Industry experts give an insight into adventurous travel at the Olympia Exhibition Centre

Intrepid travellers planning their next big trip will get plenty of inspiration at the Telegraph Adventure Travel Show, held at the Olympia Exhibition Centre on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January 2012. Describing itself as, “The UK’s only event dedicated to discovering the world off the beaten track”, the show provides everyone from gap year students to polar explorers with useful advice from industry experts. Those coming to London to see the show can choose from a comprehensive list of cheap hotels in London provided by the website LondonTown.com who offer great deals on London hotels.

Explorer Doug Scott CBE, best known for being the first British climber to summit Everest in 1975, and Frozen Planet cameraman Doug Allan, who will be signing his new book ‘Freeze Frame’, will be among the panel of Daily Telegraph editors and writers giving free talks on their area of expertise. And each talk will be followed by a short Q&A.

The show features six theatres providing tales and information from a number of travel experts, writers and tour leaders. Topics in the Incredible Journeys Theatre, for example, vary from foodie adventures with Rough Guide journalist Frances Gordon to Summer Along the Silk Road, a talk by Wild Frontiers’ Jonny Bealby and Marc Leaderman, offering an insight into the unique cultures that have survived and flourished for thousands of years in one of the most remote corners of the world.

Whatever your idea of travel adventure, you’ll find plenty of useful information at The Telegraph Adventure Travel Show where the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and adventure logistic specialists, Tour de Force, will be handing out advice on everything from walking across continents to driving through remote parts of the world, whether it’s to raise money for charity or simply for fun.

There will also be travel photography and travel writing seminars to teach you how to blog and record your trips in style and how to turn your travel experiences into articles. If you are travelling to the show from outside London the website LondonTown.com can help you book accommodation in London close to the Olympia Exhibition Centre, as well as providing you with a directory of nearby restaurants, bars and cafés.

LondonTown readers can also gain discounted tickets to this event; to receive advance tickets for only £7 simply quote LONDONTOWN when booking online at adventureshow.com or by phone on 0871 230 7159. Please note: calls to the Ticket Hotline cost 10p per minute plus network extras.

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London celebrates the Chinese New Year with a free festival, food stalls and firecrackers

Chinese New Year in London is one of the capital’s largest public events with crowds of up to 250,000 coming to central London to celebrate the occasion, and in 2012 it is the first major cultural event of the Olympic year.

In 2012, the Year of the Dragon, Chinese New Year falls on 23rd January and London’s main celebrations – which traditionally take place on the first Sunday after the official start of the Chinese New Year – will be held on Sunday 29th January. Visitors arriving in London for the colourful and vibrant event can book into one of the London hotels listed on the website LondonTown.com which offers competitive rates and discount deals.

The free event and festivities, organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association with support from the Greater London Authority, take place in Chinatown, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square where the official opening ceremony begins at noon. The main stage then hosts a series of dance and music acts, colourful Chinese dragons, lions, acrobatics and firecrackers.

The popular lion dancers can also be seen in Gerrard Street, Lisle Street and the other streets surrounding Chinatown, the bustling centre of the Chinese community since the 1950s, which will be festooned with Chinese lanterns hanging overhead and splashes of red. On this special day Chinatown’s famous restaurants, renowned for their delicious traditional Chinese food, are supplemented by food stalls lining the streets.

It’s a great family day out with schools, clubs and community groups across London getting involved and there’s plenty of food and entertainment for younger members of the family to enjoy. For visitors arriving in London for the Chinese New Year celebrations it’s advisable to book a hotel in London before arriving. The website LondonTown.com has a comprehensive list of hotels in central London at various prices and suitable for every type of traveller, whether you’re treating the family to a weekend in the city or visiting friends.

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LondonTown.com provides visitors to London in 2012 with a useful guide to the best events in the capital

London in 2012 is going to be busy and to help visitors plan their year ahead the London specialist website LondonTown.com has published a guide to the most important events in the capital in 2012. There are two momentous occasions: the Olympic Games, from 27th July to 12th August 2012; and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which brings with it an extended weekend of celebrations from Friday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June. For those planning to visit in 2012 – whether lucky ticket holders or those wanting to soak up the atmosphere – now is the time to book accommodation and there’s a wide choice of London hotels listed on LondonTown.com to suit all budgets and requirements.

These two headline events may be the most prominent but they’re not all we can expect from 2012 in London. From the New Year’s Parade on 1st January to the New Year’s Eve celebrations on 31st December, LondonTown.com has every significant event of the year in the city covered in its events guide. Whether you’re into art or theatre, music or sport, LondonTown.com’s 2012 guide has everything you need to plan your next trip to London and events that will inspire you to visit in what will surely be an historic year.

