Poll Reveals Redecorating is Most Dreaded DIY Task

(PRWEB) August 2, 2010

A recent poll conducted by leading London-based property maintenance and refurbishment company Aspect Maintenance has revealed painting and decorating to be among the most dreaded DIY tasks.

While redecoration accounted for 38 percent of the votes, a further 36 percent of those questioned said that clearing guttering and downpipes was a job they weren’t too keen to undertake.

Many people dread coming home from the DIY store and unpacking and erecting flat-packed furniture, and 11 percent of those surveyed indicated that this sentiment resonated with them.

In the poll of 55 customers, only seven per cent professed that putting up shelves was a job they really dreaded.

Commenting on the findings, William Davies, managing director of Aspect Maintenance, said: “We all hate it when the time comes to give your property a quick refresh, so it’s no surprise that redecorating is proving to be the most dreaded of DIY tasks.

“However, I was amazed to see that putting up shelving and erecting furniture received relatively low responses – these are often connected with DIY disasters.

“Perhaps furniture stores have finally realised, and are creating clearer instructions for us to follow!”

Aspect Maintenance operates across the domestic and commercial sectors. The company offers a fully-skilled workforce who can handle all painting and decorating jobs, as well as any other maintenance issues, from the drains to the roof, and anything in between.

If you are looking for help with painting and decorating, or any other household maintenance issue, the property maintenance company offers a 24-hour call out service, 365 days per year, across London and the South East. It also provides an estimation division, offering estimates for minor maintenance jobs through to large-scale refurbishments.

To make a booking with Aspect Maintenance, please contact them directly on 08432 165 046.

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Second Annual Pampered Pet Expo in Orlando — Florida’s Most Anticipated Pet Event Focuses on Education

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 10, 2009

Pet lovers across Central Florida will be flocking to the second annual Pampered Pet Expo at the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center on August 7-9, 2009.

The Pampered Pet Expo is owned and produced by entrepreneurial sisters and animal lovers Joyce Perhac of ProShow Inc. and Janice Blasko of The Abbey Group. ProShow is a meeting and event-planning company owned by Perhac and based in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Abbey Group is an Orlando-based website development company owned by Blasko. Blasko also serves as President of a Central Florida animal rescue and education organization.

The event focuses on educating pet owners through fun classes and informative presentations, while offering a large pet vendor shopping area with products and services including food, clothing, spa products, beds, accessories, safety equipment, housing, toys and health care. The variety of free and low-cost seminar choices include: Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR, Canine Behavior, DOGA (yoga with your dog), Animal Communication, How to Choose the Right Pet, Wildlife and Your Pets and many more. Tammy Roussin will be offering a seminar on “How to Build a Profitable Petsitting Business.” Roussin makes $ 100,000 a year as the owner of Absolutely Pampered Pets, a pet-sitting/dog walking business in St. Louis, MO and was recently featured in Parade Magazine’s 2009 Real People, Real Salaries. Professionals in their fields of expertise such as the Ask-a-Vet Center will be available for free consultations for guests.

Also spotlighted at the Expo is the Petfinder Adoption Center where Florida’s top local pet rescue organizations will be available to answer questions and showcase their adoptables in need of forever homes. These groups also provide guests an opportunity to volunteer their time and donate to help support these important community groups.

Entertainment includes acts such as the Disc-Connected K9s’, a professional, world famous frisbee dog touring show featuring rescued dogs performing cutting edge acrobatics who have appeared at NFL, MLB & NBA half-time shows, on ESPN, the CBS Morning News, USA Network, Animal Planet and more; the Swanky Pooch runway fashion show with plenty of doggie bling and ShowBirdz!; a parrot show featuring Teddy the rollerskating, basketball playing Cockatoo from ESPN Sports commercials and his pals and much more.

Expo sponsors and partners include Banfield, the Pet Hospital; PETSMART; Fizzion; Pet Planet Magazine; The New Barker; Center for Animal Therapies; PetAPotty; Faithful Friends; Park, Bark & Fly; Lake Howell Animal Clinic and Petfinder.com.

The Pampered Pet Expo is being held in the West Building, Hall D of the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center. Expo hours are from 4pm to 9pm on Friday, 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Daily adult admission is $ 10 in advance and $ 12 at the door. Children 10 and under are free. Parking at the Convention Center is $ 8 per car. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting http://www.PamperedPetExpo.com or by calling 800-249-3154. Due to the event’s location, the public is asked not to bring their pets.

