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ROCK IN RIO

Pop fans can start celebrating. Rock In Rio, the world’s biggest music and entertainment festival, has just announced the line-up in the night dedicated to this genre. On October 5, 2019, the Rock City will welcome pop superstar P!nk, who debuts as headliner and ends the night performing her biggest hits.

 

On the same day, super group Black Eyed Peas – a debuting in the event – takes to the stage with a catalog of hymns such as “Where Is The Love?”, “I Gotta Feeling”, and “Lets Get It Started”. Brazilian singer Anitta, the first confirmed attraction of Rock in Rio 2019, opens the night. A fourth attraction, to complete the line-up, will still be announced.

 

Rock in Rio 2019 will take place on September 27, 28 and 29, October 3, 4, 5 and 6, at the Rock City, which will occupy the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Park for the second consecutive edition. Rock in Rio Cards (a ticket that entitles you to go to the festival before all attractions are announced) will go on sale on November 12 this year, starting at 7:00 pm, at www.rockinrio.com.

 

Created in 1985, the festival has had 19 editions, 112 days and 2,038 musical attractions. Over 33 years of history, it has had an audience of more than 9.5 million people. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Rock in Rio also conquered Portugal, Spain and the United States.

 

 

CHECK OUT THE ATTRACTIONS

 

P!nk – The first time of the superstar in Brazil. The critically acclaimed “Beautiful Trauma World Tour” kicked off in Phoenix, USA, last March, and has touched audiences across America, Australia and New Zealand. With a career of more than 20 years, P!nk has seven studio albums, a collection of top hits, and sold 50 million copies, more than 75 million singles, 2.4 million DVDs worldwide, and had 15 singles on Billboard Hot 100 list’s top 10 (four #1). Plus, among other awards, she won three Grammy Awards (19 nominations).

Black Eyed Peas – In addition to classic hits, the band will be releasing “Ring The Alarm Pt 1, Pt 2 and Pt 3″” and “Big Love”, from the group’s seventh studio album entitled ‘Masters of The Sun”, which is being launched. Formed by will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo, the Black Eyed Peas is a multi-platinum band with more than 35 million albums sold worldwide, leading the world charts. The artists have won six Grammys and eight American Music Awards throughout their careers.

Anitta – After performing at Rock in Rio Lisboa, the Brazilian singer prepares to land in the Brazilian Rock City for the first time. The artist was elected the 15th most influential artist in the world on social networks (leaving names like Lady Gaga, Shakira and Rihanna behind) by US magazine Billboard. Anitta stood out with several singles like “Sim ou Não”, a duet with Maluma; “Loka”, by Simone & Simaria; and “Sua Cara”, with Major Lazer and Pabllo Vittar. The latter broke world records as the most viewed video in 24 hours in 2017, and the fastest in history to reach a million likes.

MAJOR ARCANA

Following its World Premiere in September at the Raindance Film Festival in London, MAJOR ARCANA will have its North American Premiere, in competition, at the Austin Film Festival on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Hideout Theatre617 Congress Ave. in Austin, TX.

MAJOR ARCANA is the first film for writer/director Josh Melrod, a successful editor whose previous credits include the Austin-based short film SKUNK, produced by MA producer Sarah Brennan Kolb and a First Prize Cinefondation winner at Cannes.

The result of their new collaboration is MAJOR ARCANA, an intimate, evocative film about Fate and the quest for Redemption, as well as a vivid depiction of the rural working class. The story, both universal and resonant to our uncertain times, reveals the struggles of Dink, a long-troubled, itinerant carpenter who returns to his home in the backwoods of Vermont and begins the desperate struggle to build a log cabin by hand, hoping in the process to prove to the people closest to him that he has turned his life around.

The cabin that was actually constructed over a grueling 22-day production schedule in the resulting 82-minute film is, in builder’s terms, known as a post & beam construction. This method of building foregoes easier-to-use nails in lieu of finely crafted mortise-and-tenon joints and relies on gravity to hold the structure together. This kind of construction also relies on skills and mindfulness on the part of the carpenter, leaving little to no room for errors. This methodology becomes a metaphor in Dink’s efforts to regain his core self.

