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Radius Travel asociado con mTrip para desarrollar aplicaciones móviles para sus clientes de empresas multinacionales

Montreal, Canada, 2017-Apr-4— /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Radius Travel se ha asociado con mTrip, galardonado líder de la industria de viajes mediante plataformas móviles, para desarrollar aplicaciones móviles para sus clientes de empresas multinacionales.

Melissa McMahon, directora de productos y marketing de Radius Travel dijo: “Cuando se trata de tecnología, nos comprometemos a encontrar las soluciones adecuadas para cada cliente. Las aplicaciones móviles de viaje tienen que servirle al viajero. Para muchos clientes, las soluciones locales de nuestras agencias miembros son las adecuadas. Para clientes que buscan una opción global, queríamos una solución que aportara al cliente empresarial la experiencia que espera de las aplicaciones de ocio. mTrip nos ofreció la plataforma que necesitábamos para aportar significado a nuestros clientes.”

Frederic de Pardieu, director ejecutivo y fundador de mTrip afirmó: “Nos sentimos orgullosos de convertirnos en el socio favorito de Radius Travel y ayudarles a ofrecer una experiencia holística a los viajeros de negocios mediante la combinación de lo mejor de las aplicaciones móviles de ocio y corporativas. Las soluciones personalizables de mTrip proporcionarán a Radius Travel una oferta única para sus clientes. El hecho de que Radius Travel, con su experiencia y presencia global, haya elegido a mTrip, demuestra que la industria de viajes de empresa está ahora aprovechando el ocio para ofrecer lo mejor de ambos mundos”.

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Meeting Planners Rewarded At Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago today announced a special promotion for meeting planners known as “Pick Your Perks.” When a planner books a meeting by April 30, 2013, they’ll be rewarded for the number of rooms under contract.

And the more rooms under contract, the more perks that they can select. For example, planners can choose one perk for up to 49 rooms, two perks for up to 100 rooms, three perks for up to 250 rooms, and four perks for up to 500 or more rooms. Perks include:

• Triple Meeting Award Points
• 10 VIP Upgrades
• 15% Attrition
• 3% Rebate off master bill total
• 1 comp room per 30 rooms consumed
• Complimentary one-hour Reception*
• One free future day meeting for up to 10 guests, inclusive of breaks & lunch
• One (1) Apple iPad for a minimum of 100 rooms on peak night**

Meeting planners who would like more information about “Pick Your Perks” are encouraged to contact the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago via e-mail:sara.chiovari@hyatt.com or call 847-517-6955. Of course, those who want to get on the fast track to picking their perks may want to schedule a site inspection or send an RFP ASAP.

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Jazz Festival Returns to London

This winter sees the long-running London Jazz Festival, featuring a bigger line-up of stars and venues than ever before. Jazz talent from all over the world will descend on the capital, including major names like Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Macy Gray. The ten day event will take place from November 9 th -18 th .

The event began life in the seventies as ‘Jazz Week’, and was confined to the borough of Camden, as part of its annual cultural festival. It was a highpoint of the international jazz calendar, with a focus on introducing fresh talent from the British and global scenes.

The demise of the Camden Festival in the early nineties opened the door for the London Arts Board to patronize Jazz Week as a citywide extravaganza, with the inaugural LJF taking place in 1992. The festival has been growing in stature ever since, and gigs now take place at venues right across London, including the iconic Ronnie Scott’s in Soho.

The 2012 programme is bigger and better than ever before, covering major venues including the 606 Club, the Forge, the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre. At the heart of the action is the multi-venue Southbank Centre.

Fans are expected to come from all over the world, and website LondonTown.com has revealed details of exclusive discounts on what promises to be much sought-after accommodation. A number of London hotels have partnered with the site to aid travelling jazz aficionados in the hunt for affordable accommodation.

One of the more luxury offerings is the London Marriott Hotel County Hall, situated a few minutes from the Southbank Centre on Westminster Bridge Road. Double rooms – including spectacular views of the River Thames – are currently being offered at a 61%, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £205.

More affordably, the Charing Cross Guoman Hotel is offering a 90% reduction on their usual rate. The cost of a room, when booking through LondonTown.com, becomes just £99. The hotel is located on the Strand, less than ten minutes walk from the Southbank Centre.

For more information on the 2012 London Jazz Festival, and to view more discounted London hotels close to the Southbank Centre and other venues, visit LondonTown.com.

