It Takes Bottle To Issue A Challenge To Everyone In The UK… All Of Us. But That’s What Holiday Price Comparison Website Beatthebrochure.Com Has Decided To Do. But Why?

“Not so long ago” BeatTheBrochure explains, “The high street was the place to book your holidays. These days the best place to get cheap holiday deals is online. The problem is there are so many holiday price comparison websites that finding the best deal is just as complicated as ever.

Whereas once you’d have researched your ideal holiday via a handful of travel agencies, now you’ve got to choose from hundreds – maybe thousands – of holiday price comparison websites!”

And they’re right. Take Turkey holidays as an example. Type ‘Turkey holidays’ into your favourite search engine and see what comes up… you’ll probably find the first page includes at least six holiday price comparison portals. Followed by pages and pages more. Our search engine returned more than seven million sites in total for that one simple search term; a level of choice that seems more of a hindrance than a help.

Cutting through all the fluff, BeatTheBrochure is confident enough in their unique comparison software to issue a challenge. “We’re prepared to bet that you won’t find Turkey holidays, Greece holidays, in fact any holidays, cheaper in any brochure anywhere.”

But that’s not all. BeatTheBrochure is also beautifully simple to use. Test drive a few holiday price comparison websites yourself and see how you get on. It isn’t always as straightforward as you’d hope, and spending hours on end faffing around just defeats the object. You might as well head for the high street.

Unlike many, BeatTheBrochure lets consumers search the holiday firms offering, for example, “Turkey holidays” in one go. It’s immediate, efficient and highly effective. With Thomson, Thomas Cook and First Choice on board as well as a huge range of trusted holiday and travel suppliers, tracking down the best value Turkey holidays has suddenly become much simpler. 

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According To The Latest Hotels.Com Hotel Price Index, The Average Price Of A Hotel Room Around The World Fell By 12% Last Year, Driven By Price Drops Across Every Continent

Hotel prices in December 2008 were more than one tenth lower than they were the year before and room rates were just 1% above January 2004, when the Hotel Price Index was started.

Prices in North America fell by the greatest extent, down 12% in Q4 2008 compared to the year before. Prices for hotel rooms in Europe fared little better, dropping 10% during the same period. In the Caribbean and Latin America they fell by 7%, while in Asia prices fell just 2%.

David Roche, President, Hotels.com Worldwide, commented: “Room rates dropped significantly in the final three months of last year as hoteliers around the world cut prices to try to fill their rooms. Last autumn, North America was the only continent to see the average room price fall, the latest Hotel Price Index, shows the economic downturn is now affecting hotel prices on all continents.”

For UK travellers, the weakness of the Pound against the Euro and the Dollar meant that price falls were not felt quite so keenly as elsewhere in the world. In fact, in many destinations, prices paid by UK travellers were actually up, compared to the year before.

Average prices paid by UK travellers for New York hotels were down by 1% year-on-year, despite the strength of the US Dollar against the Pound, demonstrating the cuts that US hoteliers had to make to rates.

The European business centres of Geneva (£136) and Zurich (£119) experienced some of the steepest increases in room rates for UK travellers. Prices in these cities rose by 34% and 20%, respectively, taking them into the top 10 in the price league table. This was largely due to the Swiss Franc’s strength against the Pound. Paris hotels also showed a large increase with a 13% rise.

For the first time, London hotels fell out of the top ten global cities price league, experiencing price drops of 12% year-on-year to just£111 per room per night. The booming influx of European travellers to the capital failed to support the city’s hotel prices and owners sought to encourage visits from domestic travellers, bringing prices down.

David Roche concluded: “Our report shows that hoteliers around the world are being forced to cut rates to fill their rooms. Due to weak Sterling, UK travellers will have to work a bit harder to find the bargains but there are still plenty to be had.

“For travellers from any part of the world, this is a great time to explore: travel has not been this cheap since January 2004.

“The indications are that 2009 will continue to be a good year for travellers. If Sterling strengthens, UK travellers will start enjoying the great savings our European and US counterparts are currently experiencing”.

 

*The HPI tracks the real prices paid per room by Hotels.com customers around the world, rather than advertised rates, using a weighted average based on the number of rooms sold in each of the markets that Hotels.com operates in.

About Hotels.com
As part of the Expedia group which operates in all major markets with dedicated staff, Hotels.com offers more than 99,000 quality hotels worldwide. If a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry negotiating the best rates for its users, plus user-contributed reviews of its properties.

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Hotels in Scotland offer bread and water on the Recession Menu

UK companies feeling the effects of the global economic downturn might be served bread and water if they choose their company conference venues as either the Best Western Bruntsfield Hotel in Edinburgh or sister venue, Keavil House Hotel, near Dunfermline in Fife.