From Friday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June 2012, over a million spectators are expected to take to the streets for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Diamond Jubilee to watch the Royal Barge carrying the Queen in full ceremonial regalia, the centrepiece of the flotilla procession featuring 1,000 boats and up to 40,000 people on the River Thames. This is just one of the events planned to celebrate the Queen’s sixty years on the throne. There’s an equine pageant at Windsor Castle , the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 3rd June when bunting and bouncy castles fill London’s streets, and the Diamond Jubilee beacons which will be lit around Britain and the Commonwealth, including one – to be lit by the Queen – on top of the Tower of London.

Millions of people across the world will be watching when London hosts the Olympics but the Games are not just about sport, with them comes the culmination of the four-year Cultural Olympiad which ends with the London 2012 Festival, running from 21st June to 9th September 2012. Of the thousands of London 2012 Festival events taking place, highlights include blockbuster art exhibitions by David Hockney and Damien Hirst, opera by Damon Albarn, and the World Shakespeare Festival. The weekend before the Opening Ceremony there’s the BT River of Music, a free music festival with six stages along the River Thames hosting bands like the Scissor Sisters and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

For those who love a bit of sparkle, there’s Strictly Come Dancing Live (27th-29th January), and Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on Ice (17th April), as well as the Steps reunion tour which arrives at The O2 on 19th and 20th April. There’s more music with the Camden Crawl (4th-6th May), as well as headline gigs by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (26th February) and Rhianna (6th July) who is playing her only UK performance at the Wireless festival in Hyde Park, just one of the many summer music festivals that take place in the city’s parks throughout June, July and August.

Annual favourites like Opera Holland Park , the Open Air Theatre at Regent’s Park, and The Proms at the Albert Hall are back in 2012 with new and exciting programmes while the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy , the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, returns for its 244th year. Meanwhile, sports fans are spoilt for choice in 2012 – as well as watching the Olympic Games they can enjoy the Six Nations Rugby at Twickenham, the Carling Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, and the London Marathon which pitches the world’s top runners against one another over the twenty-five mile course from Greenwich to The Mall by Buckingham Palace.

With so much going on in London, 2012 really is the year to visit, and LondonTown.com is the website to help you plan your trip where you can find regularly updated event listings, useful information on hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a friendly London expert to call (+44 (0)20 7437 4370) if you need to speak to a real person.

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LondonTown.com urges Strictly Come Dancing fans to book London hotels when they see the live show

The hugely popular television show may have finished for this series but Strictly Come Dancing fans can still get their fix when Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour returns to London for its fifth year, appearing at Wembley Arena on Friday 27th January, and at the O2 Arena on Saturday 28th January and Sunday 29th January 2012. With over 1.25 million tickets for the live show already sold over the past four years, the 2012 tour is sure to be hugely popular event and visitors wishing to stay overnight can go to LondonTown.com to book one of the hotels in London listed, many of which are within easy reach of the arenas where the show is taking place.

McFly drummer Harry Judd, a worthy winner of this series, is joined by his nearest rival Chelsee Healey and third placed former Neighbours star Jason Donovan. Ex-EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, Nancy Dell’Olio, former footballer Robbie Savage and ex-Olympic swimmer Mark Foster complete the celebrity line-up confirmed to date, all seven of whom will tour around the UK and Ireland for five weeks with the live show which is, once again, hosted by Kate Thornton.

The live show follows much the same format as the BBC series where the celebrities take to the floor with their professional dance partners to impress the judges with their moves – whether it’s the Tango, Jive, Waltz or American Smooth – to see who will win the coveted glitter ball trophy. This year’s judging panel features three of the four television regulars, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, who is also directing the arena tour for the second year running.

The couples compete not only for the votes of the TV judges but also attempt to win over the audience who can cast their vote via mobile phone.

‘Strictly’ fans – 12 million of them tuned in to see the final show – can ‘keep on dancing’ by watching the live show where the stunning costumes and the (sometimes brutally) honest remarks made by the judges are as much a part of the fun as the dance routines. If you’re visiting London to see the show, go to LondonTown.com where you will find a whole host of resources including hotels and their availability, nearby restaurants, bars and cafes as well as listings on other events and attractions in London.

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Touristlink Introduces A New Way To Share Places

Touristlink.com, a social platform for travelers, announces the launch of a new way to save and share places. Touristlink members can now easily add any destination, restaurant or hotel to a list and then choose from a variety of ways to display or share the list across the web. It’s a fact that people love lists. They are easy to read, keep us organized and are great conversation starters.

Lists on Touristlink are a fun way to share your favorite restaurants, surf spots, or mountain peaks you have climbed. A member can make any number of lists and is free to give each its own name. Some recent examples from the site include; “Mountains I have climbed”, “Favorite Beaches in Thailand”, “Restaurants I don’t Recommend to anyone”.

Members make lists by simply clicking the list button on any destination as they browse they site and then they can easily drop the location into anyone of the lists they have created. Once a list is created it is easy to email or share with friends on other social media. If a member unable to find a particular place he is able to create it and then add it to a list. Lists display across the entire web page and are free of advertising and other distractions. Members can choose between map and grid views when it comes to displaying lists. Every item on the list is connected to a place in the Touristlink database so it can be clicked on to get all the travel information and to see more pictures.

