Ottawa’s “Girlfriends Getaway” Package Filled With Fun & Savings

Ottawa’s “Girlfriends Getaway” Package Filled With Fun & Savings  Toronto, July 28, 2009 –  Let’s face it—girls just want to have fun. And once in a while they need an escape from the guys but not from fun and excitement. Ottawa Tourism is serving up an eclectic menu of Girlfriends Getaway packages where the emphasis is on fun, arts, culture, shopping, and spas all at a very affordable price—from only $138 CAD per person for a two-night stay (based on double occupancy). 

The basic Girlfriends Getaway package to Ottawa includes two nights’ accommodation for two people (additional guests can be added on for an extra charge) and a certificate for the Rideau Centre Savings Directory filled with many coupons to satisfy any shopaholic.     And those who purchase a package between September 1 and October 9, 2009 will also receive a complimentary copy of a new magazine—The Best Places to Go Shopping—published by Ottawa Magazine.
And to increase the fun, guests on a Girlfriends Getaway can choose to add on a number of
optional activities, including

  • visiting the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian War Museum, Canada Aviation Museum, and/or National Gallery of Canada,
  • sitting back on the scenic Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train,
  • catching a concert at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival (on until August 9, 2009)
  • being pampered thanks to a $50 Holtz Spa Gift Card; or
  • enjoying a performance of the blockbuster hit The Drowsy Chaperone at the National Arts Centre (October 14-31, 2009).

Given Ottawa’s abundance of attractions, the Girlfriends Getaway package provides a compelling reason to plan a weekend visit so gather up the girls and start having fun in Canada’s Capital Region. Guests who book accommodations at a participating hotel for a (consecutive) Friday and Saturday two-night stay have the option to reserve a third night at 50% off the listed room rate. The Girlfriends Getaway two-night package starts at $138 CAD per person based on double occupancy.   

Those wanting information, tickets and lodging reservations for the Girlfriends Getaway can visit, a powerful website operated by Ottawa Tourism. Visitors can also book by phone at 1-888-OTTAWA-8. Ottawa Tourism provides destination marketing, strategic direction and leadership in cooperation with members and partners to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its vision is to build recognition of Ottawa as an outstanding four-season tourism destination.  

– 30 –  For more information and Ottawa-area images, please contact:Jantine Van Kregten                                                Chris RyallDirector of Communications                                     Public Relations Representative                  Ottawa Tourism                                                         Ottawa Tourism613-237-5150, ext. 116                                         416-861-1022 /                                 

Summertime in Toronto

Summertime is the Right Time to Visit

TorontoSpecials Offers and Hotel Packages Available the Entire Month of August  TORONTO (August 5, 2009) –

Toronto’s summer season is far from over and traveling to the city has never been easier thanks to special promotional packages available throughout August. Visitors planning a trip to Toronto can now book the Best of Toronto Package including one night hotel accommodation, a top-priced ticket to a Mirvish Productions theatre performance such as The Sound of Music or The Harder They Come, a three-course dinner at a choice of one of 14 restaurants and admission to one of three famed attractions- the CN Tower, Ontario Science Centre, or a Toronto Tours city bus tour for only $149 per person by calling 1-800- 461-3333.   “There’s no better time to see

Toronto than in the summer,” said David Whitaker, President and CEO, Tourism Toronto. “ Toronto welcomes visitors to discover its lively waterfront, diverse neighborhoods, cultural attractions and a wealth of festivals and events.”  For other super summer hotel offers paired up with dinner, theatre tickets and attraction passes, visitors and locals alike can begin planning a

Toronto getaway at or by calling 1-877-848-3999.  Weekend getaways to Toronto this August – from families to couples, girlfriends and more – are available for just $99 per night.  Visitors booking a special package to

Toronto during August can experience a destination full of signature summer festivals such as the celebrated Pilaros Taste of the Danforth (August 7 – 9) or Scotiabank BuskerFest (August 27 – 30). Sports enthusiasts can make it a weekend with the Women’s Roger’s Cup Tennis Championship (August 15 – 23), Toronto Blue Jays baseball and Toronto FC soccer. Toronto offers theater-goers an endless line-up of performances ranging from Broadway-style to Canadian classics and Shakespeare.   With over 7,000 restaurants spread across the city, a popular way to experience Toronto is by relaxing on a street-side patio or neighbourhood café, taking a stroll or bike ride through one of the city’s 1,500 parks or seeking out a special exhibit at one of Toronto’s iconic museums and galleries followed by a night out in Toronto with hundreds of chic lounges, nightclubs or pubs to choose from. 

