South Dakota Travel Professionals E-newsletter – June 2019

A Taste of South Dakota

South Dakota’s heritage is a combination of proud indigenous people as well as the settlers who made their way to the region over the last few centuries. Today, the state’s diverse and unique food culture offers up delicious evidence of local lineage. Here you’ll find German, Scandinavian, Native American, and other distinct and regional dishes. Highlighted are three famous South Dakota dishes and the group-friendly restaurants where you can taste them for yourself!

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Visit Orlando – No. 1 Summer Destination – May 2019

No. 1 Summer Destination Orlando
Sizzles with New Openings and Deals
World’s top summer spot entices visitors with all-new attractions, dining options and deals

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando, Theme Park Capital of the World®, is the world’s top summer destination according to AAA. And with new theme park expansions, hotels and unique dining adventures, 2019 is set to be one of Orlando’s biggest summers yet.

“Orlando is always innovating, with immersive new experiences and unbeatable hospitality that keeps visitors returning year after year,” said Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel. “It’s this memorable combination that keeps Orlando the most-visited destination in the country, with a record 75 million visitors in 2018.”

New Immersive Adventures
• At Universal Orlando Resort™, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster opens on June 13. This ride, described as Universal’s most highly-themed coaster to date, takes guests deep into the Forbidden Forest, to check out the various fantastic beasts that call the woods home.
• Walt Disney World® Resort opens Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Aug. 29. Set on the planet Batuu, the new land features two thrilling galactic rides, immersive shops, a restaurant and a character meet-and-greet spot.
• Aquatica® Orlando’s new attraction KareKare Curl™ debuted April 12. This new slide is styled after a curve-shaped wave and welcomes two riders at a time, climbing the vertical wave wall for a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure.
• Walt Disney World Resort brings baller excitement to Disney Springs on Aug. 12 with the opening of the NBA Experience, offering 13 hands-on games and activities for basketball fans in a one-of-a-kind attraction.
• Wild Florida is set to open an all-new 75-acre safari park, an expansion that will result in the park growing six-fold. Guests will have the option to drive their own vehicles or ride on a guided buggy tour. Over 100 animals native to Florida will be on this land, along with a zip-line that lets visitors fly over the park.

New for Little Kids
• Walt Disney World Resort’s new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a live show now open in Hollywood Studios, featuring beloved characters from the Cars movie series like Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.
• SeaWorld® Orlando brought a beloved world to life with the opening of Sesame Street in March, just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary. Families can explore 6 acres of the iconic neighborhood, enjoying story time with Big Bird and SeaWorld’s first daily parade with Elmo and other characters.
• LEGOLAND® Florida Resort debuted Lego Movie World, one of the largest additions ever made to the park, with three new attractions based on worlds within the film.
• Fun Spot America will add a 4,000-square-foot splash pad this summer, offering 30 interactive features from fountains to moving sprays for little ones to enjoy.
• Crayola Experience will add three new experiences to spark creativity in kids, including the opportunity to take larger-than-life interactive silly selfies, color and customize their own Scribble Scrubbies, a handheld washable toy, and enjoy kid-safe games as part of the Crayola Create & Play app.
New Accommodations
• Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, a new beach-themed value hotel, debuts June 27. Surfside will feature spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep six, with rates starting at $170.10. Its sister property, Dockside Inn and Suites will join the value resort in March 2020.

New & Notable Dining
• Disney Springs welcomed Jaleo by José Andrés, featuring Spanish cuisine paired with a premier selection of Spanish wines.
• Bigfire, the next original concept at Universal CityWalk, will open this summer featuring woodfire cooking amid the decor of a lakeside lodge. Guests will also be able to make fireside s’mores right at their table and play lawn games on the patio.
• Universal Orlando Resort opened The TODAY Cafe on May 16. Guests can stop by for seasonal dishes inspired by Al Roker’s favorite recipes and dine amid immersive TODAY Show stage lights and theming. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and even wine and beer are available.

The Orlando Destination
Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is the No. 1 family vacation destination, Theme Park Capital of the World®, and most visited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of unique experiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports and nightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels.

Alaska Travel Trade News: Summer solstice – May 2019

SUMMER SOLSTICE IN ANCHORAGE

Do you have clients visiting or cruising into Southcentral Alaska – Seward or Whittier – in the month of June? June 21 marks the longest day of the year and there are amazing summer solstice events taking place in and around Anchorage. Your clients can fit a lot of fun in during the summer months with long daylight hours.

