Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

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going on faith [ june | july 2016 ] 8 NEWS W O R T H Y Israel, Jordan and other international destinations, as well as service trips and visits to popular faith-based attractions around the United States. Mike was a frequent attendee of the Going On Faith Conference and traveled with our staff on familiariza- tion tours in Jordan and through the state of Georgia. He will be missed and remembered fondly throughout the travel industry. REMEMBERING MIKE NIELAND Mike Nieland, founder of Blue Marble Journeys in Ankeny, Iowa, passed away April 21 as a result of an inoperable brain aneurysm. He was 59. After a career as a teacher in pub- lic and Christian high schools, Mike founded Blue Marble Journeys to share his passion for Bible study and faith-based travel with church groups around the country. He led trips to GRAND CANYON'S EL TOVAR TO UNDERGO MAJOR REHAB NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Madame Tussauds, the world-famous wax attraction, will open its seventh U.S. location in Nashville at Opry Mills in spring 2017. It will be Madame Tussauds' first music-themed attraction and the only location in Tennessee. Madame Tussauds Nashville will celebrate the city's and country's icon- ic figures and music through the theme Soundtrack of America. This family-friendly attraction will Courtesy Xanterra Mike Nieland founded Blue Marble Journeys and led groups on tours of Israel, Jordan and faith-based destinations in the United States. provide visitors with an interactive experience, where they will be able to touch, see, feel and photograph fig- ures of their favorite musicians such as Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder and Johnny Cash. These wax figures are in addition to the more than 45 figures the attraction plans to debut over the next year. Guests will step into immersive scenes and musical performances that are unique to Madame Tussauds Nashville. www.merlinentertainments.biz MADAME TUSSAUDS TO OPEN AT OPRY MILLS IN NASHVILLE GRAND CANYON, Arizona — Grand Canyon National Park's iconic El Tovar hotel will close Jan. 1, 2017, for a major rehabilitation that will include substantial improvements to the build- ing's back-of-the-house facilities as well as public areas and guest rooms. The hotel will reopen April 14, 2017. One of the original great hotels of the national park system, El Tovar opened in 1905 and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The rehabilitation will include extensive work on the HVAC systems; upgrades to electrical, safety, plumb- ing and security systems; painting guest rooms and corridors; replacing kitchen equipment; and replacing car- pet in the dining room and lounge. www.grandcanyonlodges.com Courtesy Madame Tussauds

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