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Vegas, North Carolina, and Dubai

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Hello my fellow globetrotters,

I was away in NYC last week (for some business as well as pleasure) and came back to slews of press releases about extreme sports, tours, and world travel – so rather than just pick one news item, I thought I'd give you a quick sum up of happenings in the travel world.

– Have you heard of Exotics Racing in Las Vegas? They offer an unforgettable and unique experience at their private race track, which was designed by professional driver, award-winning stunt driver and five-time French racing champion, Romain Thievin. Corporate groups can customize a team-building experience that involves driving laps in some of the world’s most exotic, high-end luxury cars. Groups can range from 15 to 400, and all participants receive professional classroom instruction in addition to one-on-one coaching from top-notch racing instructors while navigating the road course. Groups can further customize their experience with their own corporate branding, from vinyl logos on the cars to custom banners, custom lighting, music, and more.  Catering, professional photography and transportation can also be added to personalize each group event. Check out their website.

– Tobacco Road Tours (TRT) out of North Carolina is introducing its newest tour, the “Durham Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure” – unlike the more traditional historic walking tours TRT offers during the day, the evening tour highlights ghost stories and local lore associated with some of Durham's oldest buildings. With a long, dramatic history dating back to the early 19th century, economic booms and busts, and a devastating fire in 1914 that nearly destroyed the downtown, Durham has had the triumphs and tragedies that lead to great ghost stories. For more info visit their website.

– Dubai’s ideal positioning, luxurious hotels, prestigious business locales and pristine shopping centers have allowed it to establish itself as one of the world’s most elite travel destinations. Today, Dubai is steadily growing as an oasis for vacationers seeking a unique cultural experience. Just a few months after its grand opening in January 2012, the five-star Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai has launched a new cooking class at Icho, the hotel’s upscale Japanese restaurant. After years of being docked, the celebrated Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) will once again serve tourists and guests when it is converted to a floating hotel in downtown Port Rashid.

Bon Voyage,



Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at