With the UK now officially in recession, these innovative hotels in Scotland have added ‘message focussed menu options’ to help firms ensure they deliver their event objectives. Alongside the more traditional offerings there is now the ‘bread and water’ option on the ‘Venues’ menu for management teams that have missed their targets or under-performing sales teams . These ‘Venues’ menus have been designed to offer a new standard for meeting and event organisers demanding superior service and flexibility while at the same time expecting value for money and clarity of costs.

Russell Imrie, Managing Director of both hotels said: “We are responding to the needs of the modern customer, and in the current economic climate, creative thinking is vital. We don’t really advocate that anybody feeds their staff bread and water – we have teams of talented chefs waiting to create delicious food for all our guests – but the reality is some companies may feel this useful as an attention grabbing wake-up call. It could provide a good start to a ‘could do better presentation.”

The ‘bread and water’ idea originated in the US. The CEO of a major company arranged a meeting for his management team in a well known San Francisco restaurant, and fed them bread and water after reporting poor financial results. That marked the turning point in the company’s fortunes and it then went on from strength to strength.

Both the Bruntsfield Hotel and Keavil House Hotel offer a dedicated team of experienced conference advisers to provide organisers with support throughout planning their events. At both hotels, service-oriented standards ensure that the event itself runs smoothly and with the maximum of flexibility needed to handle last minute agenda and timing changes.

Flexible billing options make it easier to plan events, while inclusive ‘Daily delegate’ and ‘24 Hour delegate’ rates incorporate everything needed for the event such as LCD projectors, flip charts, refreshments and (for 24 Hour delegates) hotel accommodation – all within a VAT inclusive price.

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Superbreak Has Announced The Launch Of New Package Deals To All The Walking With Dinosaurs Shows Which Combine Overnight Accommodation With Tickets To The Show

Booking London hotels through Superbreak allows visitors to the capital city to save money on tickets to see the show, which features 15 life size dinosaurs, at either the O2 Arena or Wembley. As well as combined deals with a wide variety of London central hotels, Superbreak is offering the package in all the British cities covered on the tour, including Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.

On the back of the successful BBC series, Walking with Dinosaurs comes to life in a theatrical event blending science, history and showmanship. The £10 million arena tour will visit nine different venues in eight cities across the UK before heading off to the United States, Canada and then Sweden.

As well as Walking with Dinosaurs packages, Superbreak provides London theatre breaks to a number of different shows including Oliver, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera, combined with number of hotel locations – including Covent Garden, Earls Court and Westminster.

This enables anyone looking for a London weekend break to plan their own entertainment as well as speciality breaks, rail breaks, spa breaks and murder mystery breaks.

Dates for the Walking with Dinosaurs arena tour are 1-5 July at Glasgow SECC, 7-12 July at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, 15-19 July at Nottingham Trent FM Arena, 22-26 July at Sheffield Arena, 29 July – 2 August at Manchester Evening News Arena, 5-9 August at London O2 Arena, 12-16 August at Birmingham NIA, 19-23 August at Liverpool Echo Arena and finally 26-31 August at London Wembley Arena.

 

About Superbreak:
Superbreak is the internet division of Superbreak Mini Holidays Limited, the market leader for short breaks and hotels throughout the UK. Superbreak is part of Holiday Break plc, a publicly quoted leisure company whose share price can be found in most major UK newspapers, or at Holidaybreak.com.

Based in York, England, Superbreak specialises in booking 2-5 star hotel accommodation throughout Britain for the leisure traveller. Superbreak holds allocations of rooms at all hotels and can make bookings up to and on the day of departure.

Today more than 1.5 million customers enjoy short breaks from Superbreak which include theatre breaks, theme park and attraction breaks and luxury breaks.

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Hotel.Com’s Latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) Has Shown That Hoteliers Across The UK – And In London In Particular – Are Continuing To Drop The Rates For Hotel Rooms

London hotel prices were down by 12% to £111 per room on average in the last three months of last year, making it a great time to holiday at home in the capital.

However, the weakness of the pound meant that average prices paid by European and US travellers were down by as much as 24% in London, making the city an even more attractive destination for foreign travellers. Hotels.com saw a 49% increase in the number of searches by Eurozone travellers for London hotels in December 2008 compared to a year earlier, as travellers sought to take advantage of the struggling pound.

The Hotels.com HPI tracks the real prices paid per hotel room, rather than advertised rates, for 68,000 hotels across 12,500 locations around the world. The latest Hotel Price Index looked at prices from October to December 2008, compared to the same period the year before.

UK hotel prices were down by an average of 12% at the end of 2008, with hotels in the north-west seeing some of the biggest price drops. Prices in Blackpool fell by 22% to an average of £79 per room per night, and in Manchester by 19% to £73.

On the other hand, Bath was the only city at the top of the price league in which the prices paid for hotel rooms actually rose – by 3% in Q4 2008 to £119. It remained the most expensive city in the UK.

While UK travellers benefitted from significant price falls last year, visitors from Europe and the US enjoyed even bigger savings as the fall in hotel prices was compounded by the weak Sterling.

