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Krystal Hauserman: I am thrilled the WFTA awarded me its top honor in the category of food travel blogging

LOS ANGELES, 2017-Apr-10 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Taste of Adventure’s Krystal Hauserman has been named Best Food Travel Blogger by the World Food Travel Association (WFTA) as part of its 2017 FoodTrekking Awards for excellence in food and beverage tourism.

“Writing high-quality stories with thoughtful insider tips that help travelers access the heart and soul of a place by making meaningful connections with the local people is my passion, and food and wine is a great catalyst for making those connections. I am thrilled the WFTA awarded me its top honor in the category of food travel blogging for my content on Taste of Adventure!” said Krystal Hauserman, Founder and Director of Content for Taste of Adventure.

Rather than another “Top 10” or “Best Restaurants” list, the FoodTrekking Awards are unique in that they fill a void of recognition of excellence in experience in multiple categories within the food and beverage tourism industry. Food and beverage is the fastest-growing sector of travel, itself one of the world’s largest and most economically significant industries.

The multi-national judging panel included seven experts in culinary tourism.

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Cheap Airport parking finder AirportParkingHelper.com to expand in 2016

Roanoke, VA, 2016-Apr-29 — /EPR Travel News/ — AirportParkingHelper.com, a leading national authority on airport parking and related travel topics, recently announced a number of expansion plans for 2016.

Website founder Jennifer Church said she has acquired a partner who will provide critical services to the popular Virginia-based website, which plans to nearly double its online reviews for airport parking alternatives in the first half of the year. Expanding the social media presence for AirportParkingHelper.com is also a major initiative planned for 2016.

“I’m thrilled that Andie Gibson, an accomplished writer, editor and social media manager, has come on board to help me lead AirportParkingHelper.com into the next phase of development,” Church said. “Her extensive skill set and professional background will be of great benefit to the site, which has experienced tremendous growth over the past year.”

AirportParkingHelper.com provides online guides to help travelers uncover discount airport parking alternatives to costly on-site lots at major U.S. airports, including Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), Detroit (DTW), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP), John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark (EWR).

Plans are in the works to add reviews for a number of additional airports, including Philadelphia International (PHL), San Jose International (SJC), Hartford Bradley International (BDL) and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI).

“These are facilities where AirportParkingHelper.com users have told us they want to find cheaper options for short term and long term airport parking,” Church said. “With rates for on-site airport parking so expensive, demand is high for cost-saving alternatives. The new guides will be indispensable for travelers in these markets.”

AirportParkingHelper.com is also ramping up social media efforts to help spread the word on the many ways travelers can save on airport parking – whether it be at offsite lots with free shuttle services, hotels that offer free parking packages, daily deal websites or discount car rental companies.

“Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn are all platforms we utilize to share with travelers the benefits of using Airport Parking Helper,” Church said. “We encourage anyone using social media to like and follow us to stay on top of ways to find practical, helpful information on saving money on short-term and long-term airport parking.”

For more information, visit http://airportparkinghelper.com.

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The Chap Olympiad celebrates sporting ineptitude and buffoonery

Not so much a sporting occasion, rather a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude, The Chap Olympiad returns on Saturday 13th July. Orchestrated by The Chap magazine for gentlemen and gentlewomen of good taste, it is a spiffing non-sporting event in Bedford Square Gardens. With the gardens centred on one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, it is a fitting backdrop for such a distinguished occasion on the London events calendar.

Returning for its ninth year, attendants are invited to partake in a number of zany showdowns, including Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances; Tug of Moustache, two hirsute contestants are required to pluck a single hair from their opponent’s lip weasel; and Ironing Board Surfing, carried by their teammates, contestants must balance on an ironing board while holding a cocktail.

This year also welcomes a new raft of events to the programme such as the Parallel Bars, which involves contestants standing between two parallel cocktail bars and mixing two drinks simultaneously; Bounder Hunt, females are invited to hunt the bounder throughout the gardens using a large butterfly net, the first one to catch the cad gets to slap him with her handbag; and Beach Volleybowler, a game of beach volleyball with a bowler hat used as a ball and skimpy swimwear strictly prohibited. Contestants will be rewarded on panache rather than sporting prowess.

As well as the non-sporting events, the day also includes banjos, boaters, sandwiches and Pimm’s by the bucket load. The dress code is elegant finery, military wear, formal and dandy wear – absolutely no sportswear, except cricket whites, and no ghastly denim.

