Paradizo.com Announces Sponsorship of the Luxury Travel Forum 2009 in Barcelona

Paradizo.com, the luxury travel portal is pleased to announce it is sponsor for the Luxury Travel Forum 2009, October 6th to 8th in Barcelona, Spain.

Paradizo.com

The City of Barcelona will be the venue for the 2009 Travel Convention, to be held between October 6th to 8th 2009 and organized by ABTA, The Travel Association.

The Luxury Travel Forum will form an integral part of The Travel Convention and has been designed for all providers of luxury travel products and services, including: airlines, hotels, operators, suppliers, as well as agents who either specialize or have an interest in the luxury travel market, including those wanting to move in to this burgeoning market.

Luxury Travel Forum delegates will have the opportunity to attend the majority of The Travel Convention’s plenary sessions, as well as the official social activities and parties.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 7 October, Luxury Travel Forum delegates will be able to do business, speed-dating style, in the Luxury Travel Forum Showcase.

Dedicated Luxury Travel Sessions will be co-hosted by Broadcaster & Journalist Jeremy Vine, together with the Editor of Telegraph Travel and Ultratravel, Graham Boynton. Including sessions as Charting A New Course Through The Turbulent Travel Luxury Market? Gaining an Edge in the Luxury Travel Market. Generational Segmentation of the Luxury Travel Market.

For more information on the Luxury Travel Forum visit:
http://www.thetravelconvention.com/luxurytravelforum/index.php

Paradizo is designed to provide a new advertising channel for Luxury Travel companies looking to reach the affluent market and promote their luxury vacation rentals, yacht charters, residence and destination clubs, private jet travels or concierge services.

About Paradizo.com
Paradizo.com is a new online resource for luxury travel. Its main objective is to provide discerning travelers with the tools necessary to create memorable and personalized luxury vacation experiences.

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Special Offer for Students By Stena Line

Stena Line, the leading Irish Sea ferry operator, has announced that it will offer Northern Ireland students studying in Britain the chance to travel for free back to university. The announcement follows the research from independent university guide Push that estimates many students will be left with a debt of £23,000 after graduation.

Separate research conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) also suggests some degrees have higher ‘hidden costs’ than others, such as for equipment or books.

To help ease the financial strain, Stena Line is offering Northern Ireland students the chance to travel to Britain for free on all five of its Irish Sea routes when they are accompanied by a paying adult and car. This is the fifth consecutive year Stena Line has run this special offer.

Those wishing to pack a little lighter and travel without a car can take advantage of further reductions and travel from Belfast Port onboard the Stena HSS Voyager and onto popular university cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh.

About Stena Line:
Stena Line is the market leader among Irish Sea ferries, offering the biggest ferry fleet and the widest choice of routes between the island of Ireland and Britain including Belfast to Stranraer, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port to Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard and ferries to Fleetwood from Larne. The company carries over three million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than its rival operators combined.

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More Women Than Ever Before Are Swapping Handbags For Backpacks And Hitting The Road Solo


The budget accommodation and backpacking specialist conducted a women’s travel survey with Lost Girls World (who have a novel about their adventures coming out soon). The results revealed that 74% of participants considered themselves ‘solo travelers’, and 67% regularly travel alone (once or twice a year).

Whether for a gap year, career break or way to avoid the recession, an increasing number of women are escaping the 9 to 5 drone and breaking free by backpacking around the world solo.

To help out these backpacking beauties, HostelBookers have also launched a series of top women’s travel resources especially for women travelers, from destination guides, safety advice and packing tips for every continent to the top ten hostels for women. There will also be exclusive guest posts from Chelsea Duke, author of High Heels and a Head Torch: The Essential Guide for Girls who Backpack, the Beauty Terrorist of St. Christopher’s Inns and Lauren Resnick, who has penned the Princess with a Backpack guide and blog.

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The Luxury Travel Experts At Perfect Escapes Announce The Launch Of Perfect Escapes Insider

The luxury travel experts at Perfect Escapes announce the launch of Perfect Escapes Insider, a free membership program focusing on best-in-industry luxury travel deals.

