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Travel Deals: New Year’s Eve Discounts and Packages

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It’s not too late to end 2011 with a memorable vacation or to ring in the New Year with new travels. This week, we have New Years’ travel specials for every type.

End the Year Up North

Check out one of Vancouver’s hottest areas―Yaletown–in the OPUS Hotel, which is home to the hot new pop-up restaurant, Cento Notti and the OPUS Bar. The A Very Vancouver Holiday package is valid from December 19 through December 29, 2011 and includes a superior guest room, valet parking, breakfast for two and more. Rates start at $169 a night and can be booked online here; promo code is vanholiday.

Gulf Coast New Years

Deal options abound for New Years Eve in Panama Beach. Stay three nights at Sterling Resorts on Panama City Beach, on Scenic 30-A, or in Destin. With the package you’ll get a complimentary bottle of champagne and free shuttle to Panama City Beach for the New Years Eve Ball Drop celebration. Rates start at $99 a night and can be booked online.

At the Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City, have a beach vacation combined with a philanthropic celebration. The Shine New Year’s Eve Package includes overnight accommodations, complimentary breakfast and dinner and admission to the New Year’s Eve Shine Party that benefits the “Give Kids the World Foundation” as well as admission to the kids’ party. The package starts at $199.99 per night. For reservations, call  800-633-0266 or click here.

New Years in Cuba

Insight Cuba, one of the leading providers for authorized U.S. “people to people” travel to Cuba, is running five different programs over New Year’s Eve. You can choose from a four-day weekend in Havana to an eight-day tip to the Bay of Pigs. Select departures also include free or 50 percent off round trip charter air from Miami to Havana. Prices range from 8-day trips starting at $2,800 or 4 day options for $1,995. For more information on New Year’s tours and other Insight Cuba travel programs, visit their website or call 1-800-450-CUBA.

Mile-High Celebrations

The Grand Hyatt Denver, and MIX 100 FM, is throwing the Denver’s Grandest New Year’s Eve. This party has an open bar, buffet supper, DJ celebrations, casino night games and more. Attendance for the party is $129 (with tax) and the New Year’s Eve hotel package is $389 which includes accommodations and tickets for two to the party. Just outside the hotel is the city’s fireworks display. Party-only tickets may be purchased by calling the hotel directly at (303) 295-1234.  Overnight package reservations may be made by calling toll free (800) 233-1234 or by visiting their website.

Start Your New Year at the Spa

Start off your New Year’s resolutions at The Oaks at Ojai. The fitness spa is running a 40 percent off Mother/Daughter discount with room rates starting at $119 per night per person for stays from January 1 to January 13, 2012. Rates include accommodations, meals, fitness classes, entertainment, and seminars. Book online or call 800-753-OAKS (6257).

Are you traveling for New Years? Tell Peter about your favorite travel deals in the comments below.

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By Lily J. Kosner for