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When in Rome: get a taste of ancient life – in London

Those who fell in love with Mary Beard and her funny, honest portrayals of Roman life through her BBC series Meet the Romans, will be delighted by the upcoming exhibition at the British Museum.

Entitled Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, the exhibition will focus on the day to day doings of two of the Roman Empire’s most famed cities, both nestled under the awnings of the gaping volcano Mount Vesuvius.

These two very different cities were both covered – and destroyed – by the fateful eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. But thanks to this exhibition, we can get a glimpse into live under the lava.

Displaying over 250 objects, many of which have never before been seen outside Italy before, the museum conveys what everyday Roman life was like nearly 1700 years ago. Objects from Herculaneum, a small seaside town, include wooden furniture carbonized by the high temperatures of the ash and a baby’s crib that still rocks on its curved runners.

From Pompeii, the industrial hub of the region, we have a beautiful wall painting of the baker, Terentius Neo and his wife, who appear as equal partners, in business and in life. Other fascinating objects include sculpted marble reliefs, carved ivory panels and casts showing the Pompeii victims forever suspended in their last moments.

History fans looking for hotels near Kings Cross can turn to HotelMap, a useful online widget that sources great accommodation deals – on 5th April, for instance, Crowne Plaza London The City has doubles for £97 – a discount of over 70%. Or the Holiday Inn London Kings Cross also has a discount of over 50%, with doubles from £120 – and a short walk to the museum.

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It’s Sausage Time with Harry Hill in Hammersmith

This Spring, the Hammersmith Apollo will vibrate with the sound of squeaking brothel creepers and uproarious laughter as madcap comic Harry Hill brings his unique perspective on the world to London’s West End.

One of the most enduring and recognisable faces on British telly, Harry Hill manages to eschew much of his cuddly Saturday night persona during his live shows, delivering a strange, dark – if still technically family-friendly – performance to hardcore fans, as well as whoever they’ve managed to drag along to witness something truly unique.

The high collars and multiple pens are still there, but Sausage Time offers a more ambitious spectacle than in previous years. Backing band The Harrys are along for the ride, as is estranged son Gary. Other weird segments include a dedication to Tonga, a chance to find out about Nan’s latest ailments, and of course a dour appearance from stolid companion Stouffer the Cat.

But it’s the straight stand-up that keeps the critics happy. Hill is deft at flitting between different routines, a true master of the call-back. He switches between ‘bits’ in a remarkable, quickfire fashion that overcomes the essential contrivance of a stand-up staple. No mention has been made of the presence (or otherwise) of any sausages, but fans can find out come March 26 th , when Harry’s sole Apollo show hits the stage at 8pm. Tickets cost around £30, and are available via HotelMap.com. The site has also announced details of discounted London hotels close to the theatre.

The Holiday Inn Express London Hammersmith is one of the hotels participating in the offer. Just 7 minutes’ walk from the Apollo, the hotel is now giving a 49% discount to patrons who book through HotelMap. The reduced rate brings the cost of a night’s stay down to just £86.

The Hilton London Olympia (around fifteen minutes’ walk from the Apollo) is offering doubles at a 75% discount, making the cost of a night’s stay just £68. Both deals are available exclusively through HotelMap. Both London hotels featured are only available at the discounted rate when booking through the site.

Visit the site to browse more London hotels, and for further information on Harry Hill’sSausage Time at the Hammersmith Apollo.

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Sigur Ros Bring World Tour to London

Icelandic ambient post-rockers Sigur Ros will play three dates at Brixton Academy as part of a world tour this March. Led by singer-songwriter JonsiBirgisson, the band perform their unique brand of atmospheric music for fans, calling on their extensive back catalogue as well as tracks from latest album Valtari.

The foursome are currently touring the globe along with an eleven-piece band to help them realise their sweeping, epic sound. So far they’ve wowed fans in Munich, Brussels, Paris and Lille, and will follow the London shows with jaunts across the US, Canada, Japan, China and South Korea, before returning to Europe for more gigs throughout the summer.

