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Where2Golf Celebrates 10th Anniversary as Golf’s Ultimate Online Information Source

LONDON, England, February 16, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Where2Golf.com is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the ultimate online information source for the game of golf where golfers can ‘discover the best’ in golf travel and refer to its vast library of golf facts, figures and images.

Whilst first and foremost a comprehensive guide to the finest golf courses and the top golf destinations in the world, Where2Golf also houses an encyclopaedia of golf information covering international tournaments, both professional and amateur, a Who’s Who of golf, from the world’s best professionals to some of golf’s best course designers, as well as a golf dictionary that explains the game’s unique terminology.

Where2Golf began as a hobby back in 2002 for site founders, Nigel Butler and Suzanne Lenaerts, but it was three years later when they quit corporate life and committed themselves fulltime to expanding Where2Golf that it began to crystallize into the complete golf resource that it is today.

The professional development of the website started in 2005 with the couple visiting golf destinations and playing golf courses around the globe to ensure that their content was tried, tested and true and that the information they were providing was as accurate and objective as it could be.

“Nigel and I realised that if we were going to take on the huge task of growing Where2Golf into one of the world’s most complete golf guide we needed to devote 100% of our time to the project,” explains Suzanne. “ We gave up our jobs and began by seeking out and playing what most golfers would describe as the “best” golf courses on the planet. The Where2Golf resource you see today is the culmination of our combined experience of playing, assessing and covering over 4,500 golf courses over the last 10 years, from Europe to America, Australasia to Africa”.

As the content grew, so the website traffic grew.

Testament to the reputation the site has gained as a credible and reliable course reviewer, Where2Golf now generates an impressive 90,000 views per month and rising.

Though not exhaustive, this unique resource represents a wide and rich selection of courses that the general consensus of travelling golfers all over the world would want to play. To keep Where2Golf live, course reviews and new golfing destinations are added to and updated regularly. Turkey for example has recently been included in the golf destinations section.

The golf course reviews are based on Nigel’s and Suzanne’s assessment of three main aspects of a course: the quality of the design and layout, the conditioning and presentation and the attractiveness of the setting. The quality of the clubhouse, practice ground and associated facilities above and beyond the golf course are not factored into the ratings.

Another unique feature of the website is its high quality maps that feature all the courses Where2Golf covers. These maps are a powerful tool when planning a golf trip and mean that golfers can identify their preferred location boasting several great courses while basing themselves centrally. A quick click on each course details nearby recommended hotels whilst ‘Stay & Play’ courses are also indicated.

The encyclopaedia section of Where2Golf is as comprehensive as its golf course coverage.

In the Tournaments category, the results of all the top professional tournaments on the PGA, European, LPGA, LET, Asian and Seniors Tours are covered as well as the top amateur (both men and ladies) scene. Incredibly this coverage goes back as far as 1860.

The Who’s Who category  not only includes the world’s top players but also celebrated golf course designers, golf journalists and club makers and many other golf “celebrities”. Biographies of each individual are listed as well as golfing achievements and their contribution to the world of golf.

Finally a dictionary on the site explains the meaning of the terminology used in the game and offers the first steps in trying to demystify what the sport is about and making it more understandable and approachable.

After 10 years in the making, Where2Golf really is the most comprehensive one-stop shop for travelling golfers.

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Author: Heady Public Relations, England
For further information on Where2Golf, please contact Suzanne Lenaerts
E: theoffice@where2golf.com
 

Notes to Editors 

•  Where2Golf is online golf resource featuring

•  Course reviews
•  World’s top golfing destinations
•  Tournament results around the world
•  Who’s Who of golf
•  Dictionary of golfing terminology

•  Around 4,500 course reviews broken down into:

•  Europe:  +/- 1500 courses in 26 countries
•  North America: +/- 2000 courses
•  Australasia: +/- 250 courses
•  Asia: +/- 600 covering China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
•  Africa: +/- 150 covering Middle East, South Africa and Mauritius

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LondonTown.com: Major portraits on display in London 2015

Rare work by John Singer Sargent to go in display at National Portrait Gallery.

LONDON, October 14, 2014 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — It may be more than three months away, but London’s museums and galleries already have 2015 on their minds. The National Portrait Gallery is the latest London gallery to announce its major exhibition – Sargent: Portraits Of Artists And Friends, which will run from 12th February to 25th May 2015. The National Portrait Gallery is located in the heart of London’s West End in Trafalgar Square, where it is close to the action in the form of London’s best restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. For more about the area, see LondonTown.com, the best London website for tourists hoping to find a hotel in London.

