Cops arrest trespasser caught hiding out on Disney World’s closed Treasure Island

Cops arrest trespasser caught hiding out on Disney World’s closed Treasure Island

The trespasser was eventually apprehended and identified as 42-year-old Alabama man Richard McGuire. He has now been charged and faces up to 12 months in jail

Police bodycam video shows cops searching Disney World’s shuttered Discovery Island in search of a trespasser who was camped out there during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Cops swarmed the 11-acre island on April 30 after the trespasser, who documented his adventure on Youtube, was captured on security camera wandering around the abandoned tourist attraction.  

Discovery Island, which is located in the middle of Disney’s Bay Lake and only accessible by boat, was closed to the public in 1999. 

It was once home to animal exhibits and popular walking trails, but is now full of overgrown foliage, decaying buildings and rusted-out cages. 

Footage shows the cops wandering around the island with their guns drawn as they yell out to the trespasser to surrender.  

‘This is the best game of hide-and-seek ever,’ one officer can be heard saying as he looks through empty animal enclosures. 

‘Dude, this is sketchy,’ his partner replies.  

However, police failed to locate the trespasser on the island, but were waiting to apprehend him later that evening as he made his way back to the mainland. 

He was identified as 42-year-old Alabama man Richard McGuire and was charged with trespassing at Disney. He faces up to 12 months in jail, according to Click Orlando. 

Police bodycam video shows cops searching Disney World’s shuttered Discovery Island in search of a trespasser who made it his home during the coronavirus lockdown

Discovery Island, which is located in the middle of Disney’s Bay Lake and only accessible by boat, was closed to the public in 1999.

Given that the entire Disney World resort was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, McGuire was able to gain access to the empty theme park under the cover of darkness by using a small motorized boat to reach the island. 

He even documented the adventure on his camera phone and posted several videos to his YouTube channel.  

 In one video, McGuire even claims he has been a frequent visitor to the abandoned island for more than a decade. 

‘You guys, if you all ever do this, be respectful to the next people who are explorers,’  he states. 

‘If you have a fire, make sure you put it out the next day. I’ve been doing this since 2004 and I’ve never caught anything on fire.’ 

McGuire also recorded police searching for him on the morning of April 30, with helicopters heard hovering overhead as cops combed the island to apprehend him. 

‘The island is surrounded,’ he whispers to viewers in that clip. 

McGuire documented the adventure on his camera phone and posted several videos to his YouTube channel. One clip showed him hiding in overgrown foliage while cops searched for him close by (pictured)

Police pushed through overgrown foliage to search through decaying buildings and rusted-out cages on the 11-acre island 

Treasure Island was a popular attraction at Disney World prior to its closure in 1999. An old map is pictured 

Cops failed to find on the island, but he was detained late on the evening of April 30 after making his way back to the mainland, claiming he was ‘flat wore out’. 

McGuire claimed he planned to stay on the island ‘for about a week’ before his fatigue set in and he handed himself in. 

He was taken into custody and charged with the misdemeanor offense before being released  on bail. 

McGuire is still taking to YouTube to talk to viewers about his time on the island. 

In a recent clip uploaded late last month he stated: ”Luckily, I’ve already taken my daughter Disney World before I got a life ban. 

‘Who wouldn’t want to go and have it all to themselves?’ 

He later told local news network WESH that the manhunt to find him ‘felt like a scene from the movie ‘The Fugitive.

‘I never expected it to be that intense,”  he stated. 

Disney World was forced to shutter back in mid-March amid the COVID-19 outbreak, before it reopened to visitors at a reduced capacity in July. 

‘This is the best game of hide-and-seek ever’: Officers had their guns drawn as they searched the Disney property 

There were numerous police combing the island, while a police helicopter hovered overhead 

Police did not locate McGuire on the island, but he was eventually apprehended later that evening when he made his way back to the mainland

Geraldo Rivera celebrates 50 years on TV: ‘The first rock ‘n’ roll newsman’

Geraldo Rivera celebrates 50 years on TV: ‘The first rock ‘n’ roll newsman’

by | Sep 9, 2020 | Uncategorized

Labor Day marks 50 years on television for Geraldo Rivera and Fox News will celebrate with a one-hour special entitled “FOX Nation Presents: I Am Geraldo, 50 Years” on Sunday, at 10 p.m. ET.

“In the words of Jerry Garcia, it’s been a long strange ride,” Rivera, who has never made an appearance without his trademark mustache over five decades, told Fox News. “I’m like an old friend to so many people now. It’s more than credibility, it’s familiarity, and I honor that, I treasure that. It’s my most important resource and my most valuable asset.”

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Rivera referred to himself as a ”street lawyer” who got a crash course in journalism at Columbia University during a summer program when Al Primo, the founder of “Eyewitness News,” discovered him while looking for diversity among his reporters to match the ethnic diversity of New York City.

Shortly afterward, he was quickly thrown on television at WABC on Labor Day 1970, back when the mainstream media typically didn’t take young people who looked like him seriously.

“I was like the first rock ‘n’ roll newsman, you know, long hair, mustache… in the 1970s I think I really spoke to that decade,” Rivera said.

“FOX Nation Presents: I Am Geraldo 50 Years” will feature highlights from a FOX Nation’s four-part documentary series that examines Rivera’s storied career with unique archival footage from his days as a young street reporter all the way through his time as a war correspondent.

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Geraldo quickly gained prominence with a series of reports on the widespread drug problems in New York City’s Harlem, but Rivera’s career took off in 1972 when the 28-year-old exposed the deplorable conditions of Willowbrook State School, where children with special needs were being abused and mistreated.

The Willowbrook story fast-tracked his career, but Rivera feels that reaching celebrity status was inevitable.

