Category Archives: SPAs – Protecting Marine Habitat while on Holiday in Maldives recommended the Angsana Ihuru Resort and Spa in the Maldives initiated a marine conservancy program where guests can participate in this rewarding activity while on holiday.

Located just 20 minutes by speedboat from the capital Male, the Angsana Ihuru offers numerous activities, from snorkeling to diving to name a few. Guests can also join the resort staff and spend the day reef cleaning in an effort to keep one of the finest dive sites in the world with over 900 species of fish clean of litter.

Another option guests may choose is the Barnacle Project, a man made structure that ensures the sustainability of corals within an experimental reef. Results are proving successful as in the past 10 years, almost 80% of corals continue to survive the rising sea water temperature.

The Turtle Head Start Program is the Angsana Ihurus’ answer to help protect the Green Sea and Hawksbill turtles from extinction. The Marine Lab ensures the nesting areas are cordoned off to allow hatchlings to be born safely in the lagoon pens. The turtles are then fitted with tags and transmitters to monitor the behavior and movements.

The Angsana Ihuru marine biology research initiatives have not gone unnoticed. It was the first resort in the Maldives to be awarded with the Maldivian Environment Preservation Award as well as the President of the Maldives Green Resort Award.

This luxury resort offering guests unique opportunities to contribute to marine conservation can be booked through

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Bali Hotel Guide Integrates with Siteminder’s Channel Manager to Offer the Best Service to Hotel Partners

In the continuous effort to provide our hotel partners and guests with the best services and most advanced functionality, Bali Hotel Guide would like to announce the completion of successful integration of our Hotel Extranet System with SiteMinder’s market leading Channel Manager.

Bali Hotel Guide is dedicated to building a ‘destination site’ featuring an extremely high quality user experience and the most efficient application interface possible for the Bali market. In response to the acute need for a single portal that features the widest range and most extensive collection of original, practical and up-to-date Bali hotel and travel content and information, Bali Hotel Guide has expanded its technological capability to accommodate real-time pricing and availability data coming from hotel partners using the SiteMinder Channel Manager system.

Now that the technical implementation is complete, we would like to welcome those properties in Bali using the SiteMinder Channel Manager to join us in seamless integration. With this new advance, all the most important information regarding hotel rates and inventory can be shared directly to our Bali Hotel Guide extranet system via the SiteMinder Channel Manager.

This will help our hotel partners attain greater and more efficient sales operation while maintaining market integrity and unity of presentation. Furthermore, hotels can avail themselves of maximum promotional effect and wider exposure through their listing on the Bali Hotel Guide website (

This valuable service reduces the amount of time, money and effort hotels must spend managing their online presence and is offered for free and at no risk to our partners. Bali Hotel Guide has a commitment to evolving and supporting the hoteliers, resorts and villa owners in Bali looking to expand, focus and optimize the bookings received via the Internet.

With the growth of the Internet and the Bali tourism industry, it is clear that local accommodations of all sizes need to use their energy and resources in the best way possible. Therefore, Bali Hotel Guide has taken steps to develop a partnership with SiteMinder in order to help the Bali hotel market more efficiently access the large volume of potential guests seeking useful information and full-service assistance for their Bali vacation.

Bali Hotel Guide would like to invite all users of the SiteMinder Channel Manager to connect to us right away. We ask that hotels contact us at to receive free support integrating the systems. You may also speak to your SiteMinder representative for help or go to and sign up for a free trial of their software.

The year 2013 promises to be an exciting period for Bali Hotel Guide and its hotel partners. Bali Hotel Guide has already laid out plans and begun development on several big, new, market moving improvements scheduled to be announced in the first part of the New Year. Please join us for an all-new, highly valuable hotel supplier-internet portal relationship.

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See in 2013 with a bang with’s guide to New Year in London

For many Brits, the traditional night earmarked for fireworks – November 5th, or Bonfire Night – is eclipsed by more extravagant offerings on very special occasions throughout the year. One such occasion is, of course, New Year’s Eve.