The massive tour closes in Britain with a spot at the End of the Road Festival in Dorset on August 31st. Support comes from the UK’s own Blanck Mass, solo project of Fuck Buttons frontman Benjamin John Power, whose music was featured as part of the 2012 London Olympics.

The Brixton Academy shows run from March 7-9, with tickets costing around £30. HotelMap.com has announced details of discounted London hotels close to Brixton Academy, available exclusively to fans booking through the site.

London hotels in the vicinity of Brixton Academy now taking bookings include the Comfort Inn Vauxhall Hotel, which is offering petite double rooms at a 33% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £83. The hotel is located on South Lambeth Road, less than 25 minutes’ walk from the venue.

The Church Street Hotel on Camberwell Church Street is equally as close to the gig. When booking through HotelMap.com, you can take advantage of a 38% discount. The reduction makes the cost of a night’s stay in a double room just £75.

Both London hotels featured here are only available at the discounted rate when booking via HotelMap.com. Visit the site to find more London hotels in the Brixton area, and across the rest of London.

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Helen Mirren resurrects role of Queen Elizabeth

Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, one of the UK’s favourite (and most successful) actresses, returns to the London stage in one of her most lucrative and loved roles – as Queen Elizabeth II.

The Audience, opening at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on February 15th, finds Helen treading the boards as queen Liz – over sixty years of her reign.

Peter Morgan’s plays an imaginary fly on the wall in the weekly private meetings that have taken place between The Queen and each of her Prime Ministers. In Westminster, these meetings are carried out with an unspoken rule of utmost privacy.

But Morgan takes the chance to premier an imagined series of scenes that depict the Queen’s preoccupations, preferences and humour through a series of pivotal meetings with leaders like Churchill, Blair and Cameron.

Morgan teams up with director Stephen Daldry, the man who brought us Billy Elliot, as well as boasting a very healthy West End theatre career. He told the Guardian this weekend that he’s delighted to be back in theatre, where he’s happiest.

Mirren’s reprisal of one of her most praised regal roles is cause for great flutter in ticket sales, and theatre goers are encouraged to book early. Those travelling from outside of London to see the show can take a tip from HotelMap for suitable London hotels.

There’s 61% off the Grange Fitzrovia Hotel on February 23rd for two adults sharing, with a 4* double room coming in at £107. Or stay in a serviced apartment on the same night for under £100 – Studios 2 Let have an apartment for £73, on Gower Street in Russell Square.

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McAvoy as Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios

BAFTA winner and Golden Globe-nominated actor James McAvoy is to star in William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ as part of a new season at Trafalgar Studios. The actor, who has starred in a string of successful Hollywood movies including ‘Atonement’ and ‘X-Men’, will play the title role during an initial ten-week run, which starts on February 9 th and finishes on April 27th.

The production is part of director Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season, and marks a reunion for Lloyd and McAvoy, who worked together on the actor’s last stage appearance in 2009 on the Olivier-nominated ‘Three Days of Rain’ at the Apollo Theatre. The full cast for ‘Macbeth’ is yet to be announced.

According to press notes, the production will see “Shakespeare’s darkest tale play out in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war. Under a toxic fog, Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia.”

Of his upcoming season, Jamie Lloyd said it will be “a season of politically-charged power plays on the doorstep of Whitehall, accompanied by a festival of platform events, discussions and readings.” The season will also feature a series bespoke workshops and masterclasses from professionals, and Lloyd hopes to engage with schools and other institutions throughout the year. Production design for all the plays in Trafalgar Transformed is by Soutra Gilmour, who won the 2012 Evening Standard Award for Best Design.

‘Macbeth’ will be performed at 7.30pm Mon-Sat, with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays.All tickets will be £15 on Mondays, with half being made available through a special outreach scheme, targeting schools and first-time theatregoers. The other half will be available to the general public on the first day of each month, starting from Feb 1st. Tickets for all other nights of the week will range from £24.50-£54.50, with premium seats available for £65.

To help travelling theatre fans keep their accommodation costs down, HotelMap is offering reduced rates on hotels near Charing Cross, just minutes walk from Trafalgar Studios. A map of London, with hotels and their discounted rates clearly marked, is available atHotelMap.com. Visit the site for more information on ‘Macbeth’, Trafalgar Transformed, and to browse discounted hotels near Charing Cross.

