Group announces first project: 1,400-room luxury casino resort in Tbilisi, Georgia
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — The nation of Georgia’s largest development partnership has teamed up with a pair of visionary U.S.-based industry leaders to announce the creation of a transformative entertainment and leisure company – Iconic Entertainment.
The Georgia partnership – formed by Orbi Group and Block Group – has joined forces with Mark Advent, founder and creator of groundbreaking Las Vegas casino New York New York, and Bill Allen, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomin’ Brands, to pursue world-class casino, hotel, entertainment and leisure developments in Tbilisi and Batumi, Georgia, in its initial phase of projects as they eye larger international opportunities.
The group’s first project – a 1,400-room luxury integrated resort and retail center located on Kazbegi Avenue in Tbilisi – is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in Spring 2025. The property will feature a 40,000-square-foot casino and 20,000-square-foot entertainment and multi-purpose venue that will host a calendar of concerts, special and private events. In addition, Iconic Entertainment will soon be announcing a slate of new integrated resorts in Batumi as it further expands the beautiful seaport resort destination.
Iconic Entertainment – jointly owned by Orbi, Block, Advent and Allen, with offices in 25 countries – is wrapping up licensing agreements with several of the world’s most iconic entertainment and lifestyle brands and will soon announce plans to launch and open its initial lineup of experiential and lifestyle resort development projects in Georgia, United Arab Emirates, Las Vegas and other gateway markets.
Advent’s $465 million New York New York creation – which he conceived as a young, up-and-coming casino-hotel impresario – opened in 1997 on the Las Vegas Strip and is one of the most famous and successful projects of its kind in the world. The property led the way to billions of dollars of investment in similar city-themed designs such as the Paris casino hotel (Las Vegas and Macau), Venetian casino hotel (Las Vegas and Macau) and London casino hotel in Macau, which opened in 2023.
“Teaming up with Orbi Group and Block Group, world-class developers whose leaders have become close friends and esteemed associates, is perhaps the most exciting opportunity of my career,” said Advent, who brings more than 35 years of global expertise in the leisure, entertainment, gaming, hospitality and tourism industries to the partnership. “We are all committed to creating transformative casino, hotel, leisure and entertainment destinations that will raise the bar and usher in a new era of ‘must-see’ experiential experiences with global appeal.”
A. William (“Bill”) Allen, III, led the $4 billion acquisition of Bloomin’ Brands with private equity giants L. Catterton and Bain Capital, and subsequently guided it to become one of the largest and most successful hospitality companies in the world, with industry-leading concepts including Outback Steakhouse and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, which Allen co-founded.
“Coming together with Orbi Group, Block Group and Mark is a game-changer for our industry,” said Allen. “We are united in our commitment to creating projects that transform the markets in which we operate while generating substantial upsides for all. I see enormous potential in Georgia, the UAE and Las Vegas as we create opportunities that inspire and innovate with sound business practices, vision and strong leadership teams. We will bring great things to life, and I am proud to be a part of this outstanding effort.”
Irakli Kvergelidze, Chief Executive Officer of Orbi Group, added, “We have been pioneering and developing the largest hotels in Georgia for over a decade, and we are thrilled to partner with Mark and Bill as we forge the future of our company with developments that spur robust tourism demand. Adding their vision and international expertise to what we are creating with Block Group will take our real estate developments to even greater heights and financial success.”
Block Group CEO, Tornike Janashvili, travels the world studying hospitality, design, food and beverage, branding, entertainment, and what drives success for guests both today and in years to come. He is an award-winning hotelier and developer operating at the cutting edge of real estate development and entrepreneurship.
“We are building real estate projects in Tbilisi, Batumi and elsewhere at a level of quality and excellence that will offer our guests an unmatched, completely immersive entertainment experience,” said Janashvili. “We have always thought outside the box, and forming this partnership with Mark and Bill adds another layer of excellence and innovation to our current and future endeavors. We can’t wait to unveil Iconic Entertainment’s initial slate of developments, which I am convinced will capture global attention and change the game forever in Georgia and beyond.”
