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Mumford & Sons actuará en el Parque Olímpico de Londres

El grupo londinense Mumford & Sons galardonado con varios discos de platino y cuyo vocalista es Marcus Mumford, presentarán su peculiar estilo indie-folk en el Parque Olímpico Queen Elizabeth de Londres el sábado 6 de julio. Este enorme concierto donde tocarán para un público de 45.000 fans, será justo después de su actuación en Glastonbury donde compartirán escenario con los legendarios Rolling Stones.

Recibirán el respaldo de Vampire Weekend, Ben Howard, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros y Haim, todos seleccionados personalmente por el grupo. En lo que parece será uno de los puntos claves de la gira estival de Mumford & Sons hasta el momento, el grupo interpretará temas de su debut del 2009 “Sign No More”, el tema “Babel” galardonado con varios discos de platino en el 2012 además de estrenar material inédito.

Mumford & Sons en el Parque Olímpico Queen Elizabeth será uno de los primeros eventos que tendrán lugar en el reformado parque olímpico que se inaugura oficialmente el sábado 27 de julio, tras las Olimpiadas de Londres del 2012. Cuenta con 250acres de bellos jardines abiertos y 6,5 km de canales.

En lo referente a Hoteles Londres junto al parque olímpico, LondonTown.com cuenta con una amplia gama de opciones. Por ejemplo, el Holiday Inn Express London-Stratford, situado a un paseo de tan solo diez minutos. Ahora se pueden reservar dobles con dos camas desde tan solo 91 libras, con un descuento del 54%. Si se busca algo más lujoso, el Town Hall Hotel & Apartments, situado a unos treinta minutos en Bethnal Green, ofrece decoración de arte deco bellamente restaurada con fabulosos salones para cenar (el restaurant Viajante forma parte del edificio), gimnasio, piscina y spa. Las dobles con dos camas, que incluyen mobiliario vintage único, comienzan desde 123 libras, incluyendo un descuento del 58%. Así que… ¿por qué no disfrutar de la noche con Mumford & Sons y LondonTown.com?

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Kings of Leon ofrece “Sex On Fire” en el O2 Arena de Londres

Los roqueros del sur de los EE. UU. Kings of Leon ofrecerán su primera actuación en Londres en dos años en el O2 Arena el miércoles 12 y el jueves 13 de junio. Se lanzaron a la fama en el 2003 con su álbum debut “Youth And Young Manhood”, y su fama ascendió en los siguientes cinco años alcanzando su máximo esplendor con el álbum del 2008 “Only By The Night” que incluía su single más famoso “Sex On Fire”.

Ahora tras cinco años vuelve este grupo preparado para triunfar de nuevo con el nuevo álbum que saldrá al final de año. Los revitalizados hermanos Leon estrenarán canciones de sus próximo sexto álbum aún sin título, además de todos sus emocionantes temas favoritos como “Molly’s Chambers”, “The Bucket” y “Radioactive”.

Para los chicos de Kings of Leon la capacidad de 23.000 del O2 Arena no es ajena. Pieza central del modernizado Millennium Dome en Greenwich, la última vez que tocaron aquí fue en junio del 2009 con su memorable actuación se inmortalizó en Blu-ray.

Además, encontrar Londres hoteles para alojarse tras la actuación no será problema con las ofertas de LondonTown.com cerca del O2 y a inmejorables precios. Ahora mismo se puede reservar una doble con un enorme descuento del 83% en el Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf a tan solo 63 libras la noche. A menos de diez minutos del O2, en este hotel se puede descansar tras una fabulosa noche disfrutando de la música de los éxitos de Kings of Leon.

Para algo con precio módico, el Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich, a un paseo de quince minutos del O2, ofrece habitaciones dobles desde 94 libras la noche (con un descuento del 37%). ¡Así que no lo piense más y aproveche la noche con los Kings of Leon!

