Posts made in June 2019

Rising Isreal Tourism

Israel Tourism continues to rise, as more travelers are choosing the country as their next travel destination. In 2019 so far, the country has seen a total of 1.9 million visitors, compared with 1.75 million during the same period in 2018. This past May, 440,000 tourists entered Israel, marking an increase of 11.3% over the previous year, and a 26.8% increase when compared with May 2017.

“The May 2019 tourism statistics continue the consistent upward momentum and record-breaking trend in incoming tourism to Israel,” stated Tourism Minister Yariv Levin

Below are some of the latest hospitality updates in Israel:

NEW DEVELOPMENTS & RENOVATIONS:

  • Dan Caesarea Unveils Renovations: After eight months of renovations, the Dan Caesarea Hotel has reopened. The hotel underwent a NIS 80 million renovation to attract a younger generation, upgrading 116 rooms and suites, the lobby, dining room, event halls, spa, children’s club and public areas with sleeker options.
  • Jordache Enterprises Group to Open Six New Hotels: Jordache Enterprises group is expanding its hotel business in Israel by opening six new hotels in Israel in 2019. The group will open three new four and five-star hotels under the Herbert Samuel brand: the 162-room Milos Dead Sea Hotel; the 110-room Opera Tel Aviv Hotel, and the 30-room Boutique Tel Aviv Hotel. In addition, the Setai hotel brand will also open three hotels with a five-star rating.  
  • Isrotel Announces Plans to Open 11 New Hotels in Israel: Isrotel announced that it has plans to open 11 hotels in Israel, eight of which will be built by 2022. Five hotels will be in Tel Aviv, with others being built in Eilat, Jaffa, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the Negev Desert.

TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE:

  • Ben-Gurion Airport to be Expanded: Israel’s Transportation Ministry approved a NIS 3 billion expansion plan of Ben-Gurion Airport, expanding Terminal 3 by 80,000 square-meters, adding 90 new check-in counters, four new baggage hall conveyor belts, and expanding immigration checkpoints and parking facilities. In addition, a fifth passenger concourse will be constructed to accommodate additional aircrafts. This expansion will allow the airport to increase to accommodate up to 30 million more passengers a year.
  • Bubble On-Demand Shuttle Service Launches in Tel Aviv: Bubble, a new on-demand van shuttle service, has launched in collaboration with the Dan Bus Company in Israel to bring easier transportation to travelers in Tel Aviv. Passengers can now be picked up and dropped off at existing bus stops in Tel Aviv by ordering through the app.
  • New Bus Line Connecting Ben-Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv Hotels: Kavim has launched a new public bus route, 445, which will operate 24 hours a day, Sunday through Thursday, to connect the Ben-Gurion Airport and Tel Aviv’s hotel areas. Stops will include Ben Yehuda Street, Yehuda Halevi Street, Menachem Begin Street and the railway complex.

OTHER NEWS:

  • Neil Patrick Harris Appointed Tel Aviv Pride Ambassador: American actor, writer, producer, magician and singer, Neil Patrick Harris, was honored as the official International Ambassador for Tel Aviv Pride 2019, joined by husband, chef and actor, David Burtka. Download images here. Photo credit: Ilan Spira.
  • Israel Ministry of Tourism Introduces Interactive Map: The new interactive map of Israel displays thousands of items of information, including attractions, hotels, restaurants, hiking routes and other accommodation options. Tourists can filter and search items to easier allow them to navigate the country. In addition, the site is translated into 11 languages.
  • Mobile App Released to Make Old City Jerusalem More Accessible for the Visually Impaired: The Tower of David Museum and the Center for the Blind in Israel partnered to launch a mobile app that provides guided tours and routes for the visually impaired to experience Old City Jerusalem. The app provides evocative descriptions of the sights and encourages the listener to physically interact with the area through touch.

About the Israel Ministry of Tourism:

The Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT), is Israel’s national tourism agency responsible for planning and implementing marketing and promotional initiatives to position Israel as a preferred travel destination. IMOT aims to increase tourism traffic to contribute to Israel’s economy, and to enhance and diversify the visiting experience. IMOT works to promote Israel’s impressive assortment of historical, cultural, culinary and religious attractions – each the perfect blend of tradition and modernity.  IMOT offices in North America are located in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Toronto.

ErgoErgo

It’s almost summertime and you know what that means! Everyone wants to turn their mom/dad bods into beach bods. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that by the time summer comes, most people will give up on slimming down for their dream bikini or for those Instagram selfies. We’ve all been there. We’ve all said we’re going to shed a few pounds and then quit on our journey. I’d love to offer an option that can be incorporated into your everyday routine so that you can lead a healthier lifestyle.

