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First presidential debate at the University of Denver is expected to draw thousands

Whether you are a Republican or Democrat, it's hard to contest with the fact that this presidential election is going to be close. Amidst all the mudslinging, interviews and appearances, Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama have put up a good campaign that is going to be attention-grabbing until the very end.

And perhaps the most exciting culmination of this election season are bound to be the presidential debates. On October 3, the first of three will take place at the University of Denver from 9 to 10:30 p.m. The topic of conversation will be something that both men have very different views on: domestic policy.

Executive editor of PBS' "Newshour" Jim Lehrer will launch thought-provoking questions at Romney and Obama over the course of six segments, each of which are divided into 15 minutes. After the question is asked, each candidate will have two minutes to respond.

Political enthusiasts will gather inside Magness Arena, inside the Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness. Because of the fact it is 80,000 square feet and can seat anywhere from 5,500 to 8,000 people, it's the perfect venue for the first debate.

Of course, there's no doubt that this event is going to draw thousands of people. If you're lucky enough to have a ticket, you shouldn't trouble yourself trying to drive to the arena and find a parking spot. Instead, use service that specializes in transportation for special events like Hermes Worldwide. Whether you choose to be driven around in one of the company's luxury limousines or a luxury SUV, you can rest assured that the convenience and ease of door-to-door service will help make the debate that much more enjoyable.

Sea enthusiasts should consider visiting these mermaid shows

They're lean, mean, swimming machines  – we aren't talking about Olympians like Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, we're referring to mermaids. If you think that these mythical creatures only exist in movies, think again. A recent article by CNN revealed some places that you can get up close and personal with these sea goddesses.

If you're in the following cities, you should consider stopping by the following two venues for a unique mermaid performance that is probably unlike anything you've ever seen:

     ♦ Downtown Aquarium – Denver, Colorado
The eight women here, who are known as the Mystic Mermaids, hold traditional jobs by day and transform themselves into these captivating creatures once the sun sets.

"It's really enjoyable work, and I feel privileged to do it," 26-year-old Denver resident Allison Wos told CNN. "Our audiences get a kick out of it, too, and seem mesmerized by our shows."

As patrons dine at the aquarium's restaurant and look on, these fancy females twist and turn while immersed in enormous saltwater tanks and surrounded by various forms of sealife ranging from sea turtles to eels to Queensland groupers.

     ♦ Dive Bar – Sacramento, California
Open seven days a week until 2 a.m., Dive Bar is changing the way we think of mermaids. "Mermen" as they are affectionately known, participate in the show and according to one employee, are a big hit.

"The crowd goes wild when the guys hop in the tank and are treated almost like rock stars," said Rachel Smith, a mermaid at the bar. "The guys who work as mermen are very macho and portray a warrior and tough guy look inside the tank."

Whether you choose to attend a show that is a bit more kid-appropriate or geared toward the 21-and-over crowd, one thing is for certain: you shouldn't stress yourself out trying to rent a car. Instead, use an executive transportation service like Hermes Worldwide. Their experienced chauffeurs will make sure that you arrive to and from the show or wherever else in the city you want to go safely and comfortably.

For something new and unexpected, think about staying at an inn during your next vacation

When it comes to traveling, one of the most important decisions that has to be made is where to stay. Of course, there are plenty of options available, such as five-star resorts or luxurious vacation homes, but for something a bit more quaint and delightful, why not consider booking a room at an inn? If you think that this type of accommodations are anything but chic, think again. Some of the world's most indulgent vacation residences include this type of lodging.

If you're planning a getaway to the following places, you should absolutely contemplate staying at the two inns below:

     ♦ c/o The Maidstone, East Hampton, New York – This pre-Civil War residence was once a place that members of New York high-society visited during the 1920s. Just four years ago, the place was revamped by Swedish hotel keeper Jenny Ljungberg. She individually decorated each room to symbolize a famous Scandinavian hero.

Guests here can take advantage of the inn's spa, a restaurant, homemade picnic baskets and rotating art exhibits. Another plus? Dogs and cats are also welcomed.

