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Malone Hotel Lodge Belfast:’s Booking Engine gives us a comprehensive system to manage our online booking for meeting rooms from our website

FINLAND, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — “The Booking Engine gives us a comprehensive system to manage our online booking for meeting rooms from our website. Our meeting spaces are displayed in a compelling way with high-quality images and detailed info so that customers can clearly see what facilities are available. The set-up steps are simple and quick to make as well. Thanks to the support of the team, we are now fully integrating the Booking Engine into our system”, says Anabell Gillespie, corporate sales manager of Malone Hotel Lodge Belfast.

Through the Booking Engine, meeting venues and hoteliers will be able to handle ten times the volume of regular enquiries per day. Additionally, the Booking Engine offers transparent prices and a much higher conversion rate, over 70% higher through their own hotel website, compared to traditional RFP’s. Venues will enjoy a faster and more efficient sales process, avoiding any waste of time with unnecessary RFP’s and therefore any risk of losing potential customers.

Furthermore, is giving venues for the first time the possibility to sell meeting spaces in real time. The level of automatization and online availability is dictated by the venues themselves. Hotels will also have access to a comprehensive sales and catering tool, allowing them to sell and manage F&B items and other services through the catalogue.’s Booking Engine is a state of the art customizable widget, which is very easy to insert to the venues’ own website. The Booking Engine will naturally blend in with the overall design of the venue website and corporate style, offering an enhanced customer experience with zero payable commission from direct bookings.

SOURCE: EuropaWire unveils new affiliate program for CVBs, DMCs, Travel Agents, professional event organisers

HELSINKI, Finland, 11-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ —, the global marketplace for booking meeting rooms and meeting packages, recently launched its exclusive affiliate partner program. The program allows partners to implement a booking engine to their website and any other online channel, giving access to more than 250.000 meeting rooms worldwide.

As one of the fastest growing marketplaces for booking meeting rooms, is constantly looking for new features to add value to their customers and venue partners as well as improving the inventory of meeting rooms.

From now on, it is possible for anyone with any online channel, from an accommodation website to personal blog, to monetise their website visitors by letting them book meeting rooms online by using the booking engine. offers the largest online inventory of meeting rooms around the world, giving the opportunity to choose meeting rooms in more than 120 countries.’s affiliate partner program is a customisable Booking Engine, which is very easy to insert to the affiliate partner’s own website and other online channels. It will naturally blend in with the overall design of the website, offering an enhanced customer experience. Additionally, the Booking Engine will be accompanied by a sharable standard affiliate link. With a user-friendly dashboard, partners will enjoy a fast and efficient sales process while having a clear overview of all of the transactions and activities in real time, making the platform suitable for everyone. Learn more about the Affiliate Partner Program from

CVBs, DMCs, Travel Agents as well as professional event organisers can embed the affiliate links to their own events or their customers’ events, meaning that individual corporate accounts are able to get money back from their own events.

According to Christina Holzhauser, Tips for Assistants: “The tool you created is such a time saver and I wish I had known about it when I was booking offsite meetings in previous EA roles. I’m excited to learn more and to share your website with my audience- they will be excited to learn about it as well.”

“We are proud to launch our new Affiliate Partner Program and Slush 2017 was the perfect moment to do so. It attracted immediate attention and some partners have already registered. With this launch, is starting a digitalisation revolution and transforming the distribution of meeting and event spaces, bringing them from the offline world to the online world”, says proudly Joonas Ahola, CEO & Founder of

During this year, tremendously expanded their business operations and reinforced an already strong position in the European market by establishing a presence in several countries. The mission of is to become the main player in the online sales of meeting rooms by 2020.

SOURCE: EuropaWire boast over 250,000 meeting rooms available through its platform around the world

Helsinki, Finland, Nov-1-2017 — /EuropaWire/ —, the global marketplace for booking meeting rooms and packages, announced today the opening of yet a new location in the heart of Madrid, showcasing its rapid growth process after recently adding several offices across Europe.

In charge of the Spanish operations will be Olli Kariniemi, Sales Director and experienced MICE professional in the Spanish destination management business. With the experience gathered since late 90’s within the region, Kariniemi is proven to be a perfect match for

“We here in Madrid want to be at the forefront of the development of our industry and see increased potential for booking national and international meetings online. was a perfect match and as it is one of the fastest growing marketplaces for booking meeting rooms. They have validated the customer need already in over 40 countries and are looking to build a presence now in Spain. We saw this as a huge possibility, and we are happy to grow together and make this happen”, says Kariniemi.

Lately, has also been in the news as being the first global marketplace to offer direct integration with Oracle’s Opera Sales & Catering system. Used by a majority of the hotels worldwide, users of can soon book their offsite meeting spaces directly online with transparent pricing and availability at any time.

