Jackie is a capital asset

The Capital Region of Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland is being showcased on the Silver Screen as the backdrop in a major new movie.


Jackie tells the story of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy as she comes to terms with the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

Directed by Pablo Larraín, it stars Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwing.

The movie splices documented footage from the era with cleverly crafted scenes that explore the fragile persona of the First Lady as she struggles with her personal loss under the direct scrutiny of the eyes of the American people.

Jackie takes movie-goers inside the Kennedy’s ‘Camelot’ and explores both the family’s on-screen and off-screen lives during the tragic end to their tenure in the White House.

Visitors to the Capital Region can visit well-known locations and drop by sites featured in the movie such as The White House and downtown Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and the Easton Newnam Airfield and Tred Avon Manor in Maryland.

The movie also features beach scenes shot along Maryland's eastern shoreline, the 'Road to Nowhere', just outside of Baltimore.

Bon Voyage’s Cruising the Capital Region, an 11-night self-drive tour, costs from £1975pp, including return flights between the UK and Washington DC, accommodation, car hire and a personalised road book complete with travel tips, itinerary and area information.


Universal's race through NY

Universal Orlando Resort’s newest ride, ‘Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon’, is set to open on April 6.


The attraction will give guests the Tonight Show and New York experience as they throw themselves into some of the hit programme's most hilarious segments before taking off on a ‘flying theatre’ on a ‘race’ through the Big Apple against Jimmy Fallon himself.

The theatre seats up to 72 audience members, who will speed through the streets of New York City all the way to the moon and back. On the way they will encounter landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and recorded from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, New York, airs weeknights on E! in the UK. The show features comedic sketches and games, interviews with celebrity guests, and musical performances.


Funway’s new Sunshine routes

Funway Holidays’ new 96-page ‘Florida Beaches’ programme is its largest ever to the Sunshine State.


Valid until February 28 2018, it features 24 costal Florida destinations including St Pete and Clearwater, Tampa Bay, Bradenton and Anna Maria Island, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, Daytona Beach and Pensacola.

New to the programme are fly-drive itinerary options including a 10-day tour around southwest Florida, a 15-day holiday combining Orlando and Gulf Coast resorts and a 13-day trip from Orlando down to the Florida Keys.

A new 10-day twin-centre holiday that starts in New Orleans and ends in Panama City will launch in March this year. The itinerary takes advantage of British Airways' new direct flight from London to New Orleans, which also begins in March.

The brochure's lead-in price is £1,299pp for the 10-day ‘Scenic Southwest Florida’ tour along the Gulf coast resorts of Naples, Fort Myers and Bradenton.

The deal, which is based on two adults travelling, includes return flights from the UK.


The power of rock in D.C.

One of Washington DC’s main attractions, Newseum, has unveiled its newest exhibit: ‘Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics’.


Created in partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the exhibit explores how the power of rock has changed attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom.

Through iconic artefacts, images and multimedia experiences, the exhibit examines how music has influenced issues ranging from political campaigns to civil rights.

Visitors will see John Lennon’s acoustic guitar from his 1969 Montreal and Amsterdam ‘Bed-Ins for Peace’ with Yoko Ono; Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin’ jewellery; the Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix used to perform ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock; stage costumes worn by the Village People; original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’, Chuck Berry’s ‘School Day,’ Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ and Green Day’s ‘American Idiot.’

The exhibit also features artefacts related to the Vietnam War, the May 4 1970 shooting at Kent State University, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Louder Than Words” will be on display until July 31 2017.



Colour purple in New Orleans

All roads in the Deep South lead to New Orleans this month and the city’s annual Mardi Gras.

New Orleans

More than 60 parades, featuring nearly 1,000 hand-crafted floats, will march over the 12 days leading up to ‘Fat Tuesday’ on February 28.

Traditionally a Catholic-inspired celebration, Mardi Gras takes place annually 47 days prior to Easter to mark, at its end, the start of Lent.

The event markets itself as an inclusive celebration for those who love life, friends, family, music and food.

Famous for its extravagance, the modern-day celebration originated in 1857 and has been documented in its current form since the 1870s. The first Carnival King, Rex, selected the colours purple, green and gold to signify justice, faith and power - the hallmarks behind the event.

Purely America has a Mardi Gras package priced from £1,749pp.

It includes return flights with American Airlines from Heathrow and seven nights at the Loews New Orleans, situated between the historic French Quarter and the city’s main parade routes. The price is based on a February 24 2017 departure.


Bookings peak with Premier

A range of special offers to the U.S. form the key plank of Premier Holidays early-year Peaks campaign


The deals include twin-centre itineraries for popular destinations such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.

The promotions include the 10-night Western Triangle, with three nights in Los Angeles, four nights in Las Vegas and three nights in San Francisco.

Priced from £1,599pp, the deal includes accommodation, return flights and transfers.

A nine-night three-city break, taking in New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC, starts from £1,249pp, including accommodation, return flights and travel between each city on Amtrak trains.

The USA peaks campaign is running until February 28th will all offers valid until that date.

Agents who book any of the offers during the campaign will be entered into a draw to win daily, weekly and monthly prizes that include fam trip places, concert and theatre tickets, a ladies’ Heritage bike and destination-themed hampers.

Posters promoting the offers can be downloaded ordered from Premier’s trade website.

Agents can earn £25-£150 for every inclusive USA booking made, dependent on booking value.