“I know I would have been ‘famous,’ I would have been, you know, a New York celebrity,” he said. “I won my first Columbia duPont award in 1971, a few months before Willowbrook… but Willowbrook kind of supercharged all that.”

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Rivera went on to do just about everything in the television industry, from hosting newsmagazine-style “Good Night America,” the groundbreaking daytime talk show “Geraldo,” “Rivera Live” on CNBC, to nearly two decades at Fox News. Along the way he’s become friendly with everyone from Michael Jackson to Donald Trump, had roles on TV, and even first presented the historic Zapruder film of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

He also hosted the infamous Al Capone’s vault special, broke his nose on live TV and anchored Fox News’ coverage when Usama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs. Rivera has accomplished a lot over the past five decades, but the Willowbrook story, which helped end America’s practice of institutionalizing the developmentally disabled, holds a special place in his heart to this day.

“The thing about Willowbrook, it gave me the philosophy of using the media as an instrument of social change,” he said.

Geraldo Rivera went from lawyer to reporter when Al Primo, the founder of “Eyewitness News” discovered him while looking for diversity among his reporters.

Geraldo Rivera went from lawyer to reporter when Al Primo, the founder of “Eyewitness News” discovered him while looking for diversity among his reporters.

Rivera discovered that he could use the media to fix a problem that people were complaining about, which he called “revolutionary” and sparked a new type of journalist that is still prominent 50 years later.

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“Everybody used television and the power of television to complain about an issue, what was revolutionary was to then use that power to change the thing we were complaining about,” he said. “Remember, Barack Obama didn’t invent hope and change.”

Rivera said that once he realized he could affect change, he went in with both feet. He calls the Willowbrook story the most important local news story of all time and is still in touch with many of the residents he helped save.

Geraldo Rivera realized he could affect change with his reporting.

Geraldo Rivera realized he could affect change with his reporting.

“It is impossible to separate me from that issue,” he said. “When I walk around New York City, to this day I have people stopping me… it is a community that has welcomed me. It’s like I’m related. They embrace me in a sense that is far beyond what a normal relationship between a reporter and the subject of a story. It is an emotional connection.”

Rivera is still haunted by the images he saw inside the facility.

“It’s something that is branded in my brain. It’s something I’ll never shake, it’s my triumph and my nightmare,” he said. “When people start seeing the world through your eyes, then you have it. There is no journalism like street reporting, real gumshoe journalism.”

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The Willowbrook story is told in detail during the first episode of Fox Nation’s “I am Geraldo, 50,” followed by the second installment “Rebel With a Cause,” and part three “Monsters, Money, and Trash Talk.” The fourth edition, which will be released on Sunday, is about his tenure at Fox News.

As the Fox Nation series details, Rivera’s fame increased during the wild Studio 54-era of New York City, where he was a regular partygoer alongside the world’s biggest celebrities. Unfortunately for current celebrities, the TV legend feels that modern technology has put the kibosh on public figures engaging in similar activities.

“The things that went on in those clubs, it was like everyone’s gaudiest dream of jet-setting, playboying and free sexing, drugging. It was just crazy,” he said. “It could never exist if everyone had a camera in those days. The only people that had cameras were the paparazzi that were outside the door.”

Camera phones are hardly the only thing that have changed the world over the past 50 years, as Rivera recalled waiting 45 minutes for photos to get developed, using motorcycle couriers to get film to the lab early in his career and sprinting up Manhattan blocks to drop off tape to his editors.

Geraldo Rivera has never appeared on TV without his signature mustache.

Geraldo Rivera has never appeared on TV without his signature mustache.

“It was wild,” he said. “How we got stuff on the air was just wild. Now, with this iPhone, I can do a hit on ‘Hannity’ and have studio-quality audio. Everybody in the country is a potential journalist… I think it’s wonderful.”

Another major change that Rivera has witnessed is the advent of cable news, which has changed itself as networks have focused mainly on politics in recent years.

“We’re such a politically charged, divided society, people want to hear their thoughts reinforced,” he said.

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Rivera’s career took another turn following the attacks of September 11, 2001, when the native New Yorker walked away from a high-paying CNBC gig and joined Fox News because he wanted to work as a war correspondent. Geraldo did 11 assignments in Afghanistan and 11 in Iraq along with multiple trips to other battle-torn areas. He’s been a fixture on Fox News ever since and appears regularly across the channel with regular spots on “FOX & Friends” and “Hannity.”

Geraldo Rivera, seen here with Cher, said he was “he first rock and roll newsman.”

Geraldo Rivera, seen here with Cher, said he was “he first rock and roll newsman.”

Rivera, who once sailed his boat around the world, has “one more nautical dream” that he hopes to turn into a reality before he walks away from life as a newsman.

“I want to go around Michigan, to Chicago, down the Mississippi River and end up someplace in Florida. I want to do that adventure and rig up the boat the way we did for the around the world trip,” he said, noting that he could do Fox News hits from the boat.

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“They can ask questions… that’s my immediate dream,” he said, joking that Fox News executives need to get on board with the idea. Whether or not that dream is fulfilled, Geraldo is thankful that it’s even a possibility.

“I am so grateful that the audience has accepted me and, generally speaking, believed me – or at least believed that I believed —  for half a century,” he said. “I survived all the different changes and trends, attitudes and technology, to live so vividly and so publicly and to have sustained all of that, I’ve had more ups and downs than the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island, I’m still in the car. I’m still rolling and I am so grateful for that.”

To watch “I am Geraldo, 50,” go to Fox Nation and sign up today.

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Florida sheriff’s office releases footage from manhunt for suspected Disney island trespasser

Florida sheriff’s office releases footage from manhunt for suspected Disney island trespasser

by | Sep 8, 2020 | Uncategorized

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Did you know that Disney World has only closed four times or that the iconic theme park is actually not located in the City of Orlando? Take a look at some fun facts that you may not have known about the renowned Disney resort.

