Europe’s Romantic Driving Routes Recommended by Carrentals.co.uk

British couples heading away for Valentine’s Day breaks this year have been advised on the most romantic driving routes to try. The recommendations come from award-winning car hire website Carrentals.co.uk.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “We invariably see higher levels of traffic at this time of year as British couples get ready to enjoy a romantic weekend away somewhere for Valentine’s Day.”

“More and more people are looking into different destinations instead of the typical city break – and renting a car allows them to explore the region that much more. With that in mind we’ve recommended some of the most romantic European drives that we know of for Valentine’s Day”.

Carrentals.co.uk Top 5 Romantic Driving Locations:

1. Amalfi Coast, Italy – Perhaps Italy’s most breathtaking driving route, the road along the Amalfi Coast comprises quaint fishing villages, picturesque ports, great cafés and some fantastic restaurants. The route connects the two popular tourist destinations of Sorrento and Salerno.

2. Champagne, France – A fantastic drive through the heart of French wine country, this 220 kilometre romantic drive includes visits to some of the region’s most celebrated vineyards and wine producers.

3. West Coast of Scotland – A world away from England, the West Coast of Scotland and Argyllshire is one of the most romantic and picturesque drives in all of Europe. Take a trip to some historic castles, visit great Whisky distilleries, and enjoy the views out over the sea from some of Scotland’s prettiest ports.

4. Seville, Spain – Orange groves and white walled villages make up one of Spain’s prettiest and most romantic drives. Visiting couples can enjoy seeing the gardens at Barrio de Santa Cruz and the Guadalquivir River is a real highlight.

5. Romantic Road, Germany– Germany is renowned for some of the most beautiful drives in Europe and the Romantic Road is perfect for Valentine’s Day. The journey takes in ancient churches, gothic castles and some fantastic restaurants.

Carrentals.co.uk is the UK’s leading car hire comparison site providing cheap car hire in over 15,000 locations worldwide including Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, with pick up locations including car hire Faro offers and car hire Faro Airport deals.

To compare the latest car hire deals for a Valentine’s Day getaway visit www.carrentals.co.uk.

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Deals on London Hotels for League Cup Final

On February 26 th , the Carling Cup Final will take place at Wembly Stadium. To coincide with the big day, London hotels website LondonTown.com are offering a number of discounted rooms at selected hotels close to Wembley.

Liverpool fended off Man City in their second leg tie this week to advance to the final. They will meet Cardiff, who beat Crystal Palace in a dramatic penalty shootout on Tuesday. It’s the second league cup final for Cardiff, who hope to emulate the success of last year’s underdogs Birmingham, who beat Arsenal 2-1, winning their first major trophy in nearly half a century.

The first domestic trophy of the premiership season, the Carling Cup Final will kick off at Wembley Stadium at 3pm. Fans should visit the clubs websites to secure tickets.

For travelling supporters, the announcement from LondonTown.com will be welcome. Among the London hotels on offer, the four-star Wembley Plaza is just 5 minutes walk from the stadium. Deluxe double rooms are available the night of the game for 61 pounds – a 78% reduction on the standard rate.

An even bigger discount of 84% is available at Ealing’s Crowne Plaza. From 67 pounds, a double room is available over the course of cup final weekend. A four star luxury townhouse, the Crowne Plaza is two miles from Wembley Stadium. For the London hotels featured, and to find out more information on events at Wembley Stadium including the Carling Cup Final, visit LondonTown.com.

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New YouTube channel now available for Excess Baggage

One of the leading baggage shipping companies in the world has recently created its own YouTube channel. Excess Baggage, which operates from over 300 countries, has included helpful videos to aid customers.

The videos are designed to show potential customers exactly what Excess Baggage could do for them and just how they operate. There are currently three videos available on the channel but further ones are to be uploaded soon.

Excess Baggage can assist with baggage shipping, UK imports and car shipping. The company also has facilities in some of the world’s biggest airports and UK train stations to assist travellers. There are storage services and luggage shops that people can buy new suitcases from and have delivered direct to their door. Other services, such as international removals, can be found through Excess Baggage’s sister site, Excess International Movers.

