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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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Exciting Easter breaks now available at Warner Leisure Hotels

Hotel group Warner Leisure Hotels has recently revealed its exciting Easter breaks for 2012, all of which can be booked now to benefit from early money-saving offers.

The breaks, which are available at all nine of its leisure hotels and its four coastal villages, come with a full English or continental breakfast included, as well as a three-course evening meal and use of each hotel’s leisure facilities. Guests can also enjoy live nightly entertainment and plenty of activities during the day, plus they can make the most of the stunning grounds and gardens to be found at each hotel.

The short breaks on offer are exclusively for adults, with each hotel having unique features, such as the nine-hole golf course and driving range at Alvaston Hall Hotel in Cheshire and the fishing lake and indoor bowls hall at Gunton Hall Coastal Village in Suffolk.

Many of the hotels are listed and have between a three and four-star grading, with some even having been awarded the AA rosette, making them the ideal place to stay for Easter weekend breaks.

Jason Riseborough, Marketing Manager at Warner Leisure Hotels said: “We are pleased to be taking bookings for our Easter breaks and expect them to be very popular, both with our regular visitors and those that are just staying with us for the first time.

“At Warner Leisure Hotels we like to provide our guests with something a little different, so that they can return home wanting to book their next break. Be it our excellent live entertainment, heritage gardens or beautifully maintained grounds, our hotels have something for everyone.”

During the evening, each Easter break will include entertainment from a selection of tribute performers. For instance, Thoresby Hall Hotel in Nottinghamshire will benefit from a live ABBA tribute and Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel in Denbighshire will have 60s sounds from Katy Setterfield as Dusty Springfield.

The breaks run from the 6th – 9th April and can be booked by visiting the official website now.

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Luxury Treehouses at Center Parcs

British short break expert, Center Parcs, unveils the height of luxury with its brand new Treehouse accommodation – combining a stunning sleek, contemporary design with the ultimate functionality. The three Treehouses, which are exclusive to Sherwood Forest, have been expertly designed to encompass key elements that are core to the Center Parcs experience; accessible luxury, sustainability and most importantly creating memorable moments for the whole family.

Set among the canopy of 400 acres of Nottinghamshire woodland, the Treehouses have been designed to embrace the forest, which is reflected throughout the interior. A spiral staircase winding round a faux tree turn is central to the layout and details such as floor to ceiling retractable doors, a large outdoor terrace, smoked oak timber walls and oak planked floor all help to incorporate the surroundings and create a true forest experience for guests.

Suitable for up to eight guests, there is plenty of room for adult groups or families in comfort, with three large luxurious bedrooms situated on the lower level; one double room with ensuite bathroom and two twin rooms with ensuite shower-rooms. On the upper level of the Treehouse, the master suite offers guests perfect views of the surrounding treetops and a secluded escape for relaxation after a busy day. All four bedrooms have their own private balconies, accessible through full height, sliding glass doors.

The living area is perfect for the whole family, with a beautiful fully-functioning fireplace – the perfect area to share stories and memorable moments from the adventures that day. In the dining area, an 8 person dining table is the perfect setting for long lunches and ambient dinners and beyond the dining area a daybed offers a quiet retreat to curl up with a book.

Each Treehouse will be decked out with the latest technology including a 42” plasma TV mounted above the fireplace in the central living area and iPod docks throughout. The open kitchen has olive green units topped in a pale stone, and is fully equipped with an integrated microwave, dishwasher, fridge freezer, oven and wine cooler. A chalk board on the dividing wall between the kitchen and daybed adds a playful element to the space.

For the ultimate indulgence in your weekend break, Treehouse guests have a large hot tub and sauna on the outside terrace to enjoy, and the surrounding trees provide the perfect privacy cover! A dedicated entertainment room is situated in a separate section of the structure, which can be reached by a bridge off the main terrace. Inside guests will be treated to a pool table, games consoles and a 42” plasma TV with surround sound and AMBX lighting, which reacts to whatever is showing on the TV.

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Center Parcs Awarded 5-Star Rating By Visit Britain

We are delighted to announce Center Parcs has again achieved Visit Britain’s 5-star rating for all 4 sites. Following visits from independent assessors, Visit Britain reported impressive results.

Assessors noted excellent levels of service across all areas and exceptional standards of cleanliness were also recognised.

Visit Britain’s quality assessment scheme seeks to inform consumers of the quality of service and facilities they can expect from accommodation in the UK; the 5 star rating recognises an ‘exceptional standard, with a degree of luxury’.