ErgoErgo is an extraordinary seating concept combining the benefits of active sitting with a bold contemporary design. ErgoErgo encourages us to sit as nature intended. Rock gently in any direction to build strength & flexibility. ErgoErgo encourages us to sit as nature intended – your body feels a new ease and freedom. The core muscles are engaged, the spine achieves its natural curve, the pelvis gently moves, circulation improves and the legs stretch.

With its durable quality, timeless design, and fun colors, you can sit joyfully for years to come and enjoy a stool that also doubles as a piece of art! I’d love to work on a story that will offer your audience a new year’s resolution that is fun, and easy to keep!

ErgoErgo: Perfect for working and relaxing. Use it in offices, schools, libraries, dorms, hotels, healthcare facilities…the possibilities are endless. ErgoErgo is great public seating. And it’s compact enough for the smallest space. ErgoErgo compresses slightly when you sit on it to the height of a standard chair, which makes it perfect for a standard desk height.

ExtraErgo: ExtraErgo offers all the benefits of ErgoErgo. Your body is free to move, your core is engaged. With its larger seat, Extra Ergo provides more comfort for taller, larger people, and more stability for every body.

KidsErgo: The revolutionary KidsErgo is the safe and healthy way to sit. Children are happier and learn better when they can sit actively. Teachers report that students sitting on KidsErgo often improve significantly in posture, concentration, participation, and behavior. Children love KidsErgo’s friendly shape and its rainbow of bright colors.

Visit http://ergoergo.com for all available colors, more information and let me know if I can answer any questions! Thank you!!

It is so much more than a stool: Winner of the Academic Choice Mindspring, The Good Design, The Edison And Parents’ Pick Awards, ErgoErgo recognized that our bodies were made to move! Active sitting wakes up your body. Relax and enjoy the freedom from traditional static sitting. Engage your core muscles, keep your spine supple, improve your circulation, and ease your breathing. After sitting on ErgoErgo, ordinary chairs seem…well, just ordinary.

Where’s Waldo?

“Where’s Waldo?” brings the iconic character to life in a new animated series from DreamWorks Animation, executive producer F.M. De Marco (“Spy Kids: Mission Critical”) and co-executive producer John Tellegen (“Spy Kids: Mission Critical”). Twelve-year-old Waldo (voiced by Joshua Rush) and his best friend Wenda (voiced by Haley Tju) are members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society—the international order of curious travelers who circle the globe celebrating cultures and solving problems through observation. Their mentor—Wizard Whitebeard (voiced by Thomas Lennon), a seasoned wanderer—sends these inquisitive young adventurers on international travel missions so they can earn their stripes and someday become wizard-level wanderers too. But standing in Waldo and Wenda’s way is their rival Odlulu (voiced by Eva Carlton), who can’t help but cause trouble wherever she goes.

Premiere date: Saturday, July 20 at 10:00am ET/PT on Universal Kids

Sneak peek: Monday, July 1 on Universal Kids digital platforms including VOD, UniversalKids.com, and the Universal Kids app.

For more information go to: https://www.universalkids.com/shows/wheres-waldo

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

Margot

By Vaughn Lowery x Krishan Narsinghani × Michael Moadeb

Restaurateur Rohan Talwar helms IB Hospitality and owns the illustrious West Hollywood gem, Norahs. A few months ago, he opened the doors to modish and culinary oasis, Margot – complete with exotic dishes, regional wines and special drink menu.

Margot, a Mediterranean infused restaurant composed of various seating and dine-in areas with 360 degree views of West LA, in Culver City is a diamond in the rough. The rooftop (indoor and outdoor seated venue) nests at the top of the PLATFORM (a boutique shopping experience with fashion/pop-ups, wellness and bites) and borders tons of retail, commercial and a new hotel soon erupting. The speedy Expo line train can be seen swiftly running east to west while you sip and/or dine outside and mimics the likes of some of the more prestigious eateries within Brooklyn’s Dumbo area. Similar to the train, rumors have quickly traveled throughout the city that Amazon will begin developing a new location nearby.

‘Hot like fire’ understates the atmosphere at night as the outside appears to be torched with tons of heat lamps in tow. With fresh farm-to-fork ingredients and handmade pastas (try the spaghetti), this place is a soon to be staple within the LA area. The menu constantly changes for an all-inclusive dining experience, including those with strict plant-based diets. Great for romantic dates, celebratory moments and family gatherings on ‘Sunday Funday’ largely due to their tapas as well as fresh raw seafood bar. Talk about delectable oysters. Step foot inside to find every inch of this establishment scream social media engagement wall. Note murals and tapestries all aligned in tune with a modernistic and contemporary ambiance. Service is extremely courteous, helpful and hospitable. And if that’s not enough to keep you coming back, the handcrafted cocktails will. Try their refreshening grapefruit gin and juice or a fruity frosé – worth every penny. It’s about time Culver City got what it deserved – a casual dining experience with budding professionals who seek something edgy, youthful and tasty.