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Brit Awards Return to O2 Arena

The Brit Awards are returning to the O2 Arena for 2013. Live performances will come from Taylor Swift, Robbie Williams, Muse, Emili Sande and Muse. Justin Timberlake is continuing the comeback he started at the Grammy’s, and will air his new track ‘Mirrors’ at the event on February 20th.

Nominees include Calvin Harris and Plan B for Best British Male Solo Artist, and Paloma Faith and the late Amy Winehouse for Best British Female Solo Artist. Mumford & Sons, One Direction and Muse are up for Best British Group, while Coldplay and the Rolling Stones are hotly tipped to scoop the Best Live Act gong.

There are also nods for last year’s winners Ed Sheeran and Adele, who picked up Album of the Year and Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2012 awards. Mercury Prize winners Alt-J are up for Album of the year. The Brit statues themselves will be provided by Damien Hirst. James Corden returns as host.

The event kicks off at 7.15pm. Website LondonTown.com has announced details of discounted hotels in London, all close to the O2 Arena. The reduced rates are available exclusively through LondonTown.com.

One of the participating hotels is the Ibis at London Docklands. A budget chain hotel, the 54% discount brings the already-reasonable room rate down to just £54 per night. The Ibis is less than fifteen minutes walk from the O2 Arena.

Their sister hotel at the ExCel Centre is a few minutes further down the river. When booking through LondonTown.com, double and twin rooms are available at a 64% discount. The reduced rate makes the cost of a night’s stay only £69.

The Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich, also around fifteen minutes from the O2, is offering double rooms at a 42% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to just £121.

All the featured hotels in London are available at the discounted rates when booking exclusively through LondonTown.com. Visit their site for more information on the 2013 Brit Awards, and to find more discounted hotels in London.

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Plan B en el O2: disfrute del fin de semana con LondonTown.com

El 2012 fue un año fabuloso para Ben Drew, conocido como rapper Plan B. Además de su famosa película, IllManors, y el álbum de la banda sonora, también tuvo lugar el ascenso público de este músico, cantante,rapero y escritor.

Sus apariciones públicas han incluido una apasionada TED talk, y también ha demostrado ser una de las voces de la razón de la política actual con sus debates sobre las diferencias entre ricos y pobres.

Actualmente es un hombre muy ocupado. Tal como indica la web LondonTown.com, junto al proyecto “iLLManors”, Drewprotagonizó el remake deTheSweeney, ayudó a su comunidad en la BBC Radio 1 Academyy fundó su propia organización benéfica. Pero en 2013, Ben Drewvuelve a hacer lo que hace mejor: actuar.

Este gran artista actuará en el gran 02 Arena de Londres en Greenwich el 9 de febrero 2013. Es una gran actuación para este rapero, y seguro que catapultará el enorme éxito del año y medio que ha tenido hasta el momento. Plan B en el 02 es uno de las primeras grandes actuaciones de este año.

Los fans que busquen Londres Hoteles pueden utilizar LondonTown.com para conseguir grandes descuentos en alojamiento cerca y no tan cerca de Greenwich. Se pueden quedar cerca en el RadissonBlu Edwardian New Providence Wharf por tan solo 139 libras –un descuento de más del 60%. Y también pueden disfrutar del Town Hall Hotel &Apartmentsde 5 estrellas en Bethnal Green por 168 libras.

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ValueAirlines.com Emerges to Compete for Travel Rates of Major Travel Site Players

With competing travel companies fighting over customers traveling to the continental United States and the European seaboards, a new travel site has sets its sights on the far Orient to help travelers reach the steps of the Great Wall, the courtyards of the Angkor temples or the tropical forests of Vietnam by providing the lowest fares and the friendliest, most efficient service to its customers.

San Francisco based company ValueAirlines.com has made it a priority to help people save time and money in their travels by providing accurate and reliable information as well as comparable prices to those of Kayak, Fly.com, Tripadvisor.com and Mobissimo and offers travel services ranging from airline tickets and hotels to vacation packages, car rentals and cruises.

