Mrs Maisel On Location

On Location Tours has introduced a new bus tour: Mrs Maisel’s Marvelous Tour of New York City.

Mrs Maisel

The two-and-a-half-hour guided tour highlights some historic and popular New York City landmarks featured in all three seasons of the Emmy award-winning series that is currently showing on Amazon Prime.

It kicks off near B. Altman’s - a luxury department store and chain that was founded in 1865 - on Fifth Avenue, where Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) goes to work in Season One.

Other famous NYC landmarks featured on the tour include The National Arts Club, Old Town Bar, The Gaslight Café, Café Reggio and The Village Vanguard.

The tour ends on Eighth Avenue at the diner La Bonbonniere – ‘The City Spoon’ - where Midge has a flashback to her wedding night - and again in Season Two when viewers were treated to another flashback of their engagement in a dance sequence on Eighth Avenue.

The tour runs Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays (at 12 noon).

All tours are led by local actresses depicting Midge’s 1950s style, cost $52pp and must be purchased in advance.

Mrs. Maisel’s Marvelous Tour of New York City marks the ninth bus tour for On Location Tours. Two of the company's original tours, Sex and the City Hotspots Tour and Gossip Girl Sites Tour, are still running today.

With 20 years in the business On Location Tours is among the largest TV and movie tour companies in the world.

It also runs movie and TV location tours in Boston.

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Florida huddles together

Florida is the only U.S. state to benefit from year-on-year visitor growth in 2018, Florida Huddle delegates were told.

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Speaking to buyers, more than 200 suppliers and the media at Florida’s annual trade show in Jacksonville in late January, Visit Florida's CEO Dana Young said that international visitors to the Sunshine State increased by 2.3% compared to last year.

Market research unveiled at the show indicated that millennial travel (those aged from 21 to 37) saw the largest growth, with a 53% increase.

This was a sector Visit Florida has targeted through dedicated marketing campaigns.

Family travel reached an all-time high in 2018 with bookings up 24% as a result of a social media initiative which received 1.8 billion impressions.

For 2020 the tourist board is encouraging visitors to travel further afield than the state's gateways with its latest ‘Beyond’ campaign.

“We know that UK visitors tend not to spend their entire trip in the theme parks,” said Visit Florida's Senior PR Account Executive Brianna Barnebee.

“Adventure travel is a big trend and we’re seeing families spending more time in Florida’s state parks and searching out natural attractions.

“Our latest campaign showcases how easy it is to venture outside of Orlando. Visitors are encouraged to see some of our world-class beaches or explore the many waterways, home to our diverse marine wildlife,” added Barnebee.

Several new attractions for Florida were also unveiled at Huddle including a 150-room Legoland pirate-themed hotel, due to open in March, and a Margaritaville Compass Hotel, which will start welcoming guests in Bradenton later this year.

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Delta heads east

Transatlantic partners Delta and Virgin Atlantic now offer up to 18 flights a day between the UK and Boston and New York.

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Delta will launch two new non-stop services from London Gatwick this summer, to Boston's Logan International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The Boston flights will be operated with transatlantic partner Virgin Atlantic and details of the schedule will be announced shortly.

Gatwick was the destination for Delta’s very first transatlantic flight more than 40 years ago, with a service from Atlanta.

The additional New York flights add to Delta and Virgin's combined eight daily flights from Heathrow and three additional daily flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

Meanwhile, in November last year Delta introduced fully-refurbished Boeing 767-400s on the London Heathrow to Boston and New York-JFK routes.

The aircraft feature four branded seat products, including a more private Delta One experience, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin.

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What happens in Vegas…

Las Vegas has a new marketing campaign that includes an update on the city’s famous catchphrase 'What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas'.

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The new campaign, with the slogan ‘What Happens Here Only Happens Here’, was launched during the 62nd GRAMMY Awards in January with ads featuring Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera and Aerosmith.

Said Steve Hill, CEO and President of LVCVA: “Millions of visitors travel to the destination annually as it’s the only place that delivers so many unique entertainment, culinary and nightlife experiences in one location.

"Nowhere else can you dine at a handful of celebrity chef restaurants, see top-tier talent like Aerosmith, Shania Twain and the Vegas Golden Knights and recharge at some of the world’s top-rated spas, all in one weekend.”

Other headline acts heading to the city in 2020 include Sting, who will bring his 'My Songs' tour to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on May 22, and Rod Stewart who will return for 16 residency shows of ‘Rod Stewart: The Hits’, also at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on select dates from March 6 to October 3.

Elsewhere in the city, in September the NFL’s Oakland Raiders will relocate to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. The team, known as the Las Vegas Raiders, will play its home games at the purpose-built 65,000-seater Allegiant Stadium.

And from May 30 to June 3, Las Vegas will host IPW, North America’s largest travel trade show, for the fifth time. The event, which attracts several UK tour operators, was last held in the city in 2013.

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Arkansas shows civil side

Visitors to the southern state of Arkansas are being encouraged to take in several of the state’s Civil Rights Trail sites.

Arkansas

The trail, which marked its second anniversary on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20, links more than 100 landmarks across the U.S.

Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock is one of the ‘Top Ten’ sites on a trail that includes museums, churches, courthouses and memorials that were pivotal to the advancement of social equality during the volatile 1950s and 1960s.

The Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail, which marks sites in Little Rock that were significant to the Civil Rights Movement, starts at the Old State House and eventually end at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.

The Clinton Presidential Center chronicles Clinton’s presidency and includes replicas of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room. On its grounds is the Anne Frank Tree Exhibit that conveys the complex history of human rights in Arkansas.

At the Arkansas State Capitol building, the Little Rock Nine Memorial is a testament to the nine African-American students who ‘desegregated’ Little Rock Central High School in 1957, while a city museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, features exhibits on African-American entrepreneurs and innovators, fraternal organisations and racial integration.

In addition to the Arkansas locations, the trail’s famous sites include the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, the Greensboro Woolworth’s where sit-ins began, the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis and Martin Luther King’s birthplace in Atlanta.

The trail list was created by the 12 state tourism agencies known collectively as TravelSouth USA.

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New headspace for Hyatt

Hyatt Hotels has a new initiative that brings ‘mindfulness and meditation’ to its guests.

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A partnership with Headspace, a leader in mental relaxation, builds on Hyatt’s holistic wellbeing strategy and its three markers of ‘wellbeing’: how guests feel, how they fuel and how they function.

Key features include mindfulness exercises, guided meditations and sleep content.

Hyatt’s guests will now be offered complimentary access to Headspace through in-room content. These include expert guidance from former monk and Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, short meditations for those with busy schedules and soothing sounds for a restful night’s sleep.

Members of Hyatt’s member loyalty scheme, World of Hyatt, receive exclusive Headspace offers and have access to meditation and mindfulness content via the World of Hyatt app.

“Wellbeing is a true realisation of Hyatt’s purpose – we care for people so they can be their best,” said Mark Vondrasek, Chief Commercial Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“By teaming up with industry leaders like Headspace we are better positioned to care for our guests and employees and help them prioritise their own wellbeing, both during and in between stays at Hyatt hotels around the world.”

Hyatt’s existing portfolio includes more than 220 spa and wellness locations.

The group’s North American sub-brands include Park Hyatt, Andaz and Thompson.

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