Figure Out Figure In showcases Tony Cragg’s work in Paris

British artist Tony Cragg is the focus of an exhibition entitled Figure In Figure Out at Paris’s prestigious Louvre museum.

There are eight pieces by the Liverpool-born sculptor on show, including one specifically created for the installation.

Cragg, a Turner Prize winner in 1988, was invited to display his art as a counterpoint to the venue’s Franz Xaver Messerschmidt collection, according to the organisers.

They explained that the distortions and superimposed layers typical of the 18th century German-Austrian can be seen in a new piece by the Brit referred to as Untitled.

Bronze, wood, fibreglass and marble creations are included in the display, which highlights Cragg’s diverse approach to art.

It costs €10 (£8.75) to enter the Louvre. Cragg’s work will be on show in the Cour Marly and Cour Puget sections.

The building is closed on Tuesday, but open from 09:00 local time every other day. It shuts at 18:00 daily, except for Wednesday and Friday when it closes at 22:00.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk features a huge selection of boutique hotels in Paris that may appeal to art enthusiasts, including accommodation in the St Germain district.

Head to www.louvre.fr/ or call the venue on +33 1 4020 5760 to find out more about the installation.

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Find it all at Foire de Paris

The variety on offer at the Foire de Paris means everyone is likely to find something they are interested in at the exhibition, with stands ranging from travel destinations to cooking gadgets.

It runs from April 28th to May 8th 2011 and features three sections: home, leisure and world culture.

Visitors will find plenty of inspiration for luxury holidays and property renovations at the event, with exhibitors sharing top tips on how people can spend their cash.

To add to the fun, challenges and awards will be handed out during the fair for visitors and products.

The Foire de Paris takes place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Normal opening times are from 10:00 to 19:00 local time daily, but there will be special late-night showings as well, when the expo stays open until 21:00.

Admission costs €12 (£10.45). Concessions are available for groups and young people among others.

If attendees are travelling to the facility by Metro, they should alight at Porte de Versailles.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk offers a diverse range of accommodation in the city, including cheap hotels in Paris neighbourhoods such as Montparnasse.

Visit www.foiredeparis.fr or call +33 892 692 694 to find out more about the fair.

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Common set for Paris show

US rappers Common and Dwele will play two eagerly anticipated shows in Paris next month.

The pair will take the stage at the Elysee Montmartre on April 7th and 8th accompanied by their live bands.

Grammy-award winning entertainer Common – AKA Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr – has the headline billing and could give audiences a taste of his upcoming album The Dreamer The Believer.

It is due to be released this spring and will be his ninth studio LP.

In addition to the acclaim Common has received for his musical output, he has also racked up a series of high-profile acting roles over the past decade, including a part in Terminator Salvation.

Dwele has yet to break away from the record industry and his soul-based songs have built up a huge fan base in his native US.

He released W.ants W.orld W.omen last year and collaborated with Common on 2007’s The People.

Tickets for the concerts cost €49.90 (£43.65) and are available online or at the box office. Doors open at 18:30 local time on both nights.

Hotels-Paris.co.uk features a huge selection of discount hotels in Paris, including options in Montmartre.

Find out more about the concert by visiting elyseemontmartre.com/concerts#/concerts or calling the venue on +34 01 4492 4536.

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The Bolshoi Ballet to visit Paris

A run of performances by The Bolshoi Ballet in Paris will be a treat for fans of the genre.

The company will be on stage showcasing one programme from May 5th to May 15th 2011 and a second production from May 10th until May 14th, with all the action taking place at the Palais Garnier.

Flammes de Paris and Don Quixote will be acted out by dancers from the Russian arts institution.

While the former is a dramatic piece set during the French revolution, the latter is a classic of the ballet canon.

Alexei Fadeechev’s 1999 reimagining of the story will be performed.

The Paris Opera Orchestra will provide the accompaniment from music by Boris Asafiev.

As one of the oldest and best ballet companies in the world, the visiting group are sure to entertain newcomers and veterans of such shows.

“In echo to the celebrations of the Franco-Russian Year and after the Paris Opera Ballet’s tours in Russia, the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet presents a double bill,” stated the venue.

