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San Diego’s Inn at the Park Hotel Celebrates Its 85th Anniversary

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Hillcrest Neighborhood Icon Offers 85-Hour Sale, $85 a Night Starting on 8/5/2011.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 02, 2011 – Nostalgia is in the air at Inn at the Park, formerly Park Manor Suites. The iconic San Diego hotel announces its 85th Anniversary and to celebrate, the resort is offering an 85-hour doorbuster sale. Whether you’re visiting the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, the Old Globe Theatre, the exotic San Diego gardens or you’re a regular at Inn at the Park’s infamous piano bar, this classic property is the perfect destination for local guests and out-of-town travelers.

The 85-Hour Sale begins on August 5, 2011 at midnight and ends on August 8, 2011 at 1pm EST. Studio rooms with a kitchen will be available for $85* a night for stays Sunday through Thursday. There are no blackout dates, but space is limited. To book, please visit http://www.shellhospitality.com or call 1-877-499-7163.

“An 85th anniversary like this doesn’t come around very often,” said Sue Kelley, president for Shell Vacations Hospitality. “Inn at the Park is a very special place and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the hotel’s rich history with our guests and the community.”

Inn at the Park guests and San Diego locals are invited to take advantage of a variety of nightly entertainment events including Saturday’s cabaret singing extraordinaire and Monday’s interactive Karaoke night at the property’s award-winning Inn at the Park Restaurant & Piano Bar and Top of the Park Penthouse Restaurant.

Created by Frank P. Allen, Jr., the Inn at the Park opened as the Park Manor Suites apartment building in 1926 in Balboa Park West. Originally from Michigan, Allen moved to San Diego in 1911 to design buildings and landscape for the Panama California Exposition, an endeavor that created the famous Balboa Park. His love of San Diego was born with the Exposition project, and by 1925, Allen decided to build an apartment and hotel complex on a coveted piece of land at the western edge of Balboa Park, now part of the vibrant Hillcrest neighborhood.

“The building itself has been designed throughout by F.P. Allen, one of San Diego’s leading architects,” read the San Diego Union newspaper on August 14, 1925, “who has made visits to all parts of the county to study similar projects and to learn everything possible about the design and construction of such a building as Park manor is to be, combining all possible desirable features and eliminating all undesirables.”

In 1991 Park Manor Suites was declared a Historic Site of San Diego, and is praised for its grand appearance and beautiful interior. The hotel kept the original footprint of the suites that Allen so artfully designed with grandeur and design details that are rarely found today. With suites ranging from 525 to 1,100 square feet, including 9 ft. ceilings and large sash windows, guests can be transported to an earlier time.

The historic hotel features 75 well-appointed units—a combination of studio, one and two-bedroom suites. Each suite offers guests comfy, Sealy Posturpedic beds; crisp white duvets and linens; period furnishings and clean, modern kitchenettes, making Inn at the Park travelers’ true home-away-from-home in San Diego.

In May 2011, Shell Vacations Hospitality, featuring a collection of 25 unique resorts in major travel destinations throughout the world, acquired Inn at the Park to its portfolio of vacation rental properties.

About Shell Vacations Hospitality:
Shell Vacations Hospitality offers a collection of 25 resorts and hotels ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, reunions and business trips. Visitors may stay at hotels and resorts in popular destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada from San Francisco to Whistler. Shell Vacations Hospitality is a subsidiary of Shell Vacations LLC, a premier developer of upscale vacation ownership resorts. For more information, please visit http://www.shellhospitality.com
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Shell Vacations Execs Raise Funds for Charities of Choice

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Northbrook, Illinois — July 28, 2011 – Through Shell Vacations Club (SVC) company-wide charitable giving initiative, SVCares (Community Awareness Raised by Employees of Shell Vacations), Shell employees within each region select local charities to support in a variety of ways. In addition, Shell Vacations employees have personal charities of choice that they donate their time and effort to support.

President and Chief Operating Officer Tracy L. Sherles, is passionate about the Community Partners’ Autism organization. Her home town area has a higher than national average percentage of children with autism. For the sixth consecutive year, they have organized a Golf Tournament and Silent Auction for Autism, where this year over one hundred golfers teamed up on Saturday, July 9, at The Oaks Golf Links in Somersworth, New Hampshire and raised more than $10,000 for the local nonprofit organization. New Hampshire native Sherles also participated as a player in the event. “The Community Partners organization has helped many local families,” commented Sherles. “We are proud to be able to give back to this organization so they can continue in their humanitarian efforts for members of our New Hampshire community.”

Once again, Shell Vacations Club was the Platinum Sponsor of the tournament. In addition to a substantial donation, Shell Vacations provided prizes for the live auction, including two seven-night vacation stays at selected company vacation ownership properties, to be chosen by the winners. Proud to serve once again as a tournament sponsor, Shell Vacations owns the local historic Crotched Mountain Resort, located in Francestown, New Hampshire, which has 24 vacation ownership units in two-story buildings, as well as a clubhouse, spa, pool and recreation center.

According to the event chairperson, Jackie Horne, all proceeds from the tournament and auction were donated to the Family Support division of the Community Partners’ Autism Fund. Overseen by the Family Advisory Council, the Family Support Program provides an array of support to families including respite, recreation, information and resources, advocacy, parent-to-parent support, transition to adult services, and opportunities for families to spend time together, plus attend workshops or other trainings.

