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                           THE WAYFARER  NORTH AMERICAN TRAVEL JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION
                                                                                                                                                               Individuals, cities insist imposing on others is a rotten idea
                                                                                                                                                               onsideration has apparently become a
                                               ALLIED WITH EAST-WEST NEWS BUREAU
                                                                                                                                                              CI've had neighbors who left their dogs
                                                                                                                                                               dirty word.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                THE PREZ BOX                                                       Dan Schlossberg
  Fall 2002                                                                                                                         Volume 10 Issue 4         out 24 hours a day, allowed their kids to
                                                                                                                                                              shriek in the streets, parked at fire            at least, who don't think public smoking is     fourth quarter.
                                                                                                                                                              hydrants, and permitted arriving carpools        acceptable behavior. The latest to jump on          All too often, law-abiding Yankee
               May meeting to feature speakers, workshops, sightseeing                                                                                        to blast their horns at all hours.               that bandwagon is the Mayor of Boston,          Stadium fans are subjected to similar mis-
                                                                                                                                                                  I've also been on a press trip with a        Thomas Menino. His proposal, like one           beer-havior.
       Newport to host first NATJA conference                                                                                                                 man who not only falsely claimed to rep-
                                                                                                                                                                                    resent Copley News
                                                                                                                                                                                                               previously suggested by New York Mayor
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mike Bloomberg, would effectively ban
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   And we all remember the snowball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               fight at Giants Stadium, where intoxicated
                                                                                                                                                                                    Service but also insist-   smoking at work, making all bars and            fans pelted players and each other in a
                   Theofsmallestthegather the Union first Providence,been donatedand meals.top
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                   bers   NATJA
                                  state in
                                    largest when mem-
                                           for their
                                                     will             local tours,
                                                             Complimentary hotel rooms for the
                                                          event have               by three
                                                                                                                                                                                    ed on smoking in the
                                                                                                                                                                                    elevator, not only
                                                                                                                                                                                                               restaurants 100% smokefree.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Banned in Boston," once a ridiculed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               beer-brewed battle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Loudness alone can be enough of a
                                                                                                                                                                                    breaking the law but       variety of puritanical censorship, might        nuisance: after a barrage of complaints,
                                                     annual meeting next spring.                          hotels within walking distance of each                                    imposing on the lungs      finally prove beneficial to the public,         the Seattle Mariners are attempting to
                                                         The three-day, three-night confer-               other: the Hotel Viking, the Marriott,                                    of the others in his       assuming the idea isn't shot down by the        revoke the two season tickets held by a
                                                     ence, scheduled for May 12-15, will                  and the Newport Harbor Hotel.                                             presence. He also          city's health commission after public hear-     well-to-do but leather-lunged fan. He's
                                                     include accommodations and meals,                        Each will house 20 travel journal-                                    reached deep into a        ings.                                           suing, saying he paid $32,000 for the tick-
   SF airport property                               business meetings, workshops, semi-                  ists, though the headquarters proper-                                     fruit jar at an outdoor         There is precedent: five states, includ-   ets and therefore has a license to yell
                                                     nars, sightseeing, and airport/railroad              ty and site of most meetings will be                                      picnic after emerging      ing populous California, have made virtu-       whatever he wants. He also claims dis-
   provides new prize                                transfers from nearby Providence.                    the Hotel Viking.
                                                                                                                                                                Dan Schlossberg     from a port-o-potty that   ally all public areas smokefree and hun-        crimination because he's a white man with
     The Crowne Plaza San Francisco                  Transportation arrangements remain                       Room assignments will be made                   had no sink for hand-washing.                    dreds of municipalities have followed suit.     three adopted black daughters.
International Airport has provided a handsome        incomplete, though NATJA is working                  by the Newport Convention & Visitors                    Now that cold & flu season is here,               Even the Lincoln Towers, a 29-story            The man is not only inconsiderate;
late addition to the list of First Prizes in the                                                                                                              even shaking hands or touching door-             luxury hi-rise in Manhattan, is getting into    he's a boor. And boors belong behind
                                                     to arrange discounted or complimen-                  Bureau on a first-come, first-served                knobs can be hazardous to one's health.          the act. After residents complained that        closed doors.
NATJA 2002 competition: a three-night stay for
two on the Club Level of its Burlingame, CA
                                                     tary rail and air tickets.                           basis under the direction of Evan                   And we won't even discuss the issue of           passive smoke invaded their air vents, the          As the world gets increasingly over-
property, plus a complimentary dinner for two.           Other than transportation, the only              Smith, vice president for travel mar-               recirculated air on planes.                      building's board of directors voted unani-      crowded, consideration is becoming even
     The prize, valid anytime during calendar        expense for members attending the                    keting.                                                 In their initial welcome speech, flight      mously to ban smoking throughout the            more important.
year 2003, swells to 28 the number of first          conference will be registration, at a                    Smith was instrumental in instigat-             attendants could remind passengers to            building, including private residences.             When something so simple can fix a
prizes in the competition. There are also two        price to be determined. This fee, not                ing the idea of a Newport conference                cover their mouths when coughing or                   Bergen Record columnist Mike Kelly         problem so big, the effort must be made –
Grand Prizes: a five-night stay for two, with all    unlike the one charged by the Society                and securing the support of three top               sneezing. They could also ask people to          applauded, stating, "America's war on           even if law enforcement is the only alter-
breakfasts and one dinner, in a mission-style        of American Travel Writers (SATW) for                properties, along with touring compa-               tone down the volume of their conversa-          smoking has already gone on too long,           native.
guest suite of The Legacy Golf Resort,               its national conference, will defray                 nies and other local venues.                        tions.                                           with too many ridiculous attempts to delay
Phoenix, or a four-night trip on the Montana                                                                                                                      Screaming babies are one thing but           the inevitable bans against what many                       HOTEL AMENITIES
                                                     speakers' fees and help underwrite                                                                       inconsiderate adults are quite another           smokers admit is an unhealthy habit . . .            Several years back, I printed a short
Daylight, America's longest multi-day, daylight-
only scenic tour train (run by Montana Rockies
                                                     such expenses as bus pickups in                                    (Continued on page 7)                 matter, especially when there's no               Smoking advocates fight each day as if          list entitled "What every hotel should
Rail Tours).                                                                                                                                                  escape.                                          they were defending the Alamo. What             have." Many readers agreed and a few
     Entry forms and complete sponsor informa-                                                                                                                    The problem has become acute in              tobacco firms and smokers ignore is that        didn't but the list is back by popular
tion appeared in the last issue of The Wayfarer          Web presence puts NATJA in big leagues                                                               Madrid, which has just launched a 15-            smoking drains billions in public funds         demand:
and are also available online at www.natja.org.         The North American Travel Journalists                                                                 month campaign called "SSSHHH!                   appropriated to fight cancer and other dis-          1. Adequate room soundproofing
Deadline for entries is November 1.                  Association is on the Internet!