In casting Barnard, VT-native and first-time actor Ujon Tokarski as Dink, Melrod says: “So much of the story involves the physical act of building a cabin, and I knew we needed an actor who could handle that. Ujon was the only person who not only had the experience of chopping down trees and dragging 600-pound logs through the woods, he wanted to do these things! More importantly he had life experience and scars that were so much a part of Dink!”

This subtle, nuanced and deeply moving film also revolves around rising star Tara Summers (Mercy Street, AMC’s Dietland), film and Broadway veteran Lane Bradbury (Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the original Dainty June in Gypsy). Tokarski, who actually is a carpenter in real life, plies this trade in a star-making performance. The film also benefits from an original song by Gary Lightbody of the band Snow Patrol.

Writer/director Josh Melrod, lead actor Ujon Tokarski and producer Sarah Brennan Kolb will be on hand for a Q&A following immediately after the premier. A repeat screening will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 3:15 p.m. at Galaxy Highland screen 8 at 6700 Middle Fiskville Rd. in Austin.

For ticketing information please see
https://2018austinfilmfestivalandco.sched.com/event/Gwsn
https://www.majorarcanamovie.com/

This film is produced by General Store Films, LLC in association with Tal Vez Entertainment.

Discover Belize

Leave the shuffle board at home and spend your well earned free time enjoying a Belizean adventure. When everyone else goes back to school and work, fewer tourists will arguably make your experience in Belize more authentic. The fall temperature in Belize ranges from 70-85 degrees making it even more enjoyable for sightseeing than the summer months.

San Ignacio Resort Hotel is the perfect place to stay to experience all of western Belize’s top tours. Their team of expert guides will take you in an air conditioned tour van and there will likely be few to no people on the tours with you. The hotel offers guests luxury accommodations in a 26-room property with one and two bedroom suites with private balconies boasting views of the 17-acre jungle estate. Each suite is designed with local art and furnishings made from well-crafted Belizean hardwood and sustainable mahogany. Guests staying at one of the lavish suites will also receive complimentary butler service, daily breakfast, tickets to visit the Green Iguana Conservation Project, and a guided walk along their Medicinal Trails. Participants will receive hands-on knowledge about how the Maya community used these plants for medicinal purposes to cure illnesses and pains.  The natural surroundings of the resort feature over 110 species of birds. Experienced guides are available for hire to guide guests through the 17 acre property on early morning bird watching tours.

Top tours available through San Ignacio Resort Hotel include:

Maya Temple Tour

Hike up to Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Temples imagining what life was like hundreds of years ago. You can listen to the San Ignacio Resort Hotel expert tour guide Cruz Cambranes as he educates you on Mayan cultures and traditions. From the top of the tallest ruin, El Castillo you can see all the way to Guatemala. The Xunantunich and Cahal Pech temples are two very popular sites amongst archaeologists and you will still find them excavating today during certain times of the year.

San Antonio Maya Women’s Community Tour

The Maya community is an integral part of Belize as they were the first to develop the country. The Maya Women’s Community Tour gives you the opportunity to join a Maya community in their village of San Antonio. You will get to observe their way of life as they share their history and culture while preparing a traditional meal complete with corn tortillas, which you will grind the corn the same way Mayas used to many centuries ago. As your meal is cooked, get a hands-on experience with a pottery class and create your own masterpiece. Your finished work can be taken home as a lasting way to remember the Maya cultural experience.

Chocolate Tour

San Ignacio’s AJAW Chocolate & Crafts takes you through all of the procedures needed to create authentic chocolate treats. Located in San Ignacio Town, this tour gives travelers an overview of chocolate at each stage of production and also, an overview of its culinary role within the Maya community. During this immersion, you will be able to grind your own cocoa beans and turn them into your favorite chocolate drink or treat which you can take home and enjoy. You will also have some spare time to browse through the AJAW shop to purchase some of their handmade confections. In addition to learning all you need to know about chocolate, you will also be provided with fun facts and information about Belize and its agricultural products. Return back to the San Ignacio Resort Hotel and get a chocolate scrub at their spa and you can learn about the beauty values it has for your skin as well.

