Thursday, July 23, 2015

Switchfly 2015 Luxury Travel Index: Europe Is Still King of Global Luxury Travel… For Now

The Index reveals luxury travelers still prefer European destinations, with Greece as the most popular country, but Asia and the Middle East are gaining

SAN FRANCISCO -- July 23, 2015 --Switchfly, Inc., the technology company powering travel search/booking and loyalty point redemption solutions for the world’s most celebrated brands, today announced its 2015 Luxury Travel Index. The destinations were ranked by average length of stay, using data from Switchfly’s global booking engine, and give some insight into the traveling habits of people flying first class and sleeping five star. The data revealed, among other things, that although the majority of top luxury travel destinations are European, the top two luxury travel destinations are in Asia and the Middle East, respectively, and that luxury travelers are spending at least twice as much time on their vacation as the average American does.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Porsche Asia Pacific Announces Porsche Media Driving Academy - I Want To Do This!

Porsche Media Driving Academy Two Day Class for Accomplished Media Drivers


SINGAPORE, July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Asia Pacific recently announced the launch of the Porsche Media Driving Academy -- a new, exclusive annual driving programme for journalists in the region.  (Publisher's Note:  I am not in the region, but have written a number of auto reviews and would love to be a part of the Porsche Media Driving Academy.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wimbledon Legend John McEnroe Plays Secret Chauffeur for Tennis Fans in London


John McEnroe plays the role of The Secret Chauffeur in Jaguar’s #FeelWimbledon hidden camera stunt 

John McEnroe swapped his role as a Wimbledon commentator for chauffeur car driver today, as the all-time tennis great surprised two unsuspecting Wimbledon fans with an unforgettable journey to The All England Club.   (continue to video)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Manchester United Determined to Be World's First Billion DollarFootball Brand

First Billion Dollar Football Brand? Not Barcelona, Manchester United!



  • Manchester United overtakes Bayern Munich to become the world’s most valuable soccer brand

  • New York listed Manchester United the first billion dollar football brand

  • Record-breaking deals agreed despite two mediocre seasons, driving up value

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NICKY USA CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL DINNER ON NICKY FARM

In celebration of 25 years as the premier butcher and purveyor of specialty game and high quality meat in the Pacific Northwest, Nicky USA is reliving their history through a special dinner benefitting The Portland Kitchen on their Aurora Ore. ranch, Nicky Farm, on Saturday, June 27th. Portland chef Chris Carriker of 23 Hoyt, and Seattle chef Jonathan Sundstrom of Lark, will prepare a menu outdoors featuring Nicky Farms protein such as rabbit, quail, goat, venison, and elk, while guests sip local wines from Andrew Rich Wines and Union Wine Company. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the farm with the founders of Nicky USA and Nicky Farms, Geoff and Melody Latham.

Acquired in 2014, Nicky Farms represents a return to Geoff Latham’s roots as a farmer, and has distinguished Nicky USA as the only Northwest meat distributor to also raises its own stock. The 35.9-acre Nicky Farm is located along the Pudding River, providing an ideal habitat for many different animals. It is currently home to flocks of wild geese, coveys of quail, rabbits, goats, cattle, a century old farmhouse, and views of Mt. Hood.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Nicky USA’s non-profit partner, The Portland Kitchen whose mission is to empower urban youth to graduate high school with culinary job skills and improved eating habits. The Portland Kitchen offers free, comprehensive culinary after school and summer programming to Portland high school youth. Through this partnership, Nicky USA teaches butchering skills, leads workshops and offers mentoring opportunities to teens. Nicky USA will donate a minimum of $1000 from this event.

Throughout the month of June, Nicky Farms will also donate $0.50 to the Portland Kitchen from every pack of Nicky Farms  game meats sold at all Portland-area New Seasons Markets. Portlanders can elevate their cooking and support the community by purchasing any of the following Nicky Farms products: Rabbit, Venison, Elk, Wild Boar, Goat and Buffalo.

Tickets for Nicky USA’s anniversary dinner on Saturday, June 27th, from 5-9 p.m. at Nicky Farms in Aurora Ore. are be available for purchase at strangertickets.com (type in “Nicky” to search), and are $125 per person.