The Perfect Escapes Insider program provides members with valuable luxury-hotel benefits that aren’t available to the general public. Benefits include access to unpublished rates, private sales, limited-time offers, and special perks like complimentary daily breakfast or guaranteed suite upgrades. Although any traveler can book Perfect Escapes’ collection of luxury hotels – either online, or by phone with the assistance of a hotel specialist — only Perfect Escapes Insider members can access special perks, unpublished rates, private sales, and limited-time offers.

Eric Jeck, CEO of Perfect Escapes, commented: “Perfect Escapes serves the rapidly growing group of affluent leisure travelers that luxury hotels want to reach. As an added benefit, the Perfect Escapes Insider program provides luxury hoteliers an efficient way to market to a closed membership — and a great way for us to provide exceptional values to our customers without membership or booking fees.”

Perfect Escapes understands that leisure time is a traveler’s most valuable asset, and the Perfect Escapes Insider program makes it easier for luxury consumers to discover great values and unbeatable deals at the world’s best hotels. Perfect Escapes Insiders can access an exclusive collection of rates, offers, and amenities on www.perfectescapes.com and via a members-only subscription to The Perfect 10TM email newsletter, a weekly collection of high-end travel offers selected by the company’s team of luxury travel editors.

About Perfect Escapes
Perfect Escapes — a specialty online site focusing on luxury travel— promotes a hand-selected collection of the world’s finest hotels.

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British Airways Celebrates 90 Years Leading The Travel Industry

British Airways celebrates 90 years of leading the travel industry, since Transport & Travel Ltd (a precursor to British Airways) launched the world’s first commercial flight which departed from London to Paris on August 25 1919.

British Airways Celebrates 90 Years Leading The Travel Industry

Since then, the airline has carried more than 1.2 billion customers on its extensive route network, and become recognised as one of the world’s elite carriers.

Paying tribute to the airline, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “British Airways has never lost the pioneering spirit and vision that saw it take to the skies with the world’s first daily international flight from London to Paris on this day in 1919.

“Ninety years on, the world’s most iconic airline is still proudly flying the flag and remains a great British brand. Many congratulations to all its staff – past and present, on this special day.”

British Airways chairman Martin Broughton said: “Over the past nine decades, British Airways has played its part in many historic episodes. We provided the first air links to far-flung capitals in the days of empire, flew Winston Churchill across the Atlantic during wartime, brought Queen Elizabeth back to Britain after the passing of George VI, repeatedly led the way with aircraft innovation and have often proudly transported home our sports teams from success overseas.

“We have a rich history supporting Britain and will carry this forward to our centenary and beyond.”

90 years on from that first Paris flight, British Airways now offers up to nine daily flights to the French capital of fashion and romance, all ideal for a Paris holiday British Airways offers great deals on a wide range of Paris hotels, coupled with affordable fares on flights.

On August 25, 1919 George Stevenson-Reece became the first fare-paying passenger on a scheduled international flight – from Hounslow Heath to Le Bourget Airport in Paris. He flew in a single Rolls-Royce engined Airco DeHavilland 4A, piloted by Captain E.H. Lawford. Flying time was more than three times what it is today at 2 hours 30 minutes. The fare was 42 guineas return (the equivalent of £1,706 today).

About British Airways / British Airways Holidays Ltd
British Airways Holidays Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of British Airways plc, which offers a range of flight routes, hotels, car rental and experiences. With many money-saving special offers available; and the security of travelling with British Airways, British Airways Holidays Ltd can add peace of mind to holiday plans. Working very closely with colleagues at British Airways, British Airways Holidays constantly seeks to exceed customers’ expectations, both in terms of the value for money and quality of the service provided.

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Rise In European Nanobreaks, Report Says

Hotels.com has reported an increase in the number of British travellers enjoying European ‘nanobreaks‘, as holidaymakers plot last minute escapes from the British weather.

In the wake of one of the wettest Julys on record, leading holiday booking site, Hotels.com, has seen a significant rise in searches for last minute short breaks, also known as nanobreaks, to many popular European destinations as cash-strapped British holidaymakers escape for some summer sun.

