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14 NEWS ADVERTORIAL 50 th JFK Memorial Set to Boost Visits to Dallas “The 50 th : Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy” will take place November 22, 2013 at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Fun, Hands-on Experiences Michigan announces new attractions for 2013 With 2013 underway, visitors to Michigan can look forward to a wide range of new and improved lodging options, dining spots, and activities this year, including milestone anniversary celebrations. Michigan has several new museums and exhibits for visitors to explore this year… Here are just some: Visit the world’s premier automotive exhibit at Driving America in The Henry Ford in Dearborn. A ground breaking collective art exhibit honouring President Barack Obama is now on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Detroit Historical Museum has reopened with three new permanent exhibits: the Gallery of Innovation, the Allesee Gallery of Culture and Detroit: the Arsenal of Democracy. The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, a premier venue for international contemporary art, is now open on the campus of Michigan State University. Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum Detroit “The 50 th : Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy” will commemorate Kennedy’s life and legacy of leadership, taking place at 12:25 p.m. on November 22, 2013 at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, where the President was assassinated in 1963. “This is an event to honor the remarkable life and legacy of the leadership of President John F. Kennedy,” said Mayor Rawlings, Honorary Chairman of “The 50 th ” committee. “The 50 th : Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy” will be free and open to the public. Finger Lickin’ Good… Discovering the Real Thing Kansas and Oklahoma are under the spotlight at ITB Berlin 2013… with a new promotion for exceptional eateries. With the modest appearance of many of these restaurants, travellers could well pass right by, never knowing the truly exceptional and mouthwatering food they are about to miss. Indeed, Americans share a love affair with comfort foods, and Kansas & Oklahoma have the history of doing it right - not so fast, but oh so good! Local momand pop joints continue to craft fried onion burgers, sassy sauces, extra crispy, finger lickin’ fried chicken, succulent fork-tender steak, slow-cooked BBQ meats, home-style fried pies, and cinnamon rolls the size of your head. You can’t go wrong by ordering house specialties at White River Fish Market in Tulsa, Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, WheatFields Bakery Cafe in Lawrence, and Smokin Joes Rib Ranch in Davis. Try an onion burger at Robert’s Grill in El Reno, the cinnamon rolls at Neighbors Cafe’ in McPherson, a blue plate special at Old Sweet Shop in Wichita, or a succulent Hanks-Hamburger-Tulsa cowboy steak at Grand Central Grill in Cottonwood Falls. Kansas/Oklahoma Travel and Tourism’s websites house complete lists – in the “dining” section of and www.TravelOK. com. JFK Memorial Quidditch Comes to Rockford Region to host first Quidditch tournament A new sport, straight out of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, is sweeping college campuses across the USA and has landed in the Rockford region. The Rockford region will host its first-ever Quidditch tournament April 26-27, 2013 on the Rockford Park District soccer fields. The game was created by Middleburry College students in 2005 and quickly spread to other universities in New England and then across the United States. The sport now boasts more than 1,000 teams and is played on six different continents. Some modifications have been made to accommodate the players’ lack of magical abilities. For example brooms remain grounded and the yellow snitch has traded its wings for legs. ITB BERLIN NEWS • Wednesday 6 th March 2013

Hall 2.1 NEWS 15 ADVERTORIAL California Tempts Travellers in 2013 with New Events and Attractions Across the State Pebble Beach - California California is beckoning visitors in 2013 with exciting new offerings, fantastic festivals and sensational sporting events in dream vacation destinations as enticing as they are diverse. Atop rugged mountains, on sparkling beaches, against sun soaked deserts, amid charming vineyards and in bustling urban escapes, travellers to California will find new hotels, attractions, museums and performing arts centres opening in 2013. This year, California will play host to a series of month long festivals sure to delight wandering foodies and oenophiles, as well as travellers looking to experience the state’s pioneering efforts in sustainability. New Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX The excitement continues in Los Angeles County with major new infrastructure, arts, culture and luxury accommodations debuting in 2013. The .7-billion New Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will open the West Gates and Great Hall –featuring dining, shopping and other passenger amenities – in spring. Just a short hop to the south, Orange County has dramatic new spaces and enticing new attractions on tap for visitors in 2013. In January, the Anaheim Convention Center’s new Grand Plaza opened with more than 100,000 square feet of year-round outdoor event space featuring lush landscaping, dramatic water features, ample seating and special event lighting and infrastructure. With all these new offerings on deck, the Golden State is the place to be in 2013. For more information about Visit California and for a free California Visitor’s Guide, go to: www.VisitCalifornia. com. This year, California will play host to a series of month long festivals sure to delight wandering foodies and oenophiles Viva Florida 500: Sunshine State Quincentennial in 2013 © Visit Florida Way back in 1513, while Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon found neither gold nor the legendary Fountain of Youth, his discovery of the paradise he named La Florida (land of flowers) inspired European colonists to settle there. “Viva Florida 500” will celebrate that meeting of Old and New worlds by showcasing Florida’s native heritage and 500 years of influence by peoples from Spain, France, Great Britain, Africa and the Caribbean. The paradise that Ponce named La Florida, land of flowers, today is the world’s preeminent tourist destination. Experience Viva Florida 500 by exploring this cradle of history. Throughout 2013, “Viva Florida 500” will host numerous commemorations honouring Ponce de Leon’s adventures and the state’s longstanding ties with Spain. These celebrations will add great interest and excitement to any visit to the sunshine state. History Lives St. Augustine, Florida is the United States’ oldest city, colonised in 1565 – at the behest of King Phillip II of Spain – by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who became the state’s first governor. The Spanish influence on St. Augustine is unmistakeable, from the massive Castillo de San Marcos that protected the city from attack to the colourful Spanish architecture and narrow streets. Go back in time at the Colonial Spanish Quarter, teeming with living-history re-enactors and working vendors practicing Old World skills. Go to viva to browse the 2013 Viva Florida events scheduled for St. Augustine -- and for Florida’s many Spanishinfluenced destinations. Royal celebrations St. Augustine authorities have invited Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia to dedicate the bells of the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica in the spring of 2013, with a royal reception to follow. Gov. Rick Scott St. Augustine travelled to Spain to invite the Spanish royals to a Viva Florida 500 Anniversary Gala. ITB BERLIN NEWS • Wednesday 6 th March 2013

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