Tickets range from €8 up to €89 (£6.95 to £77.20) and are available online or at the box office.

If ballet enthusiasts want to book romantic hotels in Paris for their city break, they can use Hotels-Paris.co.uk to find accommodation in areas such as Opera.

More information is available at operadeparis.fr or by calling the theatre on +33 1 7125 2423.

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British Airways Announces Return of Malaga Flights to London Gatwick

British Airways flights to the popular Spanish city of Malaga have returned to Gatwick Airport.

The flights have now moved back from Heathrow and have doubled in frequency, with up to four daily flights on selected days. This will increase to 27 flights a week from June 2011.

Malaga is the gateway to the southern Spanish sun resorts and the daily flights are timed to give customers maximum flexibility when making their travel plans.

As well as its title of golf capital of Spain the region is also renowned for its wine and olive oil, beautiful beaches, luxury resorts, nature reserves and landmarks and museums.

The Malaga flights last operated from Gatwick in summer 2009.

Colm Lacy, British Airways head of commercial Gatwick, said: “We are delighted to be increasing the number of flights to Malaga from 14 services a week and moving the flight back from Heathrow to Gatwick. Malaga is an important route for our customers and we are delighted to add it to the excellent shorthaul network we have at Gatwick.

“With 29 destinations across Europe, British Airways Gatwick provides our customers with choice of destinations from sea and sand holidays in Thessaloniki to romantic breaks in Venice, wine tasting in Bordeaux or take in some comedy and culture at the Edinburgh festival.”

British Airways offers a wide range of hotels suitable for all types of city breaks in Malaga. Alternatively, Malaga is the perfect gateway to Spain’s beautiful Andalucia region. Avis car rental in Malaga is available with British Airways and offers customers the flexibility of a fly-drive holiday to suit their holiday tastes.

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British Airways Celebrates 75 Years of Flights to Hong Kong

British Airways unveiled their new First class seat to the Hong Kong market at an event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the airline flying London to Hong Kong.

At the same event the company launched a competition for residents offering a grand prize of a First Class holiday to London, during the Royal Wedding Weekend this April.

The lucky winner and their chosen companion will enjoy flights to London and back in First class on British Airways on Wednesday 27 April 2011, just in time to experience all the excitement of the Royal Wedding on Friday 29 April 2011.

“We are delighted to announce this competition to celebrate 75 years of flying between London and Hong Kong. The winner will be lucky enough to experience British Airways’ First class, enjoy springtime in the city staying in one of top hotels in London, and possibly catch a glimpse of the Royal Bride – it will undoubtedly be one of Britain’s most exciting weekends this year,” said Kevin McQuillan, British Airways Regional General Manager, East Asia.

The dream trip includes staying in a Grand Junior Suite for 3 nights in Europe’s first “Grand Hotel”. The Langham, London opened in 1865. Located in the heart of the West End, The Langham has one of London’s most enviable addresses commanding a position at the top of the elegant boulevard of Regent Street. The guests will also be able to enjoy Tea Royale in the Palm Court, a celebratory afternoon tea to commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William to Kate Middleton.

After enjoying a long weekend of dining, shopping and culture, taking in the sights of one of the best cities in the world, the winners will enjoy their flights to Hong Kong in First class luxury on Sunday 1 May 2011.

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The Rezidor Hotel Group Opens Hotel Missoni Kuwait

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world, has opened Hotel Missoni Kuwait in collaboration with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni. The unique property featuring 169 rooms is Rezidor’s second Hotel Missoni – the very first member of this young and fashionable lifestyle brand opened in June 2009 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hotel Missoni Kuwait is part of the Symphony Centre, a boutique emporium located in the shopping district of Kuwait City. Inspired by the Arabian Gulf and the culture of Kuwait, creative director Rosita Missoni combined her signature use of vibrant patterns and of bold colour, with the local look and culture.

Rosita commented: “Hotel Missoni offers a surprising experience of style, glamour and hospitality. The interiors are intended to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable. The brilliant golds, turquoises and sand colours take their inspiration from the land and sea of Kuwait. I am especially pleased with the creation of a palm and cacti terrace garden reflecting the precious local nature.”

