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APR 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E — W E S T F I E L D W O R L D T R A D E C E N T E R — N E W Y O R K C I T Y From the outside, the all-white Oculus building looks like the skeleton of a butterf ly — if butterf lies had skeletons — while the inside looks like a sun-drenched art museum or an ultra- modern church sanctuary. But the signature building, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is the centerpiece and transit hub of the Westfield World Trade Center (WTC), which opened in August. In addition to high-end shopping, fine dining and world-renowned archi- tecture, New York's Westfield WTC also offers connectivity. WTC is the new "front door" to Lower Manhattan, and the Oculus provides connections to 13 subway and Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) trains, as well as several ferries that run between Manhattan and New Jersey and Brooklyn. The center features 365,000 square feet of retail space with more than 100 retailers, among them Boss Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, John Varvatos, LK Bennett, Lacoste, Banana Republic, Under Armour, Cole Haan, Vince Camuto, Apple and Bose. Visitors will also find plenty of restaurant and dining options. Eataly chose the center for its second Manhattan location, which features firsts for the Italian market such as a breakfast menu, a juice bar, a salad bar and a counter where f latbread sandwiches are made to order. Other dining options are Market Lane, Lady M. and Epicerie Boulud. London steak- house Hawksmoor will make its U.S. debut as the f lagship restaurant at Three World Trade Center late this year. W W W.W E S T F I E L D .C OM / W E S T F I E L DW O R L D T R A DE C E N T E R 4 — D A Y T O N A B E A C H T A N G E R O U T L E T S — D A Y T O N A B E A C H , F L O R I D A Daytona Beach is synonymous with the Daytona 500 race held every year at the Daytona International Speedway. And Tanger is synonymous with outlet shopping. With the opening of the Daytona Beach Tanger Outlets just 3.5 miles north of the racetrack — both located just off Interstate 95 — the city can add desti- nation outlet shopping to its list of things that draw visitors to the area. After nearly a year of construction, the open-air shopping center cel- ebrated its grand opening in November with CEO Steve Tanger and special guests Drew and Jonathan Scott of the popular HGTV show "Property Brothers." The 350,000-square-foot center has about 75 stores with brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, Michael Kors, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Vera Bradley, H&M, Nike and Levi's. Brightly colored beach chairs and white umbrellas strewn around a green lawn offer shoppers a place to rest their feet and soak up some Florida sun, and a splash park allows kids to cool off. "Tanger Outlets is a truly exciting addition to the Daytona Beach market, and we are thrilled to welcome this world-class shopping experi- ence as part of our area's retail offerings," Lori Campbell Baker, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said in a press release. "Tourism is a crucial economic driver in our destination, and this new center will be key in continuing to attract visitors from all over the world." W W W.T A N G E ROU T L E T.C OM / D A Y T O N A 5

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