After 16 Years of Planning, Stowe Mountain Lodge Will Finally Open its Doors in JuneVermonts Most Highly-Anticipated Resort Hotel to Offer up to 50% Discount for Two Days OnlyStowe, Vt. (April 15, 2008) In June, Destination Hotels & Resorts will welcome their very first guests to stay at Stowe Mountain Lodge, the first true luxury resort hotel experience to open in Vermont in over 50 years. The historic town of Stowe, Vermont has long been known as the “Ski Capital of the East” and the opening of Stowe Mountain Lodge will now affirm this charming vacation destination as the nations preeminent year-round mountain resort experience. A host of activities will be available to visitors all four seasons of the year, and Stowe Mountain Lodges location at the base of two mountains Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak will enable guests to enjoy limitless cultural, recreational and relaxing activities in the areas most luxurious and highly-coveted surroundings.Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a new $400 million alpine neighborhood and the first-ever Audubon International Sustainable Community in a mountain resort area, that has been in planning and development stages for the past 16 years. As part of this new real estate community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy five-star service; 139 guestrooms; a 21,000 square foot spa and Cooper Wellness at Stowe; exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp; a heated outdoor pool with indoor access; over 12,000 square feet of event space, high-end boutiques and restaurants; and unmatched on-mountain recreational options. The Lodge will also offer the Vermont artisan-inspired cuisine of Chef Sean Buchanan, one of the states foremost advocates of the farm-to-table movement, in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar. In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units will be available for vacation home ownership in the Lodges Front Four Private Residence Club.In celebration of its opening, Stowe Mountain Lodge will offer a special catch-it-while-you-can up to 50% discount to its very first summertime guests. The “First Guest” bed and breakfast package will be available from July 1 to July 31, 2008, and includes luxury overnight accommodations for two and breakfast for two in Solstice restaurant. This special package is available for one-night stays only, and must be booked between 12:01am on April 28 and 11:59pm on April 29, 2008. The rate for the “First Guest” package starts at $299 per night, and does not include tax. (This represents 50% off of regular summertime rates).The new Stowe Mountain Lodge is located at the heart of the lively Spruce Peak at Stowe alpine village in historic Stowe, Vermont. Opening June 2008, the 139-room lodge will offer an exclusive 18-hole mountain golf course created by the legendary Bob Cupp, a luxurious spa, Cooper Wellness at Stowe, Salon Mario Russo, 12,100 square feet of meeting space, the Alpine Concierge® available to anticipate every need, twice-daily housekeeping, 24-hour in-room dining and artisan-inspired cuisine. The lodge also will offer highly-customized services and personalized in-room amenities.
Vietnam’s port of Qui Nhon is experiencing severe congestion as a storm in the area caused a number of vessels to sink, thereby blocking ship traffic in a nearby channel.After the storm, which caused significant disruption at the port, hit the area on November 4, Qui Nhon port authority issued a temporary block of channel and limited the vessel traffic to ships with a maximum draft of 5.5 meters.The authority also informed that the only allowed sailing time is from 6 am to 5 pm, until further notice. Vessels are now required to wait longer for a berth and extra transshipments are required which disrupts the weekly services from Qui Nhon.In order to maintain a weekly service, Danish shipping company Maersk Line informed that it needs to deploy extra vessels that meet the requirement of port authority with accompanying additional bunker cost to mitigate expected delays. Therefore, the cost of operating a weekly vessel service from Durban “has increased significantly and unexpectedly,” Maersk said.“In order to recover a portion of these incremental costs, we will be introducing an export congestion fee (CFO), applicable to all cargo moving in and out of Qui Nhon, effective November 15, 2017 for non-FMC corridors and December 15, 2017 for FMC corridors,” the shipping firm added.The effective date is determined by the departure date (ETD) for non-FMC trades and gate-in date for FMC trades. read more