David Urmann, the founder of the site, commented that “We have seen a number of members who are travel agents use the lists to successfully market themselves. Travel agents and hotel owners with profiles on the site have been very successful at driving traffic to their profiles by constructing top 10 lists to get people attention and which tend to rank well with search engines.” Several hotel owners have reported positive feedback from customers after they constructed top 10 lists of restaurants and attractions that are nearby and then send to visitors after they book a room.

The founders at Touristlink indicated that this is just the beginning and in the coming months will offer members the ability to group together to make lists. The ability to share and collaborate is a function that the founders want to build into all the aspects of the site as it keeps users interested and involved. One founder commented “Sharing lists is a great way to share your travel experiences with other as it’s a way to add value for your friends and involve them in your trip experience without just saying where you went or what you did.”

Touristlink.com has been providing information on global travel since 1998 and went public beta with its new suite of social and marketplace features in October 2011. Touristlink is managed by GotripIndia the developers of visitusa.com and the parent company of hotelkhoj.com.

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Brits taking trips to Sunshine State in January and February able to get around on a budget

UK Families treating themselves to some winter sunshine in Florida this year can make the most of a budget thanks to the new Florida car hire prices sourced by Carrentals.co.uk. The award-winning car hire comparison site this week helps Brits book car hire at more affordable prices with deals to be had from over 50 famous name rental car suppliers.

Orlando Airport is the most popular place to collect a rental car when on holiday in Florida, and this week the Carrentals.co.uk site has been updated to offer the bestOrlando car hire deals available. Before travelling tourists can log on and compare car hire deals to book themselves a car from just £15 per day*.

Picking up a hire car on arrival in Florida lets tourists drive to their accommodation at their convenience or head straight out to see the famous attractions like Universal Studios, the Epcot Center and Walt Disney World. Thanks to Carrentals.co.uk sourcing the best car hire Florida deals around holidaymakers can enjoy the utmost convenience as well as value.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, commented, “Brits tend to head for Florida in their thousands every winter and right now we can help them to get more for their budgets. Our new prices sourced from all the top names are just the thing for getting people the best value possible when renting a car in Orlando this winter.

The Carrentals.co.uk service compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 10,000 locations worldwide. To compare the latest car hire deals visit www.carrentals.co.uk.

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Bespoke Hotels encourages visitors to Leeds for exciting city trips

Following on from a recent article in the Daily Mail, accommodation group Bespoke Hotels is encouraging people to visit Leeds for action-packed city trips.

In the article, writer Fiona Story stayed at The New Ellington hotel, which is owned and run by Bespoke Hotels. Ms Story gave the hotel an excellent review, saying that it is ‘one of Leeds’ newest and funkiest hotels’.

Stuart Ward, General Manager of Bespoke Hotels said: “The New Ellington has now been open for a little over a year and we have received wonderful feedback from guests and reporters. Prior to opening, we fully remodelled the Leeds hotel and have done our utmost to create a fashionable and modern environment for guests to stay in.

“The hotel is located right in the city centre and so is the ideal place to stay for city trips to Leeds, whether guests are visiting for business meetings or just to enjoy a thrilling holiday without jetting off to another country.”

The New Ellington is named after the famous jazz musician Duke Ellington and Bespoke Hotels has included a jazz theme throughout the accommodation. Guests will be just a short drive from some of Leeds’ best attractions, such as the Victoria Quarter, Headrow, the Corn Exchange, the Royal Armouries museum, Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute. The hotel is also handily placed close to Leeds train station and is within easy reach of the city’s main roads.

“As it is with all of our hotels, The New Ellington is a place where guests can fully relax,” continued Stuart Ward, General Manager. “We would like to take this opportunity to invite guests to stay with us in the New Year, when they can experience the many great attractions in Leeds.

“Leeds has an amazing culture, with a vibrant arts scene, delicious local cuisine and fantastic opportunities for shopping. Many people overlook the city for others within the UK though, but for a superb break in 2012 it is well worth a visit.”

The New Ellington Leeds city centre hotel has a total of 35 rooms, including two suites, superior and executive rooms. To book a stay at the hotel, visit www.bespokehotels.com now.

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Rezidor announces opening of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi

Rezidor, a rapidly expanding global hotel company, has opened its very first resort hotel in Georgia – the Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi. Featuring 168 rooms, the property is located in the center of the city, alongside the famous Batumi Boulevard.