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Stage Version of ‘The Bodyguard’ Comes to the Adelphi

It’s been twenty years since ‘The Bodyguard’, starring Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston, first drew huge box office attendances across the world. Now, in the wake of the singer’s untimely death earlier this year, a new stage adaptation is scheduled to hit London’s West End, featuring a number of Houston ‘s hits in addition to the original soundtrack smash ‘I Will Always Love You’.

The venue is Covent Garden’s Adelphi Theatre. It has a long and successful track record of staging upscale musicals, making it the perfect place to bring back to life the tale of a Secret Service agent tasked to look after a popstar, modeled closely on Houston herself.

The original film was the second highest-grossing movie of 1992, with the most successful OST of all time to boot, selling over 45 million copies worldwide. The new production features Grammy Award-winning Broadway star Heather Headley as singer Rachel Marron, and Lloyd Owen as the eponymous bodyguard tasked to protect her from a stalker. Of course, a fairytale love story ensues, all soundtracked by the familiar sounds of Houston ‘s back-catalogue. The new adaptation is choreographed by Arthur Pita and directed by Thea Sharrock.

The Adelphi is a Covent Garden institution, widely regarded as one of the great innovators of Theatreland. The first theatre to utilize a sinking stage, and a pioneer of audiovisual effects, the Adelphi has built on the grandeur of its art deco beginnings to become a mainstay of London ‘s world famous theatrical endeavours.

‘The Bodyguard’ debuts on November 6th, with its first run ending on April 27th 2013. Shows run from Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets range from £20-£67.50, and are available via LondonTown.com.

The website is also offering exclusive deals on hotels in London, enabling theatergoers to stay in the city at reasonable rates. Among the deals on offer, the Strand Palace Hotel London has announced deluxe double rooms at a 77% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £95. The Strand Palace is less than a two-minute walk from the Adelphi.

Almost as close, the One Aldwych Hotel – less than five minutes’ walk from the Adelphi – is offering a 50% discount on both twin and double rooms for the duration of ‘The Bodyguard”s run. The discount – at this luxury hotel – makes a night’s stay cost £375.

For more deals on hotels in London, and to book tickets for ‘The Bodyguard’ at the Adelphi, visit LondonTown.com.

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Brixton’s Brockwell Park Takes Over From Clapham Common to Host Bonfire Night Fireworks

Lambeth Council has this year chosen Brockwell Park in Brixton to host its annual Bonfire Night fireworks display, replacing Clapham Common. Brockwell Park joins a whole host of other parks around the capital all hosting Bonfire Night celebrations and fireworks. Its geographical location allows for spectacular views of the central London skyline, which will be illuminated by other fireworks displays taking place north of the River Thames.

Held on 5 November, the Brockwell Park Bonfire Night display will mark 407 years since Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

Brixton is famous for being a party destination, so visitors can expect plenty of entertainment in the area’s bars and clubs after the display with more family fun taking place in the Brockwell Park. With partying expected to run late into the night, at least for some, LondonTown.com – the number one Internet site for London – is recommending visitors book a hotel in the capital.

It has discounted London hotels across the city this year with some reductions extending over 70%. Additionally, LondonTown.com offers customers more than £250 worth of extras just for booking via its website. Some examples of London hotels on offer through LondonTown.com include the four-star Best Western Corona and the three-star Central House Hotel Victoria. The former has had its rates slashed by 46% and the latter by 39%.

The Best Western Corona is housed in a beautiful Victorian townhouse with a combination of period features and modern amenities and facilities. Positioned just a short walk from Pimlico tube station, it offers easy, direct access to Brixton, which sits on the same tube line, the Victoria Line. Prices at this hotel start at £117 per room, per night.

The Central House Hotel Victoria is located in the same area, thus offering the same easy access to Brixton via public transport. It is also a period property, although on a more modest scale. This is reflected in the price, with room rates starting at just £87 per night.

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Frankie Boyle Invites London Audiences to ‘Last Days of Sodom’

Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle – who last year announced his retirement from stand-up – is returning to the mic with his incendiary brand of humour. His new show, ‘The Last Days of Sodom’ comes to the Hammersmith Apollo from November 8th -11th.

Boyle has been the enfant terrible of the comedy world since the early noughties, graduating from the emcee role at Glasgow’s The Stand comedy club to prime-time television on panel show Mock the Week, and his own inflammatory Channel 4 series, ‘Tramadol Nights’.