Cities leading the price falls alongside London (down 24%), were Manchester (down 24%) and Glasgow (down 23%). US travellers paid a similar proportion less for UK hotel rooms in Q4 2008 – average prices paid by travellers from the States to the UK fell by 25% between Q4 2007 and Q4 2008.

David Roche, president of Hotels.com Worldwide, said: “This is the first time in the four years we have published the HPI that we have seen such marked price falls.

“British travellers can enjoy some great savings at home and the UK has never looked so attractive for foreign visitors.

“The silver lining for hoteliers is that the low prices are proving a boost to British tourism.”

Patricia Yates, Director of Strategy and Insights at Visit Britain, said: “This report underlines that Britain is a great place to holiday right now, whether you’re from overseas or from the UK itself. There are some fantastic deals to be had and you can enjoy all this country has to offer for less than ever before.”

 

About Hotels.com
Hotels.com is part of the Expedia group which operates in all major markets with dedicated staff, offering more than 99,000 quality hotels worldwide, including New York hotelsRome hotels and Paris hotels. If a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry negotiating the best rates for its users, plus user-contributed reviews of its properties. 

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Aer Lingus 999 Nudes And No Hidden Extras

Aer Lingus has launched its new No Hidden Extras fare from Gatwick by gathering together a flashmob of 999 naked members of the public gathered in London’s Jubilee Gardens on Sunday 15th March.

The 999 Nudes swapped their day wear for skimpy Shamrock bikinis in order to symbolise St Patrick’s Day just around the corner.

The 999 volunteers all assembled at the Albert Embankment and marched along the South Bank until they reached the Jubilee Gardens where hundreds of site-seers turned their attention away from the likes of Big Ben and watched in amusement as the 999 Nudes enjoyed the early spring London sunshine.

The 999 Nudes were recruited for Aer Lingus via a social media campaign, using popular online community sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Over 2,000 people registered, with 999 places offered on a first come basis. In return for taking part, the 999 Nudes received two free return flights from Gatwick to one of the eight new European destinations, including flights to Vienna and flights to Munich.

Nudes of all shapes and ages took part in the event, which even included several over sixties stripping off for their Aer Lingus free flights. The crowd consisted of around 500 men and 500 women – not surprisingly, it was the men who were first to strip off.

Aer Lingus Corporate Affairs Director, Enda Corneille, commented: “We had a police visit this morning where we were warned that if any of the participants were completely nude, they would be liable to a fine for ‘indecent exposure’. However, once out of site of the cautious police, many of the participants ignored police warnings and stripped off for the bewildered, but eager, on-looking crowds, who captured the event on their camera phones.

“We have had such a great reaction to today’s stunt both from our volunteers and from the general public, that I’m confident we will get the £9.99 message across – it’s a fantastic offer. We launch on April 6th but after today, people are going to know a lot more about who Aer Lingus are.”

About Aer Lingus:
Aer Lingus was founded by the Irish Government in April 1936 to provide air services to/from Ireland. The first flight, from Dublin to Bristol, took place on May 27th 1936. On October 2nd 2006, Aer Lingus entered a new phase in its history with the airline’s floatation on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges, becoming a publicly quoted company and realising €400 million in equity for the airline’s future growth.

Aer Lingus’ low-cost, low fares model is centred on maintaining low unit cost, offering one way fares, maintaining effective fleet utilisation and developing the Aer Lingus brand. Consistent with this low-cost model, Aer Lingus’ primary distribution channel is its website aerlingus.com. In 2007, approximately 75% of total passenger revenue was generated through aerlingus.com.

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Gulf Air, National Air Carrier, Provides An Exclusive Preview Of The New Boeing777- 300ER Aircraft To Members Of The Media And Invited Guests

In a function held at Bahrain International Airport, Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Björn Näf welcomed the VIPs, airport and civil aviation authorities, guests and members of the media and gave an overview of the B777 aircraft as well as Gulf Air’s achievements and plans for the future.

“An integral part of the Kingdom’s growth for nearly 60 years, national carrier Gulf Air shares a great synergy with Bahrain’s ‘Vision 2030’ as our own growth strategy reflects,” said Mr. Näf, “Gulf Air has established a name for itself over these decades as a powerful brand, well known for its hallmark Arabian hospitality offering innovative products and services to its customers. The award-winning Sky Chef and Sky Nanny are just a proof of this.”

“The introduction of this new aircraft is another important step forward in this direction as we constantly endeavour to offer bespoke customer experience on the ground and in the air by introducing new aircraft, new destinations and world class products and facilities,” he added.

“This is first of the four aircraft we have secured, while the rest will join our fleet in the coming weeks. We have ambitious growth plans as we expect more aircraft joining us progressively from this year onwards,” Mr. Näf concluded.

Guests were given a preview tour of the new aircraft and its facilities which was stationed at the VIP terminal of the airport. The Boeing 777-300ER wide body plane is the largest long-range twin-engine commercial airplane in the world which features state-of-the art interiors and a host of amenities offering a total of 312 seats in first, business and economy class.