The hotel offers its guests Batumi Accommodation from which to explore the Black Sea coast. It is conveniently located in the main business district of Batumi and is within 10 minutes’ drive from Batumi International Airport and 15 minutes’ drive from the Railway Station. The guests can enjoy several minutes walking towards the beach and Seaside Boulevard – one of the main attractions of the city.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi offers modern rooms including standard rooms, suites and business class rooms. Designed for comfort, the bedrooms feature trendy and modern interior design and come equipped with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet access along with world-class amenities from Anne Semonin cosmetics brand. The majority of the rooms offer scenic views over the Black Sea.

The Batumi hotel‘s two restaurants and three bars are aimed at pampering every palate. “Medea” Restaurant serves Radisson Blu’s signature “Super Buffet Breakfast” and is open for lunch as well as dinner. It also offers a live cooking station and a sea-facing terrace. “Medea” Bar, with its cozy atmosphere, is located at the hotel’s lobby level. “Clouds,” the grill Restaurant & Bar located on the 19th, combines equally picturesque views, grilled cuts and rich variety of wine selection.

Setting it apart from other hotels in Batumi, the Radisson Blu, Batumi also features a large casino, spamming over 1500 square meters. Casino Iveria features a variety of exciting games, along with the slot machines. At Casino Iveria, guests are given the opportunity to enjoy a unique and thrilling night out just steps away from the hotel’s lobby.

Guests can relax and treat themselves at the hotel’s exclusive Wellness and Spa Center by the Anne Semonin cosmetic brand. The spa is a unique and relaxing place, designed to awaken the senses with a calm atmosphere and scent of rare oils. It also features a health club and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Guests of the spa are invited to refresh and unwind at the indoor pool “Ozone” Bar.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi is also a business meeting, special event and Batumi conference venue. Fully compatible with today’s dynamic business needs, the hotel offers seven air-conditioned meeting rooms, including the Ballroom, all equipped with the state-of-the-art technology.

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Couples Can Travel To Caribbean For Under £2500

Couples who want to soak up a little Caribbean sunlight in the New Year will be interested to know that 7 night Kenwood Travel Caribbean Holidays can be had for less than £1000 a head.

Kenwood Travel, a respected name in the UK Tourism Industry with 30 years of experience, has great discounts on travel for dates in the New Year: the two of you could fly out to the Village Inn & Spa, Saint Lucia on the 10th of February for just £1949 with an Early Bird Supersaver deal. Holidays in stunning Antigua also offer fantastic savings during the same weekend, with 45% off (for a saving of almost £850) on 7 nights at the fantastic all-inclusive Grand Pineapple Beach resort, inclusive of flights (on the 10th of February).

With additional special offers on travel and hotels to the islands of Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, early 2012 is a fantastic time to experience the great cultural and natural wealth of the Caribbean. “February is the month of the traditional carnival on many islands, including Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago. Local festivals such as that at Holetown, Barbados, mean that the region has a pervasively festive feel.

“The Caribbean remains a favourite destination of travellers wanting to escape the winter gloom” observed a representative from Kenwood Travel. “With Britain battered by storms there has been talk of the mild start to winter giving away to something more severe as winter progresses. It’s a great time to get away”. Average daily highs in the north of the region are a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). Closer to the equator, the Caribbean sun can provide highs of 30 degrees Celsius all year round. Swapping sludgy white roads for pristine white sands seems especially appealing with those kinds of temperatures.

For couples too, a Caribbean getaway is understandably appealing. These islands offer romantic strolls, spectacular sunsets and other memorable sights to honeymooners, question-poppers and long time partners. Yet they’re also versatile enough to offer intense night clubs, lively beaches and the best company for a meal for two along with the region’s renowned friendly service. Whether you’re an energetic or more contemplative couple, you’ll find your own paradise in the Caribbean. So book now to avoid disappointment!

Based in the UK, Kenwood Travel have been dealing with hotels and airlines directly in order to get their customers the best deal possible for over thirty years. They sell a wide range of holidays to many stunning destinations in the Caribbean, Americas, North Africa, as well as the Middle and Far East.

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The Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol Announces the Appointment of a New General Manager

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol, part of the rapidly-expanding Rezidor Hotel Group, has appointed Christopher Peach as the General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol. Christopher brings managerial experience and a range of other hospitality-related skills to the position.

Christopher has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, spanning 23 years. Having started his career in 1987 as Commis Chef aboard the Queen Elizabeth II cruise liner, he has since held various management positions at different international hotel chains in South Africa, China, Bahrain, UAE, Turkey and Russia.

This new appointment has Christopher returning to his native Britain, where he will manage one of only a few waterfront hotels in Bristol city centre. Though this is the first time Christopher will work at the Hotel Bristol, he isn’t new to Rezidor, having joined the hotel company in February 2011 as Executive Assistant Manager of the Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya in St. Petersburg. His role at this Russian hotel was Christopher’s most recent position.