ValueAirlines.com compares the rates of over 400 low-cost airlines and over 300,000 of the best hotels. Not only does Value Airlines get the cheapest fares in Asia, but around the world as well, rivaling travel agencies that specialize in travel rates for Australia, South and North America as well as Europe and Africa. Value Airlines is celebrating the launch of their site and encourages all world travelers to take a quick tour of the site and compare what can only be described as highly economical fares.

As an online media company ValueAirlines.com does not sell tickets but is dedicated to simplifying consumers’ search, publishing great deals and also providing them with the best travel guides. For more information on our services visit Valuearlines.com or contact info@valueairlines.com.

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IPP advises agents on Flight Plus Liability as Airlines collapse by the week

Global travel credit specialists and UK market leader International Passenger Protection Ltd (IPP) have highlighted to new Flight Plus license holders that they will be liable for the financial collapse of any suppliers they sell such as Airlines, Hotels, Car Hire Companies, Rail journeys, Amusement parks, Ferries etc.

“Flight Plus presents a fresh direction in giving some form of clearer consumer protection, however we are seeing many agents still not grasping the actual liabilities they could face, no different to existing ATOL holders with agents still convinced that their ATOL covers the collapse of not only them but anything they sell”

“ATOL will only cover the collapse of anything the agent sells if the agent themselves collapses at the same time, otherwise the agent is always responsible for anything they sell which financially collapses which is part of a flight package” continued Mclean.

However IPP’s concern continued with the fact that the new ATOL certificate will only be issued to the public if they buy an ATOL holiday. “This seems to defeat the ultimate objective of an informative sale for all people purchasing travel, it’s a shame the certificate could not have gone a step further to clarify a trip not being protected so consumers can make an informed choice on their purchase and if they wish to protect or not.”

The warning comes as the 8th collapse in a matter of weeks with Air Australia leaving thousands stranded abroad, and with at least one airline collapsing each week in the last four weeks. “Collapses are not just stretching to Airlines, we have seen companies such as Sea Ferries and Hotels collapse or currently in dire financial strain” commented IPP’s Director Paul Mclean.

Protecting agents exposures can be simply covered with an annual policy covering scheduled flights and or end suppliers for very little costs per passenger. But IPP pointed out that agents should ensure they only take out insurance with Insurers whom are UK registered and members of the FSA and it would be prudent for them to check out the credentials of the Insurer providing the cover.

With the eurozone crisis, rising fuel costs and an increased tax burden, IATA forecast Europe’s airlines would lose at the best $600 million this year. The recent collapse of long established caries such as Malev and Spanair demonstrated how even governments are willing to let a state supported airline wither away. Numerous governments have shown their reluctance to continue support national carriers by seeking new investors such as Malev, LOT, SAS, TAP, and CSA Czech Airlines. This does not mean these carriers are at risk necessarily but investment from the banks is simply not there anymore which the whole industry depends on not just airlines.

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Relentless Skiing Experiences at Freeze Festival London

As the ski season fast approaches many of us are itching to get ourselves psyched for what promises to be a season to remember with record snowfall already being predicted in the Alps amongst other top destinations. Many of you will already have booked your chalets and will be preparing to leave these dreary shores for something cooler and much more fun. Many of us are still trying to juggle other commitments and create a space for a decent winter break – to those of you good luck. In the meantime, to get you in the mood for the slopes, we’d recommend you head to this year’s Relentless Freeze Festival which promises to be the most exciting warm up you could possibly have to the winter season.

The Relentless Freeze festival is the UK’s only music come skiing come snowboarding event and promises to be absolutely spectacular for all of us party going ski and snowboarding fans out there. The festival has been running for a few years now and is the perfect mix of thumping tunes, dirty beats and incredible winter sports – this year all set at the slightly less wintery destination of Battersea Power Station in our very own London.