Unveiling the Mystery: The Holloman Air Force Base UFO Incident
Uncover the truth behind the Holloman Air Force Base UFO incident: unidentified flying objects, alien entities, government secrecy, and more.
The enigmatic world of UFO sightings has captivated the imaginations of people around the globe for decades. Among the notable cases, the Holloman Air Force Base incident of May 1965(?) stands out as one of the most intriguing and controversial. Recently, filmmaker James Fox shed light on this incident, revealing the existence of full video footage that allegedly captured the landing of UFOs and the presence of alien entities. However, the government’s failure to release the complete footage has only added to the enigma surrounding this historic event.
The Holloman Incident: A Significant UFO Sighting:
Holloman Air Force Base, established in 1942 and located in New Mexico, became the epicenter of an extraordinary alleged event in May 1965. According to James Fox, the filmmaker behind the revelation, three unidentified flying objects landed at the base, leaving witnesses in awe. This encounter quickly gained attention due to the potential evidence it provided regarding extraterrestrial life.
The Promise of Authentic Footage:
Albert “Al” Emenegger, a filmmaker working on a documentary about UFOs, was promised access to the authentic footage of the Holloman incident by United States Air Force officials. Emenegger claimed that the footage depicted alien visitors emerging from the craft and interacting with the US military. Although initially skeptical, Emenegger was assured by the Air Force that the footage was genuine. However, he was only allowed to retain a mere eight seconds of the footage.
Government Secrecy and Controversy:
Despite the promises made, the US government failed to release the full footage of the Holloman incident. Speculation suggests that the Nixon Administration, eager to appear strong in the scientific field for the upcoming 1972 re-election campaign, initially allowed the footage to be used in Emenegger’s documentary. However, as the Watergate controversy deepened, the government pulled back, keeping the complete footage hidden from public view.
The Intriguing Documentary and the Mysterious Eight Seconds:
The resulting documentary, “UFOs Past Present Future,” released in 1974, captivated audiences with its exploration of unidentified flying objects. After subsequent updates and edits, the film was re-released as “UFOS: It has Begun” in 1976 and 1979, featuring Rod Serling as the host. The documentary showcased reenactments and illustrations, aiming to tell the story of the Holloman incident. However, it is the elusive eight seconds of footage that have fueled much speculation. Some claim that the object seen in these seconds is one of the UFOs, capturing the moment of its descent towards the base.
Continued Enigma and Independent Investigations:
To this day, the full video footage of the Holloman incident, including the alleged sighting of alien entities, remains unreleased. The government’s decision to withhold this evidence only amplifies the mystery and controversy surrounding the event. However, independent researchers and UFO enthusiasts continue their quest for the truth. Notably, the YouTube channel “Here Suddenly” has conducted impressive research and analysis of the available details, shedding new light on the Holloman incident.
The Holloman Air Force Base UFO incident of the mid-60s continues to fascinate and perplex both believers and skeptics alike. The promise of authentic footage, the subsequent government secrecy, and the ongoing search for answers have turned this event into an enduring enigma. While the complete truth may still elude us, the Holloman incident remains a significant chapter in UFO history, reminding us of the enduring allure and mystery surrounding unidentified flying objects.
Topgolf Plans to Open Two Venues in San Diego Area
Sorrento Valley and East Harbor Island being proposed as potential Topgolf locations
DALLAS, Nov. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Modern golf entertainment leader Topgolf is initiating plans to bring its technology-enabled venue experience to the San Diego area, with new locations being proposed in Sorrento Valley and East Harbor Island.
Topgolf’s venue experience centers on Players taking part in point-scoring games in outdoor hitting bays that are equipped with the company’s Toptracer ball-tracking technology. The ball’s distance, height, speed and more are tracked, and Players earn points based on the game they’re playing. On top of that, Topgolf also features specialty menu items like its signature nachos, top-shelf drinks, family-friendly programs and other offerings in addition to game play.
