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Tickets on Sale Now for World of Illumination’s ‘Socially Safe’ Theme Parks

TEMPE, Ariz. -- World of Illumination, the world's largest animated drive-through light show, has released tickets for the 2020 holiday season at https://tickets.worldofillumination.com. The company's theme parks are located in Tempe and Glendale, Arizona, along with a brand new location in Marietta, Georgia on the grounds of Six Flags White Water.

World of Illumination's drive-through light shows feature millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays synchronized to popular and beloved holiday music. The theme parks are uniquely COVID-friendly, as visitors can enjoy the shows from the safety and comfort of their cars. Online reservations are also required, making the experience totally touchless and socially safe, while simultaneously controlling traffic to decrease waiting times.

While all three theme parks have roughly the same number of RBG LED lights that can be customized to 16 million shades of color, the shows feature different elements so visitors can enjoy a distinct experience at each location: Arctic Adventure in Tempe, Rockin' Christmas in Glendale and Candy Rush in Marietta. Each experience is about a mile in length and takes approximately 30 minutes to drive through.

"We are so excited to be able to provide much-needed family entertainment to our communities this holiday season," said World of Illumination co-founder Simon Kreisberger. "We have gone totally touchless to ensure the safety of our guests and hope that our shows will help 2020 end on the brightest note imaginable."

World of Illumination theme parks are open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays.

Rockin' Christmas in Glendale opens Nov. 6, 2020 followed by Arctic Adventure on Nov. 10, 2020 and Candy Rush on Nov. 13, 2020. All shows run through Jan. 3, 2021. Ticket prices start at $29 plus applicable taxes and fees per vehicle in Arizona and $35 plus taxes and fees per car in Georgia. A portion of proceeds benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation in both states.

For more information, visit https://worldofillumination.com/. For press inquiries, email info@brandedpros.com.

About World of Illumination:

With offices in Tempe, Arizona, World of Illumination is the world's largest drive-through animated light show, featuring millions of state-of-the-art lights and displays set to holiday music. Current theme park locations include Tempe and Glendale, Arizona and Marietta, Georgia. Connect at @worldofillumination.

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Petra’s Playground – A Travel Show for Kids – Premieres October 6, 2020

CHICAGO, Ill. -- After more than five years in production and spanning 6 continents and 31 countries, 6-year-old Petra Ahmed will take kids and adults on weekly adventures in her new travel series, Reel Energy Entertainment announced today. Australia, Egypt, Scotland, and many more destinations are on the itinerary including a safari in South Africa.

Asif Ahmed, an award-winning independent filmmaker and Petra's dad, has been following Petra around with a camera in tow since she was born. More importantly, Asif has been trailing her on the road since she was 18 months old and learning to walk on glaciers in southern Patagonia. In the past 18 months Petra has taken to the camera and is now ready to share the world through her eyes, a child's eyes.

Viewers will visit ancient sites, exotic locales, and go on many adventures. Petra will take you skiing in the Dolomites in Italy and race down runs from the previous Winter Olympics. She fearlessly snorkels in the deep waters of the Great Barrier Reef and free dives at night, hunting for octopus and lobsters.

"We are just scratching the surface on the vision Petra and I have for this series. She has gotten much more comfortable in-front of the camera and is now comprehending the amazing journey she has already experienced. She wants to go deeper into new cultures and meet children around the world while continuing to seek adventure and experience new cuisines. We are going to be 'Parts Unknown' for kids." Offered Creator and Director, Asif Ahmed.

Most of the episodes were filmed before Covid shut the world down, but Petra's Playground is continuing production this fall by shooting episodes around the United States. We are keeping an eye out for when other countries will open up their border to Americans.

Petra's Playground premieres October 6, 2020 at https://petrasplayground.com/.

Petra will be hosting a Watch Party at 7 p.m. CDT prior to its premiere taking your questions.
* Official Trailer YouTube - https://youtu.be/Po7hveQdSLg
* Premiere Watch Party - https://www.facebook.com/events/1186796025030967
* Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/petras.playground/

About Petra Ahmed (lead)

Petra is only 6 years old and has already traveled to 6 continents and 31 countries. She is the perfect mix of Vietnamese and Pakistani and was born in Hollywood. Petra, like her peers, loves rainbows, horses, unicorns, and Disney princesses. She will never turn down vanilla ice cream and red velvet cupcakes. When she's not in some far-flung locale or in school, she enjoys skiing, swimming, biking, dancing, hiking, horseback riding, drawing, painting, music, gymnastics, and exploring nature.

