City Inn Rebrands as Mint Hotel in Advance of Opening Two New Hotels

City Inn has rebranded as Mint Hotel in advance of opening two new hotels in prime locations in London and Amsterdam nearly doubling the number of rooms. Mint Hotel will open a second London property of 583 rooms at the Tower of London, in Pepys Street (EC3) on 20th December 2010 and is expanding overseas for the first time with a new hotel of 553 rooms opening in Amsterdam in Spring 2011.

The Founders of City Inn recognised that there was a misperception of the brand in the marketplace – that did not match the exceptional customer approval of City Inn. Backed by professional research it was clear that the name did not do justice to the overall experience of the brand, which has built its reputation on offering outstanding quality, innovation, exemplary customer service and good value for money. City Inn’s Trip Advisor’s rankings are amongst the highest of any brand collectively. The research conducted by BDRC confirmed customers’ experiences of the 4-star hotels as being ‘stylish, modern, contemporary, good value and upmarket’, contrasting with the more general market perceptions of the brand name which did not convey the quality of the offer to those who had not experienced it.

Sandy Orr, Executive Chairman and Co-founder Mint Hotel commented: “Our business was created from scratch, it was designed to be a forward-looking, innovative City Centre hotel brand. Now, with the opening of two new world-class hotels in the most exceptional locations in the City of London and Amsterdam we recognised it was time to give our company the branding it deserved.”

David Orr, Chief Executive and Co-founder added: “We are delighted to rebrand as Mint Hotel in Bristol, Glasgow, Birmingham, London (Westminster), Manchester and Leeds at the same time as unveiling our exceptional new properties at the Tower of London before Christmas and in Amsterdam in the Spring.

“Mint Hotel gives us an instantly memorable identity to embrace the quality and modernity of what we do and reflects the brand’s sector-leading qualities paving the way for the growth of our business. Mint Hotel reflects our commitment to exceptional modern buildings, service culture and ethos. We believe it will resonate well with our current guests, reflecting our true position as a class leading, innovative and stylish City Centre hotel brand. The hotel business has a full part to play in the economic and social fabric of our cities and we are delighted to be at the forefront of this with our new hotels and new brand.”

In terms of priorities, the research reinforced that services and amenities at the hotel and location are the most important factors when considering why to book, followed by online ratings and reviews. Free high-speed internet and Wifi access in guest rooms and public areas was next, all of which are standard at Mint Hotel. Online, guests clearly use hotels’ own websites as the most important source to consider their choices. Offline, personal recommendation continues to outrank any other form of resource or influence. Mint Hotel inherits an exceptional legacy of propensity to personally recommend.

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More Travel press releases – Tournament of Paris Brings Handball To The French Capital

Anyone keen to enjoy some top-level sports action could head to the Tournament of Paris to see an exhibition of how handball should be played.

The four-team contest will be battled out over the course of two days in the French capital in the new year, with plenty of tourists and residents expected to turn out to cheer on the athletes.

Fans of the sport will need to make Paris hotel bookings for January 8th and 9th to catch both days of the tournament, which sees sides from three different continents gather to compete for the crown.

Taking part in the 24th edition of this exciting contest organised by La Federation Francaise de Handball will be Croatia and France from Europe, South Korea from Asia and South American nation Argentina.

If travellers staying at central accommodation in the city such as the Hotel Wallace Paris like the sound of this smashing event, they will need to head down to the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy.

However, the popularity of the occasion means it will be advisable to book tickets beforehand, with admission costing €37.50 (£31.65) for each day.

The Bercy is well known for staging sporting occasions of different types, with a hockey tournament taking place there in January and a judo contest in February.

For more information on this event, visit the Bercy website or contact the venue on +34 955 03 70 70. features a wide variety of accommodation in Paris, such as the Hotel Alyss Saphir Cambronne Eiffel Paris.

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Hotel Demo’ – Milano

Hotel Demò is an artistic boutique hotel and one of the best 3-star establishments in close proximity (100 metres) to Milan Central Railway Station, transport hub to all city destinations.

