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Flourishing Art and Culture in Florida

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in India Releases | Comments Off on Flourishing Art and Culture in Florida

Mumbai, 21st February, 2017 – Well known for the Miami’s Art Basel, Florida is a thriving destination for art and culture. However, art lovers need not wait until December to experience the cultural offerings in the Sunshine State. Here, art flourishes throughout the year. From contemporary to colonial era this multi-faceted destination offers something for every art aficionado. Here are just a few top picks that every traveller must experience while in Florida. Art Deco Walking Tour, Miami Travel through time with South Beach’s amazing walking tour, which transports you into the 20s, 30s and beyond. This heritage tour is significant in terms of art and culture. The tour engages you with its stunning architectural designs and fascinating stories about pioneers, heroes and criminal elements that developed this pulsing city. Of which Gianni Versace’s Mansion and the dramatic story of his murder are the most thrilling of all. The mansion today is a luxury hotel, almost fourteen years after his death. In 1997 Gianni Versace, the then property owner, was shot on its front steps by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. This tour is open throughout the day and suitable for kids and adults equally. Wynwood Art District, Miami  This district is every street artist’s come true. The neighborhood, once a run-down warehouse district, has been revitalized into a walking district filled with museums, antique shops, open air street art installations and murals. Take a tour from a professional to learn about the artists’ background, culture and inspirations, or stroll the streets and allow your mind to wander as you gaze as these masterpieces. While in this artsy environment, make sure you stop by Wynwood kitchen & bar to enjoy its outstandingly curated graffiti and relish the good food. Morse Museum, Winter Park (Orlando) While visiting the theme park capital of the world, take time-off to visit The Morse Museum, just 30 minutes north of Orlando.  The museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). It includes the artist and designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, leaded-glass lamps and windows; his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago; and art and architectural objects from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, graphics, decorative art and even a set of teak, hand-crafted wooden doors from India The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg Some might be surprised to know that a sizeable amount of Salvador Dali’s works are stored outside of Spain, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Located in a stunning building on the scenic downtown waterfront, this iconic museum is the perfect jumping-off point to explore the rest of the city. The Dali Museum houses more than 2,000 works of art in 20,000 square feet of gallery space, including numerous oils, watercolors, sketches, sculptures and other objects. Of the 18 “Masterworks” Dali produced, eight are located in the St. Petersburg...

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Exotic Spa Experiences In Florida

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in India Releases | Comments Off on Exotic Spa Experiences In Florida

Enjoy rejuvenating spa experiences on your next vacation to the Sunshine State Mumbai, 4th January, 2017 – A vacation to Florida conjures up images of surfing, sand, shopping and sizzling nightlife. After a few days of exploring, take some time to relax.  The spas in Florida are top-notch and promise transformational indulgence. You can choose from rejuvenating therapies, comforting massages, holistic healing and much more. Here are some unusual spa alternatives you can try in Florida. Quartz Massage at ‘The Spa’ at The Breakers Palm Beach Palm Beach, Florida, located 128 kilometers north of Miami, is known for its plush hotels, celebrity sightings, exquisite architecture and historical landmarks.  The urbane charm of the city can be seen at The Breakers Palm Beach as well, where the staff treat travellers like VIPs. The luxurious indoor spa at The Breakers Palm Beach is known for customized massages, in the most sophisticated and esteemed of methods. The Quartz massage is one such quintessential therapy to be experienced. The guest rests on a warm bed of flowing alpha-quartz sand, which centers on gentle movement. This technique provides hypnotic relaxation, and addresses specific stress points. This massage is available in 50, 80 and 110 minute treatments – plenty of time to let you drift into a blissful state of zen. Comfort Care Classics at ‘SiSpa’ at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island SiSpa, located at The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa in Riviera Beach, is a soothing oasis of wellness. The property, and the treatment menu, reverberate the freshness of the seas. The treatment rooms are named after various seas around the world. What sets this relaxing oasis apart from other spas is the special training the staff undertake through the Florida Cancer Aware Program. The spa specializes in spa treatments for those with cancer or recovering from the illness, however, there are plenty of options for all. The Comfort Care Classics option provides guests with a soothing skin recovery treatment via a Dilo Wrap, which is rich in Vitamin A, C and E and is sure to leave your sun-soaked skin smooth and supple. ‘Evangeline’ at the Epicurean Hotel at Tampa Bay Tampa is one of Florida’s up and coming hot spots. Located just an hour from Orlando, it’s the perfect adult playground for art lovers, beer connoisseurs and shoppers. Enjoy Broadway shows at the Straz Center or the thrill of a roller coaster ride at Busch Gardens. Finish the hectic day with an exotic spa experience at the Epicurean hotel’s Evangeline Spa. Therapies at the Evangeline are a treat to the senses. The tantalizing aroma of herbs rejuvenate mind and body as you enter. Evangeline allows therapists to incorporate freshly grown herbs from the live herb wall in the treatment. Guests can also work with a spa sommelier to create custom spa products. Evangeline treats it guest to delicious dessert from the hotel’s pâtisserie, Chocolate Pi in select spa areas; also guests can order Moët and Chandon champagne by the glass. The O4Men – a product line created for men by men, is the most sought after treatment by Evangeline. Services include the Fine as Wine men’s facial, Hot Whiskey Scour massage served with a shot of whiskey at the end and the Bern’s Bourbon on the Rocks pedicure for the ultimate epicurean. The Diplomat Beach Resort at Greater Fort Lauderdale Break free from the hustle bustle of the city and spend a peaceful day at The Diplomat Beach Resort, located 35 minutes from the Miami International Airport. This ocean front spa features mesmerizing rain walls to wash away your...