He’s not for everyone, but hardcore fans will be delighted at the caustic Scot’s return to the stage. Gig-goers can expect the usual boundary-pushing dark humour over the three night run, which forms a small part of a nationwide tour. In line with his fearsome reputation, tickets to the show will cost £25.

The Hammersmith Apollo is one of the capital’s largest all-seater venues, with a 3,600 strong capacity for seated shows. Renovated in 2002, it remains one of the country’s major comedy venues, as well as hosting everything from Riverdance to the latest touring bands.

London’s premier website for events booking and information, LondonTown.com, has announced discounts on London hotels close to the Apollo. All rooms are offered at discount rates for the duration of the Boyle’s run. The discounts are only available when booking directly through LondonTown.com.

One of the highlights available is the W14 Hotel London, currently offering a 50% discount on double rooms. The reduced rate brings the cost of a night’s stay down to just £63. The W14 is less than fifteen minutes walk from the Hammersmith Apollo.

The Simply Rooms & Suites Hotel on Avonmore road, less than twenty minutes walk from the Apollo, is offering double rooms at £89, a 39% discount on the usual rate.

Both featured London hotels are available to book exclusively through LondonTown.com. For more discounted London hotels, and to purchase tickets for ‘The Last Days of Sodom ‘ visit LondonTown.com.

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‘The Play’s the (hottest) Thing’ to catch on the London stage this autumn

London’s West End welcomes one of its favourite actors, Mark Rylance, to not one but two of its major Shakespeare productions this autumn season, as the much-loved actor brings two Globe transfers to central London.

As part of the Globe’s ‘The Play’s The Thing’ season, Rylance will be switching between Shakespearean cross-dressing comedy, in which he will play the lady Olivia in Twelfth Night, and villainous history, playing the eponymous Richard III.

For theatre-goers who did not catch the performance during the summer months, this presents a great chance to see some of mainstream theatre’s most popular practitioners doing their thing. It might not come cheap – tickets start at £32 – but LondonTown.com is hoping to sweeten the deal for visitors with some cheap hotels in London on its books.

The website – which specializes in locating discounts and deals on hotels around London, building relationships which allow customers to talk direct to the hotels and pay on departure – has a range of properties within walking distance of the theatre.

Studios 2 Let Serviced Apartments London have a 3-star apartment space in plush, literary Bloomsbury for a discounted sale price of £94 per night for a studio room on the last weekend of November; this is just under 20 minutes’ walk from the theatre. It’s also a saving of nearly 50% of the full price.

The same weekend sees hotel options too: The Rathbone Hotel London, 10 minutes’ walk from the theatre, has double rooms in its 4-star property for £138, a 55% discount – and one way of making a big splash in the city.

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Tennis’ biggest stars come to the O2 this November

The world’s top 8 tennis players will fill Greenwich’s 02 Arena for a very loud and very lucrative end-of-year tournament. The ATP World Tour Finals, which has been hosted in London for the last three years.

The ATP World Tour Finals moved from Shanghai to London in 2009, and it has retained – and built on – a reputation for big bucks, large spectacle and a lot of (often quite awkward) song, dance, lights and glitter.

Welcoming the world’s top-8 players at the end of the year, the tournament has 8 days of tennis, leading to a knock-out round in the latter part of the week, with the two victorious semi-finalists (who also have to qualify from their group stage) battling it out for a huge kitty of $4.45 million.

The event has a huge celebrity draw, as the matches are played fast and frequent, usually with 2 per afternoon and evening session, mixing doubles and singles. Stars like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have already qualified, so big names are guaranteed.

For those travelling up especially, and there are still some great value tickets to be had,LondonTown.com has made the most of its 15 years experience sourcing discounts and deals on London hotels. There are plenty of early offers to be got on hotels near or in close travelling distance to the 02.

There are some brilliant cheap offers on Holiday Inn Express locations – the Holiday Inn London Limehouse, which is 2 miles from the venue, has double rooms on 12 th November (the final day) from £74 per night, which includes breakfast and saves 75% off the full price.

A few miles north east of Greenwich is the Holiday Inn Express London-Stratford, with double rooms for £79 per night, including breakfast and offering a discount of 84%.