Memorable summer experiences begin with

Toronto summer packages and offerings available through or by calling 1-877-848-3999.   About Tourism

TorontoTourism Toronto, Toronto’s Convention and Visitors Association, is an industry association of more than 1,200 members established to sell and market the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists around the globe. For more information please visit   – 30 –Media Contact:
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Tourism Toronto

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Toronto, ON M5J 1A7 Tel: 416-987-1739
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North Caroline, Wings over Water Wildlife Festival! Novemebr 3-8, 2009


Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival! November 3-8, 2009

Outer Banks of North Carolina offers photography, birding, paddling, and more!

(OUTER BANKS, NC) July 22, 2009 – The Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a six-day celebration of the wild side of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, is set for November 3 through 8, 2009. As always, the festival includes a wide variety of programs and this year, and — due to popular demand — there are an increased number of photography programs to be taught by professionals.  Classes have been designed for both the skilled and not-so-practiced, as well as some programs for children and/or families.

Birding, natural history, and paddling are just some of the other types of programs planned for the festival which spans Veteran’s Day weekend. The regions offers some of the country’s best paddling for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. From tannin-fed cypress swamps to endless marsh mazes, it is possible to paddle the region for a lifetime yet still study charts at night, discovering unexplored areas.  Registration currently is open for an assortment of water trips escorted by leaders who are familiar with the various areas. Physical demands range from open water with wind exposure, to short distances with excellent wind protection.

Several different paddling trips are planned and include the Kitty Hawk Bay Sunset Kayak Tour that will allow participants to enjoy a classic Carolina sunset over the bay while navigating through tall cord grass fields and listening for the mysterious sounds of the night marsh.  The Backcountry Expedition combines “off-road” four-wheel-drive and kayaking into an eco-tour that explores 30 miles of beach and backcountry lanes by SUV to paddle the northern Currituck waterways from inside the Spanish Mustang Reserve. Trained naturalists discuss local ecology, history and shore life. Upper Milltail Creek Canoe Trip allows canoeists to explore the narrow, winding creek through the heart of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Sheltered paddling gives participants a close look at the wildlife that calls the Refuge home, including Pileated Woodpeckers, river otter, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians.

This year’s keynote dinner will be held in the Museum and Grand Hall at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Catered by Kelly’s Restaurant, the keynote address will be presented by Mark Buckler, award-winning nature photographer. The cost of the keynote dinner is $35 and registration is required. Dinner includes beer, wine and non-alcohol beverages.

This festival is traditionally set during the shoulder season when rates are lower for accommodations, traffic is light and the weather is mild. To learn more about the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival call252-216-9464 or go to

Wings Over Water is an annual wildlife festival that offers participants an unbridled look at the natural environment of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and delivers great photography, paddling and viewing opportunities of a seemingly endless variety of flora and fauna.

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
One Visitors Center Circle, Manteo, NC 27954
252.473.2138 • 877.629.4386 • 252.473.5777(fax)Duck • Southern Shores • Kitty Hawk • Kill Devil Hills • Nags Head
Roanoke Island • Hatteras Island • Dare Mainland

