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Considering An African Safari? Discover Your Choices : Experience the Magic of an African Safari and Kenyan Safari Packages

Nairobi City, Kenya, 2016-Sep-05 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Cruzeiro Safaris Provides Services For Nairobi Day Tours, Nairobi National Park Tour, Nairobi City Tour, Masai Mara Safari Packages, Kenya Accommodation, Safari Twiga, Kenya Safari Packages And More. Games drives in Nairobi national park are done with safari minivans however, those who fly to the Masai Mara, Samburu, Meru, Kalama, Aberdares will do game drives in 4×4 wheel drives. One can request a 4×4 wheel drive for safaris of more than 2 days Upon request.

Giraffe at Nairobi national park
Giraffe at Nairobi national park

With the ever increasing demand for suitable travel and safe destinations Kenya, Tanzania and Seychelles remain on top of the list. With suitable tailored Packages such as:
Or visit our ever popular safari from Nairobi and ending in Mombasa from our partner website 9-Day Kenya Safari Package Nairobi to Mombasa Holidayhttps://www.safaribookings.com/tours/t7658

Summer Package for 6 days https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/6-days-summer-package from Mombasa airport and back to Mombasa. This is a 4-star accommodation facility situated in Kikambala (along Mombasa-Malindi road) about 25 kms from Mombasa town. The hotel faces Indian Ocean and rests on white sandy beaches. The structure and spectacular interior décor inspire a heavenly mood, a superlative getaway where work-related stress simply melts away. We combined a 4 night stay with a 2 night stay at the Tsavo East and West National Park. Prices start from Euros 981/ USD1099 per person sharing.

Many travelers trek to Africa in search of the “big five”: buffalo, lions, leopards, elephants and rhinoceroses. The chance to get close to these animals in their natural habitats is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but your trip to the Africa is NOT a zoo. Safaris can be physically taxing and strenuous, and you may not see all the animals you expected. Since most safari destinations are in developing sub-Saharan nations, travelers must take certain safety and health precautions. If you’re planning a safari (or just dreaming about it), be as prepared as possible. Get some good guidebooks, talk to friends who’ve been to Africa and research, research, research.

According to the popular magazine tour-expi mobile travel bookings in 2016 have greatly increased as popular bookings from Get Your Guide for people travelling to Nairobi, Kenya. Through its online payment system which is simple and direct Cruzeiro Safaris limited in Nairobi offers many offers to book online such as https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/4-days-lake-nakuru-maasai-mara, https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/safaritwiga, https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/3-days-amboseli-park, With scheduled monthly dates for 6 dayshttps://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/safarindovu, Amboseli Park for 2 days https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/2-days-amboseli-park, to the Aberdares National Park and Solio Ranch in the Mount Kenya Region https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/2-days-aberdares-park, to the 3 days Masai Mara Safari National reserve https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/masai-mara-safari, or the flying package for 3 days special offer in 2016 https://www.cruzeiro-safaris.com/masai-mara-safari-offers. Tours from Nairobi can also be booked ahead on viator a major tours selling site by following this link https://www.partner.viator.com/en/18674/travel-tips/Nairobi-City-Tours-/ttd

Delegates coming to Conferences In Nairobi in 2016 can book Nairobi Airport Transfers through the above site or check out on paypal. Popular short tours such ashttps://www.getyourguide.com/nairobi-l267/nairobi-to-lake-naivasha-day-tour-with-crescent-island Or https://www.getyourguide.com/nairobi-l267/elephant-orphanage-tour-from-nairobi Or https://www.getyourguide.com/nairobi-l267/lake-nakuru-national-park-full-day-tour

Flying packages are a fast way to get to places within Kenya and get to enjoy the wildlife we have the following package on offer such as Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, Keekorok Lodge, Governors Camp Masai Mara, Mara Intrepids Club, Masai Mara and Mombasa and Single Travel Package to Amboseli, Samburu and Masai Mara in Luxury accommodation and finally to the further north to Lake Turkana for 3 Days.

Are you attending any of these conferences in Nairobi book Nairobi airport transfers, tours and safaris from Cruzeiro Safaris Tour Operator. One can also use Contact US form, or Ask a Question? To make any enquiries.

ABOUT US:
Cruzeiro Safaris Limited is a tours and travel company based in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s mandated to provide tours and safaris to everyone willing to be enlightened about travel destinations priority being Kenya then other countries. It also provides Affordable Air tickets worldwide. One can read trip advisor nairobi reviews or read all traveler reviews.

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Claudia Kabui | Cruzeiro Safaris Kenya | URL: www.cruzeiro-safaris.com | Email| info@cruzeiro-safaris.com Tel: +254-722-370833 or +254-710-729021
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ROAMING with RUDY, PARIS! New Kids-Only Travel Guide Series from Sage Press

Park City, Utah, June 26, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Do you want to get your children involved in vacation planning or encourage them to learn about world geography and culture?

