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360 VOX 360 VOX Announces Opening of Edenarc 1800. VOX Corporation is pleased to announce the delivery of the first phase of its Edenarc 1800 project, a high-end international resort destination in the French Alps. With its exceptional location in the heart of the Paradiski area, situated at the crossroads of Europe's most picturesque ski areas amid altitudes between 1,200 and 3,250 metres facing Mont Blanc, Edenarc 1800 is a spectacular destination for both summer and winter seasons. Phase I of this luxury residence, "Les Souverains," consists of 63 apartments offering 4 star services and amenities including an 800 square metre aqua-relaxation area, an 18-hole golf course, underground car park, and ski-in/ski-out access. Phase I is 95% sold-out and Phase II, launched last month, is currently 25% sold. Phase II will comprise an additional 68 units and is scheduled for delivery in late 2012. Overall, Edenarc 1800 is planned for approximately 325 units in total. 360 VOX holds a 36% net interest in Sotarbat 360, which is developing and managing Edenarc 1800. In addition, Edenarc 1800 has engaged Sotheby's International Realty and 360 BLU, a joint venture between Sotheby's International Realty Canada and 360 VOX, to be the exclusive sales and marketing agent for the project. Odalys-Vacances, one of the three top operators of tourism residences in France, will manage Edenarc 1800's operations. On Behalf of the Board of Directors Robin Conners, President and CEO Jan 9, 2012

Air Canada Sports executive welcomes Toronto-St.Thomas flights. A leading tennis coach and sports administrator in Canada sees the launch of nonstop Air Canada service to St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) this winter as a boost for sports-related tourism. Lionel Eli, one of Canada's highly rated and respected tennis coaches and personal trainers, said the Virgin Islands "is not only an incredible vacation spot, but it also is perfect for sports tourism encounters." The long-serving Director of Tennis and Operations at Banbury Tennis Club in northern Toronto and Director of Tennis at Tam Heather Curling and Tennis Club in Scarborough, said as his members hunker down for the another cold winter, "there's nothing like nonstop service from Pearson International Airport into the Caribbean." The non-stop St. Thomas flights, he added, were "long overdue and right on time for athletic and leisure oriented Canadians seeking warmer climes." The former Barbados Davis Cup tennis player and national coach who also works as a rehabilitation/athletics therapist (specializing in brain and spinal injuries), was recently in St. Thomas for the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) conference where he led a daily morning workout program. Assisting him was yoga enthusiast, Clayton Sizemore, operations manager of CNN in New York. Eli highlighted sports tourism as a huge opportunity for the Caribbean, and posited with the number of professional athletes the USVI has produced, the territory is a natural choice for sports travelers in Canada. "People are curious why Caribbean athletes do so well on the international scene ... and to visit the Caribbean, train in the Caribbean and enjoy Caribbean food, warmth and hospitality is a dream come true for many," said Eli. Using Airbus 319-100 aircraft, Air Canada operates weekly Saturday service from Toronto to St. Thomas with 14 executive seats and 106 in economy. USVI Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty expects a 20 percent annual increase in Canadian visitors with the new flight. "We are very keen on forming alliances with professional, collegiate and club member athletes and sports organizations to boost our profile in our key markets." Commissioner Nicholson-Doty added that the Department of Tourism was also keen on exploring alliances with members of the Caribbean-Canadian community to promote travel to the territory. Jan 9, 2012

AMResorts AMResorts Kicks Off O40 Days, 40 NightsO Agent Promotion. Philadelphia-based AMResorts is offering the travel agent community a series of ongoing incentive-based promotions and featuring the return of O40 Days and 40 Nights to Win, Win, Win,O through Feb. 29, 2012. Agents who book a minimum of three nights at any AMResorts property for travel through April 30, 2012, and register their bookings at the AMResorts travel agents website will be automatically entered for three ways to win -- daily drawing for USD500 bonus commission, a weekly drawing for a ree-night stay at the AMResortsO brand resort feature that week for the agent and a guest, and a weekly drawing for the prize feature that week, including an iPad, iPhone 4S, BluRay player, Xbox360 and more. Jan 11, 2012