Sargent: Portraits Of Artists And Friends will cover the work of John Singer Sargent, the American artist who as considered the finest portrait painter of his generation. Singer trained in Paris and worked mainly in London, where he was active from the 1870s to his death in 1925. The exhibition will feature a major array of loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America.

Spanning Sargent’s time in London, Paris and Boston as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside, the exhibition will explore Sargent’s incredible circle of friends and his connections with many of the other leading artists, writers, actors and musicians of the time. His portraits of these friends and contemporaries, including Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson, were rarely commissioned and allowed him to create more intimate and experimental works than was possible in his formal portraiture. The exhibition will be one of the highlights of 2015. For more information on this and other exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find details for other major London museums and galleries, as well as the latest information for hotel availability and rates.

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About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.http://www.LondonTown.com

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Punk lives again in London this summer

A new photographic exhibition in the centre of the City of London will open next month featuring some of the world’s greatest images of the punk rock movement. Curated by punk writer and theorist Jon Savage, the exhibition is called I Got You In My Camera: Punk 1976-1979 and will run from 2nd July to 27th July at the Olympus Rockarchive Image Space Gallery at 199 Bishopsgate. The gallery is located in the heart of the City, close to St Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank Of England and other symbols of the British establishment that the punk movement so disliked. For more on the many attractions in this area of London, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find information about London hotels, shops and restaurants, as well as events taking place throughout the summer in all parts of the capital.

The punk exhibition has been pulled together under the guidance of Savage, who has secured work from some of the greatest punk photographers of the London scene – featuring the Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned and Buzzcocks – but also in New York, where the likes of the Ramones, Patti Smith, Television and Talking Heads performed. Photographers involved include the likes of Sheila Rock, Roberta Bayley, Richard Mann, Adrian Boot, Bob Gruen, Ray Stevenson  and  Jill Furmanovsky, many of whom will be exhibiting together for the first time, providing rich visual material of an iconic, image-led season in never-before-seen photographs. Some of the musicians that will be featured in the exhibition include Johnny Rotten, Joe Strummer, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith and Sid Vicious.

The exhibition will focus on the core years of punk, from 1976 when the scenes in both New York and London began to take off, to 1979, when Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. There will be a series of punk-themed evenings taking place throughout the exhibition. For more information, see LondonTown.com.

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About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.http://www.LondonTown.com

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LondonTown.com: Stellar line-up of exhibitions in South Kensington quarter this year

Three of London’s greatest museums – the South Kensington trio of the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A – will be holding major exhibitions this autumn and winter. The three museums are located side-by-side close to South Kensington and constitute one of London’s major tourist destinations. To get an idea of what the area has to offer, see LondonTown.com, where you can also book hotels in London at the cheapest available rates.

AThe Natural History Museum’s annual highlight is the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2014 (from October 2014), featuring dozens of awe-inspiring photographs from around the world. The neighbouring Science Museum will also be displaying photographs for Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction (3rd July – 9th November 2014), the first major UK exhibition by Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta, and Open For Business (22 nd August – 2 nd November 2014), a free exhibition that will tell the story of British industry through the lens of photographers, showing everything from foundries and assembly lines to modern research labs. The Science Museum’s big exhibition will be Cosmonauts: Birth Of The Space Age (November 2014-May 2015), the first UK exhibition to look at the remarkable story of Russian space travel through a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never before been seen outside Russia. These include spacecraft as well as personal memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight, such as Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

Across the road at the V&A, the big exhibition will be Constable: The Making of a Master(20 September 2014 – 11 January 2015), examining the work of British landscape artist John Constable, showing how he painted and placing his work alongside some of the old masters of classical landscape. The V&A’s contemporary, international audience will enjoyHorst: Photographer of Style (6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015), which will present the definitive retrospective of fashion photographer Horst P Horst. The V&A’s other exhibition is Disobedient Objects (26th July 2014 – 1st February 2015), showcasing items made for political protest, including everything from Suffragette teapots, inflatable cobble stones and protest robots, with particular focus on objects from the 1980s to the present day. The V&A will also open their new Rapid Response Collecting gallery on July 5, which promises to showcase recently acquired items of immediate public interest. At the opposite end of the scale to that are the redesigned Europe 1600-1800 Galleries (from December 2014), featuring spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books created by Europe’s finest artists and craftsmen for figures such as Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great.