Find out about all the best events taking place in London over the coming months with LondonTown.com’sSummer 2013 in London article.

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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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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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Tots Essential Kit Guarantee Launched By Award-Winning Family Holidays Company

Parents with toddlers and babies will be able to travel light to safe and relaxing family holidays this summer thanks to the Tots Essential Kit Guarantee, a new initiative launched today by award-winning family travel specialists Tots To Travel.

Instead of struggling to fit all the essential items little ones need into their luggage, and hauling it through customs on a fleet of baggage trolleys, parents can be sure of finding it all waiting for them at their holiday home.

Tots To Travel are the only company to offer this Tots Essential Kit Guarantee for all of their family holidays which covers over 20 items from pool safety and bulky furniture such as cots, high chairs and stair gates, to often overlooked essentials such as blackout blinds and a range of toys and easily forgotten items like night lights and a hand-held blender.

Tots To Travel owner Wendy Shand said: “It’s a real challenge for new parents trying to get all the kit they need to keep their baby safe and happy into their luggage. There are so many essential items from changing mats to travel cots, sterilisers and baby monitors that we take for granted at home.

“We have hundreds of calls and emails from anxious parents worried they won’t be able to take family holidays if they can’t be sure they have all these things. So we have compiled a list of the essential items and can now guarantee our holiday homes have all of them.”

Tots To Travel specialises in stylish, safe, fun holiday villas for the under fives and their families, and t he Tots Essential Kit Guarantee is another important element in their mission to ensure relaxing family holidays from start to finish.

They offer holiday homes from cottages to chateaux, and take extensive steps to ensure each is suitable. All properties are inspected and vetted by a special team of agents using a system developed with the Child Accident Prevention Trust to ensure they are all safe and genuinely family-friendly.

Tots To Travel also offer a free holiday planner pack . And t here is also a vast array of useful information on their website, on everything from “How far is the beach?” to “Where is the nearest hospital or supermarket?”.

The full Tots To Travel kit guarantee covers:

  • Pool barriers (enclosed by fence, hard cover or net)
  • At least one cot that meets EU standards
  • Good supply of cot linen
  • At least one high chair
  • Booster or junior seat (suitable for use at a dining table)
  • Baby monitor
  • At least one changing mat
  • Steriliser
  • Stair gates where needed
  • At least one potty
  • Child’s toilet seat
  • Child’s step
  • Baby and child cutlery, bowls, cups and plates
  • Bath toys and non-slip mat
  • Hand-held blender
  • At least one bed guard
  • Blackout blinds/curtains/shutters in child bedrooms
  • Children’s books, indoor and outdoor toys
  • DVD player and children’s DVDs
  • Microwave
  • Night light in children’s rooms

Unsurprisingly, pool safety comes top of the list, as Wendy Shand, a mother of three, set up the company after her little boy fell into an unenclosed swimming pool on a family holiday. That terrible accident was a turning point which led her to set up her holiday company to ensure safe family holidays for under 5s.

She said: “It felt there had to be a safer and more enjoyable way to holiday with small children. More to the point there must be plenty of parents just like me who need a safe, family-friendly holiday more than ever before.”

When Wendy couldn’t find a family-friendly holiday company to suit her needs, she decided to start her own – and quickly found its services in demand. “There’s something terribly motivating about having children. You suddenly have the drive to make life as you want it to be, rather than living by somebody else’s rules,” she said.

Tots To Travel is now a multi-award winning company, which Wendy runs with husband Rob, a former RAF fighter pilot.

The company’s success has been recognised with a range of prestigious awards including the Cisco Customer Kings Award for outstanding customer service (2010) and Woman of the Year Award from the Loved By Parents website (2011).

Notes to Editors

  1. For more information go to http://www.totstotravel.co.uk
  2. If you would like to speak with Wendy Shand or for all Tots To Travel media enquiries please contact Eleanor Treharne-Jones on
    07811 093648, eleanor@theconversationco.com or @EleanorTJ.
  3. Key statistics:
    • Tots To Travel launched with nine holiday homes in April 2006 and now feature more than 400 safe, family friendly properties
    • The company offers holiday homes in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK
    • Tots To Travel have sent 1000s of families away of their holidays
    • They have developed a Blueprint For Lettings Success which helps holiday home owners to let their property more successfully in the family market

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The Royal Horseguards hotel commended in The Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Awards

The Royal Horseguards hotel has been announced as one of the Top 35 Hotels in the British Isles in the Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Awards.

