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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nation To Decide New Crop Of Redcoats

For the first time ever, Butlins is launching an X-Factor-style search for the next generation of its famous Redcoats. The nation can play Simon Cowell by looking at the would-be Redcoat’s audition videos online and voting for their favourites.

Current TV stars Stephen Mulhern and Naomi Wilkinson got their first break at Butlins and now hopeful Redcoats are being urged to upload their audition videos to YouTube with the best 300 applicants being put through to the next round of interviews.

What to do
1. To vote log on to www.youtube.com/user/wearebutlins and visit the ‘I Want To Be A Butlins Redcoat’ playlist to view the videos
2. To enter log on and upload a video before 15th November 2009
3. Keep up to date with all the latest news at twitter.com/redcoataudition or by joining the ‘I Want To Be A Butlins Redcoat’ group on Facebook.

Known for world class family entertainment, Butlins Redcoats are famed for their high energy, lively personalities and ability to entertain parents and children alike. The holiday company receives thousands of applications for the 20 new Redcoat positions created each year.

Butlins Head of Entertainment Mike Godolphin said: “It’s time for the Redcoats to go online! The Redcoat auditions are always an important time of year for us and we’ve now truly embraced the social media phenomenon and invited the nation to become part of the process. We’re even on Twitter! Hopeful Redcoats are about to become internet stars for the first time.”

HOW TO ENTER
1. Film your audition piece on a video camera, camera phone, or webcam, keeping it to no longer than one minute in length. Please bear in mind that submissions featuring nudity, profanities or anything that may be offensive to our viewers will NOT be accepted

2. Save your video in a compatible format (WMV, 3GP, AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, FLV and MKV are all acceptable)

3. Create a YouTube account or log in to your pre-existent account at www.youtube.com and upload your audition video

4. Here’s the very important bit: When you’re editing the video description, add the tag ‘redcoataudition’ and set the privacy to ‘share your video with the world’. This will help us to find your video and add it to our YouTube channel

5. Your video should shortly appear on our YouTube channel under ‘I Want To Be A Redcoat’ in our ‘Playlists’ section

6. After the competition closes on 15th November 2009 Butlins will shortlist 300 entrants, based on their video submissions, who will then be invited to a second round face-to-face audition at Butlins. Should you make the shortlist, please make sure we can contact you through a private message on YouTube by unchecking the option ‘Allow only friends to send messages or share videos’ on your privacy option

The Butlins Redcoats
• Redcoats were the first type of “coat entertainers” or “Reps” in the holiday industry at UK holiday parks.

• There are approximately 150 Redcoats across Butlins three UK Holiday Resorts

• More than 1.5 million guests are entertained by the Redcoats each year

• Previous Redcoat jackets have been designed by Zandra Rhodes and Jeff Banks

Butlins has three beachside Resorts, Bognor Regis (West Sussex), Minehead (Somerset) and Skegness (Lincolnshire) and welcomes around 1.5m guests per year. Although it mainly offers family breaks it also offers around 50 Big Weekend breaks – music themed breaks for those aged 18+.

Butlins Family Holidays is part of Bourne Leisure Ltd which also owns Warner Leisure Hotels and Haven Holidays and was awarded Best Travel Company 2008 by Travel Trade Gazette. Bourne Leisure was also voted second in the Best Big Company to work for award in the Sunday Times’ list out on 8 March 2009.

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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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Kuoni Launches Its First Latin America Brochure

Travel specialist Kuoni has launched a brand new Latin America holiday brochure, valid until December 2010. The brochure which is available from Kuoni’s website, high street stores and travel agents across the country, includes 76 holiday itineraries and Kuoni Authentic Experiences, which allow travellers to do as the locals do, or learn from experts in their field.

Kuoni Launches Its First Latin America Brochure

Latin America 2009-2010 features 16 countries and over 20 destinations, covering Antarctica, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Easter Island, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Robinson Crusoe Island, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Latin American aficionados can design their own luxury holidays, relying on Kuoni’s Personal Travel Experts to tailor-make inspired itineraries for the ultimate flexible adventure. Alternatively, there are private or escorted tours accompanied by local experts.

