Thai Tourism Resilient Despite Bangkok Protests Reports Skyscanner

Despite the standing Travel Alert from the US Department of State, which is currently advising against non-essential travel to Bangkok, cheap airfare search engine, Skyscanner.com can report that tourists have not been dissuaded from flying to the Thai capital for their summer holidays. Skyscanner’s data revealed this week that there has been no reduction in US and Canadian-based searches for flights to Bangkok for travel in June, July and August 2010.

Thai Tourism Resilient Despite Bangkok Protests Reports Skyscanner

Scot Carlson, Skyscanner Country Manager for the USA and Canada, commented: “We have not seen any significant drop in interest for summer travel to Thailand since the Bangkok protests began although I suspect that this may be because many travelers believe the unrest will be over by summer. However, I haven’t seen this ban take much precedence in the news in North America so some travelers may simply be unaware of the unrest.

“Whatever the reason, flight search volumes to Bangkok have remained consistent with other popular, East-Asian searches such as flights to Hong Kong, for example.”

Back in December 2008, Skyscanner reported that there were no major drops in flight searches to Bangkok following the closure of its two main airports during a period of civil unrest.

“Typically, Skyscanner tends to see a short term drop in flight searches to areas affected by civil unrest or natural disasters, but we see recovery come quickly as long as the incidents aren’t prolonged”, added Carlson. “We would have seen a noticeable-drop in search volume, as many Skyscanner users search our site for cheap airfare to Bangkok as a main destination for further travel to East Asia.”

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Fuss-Free Efficiency Are The Key Words In Luther King House’s Conference And Accommodation Centre

Don’t let the beautiful tree-lined suburban avenues fool you. There might be a striking water feature in the middle of an idyllic inner courtyard, but Luther King House, located at a convenient distance from the city, is your one-stop shop for all residential conference and training needs.

It’s a peaceful retreat, complete with large conference rooms or smaller meeting rooms as per your requirements. Delegates are free to use the superior audio-visual equipment, including flip charts and pens, whiteboards, OHPs, televisions, video players, DVD players, wall-mounted display systems and digital data projectors. In addition to this, Luther King House also offers morning and afternoon teas as well as breakfasts and lunches, at highly competitive rates.

A sharp presentation, a good night’s sleep, and the idea that will take your company from local to multinational — surely these are the key ingredients for the perfect pitch? No need to worry about the facilities themselves – you can let Luther King House supply the coffee and tea-breaks, delicious hot and cold spreads for lunch… and concentrate on your pitch.

This Manchester B&B is a no-fuss environment where all your details are taken care of, so you can concentrate on the more important details of your presentation. Its landscaped grounds, inner courtyard and water feature also provide a welcome relief for delegates during the day or evening.

The conference rooms can accommodate up to 100 delegates and can be reconfigured into many different layouts — boardroom, theatre, classroom or a more informal setting. Rates vary, depending on day or specific residential programmes, but are within extremely competitive ranges. And why should Luther King House’s meeting rooms Manchester be your only destination for offsite meetings and training sessions? Purely because they offers the most basic facilities and more under one roof with minimum fuss and maximum integrity.

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Hotels in London for Living Life to the Fullest

There are a great many travel destinations across the globe that provide exceptional life experiences that can last a lifetime. For example, the hotels in London provide a gateway to the world’s largest metropolitan area. The modern culture and deep history dating back to Roman foundations makes London an exceptional holiday destination.

Hotels in London for Living Life to the Fullest

The hotels in Paris offer a slightly different experience than that found in London. However, the access to incredible art and culture of the Parisian people is an adventure unto itself. Known as the fashion capital of the world Paris offers a unique experience that simply must be experienced to be understood.

April, 2010 – When traveling and seeking a deep and rich experience it is advantageous to find hotels that will provide added exposure and accessibility to the offerings of a given location. The hotels in London are among the best in the world. With Victorian architecture and oftentimes a historic significance unto themselves one cannot simply be for want in such a location.

The bars, clubs and restaurants found in London provide a venue to experience exceptional cuisine and the multi-cultural aspects of the population. The hotels in London can place vacationers in the European heart of the historic and the modern music scene. With orchestras and concert halls that are well known all around the world, the musical entertainment available in London is extraordinary.

Paris offers some of the most fantastic eating experiences in the world. Well known for exceptional wines, cheeses, breads, pastries, and multi course meals, Paris can provide diverse culinary experiences that are sure to live up to their reputation. The hotels in Paris and the metro system make it easy to visit museums and monuments that offer a deep cultural experience.

