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Affordable art goes on sale in Battersea Park as 120 galleries gather for the popular spring art fair

The biannual Affordable Art Fair, which returns to Battersea Park this spring, from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th March 2012, is the leading showcase in the UK for contemporary art under £4,000. A regular feature in Battersea Park since it first appeared in 1999, the fair has become a well-loved institution in London ‘s art scene and anyone wanting to pick up some affordable art can save even more money by booking a cheap London hotel so they can enjoy the fair and stay in London for the weekend.

Gathering 120 art galleries from all over Europe in one place, the fair offers visitors the chance to buy original works of art by up and coming artists without paying over the odds for their name and reputation. Alongside are works by well-known artists at relatively low prices – flower paintings by Marc Quinn, a self-portrait by Sam Taylor-Wood and a dot painting by Damien Hirst all featured in last year’s October art fair.

The price ceiling of £4,000 and the compulsory labelling of all artwork means visitors can see, at a glance, what they can and can’t afford, and the huge array of paintings, sculpture, photography and prints means there is something to suit every taste.

Every fair has an emerging artists’ showcase promoting the work of recent graduates and this spring the theme is ‘Sum of Substance’, an exhibition curated by art and design publishers Jotta featuring 19 artists from well known arts colleges including the Slade, Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Art and Design among others.

The fair also has a programme of free and informal talks and tours as well as a crèche and an education area, making this an event that all the family can enjoy, even children as young as two years old. For those who prefer to avoid the weekend rush late view tickets, available for Wednesday and Thursday nights, are the best option, giving shoppers the chance to browse the art in a more relaxed setting with a glass of wine to hand.

After a successful inaugural art fair on Hampstead Heath in October last year, the Affordable Art Fair returns to the North London park again this autumn so there will be two further Affordable Art Fairs later in the year: at Battersea, from 25th to 28th October 2012; and at Hampstead, 1st to 4th November 2012. The AAF also has a global presence with ten fairs (and two affiliate fairs) in six countries across three continents.

For more information on the Affordable Art Fair, visit LondonTown.com where you can find the latest information on hotel rooms, availability and prices, all on one website which also gives useful information on London ‘s sights, events and restaurants. If you are bringing the family, you won’t be alone, the website also lists family friendly activities, hotels and restaurants.

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Superbreak Gets Ready To Take Part In 3 Peak Challenge

Superbreak, the UK based tour operator, has announced its staff’s biggest challenge yet in aid of the Help for Heroes charity, as they attempt the infamous Three Peaks Challenge.

On the 17th July, 14 staff members from Superbreak will start their gruelling climb as they attempt the National Three Peaks Challenge. The gruelling climb will see the group start at the bottom of Snowdon in Wales, before taking a 4 hour drive to scale the heights of the Scafell Pike in the heart of Cumbria. Both climbs are expected to take the group over 5 hours and the journey doesn’t end there. On the 18th July, Superbreak staff will take on the National Three Peaks’ highest mountain – Ben Nevis.

Founded in October 2007, Help for Heroes offers practical support and help to wounded servicemen and women from Afghanistan and Iraq on their return to the UK. The charity’s message is clear and simple: to help ordinary people doing extraordinary things to live with the consequences of being wounded in the service of their country. The money raised goes towards projects such as funding the new swimming pool and gym complex at DRMC Headley Court to help wounded servicemen and women rehabilitate.

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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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Superbreak Packs In More Customer Experience With Microformats

Superbreak, the short break specialist, has enhanced the hotels and reviews section of its website to support Google’s Rich Snippets.

Rich Snippets give users convenient summary information about their search results at a glance. Google currently supports data about reviews and people so, when users search for a product or service, they can easily see reviews and ratings, and when searching for a person, they’ll get help distinguishing between people with the same name.

Superbreak is among the first in the travel industry to utilise the new Rich Snippets feature and expect to gain new visibility on Google’s search result pages, with Google’s own experiments showing that users are more likely to click through if they see relevant and useful information from the Web page.

With research showing that eight out of ten consumers seek reviews as part of the shopping process, this access to the opinions and experiences of other users is transforming the way that people make purchase decisions.

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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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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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Superbreak Sees Success In Theatre Breaks

Superbreak, the UK short break operator, has reported the success of its theatre breaks in 2009. As the year drew to a close, Superbreak made its 50,000th booking for a West End theatre package.

The undisputed hit of the 2009 West End theatre programme was Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver!’, which drew packed audiences with its clever casting of established big name stars such as Rowan Atkinson and Griff Rhys Jones. Perennial favourites among theatre fans such as ‘Lion King’, ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Wicked’ also proved to be popular.

Superbreak’s Marketing Director, Will Dunnett, said: “I’m certain 2010 will be the year of one or two surprises in the West End. ‘Love Never Dies’ promises to be the show of the year, and I’m certain it will be able to live up to comparisons as a sequel to the ever popular ‘Phantom of the Opera’. Film success and children power combined will also make ‘Shrek’ a sure fire hit at the box office. A London hotel and a trip to the theatre remains fantastic value and, because you will be staying in one of our fantastic selection of London Hotels, when you return f r o m the theatre you’ll get the star treatment yourself.”