HOUSTON Development Update July 2009

For immediate release HOUSTON DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: News on the Food and Drink FrontNow OpenAnvil Bar & Refuge (Opened March 2009)
Anvil has brought back the joy of classic cocktails to Houston. More…
Brisa Cocina Mexicana (Opened April 2009)
Thinking typical Tex-Mex cantina? Think again! More…
Dean’s Credit Clothing Cocktail Lounge – Montrose (Opened March 2009)
Featuring Dean’s signature Frozen Cosmos as well as monthly art exhibits, fashion shows and poetry readings, Dean’s is the next wave of groovy for Houstonians. More…
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Opened March 2009)
The nationally acclaimed restaurant has opened a third Houston location in Town & Country Village in West Houston. More…
Kata Robata (Opened May 2009)
This new, chef-driven Japanese grill and tapas concept was built on the pillars of high quality, creative food and exceptional service. More…
RDG + Bar Annie (Opened July 2009)
After setting the standard for fine dining in Texas for the better part of three decades, the legendary Cafe Annie is on the precipice of a new location and a new name. More…
Sawyer Park (Opened July 2009)
This bi-level upscale sports bar has a rentable clubroom–great for game-watching–and a roof top patio with one of the best views of the city. More…
Tintos Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar (Opened July 2009)
The Tintos menu features traditional Spanish tapas as well as modern ones from Spain, Central and South America and the Caribbean. More…
Opening July 2009Block 7 Wine Company
This 8,000-square-foot retail wine warehouse, tasting venue and event space will be a welcome addition to the booming Washington Corridor. More…
Opening August 2009Hotel Sorella
The Valencia Group’s newest brand is an Italian-inspired, contemporary boutique hotel with details one wouldn’t expect outside of the urban core. More…
Opening September 2009Bistro Alex
This modern bistro from Alex Brennan-Martin mixes Brennan’s of Houston favorites with premium lighter fare in a sleek, design-forward fine dining setting. More…
Cafe Rosé
Menu offerings will include light breakfasts, a variety of innovative salads and sandwiches plus premium domestic cheeses, salami and great wines. More…
Lucky Strike Lanes
This upscale bowling lounge will open in the new Houston Pavilions entertainment complex. More…
The modern, award-winning Singaporean cuisine of San Francisco-based Straits Restaurants arrives in Texas this fall at Houston‘s CITYCENTRE. More…
Opening October 2009Brennan’s of Houston
Brennan’s of Houston will re-emerge at its long-standing address this fall, just 13 months after having been damaged by fire as a result of Hurricane Ike. More…
Eddie V’s
The popular Austin-based restaurant and live music lounge, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, is opening its first Houston location in the chic new development CITYCENTRE. More…
The Rockwood Room
Chef Michael Dei Maggi has teamed up with Robert Hall III of Robert Hall Winery to create The Rockwood Room, an iconic “rat-packy” concept featuring classic “old-school” American cuisine. More…
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
The oldest craft brewery in Texas is moving into a new 100,000 square foot building that will attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. More…
Opening Fall 2009 510 Shepherd
Traditional London gastro pub will emphasize locally sourced products, an extensive charcuterie program, innovative classic cocktails and microbrews. More…
Bronx Bar Washington
This Bronx Bar location is the first to have a full kitchen for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack. At night get ready to dance and hang out while the DJ spins a mix of rock, house, and hip-hop. More…

Randy Evans, former executive chef at Brennan’s, is putting the final touches on his forthcoming Certified Green Restaurant(r), featuring “New Texas Cuisine.” More…
Valentino Houston
Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio brings exceptional Italian cuisine and his award-winning wine cellar to Houston‘s Hotel Derek. More…Houston is a cultural melting pot home to a vibrant arts scene, thriving ethnic neighborhoods and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Houston is one of a handful of American cities to house professional theater companies for each of the major arts disciplines. Sports fans can rally behind Houston‘s professional teams in nearly every major sport. Houston is also home to the world’s largest concentration of medical professionals, world’s largest rodeo and nationally acclaimed restaurants and shopping. 


For more information – Marsha Mowers, GHVCB Canada, 416-341-6919 


Alinghi takes to the waters of Lake Geneva

Alinghi takes to the waters of Lake Geneva

Lausanne – The Lake Geneva region provides the setting for an exceptional display: the catamaran, Alinghi 5, is going through its paces on the Lake until Saturday.

Apart from the spectacular countryside around the shores of Lake Geneva, with the Lavaux vineyards, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, and their Alpine backcloth, the Lake Geneva region is also serving as a sort of laboratory, hosting the prestigious technological experiments of the new giant catamaran, Alinghi 5.

The boat was built at Villeneuve and Corsier (Canton of Vaud – Lake Geneva Region), enjoying the benefits of Swiss know-how in multihull matters and a rich local network of sailors, naval architects and scientists particularly from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

The shape of the lake, more than 70km long, the wind conditions and the longstanding sailing tradition account for this concentration of sail know-how and make Lake Geneva a test bed without equal.