This year,, the UK’s favourite internet site for London, has compiled an extra insightful guide into the city’s best New Year’s celebrations – including where’s best to catch the bombastic fireworks displays.

Packing an hour’s worth of fireworks into just ten minutes of explosive action, the fireworks are set off from the foot of the London Eye. The display is so huge that it can be seen for miles around – if you’re in the north, head to the hills of above Camden or Hampstead – or line the river.

As well as recommending the best spots to see the fireworks, is also on hand to come up with tips and great offers on hotels in London for New Year’s Eve. Traditionally an extremely busy time of year, the site still has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to well-sourced luxury beds.

Currently available for NYE, with a discount of 45%, is a double room in theInterContinental London Westminster, a 5* place to lay your head for £266 on the turn of the year.

Or for travellers and those coming from elsewhere needing to make a getaway, there’s a 4* double room at The Grosvenor Hotel London in Victoria, 33% off at £195.

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Shrewsbury Travel Branch Collects Christmas Gifts For Women’s Aid Charity

Generous-spirited people have got behind a gift appeal in Shrewsbury to help women and children spending Christmas in a refuge.

The Midcounties Co-op Travel branch,, in the town centre has asked colleagues, customers, local businesses and the general public to donate new toiletries, toys and clothing for the appeal.

Around 50 gifts have already been donated at the branch in Pride Hill and the collection continues until 12 December.

Organiser Kate Walmsley, Senior Travel Advisor, said: “The gifts will be wrapped and presented to our charity partner Women’s Aid who will distribute them to refuges in the region. We would like to thank everyone who has given so far; we have been touched by their support.

“I’m sure it will lift the spirit of the families who receive the gifts this Christmas to know that the community at large is thinking of them.”

The Midcounties Co-op Travel, a locally owned and independent business, is part of community retailer The Midcounties Co-operative. Midcounties is supporting charity partner Women’s Aid, the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

Its businesses have been raising funds and awareness to support the charity’s work nationally and eleven local services that operate within its trading areas, including refuges at Shropshire, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Wyre Forest, Warwickshire, Wycombe, Oxfordshire, The Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire.

Colleagues are also giving their time to volunteering projects and getting involved in campaign work for Women’s Aid.

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I Love You. Thank You. Thinking of You. This Holiday Season Say It With a Stillwater Spa Gift Card

Stillwater Spa gift card packages have been dubbed the perfect gift for the season. Whether trying to thank your team for their efforts or you’re hoping to customize a gift card tailored to that special someone’s liking, this award-winning downtown Toronto spa has three experiences on everyone’s wish list.

Exclusively during the holiday season the exclusive Toronto spa will be offering the Essential, Local, and Global Experiences with each gift card purchase paired with a bonus gift card. Looking to give the gift of a timeless spa experience? Our Essential Package which includes an Essential Facial or Essential Swedish Massage, Essential Manicure and Essential Pedicure is the perfect experience to suit their needs. Available for $278 with a bonus $25 spa gift certificate.

Giving the gift of rejuvenation with tension-relieving treatments that have been created with natural ingredients from the Canadian countryside is to give the gift of our Local Experience package. For $380, this package includes a City Restoration Facial and a City Seaweed Body Detox. This package also includes a bonus $50 gift certificate.

For the worldly curious needing to indulge in a global spa therapy, gift them with ingredients and techniques from exotic locations. That desire is complete with a Vital Awakening Facial and a Bora Bora Body experience. $575 with a bonus $75 Spa Gift Certificate.