The biggest draw for many people will of course be the music but it’s the skiing and snowboarding that really will be turning the most heads as the cream of the international crop head to London to ride the 32 metre high jump being constructed from over 500 tonnes of real snow. Friday sees the international freestyle skiing competition which will feature the very best international skiers plus of course a lot of home grown talent. Britain’s very own Dom Harington letting us know just how epic the jump is “It’s quite scary at the top because you can feel it wobbles, but it’s an amazing scenery over the whole of London from up there.” Jacob Wester, Gus Kenworthy and Jossi Wells will also be taking the plunge along with a host of the other international superstars of the ski world promising to make the event as memorable as possible and to get you itching to make your first jump of the season. Saturday sees the snowboarders take to the jump with the best the world has to offer, competing for some epic prizes in the Europe v The World ski and snowboard battle. You can expect to see some incredible tricks from the likes of Jamie Nicholls and James Woods as they compete to win the title for Europe and complete the snowboard final world cup.

The music on the other hand promises to be equally stunning. The festival has seen some great names over the last 3 years including Cypress Hill and Pendulum but this year promises to top the lot with 4 stages competing to bring you the very best live music available anywhere in the country. Headliners are set to be Groove Armada and the Streets who will be performing one of their last ever gigs. These epic acts will no doubt be the biggest draws but with bands ranging from Daniel P. Carter to Dirtyphonics you’re really going to be spoilt for choice.

And that’s not even to begin to mention the whole host of other stuff that will be going on from the latest kit on sale to the chill out bars and après ski parties. This promises to be the best pre-season ski event on the planet so grab your tickets now before they’re gone.

Columbus Direct is a top travel insurance specialist founded in 1988. If you are planning a winter break this year, ski insurance from Columbus Direct can protect you on and off the slopes. You could save up to £40* on single trip travel insurance and you’ll have a 10% discount when you buy online compared to call centre prices. During the last decade, more than 12 million customers have trusted Columbus Direct with their travel insurance requirements.

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CheapTravelInsurance.com Appoints New Heavyweight Underwriter to Offer Customers Enhanced Service and Greater Cover

Leading online travel insurance specialist CheapTravelInsurance.com has this week announced a deal with a new policy underwriter aimed at giving customers a better service than ever. Increased peace of mind thanks to more extensive travel insurance cover is the order of the day thanks to CheapTravelInsurance.com changing its underwriter to Mondial Assistance.

Travellers who take out a travel insurance policy through CheapTravelInsurance.com can now enjoy greater levels of cover thanks to Mondial Assistance being a member of the gigantic global insurance group Allianz. Mondial Assistance has been providing travellers with specialist insurance policies since the 1950s and enjoys a reputation for sourcing medical excellence overseas for policyholders.

CheapTravelInsurance.com offers Which? recommended travel insurance policies at affordable prices which can be reviewed and bought online at the traveller’s convenience. The website also offers extensive levels of additional travel information including weather and news updates which could affect customers’ insurance policies on planned trips.

Single trip insurance policies are available at the click of a mouse, as are annual multi-trip cover, ski and snowboarding policies, backpacking cover and cheap travel insurance for the over 65s. The new insurance policies offered in partnership with Mondial Assistance include 63 sports and leisure activities included as standard, compared to previous policies which covered only 40. Extreme sports are covered in large numbers too, from abseiling to water-skiing, bungee jumping to scuba diving – perfect for the adrenaline junkie!

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Travel Meta Search Portal Goes Live

AsianAirfares.com has launched a new flight search website that it claims simplifies price comparison and selection of time, dates and airlines. AsianAirfares.com makes it easier and faster for people to find information by gathering the most relevant travel results f r o m the biggest and best Airline and Travel Sites on the Internet.

Travel Meta Search Portal Goes Live

AsianAirfares.com and its subsidiaries (350 travel sites) is now one of the leading online Travel, Meta Search Engine with more than 250,000 visitors and more than 500,000 page views every month. Each day we bring the latest money saving specials and deals f r o m the travel industry. Our free low rate search and compare service offers the latest – low rates – on products ranging f r o m Airline TicketsHotelsVacation PackagesCruises and Car Rentals Around the World.