Sir, you can’t quarantine on the island.

A Florida sheriff’s office has released body-camera footage of a manhunt for a trespassing suspect on an island off of Disney World the spring.

A Florida sheriff's office has released body-camera footage of a manhunt for a trespassing suspect on an island off of Disney World the spring.

A Florida sheriff’s office has released body-camera footage of a manhunt for a trespassing suspect on an island off of Disney World the spring.
(Orlando Police Department)

Richard McGuire was arrested on a trespassing charge on the abandoned Discovery Island on April 30, the Associated Press reports. The 42-year-old man had planned to camp on the isle he likened to a “tropical paradise” for a week, per an arrest report, informing authorities he did not realize Discovery Island was restricted, despite numerous “no trespassing” signs posted throughout.

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McGuire has since pleaded not guilty to trespassing, WKMG-TV reports; the misdemeanor has a maximum jail sentence of one year.

On Monday, the outlet published video footage from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office of the manhunt for McGuire. As seen in a now-viral clip shared to YouTube, deputies canvassed the 11-acre island, walking through the woods and decaying structures.

Footage from the manhunt for Discovery Island trespassing suspect Richard McGuire.

Footage from the manhunt for Discovery Island trespassing suspect Richard McGuire.
(Orlando Police Department)

One deputy compared the search to “the best game of hide-and-seek ever,” while another described the turn of events as “sketchy.”

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Footage from the manhunt for Discovery Island trespassing suspect Richard McGuire.

Footage from the manhunt for Discovery Island trespassing suspect Richard McGuire.
(Orlando Police Department)

Law enforcement officers ultimately ended the ground search after a few hours, the Orlando Sentinel reports, though Disney employees continued to monitor Discovery Island from the shore.

That night, a man who later identified himself as McGuire crossed Bay Lake in a motorized boat, and deputies were called back to the theme park. Shortly after, the trespassing suspect was arrested.

Footage from the manhunt for Discovery Island trespassing suspect Richard McGuire.

Footage from the manhunt for Discovery Island trespassing suspect Richard McGuire.
(Orlando Police Department)

An unidentified woman believed to be McGuire’s girlfriend later told deputies that the man went to the island to film for their YouTube channel, per WKMG.

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An aerial map view of Disney World's Discovery Island off the coast of Florida, pictured.

An aerial map view of Disney World’s Discovery Island off the coast of Florida, pictured.
(Google Maps)

“I told [McGuire], ’Look, if you get in trouble, count me out. I’m not part of it,’” she allegedly explained. “I love him, but not that much.”

The Sentinel reports that McGuire is out on bail with a hearing trial set for Oct. 21.

Previously known as Treasure Island, Discovery Island was home to a zoological park before closing to the public in 1999.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Summer in September and Beyond

Summer in September and Beyond

by | Sep 8, 2020 | Uncategorized

“Traveling is one of the key activities that people miss the most, but some are not ready to venture too far from home,” said Becky Powell, Chief Strategy Officer for Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group. “Our advisors are finding great solutions for couples, families and friends who want a change of scenery and a chance to decompress with a little pampering in a lovely, uncrowded setting.”

The yearning to escape for a bit is especially strong among city-dwellers, travel advisors said, who long for some fresh air and a respite in a natural environment. Christy Danforth, a luxury travel advisor with Tzell, said bookings for festive season are picking up. “Most inquiries have been from families with children of various ages. After many months of quarantine, families are looking to travel during the holiday season. Most travel requests in August have also been for families needing a change of scenery,” she said, noting for those looking to drive, the White Barn Inn and Hidden Pond in Maine are popular spots.

New York:

Located in the idyllic town of Washington, Conn., less than two hours from New York City, the Mayflower Inn and Spa is an exquisite country retreat, nestled in 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland. Each of the 30 guest rooms are individually decorated to offer a unique experience. The luxury spa offers top level service and unique treatments. The gardens and surrounding area provide a perfect environment to take in some peace and quiet. Nearby, guests can visit the Steep Rock Nature Preserve and enjoy the beauty of the Shepaug River. Hiking, biking, kayaking, bird watching, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing are just a few of the things one can experience on a stay at this New England treasure.

Washington DC:

Nestled on 26 acres of forest and farmland along the Miles River, less than two hours from Washington, the Inn at Perry Cabin is a luxurious hideaway along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The property, which began as a farm after the War of 1812, combines casual elegance with a delightful waterfront experience. The adventurous can sail the Miles River to the Chesapeake Bay, explore the sprawling gardens or hop on a bicycle and tour beautiful, historic St. Michaels. Guests can play tennis on a classic, green-clay Har-Tru court, and golfers can challenge themselves on a new 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed course. The Inn is known for its changing menu of fresh, seasonal produce, locally-raised meats and poultry and, of course, the day’s catch from the bay.

Miami:

Less than three hours from Miami, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a getaway in the Florida Keys, only accessible by boat or seaplane. The 30 thatched-roof Bungalow Suites house two handsomely appointed one-bedroom suites with private sundecks and ocean views. Sporting adventures include swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, sailing fishing and Spa Terre, a world-class spa. Little Palm’s Dining Room, regularly ranked as one of the best in South Florida, offers classic European preparations fused with fresh Floridian, Caribbean and Latin flavors.

Less than two hours from Miami, the Breakers Palm Beach, a breathtaking oceanfront resort in the heart of Palm Beach island, is famous for its genuinely warm and gracious staff. Revel in the balmy breezes of the Atlantic Ocean and four oceanfront pools at the private, five-acre tropical beachfront oasis reminiscent of the French Riviera and Caribbean. Guests can enjoy an array of exciting water sports, two championship golf courses and a stunning new indoor/outdoor Spa. Browse the 11 world-class shopping boutiques, engage the kids at the Family Entertainment Center & Camp Breakers, indulge your taste buds at nine delectable restaurants and lounges and reach new fitness heights with complimentary fitness classes at Ocean Fitness, overlooking the Atlantic, at The Beach Club.