Superbreak predicts similar success in 2010 for London theatre breaks. March will see the eagerly anticipated ‘Phantom…’ sequel, Love Never Dies open on the West End while Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-awaited production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is also set to debut in 2010. ‘Shrek, The Musical’ is also a highly anticipated show, following its opening on Broadway to rave reviews.

The New Year also sees Superbreak branching out into new territory with plenty of new productions opening. These include ‘Enron’ starring Samuel West and the star studded ‘The Misanthrope’ starring Hollywood favourites Keira Knightley and Damian Lewis. ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ also opens in 2010 at the Novello Theatre, Aldwych and stars James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashid, Adrian Lester and Sanaa Lathan.

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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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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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The Rezidor Hotel Group Honoured For Profound Growth And Expansion In Africa

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s fastest growing hotel companies, has been honoured for its ambitious business development across the African continent at the Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) in Sandton Sun, Gauteng, South Africa, on 4-6 November.

Andrew McLachlan, the group’s Vice President Business Development for Africa & the Indian Ocean Islands, was given the prestigious ‘Mover & Shaker’ award. The HICA prize is awarded to an individual who through their skills, ingenuity and energy has already had an extraordinary impact in the industry, and recognises his outstanding leadership role and contribution to hospitality investment in Africa.

Between January 2007 and March 2009 McLachlan tripled Rezidor’s portfolio from eight hotels (open or under development) in five African countries to 21 Hotels in Africa (open or under development) across 13 sub-Saharan African countries. Over this period the Rezidor portfolio expanded with properties in nations such as Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa under McLachlan’s headship.

The Hospitality Investment Conference Africa, is an annual event on the local and international hospitality and investment calendar. This year’s event was hosted by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), in association with the conference’s founding partners and the Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism of South Africa.

The event proved to be a big success and was attended by the South African Minister of Tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk. Mmatsatsi Marobe, CEO Tourism Business Council of South Africa, stated on the HICA website, “His attendance serves as confirmation of his commitment to promoting investment opportunities for South Africa and the continent as a whole. The department’s continued support for the conference, as well as the launch of the South African Tourism Investment Portfolio for 2009 at HICA serves as further confirmation”.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 380 luxury hotels in operation and under development with 81,700 rooms in almost 60 countries including luxury hotels in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

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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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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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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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HolidayCity.com Gets Festive at Madrid Autumn Festival

The city of Madrid comes alive this November as the locals and visitors alike welcome the much anticipated Autumn Festival. The month-long event, which takes place from 4th to 29th November 2009, would certainly be exciting news for those who are planning to visit or book Madrid hotels during this time of the year. Organised by the Vice-presidency, Department of Culture and Sport and Government Spokespersons’ Department, the festival attracts thousands from the surrounding areas, Spain and other countries far and wide.

Madrid Autumn Festival, which is celebrating its 26th year, promises world-class performances from 32 companies that would be coming from all over the world. They bring with them quality entertainment and performances which include theater shows, dance and music concerts and contemporary circus productions. Visitors and locals alike would certainly enjoy the packed programme which includes exciting and progressive theatre productions such as ‘Isabella’s Room’ from Jan Lauwers & Need Company, ‘Médée’ from Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers and ‘Pénélope ô Pénélope’ from Tera.

Those who are more interested in the dance and musical performances will not be disappointed with offerings from Rosas with ‘Rosas danst Rosas’, Shiro Takatani with ‘La cámara lúcida’ and the exciting pairing of María Pagés and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with ‘Dunas’. Taking the stage would also be the Whale Watching Tour and Hanne Hukkelberg from Norway. Contemporary circus shows include ‘Chouf Ouchouf (Look and Look Again)’ from the talented team of Martin Zimmermann, Dimitri de Perrot and 12 acrobats of the Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger. The performances are scheduled to take place in numerous venues in the city including Teatros Del Canal Sala, Teatro De La Abadía and Teatro Español.

Lee Lai Huat, Chief Executive Officer, HolidayCity.com, remarked, “Madrid should really be on everybody’s list of places to see. Noteworthy destinations include the Royal Palace of Madrid, built in the Baroque style and Reina Sofia Museum which currently houses Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. Madrid is also the best place to see bullfighting that is held at Plaza de Toros, the largest bullring in Spain.” He further added, “Madrid Autumn Festival is definitely a great time to visit the city as it embraces and celebrates the beauty of art in its many forms. Visitors need not worry about where to stay as HolidayCity.com offers great savings and discounts on Madrid accommodation for their convenience.”

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

Hotel Hostal Apolo Madrid (3 star)
Starting rate EUR42

Hotel Tryp Alondras Madrid (3-star)
Starting rate EUR95

Hotel Amura Alcobendas Madrid (4-star)
Starting rate EUR123

Hotel A.Gaudi Madrid (4 star)
Starting rate EUR89

Hotel Gran Melia Fenix Madrid (5 star)
Starting rate EUR195

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Hotels.com Reports 100% Increase In Travel In One Generation

Hotels.com revealed the results of a new survey which shows that, in the course of a generation, the number of countries visited by an Irish under-16 year old has doubled. The survey was conducted by Hotels.com through Rollercoaster.ie, Ireland’s leading website for parents.