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Lambeth’s Bonfire Night Fireworks Display Moves to Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park in Brixton will be the setting for Lambeth Council’s Bonfire Night celebrations and fireworks display this November. Fireworks displays will take place across the capital on 5 November to mark Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the House of Parliament in 1605, but the Brockwell Park setting is sure to be one of the most spectacular. The illuminated London City skyline in the distance can be seen from within the park and spectators will be able to marvel at the myriad night time displays taking place across the capital from one location.

The park itself is one of the prettiest in London and Lambeth Council is sure to make the most of this setting. Brixton is renowned as a place to party the night away, so expect plenty of fun, music and entertainment running late into the night.

More information about the event can be found on LondonTown.com, the number one Internet site for London.

Finding London hotels in and around Brixton, allowing visitors to make the most of this event, has never been easier thanks to HotelMap.com. This new hotel search and booking site from LondonTown.com is so simple, but so effective. Unlike other hotel booking sites, hotel search results are not displayed in an exhaustive list, but pictorially over an interactive, drop-and-drag, map of London.

Users can search for specific hotels, or by region, vicinity to public transport and major landmarks. Or, if they prefer, they can simply enter their dates and search the entire capital, grabbing the map and moving and/or zooming to certain areas and locales.

Using HotelMap.com it is easy to find hotels close to Brockwell Park. The Church Street Hotel is located less than two miles from Brockwell Park close to Denmark Hill rail station. This gorgeous, Spanish-American styled four-star boutique hotel is available from £75 per room, per night. This hotel is particularly popular for its breakfasts, bought fresh from Borough Market, offering a true taste of London every morning.

Another hotel within easy travelling distance of Brockwell Park is the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel. This four-star riverside property is moments from Battersea Park rail station offering direct access to Brixton. Prices start at £149 per room, per night.

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Mark Rylance returns to the Apollo theatre in Twelfth Night

One of the British theatre’s most loved living actors is back treading the boards on one of his most popular West End stages, in a Shakespeare play which continues to be in high mainstream demand.

Mark Rylance, whose performance in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem has been cited as one of the sensations of the last 10 years’ stage acting, returns to the Apollo Theatre – site ofJerusalem’s original West End transfer – with Twelfth Night , from 2 nd November to 3 rd February 2013.

The production marks a return to the all-male Shakespeare which Rylance made so popular during his tenureship at the Globe Theatre on Bankside. Indeed, this year’s production has just spent 3 weeks at the Globe, with Original Practices theatre company, where it has been drowned in good reviews.

Rylance plays Olivia, the swarthy and delicate noblewoman for whom the play’s Duke Orsino is pining. Viola, disguised as a boy, becomes Olivia’s page, and falls madly for Duke Orsino; whilst, in a case of mistaken identities, Olivia falls for the disguised Viola.

West End fans and theatre goers will want to make a weekend of this theatre occasion, and with that in mind, LondonTown.com has sourced some deals for those seeking acheap London hotel to round off their trip.

An excellent option is a one-night stay in a serviced apartment at 36-37 Cartwright Gardens, near the British Museum, for a discounted rate of £94 for a studio room on November 6th.

Those heading up on a weekend can save over 80% on the Thistle Euston Hotel London, with a double for £100 on the Saturday 10th November – saving over £300.

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Ice Age Live! Stage Show to Premier in London

One of the most popular animation films, adored by children and adults alike, has been adapted for the stage. Ice Age Live! A Mammouth Adventure will take audiences on a new adventure with Manny, Ellie, Sid, Diego and Scrat that will premier in London’s Wembley Arena before embarking on a 30-country, five-year worldwide tour.

The characters will not be portrayed by puppets; they will be life size and to scale – 3.6 metres high and 4.2 metres long. Although the stars of the show will remain the same as in the animated feature films, the story will be new and unique.

The show runs from 1-3 November at Wembley Arena, with three performances a day, 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Tickets cost between £30 and £50.

With a spectacle of this magnitude and scale, little ones may be a little overwhelmed after the performance, therefore LondonTown.com advises mums and dads to book an overnight stay in a nearby hotel. It has reduced prices at a range of London hotelsincluding the nearby Quality Hotel Wembley London and Ramada Encore London West. Room rates at these two hotels have been slashed by 73% and 74% respectively.

The three-star Quality Hotel Wembley London is located just five minutes walk from Wembley Arena and 15 minutes from central London by tube. The hotel boasts an onsite restaurant, bar and free parking and children and family rooms are available with extra beds and cots. Rooms at this hotel cost from £96 per night.

