Elle UK ranks New Orleans among top 5 music destinations in the world

If you’re looking where to go on holiday, which is the fancy British word for vacation, Elle UK suggestions five cities in the world. One of them is New Orleans, which is the only U.S. city to make the list.

“New Orleans is synonymous with music and is considered the birthplace of jazz, but you’ll also find live rock, brass bands, and zydeco beats emanating from fabled music clubs oozing characteristic southern charm,” Elle UK’s website says.1

The magazine website recommends “French Quarter institution, Preservation Hall, for its 18th-century ramshackle glory.” The website also highlighted the fact that New Orleans “recently hit the headlines for all the right reasons as the backdrop for much of Beyonc ‘s Lemonade visuals.”2

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Elle UK suggests staying at the Ritz Carlton while you’re in New Orleans and enjoying music at the Davenport Lounge4. Trumpeter and singer Jeremy Davenport plays Wednesday through Sunday nights in his namesake upscale bar. Elle UK’s top 5 list of vacation destinations for music lovers also includes Berlin, Toronto, Buenos Aires and Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.


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Bay City hotel operator funding new landscaping at Bicentennial Park

BAY CITY, MI A 48-year-old hotel property isn’t the only thing receiving a facelift at the gateway to downtown Bay City.

As construction continues on a major renovation project to turn the former Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn and Bay City Inn property, 501 Saginaw St., into a Comfort Inn, plans have been unveiled for upgrades to Bicentennial Park, the small park that features a Revolutionary War memorial and a downtown Bay City sign, located on the west side of the hotel property off Veterans Memorial Bridge. The landscape project, which includes the removal of aging evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, and the planting of new ornamental and shade trees, is being privately funded by the developers of the Comfort Inn, Bloomfield Hills-based Truss Development. City officials say the renovation is expected to enhance the quality and attractiveness of the landscape, and complement the building and site improvements. The Bay City Commission on Monday, Aug.

1, votes to approve a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation, which owns the park off Veterans Bridge, bordered by Seventh, McKinley and Water streets. While the city isn’t providing funds for the landscape project, it is assisting the developer to secure the permits and approvals from MDOT.

Once approved, officials from Truss say they are prepared to begin work immediately. According to city documents, the developers hope to have the hotel completed in September. Basil Bacall, co-owner of Truss Development, declined to comment to The Times via email about progress on the hotel on Friday, July 29.

Developers plan to invest more than $6 million into renovating the hotel. Last summer1, they secured two tax incentives an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act Exception Certificate and a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan to help bring down their costs. With a deal in place, the city won’t lose any existing tax revenue on the building, but it also won’t see any new revenue for at least the next six years once the renovation project is completed. If the developer holds up its end of the bargain and completes everything promised for the property, the city would extend the tax break another six years.


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UK hotel demand to soar following Brexit

The number of hotel room nights sold in the second half of 2016 is forecast to jump 30 per cent year-on-year on the back of Brexit, according to travel brokerage firm, Tourico Holidays. According to company booking data, Tourico has already sold nearly a quarter of a million room nights in the UK in 2016 led by a 12 per cent year-on-year increase from the United States. It said while source markets like China and Germany only account for a small amount of inbound UK travel bookings, both markets have increased their average daily reservations to the UK by over 100 per cent since the vote to leave the EU.

The United Kingdom has always been one of Tourico s top revenue earning destinations, but early booking trends since Brexit show a falling Pound is actually strengthening the UK travel market, said Mark Redmond, VP of the European Region for Tourico Holidays.

Not only will international travellers see it as an opportunity to finally book a trip to what was formerly considered a high-priced destination, we anticipate British travellers will also travel more within the UK to avoid exchanging a weak currency.

The data also showed secondary markets, like Manchester, have already grown 60 per cent year-over-year in forward bookings since the Brexit vote.

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