“Hotels and venues have been battling for years to get higher occupancy rates to meeting rooms. One key problem has been slow and complicated sales processes where a customer has to send multiple emails and to make multiple calls to book a meeting room. Hotels have understood that we are here to help them to make their sales process faster and more efficient, so they don’t lose time on unnecessary RFP’s and therefore lose potential customers. This makes it truly easier for both stakeholders, the venues and the customers alike”, says Joonas Ahola, CEO & Founder of

For, the move is more than simply opening a new office in Madrid. It is also about the unique cooperation which will see significant benefits for corporate buyers, meeting bookers and meeting venues alike. is set to become the most popular marketplace to book meeting rooms globally by 2020.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Radius Travel asociado con mTrip para desarrollar aplicaciones móviles para sus clientes de empresas multinacionales

Montreal, Canada, 2017-Apr-4— /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Radius Travel se ha asociado con mTrip, galardonado líder de la industria de viajes mediante plataformas móviles, para desarrollar aplicaciones móviles para sus clientes de empresas multinacionales.

Melissa McMahon, directora de productos y marketing de Radius Travel dijo: “Cuando se trata de tecnología, nos comprometemos a encontrar las soluciones adecuadas para cada cliente. Las aplicaciones móviles de viaje tienen que servirle al viajero. Para muchos clientes, las soluciones locales de nuestras agencias miembros son las adecuadas. Para clientes que buscan una opción global, queríamos una solución que aportara al cliente empresarial la experiencia que espera de las aplicaciones de ocio. mTrip nos ofreció la plataforma que necesitábamos para aportar significado a nuestros clientes.”

Frederic de Pardieu, director ejecutivo y fundador de mTrip afirmó: “Nos sentimos orgullosos de convertirnos en el socio favorito de Radius Travel y ayudarles a ofrecer una experiencia holística a los viajeros de negocios mediante la combinación de lo mejor de las aplicaciones móviles de ocio y corporativas. Las soluciones personalizables de mTrip proporcionarán a Radius Travel una oferta única para sus clientes. El hecho de que Radius Travel, con su experiencia y presencia global, haya elegido a mTrip, demuestra que la industria de viajes de empresa está ahora aprovechando el ocio para ofrecer lo mejor de ambos mundos”.

SOURCE: Travel PR News

WorldSIM launches a new international SIM card that ends roaming charges for travellers worldwide

LONDON, March 24, 2016 — /EPR TRAVEL NEWS/ — Finally the extortionate roaming charges travellers face when they go abroad has become a thing of the past. Roaming experts, WorldSIM have launched a new smart international SIM card that allows international travellers to pay the same rates as locals when they travel overseas. Importantly, users can also roam on their existing number with the use of WorldSIM’s virtual phone number service.


In Canada and Mexico, a call back to the US is just 22 cents and it’s free to receive calls. What’s really impressive is that WorldSIM offers international travellers going further afield very low rates as well. In Europe data rates start from 15 cents per MB and so do calls. Incoming calls are free in 95 of the most popular international destinations. The service remains a prepaid service and no subscriptions are required. Just recharge when you need more credit.

The new WorldSIM international sim card also offers roaming in more destinations than most operators worldwide. With their new release sim card, 25 new roaming destinations have been added bringing the total to 195 roaming countries. This means travellers can now stay connected for less in more exotic locations like Belize and the Bolivia.

international sim card

Very soon, WorldSIM will also be launching global bundles, in many destinations travellers will be able to get 1GB of data and unlimited calls for just $30.

This new travel SIM card offers billing in multiple currencies and the technology has been improved to allow the sim to connect automatically to the operators with the best rates and coverage. The roaming SIM works in any unlocked handset and comes triple punched so it fits into all cell phones and tablets.

Arif Reza, CEO at WorldSIM commented “The technology inside our new SIM card is more advanced than ever giving users a simple solution that makes a big difference. With our new line of smart watch phones and WiFi devices you don’t even need to switch SIM cards when you travel.”

With the vacation season approaching thousands of travellers will be hit with unexpected roaming bills and they aren’t the only ones that suffer. Small businesses pay on average $252 per device for bill shock, while larger companies pay up to $395 per device*.

Find out more about WorldSIM at
*According to a survey by Wondera.

Andrea Crome
2 Spring Villa Road

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Lanesborough auction as hotel starts renovation

The Lanesborough announces the unprecedented opportunity to acquire existing furnishings, artefacts and decorations, with over 3,000 lots at auction led by Pro Auction, between the 9th and 13th December 2013. The contents will be exclusively available prior to the extensive renovation project which will see The Lanesborough closing its doors on 20th December.

