Travel new and now: NYC winter, DC video show, Lonely Planet

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Posted: Nov 02, 2015 10:07 AM

NYC WINTER TOURISM

A new tourism campaign is being launched to help visitors experience New York City in the winter months.

The new campaign from NYC & Company will highlight winter attractions like outdoor ice skating rinks, along with hidden gems around the city and restaurants in far-flung neighborhoods, from Sam's Soul Food on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to Zabb Elee, a Michelin-starred Thai restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, with a sake bar downstairs.

Tips will be offered online in categories like "Hidden Spaces within Iconic Places" and "Stores with Stories." A social media campaign is planned in which visitors and New Yorkers can share their insights online.

The city's hotel rates in January, February and March are typically 22 percent lower than other times of year, according to NYC & Company. Winter visitors can also take advantage of promotions for dining and theater, with NYC Restaurant Week running Jan. 18-Feb. 5 (reservations open Jan. 6) and two-for-one tickets during Broadway Week, Jan. 19-Feb. 5 (tickets on sale Jan. 7).

The tagline for the campaign is "Find a Winter Less Ordinary," and it's part of a new year-round strategy of seasonal promotions called "Unlock NYC." Details at http://www.nycgo.com/unlock .

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UNIQUE VIDEO DISPLAY ON THE NATIONAL MALL

Three nights of outdoor events called "Commemorate and Celebrate Freedom" are planned in Washington D.C., on the National Mall, on the evenings of Nov. 16-18.

Each of the three nights, video projections will illuminate the facades of the National Museum of African and American History and Culture, which is expected to open in the fall of 2016. On the evening of Nov. 18, the program will include live readings of poems and other works, and a concert by the gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans.

The event pays tribute to anniversaries of three milestones in African-American history: ratification of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, and the end of the Civil War, 150 years ago in 1865; and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

Digital projection imagery will turn the south facade of the building (facing Madison Drive) and the west facade (facing 15th Street and the Washington Monument) into a five-story, block-long canvas. The video display will be seven minutes long and will run continuously all three nights, from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. The display will include historic images related to slavery, abolition and Reconstruction, the Civil War and the civil rights era. Best place to view the video will be from the mound area of the Washington Monument and the knoll area adjacent to Madison Drive, at the corner of 14th Street.

Details at http://nmaahc.si.edu/content/pdf/Newsroom/Projection_Mapping_Nov16_Event_release_102815.pdf .

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LONELY PLANET LAUNCHES US MAGAZINE

The guidebook publisher Lonely Planet is launching its first U.S. magazine.

The issue highlights the top places in Lonely Planet's just-published book, "Best in Travel 2016." The "Best in Travel" lists include top 10 countries (Botswana, Japan, U.S., Palau, Latvia, Australia, Poland, Uruguay, Greenland and Fiji), and best value destinations (Estonia, Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, East Africa, New Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain's Galicia, Quebec City in Canada, Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast, East Timor and Western Australia).

Other features range from tips for taking better videos to dining in Nashville (with Big Al's Deli, Martin's BBQ Joint and The Treehouse on the list) to "10 new ways to fall in love with Rome," with recommendations for cycling the Appian Way and swimming in the Foro Italico sports complex.

The new quarterly travel magazine retails for $5.99 at bookstores, Whole Foods and other outlets. Digital editions are also available.

With the launch of the U.S. publication, Lonely Planet now publishes magazines in 12 countries. The U.S. magazine is launching with a distribution of 650,000 and is created by an in-house team out of Lonely Planet's U.S. offices in Tennessee.