The new aircraft’s First Class section comes with a private suite including bespoke furnishing and a fully flat bed complete with a personal wardrobe. The ‘herring-bone’ design Business Class offers a lie-flat bed with 180-degree recline, a privacy wall for personal space and world-class linens. Economy Class passengers will also not be disappointed as the seats come with more leg space to stretch out, a 130-degree recline and an adjustable hammock headrest.

Another key feature of B777 aircraft is that it offers more than 40% additional cargo capacity than the other aircraft being used in the routes where the B777 will be flying.

The aircraft, leased from Jet Airways, will be used on a number of routes including Gulf Air’s flights to Londonflights to Kuala Lumpurflights to Bangkok and intra Gulf Routes, gradually replacing the Airbus 340s.

 

About Gulf Air
Gulf Air was founded in 1950. Today it is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is the only truly pan Gulf carrier in the region. The airline’s network stretches from Europe to Asia and covers 42 cities in 27 countries. The current fleet of Gulf Air consists of 29 aircraft.

The new network, based on a “wave” model, offers as many as 588 flights every week in the Middle East with more non-stop flights than any other airline.

The airline is also planning to re-fleet itself over the next five years to further strengthen its presence. It recently signed a deal worth nearly US $ 6 billion with Boeing to purchase up to 24 Boeing 787 aircraft and another deal with Airbus for 35 aircraft, including A320s and A330s.

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Macdonald Hotels Joins In The Homecoming Scotland Celebration

Macdonald Hotels has joined in the Homecoming Scotland 2009 festivities, launching a new microsite designed to promote the year long programme of events and activities celebrating Scotland’s contributions to the world.

Macdonald Hotels new microsite ffers visitors the chance to see the events and activities near to Macdonald Hotels’ properties that will make up Homecoming Scotland 2009.

Homecoming 2009 kicked off on January 25th with the celebration of the 250th birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, and will continue until St. Andrew’s Day which falls on November 30th. Those wishing to join in the festivities can enjoy a number of activities including the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, the Turnberry Golf open Championship and Edinburgh’s historic Clan Gathering.

The Glasgow International Comedy Festival will also be taking place under the Homecoming Scotland 2009 banner, with comedians from around the world joining home grown talent such as Rhona Cameron and Jerry Sadowitz to perform at the festival. Perennial British favourites Ardal ‘O Hanlon, Rob Brydon and Ross Noble will also be performing at the festival.

Macdonald Hotels will be offering Homecoming accommodation for those looking to take in the sights and sounds of the celebrations, with 3, 4 and 7 night breaks available at several of their Scottish properties.

About Macdonald Hotels & Resorts
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Limited operates over 40 hotels across the UK and ten resorts throughout the UK and Spain. The company employs over 4,400 staff and operates in excess of 3900 hotel rooms. First established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald and colleagues, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts was floated in 1996 on the main London Stock Exchange. In 2003, it returned to private ownership and was one of Scotland’s biggest public to private deals at a cost of £620m, which was wholly underwritten by the Bank of Scotland. The Bank now owns 50% of the equity with the remainder held by the management.

The Group’s focus is on developing its strong portfolio of four and five star hotels, with each offering its own character and individuality underpinned with the quality and attention to detail expected of the Macdonald brand. In particular, the company prides itself on the seasonality and provenance of its food within the hotels, from breakfast through to dinner, as well as its wide range of specially selected wines.

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YourAsianVacations.Com Will Now Offer Free Video Downloads. The New Service Will Initially Be Available In Malaysia And Thailand Sections Of The Site

YourAsianVacations.com, the venture of Noshi Webmart, will now offer free video downloads. The new service will, however, initially be limited to the sections of Thailand and Malaysia. Gauging the success of the effort, the company will decide on extending the offer to other sections of the site. The company hopes that the added feature would enhance the visual appeal and usability of the site as well as user experience. This was stated by Dinesh Patairya, the CEO of the company, after a meeting with his top colleagues.

YourAsianVacations.com is a comprehensive, informative site dealing with tourism in Asia. The site covers various factors related to Asian tourism under a number of categories. Riding on its useful, genuine and relevant content, the site has rapidly grown in popularity and search engine charts since its inception in October, 2008. The site, which currently focuses on South East Asia, plans to bring all countries of Asia within its fold, slowly but effectively. The company also plans to launch a plethora of services on the site in the coming months.

About Noshi Webmart
Noshi Webmart is an upcoming web company based at New Delhi, the capital of India. The company aims at creating a visible difference at the crowded arena of web sites by coming with quality, reliable content-rich sites and portals, thus carving a place for itself. Post YourAsianVacations.com, the company plans to launch a series of portals at regular intervals.