Led by auctioneers Pro Auction, original and reproduction period furnishings, authentic artwork reflecting the grand era of the Regency period will go under the hammer at the hotel’s premises and webcast live over the internet. Viewing is available to the public by appointment on Saturday, 7th, and Sunday, 8th December, and prior to the sale commencing each day at 10:30 a.m.

The Lanesborough’s signature style combines the elegance and sophistication of an eighteenth century private residence with the contemporary luxuries expected of a leading hotel. In addition to the contents of the 93 guest rooms, including 43 suites, the auction will extend to areas of the hotel including private dining rooms, The Library Bar and Apsleys Restaurant.

The Lanesborough will be undertaking the refurbishment as part of the hotel’s commitment to providing guests with unrivalled facilities and services. The new designs by world-renowned interior designer, Alberto Pinto, will enhance all guest rooms and public areas and integrate the latest innovations whilst honouring the building’s architectural heritage as one of London’s most revered Regency landmarks.

Geoffrey Gelardi, Managing Director of The Lanesborough, says: “This marks an unprecedented renovation project for the hotel which brings with it the opportunity to purchase a piece of the hotel’s history at auction as we pave the way for a new chapter for The Lanesborough.”

Mark Flynn of Pro Auction comments: “This really is going to be an exceptional event presenting a rare opportunity to acquire quality furnishings from one of the world’s leading hotels in the lead up to refurbishment. It is possible for bidders to buy the entire contents of the bedrooms with a range of options to attract a variety of buyers and scales of purchase.”

The auction takes place at The Lanesborough (Hyde Park Corner London, SW1X 7TA, United Kingdom) commencing at 10.30am. Online bidding will also be available via a live webcast. The viewing takes place from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on 7th and 8th December 2013 by appointment only, and virtual tours of the bedrooms are available online. Catalogues are available by calling (+44) 0207 206 2690 or via download from

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Outdoor cinema season starts with Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Shout it from the rooftops – London’s open-air cinema season starts on Monday 29th April with an 8.30pm outdoor screening of Breakfast At Tiffany’s at the famous Kensington Roof Gardens. After an evening with Audrey Hepburn what better way than to follow up with a night with Marilyn Monroe as Some Like It Hot is shown on the same big screen the next day in the second of five films this spring at the plush venue in W8.

Across London in edgier Shoreditch, the same Rooftop Film Club returns with it second – and original – outdoor screening event of the early summer. Running throughout May on the roof of the popular Queen of Hoxton pub, the season starts on Wednesday 1st May with the Will Ferrell classic, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. For £12 guests can sit back under the glow of the City’s skyline as they enjoy a variety of classic and cult films with a drink in hand. Wireless headphones, a massive screen, comfy chairs, blankets, drinks and bar food made the Rooftop Film Club one of the big successes of last year’s outdoor season.

The programme at the Queen of Hoxton is varied, with 9pm screenings most nights of the month including films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Big Lebowski, The Usual Suspects, Seven Psychopaths, Jaws, Leon, Willow, Snatch, Taxi Driver and much more. The popular ‘Chick Flick Tuesdays’ return with Amelie, The Notebook and Mean Girls all on the cards. So far, the only third date at the Kensington Roof Gardens to be confirmed is Tuesday 7th May where guests will be able to enjoy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for a pricier £22 which nevertheless includes a burger, hot dog or vegetarian option prepared on the outdoor coal fire BBQ.

Last year, all Rooftop Film Club screenings sold out so guests are advised to book in advance as soon as possible. The Rooftop Film Club is one of many organisations committed to taking the movies out of the dark, dank indoors and into the open. Numerous outdoor screenings take place all over London in innovative locations throughout the summer – and the events website has its finger on the pulse with a comprehensive London Outdoor Film Screening feature to help movie lovers plan for the months ahead.

Returning once again this summer is the highlight of many people’s calender: the Film 4 Summer Screen at the historic Somerset House, which runs from 15th to 26th August (full programme yet to be announced). One month later, the More London Free Film Festival lights up the area of the South Bank near City Hall with a series of free evening screenings at The Scoop, a 1,000-seat amphitheatre located between HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge (11th to 27th September). Also running in the same month after a successful debut last summer is Kew The Movies, which takes place over three days in the beautiful gardens of the iconic Kew Palace (12th, 13th & 14th September).

In August two outdoor events have been confirmed: Trinity Summer Cinema Series in the award-winning gardens of Trinity Hospice in Clapham returns with Dirty Dancing (Wednesday 21st August), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Thursday 22nd August) and Top Gun (Friday 23rd August), while the Open Air Cinema at beautiful Chiswick House is showing West Side Story (Thursday 29th August) and The Commitments (Friday 30th August).