The property offers 169 sea-facing rooms. The room rates come all-inclusive of world-class services including breakfast, laundry, high-speed wireless internet, free local calls, movies on demand, and the minibar. The hotel also features extensive meeting space, a modern high- performance aiming gym, a steam room, a sauna and a pool deck overlooking the city.

“Hotel Missoni Kuwait is a fantastic addition to the Rezidor’s growing portfolio across the Middle East. Opening a Hotel Missoni here is a true celebration for our company, as it was in Kuwait where we once opened our first international hotel outside Scandinavia. Hotel Missoni Kuwait will further strengthen our presence in the region and reinforce our position as one of the leading international hotel operators. A combination of design, lifestyle and technology will bring a unique lifestyle experience – as soon as you walk through the doors, you’ll know it’s Missoni,” said Kurt Ritter, president and CEO of Rezidor.

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British Airways Creates Transatlantic Shuttle Service

British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia have announced they will deliver more benefits to customers as schedules are coordinated across the North Atlantic and more destinations are launched in summer 2011.

From March 27, American Airlines and British Airways will effectively create a transatlantic shuttle service between the top US-UK routes by aligning the timing on their schedules.

The biggest change is on the Heathrow – New York route. Previously, five of the 11 daily flights to New York left Heathrow at almost exactly the same time, leaving gaps of up to three hours between services.

Now flights will depart every hour, on the hour between 1pm and 8pm from Heathrow. There will also only be an hour and a half between morning departures at the most.

Chicago flights inbound to London previously had four flights departing the Windy City at similar times around 5pm and 8pm. Now the flights will be evenly spaced, departing at around 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The 9am and 9.45pm slots will remain as they were.

Two of the three flights to Miami from London clashed around 10am, and these have now been split to leave at 10am and 11am. The 1.30pm has moved to 1.35pm.

The joint business will also now give customers the chance to fly direct between New York (JFK) and Budapest starting from April 5, and between Chicago and Helsinki, both seven times a week on American Airlines from May 1.

British Airways will launch daily flights to San Diego from June 1, marking the airline’s return to the route after eight years. It offers a great variety of hotels in San Diego suitable for all ranges of budgets and tastes. Customers can save by booking a flight and hotel package for their San Diego holidays at the same time on ba.com plus benefit from a 24 hour in-resort support and expertly chosen hotels which adhere to stringent health and safety criteria.

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Money Off Holidays and Flights Plus Eating Out Thanks to Latest DiscountVouchers.co.uk Deals

DiscountVouchers.co.uk, the website which helps consumers to save money at over 500 leading retailers, has announced new weekly codes and deals to help people get bargain flights, holidays and dining out.

New deals to be browsed on the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website right now to help consumers make the most of their budgets include –

• Tesco.com – £10 off first wine and champagne case orders of over £50
o £10 off a choice of wine and champagne on purchases of £50 or more for first-time buyers from Tesco.com.

• Booking.com – Save up to 75% off hotels
o Big savings on summer holiday accommodation thanks to 75% off more than 86,000 hotels in 15,000 destinations. Offer applies to deals reserved on the Booking.com website.

• Butlins – Save up to 45% plus an extra £20 Off May Half Term Bookings
o Taking the family for a fun break at a Butlins holiday camp is possible thanks to 45% off as well as a further £20 saving on May school half term bookings.

• LastMinute.com – London Restaurant Week – 2 Lunch Courses for £15 plus 3 Course Dinner for £25 in celebrity chef Michelin star restaurants
o Fine dining without breaking the bank thanks to this deal for two lunch courses for £15 and 3 dinner courses for just £25 at a Michelin starred restaurant with cooking by a celebrity chef. Deal runs during London Restaurant Week and is booked via LastMinute.com.

• Zizzi – 2 Main Courses for £12
o Value for money Italian dining this month through this deal for two main courses – including pizza and pasta – for just £12 at popular Italian restaurant Zizzi.

• Ask – Buy 1 Main meal & get another for £1
o More money off Italian meals this week thanks to buy one main course, get another for just £1 at favourite chain Ask.