About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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Grand Royale London Hyde Park: Learn the details of nature photography at the Wildlife Photography Exhibition

It’s the fag end of January and though winter is still dominating the London air, spring has started signaling its slow approach. Bright sunny days with fantastic wind are creating perfect atmosphere for exploring the historic city on feet. For people who have visited London earlier and are planning a trip yet again may try to see London in a different way this time. Instead of spending time visiting the prime spots that they have already explored, visitors may opt for something that is not permanent features of London. Many exciting events, fairs, festivals and exhibitions take place in London in different seasons and taking part in any of those, one can make his or her London trip a unique one. Event venues are scattered across London and majority of them are located at the prime spots that are easily reachable from the esteemed hotels.

Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one of the most eminent hotels in Central London’s prestigious West End is applauded for its strategic location, apart from its service excellence which has earned global recognition for the property. Located close to the iconic Hyde Park and the Kensington Gardens, Park Grand London Hyde Park offers easy accesses to a number of event venues.

Visitors who fancy photography and have a deep interest in the subject would be delighted to know that the Grand Royale London Hyde Park is currently offering access to the Wildlife Photography Exhibition, which is being held at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition, which has started from October 23, 2013 brings to photography enthusiasts a golden opportunity to learn skills from collection of images snapped by experts. The Natural History Museum is among the busiest exhibition venues in Central London and right now its iconic central hall has now turned into a wonderful gallery of photographs and displays that have completely changed the atmosphere of the venue.

The first thing that attracts visitors at the central hall is the huge Diplodocus skeleton. The life size model of a blue whale would also leave visitors spell-bound. However, this season the real charm of the hall is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is one of the important annual events that the museum hosts. This is the 49 th edition of the competition and it has attracted entries from all corners of the world. A panel of expert judges is scrutinizing the submissions to choose the best one which would be displayed at the museum. Shutterbugs can enrich their knowledge by looking at stunning images that have been displayed at the hall under 18 different categories.

Visitors can therefore be sure of seeing some pretty spectacular images, with the 18 category winners and runners up, as well as those being deemed worthy of special commendation being included in the exhibition. Considered largely as the number one global display of nature photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Collection is simply a must-see thing for everyone and especially those having a fascination for wildlife photography. Located on Cromwell Road, the Natural History Museum is very close to the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. From Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one can easily reach the venue by taking a Piccadilly Line-bound train from the nearest South Kensington tube station or bus. The exhibition would remain open till March 23.

To book a room at Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one can either log on to its official website- http://www.grandroyalelondon.co.uk or call at +44 (0) 20 7313 7900.

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Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa Debuts New Name and Renovation Completion

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, formerly Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa, ushers in a new era today following a phase completion of an ongoing multi-million dollar renovation. To coincide with the rebranding as Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, the award-winning luxury resort also announces the opening of Citrus Marketplace and Cafe, the recently added, upscale gourmet market, featuring freshly prepared light bites and grab-and-go items.

The extensive, multi-million dollar renovation commenced in February 2008, and the completion of Citrus marks another milestone in the exquisite California desert resort’s transformation. Imparting a fresh design throughout, the recent renovations to Hyatt Regency Indian Wells include the redesign of the resort’s contemporary lobby, the reconcepting and renaming of Lantana Restaurant and lobby bar Agave Sunset, the expansion of the resort’s private villas, and the transformation of the 26 luxury Penthouse Suites.

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Hyatt Regency Savannah Earns 2012 Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence

Hyatt Regency Savannah hotel today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Hyatt Regency Savannah is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Scott Snipes, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Savannah. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

About Hyatt Regency Savannah
Hyatt Regency Savannah, a 351-room hotel, is located in the heart of the city’s famous historic district, directly on scenic River Street. It features 33,000 square feet of function space, 400 foot private floating dock, and walking distance to one-of-a-kind shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions. Reservations for Hyatt Regency Savannah, may be made by calling 800-233-1234 or visiting savannah.hyatt.com

Hyatt Regency Savannah is located at 2 West Bay Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Tel: 912-238-1234 Fax: 912-944-3678. For more information visit: savannah.hyatt.com orwww.facebook.com/HyattRegencySavannah

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors*, and over 60 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to TripAdvisor’s millions of monthly visitors.