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Hotels.Com Reports Brits Rack Up £526m A Year On Minibars

British travellers are unable to resist the lure of the hotel minibar, according to new research* by leading hotel booking website Hotels.com. 46% of those surveyed regularly give into temptation whilst on their travels, and spent an average of £15.44 on minibar treats every time they go away. When totalled up for the whole nation, the Great British Minibar Bill quickly adds up to a staggering £526 million a year**.

However, the economic downturn is clearly making thirsty Brits think twice before reaching for that beer: Hotels.com found the average spend on minibars was nearly £2 higher in 2007***, averaging £17.29 per person.

In fact, 84% of cash-conscious Brits surveyed feel that hotel minibars are too expensive, and are so keen to cut costs that one in ten admit to ‘minibar meddling’ by replacing what they’ve used with cheaper alternatives bought from a local shop. 60% avoided the minibar altogether by buying snacks and drinks from outside the hotel to consume in their room.

British minibar spending is fairly restrained compared to other European travellers. Hotels.com found the Irish to be the biggest minibar spenders, forking out almost£22 each time they stay at a hotel. At the other end of the scale, the French and Norwegians appear the most frugal, spending under £12 and £10 respectively.

Many hotels have started to cater for the growing demand for more quirky and extravagant minibar offerings. For example, guests at the five-star Dylan Hotel in Dublin will open their minibar to find a ‘Kama Sutra Kit” which includes a feather, a frill pink blindfold and a range of scented oils. Similarly, the ‘pimp my fridge’ service at the three-star Catalina Hotel and Beach Club in Miami enables guests to order a number of personalised minibars, including the “Get It On Minibar” which includes a Barry White CD for setting the mood, edible body paint, Champagne and whipped cream.

The Hotels.com research found that 58% of Brits are most likely to use the minibar last thing at night when the urge for a late night snack proves too strong. The five-star Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Knightsbridge has responded to this by introducing a minibar ‘happy hour’ between 10pm and midnight, when guests receive a 30% discount on all purchases.

The survey also revealed that 32% of Brits felt that minibars didn’t offer what they really wanted, with healthy snacks and drinks topping the minibar wish-list for both sexes. However, there were some significant differences between the sexes. Whilst 60% of men chose beer and 25% opted for massage oil to feature in their perfect minibar, women were more concerned about finding chocolate (43%) and a good book or magazine (38%).

Alison Couper, Director of Communications for Hotels.com, said: “British travellers are clearly unable to resist the temptations of the hotel minibar; however, our research shows they are becoming incredibly savvy in terms of how they spend their holiday money.”

 

* Hotels.com research carried out amongst 850 adults across Europe in March 2009.
** According to the latest Office of National Statistics Social Trends Report, Britons make 69.5 million trips abroad each year. Hotels.com found that 49% of Britons use mini-bars, spending an average of £15.44 per trip, making £526 million per year.
*** YouGov research commissioned by Hotels.com in June 2007.

Currency conversions were calculated using exchange rates as of 16 March 2009.

About Hotels.com
Hotels.com is part of the Expedia group which operates in all major markets with dedicated staff, offering more than 99,000 quality hotels worldwide. If a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry negotiating the best rates for its users, plus user-contributed reviews of its properties.

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Superbreak Reveals Offers For Easter

Superbreak, the internet division of Superbreak Mini Holidays Limited, the market leader for short breaks and hotels throughout the UK, has revealed the full range of deals and offers available to customers this Easter.

The full range of Easter breaks from Superbreak this year includes reduced rates for three nights stays at a host of hotels across the UK. Among the latest offers are London hotels in Mayfair, King’s Cross, Hyde Park and Maida Vale which offer savings of up to 40%. Visitors to London this Easter can also enjoy discounted theatre breaks with Superbreak, with London visitors having the opportunity to take in shows such as “Oliver”, “Wicked” and”Hairspray” this Easter.

Also available this Easter are a number of two night dinner deals at a variety of hotels across the UK, including Cambridge, Glasgow, York and Edinburgh hotels, where customers can enjoy a two night stay at a hotel including dinner.

Superbreak’s Easter offers aren’t just limited to hotels in the UK however, with a number of European deals also being made available on offer, at 2 – 4 star hotels in popular destinations such as Paris, Prague, Barcelona and Amsterdam, allowing travellers to enjoy a short break surrounded by stunning European architecture and culture.

Those looking to enjoy a short break away with the entire family can find a number of theme park and attraction breaks available this Easter from Superbreak. Attractions include Disneyland Resort Paris, Sea Life Centres across the UK, Warwick Castle, Legoland and the Edinburgh Dungeon among others, with entry to customers’ attraction of choice included in the cost of the stay.

About Superbreak:
Superbreak is the internet division of Superbreak Mini Holidays Limited, the market leader for short breaks and hotels throughout the UK. Superbreak is part of Holiday Break plc, a publicly quoted leisure company whose share price can be found in most major UK newspapers, or at Holidaybreak.com.

Based in York, England, Superbreak specialises in booking 2-5 star hotel accommodation throughout Britain for the leisure traveller. Superbreak holds allocations of rooms at all hotels and can make bookings up to and on the day of departure.

