Ottawa Tourism granted special museum status to dozens of Ottawa festivals, restaurants, venues and attractions on June 21; the Unofficial Museums campaign serves to shine a light on some of the city’s hidden gems and aims to attract travelers to Ottawa to celebrate culture and creativity year-round.
“Seven of Canada’s nine national museums are found in Ottawa, along with dozens of other notable museums and galleries,” said Michael Crockatt, president and CEO, Ottawa Tourism. “We’re proud of our museums — they’re among the best in the world. By granting museum status to 76 grassroots institutions this summer, we’re showing the world the range of cultural experiences that Canada’s capital has to offer, and signaling to the world that Ottawa is ready for visitors.”
Additionally, through Oct. 10, Ottawa’s 3rd Night on Us offer gives travelers booking a stay of three nights or more a third night free, courtesy of Ottawa Tourism.
“Opening 76 museums in a day is an ambitious undertaking but we’re an ambitious city,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “Tourism is a critical economic driver for Ottawa, and after a two-year disruption for restaurants, the arts, and live concerts, this is a big step towards recovery in our community. Ottawa has so much to offer in the way of arts, food, and music — this is our way of celebrating and giving back to those who work in the tourism industry and bring vibrancy to our amazing city.”
Some of the newly anointed museums include the Unofficial Museum of Croffles, First Bite Treats, for Ottawa’s first union of waffle and croissant; and the Unofficial Museum of Second-Hand Treasures, Highjinx, an antiques and vintage social enterprise shop where the proceeds benefit those in need in the community.
“We never expected our café to become a museum — let alone the Unofficial Museum of Croffles,” said Elias Ali, co-owner, First Bite Treats. “We’re delighted to participate in this celebration of Ottawa’s people and businesses. We’re ready for a great summer.”
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica finishes phase two of its work to enhance its property, featuring a new main common area with a reception tent, as well as a new bar, lounge, restaurant, swimming pool and fire pit. Phase two also saw the completion of several new accommodations, such as two four-bedroom tented residences, six two-bedroom tents and eight more standalone tents.
Stoneacre Hospitality Group expanded its suite of offerings with the grand opening of the remodeled Chart House Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. Situated in the city’s historic district, the inn’s lengthy history adds character and charm to each room and suite. Its proximity to many of Newport’s restaurants, shops and museums makes it the ideal place to stay for a New England vacation.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
Emerald Cruises christened its newest Star-Ship, Emerald Luna, in a ceremony in Amsterdam as it prepares to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers of Europe. Equipped to host up to 180 guests, Emerald Luna saw many members of Scenic Group, the parent company of Emerald Cruises, attend the ceremony, including U.S. travel industry advocate and educator Vanessa McGovern, who took honors as godmother during the ceremony.
The day we visited, we each brought our biggest worry, written on a scrap of paper, meticulously folded into the smallest possible contortion, ready to slip into a crack of the Western Wall. Feeling giddy, we descended a limestone staircase into the rectangular Prayer Plaza.
Considering an autumnal adventure or Thanksgiving trip this year? Well, with walkable cities, cozy pubs and lots of seasonal festivals, the island of Ireland is calling. And if you need more reasons to Press the Green Button and go, take a look and see what awaits you on the Emerald Isle …
With the launch of Octantis in Antarctica last winter, Viking dipped a toe into the growing expedition cruising market and will jump in with both feet when its twin, Polaris, launches later in 2022. The pair bring the total number of Viking ships — river, ocean and expedition — to 97 cruising all seven continents.