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Top tennis stars to play in the Royal Albert Hall

It’s been a busy autumn/winter for the Royal Albert Hall. Off the back of recovery from the Proms 2012, the Victorian concert hall welcomes the Best of Broadway in mid-November, before having to clear its stages and construct a tennis court for the AEGEON Masters Tennis.

This fun-loving event is the toast of the ATP Champions’ Tour – an event which brings back tennis’ favourite blasts from the past, and pits them against each other in pretty settings.

And what could be pretty than this Kensington classical music establishment? With tickets in the sumptuous round arena starting at £9 and reaching up to £97.50, it presents a great opportunity for a spontaneous, good value day out; or a well-planned and lavish treat, right up close and courtside with some of the sport’s most treasured stars.

Running from December 5th until December 9th, it’s a fun and competitive tournament. Last year John McEnroe won in the final against Pat Cash, proving that the fiery American still has plenty left in the tank.

Tennis fans and Christmas shoppers looking to make a weekend of it this December should make the most of the new widget Hotel Map which provides a better way to find your perfect London hotels, dealing directly with the hotels themselves, and finding huge discounts and deals.

Kensington is a busy hotel area, and in the first week of December, bargains must be snapped up as soon as possible. HotelMap has discounts of 68% on The Vanderbilt, a Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel on Cromwell Road, a short walk from the Hall, from £126 for a double room during the tennis.

A few minutes further south, located close to Gloucester Road tube and in a prime location to explore the SW7 museums too, is the Millennium Gloucester, a 4* property that HotelMap can guarantee 72% discounts on: a double room for £115 on 5 th December for the days following.

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Master pianist back in London with Beethoven’s Sonatas

One of the world’s most revered pianists and interpreters of Beethoven and Mozart, Andras Schiff, returns to the UK this month for another crack at his much-lauded ‘piano Everest’ endeavour of playing all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas chronologically.

First achieving the feat in 2006, the event was deemed a triumph by publications such as The Independent. This time around, The Sunday Times has been talking up tickets as in the ‘gold-dust’ category; you might be lucky to get one of the remaining seats for Monday November 19th.

Playing at the Wigmore Hall in central London, a space praised for its acoustics and atmosphere especially conducive to recitals, Hungarian composer and pianist Andras Schiff will be gracing the stage for one week, from November 19th to the 26th.

Classical music fans and pianists will be flocking to the show; and for those making the trip especially, they are recommended to check out HotelMap, an ingenious widget which sources discounts and deals on London hotels by communicating directly with each hotel database.

For this last week of November there are plenty of options for couples coming up for the occasion – just a stone’s throw from the venue is the Oxford Circus Holiday Inn, with rooms for £180 for a double on 19th November, offering a discount of over 50%.

Or there is 67% off 5* luxury at the Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton London, located just off busy Oxford Circus and ideal for guests looking to enjoy the restaurants and nightlife of Soho as well.

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Alan Davies Returns to Stand-up

Actor, comedian and writer Alan Davies is making a return to the stand-up which first made his name more than twenty years ago.

‘Life is Pain’ reveals a new, personal side to the comic, as he draws on the experience of his mother’s death and his life as a new father to get laughs from the most emotional recesses of his endearing personality.

Davies was one of the leading voices in the early 90s comedy boom, and his since established himself firmly as a television regular, first as the star of Jonathan Creek, and more recently as Stephen Fry’s pseudo-stupid sidekick on QI.

Since his emergence as an actor and panel show regular, Davies abandoned stand-up for over a decade, but made a dramatic return in 2011 with a sold out tour of Australia and, this year, an acclaimed Edinburgh run. Along with the personal revelations in ‘Life is Pain’, Davies applies his acute – and cute – brand of surrealist observation to more topical events, including last year’s London riots.

He is set to perform two London dates as part of the tour, one at the Richmond and one at the legendary Hackney Empire. HotelMap.com is the easiest and fastest way for Davies fans to find London hotels close to both venues. Users to the new interactive site from London experts LondonTown.com can search for hotels near iconic landmarks, tube stations or in specific London boroughs and areas. All results are displayed upon an interactive map along with price, any discounts available, star rating and availability. It’s a great way to find bargain prices on some of London’s finest hotels.

