The Adventure Starts Here… Travel + Escape Channel Launches with a National 3 Month Free Preview

Channel Launches with Contest Giving Viewers a Chance to Win a Trip to Cancun, Mexico Courtesy of Thomascook.ca

TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - GlassBOX Television has launched the updated Travel+Escape channel - the hottest new destination on your TV dial. Complete with a bold new look, fresh programming fare and a robust cross-platform website to compliment the channel, get ready to escape without having to travel. Viewers can tune-in from now until January 31, 2012 for a free preview of the channel (available on all carriers nationally).

Adding to the excitement of the Travel+Escape launch, the channel is kicking off with a national viewer contest.  Leading travel brand Thomas Cook recently re-launched its brand in Canada through Thomascook.ca  and has partnered with Travel+Escape giving viewers the ultimate travel experience this fall. Beginning November 14th, viewers watching will have a chance to win an all-inclusive trip for 2 to the spectacular 5-Star Gourmet Inclusive Azul Beach in Cancun, Mexico. The contest will be promoted on-air, online and with social media initiatives including a link to the contest entry site through Facebook.

"The new Travel+Escape gives viewers a world experience from the comfort of home," said Jennifer Mason, Marketing Communications and On-Air Director, GlassBOX Television. "We're thrilled to partner with world-renowned travel company Thomas Cook on a contest that will give our viewers the chance to escape this winter. Featuring compelling adventure stories, culinary excursions, exotic locations and entertaining personalities, the new Travel+Escape offers a fresh perspective on the world."

With over 300 hours of fresh new programming, highlights include:

Piers Morgan On…
Premieres Sunday November 6 - 9pm ET/PT
Piers Morgan (Piers Morgan Tonight) welcomes viewers into some of the most opulent and sought after hotspots the world has to offer from Dubai to Monte Carlo, Las Vegas and beyond, prepare for a truly VIP experience.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Tuesdays - 10pm ET/PT
Sharp-tongued gourmand, author and New York chef, Anthony Bourdain explores the world through other people's food, gleaning the secrets of the world's cultures that only chefs are allowed access to.

Gourmet Escapes New Original Series
Wednesdays - 8pm ET/11pm PT
Celebrity chef and author Massimo Capra (Restaurant Makeover) searches the globe for the best food, freshest ingredients, most interesting people and local chefs to cook with.

Chefs Run Wild New Original Series
Tuesdays - 8pm ET/11pm PT
Three trained Canadian chefs, Chad, Clayton and Lyndon drop their stable jobs to cook their way across Southeast Asia in search of authentic regional dishes to shock and delight, like spit-roasted lizard or cobra heart 'Bloody Mary'. Not for the lily-livered or squeamish, viewing is recommended on an empty stomach!

The Aviators
Premieres Thursday November 3 - 8pm ET/10pm PT
For anyone who's gazed skywards, The Aviators is a weekly magazine-style TV series featuring the latest aircrafts, the coolest technology and the best fly-in destinations.

Dhani Tackles the Globe
Mondays - 10pm ET/7pm PT
The love of sports is universal, few prove this better than NFL linebacker, Dhani Jones, who embarks on a global sports odyssey that takes him anywhere with a scoreboard to explore how sports help to define culture.

Bizarre World
Wednesdays - 9pm ET/PT
Follow the fearless Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods) around the world not just from plate to plate, but from ritual Santeria to preparation of 'Duck Blood Soup' Andrew is truly on a journey to explore what makes the world weird and wonderful.

Ghost Adventures
Premieres Friday November 4 - 10pm ET/7pm PT
Investigate the scariest, most notoriously haunted places in the world with Zak, Nick and Aaron; three fearless ghost hunters, as they interview eyewitnesses, historians, and confront dusk-to-dawn 'lockdowns'.

Paddling Bryans New Original Series
Premieres Thursday November 3 - 10pm ET/7pm PT
Journey across North America with two modern day voyageurs, Bryan Wallwork and Bryan Adams, as they travel 5,555 kilometers from Milk River, Alberta to New Orleans, Louisiana in a canoe.