“We’ve wanted to bring the Topgolf venue experience to San Diego for a long time, and it’s encouraging to see us making progress toward that goal,” said Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway. “While still in the early stages, we’re excited by the potential to bring even more play to the San Diego community.”
Current plans for Topgolf in Sorrento Valley are focused on Topgolf redeveloping the Carroll Canyon Golf Center, replacing it with a three-level venue equipped with the company’s latest technology throughout its 80+ bays.
At the Port of San Diego, a future Topgolf venue could kick off East Harbor Island redevelopment efforts with a three-story venue housing over 100 hitting bays.
“Topgolf is growing exponentially and continues to bring modern golf to cities across the country and the globe,” said Chip Brewer, President and CEO of Topgolf Callaway Brands, which is Topgolf’s parent company headquartered in Carlsbad, California. “The San Diego area has been the proud home of Topgolf Callaway Brands for more than 40 years, and we’re thrilled Topgolf is coming to the neighborhood.”
To stay up to date on the latest news about Topgolf opening in San Diego, follow @Topgolf on social media.
About Topgolf Venues
Topgolf venues bring people together to play in a dynamic, technology-driven golf entertainment experience. With an energetic atmosphere, Topgolf venues feature high-tech gaming, outdoor hitting bays, chef-driven menus, hand-crafted cocktails, music, corporate and social event spaces, and more. Topgolf entertains more than 20 million Players annually at 81 locations across the globe. To learn more or plan your visit, go to topgolf.com.
Paul Russell’s ‘Lil Boo Thang’ Takes Center Stage on the Jennie-O® Brand’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Float
WILLMAR, Minn. and NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The makers of the Jennie-O® turkey brand — a category leader and one of the top turkey brands in the United States — will once again display its dazzling float in the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Thanksgiving spectacle will feature the Jennie-O® brand’s The Big Turkey Spectacular float, which will entertain parade attendees and millions of viewers nationwide on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 23. This will mark the fourth consecutive year that the Jennie-O® brand float has joined the parade line-up.
Paul Russell, the rising star behind the chart-topping viral hit “Lil Boo Thang,” will be making his Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut on the Jennie-O float, joining the festivities with a captivating performance. If you’ve been scrolling through TikTok or Instagram Reels, chances are you’ve already come across Paul Russell’s sensational song, which has taken social media by storm. His meteoric rise from posting original music and covers on social media platforms to headliner reflects his undeniable talent, and his participation in this year’s parade adds another exciting chapter to his remarkable journey.
“I’m hype to bring the cookout to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Jennie-O® brand! Such a dream come true to perform on a float. I can’t wait,” commented Russell.
Standing at an impressive 36 feet long, 25 feet wide and 24 feet tall, The Big Turkey Spectacular float by the Jennie-O® brand first debuted in 2020. This glittering float, adorned in the signature gold and green hues of the iconic brand, boasts over 200 pounds of sparkles, adding a touch of glamour to the festivities.
One of the standout features of the float is the turkey’s tail feathers, which span 25 feet in width and rise to a towering two stories tall. The feathers were constructed with enough steel tubing to stretch the length of a regulation football field from end zone to end zone and can even release confetti during the parade.
Adding an element of surprise and delight, the turkey proudly wears the Jennie-O® brand’s colors of green and gold, and it features an advanced motion-activated top hat that reveals a heartwarming surprise as baby turkeys — referred to as poults — peek out and enchant viewers.
The Jennie-O® brand will also use the Parade’s national platform to showcase simple and delicious ideas for making turkey an everyday protein choice, both during and outside of the holiday season. This will include highlighting the brand’s high-quality products, cooking solutions, recipes and resources, empowering consumers everywhere to make any meal fun, flavorful and easy.