Among the deals on offer that will be of interest to anyone in town for Davies’ show at the Hackney Empire is the RE London Shoreditch Hotel on Hackney Road which is offering double rooms for £149 per night – a 90% discount on the standard rate. The hotel is around 25 minutes walk from the Hackney Empire.

The Holiday Inn Express on Old Street is less than a couple of miles from the Hackney Empire, and is offering twin and double rooms at an 81% discount. The reduction brings the cost of a night’s stay down to £67.

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Catch the Human League in London this winter

Fans of ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby’ will be revving up for a spectacular live return for 1980s pop group The Human League. The threesome is on a massive 2012 European tour, taking in Germany, Holland, Denmark and Belgium before spending November and December in the UK.

The group travel to London on Monday 26th November for an extra special date at the Royal Albert Hall. And London hotels experts HotelMap, an ingenious widget which communicates directly with hotels to find the best deals, has started scouting some great deals for hotels near Hyde Park.

Human League fans will be very pleased to know that their accommodation can come at fantastic knock-down prices without skimping on the luxury. HotelMap communicates with its clients directly so there are no extra middle-man charges, and the widget works in seconds, allowing the individual to feed in their data and receive the deals in a matter of seconds.

For music fans who will be up at the end of November to see the 80s champions celebrate 35 years in the music business with classic hits as well as tracks from their new album Credo, finding a hotel near the gig venue is a great treat.

The Berjaya Eden Park Hotel in Bayswater, just over 15 minutes walk to the Royal Albert Hall, has a whopping discount of 93% for the Monday November 26 th – double rooms are available for £73, knocking spots of the usual asking price of £799.

Or there is the 4* Copthorne Tara Hotel Kensignton, coming in at £103 per night. Use the HotelMap widget to find more great deals for the Human League and make your evening a hit!

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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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London’s Biggest Free Music Festival Heads Back to the Roundhouse this September

The iTunes festival is back for another month of free gigs in Camden’s most iconic venue, the Roundhouse. For the past three years the iTunes Festival has been bringing free music to this small, intimate North London venue. As always, the calibre of acts is high. Already confirmed this year are Usher, Jack White, Ed Shearan, Emeli Sande, Deadmau5, Plan B, Noel Gallegher’s High Flying Birds, Labrinth, Jessie J, Biffy Clyro and Mumford & Sons. As with previous years, supporting acts and impromptu appearances will be revealed closer to the time.

Due to the small venue size tickets are limited; interested parties should sign up and register interest online at itunesfestival.com.

Camden is at the heart of London’s music scene and has been for many years. The Roundhouse stage has welcomed The Rolling Stones, The Clash and David Bowie, so this year’s round of acts at the iTunes Festival will be standing on hallowed ground.

As most of the gigs will finish late in the evening, LondonTown is advising iTunes Festival goers to book accommodation in the capital using its newest hotel searching and booking feature: HotelMap.

HotelMap is a clever and straightforward way to find and book hotels close to all the action. Users of the site can search for hotels on selected dates based on area and vicinity to landmarks and attractions. Results are returned on a map of the capital, easily displaying the exact location of London hotels in relation to roads and rail links as well as landmarks such as the Roundhouse. Price, star rating and any discounts are clearly displayed on each hotel icon.

Hotels near Kings Cross are ideal for access to the Roundhouse and for a speedy exit out of the city on mainline rail connections. HotelMap suggests the following two hotels: the three-star Jesmond Dene Hotel and the four-star London Kings Cross Bloomsbury Holiday Inn.

The former is available from £83 per room, per night and the latter is on offer from £176 per room, per night including a 51% discount available through HotelMap.