                                                        At www.natja.com, both members and non-
                                                                                                www.natja.org                                                 Control Your Noise!" A dozen blue-clad
                                                                                                                                                              mime artists with fingers at their lips are
                                                                                                                                                                                                               eases linked to cigarettes."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Once again, the key is consideration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Doors and curtains that keep out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               all light
     The complete 2002 sponsor list:
Grand Prizes                                         members can learn about the group's history, apply to join, or enter the annual travel journalism        roaming city streets to spread the word,         Just as owning a trumpet does not give its           3. Coffeemakers and free coffee
Montana Rockies Rail Tours trip (4 nights)           awards competition.                                                                                      while posters bearing their images have          owner the right to play at 3 o'clock in the     (including decaf)
The Legacy Golf Resort, Phoenix (5 nights)                The user-friendly site, created by Apollo Interactive in California, includes separate sections     been plastered around town. There's even         morning, owning a pack of cigarettes does            4. Double vanities (vital for couples)
First Prizes                                         on member services, benefits, publications, and awards, as well as a detailed history of the group.      a web page asking residents to wear slip-        not give anyone the right to invade the              5. Nonsmoking floors as well as non-
Admiral Fell Inn, Baltimore                               Dialing the site initially yields two pop-up boxes, a "What's New?" section announcing the May      pers in the house, refrain from slamming         lungs of a nonsmoker.                           smoking rooms
The Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA                     2003 Newport conference and a blurb on the NATJA awards that contains links to entry forms,              doors, and not remodel their homes after              Nor should excessive beer consump-              6. Nonsmoking rooms without ciga-
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, Longboat Key, FL   detailed sponsor information, and even a list of last year's winners.                                    dark.                                            tion morph into a public menace. Without        rette burns & foul odors
Comfort Suites Downtown, New Orleans
Crowne Plaza San Francisco
                                                          The history section includes information on the 1991 founding of the group, a listing of                The anti-noise campaign, which could         alcohol's influence, the police of Prince            7. Cable-TV with multiple choices,
                                                     alliances and affiliations, and a biography of president Dan Schlossberg.                                spread to other European capitals, hopes         George's County, Md. would not have             including Headline News and The
Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Quebec
Fairmont Newfoundland, St. John's
                                                          A "Contact Us" section lists telephone numbers for the NATJA administrative office in               to crack down on people who honk the             needed pepper spray to break up a fan           Weather Channel
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto                         California and e.mail addresses of officers, including Schlossberg, executive director Elizabeth         second a light turns green, whose normal         brawl during a Monday night football                 8. A printed list of TV channels and a
Fifteen Beacon, Boston                               Barnes, director of sales Doug Kanyer, public relations director Marina Polvay, legal counsel Jack       tone of conversation is a bellow, or who         game between the Philadelphia Eagles            green on-screen marker that matches
Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, AZ                     Miller, and director of FAMS and conventions Belkis Kambach.                                             think noisy late-night carousing on public       and Washington Redskins at FedEx Field               9. Toilets that don't run all night
Hilton Santa Clara (CA)                                   There are also e.mail addresses for general information, membership, and press inquiries,           streets is acceptable behavior.                  last month. The spray drifted onto the field         10. Hot water 24 hours a day
Hotel Monaco, Denver                                 plus a link to the allied East-West News Bureau (EWNB).                                                      There are some, in the United States         and caused an eight-minute delay in the              11. Telephones that do not require an
The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD                  The membership area allows for credit card payment of dues, currently $125 per year plus a                                                                                                           "access charge" for toll-free or credit-card
JetBlue Airways (two tickets)                        one-time administrative fee of $25. Rules for membership, including submission of 10 clips or
The Lodge at Moosehead Lake, Greenville, ME                                                                                                                                                                                                                    calls
                                                     broadcast tapes within a one-year period prior to application, are also included.
The Mount Washington (NH) Hotel
Noble House Resorts (Seattle, Santa Fe, Redondo
     Beach, or Coconut Grove)
The Orchid at Mauna Lani, Hawaii
                                                          Benefits, also listed on-site, include use of an editorial calendar, e.wire service, e.wire data-
                                                     base, subscriber database, Travel World International magazine, and a member database.
                                                     There's also a venue allowing members to create and activate their own personal web pages at
                                                                                                                                                                             THE WAYFARER                                                                           12. Refrigerators rather than mini-bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (let guests stock their own food and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               drinks)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    13. VCRs that record as well as play
                                                     no cost, with a proviso for updating biographies, credits, and affiliations, with links to published                           North American Travel Journalists Association
Raft Maine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          14. Desk space with lighting
                                                     work.
Red Mountain: the Adventure Spa, Ivins, Utah
                                                          Also listed under "benefits" are industry news, FAM trips and other opportunities, and infor-                                  Allied with East West News Bureau                                          15. Designated "quiet rooms" for light
Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St.                                                                                                                                           531 Main Street #902, El Segundo, CA 90245
     Petersburg, FL                                  mation on press credentials and use of the NATJA logo.                                                                                                                                                    sleepers
Royal Palms Hotel & Casitas, Phoenix                      There is also a blurb on executive director Elizabeth Barnes, a fulltime employee of NATJA,                                                                                                               16. Adequate dresser & closet space
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, NY                     and the 40-member, California-based management team, many of them specialists in electronic                                                                                                                    17. Morning newspaper delivery
Southwest Airlines (ten $50 gift certificates)       marketing, web site development, and new media communications.                                           Published bimonthly, except March and August. Fax 201-791-3349. E.mail                           seven days a week
Spirit Airlines (two tickets)                             Travel World International magazine, an electronic travel e.zine listed at www.travelworld-         Dan@natja.org. Elizabeth Barnes, publisher. Dan Schlossberg, editor-in-chief. NATJA                   18. Restaurants that are not smoke-
Westin Hilton Head Island (SC)                       magazine.com, and The Wayfarer, a newsletter distributed both by print and Internet, are detailed                                                                                                         free only between 7:30 and 3 p.m. on
Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans                     in the "Publications" section, along with Team World, an electronic member-to-member newslet-            encourages input from both members and others in the travel/hospitality industry but             weekends
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (two nights at any US       ter.                                                                                                     reserves the right to edit material for brevity, clarity, and good taste.
     property)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (Continued on page 6)
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Airline, restaurant winners keep crowns in 5-Star Awards                                                                                                               Fall fun features flurry from ski slopes, sunny spots
    After votes were counted in the hotly-          the Mississippi River, is featuring the 200th                                                                        BOSTON: The four-year-old Hotel @ MIT
costed NATJA 5-Star Awards, four of last
year's winners managed to keep their titles.
    Both winning airlines, JetBlue (domestic)
                                                    anniversary of the Lewis & Clark expedition.
                                                         Hertz knocked out Alamo as the Best
                                                    Car Rental Firm, while the five-star
                                                                                                           5-Star Awards                                            is a 210-room property jointly owned by the
                                                                                                                                                                    Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     TRIPS FOR MEMBERS
                                                                                                                                                                    Forest City Enterprises of Cleveland.
and Virgin Atlantic (foreign), held their posi-     Phoenician, an Arizona retreat, displaced the       (New Orleans), Rich Grant (Denver), and                     Guestrooms offer technological amenities from       690-50080, www.chesapeakelights.com).                         delaware.com).
