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A Sweet Spin on Moonshine for Bloomery Distillery

Charles Town, West Virgina, July 03, 2015 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor has published its list of the 50 most loved and most talked about food and drink tours in almost every state across the U.S. And in West Virginia, the winner is Bloomery Plantation Distillery.

Capitalizing on the craving for locally sustainable craft distilleries and the nostalgia for moonshine, Bloomery’s SweetShine line of naturally flavored liqueurs are handcrafted from farm-fresh roots, fruits, and nuts.

The freshness of the line’s ingredients cannot be questioned, with all agricultural ingredients grown at the distillery’s own farm, local neighboring farms or other small American farms.

To date, more than 60,000 premium drink devotees have toured the distillery to savor an artisanal cocktail – whether it’s the ‘moonshine milkshake’ innovatively called Cremma Lemma or the chilled Chocolate Raspberry (a shot in hot coffee is bound to change one’s morning routine). With more than twenty-one international awards and too many cocktail enthusiast praises to count, the company is doing its part to take the restaurant, bar and hospitality industries to tasty new levels.

The entire process of creating the SweetShine line is handcrafted – from the hand-zesting of every lemon to the hand-chopping of the ginger to the hand-making of syrups to the actual handwriting that goes on every bottle of every label. Company founder Linda Losey claims with pride, “Consumers like a little bit of the unusual and appreciate our whimsical approach, but quality and taste are paramount – this is why we grow our own Italian lemons and Hawaiian ginger as well as our own black walnuts, pumpkins, and raspberries. Losey goes on to say, “Our fans trust our brand…and are comfortable and confident that when they grab a bottle of SweetShine, they can add it to any of their current cocktails and they’ll create a fresher, higher quality, premium cocktail that was a breeze to make.”

Bloomery SweetShine is currently distributed to retailers, bars and restaurants in 42 states and is on the fast track to further expand distribution.

About Bloomery SweetShine
Since opening as a mini-distillery in the agri-tourism industry in September of 2011, Bloomery Plantation Distillery has been capitalizing on the craving for locally sustainable craft distilleries, the nostalgia for the prohibition-era and the explosion of fruit flavored liqueurs through its hand-crafted, award-winning SweetShine line. With a sweet spin on moonshine, the company makes moonshine drinkable through its award-winning liqueurs that are hand-crafted from farm-fresh fruits, roots and nuts. To date, more than 60,000 premium drink devotees have visited the distillery to enjoy a SweetShine artisanal cocktail of their own amid affable company.

The distillery boasts a wildly unique, imaginative and fiercely dedicated staff led by company founder, Linda Losey. For staffers, SweetShine represents far more than just a product line but rather is regarded as a foundational philosophy—an adventurous and even risk-taking way of doing things…a spirited and amusing outlook on life. This viewpoint guides everything the company creates, and Bloomery’s passionate one-of-a-kind team attracts customers from around the world who believe in, connect with and trust the SweetShine brand.

The distillery, located two miles east of Charles Town, West Virginia, is situated on a 12-acre parcel of land where they grow farm-fresh ingredients used in the elixirs, including ginger, raspberries and lemons, among others. Putting their unique spin on the process of making moonshine, Bloomery’s all natural SweetShine is crafted using time-honored recipes with 190 proof ‘shine, pure cane sugar and garden-grown ingredients. The entire process is hand-crafted—from the hand-zesting of every lemon, to the hand-chopping of the ginger, to the hand picking of raspberries, to the hand-making of its syrups, to the handwriting that goes on every bottle of every label. Each batch is individually proofed; the finished liqueurs range from 40° to 70°. Truly handcrafted. And it shows. Just a touch of SweetShine quickly creates a classic cocktail with a twist—goodbye to boring unadventurous drinking! Bloomery SweetShine is currently distributed to retailers, bars and restaurants in 42 states, and continues to expand distribution nationally.

Learn more about the brand and its admirable approach online at www.BloomerySweetshine.com

Contact-Details: Merilee Kern
Ascendant Group Branding
merileekern@ascendantgroupbranding.com
858-577-0206

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Spain Visual Includes A New Destination To Its Tourism Portal – La Rioja

Spain Visual (www.spain-visual.com) new tourism portal in Spain presents its latest update includes a new destination La Rioja, the region known for its wines and for being a gastronomic destination of first line, added content can discover its important monuments and landscape values.

It also has integrated holiday homes booking engine Spain-holiday.com offers access to more than 5,000 holiday homes in Spain direct negotiations with their owners.

As for the hotel reservation can be integrated as the exclusive engine for hotelopia.com which gives access to the largest database of available apartments and hotels in Spain at the most competitive market prices for those to plan their holiday in Spain.

In reference to flights, flights & hotel, activities, hotel deals, etc …has been integrated Atrapalo.com and its best offers covering all sectors.

Video contents have been expanded in 80 spots, mainly in Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa Brava, which substantially improves the presentation of these destinations on the site that gives better information for sailors wishing to visit Spain.

