Radisson Blu Waterfront Stockholm Hotel celebrates 1st anniversary

When Radisson Blu Waterfront Stockholm Hotel & Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre was built a year ago, Stockholm’s skyline changed forever. Carlson Rezidor’s new flagship has been a success for both hotel and conference guests and they recently celebrated their 1st year anniversary with a grand cocktail party in a “homely” style, accompanied by the artist David Urwitz.

It was clear that a lot of hard work had been put into the preparations for the 1st anniversary of this hotel, with the entire 5th floor of the hotel being especially decorated by EDGE in the style of a complete apartment with various rooms, a balcony and a garden, including playing children and dogs. Approximately 350 guests enjoyed a welcome drink on the balcony whilst Sam Holmberg, MD, cycled onto the lawn and gave a welcoming speech.

Throughout the evening guests enjoyed a delicious buffet, composed by Chef Rudi Wegner, as well as drinks that were served around the ‘apartment’. Swedish musician David Urwitz entertained guests, followed by a DJ later in the evening.

Since opening a year ago, the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel Stockholm city has had more than 127 000 guests, and has taken the top spot for the best hotelson TripAdvisor, hotels.com and bookings.com and has been visited by celebrities such as the Dalai Lama and Kevin Costner.

“This year had gone so fast,” stated Sam Holmberg. “We are very proud of the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel’s succesful year.”

Radisson Blu Waterfront Stockholm Hotel & Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre is located in central Stockholm, within walking distance of Central Station and the Arlanda Express. The location makes the hotel ideal for both business and leisure travellers within close proximity to Stockholm’s business and shopping districts, the Old Town, Royal Palace and the City Hall.

This accommodation in Stockholm has 414 modern, non-smoking rooms and suites, designed by the British leading interior design firm RPW Design. Many of the hotel rooms have stunning views of Riddarfjärdens lake and the City Hall. The hotels three suites are located on the top floor and offer
panoramic views of the lake, Mälaren and the City Hall. The largest of the suites is 74m. sq., comprising of a double bedroom, bathroom with a bath and separate guest toilet, and a living room with a sofa and dining table. All the hotel’s rooms and suites in this accommodation in Stockholm have free wireless Internet access as is standard or all Radisson Blu Hotels.

The congress facility at the hotel Stockholm has 14000 m. sq. of flexible floor space, including an auditorium with a ceiling height of 17 metres and is big enough for an audience of up to 3000 people. The facility also has a banqueting hall with place for up to 2000 guests and the second and third floor there is a business centre consisting of a number of meeting rooms of varying sizes for up to 1000 guests.

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British Airways Upgrades Website With New Look Homepage

British Airways has upgraded its website, ba.com, with the addition of a completely new homepage.

The ba.com homepage has been comprehensively redesigned to make it easier to use and navigate, as well as making it more inviting and accessible to customers. Striking imagery has been added throughout the page with clearer information on products, services and offers.

Andy Newman, British Airways’ ba.com manager, said: “First impressions count, which is why we’ve devoted so much time in making sure that our award-winning website is even better at engaging our customers, from the first click.

“Ease of use is a key principle we bring to all our digital channels, so we’ve developed a new easier way of navigating around ba.com, with a clearer ‘Manage My Booking’ area and a better use of evocative destination images to help inspire customers and make the most of their trip.”

The last time major design changes were made to ba.com was in 2005. Over the past year, ba.com has been rolling out a series of continued improvements. This includes new ways of presenting flights to show the ticket costs across multiple cabins with information on what service, baggage allowance and dining options customers can enjoy.

Design agency HUGE worked closely with ba.com on the design prototype of the new homepage through to the final agreed design, which was then built by the airline’s in-house team.

Newman continued: “British Airways is always striving to improve the customer experience and we want this excellence to begin with ba.com. We’ve started with the homepage and will continue to unveil the new look across ba.com as part of our continued investment in customer-focused digital channels.”

ba.com has also recently developed new ways to inspire customers to choose their flights, through Tripseeker, and the Holiday Finder. A lowest fares feature also enables customers to choose when to fly to destinations around the world, by searching for the lowest available fares.

The value calculator, introduced in June 2009, provides customers with the information to compare the value of British Airways flights with the cost of no-frills airlines.

Other technological investments by British Airways for its customers have been to provide mobiles apps and mobile boarding passes across all major mobile phone platforms, for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows Phones. Over 1.7m mobile boarding passes have been downloaded since they were introduced in July 2010.

ba.com offers over 600 destinations for sale, with flights operated by British Airways across its global network and its partners, such as Iberia, Qantas and American Airlines.

From last week, bmi flights in and out of London Heathrow were made available to book on ba.com, including flights to Azerbaijan, Ireland, Kazakhstan and flights to Sierra Leone as well as being available to book through flybmi.com.

ba.com was awarded Best Airline Website by Travolution for the past two years.