Multiple award-winning Author/Illustrator Corinne Humphrey and Sage Press Books (http://www.sagepressbooks.com) would like to present Roaming with Rudy, Paris!, the first book in the new “Roaming with Rudy” series of guidebooks just for kids. Dedicated to young travelers everywhere, each city guide is filled with photographs, illustrations, maps, fun facts, travel journal, activity pages and more.

Kids may recognize Rudy and Corinne from their three earlier award-winning children’s picture books: The Tao of Rudy; Shoot for the Moon, Lessons on Life from a Dog Named Rudy; and Wake Up to Love, Lessons on Friendship from a Dog Named Rudy. Corinne’s other career as a Delta flight attendant and travel photographer for Lonely Planet and Getty Images allows her the opportunity to roam the globe enjoying new experiences. With the new “Roaming with Rudy” series, Corinne and Rudy hope to share their love of travel and inspire kids to become avid voyagers and cultural ambassadors.

The world awaits! “Embark” on Rudy’s big adventures and get a dogs-eye view of Paris and other select cities. Roaming with Rudy books are available directly from Sage Press (http://www.sagepressbooks.com), at select Independent bookstores and at Amazon.com.

Attention Media: Hi-resolution images available upon request.

**Rudy’s puppyhood was filled with abuse and numerous stints in shelters and foster homes before he found Corinne at Friends of Animals Utah’s “Furburbia” adoption center. We donate a percentage of net sales of all Rudy books to FOA Utah and similar animal rescue groups so that other dogs can find good homes too.
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Contact-Details: Sage Press
Corinne Humphrey
PO Box 981432
Park City, UT 84098
435-659-8954
sagepress@outlook.com
www.sagepressbooks.com

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Skyscanner’s Flight Trends for May 2010: Top 50 Flight Destinations

Top Inbound Cities for US
For foreign travelers, New York, Las Vegas and Orlando are top destinations this month, with New York remaining a global Top-10 destination for most countries. In particular, New York has a strong pull this month in France, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Canada; holding its place as one of their top destination-cities. Meanwhile, Orlando remains at the top-pick for both Brits and Americans, and as the end of the school year approaches in North America, Orlando is especially favorable with US travelers.

This Month’s Top 5 Hold Their Positions
Within North America, the top 5 locations on this month’s Top 50 remain unchanged; revealing that London, New York, Paris, Las Vegas and Los Angeles are all solid cities of choice for both spring and summer travel. All of the cities at the top of the list offer attractions drawing even the most discriminating tourists into the city. You can find this month’s best European flight deals here, with specific London flight deals here.

Trends: Travelers Head West
With the start of summer travel seeing an increase in international flights from San Francisco for travelers who seek the adventure of exotic, international destinations like Bangkok and Tokyo, many US and Canadian travelers will also exploring the west-coast of North America this summer; with San Francisco, San Diego, Vancouver and Seattle all making significant climbs in the Top 50.

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Expedia.co.in Provides Expert Guidance that Makes Booking MelBourne Hotels and Other Travel Related Tasks Easy

Expedia.co.in has made even business travel more fun by removing the work related to booking airline tickets, car rentals, and reservations at Melbourne hotels and other locations throughout the world. This results in a complete and comprehensive service that allows travels to make one phone call in order to learn about and purchase tickets to attractions, purchase travel insurance, or reserve hotels in New York, hotels in Hong Kong, or in limitless other destinations. Expedia.co.in makes it easy for anyone taking a trip to turn their travel into a true vacation from the planning stage. A simple phone call to the expert travel agents at the company is all it takes to set things in motion.

Expedia.co.in Provides Expert Guidance that Makes Booking MelBourne Hotels and Other Travel Related Tasks Easy

Expedia.co.in travel representatives can provide information about holiday packages that offer tremendous savings while insuring an ultimate vacation. Holiday packages can meet almost every need. Whether a traveler prefers a simple package consisting of Melbourne hotels and car rental, or hotels in New York with flight arrangements and car rental included, there’s a package available to facilitate just that and more. In fact, Expedia.co.in provides holiday packages that include hotels in Hong Kong and other top rated travel destinations around the world.

Because the company strives to offer something for every taste and budget their vacation packages range from offers of Romantic Getaways, City Breaks, Beach Escapes, Ski Holidays, Exotic Adventures, and more. This progressive company employs professional travel agents that work diligently to insure the ideal package is prepared for each and every customer. The experienced agents consider such things as one’s preferred style of comfort and accommodations as well as dining preferences.

Each traveler is treated as an individual with unique tastes and likings. Besides offering tremendous savings on travel insurance and other travel related expenses, Expedia.co.in can provide expert guidance about tourist attractions in the prospective destination. When reserving Melbourne Hotels, besides being advised of available package deals, travelers can learn about interesting things to do while on holiday. Booking tourist attractions through Expedia.co.in is another way to save money and some of the stress related to traveling.