Paris tops the list of favourite foreign nanobreak locations for Brits, with searches up 50% year-on-year, followed by Nice (up 40%), with Berlin (25%), Rome (20%), Dublin (15%) and Valencia (10%) following close behind.

The rise in European nanobreaks coincides with a Social Media competition currently being run by Hotels.com that simply asks people to tag their travel-related Twitter posts #nanobreak.

Entries can also be submitted by tagging Flickr pictures or YouTube videos, and the best entry, as judged by a Hotels.com panel, will win an extended nanobreak to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for two, courtesy of TAP Portugal and the Caesar Park Ipanema hotel. Three runners up will each receive a £200 Hotels.com voucher.

The competition, which is open to UK residents over 18, has been created to help encourage participants to take a holiday, however short, even in the current hard times.

Alison Couper, Director of Communications at Hotels.com said: “It is great to see the British holiday spirit alive and well despite the unexpected rain this summer and we are really enjoying reading people’s nanobreak musings on Twitter.”

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Stena Line Announce Plans To Assist Cash Strapped Students

Stena Line has reported new statistics which show that 14 per cent of Leaving Cert students are expected to leave Ireland to go to college in Britain as the prospect of fees are putting them off Irish universities.

Stena Line Announce Plans To Assist Cash Strapped Students

Additionally, the current strength of the Euro is also making it more affordable for cash strapped students to study across the Irish Sea and, with this in mind, Ireland’s leading ferry company Stena Line, is offering students the chance to save their money and set sail to university for free*.

Stena Line is continuing its effort to help students settle in to university life with a few more euros in their pocket and for the fifth consecutive year they can travel to Britain for free on all five Irish sea routes when they are accompanied by a paying adult and car.

Eamonn Hewitt Stena Line’s Communications Manager believes that the current economic climate is making things harder for students, but the support of parents can help them adjust easier to university life.

“With up to 3,000 Leaving Cert students preparing to leave home for the first time it can certainly be very daunting for many. By offering students the chance to travel for free with their parents, it’s our way of helping to make the transition that little bit easier, with a few more Euros in the pocket,” Eamonn said.

“Parents can pack everything necessary to make sure their child can survive without them and will be relieved to know that when they travel with Stena Line they don’t have to worry about any baggage charges. If there are any other friends going to university these students can also travel for free, that is if there is any more room in the car.”

Stena Line offers daily crossings on its five different routes to Britain including Dublin Port to HolyheadDun Laoghaire to Holyhead, Rosslare to Fishguard, Belfast to Stranraer and Larne to Fleetwood.

*Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Booking must be a minimum of 14 days in advance of travel and before 14th October 2009. Travel must be completed by 5 January 2010

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A Poll Carried Out By Penguin Has Revealed That Jeremy Clarkson’s Book, For Crying Out Loud, Has Topped A Poll Of Britons’ Favourite Beach Reads Of All Time

A poll carried out by Penguin has revealed that Jeremy Clarkson’s book, For Crying Out Loud, has topped a poll of Britons’ favourite beach reads of all time.

A Poll Carried Out By Penguin Has Revealed That Jeremy Clarkson's Book, For Crying Out Loud, Has Topped A Poll Of Britons' Favourite Beach Reads Of All Time

The outspoken ‘Top Gear’ presenter’s book has been voted as the number one beach read of all time, beating off competition from blockbusters including Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ and classics such as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

More than 7000 Britons voted for their favourite beach read in an online poll compiled by Teletext Holidays and Penguin.

Chick-lit queen Marian Keyes came in at number two with her bestselling paperback This Charming Man, followed by modern classic The Beach by Alex Garland, which was turned into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Victoria Sanders, managing director of Teletext Holidays, said: “Books and the beach go hand in hand so we wanted to find out what makes the perfect page turner for the sun-lounger. The list has thrown up a few surprises – we never though Jeremy Clarkson would come out on top. But his book had an overwhelming response and definitely got the male vote. Nearly all the nominations for Clarkson came from the chaps.

