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Virgin Galactic Unveils VSS Imagine, The First SpaceShip III In Its Growing Fleet

Virgin Galactic today unveiled the Company’s first Spaceship III in its growing fleet, VSS Imagine. The spaceship showcases Virgin Galactic’s innovation in design and astronaut experience. Imagine also demonstrates progress toward efficient design and production, as Virgin Galactic works to scale the business for the long-term. VSS Imagine will commence ground testing, with glide flights planned for this summer from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

The breakthrough livery design, finished entirely with a mirror-like material, reflects the surrounding environment, constantly changing color and appearance as it travels from earth to sky to space. Along with providing thermal protection, this dynamic material is naturally appealing to the human eye, reflecting our inherent human fascination with space and the transformative experience of spaceflight.

Introducing VSS Imagine, the first SpaceShip III in the Virgin Galactic Fleet

Leveraging a modular design, the SpaceShip III class of vehicles are built to enable improved performance in terms of maintenance access and flight rate. This third generation of spaceship will lay the foundation for the design and manufacture of future vehicles.

As VSS Imagine begins ground testing, manufacturing will progress on VSS Inspire, the second SpaceShip III vehicle within the Virgin Galactic fleet. The introduction of the Spaceship III class of vehicles is an important milestone in Virgin Galactic’s multi-year effort that targets flying 400 flights per year, per spaceport.

VSS Imagine is unveiled ahead of VSS Unity’s next test flight, which is planned for May 2021.

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Sun-Kissed – The Art of George Townley

On April 2nd – 17th, 2021, George Townley will return to Gallery1988 for his second annual solo show titled Sun-Kissed – The Art of George Townley.

There’ll be new exclusive pieces focusing on iconic locations in and around Los Angeles, as well as limited-edition variants of some of his most popular existing prints.

Below is a collection of prints that the artist will have available at the show.

In-N-Out LAX

In-N-Out LAX (Variant)

House on Caliente

Chemosphere at Sunset

Chemosphere at Night

In-N-Out Westwood (Variant)

Hollywood Bowl at Night

The Georgian Hotel

Dingbat House in Culver City

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Voyager Station Space Hotel

Aiming to open in 2026, Voyager Station has a shot to be the first true space hotel. 

The wheel-shaped retreat is slated to have all the amenities one would expect at a resort, including suites, villas, a restaurant, bar, gym, and entertainment venue, as well as unique offerings like spacewalks and low-gravity basketball. 

The rooms and common areas will offer 1/6 of Earth’s gravity, while the central docking station will host a zero-gravity experience. 

The hotel is slated to be constructed in orbit using automation and telerobotics, and will be outfitted with 44 autonomous “emergency return vehicles” should a space emergency demand an evacuation back to our home planet. Currently accepting reservations; pricing has yet to be announced but is estimated to run $5 Million for a three-day trip.

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5 Tricks For A Stunning Makeover of Your Luxury Resort

The world is on its way to recovery after a long tumultuous phase of COVID-19. One of the clear indications of this is the travel predictions of the new year. The revenue in the tourism market is projected to reach $539,936 million in 2021 in which hotel is the largest segment with an estimated volume of $284,779 million, according to figures released by Statista.

This is a great opportunity for hoteliers to yield significant revenue. One smart way is to consider a makeover with clear defined actions. You do not have to begin from the scratch yet be able to raise the spirit of your establishment through simple solutions. Take a look at a few realistic ways to spruce up the hotel for a lively transformation.   

1. Modern Artwork 

Art can enhance the value of a space, bring attention to certain parts, invoke emotions and add clarity, according to an interview published in The Washington Post. Pick high-quality contemporary artwork, digital works, paintings, sculptures and photographs from online art gallery created by world-famous artists, according to experts at Phoenix International Art (PIA) Gallery. Get your collection from top art galleries in Phoenix Arizona, AZ, which are likely to add the much needed thrill and chic to the hotel lobby and lounges. 

2. Entrance Makeover

For a great first impression, create an extravagant and high-impact entrance. This helps guests cut off from the real-world and enter a mystical zone. Add loads of plants with pleasant smell, right type of lighting and fixtures along with exotic warm colors and gem undertones, according to an article by eHotelier. However, before adding pieces from a fine art gallery or making floor-changes, make sure the entrance and interiors do not clash against each other. 

3. Bedroom Refurbish 

To help the suites and rooms continue to look high-profile without massive changes, work on the linens. Go for plush white duvets and neutral toned sheets and replace patterned blankets with solid ones, according to an article by Tivago Business Blog. Further, look for original art work for sale in top contemporary art galleries in Scottsdale to adorn the walls. Lastly, check-out the furniture trends which will dominate in 2021 and make the required changes. 

4. Upgrade The Baths 

The washrooms are likely to be equipped with Spas and Jacuzzis. Further, you can add waterfall showers, museum quality art, lots of fresh plants, colorful glass stones and a new set of mirrors. These elements can quickly transform the look and create a wellness oriented space. Make sure to use energy efficient and eco-friendly products to receive impressive reviews while cutting down on electricity bills. 