Boost your metabolism before you eat, as SoulCycle is located on the second floor right underneath Margot. Or, after a zesty salad and sandwich at Margot, you may want to head down to the first level to the cozy ice cream shop with a menu of small-batch flavors, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.

*Margot is open daily from 11am-2am.

Highlights
• Accommodates approximately 150 seated or 350 for reception
• Rooftop patio with dedicated bar accommodates approximately 120 seated or 150 for reception
• Intimate private dining terrace available for approximately 25 seated or 40 for reception
• Social dining options available for weekend brunches, lunch and dinner
• Market driven menu inspired by coastal mediterranean cuisine
• Full service bar with handcrafted cocktails made with fresh ingredients
• Stunning beach and city views throughout

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

360 MAGAZINE, Margot Restaurant, LA, Los Angeles, Vaughn Lowery

Laughing Lotus

It was 1977 when it all started for Dana as she grew up to the sounds of Donna Summers and the Beegees. “Oh how my parents loved to dance,” she said. Dana grew up and never wanted the dance party to end, so in 1987 she opened a joint in Hell’s Kitchen called Trixies, her nickname, and the place quickly became famous for the wild spirit of celebration she and her team created. Wacky and talented musical acts came in from all over the world to sing and play the spoons. They were featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America and KathyLee & Regis. Soon after the explosion on the dance scene, Trixie, the “party girl” met yoga. At the time, Dana was doing high step aerobics, taking hip hop dance classes and she rode her bicycle everywhere. “It was surprising for me to find yoga, yet all the ingredients were always there – my love for music, movement and friends. This was my opportunity for awakening,” Dana said.

During Dana’s early years of practicing yoga, it felt like yoga was one practice and her love for dancing another. They were separate. It took years of showing up in her personal practice for her to begin to listen and trust and follow her passion to integrate movement, music, the flow of the breath, and a spiritual purpose. Finding herself and her voice was a slow process, but a natural one. Sometimes the music inspired the movement and sometimes the movement inspired the music and soon new shapes emerged — Krishna, Kali, Rainbow Warrior, oh my.

With the help and collaboration of Dana’s longtime partner, Jasmine Tarkeshi, the two cofounded and opened Laughing Lotus in New York City on a rooftop playground in 1999 and Lotus Flow, our Vinyasa style of Yoga, became a signature style where dance, devotion and discipline are the three major tenets.

The practice continues to be a fresh and creative celebration with Jasmine and all of the teachers at the Lotus. There’s an incredible architecture or form to the sequencing. It’s called freedom. There’s form and there’s formlessness and the mantra at Laughing Lotus is “Move Like Yourself.”

It’s 2012 and Laughing Lotus had a Dance Hall, a disco ball, a 40-foot graffiti wall and a Glitter Bar. It’s a community center, a spiritual community that nourishes your being, helps makes the teaching practical and teaches us all valuable lessons in sharing, empathy and seva. Today in NYC, millions of breaths later, tens of thousands of chakras opened and with over one thousand teacher graduates Laughing Lotus is having a yoga festival, a lotus reunion to gather, to share, to chant to celebrate and of course to DANCE! Here we are in 2019, and Laughing Lotus has introduceded NYC’s first ever Queens and Queers: Fluid Flow class that will live on the schedule and be offered monthly. This weekly Fluid Flow is designed for LQBTQ Community and your sparkly friends. Enjoy your Glittery Loving Yoga home where you can be YOU, connect more deeply to each other and your Highest Self. Dana’s love for the LGBTQ community has harnessed a deep connection throughout the years and with this connection, comes the newest collaboration with the K-Deer family; the first non-gender focused yoga pant, “The Dana” which has launched and can be spotted on some of the biggest influencers.

Kygo To Attend PrideFestival

Global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll – a.k.a. Kygo will take the stage for PrideFestival’s closing party, where all net proceeds will be donated to LGBTQ charities, on June 30th at Javits Center. Would love for you to attend, please let us know if you can make it and we will add you to the guest list.
KYGO HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Earlier this month, Kygo took his KygoLife brand to the next level by launching his new noise cancelling Kygo headphones.
  • He was recently named the newest global ambassador for Ralph Lauren’s Polo Red. 
  • Kygo recently teamed up with Rita Ora for the new single Carry On from the blockbuster POKEMON Detective Pikachu. The song eclipsed 83 million Spotify streams and over 59 million YouTube views (HERE).