David Elliott, Chairman of Excess Baggage said: “We’re very pleased to have launched our YouTube channel, ExcessBaggageTV, and hope that many people find it useful.”

One of the YouTube videos uploaded to the YouTube channel shows how handy the company’s Bag Wrap service can be. As the video explains, Bag Wrap can stop suitcases from spilling open during travel, be it to an overseas destination or within the United Kingdom, as well as preventing people from stowing illegal goods in luggage and ensuring that no damage can be done to suitcases while in transit. It takes just a couple of minutes for Excess Baggage to effectively wrap luggage and the service is available at all Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airport terminals.

Another of the company’s services that is described on the YouTube channel is that of Baggage Shipping; which is an effective way to transport your belongings to practically any location in the world. Whether you will be relocating there or simply going on a holiday, using the Excess Baggage service can relieve you of the difficult experience of travelling with too much luggage.

To watch the videos available on Excess Baggage’s YouTube channel, search for ExcessBaggageTV now.

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Brits Book Rental Cars in Eastern Europe for Valentine’s Day Says eRentals.co.uk

Cities throughout Eastern Europe have seen a big jump in car hire bookings ahead of Valentine’s Day 2012 as Brits look to get themselves a value for money romantic break this year. The news comes from online car hire bookings specialist eRentals.co.uk.

The eRentals.co.uk website has taken more bookings than ever for unusual destinations throughout Eastern Europe, such as Sofia in Bulgaria, Prague in the Czech Republic, Bratislava in Slovakia and Krakow in Poland. These destinations according to eRentals.co.uk are more popular this year as Brits look to source the best value possible for a Valentine’s Day break.

Briony Fairbairn, spokesperson for eRentals.co.uk, comments: “France is popular as ever with romantic Brits this year but there’s been a surge in demand for places in Eastern Europe too. Cheap air fares and the availability of good value hotels throughout that region have made it more attractive to UK tourists this Valentine’s Day.”

“There is also demand for car hire in Eastern European ski resorts as people look to get away for a romantic ski break too.”

Consumers can log on to eRentals.co.uk right now and find car hire deals available such as three days’ rental from Sofia airport for £20, Krakow airport for £40 and Budapest airport from £40. eRentals.co.uk also reports additional demand for car hire deals in Faro, Malta and Bordeaux ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Briony continued: “People are definitely taking Valentine’s Day trips to different places this year, and we can help them to get more for their money while there with some great value deals.”

eRentals.co.uk is a specialist car hire company, providing cheap car hire 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 Sicily car hire and car hire Sardinia deals.

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Second Carrentals.co.uk ‘Book & Donate’ Day Set to Raise Money for StreetSmart

Online car hire comparison specialist Carrentals.co.uk will this coming January 25th hold its second ‘Book & Donate’ day in aid of homeless charity StreetSmart. The day will see Carrentals.co.uk donate £1 per booking to the leading homeless charity group.

The first Carrentals.co.uk ‘Book & Donate’ day was hosted on January 11 2012 and succeeded in raising over £330 for StreetSmart. The money contributes to the great work done by StreetSmart – the group helps to fund education, training, housing and health initiatives for homeless people around the UK. The group works with 90 UK homeless charities and has the support of celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Neil Morrissey and Richard Bacon.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “The response to our first ever ‘Book & Donate’ day was great, and we raised more than £330 for StreetSmart. As such we have decided we will host more similar days, where every car hire booking made through Carrentals.co.uk will create a £1 donation to StreetSmart.”

“We are hoping that our site users planning to rent a car this winter will consider booking it on a ‘Book & Donate’ day to help StreetSmart out,” Gareth continues. “As ever we also recommend advance booking to get the best deals and plenty of choice – rental cars are in high demand right now and people can end up paying over the odds if they wait too long.”

Carrentals.co.uk has more ‘Book & Donate’ days scheduled for later in 2012 with days already booked for February 8th and 22nd, and March 7th and 21st.

StreetSmart operates large fundraising campaigns and events every November and December, working with leading UK restaurants to raise money. Leading names like Nobu, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay all feature, with the restaurants adding a £1 donation to diners’ bills to help generate funds for StreetSmart.