5. Work On Functionality 

Unless the renovation is aesthetically motivated, invest in guest satisfaction. Increase the staff flow, change the existing layouts and offer more amenities. This can help create a great travel experience for your visitors while improving the profit opportunities. Work with interior designers and architectures to execute the plans. 

You might be required to go an extra mile to stand out from your competitors. However, using statement pieces from a local fine art gallery, loads of greenery and minimal changes can also be fruitful. Guests are likely to look forward to the stay-experience.

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How To Select The Best Airbnb Management Service

Things to do with Airbnb management aren’t easy. This is especially true when dealing with one or more properties. Managing these properties can take a lot of time and effort. Plus, it can take a lot of resources. That’s why you should hire the right Airbnb management to do it for you. With such a service, you can be sure of smooth management. Things like bookings and laundry won’t worry you. However, there are lots of Airbnb management services online. Thus, choosing the best one can be challenging. Luckily, this guide contains the tips and tricks you need to choose the best service.

Introduction

Airbnb offers a wide range of services, including listing creation, property maintenance, professional photography, premium amenities, guest accommodation, as well as, price optimization.

Care For Your Visitors

Does the company offer top-notch customer services? Does it cover you well? For instance, if you need help at night, will they be available on-call to address your concerns? Some Airbnb management firms only have few members of staff located in a central location. So, be sure to look for a big company that has local account managers who offer a more tailored service.

Boost Efficiently

The Airbnb management system offers reliable customer support. And this in turn allows guests to enjoy a better stay. You’ll have access to professional photographers who can help improve your listing visually. Besides, you’ll also meet professional interior designers who’ll help improve your property.

Rank Higher In Search Results—The Airbnb Listings

With Airbnb, you can easily enhance the appearance of your listing. Moreover, the management system can significantly improve your rankings on the search engine. Remember, your listing will only be noticed when it ranks top on the search results. Airbnb offers you an excellent chance to stand out from the crowd.

Easy And Efficient Booking

Are you looking for a gorgeous place to visit? Are you going on a business trip or for your honeymoon? Well, Airbnb is all you need. You’ll find everything here. The app is uniquely designed to offer optimal customer satisfaction. Plus, the raised bar of the facilities offered by Airbnb allows guests to book the best locations for specific occasions.

It’s also important to note that Airbnb offers provides guests with a personalized stay. It caters to everyone’s needs.

Airbnb Plus For A Luxurious Stay

This program was designed to turn every stay into a thrilling experience. Not all properties are listed here. It’s only those that feature an exceptional appearance, as well as, exemplary facilities. So, if you’re searching for a luxurious hotel, it’s time you consider turning to Airbnb.

Pro Tip: Check out Airbnb management companies London today and take your property management to the next level. 

The Bottom-Line

Don’t choose any Airbnb management service. Choose from the top. Choose a reliable service. Go for the experience. With a top service, you can be sure of good management, better customer service, improved profits, etc. Select the right Airbnb management service and enjoy the above benefits. From improved efficiency to luxurious stay—these are the tips that will give you better control over your Airbnb property.

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Why It Is Important To Plan Your Holiday Activities

The holidays are the perfect time to relax and unwind. However, you may not be too thrilled about the idea of planning for your holidays in advance, for one too many reasons, but it is probably because you just want to sit back and relax. If that’s what you’re really after, that’s all the more reason why you should plan for your holidays ahead of time! It seems paradoxical, we know, but we’re here to convert you to our side. Here are a few reasons why it’s absolutely crucial to plan your holiday activities well in advance. 

Planning Gets You Excited

Do you know that feeling you get once you open your journal and write down your to-do-list for the day? It can only be described as pure bliss. Even if you don’t manage to cross off all the items on your list (which feels terrible, in all honesty), you still manage to get a sense of achievement by writing down this list. The same goes for any form of planning: it assures your mind that there’s a plan in place; thou shall not go astray. So imagine how this feeling will intensify once you plan down something as fun as your very own holiday? Your brain and heart cells will both dance hallelujah!

Planning Helps You Organize Your Calendar

Knowing how your days will go ahead of time will give you plenty of room to prepare. By making a list of public holiday dates and adding them to your calendar, you can print it out and hang it somewhere where you can easily see it. This will help you keep track of your priorities and responsibilities, allowing you to plan the perfect vacation. As such, you’ll be able to give advance notice to your employer asking for vacation and notify your friends and relatives who will be joining you ahead of time so that they too can prepare accordingly. 

You Get To Plan Your Budget Strategically

A lot of things become clearer once you look at the bigger scheme of things. One of os the most important things you should plan, in the bigger scheme of things, is certainly your holiday budget. More often than not, making last-minute plans will get you the worst of deals – either in the form of excruciatingly high prices or poor service quality. To make sure you can enjoy your holidays without having to break the bank, it’s better to start planning for your vacation in advance. You’re more likely to find once-in-a-lifetime deals if you book your trip tickets and accommodation months in advance. Planning in advance will also alert you to hidden expenses you would’ve missed later on – but you won’t have to worry because you’ll also have more time to make the necessary adjustments. 

