PASSPORT 8-18-2005

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Games Boost L.A. Travel

X games 11 took place at the Staples Center Aug. 4-7, hosting 170,471 spectators. This is the third year that the highly popular extreme sports games have returned to Southern California. Cable network ESPN and AEG, owner and operator of the Staples Center, have agreed to keep the X Games in Los Angeles until 2009. This is a first for the games as previous X Games have only stayed in a host city for a maximum of two years.
“This was the 11th year for X Games and the event is growing in popularity each year. The games generated upwards of 10,000 room nights for Los Angeles, so they had a significant economic impact for the city,” said Richard Peterson, senior director of travel industry marketing for L.A. Inc. “As the premier extreme sporting event, X Games creates an opportunity to tap into a younger demographic, and as the host city, Los Angeles is building relationships with a visitors market that will bear fruit for future generations.”

Try Before You Buy

While awake during a restless night on an uncomfortable, aging mattress an epiphany arrives. Why not spend the night at two hotels to help me choose a new one? That’s right. I won’t have to bounce on them at Macy’s in full view of other customers. Instead, I will test them, complete with bedding, for an entire night. Can shopping get any easier?
First stop is The Inn Above Tide in Sausalito, Calif., where a McRoskey Airflex mattress awaits. The cloud-like bedding lulls me into a deep sleep.
Manufactured since 1899, the McRoskey Airflex mattress is available for purchase at three California showrooms located in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Los Angeles. An online product catalog is also available.
By Carole Terwilliger Meyers

At San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis, we encounter the famous all-white Heavenly Bed, composed of an exclusive Simmons Beautyrest mattress and box spring. Sleeping in it was, indeed, heavenly. Heavenly Cribs and Heavenly dog beds are also available.

So which will I choose? It is a hard decision. I think I need to sleep on it.

Treat your nose to an “Aromatic Weekend” with lessons in wine tasting, gourmet cooking and perfumery at Sofitel Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16-18.

Oblige the olfactory with a cheese and wine tasting with maitre fromager Max McCalman at New York’s Hotel Roger Williams beginning Nov. 1.

Make a getaway to San Diego’s Homewood Suites truly yours with your choice of packages: Romantic, Golf, Spa, Wine and Chocolate Escape or Legoland California through Dec. 30.

Pay $185 a year to travel like a star personal travel consultant included as a member of the Hideaways International Aficionado Club.

Receive a free wedding worth over $1,000 when you stay 10 or more nights at any luxury all-inclusive Almond Caribbean resort through Nov. 30.

Surprise clients upon arrival with a complimentary amenity and a personalized card from you and your agency for free when you book with select Sheraton, Westin or Luxury Collection properties in Mexico at http://mexico

Creative Leisure International gets creative with its travel protection plan by protecting your commission, up to $100 per person, in the event your client cancels their reservation after making a full payment.

The Fairmont Washington D.C. is celebrating Christmas in the Capital with its new Holiday Lights and Delights package from Nov. 25-Dec. 30.

Rejuvenate with a “Taking of Waters” spa treatment, based on a Cahuilla Indian healing ritual, at Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, Calif.