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Jumeirah opens Grosvenor House Apartments on Park Lane in London

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company, has opened its new concept in luxury living on Park Lane in London.

The Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living are now open to residents following a complete redesign on a contemporary British theme. The iconic exterior of the Lutyens building in the heart of Mayfair has been preserved.

Jumeirah was chosen by the owners, Park Lane Properties, to manage the Mayfair apartments and the new ‘hotel residences’ combine Jumeirah’s 5 star service with the privacy and amenities of a luxury home.

There are 133 apartments, many with views over Hyde Park and the rooftops of Mayfair, which surround a striking seven-story vaulted Atrium, now open to residents for casual dining.

Residences range from a Studio to the stunning five-bedroom Penthouse. There are four spacious penthouses in total, which each include an Aston Martin Rapide and a personal Butler.

The luxury apartments in London are available for stays of seven nights to one year and have 24 hour access to Jumeirah’s in-residence concierge service catering to residents’ every need. Services also include a daily maid service, at-home business solutions with access to an executive boardroom, an on-site gym, 24-hour in-residence dining and Spa Illuminata at-home treatments.

Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Group said: “We are very pleased that Jumeirah has been chosen by Park Lane Properties Limited to manage the Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living.

“The Grosvenor House Apartments are the landmark for luxury living in London. These exclusive hotel residences combine the peerless service of a Jumeirah luxury hotel with privacy of an exclusive Mayfair residence. We are confident that Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living will attract travellers from around the world in search of the finest address, the best views and the last word in luxury service.”

About Jumeirah Living:
Jumeirah Living, the Group’s luxury brand of serviced residences, offers truly personalised services for effortless living. Whether for short, mid-term or extended stays, Jumeirah Living residences feature cutting-edge technology, sumptuous finishes and contemporary design to provide guests and residents with the exceptional, world-class luxury service for which Jumeirah is renowned, in a home away from home. The current portfolio includes Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre in Dubai, as well as the aforementioned London luxury apartments on Park Lane. Jumeirah Living residences will also be integrated into future mixed-use Jumeirah developments.

About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain; Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and Jumeirah Essex House in New York. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.

As part of Jumeirah’s ambitious expansion plans, Jumeirah has opened nine new hotels in the beginning 2011 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Shanghai, Frankfurt, Rome, Istanbul, London and two in the Maldives. A further four properties in Mallorca, Dubai, Kuwait and Baku are expected to open in 2012.

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Door2Tour.com Gets Hit With Demand For ‘Downton Abbey Breaks’

Door2Tour.com has revealed that a recent surge in demand for breaks to the filming location of period television drama Downton Abbey has led to a shortage in availability, leaving it struggling to meet demand. The online coach holidays consolidator claims that the sudden clamour for coach trips to Highclere Castle, which took off in February and has continued throughout March, has left coach breaks to the venue so few and far between that many hopeful passengers have been turned away.

Tours for Downton Abbey first went on sale on Door2Tour in May 2011, but sales have rapidly increased in line with the popularity and success of the series. Such is the interest that 2012 sales have already outstripped total sales for 2011, up 55% on the total sales for 2011 alone.

Sales for Downton Abbey coach tours are believed to have snowballed in line with the hit drama’s recent success at various television awards. Despite not winning any Baftas in 2011, for which it was nominated for 3, the TV series went on to scoop 4 Emmys in September for best direction, best mini-series, best writing and best supporting actress. Its success across the pond was also sealed by a prestigious Golden Globe award in January, followed by the coveted Best Drama accolade at the UK National Television Awards.

Kate Glanfield, Web Manager of Door2Tour.com said: “We’ve had so much demand for Downton Abbey in recent weeks that we’re not able to service all of our enquiries. We were down to the last one or two seats by the end of March and we’re still getting interest now. We’re literally turning people away.”

The struggle to meet demand is fuelled as tour operators become unsuccessful in getting tickets to the castle. With the venue only open for limited periods between July and September and three ad hoc weeks in the year due to other events and filming, combined with a limited daily capacity, there are simply not enough tickets to go around. 2012 is now fully booked, with 2013 already filling up quickly.

Downton Abbey portrays the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them during the early 1900s. After a highly acclaimed Series 1 and Series 2, filming for Series 3 has already started filming and will be broadcast in September 2012.

Kate concluded: “Usually when a tour sells out and there is unprecedented demand it’s possible to obtain more availability, which was recently the case with Andre Rieu’s concert in Maastricht, where over 2,000 passengers ended up travelling. With Highclere Castle, tickets are like gold dust and our suppliers are facing long waiting lists. At the moment all we can do is add customers onto our cancellation lists and hope that they are lucky enough to get on. The in joke here is that it’s easier to get on the Inca Trail.”

Passengers wishing to book a Downton Abbey coach tour may need to wait until later on in the year before 2013 dates become available.