About Nicky USA:

Founded in 1990, Nicky USA is a Northwest butcher and purveyor of specialty game and high quality meat. The Portland-based company has forged relationships with local and international ranchers, as well as James Beard Award-winning chefs in an effort to make game a mainstay of specialty markets and fine restaurants. Nicky USA recently developed a specialty line of products under their Nicky Farms brand, featuring Northwest raised rabbit, quail, elk, fallow venison, goose, water buffalo, and American bison. With the recent purchase of their very own 35.9-acre farm in Aurora, Ore, owner Geoff Latham is now able to raise game for Nicky USA and host friends and customers. The company has built one of the nation’s only mobile processing units (MPU) for the sustainable and humane processing of animals, specially designed to process both poultry and hooved animals, making it the only USDA-compliant unit of its kind allowing complete control of the process from field to table. Aside from selling specialty game and high quality meat, Nicky USA hosts Wild About Game, an annual head-to-head cooking competition and the meatiest culinary celebration in the Northwest, celebrating high quality meat and specialty game. Nicky USA expanded in 2013 with a second location in Seattle. Orders for either location can be made by calling 1.800.469.4162. For more information, visit www.nickyusa.com. Follow @NickyUSA on Twitter and Facebook, and @Nicky.USA on Instagram, as well as #NickyFarms on all channels.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

THE WORLD SKIING INVITATIONAL / AFP WORLD TOUR FINALS AND MONSTERENERGY SHRED SHOW RETURN TO THE WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL INWHISTLER, BC

WHISTLER, BC April 7, 2015 – The World Skiing Invitational (WSI) / Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Tour Finals and the Monster Energy Shred Show will both return to the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) this spring. As always, the events will draw the top ski and snowboard athletes from around the world to Whistler but spectators should take note, both events will see some major schedule changes for 2015.

“For the first time in three years we will have Men and Women’s Halfpipe as part of the WSI / AFP World Tour Finals,” says Sue Eckersley, Event Director for the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. “We are really excited to have all three ski disciplines back on the WSSF schedule for 2015. Other changes to note, the Gibbons Big Air (ski) has been relocated to the terrain park on Blackcomb Mountain due to the challenging snow conditions at lower elevations, which have prevented us from being able to host the Big Air in Skier’s Plaza as we usually do.”

The WSI / AFP World Tour Finals will take place on Blackcomb Mountain from April 10 to 12, with Slopestyle scheduled for April 10, the Gibbons Big Air on April 11 and the Halfpipe and Superhit events on April 12. More information, including a detailed schedule, event formats and the selection criteria is available at wssf.com/World-Skiing-Invitational.

With the Gibbons Big Air happening during Whistler Blackcomb’s operating hours, WSSF has introduced Gibbons Plazapalooza, a new event designed to bring the same energy and excitement people have come to love and expect in Skier’s Plaza on the first Saturday night of the festival. Gibbons Plazapalooza will take place between 8pm and 10pm and will include a replay of the Gibbons Big Air broadcast on the Main Stage big screens hosted by legendary emcee, Brad Jay, as well as dancing, fire spinners, a drum line and a DJ set from Mat The Alien. Plus, Neph and Swollen Members will perform in Skier’s Plaza leading up to Gibbons Plazapalooza beginning at 6pm.

The Monster Energy Shred Show will also see some schedule changes this year at WSSF. The Boarderstyle, which pits four riders against each other in a head-to-head boardercross-style race integrated with slopestyle terrain features, is scheduled for April 17 in the terrain park on Blackcomb Mountain. The event is open to anyone, with registration currently available online through to April 14. New this year, the Boarderstyle will see a separate Women’s category and there is $6,500 in total prize money to be won at the event. The Monster Energy Shred Show Invitational Slopestyle will take place on April 18, also in the Blackcomb terrain park.

The Monster Energy Shred Show will not include a Big Air event this year. Instead, Monster will be keeping the energy high in Skier’s Plaza on the second Saturday night of WSSF with a motocross show at the base of Whistler Mountain. There will also be free concerts from Jazz Cartier and YelaWolf on the Main Stage beginning at 7:30pm.

More information about the Monster Energy Shred Show, including a detailed scheduled and the list of confirmed athletes is available at wssf.com/The-Shred-Show.



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

All-New Jaguar XF to be Revealed in a Dramatic High-Wire Drive Ahead of New York Auto Show Debut

The all-new Jaguar XF will make an extraordinary journey across London on March 24, one week ahead of its public motor show debut in New York.


Jaguar have teamed up with expert British stuntman Jim Dowdall, veteran of dramatic action stunts in movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, to perform the world’s longest high-wire water crossing in the all-new Jaguar XF.