Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Announces ‘Grand Fitting and Golf Expo’ on July 9
Event Kicks Off Shepherd’s Rock Grand Opening Celebration, Special Appearance by John Daly

(FARMINGTON, Pa.) – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – will host its inaugural “Grand Fitting and Golf Expo” at its world-class Golf Academy on July 9.
Beginning at 3 p.m., the event kicks off Nemacolin’s grand opening celebration for its much-anticipated new Pete Dye and Tim Liddy-designed Shepherd’s Rock golf course, which welcomes public play beginning on July 12. PGA TOUR player and 84 Lumber Classic past champion John Daly will make a special appearance at the demonstration along with a “meet and greet” with PGA professionals.
Representative equipment brands to be showcased include Titleist, PING, TaylorMade, Srixon, PXG, Mizuno, Bentley, Edel, Honma, Accra Golf Shafts, Mitsubishi Chemical, Swing Science and SeeMore Putters. Other scheduled events are highlighted by a trick shot performance by Nemacolin’s director of instruction, PGA Professional Eric Johnson. Johnson is a GOLF Magazine “Top 100 Teacher in America.” Tours of the Golf Academy and entertainment by DJ Rambo are also part of the festivities.
“The Grand Fitting and Golf Expo will be a splendid kick-off for our Shepherd’s Rock grand opening and we are delighted John Daly will be on hand for the event,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “We want folks to come out and enjoy all we offer at the Nemacolin Golf Academy, and discover firsthand why we’re one of the premier golf facilities in the U.S.”
The state-of-the-art golf instruction at Nemacolin offers an array of game improvement programming including: individual lessons, TrackMan® Golf Radar Solution, SAM Putt Lab, V1 Video System, BodiTracks, one-, two- and three-day golf schools, and one of the leading club-fitting centers on the East Coast. A commitment to growing the game also abounds, with numerous junior and family golf options.
“Based on the number of brand representatives and schedule of events, the Grand Fitting and Golf Expo promises to be one of the largest and most entertaining fitting and demo day experiences that is open to the public,” adds Johnson. “We are thrilled to host an event that showcases the many world-class components of the Nemacolin Golf Academy – from its highly-regarded instruction programs to its on-site club fitting center and advanced technological game-improvement features.”
For more information on this grand opening event, please call the Nemacolin Golf Academy at 724.329.6111.
Perched high atop the Allegheny Mountains, the 7,151-yard Shepherd’s Rock course will offer extraordinary golf in a spectacular setting. The rolling bucolic terrain is ideal to fully utilize Dye’s brilliant imagination in fashioning a routing sure to draw raves from both media and guests. Shepherd’s Rock is the only Mid-Atlantic layout and Pete Dye-designed golf course opening in 2017.
For more information:, 866.399.6957.
About Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nemacolin is one of North America's premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf, including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course. In July, the property will open Shepherd’s Rock, its second Dye-designed signature course. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center, complete with zip lines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy.
Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. Nemacolin also boasts an internationally acclaimed spa collection and 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events, Nemacolin's 32,000 square feet of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

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Held in DC for the first time, IPW will generate $1.7 billion for the city within three years

(Washington, DC) – Destination DC (DDC) will host an incredible lineup of special events to showcase Washington, DC during the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW 2017, which will be held in the nation’s capital for the first time, June 3-7, 2017. DC will welcome 6,300 delegates from 75 countries for the travel industry’s premier international marketplace, which is the single largest generator of travel to the U.S. The city is on pace to be among the top three destinations earning the highest IPW attendance.

Attendees will experience what sets DC apart from all other global destinations. Highlighting DC’s diverse neighborhoods and experiences, 34 all-delegate and press sightseeing tours will take place on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. Tours include coveted access to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture; a glimpse into DC’s culinary creators and entrepreneurs including the artisans at Union Market; insight into DC from the water including the forthcoming $2 billion Wharf development in Southwest, and much more.

In cooperation with the National Park Service, an indoor/outdoor Opening Event is on Sunday, June 4. Guests will enjoy a sunset concert on the National Mall featuring a lineup of only-in-DC acts, along with exclusive access to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Also on June 4, the Newseum hosts separate brunches for press and MICE, giving hundreds of international journalists as well as international meeting planners and incentive buyers private access to the museum dedicated to freedom of speech. The Closing Event will be held at Nationals Park on June 7, incorporating America’s favorite pastime, baseball, into a memorable finale highlighting DC, Maryland and Virginia in coordination with Capital Region USA (CRUSA).

“IPW is essentially a five-day advertisement of Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of DDC. “Our message to the international community is that they are welcome in Washington, DC and we appreciate their business. We’re thrilled to show off the unexpected sides of the nation’s capital for tour operators, journalists and our industry peers.”