AsianAirfares.com is a Travel, containing a unique breadth and depth of products and services. Which means we search hundreds of sites f r o m all over World to provide the information to you in an easy-to-use display and send you directly to the source to make your purchase? More than any other comparison sites, we help you find the best and lowest Rates on Flights , Hotels , Cars ,Vacation Packages and Cruises . AsianAirfares.com will provide you with some of the best Travel deals in the Travel and Hospitality Industry.

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Essentialtravel.Co.Uk Scoops Top Industry Accolade

Leading travel essentials provider scoops top industry accolade. EssentialTravel.co.uk was delighted to accept the top gong for Best Travel Insurance Website at last night’s Travolution Awards.

Held at The Dorchester Hotel, the prestigious Travolution Awards celebrate achievement in innovation and outstanding strategy within the travel industry.

EssentialTravel.co.uk was shortlisted alongside five competitor websites in its category. Directors Stuart Bensusan and Philip Jordan attended the event and were delighted when it was announced they had won.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award,” says Philip Jordan, Director, EssentialTravel.co.uk. “We work hard as a team to ensure that our website is user friendly, regularly updated and fun to use. To have been recognised by our peers in the industry is a huge honour.”

An independent panel of judges from across the industry felt that Essentialtravel.co.uk was a deserving winner due to its outstanding performance across all of the key categories, including functionality and clarity of product. The panel was also impressed by the high level of credibility of the services offered by EssentialTravel.co.uk. For further information and to book visit www.essentialtravel.co.uk or call 0845 803 5434.

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Holidaymakers Should Be Careful To Compare Travel Insurance When Taking An Adventure Break, Says Insurancewide

People are increasingly seeking out the thrills and adrenalin rush of an adventure holiday and activities such as zorbing and bungee jumping are becoming more popular – even on a standard break. What holidaymakers don’t realise is they may not be covered under a standard travel insurance policy and should be comparing travel insurance providers to make sure they are taking risks with the right insurance in place, warns Insurancewide, one of the UK’s premier insurance comparison sites.

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So before you embark on your next activity holiday – whether it be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or white-water rafting in New Zealand – take some time to look at your travel insurance policy and compare different options.

Take Risks But Not With Your Travel Insurance

Skiing is a common winter break and maybe not classed as ‘adventure’ as such, however in most cases it still warrants specialised insurance – a quick search will allow you to compare the differing policies for this type of holiday. If you suffer a fall, treatment in some of Europe’s most exclusive ski resorts could really add up, so it’s worth making sure you are covered. If you fancy trekking in Nepal or maybe climbing some of the world’s most stunning mountain ranges you will have many stories to tell – but you don’t want them to be of how much you ended up paying out as a result of an injury.

Even if you’re more of a fan of relaxing on the beach, you may have been drawn into trying a fun activity such as water-skiing or scuba-diving on the spur of the moment, without giving your travel insurance a second thought. After all this is what holidays are for – enjoying new experiences that come your way – however if you are keen to try a new activity, check and compare travel insurance policies to ensure you aren’t leaving yourself vulnerable if something were to happen.

When you compare travel insurance you may be tempted to tick ‘no’ to the list of activities you will be undertaking to take down the cost of your policy. Yet for peace of mind and the flexibility to travel somewhere a bit different, or try something new on your usual beach holiday, it’s extremely important to make sure you have the right travel
insurance in place.

About Insurancewide

Insurancewide, also known as Insurancewide.com Services Limited, is an online insurance comparison website offering insurance comparison tools which allow users to search the market and procure the best insurance policies and quotes. Insurancewide was launched in August 1999 as the first insurance comparison website on the internet.

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Extended Holidays: The Ideal Way To Unwind

Since the 1980s, air travel has become ever more popular and today, jetting off to New York for a weekend or Paris for the day is commonplace. Even with the global economic recession squeezing household budgets, families are still making time to visit far away (but still affordable) places. Yet how much can you really see of a country in a few days, or even a week? In destinations as vast and culturally diverse as India and China, for instance, even three weeks might not be enough to get a well-rounded taste of what the country offers.

