our hotel will reflect the best of the neighborhood through locally-inspired design, and food and drink. Canopy by Hilton Bethesda North will add to the vibrant local scene.”

canopybyhilton.com

 

Jaws drop for new ride

SeaWorld Orlando's new Shark Wreck Reef area, which opened June 10, will host the park's fastest roller-coaster along with a number of shark-themed attractions

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These include: Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill and various educational experiences featuring the much-maligned creature of the deep.

But 'Mako', as the roller-coaster is called, looks set to be the centrepiece attraction.

The ride will rise 200 feet, and will reach speeds up to 73mph on an adrenalin-fuelled descent. At 4,760 feet long Mako will be the longest roller-coaster in the park.

Shark Wreck Reef has been designed to make visitors feel like they are actually underwater with the sharks, with a unique soundtrack and lights simulating fish only adding to the experience.

Education is also pivotal and a variety of initiatives will aim to explain how sharks are critical to the environment and just how humans are negatively impacting on this.

seaworldparks.co.uk

 

Cosmos offers superior USA

Cosmos Tours new 2017 North America & Worldwide brochure features more touring experiences and a free VIP Home Chauffeur service.

Cosmos

Early-booking discounts apply on holidays booked before June 17

Eight new ‘Select by Globus’ tours, designed to offer a ‘superior touring experience’ featuring first class hotels, more sightseeing options and meals, have been added across the USA and Canada.

The company says the itineraries have been designed to include authentic local experiences, flagged as ‘Local Favourites’ in the brochure.

These include wine tasting at Pataha Flour Mill and a cowboy singalong on the 11-day ‘Glacier National Park and Washington Wine Country’ tour (from £3095pp), cutting your own record at Nashville’s Studio B on ‘Sights & Sounds’ of the South tour or a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site Taos Pueblo on the 11-day ‘Historic Trains of the Old West’ (from £2699 pp).

Prices lead in at £1399pp for the twin-centre eight-day ‘Boston & New York’ holiday.

Targeting the early-booking market, customers can save £200 per couple on new bookings made before June 17.

All prices quoted include a free VIP Chauffeur Service, return flights, accommodation and airport transfers.

cosmostoursandcruises.co.uk

 

San Diego's summer offerings

New visitor attractions and extended opening hours at city hot spots are among the many reasons for recommending San Diego, California, this summer.

San Diego

The San Diego Zoo in Balbao Park is commemorating its 100th year with a series of special summer events that includes a new show filled with music, video and animal ambassadors; a new centennial-themed Bus Tour Film Experience, featuring a cinematic look at the zoo's global conservation work, and Night-time Zoo (July 19−September 5), which sees the zoo staying open until late and offering entertainment and animal encounters.

Elsewhere in central Balboa Park, the new Park After Dark programme is featuring evening organ pavilion concerts and dance and theatre performances. Numerous cultural institutions in the park - such as the San Diego Natural History Museum and The San Diego Museum of Art - are offering extended hours on select Friday evenings until September 2.

In March the Living Coast Discovery Center re-opened its signature exhibit, Turtle Lagoon, home to four endangered eastern Pacific green sea turtles. The center is currently showing Passport to the Pacific: A Tour Around the World's Largest Ocean, which sees guests “travel” through rainforests, coral reefs, sandy beaches,mangroves. deserts and the coast.

And in the heart of Mission Valley the newly-opened iFLY San Diego offers San Diego's first indoor sky-diving wind tunnel. Guests fly on a smooth cushion of air with the help of iFLY certified flight instructors.

In March this year British Airways deployed a larger aircraft on the San Diego-London route. The Boeing 747-400 offers a 20% increase in seats during the peak summer months.

sandiego.org

 

Have a lime time in the Keys

One of the Florida Keys’ quirkiest festivals offers visitors the chance to taste a true Sunshine State culinary icon this July.

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Tiny yellow Key limes have flavoured cuisine in the Florida Keys since the 1800s and contemporary lime lovers can celebrate the indigenous fruit and the dessert it inspired – the island chain's Key lime pie – during the Key Lime Festival in Key West from July 2-4.

Highlights of the weekend include a Key lime pie-eating contest, cooking class, and the opportunity to visit a secret lair containing ‘the world’s smallest Key lime pie’ – all washed down with samplings of Key lime rum, beer and cocktails.

Originating in Key West in the late 1800s, Key lime pie was designated Florida's official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. Its primary ingredients are condensed milk, egg yolks and Key lime juice, with the creamy filling typically nestled in a graham cracker crust and topped with whipped cream or meringue.

Bringing the foodie festival to a close on July 4 will be the Mile-High Key Lime Pie Eatin' Contest at the Waterfront Brewery, where competitors will race to devour an entire nine-inch pie. Following this event, a July 4th Fireworks Picnic will be held at the Casa Marina Resort.

Hayes and Jarvis has a seven-night fly-drive to the Florida Keys from £1,849pp, including Virgin Atlantic flights from Heathrow to Miami, seven nights' room-only accommodation (four at the five-star Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West and three at the four-star Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key) and car hire. For departures on July 1 2016.

keylimefestival.com
hayesandjarvis.co.uk