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US: The 'Summer of Yeah,' Six Flags Great America's Party After Dark, a Celebration of Duke Ellington, and More

GLOBAL: Glenmorangie Highland Whisky has revealed vibrant new packaging across its core flavors, including the Original, La Santa, and Quinta Ruban. The new look boasts a refurbished bottle design and brightly colored packaging that varies between each whisky, plus details about the product. For example, Glenmorangie's Original offering is now wrapped in orange to nod to the whisky's orange and peach flavors. The La Santa features red packaging to highlight the sunset-like taste of this flavor, and the Quinta Ruban is wrapped in green to reflect the whisky's velvety depths. 

NATIONAL: Global travel leader Booking.com has kicked off a campaign in collaboration with The Smiley Company, the brand behind the iconic smiley symbol, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The campaign is dubbed the "Summer of Yeah" and is offering a series of “Smiley Stays” across the United States, including a "glamping" stay at Collective Retreats on New York’s Governors Island, a stay at sea with Lumar Yacht Experience in Miami, and a beachfront stay in Malibu. Each Smiley Stay is available for one lucky pair of bookers to win for two nights—Aug.12-14—for just $50. The getaways will also be bookable on Booking.com as of Aug. 10 at 12 p.m. ET. 

CHICAGO: Six Flags Great America has debuted an exclusive event, the Taste of Six Flags: Party After Dark. The celebration will be held at the Chicago park location July 28-30 from 8-11 p.m. Guests can expect exclusive ride time, music, and bites courtesy of Six Flags. To attend, you need a valid form of admission to Six Flags Great America and an additional purchase of the exclusive event package, which is available online for $39.99 per person. 

ORLANDO, FLA.: Hilton has announced Sean McCarron as the general manager of the 433-room Conrad Orlando, slated to open in summer 2023. Additionally, Jill Yurko has been appointed the director of sales and marketing. Upon opening, the Conrad Orlando will feature 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, plus a spa, fitness center, and rooftop Mexican restaurant, among other amenities. The hotel will be part of Evermore Orlando Resort, and guests will have access to a beach complex, food hall, and two 18-hole golf courses. 

NEW YORK: The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts and Mercedes Ellington, the granddaughter of Duke Ellington, will be hosting a special event on July 31 from 6-9 p.m. to celebrate the life and works of Duke Ellington. The celebration will take place at Ellington on Broadway, the restaurant and bar named in his honor. A special drink called “Duke’s Wish"—with dry vermouth, Aperol, macerated raspberries, rose, and soda—will be served during the affair. Special guests Danny Mixon and Antoinette Montague will also be performing. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by calling the venue. 

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