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Newark, New Jersey, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, the360mag.com

GNCVB × UNITED

The Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau (GNCVB) in partnership with United Airlines has announced the winner of its Three Perfect Days: Newark contest, as seen in Hemispheres Magazine.

Dr. Khew-Voon Chin of Toledo, Ohio was selected as the grand-prize winner in the giveaway, which attracted more than 1,200 entries from across the country. He will receive two-roundtrip tickets from United Airlines and a 4-day/3-night stay at the TRYP by Wyndham Newark Downtown Hotel. From sunrise to sunset, Dr. Chin and his guest will discover all there is to do, see, sip and eat in Newark, New Jersey’s largest and third oldest U.S. metropolis.

This nationwide contest “Three Perfect Days: Newark,” brings to life the celebrated article of the same name that was featured on the cover of the March 2019 Hemispheres Magazine.

Hemispheres Magazine is United’s award-winning onboard publication and the story was complemented with the Hemispheres Travel Show inflight video which featured many of the finest restaurants and tourist destinations in New Jersey’s largest city.

“We’ve been hearing a lot about the revitalization of downtown Newark and the exciting cultural venues and restaurants the city has to offer,” said contest winner Dr. Chin. “We are looking forward to spending time in Newark and discovering first-hand everything this city has to offer.” 

The contest signals the continuation of the great partnership between GNCVB and United Airlines. United, a hub at Newark Liberty International Airport, offers the New York/Newark region the most flights to the most destinations around the world as a global gateway.

“Our door is always open to welcome new visitors who will serve as ambassadors to Newark and share their great experiences while visiting,” said Karin Aaron, President and CEO of the GNCVB.  “This contest vividly illustrates that there’s always something new and exciting to discover in Newark.” According to the GNCVB, tourism has more than a $2.3 billion annual economic impact on Newark, supports more than 25,000 jobs in the community, and welcomes more than 1.2 million overnight guests annually.

“United Airlines is thrilled to welcome Dr. Khew-Voon Chin, the winner, and his guest to enjoy all of the wonders of Newark from the iconic Three Perfect Days series featured within United’s inflight magazine Hemispheres highlighting the incredibly rich culture, food, and arts community that is located within our beloved hub city of Newark,” said Jill Kaplan, President of New Jersey/New York for United Airlines. “We are extremely proud to be able to share this vibrant city with our customers who fly in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport every day.”

Established in 1666, Newark has a rich history and plenty to explore. Contemporary Newark – which is home to an international airport, a large railway hub, and the nation’s third largest port – offers first-class entertainment venues, a wide array of dining options, and captivating art and cultural scene.

GNVCB also partnered with Advance Media to promote the Three Perfect Days contest in three markets: Dallas (TX), San Francisco/Oakland (CA) and Chicago (IL).
 
About GNCVB
 
The Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Newark, New Jersey. GNCVB is a private 501(c) (6) New Jersey non-profit corporation, primarily funded by Newark’s hotels through a Tourism Improvement District, which is committed to create economic growth and increase employment in Newark by marketing and developing the Greater Newark region as a year-round destination as well as increasing the number of overnight visitors staying at Newark hotels.

Established in July of 2008, the GNCVB was the first Destination Marketing Organization in the state of New Jersey to establish a Tourism Improvement District. During its tenure, hotel sales have climbed dramatically, new hotels have opened, and Newark’s visitation has grown to over 1,200,000 overnight guests annually. The Greater Newark Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is also charged with promoting and marketing the assets of the region, increase per capita spending in the tourism sector, as well as attracting new events, meetings and conferences to the region.
 
About United
 
United’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 358 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 788 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express partners operate 560 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.

BEYOND YOUR BUCKET LIST × SOUTH AFRICA

Go Beyond Your Bucket List in South Africa

With United Airlines’ new direct flight launching from Newark to Cape Town this December, South Africa is becoming more accessible than ever before. As an increasing number of travelers move beyond typical bucket list trips and seek out meaningful, unique experiences, they will find South Africa has everything they’re looking for. The South African Tourism Board has launched the #MeetSouthAfricaMondays campaign to introduce travelers to some of the country’s lesser-known but most compelling experiences, curated by long-term citizens and lovers of South Africa.

• Accessible Art in Woodstock

• Rediscover Durban

• Johannesburg’s Revitalized Art Scene

• Marine Life of the South African Coast

• Adventures in Drakensburg

• Panoramic Views on the Panorama Route

• World-Class Winelands

• Tastes of a Township: 4Roomed eKasi Culture

The Urban: Arts and Culture Redefined

Accessible Art in Woodstock
All across Woodstock, a suburb of Cape Town, buildings are covered in colorful art, painted by local and international artists. “The movement was founded by a longstanding group of artists that were painting in Woodstock but who wanted to take their art from the studios into the streets,” says Juma Mkwela, a tour guide who leads visitors on street art walking tours of the area. “We wanted to inspire, we wanted to educate, and we wanted to tell stories that hadn’t been told. Today, we have more than 100 pieces here by local and international artists.” High-end restaurants like The Test Kitchen and bustling, artsy watering holes like Casa Woodstock Bar populate the neighborhood, creating a vibrancy to match that of Woodstock’s colorful painted buildings. 