“We are excited to celebrate another milestone in our brand’s history by returning to the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Kim Anderson, senior brand manager with the Jennie-O® brand. “We’re thrilled to introduce Paul Russell to our cherished Thanksgiving tradition. With his chart-topping hit providing the perfect soundtrack to our celebration, we’re certain this year’s Parade will be an unforgettable experience for viewers nationwide.”
Throughout November, the Jennie-O® brand’s consumer-engagement experts will be on hand to help alleviate stress around holiday meal planning at the company’s 1-800-TURKEYS hotline, through live chat on the brand’s website, and even by texting “Turkey” to 73876. From advice on how to prep and cook a turkey to recipes for side dishes and how to use leftovers, consumers can reach out for real-time support through Nov. 28 via the method that is most convenient for them. Also this year, in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, Jennie-O® brand specialists are available around-the-clock.
The 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air nationwide in the U.S. on NBC and stream on Peacock, on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023 at 8:30AM EST. For more information visit macys.com/parade. To follow and participate in the excitement, check out @macys on various social platforms and follow #MacysParade.
About Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For nearly 100 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade features Macy’s signature giant character balloons, fabulous floats, incredible marching bands, celebrities, clowns, dance and performance groups, and the one and only Santa Claus, spreading holiday cheer. For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit www.macys.com/parade.
About the Jennie-O® Brand
For over 80 years, the Jennie-O® brand has been helping consumers live well by eating well. As the category leader, Jennie-O® turkey is the trusted brand for quality turkey and a source of expertise. We provide a full portfolio of delicious, nutritious turkey proteins and inspiration for everyday meals or special occasions. Known for our bright green awning evoking the nostalgia of a local farmer stand, our round logo with a touch of yellow and our distinct name from our founders’ daughter Jennifer, the Jennie-O® turkey brand has the right amount of small-town friendliness paired with leading company expertise and quality.
About Paul Russell
You’ve never met or heard anybody quite like Paul Russell. As a kid, the Dallas, TX native learned how to wail on trumpet in between spitting bars during lunchroom battle-raps and later crooning over ukulele (like the human equivalent of the dopest playlist you’ve ever heard!). His musical DNA is just as wildly dynamic as his personality is. During his time at Cornell University, he often DJ-ed at parties. As such, he knows how to get a party popping. A wide swath of inspirations—from Anderson .Paak and OutKast to Louie Armstrong—impacted his own creative trajectory. He gained traction with a series of early uploads and went viral a few times (even fooling the internet into thinking he had a Drake feature on the way once—If you’re reading this, Drizzy, get at him). Settling down in Los Angeles, he released the independent anthem “Hallelujah” followed by “Ms. Poli Sci,” which generated over 22 million overall streams to date. He best describes his boisterous rhythms, ecstatic hooks, and buffet of R&B, funk, pop, and hip-hop as “cookout music you listen to outside with a bunch of friends.“ That holds true on his Arista Records debut single “Lil Boo Thang.“ Built around an interpolation of “Best of My Love” by The Emotions, it lit up TikTok and Instagram to the tune of tens of millions of views. He effectively delivered “Lil Boo Thang” as the perfect soundtrack to any and all good times. Skyrocketing right out of the gate, it is closing in on 100 million total streams, cracked the Top 10 at Top 40 radio, captured #35 on the Billboard Hot 100,” and elevated Paul to #1 on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart for two consecutive weeks. At the same time, he earned acclaim from Billboard, CNN, Just Jared, Popdust and many more. Beyond his status as a bona fide breakout star, Paul Russell is about to be your new best friend.
About Hormel Foods — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $12 billion in annual revenue across more than 80 countries worldwide. Its brands include Planters®, Skippy®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly®, Hormel® Black Label®, Columbus®, Jennie-O® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named on the “Global 2000 World’s Best Employers” list by Forbes magazine for three years, is one of Fortune magazine’s most admired companies, has appeared on the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list by 3BL Media 13 times, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. The company lives by its purpose statement — Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ — to bring some of the world’s most trusted and iconic brands to tables across the globe. For more information, visit hormelfoods.com.
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