GLOBAL: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts—the world’s largest hotel franchisor with 9,100 hotels across more than 95 countries—has announced a new agreement with hotel booking solution Groups360. The partnership allows travelers to make multi-room bookings online instantly at Wyndham hotels. The service is powered by GroupSync, and Wyndham hotels can seamlessly integrate the platform with their hotel reservation systems, allowing groups to score the best rates and see availability ahead of booking.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA.: Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour is kicking off its 20th season at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 15 from 6-10 p.m. Guests can expect an evening of swirling and sipping on a slew of wines—all of which have been rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator. There will also be a buffet on-site for bites to accompany the more than 200 pours on offer, and all attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass. General admission tickets are available online starting at $275 (VIP tickets run for $375), and the Grand Tour will go on to make additional stops in Chicago and Las Vegas.
INDIO, CALIF.: Aperol has announced that the ultra-popular Italian aperitivo will make its first-ever appearance at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which is taking place this year April 14-23. On-site, the brand will unveil the Aperol Spritz Piazza—a gathering place that’s inspired by traditional Italian piazzas. Festivalgoers can also expect an Aperol tram that resembles an Italian city streetcar, a kiosk to play digital trivia games and create custom AR experiences, an orange photo dome to capture the perfect selfie, and a sunbeam installation outfitted with neon LED lighting.
NEW YORK: PastaRAMEN is popping up in SoHo for a month-long dinner party powered by cookware brand HexClad this April. The secret speakeasy-style experience from Montclair Hospitality Group invites foodies to enjoy a multi-course, Japanese-Italian-fusion omakase dinner curated by James Beard-nominated chef Robbie Felice. Diners can expect bites like cacio e pepe fritti, truffle porcini ramen, and dry-aged Japanese A5 wagyu. Seatings for pastaRAMEN will accommodate up to 12 guests each and begin at $295 per person, with dinners on offer each Sunday and Monday night in April.
INNSiDE by Meliá New York Nomad has unveiled a partnership with personalized flower delivery service Floracracy to ring in springtime. Thanks to the collaboration, the hotel will have a seasonally themed flower wall—designed by Floracracy—where passersby can write “love letters from New York” on themed postcards that will then be added to the wall design. Hotel guests are now also able to pre-order Floracracy arrangements to be delivered to their hotel room ahead of their arrival.
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