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Villa4vacation Most Advanced Vacation Rentals Search Engine

Mahwah, New Jersey, USA (PRWEB) May 3, 2006

Holiday Rentals Owners can now easily advertise their homes with the launch of Villa4vacation.com,ultimate web resource for private vacation rental homes. Each of these vacation properties are advertised on this web site directly by the owners, completely eliminating the middle men.

As villa owners ourselves, Villa4vacation team have designed and built a professional, user-friendly site, specifically for vacation-rental owners. It is extremely easy for potential clients to use, and can help generate a noticeable increase in rental income. Company is planning to limit membership so our homeowners do not have to compete with thousands of others in the same rental areas.

“At http://www.Villa4Vacation.com we will ensure that your property is seen, through a USA and an International media, brand awareness campaigns and through constant marketing,” says Alex Lutsky, CEO.

This includes major search engine visibility with ongoing submissions and promotion with the large internet-based travel companies and major players in the Holiday / Travel industry.

With growth in the number of vacation rental properties, there has also been an increase in the number of Vacation Rentals websites.

As a member of Villa4Vacation.com homeowners will receive a superior presentation and listing for their property, visitors reports, management of bookings and also full US-based customer service and support, plus much more.

Homes are automatically listed in following vacation rental domains:

http://www.hotvacationrental.net


http://www.rental-direct.com


http://www.vacationhomenow.com


http://www.villa4holiday.co.uk


http://www.villa4holiday.com


http://www.villaforvacation.com

Consumers could use the company’s very extensive database to help find their favorite vacation rental home or condo, right in their backyard to anywhere in the world, in four different ways.

They could use interactive clickable World Map, drop down geographical menu, advanced search menu or “Hot Destinations” links.

Advanced search menu includes selecting properties by number of bedrooms, existence of pool and even ability to bring pets to the property.

“Hot Destinations” links include direct connections to private homes in Canada, Europe – Italy, London, France, Greece; Caribbean region – Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, and in the US – Florida, Kissimmee, Orlando, Miami, Daytona Beach, Utah, California, Lake Tahoe, Colorado, Hilton Head Island and many more locations.

The concept behind the idea of vacation rentals by owners is very simple: get more for less money. It is very cost effective, especially for larger families or groups of tourists.

For instance, if a group of 6 would like to rent hotel rooms in Orlando. They will need at least two rooms. Each room would cost them about $ 150 per night and they would have to fit 3 people in each 200 sq. feet room.

By going through Villa4vacation.com they could rent nicely furnished 3-4 bedroom home or a condo with a private pool, full stocked kitchen and a laundry room, for about $ 200 per night.

Similar deals could be found all over the world. Unfortunately, not all consumers are educated enough about existence of this kind of travel arrangements. There is tremendous value in this vacation rental concept.

The site also provide one stop shopping for airfare, car rentals, travel insurance and even restaurant guide. For those who travel to Orlando are it offers Walt Disney World Resort tickets as well.

Villa4vacation.com has recently purchased additional domain names, condo4vacation.com and villa4holiday.co.uk that will provide additional layer of expansion.

The Villa4vacation.com travel search engine operating worldwide is committed to promoting the success of vacation rentals by owners industry.

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Villa4vacation.com is not a booking agent and does not charge any service fees to travelers and vacationers. It is not responsible for content on external web sites and URLs. Villa4vacation.com makes no warranty of accuracy regarding the information contained in any of its

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Restaurant Consultant Reveals 80 Most Common Restaurant Mistakes

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 25, 2011

Restaurant Consultant Aaron Allen – who has represented more than 10,000 restaurants spanning six (6) continents and 45 countries – has just released his list of the 80 Most Common Restaurant Mistakes found among both independent and chain restaurants.

His list of common restaurant mistakes covers twenty (20) service mistakes; ten (10) exterior design and facilities issues; ten (10) interior design and facilities errors; twenty (20) menu design mistakes; and twenty (20) restaurant marketing mistakes. Allen also provides his firms recommendations on restaurant cost cutting ideas at the base of the list.

“Our clients have ranged from mom and pop restaurants with just $ 250,000 in annual revenue to global restaurant industry giants with revenues in excess of $ 12 billion. This list of the 80 Most Common Restaurant Mistakes isn’t inclusive of all that occurs, but it does represent those most frequently observed and universal across industry segments, geography and company size,” Allen said.

