America's Premier Shopping Places - General Growth Properties Offers Travelers a Collection of Shopping & Dining Destinations Located Across the U.S.A.
Many of America's Premier Shopping Places are found in urban destinations, conveniently located near international airports, major hotels, convention centers and cultural attractions. Each reflects the history, heritage and local flavor of their home cities. Whether it's Faneuil Hall Marketplace (Boston), Harborplace & The Gallery (Baltimore), The Grand Canal Shoppes and Fashion Show (Las Vegas), Ala Moana Center (Honolulu), Glendale Galleria (Los Angeles), Water Tower Place (Chicago), Festival Bay, Mall (Orlando) or Riverwalk Marketplace (New Orleans), each of America's Premier Shopping Places offer FIT and group visitors a fun and memorable shopping experience. Other centers can be discovered within a short drive of major cities, along America's scenic highways and byways in unique rural communities. Also, travelers enjoying a drive or motor coach tour through the Rocky Mountain Region, the Southwest Sonoran Desert, the Great South and Gulf Coast Region, New England, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Plains or Great Lakes Regions - even the Hawaiian Islands, are sure to discover one of America's Premier Shopping Places conveniently located along major interstates, near popular attractions, national parks, and hotels.
"General Growth Properties recognizes the importance of shopping and dining in today's travel itineraries, both domestic and international," said Susan Houck, vice president of marketing for GGP. “This collection of America's Premier Shopping Places has been selected from over 200 centers throughout the United States that General Growth Properties owns and manages." Houck added, “The primary goal of the America's Premier Shopping Places program is to provide the travel industry with convenient access to these centers through a single source, as well as to provide group and leisure visitors with a memorable shopping and dining experience during their travels."
The stores and boutiques within all of America's Premier Shopping Places represent the nation's best in quality and variety. Travelers will discover an enticing array of colorful specialty shops, kiosks, and galleries featuring local craftsmen and artisans, gourmet food markets and well-known department and specialty stores. Domestic travelers enjoy the variety of unique merchandise and crafts indicative of the destination, while international visitors delight in finding their favorite designer brands and popular labels not available at home. Both are certain to discover perfect treasure to take back to friends and loved ones.
The extraordinary experience continues in the vast array of cuisines and dining options available at America's Premier Shopping Places. Recent research released by the Travel Industry Association of America and The International Culinary Tourism Association reveals that over 27 million travelers have participated in some type of culinary-related activity during the past 3 years. 85% of travelers stated they like to try different restaurants and experience local cuisines. At America's Premier Shopping Places, travelers can sample the distinctive flavors of regional cuisines offered by local cafes and restaurants, or delight in finding their favorite national restaurants, many of which are home to some of the nation's most renowned chefs and culinary artists.
America's Premier Shopping Places cater to both domestic and international fly, drive and motorcoach travelers. All visitors to America's Premier Shopping Places are eligible to receive a Premier Passport filled with thousands of dollars in shopping and dining savings, special offers and amenities, which are provided by travel agents and tour operators or downloaded from America's Premier Shopping Places' website at www.AmericasShoppingPlaces.com . In addition, many centers offer travel trade professionals commissionable shopping packages, as well as assist group meeting planners with unique private events, pre-paid meal vouchers and group dining programs for food court cafes or full-service restaurants. For more information on America's Premier Shopping Places, please visit www.AmericasShoppingPlaces.com . Additional press releases and photography are available in downloadable, high-resolution formats.
General Growth Properties, Inc. is the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). General Growth currently has ownership interest and management responsibility for a portfolio of 209 regional shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership in planned community developments and commercial office buildings. The company portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet of retail space and includes over 18,000 retailers nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP. For more information, please visit the company Web site at www.generalgrowth.com .
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AZ Travel Marketing, Inc.
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Susan Houck, VP Marketing
General Growth Properties, Inc.
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