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Select Italy Presents the Second Edition of Divino Tuscany, Luxury & Wine Event Featuring Live Music and Private meal with Sting.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 28, 2012
Select Italy is proud to introduce Divino Tuscany, a four-day vacation package to celebrate the art of Tuscan wine-making. The event will take place from May 17th to 20th in Florence and will offer an exclusive experience in a breathtaking environment with an impressive roster of hosts. Guests will taste wine, attend seminars, enjoy lavish dinners and watch live musical performances.
“This is an exclusive, V.I.P event, one that offers the best of the Tuscan wine and hospitality industries. says Andrea Sertoli, President of Select Italy In addition, the Tuscan noble families and V.I.P. attendance makes it a red carpet event that wine lovers and appreciators wouldn’t want to miss.”
Created with the highest level of excellence in mind, ‘Divino Tuscany’ sets a new standard in event design. The signature event will be hosted by James Suckling, former Senior Editor and European Bureau Chief of ‘Wine Spectator’ and one of the world’s most noted and influential wine critics, and IMG Artists, the global leader in arts management and a leading producer of cultural and lifestyle festivals. The founding vintners from the Antinori, Frescobaldi, Mazzei, Ricasoli, Il Borro, Petrolo and Castello Banfi estates are also slated for participation.
The celebration of wine permeates every aspect of the four day event. Tuscan wineries, castles and palazzos belonging to noble families will open just for attendees. Exquisite food will be served by restaurateurs of the highest caliber, such as Giorgio Pinchiorri of the renowned Enoteca Pinchiorri, against the hilly backdrop of Tuscany.
Other program highlights include an inaugural concert by world-famous Cuban jazz trio featuring Ernan Lopez Nussa and a showing of The Heart and Soul of Cuba, a documentary that explores the Cuban cigar industry. Afterwards guests will enjoy a grappa tasting and fine Cuban cigars at the Grand Hotel Villa Cora.
The Closing ceremony of the exclusive four-day Luxury & Wine Event will be hosted by Sting and Trudie Styler in their Villa Il Palagio with a traditional Tuscan pig roast.
For pricing, booking and full details of how to be a part of this exclusive experience visit Selectitaly.com or call +1-312-664-4200.
About Select Italy
Select Italy is the ultimate source for travel to Italy and offers a wide array of superior Italian products and services, including customized itineraries, state-of-the-art tours and packages, wedding/honeymoon trips, unique culinary classes, a complete pre-departure ticketing service for museums and musical events, private guided services, yacht charters, transportation, hotel reservations, villa bookings and more. In 2010, Select Italy opened a full-service branch in Shanghai, China. For more information call (800) 877-1755 or visit Selectitaly.com.
There’s a simple truth about running an airline. Without fuel to put in the tanks, the airplane goes nowhere. Under normal trading conditions, the supply of oil is steady and the price predictable. Unfortunately, instability among the oil producers means prices are volatile. In particular, the potential conflict with Syria has forced a price rise. Should Israel attack and Syria retaliate against tanker traffic, the world would quickly find itself short of fuel. The International Air Transport Association, the trade association representing airlines, has predicted its members will struggle to break even in 2012. Some of the European airlines are looking at record losses with two already insolvent: Spanair based in Barcelona and Malev based in Hungary. The problem is that fuel represents about one third of operating costs. When you add in the cost of servicing the debt on buying the airplanes and paying the staff, there’s very little left. With many tickets sold forward, sudden rises in fuel prices may mean the planes flying at a loss when the passengers actually turn up.
With no sign the international political situation is going to ease any time soon, there are two other factors likely to affect ticket prices. The first is the continuing threat of a double dip recession. Many of the European countries are finding life very difficult and, if economic conditions worsen, people will cut back on non-essential travel. If passenger numbers fall, bankruptcy for more airlines will follow close behind. The only relatively bright prospect on the horizon is the strength of air cargo. It has been steady for the last two years even though the world markets have been trading well below their best. The second issue is the European move to impose a carbon tax on air travel. This is going to drive up ticket prices for anyone flying into or out of Europe, i.e. it’s payable simply because the airplane lands in Europe. With no sign of a global solution to the problem of how to protect the environment, this unilateral tax rise by Europe has angered the rest of the world.
All this means airlines are not going to survive unless two things happen. The first is that peace returns to the oil producing parts of the world. The second is that outside costs like airport fees and carbon tax charges are kept to an absolute minimum. Anything that deters people from flying puts profits are risk. If the unions will not cooperate in reducing the rates of pay, ticket prices must rise. This further drives passengers away and the cycle into insolvency edges closer. The only way we get cheap air tickets back is by seeing an expansion in the number of low-cost discount carriers, and a general return of confidence from customers. Without there being real demand for seats and losses looming, legacy airlines cannot afford to discount seat prices. All that does is make the losses bigger. Lower prices can only come when historical costs are reduced. That’s why so many airlines are trying to cut pension obligations. These legacies from the boom years are a major drag on profits. So, your best hope for cheap air tickets is a victory for the airlines in their battles with unions and government regulators whose job it is to protect pension rights.
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Cuba is one of the most unexplored countries in the world- mainly because 330 million people at its doorstep are banned! This video slideshow reveals some tips about travel in Cuba (from a Canadian!)
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Claire Rodriguez of the Latin America Working Group describes who qualifies to travel to Cuba on a general license under the guidelines created by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury Department.
Take a tour of Top 5 Travel Attractions of Jamaica, Caribbean – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Hi, this is your host, Naomi. I would like to guide you through the top 5 attractions of Jamaica. Number 5: Ocho Rios. It’s a scenic resort town that offers many activities for visitors. You can explore the natural scenery, including lush gardens. Number 4: Martha Brae River Rafting. This slow, leisurely cruise on a river raft is a popular activity. You can take a day tour as well as a night tour. Number 3: Shopping. If you want to indulge in shopping during your visit, look for handicrafts. Intricately carved wooden pieces make for great gifts back home. Number 2: Montego Bay. It is Jamaica’s second largest city. When you are here soak in the picturesque sites and relax on the pristine beaches. Number 1: Negril. A fishing village years ago, today Negril is among Jamaica’s most popular tourist destinations. This place has all that Jamaica is known for. Keep watching our travel video series. Ciao.