While the global business mood is still in the doldrums, Allen believes recessions can actually benefit the restaurant industry. “Among other things, recessions offer restaurants a good opportunity to recruit better staff, improve facilities, shore up their operations by fixing some of these common mistakes, and generally shine when the competition can’t afford to,” Allen added.

Aaron Allen’s full list of the 80 Most Common Restaurant Mistakes can be found on his website at: http://aaronallen.com/articles/restaurant-audits-80-of-the-most-commonly-found-mistakes/

Restaurant Consultant Aaron Allen is a third generation restaurateur who has lead complex and multi-disciplined consulting teams for some of the world’s largest restaurant chains and foodservice industry suppliers. He is a top drawing industry speaker, trusted analyst, and has been an industry source for media such as The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Rueters, and National Public Radio. Based in Orlando, Florida, Allen visits more than 300 restaurants annually and spends more than 300 nights per year in hotels with roughly one-third of his time spent abroad.

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EarthCam Announces The World’s “25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2010”

Hackensack, NJ (Vocus) December 22, 2010

EarthCam, the world’s premiere webcam network since 1996 has announced its 12th annual list of the world’s “25 Most Interesting Webcams.”

The wide-range of 2010 honors were awarded to webcams from well-know landmarks such as Abbey Road and Hollywood Boulevard to puppies, firefoxes, hummingbirds and sea monkeys. Some quiet corners of the world like Brucken (Germany) have intriguing cameras while beaches are represented this year as awards went to webcams in Hawaii and Thailand. ‘Breathtaking’ is the best word to describe a few winners: the AuroraMAX Live camera in Canada, the cityscape webcam in Zurich, Switzerland and the Naples and Vesuvio webcam in Italy. But a couple of the more off-beat webcams chalked up votes; the NASA Curiosity Cam in California and “Rich Da Barber” in Virginia. To look at all of the “25 Most Interesting Webcams of 2010” please visit http://www.earthcam.com/top25.

“We at EarthCam are pleased to honor our winners for their creativity, wide-range use of live webcam technology and their ability to entertain and educate millions,” said Brian Cury, Founder and CEO of EarthCam. “For the first time we have multiple HD camera winners from across the globe, raising the quality of the video significantly. These winning cameras are a perfect cross-section of the worldwide webcams. They make it possible for viewers to travel virtually not only to extraordinary sites around the globe that they may never get the chance to visit but also to a simple backyard or a home of a person they may never meet. These webcams, no matter their size, have the ability to create bonds and relationships between the viewers and the camera subjects whether they are used for entertainment or solid commercial applications.”

Throughout 2010, EarthCam producers viewed thousands of webcam sites then selected more than 100 semi-finalists. The EarthCam panel of VIP judges then chose the top 25 based on criteria of concept, creativity, technology, visual quality and design.

The 2010 VIP judges include Barry Josephson, Executive Producer of Bones (TV series) and Producer of the feature movie Life as We Know It; Tyler Slocum, Vice President DIRECTV Advanced Services; King Laughlin, Vice President National Park Foundation’s Flight 93 Memorial; Cindy Lovell, Executive Director Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum; Jennifer Lenhart-Belawski, Broadcast Technology and Services Manager Orlando Magic and 2009 25 Most Interesting Webcams winners Karen Jeffries, Public Relations Manager Monterey Bay Aquarium and Marcus Margerum, Vice President of Marketing & Sales Zoo Atlanta.

EarthCam is the global leader in webcam technology and software. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides live streaming video and megapixel cameras, along with complete managed services for consumers and corporate clients in more than 1,500 cities throughout all 50 states and 46 countries. The company’s expertise includes developing technology to manage camera networks and delivering millions of images daily to over 290 countries. EarthCam holds the expertise and knowledge to offer consumers the ability to view, create and share webcam content at anytime and in any location in the world. Clients include Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Clear Channel Communications, PBS, ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, CNN, Major League Baseball, NFL, This Old House, Coca-Cola, Sprint, Volkswagen, GE and National Geographic.

For the complete list of the 25 Most Interesting Webcams, please visit http://www.earthcam.com/top25.

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Home Sellers Find New Ways to Get the Most Value for Their Home

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) March 13, 2006

Nancy Johnson is a single woman who teaches kindergarten. She had inherited her grandmother’s home back in 1995 and was looking for ways to get the most value out of the home.