Kate concluded: “Downton Abbey fans can be rest assured that there will be more availability for the future. In the meantime, customers can still give us a call to express interest and we’ll contact them as soon as more dates are in, or of course satisfy their Downton Abbey cravings with Series 3.”

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Chill out with a short spa break at Butlins

Family holiday company, Butlins, is offering two-night spa breaks at the Ocean Hotel & Spa, Bognor Regis, and The Spa atSkegness. The breaks are designed to give guests a chance to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation and can be booked now.

The Ocean Hotel & Spa at Bognor Regis offers up great opportunities to enjoy all the fun of a Butlins break combined with the tranquillity of a spa. Guests will be able to make use of the spa’s relaxation pods, heated loungers, foot spas and saunas before heading for the disco showers and snow cave for some great fun. There’s also an outdoor terrace to take advantage of, where guests can chill out with a drink and snacks or take a dip in the outdoor hot tub.

The Ocean Spa’s treatment rooms offer everything from manicures and pedicures to facials, as well as hot stone massages and treatments just for teens, which are ideal for mum and daughter spa breaks this spring.

A two-night spa break at Butlins Bognor Regis includes a stay in a Mariner Room at the Ocean Hotel & Spa with breakfast and dinner included, a two-hour spa experience on each day of the break, and a choice of two mini treatments or one luxury treatment. Mini treatments include a mini facial, mini massage, mini body exfoliation, fabulous feet treatment, hydrated hands treatment and mini eye treatment. Luxury treatments include an express elegance facial, heavenly head, neck and shoulder massage, complete calmness and silky skin.

The Spa at Butlins Skegness has everything a modern spa requires, including a luxurious 20 metre pool kept at the perfect temperature, a hydrotherapy pool, a crystal steam room, a sauna, a well-equipped fitness suite and an Atlantic storm shower, where guests can choose between a light mist or tropical downpour laced with essential oils.

Butlins Skegness offers two-night spa breaks with accommodation in a top-quality Gold apartment with dinner and breakfast in one of the premium restaurants, and three-hour spa experiences on every day of the break. Guests can choose between two mini treatments or one luxury treatment, with options including magik hydrated hands, spa magik hydrated feet or spa magik mini massage. Luxury treatments that are available include a spa find facial such as a natural nourishment double mud facial, balanced beauty, youthful you or renewed radiance. Luxury massages can also be chosen, with options including a spa find ache away 2-in-1 deep tissue massage & revive, silky skin 2-in-1 exfoliation & massage or spa find complete calmness 2-in-1 facial & massage.

Two-night spa breaks at Butlins Bognor Regis or Butlins Skegness can be taken on Monday – Wednesday and Wednesday – Friday. To book a break please call 0845 070 4768 or visitwww.butlins.com/spa now.

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New Butlins Summer Holidays Available Now

So that UK families can spend some quality time together this summer, holiday company Butlins is offering some fantastic summer holidays, all of which offer fantastic things to do for all ages.

Butlins is one of the UK’s favourite holiday companies and has three seaside resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness, all of which are family-friendly and fun-filled. With top quality live entertainment and a variety of restaurants families will be able to find more than enough to do together.

Parents searching for family-friendly breaks in the UK this year should head for the official Butlins website now to see the wide range of dates available for the summertime. The holiday provider has lots of superb holidays at its three resorts and families everywhere will be able to enjoy live entertainment, numerous activities, great accommodation and delicious dining options.

With some of the best beaches in the UK just a stone’s throw from the three Butlins resorts families will be able to go for a dip in the sea or catch up on some sunbathing throughout their holidays. If the weather isn’t cooperating, the Butlins resorts can provide shelter – there’s a Splash Waterworld at all three resorts, as well as well as entertainment shows from Stephen Mulhern, acrobatic circuses, Redcoat shows and BMX and skate displays.

There’s also bowling alleys, cinemas, children’s play areas, arts and crafts events and much more at the resorts and guests can also take part in unique activities while staying at Butlins. When booking breaks consider signing up for lessons in archery, fencing or indoor rock climbing, or go for some go-karting. There are children’s clubs too, and at the Bognor Regis and Skegness resorts adults can chill out at the spa.

Prices for Butlins summer holidays start from just £65 per person per break, and dining plans can be added for around £13.50 per adult per day.

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Jumeirah Group Expands Sales Presence In Asia

Jumeirah, the global luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, is expanding its Sales presence in Asia with the appointment of a Beijing-based Sales Manager and a partnership with Heavens Portfolio as Sales and Marketing representative in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Heaven’s Portfolio is an independent company providing a full range of sales and marketing services for luxury class hotels and resorts around the world. It will focus on positioning the Jumeirah brand and execute Jumeirah’s sales efforts towards meeting planners and incentive companies, as well as groups representing leisure and corporate travellers in primary markets in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Meanwhile, in China, Jumeirah is now present in the Chinese capital with the appointment of Ms. Selena Xu as Business Development Manager based in Beijing. Prior to joining the Jumeirah Global Sales Office, Selena had been working with Beijing Raffles Hotel as Assistant Director of Sales and with Beijing Marriott City Wall as Director of MICE. Selena’s key responsibility will be to develop the Northern Chinese market to support Jumeirah’s global business expansion.