“Female readers opted for a varied mix of comedy, murder, classics and feel-good romance which proves that people have different ideas about what they pack in their suitcase.”

The top five beach reads of all time were voted as:

1. For Crying Out Loud – Jeremy Clarkson
2. This Charming Man – Marian Keyes
3. The Beach – Alex Garland
4. The Beach House – Jane Green
5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

For the full list visit www.teletextholidays.co.uk

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Jumeirah to manage Agile resort on Clearwater Bay, China

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, has been appointed by Agile Property Holdings to manage Jumeirah Qing Shui Bay Resort on the southern island of Sanya (China).

Jumeirah to manage Agile resort on Clearwater Bay, China

The management agreement was signed in Hong Kong by Mr Alex Liu, Vice President of Agile Property Holdings, and Mr Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Group.

“At Jumeirah, we have developed a very strong reputation for successfully managing luxurious beach resorts and I am confident that through our partnership with Agile, one of the region’s development experts, we will continue to build on this success,” declared Gerald Lawless. “The resort’s location and unique design will truly demonstrate our promise to ‘Stay Different’. A growing number of local and international tourists are enjoying Sanya’s long white beaches, its year-round warm weather and the rich cultural mix of the island. Jumeirah Qing Shui Bay Resort is a perfect addition to our portfolio,” added Gerald Lawless.

Designed by WATG Architects and LTW Design, the luxury resort will comprise a 250 room hotel and 50 private villas. Guests will have access to Hainan Clearwater Bay’s 12-kilometre long beach of pure white sand, six restaurants and cafés, a waterfront conference centre, and Talise, Jumeirah’s signature spa. Guests can also enjoy the panoramic views from a spectacular off-shore point that is sure to be one of the defining landmarks of the resort.

Located one hour by plane from Hong Kong and 2.5 hours away from Shanghai, the greater Sanya area is the premier beach resort destination in China. The Jumeirah Clearwater Bay – Qingshui Wan in Chinese – Resort is planned to be the most luxurious and exclusive resorts within the Agile Clearwater Bay development. The attractive waterfront location will be complemented by championship-quality golf courses surrounding the resort.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr Chen Zhuo Lin, Chairman of the Agile Group, said: “We are delighted to establish a partnership with Jumeirah, which is already well-known for Burj Al Arab, the icon of Dubai. We are honoured to be the first beach resort partner of Jumeirah in mainland China. Agile is committed to developing Hainan Clearwater Bay into a world-class, large-scale resort and residential community. Our cooperation with Jumeirah will add a new landmark to Hainan Clearwater Bay, while enhancing the quality of the entire project. This will enable us to come a step closer to achieving our goal: to become an international tourism and resort community”. He added, “Both of our enterprises will strive for perfection in hotel management and achieve synergies with a view to developing Hainan Clearwater Bay into an integrated, large-scale international resort and residential community, thus maximising returns for shareholders and clients.”

Jumeirah Qing Shui Bay Resort is Jumeirah’s fourth management agreement in the People’s Republic of China after Shanghai, Guangzhou and Macau.

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YooTravel Is Quickly Becoming The Number One Budget Travel Site In The UK

The site, which collects information from all budget sites in the United Kingdom for those who are seeking a one stop shop for all of their budget travel needs.

YooTravel Is Quickly Becoming The Number One Budget Travel Site In The UK

YooTravel sorts through the information that they obtain on other sites such as Expedia, Travelzoo and others, and then allows visitors to take a look at the different information for comparison. This can allow anyone who is considering traveling a chance to find out which is the best travel site for them. YooTravel is not a service site but offers visitors a chance to get discount holiday voucher codes and recommendations for traveling.

“Those who live in the UK and are interested in traveling can use YooTravel as a way to discover the different discount codes and vouchers that are on the various discount travel sites,” said Jiemin Gu, CEO of YooTravel. Instead of having to go to various travel sites to figure out what type of discount they are offering, a traveller can go to our site and get all of the information right away.”