In addition to his experience in the hotel industry, Christopher holds a Diploma as Chef from the Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education in the UK. Acclaimed as a young chef, Christopher won the regional and national Junior Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs Competition, and represented South Africa in the World Finals in Germany. Among his many additional professional qualifications, Christopher holds a Master in Food Services Management from Cornell University. Though Christopher is filling a management role, and not working as part of the hotel’s food service team, his experience in this field will undoubtedly help him in his position as General Manager.

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Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden Offers Per Diem Rate

The Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden is to offer a per diem rate due to a change in location of its headquarters. During the next two years the US Army Europe, the Seventh Army and the US Army Corps will move to Wiesbaden and the hotel is therefore looking forward to welcome them as guests.

The per diem rate is a specific amount of money that an organization allows its employees to spend per day to cover living and travelling expenses in connection with work. It eliminates the need to create expense reports after their business trips.

The introduction of a per diem rate clearly shows the hotel’s awareness of the needs of its American guests. The city hotel Wiesbaden has already installed new televisions in its guest rooms as well as satellite television with more than 80 international channels and new complimentary high speed wireless internet access. The Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock Hotel, Wiesbaden has previously implemented these changes in other locations and has received positive feedback from guests and event organisers.

Historically there is a very interesting and exciting connection between the US Army and the Hotel Schwarzer Bock. After the 2nd World War the hotel was used as one of the headquarters of the US Army in Wiesbaden for 12 years. The hotel and its staff are therefore more than happy to welcome its American guests back to the hotel to celebrate the “re-union”.

The renowned hotel was, and still is, a popular meeting place for celebrities and dignitaries from politics, the corporate world, arts and science. It is also a place where the time-honored tradition of spa culture is lovingly preserved in a perfect blend of history and modernity. The Radisson Blu Schwarzer Bock hotel Wiesbaden offers 142 guest rooms and suites of Wiesbaden accommodation that mix traditional flair and timeless elegance with modern services and conveniences. All guest rooms feature air conditioning, bathrobe and slippers, as well as free high speed wireless LAN. The hotel provides 8 meeting rooms Wiesbaden ranging in size from 54 sq. meters (581 sq. ft.) to 195 sq. meters (2099 sq. ft.), with 6 modern conference rooms located on the 5th floor all offering fantastic views over the rooftops of Wiesbaden and capable of holding up to 230 delegates. 2 historic banquet rooms are located on the ground floor; a ball room and the famous “Ingelheimer” salon, beautifully adorned with wood paneling that dates back to the 16th century.

The modern spa, located in the back of the building, features Finnish sauna, steam room and shower while the thermal bath features a 5 x 7 m (5.46 x 7.65 yards) indoor pool with natural spring water averaging about 30 degrees C (86 degrees F).

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Warner Leisure Hotels Announces Early Christmas Present With Fantastic 2012 Deals

Exclusive UK hotel group Warner Leisure Hotels has decided to treat its customers to an early Christmas present by unveiling a number of deals for 2012.

The company, which provides luxurious accommodation exclusively for adults at 13 locations across the UK, has announced details of various upcoming festive breaks with special deals available to book online now.Easter breaks 2012, romantic Valentine’s Day getaways and Christmas 2012 offers can all be viewed now through the hotel group’s website.

Anyone looking for hotel breaks over Easter can be sure of a time to remember by spending it with Warner at one of the company’s nine leisure hotels such as Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales or Cheshire’s Alvaston Hall Hotel. Alternatively, book accommodation at one of Warner’s four coastal villages such as Gunton Hall in Norfolk, where you will be able to enjoy chalet-style rooms set in stunning surroundings with some of the best coastal views in Britain.

For those looking for romantic Valentine’s breaks 2012, then Warner Leisure Hotels can offer luxury accommodation, first class dining and entertainment to match. Midweek and weekend deals are available, but whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a magical experience that you’ll both remember forever.

Warner Leisure Hotels is also looking ahead to Christmas breaks in 2012 and anyone who is already making plans for next year can keep the festive mood going and enjoy great discounts by booking now and letting Warner’s expert hotel teams handle everything.

Jason Riseborough, Marketing Manager at Warner Leisure Hotels, said: “We thought we’d start celebrating Christmas a little early this year as a way of saying thank you to our loyal customers who are already planning their trips away for 2012.

“There are some great discounts on breaks away available through our website and we’d urge people to book in plenty of time to make sure they’re not left disappointed.”

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Heavy Snowfall on European Pistes Leads eRentals.co.uk to Advise Advance Car Hire Booking

British ski fans are booking car hire in all the top European destinations as heavy snow falls on resort pistes – and also branching out into less well-known resorts. The announcement comes from car hire website eRentals.co.uk, which advises Brits to get their ski trip car hire booked well before travelling.

The traditionally busy ski resorts throughout countries like France, Italy and Austria are experiencing high levels of car hire reservations, says eRentals.co.uk. However the website also points out that demand for car hire bookings in Bulgaria has surged by 50% compared to twelve months ago, as Brits look for more affordable, better value ski destinations. Among the most popular choices for ski trips this year is Bansko.