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Macdonald Hotels Dominates at Scottish Hotel Awards 2012

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK’s largest privately owned hotel group, has picked up five prestigious industry accolades at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2012.

The Scottish Hotel Awards, now in its ninth year, is designed to recognise and reward the highest standards, individually and corporately, and to celebrate the excellence and achievement of hotels in Scotland.

Macdonald Hotels was presented with the Group Breakfast of the Year Award, and the head chef from the four-star Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick, was honoured along with three members of the team from Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, for their individual efforts.

Executive chef John Paul McLachlan from the four-star Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick, beat off stiff competition from restaurants across Scotland to be crowned Scottish Hotel Chef of the Year for his signature restaurant, John Paul at the Marine. General Manager Morag Stark from the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa won the Hotel Manager Gold Medal, while her colleague, executive chef Ivor Clark, won the Hotel Chef Medaille a’Argent award and Gina Clark won Events Manager of the Year.

John Paul at the Marine opened in June 2011, specialising in the finest organic seasonal dishes. With two prestigious AA Rosettes, executive chef John Paul, who has worked under culinary greats such as Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay, served up a host of innovative signature dishes with a modern take on traditional fare. Brasserie-style prices coupled with Scottish-influenced dishes, served against the spectacular backdrop of the Firth of Forth, raise the restaurant bar in East Lothian.

Morag, who has been with Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa in Peebles for seven years, is celebrating her second consecutive management gold medal from the awards. With almost 17 years’ experience in the hotel industry, sales manager Gina Clark has built an impressive career within Macdonald Hotels, starting as a trainee receptionist and progressing from this position. She won the award for Events Manager of Year for increasing the number of weddings at the hotel in Peebles by 57 per cent year on year. Chef Ivor Clark has extensive experience from kitchens across the UK and abroad and climbed the industry ladder from commis chef to head chef at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa in his home town.

Ruaridh Macdonald, Sales and Marketing Director at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are all extremely proud of these achievements as they reflect the hard work and dedication from not only those individuals, but across all of our 14 hotels in Scotland.”

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Macdonald Hotels Wins 2012 Menu Innovation and Development Award for Best Breakfast

For the second time in three years, Macdonald Hotels has won the award for Best Breakfast at The Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS). The MIDAS awards aim to recognise the outstanding talents of menu development managers and group executive chefs in the multi-unit and chain restaurants sectors of the food service industry.

Alan Swinson, Catering Director of Macdonald Hotels was presented the award by Eamon Flavin, Managing Director of Delice de France sponsor of Best Breakfast.

Alan said: “It’s an honour to once again win the MIDAS Award for Best Breakfast. At Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, we are immensely proud of the quality we offer to our guests and are happy that MIDAS has recognised our high standards.”

Anna Longthorp from Anna’s Happy Trotters, supplier of sausages to the group, commented: “We are delighted that Macdonald Hotels has won this award. We’re fortunate to work with a hotel collection that cares so much about sourcing top quality, high welfare produce. Many hotels and restaurants are purely fixated on price and our pigs, being free range cost rather a lot more to produce than your average pig but this shows in the quality. Macdonald Hotels could source pork a lot cheaper, such as imported pork, so this just demonstrates their commitment to welfare, provenance and quality.”

The privately-owned hotel group works with a small selection of UK-based suppliers, meaning its restaurant chefs can employ the best raw ingredients to construct menus based on seasonality, sustainability, flavour and provenance, ensuring all food is bursting with nutrients and flavour.

Having invested £120k last year to improve its breakfast menu, Macdonald Hotels takes the most important meal of the day very seriously. Unlike many other hotel groups, Macdonald Hotels’ restaurants celebrate the best ingredients on offer across all areas of catering; breakfast, lunch, room service, conference and banqueting, using only the most fresh of ingredients. Breakfast choice at Macdonald Hotels includes:
– A range of healthy organic mueslis, fresh fruit, yogurt and granola
– Sausages from pigs raised by Anna’s Happy Trotters in Free Range conditions, using only back and belly meat from breeds such as ‘Duroc’ and ‘Maximus’
– Freshly baked all butter croissants, breads and pastries
– Freedom foods approved John Ross Jnr smoked salmon which is smoked in a 150 year old traditional kiln
– 100% Free Range eggs
– Milk from Graham’s The Family Dairy

The group has been awarded over 40 AA Rosettes for its restaurants and its food promise is reflected in the recruitment of the very best in fine dining talent. John Paul Maclachlan, Executive Chef at Macdonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick, learnt his trade with Gordon Ramsay and Raymond Blanc, and Aidan Byrne, who established the British Grill at the group’s Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel near Chester, remains the youngest UK chef to have won a Michelin Star at the age of 22.

