Stena Line Teams Up With Gary Pope To Ensure Kids Stay Happy On Car Holidays

Stena Line, leading ferry company, has announced that it has teamed up with London-based expert Gary Pope to advise holidaymakers on the best way of preparing themselves and their family before a car holiday.

Gary Pope is managing director of the British company Kids Industries. It’s Gary and his colleagues who advise companies like Nickelodeon, Unilever and Disney how to design their products and services so they appeal to children.

“People spend a lot of time in the car on a car holiday and it’s important as parents to make sure the children enjoy the experience as much as possible. Gary’s tips are often quite simple, but the point is that it’s often things that parents wouldn’t think of,” said Nigel Tilson, UK Communications Manager at Stena Line.

Gary, who is also an adviser on child studies to Oxford University, has listed a number of important tips for a successful car holiday with the children. Most of his tips are easy to follow with a little forward planning and Gary’s Top Ten Tips can be found on the Stena Line website.

Families taking car holidays this summer should start planning with the children a few weeks ahead of departure and buy a secret stock of surprises for them, according to the international child expert.

“Three absolute musts to have with you on a car holiday are the children’s favourite toys or cuddly toy, colouring books and a secret supply of mini surprises. The surprises can be used to portion out toys, books and games periodically, if and when the journey gets tedious or when arguments start in the back seat,” said Gary.

Tens of thousands of holidaymakers take car holidays each summer which include a ferry crossing across the Irish Sea with Stena Line. This summer is no exception, especially with fares starting at £79 single for a car and driver for midweek travel with kids going free. And there’s plenty for the kids to do once they get onboard. They can meet Curious George, enjoy a movie, have a fun time in specially-designed play areas – plus there are giveaways for kids throughout the summer.

About Stena Line:
Stena Line is the Irish Sea ferries market leader, offering the biggest ferry fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland, including Stranraer to Belfast, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Dublin Port, Fishguard to Rosslare and ferries to Larne from Fleetwood. The company carries over three million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than its rival operators combined.

Via EPR Network

Hotels.com Experiences A Bruno Effect On Searches For Vienna Hotels

Leading website Hotels.com has seen a 120% rise in searches for hotels in the Austrian capital of Vienna, following the UK premiere of Bruno in Leicester Square. As Bruno hits cinema screens around the world, it seems the character’s home nation of Austria is already reaping the benefits of Bruno mania.

The Universal Studios film, which has been generating headlines around the world since filming began, follows Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno – a gay Austrian fashion reporter – as he tries to ‘become a superstar’ in the US after being fired f r o m his show for disrupting a catwalk event during Milan fashion week.

Alison Couper, Director of Communications for Hotels.com, said: “It’s interesting to see the impact a character like Bruno can have on people’s behaviour. He might not be the obvious ‘ambassador’ but he is certainly piquing the interest in Vienna.”

The level of general enquiries for has risen dramatically for all Vienna hotels, however one of the main hotels which seems to have received increased interest f r o m Bruno inspired ‘fashionistas’ are the five-star Hotel Das Triest, a fashion hotel which has been re-designed by Sir Terence Conran, and the hotel in Vienna to be seen at whilst not hanging out with the ‘it’ crowd at The Onyx Bar at the DO &CO hotel at Stephansplatz 12, which transforms into a VIP club every month.

Whether Austrian citizens will feel the same way about the way Sacha Baron Cohen’s character has turned the spot light onto their country, as the people of Kazakhstan felt about Borat remains to be seen, however hotels in Austria are definitely receiving the benefits.

About Hotels.com
As part of the Expedia group which operates in all major markets, Hotels.com offers more than 100,000 quality hotels, B&Bs and serviced apartments worldwide, including a selection of hotels in New York,  Rome hotelshotels in London and Dublin hotels. If a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it. Hotels.com benefits f r o m one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry negotiating the best rates for its customers, plus there are 1.3m reviews f r o m users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers make an informed choice when booking. Hotels.com won the Gold Award for best hotel booking site in Webuser magazine in February 2009.

Via EPR Network