Garifuna Settlement Day will be celebrated on November 19th to remember the arrival of this group to Belize. This holiday means there will be lots of traditional Garifuna food you can try while watching Garifuna drummers and musicians as they celebrate across the country.

Prices in the shoulder season at San Ignacio Resort Hotel start at 40% lower than the high season for standard rooms and 25% lower for suites. Room rates start at $140 and Suites start at $400.

About San Ignacio Resort Hotel:                                                  

The San Ignacio Resort Hotel is a premier full-service Belize resort, located in the Cayo district. The hotel boasts resort-class amenities and accommodations for those seeking to relax and enjoy a beautiful tropical escape, yet offers nearby adventures for those wanting to explore inland Belize. The luxurious San Ignacio Resort Hotel is centrally located for adventure tours to nearby archaeological parks, caves and nature reserves and boasts views of rainforest and wildlife. For more information and reservation inquiries visit  www.sanignaciobelize.com.

JAPAN × CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

JAPANESE CITIES OF TOKYO, KYOTO AND OSAKA RECOGNIZED WITH CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2018 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD 

Condé Nast Traveler magazine today announced the results of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards, including the “The Best Cities in the World: Best Big Cities” list, featuring the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka ranked as #1, #2, and #12, respectively. 

“This wonderful recognition of three of Japan’s most prominent cities demonstrates the continued interest in Japan as a top destination among North American travelers,” stated Naohito Ise, Executive Director of the New York Office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). “JNTO will continue to work to inspire travelers to visit even more destinations throughout the country, both within these popular cities as well as to more lesser-known regions.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” 

One of the most popular cities in the world, Japan’s capital city of Tokyo is a thriving center of culture and the hub of innovation where visitors travel with endless opportunities for diverse activities. In June 2018, Tokyo saw the opening of the world’s first digital museum, the MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM, bringing three-dimensional art to life in collaboration with renowned art collective group teamLab. On October 11, 2018, Tokyo’s world-famous 80-year-old Tsukiji Market will move into an entirely new space in Toyosu

Two hours via bullet train from Tokyo, Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, offers rich history throughout the city and continues to be a favorite destination among travelers. In 2019, Kyoto will welcome many highly anticipated hotel openings, including the Ace Hotel and the Park Hyatt Kyoto. Even more, in June 2018, Kyoto City Tourism Association launched a new multi-language service to make restaurant bookings easier for incoming travelers, allowing tourists to make reservations and prepay at restaurants in Kyoto. 

The second largest metropolitan area in Japan, Osaka offers modern attractions and classic landmarks throughout the region. Home to Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, Universal Studios Japan, a rich local food scene and abundant nightlife offerings, Osaka has something for every traveler. 

The results of the Readers’ Choice Awards will be published in the November 2018 issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 16, 2018. The full list is available online at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.


ABOUT JAPAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION (JNTO):

As the official tourism board of Japan, JNTO is involved in a wide range of promotional activities to encourage international travelers to visit Japan. Through a variety of campaigns and initiatives, JNTO is inspiring more American travelers to visit Tokyo, Kyoto and beyond, and is raising awareness of Japan.

About Condé Nast Traveler 

As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 30-year history. www.cntraveler.com

THE SONNENALP HOTEL × INGO MÖLLER

The Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, Colorado is pleased to announce the appointment of Ingo Möller as the resort’s Executive Chef.

Ingo Möller brings 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry and a dynamic, passionate energy to the dining experience at this luxury resort.  An award-winning Pastry Chef & Baker, Ingo gained a Michelin star during the opening of the Restaurant Margaux, Berlin.

With Ingo’s extensive background in fine dining, he most recently worked as the executive chef at Kanuhura Maldives and Soneva Fushi Resort Maldives.  In previous roles he also worked at Lotte Hotel Hanoi Vietnam, Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi, Hotel Kempinski Adlon in Berlin and Sonesta Hotel & Casino Cairo. His years of training in European fine dining and work on luxury yachts has given him the proper experience and knowledge for working at The Sonnenalp Hotel. 

As Executive Chef, Ingo oversees the resort’s three dining venues, including the elegant, upscale restaurant Ludwig’s, the family favorite Southwestern style Bully Ranch and the famous fondue restaurant, Swiss Chalet.  Chef Ingo also oversees the resort’s in-room dining and banquets, catering events ranging in size from small meeting to large weddings up to 150 people.

