January 17, 2013 // Franchising.com // New York, NY – Kidville, named 'best of' by New York Magazine, has teamed with Portico, the new leader in luxury vacation homes, to create Portico Travel Pals, an exclusive travel kit for kids designed to stimulate child development, educate and entertain families on their next kid-cation.
Customized for children ages 0-8, the new Portico Travel Pals include the latest age-specific games, travel gadgets and other vacation-oriented children’s amenities from celebrated brands like Melissa & Doug® and SkipHop - to ensure a smooth transition from the airport to one of Portico’s luxury residences in more than 60 destinations around the globe.
“More convenience = more time with family. That’s why approximately 70% of our members have children between the ages of 0-12. Portico makes vacationing incredibly convenient and our partnership with Kidville only further reinforces our position as the preferred way for families to travelwithout having to sacrifice the service and amenities they expect from luxury hotels,” says Justin Halloran, CEO of Portico, a carefully curated portfolio of 1-7 bedroom luxury residences. “You don’t even have to arrange the details of your trip – our Escapist staff handles everything right down to the groceries in your fridge while Kidville plans the activities your children can enjoy throughout their stay.”
Portico Travel Pals are packaged in SkipHop’s signature dog and monkey character backpacks. Items inside include:
“We are thrilled to announce Kidville's partnership with the Portico Club, as we feel it is the ultimate vacation destination for families with young children,” says Kidville co-founder Shari Misher Stenzler. “We look forward to working with Portico to continue to anticipate and create the perfect amenities for families around the country and the world."
Portico Travel Pals will be provided to Portico members traveling with children ages 8 and under as a complimentary amenity beginning during the month of March – Portico’s dedicated Family Month. The kits will also retail at Kidville’s Upper West Side boutique in New York City (466 ColumbusAvenue) for $100/kit and be available to order upon request (212-362-7792).
What is a Jr. Escapist? A globetrotting tot who knows how to travel in kid style. Portico is looking for one boy and one girl to be their first-ever Jr. Escapists. Enter and your winning mini movers and shakers will be tasked with working alongside our team of Escapists to educate Portico and other Kidvillers on what's hip with the kids traveling today. They'll share their favorite vacation spots, activities, and imaginary friends to ensure fantastic Kid-Cations for all, big and small.
Enter your child here to be one of our first ever Jr. Escapists. Deadline for entries is January 31, 2013. The two winning entrants and their family will receive a Portico Travel Pal, complimentary 1-year membership to Portico and $1000 travelcredit towards your first kid-cation.*
* Prize includes one-year Portico Club membership (includes the initiation fee and first year’s annual fee) and is non-transferable. Prize may not be combined with any other offers or promotions. Portico Club membership will be valid for one year from commencement date, subject to renewal as set forth in the membership documents. Travel Credit included in the prize limited to use for first vacation with Portico Club and subject to terms and conditions in the membership documents. Any vacation costs for first vacation in excess of $1,000 and any taxes and other fees are the responsibility of the member. Minimum stay requirements may apply. Portico Club membership is subject to terms and conditions of membership documents. Portico Club properties and destinations subject to change.
Named 'Best of' by New York Magazine, Kidville operates large, upscale facilities, catering toyoung children and their families. In addition to offering a wide range of developmental classes for newborns through six year olds, including Rockin’ Railroad, Run Wiggle Paint & Giggle, My Big Messy Art Class, Big Muscles for Little Babies, Ballet Tea Party, Kidville Gymnasts, Kidville Sports, Camp Kidville and Kidville University (Kidville's Pre-School Alternative Program), Kidville also features an indoor playspace, birthday parties for children up to age nine, and at select locations, a retail Boutique and the Kidville Salon. Silver Membership is free with enrollment in any Kidville class, while upgrades to Gold, Platinum and Diamond levels are also available. Kidville operates locations across the globe including New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Visit Kidville on the web at kidville.com.
Portico by Exclusive Resorts® is a new luxury travel service that provides access to a growing portfolio of more than 180 luxury vacation homes across 61 of the world’s most sought-after destinations, combined with personalized pre-trip planning and expert concierge service, all at members-only, below-market rates. Portico leverages the scale, long-term relationships, and operational experience of industry-leader Exclusive Resorts to bring provenexpertise and reliable branded excellence to the $85 billion worldwide vacation rental market. For more information about Portico, visit https://www.porticoclub.com, call (866) 864-3518, and follow Portico on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. For more information about Exclusive Resorts, visit http://www.exclusiveresorts.com, call (866) 863-2688, and follow Exclusive Resorts on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information please contact Shari Misher Stenzler @ London Misher Public Relations, Inc. 212-759-2800 ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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