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The first of three stunning new short aerial films capturing the beautiful county of Wiltshire has just been launched on

Visitors to Wiltshire are now able to view a snapshot of the breathtaking countryside from a bird’s eye view, making you feel as if you are flying above the county.

The three Wiltshire films, taken using a drone, illustrate Wiltshire’s timeless brand positioning, focusing on the county’s Timeless Wonders, Timeless Pleasures, Timeless Nature and Timeless Places. They also align with VisitBritain’s Countryside is GREAT campaign. The films are themed and titled as follows:

  • Exploring Wiltshire’s Kennet & Avon Canal from the air
  • Wiltshire’s White Horses – iconic views of the landscape
  • Wiltshire’s ancient hill forts – an aerial perspective.

Fiona Errington, VisitWiltshire’s Marketing Manager says, “Visitors like to see different iconic Wiltshire landmarks on film that they can picture themselves experiencing. These aerial films give a very unique perspective of our vast rural landscape which will encourage visitors to explore and enjoy our beautiful countryside.”

Wiltshire’s famous landmarks including Battlesbury Camp, Old Sarum, Barbury Castle, Oldbury Castle, Bratton Camp and the Kennet & Avon Canal are featured. The Wiltshire White Horses include Westbury, Devizes, Hackpen and Cherhill.

VisitWiltshire’s first of three films – ‘Exploring the Kennet & Avon Canal’ – is now available to view with the other films being released later this summer.

This year, take time to discover more Timeless Wonders and write your chapter in Wiltshire’s never ending story.

For further information or to arrange a press visit please contact Florence Wallace, Travel Trade & PR Manager, Tel: 01722 341309 or 07436 588860

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 On May 20 the new cable car in Loen in the Nordfjord area in Norway will be ready to welcome travelers from all over the world. The official name is Loen Skylift, and will carry visitors on the world’s steepest aerial ropeway, more than 3,300 feet above the Nordfjord, providing breathtaking views over the fjord landscape.

“Loen Skylift is the quickest and easiest way to explore the best of what Norway’s mountains have to offer. The trip from the fjord to the peak only takes a few minutes. High, steep and safe, you will be brought 3,300 feet up to Mount Hoven” says Richard Grov, General Manager of Loen Skylift.

On its fastest, the journey takes only 5 minutes, and the aim is to transport more than 40,000 visitors up and down already this year. Loen Skylift will operate all year round.

Her Royal Majesty Queen Sonja will officially open the Skylift

 Her Royal Majesty Queen Sonja, who is celebrating her 80th birthday together with His Royal Majesty King Harald in May, will officially open the Skylift on May 20, 2017. “We are deeply honored that Her Majesty the Queen will be with us on this important day. It will be a grand event that we are really looking forward to”, says Richard Grov.

A future icon

“ Loen Skylift makes the fantastic nature experiences in the area accessible to all. We have the belief that this will become a big favorite in the future”, says Ms. Bente Bratland Holm, Director of Tourism at VisitNorway. Kristian Jorgensen, Director of Fjord Norway agrees. “The view is breathtaking, with beautiful fjords in all directions, spectacular mountains and the Jostedalsbreen Glacier as a backdrop. This is undoubtedly one of Scandinavia’s most exciting travel experiences”.

Local food and mountain adventures

From Mount Hoven you have access to several miles of built and sign posted hiking trails, and in winter you can go snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ski touring. The popular climbing route Via Ferrata Loen, with Gjolmunnebrua suspension bridge (the longest Via Ferrata bridge in Europe), is ending up at Mount Hoven. Once you arrive at the top, you can enjoy fine dining with local ingredients at the mountain restaurant at the edge of the cliff, before taking the cable car back to Loen.



Mudbug Madness

34th Annual Mudbug Madness Festival to be Held in Downtown Shreveport, May 25-28

Memorial Day Weekend crawfish festival in Shreveport will feature three stages of live music, food and art vendors, free activities for kids and more

SHREVEPORT, LA – Organizers of the 34th annual Mudbug Madness Festival have announced details of the event, which will take place, May 25-28, 2017, in downtown Shreveport’s Festival Plaza. Mudbug Madness Festival, sponsored by CenterPoint Energy, features three stages of live entertainment as well as arts and crafts vendors, activities for children, and a variety of food vendors selling popular Louisiana favorites including boiled crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, boudin and more. The festival, which is organized and presented by Downtown Shreveport Unlimited, is one of the largest summer festivals in northern Louisiana. Complete festival details are available at

