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Announcing Beyond The Streets, the definitive showcase of graffiti and street art in L.A

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BEYOND THE STREETS (BTS) is the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, celebrating the soaring heights to which the world’s most recognisable modern art movement has risen. Curated by author and historian Roger Gastman, graffiti’s foremost authority, BTS is a ground-breaking multimedia showcase of paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and more throughout 40,000+ square feet of industrial indoor and outdoor space.

The exhibition opens to the public in Los Angeles on 6 May 2018. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase in advance at BEYONDTHESTREETS.COM.

Over 100 artists will be featured, including Shepard Fairey, Jason REVOK, FUTURA 2000, LADY PINK, Lee Quiñones, INVADER, HAZE, SWOON, Guerrilla Girls, Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, CHAZ, FAILE, Kenny Scharf, Dash Snow, Jenny Holzer, C.R. Stecyk III, Felipe Pantone, Maripol, RETNA, Gordon Matta-Clark, Martha Cooper, TAKI 183 plus Dennis Hopper, Takashi Murakami, Mark Mothersbaugh and many more.

andBeyond Launches Philanthropic Itineraries

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With travellers increasingly turning towards responsible travel and participative experiences becoming more mainstream, luxury travel operator &Beyond has launched a selection of philanthropic itineraries that highlight the company’s ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People.

Providing an enticing glimpse into &Beyond’s land and wildlife practices, as well as their people development projects, the tours are designed to provide the opportunity for guests to gain some first-hand experience in conservation and community initiatives. Lifting the veil around responsible luxury travel, the tours in South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania combine high end accommodation with the opportunities to give back to the people and wildlife that make Africa a unique tourism destination.

The 10-day Travel With Purpose in South Africa adventure includes a safari at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, as well as the scenic marvels of Cape Town and Hermanus. At the game reserve, travellers get up close and personal with one of Africa’s most iconic species as they participate in a rhino notching conservation experience. They also gain insight into the challenges facing rural communities as they visit education and healthcare projects, as well as local small business initiatives supported by &Beyond.

Chill in Style with new 2018 Winter Packages at The Rees Hotel Queenstown

The Rees Hotel Queenstown has announced its new winter packages for the 2018 season. Queenstown’s unique geographical location and reputation as one of the leading ski destinations in the world make it the ultimate winter escape for Australians and New Zealanders of all ages.

Indulge yourself in a luxury après ski experience at The Rees Hotel which ticks all the boxes in a setting second to none. Relax after an adventurous day on or off-piste and enjoy all the pleasures of après including top-shelf local and international vintage wines and cuisine prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Ben Batterbury against the backdrop of the stunning Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

Package Inclusions
– Three-night stay in our Executive Lake View Hotel Room for two people
– Breakfast daily for two
– Luxury return airport transfers in our Land Rover Discovery
– A bottle of local vintage Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noir on arrival
– Après ski drinks every evening (one per person) – any beer, wine by the glass or soft drink
– One six course degustation dinner for two people (food only)
– Complimentary late check out up to 12 midday
– $NZ350.00 per person, per night

Nigerian Bobsledders, Curling in Switzerland, and St. Helena’s Skiing Fixation

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It’s not surprising to find that Canadians have an interest in snowboarding, or that US citizens are searching for “skiing near me” in the winter months. But it’s a little weirder to find Turkey looking for Japanese snow fighting games, the Czech Republic among the highest searchers for fast ice-skating sports, and St. Helena (the volcanic tropical island) finding an interest in skiing.

With international sporting events driving high search volume for winter sports, alpine experts Crystal Ski Holidays have conducted research of a variety of snow sports, finding out exactly who’s searching for them, whether they’re popular or niche.

Take a look at the infographic here to find out more!

Discover South America in Luxury with APT in 2019

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Join award-winning travel operator APT as they celebrate the release of their 2019 South America online brochure. A feast for the senses with an evocative collage of colour, culture, beauty and history, a truly fascinating land full of inspiration. Take advantage of SuperDeal specials including Companion Fly Free including taxes and business class upgrades, specials available until sold out.

Travelling with a maximum of just 28 guests, these specialized group sizes will ensure a personalised experience and allow the chance for more discovery. Led by a team of knowledgeable, English-speaking South American experts, guests will uncover special moments, colourful characters and rewarding treasures as well as the spirit of this remarkable continent. To experience South America on one of APT’s holidays is to develop a close affinity with the continent’s stunning landscapes, history and people, in unparalleled comfort, style and safety.

Furthermore, guests will stay in South America’s leading properties, hand-picked for their distinctive character, unrivalled personal service and spectacular settings. Additionally, with a range of touring styles, APT’s Freedom of Choice inclusions and unregimented itineraries, it’s easy to feel free and experience a more personalised holiday than ever before.

Exodus Travels announces largest collection of female only departures

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Adventure World is celebrating #pressforprogress, with the launch of Exodus Travels’ first ever Female Only Departures – the largest collection of female trips in the adventure travel industry.

At Exodus, diversity is at the heart of everything they do, and they are deeply passionate about empowering women through travel. An essential part of this ethos is about supporting women globally through the power of tourism, whether that be female farmers in Tanzania or local women in the Himalayan Eco Cafes.

Exodus can empower women through travel and tourism across 11 fantastic Female Only Departures covering countries as distant and diverse as Iran, China, Myanmar and Peru. Better yet, every single one of these awesome trips is led by one of an inspirational female guide, supporting local women in their industry.

 

 



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