• Canadian Affair – EXCLUSIVE save £20 on flights to Canada
o Big savings on flights to Canadian destinations – exclusive to DiscountVouchers.co.uk. £20 off when spending £298 or more, including taxes, on flights purchased from Canadian Affair.

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Treat Your Mother To A Cracking Experience Day

Do you often just buy the same old gifts for Mother’s Day? Chocolates and flowers and maybe a card? To really excite your mum, how about giving her a memorable gift? Experience Days offer a wide range of unique activities and treats that are perfect for your underappreciated mother.

With prices starting at just £19.00, there is huge range of packages catering for every budget. Here are some of the highlights:

Marriott Pamper Day for Two (£75.00)
This includes use of the gym, sauna, steam room and pool, as well as two treatments such as a massage and a facial.

Supercar for One (£75.00)
Drive a 400bhp supercar such as a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin. You will drive for three or four laps around the course with the help of a driving instructor.

Bungee Jump (£49.00)
Hurtle to the ground from 160ft and feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins. The perfect gift for a daredevil.

Chocolate Workshop (£50.00)
Make your own chocolates and learn your craft from a professional chocolatier. At the end of the day, you can take home between 30 and 50 truffles to share with your friends and family. A must for all chocoholics.

Zorbing for Two (£65.00)
Strap yourself inside a 12-foot inflatable zorb and build up to speeds of 30mph as you roll down a steep hill. This new craze that is sweeping the adrenaline-junkie world is as hilarious as it is exhilarating.

Afternoon Tea for Two (£35.00)
Enjoy tea and coffee with scones, pastries and finger sandwiches at the stunning venue of Throesby Hall Estate in the Nottinghamshire countryside. A very sophisticated and very British gift.

About Experience Days
At Experience Days you’ll find a stunning range of gifts, presents, experience days and party ideas. Whether you’re looking for the perfect romantic gift for a partner, such as a photoshoot, or adventure days out with the family, they have got the experiences to ensure you make it a day to remember.

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Door2Tour.com breaks records with Dancing On Ice 2011 packages

Door2Tour.com has reported that while the overall viewing figures for the 2011 series of Dancing on Ice may not have reached the heights of the show’s first airing in 2006, the coach holidays and short breaks website latest revenue figures show an unprecedented year-on-year increase of over 1000% in packages for the live tour.

The 5th live tour, hosted by Andi Peters and featuring skating legends Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, is showing at 7 major venues across the UK over 28 dates. Celebrity skaters lining up to appear include Radio 1’s ‘Comedy Dave’, Vanilla Ice and 2010 winner Hayley Tammadon, as well as Sunday’s finalists Laura Hamilton, Chloe Madeley and newly-crowned 2011 winner, Sam Attwater.

The incredible increase in breaks is thought to be down to the growing popularity of the TV series, heightened media attention surrounding catty judge Jason Gardiner, as well as the continued following of loyal Torvill and Dean fans looking to relive the moment the pair skated their way to gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics with Bolero.

Rachel Jones, Door2Tour.com’s Online PR & Marketing co-ordinator commented: “It’s unusual to see an increase like this for a particular event, but we believe that the emergence of other dance shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Comic Relief’s Let’s Dance and Strictly Come Dancing have made dance-related breaks overall incredibly popular.”

The coach holidays consolidator also believes that the success of this year’s live Dancing On Ice tours could be due to the profiles of this year’s celebs, like lovable Essex lad Jeff Brazier and Loose Women’s Denise Welch.

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NH Hotels to Take Part in WWF Earth Hour 2011

The NH Hotels chain has announced that it will once again for the third year running take part in WWF’s worldwide Earth Hour initiative by turning off the lighting on the façades of all its 306 hotels with exterior illumination all over the world between 20:30 and 21:30. In addition to the blackout, NH Hotels will inform and promote awareness among its customers and employees in order to encourage their participation in this initiative, designed to save energy and combat climate change.

Earth Hour, sponsored by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), is considered to be the most important call to action at an international level in the fight against climate change. As a result of this initiative, governments, companies and citizens all over the world have agreed to turn off their lights for one hour in a gesture of commitment to the environment.