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It’s Turbo Charged at the Petronas F1 Malaysian Grand Prix

It’s the hottest ticket in town when the third race of the year for the Formula One World Championship comes to the Sepang International Circuit from the 2nd to 4th of April 2010. The heat and the screeching sound of tires against the asphalt surface would not deter die-hard fans of the race to celebrate the 2010 Formula One PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix. Thousands of spectators from all corners of the world are expected to attend the qualifying races and actual race day itself to watch their favourite team’s drivers battle it out on the track. Kuala Lumpur hotels are ready to welcome and assist their guests in ensuring a hassle-free experience at the race track.

Located approximately 60km south of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and minutes away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Sepang International Circuit has successfully hosted the 2010 Formula One PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix since its inaugural opening in 1999. This year, it would again play hosts to world-class drivers from renowned teams such as Fernando Alonso from Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton from McLaren-Mercedes and Michael Schumacher who’s making a comeback with the Mercedes Benz GP Ltd team. They would pitch their cars and their own expertise on the 5.54 kilometers circuit noted for its sweeping corners, wide straights and one tight hairpin.

Lee Lai Huat, CEO of HolidayCity.com and a fan of Michael Schumacher said, “I’d recommend that anybody who’s a great fan of the Formula One to make at least one trip to watch the race at the Sepang International Circuit. It has a fantastic layout that allows optimum viewing and visitors would definitely enjoy the friendly, festival-like atmosphere.” He went on further to remark, “With great rates for Kuala Lumpur accommodation offered by HolidayCity.com, fans that are coming to the 2010 Formula One PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix would certainly be able to put aside their worries on where to stay.”

HolidayCity.com offers attractive rates at the following Kuala Lumpur hotels and many others:

Radius International Hotel Kuala Lumpur (3 star)
Starting rate from MYR160

Vistana Kuala Lumpur (3 star)
Starting rate from MYR180

Cititel Mid Valley Kuala Lumpur (4 star)
Starting rate from MYR210

the ZON All Suites Residences on the park Kuala Lumpur (4 star)
Starting rate from MYR270

The Legend Hotel Kuala Lumpur (5 star)
Starting rate from MYR210

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Holiday Autos Has Launched A Fresh New Look And Feel To Its Website

Holiday Autos has launched a fresh new look and feel to its website this week. The site also includes improved functionality and many other new additions that aim to make booking with the world’s leading car hire provider easier and faster.

Holiday Autos Has Launched A Fresh New Look And Feel To Its Website

As well as a new Route Planner functionality which has been added to appear at the top of all content pages, the new website also features:

• A new top menu element detailing “other rental” options
• A relocated search engine with double calendars to increase the booking speed and
customer usability
• The option to select ‘one-way rentals’ by checking the “dropping off in a
different location” check box
• Newsletter subscription is now back on the homepage Holiday Autos won two new awards in January – Best Car Hire in the UK for the second year running at the Globe Travel Awards and Best Leisure Car Hire at the Irish Travel Trade News Awards.

The brand refresh builds upon the unique look and brand standing Holiday Autos has built up over the last 23 years and retains many of these elements. The new design combines findings f r o m customer usability testing, a fresh and contemporary look and delivers industry best practice into the design.

Stuart Nassos, Managing Director says “We are delighted to offer our customer improved functionality and believe our new look site builds on the site strengths and makes booking car hire a simpler process all round. We’ll be rolling out more enhancements over the coming weeks to help deliver a high end booking process for all customers”.

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Stars of X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent Appear Live in the Same Shows at Butlins

Butlins is proud to announce that for the first time at a UK holiday centre, and exclusive to them, stars of both X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent will be appearing in the same live shows at the three beachside Resorts, Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness, in 2010.

Stars of X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent Appear Live in the Same Shows at Butlins

Many of the stars are from the most recent shows – from X-Factor there will be Olly, Stacey, Danyl, Lloyd, Jamie, Lucie, Rachel and Miss Frank with Stavros Flatley, George Sampson and Faces of Disco from Britain’s Got Talent (stars from the 2010 show appearing from July). Both brands will be represented on weekend and mid-week breaks.

Prices for Butlins UK breaks start from just £59pp per break based on four people sharing a Silver self-catering apartment at any of the three holiday parks. To book a Butlins break call 0845 070 4730 or visit www.butlins.com (The maximum call charge is 2p per minute from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary).

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Destinology Helps Haiti

From today, every booking that you make through Destinology will result in a £5 donation to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

Destinology Helps Haiti

In view of the terrible events in Haiti Destinology have been liaising with Plan UK on how they could possibly assist the disaster recovery programme in place. Plan UK staff are currently on the ground in Haiti using their expertise to assess the situation and assist the families affected by the disaster that occurred.

From today, every booking that is made through Destinology will result in £5 being donated to the Haiti Earthquake Appeal and go towards rebuilding the lives of those affected.