For further information about Macdonald Hotels please visit www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk.

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Macdonald Hotels and Resorts scoops two prestigious awards at Scottish Hotel Awards

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has received the Breakfast of the Year Award – Group Hotel category at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2012 in Glasgow. This success comes just weeks after the 45-strong hotel group secured for the second time in three years the title of Best Breakfast at the Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS) in London.

In 2011, the hotel group invested over £120,000 to further improve the quality of its breakfast menu and presentation. In addition to healthy organic mueslis and fresh fruit, business guests can enjoy a nutritious breakfast menu that includes free-range meats, eggs and Freedom Foods approved Scottish smoked salmon. Milk is sourced from the award-winning, Graham’s The Family Dairy.

Alan Swinson, Catering Director of Macdonald Hotels, commented: “For business travellers and conference delegates alike, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for busy professionals sets them up for the day ahead. When staying with any Macdonald Hotel, whether the guest takes breakfast in the hotel restaurant, in their meeting room or from the comfort of their bedroom, they will always be able to savour a high quality breakfast, packed with goodness, freshness and taste, prepared using only the finest and freshest produce.

“Our skilled chefs are passionate about maintaining the highest quality of food offering and can all take great pride in playing their part in securing these latest industry accolades.”

The commitment in quality of ingredients sourced and used by Macdonald Hotel & Resorts is carried across the hotel groups. This ensures all conference delegates, whether at the 750 capacity Macdonald Inchyra Hotel in central Scotland, Macdonald Berystede Hotel near Ascot or the 1000 capacity conference centre at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, enjoy wholesome, nutritious food to stay energised throughout their meeting.

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Macdonald Manchester Hotels Serve Award-Winning Breakfasts

Macdonald Hotels now has two Manchester hotels which are able to boast award winning breakfasts; Macdonald Manchester and Macdonald Townhouse are part of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts who recently attained a highly acclaimed industry award for the most important meal of the day.

For the second time in three years, Macdonald Hotels has won the Best Breakfast award at the Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS), which aims to recognise outstanding talents in the restaurant sector.

Guests at either Macdonald hotel in Manchester city centre can take advantage of the full award winning breakfast menu, which includes organic mueslis and fresh fruit, John Ross Jnr smoked salmon and free range Yorkshire sausages.

Steve Dunford, General Manager of Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, said: “It’s an honour for us as part of the group to receive such a prestigious award. We pride ourselves on being able to offer our guests the finest, quality food. We work with a small selection of UK-based suppliers, and our restaurant chefs use the best raw ingredients so all food is bursting with nutrients and flavour.”

Having invested £120k last year to improve its breakfast menu, Macdonald Hotels takes what health experts class as the most important meal of the day very seriously. Unlike many other hotel groups, Macdonald Hotels’ restaurants celebrate the best ingredients on offer across all areas of catering; breakfast, lunch, room service, conference and banqueting, using only the most fresh of ingredients.

More information can be found at www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk.

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Book Early And Save On Your August Bank Holiday Break, Says Warner Leisure Hotels

Warner Leisure Hotels, one of the UK’s leading holiday and short break specialists, has launched a range of brand new offers for people booking August bank holiday breaks online.

The company, which has a portfolio of 13 properties, has discounted breaks at its hotels across Britain, meaning savings of up to £150 per room can be found. Warner Leisure Hotels has properties to suit every taste, including a grade II listed hall located in the heart of Yorkshire, and a beautiful hotel on the Isle of Wight, with 23 acres of grounds overlooking the Solent.

Jason Riseborough, Marketing Manager at Warner Leisure Hotels, said: “Anyone looking to save money off short weekend breaks and longer holidays in the UK should get in quickly to take advantage of these special offers.

“We have a huge range of quality accommodation available as part of this deal, so whether people fancy letting their cares slip away at Corton Coastal Village on the clifftops of the east coast, or want to be pampered at our world spa at Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire, the choice is theirs.

“All of our discounted adult breaks are available through the Warner Leisure Hotels website, but guests can also speak to a member of the team directly over the phone to make their reservation. We’re advising anyone who wants to save on a bank holiday break to act quickly though, as these deals are likely to be snapped up!”