Additionally, during the festive season Stillwater Spa is serving two new treats minus the calories. Fit perfectly into your little black dress this season with our slimming Red Carpet Ready Wrap. This treatment (inspired by the Toronto International Film Festival) includes a full body exfoliation, warm wrap and luxurious oil application. After a quick shower you are massaged with Agave Nectar Oil from head to toe and ready for your grand appearance with fresh, toned skin.
90 Minutes|$235

The sinfully sweet Buttered Rum Pedicure also makes its grand debut at Stillwater Spa this month. Experience a creamy Butter Brulee Whole Milk Soak moisturizing and soothing your feet. A special blend of brown sugar, premium aged rum and rice bran oil with a hint of butterscotch comprises the intoxicatingly sweet exfoliation scrub. The treatment ends with a peppery caramel body milk lotion that leaves your skin buttery soft. This heavenly 60 minute treatment is $90.

Prices noted do not include taxes or gratuities. For more information, please visit or contact our Stillwater Spa Concierge at 416.926.2389.

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Talise Spa at Jumeirah Vittaveli launches two culturally connected treatments

Talise Spa at Jumeirah Vittaveli, the luxurious Maldivian resort catering for couples, families and small groups, recently launched two new signature treatments that celebrate elements of local Maldivian culture.

The “Island of Life” is a 90-minute treatment inspired by the gentle movement of the ocean. The treatment combines long soothing strokes with deep pressure mirroring the ocean waves breaking. Using a blend of rose, ylang-ylang, geranium and sandalwood essential oils infused with locally-produced extra virgin coconut oil, the treatment has been designed to leave guests relaxed and rejuvenated.

The virgin coconut oil that forms the base for the essential oils is produced with handpicked coconuts grown on the Maldivian island of Kelaa. Zacoom Holdings, a small enterprise led by a group of local women, produces this valuable product on demand and is responsible for the cultivation, the picking, the grating, the production and delivery of the oil.

The “Boli Malaafath Neshun” is a 75-minute treatment and derives its traditional name from a local dance, still regarded as the most important dance performed by Maldivian women. Inspired by the ancient tradition of giving shells as gifts to the Sultan, the treatment is performed by four hands, with two therapists simultaneously massaging the body in a synchronised dance-like movement.

“Jumeirah Vittaveli is keen to promote culturally connected activities for all our visitors,” said Gisele Clark, General Manager of Jumeirah Vittaveli. “The resort showcases local cuisine with our Maldivian cooking classes; while excursions are tailor-made to emphasise the natural beauty of the landscape and include snorkelling, sandbank picnics, fishing, and sunset cruises. We are now thrilled to add signature spa treatments to our offering, allowing guests to connect more with the local culture.”

The Talise Spa at the Maldives hotel has a total of nine treatment villas, all suitable for individual or couple’s treatments. Five of the villas are nestled in the lush gardens of the island; three spacious villas are over water while the luxurious Spa Ocean Suite offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

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Kuoni Honeymoons Now Available On The Famous John Lewis Gift List

John Lewis has launched a new partnership with leading travel company Kuoni that allows holders of a John Lewis Gift List to add their honeymoon onto the list enabling wedding guests to contribute towards this special time away.

Claire Butler, Development Manager, Gift List said: “Although our product lists continue to be the most popular option for our wedding gift lists, for couples who are already sharing a home we have seen a call for other options. It is therefore with enormous pleasure that we announce our collaboration with award-winning Kuoni. We will offer our customers the option of being able to ask guests for contributions towards their tailor-made honeymoon. It’s as straightforward as adding a vase to their list. All the customer has to do is to request Kuoni contributions as an option during their registration.”

Derek Jones, MD Kuoni added: “Kuoni are well-known for crafting memorable honeymoons. We have been doing this in the UK since we opened for business back in 1964. We frequently meet people who still thank us for getting their married lives off to a magical start. Now we look forward to creating that special time together for couples who wish to have friends and family contribute towards their honeymoon.”

Kuoni’s ‘Honeymoons & Weddings’ brochure will be available in all 29 John Lewis full-line department stores which includes inspiring destinations, a hand-picked collection of hotels and tours, wedding planning hints and tips, ideas for minimoons and maximoons, and some fantastic special offers for honeymoons and weddings abroad.