Today over 1.5 million customers enjoy short breaks from Superbreak which include theatre breaks, theme park and attraction breaks and luxury breaks.

Via EPR Network

Warner Leisure Hotels Joins The National Gardens Scheme

Warner Leisure Hotels, which was recently awarded the coveted Hotel Chain of the Year Award, is delighted to announce that four of its historic hotel gardens have been accepted into the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

The Warner Leisure Hotels group which provides short breaks and longer holidays exclusively for adults has a choice of six magnificent beautifully restored historic country houses or mansions, along with three more modern hotels which are full of character and four coastal resorts.

Jim Forward, Managing Director of Warner Leisure Hotels said, “We were looking to support a charity that would help causes which our guests can relate to. We are very proud of our locations and we are delighted that the four gardens we put forward have received the endorsement of the National Gardens Scheme. The charity’s criteria were very strict and it’s an acknowledgement of the fine work from our relatively small gardening teams, who have created such welcoming and beautiful garden locations.”

He continued, “This is an opportunity for us to not only raise money for the
charity from National Gardens Scheme visitors, but also to encourage our many hotel guests to visit other gardens within the scheme.”

Littlecote House in Berkshire, is a Grade 1 listed Tudor mansion, with 40 acres of landscaped gardens, including a spectacular topiaried yew avenue and a rose garden, all in a picturesque countryside setting. Littlecote House will be open as part of the NGS on Wednesday 10th June, 17th June and Wednesday 8th July.

The majestic Thoresby Hall Hotel and Spa in Nottinghamshire, a Grade 1 listed mansion on the edge of Sherwood Forest, will welcome NGS visitors who can savour the delights of the beautifully landscaped gardens designed by Sir Humphrey Repton and enjoy the tranquillity of the Victorian Rose Garden. In association with the NGS, Thoresby Hall will host guided tours of the gardens on 27th June, 1st, 11th, 15th, 25th, 29th July, and the 1st and 5th August.

The 18th century landscaped gardens at Holme Lacy House are also open to as part of the NGS. The picturesque riverside setting and extensive 20 acres of parkland which was modelled on Hampton Court Palace, along with the walled garden with pear and apple orchard will be open to NGS visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2nd May until Tuesday 29th September. Historic House & Garden tours are available by appointment.

Finally, amidst the rolling Somerset hills lies Cricket St Thomas Hotel, a Grade ll listed manor house, designed in the regency manner by the famed neo-classicist Sir John Soane and which was the inspiration and location for the BBC hit sitcom To The Manor Born. The hotel boasts 160 acres of gardens and parkland with spectacular views of the Somerset countryside. The gardens will open for NGS visitors on 5th and 26th July and the 27th September.

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 its Experience 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.

The group currently receives around half a million guests annually but is expecting even more this year as many people are choosing to stay in the UK and rediscover beautiful Britain.

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J and J Luxury Resorts Announces Affiliation With Long-standing Luxury Resort Corporation

Jeff Gante is excited to announce his affiliation with a long-standing luxury resort corporation that offers its private members the highest standards in luxury style accommodations.

York, Pa 11, March, 2009 – Jeff Gante announces the opening of his home-based business, J and J Luxury Resorts. He contracts as an independent affiliate with a large corporation that offers luxury resort accommodations to those who choose to join their private vacation membership. They provide deep discounts for weekly rentals of timeshare properties, luxury condos, beach resorts, and other vacation home options to people who take advantage of their low one-time membership opportunity:http://vacation.jandjluxuryresorts.com.

Gante independently represents a luxury vacation Corporation that has been in operation for over 20 years, offering the highest standards of luxury vacation accommodations at thousands of worldwide resort locations. They offer their prestigious memberships solely through independent contractors like Gante. After a one-time membership fee, much lower than most investments needed to acquire a timeshare property, members are granted access to luxury beach resorts, ski resorts, golf resorts, mountain resorts, and other four and five star vacation spots. Platinum members are granted a lifetime of luxury vacations, as many weeks per year as they’d like, for weekly rates of 50% to 90% below industry standards.

The average resort condo may include a large living room, full kitchen, a king-sized bed, spacious bathrooms, and a balcony with a view. Pools, Jacuzzis, game rooms, family activities, fitness centers are not uncommon. If there is an attraction somewhere in the world that you want to visit, you will probably be able to reserve a luxury resort spot near there with your private membership.

This private membership is available to all classes of people. It is deliberately made affordable so that anyone can enjoy time away from his or her normally hectic life in the most relaxing way possible.

It is a great alternative to those considering a timeshare purchase. They could save thousands of dollars in up front costs. But if they were going to purchase a less expensive timeshare property, they would still save on annual fees and be able to take advantage of limitless yearly weeks by choosing this vacation membership instead. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9Z6YoX54x4

It would appeal to professionals who might normally choose a new resort area each year or several times a year, paying as much as $3000 for a one week stay so they can vacation in style. With this membership, a person only pays that much once for a lifetime membership, and then pays weekly rates between $300 and $700 for life afterwards for high-end resort accommodations.

