Your complete holiday guide to the best of Puerto Pollensa

New web site focusing on the popular resort of Puerto Pollensa in the Balearic island of Majorca has been recently launched in preparation for the winter holiday booking season.

The website puertopollensa.org.uk which is owned by a father and son, who along with other members of their family, have been enjoying holidays every year in Puerto Pollensa for more than twenty years and want to share the knowledge of the resort with future holidaymakers. The site offers detailed information about all hotels and apartments in the resort as well as information about bars, restaurants and things to do and see.

The site tries tried to answer many of the questions that holidaymakers who are planning to visit Puerto Pollensa, would be keen to have answers too. and there is even an FAQ section to help in this.

Additional features include a photo gallery which gives an immediate visual indication of hotels, restaurants, shops and local views. As well as maps and general information, tips and advice, which will assist those on holiday to make the most of their break from the very first day.

The site, is already proving to be popular with users and with that encouraging feedback, a second phase of the site is to be developed further near the end of the year.

Via EPR Network

 

Warner Leisure Hotels Scoops The Award For Hotel Chain Of The Year From Top Travel Publication Travel Trade Gazette

Warner Leisure Hotels has scooped the award for Hotel Chain of the Year from top travel publication TTG (Travel Trade Gazette), beating off stiff competition from a number of well-known global brands including Conrad Hotels and Resorts and Swisshotel Hotels and Resorts.

Almost 40 judges, including some of the biggest names working in the travel industry, were invited to assess the 169 entries that made it on to shortlists in 30 categories. The awards are widely regarded as being the most prestigious in the industry.

The award was presented to Warner Leisure Hotels managing director Jim Forward in a glittering ceremony held at Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London. It was a victorious night for the Hertfordshire-based leisure firm, with parent company Bourne Leisure also scooping the evening’s top award of Travel Company of the Year for over 100,000 passengers, and sister company Haven Holidays winning Domestic Operator of the Year.

Jim Forward commented: “We are delighted and honoured to have been voted Hotel Chain of the Year by such an influential group of industry experts. These annual awards are widely regarded as being the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry.”

“This award reflects Warner Leisure Hotels’ commitment to investing in and developing the experience of its guests in its portfolio of properties across the UK. We are in the middle of a multi-million pound development scheme throughout our group, ensuring that we continue to innovate and enhance our guest experience, as well as maintain our high standards of accommodation, facilities and customer care.”

About Warner Leisure Hotels
Exclusively for adults, Warner Leisure Hotels’ enjoys an occupancy rate of 95% in its portfolio of 13 properties across the UK. As well as offering a wide choice and style of accommodation, each with its own personality, the hotel chain is renowned for itsExperience Breaks, offering over 600 additional activities from hot air balloon trips and antiques with tv’s Eric Knowles to a Mini Cooper Treasure Hunt and numerous dance breaks.

Warner Leisure Hotels has a wide portfolio of hotels, ranging from the majestic Thoresby Hall Hotel and Spa in Nottinghamshire and the historic Littlecote House Hotel in Berkshire, where Henry VIII courted Jane Seymour, through to the Victorian character ofAlvaston Hall Hotel in Cheshire with its own golf course and the Lakeside seaside resort on Hayling Island in Hampshire which offers relaxed accommodation in a pretty traditional seaside location.

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Lastminute.com report the growing Russian holiday market is eclipsing that of both Britain and Germany

Research by lastminute.com shows Russian holidaymakers’ willingness to spend big means hoteliers are now aiming for the Russian holiday market by offering its tour operators better deals than they would to British and German Operators.

This has led to the traditional battle between the Brits and the Germans for the sun lounges of Europe evolving into a three-way competition, with the Russians making their way to the front of the battle to take over the beaches and pools.

Previously, all Brits had to contend with were the Germans getting up at the crack of dawn to reserve the best sunbathing positions with their towels.