The three-star Ramada Encore London West is located then than three miles from Wembley Stadium and access is easy via public transport or road links. This hotel also has its own bar, restaurant and café and caters to families with older children and teenagers. Thanks to the exclusive LondonTown.com discount, room prices now start at just £54 per night.

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London Children’s Film Festival Brings Filmmaking to Life

Back for its seventh innings, the London Children’s Film Festival is a weeklong event aimed at children of all ages interested in the movie-making process. Hosted by the Barbican, children will not only be able to watch short and feature films, new and old, they’ll be able to participate in workshops ranging from the art of filming to how to steal the limelight. For children over 10 years there’s even the opportunity to make their own film in a day and take home a copy on DVD to show all the family.

Everything is interactive, educational and fun and prices are very reasonable. Tickets for film screenings costs £5 and workshops are priced between £2 and £5 each. Dates have yet to be confirmed, but the London Children’s Film Festival will take place sometime in November. More information can be found on LondonTown.com, the number one Internet site for London .

LondonTown.com also has information on London hotels close to the Barbican. Booking is also available directly through its website and it offers more than £250 worth of extras just for using its online booking site. Two reasonably priced London hotels picked out by LondonTown.com within easy walking distance of the Barbican are The Zetter Hotel London and Thistle City Barbican Hotel. Room prices at these hotels have been reduced by 71% and 88% respectively.

The Zetter is a trendy, boutique hotel in Clerkenwell, one of inner London’s slickest and most stylish districts. Rooms are well proportioned at this four-star hotel and cribs are available on request; per night prices start at £108 per room.

The three-star Thistle City Barbican Hotel has its own swimming pool, which should keep children amused in the evening. It’s a family friendly hotel with functional, good-size rooms and once again, cribs are available on request. Prices for nights at this hotel start at just £62 per room.

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Spirit of Christmas Fair Brings Finest Seasonal Products to London Olympia

The Spirit of Christmas Fair, presented by House and Garden magazine, returns to London Olympia with the finest seasonal products from more than 600 companies across the UK. Vendors offer everything from festive decorations to children’s toys thus enabling visitors to complete all their Christmas shopping under one roof and in one clean sweep. The fair runs from 30 October through to 4 November and tickets cost between £10.50 and £20.50 with children under 12 entering free.

One of the most popular aspects of this event is the Food Hall. Boasting everything from Christmassy treats to eat on the spot, to speciality cheese, meats and artisans’ produce.

From 1 to 4 November, the Luxury Travel Fair, presented by Conde Nast Traveller, will take place in Olympia’s West Hall; so if sweet treats and toys don’t make the cut, a holiday may well be a more appealing option.

To make the most of the Spirit of Christmas Fair LondonTown.com, the number one Internet site for London , suggests booking a hotel package through its website. Aside from offering some impressive discounts at nearby hotels in London it throws in over £250 worth of extras with each booking.

Examples of the kind of discounts LondonTown.com is offering include 76% off at the four-star Hilton London Olympia Hotel and 39% off at the four-star Simply Rooms & Suites Hotel. Both of these hotels are within a short walk of London Olympia.

The Hilton London Olympia Hotel is a popular choice for Olympia visitors. It’s just three minutes’ walk from the venue and boasts an outstanding customer rating. The hotel is kitted out with modern, stylish amenities and a slick contemporary design. Rooms at this hotel now start at just £78 per room, per night, thanks to the exclusive LondonTown.comdiscounts.

Simply Rooms & Suites is another winning four-star hotel. This contemporary boutique hotel boasts wireless Internet and LCD flatscreen TVs in all rooms and plenty of other luxury touches. Rates now start at £89 per room, per night.

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Be seduced by the latest exhibition from the National Gallery

For art lovers and photography buffs, the National Gallery’s autumn 2012 exhibition is an exciting prospect. From October 31st , Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present will be in the West End, taking an inquisitive look at the strong links between several modern photographers and 19 th century art.

And LondonTown.com, the number on London website, has got hold of some exceptional hotel deals and discounts for visitors looking to complete their weekend with a stay in one of several London hotels.

With big contemporary names like Sam Taylor-Wood and CraigieHorsfield exhibiting alongside some of the gallery’s most famous pieces in the collection – from Turner to Degas. The exhibition looks at how the still, captured image, one of the twentieth century’s defining art forms, has evolved its style in relation to the artistic influence of 18th and 19th century paintings.