Asia is a key region for Jumeirah Group. In addition to Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai hotel, which opened in March 2011, Jumeirah Group has a further five hotel projects under development in China, one city hotel in Bangkok and a resort in Bali.

From the start of 2011 to the end of 2012, Jumeirah Group will have more than doubled the number of hotels it manages and almost quadrupled the number of countries in which it operates. In the coming months Jumeirah expects to open Jumeirah Port Soller spa and hotel Mallorca, Spain; Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan; Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa, Kuwait; and Jumeirah Creekside luxury international hotel in Dubai, UAE.

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Olympics Car Hire Advance Bookings on The Rise says Carrentals.co.uk

Award-winning car hire specialist Carrentals.co.uk has reported high demand for rental cars ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games – and has advised people to be smart and book ahead to get a value for money deal around the Games. The website has seen a bump in the number of people booking advance car hire deals as they head to the London Olympics.

The statistics issued by Carrentals.co.uk demonstrate that up to four times as many people have reserved rental cars for the days between 20 July and 12 August this year in comparison with one year ago. 40% will be picked up from London’s Gatwick or Heathrow airport.

Most vehicles have been reserved for July 20 and 21 2012, ahead of the Olympic Games opening ceremony on July 27th. Carrentals.co.uk reports that around the Olympics the bulk of people are booking cars for 10 to 12 days, with half of bookings made registered for collection at Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

Carrentals.co.uk Managing Director, Gareth Robinson, says: “We’re definitely seeing more and more bookings ahead of this year’s Olympic Games in comparison with twelve months ago. This should go on rising too we think, with people needing to know that the various public transport resources will be under strain this summer.”

“Tickets to travel by train in the UK are pricey and there will be high demand for them, making getting around in big groups or with families quite difficult. Renting a car lets people travel at their own pace and enjoy events around the UK, not just in the capital.”

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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Jumeirah Group Appoints Nicholas Clayton As Chief Operating Officer

Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, announces the appointment of Nicholas Clayton as Chief Operating Officer and the retirement of Guy Crawford as Chief Executive Officer.

Nicholas Clayton joins Jumeirah Group from the Viceroy Hotel Group where he was President and later CEO. In that role he led a team of 3,500 colleagues in 15 properties to deliver the highest standards of excellence. Previously Nicholas Clayton spent 14 years with Ritz-Carlton in their businesses in the United States, Australia and finally Singapore where he was Managing Director of the Ritz-Carlton Millenia. He then joined Mandarin Oriental in 2001 as Senior Vice President Operations based in Hong Kong. He was responsible for the group’s 18 Asian and European properties and a staff of over 9,000 as well as the Food and Beverage and Spa divisions globally.

At the same time, Jumeirah Group is also announcing the planned retirement in June 2012 of Guy Crawford, the company’s Chief Executive Officer. In his 10 years with the company, Guy Crawford has helped build Jumeirah into one of the most successful global luxury hospitality brands, recording consistently high levels of profitable growth and outperforming the market both commercially and in terms of guest satisfaction. In that time the company has grown into a portfolio of 20 luxury five star hotels and hotel residences with a portfolio of other profitable businesses including restaurants, spas, water parks and the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.

Commenting on the senior management changes, Executive Chairman of Jumeirah Group, Gerald Lawless said: “We are immensely grateful to Guy Crawford for his tireless and energetic contribution to Jumeirah. He will leave behind an enduring memory of his tremendous passion for the business as well as a huge appetite for the unexpected challenge. We wish Guy and his family every happiness for the future.

“The company is also delighted to welcome Nicholas Clayton as Chief Operating Officer. He comes at a time of significant expansion with the company doubling the number of hotels under management from 2011 to 2012 and now having a presence in 11 countries round the globe. His experience and leadership skills will help steer the company towards continued success and profitable growth in key markets.”

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LondonTown.com разыгрывает билеты на Grand Designs Live

Популярный сайт, посвященный лондонским отелям и культурным событиям в столице Великобритании, LondonTown.com, раздаст десять бесплатных билетов на выставку Grand Designs Live, которая состоится в выставочном центре Лондона ExCel в мае этого года.

Данное мероприятие, созданное по мотивам серий канала Channel 4, которые были удостоены многочисленных телевизионных наград, пройдет с 5 по 13 мая. В этой выставке, проводимой Кевином Мак-Клаудом, примут участие более 500 экспонентов, которые продемонстрируют свои идеи благоустройства жилья.