While the hotels in London offer a truly European experience, Bangkok hotels offer immersion into the primary city of Thailand. The art galleries, theatres, concert halls, museums and the Thailand Cultural Center offer excellent opportunities to understand the culture of Thailand. Many of the modern conveniences found in hotels in London may be found in Bangkok.

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Skyscanner’s Guide to the Ultimate Place to take Mom this Mothers’ Day

Now that the planes are flying again, following the volcanic ash disruption, Skyscanner takes a look at the most appropriate places to fly mom off to this Mothers’ Day (9 May).

Skyscanner's Guide to the Ultimate Place to take Mom this Mothers' Day

Mombasa – with the word mom in its name, we can’t think of anywhere better to take your dear mama than this exotic Kenyan destination! Famed for its incredible wildlife, beautiful beaches and intriguing culture, there is something for everyone here.

Sierra Madre, California – Literally meaning “mother mountain range” in Spanish, this pretty little community outside of Los Angeles has the same gorgeous weather as its larger neighbor and is, of course, near the mountains that share its name.

Stockholm – Mamma Mia, here we go again! Fly mom to the home of Abba, the group responsible for that infamously catchy chart topping hit which was to provide the inspiration for the west end musical and, more recently, the cinematic hit of the same name. Help her rediscover her inner disco-diva while scoping out the Stockholm Music Museum. And with so many bargain flights to Europe available, getting there is simple!

Mamaroneck, New York – Mamma will love the town of Mamaroneck: not only for its fitting name, but also for its fascinating history (while Dad may enjoy the championship golf course here). Just a short ride into New York, Mamaroneck was home to Matt Dillon as he grew up – but don’t worry, you don’t need a movie star’s bank balance to fly your mum here as there are loads of New York flight deals to choose from.

Macedonia – Find yourself a cheap airfare to Europe and head to Skopje, Macedonia’s largest city, capital, and birthplace of one of the world’s most cherished moms: Mother Theresa. Get inspired by visiting the monument dedicated to her memory.

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Bangkok Political Crisis Continues to Have Negative Impact on Thailand Tourism

Hotels emptying and travel services seeing steep drop in business as Thai capital remains dangerous for foreign tourists.

Bangkok Political Crisis Continues to Have Negative Impact on Thailand Tourism

The continuing clashes between government and demonstrators in the Thai capital of Bangkok and ongoing political instability have had a hugely negative effect on the country’s tourist industry, reports leading Thailand travel website 1StopThailand.com.

While the protests have been limited to specific parts of Bangkok and have not directly affected visitors to the majority of the country’s popular tourist destinations, the ongoing instability is still putting people off visiting Thailand. Since the beginning of April when the protests changed from being peaceful demonstrations to more violent clashes, there has been a steep decline in visitors to Bangkok and users of travel services.

Hotel occupancy in Bangkok has fallen by between 40% and 50% for the time of year, meaning that accommodation occupancy stands at just 20% approximately. Four of Bangkok’s largest shopping malls have been forced to close due to the protests and it is estimated that the political unrest is costing Bangkok businesses as much as $30m per day.

Andrew Bond, editor of the 1StopBangkok.com website, commented, “The protracted political crisis arising originally from the 2006 coup has become a terrible drag on tourism and the Thai economy, tourists are still coming but the image of the country as a peaceful destination has taken a battering”.

“Our 1StopBangkok.com website has seen a 20% fall in users since the unrest become more violent in April, and notwithstanding the end of the tourist season that’s still a massive drop. So not only are people not visiting Bangkok in person, they’re also not visiting Thailand ‘virtually’ either.”

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London Hotels Spared Recession Hardships Thanks To Recession-Proof Consumers and Expedia.com.au

London hotels are among others worldwide that have been spared the recession hardships that have caused suffering among the travel and tourism trade. Recession-proof consumers have largely been credited for the continued interest in both domestic and international travel during the recession. These are the consumers that continue to spend according to their desires regardless of the status of the economy.

Expedia.com.au is a leading Internet travel reservation website. This travel reservation site meets the desires of the so-called recession-proof consumers by providing opportunities to schedule reservations at unique and luxurious hotels. Many of these hotels are off the beaten path and others simply offer matchless features and amenities. Expedia.com.au has almost magically collected the best of the best in the hotels around the world. The Expedia.com.au Rome hotels are described as being both, romantic and historical.