In 2010, millions of citizens from 128 countries turned off their electric lights for one hour, in addition to the Sidney Opera House, the Golden Gate bridge, the Victoria waterfall, the Brandenburg Gate and the Forbidden City of Beijing. This year the number of homes, offices, official buildings, companies and architectural landmarks taking part over five continents is expected to rise.

NH Hotels’ participation in Earth Hour reflects the company’s ongoing policy of engagement and active involvement in safeguarding the environment, which has made the hotel chain a model of responsible business in the tourist sector. NH Hotels has calculated that during the hour of darkness it will save 1,386,086 watts.

In Spain and Portugal the chain will turn out the lights on the façades of 109 hotels, including hotels in Madrid such as the impressive NH Eurobuilding, as well as hotels in Barcelona, the NH Palacio de Santa Marta in Trujillo, the NH Almenara in Sotogrande and the NH Campo Grande in Lisbon.

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UK Travellers Enjoy Cheap Grenoble Car Hire with New Carrentals.co.uk Updates

Carrentals.co.uk, the award-winning online car hire comparator, has announced the introduction of new deals designed to help travellers to the south of France save money. The specialist website has introduced its latest range of cheap car hire Grenoble deals to help people heading for the ski slopes of the Alps or the Provence countryside to save.

If heading to the Alps or Provence then Grenoble Airport represents the most convenient place to collect a rental car, allowing travellers to start their trip immediately on arrival. The Carrentals.co.uk deals launched this week offer car hire Grenoble Airport deals which allow travellers to pre-book and have their rental vehicle awaiting them on arrival in France.

Carrentals.co.uk helps travellers to save money by offering the very latest and best rental deals from dozens of top suppliers including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt. The Carrentals.co.uk site is updated at all times meaning that tourists and travellers can always access the very latest money-saving rental deals.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says, “Saving money on car hire is a great way to maximise one’s travel budget if heading for Provence and the Alps right now. Our newly updated Grenoble car hire deals are the perfect way to source the very best value deals right now.

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UK Travellers can Save Plenty on Car Hire with Carrentals.co.uk

British holidaymakers planning a sunny break in Cyprus this spring or summer will find the lowest rates on rental cars by visiting the website of Carrentals.co.uk. This leading online rate comparison site has the current deals from dozens of the biggest hire firms out there, giving customers the freedom to save money on their hire car when visiting Paphos.

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is a classic travel destination, featuring the best of ancient Greek ruins alongside festive beach resorts. With a hire car you’ll be able to explore the island and get much more out of your visit. The folks at Carrentals.co.uk make sure you get the best rates on car hire Paphos going when you visit their website.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says, “Paphos car hire is the only way to go if you want to really get the complete Cyprus experience. Our website compares the prices from dozens of Europe’s hire car companies so that you don’t have to waste your time digging around the internet.”

Paphos International Airport is the ideal gateway to reach the island as fast as possible. You can save even more time by booking your cheap car hire in Paphos in advance, then simply picking up your vehicle once you arrive. While others are standing in line at the rental desks, you’ll be crusing on your way to the beach.

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Prospect of Royal Wedding and London Olympics Excites City Centre Hotel Brand Mint Hotel

Whilst the global recession has taken its toll across a broad spectrum of industries, forcing spending cuts, staff reductions and revenue depletion, the hotel industry in London has defied such a decline.

Its ability to not only maintain a level playing field, but to continue to grow year-on-year, has made the London hotel market a “bubble” of financial security amidst an otherwise volatile hotel sector.

For Mint Hotel, the fomer City Inn Brand, the figures represent an encouraging level of growth at an uncertain period:

“The improvement of average daily rate and revenue available per room over the past year is fantastic news. Although occupancy dipped slightly, levels have remained relatively high, and this will only improve with the upcoming events in London – the Royal Wedding and the 2012 London Olympics.”

That the London market has experienced such resilient growth in contrast with the rest of the UK is testament to the innovation and adaptability of London hoteliers.

The report on the hotel industry in London was compiled by an independent accountancy firm, whose findings have reassured the hospitality sector in the capital. However, some industry commentators have voiced concerns over the sustainability of such buoyancy.

The report found that the ADR (average daily rate) grew by 8.2% year-on-year in February 2011, whilst the revenue per available room rose by 4.1%.