     ♦ Korakia Pensione, Palm Springs, California – This Moroccan-inspired villa was founded by Scottish artist Gordon Coutts in 1924. It was originally meant to serve as a playhouse and art gallery for residents, however, that all changed after moviestar J. Carrol Naish constructed his Mediterranean estate next door in the 1930s.

These two structures comprise the Korakia Pensione and offer guests everything from yoga classes to hot bamboo massages to afternoon Moroccan tea.

Of course, in order to make the most of your inn vacation, you should hire a luxury sedan service like Hermes Worldwide. The industry's best chauffeurs will take you wherever you need to go including the airport, sites around the city and the inn you are staying at in a luxury SUV or limousine.

Chicago combines the best of gourmet markets with restaurant dining

Chicago is one of the most dynamic cities in the United States. In addition to world class higher educational institutions, it is home to a vibrant culinary scene. And perhaps the variety of top-notch eateries is what makes this city so appealing. But, surprisingly, it's not traditional, formal dining establishments that are becoming more famous.

Combining the best of gourmet specialty markets with restaurants, enjoying a meal at these two businesses should be included in every itinerary when visiting the Windy City:

     ♦ Publican Quality Meats – 825 West Fulton Market Street
Carnivores can browse an impressive selection of organic and grass-fed meat that includes lamb, sausage, beef and deli meat before sitting down at the designated 32-seat restaurant for lunch.

Whether you're in the mood for a pork belly sandwich, charcuterie plate that comes with braised beef, blood sausage and smoked chorizo, or simply a bowl of homemade corn chowder with chilies and lime crema, you're sure to walk away feeling satisfied. Don't leave without browsing the wide array of artisanal cheeses or the Publican-branded spices that are for sale.

     ♦ Southport Grocery & Cafe – 3552 North Southport Avenue
This eatery and market concept exemplifies exactly what comfort food is. Munch on grilled coffee cake, brisket and gravy or sweet and savory french toast for breakfast or grilled brie or pork confit salad. Vegetarians should take advantage of the lolla rosa beet salad or cheese box.

''When I first started in 2003, I'd been doing a lot of traveling to New York, which has a tradition of really great specialty food stores, and Chicago didn’t have those,'' said chef and owner Lisa, according to The New York Times. ''Now, what's available has changed, and there are a lot more businesses in the city making things locally."

And don't walk away without buying some homemade chocolate toffee scone mix, cayenne cashews or biscotti.

While in Chicago, make sure that your trip is enjoyable as possible. Don't stress out trying to navigate the public transportation system. Instead, use a convenient executive transportation system which can take you wherever you want to go in a luxury SUV limousine.

Travel industry helps boost the U.S. economy

One of hottest topics in this year's presidential campaign has been the struggling economy, as both President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have launched attacks at each other in an attempt to point out the faults in their respective recovery plans. But, despite their differences on this issue, both men have something in common: They failed to mention how the travel industry has had a positive impact on the economy.

According to The Huffington Post, almost 300,000 jobs in the United States have been created since 2010 in the travel industry. In 2012, this trend has continued, as 500 million hotel rooms were booked during the first few months of this year alone. In addition, the meeting industry created $500 billion in economic activity for large and small businesses.

International tourists coming to the country also played a role in generating profits. Spending by foreigners produced a $40 billion trade surplus in 2011, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

Because visitors from abroad have helped boost the economy, the source reported that the United States plans to continue to promote its popular destinations to those residing in places such as Europe and Asia. The government hopes this will encourage tourists from outside the nation to continue bringing in billions of dollars in revenue as they did last year.

Whether you are a resident of the United States or a foreign visitor coming here for business or personal travel, make sure that your time in this country is relaxing. Don't waste time trying to hail a cab or renting a car. Instead, use a convenient and top of-the-line chauffeured transportation company like Hermes Worldwide. Whether you need to get to a meeting or from the airport to your hotel, you can rest assured that Hermes door-to-door service will get you there safely and comfortably.