Сайт LondonTown.com, который предлагает отели со скидками в Лондоне для крупных мероприятий столицы, объявил подробности льготных суточных тарифов на гостиницы, которые расположены недалеко от выставочного центра ExCel.

Cреди остальных предложений, Вы найдете специальные тарифы от отеля Hilton в Канари Ворф, который предлагает роскошные двухместные номера от 116 фунтов стерлингов за ночь – 80% скидка от обычного тарифа. Отель Hilton расположен в двух милях от центра Excel на Южном Причале (South Quay).

Жилищно-гостиничный комплекс Town Hall Hotel and Apartments, расположенный на Patriot Square, предлагает 76% скидку на двуспальный номер, таким образом снижая цену до £110 в сутки. Комплекс расположен в Бетнал Грин, чуть дальше от центра Excel, до которого можно быстро добраться на метро или такси. Обе гостиницы должны быть забронированы через LondonTown.com для того, чтобы воспользоваться предложениями.

Помимо скидок на отели Лондона, сайт LondonTown.com разыгрывает 10 бесплатных билетов на выставку Grand Designs Live. Чтобы получить возможность выиграть два билета, посетители сайта должны ответить на следующий вопрос:

Кто является ведущим телевизионной программы Grand Designs?

a) Фил Спенсер
b) Кевин Мак-Клауд
c) Сара Бини

Чтобы ответить на этот вопрос, посетите LondonTown.com, где вы также найдете подробную информацию об остальных скидках и предложениях на отели Лондона.

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Mind Body Spirit Festival Returns for 35th Year

Established in 1977, the Mind Body Spirit Festival is returning to Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre this summer. London’s premiere events and hotels website, LondonTown.com, is offering discounts on a great selection of nearby hotels in London over the course of the festival.

Between May 30 th and June 4 th , the annual event celebrates everything spiritual, with an eclectic mix of authors, artists, musicians and workshop leaders, all coming together to help attendees explore and empower themselves in a spirit of self-improvement.

Alternative therapies are among the fields explored across a series of seminars and workshops. Tickets cost £10 on the door, and £8 in advance, and are available from the capital’s premier booking and information website LondonTown.com

The site is also providing a number of discounts on selected hotels in London. Among the deals on offer, the two star Kensington West Hotel London is less than a ten minute walk from Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre. For the duration of the Mind Body Spirit Festival, LondonTown.com is offering a 47% discount on the standard nightly rate, bringing the cost down to £74.

The four star Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensigton is one of the finest hotels in London. Situated on high Street Kensington – just 15 minute’s walk from Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre – the Copthorne is available from £90 per night, which is a 77% discount on the usual rate.

To see more discounted hotels in London, and to find booking information on the Mind Body Spirit Festival, visit LondonTown.com.

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Swan Lake on Ice Comes to Royal Albert Hall

Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s 1895 ballet masterpiece, will be run for three nights this May at the Royal Albert Hall as ‘Swan Lake on Ice’.

The perennial favourite is being performed by some of the best ice skaters in the world, drawn from the European and National Championships. The cast have over 250 competitive medals between them, and will be choreographed by Tony Mercer, one of the worlds leading directors of shows on ice.

The performances take place between 18 th -20 th May, with a matinee on the Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from £6 – £17.50 and are available from LondonTown.com, who are also providing a number of discounted London hotels close to the Royal Albert Hall for the duration of the performance.

Among the London hotels on offer, the Kensington Close Hotel & Spa is a well situated four-star hotel with exceptional spa facilities. It is just 13 minutes walk from the Royal Albert Hall. For the weekend of Swan Lake on Ice, they’re offering a 78% discount on the standard rate, bringing the nightly cost down to just £89. The offer is available only when booking through LondonTown.com.

The Corus Hyde Park Hotel London, another four star, is less than 15 minutes walk from the Royal Albert Hall. They are offering double rooms from £106, which is a 72% discount on the usual cost.

Visit LondonTown.com to view more discounted London hotels, and to find more information on Swan Lake on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall.

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LondonTown.com anuncia hoteles con descuento para la final de la FA Cup

La aplastante victoria de 5-1 del Chelsea contra los rivales de Spurs el pasado fin de semana significa que se enfrentarán al Liverpool que derrotó al Everton en la semifinal del derby de Merseyside. La final tendrá lugar el 5 de mayo.

Esta final es uno de los encuentros más esperados del calendario de fútbol inglés, y los hinchas del Liverpool viajarán a Wembley desde todo el país. Para que los seguidores que tengan que viajar reduzcan sus gastos, la web LondonTown.com ha anunciado fabulosos descuentos para hoteles en Londres para todo el fin de semana.

El último gran trofeo de la temporada será la cuarta final de la FA Cup en la que participe el Chelsea en seis años. Será el broche de oro de otra estupenda temporada para el club al que solo le faltan dos empates como al Barcelona para conseguir un lugar en la final de la Liga de Campeones.