It is such unique combinations that have made Expedia.com.au the top choice of Australians that put their desires above worries or concerns about finances. These individuals dare to be different. They strive for excellence in their life and it comes through in their spending habits. The measure of a recession-proof consumer is not based on his or her income, but rather, it relates to the individual’s attitude and behavior in regards to spending habits. The idea is that when these consumers find what they want they are willing to spend the money to get it. And this group of people generally seeks the out of the ordinary. That is exactly what Expedia.com.au provides. Bangkok hotels offered by Expedia.com.au are a perfect example of the versatility offered by the travel reservation website. Whether one prefers colonial charm or contemporary elegance, or something in between, Expedia.com.au can provide it.

The wide diversity of scenery, food, art and culture in the capital city of England has not been missed in the London hotels offered through Expedia.com.au. This travel reservation website provides a wide range of hotel options in locations worldwide.

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Paradizo.com Launches Partnership with The Society of Leisure Enthusiasts

Paradizo.com is proud to announce its new venture with The Society of Leisure Enthusiasts in a partnership that will create more opportunities for both travelers and vacation rental property managers and owners. Paradizo.com caters to the planning and booking needs of luxury travelers and TheSociety offers a marketing solution for the finest luxury vacation rentals around the world. Together, the Paradizo and The Society connect vacation rental property managers and owners with travelers seeking unique and personalized vacation experiences.

Paradizo is proud to list The Society’s Global Bundle properties as part of The Society’s all-reaching marketing solution for vacation home managers. In addition to its over 7,000 vacation rentals already featured on Paradizo.com, the luxury travel portal looks forward to working with the luxury vacation rentals included in The Society’s Global Bundle. The Global Bundle allows vacation rental managers to expand their visibility on only the finest luxury websites through a single property profile. Paradizo was an easy fit into the Global Bundle portfolio as it is dedicated to providing a complete resource for the full vacation experience from the perfect luxury accommodation to exclusive travel services.

According to Mike McFadden, the Co Founder of The Society, “Paradizo.com provides travelers with the most luxurious options on the market. This will be a great opportunity for our clients to gain more exposure and to maximize their yearly bookings.” Paradizo looks forward to increasing property inquiries for the luxury villa rentals included in the Bundle. Ollivier Jacq, CEO of Paradizo.com agreed, “I think Paradizo.com will make a valuable addition to the variety of marketing outlets that The Society offers its clients especially as we begin to see an increase in travelers utilizing the site as their personal planning tool.”

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Find New York, Hong Kong and Melbourne Hotels with Ease on Expedia

Expedia takes the hassle out of planning and booking a holiday. Whether travelers are looking for Melbourne hotels, hotels in New York City, Hong Kong or anywhere else in the world, Expedia has them covered with comprehensive hotel listings – more than 75,000 – and an easy-to-use search that allows them to narrow results to fit their specific holiday plans. Travelers also can look at Expedia’s recommended hotels, plus read guest reviews written by fellow travelers from around the world.

For example, if a traveler wants to holiday in Melbourne this summer, he would simply go to expedia.co.in and visit the website’s Melbourne hotels guide. From there, he can enter check-in and check-out dates and begin his search. After Expedia quickly delivers the search results, he can sort by Expedia-recommended hotels, hotel name, city, Expedia star ratings and guest star ratings. He also can add required amenities to the search to further narrow results. Those who want to stay in a specific neighborhood can choose to view only Melbourne hotels in that area. Search results can be displayed in grid form or on a map, whichever the traveler prefers.

The listings for Melbourne Hotels themselves are as robust as the search. Each listing comes with detailed information, including a description of the hotel and its rooms, a list of hotel and room amenities, onsite dining options, hotel policies, and, of course, nightly rates and any additional fees. Travelers can look at photos of the hotel and its rooms, and in many cases, take a virtual tour. There are also Insider’s Tips, such as this one for Melbourne hotels, specifically the Park Hyatt Melbourne:

“History buffs and the young (or young at heart) shouldn’t miss a stroll through neighboring Fitzroy Gardens. Nestled amid its winding pathways and flowering shrubs is not only Cook’s Cottage, which was originally built in 1755 by the parents of famous English navigator Captain James Cook, but also the Fairies Tree, a carved tree trunk meant to be a sanctuary for fairies and those who believe in them.”