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If you’re really hoping to absorb a foreign culture, a long stay is well worth considering. Planning extended bouts of travel may seem daunting, but if you know what you want to get out of a trip – and you’ve got like minded company along for the ride – a long holiday could be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life.

Extended holidays are not just for gap years

Whether you’re 40 or 60, it’s often possible to arrange a sabbatical from work in order to enjoy an extended holiday overseas. Some companies actively encourage such expeditions and may see it as part of enriching the skill set of their workforce. What’s more, if you’ve recently been made unemployed and hope to spend some time out of the job market before diving back in, a long holiday could be just what you need. This could be especially true if you’re single and you’ve collected a significant amount of money in your savings account which isn’t benefiting from today’s low interest rates.

Of course, if an extended holiday is something you want to pursue but you’re unprepared or simply unable to embark on one just yet, it might be something that’s worth considering for your retirement. Many retired couples spend six months of every year travelling abroad and see it as the ideal way to spend their old age.

Extended holidays can take on a variety of forms. Perhaps you’ve always harboured a desire to traverse every corner of Russia; taking two months away from work to experience the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok would be the realisation of a dream. On the other hand, you could spend four months backpacking across South America, from Venezuela and Brazil to the very tip of Argentina and Chile.

Alternatively, if you’d like your extended travel experience to possess a wider purpose, there are plenty of groups who organise charity work camps in developing countries, from South Africa to Sri Lanka, where you could be doing anything from building wells and schools to helping AIDS orphans.

Your long holiday check list

However old you are when you take your extended holiday, it’s crucial to remember the essentials. For starters, double check your passport’s expiry date: you need at least six months left on your passport in order to travel, and if you’re planning to be travelling for several months, you will need at least a year. Next, make sure that you obtain the correct visas for the countries you intend to travel to. If you’re planning on visiting a country, leaving it and then re-entering, ensure that you request a multiple-entry visa.

At the same time, you’ll need to find out whether you need to receive any injections or medication before embarking on your trip – for instance, travellers in India will most likely need to ingest anti-malarial tablets at regular intervals. You should also be sure you opt for specialist long stay travel insurance, so you can reclaim the costs of any medical support you might need, as well as any belongings you should happen to lose.

Before you leave, it’s a good idea to give your house keys to a neighbour or family member, so they can check up on your home at regular intervals. After all, there would be few things worse than enjoying a tranquil extended holiday and returning to the UK to find someone has broken into your home.

About Insurancewide

Insurancewide, also known as Insurancewide.com Services Limited, is an online insurance comparison website offering insurance comparison tools which allow users to search the market and procure the best insurance policies and quotes. Insurancewide was launched in August 1999 as the first insurance comparison website on the internet.

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Brits To Save £3 Billion By Holidaying In The UK Reveals The Travel Insurer LV=

Almost five million adults who are taking a UK holiday this year (40%) put their decision down to financial concerns, with 16% admitting they cannot afford to go abroad, 13% blamed unfavourable exchange rates, and 11% simply said that a holiday in this country will be cheaper. These concerns have affected Londoners by far the most; with 59% of those holidaying in the UK saying that financial factors led to their decision.

On average, those staying in the UK estimate they will spend £477 per week on their holiday. This compares to those going abroad who think they will spend £728; meaning that the UK holidaymakers will be saving on average £247 each, leading to a UK wide saving of just under £3 billion on holidays in 2009*.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for LV= travel insurance, commented: “It’s not surprising that many more people are looking to take their main holiday in the UK this year. The sliding value of the pound, particularly compared with the Euro and US dollars, plus the overall economic climate, have made holidaymakers think twice about spending their hard-earned wages on a trip abroad.”

Further LV= research** has indicated that more than five million Brits are planning to cut back on one or more insurance policies this year, with 22% of these looking at cutting a travel insurance policy. These new figures show that 59% of those holidaying in the UK do not intend to take out any form of insurance cover for their break.