Planning Ahead Ensures A Smooth Vacation

Saving on costs isn’t the only thing you get to enjoy when planning in advance. Not only will you get better deals by booking your tickets and accommodation in advance, but you’ll have a much bigger variety of options to explore. You’ll be able to research accommodation places (including room views and specs!), restaurants, and all available activities. You’ll be able to make sure your credit and debit cards work there and make necessary deposits. If you’re traveling overseas, you’ll have all the time you need to finalize the paperwork, explore popular attractions, and build a basic understanding of the foreign language. 

Planning Reduces Errors And Downtime

Generally, going to a new place comes with a certain margin of error. Even if the new place is located in your hometown, you may make mistakes because the setting is unfamiliar. Imagine how much prone to erring you can be when you’re visiting a foreign place, the culture and traditions of which you know absolutely nothing of. Moreover, there are a lot of things that can go wrong during the trip, starting from vehicle crash-downs to suffering from medical emergencies. Once you plan in advance, you’ll also be able to apply for travel insurance, which can also cover medical insurance. You’ll know the weather plans and pack your bags accordingly. You won’t have to waste a lot of time fixing errors or setting up your journey. 

Planning ahead for your holiday activities is crucial so you can make the most out of your vacation. Although you may not be thrilled about the idea of approaching your vacation with a list of tasks, your future self will certainly thank you for the effort! That’s because planning ahead of time will surely guarantee a seamless vacation where you can do nothing but relax and unwind.

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide By Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever

A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond.

In World Travel: An Irreverent Guide ($35), a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Chris; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.

For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

The 480 page book will be released on April 20, 2021. Pre-order HERE.

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Nautilus Art Prints Announces Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Print By Laurent Durieux

Nautilus Art Prints is very proud to announce its newest release : Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You designed by Laurent Durieux. The artist does a gentle nod to the classic film Jaws in the poster.

Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Regular Print
By Laurent Durieux
Measures 24×36 inches
11 colors
Edition Size – 575
Signed and hand numbered by the artist
€65

Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Variant Print
By Laurent Durieux
Measures 24×36 inches
11 colors
Edition Size – 225
Signed and hand numbered by the artist
€85

Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Regular Version
Screenprinted on wood
By Laurent Durieux
Format: 26,38×38,58 inches
6 mm thick
11 colors
Edition Size – 10
Signed and hand numbered by the artist
€250

Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Variant Version
Screenprinted on wood
By Laurent Durieux
Format: 26,38×38,58 inches
6 mm thick
11 colors
Edition Size – 10
Signed and hand numbered by the artist
€250

On sale on Nautilus Art Prints store this Friday December, 11 at 7 PM Brussels Time – 10 AM (PT)

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Check Out What The Cabins Will Look Like On The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Opening At Walt Disney World Resort In 2021

In a galaxy far, far away, progress continues at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, where guests will live aboard a starship for a 2-day, 2-night experience. 

Unlike any typical cruise, though, you can become the heroes of your own Star Wars story in a new type of immersive experience that only Disney could create.

Guests will cruise the galaxy in style aboard the Halcyon, known for its impeccable service and exotic destinations. Onboard, you’ll stay in well-appointed cabins, experience onboard dining, make a planet-side excursion to Black Spire Outpost on Batuu and much more.

Here are some images of what the cabins will look like.

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is coming to Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

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First Passengers Travel Safely On A Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop made history last week as the first people successfully traveled in a hyperloop pod.

The testing campaign, from the beginning stages all the way through to the successful demonstration, was overseen by the industry-recognized Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Certifer. Having undergone a rigorous and exhaustive safety process, the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle demonstrates many of the safety-critical systems that will be found on a commercial hyperloop system and is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that can detect off-nominal states and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.

Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, were the first people in the world to ride on this new form of transportation. The test took place at Virgin Hyperloop’s 500 meter DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada where the company has previously run over 400 un-occupied tests.

The occupants made their maiden voyage on the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, which was custom-built with occupant safety and comfort in mind. While the production vehicle will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, this 2-seater XP-2 vehicle was built to demonstrate that passengers can in fact safely travel in a hyperloop vehicle.

“Hyperloop is about so much more than the technology. It’s about what it enables – the trips you’d be able to take from Paris to Berlin, Lisbon to Madrid, or Warsaw to Prague,” said Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience for Virgin Hyperloop. “To me, the passenger experience ties it all together. And what better way to design the future than to actually experience it first-hand?”

By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions. With the goal to be safety certified by 2025 and begin commercial operations by 2030, the 100% electric Virgin Hyperloop system could play a key role in helping achieve the European Green Deal’s climate-neutrality objective.

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