Graham White, Operations Director said:

“We are proud to have once again been awarded 5 stars by Visit Britain under their quality in tourism scheme. This is a fantastic achievement and it is down to the dedication of all colleagues. Excellent service and a wide range of high quality facilities are a fundamental part of the Center Parc holiday experience and this is what has made us so successful for the past 23 years.”

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Center Parcs Unveils The Height Of Luxury With New Treehouse Accommodation

Now on sale for short breaks in 2011, the three brand new Treehouses will take their place in the 400 acres of woodland at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. The lavish two-storey Treehouses will feature 4 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies, an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, a separate games and entertainment den, sauna and private hot tub.

Each Treehouse is nestled within the heart of the forest making them the perfect woodland sanctuary. Outdoor decking and balconies will provide fantastic views of the surrounding woodland.

Whilst continuing to embody the natural essence of Center Parcs, Treehouses will also offer those special extras to make breaks even more memorable. A personal Treehouse host, dedicated car parking and organic local produce and luxury toiletries are just a few of the added extras that will make the Treehouses the most desirable accommodation at Center Parcs..

In keeping with the surroundings, the Treehouses will have a simple rustic woodland feel. Chestnut brown was used as the core colour after it was identified as the most appropriate colour to blend in with the forest’s natural tones. As ecology and sustainability is paramount to Center Parcs, landscaping work will be kept to a minimum to ensure as little disruption to the woodland area as possible. In fact the Treehouses will be the most sustainable buildings that Center Parcs has ever developed and will feature groundsource heating, grey water recycling from the hot tubs and will achieve an A standard energy efficiency rating.

Treehouses are set to be the perfect holiday option for families and groups offering a very special setting in amongst the trees, whilst still taking advantage of the vast array of facilities, activities and familiar ambience present at all Center Parcs villages.

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Superbreak Expands London Offering

Superbreak, the Yorkshire based tour operator, has expanded its London ticket extras, allowing its customers to enjoy the capital for less.

The recent site redesign and navigation change has allowed the company to better showcase the breadth of extras available as add-ons to a London short break. Customers can now choose from approximately 50 sightseeing tickets and tours ranging from the popular favourites such as Madame Tussauds and London Eye tickets to the more quirky and unusual including the Rock n’ Roll and evening Ghost Bus tours. What’s more, the introduction of the Superbreak and smartsave partnership has allowed further savings to be passed onto customers with 20% off London tourist attractions and restaurants to be had.

Best sellers for 2010 so far include tickets for the BA London Eye with champagne, Pimms and river cruise ticket combinations, as well as the London Pass which provides great value for money on many of London’s major attractions. The short break specialist has also announced the introduction of its new ‘London Bridge Experience Summer Special’ ticket, which offers visitors a brand new gripping guided tour of London Bridges’ 2000 year history using a combination of special effects, CGI and animation.

London continues to be Superbreak’s most popular and biggest selling destination with hundreds of thousands of customers travelling with the tour operator each year. As with all Superbreak packaged products, customers have a choice of London hotels across the capital, as well the ability to add on as many sightseeing, tours and even rail tickets to their break on the booking form.

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Aqua Sana Scoops Good Spa Guide Award

We are delighted to announce that on 1st June 2010, Aqua Sana scooped the Good Spa Guide Award in the ‘Best to keep the boys happy’ category.

Aqua Sana Scoops Good Spa Guide Award

The Award for ‘Best to keep the boys happy’ celebrates spas that cater for both spa-phobic men who relax by letting off steam through adrenaline activities whilst their partner indulges in the spa as well as being welcoming to men who want to give the spa break experience a go.

The Good Spa Guide is a comprehensive, independent guide to the top UK spas; providing information and objective reviews about over 670 spas in the UK. The Good Spa Spies travel the length and breadth of the UK to collate objective spa reviews, and Aqua Sana was one of the spas that dazzled the judges in 2010. The shortlists for the awards included the most tempting of treatments, the most superb service, the best solo spas, the best for the boys and the tastiest treats.

The Good Spa Guide chose Aqua Sana because of the combination of high quality spa experiences and the ‘guy-friendly’ atmosphere. Other nominees in this category were Pennyhill Park, Sequoia Spa at The Grove and The Forum Spa at Celtic Manor.

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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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Warner Leisure Hotels Crown A Couple From Abingdon As The Winners Of Its First Official Strictly Come Dancing Holiday Breaks

Amanda McCabe and Julian Siret were presented with an engraved glass glitter ball trophy by stars of the BBC TV show Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova after winning the final of the event held at the Warner Leisure Hotels’ Cricket St Thomas hotel in Somerset.