According to Rockport Analytics, the immediate economic impact of hosting IPW is $12 million. From 2018-2020, DC is expected to receive one million new additional international visitors, a $1.7 billion economic impact, $94 million in local tax receipts and 5,900 jobs.

“In Washington, DC, we are happy to host millions of tourists every year. We are proud to show off our vibrant neighborhoods, our thriving arts and restaurant scenes, and the many museums and monuments that tell our country’s history,” said DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. “As we continue spreading inclusive prosperity throughout DC, every visitor to our city plays a vital role in supporting DC businesses and creating jobs for our residents. By staying in our hotels, dining in our restaurants, visiting our attractions, and shopping in our local stores, visitors from around the world have helped make DC’s economy one of the strongest local economies in the country.”

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for leisure tourism sales and Washington, DC is ready to shine,” said Theresa Belpulsi, DDC’s vice president, tourism and visitor services. “Years of planning have gone into IPW 2017 and we’re ready to welcome the world and host the best IPW ever.”

DC welcomed a record 20 million domestic visitors in 2016, and DDC will announce total visitation for the year in August. DC’s dining scene is thriving, recently named “Hottest Food City” by and “Best Restaurant City” by Bon Appetit. A second Michelin Guide is expected in fall. Navigating the city is easy via public transportation, including more than 3,000 rentable Capital Bikeshare bikes and a new streetcar on H Street NE.

In the next year, DC will host events including the DC Jazz Festival; Hive at the National Building Museum; Citi Open tennis tournament; the reopening of the Freer|Sackler; a landmark Vermeer exhibition at the National Gallery of Art; the world premiere of “Mean Girls: The Musical” at National Theatre, the opening of the Museum of the Bible and the return of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

“We use the #MyDCcool campaign to show the personal connection visitors and locals have with our city, whether that’s sharing a meal, a night out, a captivating performance, shopping or simply a sunset photo from an iconic landmark,” said Ferguson. “We can’t wait to see what IPW delegates capture during their time in the city.”

DDC is also working with CRUSA to host regional delegate tours pre and post IPW, encouraging people to come early and stay late, enjoying Maryland and Virginia’s sandy beaches, coastal towns, mountains and scenic drives.

The DC hospitality community recognizes the importance of hosting this event. DDC is recruiting 800 volunteers to assist at airports, hotels, events and welcome desks. More than 50 members offer “Delegate Deals” to those showing IPW credentials. DDC has raised $3.5 million in cash sponsorship and received a matching $3.5 million from the District of Columbia government. DDC is working with 80 cash and in-kind partners to host IPW. Presenting and leadership partners include Capital Region USA (CRUSA), Brand USA, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), United Airlines and Hilton Worldwide. For more information, visit

About DDC: DDC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 930 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.

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New Stores Promote Next Generation of Entrepreneurs while Preserving Charm of Cape May

CAPE MAY, NJ (JUNE 8, 2017) - America’s Oldest Seaside Resort is gearing up to celebrate its newest shopping epicenter, The Shops on Perry.  This new block of high-end shopping retailers is helping cultivate new and unique businesses while preserving the charm of Cape May.  Tommy’s Folly, located in Congress Hall, offers visitors four shopping experiences in one location; a cafe, general store, boutique, and kid’s store. The quadruple threat will now have some amazing company on Perry Street.  Queen May, offers estate jewelry and fine luxury goods and is located within Congress Hall, with an entrance on Perry Street. Across the street is CASH and CLIVE, which has the latest trends and classic staples in women’s fashion and Victorious, a high-end women’s boutique with fine estate and antique jewelry and apparel.   Once a small boutique within Congress Hall, with the expansion of Tommy’s Folly, Victorious was also given the opportunity to grow in a new space.   These new stores are located on the first floor in Cape Resorts’ latest property, the Congress Place Suites, which has newly renovated, fully equipped apartment style rooms located on the second floor.

The building was recently purchased thanks to a new fund that Curtis Bashaw, the Managing Partner of Cape Resorts, established with a group of investors who own homes or businesses in Cape May.  The goal is to preserve the charm of the city, while also inspiring entrepreneurs.  Through the Cape Real Estate Opportunities fund, this is just one of several properties that were purchased and renovated.  The idea behind the CREO fund is to not just preserve these spaces, but to also fill them with merchants who have something to offer the residents and visitors of Cape May.  These new businesses that will be celebrated on Saturday are owned by Individuals of The Young Entrepreneurs of Cape May, a group that Curtis has mentored and brought into the community to cultivate the next generation of business owners in Cape May.

The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of The Shops on Perry on Saturday, June 10th with ribbon cuttings happening between 3-4:00pm.  From 4-7, visitors can celebrate with a complimentary glass of champagne, sweet treats, and a chance to win prizes.

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