Booking rooms at Melbourne hotels – or hotels in New York, hotels in Hong Kong, or anywhere else in the world – proves just as easy on Expedia. Travelers can book online or call 1-800-419-1919 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (IST) daily.

The portal for the Indian traveler, from the world’s leading online travel company, features more than 75,000 hotels – from hotels in Melbourne to Hotels in New York – and more than 3,000 holiday packages. Travelers can find and book hotels with Expedia’s robust, easy-to-use search, then contribute to the website’s growing collection of independent guest reviews after they get home. Go to expedia.co.in today to find and Hotels in Hong Kong, New York City, Melbourne, or anywhere else in the world.

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Skyscanner Reveals Top 5 Places For Lava Lovers

Flight search engine, Skyscanner (www.Skyscanner.com) brings you the top five destinations for volcano voyeurs.

Skyscanner Reveals Top 5 Places For Lava Lovers

Stromboli, Italy
After all of the Icelandic volcano drama cools, there are bound to be some great European flight deals to be had by all; so your first stop should be Italy. Known as the ‘Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’ due to its spectacular night time explosions, this Aeolian Island has been attracting global lava lovers for years. Eruptions are so regular that the word ‘Stromboli’ is now used to mean ‘small explosion’ and its shape means you can get remarkably close to the action -just 200m above the active crater!

Kilauea, Hawaii
There are some reasonably-cheap flights from San Francisco which take you to Kilauea: on Hawaii’s Big Island, this volcano claims the title of the “world’s most active volcano” – so a visit here is likely not to disappoint. You’ll need to take a boat ride to see one of its most spectacular sights – red hot lava oozing into the ocean which causes the sea to boil and vaporise into white plumes of steam.

Etna, Sicily, Italy
This fiery Italian mountain boasts the title of being Europe’s most active volcano. In a state of almost constant activity, it last erupted as recently as this month (April 2010!). Take a 4-wheel drive excursion to explore Etna’s lava fields, volcanic caves and tunnels, and eruptive fissures, but don’t get too close!

Teide, Tenerife, Spain
If you prefer your volcanoes a little less active, hop on a flight to Europe and visit Mount Teide (a safer option), which hasn’t erupted since 1909. At 3718m tall, it’s the highest peak in Spain and easily visible from flights to Tenerife. Take the Mount Teide cable car to the summit to enjoy the view, but don’t forget to apply for a permit first.

Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand
Part of the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ it’s no wonder that New Zealand is home to many active volcanoes. Mount Ruapehu is the country’s highest and one of the world’s most active, having last blown its top in 1996. In winter its slopes become the North Island’s largest ski areas offering snow sports at Turoa and the interestingly named Whakapapa resorts.

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Skyscanner is a leading travel search site, providing instant online comparison on flight prices for over 670,000 routes on over 600 airlines, as well as car hire, hotel and holiday price comparison.

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MyAlgarveInfo Online Travel Guide Sees First Quarter Traffic Growth Of 27%

MyAlgarveInfo, the leading online Algarve travel guide, has started 2010 with a significant growth in traffic – and the trend looks set to continue throughout the year. Comparing the last quarter of 2009 and the first of 2010, MyAlgarveInfo has shown an increase of 27% in traffic. Much of this growth can be attributed to the attractive new site design which was launched in December 2009, as well as many behind the scenes improvements.

MyAlgarveInfo Online Travel Guide Sees First Quarter Traffic Growth Of 27%

Part of the award winning global network of online travel guides MyDestinationInfo, MyAlgarveInfo is committed to constant improvement and development. In partnership with industry leaders such as bigmouthmedia and UK Fast , who count among their client base the likes of MTV, Barclays, Sky and British Airways, the site has been designed to achieve the best possible search engine results, to be interactive, fast and easy to use, and of course, full of useful information.

Fiona Butler, director of MyAlgarveInfo said, “Those planning on visiting the Algarve can find a wealth of useful and up to date information on our site. They can check the localAlgarve weather forecast, find hotels, plan days out, research the golf courses and read about the best restaurants and Algarve nightspots.”

With a team of local experts on the ground, the Algarve travel guide information is detailed and sometimes quirky. This is complemented with plenty of maps, photos and the use of visual media such as Virtual Algarve tours and videos to make a visit to MyAlgarveInfo as pleasant a user experience as possible.