Lastly, this vacation club should lure the average working person who is tired of the same old vacation in average hotels or the least expensive cottage rental they could find at the Shore. Once they pay the one-time membership fee, they can finally enjoy luxury vacations for even less than what they would pay at a roadside motel.

Gante is proud to be able to represent this unparalleled vacation opportunity and looks forward to your inquiries at his home website: http://vacation.jandjluxuryresorts.com.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Gante through the email address available on his website. However, the information you find at J and J Luxury Resorts will be exhaustive. The vacation membership opportunity will speak for itself. You will be able to join immediately when you see the value presented.

About J and J Luxury Resorts:
It is the home-based business creation of Jeff Gante and his fiancé Jamie. After exposure to various online business opportunities over the years, Gante sees this membership as the best product he has come across made available to independent affiliates like him. He is proud of the business integrity he recognizes from his corporate association.

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Corporate Hospitality Business THG Worldwide Launches New Blog

THG Worldwide, a Marcus Evans company and one of the largest corporate hospitality business in the world, announces the creation of its new blog to better help customers and the public stay up to date on industry and company news.

THG Worldwide Blog is the official source for news related to THG Worldwide, events hosted by THG Worldwide, and other news and information related to corporate hospitality. Blog entries will inform consumers how THG Worldwide teams corporate hospitality with premier international sporting events, such as the US Grand Prix, World Cup Soccer, Masters, US Open and the Final Four. Currently, the blog feature important information regarding the hospitability features of the Chinese Grand Prix.

The new THG Worldwide blog is just another way THG Worldwide lives up its reputation as leading company in the provision of corporate hospitality. Not only does THG have the unique ability to provide a global reach through a network of 63 offices and 3500 employees worldwide, they are part of Marcus Evans, a company that has emerged as a dominant force in the delivery of strategic business information. The combination of THG’s expertise and Marcus Evans’ distinctive styles helps set THG apart from their competitors as they provide access to over 1500 events each year and fulfills their mission statement that each client receives the highest quality of service.

Additional web resources:
THG Worldwide Blog:
http://thgworldwideblog.com/blog/
About THG Worldwide:
http://thgworldwideblog.com/about-thg/
THG Worldwide:
http://www.thgworldwide.com/

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Premier Inn Has Announced It Has Reached 40,000 Rooms In Its Portfolio, With The Latest Opening In Chester City Centre

The Whitbread-owned brand, which is Britains biggest hotel provider is the first in the UK to achieve this milestone and represents a major landmark in the hotel sector.

Patrick Dempsey, Managing Director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said, “We are delighted to reach this landmark as it further demonstrates our industry leading position, and means we are on track to achieve our target of offering 55,000 rooms in the next five years.”

The 40,000th room comes as part of the new 120 bed Premier Inn Chester City Centre hotel, which is located in the town centre, making it perfect for both leisure or business guests.

As with all Premier Inn rooms, the new rooms at the Premier Inn Chester City Centre hotel cater for up to two adults and two children (aged 15 and under) and include an en-suite bathroom with shower and bath; a king-size bed with luxurious duvet; remote control TV with Freeview; tea/coffee making facilities, and a spacious desk area with WiFi internet access.

As well as being the first UK hotel provider to reach 40,000 rooms, Premier Inn was also the first Britain-wide hotel group to sign up with national tourist board VisitBritain; this means Premier Inn is now part of a new quality assessment scheme, specially created for budget accommodation.

 

About Premier Inn
Premier Inn, is the UKs biggest hotel brand with 572 budget hotels and more than 40,000 rooms across the UK. Premier Inn bedrooms feature en-suite bathroom, TV, and internet access for business guests. Premier Inn is renowned for its quality and value and even offers customers a ‘Good Night Guarantee’ – if a guest does not get a good nights sleep they will get their money back – an offering which is unique amongst Britains leading hotel chains..

A joint venture with Emirates has seen the Premier Inn brand develop in the Gulf region, with its first hotel in Dubai in Spring 2008. Premier Inn also has a joint venture with Emar-MGF to roll out 80 budget hotels in India by 2017. On a domestic front, Premier Inn is set to be the biggest provider of budget hotels in London by the time of the 2012 Olympics.

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World’s 10 Best Luxury Cruise Ships For 2008 Announced

Following the recent announcement of the World’s best luxury cruise ship, the EUROPA, the highly respected ‘Fielding’s Guide to Luxury Cruises’ has announced the others on the top 10 list.

The Hapag-Lloyd owned EUROPA scored top spot for the third consecutive year with high marks for food and dining, crew and service, cabins and facilities, guest lecturers, shore excursions, ship design and layout. The EUROPA services the German speaking market, but is revered by the handful of well travelled English speaking guests, who are served by the bi-lingual crew.