tions at the top of the class, while Four           Windsor Court, a plush New Orleans proper-          Mindy Bianca (Maryland); Marti Mayne of                     high-speed T1 Internet access to multiple                COLORADO: The highest gourmet restau-                         DENVER: Sleep with a ghost at the Brown
Seasons was named Best Hotel Chain for              ty and long-time NATJA awards sponsor, as           Maynely PR in Cousins Island, ME; and
                                                                                                                                                                    phone lines and data ports. Plush robes, Aveda      rant in North America is Alpenglow Stube,                     Palace. According to a press release from
the third straight year and 15th Street             the Best Individual Hotel.                          Carol Baetzel, PR director of The Legacy
Fisheries, owned and operated by the Hurst               The South Pacific scored a double suc-         Golf Resort, a Phoenix property that is a                   bath products, and 24-hour room service is also     perched at 11,444 feet above Keystone Resort                  National Trust Historic Hotels of America, some
family in Fort Lauderdale, beat off strong          cess when Maui won for Best Domestic                NATJA 2002 Grand Prize sponsor.                             featured. To arrange a visit, contact Sandra        and accessible via two gondola rides. The Ski                 of the guests have never checked out. Just in
competition to win the Best Restaurant              Destination and Tahiti, in the heart of French          Members of the North American Travel                    Swanson, Clarke & Company, 535 Boylston St.,        Tip Lodge, offering a four-course dining experi-              time for Halloween, the downtown property
honor again.                                        Polynesia, took international destination           Journalists Association (NATJA) and allied                  Boston, MA 02116 (Tel. 617-536-3003, Fax            ence, was an 1880s stagecoach stop before                     offers an overnight stay for two mortals, a his-
    A former winner, The Inn at Perry Cabin         honors.                                             East-West News Bureau (EWNB) vote for                       617-536-8524, www.clarkeco.com).                    becoming the home of Keystone's founders.                     toric ghost tour, valet parking, turndown deliv-
of St. Michaels, MD, recaptured its crown as             The West was also represented in the           the 5-Star Awards each summer.                                   CALIFORNIA: One of Northern California's       Wanna ski, party, and create great prose after                ery of spooky cookies, and a copy of "The
the Best Inn or B&B after a massive renova-         Best Attraction category, won by San                    Winners receive handsome, limited-edi-                  hidden treasures is The Inn at Schoolhouse          your return? Call Dawn Doty, communications                   Brown Palace Ghost Stories" brochure. Further
tion that doubled its size. Like JetBlue, it is a   Francisco's cable cars in a close vote over         tion certificates suitable for framing plus per-            Creek, located three miles south of photogenic      manager, Keystone Resort, Box 38, Keystone,                   info from the delightful but not frightening Mary
sponsor of the NATJA 2002 journalism                Mount Rushmore and two former winners,              mission to use the highly-respected NATJA                   Mendocino. Eight of its cottages and two of its     CO 80435 (Tel. 970-496-4253, Fax 970-496-                     Billingsley, National Trust Historic Hotels of
awards (winners announced next issue).              the Grand Canyon and the Smithsonian                name in advertising and promotional litera-                 luxury suites offer ocean views perfect for         4105, Ddoty@vailresorts.com,                                  America, 1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW,
    Another NATJA 2002 sponsor, Montana             Institution.                                        ture.                                                       whale-watching, while the property itself is sur-   www.skipress.com).                                            Washington, DC 20036 (Tel. 202-588-6061,
Rockies Rail Tours, was named Best                       Beasts of the East in the voting were              The complete list of 2002 winners:
Railroad, a new category this year, while           Baltimore, named the most hospitable city;          Best domestic airline: JetBlue*                             rounded by eight acres of gardens, meadow,               CURACAO: The 70-room Waters Beach                        Fax 202-588-6292, mary_billingsley@nthp.org,
Royal Clipper won for Best Cruise Line, also        Philadelphia, home of the most media-               Best foreign airline: Virgin Atlantic*                      and forest. All rooms have private entrances,       Resort, an all-inclusive resort on the Gold                   www.historichotels.org).
just added to the 5-Star Awards list. Another       friendly CVB; and Massachusetts, with the           Best cruise line: Royal Clipper                             bathrooms, fireplaces, and country cottage          Coast's largest beach, gives guests three                          DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Hotel
new category, Best Tour Operator, went to           most media-friendly state tourism office.           Best railroad: Montana Rockies Rail Tours                   decor. The oldest inn on the Mendocino stretch      meals daily, unlimited alcoholic beverages and                Madera, an 82-room deluxe boutique hotel, is
Shebby Lee Tours, an NTA (National Tour                  Members named the Acadia Railway the           Best car rental firm: Hertz                                 of the North Coast, its 1932 opening coincided      soft drinks, non-motorized water sports, daily                the latest addition to the capital's skyline.
Association) member from Rapid City, SD.            Best New Attraction after several sampled           Best individual hotel: The Phoenician                       with the completion of the Shoreline Highway        activities, nightly entertainment, use of resort              Opened in late September, the four-star Dupont
The firm, which specializes in tours west of        the luxury line's initial season of service in      Best hotel chain: Four Seasons*                             (now Highway One). It housed Coast Guard            facilities, shuttle to the historic capital of                Circle property is contemporary and spacious,
                                                    Northern New England and the Canadian               Best inn or B&B: Inn at Perry Cabin                         personnel during the Second World War. The          Willemstad, and all taxes and tips. To arrange a              in keeping with the philosophy of the operating
                                                    Maritimes.                                          Best domestic destination: Maui                             inn, 150 miles north of San Francisco, includes     visit to the island of baseball star Andruw                   Kimpton Boutique Hotels. The property features
                                                         Ed Stone & Associates edged last year's        Best international destination: Tahiti
THE PREZ BOX                                        winner, Geiger & Associates, and
                                                    Development Counselors International as
                                                                                                        Best restaurant: 15th Street Fisheries*
                                                                                                        Best tour operator: Shebby Lee Tours
                                                                                                                                                                    four lodge rooms, nine historic cottages, and
                                                                                                                                                                    two luxury suites. To arrange a look-see, look
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jones, contact Andria. Mitsakos, BlueSky PR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ( Te l . 9 5 4 - 5 2 5 - 9 8 8 8 , 5 0 3 - 2 2 4 - 3 11 9 ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      specialty guestrooms that range from a fitness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      room to a high-tech flash room, DVD-stocked
                                                                                                                                                                    up Susan Arthur Communications, #202, 3270          Andria.Mitsakos@discoverblue.com, www.sun-                    screening room, and even a Nosh Room, com-
                                                    the Best Travel PR Firm, but did not figure in      Most hospitable city: Baltimore
            (Continued from page 2)
                                                    the most hotly-contested category.                  Most media-friendly CVB: Philadelphia                       21st St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (Tel. 415-        setwaters.com).                                               plete with condiments, breakfast-in-bed, kitch-
                                                         More than two-dozen different names            Most media-friendly state tourism office:                   824-0663, Fax 415-826-7920,                              DEER VALLEY: A year after star billing in                enette, and grocery shopping service. The
             PASSING FANCIES                        were nominated as the "Best Friend to                   Massachusetts                                           suearthur@yahoo.com, www.schoolhouse-               the Winter Olympics, this resort town is marking              fourth Kimpton property on the East Coast (all
     Flight attendants who demand that all          Journalists," won last year by the efferves-        Best friend to travel writers: Kelly Earnest                creek.com).                                         its 22nd season with more than $4.5 million in                in Washington), it joins a lineup that includes
shades be lowered to maximize movie                 cent Larry Meehan of the Greater Boston             Best travel PR firm: Ed Stone & Associates                       CAMBRIDGE:         Women       Chefs      &    improvements. Ranked No. 1 in North America                   the Hotel Monaco, Hotel Rouge, and Topaz
viewing should realize that some passen-            CVB.                                                Best attraction: San Francisco cable cars                   Restaurateurs will gather in suburban Boston        by Ski Magazine last year, Deer Valley invites                Hotel. A fifth East Coast property, the Hotel
gers picked window seats precisely                       Although Meehan was a finalist again,          Best new attraction: Acadia Railway                         for this annual conference Nov. 16-18. PR rep       journalists to come see for themselves. Contact               Marlowe, opens in Cambridge, MA in March.
because the natural lighting makes it eas-          the 2002 award went to Kelly Earnest of the                         (*repeat winner)                            is Nancy Civetta, Civetta Comunicazioni, 90         Christa Graff, Communications Manager, Deer                   Press reps are Diana K. Bulger, Hisaoka PR
ier to read . . .                                   Tampa Bay CVB. She topped the field in a
     Light sleepers should insist on hotel                                                                                                                          Hamilton St., Cambridge, MA 02139 (Tel. 617-        Valley Resort, P.O. Box 1525, Park City, UT                   (Tel. 202-466-6286, kaiserd@hisaokapr.com)
                                                    photo finish that also involved CVB col-                                                                        577-8098, Fax 617-876-9233, nancy@civetta-          84060 (Tel. 435-649-1000, Fax 435-645-6939,                   or Kathleen Bertolani, Kimpton Hotels &
rooms without connecting doors, which
serve as natural noise conduits and rank
as one of the most ridiculous hassles in
                                                    leagues Angie Ranck (Orlando), Bev Gianna
                                                                                                                   LETTERS                                          com.com). The contact information is new.