Glenn Pougnet, director of StreetSmart, comments: “We are of course hugely pleased that Carrentals.co.uk has chosen to continue running Book & Donate days, they made such a great job of the first one. We sincerely hope that Carrentals.co.uk website users will book their cars on these days to help raise funds for our UK homeless projects.”

Carrentals.co.uk is the UK’s leading car rental comparison site, comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide.

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Discounted Hotels in London Announced for Banff Film Festival

The annual Banff Mountain Film Festival is doing a four-night run in London this February. Specializing in adventure, extreme sports and environmental films, the festival leaves its home in Banff, Canada to come to London between February 21 st -24 th , before embarking on a world tour of the highlights. The festival is taking place at Union Chapel, with tickets costing £12.50.

To coincide with the festival leading London events website, LondonTown.com, has announced discount rates on a number of hotels in London, close to Union Chapel. Available for the duration of the festival, bookings must be made through LondonTown.com in order to take advantage of the reduced rates.

Deals include a deluxe double room at Islington’s Hilton from £101 – an 81% discount. Less than 15 minutes walk from Union Chapel, and right next to the Business Design Centre.

The main event in Banff is held every November. It showcases the world’s greatest mountain filmmakers, screening the year’s best shorts, features and documentaries to audiences of adventure sports enthusiasts and mountain climbers.

Films showing at the London leg – which kicks off the tour – include ‘The Swiss Machine’, a documentary on Ueli Steck, the legendary speed alpinist, and Azadi: Freedom, a short taking a political look at Kashmir through the eyes of its skiing community.

To take advantage of the hotel deals, and to book tickets and learn more about theBanff Mountain Film Festival, visit LondonTown.com.

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Cass County Historical Society in Harrisonville, Missouri Starts New Fundraiser

he Cass County Historical Society is proud to announce their new annual fund raiser, Gun-A-Week raffle – 52 Guns in 52 Weeks. This raffle is sure to bring excitement to gun collectors and gun enthusiasts alike. Purchase one ticket at $50 each and enjoy a chance to potentially win 52 guns in one year. This is a spectacular opportunity because win or lose, your ticket goes back into the drawing. There are only 1500 tickets to be sold and 1st gun to be drawn at the Cass County Historical Society, Inc. annual Legacy Event on February 18, 2012 at Twin Pines Country Club. Purchaser does not have to be present to win. Please visit their website to apply for raffle and purchase tickets. Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime.

About Cass County Historical Society
The Cass County Historical Society, Inc. will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of its people by connecting them with their past, present, and future.

The Cass County Historical Society, Inc. was organized in 1965 for the purpose of discovering, collecting and preserving material which identifies and illustrates the history of this area. We collect material illustrative of life conditions, events and activities of the past and present. The society has published books dealing with family histories, a history of Harrisonville, cemetery guides, calendars, and reprinted plat books.

The society provides for the preservation of such material and makes it accessible to the public in the Margaret Wade Archives, located in the Cass County Information Center at 400 E. Mechanic. There it houses many county records such as probate packets, deed books and indices, court records, marriage records, tax records, etc. Volunteers have prepared indices for birth and death records, census and marriage records, and over 60,000 obituaries to name a few.

In addition, the society maintains the 1835 Sharp-Hopper Log Cabin and uses it to showcase the pioneer heritage of the county.

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London Celebrates New Year, Chinese Style

Regarded as perhaps the most spectacular Chinese New Year event in the west, London’s celebrations are set to be bigger than ever in 2012, the Year of the Dragon.

To help mark the occasion, the city’s premier information and booking website, LondonTown.com, have partnered with a number of the best hotels in London to bring discounts to the visiting hordes.

The Chinese New Year itself falls on 23 rd January, but the parade in London takes place on Sunday 29 th . Starting at 10am, a 300,000 strong parade wends its way through the heart of London’s West End. Setting off from (where else?) Chinatown, the parade continues on through Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road and Rupert Street, climaxing at Trafalgar Square, where dancing lions will frolic around the square’s famous, rather more permanent ones.