Ian Wright: Out of Bounds
Premieres Thursday November 3 - 11pm ET / 8pm PT
Globe-trekker Ian Wright travels to all corners of the earth, using his witty personality to become one with the locals in the interesting places he visits.

Fishing Adventurer  T+E Exclusive
Season 3 Premieres January 2012
Host Cyril Chauquet catches more than just fish as he explores the culture and lifestyle on his search for the perfect fishing spot.

Operation Unplugged   New Original Series
Premieres February 2012
Host and world adventurer Alan Bishop takes 8 of the most self proclaimed technology obsessed Canadians - unplugs them and immerses them in a month long challenge-based adventure through breathtaking National Parks and National Historic Sites across Canada.

Destination Fear New Original Series
Premieres Spring 2012
Hidden cameras and improv specialists bring the paranormal to life for unsuspecting travellers across some of North America's most notoriously haunted destinations.

And the adventure continues online with TravelandEscape.ca - the unique cross-platform digital space for Canada's most passionate travel aficionados. Visitors can expect to find a dynamic community that engages a rare cross-section of voices spanning both Web and TV's top talent.  Already secured within its roster of regular contributors are some of the country's top-ranking travel bloggers like ThePlanetD.com's Dave and Deb, who will be sharing the digi-stage among T+E TV hosts like Canadian celebrity chef Massimo Capra, renowned world adventurer Alan Bishop and celebrity photographer Joey Lawrence (50 Cent, Jonas Brothers, Twilight Saga). The all-Canadian cast is expected to be blogging regularly for the site, with unique content spanning personal journeys, adventures, tips and photo stories.

Seamlessly converging a variety of lifestyle niche communities, from the latest travel tech gadgets and fashion, to global home decor and music, TravelandEscape.ca is sure to sustain, entertain and inspire Canadians between travel bookings. The site's mulit-platform features also include interactive maps that instantly take users where they want to go, with everything they want to know about that destination, complete with useful facts and must-see tips. 

Other content features include T+E-exclusive interviews, profiles, video and webisode series, as well as extensive UGC contests, photo galleries and social media initiatives all open to content integrations and sponsorship opportunities.

GlassBOX Television Inc. is an integrated media company that owns and operates Canadian specialty television networks AUX (focused on music and music culture), BITE TV (focused on satirical comedy shorts, sitcoms and movies) and the newly acquired Travel+Escape channel (home of top-rated travel and adventure themed programs).  The company's digital publishing division operates broadband portals, blogs, mobile sites and applications while representing the Canadian online advertising inventory of several major international brands including AllMusic.com, AllHipHop.com, NME.com in addition to SPIKE.com, VH1.com, GAMETRAILERS.com, ATOM.com, TVLAND.com and LOGOTV.com.  (www.GlassBOX.tv)

Travel+Escape is the home of top rated travel themed Television programs with entertaining hosts, compelling stories and exotic locations.  The channel features popular lifestyle series including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Ghost Adventures, Gourmet Escapes and Piers Morgan On. (www.TravelandEscape.ca)

Thomas Cook is a full-service travel agency and is part of Thomas Cook Group plc, one of the world's leading leisure travel companies. Operating in a total of 21 countries, with a network of over 3,400 owned and franchised travel stores worldwide, in Canada the company has a total of 150 retail locations and employs 1,500 travel agents. The company's other Canadian brands include tour operators Sunquest Vacations, Fun Sun Vacations and Exotik Tours, as well as BelAirTravel.com, Thomas Cook Financial Services and Thomas Cook Canada airline (which it operates together with Jazz Air LP). Thomas Cook also oversees all operations for Sears Travel's 108 retail shops nationwide as well as the Searstravel.ca website. For more information visit Thomascook.ca.

SOURCE GlassBOX Television Inc.

For further information:

Nikki Lamb Tudico
Communications Manager
GlassBOX Television
416.878.2250
Nikki@glassbox.tv

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