                                                                                                                                                                         CHESAPEAKE LIGHTHOUSES: Captain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        christa@deervalley.com).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DELAWARE: She's back!! After a year as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Restaurants (Tel. 415-397-5572, www.kimpton-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      group.com).
the hospitality world . . .                                                                                                                                         Mike Richards and son Chris are using a             public information officer for the Delaware                        FLORIDA: The Kissimmee-St. Cloud CVB
     Get this: an Alpine, Wyo. company
called Ewe4ic (get it, euphoric) Ecological
                                                            MEMBERS                                                     KUDOS FOR COLUMN
                                                                                                             I'm writing to applaud your editorial in THE PREZ
                                                                                                        BOX (Summer issue).
                                                                                                                                                                    revamped Navy Special Operations vessel for
                                                                                                                                                                    three different Chesapeake Bay lighthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Economic Development Office, Jennifer Boes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        has resumed her old job as PR coordinator for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      calls its region "the Orlando getaway you didn't
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      know." In the wake of a successful late-
Services rents a 600-goat herd for $1 a                                                                      Those were my feelings exactly: Arab terrorists
                                                         The latest book from Bruce & June Conord       committed the Sept. 11 crimes but we aren't allowed to      tours: "The Great Circle Route," twice-weekly       Delaware Tourism. She succeeds Carolyn                        September press trip that utilized Pan Am
day per animal, plus shipping, to resorts           is the fourth edition of the Adventure Guide to     say so. This isn't racist, this is fact. Editors need the   daylong trips from Tilghman Island to a dozen       White, who is now devoting fulltime to daughter               Airways and Sanford International Airport, it will
preferring natural weeding to pesticides            Costa Rica, released this summer by Hunter          guts to not bow down to PC column-cleansing.                lighthouses from the Eastern Shore to               Brynna and pursuing a freelance PR career.                    help individual writers on assignment. Contact
(Vail Resort Association was a recent cus-          Publishing. It's loaded with pictures, maps, and         And re: the "See America First" movement in the        Baltimore and beyond; the thrice-weekly             The First State has a surprising number of                    PR rep Geo Morales, Kissimmee-St. Cloud
tomer of the company, which has a web               a 12-page color insert, plus in-depth restaurant    travel industry, my own family took a vacation to Mt.
presence at www.goatapelli.com) . . .                                                                   Rushmore this summer (from California, a long drive         "Passage," a half-day trip to five lighthouses;     newsworthy attractions for such a tiny state. To              CVB (Tel. 407-944-2415, gmorales@flori-
                                                    and hotel reviews ranging from rainforest
     Can't wait to go swimming at Mexico's          lodges to beachfront hideaways. Review copies       but worth it) and I'm glad we did. There are so many        and "The Sunset Experience," a two-hour, two-       learn more, contact Jennifer Boes, Delaware                   dakiss.com, www.floridakiss.com).
                                                                                                        wonderful places to go in the USA.                          lighthouse sunset tour that includes cham-          Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway, Dover, DE                        FRANCE: Donna K. Smith, who has relo-
Las Casitas Marquis Los Cabos, opening              are available from Hunter's Kim Andre
                                                                                                             Let's encourage Americans to travel within our
in December with 44 separate pools . . .            (kim@hunterpublishing.com).                         borders.
                                                                                                                                                                    pagne. Contact Mike Richards, P.O. Box 248,         19901 (Tel. 302-672-6824 or toll-free at 866-                 cated to the Windy City, has several hotel
     It had to happen sometime: a press                  Also new from Hunter is Southeast Florida,                                                                 Tilghman, MD 21671 (Tel. 410-886-2215, 800-         284-7483, Fax 302-739-5749, www.visit-                        clients in France, as well as other appealing
release from the Golden Horseshoe Golf              by long-time NATJA member Sharon Spence.                                            SHARON ROONEY                                                                                                                                 places. To learn more, contact her at Donna K.
Club of Williamsburg, VA gave the follow-                The colorful 256-page guide, which sells for                                        Windsor, CA
                                                                                                             [Editor's Note: Sharon Rooney Public Relations                                                                                                                           Smith International, #G, 1410 W. Wrightwood
ing contact information: "Carol Godwin,             $15.95, includes interviews with such local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 (Tel. 773-404-6633,
Pubic Relations Manager" . . .                      experts as park rangers, fishermen, pilots,
                                                    scuba divers, and sailors . . .
                                                                                                        represents numerous West Coast properties, includ-
                                                                                                        ing Four Sisters Inns and several resorts in                 Wanna be cool? Take New Year's Polar Plunge                                                                      Fax 773-404-6661, donnaksmith@yahoo.com).
     The Georgia teens who founded the                                                                  Mendocino.]                                                                                                                                                                        HISTORIC HOTELS: Launched with 32
                                                         Janet Friedman, who won a NATJA 2001                                                                           Celebrate the New Year Canadian-style by taking an icy plunge at the Pacific
website dumblaws.com have come up                   book award for the wild and wacky Eccentric                         PRAISE FOR PRIZE                            Palisades Hotel, one of 37 hotels operated by the Kimpton Group in North America. The                             members in 1989, te roster of National Trust's
with some doozies:                                  America, plugged the project on National Public          As the winner of the NATJA 2001 Grand Prize, we
     Utah first cousins can marry only after                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Historic Hotels of America now includes 185
                                                    Radio's "All Things Considered," heard by up to     chose the Bahamas Pajamas, provided by Club Med             Polar Bear Plunge package includes a one-night stay in a one-bedroom suite, dinner for
they turn 65; reptiles can't be used in con-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          properties in 44 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and
                                                    10 million listeners. The $18.95 Bradt Travel       North America.                                              two at the adjacent Zin restaurant, and an optional plunge into the waters of English Bay
junction with church services in Kentucky;                                                                   When we wanted to go coincided with a press trip                                                                                                                         Canada. One of the newest members is the
                                                    Guide project, now in its second printing, sold                                                                 on the morning of New Year's Day. At least they don't try that Vancouver tradition at mid-
perfume can't be sold as a drink in                 out the first run in 12 weeks and has been          so they flew us down and let us extend our return so                                                                                                                          circa 1797 Best Western Gettysburg Hotel,
Delaware; atheists can't hold public office         optioned as a possible television series. For       we could explore the country for another week after         night! If you dare, contact Kimpton press rep Kathleen Bertolani, the Kimpton Group,                              known for its Colonial Revival architecture. It
in Tennessee; and South Carolina school-                                                                leaving Club Med. We had a great time.