Guest speakers include Mr. Liu Xiaming, the Chinese Ambassador to London, and Boris Johnson, the London Mayor. At midday, music, dancing and acrobatic performances begin on a specially-erected stage in Trafalgar Square, with a second stage at Shaftesbury Avenue hosting more celebrations with local community groups and schools. Official performances end at 6pm, but the revelry is expected to carry on late into the night, with plenty of impromptu street parties and food stalls pitching up across the capital.

Hotels deals courtesy of LondonTown.com include the Hilton Trafalgar, just 2 minutes walk from it’s namesake square. When booking through LondonTown.com, guests can take advantage of an 84% discount on the standard rate for a double room. For £119, stay almost in the shadow of Nelson’s Column, in four star luxury. At this Hilton, classical London meets modern metropolis, with minimal design, impressive technology in every room and even a DJ in the bar, all adding to the feel of chic modernity.

See the LondonTown website for more hotels in London, and to discover more about the 2012 Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Bespoke Hotels has taken over a long-term lease and the management of the Cotswold House hotel and Noel Arms in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Bespoke Hotels has taken over a long-term lease and the management of the Cotswold House hotel and Noel Arms in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.

The hotel management company, which has a portfolio of more than 50 properties, has acquired the lease of the two hotels from Egyptian-based Concorde Hotel Management. Concorde bought the hotels in 2007 from Ian and Christa Taylor, who ran the properties for eight years and won three Cateys: the Best Independent Marketing Campaign awards in 2005 and 2007 and the Hotel of the Year – Independent award in 2005.

Bespoke Hotels said it planned to restore the two properties to a prominent place within the community. The group’s chief executive, Haydn Fentum, said he was optimistic that trade could be developed among both locals and visitors.

“Our first task is to build relations with all of the local people,” he said. “We really want to play our part in the local business community and help bring more trade and visitors to the area.”

Former Acorn Award winner Julian Ebbutt, who has previously worked at the Lygon Arms and the Bath Spa, has been appointed general manager of the 28-bedroom Cotswold House hotel and the 27-bedroom Noel Arms.

“I’ll be focusing on building up levels of service and hospitality in both hotels and also working hard to put all of our restaurants back on the map,” he said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity because there is so much going on in Chipping Campden and we want to be right at the heart of that.”

Another Cotswold hotel of merit in the Bespoke portfolio is Wyck Hill House in Stow-on-the-Wold, as well as the Frogmill near Cheltenham. The company will also be opening Wood Norton Hall in Evesham later this year.

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LondonTown.com advises Nearly Weds to visit the UK Wedding Show

Whether the big day is coming soon, on the distant horizon or just something you’re thinking about, pop along (regardless of whether the question has yet to be popped) to the UK Wedding Show at the Excel Centre, London. Running from 4 – 5 February 2012, say ‘I do’ to the wedding event of the year! LondonTown.com, experts in everything London -especially hotels in London – host all the necessary information and is the perfect place for users to find helpful maps, ticket prices and location help. For those coming outside of London to visit the UK Wedding Show (definitely worth the trip), choose from the range of cheap hotels in London on LondonTown.com that are immediately available and are helpfully situated in locations such as nearby Docklands.

The UK Wedding Show promises to be a smash hit. You don’t have to be a fan of theBridesmaids film or collect piles of wedding magazines in order to enjoy it. Designed for couples from every background and budget, Bridezillas beware that the event sports an atmosphere of total calm! The show offers everything a couple needs to organise their dream wedding; from planning the actual day, colour scheme ideas, wedding dress designs and men’s formal suit hire.

With over 150 stands of wedding goodies, the nuptial delights on offer will provide inspiration for those just starting to plan their day, to on-the-spot help for couples whose big day is on the very near horizon. As well as designer wedding dresses and suit hire, there is also a selection of high-end wedding garb from more affordable high street brands, as well as an award-winning fashion show taking place at numerous points throughout the day.

Visit the UK Wedding show and prepare to be amazed; gasp at some truly amazing dresses (Kate and Pippa Middleton wannabies take note), bask in bouquets of fragrant floral arrangements and leave with a smile on your face clutching a free wedding show goody bag. For further information, visit http://www.theUKweddingshows.co.uk.