The trials will continue until Saturday, culminating in a presentation of the crew and a parade between Lausanne and the defender’s club, as part of a public celebration on 1 August. The boat will then be prepared for transportation by helicopter to Genoa in Italy, where training will continue.

For further information about Alinghi and its news: 

Copyright on the enclosed pictures (note: commercial interest is strictly forbidden) :  OTV/L.Ryser Contact :
Cindy Queloz / Media Relations Manager
Office du Tourisme du Canton de Vaud
Lake Geneva Region Tourist Office
Avenue d’Ouchy 60 – Case postale 164

1000 Lausanne 6 – Suisse
Tél. +41 (0)21 613 26 21 – Fax +41 (0)21 613 26 10  –


New Hampshire Gets Even More Social

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                           Contact: Chris RyallJuly 29, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tel: (888) 423-3995 

New Hampshire Gets Even More SocialNew Hampshire Adds Facebook Page, Enhances Webiste 

TORONTO – The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) has launched its Facebook Fan Page- “VisitNH” as well as several upgrades and new features to its official website,    

“Canadians are one of the biggest users of Facebook in the world with millions accessing it daily and the VisitNH Facebook page features seasonal videos, unique events, as well  as offers Fans a personal connection where they can interact directly with the state, upload their New Hampshire trip photos and videos and find information specific to their interests,” said Chris Ryall, Canadian representative for the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development.   “Social media is a key part of the integrated marketing and communications strategy, utilizing traditional and new media channels to attract visitors to New Hampshire,” added Ryall. 

New Hampshire has also enhanced its website, that makes planning a trip even easier.   Some of the new features and improvements include: ·        Visitors with web-enabled cell phones can access mobile versions of key web pages designed specifically for on-the-go travellers, including searchable lodging and restaurant listings and our events calendar to find specific activities wherever they are in the state. ·        Expanded itineraries – including three new ones for motorcycle routes in various regions of the state – provide pre-designated routes to visit with unique stopping points along the way and helpful links.·        The home page of the site provides direct links to Twitter (VisitNH/Visit NH_Intl) and Flickr (VisitNH) and now Facebook (Visit NH) for those visitors wishing to document their trip with tweets, videos and photo uploads as they go. 

New Hampshire is committed to continuously upgrading and adding new travel tools to the site to make it easy to navigate, gather and share information with others.   In addition to the above enhancements, new micro sites were added recently to help wedding, group, and meeting planners obtain information on holding their events in New Hampshire.   The new sites,;; and are one-stop shopping micro sites designed to provide convenience, technology and ease of use to assist individuals and groups looking for the ideal New Hampshire venue to hold weddings, meetings, conferences, reunions and special events. 

To find out more about New Hampshire or to receive a free visitor’s guide, consumers can call toll-free 1-800-FUN-IN-NH (386-4664) or visit   Canadian travel trade and media only may call 1-888-423-3995, or email to obtain a guide. 

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For more information, please contact:Chris RyallCanadian RepresentativeNew Hampshire Division of Travel & Tourism DevelopmentToll-Free: 888 423 3995 Email: Website:  

May 29, 2009 Classical music Festivals in Czech Republic

 Classical music festivals in the Czech Republic (Prague, May 2009)