Briony Fairbairn, spokesperson for eRentals.co.uk, says: “As usual the ski resorts throughout France, Italy and Austria are proving as popular as ever this year, and we’ve seen high demand for rental bookings throughout the Alps and Pyrenees. However Bulgaria has surged in popularity this year as people seem to look for more affordable ski holidays in more unusual places.”

Thanks to budget airlines offering cheap flights to many destinations around Europe, plus also the availability of budget deals to rent a car in Bulgaria’s ski resorts, UK ski fans can get more for their money. The eRentals.co.uk currently has bargain car hire deals available from Sofia Airport starting at only £6 per day*.

Briony Fairbairn comments: “The heavy snow is seeing people book car hire in big numbers right now, and so we recommend getting organised and booking your rental vehicle well before travelling. This is the best way to avoid missing out on the type of vehicle you want plus also things like snow chains and winter tyres.”

Current ski deals include rental from £6* per day at Sofia Airport; from £17* per day at Milan Malpensa Airport; from £27* per day at Salzburg Airport and from £23* per day at Geneva Airport.

To compare the best ski deals visit www.erentals.co.uk *Prices are based on seven-day rental from 9 January 2012 and are subject to change.

eRentals.co.uk is a specialist car hire company, providing low cost car rental in over 12,000 locations around the World. Committed to finding its customers the best prices, eRentals.co.uk offers a quick and easy search of the latest offers, including car hire Cyprus deals and also in Portugal with Madeira car hire car hire available as well as deals in Lisbon and Faro.

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Perseverance And Hard Work Lead To Success, Says Bespoke Hotels Boss

Working hard and sticking at it are two of the main reasons behind the success of one of the UK’s leading luxury hotel groups, according to its chief executive.

Bespoke Hotels was established in 2000 and over the past 11 years the group has grown from having three properties to managing 52 across Britain, Europe and the Caribbean. Speaking to BusinessesForSale.com, Bespoke’s founder and chief executive Haydn Fentum said being flexible and appreciating that all hotels have key differences are some of the most important things to remember.

He said: “If I had to choose one word to explain our success I would probably choose flexibility. By listening to our clients and the hotel owners, we make sure we apply the right level of service to a particular property.

“We adapt well and that’s where we’ve won out over branded operators, because our properties are all idiosyncratic and quite unique to their location. We take a more bespoke or tailored attitude towards running those businesses. We’re not a one-size-fits-all hotel group.”

It is this approach of providing guests with unique experiences, matched with the best of British hospitality and the best possible facilities that has earned Bespoke Hotels an enviable reputation.

With properties that range from country house accommodation to boutique hotels in the centre of London, Bespoke Hotels has made sure that individuals, couples, families and business clients are all catered for. Every one of the group’s luxury hotels has its own character and charms, whether that’s helped by the addition of a luxurious spa, exquisite interior design or access to one of the best golf courses in the UK.

Haydn added: “Each hotel is specific and you need to play to your strengths. So we encourage the managers to push hard in areas where they know they’ll get success.”

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Jumeirah Celebrates the Opening of Vittaveli

Jumeirah has announced the opening of Vittaveli Maldives, the ultra-luxury resort catering for couples, families and small groups.

Located a mere 20 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport, Jumeirah Vittaveli is a convenient option for travellers visiting the Maldives and it is the second Maldives luxury hotel opened by Jumeirah in 2011.

Nestled in a spot of astounding beauty, Jumeirah Vittaveli offers 91 villa-suites, all with their own spacious private pool. The resort introduces a variety of accommodation options on the island and over water, ranging from 184 sq. m to 800 sq. m. Other feature highlights include three restaurants, a bar, a 1080 sq. m Talise Spa and comprehensive facilities for young children and teenagers.

Every consideration has been taken for the enjoyment of the younger guests as well as preserving peace and tranquillity for the adult visitors. The resort features Sinbad’s Kids Club for children from two to 12 years of age, and a teen club for those aged 12 and above, both offering interactive, fun and educational programmes for all ages. In addition a dedicated family and children’s pool has been created, adjacent to the Kids and Teens clubs

The Maldives luxury resort also offers specific children’s menus in all three restaurants and throughout the in-villa dining menu. Even the Talise spa has introduced special treatment programmes for families. ‘Aaila’ is the Maldivian word for family; ‘Aila Time’ invites families to enjoy an awakening of a personal reconnection, whilst the Aila ‘beyond’ journey educates young adults aged between 12 and 16 about the joy of spa, preparing them for a lifetime of wellbeing.

Another major focus for the luxury hotel Maldives is its gastronomic offering. Introducing a wide variety of cuisine catering for every type of palate, Executive Chef Kai Boeddinghaus, whose work in Kameha Suite in Frankfurt previously earned him a Michelin star, maintains a culture of excellence in the resort’s three restaurants, whether for relaxed al fresco dining by the sea, or cocktails and culinary sophistication within themed interiors, through his own unique style and flair combining modern Mediterranean and Asian influences.