Excited? Prepare your trip to London now. And why not consider one of the many luxurious hotels in London as part of your honeymoon? A weekend in the capital before jetting off to sunnier climes may be the mini break you’re looking for.

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New DiscountVouchers.co.uk Deals Offer Money Off Winter Holidays and Days Out

UK consumers can enjoy winter holiday and day out bargains thanks to new deals introduced by retail deals website DiscountVouchers.co.uk this week. The voucher codes specialist has sourced new deals to help people save money at First Choice, Premier Inn and Chessington World of Adventures throughout January and February.

The DiscountVouchers.co.uk site is updated in real time to always give consumers access to the latest deals from more than 800 top retailers. This January the website is home to money off holidays from First Choice, including ski trips and sunshine breaks – new First Choice discount codesinclude family holidays from £134 and also ski deals from £200 plus 10% off all January 2012 bookings.

The new deals sourced by DiscountVouchers.co.uk can also help UK travellers save on places to stay around the UK thanks to money off deals for Premier Inn. The popular hotel chain is available on a budget thanks to DiscountVouchers.co.uk offering new Premier Inn discount codes online such as Premier Saver – Rooms From £29 and kids stay free – under 16s stay and eat breakfast for free.

This January also sees DiscountVouchers.co.uk offering savings at leading UK theme park Chessington World of Adventures. Mums and dads throughout the country can log on to DiscountVouchers.co.uk and download new Chessington World of Adventures vouchers which include save up to 25% when you book online and also save 40% on group tickets.

Doug Scott, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, says, “At DiscountVouchers.co.uk we try to help our site users save money on all kinds of
things and at all times of year. This winter, with post-Christmas budgets remaining tight, we’re offering top brand holidays, hotel rooms and family days on a budget.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

For more information visit www.discountvouchers.co.uk.

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Enjoy a York Hotel Break in ‘Britain’s Eternal City’

A new short break package has been launched in York to coincide with the major new TV drama “Eternal Law”, the first episode of which is being shown on ITV this week.

“The Eternal City Break” has been created by The Grange Hotel, one of the leading hotels in York, to attract TV viewers who are expected to tune into this new legal drama in their millions.

The drama has been created by the writers behind the award-winning “Ashes to Ashes” and “Life on Mars” and was filmed in and around the city of York last summer.

Telling the story of angels who are sent to Earth as lawyers with the task of doing good, “Eternal Law” will showcase York’s numerous attractions including York Minster, Stonegate, The Shambles, St William’s College, York Art Gallery and the National Railway Museum.

According to actor Samuel West, the City of York is “beautiful in every sense and is a major character in the drama”. Greg Dyke, the former BBC Director-General, has gone further and described York as “the Dubrovnik of the North”. Other attractions, such as the City Walls, the Jorvik Viking Centre and the Castle Museum (which is actually located opposite the city’s main Law Courts), are also expected to benefit from the coverage that the city will get on ITV over the coming weeks.

The “Eternal City Break” is available at The Grange hotel in York between Sundays and Fridays until the end of March, and includes two nights’ accommodation, and dinner on one evening in either the hotel’s AA 2-rosette Ivy Brasserie or the more informal New York Grill & Cafe Bar. Also included in the York hotels package is a one day York Pass which gives free admission to many of the attractions which feature in “Eternal Law”, and an exclusive Locations Information Sheet, which highlights other films and TV series which have been shot in York.

The Eternal City Break at The Grange one of the leading luxury York hotels costs from£165 per person, and reservations can be made by ‘phoning the hotel on 01904 644744 or visiting its website at http://www.grangehotel.co.uk.

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Launch of New Travel Website That Auctions Hotel Accommodation

World’s first online bidding website selling hotel accommodation across the world has just been launched.

Only Bidding is a company with a new concept based on the fact that unoccupied hotel rooms are lost revenue.

Only Bidding empowers the consumer to pay a price that they are happy to pay for hotel accommodation and a price that hotel suppliers are willing to accept for that room- balancing supply and demand: a Win- Win situation for all!

For the customer, it’s simply grabbing a bargain hotel stay for a price that may otherwise be out of budget. Customers can find great deals during low seasons/quiet periods and last minute as hotels will be willing to reduce the room rate. Hotel rooms are an inventory that expires each night, so hotels often will accept rates that are cheaper than other available rates.