However, the Russians have opted for a much more brash stategy by paying hotel staff to reserve the sunbeds in advance – making them well known and popular with hotel staff.

This popularity extends to hoteliers and local businesses, as Russians’ in-resort spending far outweighs that of British and German tourists.

This has led to many hoteliers to take a large step and leave targetting the German holiday market altogether, replacing them with the free spending Russians.

The deals being offered to Russian tour operators are so good a number of tour operaters in the UK – including Thomson, Kuoni and Inghams – have already taken the step redirecting considerable resources to service the Russian tourism market.

Early signs show predictions that major UK travel brands Thomas Cook and Virgin are set to join the other UK operators.

Another advantage the Russians seem to provide hoteliers is that they will be willing to accept a lower customer service standard than more travelled tourists such as the British or Germans.

20 Years after Communism fell, a strong Russian economy has bought wealth and prosperity to many of its 145 million citizens.

Previously restricted from travelling, now Russians are marking the most of their freedom by heading to Europe’s most sought out holiday hotspots.

So far their favourite holiday destinations are Turkey, Egypt, Spain, Italy, and Greece – all made popular by British holidaymakers and all in lastminute.com’s top 10 summer holiday destinations.

Industry statistics show that more Russians visit Turkey than any other nation with 1.5 million a year taking advantage of the discount prices.

In a number of Turkish holiday resorts, the hotel cabaret is performed in Russian while nightclubs favour Russian music to entertain their growing Russian clientele.

Russia is also set to overtake the British and become the biggest tourism source market for Egypt and its expanding Red Sea Riviera, which features the resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Taba.

Roughly one million British and Russian tourists visit Egypt every year, however the Russian market is set to overtake the British market.

There has been a number of problems with Russian holiday operators booking over their quotas in Egypt. The Egyptian Tourism Ministry has accused Russian Holiday operators of flexing their muscles and expecting the hoteliers to find rooms for them.

Reports from the Egyptian Tourist Ministry, the number of holidayers who went to Egypt last September grew by a massive 45%.

lastminute.com UK Managing Director John Bevan said: “The battle for Europe’s sun beds will be more intense than ever this summer as the Russians establish themselves as the most prominent outbound tourism market in Europe.”

“The hoteliers focus for the Russians market, mainly at the expense of German tourists, has changed the in-resort holiday experience.”

“Holidaying Brits will have to have their sun bed strategy finalised before departing if they want to come back with a tan.”

Who is lastminute.com?
lastminute.com pioneered the online travel and leisure industry by offering people a 5* lifestyle for 3* prices, selling everything from hotels, flights, gifts, gig tickets, restaurants and theatre tickets all at the lastminute.

Since its birth in 1998, conceived by the vision of cutting edge entrepreneurs Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox, lastminute.com has come a long way. We now operate in 13 European countries, USA and all. lastminute.com exists to help people make the most of their free time with new, creative and unexpected ideas for every single day.

In July 2005, lastminute.com and its group of companies including car hire gurus Holiday Autos and travel agents’ best kept secret Medhotels.com all joined the Sabre Holdings Group.

Via EPR Network

Britannia Hotels Has Unveiled The Refurbishment Of Their Largest Manchester Hotel

Britannia Hotels, the leading privately owned hotel group in the UK, has refurbished its main Manchester property with traditional style décor and a number of additional amenities which, along with Britannia Hotels’ Sachas hotel in central Manchester, help make it an ideal city centre hotel for many, with easy access to attractions and the airport.

As a Grade II listed building, The Britannia Manchester Hotel already boasts a tremendous amount of character, with the recent refurbishment adding to the property’s allure.

The Grand Staircase, a balconied stairway extending throughout the hotel, has been repainted and restored to its former glory with the public areas surrounding the staircase now featuring plush new carpets.

All 363 guest accommodations within the hotel have also been updated with new carpets, as well as new duvets replacing the sheets and blankets that were formally the norm at the hotel. Tasteful, neutral colours adorn the walls of the rooms and new doors with key card locks have also been added, giving guests additional peace of mind during their stay.