This move is part of a bigger partnership between the two household brands which has seen Kuoni open exciting designer travel concessions in four John Lewis stores this autumn in Southampton, Oxford Street, Reading and Cardiff, with more to follow in the years ahead. They will offer the full range of holidays available from Kuoni shops.

The concessions range from 444 sq. ft. – 821 sq. ft. and combine the look and feel of the two brands, with John Lewis furniture and Kuoni fittings. They are situated in the customer service area, adjacent to John Lewis’s Gift List departments, and interactive technology such as iPads and plasma screens will be used to bring holidays to life. Kuoni will also introduce John Lewis Travel Insurance to its customers.

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Jumeirah Port Soller’s Talise Spa introduces exclusive ‘A Taste of Beauty’ experience

‘A Taste of Beauty’, a luxurious new spa and gastronomic experience, is available only at Mallorca’s new luxury five-star hotel from Valentine’s Day 2013

‘A Taste of Beauty’ is a brand-new concept – a spa and gastronomic fusion of aromas, flavours and foods – developed in partnership with Natura Bissé, the leading Spanish skincare brand, which guests at the new Jumeirah Port Soller Mallorca Hotel & Spa will be able to enjoy exclusively in Mallorca, Spain starting on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2013.

This luxurious new experience is divided between the hotel’s Talise Spa and its gourmet Cap Roig Mallorca restaurant. The first phase consists of a bespoke beauty ritual using the luxury products of Natura Bissé in the harmonious surroundings of the Mallorca spa which has breathtaking views over the Tramuntana Mountains. The three-hour indulgent and relaxing beauty programme includes a luxurious face and body treatment using natural aromas and oils containing citrus extracts and vitamin C. These oils have toning properties and help to rejuvenate cells, increasing the skin’s elasticity and vitality, in what is altogether a wonderfully balancing experience.

The second phase of ‘A Taste of Beauty’ takes place at Cap Roig restaurant, which enjoys a pine-shaded terrace and views of the Mediterranean and Sóller’s historic lighthouse beyond. Here, Chef Grégory Goulot, Executive Chef at the Jumeirah Port Soller, will prepare a sumptuous gastronomic experience matching the flavours, aromas and ingredients used in the spa phase.

The culinary aspect of this experience will include delicious dishes including prawn wrap with creamy pumpkin, with flourishes of lavender and citrus, as well as fresh sea bass garnished with citrus oil, lime jelly, cleansing green tea, dried orange and galangal bouillon.

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Kuoni and the East India Company Join Forces to Bring Alive the Ancient Art of Tea Drinking

Kuoni has joined forces with the recently re-launched East India Company, to bring alive the ancient art of tea drinking at two exciting customer events to be hosted in The East India Company’s chic store at 7-8 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XF on 06 and 15 November 2012, and one customer event to be hosted on the stunning SS Great Britain, a former passenger steamship now permanently docked in Bristol’s Great Western Dockyard, on 13 November 2012.

Granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1600, The East India Company was founded by a group of enterprising merchants and businessmen to explore the mysteries of the East. It quickly began exploring new territories, mapping trade routes and discovering exotic goods all over the world. Its pioneers and adventurers established trading posts which would eventually grow into iconic world cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Mumbai.

So now Kuoni Travel is to bring alive the exotic destinations where the East India Company’s tea is grown to an audience who are interested in travel, discovery and the story behind how tea travels from plantation to porcelain cup.

Tea master, Lalith Lenadora who started at the age of 18 as a tea planter in his native Sri Lanka, will guide customers through the many exotic varieties of tea. The journey will include some of the world’s most interesting teas: rare white varieties such as Golden Tips, subtle green teas such as Dragonwell and Buttery Oolongs from Taiwan, rich black teas such as Rainforest Lumbini and Darjeeling First Flush to some romantic flowering teas such as Sacred Heart, and Thousand Year Red. Each tea is hand-selected by Mr Lenadora who will explain how to develop an understanding of the seasonal qualities of the teas and how to fully enjoy their unique flavours.