Jumeirah Group has opened a total of six new hotels in 2011: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai in China and Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany. With new properties opening in Dubai, Kuwait, London, Rome, Azerbaijan, and Mallorca in the coming six months, Jumeirah Group expects to have doubled its portfolio of hotels, resorts and serviced residences under management since the start of 2011.

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Park Inn by Radisson Sofia Supports the Asen Zlatarov Orphanage

Park Inn by Radisson Sofia has pledged its support for children from the Asen Zlatarov Orphanage in the town of Vratsa, 130 km NW from Sofia.

The management of the hotel Sofia, together with Tabitha Foundation, donated 100 bedspreads to 70 children aged 7 – 19 who are deprived of parental care and live in the orphanage. With the support of the educational centre in Vratsa, children will practice their sewing abilities to fit the bedspreads to their imaginations.

It is the second occasion that Park Inn by Radisson Sofia supported charitable institutions in 2011. Earlier this year the hotel generously donated a large amount of used bedding and towel supplies to the IWC Charity Foundation. Pillows, pillow covers, sheets, cover sets and towels were delivered to the home for the disabled in Petrovo and to the Hospice Miloserdie in Sofia. Both of these institutions had a great need for these supplies and were grateful to have received Park Inn’s donated goods. The Miloserdie Foundation offers comprehensive care to terminally ill people and runs a soup kitchen throughout the year. The home for the disabled in Petrovo, in the Municipality of Sandanski, accommodates 87 children and teenagers, the majority of which suffer from severe mental and physical disabilities.

The hotel in Sofia, part of the Rezidor Hotel Group, will continue its commitment to society and expand the scope of such initiatives in the future

The Rezidor Group introduced its Responsible Business program in 2001 and was one of the first hotel companies in the world to devise a comprehensive social and environmental program across all regions in 2001, comprising the responsibility for guest and employee health and safety, respect for social and ethical issues within the company and a reduced impact on the environment.

Since 2007 Rezidor has supported the World Childhood Foundation, with social and environmental activities as well as fund raising initiatives being organized regularly.

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Tailor-Made Travel Specialist Announces February Savings On Barbados Holidays

Bridgetown, Barbados is just recovering from the celebrations marking its fiftieth year of independence, and now it’s preparing for equally colourful New Year’s celebrations. 2011 has been a spectacular year for the tourist sector in Barbados, with the BTA (Barbados Tourism Authority) announcing an 8 per cent rise in arrivals over 2010. And with British tour operators having to be ever more competitive on prices because of controversial Air Passenger Duty costs, Barbados offers some of the region’s most enticing deals.

UK-based operator Kenwood Travel has deals lined up year round for travel to Barbados, but they will be saving travellers hundreds of pounds this February especially. 7 day Kenwood Travel Barbados Holidays for two adults leaving on the 11th of February can cost as little as £2887. An all-inclusive stay at the adult-only Almond Beach Club and Spa costs an impressive £4224, with savings of over £600. And a family of two adults and two children can bask in the Caribbean sun for a little over £5000.

“February is a great month for travelling to Barbados” said a representative from the company. “The midmonth Holetown festival gets you to the heart of Barbadian culture with parades and local history events. Cricket fans might also want to book seats for the 2012 Regional First Class Cricket tournament which begins in February.”

Barbados has plenty to offer all year round. Festivals are a regular fixture, with the July Crop Over festival the largest of a long list of regionally significant events. Kadooment Day parade is the explosive August finale and a must for lovers of vibrant colour, calypso music and unbridled happiness. A Caribbean centre for sporting events including volleyball, cricket, surfing, yachting and beyond, there’s always something happening in Barbados.

Barbados isn’t an island where noise and activity are inescapable, either. Tourist activity is concentrated along the south and west coasts of the island: there you will find the cosmopolitan Bridgetown, the shopping and nightlife of the St. Lawrence Gap and the beautiful but busy sands of the island’s hotel-flanked beaches. A journey further inside the island reveals its natural beauty: over a hundred different bird species, mischievous green monkeys, three species of lizards and many more diverse creatures in a forested paradise with spectacular views.

Kenwood Travel have been finding the right tailor made holidays for their customers for over thirty years. A fully bonded UK-based operator, they deal directly with airlines and hotels for the best deals on Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Far Eastern, African and American travel.

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Aer Lingus Looks Forward To Summer 2012 With New Routes And Increased Frequencies

Aer Lingus has announced the addition of new routes and increased frequencies to its summer 2012 schedule.

The airline will introduce flights to Verona and Stockholm to the already extensive summer schedule on offer which has holiday options for everyone, whatever the individual’s budget or taste.

Along with these fresh new sun and city break destinations, Aer Lingus is also set to increase frequency on thirteen of its other routes, including Faro, Perpignon and Zurich.