Atlanta:

Embark on a charming experience at Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection, where guests enjoy a premier location next to the famous Forsyth Park, providing easy access to the park’s iconic fountain, lush Spanish moss and wide-ranging green space. The luxury hotel, less than four hours from Atlanta, features high-speed Wi-Fi, a fitness center and outdoor pool. Travelers can spend time admiring picturesque homes and cobblestone streets in Savannah’s Historic District. Elegant accommodations include room service and the convenience of in-suite massages. At 700 Drayton Restaurant, savor Southern cuisine or create your own by booking a cooking experience.

Set amid acres of dense forests beside the tranquil May River, Montage Palmetto Bluff, three hours from Atlanta, is a hotel inspired by the South’s rich cultural history. Set in a 20,000-acre natural wonderland, every detail contributes to an authentic experience from the enchanting marina to the walking trails. With 200 accommodations, guests have a choice of a guestroom, a suite, a cottage, a residence, or a village home. Roast a marshmallow for a s’more or watch the beautiful native birds soar through the picture-perfect country. Fish for largemouth bass in the freshwater ponds. Practice your swing on an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Dine privately on an Oyster Roast while overlooking the May River marshes. Spot dolphins from the hotel’s historic yacht or enjoy a premium equestrian center at this award-winning property.

Dallas:

Miraval Austin rests on 220 acres in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, a sanctuary of ancient trees, rare songbirds, and rich wildlife in Texas Hill Country overlooking Lake Travis, three hours from Dallas. This experiential resort boasts 117 guest rooms and two infinity pools, as well as the Cypress Creek Organic Farm and Ranch, Hill Country Challenge Course, Body Mindfulness Center, and Life in Balance Spa. Activities include fitness, meditation, yoga, well-being, equine, hiking, biking, and Austin-inspired offerings, such as hatchet throwing, roping and water sports on Lake Travis. The Cypress Creek Farm creates farm-to-table dining experiences and an abundance of culinary programming.

Chicago:

A day’s drive from Chicago, Noelle, Nashville’s experiential hotel celebrates the artists and curators who make Nashville such a special place. Originally opening in 1930 as the city’s first luxury hotel, the property reopened in 2017, allowing guests to experience elements of rich history but with refined modern interpretations. After a day of relaxation, guests enjoy dining at Noelle’s restaurant, Makeready Libations & Liberation. The menu features an elevated tavern concept inspired by the original shift workers who spent their days toiling in Printer’s Alley, located just outside the restaurant. Enjoy a classic cocktail in the Trade Room or check out the view from 15 floors up while sipping vibrant libations.

Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis, blends the city’s historic Ivy Tower with its contemporary skyway access inspiring an unforgettable travel experience, six hours from Chicago. Tradition and modernity coexist harmoniously in 136 guest rooms and luxurious suites, which feature high-speed Wi-Fi access, original artwork, fine linens and limestone bathrooms. Indulge in one of the unique rituals designed to replenish and invigorate at the only downtown luxury spa, the Anda Spa at Hotel Ivy. Enjoy meticulously prepared Italian cuisine at Monello, or a creative cocktail at Constantine, the fascinating lower-level speakeasy bar. Explore all that Minneapolis has to offer.

Los Angeles:

One hour from LA, Montage Laguna Beach offers a seaside destination unlike any other: a refined resort perched on a coastal bluff; pristine, white sand beaches below and the picturesque arts community of Laguna Beach with 400 shops, galleries and restaurants nearby. Spanning 30 acres, the beachfront sanctuary features two outdoor pool decks, a 20,000-square-foot spa and three signature restaurants with spectacular views of the California coast. With sweeping views of the ocean, all of the newly renovated Laguna Beach guestrooms blend coastal influences with

Nestled into the lush Montecito foothills, San Ysidro Ranch, less than two hours from Los Angeles, has provided a tranquil retreat for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to this legendary hideaway for its blend of exquisite natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury. Myth and history mingle in the fragrant gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned. Forty-one individually decorated private cottages and suites wind along San Ysidro’s hillside creek- and tree-lined paths. Built in classic bungalow style, most offer plush king-size beds with fine linens, fireplaces and patios. Recently renovated suites and cottages feature hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain showers, hand-cut stone or Old-World masonry fireplaces, radiant-heated bathroom floors, flat-screen TVs and hand-selected antique furnishings. Weather permitting, dine under the stars on the ocean view deck.

Houston:

Situated atop one of the highest points in all of San Antonio, La Cantera Hill Country Resort, less than four hours from Houston, is a place where emerald fairways and sparkling pools are the only things interrupting the scenic vistas overlooking the Texas Hill Country. The resort sits on 550 acres and is within half a mile of the Shops of La Cantera – an exclusive shopping destination with more than 140 retail shops including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and more. Two championship courses offer the scenic views of the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy expert instruction at the Golf Academy at a half school or a three-day comprehensive golf school. Guests can reserve an exclusive poolside cabaña at the adult or resort pool – complete with a personal pool attendant, bottle service and a television.

San Francisco:

Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley an hour-and-a-half from San Francisco on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake lies Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort. The 50-room luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. This luxurious Napa lodge inspires serenity through with warm furnishings, natural textiles and original artwork accent the beautiful wooded setting. Each lodge features welcoming fireplaces, private patios and expansive views. The private Napa restaurant celebrates the rich culture of local wines and cuisine. For those seeking rejuvenation, it can be found at The Spa, where guests can indulge in tantalizing Napa spa treatments and take advantage of the region’s natural healing mineral waters. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a yoga deck, a pool featuring dramatic views of the resort’s private vineyard and oak groves, and 140 acres of land dedicated to hiking and active pursuits.         