For a record fifth consecutive year the 1,080 passenger Crystal Cruises ship, Serenity, took top spot for best large ship and best ship overall servicing the English speaking market. Author of the on-line guide at www.fieldings-luxury-cruises.com, Tim Fielding said, The Serenity represents the cream of the crop for those looking for a large ship, luxury cruising experience. The Crystal difference shows in all areas of the ship but none more so than the loyal crew. It even caters for your children during holiday periods. Crystal also took out third spot with the slightly smaller Symphony.

The boutique offering, the Seabourn Legend, continued to impress at fourth despite her lack of balconies and is being joined by her much anticipated new stable mate, the 450 passenger Odyssey in June this year. The 382 passenger ship from Silversea, the Silver Whisper took the fifth position, and will also be joined in December this year by a new colleague, the 540 passenger Silver Spirit.

Regent Seven Seas had three of their ships in the top 10, with the Voyager, Paul Gauguin and Mariner all impressing since the new owners took control.

Fielding went on to say, This year will see new luxury offerings from Silversea and Seabourn so expect a shake-up of the luxury market, it will create an interesting battle for the top spot in 2009.

The complete list is:

1. MS Europa ……..Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
2. Serenity ………..Crystal Cruises
3. Symphony………Crystal Cruises
4. Legend …………The Yachts of Seabourn
5. Silver Whisper ..Silversea
6. Voyager ………..Regent Seven Seas
7. Sea Dream I …..Sea Dream Yacht Club
8. Paul Gauguin ….Regent Seven Seas
9. Silver Cloud ……Silversea
10. Mariner ………..Regent Seven Seas

Past year winners can be viewed at:
http://www.fieldings-luxury-cruises.com/awards.html

Further information:

Fielding’s Guide to Luxury Cruises:
www.fieldings-luxury-cruises.com

Tim Fielding : tim@fieldings-luxury-cruises.com

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: Tina Quitzau – presse@hlkf.de

Crystal Cruises: publicrelations@crystalcruises.com

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The Bogside Modern – An Open-Air Gallery In Derry – A Project That Is Now A Must-See Destination For Anyone Visiting Ireland

Last Friday saw the publication of a book called The People’s Gallery about the work of The Bogside Artists from Derry, N.Ireland. This informative and challenging book, written by them, is on the subject of murals in general, but more specifically, about their own work as painters in the heart of Derry itself, the Bogside. It contains not only spectacular photos of their huge murals from their own archives but commentaries from playwright Brian Friel, Bernadette McAliskey, John Hume, retired Bishop Daly and other figures from the worlds of art and politics. Among its pages you will find humour, anecdote, historical fact and a step-by-step account of the making of a mural. It explores the American-Ireland connection in depth and gives a highly entertaining synopsis of that period of political and spiritual ferment known as The Sixties. For students and visitors alike it is also packed full of historical facts that will make Irish history a breeze for those who want to learn about it.

In the wake of the ongoing fiasco that is „The Turner Prize”, this book comes as a breath of fresh air to the musty studios and galleries of modern art. It serves to remind the alienated public what art was originally meant to be and to do. It is a measure of the artists’ achievement that they were able to do this work in the face of impossible circumstances and general indifference from the arts funding bodies throughout the UK. It is a measure of their resolve that they continue to paint, in service to their goal of 1993 to make of the Bogside an open-air gallery, a people’s gallery, that they have humorously dubbed “The Bogside Modern”.

Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume launched the book on the afternoon of Friday 30th February 2009. He had this to say:

I feel very privileged and honoured to be with the Bogside Artists on this very important day for the launch of their book - "The People' Gallery". The book is a fascinating and entertaining read. As well as accounts of each of the twelves murals, there is a short history of Ireland with special reference to Derry, an interesting look back at world event in the second half of the twentieth century, especially the struggle for civil rights in America and here in the North....As Brian Friel the world renowned playwright said of their work - "The work of the Bogside Artists is celebrated locally and internationally, but it is their reputation that is important both to the artists and to their locality. ....This publication is an important record of a pivotal period of our history, and I have no doubt that it will make an enormous contribution to the respect for and interest in our city. ... My warmest congratulations again to the Bogside Artists on this outstanding work and I wish them every success."

The Bogside Artists’ Studio in Derry, N.Ireland is home to the three men who painted the famous People’s Gallery of the Bogside. There, the artists give presentations on their history and conduct tours of their twelve large-scale murals. Two of the artists have recently returned from a U.S. promotional tour for their book The People’s Gallery. Lavishly illustrated with unique photos, it throws open a high window onto three decades of conflict. You can find out more about the artists from http://www.bogsideartists.com where you can also order their book.

Unlike the celebrated murals in Mexico it should be noted that the majority of these murals were painted while the conflict was still going on. Moreover, they were financed, not by the government, but by the small contributions of the local citizens. Tom, William and Kevin collected the pennies, cap-in-hand to finance a project that is now a must-see destination for anyone visiting Ireland.

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