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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.

SUITES AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF IN SAN FRANCISCO EARNS TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Honored as a Highly Rated Hotel as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

San Francisco, CAJuly 7, 2011 – Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence, which honors top-rated lodging businesses, restaurants and attractions, as reviewed by travelers on the world’s largest travel site*.

To qualify, these businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include volume of reviews and how recently they have been submitted by TripAdvisor travelers. The accolade is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

“Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf is pleased to receive its first TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Chris Boggess, General Manager at Suites at Fisherman’s Wharf. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence program gives exceptional businesses in a variety of different industries around the world the recognition they deserve,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “From top-rated restaurants in Boston to top-rated attractions in Barcelona, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

About Shell Vacations Hospitality:

Shell Vacations Hospitality offers a collection of 24 resorts and hotels ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, retreats, 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 www.shellhospitality.com.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and TripAdvisor Trip Friends) with seamless links to booking tools.

TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors* across 18 popular travel brands**. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 40 million unique monthly visitors***, 20 million members, and over 45 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 29 countries worldwide****, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also operates TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors. The division includes Business Listings, which allows hoteliers to connect directly to millions of researching travelers, and Vacation Rentals, which helps property managers and individual home owners list their properties and showcase hotel alternatives.

TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by Condé Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure.

TripAdvisor Media Group generated $486 million in revenue in 2010. TripAdvisor and the sites comprising the TripAdvisor Media Group are operating companies of Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE).

TripAdvisor and the TripAdvisor logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TripAdvisor LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be the property of their respective owners.

©2011 TripAdvisor LLC. All rights reserved.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Media Group Sites, Worldwide, August 2010

** In addition to TripAdvisor, The TripAdvisor Media Group of websites includes: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com and www.kuxun.cn.

***Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, Worldwide, August 2010

**** TripAdvisor sites operate in 29 countries worldwide: www.tripadvisor.com, www.tripadvisor.co.uk, www.tripadvisor.ca, www.tripadvisor.it, www.tripadvisor.es, www.tripadvisor.de, www.tripadvisor.fr, www.tripadvisor.jp, www.daodao.com, www.tripadvisor.in, www.tripadvisor.se, www.tripadvisor.nl, www.tripadvisor.com.br, www.tripadvisor.com.tr, www.tripadvisor.dk, www.tripadvisor.com.mx, www.tripadvisor.ie, www.tripadvisor.com.au, www.tripadvisor.com.sg, www.tripadvisor.co.kr, no.tripadvisor.com, pl.tripadvisor.com, th.tripadvisor.com, www.tripadvisor.ru, www.tripadvisor.com.gr, www.tripadvisor.co.id, www.tripadvisor.com.ar, www.tripadvisor.tw and www.tripadvisor.com.my.

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Shell Vacations Hospitality
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