About Protravel International, LLC

Protravel International, LLC is an Internova Travel Group company. Founded in 1984, Protravel International, LLC is a full-service, dynamic travel agency with an award-winning reputation. Protravel is headquartered in New York City and supports 24 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted advisors in all corners of the U.S. Protravel’s expertise in destination, international faring and competitive products – coupled with its superior network of contacts in the airline, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry – makes Protravel one of the most powerful selling forces in the travel industry.

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Since 1966, Tzell Travel Group, headquartered in New York City, has been providing its clients with the highest quality, most personalized travel experience integrated with today’s technology – whether it be corporate, entertainment or leisure travel. In everything it does, Tzell Travel Group places the highest priority on both its clients and its advisors. For the individual traveler, Tzell addresses value, convenience, comfort and safety, with its customized quality traveler services. For the corporation, Tzell offers a broad product line of cost containment, meeting services and comprehensive travel management programs. Tzell focuses on the needs of its advisors by providing the best work environment possible and the strongest leadership and support team.

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Summer in September and Beyond

Summer in September and Beyond

by | Sep 6, 2020 | Uncategorized

Rebook your summer vacation, escape the city and get exclusive benefits at close to home resorts in the U.S.

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — While many summer trips were cancelled or postponed, travelers dreaming of a fall vacation after a stressful start to 2020 can find some helpful suggestions from the luxury travel experts at Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group. For those who are looking to plan a last-minute getaway within driving distance or a short flight, the savvy travel advisors at these top travel consultancies compiled a sampling of outstanding properties with exclusive perks.

The Mayflower Inn and Spa is one of several exclusive getaways recommended by luxury travel advisors from Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group.

The Mayflower Inn and Spa is one of several exclusive getaways recommended by luxury travel advisors from Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group.

“Traveling is one of the key activities that people miss the most, but some are not ready to venture too far from home,” said Becky Powell, Chief Strategy Officer for Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group. “Our advisors are finding great solutions for couples, families and friends who want a change of scenery and a chance to decompress with a little pampering in a lovely, uncrowded setting.”

The yearning to escape for a bit is especially strong among city-dwellers, travel advisors said, who long for some fresh air and a respite in a natural environment. Christy Danforth, a luxury travel advisor with Tzell, said bookings for festive season are picking up. “Most inquiries have been from families with children of various ages. After many months of quarantine, families are looking to travel during the holiday season. Most travel requests in August have also been for families needing a change of scenery,” she said, noting for those looking to drive, the White Barn Inn and Hidden Pond in Maine are popular spots.

New York:

Located in the idyllic town of Washington, Conn., less than two hours from New York City, the Mayflower Inn and Spa is an exquisite country retreat, nestled in 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland. Each of the 30 guest rooms are individually decorated to offer a unique experience. The luxury spa offers top level service and unique treatments. The gardens and surrounding area provide a perfect environment to take in some peace and quiet. Nearby, guests can visit the Steep Rock Nature Preserve and enjoy the beauty of the Shepaug River. Hiking, biking, kayaking, bird watching, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing are just a few of the things one can experience on a stay at this New England treasure.

Washington DC:

Nestled on 26 acres of forest and farmland along the Miles River, less than two hours from Washington, the Inn at Perry Cabin is a luxurious hideaway along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The property, which began as a farm after the War of 1812, combines casual elegance with a delightful waterfront experience. The adventurous can sail the Miles River to the Chesapeake Bay, explore the sprawling gardens or hop on a bicycle and tour beautiful, historic St. Michaels. Guests can play tennis on a classic, green-clay Har-Tru court, and golfers can challenge themselves on a new 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed course. The Inn is known for its changing menu of fresh, seasonal produce, locally-raised meats and poultry and, of course, the day’s catch from the bay.

Miami:

Less than three hours from Miami, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a getaway in the Florida Keys, only accessible by boat or seaplane. The 30 thatched-roof Bungalow Suites house two handsomely appointed one-bedroom suites with private sundecks and ocean views. Sporting adventures include swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, sailing fishing and Spa Terre, a world-class spa. Little Palm’s Dining Room, regularly ranked as one of the best in South Florida, offers classic European preparations fused with fresh Floridian, Caribbean and Latin flavors.

Less than two hours from Miami, the Breakers Palm Beach, a breathtaking oceanfront resort in the heart of Palm Beach island, is famous for its genuinely warm and gracious staff. Revel in the balmy breezes of the Atlantic Ocean and four oceanfront pools at the private, five-acre tropical beachfront oasis reminiscent of the French Riviera and Caribbean. Guests can enjoy an array of exciting water sports, two championship golf courses and a stunning new indoor/outdoor Spa. Browse the 11 world-class shopping boutiques, engage the kids at the Family Entertainment Center & Camp Breakers, indulge your taste buds at nine delectable restaurants and lounges and reach new fitness heights with complimentary fitness classes at Ocean Fitness, overlooking the Atlantic, at The Beach Club.

Atlanta:

Embark on a charming experience at Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection, where guests enjoy a premier location next to the famous Forsyth Park, providing easy access to the park’s iconic fountain, lush Spanish moss and wide-ranging green space. The luxury hotel, less than four hours from Atlanta, features high-speed Wi-Fi, a fitness center and outdoor pool. Travelers can spend time admiring picturesque homes and cobblestone streets in Savannah’s Historic District. Elegant accommodations include room service and the convenience of in-suite massages. At 700 Drayton Restaurant, savor Southern cuisine or create your own by booking a cooking experience.