On the evenings, Kuoni’s personal travel experts will be on hand to bring alive the far flung destinations these teas are grown in and to talk to customers about holidays to these locations. Kuoni makes a point of hand-picking the best retreats, authentic travel experiences and hotels and tours that are exclusive to Kuoni guests.

At the events customers will be able to taste not only teas but also some of the exotic canapés, biscuits and chocolates that the company creates using their worldwide palette of influence. Customers will also have their names entered into a prize draw to win a flavour of the East India Trading company.

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Kuoni wins ‘Best Travel Team of the Year’ and ‘Best Tour Operator of the Year’

Leading travel specialist Kuoni won ‘Best Tour Operator of the Year’ and ‘Best Travel Team of the Year’ (a new award for 2012) at the TTG Travel Awards 2012, as voted for and shortlisted by 30,000 travel agents and a judging panel of industry experts.

With stiff competition in the form of other shortlisted companies, Kuoni stepped up to the stage to be congratulated by celebrity guest host, actor and comedian, David Walliams and TTG Brand Director, Daniel Pearce.

The red-carpet event was held at London’s prestigious Odeon West End theatre on Leicester Square. Celebrations continued at the exclusive after-show party in the Penthouse night club, Leicester Square with live music and stunning views of London’s skyline.

Over 700 movers and shakers of the travel industry flooded Leicester Square, setting it alight with true Hollywood glitz and glamour for a show-stopping ceremony, including Kuoni UK Managing Director Derek Jones, National Sales Manager for Trade Amanda Darrington and National Sales Manager for Retail Helen Roberts.

Commenting on Kuoni’s win, Derek Jones, Kuoni UK MD said: “The TTG Awards ceremony was a spectacular evening of entertainment showcasing the best of the best in our industry.

“We are delighted to have been voted best ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ and we are thrilled to have won their new award for best ‘Travel Team Agency of the Year’, in recognition of the outstanding hard work and commitment of everyone at Kuoni.

“Kuoni has enjoyed considerable success in the past in both the Long Haul and Luxury Tour Operator categories but we have never before won in the Best Tour Operator section which includes all tour operators large and small.

“I am so proud of the team’s achievements and to have been recognised by our industry peers with these accolades.”

TTG Brand Director, Daniel Pearce added: “I’d personally like to congratulate Kuoni on winning ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ and ‘Travel Team Agency of the Year’ at the TTG Travel Awards 2012. With over 30,000 travel agent ratings and an esteemed panel of judges, our rigorous judging process makes winning these awards a huge achievement in the travel industry.”

Judges for the awards include experts from trade bodies and leading travel companies and the Institute of Travel and Tourism, as well as leading figures from the worlds of commerce and retail.

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Premier Inn Reports On The Rise Of The Virtual Vacation

Premier Inn has revealed the results of a new report which suggests that by the year 2050, the nation will be able to feel, taste and smell their holiday whilst sitting at their desks. Brits will have drinks served by robots and will holiday with their great-great grandparents, according to the report by the UK’s best value* hotel chain, which also indicates the ultimate demise of the two-week package holiday.

Premier Inn has explored a range of emerging trends, developments and advancements in technology to understand the future of UK travel, with some radical changes being forecast.

Key concepts of the ‘Holiday of the Future’ report include:

– ‘Try-before-you-buy’ will become a new consumer experience for travellers, thanks to a fully immersive, multi-sensory 3D version of the internet. Brits will be able to sample every aspect of their get-away, from the beach to the bar.

– Extreme holiday patterns will become commonplace as the duration of holidays become more fluid. An increase in part-time careers and variable working hours will result Brits taking anything from three day to three months breaks.

