Start the New Year 2009 Celebrating at World-Famous Beaches in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia

Book early with Intelligent Leisure Solutions and the Discover Travel Group to spend an unforgettable New Year’s Eve at exclusive luxury Hotels participating in one of the world’s most glamorous street parties.

Salvador, Brazil, August 23, 2008 --( Every year, thousands of people come together on Rio de Janeiro’s world famous beach, Copacabana, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year in unforgettable style and surroundings: the scenic panorama of the beach illuminated by the fireworks display is a spectacular background for one of the biggest and most glamorous street parties in the world with numerous music and dance performances and concerts. The Brazilian people, well-known for their hospitality, friendliness and exuberant way of partying mix with tourists who come to Rio from all over the world to share this unique experience. Travelers from the Northern Hemisphere especially are fascinated to escape the cold and rainy season for a New Year’s Party in tropical climate, ideal to be combined with a few days of holidays at the beach or discovering other spectacular natural or cultural attractions in Brazil.

Intelligent Leisure Solutions (ILS3) and the Discover Travel Group is an Online Travel Company for Latin America that offers luxury, custom-made trips, accommodations, packages and tours to travelers and MICE clients seeking differentiated travel experiences.

To let its clients spend an unforgettable New Year 2009, the Discover Travel Group works with the most Exquisite and Design hotels in Copacabana and Ipanema Beach, such as the Copacabana Palace Hotel which is one of the luxurious Orient Express Hotels, the Fasano Rio inaugurated in 2007 with a splendid interior by the world-famous designer Philippe Starck, the Caesar Park Ipanema and the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro. These hotels’ guests can enjoy watching the crowd and the celebration in glamorous style from the hotels’ panoramic terraces or even while dining in privacy on the room balcony.

For travelers wanting to stay at the ideal starting point to go out and directly participate in the party the Discover Travel Group also offers accommodation in excellent 4 star hotels also in Copacabana and Ipanema, the Praia Ipanema Hotel or the Excelsior Copacabana Hotel, depending on the client’s preferences.

While Rio de Janeiro is a famous New Year’s destination, the celebrations in Salvador da Bahia in the North-East of Brazil are still an insider’s tip for who is looking for an exotic destination to welcome the New Year. Strongly influenced by the Afro-Brazilian religion of Candomblé, festivities in Brazil’s capital of African origin population include not only fireworks displays in panoramic spots on Salvador’s numerous beaches. Visitors will see Brazilians dressing only white clothes in honor of the Candomblé’s goddess of the sea, Iemanjá, and be able to watch and participate in the ceremonies in which white flowers and little boats are set on the waves as offerings to this deity.

For travelers looking to participate in Salvador’s exceptional New Year’s celebrations, the Discover Travel Group offers special packages with accommodation at first class hotels like the recently opened design winning Hotel Zank in the bohemian Rio Vermelho neighborhood and the traditional Convento do Carmo, built in a 500 year old convent, in the historic center Pelourinho. For travelers seeking 4 star hotels they also offer the Vila Galé Salvador and Othon Palace Salvador right by the beach of Ondina.

While the Discover Travel Group offers a wide variety of excellent services and accommodation to exactly suit each client’s needs and preferences, high demand for travel packages in the festive period in December 2008/09 makes it necessary to book in advance in order to guarantee availability in the best hotels.

Further information on hotels and packages mentioned above or other Luxury South or Central America Services offered can be found on Intelligent Leisure Solutions and the Discover Travel Group websites, www.DiscoverSouthAmerica.Travel, www.DiscocverCentralAmerica.Travel. Through the site’s contact form interested travelers can submit a request and have one of their specialized Travel Consultants create the ideal travel package individually according to their wishes and ideas.

Intelligent Leisure Solutions and the Discover Travel Group:
· Won the 2008 Ulysses Award for Innovation in Tourism Enterprises from the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization),
· Were nominated as Central America’s Leading Travel Agency and South America’s Leading Travel Management Company for the World Travel Awards 2008
· Managing Partner Robert Phillips was elected ASTA Chapter President for Brazil.
· Was selected by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism as an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
· Is authenticated by the Tralliance Corporation and the .Travel Registry.

Intelligent Leisure Solutions
Daniela Silva