Set amid acres of dense forests beside the tranquil May River, Montage Palmetto Bluff, three hours from Atlanta, is a hotel inspired by the South’s rich cultural history. Set in a 20,000-acre natural wonderland, every detail contributes to an authentic experience from the enchanting marina to the walking trails. With 200 accommodations, guests have a choice of a guestroom, a suite, a cottage, a residence, or a village home. Roast a marshmallow for a s’more or watch the beautiful native birds soar through the picture-perfect country. Fish for largemouth bass in the freshwater ponds. Practice your swing on an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. Dine privately on an Oyster Roast while overlooking the May River marshes. Spot dolphins from the hotel’s historic yacht or enjoy a premium equestrian center at this award-winning property.

Dallas:

Miraval Austin rests on 220 acres in the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, a sanctuary of ancient trees, rare songbirds, and rich wildlife in Texas Hill Country overlooking Lake Travis, three hours from Dallas. This experiential resort boasts 117 guest rooms and two infinity pools, as well as the Cypress Creek Organic Farm and Ranch, Hill Country Challenge Course, Body Mindfulness Center, and Life in Balance Spa. Activities include fitness, meditation, yoga, well-being, equine, hiking, biking, and Austin-inspired offerings, such as hatchet throwing, roping and water sports on Lake Travis. The Cypress Creek Farm creates farm-to-table dining experiences and an abundance of culinary programming.

Chicago:

A day’s drive from Chicago, Noelle, Nashville’s experiential hotel celebrates the artists and curators who make Nashville such a special place. Originally opening in 1930 as the city’s first luxury hotel, the property reopened in 2017, allowing guests to experience elements of rich history but with refined modern interpretations. After a day of relaxation, guests enjoy dining at Noelle’s restaurant, Makeready Libations & Liberation. The menu features an elevated tavern concept inspired by the original shift workers who spent their days toiling in Printer’s Alley, located just outside the restaurant. Enjoy a classic cocktail in the Trade Room or check out the view from 15 floors up while sipping vibrant libations.

Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis, blends the city’s historic Ivy Tower with its contemporary skyway access inspiring an unforgettable travel experience, six hours from Chicago. Tradition and modernity coexist harmoniously in 136 guest rooms and luxurious suites, which feature high-speed Wi-Fi access, original artwork, fine linens and limestone bathrooms. Indulge in one of the unique rituals designed to replenish and invigorate at the only downtown luxury spa, the Anda Spa at Hotel Ivy. Enjoy meticulously prepared Italian cuisine at Monello, or a creative cocktail at Constantine, the fascinating lower-level speakeasy bar. Explore all that Minneapolis has to offer.

Los Angeles:

One hour from LA, Montage Laguna Beach offers a seaside destination unlike any other: a refined resort perched on a coastal bluff; pristine, white sand beaches below and the picturesque arts community of Laguna Beach with 400 shops, galleries and restaurants nearby. Spanning 30 acres, the beachfront sanctuary features two outdoor pool decks, a 20,000-square-foot spa and three signature restaurants with spectacular views of the California coast. With sweeping views of the ocean, all of the newly renovated Laguna Beach guestrooms blend coastal influences with

Nestled into the lush Montecito foothills, San Ysidro Ranch, less than two hours from Los Angeles, has provided a tranquil retreat for discriminating travelers for over a century. Guests are drawn to this legendary hideaway for its blend of exquisite natural beauty, romantic heritage and classic luxury. Myth and history mingle in the fragrant gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned. Forty-one individually decorated private cottages and suites wind along San Ysidro’s hillside creek- and tree-lined paths. Built in classic bungalow style, most offer plush king-size beds with fine linens, fireplaces and patios. Recently renovated suites and cottages feature hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain showers, hand-cut stone or Old-World masonry fireplaces, radiant-heated bathroom floors, flat-screen TVs and hand-selected antique furnishings. Weather permitting, dine under the stars on the ocean view deck.

Houston:

Situated atop one of the highest points in all of San Antonio, La Cantera Hill Country Resort, less than four hours from Houston, is a place where emerald fairways and sparkling pools are the only things interrupting the scenic vistas overlooking the Texas Hill Country. The resort sits on 550 acres and is within half a mile of the Shops of La Cantera – an exclusive shopping destination with more than 140 retail shops including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and more. Two championship courses offer the scenic views of the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy expert instruction at the Golf Academy at a half school or a three-day comprehensive golf school. Guests can reserve an exclusive poolside cabaña at the adult or resort pool – complete with a personal pool attendant, bottle service and a television.

San Francisco:

Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley an hour-and-a-half from San Francisco on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake lies Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort. The 50-room luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. This luxurious Napa lodge inspires serenity through with warm furnishings, natural textiles and original artwork accent the beautiful wooded setting. Each lodge features welcoming fireplaces, private patios and expansive views. The private Napa restaurant celebrates the rich culture of local wines and cuisine. For those seeking rejuvenation, it can be found at The Spa, where guests can indulge in tantalizing Napa spa treatments and take advantage of the region’s natural healing mineral waters. Other amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a yoga deck, a pool featuring dramatic views of the resort’s private vineyard and oak groves, and 140 acres of land dedicated to hiking and active pursuits.         

About Protravel International, LLC

Protravel International, LLC is an Internova Travel Group company. Founded in 1984, Protravel International, LLC is a full-service, dynamic travel agency with an award-winning reputation. Protravel is headquartered in New York City and supports 24 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted advisors in all corners of the U.S. Protravel’s expertise in destination, international faring and competitive products – coupled with its superior network of contacts in the airline, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry – makes Protravel one of the most powerful selling forces in the travel industry.

About Tzell Travel Group

Since 1966, Tzell Travel Group, headquartered in New York City, has been providing its clients with the highest quality, most personalized travel experience integrated with today’s technology – whether it be corporate, entertainment or leisure travel. In everything it does, Tzell Travel Group places the highest priority on both its clients and its advisors. For the individual traveler, Tzell addresses value, convenience, comfort and safety, with its customized quality traveler services. For the corporation, Tzell offers a broad product line of cost containment, meeting services and comprehensive travel management programs. Tzell focuses on the needs of its advisors by providing the best work environment possible and the strongest leadership and support team.

