Make your family travel charitable. Shangri-La announced its collaboration with sustainable toy maker plaay? to craft wooden tiger toys to raise funds for Make-A-Wish International. Paying homage to the hotel brand’s Asian heritage, the tiger is inspired by this year’s Lunar Year of the Tiger, and 100 percent of the profits will be donated to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses.
“Family has always been at the heart of Shangri-La and we are delighted to be partnering with plaay? to further support Make-A-Wish International and the life changing work they do for families. By working together this festive season with our Lunar Tiger and looking ahead to the Lunar Year of the Rabbit, we hope to make children’s Shangri-La come true,” said Elena Mendez, vice president marketing (F&B) and corporate communications, MEIA, Shangri-La.
The Lunar Tiger Toy is available exclusively at select Shangri-La hotels across the Middle East, Europe, India and Canada, through the end of January 2023. The toy is handmade of sustainably sourced oak, hand painted with non-toxic paint, and boasting a tail of naturally sourced rustic twine, with black beads for eyes.
“As a small family run business, to be partnering with such a family focused hotel group like Shangri-La, in support of other families, is truly special and we are so pleased to be part of this programme. We hope our Lunar Tiger Toy, which represents strength and bravery in Asian culture, can bring as much joy to children around the world, as it did to us when creating it,” said Ben Sharman, founder, plaay?, Luxury Wooden Toys.
Looking ahead, a limited-edition wooden rabbit toy promotion, in honor of Chinese New Year 2023 and the Lunar Year of the Rabbit, will be available on plaay?’s online store. Purchase Jan. 22–Feb. 22, 2023, with promo code SHANGRILA for a 15 percent discount. Shangri-La additionally continues to grant wishes to Wish Children.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.