Many people today are seeking ways to travel on a budget. The current state of the economy worldwide is making it necessary for everyone to check their budgets before making any plans to travel anywhere. There are many budget travel websites online that offer discount vouchers and codes. It can be very time consuming for anyone to visit all of these sites and figure out which is the best deal for them when they are planning to travel anywhere.

“YooTravel provides three levels that meet different budget travel for users,” said Jiemin. “This includes a search engine, discount voucher codes and recommendations. Travellers can get all of the information that they need to make a good decision when it comes to budget travel. “

For more information as to how using YooTravel can help you with travel plans, go to www.yootravel.com.

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“A Week In The Life Of Haiti Cherie” Internationally Supported Project Just Six Months Away

Today marks the six months point from the launching of “A week in the life of Haiti Cherie” the photo book and school project slated for Haiti.

A Week In The Life Of Haiti Cherie

More than 20 international photographers and photojournalists have volunteered to travel to Haiti in order to document all aspects of Haitian life for one week and produce a large format volume as a testament to Haiti.

“This is going to be the most talked about photo book on Haiti ever” predicts the project founder and current program manager Phil Anglade. “We have been planning this for more than 10 years and to see it finally come about is truly gratifying” The international photographers and photojournalists who will be contributing their time and effort to the project are from Hungary, Taiwan, France, Estonia, The Netherlands, Thailand, Israel, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Venezuela, Korea, USA and of course Haiti…to name a few. They will travel to every corner of Haiti and truly experience Haitian life before, during and after Carnival 2010.

A documentary film entitled “Behind the scene of Haiti Cherie” will also be produced with support from various universities and media professionals.

A full week of activities is envisioned starting with a mega musical performance by various artists and numerous other activities throughout the week and ending with the ground breaking ceremony for the school.

The “Haiti Cherie” photography and media production school will offer a wide variety of courses to equip under privilege young adults with marketable skills they will in turn be able to use in order to support themselves.

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Radisson Blu Resort & Spa opens in Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, Croatia

The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened its very first resort in Croatia – and starts with a superlative: The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens is the newest and most luxurious jewel along the beautiful Dalmatian Coast. Featuring 201 rooms and 207 apartments the property is located within the Dubrovnik Sun Gardens area; directly at the coast line some ten kilometres north of Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic Sea. Dubrovnik’s International Airport is 30 kilometres away.

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa opens in Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, Croatia

“We are delighted to welcome such a fantastic hotel to our family”, says Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. “Our stylish resort portfolio is constantly growing – the current pipeline comprises more than 35 hotels with over 8,700 rooms in operation and under development across Europe, Middle East and Africa.”

The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens is the largest resort on the Croatian coast and designed like a Mediterranean village. The entire resort was built with local materials such as „sadre“-stone f r o m Dubrovnik and Brac Island. The result is a striking fusion of contemporary architecture, modern beauty and functionality – the Croatian architects Branimir Medic and Pero Puljiz as well as the company Modul (Zagreb) have created a true masterpiece. The resort’s interior was designed by the London-based company Hirsch Bedner Associates, while the unique and recognizably designed gastronomy facilities are the work of Henry Chebanne of the market leading company Blue Sky Hospitality.

In addition to 201 elegant rooms with balconies and breathtaking views, and 207 apartments with kitchenette and 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms ( Dubrovnik apartments ), this chic lifestyle luxury hotel in Croatia offers 13 restaurants and bars . Delicious meals f r o m the international or autochthonous menus and carefully selected wine lists make the romantic restaurants “Origano”, “Tartufo” and “Maraska” a hedonist’s paradise. Cocktail lounge bars serve cold and hot beverages and appetizing snacks, and Mediterranean taverns are little paradises to remember for a long time.

An additional contribution to the resort’s very special atmosphere is the unique fresh market where guests can taste, buy and even prepare their own products in the bakery, at the fishmongers’, the butchers’, the wine shop and la pâtisserie.

For all those travellers seeking harmony of body and soul, the resort offers a fascinating spa & wellness centre stretching over 3,500 square meters – including the very first Anne Sémonin-Spa in Croatia. Unforgettable highlights are three unique Anne Sémonin-treatments which have been exclusively created for the resort: “Thalassotherapy Thermal Stone Experience”, “100% Active Ice Therapy Facial” and “Black Sand Scrub & Ocean Massage Ritual”.