Nancy said, “its a small two-bedroom bungalow that lies in a suburb that borders a large city; the home essentially sits on a small city lot. I’ve lived here for a few years, but I would like to sell so I can move further into the suburbs to be closer to my work, but I only have a couple thousand dollars to fix it up for the sale.”

The question Nancy and many others in her position ask is: Where and how should I begin?

Most experts agree that as long your roof and foundation are sound, you are in very good shape to sell, but there are steps to take to insure that you get your asking price.

William Anderson, a home consultant, reminds sellers that there are simple ways to increase a home’s value without spending a lot of money.

“The first step begins with cleaning—inside and out. Clear your front and back yard of any debris. Clear out your garage of any excess clutter. If you cannot part with garage and household items, than consider an inexpensive storage unit off the premises,” he said.

“Next, scour the inside of the house—walls, floors, sinks, tubs, doors, etc…If you have a pet, consider ripping out the carpeting; it holds odors and a bare floor can easily be made attractive with decorative accents. Do not neglect basement or attic if your home has these attributes. Once you have cleaned from top to bottom, the real fun begins,” he continued.

He noted that curb appeal, or the measure of what the prospective buyer sees first, is most important when fixing up your place to sell.

“Start outside because this is what prospective buyers will see first. If it’s a brick bungalow, than you’ve just saved a considerable expense on outside paint. If it requires a new coat of paint, than so be it,” he said.

He suggested that you choose a neutral color to the house. Even if you are more partial to lively colors, you don’t want to turn off a buyer in case they are more conservative or what a home with a traditional look. Keep it simple is always good advice.

He also noted that simple additions such as window boxes of whatever you are able to care for—green foliage plants or colorful perennials would suit. He added, “If your porch is a bit crumbly, patch it up and also give it a coat of paint. Fresh paint is the elixir of house sales. You may paint the railing as well, but spending a bit of your savings on a new one is a good option.”

Other touches he suggested would make your home stand out may be to add a brass house number and an outdoor brass lighting fixture—something hanging is more dramatic, but a sconce style works too. If brass is not to your taste, consider wrought iron. A single stone planter for the porch is another welcoming touch.

“But nothing cutesy like a plastic bunny sporting a wilting fern,” he said, “Be sophisticated and simple—even if this is not to your liking. You want to give your buyers a clean slate so they can imagine their own belongings there. Don’t forget, to keep steps and walkways clear.”

While you are out front, you have plenty to consider on the landscaping front. Be sure the plants on your property are healthy. Pruning large trees is more affordable than having them removed if they are indeed unattractive. Get rid of messy shrubbery that hides the view of your home. If the planting area in front of the house is messy, clear it and purchase some simple wooden trellises to prop against the wall. Climbing tea roses, English ivy or any other climbing plant or vine will add a delightful touch.

He continued, “A well maintained lawn instantly attracts a buyer to your house. If you have dead spots, patch them. If the edging needs to be done, do it. If you can afford a sod lawn, this might be a good place to spend some money. An alternative to the lawn would be an easy-to-maintain ground cover like creeping phlox. When it is not in bloom, it appears as tufts of luxuriant grass.”

When decorating the inside, don’t be afraid to shop at flea markets and bargain retail stores. Arrange your furniture so that rooms appear airy and uncrowded. Consider a plain hanging light fixture for the front hall and dining area. You may want to sand and refinish your wood floors; this is labor intensive, but something you could do yourself for results dramatic results. Paint your walls an antique or off white and keep pictures to a minimum. Consider adding the following accents:

Area rugs, new plumbing fixtures, new door handles, decorative fireplace screen, ceiling hooks and hanging plants for windows, painted cabinets (if they need it!), grout your bathtub and replace grimy tile and add fresh draperies or shades. Optional ideas to incorporate—if you can afford them would be to: lay a small backyard patio, new awnings, fresh mulch for flowerbeds and to ring trees, new shrubs, new bathroom vanity and toilet, newly paved walkways and drive, painted garage, new kitchen floor, new mailbox, etc…

By taking many of these measures, sellers should be able to keep their asking price firm and possibly bump up the price. No need to do anything too major like add built in bookshelves or window seats—buyers may not need or want these more permanent features. Try to fix up what is already there. to save money. Clean and uncluttered is the look you want for a successful sale.