Much of the traffic to MyAlgarveInfo comes from the UK, Ireland and Northern Europe – which mirrors the nationalities of foreign tourists to the Algarve. With a multi-lingual version set to be launched in mid 2010 (Spanish, Portuguese, French and German in the initial phase) traffic to the website is set to soar. The travel industry has changed radically in the last decade. More and more tourists now look to research and book as many services as possible before actually travelling to their destination of choice, as well as preferring where possible to deal directly with the local business.

Online since 2007, MyAlgarveInfo has seen impressive year-on-year growth.

“Unlike many other websites, we are not just a booking channel. We allow people who are coming to the Algarve to get in touch directly with local businesses. Say you want to go on a boat trip in the Algarve, or find out about golf lessons, or book a table at your favourite restaurant – you can ask the local company directly”, said Fiona Butler.

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Travel Experts Award Top Marks To Brighton Boutique Hotel

Acknowledging the service, location and design of The Oriental in Brighton, international travel experts Lonely Planet have issued a glowing review of this unique Brighton boutique hotel. From its origins as the notorious “Brighton Belle” nightclub, the hotel has long been considered as somewhat characteristic of the Brighton scene, and the venue – owned and frequented by locals – offers a true reflection of that certain Brighton charm.

While The Oriental terms its style as “shabby chic luxury”, the Lonely Planet review describes it much more pragmatically as “an excellent choice” and “a fantastic deal” indicating that the transformation from nightclub to renowned hotel has been successfully achieved over a mere matter of years. Apart from representing an unbeatable deal for weekend breaks, the hotel is an even more affordable option midweek, as bookings from Sunday through to Thursday attract serious savings with a range of discount offers available online.

Lonely Planet, one of the world’s largest travel guidebook and digital media publishers, writes that The Oriental combines Italian fittings with sleek modern furnishings and antique-style pieces to create comfortable, tasteful and well-lit rooms. The review covers elements as diverse as the stylishly modern rooms, prime seafront location and the “very hip, cosy bar downstairs.” The organic breakfast also rates a special mention, and not only because it’s mouth-watering and sourced locally (or with fair trade products stocked where possible), with vegetarian and vegan options available as well. Breakfast time at The Oriental can consist either of a full Sussex cooked breakfast or muesli, fresh fruit and yoghurt.

To stand out amongst the crowd is especially a commendable feat in this British seaside town, for when it comes to boutique hotels Brighton has somewhat of a unique reputation for creativity and charm. The Oriental manages to expertly blend Brighton vibes with unpretentious luxury, and really hits the mark with its relaxed attitude and lifestyle hotel trimmings.

About The Oriental, Brighton: A boutique hotel that offers that extra special something for its guests, The Oriental is a venue and attraction that has been linked closely with Brighton’s underground music scene over the years, and its time as the “Brighton Belle” nightclub has made it synonymous with DJs of the likes of Norman Cook and Boy George. The hotel project was originally the brainchild of one of Brighton’s more successful bar owners and entrepreneurs, and is one of the premier boutique hotels in Brighton. The AA 4 * Highly Commended Grade II* Listed venue is also catered for business travellers and is ideal for accommodation close to the Brighton Conference centre or the site for a quarterly business strategy meeting.

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ChamonixInfo Has The End Of The Chamonix Ski Season Covered

ChamonixInfo, leading information website, highlights that, although the 2009/2010 winter ski season is drawing to a close in the Chamonix Valley ski area, the action and the closing parties are far from over.

With excellent late season snow conditions and glorious weather, Chamonix is one of only a handful of ski resorts in the French Alps still open, with skiing offered at Les Grands Montets right up until the 9th May 2010.

Not only is the action still happening on the slopes of Chamonix, but also off the slopes. The closing parties are gathering pace and ChamonixInfo has updated, relevant information on all the parties, festivals and all-nighters the length and breadth of the valley.

To celebrate an exceptional year of snow conditions and as a final goodbye to the 2009/2010 winter ski season, the party venues include the pistes at Brevent, with an after party event featuring live music and DJs. Flegere will be hosting an outdoor dance night in Paradis les Praz – an idyllic wood cabin nestled in the pine forest, and no season in Chamonix would be the same without the legendary Freeride Days at Les Grands Montets full of tomfoolery on the slopes, fancy dress, music and dancing.

This year the Brevent, Flegere and Balme ski areas are due to close at the end of the day on the 25th April before reopening again for the summer hiking and mountain biking season. Les Grands Montets will stay open every day until the 9th May 2010, offering skiing up to an altitude of 3275m above sea level on the Argentiere Glacier.