On his new position at the Sonnenalp Hotel, Ingo Möller shares, “I’m thrilled to join the Sonnenalp family and bring exciting new additions and creative twists to our menus. I’m also excited to be in Vail where I feel at home as the town reminds me of my childhood in Germany.”

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About The Sonnenalp Hotel:
The Sonnenalp Hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) and Virtuoso. The property offers a number of accommodation options, all designed to ensure the ultimate in comfort, leisure and luxury in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. During the winter months, The Sonnenalp Hotel proudly offers guests an enhanced ski experience through an exclusive Sonnenalp Ski Concierge. In the summer, Vail is the place for hiking tours, horseback rides, stand up paddle boarding, biking and golf. Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s three on-site restaurants or after-dinner entertainment at the Sonnenalp King’s Club. When it’s finally time for some R&R, The Sonnenalp Spa is an exquisite resource to rejuvenate body and mind with an extensive treatment menu, complete with a grand fireplace, steam room, Tranquility Pool, and oxygen bar. The Sonnenalp is also proud to offer a recreation program for kids with exclusive activities arranged weekly.

Beverly Wilshire

By Alexandria Baiz x Reid Urban x Vaughn Lowery

When you first step into the iconic hotel, you are met with fresh seasonal flowers, chandeliers, and the warm setting of pure luxury.

The Beverly Wilshire, built in 1928, is located at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills in one of the most famous cities in the world. This timeless hotel has housed some of the most notable people and presidents, as well as being used as a shooting location for films and television series. The groundbreaking film “Pretty Woman” gave the Beverly Wilshire its most profound feeling of promiscuity and glamour.

The grand hotel of 14 floors includes 395 variety of rooms and 137 suites suited for whatever occasion or stay one is looking for. The rooms, some as casual as the Signature Balcony room or the One-Bedroom Rodeo Suite, is perfect for a getaway weekend with great space and comfort. Bathrooms are notable for the marble floors and adjacent glass showers. The hotel is classified as a wrap around with great panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles area. Although prices vary from date and size, the typical stay in a one bedroom suite is around one thousand dollars. For a longer stay, there are specialty suites like the Penthouse Suite or Presidential Suite, with a sentiment of royalty that includes multiple bedrooms and extensive dining rooms. Varying on the room, the impressive amenities include a round-the-clock concierge team and in-room dining. Also amenities include overnight shoeshine, complimentary newspaper, and much more. The team at the Beverly Wilshire works extremely hard to make your stay as charming and comfortable as possible.

Aside from the rooms, the hotel itself includes modern centers of activities and on-site restaurants. The chic spa that customers rave about offers every service you can think of like face and body treatments with five star treatments, even those specifically for men and kids. The modern pool is blue and beautiful, and for a bite or a glass of wine by the pool you can eat at “The Pool Bar and Cafe“. Overlooking the pool is the fitness center, to stay in shape and feeling your best, with an assortment of different state of the art machines and private yoga classes.

The onsite sleek restaurants, like the high ranking “CUT” by Wolfgang Puck has amazing reviews and ratings on their unique cuts of beef and seafood prepared in a live open kitchen. Our stay included handcrafted cocktails from the Cut Lounge, our favorites being Johnnie Walker Blue on the rocks and Sloppy Kisses. The “Blvd” inside the hotel is a perfect spot we had for brunch offering an original selection like the divine shrimp cocktail appetizer with Chilean sea bass and short rib patty “Blvd Burger” for lunch. With all the activities and dining, the Beverly Wilshire suits everyone.

As a result of the city’s location in the most glamorous city in the world, it is within an arm’s length of the affluent streets of Rodeo drive. Rodeo Drive is where you can find greatest brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Jimmy Choo. This street also offers the finest dining in the region, whether you are in the mood for Indian cuisine or a fine steak. The Beverly Hills atmosphere, with the Beverly Wilshire in the middle of it all, define what class and beauty look like.