About Asif Ahmed (show creator)

Asif Ahmed, Petra's dad, has been producing content since he was 10 years old and is now instilling this passion in his daughter. He produced his first cable show at 10 years old and has written, produced, directed since then. He served as show runner for two cable series and wrote and directed the award-winning feature, Lost Dream, that starred Michael Welch from the Twilight Saga and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominated Patricia Richardson. Asif's production company has created content for several brands for various social media channels.

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Element Basalt-Aspen Launches Winter Sale

BASALT, Colo. -- The Element Basalt-Aspen, part of Marriott International's collection of hotels, is pleased to announce the launch of its annual Winter Sale for stay dates between December 1, 2020 and April 15, 2021. This sale offers skiers, snowboarders, and other winter sport enthusiasts the opportunity to save up to 40% off regular rates if booked before October 15, 2020.

Element Basalt-Aspen is located just minutes from Aspen, Colo. and offers easy access to renowned ski resorts such as Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands.

Located in the mountain town of Basalt in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado, Element Basalt-Aspen offers much more than quick access to the ski resorts. Located in a thriving district of eateries and shops known as Willits Town Center, the hotel is within walking distance to dozens of post-mountain activities, Whole Foods, and Starbucks.

The hotel itself consists of 113 studios and suites with kitchenettes and eco-friendly amenities. Breakfast, parking, wireless internet, access to the hotel's indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, and 24-hour fitness center are complimentary and the hotel does not charge resort fees. The valley's public transportation system, known as RFTA, stops steps from the front door providing easy access to Aspen, Snowmass, and Glenwood Springs.

The Winter Sales is an annual early-booking promotion offered by Element Basalt Aspen and can only be found on the hotel's direct booking website www.marriott.com/ASEEL under the Deals and Packages tab.

Travelers who are hesitant to book in advance can take comfort in the offer's flexible 30-day cancellation policy. The hotel's direct website will continue to be the place to find the best deals after this promotion expires on October 15, 2020.

"Most hotel sales don't result in much of a savings once you take resort fees, parking, and breakfast charges into account," says hotel General Manager, Joe Zuena, "but by staying with us, you'll actually pocket these huge savings."

About Element Basalt-Aspen

Inspired by Westin, Element is evolving the extended stay hotel experience with bright, modern design, eco-conscious practices and an innovative guest experience that resonates with today's traveler. The Element Basalt-Aspen is located at 499 Market Street, Basalt, CO 81621 and was developed by Denver-based Silverwest Hotels in 2015.

Learn more: https://www.marriott.com/ASEEL

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Groundbreaking New Public Television Series Features Afro-Latino Cultures Through the Lens of Travel

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Haas Media LLC announces Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, a new travel series on public television, premiering with a two-part special featuring Costa Rica this September on Public Television Stations nationwide, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The series honors and celebrates the historical and cultural contributions of Latin America's African descendants, hosted by tri-lingual, Black female traveler and executive producer, Kim Haas.

"We are introducing Public Television viewers to Afro-Latinos and their profound legacy in the Americas through history, culture, cuisine, art, dance, music, environmental conservation, literature, sports, and festivals," says Haas. "Afro-Latino Travels is about Black joy, pride and resilience despite centuries of oppression and under-representation. The series features Afro-Latinos that will inspire viewers with hope and optimism."

No other travel TV series showcases solely the Afro-Latino communities throughout Latin America and their rich and diverse legacy of creating vibrant cultures in the Americas. Their imprint greatly influences mainstream Latino culture from Andean Peru to tropical Cuba, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

"Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast was strongly influenced by the Jamaican inhabitants who arrived in the country over 400 years ago," says Costa Rica Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura. "Costa Rica is an extraordinary country. We recognize ourselves as a multi-ethnic and multicultural nation and the province of Limón is the most authentic reflection of that melting pot of cultures and ethnic groups. Here at the ICT, we are very proud of this and view Afro-Latino Travels as an opportunity to share our history with those who seek to learn about and visit our country."