Chamonix itself is unique in that it is a year-round destination with a ‘proper’ town feel, so once the winter season comes to a close, ChamonixInfo.com will still be updating all the activities and events information for Chamonix during the inter-season.

As well as providing essential information on what to do in Chamonix, ChamonixInfo.com has a full directory of all the Chamonix restaurants, bars, cafes and shops in the resort including visitor feedback.

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Butlins Family Holidays Searches For The Next Tracy Emin Or Damien Hirst

Butlins Launches First Ever Toddler Art Prize judged by the Contemporary Art Society. Today Butlins launches its search for the artists of the future with the first ever Toddler Art Prize, a prestigious competition, with a prize fund totalling £10,000, that aims to find Britain’s leading contemporary artists aged four and under.

Butlins Family Holidays Searches For The Next Tracy Emin Or Damien Hirst

“We’re searching for the mini Mondrians, weeny Warhols, and petite Pollocks.” said Mike Godolphin, Head of Entertainment at UK family breaks favourite, Butlins.

A panel of judges from the Contemporary Art Society – the leading national organisation which has been encouraging the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art since 1910 – will choose 12 pieces of submitted artwork for exhibition at a gallery in East London in October 2010.

The shortlisted toddlers and their families will be invited to an impressive ‘orange squash and canapés’ opening and award ceremony, where winners will be revealed and the first ever winner of the Butlins Toddler Art Prize announced.

The chosen 12 talented toddlers will share in a prize fund totalling £10,000 with the winning tot banking £500 in cash.

Entries can be anything from paintings to sculptures to installations.

Godolphin continued: “We hope to uncover the little Tracey Emins and Damien Hirsts of the future. And what better way to showcase Britain’s talented tots than with an exhibition of their work in the home of contemporary art – East London. Butlins has always encouraged creativity in children through art and play at Butlins’ Family Holiday Resorts, but this is an amazing opportunity to take it to another level.”

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Leading Comparator CarRentals.co.uk Announces Fairer Deal For Travellers Scheme

Popular online car hire website Carrentals.co.uk has launched a new campaign called ‘Raising the Standard’ to help get the best and fairest deals for tourists and travellers on their travel services and requirements.

Leading Comparator CarRentals.co.uk Announces Fairer Deal For Travellers Scheme

The programme will campaign to help people get hold of fairer services on travel, with Carrentals.co.uk having a mission to prevent consumers having to pay over the odds for services and to also limit heavy charges which can be levied on travellers.

The Raising the Standard scheme is located online at the new car hire forums and there users will find a forum, a blog and many downloadable papers which will advise them on all manner of travel problems they might come into contact with. Topics featured in the papers include car hire, flights, accommodation, holiday health issues, travel insurance and optional holiday extras.

People can go to the online forum to talk about any issues or problems they have had while on holiday and Carrentals.co.uk will seek to host future Q&A sessions with relevant travel industry experts to help people get the very best advice.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “Our goal has always been to give people more than ‘just’ great value car hire deals. Renting a car is only one part of going on a holiday so we are offering people an interactive resource which can assist them with all sorts of issues. Our Raising the Standard campaign will help people find the best advice and information and keep them as savvy as can be.”

Carrentals.co.uk has partnered up with travel industry experts including Questor Insurance, Zintech, Fly.co.uk and Self Catering Breaks to run the scheme. Each partner will bring something to the debate and advice offered by the Raising the Standard campaign.

Andrew Lawrence of Questor Insurance says: “There is so much information on the web today and a lot of it is ill-targeted and incorrect. The Raising the Standard forum will be the ideal place to go to find useful information and responses to personal questions on all manner of issues including travel insurance.”

Anybody is able to sign up for the Raising the Standard forum which is monitored at all times. Carrentals.co.uk will offer prompt and helpful responses to all consumer queries at all times.

To register for the Raising the Standard forum or for further information about the campaign, please visit the new car hire forums.

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MyMallorcaInfo Helps Local Businesses Through Social Networking

MyMallorcaInfo publishes detailed information about Mallorca across a wide range of categories including local travel, the weather, interactive maps, and events around the island. Like their counterparts around the world, many businesses in Mallorca have felt the pinch of recent economic events and have had to be more than usually careful of margins.