Ranked in the top 10 of Los Angeles hotels, this five-star hotel is known for its excellent customer service at every part of the stay. Ratings from AAA give the hotel 4.8 outstanding diamonds for its customer service, cleanliness, and overall appearance. Travelers speak highly of the modern decoration and style of the rooms, floors, bathrooms, and amenities. Competitors do not come close to the extensive care and allure of what the famous hotel offers. The Beverly Wilshire is not just a hotel, but an enchanting experience for all.

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Suisun Valley, Fairfield

Story by Susan Hiland provided by Daily Republic

Suisun Valley greeted a group of out-of-town travel writers with a bounty of beauty, food and wine over the weekend.

They toured just about every winery, olive oil factory, candy-making company and barley brew-maker in the area.

This was the result of the Fairfield Conference & Visitors Bureau reaching out to Geiger & Associates, which has put together these travel tours for several communities including Lodi.

“This is the first time we have done something like this,” said Anand Patel, president/CEO of Visit Fairfield. “The goal was to get people thinking about Fairfield and Suisun Valley.”

He said he hoped that the travel writers would see the beauty of the valley and share that with their readers. The writers came from Portland, Oregon, Southern California, Northern California and even Quebec, Canada.

“We hope people read their articles and get interested in the valley,” he said.

The group of writers included Susan G. Hauser, Elyse Glickman, Vaughn Lowery, Wendy van Diver, Cortney Erndt, Carla Waldemar, Ruksana Hussain, Wendy Lemlin, Janet Boileau and Robin Raven.

The writers arrived Thursday and enjoyed an afternoon at Jelly Belly Candy Co., where they took the tour, sampled sweet treats and shopped.

“Every single stop we hope they learn something new,” Patel said.

Boileau, a writer and publisher for Taste and Travel International Magazine, which is a culinary publication with 20,000 subscribers across Canada, had no idea about Suisun Valley.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “But this is a very impressive part of the wine country.”

She was enjoying how relaxing the area was with some wine from Suisun Valley Wine Co-op along Pleasants Valley Road. The stop offered an opportunity for everyone to sample a variety of wines from the area in one place.

Lowery is the president of 360 Magazine, a lifestyle magazine that goes out to thousands of subscribers from Los Angeles to Japan.

“Anyone visiting here needs to stop at Il Fiorello Olive Oil Co.,” he said. “It was a sensory overload.”

They sampled a meal with each of the foods having been created using produce from the company’s garden.

“This is a great cross of Napa and Sonoma,” Lowery said. “It’s a place you can take time out and is very drivable.”

He said he was envisioning himself returning with a convertible, rolling the top down and just cruising through the back roads as a vacation.

“We tasted the grapes at Wooden Valley Winery. They were so sweet, I thought no way that was real,” he said.

“Fairfield is just a great town for a great road trip,” he said.

Fairfield, California

If you haven’t had a chance to jump into an adventure this summer, then now is the chance to travel to Fairfield, California! Best known for their Jelly Belly Factory and Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Fairfield has many attractions to offer. It is a vibrant area surrounded with parks, golf courses, wildlife, and wine! Take one of the many tours that are offered including a talk with a brewing expert, or a behind the scenes into how Jelly Belly makes their famous jelly beans. Spend the day checking out the Western Railway Museum, the Suisun Marsh, shopping, wine tasting or filling up your day with entertainment and have some locally made dinner later on in the evening.

Visit https://www.visitfairfieldca.com/ for more information!

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Koshien Stadium (Photo by Joshua Mellin)