Travellers can visit Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet, and enjoy its world famous summer opera festival. For those who wish to take in a few days by the water, Verona provides the perfect gateway to the scenic Lake Garda, less than an hour away. Aer Lingus will be flying to the Italian city twice weekly.

Aer Lingus will also offer new flights to Stockholm four times weekly. Describing the stylish Swedish capital as ‘cosy yet cosmopolitan and effortlessly picturesque’, ‘Lonely Planet’ listed the Swedish capital in its top ten cities to visit in 2012. The city boasts world-class museums and art galleries, most of which are accessible by foot for an easy, relaxing holiday.

Director of Communications at Aer Lingus, Declan Kearney said: “In keeping with our commitment to providing customers with excellent choice and great value, we have increased our flying schedule on thirteen routes and are introducing Stockholm and Verona as new routes, with more announcements to follow later this month. We look forward to welcoming our customers on board in summer 2012.”

Aer Lingus continues to offer great value and excellent service including advance seat selection; caring and friendly staff to welcome travellers and airports situated in central, convenient locations to make holidays as seamless as possible.

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LondonTown.com Enables Business Travellers To Book London Hotels For ICE Totally Gaming Conference

For three days, between Tuesday 24th and Thursday 26th January 2012, the ICE Totally Gaming Conference London’s Earls Court Conference Centre transforms this corner of West London into a centre of cutting-edge innovation. Gaming professionals from around the world come to London to visit this important conference every year, and those travelling from outside London can find cheap London hotels on LondonTown.com where accommodation to suit every budget is listed.

The gaming business is covered in all its forms at this annual conference with over 400 exhibiting companies active across the online, mobile, betting, bingo, casino, lottery and street gaming sectors. For those working in the industry this event is not to be missed, offering them the chance to discover the latest innovations not only in their own sector but across the industry as a whole, as well as offering valuable networking opportunities.

More than 20,000 people are expected to visit London for the event which presents a compelling programme of conferences, seminars and summits, providing trends, analysis and debate delivered by gaming’s thought leaders, as well as several free seminars.

The conference includes appearances from industry leaders like Global Betting & Gaming Consultants who will be speaking on the topic of “the betting and gambling industry in a turbulent environment” at the Society for the Study of Gambling’s event being held on the afternoon of Tuesday 24th January.

New for 2012, ICE Totally Gaming will be holding its own awards ceremony at 8 Northumberland Avenue on the evening of Monday 23rd January 2012, the night before the expo gets underway. The panel of judges is made up of twenty-two influential thought leaders. Kate Chambers, Portfolio Director responsible for ICE and the Totally Gaming Awards, said: “Everyone has responded so positively to having the most significant international awards as the curtain raiser to the most important gaming exhibition on the calendar.”

Visitors arriving in London for the ICE Totally Gaming Conference can book their accommodation through LondonTown.com, where they can also find useful transport information, closely situated restaurants, bars and cafes and listings on other events happening in London during their stay.

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Crowds Come To London To See Top International Bikers Compete In The ACU British Supercross Championships

Get ready for a white knuckle ride as the ACU British Supercross Championships hits London’s Wembley Arena in 2012. Round three of the nationwide championships, a highlight in any motorbike fanatic’s diary, will come to the capital on Saturday 14th January and fans visiting London to see all the petrol fuelled action are advised to book one of the many London hotels listed on LondonTown.com, where it’s easy to see the hotels’ proximity to the event venue.

Following the success of last year’s sold out three round series in Belfast and London, this year’s Supercross Championships promises to be bigger and better with a new additional combined series points fund to play for.

Those that follow the British Supercross Championship will not be surprised to learn that Neville Bradshaw has emerged as the man to beat in overall combined points for this year’s series. He’s closely followed by fellow Honda rider, Frenchman Nico Aubin, while defending SX1 and British Supercross champion Tom Church is in third place on points.

For those less familiar with Supercross, it is an indoor sport in which motorbikes race perilously around a specifically designed man-made dirt track, they tackle sheer jumps and breakneck turns resulting in a fast and furious show for the lucky spectators.

While this is an international event with riders from the US, Canadian, South African and Scandinavian, this year’s series has the best ever line-up of British stars – including former British Motocross champion Stephen Sword and defending SX2 champion Jack Brunell – which has prompted the creation of a new award called the British Nations Cup. This annual award encourages some friendly rivalry between riders from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – the two who accumulate the most series points win.

There will also be a chance to catch the future champions and youth clubman programme in between the pro-racing action. Expect a star-studded line up of daredevil riders as they descend on London for an exhilarating, two-wheeled extravaganza.

Book your tickets for round three of the ACU British Supercross Championships at Wembley Arena early to avoid disappointment as tickets are expected to be in demand, stay in London overnight using LondonTown.com to book your hotel and plan your visit, whether it’s for a family outing or a weekend away with friends.

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