MyMallorcaInfo Helps Local Businesses Through Social Networking

MyMallorcaInfo previously announced that there would be no increase in rates for the 2010 season, but has also looked for other ways to assist the local business community. Wherever possible, collaborative partnership deals have been set up by the company, including with the renowned Pirates Shows and the latest scheme uses social networking sites Facebook and Twitter to offer reduced and free publicity to businesses who are fans of MyMallorcaInfo’s Facebook page.

Fans of the page are directed to a private page on the website, where the full details of the special offer are set out, and a simple form initiates contact. The offer awards all Facebook fans an immediate 20% discount, plus several chances to qualify for further discounts. Some lucky fans will get a year’s free publicity and may either have an immediate cash refund, or set the savings against some of the upgrade features available from MyMallorcaInfo, such as gold listings or a video/virtual tour package. In a further boost for smaller businesses, MyMallorcaInfo extended the offer to six month agreements, as well as installment payment plans.

Now in its third year, MyMallorcaInfo specialises in providing accurate and current information about Mallorca for visitors to the website, as well as actively showcasing and marketing their clients across the internet. Using leading edge technology and techniques, and through close collaboration with the leading full search agency Bigmouthmedia, MyMallorcaInfo ensures that clients receive better internet positioning than most can achieve on their own, at extremely reasonable rates for the coverage achieved. Unlike many other information websites, MyMallorcaInfo does not have any other spin-off operations and focuses completely on excellent design, excellent marketing and excellent customer service. The integration of social networking techniques is an important part of this process.

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Kuoni Exclusive Camp, Serengeti Bushtops, Is Set To Open In June 2010

Kuoni has announced that its exclusive new camp, Serengeti Bushtops, is set to open on June 1st 2010 just in time for this year’s famous wildebeest migration. Situated in the north west of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, this luxury five star tented safari camp is located directly in the path of the main migration route.

Kuoni Exclusive Camp, Serengeti Bushtops, Is Set To Open In June 2010

Just 25km from the Mara River, access to the tented safari camp is either by road through Arusha Lake Manyara, or by air via Kilimanjaro International airport and landing at the nearby Kogatende airstrip. Connecting flights to the Serengeti National Park are also available from Zanzibar, Arusha, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, with transfers also available between the Serengeti Bushtops’ sister camp – Mara Bushtops, a top destination for Kenya holidays.

Serengeti Bushtops has a number of specially converted 4×4 vehicles to take customers on wildlife adventures, such as off road game drives, bush picnics and hippo and crocodile spotting along the Mara River. Safaris will be offered on a private or group basis, each with experienced guides. The big draw will be the yearly migration of thousands of wildebeest which occurs between June and November each year.

To view this spectacular event, Kuoni has 12 specially designed spacious tents for guests to stay in which are open on three sides, and which benefit from wooden flooring, ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, a hot tub, private veranda, writing desk, small library and telescope.

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Iceland’s Volcano Goes On Giving Car Hirers Big Problems

With tourists and travellers having continuing problems with the Icelandic volcanic ash delaying and cancelling flights, award-winning car hire price comparator Carrentals.co.uk is advising tourists to enquire about cancellations and pick up delays.

Iceland's Volcano Goes On Giving Car Hirers Big Problems

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, said: “With no firm news forthcoming about when the ash problems will cease people are still having lots of problems with getting to destinations and picking up rental cars.”

“We have heard of many people getting stuck and being unable to pick up rental cars to get to holiday resorts, so we counsel contacting hire companies to find out about cancellations and delayed pick up policies.”

Iceland’s volcano situation does not look like letting up just yet so tourists and holidaymakers continue to experience problems when travelling.

Dinesh Kanji, Business Development Manager of Auto Europe UK, said: “We have received many calls about the situation in Iceland and as such we are helping people with free cancellations on reservations which have been affected by the volcanic ash. We’re also offering reduced rates on extended hires for people stuck abroad and they should call free on 0800 358 1229 to find out more.”

Carrentals.co.uk compares cheap car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, easyCar, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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In-Depth Ferry News and Tickets from ChannelFerries.co.uk

Taking a holiday by boat has become a more and more popular way of travelling for many people and travellers are able to enjoy in-depth news and resources thanks to website ChannelFerries.co.uk. The specialist online resource provides news and resources for cheap ferries online.

Many more people today like to travel by ferry when going abroad, and the leading website can help them to do so thanks to its in-depth resources. The site was bought and re-launched by leading online travel specialist ASAP Ventures one year ago.