Emma Holyer continued: “It is important that these people remember that even though they are staying in this country, travel insurance is still important. It will help to ensure that they don’t end up out of pocket if they have a problem with their transport arrangements, such as missing their train, plane or bus, or if their belongings go missing. In addition, if customers have to cut short their holiday or cancel for any reason, insurance will mean they can claim back some of the costs.”

All research (unless otherwise specified) carried out by Opinium Research. 2,214 online interviews were carried out from 5-9 March 2009.

* 25% of UK adults who are taking a holiday in the UK multiplied by average £247 saving = £2,964,000,000

** Research carried out by Opinium Research. A survey of 2,141 people took place between 16-20 Jan 2009.

About LV= 
LV= offers car, home, travel and pet insurance direct to consumers by telephone from its UK call centres in Bournemouth and Croydon and online from its website. LV= has been awarded the Defaqto five star rating for home insurance and car insurance. LV= insures over 1.6 million cars and 480,000 households in the UK.

LV= is a registered trade mark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. The new LV= brand identity was launched in March 2007.

LV= employs over 3,800 people, serves around 3.2 million customers and members, and manages around £7 billion on their behalf. We are also the UK’s largest friendly society (Association of Friendly Societies Key Statistics 2008, total net assets) and a leading mutual financial services provider.

LVFS is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority register number 110035. LVFS is a member of the ABI, AMI, AFS and ILAG. Registered address: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.

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Popularity Of Non-Eurozone Resorts Continues Reveals M&S Travel Money

A new survey by M&S Money has revealed that more than a third of British travellers* (36%) take into account the strength of a country’s currency in relation to the pound when planning their holiday abroad. It’s not surprising, therefore, that holiday resorts outside the eurozone continue to increase in popularity as Brits look for the best value destinations.

According to the M&S travel money survey, Egypt and Turkey – two of the most popular destinations in 2008 – are set to be firm favourites again this year. Sales of the Egyptian pound and Turkish lira have increased by 20% and 46% respectively in Q1 compared to the same period in 2008.

M&S bureaux staff have also reported increased demand for the Kenyan shilling. The Kenyan government is keen to boost tourism in the country and recently announced that Visa rates would be cut to make the country more appealing to visitors. The Minister of Tourism for Kenya announced that entry visa rates are to be reduced by 50% and completely cut for children under 16 f r o m April 1 until the end of 2010.

For travellers seeking a short-haul destination, Iceland is set to be a popular option this year. British travellers now get much more for their money when visiting Iceland – the strength of the krona against the pound has dropped by 65% compared to March 2008. Year-on-year sales of the krona have increased by 32%.

The long-haul destinations of South Africa and Mexico are also enjoying increased interest f r o m UK holidaymakers.

James Yerkess, M&S Travel Money Manager, said: “The falling value of the pound in the past year means that holidaymakers are looking around for resorts where they are getting more for their money. Brits still want to enjoy a holiday, but they are being more selective about where they go.”

Overall M&S Money is continuing to see a large increase in people exchanging foreign currencies for sterling, with a 21% year-on-year increase in the amount of foreign currency exchanged for sterling at M&S bureaux during Q1.

M&S Money has also found that, as the strength of currencies including the euro, US dollar and Japanese yen has grown against sterling in the past year, customers using the M&S commission-free ‘buy back’ service are now much better off when exchanging foreign currency. Customers are also exchanging large amounts of Australian dollars, Swiss francs and UAE dirhams.

*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are f r o m YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2154 adults. Online survey fieldwork undertaken 23-26 Jan09. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About M&S Money:
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top ten credit card provider and the second largest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover, including home insurancepet insurancewedding insurance as well as loans, savings and investment products.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC. The Group serves customers worldwide f r o m around 9,500 offices in 86 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,527 billion at 31 December 2008, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as ‘the world’s local bank’.

M&S Money has an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives f r o m HSBC and Marks & Spencer. 

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The True Scale Of Holiday Cons Is Vastly Underestimated By The Local Authorities

According to findings in new research commissioned by travel insurer LV=, cons such as shopkeepers hiking prices when they see tourists coming, timeshare fraudsters and taxis taking the scenic route are rife across European resorts, with a fifth (21%) of British tourists targeted during the last five years.