Further leisure services at our Dubrovnik hotel include 3 swimming pools, wonderful beaches, a sports centre stretching over 7,000 square meters, a dedicated and supervised Kid’s Club for little guests f r o m 6 months to 16 years, boat rides to the nearby islands, and excursions to local sights such as the 500 years old arboretum in Trsteno or the fascinating Dubrovnik.

The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens is also an interesting meeting and conference destination – offering state-of-the art multifunctional facilities – a congress hall with a surface of more than 756 square metres and 10 smaller conference rooms with the high-tech audio and visual equipment. As every Radisson Blu hotel, the resort features signature services such a free high speed internet access for all guests and meeting delegates.

Rates start at EUR 180 per night for a room (including breakfast) and at EUR 260 per night for an apartment (excluding breakfast). Bookings can be made online at www.radissonblu.com/resort-dubrovnik or directly at the hotel: Tel. +385 20 361 500.

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Hotels.Com, The World’s Leading Hotel Website, Has Launched A New Competition To Encourage Britons To Take A Break, However Short

Competition To Encourage Britons To Take A Break, However Short

The new Hotels.com contest comes on the back of research which showed a 46%* increase in the number of UK holidaymakers searching for single night holidays or ‘nanobreaks’ over the past year.

In keeping with the ‘nano’ theme, the competition encourages participants to create a mini blog about their nanobreak either as a series of Twitter posts, photos using Flickr or on video using YouTube. The entries will then be streamed live from these social media sites to a dedicated competition page on Hotels.com.

The person who posts the best entry, as judged by a Hotels.com panel, will win an extended nanobreak to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for two, courtesy of TAP Portugal and the Caesar Park Ipanema hotel. Three runners up with each receive a £200 Hotels.com voucher.

The competition, which is open to UK residents over 18, has been created to help encourage participants to take a holiday, however short, even in the current hard times.

Alison Couper, Communications Director for Hotels.com, said:

“The simple act of going on holiday for just a single night is relaxing and a change from the stresses and strains of life.

“All of our research shows that people see holidays as a right not a luxury and the rise in searches for nanobreaks is further evidence of holidaymakers’ determination to keep travelling. We hope this competition will reward that determination with a bit of creative fun and encourage more people to take a much needed break.”

*Hotels.com analysed searches for single-night stays for UK travellers during January-June 2009 compared to January-June 2008.

About Hotels.com
As part of the Expedia group which operates in all major markets with dedicated staff, Hotels.com offers more than 100,000 quality hotels worldwide including New York hotelsEdinburgh hotelsRome hotels and London 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 the site has user-contributed reviews of its properties. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multi-lingual call centres.

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Emirates’ First Luxury Conservation-Based Resort Outside Dubai, Is Reaching Completion

The construction of Emirates’ Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in the heart of Australia’s Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the airline’s first luxury conservation-based resort outside Dubai, is reaching completion.

“We are well on schedule for our October 1st soft opening,” said Joost Heymeijer, general manager of Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. “We have reached that very satisfying point in the development when the hard construction work is behind us and the focus shifts onto detail, quality finishing and preparation for operations.”

With the resort’s electrical and water systems completed, the emphasis is now on each suite’s fit-out and interior design. Half of the one-bedroom suites are already fully furnished, and the remainder will be completed by the end of August. Work is well under way on the Main Homestead, which will be the social centre of the resort. The main pool area and gymnasium, as well as the resort’s luxury Timeless Spa, will be completed by the end of July.

Built on the same principles as Emirates’ acclaimed Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the resort is fully integrated into its environment. It incorporates as many ecologically sustainable design principles as possible, including rainwater collection, full recycling of all domestic water, heat exchange technology to reduce electricity consumption and the use of solar panels for all hot water systems. The resort has more than 100 solar-energy units, significantly reducing its energy consumption and resources footprint.