Anyone who can’t get away during the August bank holiday weekend can still enjoy fantastic value short breaks with Warner though. Last-minute breaks are often available for people who can get away for a short break at the drop of a hat, with savings of up to 50 per cent available. Adults who enjoy fantastic accommodation, delicious food cooked by highly talented chefs, as well as the very best in live evening entertainment won’t go wrong by choosing to book one of Warner Leisure Hotels’ adult only breaks.

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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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Great Savings Available On Warner Leisure Summer Breaks

The adults-only hotel group Warner Leisure Hotels has announced some excellent money-saving deals on many of its hotel breaks for the summertime, so those looking to get away in the next few months should book now to get the most for their money.

Right now, customers can save up to 40 per cent on selected summer breaks 2012 from April right the way through to December, so you could even organise a holiday far in advance if you wanted to be prepared. This would help to ensure you get the best price for your break, and with April breaks from as little as £169pp and December breaks just £143pp at certain hotels, it’s definitely a steal.

Along with this great offer, potential guests can also benefit from half price room upgrades, so you can get a fantastic room for less. Both weekend and midweek breaks are available for Warner Leisure’s 2012 UK breaks and adults can guarantee a great time when staying.

There is always something to do at a Warner Leisure hotel, no matter where your interests lie. For instance, every hotel comes with a choice of great evening entertainment, with some of this year’s acts including Lenny Henry, Elkie Brooks and Billy Ocean. Whether you stay at one of the group’s country or coastal hotels, or even if you stay at one of its coastal villages, you will also be able to wander through landscaped grounds featuring stunning views.

A Warner break gives you the perfect opportunity to venture into the surrounding areas –explore the Great British countryside, go for a coastal walk or visit a nearby attraction or shopping centre to pick up some souvenirs before you head home.

“Our hotels are designed for adults that want to experience a range of activities whilst also having time to relax and, as such, we work hard to make sure that each and every one is fit for a king,” said Jason Riseborough, Marketing Manager at Warner Leisure Hotels. “Our current summer offers can help our valued customers to enjoy some time at one of our 13 hotels and coastal villages this year, where they can put their feet up and make the most of some well-deserved relaxation.”

To find out more about the summer offers that are available, visit www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk now.

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Macdonald Hotels’ Manager Encourages Jobseekers To Stand Out

The manager of a luxury resort in Shropshire this week offered his advice to jobseekers on how to make themselves stand out.

Terence Southward, the general manager at Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel Golf hotel in Shropshire said it was important to show initiative in the current climate.

“Our business is about personality, commitment and get-up-and-go so just putting in that little bit of extra effort can make all the difference,” he said.

Terence, a father of one, started his career at 21 waiting tables at Butlins but is now manager of the luxury hotel and golf resort on Tarporley Road, Whitchurch, part of the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts group which includes 40 hotels and resorts in the UK, including Manchester hotels.

The Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel Golf and Spa is well-known as one of the top 10 golf venues in the UK but it is also one of the most prestigious venues for weddings in Shropshire with a luxury spa and health club as well as conference facilities for up to 300 people.

It had been a quick rise to the top for the 39-year-old who simply knocked on restaurant doors until someone gave him the job he wanted after leaving the holiday park. He said it was this kind of dedication that could make the difference in the eyes of potential employers in 2012.

“It’s easy to put a letter in the post enquiring about employment but if someone with the right attitude walked into my hotel, I would give them a chance,” he said.

Before becoming general manager of Hill Valley, Terence worked his way up through the ranks, starting with waiting tables shortly after graduating from university.

Over the years he has worked in three and four star hotels throughout the North West – including in his hometown of Liverpool while it was the European Capital of Culture – and has managed the catering for the weddings of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen.

He believes the best managers are those who have experienced work at all levels of their industry.

“You understand the pressures your employees are under if you have done it yourself,” he said.

“The most important thing to me as general manager is attention to detail, the moment I walk into a hotel I will notice if the background music isn’t on, if a light bulb is broken or if the temperature isn’t quite right.

“They may sound like small things but they make a difference to customers and that is what concerns me.

“Every day you should come into work and ask what are we doing and how can we do it better?”