Adding to its string of awards including the AA London Hotel of the Year 2010-11 and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2012, The Royal Horseguards has earned a rating of 87.8 from Condé Nast Traveler’s readers, who ranked the hotel as one of the top hotels in the UK.

Niels Sherry, The Royal Horseguards hotel’s General Manager commented on the award: “It’s a fantastic achievement to be acknowledged by such a respected publication, and even more so because the readers themselves are responsible for putting us there. After a spectacular summer of cultural events including the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics, all eyes have been on the UK, so to come out on top is a great honour.”

Gracing the banks of the River Thames the hotel is conveniently located in close proximity to Covent Garden, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and The Strand. Steeped in history The Royal Horseguard’s One Whitehall Place was originally built as the National Liberal Building and is celebrating 125 year anniversary in 2012. The hotel is also famous for its afternoon teas and has recently been acknowledged as a member of the Tea Guild – a prestigious and strictly invitation only collective that confirms the highest standards of afternoon tea service. Whilst the award-winning One Twenty One Two restaurant and Equus Bar offers classic five-star cuisine in refined, elegant surroundings.

This year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, which covered cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruises, and airlines, is Condé Nast Traveler’s 25th annual survey.

For further information or to book please visit www.theroyalhorseguards.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rezidor announces the Park Inn by Radisson Dakar, Senegal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton embraces Responsible Business

In taking responsibility for the local community and environment, the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton is embracing the spirit of sustainable development by initiating and supporting specially selected projects in 2012.

In line with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s newly launched ‘Think Planet’ campaign – the international hotel group’s ambitious energy saving program which aims to reduce energy consumption by 25% over the next five years – the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandtonhotel in Johannesburg has dedicated itself to making a difference by changing all light bulbs within the hotel as well as actively participating in Earth Hour initiatives. This simple strategy has already resulted in a 5% energy consumption cut back in 2012 alone.

“The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s ‘Think Planet’ campaign represents more than just an energy cost-cutting exercise. It is about contributing to a sustainable society. We have created programs, policies and partnerships in line with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s philosophy which will result in a measurable and positive impact on society and we are already seeing very promising results,” says Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton General Manager Eirik Bergvoll.

In addition, the Radisson Blu Sandton hotel has initiated several socially responsible projects to aid local communities, one of these being Hotel Hope, an orphanage situated in Melville, Johannesburg, for which the hotel has supplied baby goods and donated clothing and assisted with the house maintenance as well as allowing the orphanage use of the Radisson as a venue for their annual meetings.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton also facilitated work experience and training to teenage mothers in crises and since the commencement of the project, the hotel has in fact offered employment to over 10 mothers.

Continuing with the aim of job creation and local development, the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton has also partnered with the City of Johannesburg Tourism to offer unemployed youth “on the job” training as well as presenting on-site skills development programs to previously disadvantaged communities.

“Social development and community outreach projects are a very important part of our ethos and every staff member takes these initiatives very seriously. Last year, the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton team assisted the local community in cleaning up Tembisa Park in Eastrand and gave their hand in planting trees at Mushroom Park in Sandown. This year, we aim to assist students with disabilities by offering internships and training at the hotel,” adds Eirik Bergvoll.

The hotel in Johannesburg offers a mix of Sandton accommodation, with 212 standard rooms, 45 business class rooms and 32 suites. The hotel also offers eight meetings rooms, all designed to exacting standards by business professionals placing it amongst the premier conference venues in Sandton.

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Rezidor Announces The Park Inn By Radisson Novokuznetsk

Rezidor, the leading international hotel operator in Russia/CIS and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the Park Inn by Radisson Novokuznetsk. The property, featuring 158 rooms, is scheduled to open in Q4 2014. Located in the very South of Russia, Novokuznetsk is in the centre of Russia’s biggest industrial zone.

“The hotel will be the first internationally branded hotel in Novokuznetsk and the Kemerovo region, and will further strengthen our Park Inn by Radisson network across Russia,” commented Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.