Shell Vacations Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon H. Ginsburg is active in the Canine Companions for Independence ® (CCI) and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Explains Ginsburg, “Besides always wanting to assist those not as fortunate as us, my wife and I are animal (and specifically dog) lovers. We actively support these charities as they provide support to both of those passions”. CCI is a national non-profit organization that provides highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to individuals with physical disabilities to assist with daily tasks and increase independence by reducing reliance on other people. A Service Dog can pull their partner in a manual wheelchair, push buttons for elevators or automatic doors, turn on lights, pick up dropped keys, open a door and even assist with business transactions by transferring money, receipts, and packages. Ginsburg and his wife are attending the annual CCI “Day at the Races” on August 6th which is a fund raising event at the track with silent auctions as well as demonstrating puppies in training.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind are specially trained to assist a person who is blind with mobility. The dog is trained to lead, obey commands, avoid distractions, and disobey a command if it would put them in danger. On October 1, 2011 the Guide Dogs for the Blind will have their ninth annual Canine Heroes Wine Auction. Shell Vacations’ will host attendees at their Vino Bello Resort® in Napa, California. The proceeds from this event will go toward supporting annual veterinary costs of $3 million for 4,200 program dogs and puppies. Festivities include a silent auction, reception (featuring multiple Napa Valley chefs and wineries), live auction and four-course gourmet dinner.

Headquartered in Northbrook IL, Shell Vacations is one of the most respected independent vacation ownership developers in the United States, operating or affiliated 24 resorts in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company specializes in the sales and hospitality management of vacation ownership resorts as well as servicing over 115,000 owner and member families of its vacation ownership products.

For more information please visit http://www.shellvacationsclub.com.

Whistler racks up unprecedented string of awards: Recognized for accommodation, dining, meetings space, events, activities and amenities

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Whistler, B.C. - Whistler is ‘the’ place to enjoy summer and, if the bustling crowds aren’t proof enough, the resort just locked up a string of awards from magazines such as Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller, up! and Departures – reaffirming its status as a top year-round destination.

“Tourism Whistler congratulates its members on the recognition received by such prestigious outlets,” said Breton Murphy, senior manager of communications for Tourism Whistler. “We’re proud that leading journalists in the travel industry, and visitors who’ve chosen Whistler as their destination, are encouraging others to experience what we have to offer. Endorsements like these reflect a real commitment by our community to provide an exceptional experience for our visitors.”

Departures, the luxury U.S. lifestyle magazine published by American Express, recently named Whistler as one of the 10 perfect summer mountain towns , highlighting the Nita Lake Lodge, Slow Food Cycle Sunday, Kokanee Crankworx mountain bike festival, Rim Rock Café, Bearfoot Bistro, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Ziptrek Ecotours.

Readers of Westjet’s inflight magazine, up!, selected Whistler Blackcomb as one of the best-value travel experiences in Canada. Notes the magazine: “Readers remain smitten with the epic terrain and 10 metres of annual white stuff that blankets this West Coast ski resort like a fluffy duvet. Top marks also went to the 18 on-the-hill restos.”

Travel + Leisure named the Four Seasons Resort Whistler to its list of the top resorts in Canada and the United States. The hotel was only one of three Canadian properties to make the list, and came in at number 25, moving up 11 spots from last year’s list. “The Four Seasons’ first Canadian ski resort hugs the base of Blackcomb Mountain, a short walk to the Whistler-Blackcomb lifts and the shops and restaurants of the quaint Whistler Village,” reads the magazine’s acknowlegment. “The 273 spacious and warm rooms are done up in ochre red, earthy green and golden brown and have cherrywood doors, roaring fireplaces, and trim, private balconies.”

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler was also recognized last month by Condé Nast Traveller magazine’s UK readers, ranking its spa at as one of the top 10 hotel spas in the Americas and the Caribbean.

This spring the Toronto Sun tipped its hat to Nita Lake Lodge as one of Canada’s Top 10 Most Luxurious Hotels , noting: “This luxury lodge is close to the best Whistler has to offer, from golf courses to skiing.”

Vancouver Magazine’s 2011 restaurant awards saw Araxi selected as the Best Whistler Restaurant with finalists including Bearfoot Bistro, Sidecut, Fifty-Two 80 Bistro & Bar and Aura.

Araxi, one of Whistler’s most acclaimed restaurants, was also named the Best Whistler Restaurant in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards and earlier this year, received the Silver Wine List award from the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (with honourable mentions to The Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Wine Room and Ric’s Grill).

On the Meetings and Incentive front, Whistler has also been recognized as a top meetings destination, receiving a number of nods from the Northwest Meetings + Events magazine, the premier magazine for meetings and events professionals.

The magazine released its Readers’ Choice awards for 2011 and Whistler tops the list with the Best Attraction award for British Columbia. “The quintessential British Columbian experience can be found at Whistler Village,” notes the magazine. “Guests can experience skiing, hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and even try their hand at the biathlon course.”

Runner-up in the Best Conference Venue category was the Whistler Conference Centre and Best Resort award went to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The magazine also highlighted Whistler meeting facilities including the Four Seasons Resort Whistler and the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

To find out more about what Whistler has to offer this summer, visit www.whistler.com or call 1.800.WHISTLER. Local reservation agents can help build the ideal vacation package.

Media can visit whistler.com/media for Whistler facts, media releases, story starters, local personality profiles and access to images and B-roll.

Whistler is Canada’s premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America for the past 12 years in a row, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 9,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Tourism Whistler Media Contacts

Kerry Duff
Manager, Destination Media Relations
T: 604.938.2709
E: kduff@tourismwhistler.com

Leah Adams-Chute
Coordinator, Media Relations
T: 604.938.2790
E: ladams-chute@tourismwhistler.com

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