On 12th January at 17:00 hours a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Haitian coast rocking the capital, with hundreds of thousands feared dead. It is the biggest earthquake to hit the region for 200 years. The epicentre is about 10 miles from Port-au-Prince.

For full details on how Plan UK are helping with the situation in Haiti, please refer to the Plan UK website: http://www.plan-uk.org/haiti

If you wish to make a personal contribution you can do so by calling free phone on 0800 1300230, or online on the above website.

Destinology are providers of luxury holidays to a variety of worldwide destinations.

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British Airways Increases Flights To Grenada

British Airways has doubled the frequency of its flights to Grenada from one to two services a week with the launch of the new summer schedule on March 28, 2010. The airline currently operates a twice weekly service during its winter schedule but just one weekly flight during the lower season summer months. The new additional flights offer customers further flexibility and choice throughout the whole year.

Grenada holidays have become immensely popular again with many of the hotels newly refurbished following the island’s devastation by hurricane Ivan in 2004. Stunning beaches, rolling mountains, covered with fragrant spice trees and rare tropical flowers give Grenada its name – Spice Isle. ‘Spice up your life’ is also the motto of this gem of a
Caribbean island, pulling in visitors from all over the world.

The twice weekly Grenada flights will be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft with a three-class configuration: World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World. Flights operate via Antigua during the winter schedule, departing London Gatwick Tuesdays and Fridays and via Barbados during the new summer schedule, departing Tuesdays and Sundays.

In combination with the flights, British Airways has a wide range of hotels in Grenada available, offering room only, to all-inclusive, rates, providing the flexibility valued by families and couples alike, whether they are looking for fun beach holidays or romantic breaks in the Caribbean.

The range of hotels in Grenada available through British Airways includes a collection of 3* accommodation up to the finest hand picked 5* hotels for luxury holidays. The 4* LaSource on the beautiful Pink Gin beach allows the rediscovery of one’s inner energy while the secluded 4* Calabash with only 30 suites to stay in, is also a truly delightful treat. The contemporary, boutique 5* Mount Cinnamon is a true luxury hotel and the perfect choice for tranquillity in stunning surroundings.

Tickets and holidays are on sale now through ba.com/grenada and direct through BA reservations on 0844 493 0758.

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HolidayCity.com Takes to the Skies and Seas at LIMA 2009

Another exciting lineup and a large turnout is expected at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition from 1 – 5 December 2009. The 10th edition of LIMA 2009 promises to be an exceptional podium for manufacturers from the aerospace, maritime and related industries to present their latest technology and products to international buyers.

Strongly supported by the Government of Malaysia, the event attracts thousands of trade visitors such as government officials, military representatives and industry professionals who converge on the island of Langkawi since its inception nearly 20 years ago. Those who make last minute room bookings for Langkawi hotels may be left disappointed with reservations being made months in advance.

Exhibitors at LIMA 2009 would focus on getting their fair share of presenting their wares and products to key decision makers from Asia Pacific countries that are charting exceptional growth in both the commercial aviation and defense sectors. Each year, million dollars business deals would be clinched in addition to the signing of memorandum of understanding. An astounding USD3.9 billion in transactions was recorded in 2007 from numerous business deals, MOUs and letter of offer, and others. This year, over 450 exhibitors are expected to participate with over 80 aircrafts and 70 warships and vessels in attendance. The popularity of LIMA 2009 attracted the participation of 24 countries worldwide and over 40,000 trade visitors are expected to throng the expansive Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre.

Lee Lai Huat, CEO, HolidayCity.com, remarked, “Although LIMA 2009 is mainly catered to the commercial and defense markets, it does not mean that it is not popular with the ordinary folks. The last day of the event is open to the public and events such as aerial and static aircraft display would be held to entertain them.” He further remarked, “The otherwise quiet and peaceful island of Langkawi would suddenly come alive with excitement and festivity. HolidayCity.com is happy to join in the celebration by providing great savings and fantastic room rates for Langkawi accommodation to ensure everybody gets the chance to experience LIMA 2009.”

HolidayCity.com offers attractive rates at the following hotels and many others:

Villa Molek Langkawi (3 star)
Starting rate MYR 575.00

Bella Vista Hotel Langkawi (3 star)
Starting rate MYR 404.00

Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi (4 star)
Starting rate MYR 480.00

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi (5 star)
Starting rate USD 628.89

Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi (5 star)
Starting rate MYR 1,126.00

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Kuoni Launches New 2010 World Class Europe And Morocco Brochure

Travel specialist Kuoni has launched its new World Class Europe and Morocco 2010 brochure.

The brochure, which is being made available through Kuoni’s website and f r o m high street stores and travel agents across the country, includes a selection of luxury holidays to 16 countries f r o m as far north as Russia to the Mediterranean islands of Madeira, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Ibiza and Croatia, and everywhere in between.