Park Inn by Radisson is Rezidor’s young and dynamic mid-market brand, and targets Russia’s major commercial cities and travel hubs. The hotels offer comfortable and contemporary rooms, attractive restaurants, modern meeting facilities, and personalized service.

Russia belongs to Rezidor’s key markets for future growth – the group has already more than 11,000 hotel rooms in operation and under development in the country, and aims to further develop its portfolio.

The Park Inn by Radisson Novokuznetsk will comprise 158 rooms including 8 serviced apartments, and will benefit from an excellent location, close to the Tom River and the administrative centre. The hotel will offer a Paulaner mini-brewery restaurant, an all-day dining restaurant as well as a fitness area. 600sqm of meeting facilities (including a ballroom of 300sqm) will attract business and individual guests.

The city of Novokuznetsk is located at the heart of the Kuzbass region. It is heavily industrial, and majorly focused on metallurgy and coal mining. The majority of demand is domestic and comes from corporate travellers, mainly from Greater Moscow. Additional demand will be generated from the adjoining ZAGS (a Russian wedding palace and registry office), especially for banqueting.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg named among Best-Reviewed Hotels

The Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg has announced that it has been named to the Expedia Insiders’ Select list for 2012, an annual ranking of best-reviewed hotels as determined by the world’s leading full-service online travel agency. The Insiders’ Select list largely reflects the feedback from more than 500,000 verified Expedia customer reviews received during 2011, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 650 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide. Insiders’ Select is an easy-to-browse list that helps travelers find the perfect hotel using the trusted insight of their fellow travelers.

The exclusive 2012 list designates only 650 hotels as Insiders’ Select, from more than 150,000 properties available on Expedia-branded sites worldwide. Insiders’ Select helps travelers make confident decisions by identifying the hotels in their destination that have been recognised by other travelers as delivering an excellent overall experience.

“We at the Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg are consistently focused on delivering value to our guests in the form of superior customer service, ensuring our guests have an enjoyable travel experience,” said Oliver Staas, General Manager for Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg. “It is rewarding to see that commitment has been reflected in our placement on the Insiders’ Select list.”

“Expedia customers reward value,” said Joe Megibow, vice president and general manager, Expedia.com. “Value reflects an everyday commitment to excellence on the part of the hotel. For these hotels, customer satisfaction is paramount and, when we publish the list, we reward those hotels by doing more than sending them a plaque. We lift them up and make them visible through every stage of the booking process. This has an impact: millions of travelers visit Expedia’s 30 global- travel sites every day because they are looking for value. So everyone wins.”

Visitors to Expedia sites can also find Insiders’ Select-designated properties by sorting via the Hotel Preferences amenity drop-down menu. For more information on Insiders’ Select, visit www.expedia.com/insidersselect.

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Rezidor announces the Park Inn by Radisson Odintsovo

Rezidor, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the Park Inn by Radisson Odintsovo Greater Moscow. The property, featuring 122 rooms, is scheduled to open in Q3 2012.

“Russia and its capital city Moscow are a key development market for our dynamic mid-market brand Park Inn by Radisson. Our brand portfolio in the country now comprises 25 hotels with 6,300 rooms in operation or under development, and we are looking forward to further strengthening our Park Inn by Radisson footprint in Russia,” said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.

The Park Inn by Radisson Odintovo in Greater Moscow will be located seven kilometres west of Moscow’s outer ring road in ‘Russia’s Silicon Valley’, Skolkovo, adjacent to the planned high technology business innovation centre in the already active city of Odintsovo. The location is in the centre of the city, which is the municipal capital of the Odintsovo District.

Besides 122 comfortable and colourful rooms, the hotel will offer an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby bar and meeting facilities, a gym and enclosed parking bays. The hotel is currently the closest international property to Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport just eight kilometres to the south. Vnukovo Airport is a growing airport handling more than ten million passengers per year and with direct flights to Europe on major airlines such as Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines.

The Skolkovo Innovation Centre, scheduled to start coming online in 2014, will be an ultramodern commercial and educational complex created to encourage science and technology based companies, focused in fields such as information communication, biomedicine, space, nuclear, and energy efficiency technologies. Adjacent to the hotel is also Sberbank’s National Corporate University. Professionals, corporate business travellers, teams developing and engaging with the Skolkovo innovation centre and airport passengers will form the primary client mix of the hotel.