The Hotel Demò is located in the heart of Milan and precisely :

100 m from the Central Station (Milano Centrale);
100 m from the terminal of the shuttle buses for the Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio Airports;
100 m from the subway stop (metropolitana);
500 m from Corso Buenos Aires, the longest shopping street in Europe.

Does the Hotel Demò offer a Concierge service?
Yes we do, including the advance booking of tickets to museums, sporting events and La Scala Opera House.

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More Travel press releases – Enjoy a Season of Werner Schroeter in Paris

Film enthusiasts can catch an entire season of Werner Schroeter’s work in Paris this winter, with a huge variety of his films being screened at the prestigious Centre Pompidou.

The flicks will be shown at various times between December 2nd 2010 and January 22nd 2011.

According to the venue, many of the movies set to be screened will be in restored versions or rare copies, with titles such as Le Jour des Idiots, Willow Springs, Palermo and Weisse Reise all included in the programme.

Guests at hotels in Paris may even get the chance to hear the thoughts of special guests, as there are several actors and collaborators of Schroeters’ who are will be appearing during the course of the season.

A representative from the Centre Pompidou described him as a “lone star” who made some 30 flicks during his “sumptuous” career.

They added: “A great lover of music, poetry and theatre, he became a filmmaker and producer through his passion for the texts, the music and above all the divas and actresses who fascinated him.”

Tickets for the screenings – most of which take place at the weekend – cost between€4 (£3.40) and €6, with travellers at nearby accommodation such as Hotel Antin Trinite Paris able to book their passes online.

Another cinematic event people can attend at the arts centre is What to do? Art, Film, Politics, which provides a panorama of contemporary criticism of the world.

For more information on this event, visit the Centre Pompidou website or contact the venue on +33 1 44 78 12 33. features a wide range of accommodation in Paris, such as the Hotel De France Lyon Bastille.

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Florida Getaways with

As one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations and Florida’s entertainment capital, Orlando offers an endless array of theme parks and attractions for young and old alike.

Take advantage of some great deals on cheap Orlando flights from which are available from just £425 per person including taxes, travelling from now until 15th December 2010.

When it comes to hotels in Orlando you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you choose to stay on International Drive close to Sea World and Universal Studios, rent a private home or be in the heart of the action at Walt Disney World Resort.

Cheap Orlando hotels are available from £10 per person per night at the three star Econolodge Inn and Suites or for more space and greater flexibily rent a private Orlando home with pool for only £11 per person per night. Getting around won’t be a problem either as Orlando car hire can be booked for as little as £16 per day with

Tailor make your ideal Orlando break with today by clicking, calling 0844 493 4944 or visiting your local Thomas Cook or Going Places store.

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It’s Christmas Party Time At The Saracen’s Head!

If you enjoy the tradition of Christmas, it’s time to indulge in the party spirit of the festive season and lift the mood with the delicious menus on offer at The Saracen’s Head, High Street, Great Dunmow, available from 1 to 23 December.

This charming coaching inn has been impressing the locals for sometime with its high standards of locally sourced food, and Christmas will be no exception, with turkeys and sausages coming from prized local village butcher Sweetlands. Bring yourself or all your friends, come with a colleague or with the whole office, have a relaxed meal or book a party, The Saracen’s Head has something for everyone.

What’s more, if you book a pre-Christmas party before 8 November, your name will go into a draw to win a meal for two during the month of January.

With three richly adorned Christmas trees, for the bar, the restaurant, and for the Flitch private dining room which can accommodate parties of up to 25, the atmosphere is just magic. And beware of the mistletoe, unless a Christmas kiss is what you are after……

A scrumptious pre-Christmas, three course meal is just £15 per person at lunch, or £20 at dinner, with children under 12 years of age paying £5 less. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are turned into tasty dishes of Royal game pie of pheasant and venison in a rich red wine sauce, a lighter Oven baked salmon with a prawn sauce, not forgetting the Traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings. Leave some room for the Old English treacle tart with Chantilly cream, or the White chocolate crème brulee.