Beginning in the 1500s and throughout The Middle Passage, millions of enslaved Africans were brought to Latin America through the 18th century. Researchers estimate at least 1 in 3 Latin Americans have African ancestry, and Africans and their descendants were involved in every aspect of Latin American society: colonialism, the fight for independence, the building of transportation and infrastructure (forts, railroads, etc.), and more.

"I've wanted to produce a series featuring the impact that the five centuries of African presence in Latin America has had for so long, and this two-part special is just the start of that journey," shares Haas. "This project has been in the works for years, but with the lack of diversity in travel media and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement more recently, now is the time to celebrate this heritage even more!"

Highlights from the two-part Afro-Latino Travels Costa Rica episodes include interviews with:
* Mr. Quince Duncan, celebrated Afro-Costa Rican author with 50 years of writing, credited with introducing Afro-Costa Rican in Costa Rican literature.
* Tarik Soto, gymnast and 2020 Olympic hopeful.
* Doris & Sasha Campbell, dancer and singer, respectively (sisters of Latin America's first black vice president, Ms. Epsy Campbell)

The Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas two-part special featuring Costa Rica will be available on Public Television Stations across the United States beginning Saturday, Sept. 12 through October. Check local listings for time and channel.

Underwriting for the television program has been provided in part by the Ford Foundation, and in-kind support provided by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute. Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas is presented by Northern California Public Media (KRCB) and distributed by NETA.

Further information available at: https://www.TravelsWithKimHaas.com/.

ABOUT KIM HAAS

Kim Haas, Executive Producer, Host & Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, has been active in Afro-Latino issues for more than a decade and is founder of LosAfroLatinos.com, a blog celebrating Afro-Latino culture. Kim speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Kim is passionate about her work with "Afro-Latino Travels," and is extremely proud to be one of the few upcoming Black female travel hosts on public television, leading the path for more to follow!

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Carpinteria Goes Solar to Reduce Hotel’s Carbon Footprint

CARPINTERIA, Calif. -- Holiday Inn Express & Suites, located in Carpinteria, California, owned and operated by the HMBL, LLC, is pleased to announce the activation of their solar power generating system. The hotel has installed over 500 solar voltaic panels on new carports built in the parking lot.

This new solar power system is rated to replace approximately 75% of the hotel's electricity use over the course of a year. The replacement of electricity from fossil fuel generating facilities will reduce the hotel's carbon footprint substantially over the life of the system.

The Holiday Inn Express-Carpinteria embarked on the process to install a solar electric system on the premises in 2018. Construction began in late 2019 and was completed in early 2020. As an added benefit to guests, much of the parking is now covered by carports, upon which the solar panels have been installed.

Electricity generated by the burning of fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide, among other waste products. Carbon dioxide is a known greenhouse gas. By replacing most of the electric power required by the hotel, Holiday Inn Express-Carpinteria reduces the amount of greenhouse gas released into the environment due to power generation. As most people know, carbon dioxide is absorbed by trees and other green plants. The carbon dioxide offset created by the new Holiday Inn solar power system is the equivalent to planting over 5,000 trees!

The Holiday Inn Express in Carpinteria has several other initiatives in place to help travelers "stay greener."

Hotel General Manager Michael Ensign said, "All our staff members are committed to our environmental stewardship and involved in the green movement of sustainability. We have and are taking steps to try to reduce our impact on the environment, preserve resources for the future, and prevent pollution."

For more information on the hotel's environmental efforts, please visit the website at https://www.CarpinteriaExpress.com/hotel-overview/greener-world.

Beyond the environmental improvements we are all working together to contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable travel experience, the Holiday Inn Express-Carpinteria has modified operations to address the concerns brought on by the current coronavirus pandemic.

The hotel's Housekeeping Manager, Christina Zepeda says, "Our staff takes the safety and comfort of our guests very seriously. We are committed to doing what we can, in working with our guests, to help keep them, their families, and ourselves as safe as possible during this pandemic. We are working hard to try to help limit the spread of this terrible virus through extra cleaning and sanitizing every day."

The hotel has instituted social distancing; face coverings are required of all staff and guests while in public spaces in the hotel building; and sanitization stations are positioned throughout the property. Upon check-out, all rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. After housekeeping finishes cleaning a guest room, the room is then disinfected using state of the art electrostatic disinfectant sprayers which aim to ensure all surfaces are thoroughly addressed. The guestroom is then sealed and not entered again until entered by the next guest upon check-in. Public spaces are also cleaned multiple times a day, including treated with the electrostatic disinfectant sprayer two to three times a day.