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Restaurant workers worry about safety — and their livelihoods…

Restaurant workers worry about safety — and their livelihoods…

by | Sep 4, 2020 | Uncategorized

On June 17, Jennifer Moreau received a text that said Senate Blue Ash, the suburban Cincinnati restaurant where she worked as a cook, would be closed the following day. All employees would be required to get tested for the coronavirus on their day off, the owner and executive team wrote. According to the restaurant, a line cook had just tested positive.

“Obviously discretions [sic] is key so please refrain from related posts on social media, as it would affect all of our livelihoods,” the text explained, according to a screen shot Moreau shared with The Washington Post.

Moreau dutifully got tested but didn’t visit the recommended clinic. She found one closer to her home. Moreau thought it also provided same-day results. It didn’t. Executive chef Leroy Ansley, who declined to comment for this story, was not happy. He exchanged texts with Moreau, which she shared with The Post, indicating that her decision had put him in a bind, as the restaurant reopened on June 19 with less than half its kitchen staff. Ansley even sent Moreau a photo of chef and co-owner Daniel Wright in a black mask.

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“I have to have Dan come in and peel potatoes,” Ansley texted. “It is what it is.”

Moreau, 49, never returned to Senate Blue Ash.

She had reasons, starting with her son, Alex Allen, who was a cook at a sister restaurant and who tested positive for the coronavirus on June 23. Even though she tested negative, Moreau was required to quarantine for two weeks because she lives in the same house with her son. But Moreau was also put off by the way Queen City Hospitality Group, the parent of Senate Blue Ash, handled the situation. She didn’t like the social media blackout on the restaurant’s positive employee. She worried, too, the workplace wasn’t safe after a 24-hour shutdown and a round of rapid-response tests, which have a 20 percent false-negative rate. She, after all, has elderly parents, including her mom, who already had contracted the virus.

“Our customers have the right to know that the people serving their food have been exposed to covid,” said Moreau, who contacted Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an advocacy group for hospitality workers, and filed a complaint against Queen City with the National Labor Relations Board.

“It’s highly likely that some of them that tested negative were actually positive, which made me even more afraid to go back to work,” added Moreau, who worked next to the cook who tested positive. “None of these tests are 100 percent.”



Senate Blue Ash restaurant. (Amy Powell for The Washington Post)

Wright, the co-owner of Queen City, denies the accusations and says his company is “doing everything that we can to keep our restaurants safe.” He instead points a finger at Moreau. He alleges she has been drumming up charges, and faking a coronavirus-positive result, just to collect the extra $600 a week in unemployment, back when it was still available. “Some people just don’t want to work,” he said.

Across the country, many hospitality workers are afraid to work right now in an industry that’s fighting for survival with limited resources, conflicting reopening guidance from government and a significant portion of the population that continues to think the coronavirus is no worse than the seasonal flu. The reopening of restaurants, as Moreau’s example shows, has also further frayed the already-fraught relationship between worker and employer.

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Workers’ fears are as individual as their situations. Some have loved ones who are immune-compromised, and they can’t risk bringing the virus home. Some have their own health issues that make them vulnerable. Some work in a part of the country where people don’t believe in wearing masks. Some worry their employers are not taking the pandemic seriously. Some have to interact with tourists who may be traveling from hot spots.

Some also have enough savings to try to ride out the pandemic without stepping back into restaurants and bars. But some, such as Lena Schlegelmilch, don’t have that luxury. The jobs that offer the flexibility that Schlegelmilch needs — the 20-year-old is a junior at the University of Nebraska at Kearney — are mostly in the restaurant industry, so she continues to work as a server, cook and bartender at Thunderhead Brewing, where her father, Jamie, is general manager.

Since June 22, Gov. Pete Ricketts has allowed most Nebraska restaurants to operate at 100 percent capacity. The Republican governor has also encouraged, but not mandated, mask-wearing among residents. At Thunderhead Brewing, Schlegelmilch said, only about 10 percent of her customers wear masks at any time in the restaurant, creating many more opportunities every shift for the virus to pass from patron to staff. Those who don’t wear a mask will sometimes mock her when she does. They’ll say she’s wearing a “face condom” or explain that “it doesn’t protect you as much as you think that it should,” she said.

“I used to talk back,” Schlegelmilch said, “but I have to make money somehow, so usually I just stay silent, because if you piss them off enough they’re not going to tip you.”

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Schlegelmilch has not only stopped talking back. She has also stopped wearing a mask. Her decision has led to some direct benefits. She made $30 or $40 a night in tips while wearing a mask, and it’s now “over $100 in tips every shift,” she said.

Thunderhead recommends employees wear masks and has coverings available for staff, but they’re not required, said Jamie Schlegelmilch, the GM. “It’s just basically up to the customer” to wear a mask, he added. “The best thing we can do is encourage them and hope it will be okay.”



Yolanda Scott, a server at the Coffee Shop at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. (Joe Buglewicz for The Washington Post)

Megan Lombardi, 20, can identify with Lena Schlegelmilch. She’s a server at the Foggy Bottom location of Duke’s Grocery, a small chain of neighborhood pubs in Washington. To save money, Lombardi said, the restaurant cut the hostess who usually would greet customers and remind them about the city’s policy requiring them to wear masks except when they’re eating or drinking. Without that line of defense, Lombardi spends part of her shift reminding customers to mask up. Some don’t listen, such as the table of five who vaped inside and ignored her request to don masks when leaving. Her tip on their $75 tab? Zero. A woman from Florida, without a mask, got in Lombardi’s face and mocked her to fellow patrons. Her party left a few singles on a $120 check.