In the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan will play host to a series of noteworthy sporting events taking place across the country throughout 2018 and 2019. Made famous on the world stage for baseball and sumo wrestling, the country offers a wide variety of events of interest to sports enthusiasts and active travelers.
Nippon Baseball Series – October 27, 2018
Considered by many to be Japan’s most popular sport, baseball was first introduced to the Japanese as a prep-school game by an American schoolteacher in the 1870s. Today, both Japan’s professional and high school leagues (or K d;shien) are extremely popular, drawing millions of fans from around the country. Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league has even been compared to the United States’ Major League; the league’s reigning champions, the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants, have been nicknamed “The New York Yankees of Japan.” The 2018 Nippon Professional Baseball series begins on October 27th and will take place in one of the many stadiums surrounding Tokyo. For more information and schedules, click here.
Cycling Shimanami Bike Tour – October 28, 2018
In October, approximately 7,000 cyclists from around the globe will come together for the Cycling Shimanami Bike Tour, Japan’s most famous cycling event. Known throughout the world as a “Mecca for Cyclists,” the Seto Inland Sea Shimanami Kaido is comprised of a handful of picturesque small islands. Unlike other cycling tours, the courses allow participants to travel from island to island via expressways and bridges. Participants will be matched with one of seven different courses based on their personal skill level and preferences. Throughout the tour, participants will enjoy major scenic attractions, including views of the Seto Inland Sea Shimanami Kaido. The tour will begin in Hiroshima at the Onomichi U2, a renovated warehouse and home to Hotel Cycle, a cyclist hotel with cycle-through check-in and café, bicycle shop, restaurant, bakery, bar and boutique. For more information, click here.
c;mato National Archery Competition, Kyoto – January 13, 2019
The c;mato National Archery Competition is a special archery tournament held each year in Sanjusangen-do, a temple in eastern Kyoto, to commemorate the coming of age for young Japanese men and women. In celebration of their 20th birthdays, approximately 2,000 young adults from across Japan convene at the temple to participate in a contest of aim and skill. The yearly ritual is based on a traditional archery competition called the T d;shiya. After a master archer fires the first shot, the competition commences. Each contestant has two minutes to shoot two arrows at a target set 60 meters away; only those who manage to hit the target both times move on to the next round. Taking place from 9am to 3:30pm, the event is free and attracts many visitors every year. For more information and how to get there, click here.
Marathons Across Japan – January through March 2019
Between January and March of 2019, Japan will host a number of marathons all across the country. Taking place in late January, the Amakusa Marathon is just a 90-minute ferry ride from Goto Island, home of the newly appointed UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, the Hidden Christian Sites. Also taking place in January is the Ibusuki Marathon (January 13); after the marathon, runners can unwind at the beachfront Ibusuki onsen. Taking place in February 2019 is the Kita-Kyushu Marathon (February 17), the OSJ Amami Jungle Trail Marathon (mid-February), Ehime Marathon (February 10) and Kochi Ryoma Marathon (February 17). In March, runners can participate in the Tokyo Marathon (March 3), the Kagoshima Marathon (March 3), Yoron Marathon (early March) and Tokushima Marathon (late March).
Rugby World Cup – September through November 2019
First held in 1987, the Rugby World Cup is a men’s rugby tournament that takes place every four years, at which 20 of the top teams from across the globe participate. The Rugby World Cup is the world’s third largest sporting event after the Summer Olympics – which is also coming to Japan in 2020 – and the men’s soccer World Cup. From September through November 2019, the Rugby World Cup’s 48 matches will take place at 12 venues throughout Japan including Tokyo, Kumamoto, Yokohama and Sapporo. The tournament will kick off on September 20, 2019 at Tokyo Stadium and will conclude with a final match on November 2, 2019 at Yokohama Stadium in Kanagawa. For more information, click here.
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About Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
As the official tourism board of Japan, JNTO is involved in a wide range of promotional activities to encourage international travelers to visit Japan. Through a variety of campaigns and initiatives, JNTO is inspiring more American travelers to visit Tokyo, Kyoto and beyond, and is raising awareness of Japan in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

EGYPT × HERITAGE TOURS

Experience Egypt with Heritage Tours

Award-winning private travel company expands its destination portfolio

Heritage Tours, leader in custom-designed private travel, announces the addition of Egypt to its growing portfolio of destinations.

Heritage Tours is widely respected for its expertise in providing clients unique and meticulously-tailored journeys to some of the world’s most fascinating and culturally-rich destinations, with a focus on authenticity and granting insider access that is otherwise unattainable. The company currently offers custom itinerary planning to Morocco, Sub Saharan Africa, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Africa, Israel and Jordan.