The popular bar offers a fine selection of wines, real ales and spirits, and the charming beamed restaurant is the ideal choice for Christmas Day lunch. Here, the talented kitchen team will be serving up a menu at choice to include Seared scallop on pork belly with a pea puree, Fillet of beef Wellington, Traditional roast turkey, or Baked sea bass fillets with fish bisque for fish lovers, as well as vegetarian choices. From a tempting dessert selection, indulge in White chocolate and Baileys cheese cake, or try the English cheeses from the board. Pull a Christmas cracker too! All this for £55 per person, with children under 12 paying £25.

This Grade II-listed coaching inn, which his believed to date back to 1560, is opposite the old Market Place in the heart of the market town that was once a Roman settlement. It has an impressive 18th century façade along with a mix of Georgian and Tudor-style architecture and its warm, welcoming interior is ideal to enjoy time together over a meal. Located close to the M11 and Stansted Airport, The Saracen’s Head is at High Street, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 Tel 01371 873 901. Open every day.

The Saracen’s Head is just one of the boutique hotels that form Bespoke Hotels, a grouping of luxury hotels and spa hotels, perfect for when you want either a family hotel or a romantic hotels for a weekend away.

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See Nothing But Net at Paris’s All Star Game

Basketball fans heading to the All Star Game in the French capital may want to make their Paris hotel bookings soon, as the match is just around the corner.

Taking place on December 30th 2010 at the Palais Omnisports Paris Bercy, the clash sees the best players in the French basketball league go head to head.

The match involves the top French stars in the competition taking on the finest foreign players from the national league in an exhibition game.

It is a hugely entertaining night of sport, with dunk contests, three-point challenges and all sorts of other activities lined up to give attendees from nearby accommodation such as the Hotel Des Arts Paris an unforgettable experience.

With so much fun to be enjoyed in one evening, it should come as no surprise that the past seven editions of the All Star Game – an annual event since 2002 – have sold out the 14,500 capacity arena.

Tickets for the show cost between €16 (£13.70) and €36 and are available online, with the action kicking off at 19:00 local time.

The Bercy has plenty of experience of staging big sporting occasions, putting on the Supercross SX show in November and an international handball tournament in January 2011.

For more information on this event, visit the Bercy website or contact the venue on
+33 01 5333 0599. features a wide variety of accommodation in Paris, such as the Kyriad Brancion Hotel Paris.

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Gills Cruises Best Hand Picked Caribbean Cruise Offers

Every week leading cruise retailer, Gill’s Cruise Centre, brings you The best deals on the biggest range of cruises – here are this week’s top hand picked deals from Gills Cruise Centre.

Caribbean Cruises

• Fred Olsen’s Breamar is doing a 15 night fly cruise around the Caribbean and there are some fantastic bargains to be had. Departing next week on 25th November, this cruise calls at Montego Bay – Santo Domingo – Tortola – St Maarten – St Kitts – Antigua – St Lucia – Trinidad – Tobago – Grenada before finishing at Barbados. Gill’s Cruise Centre is offering inside cabins from just £789pp with return flights included in the price. (0845 6582323;

• Save up to £700pp on this 15 night Caribbean cruise onboard The Sea Princess. Departing 29th November from Barbados, go on to explore Trinidad – Grenada – Bonaire – Aruba – Grand Cayman – Ocho Rios – Tortola – Antigua – St Kitts and Dominica. Inside cabins start from £899pp. (0845 6582323;


• Gill’s Cruise Centre is offering great prices for solo travellers on this 11 night cruise around the Canary Islands onboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seasdeparting 10th December. No need to worry about flights as this cruise departs from Southampton calling in at Vigo – Lisbon – Madeira – Gran Canaria and Tenerife before returning to Southampton. Single prices start from £999pp. (0845 6582323;

For more information about these cruise deals or to make a booking customers can visit, or call 08454 606060 to speak to a cruise advisor.

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Helmet Ready to Rock in Paris

Rock fans heading to Paris in December could check out a gig by veteran act Helmet during their stay.

The group are taking to the stage at Elysee Montmartre on December 10th 2010 and will be supported by Klone on the night.

Helmet have had plenty of different members since the band was established in 1989, but vocalist and guitarist Page Hamilton is the only constant.