The couple, who began dancing only three years ago, won over the audience of more than 400 guests by performing an “absolutely superb” waltz to the song “To You I’m Born Again”. Referring to the difference in height between 6ft 3ins Julian and Amanda, 5ft 2ins, Darren praised the couple for “going out there and moving beautifully”.

He added: “It is really refreshing to see some real quality dancing, and great movement.”

Fellow judge Ryan McShane, who provided dance instruction during the three-night UK Breaks at the Cricket St Thomas hotel near Chard, said: “That was absolutely superb. This couple have a height difference but I just think you moved so well together.”

Lilia, also a judge, commended the couple for their “great achievement” and “very neat” footwork.

The victory, in which they beat eight other couples in a vote by the audience, was all the more remarkable after their first entry in a competition two years ago ended in calamity. Amanda told the audience how they had entered a contest at another Warner Leisure Hotel. When it came to the event nerves got the better of her and she froze on the dance floor and couldn’t dance. She said: “We didn’t come on the Cricket St Thomas break intending to enter the competition. But then we thought we’d give it a go. I can’t believe we won the final, but this time I didn’t feel nervous and really enjoyed it.”

Julian, an engineer, won a number of dancing medals in his youth, but it was only the hit BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing that got them out on the dance floor. Since then they have been on 19 dance breaks with Warner Leisure Hotels and perfect the routines they have learned by regularly hiring a hall near their home in Abingdon to practice with some fellow enthusiasts. “Everything we have learned from dancing is from Warners,” said Amanda.

Now the couple will have the honour of presenting the winning trophy on the next Strictly Come Dancing holiday break later this month.

Warner Leisure Hotels has teamed up with BBC Worldwide to offer the official Strictly dancing breaks at five beautiful, historic UK Hotels. During the short breaks guests have the chance to meet and greet their favorite Strictly stars from Anton Du Beke to Vincent Simone.

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Warner Leisure Hotels Corton Coastal Village Awarded 4 Stars

The Warner Leisure Hotels owned Corton Coastal Village has been announced as receiving the coveted 4 Star Holiday Village award by The English Tourist Board.

While the receipt of this latest accolade has been thoroughly welcomed, it came as no surprise to Warner Leisure Hotels that it would be congratulating Corton Coastal Village, on winning the coveted 4 Star Enjoy England Quality Rose Award. The Warner Leisure Hotels village is set atop the Suffolk cliff-top, which provides panoramic views of the North Sea and direct access to the seafront via a Cliffside staircase.

The Enjoy England Quality Rose assessment scheme gives a clear indication of accommodation standard, cleanliness, ambience, hospitality, service and food. Corton Coastal Village now matches her sister site, Gunton Hall Coastal Village, also in Suffolk. This means they can jointly celebrate the recognition of their excellent high standards throughout both properties. To add to this recognition of Corton’s success, the coastal village resort was also awarded the David Urquhart Travel ‘Premier Collection’ and the ‘Good Hospitality’ 2009 awards achieving the highest ratings for food, friendliness, excellent décor and facilities; the result of continual monitoring through customer satisfaction questionnaires.

Petrina Simmons, General Manager of both Corton and Gunton Hall Coastal Villages said “We are still celebrating our great news. This is such a fantastic achievement for the exceptional teams working at both locations. It’s a huge accolade and a tremendous recognition of what we offer our guests and visitors – Unique places to relax, with a range of optional daytime activities and evening live entertainment combining to offer exceptional holiday opportunities.”

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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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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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Center Parcs Awarded 5-Star rating by Visit Britain

Center Parcs are delighted to announce that they have achieved Visit Britain’s 5-star rating for all 4 sites. Following visits from independent assessors in September and October 2009, Visit Britain reported impressive results.

Assessors noted excellent levels of service across all areas and exceptional standards of cleanliness were also recognised.

Visit Britain’s quality assessment scheme seeks to inform consumers of the quality of service and facilities they can expect from accommodation in the UK; the 5 star rating recognises an ‘exceptional standard, with a degree of luxury’.

The Visit Britain Resort Spa Accreditation has also been awarded to Aqua Sana for performing above standards that comply with the Waves of Excellence criteria. Accreditation is based on quality of service, ambiance, satisfaction with therapies and treatments, value for money, professionalism of staff and range of services available.

Graham White, Operations Director said:

“We are proud to have been again awarded 5 stars by Visit Britain under their quality in tourism scheme and the Resort Spa Accreditation. These are superb achievements and it is down to the dedication and enthusiasm of all colleagues at Center Parcs that we have received these ratings. Excellent service and a wide range of high quality facilities are a fundamental part of the Center Parcs experience and this is what has made us so successful for the past 20 years.”

For more information on the short breaks and weekend breaks on offer, visit the Center Parcs website.

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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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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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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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