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SurfSpotting, now available at the Apple App Store

SurfSpotting, now available at the Apple App Store The app that provides a collection of surf spots around the world. AUSTRALIA – July 3, 2012 – Available today, the app SurfSpotting offers surfers 1250 preset surf spots around the world. Its purpose is to provide surfers with a collection of surf spots around the world with a brief description of each spot. The app is map based and displays surf spots within a 20 kilometre (12 mile) radius from the user’s current GPS location. Users can also search for surf spots by browsing global regions, searching by individual spot names or by entering the current wind and swell directions.

The development of SurfSpotting focused on providing preset surf spots, but what makes it different from other ‘surf apps’ is that it allows users to collect and store their own spots. Both the preset and added spots are displayed on the maps and are used with the built-in search functions. Each spot has its own brief description including best wind direction, best swell direction, wave direction (left hander, right hander or both) and a summary of the surface below (rock, reef or sand). The home page displays all spots within a 20 kilometres (12 miles) radius of the user’s current GPS location. Users can also search for surf spots by browsing global regions, searching by individual spot names or by entering the current wind and swell directions. When searching for a spot using the current conditions, the user must input the current wind and swell direction, wave direction they prefer and surface below. The matching results are then displayed on the map.

SurfSpotting can be used by the travelling surfer or surfers just looking to discover new surf breaks.

SurfSpotting is now available for $2.99AU and is priced accordingly in other regions. The app is available world-wide on the Apple App Store.

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Hotelmap.com helps London visitors find the perfect hotel during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend

Summer gets off to a royal start this year with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee taking place on the first weekend in June. Marking sixty years of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne of England , celebrations will be taking place across the country, centring with major musical, artistic and maritime events in the capital.

London is to be well endowed with events from 2 to 5 June. The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant for example, is a 7.5-mile flotilla of boats, canoes, steamers, kayaks and ships – the biggest the Thames has seen in more than 300 years. The BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace will feature music from the likes of Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Paul McCartney. The Epsom Derby will kick everything off on Saturday 2 June as Her Majesty will be in attendance at one of the oldest and greatest horse races in the world.

To top it all off, the great British public is receiving an extra Bank Holiday producing a four-day weekend. This is a cause for celebration in itself, as Hotelmap.com well knows. It is advising people to fully utilise this long weekend and book a stay in one it’s featured London hotels to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Hotelmap.com allows users to search and book hotels based on their geographic location. It displays all available hotels on selected dates on a map of London enabling users to pick hotels close to their favourite sites, landmarks and events. This makes booking hotels in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee much easier.

Users can also filter London hotels based on price, group size and vicinity to highly rated restaurants, tube stations, car parks and even London Olympic sites. With most of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking place around Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. James Park, The Mall, Trafalgar Square and the River Thames users can pick hotels that are within walking distance from this small area of West and Central London.

Hotelmap.com also details which hotels are currently on sale and by how much. Users can get huge discounts of up to 75% off on Hotelmap.com hotels in London this summer.

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Hit The Capital This June with HotelMap.com to Witness the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons First Hand

In good old-fashioned British tradition beacons will be lit across the world this June to mark Queen Elizabeth’s II Diamond Jubilee. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons takes place on 4 June and will be the largest network of beacons the world has ever seen, with more than 4,000 beacons being lit from Canada to Scotland. The event culminates in London as the Queen lights the National Beacon in Buckingham Palace at 10.30pm. All across the capital beacons will be lit at the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the battlements of The Tower of London, St. James’ Park and Lambeth Palace.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons takes place on the first of two Bank Holidays to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Thanks to the addition of a second Bank Holiday, the UK now has a four-day weekend stretching from 2-5 June. This is the perfect excuse to take a holiday in the capital and enjoy all the festivities.

HotelMap.com makes finding hotels in London easy thanks to its clear, easy to use HotelMap, pictorially showing where London hotels are located in respect to the capitals famous landmarks, best restaurants and tube stations.

For instance, hotelMap.com users can find London hotels around The Tower of London to catch the lighting of The Tower of London’s battlements beacon. Users can visually see hotels on the map, which offers a better idea of how long it will take to get to key landmarks and attractions. Users can also filter by price, distance to a tube station, car park or even the London Olympics site. Users can click on a hotel icon to find out more information and click through to the hotel’s own booking system. HotelMap.com won’t take a penny; users pay the hotel directly.