                                                    more information, contact Jan at janetfried-                                                                    Suite 200, 222 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108 (Tel. 415-955-5407, Fax 415-296-                               reopened in 1991 after a detailed restoration.
children must be taught not to drink alco-          man@earthlink.net or see www.eccentricamer-                                                CLEO PASKAL          8031, Kathleen.Bertolani@kimptongroup.com).
hol every year before Halloween.                    ica.com.                                                                                 Montreal, Canada                                                                                                                                       (Continued on page 5)
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                TRIPS                                            Orient-Express consolidates PR Operations                                                                              TRIPS                                  Hawkins hawks chic clients from sunnier spot
                                                                 Good news for travel journalists: Orient-Express Trains & Hotels has named the                                                                                   Hawkins International, which calls itself "the boutique travel PR agency," has moved
                                                             always-helpful Audra Poole its primary publicist for seven properties, including all four                                                                        to new Manhattan digs that it says are more sunny and spacious. That should be good
                                                                                                                                                                                      (Continued from page 5)
             (Continued from page 4)                         of its American hotels. She now represents Charleston Place, Charleston, SC; The                                                                                 news for its clients, including the 140-property Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts [lemeridi-
                                                             Windsor Court, New Orleans, LA; Keswick Hall, Charlottesville, VA; and The Inn at                           the Wind in Atlanta also attended the midsum-        en.com]; Fifteen Beacon of Boston [xvbeacon.com]; the White Barn Inn of
To belong, hotels must be at least 50 years old,             Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, MD, as well as Maroma Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico; La                           mer opening of the Marietta Movie Memorabilia        Kennebunkport [whitebarn.inn.com]; London's 51 Buckingham Gate [51-buckingham-
eligible for th National Register of Historic                Samanna, St. Martin, French West Indies; and Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, Tahiti, French                        Museum. Adjacent to the Marietta History             gate.com]; Schooners Inn and Stripers Fish Shack [schoonersinn.com]; Mountain
Places, and recognized locally for historic sig-             Polynesia. To reach Audra, formerly affiliated only with Charleston Place, write Audra                      Museum, the new attraction is housed in a 19th       Travel Sobek [mtsobek.com]; and Petit St. Vincent [psvresort.com]. To arrange a visit,
nificance. Rosters are available for $3.50 from              Poole, PR Director, Orient-Express North America, 1110 Alabama Drive, Winter Park,                          century building most recently used as a             contact Jennifer Hawkins, Hawkins International PR, Suite 401, 119 W. 23rd St. (at
NTHP, P.O. Box 320, Washington, DC 20055-                    FL 32789 (Tel. 407-599-9935, Cell 843-224-2970, Fax 407-599-9355,                                           restaurant. To learn more, contact Audrey            Avenue of the Americas), NY, NY 10011 (Tel. 212-255-6541, Fax 212-255-6716, jen-
0320 or see www.nationaltrust.org.                           cr8poole@cfl.rr.com).                                                                                       Griffies, Office of Public Information, City of      nifer@hawkpr.com) or Amy Newcomb (amy@hawkpr.com).
     KEY WEST: Ocean Key Resort, located at                                                                                                                              Marietta, P.O. Box 609, Marietta, GA 30061
historic Zero Duval Street, has 100 rooms and                                                                                                                            (Tel. 770-794-5509, Fax 770-794-5505,                NY, NY 10001 (Tel. 212-868-1900 x227, Fax            separate adult and family pools and a 900-foot
suites, oversized Jacuzzis, and views of the                NY, NY 10001 (Tel. 212-868-1900 x233,                     foodways of early New England at harvest time.     agriffies@city.marietta.ga.us).                      212-465-0849, quinnandco@quinnandco.com,             flowing river fed by waterfalls. Press contact is
Gulf of Mexico, Key West Harbor, or historic                soehl@quinnandco.com, www.danfords.com).                  Cooking, baking, food preservation, and the             NEW ORLEANS: Maison Orleans, just               www.qcpr.com).                                       Megan Neher, Lavidge & Baumayr PR, Suite
Mallory Square, scene of the nightly "happen-                    MAINE: The Schooners Inn at the                      skills of weaving, shoemaking, musketry, black-    over a year old, is the only Ritz-Carlton bou-            ROCKY MOUNTAINEER RAILTOURS:                    190, 6263 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ
ing." A member of Noble House Hotels and                    Breakwater, a newly-renovated boutique-style              smithing, printing, and pottery-making will be     tique property in the USA. The romantic choice       North America's largest private passenger rail       85250 (Tel. 480-998-2600, Fax 480-905-9282,
Resorts (a NATJA 2002 sponsor), the property                property located along the water's edge in                demonstrated. Press contact is Susanna             for newlyweds, honeymooners, and couples             company plans two-day December rail journeys         mneher@lavidge.com, www.lavidge.com).
is located five minutes from Key West                       Kennebunkport, offers water views from each               Bonta, PR manager, Old Sturbridge Village, 1       looking fo a luxurious getaway, the French           through "the land of 1,000 Christmas trees,"               ST. KITTS TRAIN: The Caribbean's first
International Airport. More intriguing than the             of its 17 rooms. Cable-TV, voice-mail, air-condi-         Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA        Quarter property is represented by a new first-      with eastbound departures from Vancouver to          comprehensive island tour by luxury train
location and the views is the Suite Dreams                  tioning, and other modern amenities grace all             01566 (Tel. 508-347-3362 x338, 800-SEE-            time mom: Simone Rathle, Simone Ink, P.O.            Banff or Calgary Dec. 19 and 27 and west-            launches Oct. 18-22 with a press weekend. The
package: deluxe junior suite accommodations,                rooms and suites, which also have sleek mod-              1830, sbonta@osv.org).                             Box 25723, Washington, DC 20007 (Tel. 800-           bound trips Dec. 21 and 29. In addition to the       St. Kitts Scenic Railway National Tour will use
daily breakfast for two, two drinks per person,             ern furnishings and custom-crafted furniture by                MEXICO: The first Hilton-branded property     496-1733, simonepr@aol.com).                         two-day rail trip, 10 tours of varying lengths are   the same 30-mile line built in 1912 to deliver
one dinner served in-suite, rose-petal turn-                Thomas Moser. Each was named for a historic               in Los Cabos has opened for business. With              OUTER BANKS: Headed down to coastal             also available. The line's regular schedule runs     sugar cane from plantation fields to mills in
down, champagne and chocolate-covered                       ship that was built along the nearby river.               375 oceanfront rooms and 66 suites, the Hilton     North Carolina this fall? Sites to see include the   from mid-April to mid-October with more than         Basseterre, the capital. The narrated tour will
strawberry turndown, and aromatherapy beads                 Intrigued? Learn more from Amy Newcomb,                   Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort towers above         nation's tallest brick lighthouse, the hill where    40 package tours ranging from 2-14 days.             cross 23 bridges and through the world's only
for the in-room Jacuzzi. The package sounded                Hawkins International PR, Suite 307, 234 Fifth            the Sea of Cortes. For information on press        the Wright Brothers first flew, and the Pea          Contact Michelle Dunn, manager of communi-           growing rainforest, home of green vervet mon-
so good we almost headed straight for the air-              Ave., NY, NY 10001 (Tel. 212-684-7158,                    trips and individual visits, contact Audrey        Island National Wildlife Refuge. Don't go with-      cations and media relations, Rocky                   keys, rare birds, and butterflies.
port after receiving the alluring e.mail. PR rep            amy@hawkpr.com, www.schoonersinn.com).                    Benedetto or Carolyn Izzo-Feldman at Carolyn       out contacting Quinn E. Capps, marketing man-        Mountaineer Railtours (Tel. 604-606-7200,            Accommodations, activities, tours, meals, and
Chuck Smith won't have trouble getting writers                   MANHATTAN: In addition to the Grenada                Izzo-Feldman Integrated Communications (Tel.       ager (Tel. 800-446-6262, capps@outer-                mdunn@ rockymountaineer.com).                        airfare are included. Contact Kerrianne
to go there. Contact him at Noble House Hotels              Board of Tourism, New York's Park Central                 845-358-3920, cizzo@ciicnews.com).                 banks.org).                                               SANTA MONICA: To arrange a press visit          F i t z p a t r i c k ( Te l . 2 1 2 - 7 6 4 - 0 3 4 0 ,
& Resorts, #283, 160 W. Camino Real, Boca                   Hotel has become a client of Richartz Fliss                    MISSOURI: Innkeepers in the Show Me                PALM BEACH: Since 1896, The Breakers            to the Art Deco Georgian Hotel, a plush ocean-       kfitzpatrick@jensenboga.com).