El Liverpool aseguró su puesto en la final tras derrotar el Everton 2-1, después de remontar con un gol de cabeza tardío de Andy Carroll que selló la victoria.

Entre los hoteles en Londres con descuento ofertados por LondonTown.com, el Holiday Inn Express London Park Royal está solo a cuatro kilómetros del estadio de Wembley. El descuento del 67% de LondonTown reduce la tarifa a tan solo 53 libras la habitación doble. Cerca del metro de Park Royal, el Holiday Inn está muy bien comunicado con el centro de Londres para los fans que se queden a disfrutar de la ciudad después del partido.

Otro Holiday Inn, el Holiday Inn Express London Swiss Cottage, también ofrece un gran descuento para el fin de semana de la final con habitaciones dobles desde 42 libras la noche, un fabuloso descuento del 87% de la tarifa estándar. El Holiday Inn de Swiss Cottage está solo a seis kilómetros de Wembley y dispone de muchos medios de transporte.

Para aprovechar estos fabulosos descuentos y ver más tarifas reducidas de hoteles en Londres, visite LondonTown.com.

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Eurostar Reports Continued Growth In Sales Revenues And Passenger Numbers

Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, has reported a good start to the year, with continued growth in sales revenues and passenger numbers. It reported that sales revenues are up 7% to £211 million from £197 million in Q1 2011. Passenger numbers are also up 4% to 2.24 million in Q1 2012 from 2.15 million in the same quarter in 2011.

The growth over the last three months has been driven by an increase in leisure travel with business travel in the first quarter of the year remaining broadly flat compared with 2011. In addition to enjoying Eurostar’s traditional destinations, passengers looking to travel further afield by high speed rail, have been taking advantage of its highly competitive fares for the train from London to Amsterdam.

Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive of Eurostar, said: “The year got off to a strong start with sales revenues and passenger numbers on the up. Our core destinations continue to be a big draw for passengers but we have also seen particularly good take-up of our Amsterdam fares as passengers are increasingly keen to try out new leisure destinations by high speed rail.”

As a sponsor of the London 2012 Games, Eurostar is playing a key role in bringing spectators to London and in helping to make the Games a truly international celebration. To mark the London 2012 Festival Eurostar is staging ?Traction’, an original one-day summer arts festival which will be held in London’s newest creative quarter, Granary Square. The venue is a short walk from Eurostar’s central London home at St Pancras International.

This unique event will bring together musical, dance and arts performers from across Europe to celebrate the diversity of European talent. The festival is set to be a key attraction for visitors coming from the continent and is already seeing high demand for tickets, with the first tranche selling out within days of their release.

Nicolas Petrovic continued: “We are gearing up for an exciting summer as the nation counts down to the London 2012 celebrations. Bookings for the June bank holiday weekend are looking strong with thousands of visitors coming to London to enjoy the unique pageantry of the Queen’s Jubilee. There is no doubt that London is set to have one of its most memorable years on record and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to share in the experience.”

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Macdonald Hotels & Resorts Announces Two Senior Management Appointments

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK’s largest privately owned hotel group, with a portfolio of over forty-five 4 and 5 star hotels and resorts throughout the UK and Spain, has announced two new appointments to its senior management team: Debbie Milburn joins the group as Head of Marketing and Stephen Dodman joins as Revenue Director.

Stephen joins Macdonald Hotels & Resorts to oversee all revenue management, including distribution and pricing. His appointment follows several years spent with von Essen Hotels where he was most recently Sales & Marketing Director. Previously, Stephen spent 17 years working in several positions within the DeVere Group, including roles as Brand Revenue Manager and General Manager.

Debbie Milburn brings with her over 8 years’ experience in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry and was most recently Director of Marketing for QHotels. Throughout her career, she has held senior marketing positions within a number of hotel groups, achieving success across off and online leisure and conference-focused marketing campaigns. In 2011, she won a marketing award for the QConferences dedicated website and helped QHotels achieve AA Eco Hotel Group of the Year.

Ruaridh Macdonald, Sales & Marketing Director at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, said: “Debbie and Stephen bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles within Macdonald Hotels & Resorts. These important positions will help further drive the brand forward as we continue to consolidate our position in the premium 4 and 5-star star markets and build our national and international presence in the conference and leisure sectors.”

Debbie added: “Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has an excellent reputation and I’m proud to be joining the team. I’ve always admired and regularly followed the company’s approach and commitment to delivering the highest levels of customer service. I now relish the opportunity to build the brand further and develop new initiatives to target the leisure and conference markets across a diverse and discerning portfolio of hotels and resorts.”

Referring to his own role, Stephen said: “Joining Macdonald Hotels & Resorts as Revenue Director offers an excellent opportunity to further enhance the effectiveness of revenue management processes and policies within a highly motivated and positive team environment. I feel very proud to be part of the group and very much look forward to embracing the opportunities and challenges ahead.”