Their hard rock style and energetic stage show are sure to attract plenty of hotel Paris guests to the gig.

Attendees from nearby accommodation such as Hotel Faubourg Paris will probably be treated to a variety of new and old hits by the band.

Having released their seventh studio album Seeing Eye Dog this year, Helmet will no doubt perform several tracks from that record, but fans are sure to want to hear some of the group’s classic songs as well, such as In The Meantime and Unsung.

They are likely to be in good form for the Paris audience, since the band has just completed a two-month tour of the US.

Tickets for this concert cost €27.50 (£23.40) and the doors will open at 18:00 local time on the night.

Elysee Montmatre has staged all sorts of big-name rock acts in the past and is set to host Helloween and Murderdolls in January 2011.

For more information on this event, visit the Elysee Montmartre website or contact the venue on +33 01 4492 4547. offers a wide range of accommodation in Paris, such as the Novotel Paris la Defense.

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Increasing the Sites Within Their Stable, ASAP Ventures Ltd Acquires, and

ASAP Ventures Ltd is a one of the nation’s leading online business groups and has just shared detail of their most recent website acquisitions, which provide even more information for consumers on a number of popular issues., and are the newest additions which will increase the worth of the large network.

The company ASAP Ventures is a specialist company containing many sites which are vital resources for consumers seeking quick and easy access to a wealth of information. As the top company has acquired, they are now able to help homeowners around the country access information surrounding the energy industry as well as details on the amount they should be paying for their gas usage.

As well as being home to a plethora of energy information, the company has also acquired a site which is perfect for business owners and those who are seeking new business ventures. The site is named and features details on how to come up with the best slogan for a business as well as information about marketing messages.

The company ASAP Ventures is also home to a wide selection of tourism related and travel agency websites, and has just increased the amount of sites in its network further as they have acquired The site is going to contain a great range of information that will be beneficial to bother UK travellers and tourists.

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Savings on Spanish Car Hire with Latest Deals from Comparator, the leading online travel and tourism comparison website, has announced new deals designed to help people save on car hire this winter. The site is offering bargain deals for rentals in places including Barcelona, Alicante and others.

With the UK weather having turned particularly cold, lots of Brits are making for the warmer European climes in the south of the continent, including trips to Spain’s cities and beaches. To help people enjoy more value for money, has made available a choice of deals including bargain car hire at Barcelona airport to let people get around the Catalan city with ease.

Some of the UK’s travellers want to enjoy the beach and the coast during the wintertime, and can help them out here too. The website is offering bargain deals for car hire Alicante which can help families to enjoy a trip with savings. Users of the site can also find cheap air fares from the lies of Air France, British Airways, KLM, easyJet, RyanAir and more.

Tim Burnham, spokesperson for, says, “Lots of Brits think about a trip overseas at this time of the year to get themselves some winter sunshine. The offers and travel deals which we have available on our site are perfect for helping people to get as much holiday for their budget as possible.”

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Popular Scuba Dive iPhone Application Updated today announced a new release of their popular scuba diving iPhone application. The Divetime iPhone App Version 2 includes some great new features:

* In addition to 12,500 dive sites, a global database of 8,500 dive shops can now also be searched. With the addition of dive shops, the Divetime iPhone application confirms its position as the most comprehensive mobile resource for scuba divers worldwide.
* User reviews and photos can now be viewed on dive site and dive shops.
* GPS co-ordinates are now displayed with dive site details.
* The GPS accuracy has been increased.
* A new text-based search feature was added.

These new features build on the existing user functionality, which includes:

* Nearby search, leveraging the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to find scuba dive sites (and now dive shops) in the user’s vicinity.
* Integration with Google Maps to plot search results.
* Map-based search to locate scuba diving locations and resources anywhere in the world.
* Detailed information about dive sites (an dive shops) including depth, visibility, currents, access methods and marine life.
* Saved search locations, bookmarks and custom user settings.

Existing features have been updated with various bug fixes and performance enhancements.