New furniture has also been added to the in-house Crompton’s French Restaurant while the Pizzeria Restaurant has been restyled. Following these refurbishments, Britannia Hotels’ Manchester property also looks to become a leading corporate venue, with nine modern conference, meeting and banqueting rooms, capable of catering for up to 250 people.

With the refurbishment and additional amenities, Britannia Hotels aims to maintain the building’s reputation as one of the premier properties among hotels in Manchester for business and leisure travellers, with a whole host of things to do in Manchester just moments from the hotel entrance including shopping, the city’s financial district, airport, theatres and Manchester Central.

About Britannia Hotels:
Britannia Hotels is the leading privately owned hotel group in the UK, operating nationwide with 33 hotels offering nearly 7000 bedrooms. Location is the key to the success of Britannia, with hotels easily found in prime cities throughout the UK, as well as near major airports, in seaside resorts or surrounded by stunning countryside.

Britannia Hotels’ aim is to provide extremely good value for money at a time when it has become an increasingly important factor to companies and individuals when making buying decisions. Britannia not only offers extremely competitive rates but also combines this with richness in décor and facilities such as a choice of restaurants, health clubs, nightclubs, bars and complimentary Wireless Internet Access.

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Unless you have an omlet, do not even think about knocking

Embassy Suites Hotels have recently conducted its nationwide search for the best Do Not Disturb door hangerdesigns to be used in all of its nearly 190 upscale, all-suite hotels. The contest was held During September and October 2007, where a panel of Embassy Suitesjudges has choosen the cleverest design/copy submitted and picked five winners who will all win a trip to a select Embassy Suites Hotels, plus have their signs hung on hotel door knobs around the country.

Known for its own variation on the Do Not Disturb sign – “There’s a Good Reason for You NOT to Knock Right Now”Embassy Suites (http://www.embassysuites.com/) challenges guests to up the ante on the fun.“Embassy Suites is all about giving consumers choice and control over their business or leisure travel,” said John Lee, Vice President of Brand Marketing. “We’ve gotten such a tremendous response to our Do Not Disturb sign that we thought it would be fun to give consumers some control over what their door sign says. We imagine there are many creative ways our guests would like to say ‘do not disturb me right now’.”

The contest has ended last October, and the winners selected are:

Sandra Parcher – Milites, CA;

Brian White – Chicago, IL;

Susan Suarez – University City, MO;

Amy Forgette – Stremwood, IL;

Marty Mintman – St. Louis, MO;

About Embassy Suites Hotels

Embassy Suites Hotels is a member of the Hilton Family of Hotels and opened its first hotel in 1984. It was the first all-suite upscale hotel brand (http://www.embassysuites.com/) to enter the industry and today has nearly 190 hotels. To make reservations or learn the locations of Embassy Suites Hotels in urban, suburban, airport and resort areas, travellers can visit the Embassy Suites Hotels Web site at www.embassysuites.com, call 1-800-EMBASSY or contact their professional travel agent.

Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) is the leading global hospitality company, with nearly 2,800 hotels and 475,000 rooms in more than 80 countries, including 150,000 team members worldwide. The company owns, manages or franchises a hotel portfolio of some of the best known and highly regarded brands, including Hilton, Conrad, Coral by Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Scandic and The Waldorf=Astoria Collection.

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Warner Leisure Hotels Has Announced The Opening Of The Orchard, A New Restaurant Specialising In Fine Dining, At Their Holme Lacy House Hotel

Warner Leisure Hotels’ Holme Lacy House Hotel near Hereford is the location of The Orchard, a brand new restaurant which looks set to be one of the region’s leading places to dine.

Situated in one of the recently restored and refurbished grand reception rooms at Holme Lacy House, The Orchard offers guests and non-residents alike the chance to enjoy fine dining in an elegant setting, with the restaurant boasting exquisite oak panelled décor and lavish furnishings and great views over the scenic gardens and grounds of the hotel.