For more tips on selling your house, here are some online resources:

More tips on curb appeal

-Remodeling ideas

-Do it yourself tips

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Updated: Celebrate Summer in America’s Most Exciting Regions at Gaylord Hotels

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 20, 2010

For families, planning the perfect getaway is often the best – and most daunting – part of summer. Between the flights, the rental cars, the misguided GPS and finding daily activities to please every family member, the whole process can take the fun out of the vacation celebration before it’s even begun. Gaylord Hotels is putting the fun back with SummerFest, a program of events and activities that celebrates the season and is sure to delight the entire family.

Located in or near four of the country’s most desirable settings – Washington, D.C., Nashville, Orlando and Dallas – Gaylord Hotels are destinations unto themselves. (The Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. is currently closed and under repair due to Nashville’s recent flooding. Re-opening date TBD.) Each property boasts a variety of dining options suited to every style and taste, overseen by award-winning chefs who create special regional delicacies as well as creative kids’ menus. Other on-property amenities include full-service spas and salons, indoor and outdoor pools, access to golf, shopping and much more. Each resort has been designed to provide a stunning backdrop for fun family getaways with an entertaining twist that highlights the area’s history and cultural significance. Following is an overview of the SummerFest programs available at Gaylord Hotels:

All-American Fun at Gaylord National, National Harbor, Md.

Gaylord National, the premiere waterfront resort on the Potomac River and a gateway to Washington, D.C., will embody all-American fun this summer. Guests will be greeted by Monumental Sand Sculptures depicting famous scenes from the nation’s capital and Madame Tussauds Wax Figures of President Washington and Lincoln inside the resort’s sweeping, patriotically adorned atrium. On weekends, families will enjoy American Fanfare, a light and fountain show set to music featuring a salute to “Old Glory.” Guests will marvel at Saturday Night Lights a dazzling fireworks show over the Potomac River held every Saturday night. Or, families can head to the pool to enjoy the Sunset Celebration with live music and summertime food and drink specials available at the pool bar. On Sundays, parents are encouraged to take advantage of local history by bringing their children to A Washington Brunch where they will meet George or Martha Washington. On weeknights, guests can take in Dive-In Movies playing on the big screen at the pool.

Other summer highlights at the Gaylord National include the July 4th Fireworks and Fun Celebration with live music, carnival rides, refreshments and an elaborate fireworks display over the Potomac River, the National Harbor Food & Wine Festival (June 12-13), and Abbey Road on the River (Sept. 2-6), a four-day Beatles tribute festival over Labor Day weekend. For packages and more information, go to http://www.gaylordhotels.com/summerfest.

SummerFest at Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Fla.

Themed to match the sizzling Florida summer nights, SummerFest at Gaylord Palms is a great way to celebrate what the sunshine state is famous for: sun, music and fun! This year, an exquisite sand sculpture garden will delight guests. Other on–site activities include live alligator feedings, fish feedings in Key West lagoon, the famed TV show “Hell’s Kitchen”-themed culinary activities, a menu of special summer spa treatments, the Coquina Dunes Recreation Park, Friday night “Dive-In Movies,” and Saturday Pool Jams with live DJs at Clearwater Cove.

Another favorite Summer Rockin’ Fun offering will be Rock Band, where guests can step on stage in Auggies Jammin’ Bar to play the popular game. Kids can enjoy related activities such as the Roadie’s Challenge scavenger hunt where they will hunt for hidden guitars. They also eat for free* during SummerFest with the purchase of an adult entr

Institute of Financial Operations Names 25 Most Influential People Setting Global Trends in Cash Management

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) May 12, 2011

Public officials, banking executives, technology innovators, visionaries, academicians, and thought leaders made the first-ever list of the 25 Most Influential Financial Operations Professionals, released today during Fusion 2011, an annual conference and trade show at the Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center near Orlando.

The Institute of Financial Operations created the recognition to honor people whose contributions have furthered the professions that fall under the umbrella of the association and its affiliate organizations: International Accounts Payable Professionals (IAPP), International Accounts Receivable Professionals (IARP), the National Association of Purchasing & Payables (NAPP), and The Association for Work Process Improvement (TAWPI).

The new Institute is the standard-setting body and primary resource for professionals in all disciplines of financial operations and at all levels, from the CFO through the ranks of accounts payable, accounts receivable, payments, document automation, and procure-to-pay.

“As our organization has moved into the broad spectrum of financial operations, it’s time to recognize leaders in our industry,” said Thomas M. Bohn, president and CEO of the Institute. “These are the people who are driving our industry in the short term and medium term, and identifying leading-edge solutions our professionals need to put into action.”