For the hotel, the advantages of joining Only Bidding are clear- they get to fill otherwise unoccupied rooms with guests. A hotel will be paying indirect costs for the running of the hotel regardless of whether the hotel has one room occupied or a hundred. The hotel would increase occupancy and therefore increase revenue. Additionally, there is a greater chance of the hotel’s restaurants, bars, spa facilities having an increase in turnover as there are more guests.

Is Only Bidding any different to Ebay or Groupon?
It is different from eBay as Only Bidding sells hotel accommodation with specified dates and not vouchers. This guarantees availability thus being advantageous over vouchers which can leave customers disappointed if they can’t book their chosen dates.

Is Only Bidding any different to Priceline?
Only Bidding is different to Priceline because with Only Bidding you will know the name of the hotel that you are bidding on- so no apprehensive guessing needed! Additionally, Priceline allows a customer to name a price once every 24 hours. With Only Bidding, if the customers bid is unsuccessful then they can always place another bid.

How to get a bargain hotel room!
Step 1- Search auctions & find a hotel you want to stay at.
Step 2- Bid on the hotel auction until you’re the highest bidder
Step 3- Get your suitcases packed & enjoy!

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Exciting Easter breaks now available at Warner Leisure Hotels

Hotel group Warner Leisure Hotels has recently revealed its exciting Easter breaks for 2012, all of which can be booked now to benefit from early money-saving offers.

The breaks, which are available at all nine of its leisure hotels and its four coastal villages, come with a full English or continental breakfast included, as well as a three-course evening meal and use of each hotel’s leisure facilities. Guests can also enjoy live nightly entertainment and plenty of activities during the day, plus they can make the most of the stunning grounds and gardens to be found at each hotel.

The short breaks on offer are exclusively for adults, with each hotel having unique features, such as the nine-hole golf course and driving range at Alvaston Hall Hotel in Cheshire and the fishing lake and indoor bowls hall at Gunton Hall Coastal Village in Suffolk.

Many of the hotels are listed and have between a three and four-star grading, with some even having been awarded the AA rosette, making them the ideal place to stay for Easter weekend breaks.

Jason Riseborough, Marketing Manager at Warner Leisure Hotels said: “We are pleased to be taking bookings for our Easter breaks and expect them to be very popular, both with our regular visitors and those that are just staying with us for the first time.

“At Warner Leisure Hotels we like to provide our guests with something a little different, so that they can return home wanting to book their next break. Be it our excellent live entertainment, heritage gardens or beautifully maintained grounds, our hotels have something for everyone.”

During the evening, each Easter break will include entertainment from a selection of tribute performers. For instance, Thoresby Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire will benefit from a live ABBA tribute and Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel in Denbighshire will have 60s sounds from Katy Setterfield as Dusty Springfield.

The breaks run from the 6th – 9th April and can be booked by visiting the official website now.

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Cheap Winter Car Hire in San Francisco and Orlando Going Fast says eRentals.co.uk

eRentals.co.uk, the website which compares and reviews car hire deals in over 12,000 places around the world, has announced that Brits holidaying in San Francisco or Orlando this winter need to move fast to source cheap hire car deals.

Many Brits make for the sunshine of California each winter to get away from the UK weather, and with sights like the Golden Gate Bridge to enjoy a rental car is a must. By reserving San Francisco Airport car hire deals through eRentals.co.uk tourists are able to save a small fortune and have their car awaiting them on arrival – with deals on show right now from just £18 per day*.

Exploring the sights of Florida is a popular thing to do when wintering in the Sunshine State, and with places like Disney World, Sea World, the Everglades and more to see a hire car is the most convenient way to get around. eRentals.co.uk currently has Florida car hire deals available from £17 per day**, but the site advises that they are going fast so consumers should get their skates on.

Briony Fairbairn, spokesperson for eRentals.co.uk, commented: “San Francisco and Orlando are hugely popular winter holiday destinations for Brits, and we’re seeing cheap car hire deals for both of them being snapped up in a hurry right now. People heading there in January and February this year should get organised and get their rental deals booked as soon as possible having compared deals online.”