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Eurostar Presents Traction: An Official London 2012 Festival Event Curated By Gilles Peterson

Eurostar, an official supporter of the London 2012 Festival, unveiled an original one-day summer festival – Eurostar presents Traction – curated by internationally renowned DJ Gilles Peterson.

The unique event, created by Eurostar, will bring together musical, dance and arts performers from across Europe for a special one-day festival to celebrate the diversity of European talent on London’s doorstep.

Parisian Sebastien Tellier and Cologne’s Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble are the first two acts to be confirmed today, with further names set to join the line up in the coming weeks. Each performer has been handpicked by Gilles Peterson, drawing on his 30-years of experience in the music industry and his insatiable appetite for groundbreaking new music.

Traction will be the very first event to take place in London’s newest creative quarter, Granary Square. The venue is a stone’s throw from Eurostar’s central London home, St Pancras International. Opening to the public for the first time in June, Granary Square will be one of the largest urban spaces of its kind in Europe. The square sits at the heart of the 67-acre King’s Cross development, which combines new and magnificently restored historic buildings with an ambitious art programme featuring major commissions by internationally acclaimed artists.

Early bird ticket sales for Eurostar presents Traction opened on 17 April 2012. More information and tickets are available at www.eurostartraction.com orwww.ticketmaster.co.uk

Gilles Peterson, curator of Traction, said: “Emerging across Europe is a wealth of pioneering musical talent. Traction will give thousands of residents and visitors to the London 2012 Games the chance to discover the exciting new music on offer just a short journey from the UK. In curating this very special event, we will bring a truly original experience to the public as they celebrate the arrival of the Games in London.”

Lionel Benbassat, Director of Marketing at Eurostar, said: “With such an inspiring and eclectic mix of European music, art and dance, London’s newest creative quarter will come to life for the first time in July. We are excited to be bringing together Europe’s finest talent from across our destinations as the nation counts down to the London 2012 celebrations.”

Eurostar is the Official International Rail Service Provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the summer, Eurostar will carry Olympic and Paralympic fans from the continent to London to soak up the atmosphere of the Games.

The London 2012 Festival is a 12-week UK-wide programme bringing together leading artists from across the world. More information can be found at www.london2012.com/festival

Note to editors:
About Eurostar presents Traction:
Title: Eurostar presents Traction, curated by Gilles Peterson
Date: Saturday 14th July, 2012
Location: Granary Square, off Goods Way, King’s Cross, London N1C (4AA)
Timings: 5pm – 11pm, doors open at 4pm
Over 18s only
Available at www.eurostartraction.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Biographies of artists are available on request via the Eurostar Press Office 0207
843 5500 press.office@eurostar.co.uk

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Emirates Tours Announces Competition To Win Designer Travel Bags

Emirates Tours, a leading travel operator specialising in luxury holidays, has announced a new competition to win a travel bag made by designer luggage brand, Aspinal of London. The tour operator has teamed up with the luggage brand which shares its belief in high-quality products, in order to give back to its loyal customers through this unique opportunity.

“We are proud to be offering customers the chance to own an Aspinal of London Weekender Bag. When you are passionate about travel like we are, then arriving at your destination with stylish, top quality luggage makes your holiday even more special.” said Beth Alcorn, Product and Marketing Manager, Emirates Tours.

Sharing a similar ethos to Emirates Tours, Aspinal of London strives to achieve the highest standards of quality in all of its products. Thus, though the two companies operate in different sectors of the travel industry, the promotion is a natural partnership.

The Aspinal of London bags offered in the competition feature a classic 18th Century aesthetic and are aimed at those who enjoy travelling in style. The handcrafted bags are comprised of full-grain Cognac English Bridle Leather and high-quality Navy canvas. For optimum protection, the base of each bag is made entirely of thick leather. They also feature a Swiss-made, pure brass zipper, as well as gold finish decorative rivets. The prize bag is called the ‘Weekender’, since it’s the ideal size for a short two or three day break (13″ height x 21.1″ width x 8.5″ depth). The bag also comes with a leather luggage tag, an interior zip pocket and an adjustable shoulder strap for additional convenience.

Competition entrants are simply required to sign up to receive emails on special luxury holiday deals from Emirates Tours while also recommending a friend to do the same. Entry is complete once the entrant’s friend has also signed up to receive the offers. Winners of the competition will receive a Weekender travel bag for themselves and one for their recommended friend as well. There will be twelve pairs of winners, bringing the total number of bag-recipients to twenty four.

Those who want to win an Aspinal of London Weekender travel bag must be at least 18-years-old and the friend they recommend cannot have the same postal address. The last day to enter the competition is 31 May 2012, and the winners will be randomly drawn on 30 June 2012. People can enter the competition via the Emirates Tours website.

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The Radisson Blu Hotel Cape Town Recieves Make Over

The Radisson Blu Hotel Cape Town is delighted to announce that it will be refurbishing all 108 of its Standard rooms.