Those named as the 25 Most Influential were notified by e-mail this week. They were nominated for their current work as catalysts for broad change through challenging traditional business models, creating groundbreaking automated solutions, defining fundamental market shifts, achieving entrepreneurial success, and embracing the changes and technological promise of the emerging financial operations landscape.

The list, by category, includes:

Rulemaking Bodies / Regulators

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ASIS 2011, The Most Comprehensive Event in the Security Industry, Opens September 19 in Orlando

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) September 13, 2011

WHO:

More than 20,000 security professionals from more than 90 countries will convene for educational sessions, networking, and exhibits at the ASIS International Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2011), the world?s largest show dedicated to security.

ASIS International is the largest organization in the world for security management professionals.

WHAT:

The ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits (ASIS 2011)

WHEN:

Sept. 19-22, 2011

Program and Exhibit Hours:

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Orange County Convention Center

9800 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

Ph: +1.407.685.9800

Go to the Press Room (W312 A) to obtain press credentials and camera passes.

ABOUT ASIS INTERNATIONAL:

ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry?s No. 1 magazine?Security Management?ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.

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Universal Orlando Presents Mardi Gras 2009 With The Most Powerful Talent Line-Up In The Event’s History

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) February 6, 2009

Universal Orlando is unleashing the biggest Mardi Gras celebration this side of the bayou with the most powerful and diverse concert series in the event’s history. With a combined total of more than 300 million records sold and a dozen Grammy Awards, this year’s Mardi Gras line-up features 13 of the most popular names in pop, rock, R&B, country, hip-hop and more.

Guests will experience a Mardi Gras concert series like no other, with performances by Billboard Chart-topper Ne-Yo, “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, country music-duo Montgomery Gentry and Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly. Other headliners include the hit artists behind classics such as “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Too Legit to Quit,” and “Y.M.C.A.” – Pat Benatar, MC Hammer and The Village People, respectively. In addition, New Orleans bands will showcase their authentic bayou music in the “French Quarter,” a replica of New Orleans’ famed district.

“This year’s Mardi Gras will be our best party ever,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. “We’ve got the best music line-up in the history of the event, along with a non-stop celebration filled with an amazing parade, floats, food and all of the beads you can catch.”

Guests will experience the most authentic Mardi Gras celebration outside of The Big Easy when the event kicks off on February 7 and runs every Saturday night through April 18, with additional dates on Sunday February 15 and Friday, March 27. Guests will enjoy hundreds of costumed characters, tons of souvenir beads, Cajun cuisine and an elaborate parade featuring floats designed by Blaine Kern Artists, Inc, who designs floats for the New Orleans parade.

This year’s parade theme is “Stories,” giving guests a glimpse into the world of literature. Themed floats featuring iconic characters and settings from the pages of the most popular and beloved books featuring genres such as Mystery, Romance and Horror will cruise the streets of Universal Studios throughout the event.

Mardi Gras is included in park admission to Universal Studios. Florida residents can take advantage of a variety of offers to get the most out of their Mardi Gras experience.

FLORIDA RESIDENT MARDI GRAS OFFERS

2009 2-Park Season Pass

Access to Mardi Gras for all 13 event nights
Good for admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure through December 19, 2009 (dates include scheduled spring opening of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit)
$ 99.99 plus tax
Deal valid from January 15, 2008 – April 18, 2008 through specially-marked Coca-Cola and Wendy’s products

Florida Resident Mardi Gras Getaway

2-night accommodations at hotel near Universal Orlando
2-day/2-park ticket to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
Complimentary scheduled transportation between hotel and Universal Orlando
Starting at $ 75 per person, per night
Upgrade to an on-site hotel and receive complimentary Universal Express access to rides and attractions

Mardi Gras After-5 Ticket

Admission to Universal Studios after 5 p.m. on Mardi Gras event dates
$ 45.99 plus tax

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S MARDI GRAS 2009 – 2

For more information about Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2009, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.universalorlando.com/mardigras/

About Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort has created some of the world’s most innovative theme park attractions based on pop culture’s most compelling films and stories. Guests experience two exciting theme parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure as well as Universal CityWalk, a 30-acre restaurant, shopping and nighttime entertainment complex; and three magnificently themed on-site Loews hotels – the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Flagship experiences featured in the theme parks include “The Simpsons Ride,” “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride,” “The Incredible Hulk Coaster” and “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.” More information is available at http://www.UniversalOrlando.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Universal Orlando Public Relations

(407) 363-8220

http://media.universalorlando.com

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