As well as thematic pairings, bringing landscape photography into relief with lush painted landscapes from the National Gallery collection, there will also be – for the first time – three ‘interventions’ of contemporary photographs by Richard Billingham, CraigieHorsfield and Richard Learoyd. These will be displayed within the Gallery’s collection, juxtaposed with 19th-century paintings by Constable, Degas and Ingres.

Couples visiting can find some great deals on double rooms in the area courtesy ofLondonTown.com– save 55% on the 4-star Rathbone Hotel London, which also offers free cancellation, for £138 per night. Around the corner from Goodge Street tube, it is a 14 minute walk to the National Gallery.

Alternatively, save 86% but go upmarket with The Royal Trafalgar Hotel, located just 2 minutes walk from the gallery, for £162 for a double room in early November.

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Déjese seducir por la última exposición de la National Gallery

La exposición de la National Gallery de este otoño satisfará por igual a amantes del arte y aficionados a la fotografía. A partir del 31 de octubre, en el West End londinense, “Seduced By Art: Photography Past and Present” explorará el vínculo entre varios reconocidos fotógrafos contemporáneos y el arte del siglo XIX.

LondonTown.com es la página web dedicada a Londres más popular. Ofrece, entre otros servicios, descuentos exclusivos en hoteles para aquellos viajeros que planeen visitar la capital y busquen hoteles en Londres.

La obra de artistas actuales de renombre como Sam Taylor-Wood y Craigie Horsfield compartirá espacio con la importante colección de la Gallery, que incluye piezas de Turner y Degas. La exposición estudia la evolución estilística de la imagen fija, una de las formas de arte más revolucionarias del siglo XX, relacionándola con la de la pintura de los siglos XVIII y XIX.

Además de símiles temáticos y muestras comparativas de fotografía paisajista con las suntuosas pinturas de paisajes de la colección, también se expondrán tres obras de los fotógrafos contemporáneos Richard Billingham, Craigie Horsfield y Richard Learoyd, yuxtapuestas a pinturas de Constable, Degas y Ingres.

LondonTown.com ofrece grandes descuentos para aquellas parejas que planeen visitar capital y deseen alojarse en un hotel céntrico: hasta un 55% de ahorro en el Rathbone Hotel London, de 4 estrellas, con cancelación gratuita incluida, por 138 libras por noche. Este hotel se sitúa cerca de la estación de metro de Goodge Street, a 14 minutos andando de la National Gallery.

La misma página web ofrece hasta un 86% de descuento en el exclusivo The Royal Trafalgar Hotel, situado a 2 minutos andando de la galería, por 162 libras la noche a principios de noviembre.

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Premier Inn reveals Sleep-o-Scopes research

A Premier Inn report has revealed sleeping positions can reflect moods, stress levels and even personality, with the most common way of sleeping being the foetal position (58%), reflecting that Brits are subconsciously trying to de-stress in their sleep.

The Sleep-o-Scopes research, carried out by the UK’s best loved budget hotel chain,Premier Inn, alongside leading British body language expert, Robert Phipps, unveiled ‘the log’ as the second most common sleeping position with 28% of Brits saying they sleep straight with their arms and legs by their side. The report highlights that sleeping in such a rigid position can lead to individuals being very stubborn and set in their ways.

Despite, over half of the nation sleeping in a way that shows they are stressed, a quarter say they sleep on their side with their arms stretched out (‘the yearner’), meaning they are constantly on the hunt for new challenges to try and reach for their dreams.

Not only are sleeping positions revealing people’s stress levels, but also that many are anxious and feeling out of control, with 17% saying they sleep on their front with their arms above their head in the ‘freefaller’.

Premier Inn spokesperson, Claire Haigh, said: “Many people read their horoscopes, but we wanted to give our guests a more unique way to look at how their day might turn out by looking at how they sleep. We have worked with Robert to develop ‘sleep-o-scopes’ and were shocked that the research revealed just how stressed we are as a nation.

“It is important we try and wind down after a long day and get a good night’s rest so we wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day ahead. Many of us experience a number of stressful things during the day and we offer a Good Night Guarantee to ensure our guests get the best possible sleep regardless of the day they have had.”

Robert Phipps, Britain’s leading body language expert, commented: “We all know a good night’s sleep sets you up for the following day but I don’t think many people realise that the position they sleep in can determine how they will feel when they wake up for the day ahead.