While a child today will have visited an average of six different countries by the age of 16, their parents had visited an average of three countries by the same age – a 100% increase in travel in just one generation.

While the rise in popularity of European city and beach breaks has contributed to children from Ireland venturing overseas, today’s under-16s are also heading further afield. The Hotels.com research showed that 24% of children have been to America by their sixteenth birthday, whilst 5% have been to destinations in Asia and Australia. According to the research, almost every child in Ireland (98%) has made a trip to a European destination by the time they reach 16.

Alison Couper, Director of Communications at Hotels.com, said: “Irish children today are better travelled than ever with almost every under-16 year old experiencing countries abroad according to our research.

“While a generation ago, one-in-four Irish people hadn’t ventured overseas by 16, now the same percentage of today’s youngsters have been to an average of eight countries by the time they reach their sixteenth birthday, which is a huge turnaround between parents and their own children.”

Parents’ desire for their children to experience a range of countries and cultures early is the driver behind their offspring’s travels. 86% of parents who responded to the Hotels.com survey said that experiencing different countries and cultures is important for their child’s education. Learning another language was cited as a key reason for taking children overseas by over half of the parents surveyed (51%).

Carol Buckley, Editor of Rollercoaster.ie commented: “It comes as no surprise to me that children of this generation are experiencing the world at a much faster pace than their parents ever could by the same age. Access to affordable travel over the last decade in particular has enabled families to reach destinations which would have been a rarity in their parents’ time. It’s also encouraging to see that parents appreciate the cultural benefits to their children of visiting foreign countries.”

The research found that parents consider their children seeing the world as so important that 79% of those surveyed let the decision on where to holiday be influenced by where the youngsters in the family would like to go.

Alison Couper concluded: “This survey shows that Irish parents are very keen for their child to experience travel and open their minds to new cultures and destinations. Our research suggests that despite cut backs in other areas, people see their family holiday as an important way of spending time together.”

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Hotels.com Finds Brits Go Off Peak And On The Money

Hotels.com has revealed results from its latest survey which indicate that credit-crunched Britons are increasingly looking to book holidays out of season in a bid to avoid peak prices and get the most from their holiday budgets.

With some hotels slashing their prices by up to 70% for out-of-season stays, holiday-makers are taking advantage of off-peak prices to get more for their money, according to leading accommodation site, Hotels.com.

The research has shown that searches for low season stays in long-haul destinations such as South Asia, South America and the South Pacific have dramatically increased year-on-year, in some cases by as much as 200%.

Travellers to Queensland during the Antipodean winter month of June could save over two thirds (68%) on hotel accommodation while visitors to ‘God’s own country’, Kerala, can enjoy heavenly savings of nearly a third (31%) if they choose to travel during the rainy season. Similarly, visitors to Mexico are not letting a little rain put them off with searches for Cancun in July up by almost a half (45%).

Alison Couper, Director of Communications at Hotels.com, said “It is great to see that, rather than forego their holidays, people are looking for ways to make their money go further in the current economic climate. Far from being fair-weather travellers, our findings show that if Brits are prepared to put up with a little uncertain weather, they can avoid peak prices and make significant savings.

“According to our Hotel Price Index, average hotel prices worldwide were down by 17% in the first half of 2009. Add out-of-season discounts into the mix, and travellers can enjoy some incredible savings.”

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Luxury Link and Lexus Go Green

Luxury Link (www.luxurylink.com), the world’s premier online luxury travel resource, announces its partnership with Lexus to bring eco-friendly hotel packages to the sophisticated traveler.

“At Luxury Link we believe in socially responsible practices. We want to preserve the world’s beauty so people can enjoy it for years to come,” said Diane McDavitt, president of Luxury Link. “We are pleased to be partnering with Lexus and share their commitment to excellence and passion for creating luxury experiences for our consumers.”

Beginning October 26th, LuxuryLink.com will feature packages for Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Washington DC that focus on the environment and sustainability. Guests who purchase these packages will stay in the Lexus Hybrid Living Suite composed of organic, recycled or sustainable materials and furnishings. The eco-friendly packages also include personal use of the Lexus LS Hybrid. This low-emission hybrid vehicle is designed to minimize environmental impact without sacrificing luxury and style.

“We’re excited to be getting people behind the wheel of the Lexus LS Hybrid,” says Dave Nordstrom, vice president of marketing for Lexus. “This car is an elegant solution in the marriage of luxury and sustainability. By partnering with Luxury Link, more people will be able to experience the amazing power, comfort and style of the LS Hybrid while making less impact on the earth. We think they’ll be very impressed.”

About Lexus
Lexus is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the United States. Since its debut in 1989, Lexus has earned a reputation for offering high-quality luxury vehicles and providing benchmark customer service through its 227 dealers.

About Luxury Link
Founded in 1997, Luxury Link is where sophisticated travelers go for inspiration, to indulge their passion for discovering the world’s best places to stay and exceptional values.

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