Lux

This November, read the entire epic of Luxanna “Lux” Crownguard, the noble born mage who has been casting her spell on readers in her digital-first comic series! Soon, and for the first time in print, you can read her comic adaptation in full based on lore from Riot Games’ LEAGUE OF LEGENDS!

John O’Bryan, who has written for a number of animated TV shows including “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” is joined by the artists of Tan Studios, with penciling by Billy Tan, inks by Haining, and colors by Gadson. In Lux’s shining city of Demacia, order reigns. The realm is safe, and the people are happy…unless you’re a mage. In a place where ‘Mageseekers’ outlaw magic, Lux must hide who she truly is when she begins to exhibit light powers. But when she seeks out an imprisoned mage to learn to control her magic, will she protect herself…or doom Demacia?

In addition to delving into Demacia’s rich history, this adventure also features champions Garen and Sylas, and explores their relationships with Lux. Will Lux choose to stand with her brother Garen and the ruling class…or will she choose her place amongst the downtrodden Mages at the fringes of society? In the ultimate journey of self-discovery, Lux must straddle the line between her privileged birthright and her burgeoning abilities.

Whether you’re a fan of the game, or new to comics, this exceptional origin story is a great place to dive in. Preview this story now, and please visit Marvel.comfor more information.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX TRADE PAPERBACK

Collecting LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX #1-5

Written by JOHN O’BRYAN

Pencils by BILLY TAN

Inks by HAINING OF TAN COMICS

Colors by GADSON OF TAN COMICS

Cover by BILLY TAN, HAINING AND GADSON OF TAN COMICS

On Sale 11/6/2019

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O’Gara Coach and Bentley Beverly Hills Sponsor Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance

On its 26th annual edition, the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance show in partnership with O’Gara Coach and Bentley Beverly Hills, gathered the local community and supercar fans to celebrate Father’s Day with quintessential style.

In a dedicated area at the conjunction between Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Blvd, O’Gara displayed vehicles by Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, McLaren, Lamborghini, Rimac and Rolls-Royce with crowds gathering around excited to get a closer look at the iconic cars.

Further, in celebration of Bentley’s 100 year anniversary, O’Gara and Bentley brought on display the British brand’s signature models including the Bentayga V8, Bentayga Hybrid, Muslanne W.O. Edition, Flying Spur V8S and special classics such as the Heritage 1991 Turbo R and 1952 S2.

During the event, attendees slow-walked their way through a maze made of Bentley Heritage, Aston Martin DB11, Lamborghini Huracan EVO, Rolls-Royce Phantom Cullinan, to then discover an eye-catching installation featuring McLaren GT, Rimac Concept 2, Koenigsegg and Bugatti Chiron in an array of colors.

To further enhance the voyeuristic car watching experience, O’Gara and Bentley Beverly Hills took over the Le Grand Trianon Ballroom at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel to host a VIP Hospitality Suite, where guests could enjoy rosé and scotch tastings and were given access to the Secret Rosé Garden on the rooftop terrace to observe the Concours’ spectacle from up above and take photos in front of the hotel’s exquisite garden flower wall.

Keeping in the spirit of Bentley’s anniversary, VIPs had the privilege of test driving the Bentley V8, Bentayga Speed and GTC W12 throughout the day, taking off from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

US Premiere of Sinatra: Raw

Richard Shelton, best known by U.K. television fans as the murderous Dr. Forsythe on the long-running drama, Emmerdale Farm, as well as recurring roles on Showtime’s House of Lies and CW’s Jane the Virgin in the U.S., is bringing his sensational, sold-out show, ‘Sinatra: Raw,’ to Beverly Hills for the first time. After an extended engagement in the U.K., including an acclaimed run at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, Shelton will premiere his one-man show in the U.S. this month at the Taper Amphitheatre at Coldwater Canyon Park. The one-night-only event on Sunday, June 30 is part of Tree People’s ‘Once Upon a Canyon Night’ series. Showtime is 8:00 PM.

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Sinatra prepares for his last intimate pre-retirement gig. People jostle to see, and the air is electric. Frank drinks, sings “One for My Baby,” and things take a turn. This is the 2:00 AM Sinatra you dream of meeting. Dangerous, unpredictable, brilliant. And Richard Shelton channels Sinatra like no one else, giving you an Ole Blue Eyes that you’ve never seen before. 

Tickets for this dynamic, benefit performance as part of Tree People’s ‘Once Upon a Canyon Night’ series are available now for $25.   

Visit https://www.treepeople.org/canyonnights to purchase tickets.

Parking is limited. Transportation via Uber and Lyft is recommended.