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Jul 5, 2009

Alaska

Travelers can take a walk on the wild side with WarbelowOs Air Ventures Inc. and view AlaskaOs most treasured Arctic mammal, the polar bear. The two-day journey takes guests on a scenic flight from Fairbanks to the Inupiat Eskimo village of Kaktovik, located 260 miles above the Arctic Circle. Accessible only by air, Kaktovik is the only village located within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The scheduled departures of Sept. 5, 12 and Oct. 3 correspond with the annual subsistence whale hunt. Polar bears arrive to forage on the remains of the hunt and are so frequently seen, bear sightings are guaranteed or travelers receive a full refund. Tours include transportation, meals, accommodation and guided viewing expeditions. Additional departures may be added for large groups upon request. For more information, visit www.warbelows.com. Jul 1, 2009

Altour. Aer Travel

San Diego area independent agency Aer Travel has joined forces with Altour. Aer Travel was founded in 1983 and serves the corporate, leisure and entertainment markets in the greater San Diego area. Noteworthy is its following by the San Diego Chargers football team and its fans. The agency has handled the teamOs travel arrangements for more than 10 years, and has organized road trips for fans the past several years, including over 300 fans and Chargers staff to their game in London last year. For more information, visit www.aertravel.com or www.altour.com. Jul 3, 2009

Amelia Island

Eight hotels and inns on Amelia Island have re-launched the OPack Your Bags for Amelia IslandO program, offering air travelers up to an USD80 room credit for checked baggage fees. The program is in place through Dec. 31, 2009, on stays of three or more nights at participating hotels. Visitors traveling by air can find a list of hotels and more information on the OPack Your BagsO program at www.ameliaisland.com/freebags. Jul 1, 2009

Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations inaugurated non-stop service to Cancun on USA3000 Airlines from Capital Region International Airport (LAN) in Lansing, Mich. The program operates operate Dec. 27 through April 4, 2010, with Sunday mid-afternoon departures and returns. Apple Vacations claims to be the first company to offer direct international flights since the U.S. Customs Inspection Station opened at the airport in late May. Prices start at USD 699.99 for seven nights in late January including roundtrip airfare, airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations based on double occupancy, hotel taxes and hotel baggage handling. All-inclusive vacations start at just USD 999.99, and include the above, plus all meals, drinks, entertainment, non-motorized watersports and gratuities. The maximum parking cost for a week in Lansing is USD 42.50, versus USD 76 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. For a limited time, agents can go to www.flyLansing.com to print a coupon, saving clients an additional 50 percent. Apple Vacations offers a choice of more than 100 hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and neighboring Riviera Maya. For prices and reservations, or more information, visit www.myappleonline.com. Jun 30, 2009

BestOnHawaii.com

BestOnHawaii.com offers Hawaii cultural tours for visitors on every island. Hawaiian culture is rooted in the traditions of the people who have inhabited the region throughout the years -- Polynesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and others. However, travelers often go to Hawaii and discover very little of the authentic Hawaiian culture, a crucial element of the stunning tropical paradise, says BestOnHawaii.com, the leading Hawaii Tours and Activities Center. OHawaii is internationally recognized as the perfect sun, sand and surf destination with a wide range of water activities and sightseeing destinations. But the culture of Hawaii is one of the most unique aspects of a true Hawaiian experience,O said a BestOnHawaii.com representative. www.BestOnHawaii.com. Jul 1, 2009

Bohemian Hotel

The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, the latest luxury boutique hotel by The Kessler Collection in Orlando, Fla., will officially open in Savannah, Ga. on July 24, 2009. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. This new property, which is the first new hotel overlooking the Savannah River to open its doors in 17 years, complements The Kessler CollectionOs Mansion on Forsyth Park, located in the heart of Savannah. Defined by brick and glass architecture and inspiring interior design, The Bohemian Hotel features nine stories including 75 guest rooms and suites, concierge service, valet parking and an on-site fitness center. SavannahOs newest hotel will also offer a full-service restaurant on River Street serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring fresh seafood and casual American fare created by KesslerOs culinary team. Rocks on the Roof, a rooftop lounge, offers spectacular views of the Savannah River amid casual elegance. Located at 102 West Bay St., the hotel has the distinction of being the latest property by hotelier and real estate developer Richard C. Kessler, chairman and CEO of The Kessler Enterprise, Inc. Introductory rates at The Bohemian start at USD 179 per night. For reservations or more information, call 877-486-9575 or visit www.bohemianhotelsavannah.com. Jun 30, 2009

Copley Square Hotel

Tishman Construction Corporation of Massachusetts has completed the USD 17 million, fast-track renovation of the Copley Square Hotel, built in 1891, for its owner, CapStar...

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