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VISIT FLORIDA Announces Winners of Sunshine Contest 2016

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in India Releases | Comments Off on VISIT FLORIDA Announces Winners of Sunshine Contest 2016

Mumbai, 19th September, 2016 – VISIT FLORIDA recently announced the winners of ‘The Sunshine Contest 2016’. The contest was launched on 1st July and concluded on 12th August. Based on the submissions, Mr. Tushar Jain of Maurya Travels and Ms. Sonia David of SOTC were declared the lucky winners of the Sunshine Contest, who also win an all expense paid FAM trip to Florida. The Sunshine contest was first launched in 2014 to promote the VISIT FLORIDA online specialist program, considering the overwhelming response of the participants the contest has become an annual event. The contest has also enabled VISIT FLORIDA to emerge as a proactive brand in the travel trade industry. On winning the contest Mr. Tushar Jain said “VISIT FLORIDA hosted an amazing contest which is educative at the same time incentivizing”.  Also speaking on winning the competition, Ms. Sonia David said “Sunshine contest is a great way of increasing brand engagement for the travel trade fraternity; this contest has made me more competent towards selling the destination”. Speaking on the occasion Ms. Seldon Tenzing, Account Director India, VISIT FLORIDA said “At VISIT FLORIDA we try new ways of promoting our destination and Sunshine Contest has been one such approach which is exclusive to us. Through this contest we aim at encouraging our travel and tour partners in taking an active role in promoting the destination in unique ways, so that they absorb the brand VISIT FLORIDA and not operate as third parties”....

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Vacation like a local in Florida

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in India Releases | Comments Off on Vacation like a local in Florida

Mumbai, 16 September, 2016- With our foot prints extending to every corner of the world, travelers are now looking for something beyond “Must-Go” locations like the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower or the Big Ben. When they travel, they want to blend in with the locals. Eat like a local, drink like a local and naturally, live like a local. Festivals are a great way to get a taste of the local flavors, traditions and a sense of the community. Florida is home to a number of crazy and unique festivals. And due to the year round temperatures averaging 22 degrees Celsius, it’s always the perfect time to get out and explore an activity the locals love. So if you look forward to being a part of the Floridian festivities, here is a festival calendar for you. Connect with your artistic side this October Come to a county where cultures collide. Sarasota, located 2 hours southwest of Orlando, is known as Florida’s Arts Capital, but it’s also known as the home of the Ringling Circus Museum. The history of the circus dates back to 1742, when Philip Astley, a former English Calvary Sergeant, decided his time was better spent conducting tricks on the back of horses. Thus, the first circus performance was born. Because it is a visual art, circuses transcend language barriers and therefore are appreciated by audiences around the world – including China, India and the Americas. Each October The Ringling International Arts Festival provides an opportunity for art lovers of all types – be it visual or performing, to get together as one global community to experience the joy of the circus. Experience Art Basel in December Miami has always been known as a cultural melting pot, and during December 1-4, 2016 Art Basel is a testament to this fact. The New York Times claims, Art Basel in Miami Beach is the most sought-after and meticulously planned event on the American art world calendar. About one half of the galleries at Art Basel come from the US or Latin America, and for dealers from places like Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, it’s the year’s biggest opportunity to connect with global buyers. Even those who don’t know the difference between a Renoir and a Rembrandt can enjoy the festivities, or stick around for the after parties, because where art is found, fashion and fun is never far behind. January is the time for the explorer in you Records show that frogs’ legs were common foodstuff in southern China as early as the first century AD. The tradition continues in Florida at the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival. Each January, residents of the Sebastian River Area, located 1.5 hours from Orlando, come together to fry up frog legs, gator tail and other delicacies. This festival, now in its 26th year, boasts of two Guinness Book of World Records. First, for the most frog legs consumed in one day and second, for the largest frog leg festival in world, with more than 80,000 attendants. Florida’s southwest city of Tampa Bay is also the best place at this time to know the ancient history and mythology of Florida. As legend goes, Jose Gaspar, renowned Spanish Pirate, roamed the Gulf of Mexico and Spanish Main during the late 18th century, plundering for treasure. Each year, the citizens of Tampa Bay recreate the story and on January 28, 2017, hundreds of eager pirates land on the Tampa Bay shores and hold the mayor captive until he turns over the key to the city. Then, the pirates’ victory celebration commences with live music, food and...

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