Raton, FL 33432 (Tel. 561-362-8704, Fax 561-                Clark & Pope. To arrange a visit, contact                 State have F.U.N. in Bed, according to a new       has been a Palm Beach landmark. The ocean-           front property that belongs to Historic Hotels of          TAMPA BAY: Welcome back! For the first
368-4117, Cell 561-703-1727, csmith@noble-                  Melissa Viola, RFC&P, Suite 222, 400 Morris               campaign promoted by the clever-but-devilish       front retreat for the rich and famous, a five-dia-   America, contact sales manager Jasmine               time since they stopped running in 1946, street-
househotels.com).                                           Ave., Denville, NJ 07834 (Tel. 973-627-8180,              Marti Mayne. Standing for Free Unstressed          mond, five-star property, is represented by          Thompson, The Georgian, Hotel, 1415 Ocean            cars are part of the Tampa street scene. The
     KILLINGTON: Skiers will find the new web-              Fax 973-627-8410, viola@rfcp.com).                        Nights, the F.U.N. in Bed program involves the     Bonnie Reuben (Tel. 212-956-0218, reuben-            Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Tel. 310-            2.3-mile TECO Line trolley network, featuring
site easier to navigate than the Outer Limits,                   MARYLAND: The Edge, an Ocean City                    95+ members of Bed & Breakfast Inns of             comm@aol.com).                                       883-6244, Fax 310-656-0904, jasmine@geor-            replicas of the original Birney Safety Cars and a
the steepest mogul slope in eastern North                   designer hotel with 12 suites that are named              Missouri (BBIM). Since August, guests staying           QUINN & CO. CLIENTS: Arawak Beach               gianhotel.com, www.georgianhotel.com).               streetcar museum at the Ybor Station, opened
America (1200 vertical feet in one-half mile).              rather than numbered, gives guests the chance             at BBIM members received F.U.N. in Bed cards       Inn, Anguilla; Aruba Sonesta Beach Resort; El             SCOTTSDALE: The newest addition to the          in October. Cruising at 25 mph, cars take 22
The new site, created over a three-year period,             to visit such places as South Beach, the Jungle,          that, when filled, can be exchanged for $100       Al Israel Airlines; Four Points by Sheraton Los      string of luxury properties in this tony Phoenix     minutes to make the 11 stops on the line, which
features more real-time information. Press con-             and the Left Bank. Rooms include panoramic                gift certificates, applicable for future stays.    Angeles       International    Airport;    GOGO      suburb opens Nov. 3. That's the projected            stretches from downtown through the Channel
tact is Kim Jackson, News Bureau Director,                  water views, balconies, Jacuzzis, fireplaces,             Want to hear more? Call Marti Mayne, Maynely       Worldwide Vacations; Hilton Caribbean (8 prop-       timetable for the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa,      District, Ybor City, the convention center, aquar-
Killington, 4763 Killington Road, Killington, VT            and original art, as well as feather bedding,             Marketing, 392A Cousins St., Cousins Island,       erties); Island Destinations; Le Meridien;           the first Westin-branded resort in the Greater       ium, and more. Also nearing completion is a
05751 (Tel. 802-422-6237, Fax 802-422-6113,                 heavy terry towels and robes, and natural                 ME 04096 (Tel. 207-846-6331, Fax 207-846-          Liberty Travel; Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas,      Phoenix area. The 735-room property, which           riverwalk that will eventually line the entire
kjackson@killington.com, www.killington.com).               soaps and lotions. A small wading pool over-              5664, Cell 207-650-1741, maynely@aol.com).         Tortola, B.V.I.; Ocean Point Resort & Club,          includes 63 suites and 32 casita units, has all      downtown waterfront, allowing pedestrians to
     LONG ISLAND: Danfords on the Sound is                  looks Assawoman Bay. Contact Karen Nash,                       MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE: This                   Sunny Isles Beach, Miami; Sceptre Island;            the usual Westin amenities, including the            walk from the performing arts center to
a New England-style complex of 12 white-wood                The Edge, 56th Street on the Bay, Ocean City,             National Historic Landmark, located less than      Gorham Hotel, NY; Westin New York @ Times            Heavenly Bed and Bath, oversized desk, two           Channelside and the aquarium. Wanna see for
and red brick buildings in the village of Port              MD 21842 (Tel. 410-524-5400 x4021, 888-371-               two hours from Manhattan, is worth a visit in      Square (opens November); Westin Rio Mar              dual-line speaker phones, voice-mail, and high-      yourself? Contact the always-earnest Kelly
Jefferson, NY. The 85-room property also has a              5400, www.fagers.com).                                    any season. To arrange one, contact Kimberly       Beach Resort, Rio Grande, PR; Westin St.             speed Internet access. But its architecture,         Earnest, Tampa Bay CVB, Suite 2800, 400 N.
75-slip marina, waterfront restaurant, and sea-                  MASSACHUSETTS: October in Old                        Traudt, manager of public relations & promo-       John Resort & Villas, U.S.V.I. The best news is      styling, and landscape design underline its self-    Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602 (Tel. 813-342-
sonal Clam Chowder house and spa. To                        Sturbridge Village, a 200-acre living history             tions, Mohonk Mountain House, Lake Mohonk,         that Carla Caccavale, one of our favorite PR         proclaimed theme, "Treasuring the Essence of         4 0 5 3 , K e a r n e s t @ v i s i t t a m p a b a y. c o m ,
arrange a stay in any season, contact                       museum off Exit 9 of the Mass Pike (I-90),                New Paltz, NY 12561 (Tel. 845-256-2163, Fax        people, has been made a partner in the firm.         Arizona." In addition to golf, tennis, and eight     www.visittampabay.com).
Samantha Oehl, Quinn & Co., 237 W. 35th St.,                blends fall colors with backward looks into the           845-256-2720, ktraudt@mohonk.com,                  Contact her at Quinn & Co., 237 W. 35th St.,         food-and-beverage venues, the hotel features               WINDSTAR CRUISES: The luxury cruise
                                                                                                                      www.mohonk.com).                                                                                                                                             line plans 66 cruises for next year in the
                                                                                                                           MONTANA: Though Glacier National Park                                                                                                                   Aegean and Mediterranean. In July and August,
  Diversified Scottsdale samplers whet media’s appetite                                                               closed for the season in September, it's never      Write about Massachusetts? Try for Morris Award                                                          Windstar makes its first visit to the Baltic Sea
                                                                                                                      too early to think about next summer. Rail buffs                                                                                                             and Northern Europe with eight sailings. Press
      Writers with a wide variety of tastes and assignments should find something to like in the list of media FAMS                                                          The Jerry Morris Master Writer Award, open to all North American journalists pub-
                                                                                                                      will love the Izaak Walton Inn, a B&B not only                                                                                                               contact is Mary Schimmelman, PR manager,
created by the Scottsdale CVB. Each is limited to 6-10 participants, preferably with letters of assignment, with                                                         lished by U.S. outlets in 2002, honors articles that have promoted Massachusetts as a
flexible itineraries and guests invited (at their own expense) on occasion. With details posted at www.scotts-        loaded with choo-choo memorabilia but located                                                                                                                Windstar Cruises, 300 Elliott Avenue W,
                                                                                                                      on Amtrak's main line. Unlike the nearby park,
                                                                                                                                                                         top travel destination. Pieces should reflect the quality and variety of the Bay State's his-
dalepressrom.com, the schedule given The Wayfarer contains the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seattle, WA 98119 (Tel. 206-301-5318, Fax
      • Romance in the Sonoran Desert (Nov. 18-22), featuring customized itineraries so guests can enjoy private      the inn is open all year. Contact Ray or Rhonda
                                                                                                                                                                         tory, culture, and environment.
time at Royal Palms Hotel & Casitas (a NATJA 2002 sponsor) and the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon                                                                   The award, named for retired Boston Globe travel editor Jerry Morris, consists of a                   206-286-3229, PR@windstarcruises.com).