“There has never been a better time to experience South America,” commented Angelo Davino, Latin America Product Manager. “South America is undergoing a travel renaissance and it is now offering a wider choice of quality accommodation, entertainment and better air access and connections on reputable scheduled carriers. We can combine luxury with a myriad of hardly discovered places.”

Some of the Kuoni Authentic Experiences include: become a cowboy gaucho for three days at Estancio El Rocio – cattle herd on horseback, cheer on the rodeo, bird watch at the local lagoon and play polo, or cook a Peruvian feast, mix a ‘pisco sour’ and become a Llama farmer for a day.

Regular itineraries also include; fishing for piranhas in the Amazon; trekking the ancient trails of the Incas and taking in coffee plantations, marvelling at the volcanoes peppering the Atacaman plains in Chile or hiking the Avenue of Volcanoes in Ecuador.

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Kuoni Launches 2010 America & Canada Brochure

Kuoni, the luxury travel specialist, has launched a new America & Canada brochure covering holidays valid from April 2010 to March 2011 that span the Western, Southern and Eastern states, Hawaii, Alaska and the winter wonderland of Eastern and Western Canada and the Rockies. The new brochure is available from Kuoni’s website, their high street stores and travel agents across the country.

This latest brochure features a large number of Canada holidays and USA holidays, from tailor-made journeys, self-drive tours through to motorhome experiences created to exploit the miles of straight open roads and vast landscapes, flexible adventures and home stays on the Gulf Coast. To counteract the impact of the exchange rate, the brochure now includes many more three-star hotels.

“The USA is offering more unprecedented rates and free night offers than ever before, and most of the rates have gone down by up to 20 per cent so the message is that, despite the exchange rate, America is still affordable,” said Kuoni product manager Mandy McGlade. “Canada is offering some amazing offers too, particularly if you can book early.”

Highlights of the new brochure include: getting close to nature in a teepee on a ranch in the West Rim of the Grand Canyon; sampling southern fare in cookery classes in New Orleans; defying gravity with astronaut training at Cape Canaveral, Florida; languishing in a suite in a top New York hotel for the price of a standard room; becoming a cowboy on a ranch in the wild Canadian Rockies; and fishing on Campbell River, the salmon fishing capital of the world.

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Luxury Link adds New Insights Section – A White Paper Resource for the Travel Industry

Luxury Link (www.luxurylink.com), the world’s leading luxury travel website, recently launched its new “Insights” section, designed to serve as a resource to the travel trade industry. Once a month, Luxury Link will post another “White Paper” that addresses the state of the industry or tackles a specific area of interest to travel business owners and operators.

Currently, the following white papers can be found on Luxury Link:

• A Three-Point Plan to Protect Rates and Build Revenue in a Recession –Challenging issues such as discounting without undercutting competitors are tackled as well as how to protect rates and drive demand

• Gaining Control of User-Generated Content – Discusses how monitoring the web is essential; how brand image is influenced by responding to comments and therefore amplifying the company’s web voice and presence

• Cross Promoting and Upselling for Greater Revenue and Guest Satisfaction – Addresses such universal issues as how to create compelling offers; how to train and incentivize staff; and how to engage the guest

“We felt that during a time when the entire travel industry is facing enormous challenges, the new Insight section would be helpful to industry executives looking for solutions to issues we face every day,” said Diane McDavitt, President and Co-Founder of Luxury Link. “We want to share our knowledge of the industry with our colleagues to better improve our service and product for the consumer.”

To access the Luxury Links “Insights” section, users can select ‘Hotel Marketing Program’ found on the bottom of the site’s home page and then click on to “White Papers” found on the left of the screen.

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Warner Leisure Hotels’ Call Centre Joins UK’s Top Ten

The Bourne Leisure group’s three call centres based in Hemel Hempstead for Warner Leisure Hotels, Butlins and Haven have collectively reached the Top Ten in latest research from the Top 50 Call Centres for Customer Service.