An a la carte menu has been created by executive chef Gary Wheeler, formerly the chef at leading restaurants The Left Bank and The Castle House Hotel. Mr. Wheeler has long been recognised as one of Heretfordshire’s most respected chefs and brings with him years of experience of creating imaginative and innovative menus, priding himself in using seasonal food delivered daily from local farms and regional suppliers wherever possible. The extensive menu is accompanied by a comprehensive fine wine list.

As well as The OrchardWarner Leisure Hotels Holme Lacy House Hotel has also opened Le Bistro, created for guests who prefer a more informal and relaxed dining experience. Le Bistro is set in a stylish and airy glass-roofed former courtyard and offers a contemporary menu with a theatre-style kitchen, giving it a modern and vibrant atmosphere.

Exclusively for adults, Holme Lacy House is set in 20 acres of landscaped grounds situated just 20 minutes from the charming riverside town of Ross-on Wye, making it one of the most scenic hotels in Hereford. The extensive facilities on offer include beautiful Georgian public rooms, a range of leisure activities and experience breaks such as croquet, boules and freshwater fishing, three restaurants and The Terrace coffee shop. Holme Lacy House’s modern, fully equipped leisure club with gym and indoor swimming pool, and Decleor health and beauty therapies, which are also proving to be very popular with non-residents.

About Warner Leisure Hotels:
Warner Leisure Hotels has thirteen properties throughout the UK and North Wales, including nine hotels, six of which are magnificent historic hotels, three charming character hotels, and four coastal resorts, offering short break holidays in stunning locations.

All breaks include en suite accommodation, breakfast, a host of recreational activities and leisure facilities, delicious three course dinners and live nightly entertainment.

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Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center’s Rees Jones Course Has Been Named One Of The Best Courses In North Carolina According To Golf Magazine

Sea Trail Joins Storied Courses Like Pinehurst No. 2 And Pine Needles On Prestigious List Of The State’s Best In Its Latest Ranking

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center’s Rees Jones course has been named one of the best courses in North Carolina according to Golf Magazine’s “first-ever” ranking of the best courses in each state. The rankings were determined by Golf Magazine’s course-ranking panel, editorial staff, and “well traveled spies.” The list appears in the September issue of Golf Magazine.

“We’re extremely proud to be on Golf Magazine’s ‘first-ever’ state by state ranking,” said Tom Plankers, President of Golf at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center“We work hard to make our courses the best they can be, and to have the Jones Course placed on the same prestigious list as Pinehurst No. 2 and Pine Needles is very rewarding.”

The Jones course at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center was also recently named one of the top 100 courses along the North Carolina coast by the North Carolina Golf Panel. That Panel’s rankings were reported in the April issue of Business North Carolina magazine in a special section spotlighting the state’s 100 best courses.

More information about Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center is available by calling 888-675-9237 or online at www.seatrail.com.

About Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center
Sea Trail is a 2000-acre golf resort and residential community with three courses of distinction and the largest convention facility on the North Carolina coast. A popular location for meetings and conventions, Sea Trail has over 60,000 square feet of meeting and function space. Sea Trail was the host site for the 2003 and the 2007 Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

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The recreational heart of Sea Trail is its three courses designed by Dan Maples, Rees Jones and Willard Byrd. Other amenities include a Village Activity Center with indoor and outdoor pools and whirlpools, an on-staff licensed massage therapist, supervised children’s activities and Magnolias Fine Food & Spirits. Sunset Beach, known for its extraordinary beauty and serenity, is a short drive east of Sea Trail. In addition, a huge variety of entertainment, shopping, nightlife and cultural opportunities are just south of Sea Trail along the Grand Strand.

Sea Trail is located in Sunset Beach, N.C., which is between Wilmington, N.C. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. More information is available online at www.seatrail.com or by calling 888-675-9237.

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