 Names such as Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček have bestowed upon Czech music a brilliant reputation. And the compositions of these greats will certainly be heard at this year’s classical music festivals across the Czech Republic. Moreover, special attention will be given to the work of Bohuslav Martinů (1890–1959) in connection with the 50th anniversary of his death. INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRAGUE SPRING (12 May – 3 June 2009)The programme of the Prague Spring festival recollects the anniversary of Bohuslav Martinů’s passing by several concerts (for example, in Obecní dům on 15 May and in the Rudolfinum on 28 May). This year’s all-star attractions will include the performance of one of the most acclaimed contemporary tenors Juan Diego Flórez (15 May) and the return to Prague of the violin queen Anne-Sophie Mutter (1 June). The ceremonial opening concert – Smetana’s My Country – will be conducted by the Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi directing the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Audiences can look forward to performances by such foreign ensembles as the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées (14 May), Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (21 May), Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Hamburg (27 May) and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (31 May). The ranks of all-star soloists will be boosted by the female singers Bernarda Fink, Susan Graham and Dagmar Pecková. Also appearing will be baritone Thomas Hampson, violinists Shlomo Mintz and Leonidas Kavakos, violoncello player Steven Isserlis, legendary Catalonian violist da gamba Jordi Savall and pianists Nikolaj Luganskij and Ivan Moravec. The top jazz ensemble the Dave Holland Quintet will come from the United States. A project extending beyond the regular concert scheme of the festival nights will be the Czech premiere of the symphony Lord of the Rings (28 May), which was composed by the American composer Howard Shore using the motifs from his soundtrack to the hit movie by the same name.For more information:, e-mail International Music Festival JANACEK May Ostrava (20 May – 9 June 2009)Extraordinary diversity characterises the programme for the 34th year of the Ostrava festival. In addition to the classical symphonic and chamber concerts, there will be a premiere of the “operatic” work Brenpartija, subtitled Musical Scenes from a Slag Heap, which was composed by Edvard Schiffauer. Moreover, the festival will penetrate into the areas of film (Harold Lloyd’s silent grotesque with live music), folklore (gala concert upon the jubilee of the renowned Moravian folklore singer Jarmila Šuláková), and dance (a stage collage inspired by Janáček’s ballet Rákos Rákoczy). The opening night will feature the Prague Radio Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of Leoš Svárovský, and the festival will be closed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra with Petr Altrichter. Among the most attractive concerts will be a night of Italian and Spanish music from the 17th century in which the chamber ensemble Private Musicke will accompany Magdalena Kožená.For more information visit:  FESTIVAL MITTE EUROPA (A festival in the middle of europe) (14 June – 2 August 2009)The 18th year of the international festival that takes place in Western and Northern Bohemia, Saxony and Bavaria will again provide unforgettable cultural experiences and encounters with world artists. Among the supreme performances will be a concert of the German ensemble Parnassi Musici with an excellent Italian bassoonist Sergio Azzolini and soprano singer Ruth Liebscher set in the gothic Church of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary in Cheb (29 June), a performance of Concerto Brandenburg in the Cistercian Monastery in Osek (5 July), a recital of Hille Perl, the best European soloist playing viola da gamba, in the Saint Jacob’s Church in Pomezí nad Ohří (23 July), and a concert in the monastery church in Ostrov (12 July) where virtuoso baroque compositions will be performed by the South African flautist Stefan Temmingh accompanied by the Russian harpsichordist Olga Wattsová. Stirring gypsy and klezmer music will be provided by the ensembles Talisman (15 June) in Sokolov and David Orlowsky Trio (23 June) at the castle in Trmice. An entirely extraordinary experience will be a concert in Ústí nad Labem in which the audience will see and hear the fascinating confrontation of oud playing performed by the Lebanese Rabih Abou-Khalil and the Portuguese Fado sung by the young singer Ricardo Ribeiro (2 July).More information:, Smetana’S LitomySl INTERNATIONAL OPERA FESTIVAL (12 June – 6 July 2009)The Czech Republic’s biggest open-air classical music festival will again provide splendid musical experiences as well as the attractive surroundings of the UNESCO-registered Litomyšl Castle. This year’s festival will include 29 performances, thus providing the most extensive programme in the festival’s history. The main theme is EUROPA MUSICALIS, which implies a focus on European music and interpreters. At a ceremonial concert held on 28 June, the baton of the EU Presidency will be symbolically passed to Sweden. Opera lovers can look forward to Smetana’s Dalibor and Dvořák’s Rusalka with Dagmar Pecková singing in a double role. The children’s operas Beetles and Puss in Boots are intended for the youngest audience. This year’s premiere will be the Orbis Pictus project performed by the excellent cymbal player Zuzana Lapčíková (23 June). The piece is inspired by the work of the Czech “teacher of nations” John Amos Comenius. The Brno National Theatre will present its vision of Ballet of the 21st Century, and the Prague State Opera will stage its performance of Vivat Operetta! with numerous singing and ballet pieces from famous operettas. An external concert will bring the audience to Chrudim where G. F. Händel’s monumental oratorio Messiah will be played. Furthermore, Verdi’s Requiem will be performed by a 160-member choir from Colorado (USA) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the World Word II (5 July). More information:, e-mail PRAGUE PROMS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL (17 July – 2 August 2009)The fifth year of the Prague Proms 2009 International Music Festival organised by the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra (CNSO) is destined to find its place among the fixed stars in Prague’s music festival sky. A varied pallet of musical genres will feature, for example, Caribbean Night (26 July) and French Night (19 July). Popular movie soundtracks will be remembered on Hollywood Night (22 July) and Her Majesty the Queen’s greatest spy will be at the centre of attention on James Bond Night (29 July). CNSO, conducted by Libor Pešek, will bid farewell to the festival audience on Space Night (2 August). More information: INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL Český Krumlov 2009 (17 July – 22 August 2009)To celebrate the festival’s adulthood as well as the 700th anniversary of the origin of the city of Český Krumlov, the 18th year of the International Music Festival Český Krumlov 2009 has prepared a magnificent birthday music menu consisting of 20 concerts and performances. As the hors d’oeuvre and, at the same time, a big celebration of 700 years of the city, a grand open-air concert will be held at Svornost Square (17 July) featuring the performance of a piece entitled Water Music for Český Krumlov that was composed explicitly for the city. The main course of the festival will follow immediately, served to the eager audience by the world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming (18 July). An exceptional delicacy will be Dvořák’s Rusalka (24–29 July), performed on the stage in front of the revolving auditorium by soloists from the New York Metropolitan Opera together with selected singers from the leading Czech and Slovak opera houses. A specialty from Sweden is the concert of the acid-jazz group KOOP (31 July) that combines the swinging past with the electronic present. The lavish feast will proceed to the favourite national evening that is full of music, dance and gastronomic experiences. This time, Hungary (1 August) will be in focus and the evening will introduce, among others, the female singer Palya Bea with her quintet. The graceful sounds of harp, violoncello and guitar are promised to be heard at a concert of Kateřina Englichová, Alžběta Vlčková and Lubomír Brabec (7 August). For real gourmets, a concert of the outstanding violinist Shlomo Mintze (14 August) has been prepared, as well as Nights on Broadway (15 August), when singers from Broadway will sing the most popular musical melodies. More information:  Other music festival that you should not miss include:  International Music Festival Dvořák’s Olomouc (11 May – 1 June 2009) www.mfo.czMusic Summer Hluboká (18 June – 10 September 2009) The Opera Week in Kutná Hora (19–27 June 2009) Mikulov International Guitar Festival (5–11 July 2009) Třeboň Nocturnes (7–11 July 2009)    Markéta ChaloupkováCzech Tourist Authority – CzechTourismE-mail: 