Specialising in luxury holidays, the 2010 World Class Europe and Morocco brochure includes 23 newly introduced resorts and hotels across eight countries, including Verona and Lake Garda in Italy, Ibiza and Casares in Spain, St Laurent de Cabrereisse in the French Languedoc region, and the Istrian resorts of Rovinj and Savudrija in Croatia to meet increased interest in this area.

Other highlights include more family-friendly, luxury resorts with facilities to occupy the little ones, in the Algarve, Cyprus, Tenerife, France and Croatia. Also, World Class experiences have been added for the first time.

The new brochure also includes flights on scheduled, low cost carriers and private jets as well as eco-friendly hotels and Michelin-star restaurants and chefs at hotels like the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, and the Palazzo Sasso in Ravello, Italy.

The brochure features 40 tours and one-off experiences including; performances at the world-famous La Scala Opera House in Milan, private wine tasting sessions in Madrid, flying in a private plane or helicopter over the French Riviera and chartering a private yacht in Croatia.

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Villa Plus Unveils Fresh New Rebrand

Villa Plus, the independent, direct-sell villa specialist, has rebranded itself with a fresh, modern look, demonstrated by a vibrant and uplifting new colourful logo.

Villa Plus Unveils Fresh New Rebrand

As part of the re-brand, Villa Plus will also be adopting a new tag line; ‘Villa holidays with a difference’, which reinforces the fact that the company’s villas come with many extras as standard and are among the best equipped rental villas in Europe. An impressive 98% of villas are air conditioned and all have their own private swimming pool, many of which are heated. Other additional benefits include sun beds, BBQ’s, table tennis tables, pool tables, Playstation 2s, satellite TV (many with BBC and ITV), as well as the added security of an alarm system. All villas include maid and linen service and, space permitting, each villa is equipped with a washing machine and dishwasher.

Simon Linford, Sales and Marketing Manager at Villa Plus said: “Having been about for a while, we’ve decided it’s time to better reflect the fabulous product and service we sell. Our new brand is characterised by a modern logo of a friendly persona. Also, to illustrate the extra value we give the customer, we’ve come up with the tag line ‘villa holidays with a difference’.

“Yet this doesn’t mean we’ve been taken over by the big boys,” Linford continued. “On the contrary, Villa Plus remains an independent direct sell tour operator owned and managed by its founders. We have over 700 exclusively contracted villas across nine destinations in Europe and we select the very best villas in the very best locations. All our villas have their very own private pools and are amongst the best equipped in the market.”

Villa Plus has been providing quality villa holidays for 23 years and was the pioneer in improving the standard of European villa holidays. Started f r o m the bedroom of founder Nick Cooper, the company has to date booked over 300,000 customers and become the UK’s second largest villa tour operator. With a culture of providing strong customer service, Villa Plus has built up an enviable reputation in the business and a well deserved customer loyalty which is unrivalled.

As the company rolls out its fresh, new image, Villa Plus looks forward to the future and continuing to raise the standards of villa holidays for customers old and new.

About Villa Plus:
VillaPlus.com is an independent tour operator that has been providing villa holidays for 23 years to the best locations in Europe, providing holiday villas to rent in Cyprus, the Algarve, Costa del Sol, Mallorca, Menorca, Corfu, Costa Blanca, Kefalonia and Villas in Lanzarote.

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Hotels.com Makes Dublin Unrecognisable To A Third Of Irish People

New research from Hotels.com has shown that one in three Irish people fail to recognise their own capital city landscape without its iconic Ha’penny Bridge. An incredible 32% of Irish people were stumped by an image of their capital city when the memorable bridge was airbrushed out of the picture. While 68% weren’t fooled, 28% confused the image of Dublin with Amsterdam.

UK neighbours also struggled to recognise Dublin city’s landscape when asked to identify it without the Ha’penny Bridge. 75% of those surveyed in the UK thought Dublin was Amsterdam in the photo, with only 22% recognising the city without the landmark.

The landmark quiz also revealed that the Irish were quicker to recognise other cities, including London (88%), Paris (87%) and Sydney (76%) before their own home town, even when the key landmarks (Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Opera House) in these cities were omitted from the view.

Hotels.com polled more than 10,000 travellers across the globe, to see just how many cities they recognised after a key landmark had been removed.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of Irish people have travelled to a city just to see an iconic landmark, according to the findings. Of the world’s most famous landmarks, the overall favourites were the Eiffel Tower in Paris (15%), while one in ten chose New York’s Empire State Building (10%) and San Francisco’s Golden Bridge (10%). These landmarks were followed in popularity by the Taj Mahal in India and The Vatican in Rome.

Despite the rise in the UK of the mini break, the research showed that it’s our neighbouring European cities that we know the least. Less than half (48%) of Irish travellers recognised Barcelona without Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia; 38% spotted Pisa without its Leaning Tower, and just 36% recognised Berlin without the Berlin TV Tower.

Ireland fared better when looking across the water to the UK however, with a greater number of Irish people recognising the London skyline (89%) without Big Ben than the Brits themselves. Only 83% of British people surveyed recognised their own capital without the iconic clock.