“We have looked at four of the most common sleeping positions and developed Sleep-o-Scopes by looking at what the body language tells us about how you’re feeling when you sleep and how that can affect the new day ahead from the moment you wake up.”

Like predictions read from the stars and the moon, Premier Inn’s Sleep-o-Scopes are open to interpretation and rely on other influencing factors, but hope to give guests an interesting insight to their day.

Whether guests wake up in ‘the foetal’, ‘the log’, ‘yearner’ or ‘freefaller’, Premier Inn offers all guests a ‘Good Night Guarantee’ – which means if guests are not 100% satisfied with their stay they can request a full refund. Premier Inn is so committed to its philosophy that everyone deserves a great night’s sleep, that they recently invested £70 million into refurbishing c. 13,000 rooms.

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Rezidor announces the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter

Rezidor, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has announced the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter. The First Class property featuring 110 apartments & studios is scheduled to welcome the first guests in Q2 2015.

“We are delighted to further strengthen our presence in the key market of Saudi Arabia and honoured to be the chosen operator for this distinguished development. This is already our 4th project signed in the country this year, and underlines the importance the Kingdom has for our group,” said Kurt Ritter, President and CEO of Rezidor.

This unique development is undertaken by Prince Salman Disability Research Centre and is under the patronage of HRH Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, the newly appointed Crowne Prince of the Kingdom. The proposed hotel residence is one of several initiatives undertaken by His Highness for charitable purposes. The proceeds of the hotel will support the Disabled Children Association of Saudi Arabia – in line with Rezidor’s industry leading Responsible Business Programme.

A spokesman from Prince Salman Disability Research Centre said: “We are proud to contribute to our people and community through our developments and initiatives and are committed to doing more similar projects. We are pleased to have Rezidor working with us on this project and look forward to a successful long term relationship.”

The Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence will offer an exclusive location, as the only hotel located within the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh. Besides 110 stylish apartments and studios with Radisson Blu signature services such as free high speed internet access, the property will comprise one all-day dining restaurant, one lobby lounge, a fitness centre, and 150sq. metres of meeting space. The project is specifically designed to allow for short-term hotel stays as well as medium and long-term demand.

With this prominent location, the Radisson Blu will serve the diplomats, high net worth individuals and other influential guests visiting the upscale diplomatic quarter of the city.

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Rezidor announces the Park Inn by Radisson Dakar, Senegal

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the very first Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Senegal: The Park Inn by Radisson Dakar. It features 122 guest rooms and is scheduled to open in Q4 2014.

This signing brings Rezidor’s total African hotel portfolio to 49 hotels with 11,000 rooms in operation and under development, and further strengthens the group’s position as one of the leading international operators on the continent.

“Park Inn by Radisson is our young and dynamic mid-market brand, and we are delighted to introduce the brand to Senegal,” said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. “Park Inn by Radisson offers colourful comfort, a hassle free stay, and great value for money. We see a promising growth potential for this brand across Africa where we now have 16 Park Inn by Radisson hotels in operation and under development and will further extend our network,” continued Ritter.

The new build Park Inn by Radisson Dakar will enjoy a premium location between Dakar’s International Airport and the city’s main highway. It will be part of Dakar’s most exclusive mixed-use development (Cité Tobago) which includes retail and offices. Besides 122 rooms, the hotel will comprise a restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre, parking and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel will also feature 489sqm of meeting space, and will ideally complement Rezidor’s existing Radisson Blu hotel, a First Class property located at the seaside of Dakar.

“We look forward to a long-term, successful cooperation with Rezidor and wish to thank the team of Horwath HTL Switzerland, whose support has been of great value in making this project possible,” said Jamal Oliver Kane, President of the Swiss-based project developer Calabash Development SA. “Senegal is part of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) where Rezidor follows a development cluster strategy,” added Andrew McLachlan, Vice President Business Development for Africa & Indian Ocean Islands of Rezidor.

Senegal also has been held up as one of Africa’s model democracies. The country is currently recovering from the global financial crisis, and tourism is the predominant area of the Senegalese “Millennium Objectives for Development”. The capital city Dakar acts as a forerunner to this development plan. The city is attractive to both business and leisure travellers, and national and international organizations have been relocating from neighbouring cities to Dakar. The city also features a rich UNESCO heritage.