What’s more, this summer HotelMap.com has secured discounts and offers at a range of London hotels, details of which can be found on the hotels’ icons on the HotelMap. Some four- and five-star hotels in London have slashed up to 90% off their room rates during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend.

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MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com Takes Tourism In A New Direction For British Columbia Businesses

MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com, a new destination site launched this year with the MyDestiontionalnfo.com travel network, is offering a fresh approach to the tourism industry, allowing businesses in British Columbia to reach out and connect with customers directly while expanding their national and international exposure.

In addressing the needs for businesses in British Columbia to reach the modern day visitor, MyBritishColumbiaInfo.com is able to provide a comprehensive and cost-effective promotional tool, and it recognizes the needs of today’s travellers to be able to access information quickly and easily. MyDestinationInfo.com ensures that each region is a market leader by regularly updating its technology to meet the expectations of users online.

The global approach of the network means that travellers seeking information for interests and activities such as BC golf coursesBritish Columbia restaurants or ski and snow adventures in British Columbia, can easily plan their trip before arriving at their destination and therefore maximize their travel experience. In addition, international travellers can book their flights and hotel accommodation in British Columbia from the website. This ensures that visitors are able to plan their trip more efficiently and experience a wide range of choices provided in British Columbia in an all in one platform.

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MyDestinationInfo.com Launches Hub Site

MyDestinationInfo.com has launched a new hub site which seamlessly links MyCapeTownInfo.com to the global network of MyDestinationInfo guides. The launch, which took place at the end of September, sees the network of websites become a solid contender on the local online travel guide market.

MyCapeTownInfo.com has been a member of the MyDestinationInfo network since May 2009, and over this time has seen a marked increase in visitors from both within South Africa and around the world.

It is predicted that the launch of the new MyDestinationInfo.com hub site, alongside a high-impact public relations campaign, will see visitor numbers increase dramatically, with a greater emphasis on international traffic.

The hub site is to act as a one-stop travel portal to any traveller looking for in-depth, accurate information on a current destination or to provide inspiration for their next trip to any one of the other 64 travel guides. The intuitive layout and high-quality, editorialised and focused travel articles will lead users to various destinations within the MyDestinationInfo network, offering various establishments the chance to appear in travel editorial, and not just in online listings on the individual sites.

MyDestinationInfo.com already features articles about Cape Town restaurantsTable Mountain, and some its most glamourous restaurants and accommodation, including the Savoy Cabbage restaurant and the One&Only Hotel.

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MyJohannesburgInfo.com Launches Dedicated Tourists Routes

MyJohannesburgInfo.com, part of the MyDestinationInfo.com travel network, has launched a new section dedicated to specific travel routes. This section offers travellers proposed itineraries for an afternoon, a weekend, or an entire week.

These suggested trips and routes, dubbed Johannesburg Destinations deal with 10 of Johannesburg’s most popular regions, as well as regions often overlooked by tourists. They include comprehensive maps, recommended reading, and brief introductions to the various regions.

Routes close to Johannesburg include those of the popular township of Soweto, which suggests hotels, shopping centres, museums and other important heritage sites; Johannesburg proper; Sandton; the Magaliesberg; and the Cradle of Humankind.

Further afield, popular wildlife regions the Kruger National Park and the smaller Pilanesberg Game Reserve is also showcased.

All of these safari routes offer cultural, sporting and accommodation suggestions, as well as highlights within the actual reserves, and link into various comprehensive listings included in each of these categories.

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Chamonixinfo.com Launch Live Hotel Booking Service

ChamonixInfo.com is an expert on all things Chamonix and the portal has decided to make the most of this knowledge to expand the services offered on its website by launching an online hotel booking service with live availability.

Chamonix is one of the most popular alpine resorts in France, with a high demand for accommodation year round. Online booking has become a lifestyle choice, unlike traditional ways of organising holidays, which is why more and more travellers are choosing to arrange and book their own independent holiday to resorts such as Chamonix for added flexibility and choice.

