Each year many British and Irish tourists travel to North Carolina and enjoy the Blue Ridge, the Great Smoky Mountains, Lexington BBQ tour, Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, Biltmore and much more.
This summer tourists going to North Carolina can venture to three new attractions;
At the Greensboro Science Centre's Animal Discovery Zoo visitors will find a new tree top adventure park, the SKYWILD. The new park offers visitors ten years and over seven courses and sixty animal inspired challenges for all intensities, from the Lilypad Leap to parallel-log walking and more.
The Carowinds theme park in Charlotte has opened the world's largest giga coaster and non-launched rollercoaster, the Fury 325, "325" referring to the rollercoaster's maximum height. Visitors can enjoy three and half minutes of exhilarating fun, travelling speeds of up to ninety-five mph as well as the variety of other rides at the theme park for all ages and intensity preferences.
Blowing Rock introduces an aerial park, the High Gravity Adventure, a classic Wild West themed park. There are seventy-five elements including tight-rope walks, aerial bridges, floating foot loops, giant spider webs, etc., for adventurers who are eight years and older. Also the kid's course welcomes children as young as five years with rides, shows, trains and more, so there is something for everyone.
For more information on North Carolina please visit www.visitnc.com, and for updates please follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/visitNC and on Twitter @VisitNC.
Maverick Helicopters has gained its sixth consecutive award for Best Air Tour from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards. SNHCA honoured Maverick Helicopters at a ceremony in Wynn Las Vegas on 19th April, 2015.
The SNHCA are ambassadors of Las Vegas, they evaluate the city’s tourism sector annually to determine the winners of its Concierge Choice Awards, and they are dedicated to providing the highest level of service in Las Vegas. The group rewarded Maverick Helicopters with the 2015 Best Air Tour award due to their, quality aerial experiences over Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon and for making a positive impression upon concierge throughout the valley.
Sales and Marketing Director, Jody Hanson in Maverick’s UK office commented, “We are delighted to achieve this award for the sixth time in a row. We really do take pride in our service to ensure that guests have the best experience possible and it’s great to be praised for our facilities.”
For more information on Maverick Helicopters please visit www.maverickhelicopter.co.uk and follow Maverick Helicopters on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MaverickHelicopters and on Twitter at @MaverickHeli.
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Fans of the long running NCIS series will be excited that the spin off drama NCIS New Orleans is premiering on Channel 5 at 9pm this Friday, 13th February 2015. To celebrate the success of the series in the USA, the cast of the show will be amongst the stars appearing during the city’s Mardi Gras celebrations, as they ride with the Orpheus Krewe’s famous Lundi Gras parade on Monday 16th February.
The cast includes Scott Bakula, Lucas Black and Zoe McLellan and much of the drama has been filmed in and around New Orleans. Filming sites that viewers will recognise and can visit in the city include the French Quarter, the National World War II Museum and several well-known restaurants. For full details of the cast and a preview of the show, please see:
The show has witnessed strong viewing figures in the USA. According to NOLA.COM*, CBS recently announced that "NCIS: New Orleans," renewed for a second season in January, is the most-watched freshman drama in 10 years. Averaging 18.6 million viewers an episode (an average that counts digitally delayed views), it's drawing more viewers than any first-year drama since ABC's "Desperate Housewives," which premiered in 2004. *Source:
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Jazz Fest - 24th - 26th April 2015 and 30th April - 03rd May 2015
The listings for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, presented by Shell have been announced with a spectacular line up of artists. The mission of the Festival is to celebrate the culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana alongside nationally and internationally renowned guest artists. This year’s performers include Elton John, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, The Who, Ed Sheeran, The O’Jays, Chicago, No Doubt, John Legend and Paloma Faith. Jazz Fest regulars and home grown talents include Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas, Soul Rebels, Irvin Mayfield and Allen Toussaint. The full line-up is available at: http://lineup.nojazzfest.com/
The Festival will present more than 500 bands during the seven-day event with over eighty percent of the performers hailing from the city and region. Jazz Fest takes place at the Fair Grounds Race Course and will once again feature twelve stages of music in such varied genres as rock, pop, R&B, gospel, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz, Cajun, zydeco and much more.
UK & Ireland Account Director, Jody Hanson, commented, “This festival goes from strength to strength and it is wonderful to see so many international stars performing alongside the best artists in Louisiana. Jazz Fest is now regarded as a world class festival and is attracting British visitors who want to combine a must-see event with a rich and diverse holiday experience. It is so easy to set out and explore Louisiana once the festival is over!”
This year’s dates are 24th – 26th April and 30th April – 3rd May 2015. Advance single day adult tickets cost from $58 per person. Visitors can also download the festival app here: http://www.nojazzfest.com/multimedia/jazz-festival-app/
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