Looking For A Getaway? New Web Site Allows Travelers To Design Their Own Unique Weekend Escapes

MyLeisureTravel.com Features Exclusive, Imaginative Getaway Experiences

DANBURY, Conn., June 29 /PRNewswire/ — MyLeisureTravel.com, an online resource for unique weekend getaway vacations in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, began officially accepting reservations from consumers today. Drawing from the expertise of the people who work in the 25 hotels featured on the site, MyLeisureTravel.com offers a wealth of exclusive information and experiences for each destination.

MyLeisureTravel.com is designed for the millions of people who hit the road each year to get away from the stress of their everyday lives. Travelers can plan a trip based on how far they’re willing to drive, their interest in a specific destination or the availability of a particular leisure activity. According to the Travel Industry Association of America, 81 percent of all leisure trips are taken by car, truck or RV.

“Most people talk about their desire to plan a last-minute getaway, but the work associated with ‘planning’ something that is supposed to be spontaneous often intimidates them into staying at home,” said Sissy Biggers, travel expert for MyLeisureTravel.com. “Whether you’re yearning for a quiet escape for two or seeking a new adventure, MyLeisureTravel.com makes planning and booking your weekend getaways nearly effortless.”

There are three ways to book a vacation on MyLeisureTravel.com:

* Search by Driving Distance: enter your ZIP code and the number of
hours you’re willing to drive as well as your travel interest (for
example Romance, Sports or History) and MyLeisureTravel.com will
provide several destinations and packages from which to choose.

* Find Your Getaway: when you know where you’d like to go and/or what
you’d like to experience (such as Shopping or Family Fun), this option
helps you narrow your choices to the most relevant for you.

* Create a Getaway: build you own package by picking a hotel and then
select add-ons (such as champagne and strawberries, a picnic lunch or
a spa treatment) that will make your trip one to remember.

Food and wine aficionados will want to check out the Special Events section where they can book packages built around regional festivals, such as the Days of Wine & Roses in Youngstown, Ohio or the Harbor Magic Wine Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland.

Furry Friends Always Welcome

Finding a last-minute sitter for a cat or dog is a non-issue when booking a trip on MyLeisureTravel.com. All participating hotels welcome furry friends at no additional charge and some even offer pet-friendly packages.

“A lot of people who travel solo find it less intimidating when they bring their cat or dog along for the ride,” said Biggers. “Not only do they provide

company while you’re back in the room, but we can point you in the direction of pet-friendly activities so everyone enjoys the time away.”

According to a recent report from the Yankelovich Monitor, 24 percent of those planning to take one or more leisure trips in the next twelve months will do so alone.

Summer Getaway Sweepstakes

Throughout this summer, visitors to MyLeisureTravel.com can enter for a chance to win a Volkswagen Beetle, an iPOD Photo, a Getaway Experience or an iTunes gift certificate. Visitors who join the site’s Getaway Club will be automatically entered in the sweepstakes. The Getaway Club also features an e-newsletter, members-only packages and room upgrades when available.

About MyLeisureTravel.com

MyLeisureTravel.com is a Web site created and managed by Meyer Jabara Hotels, a hospitality company known for creating extraordinary experiences for its guests. The company’s properties include a number of well-known brands, such as Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn and Sheraton as well as a variety of independent hotels. MyLeisureTravel.com was launched in March of 2005 with 25 destinations and will offer additional getaway opportunities in the near future.

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