Additional measures aimed at reducing the resort’s carbon footprint include efficient room orientation to reduce heating and cooling requirements, modern insulation envelopes and wide traditional verandas, which increase airflow around and through the buildings. The resort even makes use of traditional windmills instead of electrical pumps.

From an architectural perspective, the resort was built with respect to the Australian identity and local rural history. The timeless design, inspired by original Federation style, is reminiscent of traditional rural Australian homesteads. However, it incorporates modern practices to include some of the world’s best environmentally protective building materials and technologies.

From an environment and conservation perspective, landscaping efforts in and around the resort have also been in place from the start of the resort development. A two-year programme for the removal of all invasive and damaging noxious plants from the property was undertaken. Grass has been seeded and 25,000 trees are being planted, using seeds from native species collected onsite and grown at a local nursery in Lithgow.

This ambitious tree-planting programme has been made possible by the support of local volunteers and an international student volunteer organisation, with more than 60 students volunteering time in June and July to assist with the resort’s conservation efforts. Planting is well on target, with more than 20,000 trees planted since the beginning of June.

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is built on the same conservation philosophy as the Al Maha Dubai resort and as such is the only resort in recent history to receive permission to be built within a World Heritage Area. Following some of the most rigorous legislation and environmental controls in the world, this project is of extraordinary significance, not just within Australia but on a global level as well.

The resort adheres to World Heritage Committee standards and has exceeded the minimum requirements of construction controls imposed by both State and Federal Agencies – positioning Emirates as the only foreign investor carrier with such level of commitment to Australia.

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The Rezidor Hotel Group Opens Park Inn Hotel In Manchester

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, today announces the opening of its new flagship Park Inn hotel in the north of England – the stylish new four-star Park Inn Hotel Manchester, Victoria.

Jacques Dubois, COO of Park Inn Hotels, said: “This is a key opening for the Park Inn brand, not only in the UK but also strategically for Rezidor, being our first city centre property in England’s second city. The new Manchester hotel is our flagship Park Inn in the north of England and its central location and superior standard make it an exceptional addition to the Park Inn UK portfolio.”

Ideal for both business and leisure guests, the new-build hotel has a prime location in the city centre of Manchester, adjacent to the MEN Arena and in close proximity to Manchester Central, the newly named convention centre and GMEX complex. Both Victoria and Piccadilly train stations and Manchester’s extensive tram system are close by, with Manchester Airport only 20 minutes away in a taxi.

The new hotel – which is the 24th Park Inn in the company’s UK portfolio – offers 252 guest rooms, including Business Friendly rooms, suites and accessible rooms for disabled guests. Designed to be functional and easy to use, the guest rooms have a fresh and contemporary style and offer in-room laptop-size safes, air conditioning, flat-screen TV’s showing multiple channels and bathrooms with walk-in showers.

The hotel offers five modern and flexible meeting rooms, each with natural daylight and individual climate control, including a large conference space which is divisible by three and accommodates over 200 delegates theatre style or 180 guests for a private dinner.

The open plan lobby and reception area opens into the lounge and bar and offers comfortable sofas and chairs, all with natural daylight. The area is perfect for relaxing with a coffee or drink and, with high-speed wireless internet access available throughout the hotel, it is great for informal meetings or for catching up with emails.

RBG Bar & Grill, the new restaurant concept recently launched for the Park Inn brand, tempts guests with gourmet burgers, light bites and a choice of signature dishes from the grill, whilst aperitifs and after dinner drinks can be taken at the bar or on the large outdoor terrace overlooking the Green Quarter.

Manchester has something to offer for everyone. The city has great restaurants and nightlife, over 90 museums and art galleries, the MEN Arena with a year-round schedule of concerts and events, plus of course the city’s religion of football. And for shopping lovers, the city has it all. Whether you are a label-lover, bargain-hunter, or a devotee of the high street, within a neat square mile shoppers can splash out on designer pieces or dive into a shiny shopping mall – it’s pure shopping heaven!

After a busy day in the city, guests can relax and indulge themselves by using the extensive health and leisure facilities which include a large swimming pool, a gym, a sauna and steam room and two treatment rooms.