Live entertainment headliners scheduled to perform on the Madness Stage and the Fox 33 Swamp Stage during the 34th annual Mudbug Madness Festival include: Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, 7 p.m., Thursday, May 25; BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet, 9 p.m., Thursday, May 25; Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, 7 p.m., Friday, May 26; Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, 9 p.m., Friday, May 26; C.J. Chenier and the 
Red Hot Louisiana Band
, 9 p.m., Saturday, May 27; Wayne Toups and ZydeCajun, 9 p.m., Sunday, May 28; and Ty Herndon, 9:30 p.m., Sunday, May 28. Full entertainment lineups for all three stages, including the Capital One Kids Stage, can be viewed online at

In addition to hot, boiled crawfish, non-stop live music and a variety of vendors selling authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, the 34th annual Mudbug Madness Festival will feature crawfish eating and calling contests for all ages. The Sportspectrum Mudbug Madness 5K sponsored by Holiday Lanes will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Hands-on art activities for kids, including the painting of the annual Mudbug Madness Festival mural, will take place throughout the festival.

Mudbug Madness Festival is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Admission is free until 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Admission is $5 per person after 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and all day long on Saturday and Sunday. Children younger than 7 years of age and all military with ID are admitted free at all times. Free admission for active and retired military is made possible courtesy of Shreveport Regional Airport.

For more information on Downtown Shreveport Unlimited, visit For more information on Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side, including area hotel and restaurant listings, visit or call 800-551-8682 to request a free copy of the 2017 Official Visitors’ Guide to Shreveport-Bossier.



Cape Elizabeth, Maine –  Maine’s premier beach destination, Inn by the Sea, will undergo a complete re-imagining of their two bedroom cottage style suites with new construction and a design that blends coastal ambiance with a modern vibe, announced Michael Briggs, the Inn’s General Manager. Construction has begun with a planned opening for late June, just in time to kick off the 2017 summer season. The main house will remain open with accommodations, dining, lounge and SPA services ongoing as usual throughout the winter.

The rebuild combines traditional coastal shingle architecture with contemporary interiors, embracing the Inn’s beach location through design, texture, and locally inspired artwork.  Ten stylishly up to date two bedroom Cove Suites will overlook the seaside lawn and gardens with partial ocean views, and two high end, over sized luxury Beach Suites will have stunning views of the Atlantic. All 12 suites have been designed with comfortable spaces for both intimate romantic dinners or entertaining inside or outdoors on furnished decks.

Enjoying a privileged location on a mile of unspoiled sand beach, Inn by the Sea has welcomed generations of family and friends, year round, to experience quintessential Maine vacations that create lasting memories. “Our challenge in planning was to make sure we met guest expectations for modern luxury accommodations while preserving the Inn’s relaxed coastal charm,” stated Briggs. “Construction details as well as the guest experience have been considered to create a stay that is uniquely our own- shaped by regional influences and our beach location, then paired with an unparalleled level of comfort and service.”

Ten two bedroom Cove suites will be built with vacationing family and friends in mind offering two separate bedrooms, one with a King and one with two queen beds, ample living and dining space to gather and socialize fully equipped kitchens, one full bath and furnished outdoor deck.

Two spacious 1,300 square foot luxury suites with spectacular direct ocean views will feature two bedrooms, one with a King and one with two queens, two bathrooms, dining area for ten, fully equipped kitchens, large open living area for entertaining or relaxing near the indoor/outdoor fireplace, and outdoor furnished decks overlooking the Atlantic.

Décor by Natalie Sheedy Interiors, Inc.  pairs solid teak and wicker furnishing with unexpected details in milk glass, wood and bead board, hard wood floors with throw rugs and a mixed palette of taupe and red, with flashes of turquoise and orange. Artwork speaks to the sense of place with nautical images and local harbor scenes. Wright-Ryan, a renowned construction firm in Portland, working with Kaplan Thomson architects, will be responsible for construction.


About Inn by the Sea: Maine’s luxurious Inn by the Sea, the only Maine property selected for Travel & Leisure’s Best 100 Hotels in the World 2016 list, is located 7 miles south of Portland in the charming coastal town of Cape Elizabeth. Guests enjoy a mile of sandy beach, a full service SPA, heated pool, and Chef Andrew Chadwick’s captivating regional cuisine in Sea Glass, the Inn’s ocean view restaurant. Sea Glass boosts a permanent collection of renowned Maine art including works by Eric Hopkins, Stephen Etnier and Maurice Freedman. Sea Glass’s deep wine cellar of over 2500 bottles was awarded Wine Spectator’s Best of the Award of Excellence 2016. The Inn has 3 electric car charging stations and both LEED ® Silver and Maine DEP Environmental Leader certifications for green design and operations. Children and dogs are warmly welcomed!  Virtuoso® and Preferred Hotels® LVX collection.  2 hours from Boston, 15 minutes from Portland’s International Airport. For additional information,