The research undertaken by YouGov on behalf of LV= reveals that the true scale of holiday cons is vastly underestimated by the local authorities with only 10% of holidaymakers reporting scams to the police.

Holidaymakers interviewed in the research said the average cost to them of being successfully ‘scammed’ was £250.

Brits are most likely to fall victim to conmen in Spain, with one in ten of victims targeted in a Spanish resort. Tenerife (7%), Turkey (4%) and Paris (4%) were also singled out by holidaymakers.

The findings show holidaying couples are twice as likely to be targeted by a scammer than other holidaymakers (43%), while independent travellers make up one in five (18%) con victims.

LV= is calling on holidaymakers to help discourage scammers by reporting them to the police, and is offering advice on how to avoid con merchants whilst abroad.

Emma Holyer, spokesperson for travel insurer LV=, commented: “The cold days of winter will spur many of us to start planning our holidays, but with one in ten holidaymakers falling victim to scams abroad in the past two years its clear there is an industry worth billions based on ripping them off. Not only can cons cost money but they can ruin a trip, so we are offering advice on steps to take to avoid ending up out of pocket or on a tour that you don’t want to be.”

Jess Prasad, from the Foreign ad Commonwealth Office’s ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign, added: “Being prepared before you go abroad will lessen the risk of you being scammed. Read up on your destination as much as possible before you travel at fco.gov.uk/travel. If you are a victim of crime, report it immediately to the local police – and get a police report in case you need to make a travel insurance claim.”

Additional travel insurance advice can be found on the LV= website or from fco.gov.uk/travel for detailed advice on travel to every country.

All research unless otherwise stated undertaken by YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2185 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 26 and 28 January 2009. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About LV=
LV= offers car, home, travel and pet insurance direct to consumers by telephone from its UK call centres in Bournemouth and Croydon and online from its website.

LV= insures more than 1.6 million vehicles and 470,000 households in the UK.

LV= has been awarded the Defaqto five star rating for home insurance and car insurance.

LV= is a trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and LV= is a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies.

Via EPR Network

M&S Money Has Reported That Sales Of Turkish Currency Have Soared As Brits Seek Holiday Bargains Outside The Eurozone

M&S Money reports that the popularity of destinations outside the Eurozone is growing among British tourists, with Turkey emerging as a top holiday hotspot for 2008.

Foreign currency expert M&S Money has seen a 53% year-on-year increase in sales of Turkish Lira. The Turkish Lira has proved to be the second most popular ‘exotic currency’* in 2008, only being beaten to the top spot by the Australian Dollar.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of Brits visiting Turkey ranks third, only behind travellers from Germany and Russia. Around 1.9 million British tourists visited the country in 2007 and bookings for Turkish resorts are up 20% this year according to the ABTA website.

Currency sales have received an additional boost over the past few weeks, as millions of Brits headed abroad to make the most of the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer.

Fraser Millar, M&S Head of Travel Services, said: “The huge increase in sales of Turkish currency is not surprising, with the relative power of the euro against the pound meaning Brits are getting more for their money by opting for destinations like Turkey. This trend is confirmed by the fact that there has also been a large increase in sales of Egyptian currency this year.”

However, travellers heading to Turkey are being warned that they should make sure that they have travel insurance. According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Turkey is in the top 15 countries where British nationals required the most consular assistance between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007. During this period, 157 British passports were lost in Turkey and there were 137 hospitalisations involving British citizens.

About M&S Money
M&S Money (originally called Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top-ten credit card provider and the second-largest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers travel insurance as well as providing insurance for homes, cars, travel, pets and weddings, along with loans, savings and investments.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations with over 9,500 offices in 76 countries and territories. The business continues to operate under the M&S Money brand, with an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer.

The company employs 1,200 staff at its headquarters in Chester, delivering personal financial services to its customers, reflecting the core values of Marks & Spencer – quality, value, service, innovation and trust.

Via EPR Network

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