First Ever Dive Festival in June 2009 in Montserrat

   May 2009 Issue – Revised Edition

First Ever Dive Festival Coming in June
 The Green Monkey Dive Shop with the support of the Montserrat Tourist
Board (MTB) and the Montserrat Tourism Challenge Fund (MTCF) will host
the destination’s inaugural Montserrat Dive Festival from June 27 – July
4, 2009. Held in conjunction with Montserrat’s bi-annual Reef Check
Program, the scheduled dive program includes a free Coral Reef
Conservation Specialty course, discounted Peak Performance Buoyancy
course and two tank dive trip to the elusive Redonda Island. The
Montserrat Dive Festival will also offer activities for adults, children
and non-divers including scenic boat tours to Plymouth, land tours and
kayaking trips.  Dive festival registration is $25 USD and includes a
2009 Montserrat Dive Festival & Reef Check T-shirt, welcome cocktail
reception, reef check classroom instruction and reef check dives
including tanks and weights (buoyancy control device and regulator
additional), PADI/Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course
(certificate card additional), BBQ and Beach Party, and 20 – 30%
discount on all dives and scheduled activities. For more information,
visit <>  or call
(664) 496 2960 or 496 3483.

Tropical Mansion Suites Summer Vacation Packages
 Offering more bang for the buck, guests can take advantage of the
following summer vacation packages at Montserrat’s only hotel, Tropical
Mansion Suites. US$80 Dive Festival Rate – In conjunction with
Montserrat’s first-ever dive festival, guests receive accommodations,
daily breakfast for two, airport transfers, rental vehicle, and
complimentary late check-out for a rate of $79.99 per night, per person.
Rate is valid from June 15 – August 1, 2009, based on double occupancy
and requires a six-night minimum stay. There is also an US$ 86 Weekend
Getaway Package and a Volcano Adventure Package for US$97.50.  The rates
for both of these pacakges are per person, per night, based on double
occupancy, and valid from May 15 – September 15, 2009.  A speical Family
Vacation Package is also available upon request from the hotel. Package
rate can be adjusted based on the number of travelers by calling the
hotel.  For reservations or more information, visit <> , email
<>  or call 664.491.8767.