Egypt is back on the map and has seen the largest increase in international tourist arrivals in Europe and Africa with a 55.1% increase in 2017 alone, according to a report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. With 8.3 million tourists in 2017, there is strong evidence that demand for travel to Egypt is on the rise, and the future looks even more promising. Today’s growing wine scene in north Alexandria, the launch of the Grand Egyptian Museum on the Giza Plateau, and opening of the St. Regis Cairo, are just a few of this year’s highly anticipated happenings. With a wealth of knowledge and established roots in Morocco, Sub Saharan Africa, Israel and Jordan, Heritage Tours seized the opportunity to leverage their expertise and further expand their capabilities in the region with the addition of Egypt.

Egypt is a time capsule – mysterious, mystical and mighty, from its Great Pyramids to its immense Nile River. Whether travelers are looking to immerse themselves in more than 7,000 years of history, visit the Great Pyramids, see the iconic Sphinx, explore lush oases in the vast desert landscapes or relax at one of the country’s iconic beachside towns, Heritage Tours develops specialized itineraries to allow every discerning traveler to awaken their inner explorer and embark on an extraordinary adventure.

The Heritage Tours team of experts offers a highly customized and personal experience. Below are just a few of the experiences offered:

• Take a private tour of Cairo to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, The Great Pyramid, and explore an ancient Egyptian royal mortuary and other mysterious and impressive pyramids and temples.

• Travel the Nile by motorboat to the Nubian Village on Soheil Island to meet a Nubian family and learn about their simple lifestyle, culture and traditions.

• Embark on a journey through the wine-making process in central Egypt’s Gianaclis, from the picking of the grapes through to the bottling and ageing process.

• Marvel at prehistoric rock art in the Swimmers Cave and the gem-like, yellow-green tektite of the natural phenomenon that is Silica Glass Field.

• Stroll along the main seaside road, Al Corniche, during a private Alexandria tour, savoring the affable nature of the city residents, charming European-style buildings and brightly colored fishing boats bobbing in the harbor

• Experience a lush oasis in the desert landscape –  Siwa, a veritable Eden of mineral springs, salt lakes, olive trees and palm groves.

• Take a trip to the bizarre White Desert to see The Valley of the Golden Mummies, a collection of approximately 250 mummies.

• Explore Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatimi Street in Cairo, believed to boast the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world.

• Board a dahabiya, a luxurious sailing vessel that plies the Nile between Luxor and Aswan, for a private Nile cruise.

• Explore the world’s ‘largest outdoor museum of antiquities,’ beginning with a hot air balloon ride over the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

A rich mosaic of cultures, religions and landscapes, a private Egypt tour presents the increasingly valuable opportunity to become a more educated world citizen. Those seeking full cultural immersion in true comfort and style, while combining a deep sense of adventure and surprise, will relish exploring Egypt with Heritage Tours, where behind-the-scenes excursions led by local experts enhance each experience.

Each itinerary for every trip with Heritage Tours is unique and customized in advance however, a sample itinerary for an 11-day/10-night trip for 2 people to Egypt, starts at $5,395 per person. This includes breakfast every day and dinner on some nights.  Sample Itineraries for Egypt

For more information about Heritage Tours, please visit www.heritagetours.com or call 800-378-4555.

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Heritage Tours

Founded in 1995, Heritage Tours continues to set the standard in custom-designed, private travel. With Heritage Tours, travelers can discover the magic of some of the world’s most exciting destinations with an authenticity of local experience and insider access that is normally unattainable. Widely recognized within the industry, Heritage Tours was recently named the ‘#3 Tour Operator in the World’ by Travel + Leisure magazine and was nominated for the 8th year as the ‘Best FIT Tour Operator’ by Virtuoso. The company currently operates in Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Africa and is part of JG Worldwide’s network of leading tourism brands. www.heritagetours.com

JG Worldwide

JG Worldwide and its global portfolio of distinctive brands maintain an unparalleled reputation within the tourism industry. Founded by entrepreneur and travel industry veteran Jena Gardner, the firm’s network of companies includes JG Black Book, a leading hospitality consulting firm, Heritage Tours and Revealed America, recognized as two of the industry’s top bespoke tour operators, as well as The Bodhi Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting environmental and humanitarian efforts related to travel and tourism sustainability. Headquartered in New York, JG Worldwide’s mission is to lead the world to inspired destinations and to harness the strength of the global travel industry to preserve the planet’s natural and cultural treasures. www.jgworldwide.com