– Advancements in technology will see robots in regular use across the travel and service industries.

– Digital wallpaper and flexible, digitally-controlled interiors including movable walls will be added to the hotel rooms.

– Global travel will become regulated as a preventive measure to global warming, leading to an increase in UK holidays as the nation aims to keep within their quota.

– Multi-generational holidays will increase as people live longer, have children younger and become a part of super-extended families.

– Niche trips with like-minded people from across the country will replace the traditional beach holiday as the growth of social media will enable special interest groups to not only meet online, but holiday together.

Claire Haigh, Premier Inn spokeswoman, commented: “Holidays are an important part of our lives and something we all look forward to, so it’s pleasing to see that they will still exist as a form of leisure activity in 2050. We are always keen to look forward to see what our guests will want in the future and the idea of being able to try out our holidays before we travel is a fascinating way to ensure we have the best possible breaks.”

Rohit Talwar, Founder and CEO of Fast Future, who compiled the research said: “We explored a range of concepts that could shape the future of UK travel and focused in particular on how technology might be used to transform every part of the experience – from booking through to personalisation of the in-room experience.

“While technology will make it possible to experience the world from our living rooms, we believe this will only increase our desire to go out and experience the world first-hand – using technology to help us make the most appropriate choices.”

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Notes to Editors:
*Best Value Hotels in the UK: Research conducted by YouGov found Premier Inn top in BrandIndex Value measure when reviewing all data between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011. All data was collected using an online survey and respondents were members of the YouGov panel. The 21,383 strong research sample for this study was sampled and weighted to a UK nationally representative 18+ adult profile. Fieldwork was conducted daily between 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

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Premier Inn Reveals Brit’ Sleep Nightmares

Premier Inn has released the results of the 2012 Sleep Index, revealing that the typical adult wakes up twice a night at least four nights a week, meaning the average Brit suffers 12,584 sleepless nights over their lifetime.

The Premier Inn Sleep Index studied the sleeping patterns of 4000 Brits and found the main reason for our disturbed sleep was the need to go to the toilet, followed by a partner’s snoring and the sound of heavy wind or rain.

The study also found that the average person aims for seven hours of sleep every night but sadly over three quarters of those questioned never actually achieve this. The report showed that a further restless one in twenty Brit’s wake up five times every single night.

As a consequence, a quarter of workers said they feel so tired in the day it’s impossible to concentrate on their job. With a further one in four admitting that a lack of sleep makes them cross and short tempered and one in ten employees said they were likely to take out their sleep deprivation on colleagues.

Not surprisingly, 30 per cent of those who took part in the annual Sleep Index said they were absolutely exhausted by the time they go to bed. The study found that on a weeknight the average adult hits the sack at 10.48pm but this extends to 11.18pm pm at weekends. Yet it takes most of us just over 20 minutes to drop off after turning off their bedside light.

Claire Haigh, Premier Inn spokeswoman commented: “Over 12,000 disturbed nights over a lifetime sounds a vast figure but it’s an affliction many will be able to relate to.

“Our Sleep Index highlights just how many millions of people fail to get a full and good night’s sleep and shows how a lack of sleep can really impact on our day to day lives.

“The results show that being tired after a bad night’s sleep can really take its toll on our productivity at work, our mood and our behaviour towards others, which is why at Premier Inn, we do all that we can into making our rooms as comfortable as possible to ensure everyone has a good night’s sleep with minimal chances of waking up in the night. Our king size beds, comfortable pillows and black out curtains are key to getting undisturbed sleep.”

Not surprisingly the day of the week that adults sleep best is a Friday night with Mondays being the worst. 45 per cent of people rely on an alarm clock to wake them up, although one in ten depend on the kids coming in their room to rouse them.

