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May 1, 2012


LION WORLD TOURS OFFERS 5-Star South Africa Safari Trip

Source:  Cision

Take in South Africa’s rugged beauty while staying at luxury hotels with the exciting Cape Town and safari Lion Sands in Style package for $3,899* per person, including airfare, game drives, bush walks and meals.

You can watch the sunrise from your bedroom’s private viewing deck at Lion Sands River Lodge, which is positioned on a site with trees dating back 800 years. The Lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature and relaxation, hosted by a family of staff that will make it feel you’re your home away from home. Alternatively you can sip fine wine in one of Tinga Game Lodge’s spacious suites as the animals stop by for a drink from the Sabie River. Tinga offers the ultimate combination of total luxury and first-class service and is one of Africa‘s premier destinations offering the ultimate African safari experience.

The ten-day Lion Sands in Style package includes:

Roundtrip flights from 26 cities in the USA to connect with your international flight

International flights from New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C., on top- rated South African Airways

Flights within South Africa and all ground transfers

Four nights at the upscale More Quarters in Cape Town

Three nights at the 5-star Lion Sands River Lodge or Tinga Game Lodge in this big-5 wildlife paradise

Six open-vehicle game drives

Half-day tour of the Ernie Els Winery near Cape Town

13 meals: Seven breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners

Lion Sands in Style is valid for travel September 2, 11, 18 (Lion Sands) and October 5, 12, 31 (Tinga Game Lodge).

Also available: For a different safari experience, choose the Safari in Absolute Style package, also starting from $3,899* and including four nights at the 5-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa stands at the edge of the world. On one side, the majestic Twelve Apostles Mountains reach towards the heavens; on the other, the sun sets on breeching whales, playful dolphins, and crashing Atlantic rollers.

Your safari experience will then begin with three nights at Madikwe Safari Lodge offering exclusive and luxury accommodation.

* Prices are in US Dollars and are per person based on double occupancy accommodations and include fuel surcharges, Government taxes, departure fees and September 11th Security Fee.

Have you seen Lion World Tours Treasures of South Africa innovative and interactive social media campaign with great travel deals and a prize that would make even the most seasoned traveler eager to participate? Watch a series of videos highlighting some of the treasures of this remarkable country, find the answer to a question associated with each video and then enter for a chance to win an 18 day, 5 star luxury trip for two people to South Africa, valued at $20,000.

KeyLime Cove Named America’s #1 Family Hotel by TripAdvisor

Chicagoland Indoor Waterpark Resort Responds with Guest Appreciation Rate

Source:  Cision

GURNEE, IL TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel website, has announced its top Travelers’ Choice® Hotels for Families, naming KeyLime Cove® Indoor Waterpark Resort the #1 Family Hotel in the U.S. and #2 worldwide.  The 10th annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions posted on TripAdvisor by travelers from around the world. Top hotels for families were determined based on properties that were most highly rated by people who traveled with their family.

In appreciation, KeyLime Cove is offering a special 20 percent discount off its most popular suite style, the Queen Deluxe Stateroom, for two consecutive nights now through June 24, 2012.   “With the help of millions of travelers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Christine Peterson, president, TripAdvisor for Business.

“Recognizing the best of the best based on traveler feedback and reviews, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”  “We are honored. There can be nothing more rewarding than being recognized by our own guests as the very best,” said Dale McFarland, general manager of KeyLime Cove. “We appreciate our guests for their continued patronage and for taking the time to share their reviews of our hotel, amenities and guest service on TripAdvisor.

As a thank you to our guests, we have launched a special rate exclusively on the TripAdvisor website.”  Recently the popular Chicagoland indoor waterpark resort was recognized by Aquatics International with the “Best of Aquatics” award in the waterpark resort category for 2011, as well as eMarketer of the Year by TravelClick and Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) for the second year in a row.

The property is known locally for its community involvement and has received several local accolades including “Best Place to Work.”

Author To Give Away 100 Free Copies of His Book “Black Business Secrets” At 2012 Black Enterprise Conference In Chicago


Bookcover and author, Dante Lee

Chicago, IL — To encourage entrepreneurship amongst African Americans, Dante Lee, author of Black Business Secrets: 500 Tips, Strategies and Resources for the African American Entrepreneur, is giving away 100 free print copies of his book at the upcoming Black Enterprise Conference in Chicago, Illinois.  The conference will be held this year in Chicago, Illinois, at the Chicago Hilton at 720 South Michigan Avenue on Wednesday, May 23rd – Saturday, May 26th. Lee will give the books away during a book signing that will be held at his company’s booth in the Dealmaker’s Expo (Exhibit Hall) on Thursday, May 24th at 3pm.

Lee comments, “According to federal statistics, Black business owners are five times more likely to fail in business than their white counterparts. Therefore, my goal is to help as many entrepreneurs as possible to become more successful in business.”  He continues, “That’s why I’ve decided to give away 100 free copies of my book in print. I really want to help others experience the success that I’ve had in business, and my book is a very powerful tool to help people better understand sales, marketing, public relations, and more.”

Published by SmileyBooks and written by Dante Lee, Black Business Secrets is dedicated to transforming the devastating Census Bureau statistics that African Americans are much more likely to fail in business than their white, Asian, or Latino counterparts due to lack of fundamental business education, and insufficient economic development and resources. Any entrepreneur of any race can benefit from the book, but the content has been specifically designed to challenge and inspire African Americans because their need is greater.

Lee is a 30-year old marketing guru, a PR maven, an award-winning business coach, and a best-selling author. He has been showcased in Ebony magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, MSNBC, CNN, and “The Mo’Nique Show”. His companies, Dante Lee International and Diversity City Media, own several key web properties including,,, and many more. His offices are in Columbus, Ohio, USA and Metro Manila, Philippines.

Fathers Incorporated Announces Fred Hammond To Serve As Co-National Chair and Spokesperson For Ties Never Broken Campaign


New York, NY — Inspired by President Barack Obama’s 2010 Father’s Day address, Fathers Incorporated (FI) has launched its Ties Never Broken campaign. Fathers Incorporated, a not-for-profit organization in New York is committed to eliminating fatherless-ness and increasing the commitment of men to become mentors.  Over the last several months, the campaign has garnered international attention and is supported by The White House and several major urban cities. The “Ties Never Broken campaign is symbolized by the social marketing icon of a “blue bow tie.”

New to the team in championing the mission of responsible fatherhood is Fred Hammond, Grammy Award and multiple award-winning performer, producer and writer. Hammond joins fellow co-spokesperson Chris Broussard, journalist and sports analyst for ESPN. “I am excited to serve in this honorable capacity of saving our children,” states Hammond. “I’ve spent my life striving to be a responsible father and man, and I find it unacceptable what’s happening to our children because of the disengagement of fathers and able bodied men.”

“For years, FI has been working in the field of responsible fatherhood, with the goal of creating effective service models to serve men,” says Kenneth Braswell, executive director of Fathers Incorporated. “Our biggest struggle in combating both father absence and the lack of viable mentors is our inability to raise the societal level of conciseness regarding the importance of responsible male involvement.”

“It is our hope to garner the support of other influential men in sports, entertainment, business and in our faith-based communities to champion our efforts. Particularly those who have played impactful fatherhood roles in television and screen, as well as those who have a passion for elevating the image of responsible fatherhood and family values,” adds co-spokesperson, Chris Broussard.

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