North
                                                                                                                      Dominick, Izaak Walton Inn, 290 Izaak Walton
                                                                                                                      Inn Road, Essex, MT 59916 (Tel. 406-888-           plaque plus a three-night stay in Blantyre, one of the few Relais & Chateaux luxury
      • Art Around Town (tentatively Feb. 4-7), a sampling of new cultural attractions                                                                                                                                                                                                 PR REPS: Mention in this column is free.
      • Media Golf Shootout (tentatively Mar. 2-6), for golf media only                                               5700, stay@izzakwaltoninn.com, www.izaak-          properties in the state.
                                                                                                                                                                             Entrants must complete an entry form along with two copies of their articles (at least                Send concise, one-graf blurbs, along with
      • Savor the Flabor of the American Southwest (tentatively Apr. 23-27), a culinary experience                    waltoninn.com).
      The CVB will also make arrangements for three journalists per event at the Phoenix Open, Arabian Horse                                                             1200 words) by January 17, 2003.                                                                          complete contact info (phone, fax, e.mail,
Show, Culinary Festival, and National Festival of the West, among others. Individual media tours can also be
                                                                                                                           MOVIE MUSEUM: Several people who                                                                                                                        snail mail addresses) to NATJA, 10 Ballard
                                                                                                                      attended the 1939 world premiere of Gone With          For further information, contact Jim Lee, Development Counsellors International,
arranged.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Place, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410-3601 (Fax 201-
      Contact PR director Laura McMurchie, Scottsdale CVB, 7343 Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Tel.                                                              461 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10016 (Tel. 212-725-0707 x149, Fax 212-213-3827,
                                                                                                                                                                         jlee@dc-intl.com).                                                                                        791-3349, e.mail dan@natja.org). No phone
480-429-2253, Fax 480-421-9733, LM@scottsdalecvb.com).
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  Entertainment 2003                                        BARNEStorming                                                                        Elizabeth Barnes                   "Big Six" airlines can learn from service-minded hotelier
  offers review copies                                                                                                                                                                  The damage to our economy and stock
                                                                                           Forward steps for NATJA and EWNB
      Complimentary review copies of the travel, hotel,
and dining publications produced by Entertainment
                                                                                         he East West News             their information to the travel and hospitality industry.
                                                                                                                                                                                   market is not just due to the criminal and uneth-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ical activities of corporations like Enron,            TRAVEL WITH KAL                                                                         Kal London
Publications of Troy, MI are available to members
upon request.
      The company, now in its 41st year, publishes 161
                                                                                    T    Bureau       and     North
                                                                                     American Travel Journalists
                                                                                                                       However, EWNB is about much more than just press
                                                                                                                       release distribution. The most important benefit is its
                                                                                                                                                                                   WorldCom, and Global Crossing. The actions
                                                                                                                                                                                   and policies of USAirways, Delta, United,
regional and metro guides.                                                           Association became affiliated     affiliation with NATJA and the ability for Subscribers to
                                                                                                                                                                                   Continental, American, and Northwest Airlines         from traveling on the day they were supposed           plus two convention hotels, Rosen Centre and
      Coupons provide 2-for-1 discounts and significant                              in 2000. Since then, member-      network with established, credible travel journalists.
                                                                                                                                                                                   have done more to damage our economy than             to travel? It's bad enough that the six airlines       the Rosen Plaza, that offer some of the lowest
savings for flights, cruises, car rentals, museums, the-                             ship in one entitled you to       Similar to the NATJA site, Subscribers can access the
                                                                                                                                                                                   the Enrons of the world.                              charge $100 to change a travel itinerary.              rates in Greater Orlando. He built all of them,
aters, zoos, restaurants, clubs, sports venues, and                                  reap the benefits of both. The    "Marketing and Communications Service Center" by
                                                                                                                                                                                        Our economy needs people traveling, stay-             The same carriers took in close to $5 billion     and the 1500-room golf resort, without borrow-
more.                                                                                original East West News           entering an ID and password.
                                                                                                                                                                                   ing at hotels, visiting attractions, eating in        in taxpayers' money a few weeks after Sept. 11         ing any money.
      Owners of the Entertainment Book, the compa-                                   Bureau Web site attempted to             Some of you have been confused by the recent
                                                                                                                                                                                   restaurants, and renting cars. But how have           but apparently wasted all of it. Instead of using           Rosen doesn't run to Congress demanding
ny's main product, can gain access to additional ben-
                                                                                     serve both partnered organi-      changes. These two Web sites have brought a positive
                                                                                                                                                                                   these airlines helped to increase travel?             that funding to make new hires, they laid off          tax dollars. He doesn't cut back on service. And
efits by registering their memberships at entertain-          Elizabeth Barnes                                                                                                          They've done nothing. In fact, their actions     thousands of employees. One (USAirways) has            he doesn't stand still.
ment.com. Regular benefits, many of them new for the                                 zations.      However, after      growth to both these organizations with the hopes of
                                                           thought, study, and much input from our members, the        furthering career development and exposure for
                                                                                                                                                                                   continue to hamper travel.                            already gone bankrupt and another (United) is               Rosen has decided to institute a $29 room
2003 edition, include:                                                                                                                                                                  They cut back on flights and service and         rumored to be next. Where did all that money           rate at his four leisure hotels and give guests
      • Access to printable coupons and online offers      decision was made that the best way to serve our            Members of NATJA and Subscribers of EWNB. While
                                                           members is to have separate, stand-alone Web sites          the Web sites may be separate, there have not been
                                                                                                                                                                                   introduced policies that discourage passengers        go? Some apparently went to pay off                    coupon books worth hundreds of dollars. He
      • Member discounts on out-of-town editions of                                                                                                                                from flying. They destroyed the travel agency         Washington lobbyists.                                  even provides a kids-eat-free promotion. All
Entertainment                                              for NATJA and EWNB that more clearly outline the            any changes in features, functionality, or benefits; you
      • Ability to purchase discounted movie tickets       purpose and benefits of each respective organization.       still use your current ID and password to access the
                                                                                                                                                                                   industry, reducing by thousands the number of              At least one airline still deserves our praise.   three of these ideas are increasing business at
online                                                     As a result, natja.org was created and launched at the      Services Center. The combined resources and bene-
                                                                                                                                                                                   people promoting and selling travel. Boy, do we       Southwest (a NATJA 2002 awards sponsor)                his hotels by making travel more affordable.
      • Expanded travel section with savings on            end of Summer and eastwestnews.org was re-pur-              fits generated by our affiliations provide our Members
                                                                                                                                                                                   need those travel agents now (the Internet is         continues to offer low fares and tickets worth              Harris Rosen is also building a 150,000-sq.
accommodations, transportation, attractions, and din-      posed to address these new objectives.                      and Subscribers value unmatched by any other jour-
                                                                                                                                                                                   not the answer).                                      100 per cent of their value for up to a year from      ft. school of hospitality management for 1,000
ing                                                          North American Travel Journalists Association-            nalistic organization. I encourage you to take FULL
                                                                                                                                                                                        As I write this column, the six major airlines   date of purchase, in the event the passenger           students at the University of Central Florida.