Ensign concluded by saying, "I'd like the traveling public to know that our hotel is OPEN and we're doing what we can to keep them safe during their visit. I invite them to call us today and make a reservation for a summer get-away. Everyone needs a break from the stress and pressures we've experienced over the past few months, and we at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Carpinteria are happy to welcome them back."

About Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Carpinteria:

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located at 5606 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, California. For Reservations, please call at 1-888-409-8300 or 1-805-566-9499.

For more information about our hotel, our "Greener World" initiatives, our facilities, or hotel room availability, please visit our updated website: https://www.CarpinteriaExpress.com. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Carpinteria is owned and operated by the HMBL, LLC under a license agreement with the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG).

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Windstar Cruises Retrofits Fleet with HEPA filters and UV-C Light – Partners with University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center

SEATTLE, Wash. -- To address health concerns brought on by the pandemic, Windstar Cruises has committed to a holistic Beyond Ordinary Care program and will retrofit its fleet of six yachts with hospital-grade HEPA filters, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and will employ a safe sanitization formula used in health care settings. A new partnership with the epidemiology department at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center provides ongoing guidance.

"We are taking extensive measures and making multi-million-dollar investments to operate our yachts more safely in this new environment," said Windstar Cruises CEO Andrew Todd. "Building upon Windstar's 180 degrees from ordinary service, the Beyond Ordinary Care program implements a layered system of science-led best practices aimed at keeping everyone aboard healthy."

For additional guidance on combatting illnesses, Windstar connected with the epidemiology department at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center, known for its work and expertise in infectious disease epidemiology. The collaboration aims to implement appropriate layers of protection to create a safe experience for guests on Windstar's yachts.

"Windstar's holistic approach has multiple layers of safety at hospital grade standards, and when combined with responsible hygiene practices from guests, it's the safest environment achievable with tech and science as we know it today," said Dr. Michelle Barron, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at University of Colorado Hospital and Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Center. "When you're sailing on a Windstar yacht, your biggest worry should be how to avoid a sunburn, not getting COVID-19."

Windstar is making significant investments and major operational adjustments to meet the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and global governmental and public health guidance. Enhanced cleaning protocols on board include crew dedicated to frequent cleaning with special attention to high touch points and public areas. Going further, the Beyond Ordinary Care program employs proven technology and the highest-standard cleaning methods in combination with each other, as follows:

1. Install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to filter the air on board
Current CDC Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities recommend HEPA filtration for recirculated air from patient isolation rooms in hospitals. These filters are being installed in the HVAC systems on all Windstar yachts.

2. Add yet another layer to sanitize/disinfect the HEPA-filtered air with UV-C light for germicidal irradiation
Once air has moved through the HEPA filtration system, there is an opportunity to "zap" the air with UV-C light (also called germicidal irradiation) before the air recirculates on the ship. When air passes the UV-C light, microbes such as bacteria and viruses not trapped in the HEPA filter will be destroyed. Germicidal irradiation is a solution that has been proven to kill coronaviruses.

3. Use EvaClean with PurTab for disinfecting surfaces via sprayers
In addition to an elevated frequency of cleaning, sanitizing provides another layer of safety. This EPA-approved powerful sanitizer utilizes a safe and effective formula for disinfecting all types of hard and soft surfaces throughout the ship including guest rooms, crew spaces, and all public spaces. It has been used for everything from lower-level sanitization required for food-contact surfaces to powerful infection control used in health care settings.

CEO Todd stressed that the cruise line, working with health experts and following the guidelines of the CDC, has carefully chosen cleaning and sanitation methods that have been shown to be effective against coronaviruses, as well as many other illness-causing microorganisms. These systems, in combination with an abundance of other prevention and mitigation steps, and diligence on behalf of guests, give Todd and Windstar Cruises confidence to sail the Windstar fleet in this challenging environment.

"Windstar operates small yachts that visit ports and waterways that large cruise ships simply can't access," said Todd. "There are major advantages to smaller ships besides less tonnage and passengers. Let's face it, cleaning and purifying a 342-passenger ship is logistically easier than a 5,000 passenger 'city at sea.'"

As part of the multi-layered approach, new pre-trip protocols for guests include a pre-departure questionnaire, and a request to wear masks when traveling to and from the ships. Each guest will receive a health screening prior to embarkation. Staggered arrival and departure times at check-in and disembarkation in ports will reinforce proper social distancing between guests.