Rediscover Durban

Undergoing its second wave of urban revitalisation, Durban has elements that appeal to every kind of tourist — everything from beautiful beaches and perfect weather to high-caliber musicians, fusion food, and world-class distilleries can be found along the city’s streets. According to Jonas Barausse, urban storyteller and Durban local, “Durban really appeals to someone who wants to discover, who wants to peel back the layers of a city. Entrepreneurs are doing some really amazing stuff.” Florida Road, one of Durban’s main strips, is full of life, energy, and color, embodying the city’s spirit. The road is lined with local coffee places and Durban dining staples for travelers who love the bustling atmosphere of city life. Durban’s proximity to coastline, mountains, and some of the world’s best game parks and wildlife make it a perfect stop on a South African vacation.

Johannesburg’s Revitalized Art Scene

One of South Africa’s more well-visited areas, Jo’burg is known for its social life, spirit, and history. Maboneng is the modern center of the art scene in Johannesburg, populated by galleries, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. For a lesser known side of Jo’burg, Charles Nbube suggests visiting his home township of Soweto. “Despite past struggles, it’s a very progressive township, full of historical sights and activities and reignited life,” Charles says. “There’s bungee jumping and quad biking at the Soweto Towers; cycling and tuk tuk tours from Leto’s Backpackers. And there’s Hector Pieterson Memorial, where you can learn about the 1976 Soweto Uprising. The wounds are the scars of the past are still open in this township, but nobody’s crying here.”

The Wild Side: Pursuing Natural Splendors Beyond the Safari

Marine Life of the South African Coast

Take a safari path less traveled by hopping on a boat. Voyage around the Dyer Island system in Gansbaai to spot the Marine Big Five: the great white shark, African penguin, southern right whale, cape fur seal and dolphins. “I challenge anyone to find another place on Earth that can offer such diversity so close to shore,” says Alison Towner, marine expert and guide with Marine Dynamics. For the ultimate shark cage diving experience, try to visit from May to September when they’re in the highest density. Also according to Alison, “peak season for southern right whale watching is October and November.”

Adventures in Drakensberg

South African topography is much more than its famed safari plains. The mountains and valleys of the Drakensberg contain the largest concentration of hiking trails in South Africa, as well as around 300 species of plants that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Beyond hiking, the mountains are the perfect host for adventure activities such as rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding, paragliding, whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, and abseiling. According to James Seymour, a South African mountaineering guide, the mountains’ most “unmissable” activity is a helicopter trip over the Drakensberg. Unique flora and fauna, dense population of antelopes, and ancient rock art hidden in stunning vistas make the Drakensberg one of only 20 places in the world that have been recognized twice by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Panoramic Views on the Panorama Route

The most scenic and diverse geographical features of South Africa can be found along the Panorama Route, an aptly named 1,242 miles of road in the often-overlooked province of Mpumalanga. The road passes around the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and provides access to unique geographical features such as Lisbon Falls, Graskop Gorge, and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. From God’s Window, a viewpoint 2,297 feet above the lush forest below, it is said that on a clear day you can see to the ocean in Mozambique. Beyond natural marvels, the Panorama Route allows a glimpse of local culture outside of urban centers. “Support the local community by buying their arts and crafts that they sell at sights along The Panorama Route,” suggests David Quihampton, who has been a Mpumalanga tour guide for fifteen years.

The Gourmet: Wine and Food

World-Class Winelands

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, South Africa’s Cape Winelands are “the best wine destination in the world,” according to Andre Morgenthal, who has worked in the wine industry for nearly thirty years. Within a three-hour radius visitors can easily see ten different wine regions, from Constantia to Stellenbosch, each with their own specialty varietals. Like other wine power-houses of the world, the Winelands have a long history of excellence. In recent decades, however, the Winelands have redefined themselves, bringing together European influence with their own country’s flair. “Pinotage is our national grape,” says Andre, claiming the grape as the region’s flag bearer for red wine. “It’s producing beautiful, world-acclaimed wines.”

Tastes of a Township

For authentic South African cuisine, visit the Cape Town restaurant 4Roomed eKasi Culture. The restaurant’s founder, Abigail Mbalo, a contestant on Master Chef South Africa, named her restaurant in  honor of the standard four-roomed homes found in townships across the country. “With our cuisine, we want to tell stories about growing up in a township. We want to evoke nostalgia and pride,” Abigail says. Her restaurant revamps traditional recipes with fresh ideas and fresh ingredients from the backyard garden. Guests enjoy offerings such as a pumpkin and pap dish called umqa, to which Abigail adds butternut, nutmeg, and truffle oil, or the dessert, amkhekhe, based on a popular scone and made modern with citrus, chocolate, and a yuzu syrup. Surrounded by fast food and frantic lifestyles, the restaurant allows guests to slow down and get a delicious taste of South Africa’s history and culture.   

BLACKPINK World Tour in North America

Goldenvoice and Powerhouse proudly bring one of the hottest K-pop groups in the world, BLACKPINK, to North America for the first time as a part of the BLACKPINK 2019 WORLD TOUR with KIA presented by YG Entertainment.  

 

Tickets will go on-sale today, February 20, 2019 at 4pm locally for all shows. Limited VIP tickets with additional benefits will also be available. Fans who purchase tickets will also receive a download of BLACKPINK’s upcoming EP available this spring via Interscope Records.

 

More info at YG Entertainment’s Official BLACKPINK Tour Page here

 

BLACKPINK will perform six North American concerts in select cities– Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Newark, and Hamilton, Ontario Canada, in addition to their two appearances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this April.   

 

Last week during their first visit to the states, BLACKPINK made their US television debut on CBS’s ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ and ‘Good Morning America’ on ABC.