Special reduced-rate offer includes exhibition tickets and Downton Abbey-themed tea PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 16, 2018 — Get transported to post-Edwardian England during a Downton-Abbey-inspired traditional afternoon tea at The Chesterfield Palm Beach, which is offering an exclusive package in partnership with “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” throughout its six-month run in West Palm Beach. Fans of NBC Universal International Studios’ beloved series get a double dose of “Downton Abbey” with this unique offer that combines discounted tickets to the exhibition with a traditional British-style afternoon tea at the hotel. Viewers of “Downton Abbey” know afternoon tea was an integral part of the Crawley family’s daily routine. The Chesterfield Palm Beach is the perfect place to recreate that experience. The hotel exudes traditional English style and hospitality, and has offered traditional afternoon tea for decades. The Chesterfield’s special Downton Abbey-themed tea invites visitors to choose from a superb selection of loose-leaf teas and refreshing infusions, an irresistible array of delicious, freshly made finger sandwiches and indulgent sweets served on exquisite three-tiered pastry trays, and authentic, hand-baked British scones with lashings of clotted cream and lavish strawberry preserves. Traditional English shortbread is served at the end, bringing a “veddy British” close to the tea experience. “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” is appearing at CityPlace in West Palm Beach from November 10, 2018, and offers an inside peek into Carnival Films’ multi-award-winning global television phenomenon. Guests will be immersed in the fascinating social history and culture of the time period during which the show is set, and see iconic costumes and sets from its six-season run, including Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen and the servants’ quarters. The “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” Afternoon Tea offer costs $83.70 per person (taxes, fees and gratuities included) and includes afternoon tea between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., plus an exhibition ticket that can be used any time. Participants do not have to be a guest of the hotel to take advantage of this special combination offer, and the Downton tea is also available without the exhibition tickets for $40 (plus tax and gratuities). For guests of the hotel, reduced-rate exhibition tickets are also available without the requirement of a tea experience. In addition to The “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” Afternoon Tea, the hotel offers a range of other afternoon teas: The Chesterfield Champagne Tea; the Scones Afternoon Tea; and the Little Prince and Princess Tea. A Victorian Tea Experience is available for groups of 15, by special request only. “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” will be located at CityPlace, 575 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. It will open daily between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., including Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Regular-priced tickets are available for $35 and children under 14 receive free admission. VIP packages and private hire options will also be available. One of the most distinctive hotels in Palm Beach and a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Chesterfield Palm Beach combines modern Florida sophistication with old-world English elegance. Recognized as a historical landmark by the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation, this glorious boutique hotel features 42 superior and deluxe rooms, 11 luxurious suites and indulgent amenities such as a tranquil outdoor swimming pool, a wood-paneled library, and the decadent Leopard Lounge & Restaurant, where exciting international cuisine and creative cocktailstantalize the taste buds. Celebrities such as Lauren Bacall and Margaret Thatcher have stayed and dined at the hotel, which is located on Cocoanut Row in the chic, dynamic heart of Palm Beach Island, just a short stroll from Worth Avenue and the golden sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. For more information and reservations, call The Chesterfield Palm Beach at 561.659.5800, stop by the concierge desk at the hotel, or visit www.chesterfieldpb.com. ABOUT THE RED CARNATION HOTEL COLLECTIONRed Carnation Hotels is a collection of 17 family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition, with an exceptional reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings. Great pride is taken in delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service.
Weerasinghe said another point of contention was that China wanted zero tariffs on 90 percent of goods the two countries sold to each other as soon as an agreement is signed while Colombo would rather it started with zero tariffs on only half of the products concerned and expanded gradually over 20 years. But concerns have grown in recent months that such investments can drive the country of 21 million people deeper into debt and undermine its sovereignty, prompting greater scrutiny of deals with China. Talks between China and Sri Lanka for a free trade agreement have hit major hurdles, mainly because Beijing will not agree to Colombo’s demand for a review of the deal after 10 years, Sri Lanka’s top negotiator said, according to the Reuters news agency.China has invested billions of dollars building ports and roads and power stations in the Indian Ocean island nation just off the southern toe of India as part of its Belt and Road Initiative to increase its trade and other connections across Asia and beyond. China’s exports to Sri Lanka dwarf the trade that goes in the other direction, leaving Colombo with a big deficit with Beijing. “The talks have come to a standstill. China wants to remove the review clause,” Weerasinghe told Reuters. Beijing was opposed to such an option because it wanted longer-term stability, he said.China’s commerce ministry did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.The review clause that Sri Lanka wants would allow it to change some of the deal terms if they were hurting the island nation’s local businesses. Sri Lanka’s chief trade negotiator K.J. Weerasinghe said this week that Colombo was insisting on a right to review the free trade pact after ten years, but China was not ready to agree that.Ministerial level discussions about an agreement have not been held since March last year. Lower-level discussions between officials have made little progress, according to Weerasinghe. The 2017 figures for China trade have still not been released by the Sri Lankan authorities.The trade deficit with China accounted for nearly half of the nation’s total deficit in 2016, adding pressure on the country’s current account deficit, central bank data showed.Sri Lanka’s foreign debt rose nearly 17 percent to 4.72 trillion rupees ($30 billion) last year, a fifth of that coming from loans from China to finance the massive construction program across the island.Colombo is separately negotiating a trade pact with India, but that is also moving slowly because Sri Lankan businesses fear they will face competition from a flood of cheap goods made by Indian firms. China has been pushing for free trade pacts with countries in the region and last year sealed an agreement with the Maldives that drew criticism from opposition political groups in the tropical islands’ nation. They said it had been rushed through parliament with less than an hour of debate.Sri Lanka has previously said it wanted more time to negotiate the free trade deal with China as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on its economy.Sri Lanka imported $4.2 billion worth of Chinese goods in 2016, mostly raw materials for garments, machines and electronics, metals, transport equipment and chemicals. Its exports to the world’s second largest economy were just $211 million the same year, which included textiles, tea and vegetables, footwear and rubber.