      • Quarterly member newsletters with savings tips                          www.natja.org                          advantage of what the East West News Bureau and
                                                                                                                                                                                   have decided to further penalize passengers by        has to cancel. The highest unrestricted fare on             The CEOs of the six major airlines need to
and news about new offers                                        The NATJA site was designed to serve the needs        North American Travel Journalists Web sites have to
                                                                                                                                                                                   making it more expensive to travel (reducing or       Southwest is $299 one way. The message to              learn from people like Harris Rosen, as well as
      • E.mail alerts with new local and online offers
                                                           of our journalists, writers, editors, and photographers.    offer!
                                                                                                                                                                                   eliminating the value of non-refundable tickets),     consumers is simple: use Southwest if they fly         the CEOs of Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, and
      Founded in Detroit in 1962, Entertainment                                                                                                                                    charging excessive fees for things like paper         out of a nearby airport and links to a destination     Singapore Airlines. But I have my doubts they
Publications has grown into the world's leading mar-       Its emphasis is on professional development. The site                        Final Note - Press Card
                                                           will provide Members with up-to-date information on                Many members wonder if the NATJA press card
                                                                                                                                                                                   tickets, as well as $40-$80 for a third item of       you want.                                              will do anything creative to increase business.
keter of coupon books, discounts, and merchant pro-                                                                                                                                checked baggage (golfers beware). And they                 There are a few other good airlines, includ-      In fact, I predict they will continue to blame
motions. Its network now includes more than 70,000         industry news and active new members, details about         (or any press card for that matter) is a benefit to jour-
                                                           the NATJA conference, and currently, information and        nalists or photographers. Here is one testimony from
                                                                                                                                                                                   continue to insult leisure passengers, treating       ing NATJA awards sponsors JetBlue and Spirit           everyone but themselves and their policies for
local merchants and national retailers representing                                                                                                                                them like second-class citizens.                      plus Singapore Airlines, that also believe serv-       their dismal financial condition.
275,000 North American locations. More than eight          submission forms for the 2002 NATJA Awards                  a current Member:
million books are sold annually.                           Competition. From the NATJA site, Members can                      "Hi Elizabeth and All, Just wanted to say that my
                                                                                                                                                                                        Air Travel's Big Six have implemented rules      ice is still important.
      The 2003 edition features more than 4,000 hotels     access the Member Services, now aptly titled "The           EWNB/NATJA press card came in very handy on a trip
                                                                                                                                                                                   and procedures to penalize anyone purchasing               Switching gears for a second, let me now          Kal London of New Britain, CT hosts "Travel With Kal,"
and resorts and discounts on United Airlines.              Marketing and Communications Service Center", by            this week to New York. At the Metropolitan Museum of
                                                                                                                                                                                   non-refundable tickets. Why, for example,             say something good about a hotel owner. Harris         heard by more than a million listeners on WMRD
      Often sold as a fund-raiser, Entertainment           entering their member ID and password. The "Service         Art, I asked for a comp admission with my card, and
                                                                                                                                                                                   should someone purchase an airline ticket two-        Rosen owns six properties in Orlando and is            Middletown and WLIS Old Saybrook. The host and
Publications products raise nearly $90 million per year    Center" provides access to all of EWNB's services,          they gave me 3 admissions comped, for my family and
                                                                                                                                                                                   three months down the road when they might            building a seventh, a golf resort. Rosen Hotels        producer formerly owned one of the state's largest
for charitable causes. When purchased through local        including timely, in-depth media intelligence, the edito-   me. Then at Laguardia Airport, I showed the card to
                                                                                                                                                                                   lose their money if something prevents them           & Resorts owns four leisure-type properties            travel agencies.
fund-raising campaigns, the book is available at a spe-    rial calendar, exclusive eWire service, and the mem-        American Airlines Club Desk and they graciously gave
cial discounted price ($5 off retail).
                                                           ber/subscriber database to find story opportunities         me a comp visit while waiting for my flight. Just want-
      Entertainment's metro editions typically range in
price from $25-$50.                                        and/or sell your work.                                      ed to pass this on to other members....and say
      For press review copies, contact Jennifer L. Foss,    East West News Bureau- www.eastwestnews.org                thanks."
                                                                 The EWNB site has been re-worked to empha-                                - Sharon Lloyd Spence/New Mexico
Director
Publications, 2125 Butterfield Road, Troy, MI 48084
(Tel. 248-458-5420, Fax 248-637-9771, jfoss@enter-
tainment.com).
               of   Communications,        Entertainment
                                                           size the marketing and communication services that
                                                           Subscribers to EWNB receive. The goal of EWNB is to
                                                           maximize exposure and help Subscriber's disseminate
                                                                                                                       Elizabeth Barnes is executive director of the
                                                                                                                       NATJA/EWNB alliance
                                                                                                                                                                                                          THE WAYFARER
                                                                                                                                                                                                            North American Travel Journalists Association
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Allied with East West News Bureau
                                                                                                                                                                                                            531 Main Street #902, El Segundo, CA 90245
         NATJA & EWNB
   MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS                                                  Newport                                         Alabama and shifting its dates to the
                                                                                                                        last week in June.
 International wire service                                                                                                 Although more details on the
 Electronic newsletter                                                   (Continued from page 1)
 Press club courtesies                                                                                                  Newport meeting will be published in
 FAM opportunities                                                                                                      the next issue, a tentative working                        ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED
 Assignment letters
                                                                He is working closely with NATJA
                                                            president Dan Schlossberg and                               schedule has been developed as fol-
 Press credentials                                                                                                      lows:
 Media alerts                                               executive director Elizabeth Barnes
 Annual writer awards                                       in arranging all aspects of the sched-
 Member directory                                           ule, which could include a New                                  Monday May 12
 Wayfarer subscription                                                                                                      Afternoon arrivals
 Travel discounts                                           England regional marketplace, a                                 Welcome dinner
 Contests                                                   waterfront lobster bake, a barbecue,
 Networking opportunities                                   and a softball game.
 Personal Web site                                                                                                          Tuesday May 13
 Travel World Magazine
                                                                May is springtime in Newport,                               Breakfast
 Editorial Calendar                                         with weather generally conducive to                             Business meeting
 Annual Conference                                          outdoor events as well as travel. The                           Luncheon (with speaker)
 NATJA Web site                                             location is also helpful because of                             Sightseeing (4 or more options)
 …and much more                                             proximity to Boston, a major air gate-                          Dinner
 $125 (renewal) or $150 (New) U.S. for journalists          way, as well as Providence, which is
 $300 (new and renewal) U.S. for businesses                 served by the low-fare Southwest                                Wednesday May 14
 Checks payable to EWNB or pay online at                    Airlines (a NATJA 2002 awards                                   Breakfast
 www.eastwestnews.org                                       sponsor).                                                       Marketplace
                                                                                                                            Luncheon (with speaker)
 Send to:                                                       The announcement of the NATJA                               Sightseeing (4 or more options)
 Membership dues                                            conference fills a void created by the                          Dinner
 East West News Bureau                                      apparent collapse of Travel Media
 531 Main Street #902                                       Showcase, a gathering that fell in
 El Segundo, CA 90245                                                                                                       Thursday May 15
 membership@eastwestnews.org                                popularity this year after moving                               Breakfast
                                                            from Atlantic City to Montgomery,                               Checkout

				
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