To compare the best car hire deals visit www.erentals.co.uk.

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Discount Hotels in London Announced for Art Fair

Website LondonTown.com has released details of discount rates on hotels in London close to the London Art Fair. The event is taking place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, between January 18th and January 22nd, with a press and invited guests preview on January 17th.

Now in its 24 th year, the London Art Fair is dedicated to exhibiting the most cutting edge British artworks from the past 100 years. Amateur collectors and professional designers alike gather together at this established resource for interior design.

Two additional shows exist within the London Art Fair: ‘Art Projects’, showcasing galleries from the UK, Ireland, Germany and New York, and ‘Photo50′, featuring 50 contemporary photographs from the UK and various international galleries. Advance tickets cost £11 for a day, and £30 for 6 days.

To coincide with the event, LondonTown.com have announced details of special discounts on selected hotels in London, close to the event. Among the best offers, the Hilton Islington is offering an 81% discount on deluxe double rooms (for the duration of the London Art Fair). From £101 per night, this smart, efficient four-star is available for booking through LondonTown.com. Situated next to the Business Design Centre.

15 minutes walk from the London Art Fair, the Thistle City Barbican is offering an 84% discount with LondonTown.com, bringing the nightly rate on a double room down to £62 per night. A well-appointed three star hotel, the Thistle City Barbican is close to the City of London and the famous Barbican Centre. For more information on this, the Hilton, and other discounted hotels in London, visit LondonTown.com, where you can also book tickets for the London Art Fair. Advanced tickets are priced at £11 for a day and £30 for 6 days.

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Cheap Hotels in London Announced for Outdoors Show

Information and booking website LondonTown.com has announced cheap hotels in London for the duration of The Outdoors Show, which takes place over three days in January. The discounts will be available on selected double rooms between January 12th and 15th, all in hotels close to the ExCel Centre, where the exhibition is taking place.

2012 will be the 11 th year of The Outdoors Show. The huge space at the ExCel Centre will play host to a showcase of the best purveyors of outdoor equipment, adventure travel holidays and eco tourism.

Hundreds of exhibitors are expected to take part. Also present will be a variety of talks given by famous explorers, athletes and experts in their field. Additionally, there will be interactive workshops and stages dedicated to outdoor pursuits such as climbing, walking and biking – the London Bike Show will be a highlight of the weekend’s activities. The Food Lovers Britain Farmers Market and The Globe Taste Experience will also be on hand to provide first rate refreshments. Prices for the show are 16 pounds in advance, and 20 pounds on the door.

To help travelling outdoors enthusiasts make the trip, LondonTown.com are providing a number of cheap hotels in London, close to the ExCel Centre. Among the significant discounts on offer, the Crowne Plaza London Docklands is offering an 84% reduction on the standard rate, when booking through LondonTown.com. Starting from 64 pounds, double rooms are on offer in this attractive four-star hotel, located just 6 minutes walk from The Outdoors Show.

Very much considered ‘the hotel of the ExCel Centre’ the Crowne Plaza gets a 4.4 (out of 5) customer approval rating at LondonTown.com.

For more information on The Outdoors Show, and to see more cheap hotels in London, visit LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com Celebrates Twelfth Night with Discount London Hotel Offer

The upcoming New Year celebrations promise to be bigger and better than ever in the capital this tear, with LondonTown.com offering revellers the chance to stay cheaply in top London hotel rooms for the Twelfth Night and the Lions Part extravaganza.

Twelfth Night is marked annually in the Bankside area of the capital on the Sunday closest to the day it falls on. This year’s festivities are taking place on January 8 th . The event begins with an effigy of the pagan Green Man in his winter guise, the foliage-covered Holly Man, emerging from a Thames riverboat. He toasts – or ‘wassails’ – the gathering crowds, promising to ‘bring in the green’ for the coming spring.

This is followed by the Bankside Mummers performing the traditional Folk Combat Play of St. George, featuring a cast of characters including Beelzebub, the Turkey Sniper, Clever Legs and the Old ‘Oss. The play culminates with cakes being handed out, two of which have a bean or a pea hidden inside, the lucky recipients of which are declared King Bean and Queen Pea. Finally, the event traditionally ends with a procession to the George Inn on Borough High Street for drinking, dancing and storytelling.