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Macdonald Hotels Announces New Market Lunch Menu At The Macdonald Compleat Angler

Macdonald Compleat Angler, which overlooks the River Thames at Marlow, Buckinghamshire, has introduced a new market lunch menu including some of the best fresh, spring provenance. The tempting dishes, created by Head Chef David Smith, will be served in the hotel’s AA two rosette Bowaters restaurant Monday to Saturday from 12.30 until 2.30pm.

The restaurant in Marlow will offer a choice of four delicious dishes for each course with vegetarian options. For starters there’s pressed ham hock, John Ross Jnr smoked salmon fishcake, cream of cauliflower soup or a classic Caesar salad with a soft poached free range hen’s egg.

Sure to be popular for mains are the grilled Scottish Sirloin steak and new season’s hake or customers can savour the braised pork shoulder medallions, while for vegetarians there is a tasty leek risotto, all accompanied by fresh, spring vegetables such as curly kale and roasted beetroot. And to follow, there a number of dessert options, including rhubarb crumble with honeycomb ice cream, vanilla cheesecake and mixed berry compote or a brioche; and for those without a sweet tooth there’s a selection of fine British cheese.

Tables can be booked at the Macdonald Compleat Angler by calling 0844 879 9128.

About Macdonald Hotels & Resorts:
First established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald and colleagues Macdonald Hotels & Resorts operates over 40 hotels across the UK, including hotels in Invernesshotels in Manchester and hotels in Oxford, as well as ten resorts throughout the UK and Spain.

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Macdonald Hotels and Resorts Bring in ING MEDIA to Push Food Message

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts has hired food specialist PR and communications agency ING MEDIA to raise awareness of the hotel group’s progressive philosophy towards food and sourcing.

Macdonald Hotels has put in place unique initiatives to enhance its food proposition over the past decade and its dedication to excellent food standards and quality has raised the bar across the hotel and restaurant industry.

The brief will see ING MEDIA’s Food and Consumer team working closely with Alan Swinson, Macdonald Hotels’ Catering Director, in order to promote the brand across both consumer and food trade press as the hotel group of choice for food lovers in the UK.

Leanne Tritton, MD of ING MEDIA said: “Macdonald Hotels has proved itself to be industry leaders in ethical food sourcing and sustainability. ING MEDIA will be working with both trade and consumer media to develop this message. Adding a client of the calibre of Macdonald Hotels and Resorts further adds to ING MEDIA’s growing Food and Consumer team portfolio.”

ING MEDIA will be targeting consumer, business and trade press with a strong focus on food- centric media, as well as investigating joint campaigns with outside agencies that demonstrate Macdonald Hotels’ commitment to; sustainability, excellent provenance, freedom food and animal welfare as well as simple, fresh, and delicious food.

Alan Swinson, Macdonald Hotels and Resort Catering Director said: “Macdonald Hotels is dedicated to offering excellent food to our customers.

“From farm to fork we look at the full story, animal welfare, ethical sourcing and sustainability all play part in our philosophy of providing delicious food. Our accomplishments have been recognized by the industry and we now have 40 AA Rosettes. We hired ING MEDIA to take our efforts to the next level and highlight the high standard of food we offer as well as the exemplary policies we have in place.”

Established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald, Macdonald Hotels and Resorts currently operate 48 four and five star hotels throughout England and Scotland, including Bath hotels and Manchester hotels.

The hotel group’s expanding awards collection includes 40 AA Rosettes for its restaurants, positioning it second in the UK for the most Rosettes and demonstrating its dedication to quality food.

ING MEDIA has a dedicated Food and Consumer team with a portfolio of quality food clients including Pho Restaurant Group, Glorious!, Chilango, Nudo Italia and Costa Express.

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Spain Visual Includes A New Destination To Its Tourism Portal – La Rioja

Spain Visual (www.spain-visual.com) new tourism portal in Spain presents its latest update includes a new destination La Rioja, the region known for its wines and for being a gastronomic destination of first line, added content can discover its important monuments and landscape values.

It also has integrated holiday homes booking engine Spain-holiday.com offers access to more than 5,000 holiday homes in Spain direct negotiations with their owners.

As for the hotel reservation can be integrated as the exclusive engine for hotelopia.com which gives access to the largest database of available apartments and hotels in Spain at the most competitive market prices for those to plan their holiday in Spain.

In reference to flights, flights & hotel, activities, hotel deals, etc …has been integrated Atrapalo.com and its best offers covering all sectors.

