It was a fairytale come true for Gene Kagan and Robert Vincent Regina, who tied the knot Oct. 18 in what’s believed to be the first gay wedding to be held at Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal.
“New York is our home, most of our friends and family are here,” Kagan, a clothing designer and founder of Lola & Sophie, told The Huffington Post in an email. Regina, who is the owner and vice president of Almost Famous Clothing, had been dreaming of “a Carrie Bradshaw wedding,” according to Kagan.
So how did the ceremony live up to Regina’s “Sex and the City”-style fantasy? “I think he got it and then some,” Kagan quipped.
Of course, the iconic New York location had special symbolic significance for the couple.
“One of the fun reasons we chose Grand Central Terminal is the fact that it’s a terminal and not a station,” said Jack Nolan, the CEO and president of The Impression Group South, which produced the event. “In early railroad parlance, stations allow travel in two directions while a terminal only goes one way. Perfect irony, absolute perfect.”
The seductive red glow seeping out of a massive white tent at Duffy Square in Times Square drew a steady stream of curious visitors this afternoon—part of a free, four-day pop-up visitors center, A Taste of Abu Dhabi, set up by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Operating from 10am-9pm daily now through May 19, the pop-up is meant to signal the arrival of a New York–based Abu Dhabi tourism office (in Trump Tower) and to raise awareness of this United Arab Emirates capital as a beautiful, cultured, cutting-edge travel destination.
Though the splashy gimmick confused some tourists (who stood on the tent-entry line thinking they were queuing up for Broadway-show tickets at the nearby TKTS booth), most seemed to know where they were, and were curious to learn more about a far-flung destination they knew little about. Inside, guests were shuttled through various stations, treated to platters of dates, tiny cups of strong coffee, henna tattoos, dabs of essential oils like frankincense and sandalwood, and photos of themselves (to be posted online) posing in traditional Arabic garb along with a rather timid-looking falcon. A final stop featured a promotional video about Abu Dhabi, chock full of images including architectural wonders, wide sandy deserts, beautiful beaches, the iconic YAS Hotel and the world’s largest theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, with the world’s fastest roller coaster. Read more…
The Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa marked its official grand opening with a lavish celebration on May 18, 2014. The new village, which brings the already award-winning property to new heights, is the first major expansion since the grand opening of the resort’s Italian Village in 2009. From the presentation of two Six Star Diamond Awards and speeches by government officials and dignitaries from throughout the Caribbean, to the official ribbon ceremony, the Key West inspired event was capped with a lively Sesame Street® Carnival Celebration and after-party reminiscent of Key West’s Mallory Square, complete with a Jimmy Buffett cover band, “The Landsharks,” acrobats, fire dancers, mermaids, firework display and family-friendly fun for all.
Greater Fort Lauderdale prepares for the Goodbye Chilly, Hello Sunny event at Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink.
Hello Sunny Heats Up Rockefeller Center
January 16, 2013
Goodbye Chilly and Hello Sunny New York City!
Starmark and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (GFL) teamed up once again with a campaign that turned up the heat in NYC today, and they’ll do it again in London on January 22 and wrap up in Chicago on February 6. Designed to warm up the frozen north and drive visitation to Fort Lauderdale, the “Goodbye Chilly. Hello Sunny” special events will transform these cities into a tropical paradise for the day complete with palm trees, beach sand and Florida sunshine! Plus, a beach on wheels with bikini-clad sunbathers enjoying the day under the Florida sunshine! Read more…
For one day, Rockefeller Center will be rebranded the Sunny Plaza with a declaration of “Sunshine Day” as Greater Fort Lauderdale bathes Rock Center in its own brand of sun and warmth for winter weary New York with a takeover of Rockefeller Center ice skating rink and the Sea Grill Restaurant.
On January 16, Rockefeller’s ice skating rink with be transformed into a tropical paradise, offering 6 hours of free skating, and decked out with palm trees, lifeguards, yellow-striped beach umbrellas, colorful bathing suits encased in ice blocks, and bikini-clad ice skaters.
Costumed street teams will be deployed on Fifth Avenue and 49th and 50th streets to dispense “warm hugs” and promo cards to win trips to Greater Fort Lauderdale and to encourage visitors to join the free ice skating party. The destination’s iconic Beach Mobile – a colorful beach on wheels – will cruise the Rockefeller Center area with stops for photo ops with beach models.
The Sea Grill with host a private VIP luncheon (12 noon – 2 pm) for the media, travel agents, meeting planners, industry partners and CVB and GFL hospitality industry representatives. The menu will feature “Floribbean” cuisine, and a Hello Sunny ice luge (with bikini) will dispense Laudertinis. Tropical florals will decorate the tables and lunch attendees will be able to join the skaters via direct access from the restaurant.
Earlier in the day, large ice blocks with images of NBC’s Today Show’s on-air personalities (Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales) will be staged outside the Today Show studio enticing the anchors (and others) to pose with their Ice “image.” Warm Your Buns benches and the Beach Mobile, with bikinied models tossing beach balls, will be positioned nearby within camera view. The anchors will announce the free skating compliments of GFLCVB at the Rock Center Sunny Plaza.