Travel News & Story Ideas - May, 2018  



Travel Media News - May, 2018 – For Immediate Release

Weekly News Briefs for Travel Editors & Journalists. Distributed to 4000 USA & Canada travel media outlets.

In This Issue: Adventure/Tours, Hotels/Inns, Tourism Bureaus, National Events, Music Festivals, Museums, Culture 


Adventure & Tours - Switzerland 
Swiss Alps Rail Tour

To showcase Switzerland's legendary railway journeys, Alpenwild is offering a Scenic Alps by Rail Tour. On this 10-days/nine-nights' tour guests discover the history and culture of Switzerland, and the technology that has made Switzerland's rail system world famous. Rate: $4,995 per person based on double occupancy. Price includes first class rail tickets, luxurious accommodations, guided tour, all meals, ground transportation (including trams and mountain railways), admission and luggage transfers. Available from May through October 2018., (801) 226-9026.
Media Contact: Greg Witt, Email:, Phone: (801) 226-9026


Adventure & Tours - New Zealand  

14-Day Natural Habitat Tour

Aroha Luxury New Zealand Tours is offering a 14 Day - Natural Habitat Tour where guests encounter New Zealand's South Island's wildlife. Spectacular scenery includes mountains, glaciers, fjords, a coastal rain forest and remote islands. The rugged coastline of New Zealand embraces a land of topographic extremes, from seaside rain forests and volcanic craters to active glaciers and icy fjords. Rate: From NZ$ $400 - $1150+ per person per day. The customized package includes accommodation, airport transfers and other transportation within New Zealand, guided tours or activities, and support during your trip., Phone: 0064-(0)21-890611

Media Contact: Veronika Vermeulen, Email:, Phone: 0064-(0)21-890611   

Adventure & Tours - Chile 

6 Day Trek to the Southernmost Inhabited Place in the World 
Lost World Adventures offers the Dientes Circuit Tour - a 6 day, 5 night trek to the southernmost inhabited place in the world, Chile's Tierra del Fuego, Navarino Island. Before or after the trek, explore the Tierra del Fuego national park; navigate the Beagle Channel while marveling at penguins; or even take a helicopter ride to a mountaintop overlooking the city of Ushuaia. Rate: From $1677.00 per person, double occupancy. Includes: 6 days, 5 nights; domestic flight (Punta Arenas/Puerto Williams/ Punta Arenas); full board; 2 nights' accommodation at Lakutaia Lodge; 3 nights' accommodation in a campsite (double tent occupancy); camping gear., 800-999-0558.   
Media Contact: Garrett Korn, Email:, Phone: 404-373-5820 

Adventure & Tours - Europe

International Bike & Boat Adventures
Active Journeys offers Bike & Boat Adventures in Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain with more than 28 different itineraries to choose from. Explore ancient ruins and taste the authentic flavors of the local cuisine. E-bikes (a combination
electric power/pedal bicycle) are available for the novice rider. Try your hand at hoisting a sail  on board these specially equipped sailboats and river barges. Departures are from April to October from-13 different countries. Prices start at $1895 to $2795 USD, per person, double occupancy. Includes: 7 nights’ accommodation (twin cabin), most meals on board, packed lunch, route notes and support, local guide, and internal transfers., 416 236 5011 
Media Contact: Lisa Didus, Email:, Phone: 416 236 5011
Adventure & Tours - Mexico, Baja California Peninsula

Diving with Great White Sharks off Guadalupe Island  
Nautilus Explorer, a diving adventure company, is offering Diving with Great White Sharks off Mexico's Guadalupe Island (Baja California Peninsula). The trips offer a rich and natural experience of shark encounters by descending down to 30 feet where great white sharks naturally spend their time. Both ships are built to SOLAS standards.
$2795 - $4195 USD. Includes 5 nights on the Nautilus Under Sea, all meals, accommodations, use of kayaks, in-water divemastering., (604) 241-1918
Media Contact: Vivian,, (604) 241-1918