Premier Inn offers all guests a ‘Good Night Guarantee’, which means if guests are not 100% satisfied with their stay they can request a full refund. Premier Inn is so committed to its philosophy that everyone deserves a great night’s sleep, that they recently invested £70 million into refurbishing c. 13,000 rooms.

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Premier Inn offer celebrates London success

Premier Inn, the UK’s biggest and best value hotel chain, is inviting the nation to soak up the atmosphere of London following a momentous summer, and is launching a fantastic offer for visitors to the city by releasing 29,000 discounted London hotel rooms.

Riding high on an unbelievable summer of success, London has never been so vibrant. Whether it’s a bird’s eye view from the London Eye, street theatre in Covent Garden, or taking in the sights of Big Ben, Premier Inn’s offer is a fantastic opportunity to bag a bargain and visit the capital.

For bookings made up until 22nd August*, discounted rooms will be available in London hotels including Leicester Square, County Hall, Islington and Tower Bridge.

Patrick Dempsey, Managing Director of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, commented: “There has never been a better time to visit London, the capital is buzzing with pride and our offer means guests can celebrate at outstanding value.”

John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage, added: “No one can be in any doubt that London is THE place to be in 2012, and it’s brilliant that Premier Inn are going to make staying in the city even more affordable with this offer. Visitors can enjoy London at a fraction of the normal price, experiencing everything that’s going on and taking home great memories from this amazing year.”

Premier Inn has nearly 8,000 rooms across 60 hotels within the M25 including key locations such as KensingtonKings CrossVictoria and Leicester Square, so whichever part of the capital is being explored, guests can be guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep at a great price.

This offer will be open to all guests booking before 22nd August 2012 for any stay through to November 4th 2012, subject to terms and conditions.

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Kuoni Announces Participants in the Holiday Health Experiment

Kuoni and the UK’s largest healthcare charity Nuffield Health have selected six individuals to journey to radically different parts of the world as part of a unique study called ‘The Holiday Health Experiment’. The experiment aims to better understand the health impact of different types of holiday on the wellbeing of the body and mind.

2,845 Brits entered The Holiday Health Experiment from April to June 2012. Before, during and after the trips all six individuals will undergo a variety of medical and psychological tests to look at the effects ‘everyday life’ has on the body and mind. The data will then be compared to that gathered during and after the holiday. This experiment is the first of its kind conducted by a UK travel company in conjunction with a medical team consisting of doctors, physiologists and further assistance from Christine Webber, a leading psychotherapist.

Among the participants is Sarah Denning, a midwife from Hertfordshire, who will travel to Meeru Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives. Sarah has chosen friend, Sarah Bastida as her travelling companion and they can look forward to 12-days of rest and relaxation with a ‘no news, no shoes’ feel. Sarah Denning said: “Helping new life into the world demands 100%, 24/7, as a physical and emotional commitment. It’s a treat to have time to focus on my wellbeing. To make this a girls’ holiday where two great friends can chill-out together, not having to worry about make-up and men, is an added bonus.”

Glossop based husband and wife, Ben Clarke and Stacy Young will travel with Kuoni and Earthwatch to Peru to help with teams of researchers and conservationists aboard the Amazon Riverboat Exploration. Stacy and Ben said: “We got married in September last year and are now at a crossroads with tricky decisions to make about careers, finances, travel and babies. It would be interesting to see how immersion in a different environment will help shape our thinking about our future and our wellbeing, and even the role a holiday has to play in making big decisions.”

South Hants based couple, Hilary Durkan and Steve Duff, both coastguard officers, will travel on Kuoni’s ‘Ancient Thailand’ tour with Asian Trails, an adventure through ancient Thai Kingdoms. Hilary said: “We work in a challenging environment, always ‘on call’ and needing to be available for our volunteers 24/7. We all need time out and it intrigues me as to how a holiday will make me feel about my everyday stresses and how important a break is to help me deal with them.”