Industry experts have commented on the significance of the coming months, asserting that “London is under-hotelled”. His predictions draw on the expected surge in vistors over the next 12 – 18 months as a direct result of the Olympics in July 2012.

However, with the recent opening of a new hotel near the Tower of London, Mint Hotel are less worried about their ability to cope with heightened demand:

“The latest addition to our portfolio is the Tower of London hotel, located only a few minutes walk from the eponymous landmark as well as the Fenchurch Street and Tower Hill stations.

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Slow Travel Italy: “Farm to Fork” Cooking Class on Organic Farm and VIP wine tour

Slow Travel Italy: June 5-Night Food & Wine Cooking Holiday in Le Marche 1550 Euro/Couple. “Farm to Fork” Cooking Class on Organic Farm in Central Italy

Experience Slow Travel, living as the locals and enjoy the culture, food & wine of undiscovered Le Marche. Including a VIP wine tour and “farm to fork” cooking classes at La Tavola Marche Agriturismo & Cooking School

Slow Travel Italy:

2 COOKING CLASSES:
Learn local, seasonal Italian recipes using produce from the organic farm in 2 hands-on cooking classes from the “farm to the table”. Fire-up the wood-burning oven & make pizza from scratch, delicate tiramisu & lemons in the oven, enjoy lunch alfresco & savor the dishes you just made! Then spend a full-day in the kitchen learning techniques & fundamentals creating lunch and an entire five course dinner including fresh pasta.

WINE TOUR:
Enjoy a half-day private guided wine tasting & tour with lunch by an Italian wine expert of the best family-run, most characteristic vineyards of Le Marche. Guests will have the chance to visit a cheese factory, honey producer, an oil mill, wineries and of course taste all those products.

SLOW FOOD:
The night of your arrival & departure relax with Prosecco in the garden & devour a five-course feast, prepared with fresh ingredients from our garden by candlelight with home-bottled Montepulciano wine from a local vineyard.

LOCAL LIFE:
Take a behind the scenes trip with Chef Jason to visit his favorite hidden meat & cheese warehouse for a tasting of artisan products from the area.

Space limited to 10 guests
La Tavola Marche cooking classes (featured in Budget Travel Magazine: 10 Cooking Schools in the World “Worth their Salt” and Food & Wine Magazine) are hands-on & truly from the ‘farm to the table’ with the first stop down to their enormous organic garden farm to collect fresh fruits & veggies! Everything you eat is local& seasonal! Chef Jason shares the secrets of cucina povera (peasant cooking) in full day & half day classes as well as custom packages.

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Travelzest has announced the launch of its Hotel & Villa Collection brochure for 2011

The 250-page brochure brings together four of Travelzest’s biggest brands for the first time, in recognition of the fact that some of its customers are interested in more than one company in Travelzest’s wide-ranging portfolio of luxury hotels and luxury villas. The included brands are Best of Morocco, Tapestry Collection, VFB Holidays and the Wow House Company.

Travelzest’s Hotel & Villa Collection 2011 brochure includes over 30 different destinations in regions as diverse as Canada, The Caribbean, Corsica, France, Greece, Ibiza, Italy, Morocco, Sicily, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK. The inclusion of all these destinations in one brochure is testament to Travelzest’s commitment to bringing together its portfolio for the benefit of its customers.

The brochure has been designed to appeal to discerning travellers with a deluxe look and feel. The outside cover is matte with spot varnish highlights picking out some of the most colourful and inspiring photographs in the collection. Inside, Travelzest customers will find plenty to inspire them: each destination, hotel, villa and holiday home page has been carefully designed to enhance reader appeal, with large colour photographs, inspiring descriptions and all the information they need to make a decision.

Travelzest Group has also opted to include minimal pricing information in the Hotel & Villa Collection 2011 brochure, because its customers can now find full pricing information at the Travelzest website.

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Real Time Hotel Rates Within Google Maps Results Embraced by The Award-Winning Mint Hotel

Earlier this year came the launch of a new Google Maps feature which aggregates real-time hotel rates – courtesy of various booking sites such as Expedia.com and Hotels.com – and displays them alongside the hotel results. This addition to the listings, in which average price and availability are now available as well as customer reviews and location, has received mixed reviews from industry experts.