All these outdoor cinematic dates for the diary are previewed on the website, which boasts a huge selection of London Events. Other outdoor cinema events yet to confirm their 2013 programme are Hot Tub Cinema at Netil House, Nomad Cinema (dubbed “London’s best outdoor cinema” by the Evening Standard), Luna Cinema, Midsummer Night Screen, Pop-Up Screens and Films on the Flytower of the National Theatre.

Opera lovers can attend a huge free outdoor event this summer with the return of the Royal Opera House BP Big Screens, which will be showing the Royal Ballet’s Mayerling (Thursday 13th June), Puccini’s La rondine (Thursday 11th July) and another Puccini classic, Tosca, on Thursday 18th July. All of London’s major film festivals are also covered in’s 244-page book to London 2013.

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London’s wide choice of large Conference Centres makes the city a natural choice for Event Organisers

For event organisers, London is a natural place to host an event with its huge choice of large conference centres. Some are housed within historically important buildings, others are purpose-built, all are fitted with state-of-the-art technology including the latest audio and visual equipment and there are manyLondon hotels to choose from catering for all the business needs of delegates and often located just a short walk from the conference.

On Friday 14th June 2013 the TEDxHousesofParliament event is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, one of London ‘s premier conference centres capable of taking up to 2,500 people. The day conference, devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, will be followed by an evening reception on the House of Commons Terrace at the Palace of Westminster.

Other notable events this summer include the Science Communication Conference where Professor Brian Cox is one of the key note speakers. The event, chaired by science writer, broadcaster and comedian Timandra Harkness, will be held at Kings Place, a stunning canal-side venue in Kings Cross, on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May 2013.

Also at Kings Place, the MDG Conference which was scheduled to take place at the NEC in Birmingham has now been moved to a more central location. Taking place on Wednesday 29th May 2013, the MDG Conference aims to bring together participants from the private sector, government departments, academia, civil society and NGOs to come up with a draft proposal that will be presented to UN General Assembly on the MDGs later this year.

To find out the best large conference centres in central London, capable of hosting events for up to 2,500 people, go to where a host of useful information is supplied, giving those planning to visit the city all the information they need in one online location. With over 18 years of experience, the website is the place to go to for informative and unbiased reviews on everything you need to know about the UK’s capital city.

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Get in the (Little) Mix at the Hammersmith Apollo with

Careful to avoid the pitfalls of so many other TV talent contest winners, girl group Little Mix are on stage this February for a pre-Valentine’s concert at one of West London’s favourite music and comedy venues.

The foursome will play the Hammersmith Apollo on February 13th at 7pm. Tickets are available from £19.50-£32.50. The show marks their first big-time show dates, which will kick off their debut UK tour, to support the first studio album released in November 2012.

Pop fans and followers of the group can expect the familiar material from the girls’ X Factor success and debut album. Fans will surely recognise ‘Cannonball’, the winner’s single from the competition, which topped both the UK and Irish singles charts.

The group followed this success up with another number one single with ‘Wings’. Their third single ‘DNA’ offered a more mature sound, with critics noting that it showed potential growth for the foursome. Who knows whether they’ll be around for long- but either way, it’s worth seeing them while you can.

Fans and the curious who want to make a night of it should look up for info and help in finding a London hotel at a good rate. The website specializes in securing deals direct with hotels, meaning some large discounts.

The 4* Seraphine Hotel, Hammersmith has 48% off its double rooms on the 13 th , for just £83 for two adults sharing. Or the Hilton London Olympia hotel has over 60% off, with doubles just outside Kensington Olympia at £100 – a short walk to the venue.

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Meeting Planners Rewarded At Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago

Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago today announced a special promotion for meeting planners known as “Pick Your Perks.” When a planner books a meeting by April 30, 2013, they’ll be rewarded for the number of rooms under contract.

And the more rooms under contract, the more perks that they can select. For example, planners can choose one perk for up to 49 rooms, two perks for up to 100 rooms, three perks for up to 250 rooms, and four perks for up to 500 or more rooms. Perks include:

• Triple Meeting Award Points
• 10 VIP Upgrades
• 15% Attrition
• 3% Rebate off master bill total
• 1 comp room per 30 rooms consumed
• Complimentary one-hour Reception*
• One free future day meeting for up to 10 guests, inclusive of breaks & lunch
• One (1) Apple iPad for a minimum of 100 rooms on peak night**

Meeting planners who would like more information about “Pick Your Perks” are encouraged to contact the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago via or call 847-517-6955. Of course, those who want to get on the fast track to picking their perks may want to schedule a site inspection or send an RFP ASAP.