Spain Visual is the process of reaching agreements with tourism businesses to prepare for the launch of its portal in the Russian market, a strategic objective of this platform in the near future.

Have also made improvements to enhance content search engine positioning strategies, complemented by short-term advertising campaigns on Google and other ways to get maximum visibility in the shortest period possible.

With these improvements, the Visual Spain provides all the necessary resources to plan your holidays in Spain, with the best possible information on their tourism offers, according to their slogan: “look, find and booking”.

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Spain Visual Increasing Their Content Up To 600 Video Clips That Can Offer More Complete Image Of Spain As A Tourist Destination

Spain Visual with this latest extension allows you to visit 33 tourist destinations in a single platform that represents 85% of tourism supply in Spain.

They improve the content under “Featured and offers” both raising awareness of little-known corners with charm and original hotels as a section that presents the best deals for travel and accommodation offered by wholesalers.

It starts an advertising campaign aimed at the European community with the slogans “Do you know Spain?” and “Discover Spain” into Google and Facebook.

The layout design is more friendly, dramatically improving navigability.

They are developing new content relating to products in Spain especially in regard to wine, cheese, oil and local cuisine, as we find a value of paramount importance in our tourist offer.

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Spain Visual Updates Its Tourism Portal By Spain, And Presents The New And Improved Version Of Its Platform

They have added three new destinations to the site, Aragon, Extremadura and Val d’Aran in which the site presents 85% of tourism in Spain.

So the destinations in www.spainvisual.com currently operating are:

Costa Brava. Costa del Maresme, Barcelona, Costa Dorada, Sitges, Castellón, Valencia, Alicante / Costa Blanca, Murcia, Almeria, Malaga / Costa del Sol. Granada, Seville, Cadiz, Huelva, Pyrenees, Navarre, Aragon, Asturias, Castilla La Mancha, Madrid, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro

It expands the video section to offer to companies making corporate video commercials for the web at affordable prices.

As for video content have been integrated for 19 spots these areas bringing the total content of the portal video spot is 564 spots.

Added photo content to improve information in various areas.

It has completely changed the layout design making it more friendly and substantially improving the navigability.

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DO YOU KNOW SPAIN? A video tour by the best tourist destinations in Spain

www.spainvisual.com launches new version of its portal with major graphical enhancements, content and navigability.

“Spain Visual”, tourism portal located in Barcelona, has incorporated into this new version links to blogs and social networks and Web 2.0 start. It also has added a new destination Asturias, being under preparation on Galicia and Castilla Leon.

Video contents have been hosted on a dedicated server in the U.S. of the renowned company specializing in network video Sorensonmedia to offer streaming video in a professional manner.

It also has integrated into the portal advertising banners AffiliateFuture that guarantee the best deals in the sector.

His slogan “Look, find & booking” sums up the philosophy of the portal, a tool to explore the core values of a destination from your PC, Iphone or mobile and be able to choose the more attractive, making available to the navigator also all tools necessary to book everything you need at competitive prices.

Company sources indicate that short-term goals are, on one side complete the presentation of the few brands and other tourist missing translation from Russian and Chinese portal at the time it is possible to boost the brand in Spain these markets in future.

As for other improvements, try to integrate into each brand booking engines presented the specific destination of the hotel association to help improve the margins of the sector.

With this platform “Spain Visual” hopes to bring added value and efficiency to promote the network of the Spanish tourist industry.

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Make The Most Of Leeds In Big Easy Style At The New Ellington Hotel

The New Ellington Hotel in Leeds is the ideal place to enjoy a contemporary city buzz with a hint of classic nostalgia, whether you’re staying in one of its 35 stylish bedrooms, or just dropping in for a speciality gin cocktail.

In true Bespoke style, this boutique hotel has a strikingly individual character, capturing the funky art deco flair of New Orleans.

Its title is a tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington, who played at Leeds’ city music festival in 1958; and its approach to hospitality inhabits a similarly creative vein.

The design is inventive and welcoming, anchored by a neon-lit atrium and a popular lounge bar. The latter is fuelled by laid-back sophistication and charm, with luxurious furnishings, walls adorned with images of jazz greats, dynamic light fittings and a smooth soundtrack.

It specialises in gin, with 16 different premium varieties of the juniper-berry-derived spirit to choose from and a wide range of classic and
imaginative cocktails.

Stuart Ward, General Manager of The New Ellington Hotel, said: “Located in the heart of Leeds’ financial district, our elegant red-brick establishment has a discreet entrance and aims to attract the more discerning guest or social drinker.

“Leeds is famed for its industrial past, but today it is a business powerhouse, with a strong and ambitious reputation for legal and financial services. Workers within these industries who are visiting from other cities demand high standards of hospitality and we aim to meet them at every turn”.

“But that’s not all. Leeds is a great place for shopping, culture and sightseeing and The New Ellington is a fantastic base for exploring the area. It is a very romantic hotel, especially in the evenings, so is perfect for a weekend away.”