The combined achievements of Butlins Holiday Resorts, Haven Caravan Parks and Warner Leisure Hotels placed them seventh, with a score of 90.67%, and gave them the accolade of most improved member, moving up 16 places from last year. Bourne Leisure was also recognised as The Best Call Centre for Customer Service in the Entertainment and Travel sector.

The study was commissioned by the Top 50 Call Centres for Customer Service and organised by Call Centre Focus magazine, which aims to raise customer service standards in the call centre industry. The research consisted of 17,000 mystery shopper enquiries to over 50 of the UK’s leading call centres.

Overall the Top 50 Call Centres for Customer Service Initiative, sponsored by Genesys and Noble Systems, showed that call centres are getting the basics right: 96% of customers got through to the call centres on their first attempt and a staggering 94% of customer enquiries were resolved by the initial call. In addition, 86% of callers were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with their call experience, 68% said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend the organisation and 70% said they were likely to start or continue to use the organisation.

“This is absolutely right”, said Julie Howe, call centre manager of Warner Leisure Hotels, stressing the importance of exceptional Customer Service. “For potential and existing guests, phoning our call centre is the beginning of their holiday journey. We offer friendly, efficient and knowledgeable support, delivered with a problem solving attitude, recognising that the guest experience is paramount to our success. I am delighted to share this accolade with my team.”

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The Much-Anticipated Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia’s First Luxury Conservation-Based Resort, Opens

The much-anticipated Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia’s first luxury conservation-based resort and Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ first development outside Dubai, has welcomed its first guests.

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

The A$125 million project, built on the same principles as Emirates’ acclaimed Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental sustainability. Wolgan Valley is Emirates’ first luxury resort in Australia.

Located between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and bordering the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa features 40 individual secluded suites, and is fully integrated into its environment, supporting wide-ranging conservation practices. The resort occupies only two per cent of its 4,000 acre land, while the remaining area is dedicated as a wildlife reserve.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: “Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa’s combination of iconic location, understated luxury, privacy and outstanding conservation values is unparalleled in Australia. Heralding a new era of luxury travel in the country, the resort actively protects its surrounding habitat and indigenous wildlife species while delivering the first-class standards and quality expected from luxury resorts.

“Since the opening of Al Maha a decade ago, we have built our businesses on the basis of being sustainable and environmentally aware; and leading in wildlife conservation, in particular the protection of endangered and threatened species. With the opening of Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia, we are expanding our unique luxury conservation-based resort philosophy into a different country, a different continent and a different ecological environment.”

Wolgan Valley was selected by Emirates after an extensive research for a location that lent itself to world-class conservation-based practices. Australia is an important destination for Emirates, and Wolgan Valley is an outstanding example of the Dubai-based airline’s long term commitment to the country.

“Australia has a fascinating history, heritage, and of course unique wildlife; not to mention some of the most exciting landscapes in the world. We believe Australia has great potential and we are extremely proud that Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa will not only showcase a slice of Australia’s heritage, but will also contribute to the country’s prospects for developing this calibre of conservation-based, luxury tourism,” added His Highness.

Wolgan Valley is rich in historical significance. Charles Darwin was a visitor in 1836 and the property’s original homestead, which dates back to 1832, has been fully restored to its former glory, providing a fascinating glimpse of the region’s heritage for guests.

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Luxury Link Partners With Waldorf Astoria

Luxury Link, the world’s premier online luxury travel resource, announces its partnership with Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. The prestigious collection of hotels joins Luxury Link’s portfolio of world-class hotels, resorts and tour companies in over 60 countries, gaining instant access to the sophisticated Luxury Link consumer.

“Both Luxury Link and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts strive to bring unique luxury experiences to the discerning traveler,” said Diane McDavitt, president of Luxury Link. “Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is renowned for its grace and style. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to making these special properties available to our travelers.”

Luxury Link will feature an exclusive section highlighting the latest news and travel offerings from Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Additionally, Luxury Link travelers will have full access to the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts web site to facilitate comprehensive research on each property and direct booking.

“Luxury Link has become a premiere venue for sophisticated travelers to locate distinctive properties around the globe. As such, it is an ideal partner for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts,” stated Kirk Thompson, Vice President of Marketing, Hilton Luxury Brands.