Video contents have been expanded in 80 spots, mainly in Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava, which substantially improves the presentation of these destinations on the site that gives better information for sailors wishing to visit Spain.

Spain Visual is the process of reaching agreements with tourism businesses to prepare for the launch of its portal in the Russian market, a strategic objective of this platform in the near future.

Have also made improvements to enhance content search engine positioning strategies, complemented by short-term advertising campaigns on Google and other ways to get maximum visibility in the shortest period possible.

With these improvements, the Visual Spain provides all the necessary resources to plan your holidays in Spain, with the best possible information on their tourism offers, according to their slogan: “look, find and booking”.

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Book 2012 summer breaks now, says Warner Leisure Hotels

The exclusive UK hotel group, Warner Leisure Hotels, currently has a range of seven-night summer holidays available at all of its excellent hotels, and all can be booked right now.

Warner Leisure has a total of 13 properties located in the countryside and along the coast, including five stunning Grade I and II buildings that have been lovingly restored. The hotel group has a variety of short holidays, adult breaks and weekend breaks available, perfect for guests looking to get away from it all for a short while and enjoy a fantastic trip in beautiful surroundings.

Its properties are situated in Cheshire, the Isle of Wight, North Wales, Somerset, Herefordshire, Berkshire, North Yorkshire, Hayling Island, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk. They are located in areas ideal for outdoor sports, and Warner Leisure also has a number of activities that can be pre-booked for summer holidays. These include guided day trips to nearby towns and cities, visits to attractions and quad biking experiences, as well as many other options.

The summer holidays currently on offer come with a number of benefits included in the price, such as a delicious traditional or continental breakfast each morning, a three course dinner in the evenings, a variety of leisure and sport facilities and live entertainment every night.

When booking summer breaks, guests can choose between a number of different room styles, from historic to contemporary, each with convenient facilities and luxury furnishings. Many of Warner Leisure’s hotel restaurants are Rosette awarded, and the entertainment available includes big band shows, Star break concerts and exclusive performances.

Warner Leisure’s excellent summer holidays can be booked to start on either a Monday or a Friday and can be planned well in advance or arranged with just a couple of weeks to spare. To find out more about the variety of summer breaks available or to book one for 2012, visit www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk now.

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Macdonald Hotels & Resorts signs management agreement with Donnington Grove Country Club

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK’s largest privately owned hotel operator with over forty 4 and 5 star hotels throughout the UK and Spain, has further increased its market presence by signing a management contract with the owner of Donnington Grove Country Club in Newbury, Berkshire.

The agreement gives Macdonald Hotels & Resorts management control of the prestigious 18th century, 32 bedroom hotel, renowned for the quality of its conference, championship golf, fishing and clay pigeon facilities.

The owners, Sandtrend Ltd, retain the management of the pro shop, golf and estate pursuits.

Offering guests spectacular views from the hotel, the River Lambourn runs through 550 acres of the picturesque estate comprised of woodland and mature parkland.

The current staff will be retained in the deal that means Macdonald Hotels & Resorts now manage the country club hotel on behalf of the current owners.

The terms of the agreement will also see the Donnington Grove Country Club retain its own brand identity while Macdonald Hotels & Resorts will steadily implement its hotel-wide operational practices, controls and quality standards.

Referring to the arrangement, Chris Gillett, Managing Director, Macdonald Hotels Management Services Ltd, commented: “Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is very pleased to have agreed a management contract with this wonderful Hotel & Country Club.

“This agreement will further strengthen our portfolio along the M4 corridor and appeal to our discerning business, leisure and conference guests who seek the reassurance and quality of product and service offered by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

“Nigel Green, the general manager of the Donnington Grove Country Club and a former employee of Macdonald Hotels is familiar with our high professional standards. As a company we now look forward to supporting Nigel and his staff in further developing the potential of this beautifully appointed country house hotel.”

The Gothic styled house dates back to 1763. Overlooked by Donnington Castle, the original mansion house was built by James Pettit – Andrews. Following its sale to William Brummell in 1783, the house was transformed into a country estate.

The property was requisitioned in 1940 for Allied Supplies Ltd. In the 1990’s, Dave Thomas, one of Britain’s foremost golf architects was tasked with creating a golf course in keeping with the listed landscape gardens. The construction of the course started in November 1991 and on the 12 June 1993 the Donnington Grove Country Club opened. Sandtrend Ltd purchased the estate in 2004.

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