With the bad tips and the lack of customers, Lombardi figures she’s making about minimum wage, down from the $30 an hour she used to count on to make rent. Duke’s Grocery owner Daniel Kramer declined to comment when asked about Lombardi’s complaints.

Yolanda Scott, 51, is a member of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which represents 98 percent of the servers, cooks, bartenders, room attendants and others who work on the strip in Las Vegas. Scott has worked as a server at Treasure Island since the casino opened in 1993. When Treasure Island reopened in June, Scott was back on familiar turf in the Coffee Shop, but under unfamiliar circumstances. The new mandated distance between tables has been hell on her arthritis.

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But her bigger problem is the customers, most of whom are tourists. Scott serves between 50 and 80 people a day, she said, and none wear masks. Scott said they should put them on while interacting with her, not just for her well-being but for those who share her home. Her partner, Scott said, has a bad kidney and heart, and she is “very nervous” about bringing the virus home from diners who might be visiting Las Vegas from a hot spot.

“You don’t know where people are coming from,” Scott said.

Her customers’ behavior places the burden on Scott to keep her partner and two children safe. She has developed protocols when returning from work. Before greeting anyone, “I take my shoes off at the door and then I go straight to the restroom and remove my clothing and shower.” She stuffs her work clothes in a bag to have them cleaned at the casino.

“We require all our guests and employees to wear masks unless eating and drinking,” a casino spokesperson said in a statement. “TI employees, including managers, waitstaff and bussers, are tasked with reminding guests to follow procedure for the safety of everyone on property. We take the security of our employees and guests very seriously.”



Chef William Morris at Cherry in 2019. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)

William Morris, 47, hasn’t worked in professional kitchens since March 9. He misses, and fears, them. He has been cooking at restaurants for more than 25 years, including stints as head chef at Vermilion in Alexandria and Cherry, the restaurant inside the W Hotel in downtown Washington. But as a cancer survivor, he’s vigilant about his health and the conditions that may impact it. His mother, Jewelyn, recently died of covid-19, the disease the virus causes. She went quickly, Morris said. He didn’t get to say goodbye.

“You’ll have to excuse me,” he said, starting to choke up. “My mom was my world. She was my everything.”

Morris’s concerns are compounded by what he knows about kitchens. They’re built for efficiency, not to protect workers from a virus. Kitchens are often compact, designed to limit the number of steps for the cooks who work the line. They’re often hot, too, the kind of place where few would want to wear a mask for prolonged periods. Workers will show up even when ill, Morris adds, usually because they don’t have sick leave or can’t afford the time off.

“You think about the amount of line cooks that are working two jobs,” Morris said. “You could be very safe in one restaurant and taking every precaution. But is everybody at all the restaurants going to be the same way?”

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In Cincinnati, the case of the Senate Blue Ash employee who tested positive for the coronavirus was never reported to Hamilton County Public Health, as required, said Mike Samet, public information officer for the department. The notification of a positive rapid test would have initiated contact tracing by the department, Samet said, but the restaurant would not have been required to shut down or to test employees.

“There are a lot of questions about that rapid test right now,” Samet said. Many of those questions were generated after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) tested positive following a rapid-response test, only to learn he didn’t have the virus when administered the more accurate polymerase chain reaction test. Hamilton County has not mandated which test to use, Samet said.



Moreau, 49, has not returned to her job at Senate Blue Ash. (Amy Powell for The Washington Post)

Wright, co-owner of Senate Blue Ash’s parent company, said Queen City Hospitality is testing all 150 employees monthly, or more frequently, at a cost of thousands of dollars per round. It’s “incredibly offensive that I even have to answer this stuff, given the things that restaurants are going through right now and the levels that we are actually putting forward in order to keep people safe,” Wright said to The Post. “We did call the health department. Why they don’t have a record, I don’t know.”

Queen City Hospitality, Wright said, never told employees they couldn’t say anything about the coronavirus-positive cook at Senate Blue Ash. Wright sent The Post a new text — not a screen shot of the original — that he said was the approved message forwarded to all 60-something Senate Blue Ash employees on June 17. It did not include two sentences in the text screen shot that Moreau had forwarded, including the line that asked employees to refrain from related posts on social media.

When The Post forwarded the text screen shot from Moreau, Wright responded, “I’m honestly done explaining things.”

Wright said Queen City had alerted the public about the sick employee at Senate Blue Ash, though there were no mentions on the restaurant’s Facebook or Twitter accounts. Nor did Wright say anything on his personal Facebook page, but on June 23, four days after Senate Blue Ash reopened after testing all employees, Wright wrote a lengthy Facebook post about an employee who “likely tested positive” at sister restaurant Pontiac in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The employee was Allen, Moreau’s son, a cook at Pontiac before he was recently fired for making what Wright said were “transphobic” comments on social media. (Allen confirms the reasons for his termination.)

Some media outlets in Cincinnati wrote stories based on Wright’s Facebook post, which the owner pointed to as evidence that the public was notified about Senate Blue Ash. But none of the stories found by The Post mentioned a sick employee at Senate Blue Ash.

Moreau disputes Wright’s characterization of her motives. Moreau said she has been in recovery from heroin addiction for almost six years, a constant self-monitoring process that includes a brutal honesty to “keep my end of the street clean.” Even though she tested negative, Moreau stayed away from work because she continued to have symptoms, during which time she collected unemployment for five weeks before starting a new job Tuesday at a hotel restaurant.

“I’m the last person that anybody would ever describe as a disgruntled worker. Work was my happy place. I loved my job,” Moreau said.

“My customers are more important,” Moreau added. “If we had to close down, we all could have got unemployment. We didn’t have to lie to the customers and put them at risk. That was wrong.”

Emily Heil contributed to this report.

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