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Wild Excitement Ahead As Wild Wadi Turns Ten

Jumeirah’s Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai’s favourite family destination, has announced that it is celebrating its 10th birthday on October 10th 2009 and to help join in the festivities Jumeirah is inviting its friends to splash and giggle at its action-packed birthday party.

Wild Excitement Ahead As Wild Wadi Turns Ten

To get the celebrations underway, Jumeirah has organised a range of fun activities and exciting entertainment for all of its guests, including carnival performers, drummers, magicians and dancers, and many more surprises to be enjoyed along with the usual thrill-inducing Wild Wadi Waterpark waterslides.

In addition, because no birthday celebration would be complete without a gift, any child who is also having their 10th birthday on October 10th, they will get free access to Wild Wadi along with some special gifts in honour of their special day. Children who are 10 years old, but whose birthday is not on October 10th, can also look forward to a special day, thanks to a special discounted entry rate to the park; after all, being 10 years old is a big deal.

In between blowing up balloons, Chris Perry, General Manager of Wild Wadi Water Park and Official Birthday Cake Taster commented: “Wild Wadi Waterpark loves birthday parties – especially when it is our own. We are very proud to be 10 years old, and we want to celebrate this milestone properly with all of our friends. With the help of some special entertaining guests and a whole party bag of surprises we’ve managed to make Wild Wadi Waterpark even more fun and exciting than usual; we can’t wait to celebrate.”

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Jumeirah Group Signed An Agreement With SGTM Immobilier To Manage The Jumeirah Marrakech Golf & Polo Resort

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality group and member of Dubai Holding, has recently signed an agreement with SGTM Immobilier, a subsidiary of the Société Générale des Travaux du Maroc (SGTM), to manage the Jumeirah Marrakech Golf & Polo Resort, a new luxury golf and polo resort located seven kilometres to the south of Marrakech, in the lee of the Atlas Mountains. The entire negotiation and consultancy process has been conducted by Business Experts.

Scheduled to open in three stages from January 2013, Jumeirah Marrakech Golf & Polo Resort will include a five star deluxe golf hotel and 18 hole golf course, complete with clubhouse and academy; a five star polo hotel with two polo fields and one practice course, a third five star hotel and spa, souk and residential villas.

The golf hotel will be comprised of 230 rooms and suites as well as 50 luxury villas. The boutique polo hotel will offer 100 rooms, while the third, and largest, of the hotels will offer approximately 300 uniquely-designed rooms and suites. This mixed-use development will cover 177 hectares of land and in addition to the facilities listed above, will also offer a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges (some located in a purpose built souk), a 2,500 square metre Talise spa, and ballroom conference facilities for up to 900 people.

“We are delighted to announce the signing of this unique development. The Jumeirah Marrakech Golf & Polo Resort is a welcome addition to Jumeirah Group’s diverse portfolio as we continue to expand around the world,” commented Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group. “Marrakech is truly the heartbeat of Morocco and possesses a rich and varied cultural inheritance. Jumeirah Group is proud to have our roots in the Arabian culture and we look forward to offering our guests a unique and authentic, world class, luxury experience within Morocco.”

Ahmed Kabbaj, CEO of SGTM Immobilier added: “Marrakech is the jewel of our Kingdom and as such, we felt duty-bound to associate a world leading operator to our project. We are therefore honoured to be working in partnership with Jumeirah on this one-of-a-kind resort. With their world class expertise and knowledge of Middle Eastern culture, Jumeirah will ensure that our guests get the best out of the Red City’s magic.”

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Warner Leisure Hotels Has Revealed Details Of Its Upcoming Festive Breaks

Warner Leisure Hotels has revealed details of its upcoming festive breaks – for Christmas, New Year and in between – for the 2009 season.

The announced four and five night Christmas breaks and the three and four night New Year breaks are all full board and feature a feast of optional daytime activities, relaxing leisure facilities, traditional Christmas dinner or a Gala New Year Eve’s dinner, and the unique blend of Warner entertainment. A variety of live performances are planned across the various Warner Leisure Hotels.