In 2012, LondonTown.com are marking the tradition by providing discounted London hotel rooms close to the Bankside Pier. Among the deals on offer, and just 7 minutes walk from the pier, is the Southwark Holiday Inn Express. This decent 3 star hotel is offering 74% off a double room (or 59 pounds per night) when booking through LondonTown.com.

At the other end of the budget scale, and just 8 minutes walk from the Lions Part Twelfth Night, the Grange St Paul’s is a gorgeous five star London hotel. Perfectly located in the city’s financial district, LondonTown.com are offering double rooms from 275 pounds per night – a 31% reduction from the standard rate.

See LondonTown.com for more discounted London hotel rooms and further information on the Twelfth Night celebrations.

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Grow your business at ICE Totally Gaming Conference, advise LondonTown.com

Considered one of the most prestigious gaming conferences of the year, experience the ICE Totally Gaming Conference to discover cutting-edge innovation from all corners of the gaming and entertainment industry. LondonTown.com, the experts in everything London, urge both gaming professionals and businesses to head to Earls Court this January and get a flavour of what is in store for the gaming industry in 2012. Best known for their hotels in London, cheap accommodation options are always available through LondonTown.com who have designed their site to suit both Londoners and travellers alike.

The ICE Totally Gaming Conference runs at South London’s Earls Court from 24 – 26 January 2012 and promises to be three days worth of excellent gaming fun. 2011’s conferencing efforts saw more than 20,000 people from an impressive 126 countries travel to London in their droves. The popularity of the event comes as no surprise though; it is the only gaming exhibition in the world to cover the entire spectrum of the gaming industry. This attracts industry professionals from the online, mobile, bingo, getting, casino, lottery and street gaming spheres, making the scope of visitors as world class as the event itself.

For anyone in the gaming industry, the ICE Totally Gaming Conference is not to be missed. The conference offers a vital opportunity for businesses to learn not only about the latest movements and events in the industry, but also in their individual sector. The gaming market is proven to be one of the most lucrative out there, where demand is constantly at alarming highs and is run on unpredictability, so professionals have to be on top of their game. This is every gaming professional’s chance to get up to speed on what’s going on and prepare businesses for the year ahead.

Arm your business with crucial gaming knowledge that will set you apart from the rest. Adapt to the latest advances and developments in the industry, make new contacts and create new networks.

Earls Court is easily accessible via the District Line. For those coming outside of London visit LondonTown.com for a full list of hotels in London, cheap hotels being the priority, and browse through the options available near Earls Court, such as in nearby Kensington.

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Leading Route Cars Appoints TaxiWebsites.net to Improve Online Booking Engine

Leading Route Cars, a leading taxi service in London specialising in Airport Transfers from Heathrow, has announced the appointment of TaxiWebsites.net as a supplier to improve the booking engine used on its website, LeadingRouteCars.com.

Customers are increasingly looking to the web to find taxi companies based in and around their area and in the days of instantaneous bookings and purchases, customers now expect the same from their local taxi company. Leading Route Cars has sought to stay ahead of the curve and with the introduction of the TaxiWebsites.net booking system and aims to streamline the booking process to make it as easy as ever for customers to transact online.

“We know customers are searching for us online and we know that they want to book in advance”, said Anand, MD of Leading Route Cars. “The system offered by TaxiWebsites.net is the best in its field and it allows our customer instantaneous access to our services without the need to carry cash on the day – as far as we are concerned, it’s a step forward towards making the experience we offer superior to that of anything else in the marketplace”.

TaxiWebsites.net is the specialist website design service for Taxi Companies up and down the United Kingdom. Their booking engine allows customers to specify pick up and drop off locations, estimate the journey time, pick a particular vehicle and of course, pay online via different merchant services, including PayPal. Included within the package is a bespoke Content Management System, tailored specifically to the demands of maintaining and managing Taxi service websites.

Leading Route Cars sees this most recent partnership as a stepping stone to further increasing their reach to the online market, and streamlining their processes to make booking a taxi or mini cab as simple and efficient as ever.

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