The luxury Amazon cruise ship mv Aqua has retur

first_imgThe luxury Amazon cruise ship, m/v Aqua, has returned to its regular schedule, says Francesco Galli Zugaro, CEO of Aqua Expeditions, in the wake of two unprecedented robbery incidents that shocked Peru. “I am enormously relieved that nobody was hurt in these episodes, that arrests have been made and some stolen possessions returned,” said Galli Zugaro, “and I am confident that the steps taken by the national and regional government will return the region to the haven of tranquility for which it is renowned.”Aqua ExpeditionsMiguel Hidalgo Medina, Director General of Peru’s National Police, has announced the coordination of a joint strategy with the Peruvian Navy to protect the rivers of Loreto Province, where the robbery-assaults occurred. Medina indicated that the scope of operation would concentrate on Nauta, in the Maranon River; Yucuruchi, Bagazan and Genero Herrera in the Ucayali River, and Sinchicuy.“The plans are being coordinated by the government of Loreto Province and the National Police,” added Peru’s Interior Minister, Octavio Salazar, “so that together we can institute a plan of action for national defense.” The zone to be policed includes more than ten thousand kilometers of navigable rivers. “It is a vast area,” Salazar observed,” but we are committed to securing the tourism infrastructure of the region.” Medina also announced that 140 recent graduates of Iquitos’ Police Academy will be trained for river protection. “We would like to assure visitors coming to the Peruvian Amazon that the police, navy, and local authorities will be watching over their safety,” he stressed.The first post-incident Aqua cruise departed on August 8 with a passenger complement that included famed New York food and travel writer, Gael Greene. “I was concerned about bandits, tarantulas and snakes but saw none,” said Greene, “what I did see was a team of totally devoted professional guides, chefs and crew; when reluctant to walk muddy trails the guides encouraged me and I then saw wonderful and amazing things.” All Aqua departures are guaranteed to operate and the ship is sailing again tonight for its regular 4-night program.www.aquaexpeditions.comlast_img read more

NYC Company the official marketing tourism and

first_imgNYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, announced that eight hotels in the Signature Collection, a group of 17 NYC luxury hotels, will participate in the Signature Collection Third Night™ promotion this summer. The program gives visitors a complimentary third night at participating hotels after booking and paying for two consecutive nights, between July 1 and September 7, 2009.“The Signature Collection Third Night promotion will offer visitors exceptional value at some of our city’s finest luxury hotels this summer,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.The hotels participating in this program are: the Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel; Jumeirah Essex House; Loews Regency Hotel; the London NYC; the New York Palace Hotel; the Plaza Hotel; the Sherry-Netherland; and the Waldorf-Astoria.NYC & Company also announced that luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue has reconfirmed its participation in the Third Night program this summer. Saks Fifth Avenue, whose iconic New York flagship store has long been the premier fashion destination for both visitors and residents of Manhattan, will offer a VIP shopping package to Third Night guests. The package includes an exclusive personal-shopping experience in the Fifth Avenue Club, special savings, and complimentary coffee and dessert at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Cafe SFA, which overlooks Rockefeller Center and the Channel Gardens.“Saks Fifth Avenue is pleased to participate again this summer in the Signature Collection Third Night promotion,” said Kimberly Grabel, senior vice president, marketing Saks Fifth Avenue. “We believe our VIP shopping experience is the perfect complement to a Signature Collection three-night stay and look forward to welcoming these visitors to our flagship store.”The Signature Collection comprises 17 luxury hotel properties in New York City: the Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel; Jumeirah Essex House; Loews Regency Hotel; the London NYC; Mandarin Oriental, New York; the New York Palace Hotel; the Peninsula New York; the Pierre New York; the Plaza Hotel; Hotel Plaza Athénée New York; the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park; the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park; the Sherry-Netherland; the St. Regis, New York; Trump International Hotel & Tower; the Waldorf=Astoria; and the Trump SoHo New York (opening fall 2009). The program was initiated in 2001 through the efforts of NYC & Company.www.nycgo.comlast_img read more