Adventure & Tours - Ireland

Hiking Ireland's Ring of Kerry Mountains 
Wilderness Ireland offers hiking tours to some of Ireland’s highest peaks in Killarney National Park: Mount Brandon and Carrantuohill, part of the Ring of Kerry mountains. On the Ring of Kerry Hiking Tour travelers uncover the legend of Cú Chulainn and the giant as they explore the stories of the Dingle Peninsula. Hike the lost pilgrimage paths along the sea cliff’s edge to white sandy beaches. Evenings are spent in small inns with traditional live music and local fare. Rate: From € 1,395.00. Includes 6 days of hiking, 6 nights accommodation in guest houses/hotels, most meals, hiking guide/driver., +353 (0) 91 457 898 
Media Contact: Ben Thorburn, Email:, Tel: +353 (0) 91 457 898. PR: Katie Marshall,


Hotels/Inns - San Diego, California

San Diego Romance

Hotel Tower23 offers in the mood romantic enhancements with their Sex on the Beach package. Includes dinner for two with 2 cocktails, breakfast in bed each morning, couples massage, naughty turn down service. Starting at $409/night, pp., through December 28, 2018. The hotel derives its name from lifeguard tower 23, loxated on Pacific Beach by the hotel. La Jolla is just north of the hotel, while the offerings of downtown San Diego are close by. The rooms and suites offer a fresh design scheme and high-end amenities. They feature California cuisine for lunch and dinner. The setting sun creates an ambient reflection on a 70-foot-long "wave wall" at the back of their steak and seafood restaurant., 858 270 2323

Media Contact: Brett Miller, Email:, Phone: 858 270 2323


Hotels/Inns - Amelia Island, Florida

Bed & Breakfast & Eco Adventure

Addison on Amelia Bed & Breakfast offers an Amelia Island Outdoor Adventure package that includes a private 2-hour eco-tour with Captain Carol of On The Water Adventures in her 32′ Tanga speedboat. Experience the wild horses of Cumberland Island grazing on marsh grasses, and closely observe dolphins, alligators, egrets, herons, and other local fauna in their natural element. Also includes a 3-hour guided tour with Kayak Amelia (an up-close look at the birds and critters of the inland rivers and salt marshes). Rate: add $380 to the room cost; three-night minimum., (904) 277-1604

Media Contact: Bob or Shannon, Email: Phone: (904) 277-1604 


Hotels/Inns - Belize

Six Nights in a Belize Oceanfront Cabana

Voted one of the world’s Top 100 Resorts by Condé Nast Traveler, the Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort is a secluded enclave of 25 luxurious private cabanas perched by the sea. Their romance & eco-adventure package includes six nights in an oceanfront cabana, full meal plan daily, resort activities (including sea kayaking and Hobie Cat sailing),  roundtrip airfare between Belize International Airport to Kanantik’s private airstrip. Three tours included: Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve, snorkeling at the Barrier Reef and South Water Cave marine reserve, Xunantunich Mayan Ruin Tour. Rate: US $4,200 for two people. Includes all government taxes and service charges., +501 533 704

Media Contact: General Manager, Email:, Phone: +501 533 704


Hotels/Inns - Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Features New Mexican Arts & Furnishings

Located in the heart of historic Santa Fe, just a few blocks from the Plaza, the Hacienda Nicholas B&B's decor features New Mexican art and furnishings. All of the rooms and suites feature wrought iron or carved wood four-poster beds and private baths decorated with charming Mexican tiles. Private entranced suites with mini kitchenettes which open out to the center courtyard of the inn. The onsite spa  Absolute Nirvana is a luxurious spa specializing in authentic Indonesian spa and facial treatments. recently ranked Number Two by USA Today in their selection of Santa Fe's 10 Best B&B 's., Phone: (505) 986-1431
Media Contact: Carolyn Lee, Email:, 888.321.5123


Hotels/Inns - Canada, Nova Scotia

Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia

Trout Point Lodge named "ten of the most innovative, sustainable travel programs around the world" National Geographic Society. An architectural masterpiece made from giant eastern spruce logs, Trout Point's main lodge celebrates the Great Camps erected along the U.S. & Canadian Eastern Seaboard in the early 20th century. Trout Point Lodge offers luxury adventure travel, guided stargazing and other ecotourism vacations from its secluded location in the heart of the Tobeatic Wilderness. The kitchen interprets Atlantic Acadian cuisine from traditional recipes and seasonal sources of local delicacies., Phone: 902 761 2142

Media Contact: Charles Leary, Email:, Phone: 902 761 2142     


National Events - Twinsburg, Ohio

Twins Days Festival: Largest Annual Gathering of Twins in the World, Twinsburg, OH