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Distance Calculator Tracking 100 Million Routes And Locations

Distance Calculator a free travel service for users looking to find the distance from one place to another, today announced an upgrade to its systems means that its now serving potentially 100 million routes across EuropeUSA and the World.

Distance Calculator Tracking 100 Million Routes And Locations

Rob Watts, CEO said “Through serving greater numbers of destinations, we can give people increased options and choice. We are looking to enhance existing relationships and offer users tools and products relevant to their locations. Books through Lonely Planet or Train Tickets for European travellers are a natural fit in our inventory” he said

With travel becoming increasingly more accessible through the boom in low cost travel options, people are increasingly on the look out for tools that simply the planning process. Distance calculator whilst a relatively new player in the space, is making great inroads in the space. London distances alone had over 43,000 travel route enquires in 2010 closely followed by Paris with over 20,000 demonstrating that there is a wave of interest and activity within a variety of travel spaces.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vistana Kuala Lumpur (3 star)
Starting rate from MYR180

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

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

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

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Premier Airport-Transfer Service Harmony Cars Expand Their Services To Paris & Israel

Harmony Cars announce the extension of their services to cover Paris and Israel, offering clients more choice. They have also extended the currency in which to view and pay for their services to include the US. Dollar and the Euro.

Premier Airport-Transfer Service Harmony Cars Expand Their Services To Paris & Israel

Harmony Cars, already an established airport-transfer and chauffeur service provider in the UK are pleased to announce that they are expanding their expert services to two new destinations. 2010 will allow clients in both Paris (France) and Israel to take advantage of the same high quality, executive service that their current UK-based clients enjoy.

Paris – a city known for its elegant, ambient and thriving culture makes it one of the most loved cities in Europe. With famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc D’Triumphe there are plenty of sites for tourists to see. Harmony Cars offers a service that will transport you in style and comfort to all of these destinations allowing you to take in the absorbing culture in a relaxed state of mind. Not only that but they will also transfer you from the airport to wherever it is you will be staying.

Israel – Also known as the ‘Holy Land’ offers its visitors a rich variety of historical sites as well as modern beach resorts meaning there is something for everyone. With Harmony Cars, you can expect a hassle and stress-free transfer service from Israel’s main airport to a destination of your choice.

In addition to offering these new and exciting services, Harmony Cars have listened to their clients and have further improved their website to suit their needs. Harmony Cars give you the option to view prices in Euros (€) or U.S. Dollars ($) in addition to UK Pound Sterling (£), allowing their clients from across the globe to easily establish the cost of their transfers with them. This new feature also ensures that their prices are even more competitive.

To find out more about Harmony Cars, or to look at their prices and executive fleet of vehicles, visit their website http://www.harmony-airport-transfers.com.

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Travel Magazine Launches Its ‘Next Generation’ 2010 Virginia Travel Guide

Travel Virginia Magazine, a travel publication focusing on travel in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic Region, has published its much anticipated online 2010 Virginia Travel Guide.

In keeping with the newest online media trends, the 2010 Virginia Travel Guide was specifically designed as a readily available online resource, with loads of travel information easily accessed from a computer or electronic device.

The Virginia Travel Guide contains “Directories” with listings for Virginia Convention & Visitor Services, Museums, Golf Courses, Wineries, B&B’s, Amusement Parks, National Parks, State Parks, and more. In addition, there are a variety of travel-related articles, each with beautiful photography, targeting current interests among travel-consumers.

Another convenience-feature of the publication is the “Live Links” to additional Web content right from the magazine. The “Live Links” also provide an opportunity for advertisers to share more about their products and services for consumers.

In response to questions about the value of online publishing, the magazine’s publisher, Darlene Perrone, said, “The interactivity and connectivity of this online publication brings it to a level beyond what print media can accomplish. It’s a way to better serve tech-savvy consumers with fast-paced lifestyles, who are looking for information or entertainment. In addition, current trends in electronic devices – such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Apple’s iPad – also provide new ways to access online media.” And, online publishing is a way to make advertising more affordable for our advertisers,” Darlene added.

Online publishing is not new to Travel Virginia Magazine, which has offered an online version of their print magazine for almost two years, with back issues online as well. Darlene has introduced another publication, DestinationsTravelMagazine.com, which is exclusively online, to reach a broader audience. The publication focuses on national and international travel.

On the Web for only a few short months, DestinationsTravelMagazine.com is exceeding all expectations, with online readings exceeding 30,000+ per month. “We must be doing something right”, Darlene stated. “Whatever it is, I just want it to continue”.

The 2010 Virginia Travel Guide will remain online throughout 2010, providing travel-consumers a place to go for Virginia travel information all year.

In addition to the two magazines, Darlene and her staff maintain two blogs and two Websites.

You can also find Travel Virginia Magazine and DestinationsTravelMagazine.com on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

To read, and share, Travel Virginia Magazine’s 2010 Virginia Travel Guide, visit http://travelvamagazine.com/travelvamagazine_021.htm.

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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.

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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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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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