The site offers users news about ferries to France and far more on top of this, including more news on ferry routes. ChannelFerries.co.uk allows tourists to get hold of news and views on many favourite resorts around the world as well.

ChannelFerries.co.uk carries news and information on lines like Brittany Ferries, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Stena Line Ferries, Hover Speed Ferries and more. Travellers are also able to get their hands on information on ports in England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Turkey and Greece, so finding information on Portsmouth to Le Havre ferries is simple.

Gareth Robinson, spokesperson for ChannelFerries.co.uk, commented, “We’ve had an excellent year this year since acquiring and re-launching Channelferries.co.uk, and tourists really do benefit from having all the latest ferry news and information in one place.”

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Superbreak Increases Rail Break Range With Eurostar

Superbreak, the York based tour operator has announced a new partnership with Eurostar, offering high speed short breaks to the cities of Paris, Lille, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp. In addition it will feature a new five times weekly direct service to Disneyland Paris.

Superbreak Increases Rail Break Range With Eurostar

Customers have the choice of either a two night package in a special selection of 2* to 4* hotels for 2 nights or they can tailor make their break deciding on the accommodation, train times and duration. With Paris only 2 hours 15 minutes f r o m London the continent has never been closer.

Superbreak already has a great pedigree as a rail breaks operator offering hotel and rail packages on the East Coast Mainline, East Anglia Line and East Midlands Trains. Customers also have the opportunity to add rail f r o m any UK mainline station to their destination of choice when they book a hotel. In 2009 the tour operator booked over 145,000 customers onto a rail package.

This strong rail base provides the relationship with great opportunities as Eurostar breaks can be created f r o m any UK rail station to the destinations above with a short connection in London. The relationship with East Coast allows Superbreak to offer 2 night packages f r o m any station on the network, as far north as Edinburgh or Glasgow to Paris f r o m just £154 per person based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room in the 2* Timhotel Gare du Nord which represents real value for money.

Chris Hagan – Programme Manager commented, “Rail inclusive breaks have long been a mainstay of the Superbreak programme and adding Eurostar, particularly f r o m the regions is a natural extension of this. Our customers will now be able to enjoy their high speed city centre to city centre services combined with Superbreak’s selection of quality hotels in Paris, Lille, Brussels, Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp and Disneyland Paris at great prices combined with the high levels of service synonymous with Superbreak”.

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Endurance Is The Key At The Madrid Marathon

On 25th April 2010, the beautiful city of Madrid would once welcome thousands of marathon runners and running enthusiasts from around the world to the 33rd edition of the Madrid Marathon, also known as Mapoma. Long regarded as one of the most beautiful marathon tracks on the international calendar, the Madrid Marathon is also more challenging at an altitude of 700 metres with a hilly terrain. The route takes the runners through a greater part of the city, starting at the Paseo de la Castellana, and passing through a series of magnificent landmarks such as Casa de Campo, Puerta del Sol, beautiful boulevards and parks. Madrid hotels are expected to run at high occupancy rate as thousands descend on the city.

Endurance Is The Key At The Madrid Marathon

The Madrid Marathon 2010 is more exciting this year with the introduction of the new 10km Run that starts with the marathon, with an early finish at the finishing line, giving them the opportunity watch the marathoners come in later. The maximum entry of 13,000 runners is expected to be met easily as the attraction also lies in Madrid being a city that offers excellent shopping, exciting nightlife and amazing dining experience. The marathon is also well known for the warm welcome and enthusiastic support of the locals.

Lee Lai Huat, CEO of HolidayCity.com and a running fan himself, commented, “One of the highlights of participating in the Madrid Marathon is the chance to take in some of the most beautiful sights in the city. You would also feel like you’re in one huge fiesta with the locals and spectators cheering on everybody throughout the route.” He went on further to remark, “It is definitely one of the marathons each avid runner should try at least once. With fantastic room rates and deals for Madrid accommodation from HolidayCity.com, runners can now choose to stay longer and enjoy what the city has to offer.’

HolidayCity.com offers attractive rates at the following Madrid hotels and many others:

Hotel Osuna Madrid (3 star)
Starting rate from EUR49

Axor Feria Hotel Madrid (3 star)
Starting rate from EUR50

Isis Hotel Madrid (3 star)
Starting rate from EUR80

Hotel Auditorium Madrid (4 star)
Starting rate from EUR93

Hotel Emperatriz Madrid (5 star)
Starting rate from EUR92

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