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Rezidor Opens The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Ajaccio Bay In Corsica

Rezidor has opened its very first hotel in Corsica, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Ajaccio Bay; owned by the group Ollandini and representing the most significant hotel investment in Corsica since 30 years. The 170 rooms-property is located near Porticcio; right at the glorious Agosta Beach. Guests enjoy a true paradise combining beautiful landscape, minimalist design, great food and wellness, and personalized services.

“We are delighted to open this resort together with Jean-Marc Ollandini and his group. It further strengthens our successful, contemporary resort portfolio, and underlines the leading position of Radisson Blu as Europe’s largest upper upscale brand,” commented Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.

The stunning bay of Agosta Beach, located near the Sanguinaires islands, features red rocks and sparkling turquoise waters, all under blue skies and the Mediterranean sun. The location of the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Ajaccio is ideal, offering easy access to Chic Porticcio (5 kilometres away), and also Ajaccio Ferry Port (19 kilometres) and Ajaccio International Airport (15 kilometres).

All 170 rooms and suites of the First Class-resort feature aquamarine colours and light wood, with private furnished terraces offering views of the shoreline or the famous maquis of Corsica. The elegant rooms come with a size of 28 to 52 square meters (family rooms and rooms for disabled guests are available), and offer Radisson Blu’s signature services such as business class category with Nespresso coffee machine, and free high speed internet access.

Totally dedicated to beach life, water sports and wellness, the Radisson Blu Resort& Spa, Ajaccio Bay comprises an outdoor pool with kid’s pool, and a 900 square meter wellness area, including indoor pool, hot tub, gym, sauna, hammam, relaxing area, and a spa with 5 cabins. Treatments use products by the prestigious brand Sothys and by Crena Care that are based on local island plants. Little guests are welcome at the kids club where the programme “Very Important Children” is offered during school holidays with several activities under professional supervision.

Gourmets enjoy the resort’s main restaurant ‘A Muvra’ with a locally inspired menu, featuring such dishes as delicious sea bass with grapefruit, pork with local honey, a blueberry sorbet and pineapple carpaccio. Two bars compliment the offer with cool cocktails, a relaxed atmosphere and stunning sea views.

For those who are combining leisure and business, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Ajaccio Bay has 400 square meters of fully flexible meeting facilities for up to 250 delegates. All meeting rooms have daylight and are equipped with state of the art technology. For catered events, a beautiful seafront terrace is also available.

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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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Park Inn by Radisson Kazan Welcomed Delegates for APEC Russia 2012

Park Inn by Radisson Kazan was recently pleased to welcome guests for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Russia 2012. During the period from 18th May till 6th June Park Inn by Radisson Kazan was honored to serve as a host hotel for the Second Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) with Ministerial Delegations from Japan & Vietnam within the framework of the Russia’s APEC chairmanship.

All of these VIP guests experienced authentic Park Inn by Radisson “Yes I Can” service during their stay at the hotel Kazan, as all hotel staff received specialized American & European Training Courses in guest service, environmental & social responsibility, and daily guidance from the hotel’s experienced management team.

As the hotel’s General Manager, Mr. David Morris commented: “Our entire Hospitality Team is proud to serve as the “Home Away From Home” for VIP Ministerial Delegations from Japan & Vietnam within the framework of the Russia’s APEC chairmanship.”

APEC was founded in November 1989 as an informal consultative forum to promote economic cooperation. At present, it includes 21 economies of the Asia-Pacific region: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States, and Viet Nam.

Hotel Park Inn by Radisson is a joint project of the hotel operator The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and LLC “Regional Hotel Chain”. Located in the heart of the capital of Tatarstan, near the main historical attractions, the hotel in Kazan offers 151 rooms of Kazan accommodation in standard, business and Suite categories. For business meetings, presentations, seminars, private and other events Park Inn by Radisson Kazan offers 4 modern conference rooms. The Kazan restaurant within the hotel, the RBG Bar & Grill, offers a unique culinary Stone Grill concept where meat, fish or seafood can be prepared on a hot volcanic stone.

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Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw undergoes refurbishment

The Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw is currently undergoing huge refurbishments which will create 467 newly designed and spacious guest rooms, with the focus on newly renovated standard rooms.