When it comes to long haul destinations, iconic landmarks seem to resonate well in the visual memory. The Hotels.com research showed that over three quarters of all Irish (76%) recognised Sydney without the Opera House and similarly Rio was identified correctly by 81% of travellers even after the Christ the Redeemer statue had been removed.

Alison Couper, Communications Director for Hotels.com, said: “It’s interesting to see just how important a city’s iconic landmark is when it comes to recognising the destination. This quirky survey shows that it is the cities which have a famous and world renowned landmark, such as the Sydney Opera House or the Eiffel Tower that tend to resonate more in our minds.”

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British Airways Makes Travel To Shanghai More Convenient

British Airways is adding an additional flight to Shanghai this December, taking the number of services from five to six flights a week as of December 4, 2009. The decision has been taken due to increased customer demand on the popular route over the past year.

BA’s regional general manager Far East, Kevin McQuillan, said: “We need to meet the needs of our customers, and make travel as comfortable and convenient as possible for them. That’s the reason we are adding the new flight to Shanghai.”

Shanghai is a thriving metropolis boasting gleaming skyscrapers, tree-lined avenues, colonial restaurants and trendy bars. As China’s largest city and often regarded as the centre of finance and trade in mainland China, Shanghai was an obvious destination for BA to expand its service by increasing the number flights.

British Airways also offers a range of hotels in Shanghai, from 3* budget hotels for the price-conscious through sophisticated 4* hotels like the Rendezvous Merry which is conveniently located in heart of the commercial district Shanghai, to 5* resorts like The PuLi Hotel and Spa or the Pudong Shangri-La. The PuLi Hotel and Spa is an Urban Resort Concept and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. As one of the world’s 500 best hotels (Travel + Leisure 2009), the prestigious 5* Pudong Shangri-La with its breathtaking views of the legendary riverfront, the Bund is the perfect choice for a once in a lifetime luxury holiday in Shanghai.

All hotels offer superb service and are ideal for business and leisure travellers alike, in great city locations. To mark the launch of the new flight, British Airways has reduced prices at all hotels in Shanghai until the end of the year.

Tickets and hotels are on sale through ba.com/shanghai and direct through BA reservations on 0844 493 0758.

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HolidayCity.com Sails Down the River at Singapore River Regatta

The normally peaceful and serene ambiance of the Singapore River would be replaced with the grunts and groans of both men and women in sleek dragon boats as they race to the finishing line during the 27th Singapore River Regatta from 21 – 22 November 2009. Participants would be required to complete a short dash of 300 meters between the Elgin Bridge and Cavenagh Bridge. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the riverbanks to watch their favourite teams battle it. With visitors from the neighbouring countries expected to join the festivity, Singapore hotels could certainly look forward to a roaring business.

Participation in the 27th Singapore River Regatta is via 10- and 20-crew teams. This year, several categories are offered for each team type such as the National Championship, Tertiary, Public Service and Corporate. Up to 100 dragon boat teams are expected to participate in the regatta with the majority coming from private clubs in Singapore. Amateur paddlers would come face to face with seasoned racers, ensuring an exciting and entertaining time throughout the 2-day event. Organized by the Singapore Dragon Boat Association in partnership with the People’s Association and the Civil Service Club, Singapore River Regatta certainly not for the faint-hearted as it can be particularly challenging both physically and mentally.

Lee Lai Huat, CEO, HolidayCity.com, remarked, ‘The Singapore River Regatta is not-to-be-missed especially by those who like speed. It’s quite amazing to see participants in colourful uniforms paddle with all their strength all the way to the end.’ He further said, ‘The rhythmic beating of the drums is quite mesmerizing and further adds to the air of excitement and festivity. With thousands of spectators coming from near and far, HolidayCity.com is pleased to offer best deals and discounts for Singapore accommodation. After all, they shouldn’t be worrying about where to stay and instead focus on getting the best spots to cheer their teams to victory.’

HolidayCity.com offers attractive rates at the following hotels and many others:

Broadway Hotel Singapore (2 star)
Starting rate SGD90

Albert Court Hotel Singapore (3 star)
Starting rate SGD120

Victoria Hotel Singapore (3 star)
Starting rate SGD111

The Elizabeth Hotel Singapore (4 star)
Starting rate SGD180

Orchard Parade Hotel Singapore (4 star)
Starting rate SGD210

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Best Western Castle Green Hotel Acknowledged in North West Tourism Awards

The Best Western Castle Green Hotel near Kendal, in Cumbria was highly commended in the most prestigious awards for hotels in the North West.

The hotel was runner up in the large hotel of the year category in the North West Tourism Awards which were held in Blackpool.

The only independent hotel in the shortlist, the Best Western Castle Green Hotel, one of a number of hotels in Kendal, was up against stiff competition from across the region. The Lowry in Manchester won the award, which was the only hotel in the category with a five star rating.