ONLY IN ANCHORAGE

Did you know that your clients can fish for two popular species of salmon right in the heart of downtown Anchorage? Salmon are literally steps away! Ship Creek has king and silver salmon runs in June and August, respectively. Not ready to cast a line? Nearby viewing platforms give onlookers the best view of the action.

NYC & Company – Travel Trade Newsletter – May 2019

2019 YEAR OF PRIDE WEBINAR

New York City will host WorldPride in 2019 for the first time ever. The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a series of demonstrations that historians consider the start of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. In this webinar, we’ll cover Pride-related events along with LGBTQ+ exhibitions and historic sites your clients can enjoy all year long.

HIDDEN TREASURES OF NYC PARKS & GARDENS

New York City is home to more than 1,700 public parks, plus botanical gardens and many other beautiful green spaces. Here are just a few of the places in the City where your nature-loving clients can see some of the area’s most remarkable flowers and trees. (And if you’re building a trip to NYC for a group interested in sustainability, you can even help facilitate a volunteer project in one of the City’s parks.)

NYC & Company – Travel Trade Newsletter – April 2019

Brooklyn – Need to know

NYC’s most populous borough is home to art galleries, historic museums and some of the City’s latest and greatest hotels and restaurants. In this webinar we’ll cover everything you need to know about the borough, highlighting the popular neighborhoods of Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo and Williamsburg.

Annual Sporting Events

Some of the world’s most celebrated athletes compete for glory in perennial NYC events like the US Open Tennis Championships or the TCS New York City Marathon. No matter what time of year they visit, your clients are sure to enjoy the action at these major sporting events.

NYC & Company – Travel Trade Newsletter – Mar 2019

What to do in New York this Spring

Spring in New York City is all about new beginnings: the start of baseball season, the budding of hundreds of cherry trees in Brooklyn and the annual orchid show at the Bronx’s New York Botanical Garden. Your clients can also ramble among old-growth trees in Manhattan’s Central Park, visit an outdoor sculpture museum in Queens and see a classical Chinese garden in Staten Island.

The Bronx: Need to know webinar

In this webinar, available in several languages, you’ll discover the quaint maritime village of City Island, the cultural attractions of Fordham and Belmont—including the “real” Little Italy, centered on the restaurants and cafés of Arthur Avenue—and much more.

Escape the ordinary in Idaho – March 2019

Escape the ordinary in Idaho

Find Silver Treasures And Biking Adventures At The Center Of The Universe
From the stunning to the serene and everything in between, Idaho’s got your adventure wish list covered.

Thrills, Hills & All The Feels
Idaho is jam-packed with summer activities in stunning settings that will set your pulse racing.

South Dakota Travel Professionals E-newsletter – March 2019

South Dakota Scenic Drives

South Dakota’s scenic drives are well worth an extra tank of gas. The wind in your hair, open road ahead, and nothing but breathtaking views out every window — it’s freedom at its finest. Thread a Pigtail Bridge in Custer State Park, follow the Missouri River through the lands of five Native American tribes, or take the back roads to discover true pieces of rural America. There’s only one rule: go where the road takes you.

Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway

Breathtaking rock formations and native grasslands filled with numerous species of plants and animals guarantee you’ll want to pause somewhere along the route to enjoy the view. There are 16 designated scenic overlooks that make for outstanding photo opportunities.

Native American National and State Scenic Byway

Stunning views of the Missouri River, diverse landscapes, and tribal history and culture are showcased on the Native American Scenic Byway, running north and south through central South Dakota. 

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NYC & Company – Travel Trade Newsletter – Feb 2019

New Stores Your Clients Will Love

New York City is justly famous for its retail scene. The five boroughs are home to an unparalleled selection of stores—including high-end boutiques, luxury flagships, indoor and outdoor markets and small specialty shops. Here’s a look at recent openings around the City.

Harlem Celebrates 100 Years of Arts and Culture

Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood is known as a hotspot for culture, dining and the arts, and as the center of the 20th-century Harlem Renaissance—an African American–led cultural movement that catapulted innovators like Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes and Bessie Smith to fame while simultaneously furthering social justice.