Once on board, guests will find personalized service by dining staff in all venues, expanded dining times and seating arranged to provide more space between diners. The popular outdoor, top-deck BBQ will still be held with crew on hand to serve guests. Additional al fresco restaurants and complimentary room service (main restaurant dinner menu available via room service) increase dining options for all. Main dining venues will operate at 65 percent capacity, while specialty venues will operate at 60 percent. Crew, who will also be COVID-19 (PCR) tested before joining their assignment, will wear masks and instead of the usual embrace or handshake, look for the new "Windstar Wave" hand signal - a W made with one's index fingers and thumbs. Temperature measurements will be required twice daily for crew.

Safety standards established on board will carry over to shore-side experiences. Tenders, motor coaches and smaller boats will operate at 50 percent capacity and will be cleaned between each use. Windstar will also expand medical staff on board, as well as increase crew training in cleaning practices, social distancing, and emergency response protocols. As more becomes known about the COVID-19 virus, Windstar's policies will evolve. Information will be shared with crew and training ongoing.

Windstar operates a fleet of six small yachts carrying from 148 to 342 guests and is known for visiting small ports and hidden harbors around the world. Ports will be continually evaluated for safety and changes made as necessary. The 148-guest Wind Spirit will be its first yacht to resume sailing on September 10, 2020 in Tahiti. Other Windstar yachts will start cruising in the Mediterranean in October and the Caribbean in November, while other ships will come online in 2021 following scheduled major renovations.

For updated information, reservations, and itineraries, visit https://www.windstarcruises.com/.

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Pennsylvania Becomes Home to Brand New ‘COVID-Friendly’ Physical and Spiritual Adventure

BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. -- Co-owners Cody Meassick and Chris Paradysz present the opening of Adventure Explorations, a multi-disciplined, concierge adventure company using top-notch gear and guides to create custom experiences. With discovery at its heart, adventure creates extraordinary moments of clarity, truth and connection, making Adventure Explorations a safe, timely answer to the increasingly disconnected, fractured age of COVID-19. The experience is launching July 8 in Boiling Springs, Pa.

Adventure Explorations includes rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, fly and spinner-fishing, Italian cycling, hiking, touring and team-building exercises. The adventures are all-inclusive, including gear, guides, gourmet meals, drinks and safety equipment. Adventures range between $125 and $400 per person for a four- or eight-hour experience.

"Both Chris and I felt so strongly that we were in a moment that people needed to reconnect with their own truths and their own needs," said Cody Meassick, who also serves as the company's lead guide. "We believe that nature and exploration can provide that unlike anything else."

Adventures are guided privately and conducted in groups of six or less. With comprehensive COVID-19 guidelines in place, Adventure Explorations uses a combination of both masks and social distancing to ensure maximum safety of both clients and company partners. Soon they'll have a limited line of products, including masks, available for sale on the AE website and sold directly.

Because Adventure Exploration's service is concierge-level and specialized, they create customized adventures and accommodations for participants wishing to create their own day of fun and relaxation. Others may wish to dig in deeper to develop grit and get some exercise, while still others will use the opportunity to learn about new hobbies and possibilities. For those looking for solitude and reflection without the physical activity, the company also offers a meditative experience. Accommodations are available for individuals with physical limitations and those who lack athletic experience.

"Adventure Explorations creates adventures for everyone, no exceptions," said Chris Paradysz. "We are a fully inclusive company and believe that each person has their own needs and desires: we are simply the bridge and connection between this and possibility."

Those interested in learning about an adventure or to sign up for newsletter updates may visit https://www.adventureexplorations.com/ for more information.

Bookings can be made at (240)394-0442 or by emailing cody@adventureexplorations.com.

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Significant Changes in Airline Pet Travel Options: Company Offers Safe Alternative

TUCSON, Ariz. -- 25 years ago, when Happy Tails Travel began shipping pets by air, it was a simple process with many flight options and minimal restrictions. Slowly the requirements increased. This is especially true over the past 2 years, during which time many airlines suspended flying pets for a period of time to improve pet safety and decrease airline liability. These changes continue to rise.