The fresh Park Inn by Radisson brand has been created for fast and flexible growth. “Our hotels are highly efficient and innovative properties that are global in outlook and local in operation. We are committed to ambitious growth of this Park Inn by Radisson in key cities across West Africa,” concluded McLachlan.

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Rezidor announces the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands South Africa

Rezidor, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands. The mid-market property featuring 122 keys is scheduled to open in Q1 2014. It is Rezidor’s second Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Cape Town and the group also has two Radisson Blu hotels in the city, one in operation and one under development.

“South Africa is an important cluster for our young and dynamic Park Inn by Radisson brand, and we are delighted to further strengthen our presence in the key market Cape Town,” said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. The project will also confirm Rezidor as the largest international hotel operator in South Africa with 10 hotels and more than 1,800 rooms open or under development.

The newly built Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands will be the first internationally branded hotel in Claremont / Newlands, a key upmarket business and residential node, in the affluent Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. Besides 122 comfortable guest rooms, it will comprise a club lounge, business lounge, the RBG Restaurant & Bar, a breakfast restaurant, a kiosk and help desk, a gym, multipurpose meeting and function facilities, an outdoor terrace with sculpture garden, and an outdoor swimming pool.

The hotel will be close to several legendary sport stadiums and institutions, such as the Newlands Cricket Ground, Newlands Rugby Stadium, South African Rugby Head Quarters and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Africa’s leading sports medicine, rehabilitation and high performance centre. The prestigious University of Cape Town (the highest ranked university in Africa) is only a short distance away, as are many office parks and company headquarters.

This development is a joint venture between Meridian Property Holdings, a Cape Town based developer, the Deaf Federation of South Africa (DEAFSA), and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). DEAFSA represents some 800 000 hearing disabled members countrywide, and views the development as a key broad-based empowerment initiative in terms of income generating, skills transfer and employment opportunities for its members.

Park Inn by Radisson is a fresh and energetic mid-market hotel brand that has been created for fast and flexible growth.

“The energy, excitement and colour of Park Inn by Radisson continues to build momentum,” commented Andrew McLachlan, Rezidor’s Vice President Business Development for Africa & Indian Ocean Islands. “Park Inn by Radisson hotels are highly efficient, fresh and innovative hotels that are global in outlook and local in operation, and we are committed to ambitious growth of this brand in South Africa.”

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European Choice Privileges Members Can Earn A Free Night After Just Two Stays

Choice Hotels Europe, the company behind the Comfort, Quality and Clarion brands in Europe and part of Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the largest lodging franchisors in the world, has launched a promotion enabling European members of Choice Privileges, Choice Hotels International’s award-winning rewards programme, to earn a free night at over 250 participating hotels in Europe*.

After a member completes two separate stays with arrival between 30 August and 14 November 2012, they will receive enough Choice Privileges points to redeem them for a free night at a participating hotel in Europe between 16 September and 30 November 2012. Hotels taking part in the promotion include the newly refurbished Comfort Inn Victoria in London, Comfort Hotel Diana in Venice, Clarion Hotel Dublin City, Comfort Hotel Frankfurt City Centre and Quality Hotel Centre del Mon in Perpignan, France. Qualifying stays must be booked online at ChoiceHotelsUK.co.uk or by calling 800.800.44.800.

“We are delighted to offer Choice Privileges members in Europe the opportunity to now earn a free night’s stay when they travel either on business or holiday,” said Duncan Berry, CEO UK, Choice Hotels Europe. “This promotion will reward our most loyal customers and help them earn a free night faster.”

Originally launched in 1998, the Choice Privileges rewards programme has been available in Europe since 2008 and is one of the fastest growing travel industry rewards programmes with membership tripling over five years and now standing at 15 million members worldwide. At the recent travel loyalty industry Freddie Awards, over 1.3 million frequent travellers scored Choice Privileges as the second best programme overall.

To become a Choice Privileges member, travellers can log on to www.ChoicePrivileges.euor sign-up when checking into a Choice-brand hotel. Members can earn points or miles at 5,500 locations around the world and also enjoy express check-in, extended check-out, and the opportunity to redeem points for free nights at thousands of properties throughout Europe, the Middle East, Australasia, North America, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Members can also redeem points at luxury partner hotels, such as Preferred Hotel Group and Barceló Hotels & Resorts, through airline partners including airberlin, American Airlines, Qantas, Delta, and Czech Airlines, and for free car hires from Avis and Budget.

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