Consider staying in these luxurious hotels if you’re vacationing in Moscow

Moscow is a city that most Americans have heard about, but few have had the pleasure of visiting. As the capital of Russia, this gem is not only home to a variety of historical attractions and monuments, it's also making a name for itself as a travel destination with top-of-the-line hotels.

If you and your family are thinking about visiting Moscow, you are sure to have the experience of a lifetime and should consider staying in one of hotels below: 

     ♦ Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel – Its central location is what sets this accommodation apart from others in Moscow. Located right next to the Bolshoi Theatre, you and your loved ones can take advantage of five-star guest services that include a full-scale salon, fitness center and four different restaurants.

     ♦ Swissotel Krasnye Kholmy – This 34-story hotel overlooking Moscow epitomizes elegance and modernity. The health club, sauna, solarium, banquet hall and business conference facilities are sure to offer services for even the pickiest visitors.

     ♦ Ritz Carlton – The Ritz Carlton is synonymous with luxury. This hotel opened its doors in 2007 and since then, has attracted guests who value excellent customer service, superb rooms and outstanding features like a 2,000-square-foot gym, beauty salon and Michelin-rated chefs.

Of course, if you and your family are staying in one of these splendid hotels, you should take your Moscow vacation to the next level by using a luxury transportation company like Hermes Worldwide. The convenience and ease of getting to wherever you need to go makes this sedan limo service the perfect way to travel in this capital city.

Making the most of your trip to Charlotte for the DNC

All American eyes will be on Charlotte, North Carolina, this week, as delegates from all over the country gather to watch incumbent Barack Obama accept the nomination as the Democratic candidate for the upcoming election in November.

But when the attendees aren't listening to supporters preach about our current president's accolades and why they believe he should be elected to a second term, they'll be looking for something to do around town to get their minds off politics.

For news buffs, CNN Travel recommends checking out the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which is now home to the plane that made national headlines when pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely completed an emergency landing in the Hudson River in 2009. The museum is just a 15-minute limo ride from Time Warner Cable Arena, the host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Racing fans can take some time to check out the NASCAR Hall of Fame, while more "outdoorsy" types can go ziplining, rock climbing or kayaking at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

CNN recommends getting a cup of Joe at the Smelly Cat Coffeehouse or satisfying a craving for sweets at Amelie's, a popular bakery, soup and sandwich shop.

With thousands expected to be visiting Charlotte this week, getting around the city is going to be hectic. Trying to get the attention of cab drivers may seem impossible and public transportation will be packed. Make sure that you save yourself a lot of trouble by taking advantage of Hermes Worldwide's transportation for special events.

If you book a limo, sedan or luxury SUV for the DNC with Hermes, not only will people know how important you are when you arrive at the event, you'll also benefit from not worrying about navigating through congested traffic. Request a quote online or give us a call today.

For a vacation that is out of ordinary, visit Dublin with your family

If you are looking for an exotic city to visit that is full of surprises, look no further than Dublin, Ireland. This capital is located on the east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey and is the most populous city in the country.

Despite the gorgeous green pastures of Ireland's countryside, the name Dublin comes from the Irish name Dublhlinn, which means "black pool." Doesn't sound very inviting does it? But, don't let that deceive you. This city has plenty of top-notch attractions that are unparalleled to anywhere else in Europe.

If you and your family are considering vacationing in this place, don't miss these sites:

     ♦ Kilmainham Gaol – This former prison constructed in 1796 is now a museum and is a place where people go to pay tribute to those who fought for Ireland's independence from England. Many freedom fighters were held here and eventually executed. Public hangings took place here and in an age where women were thought to be the weaker sex, females, males and even kids were put in a single cell.

     ♦ Guinness Storehouse – You don't have to be a beer lover to tour this museum. With over seven floors, visitors can marvel at the history of Guinness advertising and even enjoy a an interactive exhibit on responsible drinking. If you make it to top of the seventh floor, you'll enjoy a views of city in the Gravity Bar and free pint of the brew that is included with your admission.

Once you arrive in the capital, don't stress yourself out by trying to hail a cab or navigate the public transportation system. Dublin airport transfers can be an enjoyable experience if you hire Hermes Worldwide, a top-of-the-line chauffeured transportation service that has a reputation for excellence.