While some view the development as a hindrance to hotels through the pre-eminent positioning afforded to Online Travel Agency (OTAs) booking options, independent city centre hotels brand Mint Hotel.com has not been phased by the latest addition to Google Maps. A spokesperson from the hotel company said:

“Although there is a risk of losing out to some of the listed OTAs, this does not have a huge impact on the hotel itself. In fact, for Mint Hotel, customers will always receive a better deal when dealing with the hotel directly.”

The average price is situated next to a drop down menu within which users can access a list of various sites on which the particular hotel room can be booked, and at what price. The idea was initially introduced to online travel agencies such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Priceline, whose respective rates are now available in real-time alongside hotel results.

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New edition of International Quilt Festival comes to Queen City

It’s one of the most popular hobbies in the country, one with a warm, storied past and an even more blazing future on the cutting edge of contemporary art. And beginning this year, Midwesterners in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana will get to see what quilting is all about at the debut of the spring edition of International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati!

New edition of International Quilt Festival comes to Queen City

“We are very excited to bring the show to the Queen City,” says Festival Founder and Director Karey Bresenhan, who also oversees other editions of Festival in Long Beach and Houston — the latter of which annually draws more than 60,000 attendees! “The area has always been rich with quilters and fabric artists, and a lot of them have never been to a show of this size before!”

International Quilt Festival/Cincinnati will take place April 8-10 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio . Classes will begin April 7, and Preview Night will be held the same day from 5-9 p.m.

Quilting is big business! As reported in the most recent Quilting in America™ survey, there are more than 21 million quilters in the U.S. who spend nearly $3.6 billion annually on their passion. According to USA Today, that’s more than is laid out by hunting/gun enthusiasts, fishermen, and golfers combined.

But you don’t have to be a quilter—or even know how to thread a needle—to enjoy so much of what’s available at the show.

There will be almost 400 shopping booths offering antique and contemporary quilts and fabrics, patterns, notions, and books for the quilting and sewing enthusiast. Festival visitors will also find everything from antiques, crafts, and home décor items to clothing, jewelry, bags, and other accessories.

On display will be over 500 incredible quilts and other works of fabric art in 18 different special exhibits. These textile artworks run the gamut from antique time-honored patterns to cutting-edge contemporary fabric artistry.

This year, Festival’s Quiltmaking Academy will be host to more than 60 classes, luncheons, and special events with a faculty including some of the quilting world’s most well-known and respected teachers.

For more information about International Quilt Festival, please call 713-781-6864 or visit quilts.com. Show hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri. & Sat. April 8 & 9, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun., April 10. Preview Night is 5-9 p.m. on Thurs., April 7, and admission allows one free additional day. Tickets are $10 regular daily, $8 students/seniors 65+, and $25 for a Full Show Pass. For more information or to purchase advance tickets online and print them at home, visit www.quilts.com.

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Carrentals.co.uk urges customers to book in advance to avoid paying elevated charges for car hire this summer

Top price comparison website Carrentals.co.uk is advising British travellers who want to hire people carriers and MPVs this summer to act quickly. A high demand is anticipated during the school holidays, which should cause rental costs to soar.

Carrentals.co.uk’s figures suggest that the best way to save money on your choice of large vehicle is by booking early. Prices could rise by as much as 50% in the next few months, especially in popular destinations such as Malaga, Paris and Nice, while the cost of hiring a vehicle at the moment is still relatively low.

If car rental prices in Alicante mirror those of last August, they can be expected to almost double in the next six months, rising from the current price of just £16* a day to as much as £31.

This was confirmed recently by Carrentals.co.uk Managing Director Gareth Robinson, who commented: “Hiring an MPV or a people carrier has become rather popular in the last few years, as groups of friends and family get together to share their holidays along with the cost of vehicle hire.

Booking car hire early can make a huge difference to your costs, as the difference in prices between March and August could be as much as £150, which was certainly the case last year.”

This is the perfect time to arrange car hire for August, as the current prices start from just £18* per day from Larnaca Airport, dropping to £17* per day when you collect your desired vehicle from Malaga Airport.

Via EPR Network
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