About Park Inn Hotels
Park Inn is a symbol for young, fresh and innovative mid market properties. Having opened the first Park Inn in the UK at London Heathrow in May 2004, Park Inn hotels are now present across the UK, with locations including Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, London and York.

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Europcar Uses Hot Summer Tweets To Inspire People to Hire

Europcar, the UK’s leading vehicle hire company has launched ‘Hot Summer Tweets’, its new Twitter campaign to engage customers during the peak summer months. The Tweets offer inspiration for the hottest places to go and things to do throughout the summer, plus great deals on car hire to get them there.

Europcar

Danny Higgins, Head of eCommerce for Europcar UK Group said: “We’re very keen to explore new platforms such as Twitter to increase our brand awareness and interact with new customers in a very informal and more personal way. While the vast majority of our Tweets concern fun ideas for places to go, our aim is to ‘Inspire to hire’ and introduce new customers to the idea of hiring a car for their weekend trips and UK holidays. This is all part of our objective to be the most consumer focused car hire company in the UK.”

Europcar’s Twitter content and strategy was developed with web designers Fortune Cookie with ideas for daily Hot Summer Tweets being created by Europcar’s Marketing team. Customers can follow hotsummer tweets from links on the homepage of the Europcar website and Europcar’s customer email campaigns.

Danny Higgins continued: “From car hire to Edinburgh Festival to open air cinema screenings we want our ideas to have a broad appeal for Twitter users. We will also look to ‘tweet’ special offers we want to promote although we understand the importance of providing content that’s of genuine value rather than just pushing a sales message. It’s still early days but it all serves to give Europcar a bit of a personal touch as part of our integrated on and offline marketing strategy”.

About Europcar:
Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and van hire. The company serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Since March 2007 with the acquisition of Vanguard EMEA, its network comprises over 5,300 rental outlets in 160 countries. The Europcar fleet has an average CO2 of 158g/km compared to the average UK car parc which has 164.9 g/km CO2. Europcar is the first company to win the World Travel Award for “the World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company.” Today, over 99% of Europcar’s fleet is certified “Euro IV” or above – the most stringent applicable European Union standards in terms of energy consumption and emissions.

Via EPR Network

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Unlike online travel agencies (OTAs), Low-Rates.com is not an online booking engine. It finds and displays vendors with their prices, all on a single screen. After finding the most suitable travel provider, holiday-goers can access the relevant vendor website with a single click to make a booking.

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Via EPR Network

Report Says Over 50% Rise In Short Breakers Travelling By Train To London

Superbreak, the short break specialist, has reported a growing trend of travelling by train to London to enjoy a short break.

In the last six months bookings to London that include rail travel from stations in the UK have grown by over 53% compared to the same period in 2008. Superbreak attributes much of this growth to three main factors – competitive prices, environmental concern and the high cost of parking in the Capital.

The short break operator reports that prices for rail travel are currently excellent with many of the main rail operators offering special deals when booking rail travel that includes a stay at a number of London hotels. Most leisure travellers usually journey outside peak periods which enable them to be more flexible and take advantage of off-peak fares. To clearly demonstrate the value to its customers, Superbreak’s website offers a dedicated rail breaks section which shows how much it is possible to save against open return fares and also the average cost of petrol if the route was driven.

Another key factor contributing to the rise in rail travel according to the report from Superbreak is that more and more people now consider the environment when they travel. Leaving the car at home and taking the train is seen as a more environmentally friendly option, especially for those coming longer distances to London for a cheap break. Finally, Superbreak believes that people outside London understand that it is not only expensive to park in London but there is also the possibility that drivers may incur the congestion charge.

Ray Jones, Marketing Director at Superbreak commented: “53% growth in short breaks to London that include rail travel clearly shows that people around the UK are increasingly leaving the car at home. With ever fluctuating petrol prices, the train is a much more viable option these days. “

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 cheap weekend breaks in 2-5 star hotel accommodation throughout Britain for the leisure traveller including York City hotels, hotels in Manchester and Edinburgh hotels. 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

Via EPR Network