The 2018 Twins Days Festival will be held August 4th and 5th, 2018, at Glen Chamberlain Park, 10270 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, OH. This annual international event is recorded as the Largest Annual Gathering of Twins in the World by the Guinness Book of World Records. Located 25 miles southeast of Cleveland, Twinsburg plays host to thousands of twins from all over the world. Activities include twins parade, twins contests, twins talent show; twins research area, twins group photo, entertainment, arts & crafts and, fireworks show; food concessions, official souvenirs. Twins are encouraged to register at the festival to be able to participate in the twins related activities and to be included in the official count. Admission is $4.00/person per day. Registration forms at

Media Contact: Mary DaRif Email: Phone: (330) 425-3652


National Events - Red River, New Mexico

Red River New Mexico Chamber of Commerce to Host Fine Art and Wine Festival

Experience the picturesque town of Red River, New Mexico, as it celebrates the 15th Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival, June 15-17, 2018. This gathering of New Mexico's premier artists, galleries, and wineries features both silent and live auctions, art, pottery, photography, wine sampling ($20.00 for a commemorative wine glass includes wine tastings during the entire event), and live music., (877) 754-1708.  

Media Contact: Megan, Email: megan@redriverchamber, Phone: (575) 754-1708


National Events - Portsmouth, Ney Hampshire

New Hampshire's Restaurant Week - Portsmouth & the Seacoast

Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast spotlights Greater Portsmouth, NH, as a culinary and cultural destination. Restaurant Week runs November 8-17, 2018. More than 40 restaurants around the Seacoast (Portsmouth, Dover, Hampton, New Castle, Rye, Exeter, and Kittery, Maine) are offering up great meal values during lunch and dinner over the ten days. Participating restaurants offer special three course prix fixe menus: $16.95 for lunch or $29.95 for dinner, per person. Some restaurants extend the $16.95 value price to dinner as well. Area hotels offer special rates & packages during the event. Portsmouth was recently ranked # 6 on National Geographic Traveler's list of the Historic Places in the U.S, 603.610.5510

Media Contact: Katti Mowers, Email:, Phone: 603-610-5526 or


National Events - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is among the leading fine art events in the country

The 49th Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair (consisting of four separate but concurrent fairs) is among the leading fine art events in the country. From July 19-22, 2018, the streets of Ann Arbor will transform into an art lover’s paradise where you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales. From seasoned art enthusiasts to novice collectors, more than 400,000 people will make the trip to discover something truly inspiring. This is a juried, fine art event featuring the members of the Guild of Artists & Artisans. The Fair has 375 exhibiting artist booths, art demonstrations and features special guests including the Carr Center Artist-in-Training program. Admission is free.  or

Media Contact: Nicole McKay, Email:, Phone: 734.662.3382 or Karen Delhey, Email: 


National Events - Croton on Hudson, New York

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Music & Environmental Festival

Founded by Pete Seeger, the 40th Anniversary of the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival will take place June 16 & 17, 2018 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Westchester County). Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts from around the world and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism. The Revival is a destination for music fans and families alike, offering a plethora of family-oriented programming and activities and vendors for kids. Tickets: $46-$80 (single day), $76-$140 (weekend pass), $180-$240 (weekend plus camping) or call 888-718-4253 opt. 1. 

Media Contact: Steve Lurie, Email:, Phone: (845) 265-8080 ext 7155


National Events - Chicago, Illinois

Swedish immigration to Chicago, Dream of America Guided Tour, Swedish American Museum

Dive into the history of Swedish immigration to Chicago with a guided tour of the Swedish American Museum’s permanent exhibit, “The Dream of America.” Uncover the stories of real immigrants like Karl Karlsson, who left Sweden with his family in 1893, or Elin and Birgitta Hedman, who made the journey in 1924. Learn about what awaited the millions who came to America via Ellis Island and what life was like in Swedish neighborhoods such as Andersonville in Chicago then and now. The event is June 16 at 11:00 am, 5211 N Clark St  Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is Adults $4; Children/students/seniors $3; Families $10; members are free. Space is limited; reservations are recommended and can be made via email to

Media Contact: Angelica Farzaneh-Far, Email:, Phone: (773) 728.8111