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Kris Martin to Exhibit at White Cube

Belgian conceptual artist Kris Martin is to have a new exhibition of his work at London’s White Cube gallery in Mason’s Yard. Martin’s show is set to run from January 18th until March 16th.

Martin’s sculptural work has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, and in 2007 he brought the Frieze art fair to a standstill when he called for a minute’s silence to draw the crowd’s attention to the present moment. This move was typical of Martin’s conceptual work, in which he uses time as a framework within which he asks questions about chance, existence and desire.

Jay Jopling’s White Cube has been the spiritual home of the 90s Young British Artists movement from the outset. At the turn of the 21st Century, White Cube opened a new space on Hoxton Square however, at the heart of the YBA scene. The Hoxton Square gallery closed at the end of last year, and Kris Martin’s new exhibition is being shown at the Mason’s Yard space in St. James’s.

To coincide with the show, has announced discounted rates on a number of hotels in London, all within easy walking distance of White Cube. The discounts are available when booking now through the website.

Among the deals on offer, Le Meridien Piccadilly is giving a 35% discount on double rooms, bringing the cost down to £249 per night. Le Meridien is, like most hotels in the area, a luxury, old English establishment and is less than five minutes walk from White Cube.

St. James’s Hotel & Club London on Park Place – also one of the most luxurious hotels in London – is offering double rooms from £324 – a 33% discount on the standard nightly rate. The hotel is also within five minutes walk of White Cube.

Visit for more discounted hotels in London, and for more information on Kris Martin’s upcoming exhibition at White Cube.

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NBA London Live enfrentará a los Detroit Pistons y a los New York Knicks

El O2 Arena londinense acogerá este mes un partido oficial de la NBA entre los Detroit Pistons y los New York Knicks. Será la tercera vez en tres temporadas que la capital británica acoja un partido de la NBA, después de los encuentros entre los Toronto Raptors y los New Jersey Nets (ahora llamados Brooklyn Nets) que tuvieron lugar en el mismo escenario en 2010.

The Pistons, entrenados por Lawrence Frank, debutarán de este modo en suelo europeo ante los bicampeones de la NBA, los Knicks, que presumen de contar en sus filas con dos pesos pesados como Carmelo Anthony y Tyson Chandler, ambos ganadores del oro olímpico en los últimos Juegos.

Este partido será el decimoséptimo enfrentamiento oficial de la NBA en celebrarse fuera de los Estados Unidos y Canadá, siendo solamente el tercero en tener lugar en Europa. Previamente, países como Japón o México acogieron con asiduidad partidos de la NBA.

El partido dará comienzo a las 20:00 (hora británica) del 17 de enero y será retransmitido por NBA TV. El O2 Arena abrirá sus puertas a las 18:30. Las entradas oscilan entre las 35 y las 500 libras esterlinas y están disponibles a través del portal Esta página ha anunciado además descuentos en diversos hoteles en Londres, algunos de ellos en las proximidades del pabellón O2 Arena para todos aquellos aficionados al baloncesto que no quieran perderse este evento.

Entre los hoteles en Londres que forman parte de la oferta se encuentra el The Ibis London Docklands con habitaciones dobles desde 54 libras por noche, lo que supone un 61% más barato con respecto a la tarifa habitual. Este hotel se sitúa a unos quince minutos andando del pabellón O2 Arena.

Por su parte, el Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich ofrece descuentos de hasta un 24% en habitaciones dobles, con precios desde 121 libras por noche. Estos descuentos son exclusivos a, portal que reúne además toda la información sobre NBA London Live y ofertas exclusivas en una gran variedad de hoteles en Londres.

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English National Ballet to Perform The Nutcracker at London Coliseum

The London Coliseum is hosting a Christmas run of ‘The Nutcracker’. Performed by the English National Ballet, the show will run from December 12th until January 5th 2013.

The ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 novella, ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’, in which a young girl’s favourite toy comes to life on Christmas Eve. The girl is whisked away to a magical kingdom of living dolls. The story was famously brought to the stage in 1892. Working from Alexandre Dumas’ adaptation, choreographers Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa set movement to Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic score.

New choreography has been created by Wayne Eagling, former artistic director of the English National Ballet. The performance is expected to be a highlight of this year’s Christmas season in the capital. Tickets cost between £8 and £60, with evening and matinee shows running from Wednesday to Friday, and matinees only on Sundays.

For travelling ballet fans seeking an affordable London hotel, is currently offering discounted rates on a number of rooms near the Coliseum. Reduced rates are available exclusively through the website.

Located on The Strand, Charing Cross – A Guoman Hotel is less than three minutes walk from the Coliseum. A grade II listed building, this Victorian railway hotel has recently been refurbished to an exacting standard, lending cutting edge amenities to the building’s beautifully maintained 19 th century elegance. The Guoman is offering a 90% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay in a double room down to £99.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel is offering deluxe double rooms at a 73% discount, making the cost of a night’s stay down to just £143. The hotel is situated on Leicester Square , a short walk from the Coliseum.