More information and a link to the iTunes download can be found at

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Leading Online Business Consortium Snaps Up Car Hire Specialist

Foxy Leisure Ltd the internet business group has made a new acquisition recently of; the online car hire site. The hire car site had gone into administration before Foxy Leisure decided to add it to their already fantastic range of rental sites such as or

The website in the Foxy’s cache are all designed to deliver exceptional car hire services as they are dedicated in adding to their already valuable heritage. The fresh look and easy to use site gives consumers the chance to hire a car in over 15,000 locations worldwide.

With its easy to use interface and search facility, customers can use the newly refurbished site. The visitor to the site simply enters the driver’s age, time that they wish to pick the vehicle up and the date. From there, the best hire car quote will be displayed and booking procedure is complete. has access to the leading suppliers in the hire car industry and passes that expertise onto the customer.

A spokesperson for Foxy Leisure Ltd and, Ms. Amy Harrison said,“We have always commited ourselves to providing customers with a convenient, fast and easy way to buy car rental online. The newly refurbished and acquired site has added to our long-term focus in the car hire market, and it is yet another great addition to our growing list of websites which offer excellent deals”.

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Langkawi Conference Highlights Key Issues To Islamic Economics And Finance reveals Malaysia’s Langkawi will be hosting a unique conference dedicated to the latest developments in Islamic economics, financial issues and banking.

The Langkawi International Conference on Islamic Economics and Finance (LIFE 2010) is now in its second year and will act as a platform for members of the industry to discuss recent topics and share ideas while dealing with challenges faced by organisations.

The conference has called for submissions of academic papers to address the question of how sustainable development in Muslim countries can be achieved through economic policies in respect of Maqasid al-Shari’ah.

Maqasid in Arabic stands for goals or purpose and related to al-Shari’ah there are five of these Maqasid which include maintaining religion, life, lineage, intellect and property. Attendees to the event will be able to hear the opinions of key members of the industry who will be speaking at the conference about processes and policies that need to be established to achieve the foundational goals.

Also under review at the event will be how monetary policy can be utilised to achieve successful results in a system that follows Maqasid al-Shari’ah. Attendees staying in a hotel Langkawi can hear all of the latest news when the conference takes place from 13th to 15th December 2010.

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Win Free Travel in Australia with HostelBookers

HostelBookers, the budget accommodation specialist, is giving travellers the opportunity to make new mates and share some awesome travel experiences in a competition to win an OZ Experience bus pass.

To enter, participants have until 20th December 2010 to write about their favourite road trip. Entries must be under 100 words and written in the comments section at the bottom of the blog post “Best Oz Road Trips” on the HostelBookers blog at:

HostelBookers will pick their favourites and the winner*, who will be notified within 7 days of the competition deadline and announced on the blog, will be able to choose from the following 3 passes: Sydney to Melbourne* worth €397, Brisbane or Byron Bay to Sydney* worth €325 or Melbourne to Adelaide* worth €385 – These routes can also be done in reverse.

3 runners up will also be chosen; their best road trip entries will be featured on the blog and they will be sent a copy of Rough Guides Ultimate Adventures rrp€18.

Furthermore travellers can choose between a vast range of Sydney backpackers orMelbourne backpackers hostels and for more information about Oz Experience and how pass holders hop on and off buses along their chosen route go to

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Hua Hin Thai Cultural Association Festival 2010

The annual Hua Hin Thai Cultural Association Festival will be held on the 10th of December 2010 at the Pone King Phet public park.

This event has been running for six years, since 2004, with the aim of the festival being to preserve and promote Thai culture and customs.

The event is supported by the Hua Hin Municipality and during the festival students from the local schools and universities will perform traditional Thai dances and music. There will also be a fashion show promoting Thai dresses.

The Hua Hin Thai Cultural Association runs a variety of projects and also assists students with gaining their qualifications, finding a job and even gives them help to market their locally produced goods.

At the moment the association is looking for funding to continue their good works.

Lek Boonlert, Head of Marketing at, said: “If you are thinking of visiting Hua Hin for this festival make sure that you take the time to enjoy the old world charm of the area and explore the wonderful, still active, fishing port. You can also stroll along the beach which is 5 miles long and take part in many of the other leisure activities that are available to you. This is a lovely, tranquil location, ideal for a holiday or stop-over, but if intending to visit during the festival, make sure to enquire with a hotel Hua Hinoffers before they are fully booked.”