All Standard rooms will be receiving a make-over that will result in them having newly designed bathrooms and new bedroom furnishings. With pure, clean lines brought from a Scandinavian Minimalistic background, all the furnishings will present a definite look of effortless sophistication.

The Radisson Blu hotel Cape Town takes pride in providing a stay for guests that is both relaxing and outstanding. This includes having rooms that are sophisticated, yet simple and peaceful, that provide an environment that contributes to a relaxing and well-rested stay for guests. The renovations form part of the hotel’s goal and attribute to provide that very environment. Guests can look forward to brand new rooms that allow for a truly spectacular stay that will have them coming back every time they visit Cape Town.

In an effort to show its eternal appreciation for guests’ loyal support, all Standard room bookings that are made at the hotel in Cape Town will be automatically upgraded, at no extra charge, to their sea facing Business Class rooms. This special offer will only be valid for the duration of the renovations.

The refurbishment will begin on the 1st of May and will end on the 15 August 2012. The Radisson Blu Hotel Cape Town would like to thank all of its guests for their support and they look forward to inviting them to enjoy the special on offer.

The hotel also offers dining options for guests looking for beautifully situated restaurants Cape Town, with its own Tobago’s Restuarant on-site, featuring a fine choice of menus, boasting local and international cuisine. Patrons may also indulge in South African wine, available in a wide selection.

For more information, or to make a booking, interested parties can contact the Radisson Blu Hotel on 021 441 3000.

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Toulouse Airport Introduces High Speeed Internet

Radisson Blu Hotel, Toulouse is proud to introduce fiber to the home (FTTH), a 100 megabyte per second high-speed Internet access.

The 100 megabyte per second high-speed Internet will provide guests of the airport hotel Toulouse with free access to the internet in and around the hotel, making it possible to work in comfort and send attachments and large files in a few seconds. Users can download and share content at light speed while watching a High Definition video or even playing network games.

Customer needs are always changing and the Internet has become indispensable tool. Companies now make maximum use of Web 2.0 and all the high tech tools that go along with it. The rise in popularity of cloud computing, whereby data is stored on virtual servers online to allow the user to access it from anywhere with an internet connection, emphasises this fact.

The needs of these ‘web 2.0 companies’ are growing rapidly especially as it pertains to seminars, meetings and conferences. The Radisson Blu Toulouse France hotel is well aware of this development and has taken the lead by installing fiber (FTTH) to the premises rather than occasionally hiring equipment that impacts heavily on the customer’s
bill.

Mr. Thierry Pecorella, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Toulouse Airport, said: “The hotel stands out again by its innovative side focused on client’s comfort. The property reinforces its leadership positioning for business travellers and for seminars under the sign of effectiveness.”

Free high speed internet access can also be found in the hotel’s 200 modern, elegant guest rooms styled by renowned designer, Alain Marcot. Guest rooms at the hotel include 18 Junior Suites, six Executive Suites and one Presidential Suite. All of the soundproof rooms at this accommodation Toulouse include premier amenities, such as air conditioning, a large shower or bathtub, desk, flat-panel television with cable, laptop-sized safety box and mini bar.

In January 2012, Carlson Hotels and Rezidor Hotel Group have announced that they will go to market and do business as the ‘Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’.

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Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar awarded Best 4 Star Hotel in Saudi Arabia

Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar was recently named as Highly Commended ‘Best 4 Star Hotel in Saudi Arabia’ at the second Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards gala ceremony. The awards are held under the patronage of HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.

Nearly one hundred thousand votes were cast in the 2012 Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards before voting closed on Thursday 14 March. Across the 22 sub-categories there were more than 600 nominations with the most hotly contested category being Best 5 Star hotel Saudi Arabia which garnered fifteen per cent of total votes. After these front runners all other sub categories shared the remaining votes between them. With the number of votes received by individual nominees deciding the initial shortlist, it became the responsibility of the panel of nine international judges to review the nomination packs submitted by the shortlisted nominees.

Mohammed Benamar, District Director of the Rezidor Hospitality Group which manages Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson and Missoni Hotels, said: “This achievement will substantiate our presence in the Kingdom and will further position Park Inn by Radisson as a pioneer in mid-market hotel brands in Saudi Arabia. We are committed to continuing our work in helping to grow and diversify the tourism industry in this country.”

Frank N. Eikeland, General Manager at the Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar added: “We are thrilled to be on the stage again, this is the hotel’s second consecutive award at this great tourism ceremony and a demonstration to all of our hard work here at Park Inn Al Khobar. Once more, the trust we gain from our guests and employees keeps us walking.”

The Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards recognises organisations and individuals within the travel trade that have made a significant contribution to the Kingdom’s growing tourism industry. The awards are supported by Alef Publishing & Media, the publishers of Saudi Voyager magazine which has been the main driving force behind the awards under the support of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.

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