The four-star Royal Trafalgar is a four minute walk from the London Coliseum, and is currently offering 90% off double rooms, making the cost of a night’s stay only £97. The offer applies to double rooms only.

For more information on Christmas events in the capital, and to find your own discounted London hotel, visit

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Whitbread Plc. brings £11.9 investment to Manchester city centre

Whitbread PLC has opened its brand new Premier Inn Manchester City Centre (Piccadilly). The new property will contribute over £11.9 million to the local economy whilst generating 56 new jobs for the residents of Manchester and the surrounding area.

The brand new 193 bedroom hotel is situated in Piccadilly and is ideally located just 200 yards from Manchester Piccadilly rail and Metrolink station. It is the 16th of Premier Inn’s hotels in Manchester.

Just a short walk from the restaurants of Canal Street and shopping at The Arndale Centre, the new hotel is perfect for those who wish to explore all that Manchester has to offer. The Manchester Arena and The Ethiad Stadium are also less than a mile away and the famous grounds of Old Trafford just a 10 minute Metrolink ride.

The hotel also includes an on-site Thyme Restaurant, offering a breakfast, snack and dinner menu for guests at reasonable prices.

Fran Broadhurst, Premier Inn Cluster General Manager commented: “We are delighted to be adding another hotel to the Premier Inn portfolio in Manchester. The hotel is just a short walk away from an abundance of shops, theatres and restaurants. With Manchester’s main attractions just a short journey away, we look forward to welcoming guests and offering a good night’s sleep at great value.”

Each bedroom caters for up to two adults and two children (aged 15 and under) and includes an en-suite bathroom; a king size bed; remote control TV with Freeview; tea/coffee making facilities, and a spacious desk area with 30 minutes free Wi-Fi Internet access. The site will also offer the All You Can Eat ‘Premier breakfast’ in the on site.

Premier Inn offers all guests a no quibble ‘Good Night Guarantee’, which means if customers are not 100% satisfied with their stay they will get their money back.

With over 600 hotels nationwide, Premier Inn is at more locations than any other hotel chain in the UK.

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The Carlson Rezidor Group honoured as Hotel Group of the Year

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has been honoured as Hotel Group of the Year at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2012. At the gala event in Paris, Trudy Rautio, president and chief executive officer, Carlson, and Kurt Ritter, president & chief executive officer, Rezidor, received the prestigious trophy for the group’s outstanding achievements in four complementing areas: development, innovation, human resources, and business performance.

“The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group launched earlier this year in January. To be awarded as the world’s best hotel company in our first year is a great honour. It is a fantastic compliment to our team-work around the globe. Our dedicated people have proven that our Yes I Can! philosophy resonates around the world – a huge thank you to all our 80,000 employees in 81 countries,” said Trudy Rautio and Kurt Ritter.

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is a strategic partnership of Carlson, one of the largest privately held hospitality companies worldwide, and Rezidor, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide. The group’s portfolio features more than 1,300 hotels and a powerful set of brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites by CarlsonSM, Hotel Missoni, and Regent). Through a number of joint revenue activities, Carlson Rezidor aims to generate more than US$ 400 million in additional revenue and a RevPAR Index increase of more than nine points by 2015.

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the group’s success can be credited to the leadership of Kurt Ritter, Rezidor’s president & chief executive officer. Managing the company since 1989, Swiss-born Ritter has created an entrepreneurial, dynamic and innovative group. Throughout the industry, he is admired for his charisma, his genuine belief in hospitality, and his straightforward approach. Ritter will retire at the end of the year – succeeded by Wolfgang M. Neumann – and will serve as a strategic advisor to Carlson during 2013.

The Worldwide Hospitality Awards were created by Georges Panayotis, president and chief executive officer, MKG Group, as an international competition and opportunity for hotel groups to highlight their exemplary achievements. The jury for the “grand prix” for the Hotel Group of the Year consists of the readers of the renowned trade magazine Hospitality-On.

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Rezidor announces Radisson Blu hotels in Dortmund and Bremen, Germany

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces two new Radisson Blu hotels in Germany. Both are existing properties – the Radisson Blu Hotel Dortmund featuring 190 rooms will be re-branded in January 2013 while the Radisson Blu Hotel Bremen (235 rooms) will follow in June 2013. The hotels will be softly renovated over a period of 18 months.