As well as the usual en-suite accommodation and range of activities, Warner Leisure Hotels is providing a range of seasonal treats, such as a visit from Santa, a special Christmas dinner and a New Year’s Eve party with a fireworks display to see in 2010.

Frances Pardell, PR manager for Warner Leisure Hotels, said: “Last year’s festive period was a huge success. We totally sold out in the South West ‘triangle’ Holme Lacy, Littlecote and Cricket St Thomas, and experimented with setting up a Warner’s holiday experience in another hotel in the Four Pillars Costwold Hotel. This year we’ve listened to our guests, as we always do, and offered them more ‘product’ so they are getting more things in their breaks.”

Subject to availability, these three, four or five day breaks can be booked up until the last minute.

In addition to the usual festive dates, Warner Leisure Hotels is also providing a range of special ‘Twixmas’ breaks for those looking for a break between Christmas and New Year.

Via EPR Network

New Hampshire Ski Group Offer International Customers Visiting The State To Enjoy A Skiing Holiday Access To Five Different Mountains All On One Pass

New Hampshire Ski Group has announced that international customers visiting the state to enjoy a skiing holiday can have access to five different mountains all on one pass, as well as a free day’s stay when a six day visit is booked.

Fifteen hotels are participating in the offer from the New Hampshire Ski Group USA, a deal which is unrivalled by other New England ski resorts.

The ski resorts in New Hampshire included in the five mountain pass feature a variety of well maintained ski runs suitable for every level of skier. Cannon Mountain, located in the Franconia Notch State Park in the Great White Mountain National Forest, in particular has a wide range of ski options available and has received five top ten rankings in SKI Magazine and was ranked number one in the ‘Classic Mountain’ category by readers of Snoweast Magazine.

Commenting on the new deal, Mike Breakwell, New Hampshire Ski Group’s UK and Ireland representative, said: “The unique Five Mountain Ski Passport means people can ski or board on up to five mountains in a single visit to New Hampshire. Loon Mountain, Cannon, Waterville Valley, Cranmore and Wildcat are all within 20 minutes of hotels in the area, so it’s really easy to combine 2 or mountains into your stay to give variety and different experiences on the slopes.”

About the New Hampshire Ski Group:
The New Hampshire Ski Group is a partnership of 5 major ski resorts and 15 hotels, condos, and traditional inns in the White Mountain National Forest of New England, along with three convenient hotels in the historic city of Boston. The resorts include Loon Mountain Ski Resort, Waterville Valley, Cranmore Mountain, Wildcat Mountain, and Cannon Mountain.

Via EPR Network

Orient-Express And Luxury Link Partner

Luxury Link (www.luxurylink.com), the online luxury travel resource that offers high-end trips to destinations around the globe, announces its partnership with Orient-Express (www.orient-express.com) the world-renowned hotel and travel company. Orient-Express properties join Luxury Link’s esteemed portfolio of world-class hotels, resorts and tour companies in over 60 countries, gaining instant access to the sophisticated Luxury Link consumer.

“Partnering with Luxury Link provides a distinct advantage to our luxury hotels throughout the world,” said Shawn K. Jereb, Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Orient-Express. “Luxury Link boasts one of the world’s most coveted online audiences. Our properties adhere to the highest standards and are an excellent match for the sophisticated traveler Luxury Link attracts.”

Luxury Link customers now have the opportunity to bid on or immediately purchase world-class getaways to the elite collection of travel experiences in the Orient-Express Hotels portfolio. Luxury Link also features an exclusive section highlighting the latest news and travel offerings from Orient-Express (www.luxurylink.com/mini/orient_express.php). Additionally Luxury Link travelers have full access to the redesigned Orient-Express web site to facilitate comprehensive research on each property and direct booking.

“Few brands stir the imagination like Orient-Express,” said Diane McDavitt, president of Luxury Link. “Exotic journeys, legendary hotels and modern elegance combine in one iconic collection that is as unique as it is luxurious. We are pleased to be making these special properties available to our travelers via this new partnership.”

Via EPR Network