The onset of the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, has sent flights for pets to the lowest point ever, with minimal options. As many airlines have significantly reduced flights for people, this has greatly impacted pets flying as live animal manifested cargo. Pets arrive at airports to be turned away and their owners are frantic to find a way to get their pet to their new home, adopt a pet, get their new puppy from the breeder and more.

The options become even more restricted during the summer, as airlines have very strict temperature guidelines for pets to fly.

The demand for an alternative to air travel is unprecedented. People who have always flown their pets may not be able to at this time or may be concerned about meeting qualifications including: the size or breed of pets, temperatures, or lack of direct flight options. To meet the need and demand, two years ago, Happy Tails Travel started developing a solid business model of private, customized ground travel throughout the contiguous United States.

"Pet travel by air was the only service we offered for 23 years as it was a great way to get pets to their new home safely and quickly," says Bridget Monrad, owner of Happy Tails Travel. "However, with flight changes, people's decreased interest in airline travel for pets, and to offer a service with fewer moving pieces, we decided to branch out to offer an alternative service for pet parent needs."

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact our lives in many ways, the trickle-down effect will continue for years. Changes are everywhere on how we will continue with life. One thing that will not change is the need for people to move to new homes and their love for their pets and desire to do what is best for them.

Learn more at: https://www.happytailstravel.com/

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Hampton Inn San Antonio-Northwoods Reopens June 15 – Centrally Located Hotel Anticipates Exciting Summer

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The Hampton Inn San Antonio-Northwoods, located at 2127 Gold Canyon Drive San Antonio, Texas, announced Friday it will resume operations following the Coronavirus shutdown. The Hilton branded hotel will open its doors on Monday, June 15 and offer discounted room rates to travelers eager to explore the summer activities in San Antonio.

Located in the vicinity of Stone Oak near the intersection of Highway 281 and Loop 1604, this hotel provides easy access to Six Flags, Schlitterbahn, downtown San Antonio and the Riverwalk as well as the San Antonio International Airport.

Earlier this month, Hilton announced its new partnership with RB/Lysol and the Mayo Clinic to elevate hotel cleanliness in all Hilton hotels.

The Hilton CleanStay with Lysol program uses a trusted scientific approach to cleaning practices and product offerings. Guests can feel comfortable that their experience will provide high levels of cleanliness so they can focus on what is important - having fun in the Texas sun!

"We are thrilled to re-open our doors to kick off the summer season here in San Antonio," states hotel General Manager, Margie Cooper. "Providing a great experience to our guests remains our top priority."

About the Hampton Inn San Antonio Northwoods:

The Hampton Inn by Hilton San Antonio Northwoods is located near the intersection of Highway 281 and Loop 1604 in the Northwoods Shopping District near Stone Oak. The hotel offers complimentary breakfast, WI-FI, and parking daily as well as convenient access to all of San Antonio's best activities, restaurants, and landmarks.

Website: http://www.hilton.com/SATHH

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California-based Travel Company Well Poised for Wholesale Travel Growth

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. -- Serenity Time, a private wholesale travel platform, is starting to see a big upswing in consumer interest to travel again. Travel searches and increased booking activity appear to be a sign of things to come.

"Post-pandemic, people are really looking forward to getting out of their houses and experiencing new things again," Derek Gough, president, Serenity Time, says. "It's times like these that make people realize what's truly important in their lives. Spending time with loved ones is almost always at the top of everyone's list."

According to Gough, some of the greatest discounts and deals the travel industry has seen in a long time will deliver amazing opportunities for travelers in the years to come.

And, Serenity Time is set up for success. It provides its members direct access to wholesale travel and guaranteed lowest pricing on all major forms of travel including hotels, private residences and cruising as well as access to timeshare resorts without the need for ownership or annual maintenance fees.

"True wholesale" pricing is delivered by eliminating middlemen and the pricing markups required to support billion-dollar advertising budgets. Serenity Time prides itself on a commitment to continually listen to customer feedback while providing top-notch customer service to its members at prices guaranteed to be lower than all public travel sites.

Gough says that there's a hidden world of "true wholesale" travel opportunities to be had and they've figured out how to make them available to consumers. In fact, he's convinced that once people understand the system that they will never look at travel the same way again.

To learn more, visit: https://serenitytime.world

About Serenity Time

For more than 25 years, Serenity Time and its partners have formed alliances throughout the wholesale travel industry. These alliance partnerships allow its members access to wholesale travel pricing typically unavailable to the general public.

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