“We are delighted to further strengthen our long term cooperation with our business partner Pandox, owner of both properties. At the same time, we grow our portfolio in Germany to 53 hotels in operation and under development, and underline the importance this home market has for us,” said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Dortmund is located in the city’s peripheral area, close to the Westfalen soccer stadium and the fair and exhibition centre Westfalenhalle. The site enjoys easy motorway access and is 10 km away from the airport and 3 km from Dortmund downtown. All 190 guest rooms – including 5 junior suites – are equipped with Radisson Blu signature services like free high speed internet access. The First Class hotel also comprises two restaurants and a bar, 15 event rooms spreading over 1,350 sq. metres, a wellness area including gym, indoor pool, sauna and solarium, and a parking.

Dortmund is part of Western Germany’s Ruhr area, and has 600,000 inhabitants. The city enjoys a colourful way of life, lots of green space, a variety of museums and theatres, and world-class soccer. For guests who want to experience the 150-year industrial history of the Ruhr area, Dortmund is a good place to start: The city lies directly on the 300 km long “Route of Industrial Culture” which links up art& cultural events in engine rooms, collieries, head frames and blast furnaces.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Bremen is located on the famous Böttcherstraße, Bremen’s historic shopping street in the heart of the old town. Also the port and many of the city’s well-known companies lie close to the hotel. The exhibition centre, motorways and airport are just a few kilometers away. The property offers 235 rooms, including 15 junior suites, and also features two restaurants, a bar, 14 meeting rooms over a surface of 740 sq. metres, a wellness area including gym, indoor pool, sauna and solarium, and parking.

Bremen is a commercial and industrial city with 500,000 inhabitants in Northern Germany, and has a major port on the river Weser. The old city centre is part of the UNESCO World Heritage, and offers outstanding monuments like the Marketplace and Town Hall. Bremen’s central business district close to the hotel hosts many globally known companies like Kraft Foods, Lufthansa, Airbus, and Siemens.

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Frankie Boyle invita al público londinense a “Los últimos días de Sodoma”

El humorista escocés Frankie Boyle —que anunció su jubilación el año pasado— vuelve a enfrentarse al micrófono con su típico humor conflictivo. Su nuevo show, “Los últimos días de Sodoma”, se presenta en el Hammersmith Apollo desde el 8 al 11 de noviembre.

Boyle ha sido el enfant terrible del mundo de la comedia desde principio de los noventa tras graduarse como maestro de ceremonia en el Club The Stand de Glasgow y pasar a la televisión en el show Mock the Week, y finalmente con su propia provocadora serie y “Tramadol Nights” en Channel 4.

Su humor no es del gusto de todos, pero seguro que sus fans estarán encantados del regreso de este mordaz escocés a los escenarios. Los asiduos a estos shows podrán disfrutar de un atrevido humor negro durante las tres actuaciones que forman parte de una pequeña gira nacional. Conforme a su imponente reputación, las entradas costarán 25 libras.

El Hammersmith Apollo es uno de los teatros de butacas más grandes de la capital con un aforo de 3.600 espectadores. Se renovó en el 2002 y sigue siendo uno de los teatros de comedia más importantes del país, además de presentar otro tipo de eventos desde Riverdance hasta las giras de los grupos del momento.

La principal web de Londres de reserva de actuaciones e información,, ha anunciado fabulosos descuentos en Londres Hoteles cerca del Apollo. Todas las habitaciones se ofrecen con grandes descuentos para las fechas de las actuaciones de Boyle. Estos descuentos solo están disponibles al reservar directamente con

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Eurostar appoints new culinary director

Eurostar has proudly announced the appointment of world renowned Michelin starred chef, Raymond Blanc as its Culinary Director. The exciting new gastronomic partnership will see Raymond share his passion for promoting the very best in sustainable and seasonal food with Eurostar’s Business Premier passengers.

The announcement is supported by new research* which reveals that despite the prevailing economic downturn, nearly two thirds (63%) of business travellers have either maintained or even increased their level of business travel in the past 12 months.

While it’s good news that the wheels of British business are still turning, it appears it’s not such good news for business travellers themselves. The research also highlighted that over a third (34%) rated the quality of the meals they were served when travelling for business as below average.

When questioned further, these same travellers stressed the importance of good food and service on-board alongside more traditional considerations such as price and journey time. Two thirds (66%) highlighted the importance of eating sustainably sourced, seasonal and organic food, while over a third (35%) revealed that presentation of food was an important factor.

With these considerations in mind, Raymond Blanc is collaborating closely with Eurostar’s catering suppliers to help transform travellers’ perceptions of on-board catering. As a result of his on-going direction and work with Eurostar’s suppliers in Belgium, the UK and France, his new and exclusive Business Premier menus have been created to be innovative, seasonal and sustainable and feature several Blanc family recipes such as mackerel salad and chocolate delice with praline custard.

