3 APR, 2012

“Every little rock star deserves a big stage!”


Thomas & Friends®, Barney®, Bob the Builder® and Angelina Ballerina® to help kids become rock all-stars


MIAMI, FL – (3 April 2012) –The All Inclusive Collection – the brand that’s shifting the sands of the all inclusive vacation experience – announces a partnership with HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment producers and rights-owners, for exclusive rights in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean that brings some of the world’s most popular children’s brands to its resorts in the region.  HIT’s portfolio, includingThomas & Friends®, Barney®, Bob the Builder® and Angelina Ballerina®, will be featured in the newly designed kids clubs and interactive kids’ areas opening this summer at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Cancun Palace (soon-to-be Hard Rock Hotel Cancun in August 2012) and Aventura Cove Palace (soon-to-be Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in early 2013).  These three properties are owned by the All Inclusive Collection, and are operated by an affiliate of the All Inclusive Collection under licensing agreements from Hard Rock International. 


“By partnering with HIT Entertainment, the All Inclusive Collection is bringing an unmatched kids club experience to our resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, giving every kid a stage and chance to interact with their favorite stars,” said Rafael Chapur, Chief Operating Officer, All Inclusive Collection. “This is just one of many new rock star experiences we will unveil at our rebranded resorts, as we strive to offer an unmatched vacation experience.”


Every kid is a rock star when visiting the All Inclusive Collection resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, and the stage has been set for an unforgettable vacation for its littlest guests.  The newly redesigned kids’ areas at Aventura Cove Palace, Cancun Palace and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana will feature HIT Entertainment’s Little Big Club, offering an endless amount of themed activities starring the beloved characters, Thomas & Friends, Barney, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina


Among the themed interactive play areas for kids at each Little Big Club are an Angelina Ballerina area, where little girls imagine they are the stars of their own show, with interactive dance videos, a ballerina dress-up area and more. The Thomas & Friends activity area is the ultimate play area for little engineers, featuring a super-sized Thomas train table.  In the Barney music area, the youngest lil’ rockers will have a dino-mite time playing with musical instruments, participating in sing-a-longs and learning with Barney.  The Bob the Builder building and craft area lets aspiring builders in on all the construction action, incorporating building blocks, child-safe tools and creative craft activities. 


Each Little Big Club will also have its own mini-theater so kids can participate in movie nights, dance classes, talent shows and karaoke, making them the real stars of the show. A weekly live show, produced by RWS and Associates, will entertain kids of all ages as their favorite characters form their own rock band. RWS and Associates is a full service entertainment firm that provides the very best in custom-designed as well as pre-packaged events and productions worldwide.  In addition, the Little Big Club will offer interactive character meet and greets during story time and other exciting activities.  Aventura Cove Palace – one of the top family resorts in the Caribbean – will also feature a Thomas the Tank Engine® attraction where kids can take a ride on Thomas around the resort’s kids’ area.


“HIT’s characters are loved around the world, and we’re thrilled to work with the All Inclusive Collection to provide their littlest guests the ultimate star-studded vacation  experience alongside our stars, Thomas the Tank Engine, Barney, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina,” said Pam Westman, Executive Vice President, The Americas, HIT Entertainment.  “Adults can enjoy the All Inclusive Collection’s top notch offerings, and they can also completely relax knowing that their kids will be entertained by HIT’s trusted and beloved brands.”


The Little Big Club also extends to outdoor play areas.  Kids visiting Aventura Cove Palace and Cancun Palace can enjoy fun in the sun at the interactive Thomas & Friends and Bob the Builder themed Splash Park with shooting water fountains.  The littlest guests at Aventura Cove Palace can play at Barney’s Tree House, an interactive play area.  The custom themed Bob the Builder sandboxes, found at both Aventura Cove Palace, Cancun Palace and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, resemble a sandy construction site where kids can enjoy sandcastle competitions and playing with Bob the Builder Machine Team replicas and sand toys. 


The Little Big Club and all of the exciting installations and activities from the All Inclusive Collection and HIT Entertainment are free to families as part of the all inclusive offerings found at the All Inclusive Collection resorts in Mexico and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.  The first Little Big Clubs are slated to debut in June 2012 at Aventura Cove Palace and Cancun Palace, followed by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in July 2012. 


Guests of the All Inclusive Collection can also take advantage of the Kids Stay Free Summer promotion, valid for booking now through Aug. 27, 2012 for travel June 1 through Aug. 31, 2012 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Cancun Palace and Aventura Cove Palace. When guests book three nights or more, two kids ages 12 and under sharing a room with a minimum of one adult can stay and eat for free!  The Kids Stay Free promotion can also be combined with the $1,500 Resort Credit promotion, making an All-Inclusive Collection resort the best value-added vacation.


Accommodations at the All Inclusive Collection’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Cancun Palace and Aventura Cove Palace start at $171 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.


For additional information about the new partnership with HIT Entertainment, the Little Big Club or the All Inclusive Collection’s new Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, visit www.littlebigcluballinclusivecollection.com, www.palaceresorts.com, www.hardrockhotelpuntacana.com or call 888-680-7625.


CONTACT:


Jennifer Garner/Janie Petty


The Zimmerman Agency


850.668.2222


jgarner@zimmerman.com


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About All Inclusive Collection


 


The All Inclusive Collection, a company that owns and operates properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean,  including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and three Mexico properties currently operating as Cancun Palace (soon to be reflagged Aug. 1, 2012, as Hard Rock Hotel Cancun), Vallarta Palace (soon to be reflagged Aug. 1, 2012, as Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta) and Aventura Cove Palace and Aventura Spa Palace (soon to be rebranded Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya early 2013). These four properties are owned by the All Inclusive Collection, and are, or will be, operated by an affiliate of the All Inclusive Collection under licensing agreements from Hard Rock International. Led by Chief Operating Officer Rafael Chapur, the All Inclusive Collection offers a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive resort experience and plans to expand its portfolio in Mexico and the Caribbean with new luxury properties that will continue to shift the sands of the all-inclusive vacation escape. For additional information, visit www.palaceresorts.com or www.hardrokhotelpuntacana.com.


 


About HIT Entertainment


HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading children's entertainment producers and rights owners. HIT Entertainment is a division of Fisher-Price.  HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends®, Barney®, Bob the Builder®, Fireman Sam®, Angelina Ballerina®, Mike the Knight™, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing, digital media, and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com


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