Don’t miss dining in these great hotel restaurants on your next vacation

In addition to great sightseeing, shopping and attractions, one of the benefits to visiting a large city is that there are usually plenty of delicious restaurants. Whether you and your family crave seafood while in Boston or spicy dishes during your time in Acapulco, the wide variety of dining options scattered throughout popular vacation destinations is just one of the many things that make traveling so enjoyable.

And, few things are better when you and your loved ones have fabulous accommodations with a great dining establishment downstairs. Luckily, those who are looking for this can have their cake and eat it too as CNN.com recently posted a list of America's hottest hotel restaurants.

     ♦ China Poblano – Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas
Chinese and Mexican food unite at this hotspot. Enjoy 10 different kinds of tacos, fresh ceviche, dim sum, hand-cut noodles and exotic cocktails. Finish off your meal with desserts like chocolate terracotta warriors, which contain caramelized bananas and sesame, or homemade mango sticky rice that is so delicious it's sinful.

     ♦ The Dutch – W Hotel, South Beach, Florida
There is perhaps no better place to enjoy fresh seafood than Miami. Its location at the southern tip of Florida make it a prime spot for catching everything from stone crabs to mahi mahi. If you make a reservation here, don't leave without cornmeal-dusted oyster sandwiches or the spicy coconut lobster.

     ♦ Slopes – Waldorf-Astoria, Park City, Utah 
The Beehive State is known for its great skiing, but the state is quickly making a name for itself in the restaurant industry. After a tough day on the slopes, nosh on cherrywood smoked short ribs, eggplant cannelloni or garden baby beets. At the end of the night, you and your family will be more than satisfied. Luckily, a wonderfully comfortable bed is just an elevator ride away.

While you are on vacation, don't stress yourself out attempting to navigate public transportation systems or trying to flag down a cab. Instead, arrive at your destination relaxed and refreshed in a luxury SUV, sedan or limousine driven by an experienced Hermes Worldwide chauffeur.

Florence, Italy, combines the best of everything the country has to offer

If there is one city in Europe that is known for it's rich cultural history, fabulous museums and delicious food, it's Florence. This Italian paradise is the capital of the Tuscan region and during the medieval times was the center of European trade and finance.

But, if you think that a past stemming from the medieval times has created dilapidated structures, dated galleries or stuffy restaurants, think again. Florence is a booming, vibrant city that has given itself a facelift, which has catapulted itself as one of the liveliest cities in the entire country.

Here are our top recommendations for seeing, dining and staying that should never be missed if you and your family are taking a trip there:

1) The Duomo of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore – Few things are more spectacular than the gorgeous views of Florence that you'll see if you're willing to climb the 463 steps of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, which was constructed in the 1200s. If you'd rather conserve your energy for something else, think about strolling through the ground level of this massive church. Here, you can enjoy the frescoes of the Last Judgement created by Italian painter Giorgio Vasari and the beautiful and ornate mosaic pavements that decorate the floor of the cathedral.

2) Osteria Tornabuoni – Everyone knows that sightseeing can be exhausting, and what better place to dine on local fare than a restaurant that serves up classic dishes like bread maccheroni with lamb ragù and risotto with purple artichokes? Wine lovers will revel in the wide selection of Tuscan vino and the knowledgeable sommelier who can answer any questions you may have.

3) Four Seasons – There aren't many other accommodations in the world that treat guests better than the Four Seasons. For spacious rooms, a full-scale spa and five-star restaurant, this hotel is not just one, but 10 steps above the rest. If you're in the mood to get pampered, you can treat yourself to a facial, massage or pedicure. If you'd rather be outside, then kick back and relax by the outdoor pool and nibble on fresh fruit skewers and order up exotic drinks.

To make this vacation one that you will never forget, consider booking a luxury sedan with Hermes Worldwide. You and your family will arrive relaxed and refreshed at your hotel or at various other sites around the city without having to navigate complicated directions or Florence's public transportation system.