Raymond’s creative input has seen a renewed focus on locally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients of a local provenance. The resulting menus combine rustic, traditional dishes with a fresh, modern element of surprise.

Commenting on his appointment, Raymond Blanc said: “As a chef, I’m always searching for the purest ingredients, striving to ensure that everything I use is traceable and responsibly sourced. I’m delighted to work with Eurostar which shares these same values and was the first transport provider to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Together we’re working to change the perception of on-board cuisine and serving sustainable and locally sourced food which is at the heart of our new Business Premier menus.”

The YouGov research also uncovered some of the ‘guilty pleasures’ business travellers enjoy whilst travelling on business. These include snoozing on company time, using their headphones to drown out fellow passengers and getting stuck into complimentary magazines that they would never normally buy.

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Jazz Festival Returns to London

This winter sees the long-running London Jazz Festival, featuring a bigger line-up of stars and venues than ever before. Jazz talent from all over the world will descend on the capital, including major names like Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Macy Gray. The ten day event will take place from November 9 th -18 th .

The event began life in the seventies as ‘Jazz Week’, and was confined to the borough of Camden, as part of its annual cultural festival. It was a highpoint of the international jazz calendar, with a focus on introducing fresh talent from the British and global scenes.

The demise of the Camden Festival in the early nineties opened the door for the London Arts Board to patronize Jazz Week as a citywide extravaganza, with the inaugural LJF taking place in 1992. The festival has been growing in stature ever since, and gigs now take place at venues right across London, including the iconic Ronnie Scott’s in Soho.

The 2012 programme is bigger and better than ever before, covering major venues including the 606 Club, the Forge, the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre. At the heart of the action is the multi-venue Southbank Centre.

Fans are expected to come from all over the world, and website has revealed details of exclusive discounts on what promises to be much sought-after accommodation. A number of London hotels have partnered with the site to aid travelling jazz aficionados in the hunt for affordable accommodation.

One of the more luxury offerings is the London Marriott Hotel County Hall, situated a few minutes from the Southbank Centre on Westminster Bridge Road. Double rooms – including spectacular views of the River Thames – are currently being offered at a 61%, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £205.

More affordably, the Charing Cross Guoman Hotel is offering a 90% reduction on their usual rate. The cost of a room, when booking through, becomes just £99. The hotel is located on the Strand, less than ten minutes walk from the Southbank Centre.

For more information on the 2012 London Jazz Festival, and to view more discounted London hotels close to the Southbank Centre and other venues, visit

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Stage Version of ‘The Bodyguard’ Comes to the Adelphi

It’s been twenty years since ‘The Bodyguard’, starring Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston, first drew huge box office attendances across the world. Now, in the wake of the singer’s untimely death earlier this year, a new stage adaptation is scheduled to hit London’s West End, featuring a number of Houston ‘s hits in addition to the original soundtrack smash ‘I Will Always Love You’.

The venue is Covent Garden’s Adelphi Theatre. It has a long and successful track record of staging upscale musicals, making it the perfect place to bring back to life the tale of a Secret Service agent tasked to look after a popstar, modeled closely on Houston herself.

The original film was the second highest-grossing movie of 1992, with the most successful OST of all time to boot, selling over 45 million copies worldwide. The new production features Grammy Award-winning Broadway star Heather Headley as singer Rachel Marron, and Lloyd Owen as the eponymous bodyguard tasked to protect her from a stalker. Of course, a fairytale love story ensues, all soundtracked by the familiar sounds of Houston ‘s back-catalogue. The new adaptation is choreographed by Arthur Pita and directed by Thea Sharrock.

The Adelphi is a Covent Garden institution, widely regarded as one of the great innovators of Theatreland. The first theatre to utilize a sinking stage, and a pioneer of audiovisual effects, the Adelphi has built on the grandeur of its art deco beginnings to become a mainstay of London ‘s world famous theatrical endeavours.

‘The Bodyguard’ debuts on November 6th, with its first run ending on April 27th 2013. Shows run from Mon-Sat at 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets range from £20-£67.50, and are available via

The website is also offering exclusive deals on hotels in London, enabling theatergoers to stay in the city at reasonable rates. Among the deals on offer, the Strand Palace Hotel London has announced deluxe double rooms at a 77% discount, bringing the cost of a night’s stay down to £95. The Strand Palace is less than a two-minute walk from the Adelphi.

Almost as close, the One Aldwych Hotel – less than five minutes’ walk from the Adelphi – is offering a 50% discount on both twin and double rooms for the duration of ‘The Bodyguard”s run. The discount – at this luxury hotel – makes a night’s stay cost £375.

For more deals on hotels in London, and to book tickets for ‘The Bodyguard’ at the Adelphi, visit

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