Montserrat Now Has its Own Facebook Page
 The island of Montserrat can now be viewed on Facebook. The Montserrat
page is a virtual way to experience Montserrat, where you can view
recent articles, photos, videos, events and other related items. The
Montserrat page has a current fan base of over 1000 persons and
continues to grow rapidly.  To become a member of the growing Montserrat
fan-base and to add your own personal pictures or experiences of
Montserrat go to

ZDF TV From Germany Visits Montserrat
During the period May 7-12th, 2009, a four man crew from ZDF TV in
Germany visited Montserrat, to film a documentary on the island. ZDF is
Europe’s largest television station and the documentary on Montserrat
will air during the 2009 Christmas period to an estimated audience of 5
million viewers.  Mr. Juergen Podzkiewitz, a producer with ZDF TV in
Germany, visited Montserrat earlier this year on a scouting mission.
His visit convinced him that Montserrat had a tourism product offer that
was unique enough to warrant the production of a documentary.   

Montserrat Featured in Lonely Planet Magazine
Montserrat is featured in  an 11-page spread in the June 2009 print
edition of the Lonely Planet Magazine UK.  The piece was written by UK
comedian and journalist John O’Farrell who visited Montserrat during the
2009 St. Patrick’s Week celebrations.  The link below provides a
five-page preview of the piece on Montserrat (scroll to pages 29-33 for
the online edition of the story).

Win a Free Villa Vacation
A chance to win a free villa vacation to Montserrat is still open. For
details and to enter online go to

Caribbean Map <>        
 Upcoming Events        
aeroplane <>

Guest House <>

snorkler <>

masqueraders <>
Whit Monday Holiday
June 1st

Rotary Club Road Relay
June 1st

Queen’s Birthday Parade
June 13th
Laugh Out Loud featuring Paul Keens Douglas
June 14th

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
June 15th
Montserrat Dive Festival
June 27th – July 4th
Summer Drama Camp
July 1st – August 31st
Calabash Festival
July 11th – 19th
Cudjoe Head Celebrations (20th Anniversary)
July 30th – Aug 1st
Look Out Day
Date to be confirmed
Emancipation Day Public Holiday
August 3rd
St. Peter Parish Bazaar August 3rd  

June 5, 2009 Road to Wellness Workshop in Antigua

Become Proactive
Nasir Harris, N.D. – Herbs/Iridology
Jenita James & Earl Smith – Fitness & Exercise
Norma Fabian, Reflexologist – Reflexology
Jacinta Fenton, HHC – Food Therapy and Detoxification
DATE: FRIDAY June 5, 2009
TIME: 7PM – 10PM
Refreshments will be available
To be held at
Sir George Walter Hwy. Btwn Romeos Plumbing and Antigua Machine Works
Contributions   $10.00 
For More Info Call:.  268 780-8752

Radisson SAS Alcron in Prague activities for May 2009


2 Bloor Street West, Suite 1500
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3E2
Tel: 416-363-9928, Fax:

  Dear Sir/Madam I would like to introduce you our new issue of ALCRON TODAY including news from the Alcron Hotel, special culinary offers and programs. You can find it at / section media/ or you can open it HERE  In this issue you can read about

  • the gala evening with 3 chefs from the Alcron (Pohlreich/ Stift/ Paulus),
  • the new program Dance evenings held every Friday in the La Rotonde Restaurant
  • the program Little Alcron starting end of August.

Shoud you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.   With my best regards,  Martina Pavlíková 736 606 905  Martina Pavlíková (Tkačová) | PR Manager | Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel Štěpánská 40 | Prague 1 | Czech Republic Tel: +420 222 820 220 | Fax: +420 222 820 120 Email: | |   Aktuální číslo časopisu ALCRON TODAY si můžete prohlédnout ZDE / For our latest issue of ALCRON TODAY please click HERE.  May 2009 in Radisson

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