After winning the large hotel of the year category in the Cumbrian Tourism Awards in May 2009, the Best Western Castle Green was automatically short-listed for the awards covering the whole region, including thehotels in Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire category winners.

The highly commended status means that the hotel passed a mystery shopper visit with flying colours. The hotel also had to show excellence in the areas of – customer care, investment in training and staff development, accessibility and innovative marketing.

Tim Wade, Best Western said; “We are delighted that the Best Western Castle Green Hotel has received such a prestigious accolade at the North West Tourism Awards. As an independent hotel group we are always striving to not only maintain but exceed our internationally renowned high standards of quality and service. So, it is fantastic to see how well this hotel has done to achieve such excellent recognition. We hope that next year the hotel will have a repeat success and maybe secure the top award.”

The 2009 Northwest Tourism Awards were held at Blackpool Tower on September 28. The event was hosted by BBC presenter Ranvir Singh and organised by the Northwest Regional Development Agency.

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British Airways Increases Flights To St Kitts And Nevis

British Airways is increasing the frequency of its flights to St Kitts and Nevis from March 2010 from one to two services a week due to ever increasing demand on the route since its launch in 2009.

British Airways Increases Flights To St Kitts And Nevis

From March the airline will commence flying to the popular Caribbean holiday island twice a week, departing from London Gatwick on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

Holidays in St Kitts and Nevis have long been a secret favourite with the British public, with many Brits owning second homes on the islands allowing them to sunbathe on the pristine sandy beaches or swim and dive in the sleepy lagoons, while adventure seekers go exploring the 17th-century Brimstone Hill fortress or enjoy a wildlife-rich rainforest safari.

The twice weekly St Kitts flights and Nevis flights will be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft with a three-class configuration: World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World.

This will be great news for anyone looking for the tranquillity which the enchanting island of Nevis known as ‘Queen of the Caribees’ provides. Eco-friendly Nevis hosted the first geothermal conference in the Caribbean in June 2009 and is leading the way with its renowned Green Energy Programme. The island aims to be powered 100% self sufficiently with renewable geothermal energy and plans to sell its excess electricity to neighbouring islands such as St Kitts.

British Airways have a number of superb St Kitts and Nevis Hotels – all famed for stunning natural beauty, enabling guests to take in some of the fascinating local culture.

The range of hotels in St Kitts available through British Airways includes a collection of 3* to 5* hand picked hotels for luxury holidays. The 4* Ottleys Plantation Inn provides warm family hospitality and serenely beautiful, unspoiled landscape whereas the 3*+ Royal St Kitts is a truly affordable all-inclusive Caribbean gem. For luxury, guests can spoil themselves at the 5* St Kitts Marriott Resort, overlooking the emerald green Atlantic Ocean. For travellers visiting the ‘Queen of the Caribees’, there is 30 acres of privacy and freedom on the Nevis’ beachfront at the 4* Nisbet Plantation Beach Club. Boat transfers between St Kitts and Nevis are included in the hotel price.

Tickets and holidays are on sale now through ba.com/stkitts and direct through BA reservations on 0844 493 0758.

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Family Forest Fun for Peter Andre at Center Parcs

On 16th October, Center Parcs welcomed Peter Andre and his family to Elveden Forest, Suffolk to enjoy a short break with his family at the forest retreat. We asked him about his experience at Elveden Forest to see if it lived up to his expectations.

Family Forest Fun for Peter Andre at Center Parcs

Have you ever been to Center Parcs before this visit?

No, this was my first time to Center Parcs. I loved every minute of it, with so much for families to do.

Did you enjoy your weekend break at Center Parcs?

It was amazing, there was so much choice in the way of activities. You could never get bored and whatever the weather, there is always lots to do as a family.

Were there any activities you particularly enjoyed?

We loved the bikes. Junior had his own little bike, and Princess was in a little buggy on the back of mine. My brother Mike and I had such a laugh with the kids cycling through the forest.

What did your children enjoy most during your break?

I think the children enjoyed the ‘messy play’ the most. They were both covered in paint and spaghetti by the end of it!

Did you like your accommodation?

The accommodation was perfect for us. We were very comfortable there with loads of room and we had a pool table – so what more could you ask for? It was great space for entertaining in – we had the whole team in the lodge whilst we were filming. My manager Claire cooked dinner for us in there as well – which was great.

Would you bring your family back to Center Parcs?

Definitely, hopefully soon!

During their stay, Peter Andre and his family enjoyed an evening meal at Center Parcs’ American themed diner, Hucks, lunch at the Pancake House and afternoon meal at Foresters Inn.

After exploring the forest on bikes, Peter, Princess and Junior took part in the Messy Play and Lets Make It activities at the Time Out Club. Peter also used the gym facilities and had a relaxing massage at the Aqua Sana Spa

To take a look at what you and your family could do on a Center Parcs’ short break visit: www.centerparcs.co.uk.

