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A HOTEL STAY, WITH BALLET

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Misty Copeland.

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The ballerina Misty Copeland is an attraction of American Ballet Theater’s season at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City this summer, and the Smyth, a Thompson Hotel, in TriBeCa, has a package where guests can see — and meet — the dancer. “Behind the Curtains: Misty Copeland” is offered through July 4 and includes a two-night stay in a deluxe room with upgrade upon availability, a signed copy of Ms. Copeland’s autobiography called “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina,” two tickets to one of her performances of “Swan Lake,” “Romeo and Juliet” or “Cinderella” and a post-show meeting at the stage door with the star. Rates from $599 a night.

A NEW APP FOR FOUR SEASONS HOTELS

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts introduced its first brand-wide app this week. Available to download on any mobile device through Google Play, iTunes or the Amazon App Store, it lets guests manage every aspect of their stay: They can make reservations at multiple properties at the same time, check in and out, book spa treatments and tee times, place a room service order and request items like extra pillows and toiletries.

There is also a section where the hotel concierges at each property share recommendations for exploring that destination, a built-in GPS that maps out the suggested itineraries and an “In the Mood” feature where users can find tailored activities based on their interests such as art, shopping or food.

A HOTEL DEAL IN ORLANDO

The B Resort & Spa in Orlando opened last June, and to celebrate its one-year anniversary, the property is offering guests who stay at least two nights a $1 room rate for their second night. The special is available to book from now until the end of June for stays July 26 through Dec. 20. Unlike most of the kid-friendly hotels in the area, the B caters to adults and has an Aveda spa and a restaurant called American Q with an extensive cocktail and craft beer list. Rooms from $119 a night. Travelers booking more than two nights will receive one night for $1 and the rest at the best available rate.

BRITISH AIRWAYS GETS MUSICAL

England has a booming music culture with a new generation of rising stars, and British Airways wants the world to discover who they are through its Listen Up program being introduced on its routes this year. To help with the venture, the airline has partnered with Communion Music, an organization co-founded by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett to showcase up-and-coming talent. So far, Listen Up has released six videos, which run between one and three minutes and include performances and interviews with musicians like Bear’s Den and Jamie N Commons. Travelers will be able to watch these on their in-flight entertainment systems and on the British Airways’ Listen Up channel on YouTube.



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