ChamonixInfo.com provides information and research on the area, meaning customers can easily find the information they need, even if they know little about the area they are visiting. The site offers independent reviews and write-ups on handpicked hotels in the Chamonix area so users can quickly browse the range of accommodation on offer.

Going one step further, ChamonixInfo has now launched its online Chamonix hotel booking service, with many of the hotels featured on the website offering online live availability checking and booking.

This new service makes booking a holiday to Chamonix without using a travel agent or tour operator easy. Having chosen the hotel, users simply click on the ‘Search and book’ button to open up the webpage for their chosen hotel. After imputing the dates and number of rooms required, a quote for the holiday will be returned.

All quotes are for the price of the room for the whole stay and not per person and you are sure to get the best internet rates offered by the featured hotels in Chamonix. Those looking for car hire or flights can also find great deals using the search box on the ChamonixInfo homepage.

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MyGardenRouteInfo Reports Upsurge In Eco-Friendly Tourism

MyGardenRouteInfo reports local tourism businesses along South Africa’s Garden Route are starting to place greater emphasis on environmental issues. In line with international trends, tourist businesses along the Garden Route are starting to see the importance of offering sustainable and environmentally friendly services and products that aim to lower carbon footprints and promote reduced impact on the natural surroundings.

The new trend which has been defined by non-profit ecotourism organisation The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people” has seen a dramatic increase throughout the world in recent years.

According to TIES, eco-tourism has been growing 20-34% per year since the early 1990s, and in 2004, eco-tourism and nature-based tourism around the world grew 3 times faster than the tourism industry as a whole.

MyGardenRouteInfo has also noted an increase in the number of businesses aligning themselves with goals outlined by the likes of TIES, but that does not mean a lowering of standards or necessitate a significant change in the individual travellers habits.

The travel website believes that luxury travel businesses can still offer unparalleled experiences but also do it in a responsible manner. This includes incorporating local communities into business models, increasing the use of energy-saving measures, as well as only making use of sustainable materials to build tourist establishments.

Leading the way in terms of responsible tourism development along the Garden Route is Phantom Forest Eco Reserve in the heart of the indigenous Knysna forest. Similar objectives have been achieved by Teniqua Treetops, situated in the Outeniqua forest, which offer eco-conscious travellers a “back to nature” collection of tree-top chalets, and places significant emphasis on long-term sustainability. Wildlife safaris are also managing to lead the way with the famous reserves of Shamwari and Addo Elephant Park providing tourists with eco-friendly activities and the chance to immerse themselves in the nature of the area.

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MyPhuketInfo Launches Novel Booking System For Key Thai Tourism Provinces

MyPhuketInfo.com has recently launched an innovative online booking service, starting first with Phuket and then, by the end of September, to the other destinations for which Phuket is a major hub.

In line with what seasoned travelers today expect of an online booking service, MyPhuketInfo.com has contracts in place with major third party suppliers guaranteeing a wide selection of bookable Phuket hotels and resorts. But the really novel aspect of the service capitalizes on the MyPhuketInfo.com team’s intimate knowledge of the destinations, together with its presence on the ground.

As a result of its close personal contact with local Phuket businesses, the MyPhuketInfo.com team is collecting a whole platform of amazing exclusive special deals and special rates offered by local hotels and resorts, some of which have never before been available for online booking through a major destination website.

A winning formula for Phuket accommodation providers as well as travelers looking for something beyond the standard offerings, the MyPhuketInfo.com locally contracted reservation system means travelers pay the resort direct – a significant cash-flow boost to resort operators – at the same time affording smaller resorts the opportunity of having an online booking engine on their own website.

A significant boost to the MyDestinationInfo concept of a fully interactive total travel information service, the online booking system, which today incorporates airline and car hire bookings and will in future add activity and excursion booking opportunities, meshes seamlessly the insightful local Phuket travel tips and the unique members’ area, which includes a personalized trip planner and the opportunity to input to the MyPhuketInfo.com content by way of comment and review.

As part of a fast-expanding 60-strong international network of information websites, the introduction of the innovative online booking system across the group provides MyPhuketInfo.com visitors with a single source of up-to-the-minute travel resources stretching from London to Australia’s Gold Coast and beyond.

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