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Butlins Big Weekend – 29th -31ST January 2010 ROCK & BLUES

Every year, over the last weekend in January, in that post-Christmas malaise – a remarkable music festival takes place at Butlins, Skegness in Lincolnshire.

Fast gaining an impressive reputation on the music lovers festival circuit and as hotly anticipated by the artists as the fans (who regularly travel from the length and breadth of the UK), the weekend has hosted an incredible range of some of Rock and Blues’ most exciting and influential artists, alongside fiery ‘new blood’, too.

2010 is no exception to the high quality & value threshold and this year, the event returns to its roots by presenting separate BLUES and ROCK stages.

BLUES fans will be delighted at a line up that includes – former ROLLING STONES and JOHN MAYALL guitarist, MICK TAYLOR, boogie piano king, BEN WATERS & HIS BAND (who recently had both Charlie Watts of the Stones and Jools Holland as HIS guests!); JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR, MAGGIE BELL & DAVE KELLY, THE BLUES BAND, ANIMALS & Friends, CHANTEL McGREGOR, OLI BROWN, STAN WEBB & CHICKEN SHACK, JAY TAMKIN, THE YARDBIRDS, NINE BELOW ZERO, SNAKE DAVIS & JIM DIAMOND and from THE ALARM – DAVE SHARP…

The ROCK stage hosts the magnificent NAZARETH, with Special Guests THE DEBORAH BONHAM BAND; OLIVER-DAWSON SAXON, (featuring Saxon founder members Graham Oliver & Steve Dawson); MARTIN TURNER’S WISHBONE ASH; JOHN COGHLAN’S QUO; TYGERS OF PAN TANG, PRAYING MANTIS, CARVIN JONES and from the Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘family’ – SKINNY MOLLY.

Finally, a rare performance from former WHITESNAKE guitar supremo MICKY MOODY with his band, who promise “some originals, some covers and some Whitesnake”.

And there are even more artists to be announced!

To book the Rock & Blues break at the family holiday parks call Butlins direct on 0845 070 4750 open daily (The maximum call charge is 2p per minute from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary).

Prices for Rock & Blues are £72 per person for the full weekend UK breaks based on four people sharing a silver self-catering apartment (all guests must be aged +18 years) including accommodation, all live entertainment and many free activities.

Butlins reserves the right to change the entertainment programme for Butlins Family Breaks.

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HolidayCity.com Doesn’t Judge a Book by Its Cover at the Munich Book Show

Writers, publishers and book lovers alike are set to congregate in Gasteig, Munich from 12th to 29th November 2009 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular Munich Book Show. One of the more successful book shows in the world, this year’s event is expected to attract about 300 publishers from Germany and other German-speaking countries. About 160,000 visitors had been converging here in the last few years and this number is expected to increase in 2009 with many famous and renowned authors making their appearances.The city would certainly be an exciting and busy place for the entire 18 days with roaring business expected for Munich hotels.

Authors and publishers from all over the world would make a beeline for the book show with special evenings organized for readings and special presentations. Among them would be Spanish writer, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Gioconda Belli from Managua, and John Harvey and Robert Harris from the United Kingdom. Other respected authors that are scheduled to attend include Hans Küng, Frank Schätzing, Anselm Grün, Hans-Peter Dürr, Alfons Schuhbeck and Wladimir Kaminer. Other exciting programmes have also been planned to further attract the crowds. They include special evenings with Thorsten Havener who would demonstrate his amazing mind reading ability, and readings by Juli Zeh that would also feature the rock group, Slut. The book show is also a great opportunity for some of the authors who would get the opportunity to talk about their new books with the listeners of the Bavarian Radio.

One of the main goals of the Munich Book Show is to promote reading especially among children. With this in mind, children and parents can look forward to book readings, discussion and exhibitions. Especially noteworthy events would be readings by Cassandra Clare (with Claudia Engler) who would read from her book, ‘City of Glass’ and Zizou Corder (with Axel Milberg) for ‘Lee Raven’. Another not-to-be-missed event would be the appearance by Lucy Hawking, daughter of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.

Lee Lai Huat, CEO, HolidayCity.com, remarked, “Book lovers are going to have a great time at the Munich Book Show. Not only would they be able to check-out the latest offerings from the literary world, they would also get the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with their favourite authors and attend special readings and other exciting events.’ He further said, ‘It’s a great place to bring your children and cultivate a love for books and reading. With thousands expected to attend the book show, HolidayCity.com is more than happy to offer great savings and discounts on Munich accommodations to make their trip more memorable.’

HolidayCity.com offers attractive rates at the following hotels and many others:

Creatif Hotel Elephant Munich (3 star)
Starting rate EUR65

Germania Hotel Munich (3 star)
Starting rate EUR99

Deutsches Theater Hotel Munich (3 star)
Staring rate EUR109

Holiday Inn Munich – Schwabing (4 star)
Starting rate EUR116

Platzl Hotel Munich
Starting rate EUR192 (4 star)

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