All new rooms in the hotel in Warsaw offer an excellent range of facilities including: direct-dial telephone, free high-speed Internet access, individual climate control, in-room safe, 32″ LCD flat-screen television, mini bar, cosmetic mirror, hair dryer, in-room movies, work desk and chair, coffee and tea facilities. Nespresso coffee machine is provided in the business class rooms. All windows are sound proof to provide the guests with the peace and quiet needed for a good night sleep.

The new Warsaw accommodation will offer views either the hotel’s Garden, opened throughout the spring and summer season, or Warsaw’s business and central districts. The leading thought was to make guests feel like at home having high quality standard furniture and equipment at their fingertips.

Now, with the modernized interiors, the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel in Warsaw Poland welcomes football fans for the Euro 2012 tournament. Located along the Warsaw’s main arteries with bus and tram stops and only 5 km away from the National Football Stadium, the hotel provides an easy and direct access to the football matches in the country’s capital.

The Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel prepared special meetings and events packages for companies willing to organize a small event or Warsaw conference. This includes all basic equipment: screen, flipchart, overhead projector, 2 coffee breaks including coffee, tea, mineral water, biscuits and lunch buffet including soft drinks. This special package is valid until June 30th. The aim is to show people that the hotel is not afraid of soccer days and matches and welcomes guests during match days.

Together with all Radisson Blu service concepts such as 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee, Express and Late check-out, ‘Yes I Can!’, Grab & Run, Super Breakfast, Express Laundry and One Touch service, the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel in Warsaw becomes one of Radisson’s flagship hotels.

About The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – formed in early 2012 – is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups.

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The Park Inn Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport Hotel Provides Guests With Free Fibre Optic Broadband

The Park Inn Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Hotel has announced the launch free fibre optic broadband and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, making it the first hotel in Roissy en France to provide its customers with free fibre optic internet access.

Optical fibre can facilitate higher bandwidth for faster data transmission, such as videoconferencing and streaming, as well as better audio and video reception.

With no need to plug in the laptop in the room or go downstairs to use the internet at the Paris airport hotel, it is now possible for customers to relax on their bed while surfing on internet with a maximum connection and can be assured of the best technology to undertake effective and successful meetings on an always constant bandwidth.

The Park Inn Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport hotel is conveniently located just a few minutes from Roissy CDG International Airport and only a short drive from prime business districts and popular attractions, including Paris city centre. The hotel boasts bright, comfortable Charles de Gaulle airport accommodation with excellent amenities, such as satellite television, free optical fiber and wireless Internet.

Featuring an inviting on-site restaurant and bar, 24 hour room service, large garden patio, fitness area with sauna and Hammam, two secure car park areas and 12 modern Charles de Gaulle conference rooms with natural day light, the hotel Charles de Gaulle provides first-rate accommodation in “The City of Lights.”

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport Reveals Meeting And Conference Facilities

Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport has revealed that it contains 1,000 square metres of fully-equipped event space, ideal for meetings and conferences.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport opened in October 2009 opposite the terminal buildings and the Airport Plaza. Its 1,000 square metres of event space is spread across the ground and first floors, able to accommodate several different groups and events at the same time.

There are 15 multi-functional event rooms available to business clients, all with natural light, individual air conditioning systems and ultra-modern conference technology. The largest room offers floor space of 310 square metres and can provide auditorium seating for 250 people or banqueting facilities for 180 people. The five 25 square metre boardrooms offer a high degree of privacy and are therefore ideal for small meetings or confidential negotiations.

All delegates attending a conference Hamburg Airport can also benefit from the included Internet access available throughout the conference area. The well-known service provider KFP, which has been awarded the Business Diamond Award, provides comprehensive and optimal support for all events, alongside the hotel’s meetings and events team.

The Hamburg Airport hotel is certified by the Verband Deutsches Reisemanagement e.V. as a “Certified Business Hotel” and “Certified Conference Hotel”. This underlines the hotel’s premier organising and planning services.

In addition to the event facilities, the hotel’s 266 rooms and suites with contemporary ‘Urban’ and ‘Ocean’ designs also offer modern services, such as included wireless or cable-based Internet access.

Business travellers or those attending conferences at the hotel can also enjoy the hotel’s on-site dining facilities. ‘Filini’ is a modern restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine and features an adjoining bar.

Additionally, hotel guests can make use of the PACE fitness club. Situated on the fifth floor, the fitness club features modern gym equipment, a sauna, a steam bath, a relaxation zone and a rooftop terrace.

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