Aria Resort & Casino Hotels beef up spa offerings with private spa suites. A number of resort hotels have upped the ante in the spa-services department by offering luxurious private spa suites, where guests can enjoy all the amenities of a full-service spa while maintaining their privacy. "The spa suites were designed to create a personal 'spa within a spa' experience where guests are able to customize their spa journey from a selection of first-class treatments," said Susan Radzwillowicz, manager of the Spa & Salon at Aria inside the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Jan 11, 2012

Avalon Waterways Avalon Waterways Names Two Godmothers for Double Christening in May. Avalon Waterways, part of the Globus family of brands, will stage a double christening in May of two more Suite Ships with the debut of the Avalon Vista and Avalon Visionary. Serving as the VisionaryOs godmother will be Nicole Mazza, representing American Marketing Group, Inc., which owns 18 travel brands, including TravelSavers, NEST and The Affluent Traveler. Mazza will be joined by Canadian travel industry insider Vanessa Lee, who will serve as the VistaOs godmother. The Avalon Vista, a sister ship to the existing Avalon Panorama, will have 185 Panorama and Royal Suites, measuring 200 and 300 square feet, respectively. The smaller, 52-suite Avalon Visionary provides cruisers with a suite experience on the river cruise lineOs popular Rhine River itinerary. The Avalon Visionary and Avalon Vista mark the companyOs 12th and 13th new ships in Europe since 2004. Post-christening, the Avalon Visionary will introduce Panorama Suites to the Rhine River in 2012, sailing the eight-day Romantic Rhine cruise (starting at USD1,849) as well as several Christmastime cruises. The Avalon Vista will sail the 11-day Legendary Danube cruise (starting at USD1,839) and 13-day Blue Danube Discovery (priced from USD2,249) as well as the 15-day Magnificent Europe vacation. OWith two full decks of suites, nothing showcases the best of river cruising like our Suite Ships,O said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. OEach Suite has been thoughtfully designed to enhance the European cruise experience. From bed and bathroom positioning to storage and sound-proof insulation, we provide cruisers a renewed feeling of freedom, space and comfort not found with other cruise lines.O The suites on AvalonOs new ships feature a large seating area adjacent to a wall-to-wall panoramic window. When opened, this 10-foot-by-7-foot floor-to-ceiling window transforms the entire suite into the categoryOs only Open-Air Balcony. Other enhancements include flowers in each stateroom, premium LOOccitane products in bathrooms, and Avalon-branded deluxe bedding. The Suite Ships also feature a club, main lounge and dining room, hair salon, Sky Deck fun pool and Open-Air Bistro for outdoor lunches. In addition, the fitness rooms aboard the Panorama, Visionary and Vista are more expansive and have additional equipment. Jan 12, 2012

Caesars Palace Caesars Palace in Las Vegas meets tech show with new app. Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has launched a new application for Android, Apple and BlackBerry devices that will allow guests to request hotel services from outside their rooms. The launch coincides with the International Consumer Electronics Show and aims to draw tech-savvy attendants. Jan 11, 2012

Condominium Connection Condominium Connection Offers Free Nights at Trump Waikiki. Condominium Connection is offering discounts and every fourth night free in all room categories at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk for travel through June 30. The Vacation Like Trump special features nightly room rates from USD309 with no minimum stay. The free night offer starts at USD1,077 plus tax, for every stay of at least four nights in Superior City View units. Jan 9, 2012

Disney Disney ParksO World Moms Panel Now Available in Spanish. Disney ParksO Walt Disney World Moms Panel has unveiled a new feature -- the panelists can now receive and answer guests' questions in Spanish. In addition to the first bilingual offerings, two new specialty areas will be added to the site -- Disneyland Resort and runDisney. The Walt Disney World Moms Panel is an online forum that serves as a resource for planning Disney Parks vacations. As the Moms Panel expands, Disney Parks will look to rebrand in 2012 with details to come later this year. Jan 12, 2012

Four Seasons Four Seasons Unveils New Website, New Luxury Trend Report. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, as reported by TravelPulse earlier on Jan. 12, officially introduced what it calls a Onew, highly experientialO global website. According to Four Seasons, the new website offers an immersive and user-friendly experience, combined with rich global content, impactful design and social media integration. Four Seasons said its new website was designed to deliver an immersive and effortless experience tailored to every user. The brandOs service, locations and experiences are showcased through photo-rich, informative hotel and destination pages. Key features of include: A new booking process that allows for...

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