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The 11th Nimmanhemin Art and Design Promenade in Chiang Mai to Take Place in December 2010

There will be art exhibitions and musical performances, and the shops in the area will be providing demonstrations. There will also be Northern plays and a Lanna style market, or Kard Mua. The shops in the area have been invited to take part in this year’s activities and to show their produce and crafts at the event.

Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand. It is situated 435 miles north of Bangkok amongst the highest mountains in the region.

Although this city is increasing in modern culture its history still plays an important role and its old major trade routes are still used today. The city’s longstanding handcrafted goods, such as, jewellery, wood carvings and umbrellas are made to this day and traded along the Ping River which is one of the major trade routes in the area.

Shopping in Chiang Mai is an experience that shouldn’t be missed. From the famous night bazaar to a number of modern shopping centres visitors will find whatever they are looking for, and with this city attracting over a million visitors a year they must be doing something right.

Tourists planning on visiting the area for this event will find that any one of the Chiang Mai hotels will be able to provide them with the comfortable room for their stay.

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Top Value Hotel Deals In Scotland and Yorkshire with Specialist Website, the UK’s leading site offering British travellers a massive range of hotels within the UK, now features a brand new variety of bargain hotel room deals in Scarborough and Glasgow for travellers to take advantage of this autumn.

Travellers are able to easily source Cheap UK hotels not only in the UK but in many places around the world also. Those who use the site will be able to save money and time as they can access over 20,000 different hotels around the world.

Hotels are available at in some of Britain’s most popular destinations this autumn. Via the website travellers will find a range of hotel room bargains are available including deals for those who would like to take a city break to Glasgow, as there is a range of cheap Glasgow hotels to be saved on. also has deals available for travellers looking to stay overnight in some of the UK’s most famous seaside destinations. For example there are a wide range of cheap Scarborough hotels available to hep people enjoy some sea air and some traditional fish and chips.

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France 1500 Aims To Enlighten Paris Visitors

Travellers booked into hotels in Paris could find out a little more about the country’s artistic history at France 1500.

The display is available to view until January 10th 2011 and aims to shed some light on an era that the organisers believe has been passed over by historians.

More than 200 pieces of art have been gathered for this collection at the Galeries Nationales of the Grand Palais, with one US and several French art institutions combining to create the exhibition.

It covers a period of the country’s past that was dominated by Anne de Bretagne, who was married to both King Charles VIII and Louis XII.

Among the artists who worked during the era was Jean Hey, while it was also a very popular time to decorate texts – all of which visitors from nearby accommodation such as Hotel Residence Villiers Paris can see examples of.

The venue explained: “This exhibition explores a time of unprecedented artistic contact and creative effervescence in France, which many people know little about.”

Admission costs €11 (£9.55), with the building staying open from 10:00 to 20:00 local time every day, except Wednesday when it shuts at 22:00 and Tuesday when the complex is closed.

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Leading Comparator Advises Early Car Hire Booking for Ski Fans

Early heavy snowfall this year in the resorts of the Alps has got the year’s ski season started early, and this has prompted leading car hire price comparator to tell travellers to get their ski car hire booked early to avoid being disappointed.

With high levels of snow having already hit the slopes of resorts in the Canadian Rockies and the Alps, leading comparator has counselled advance ski car hire booking to make sure of getting the car that the tourist wants, like 4x4s and estates.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of, comments: “The heavy early snowfall has meant that the ski resorts can open early in the ski season this year, and this means that we have seen higher demand for car rentals. Availability can still be had but we are advising skiers to compare deals early and book ahead to get the best deals for them.”

“With many of the cheap and budget airlines offering cheap flights to leading ski destinations, skiers are booking more than one trip to the pistes this season. Indeed the slopes are already open in Austria this season.“

Current ski deals include rental from £17* per day at Milan Bergamo Airport; from£16* per day at Denver Airport; from £26* per day at Banff Airport; and from £25* per day at Geneva Airport.

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