Chris Jones, Head of Physiology at Nuffield Health, said: “On a day-to-day basis, our bodies give us subtle physical signals for stress or tiredness that may be caused by our busy modern lives and we all intuitively know that a holiday can help us re-charge our batteries. This case study-based experiment will give us an interesting insight into how holidays may impact on a person’s wellbeing.”

Says Christine Webber, psychotherapist on this project: “Anecdotally, we know that holidays can help people to re-charge their batteries, and to re-connect with each other and rediscover the joy they find in each other’s company. I hope to discover whether people can be aware of the factors that bring about positive changes during vacations, and can then introduce some of these factors on their return home, in a bid to make their normal day-to-day existences more mentally and physically healthy.”

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Premier Inn opens new hotel at Stansted Airport

The brand new Premier Inn at Stansted airport has officially opened its doors to the public, marking an investment of £21.2 million into the local economy whilst creating 77 new jobs for residents of the area. The doors were opened on Wednesday 20th June, by the local superintendent Graham Stubbs.

The brand new Premier Inn is ideally situated on Thremhall Avenue in Stansted, Essex, within a short walking distance of the Mid-Stay Car Park, and is just one mile away from Stansted Airport, coach and train station. Ideal for guests needing an overnight stay before or after they fly, Stansted Airport Premier Inn has everything guests need to get a good night’s sleep before or after a flight. The on-site Thyme restaurant offers a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes.

Pedro Mendes, General Manager of Premier Inn Stansted Airport, commented: “The hotel is ideally located for those flying in and out of Stansted Airport. It is extremely convenient for both leisure and business travellers looking for convenient accommodation in close proximity to the airport.”

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 Wi-Fi Internet access. The site will also offer the All You Can Eat ‘Premier Breakfast’ in the on-site restaurant.

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.

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Kuoni Launches Nationwide Marketing Campaign For South American Adventures

Kuoni has announced the launch of a dedicated nationwide marketing campaign highlighting adventures, exploration and unworldly landscapes in South America.

Kuoni’s 21 retail stores and four partnership stores have increased sales to the South America region by providing tailored expert advice and sharing first-hand experiences.

Kuoni’s well-travelled and knowledgeable travel experts are ready to craft an adventure to South America completely tailored to the customer’s needs. Among the South American itineraries featured in the latest campaign is Brazil. Travellers can take in the highlights on a 13 night independent itinerary starting in Rio with its famous Copacabana Beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, then marvel at the spectacular natural wonder of Iguaçu Falls, the meeting place of Iguaçu and Paraná Rivers. A cruise on the Amazonian river is also featured.

Peru offers unforgettable experiences and memorable adventures including the ancient man-made wonder, Machu Picchu which is on many peoples must-see tick list. The country recently drew crowds in London’s Covent Garden, where the Peru Tourist Board and TV personality and adventurer Ben Fogle produced a three-metre high Lego model of Machu Picchu.

Kuoni is also offering a “Taste of Peru” on a 7 night private tour. On the tour, customers will visit Peru’s capital Lima, Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Incas, and the Sacred Valley, deemed to be the heartland of the Inca Empire due to its unique location.

Another South American destination highlighted by Kuoni is Chile, a diverse landscape enabling explorers to experience climatic extremes. From the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, to the natural beauty and the spectacular fjords and glaciers in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile is perfect for trekking and breath-taking vistas. Kuoni’s personal travel experts can tailor-make holidays to include the mystical Easter Island home of the Moai statues, another awe-inspiring sight.

Sarah Beckwith, Market Manager said: “Kuoni launched the new Discover brochure in October 2011, bringing together the very best of Kuoni’s escorted tours and highlighting the opportunities for tailor-made travel, particularly in South America, to experience a true adventure, iconic sights and treasured moments.

“We hope this dedicated campaign will inspire our customers as these incredible and spectacular destinations are put under the spotlight.”

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Kuoni Reveals 84 Per Cent Of Brits Say Holidays Are Worth More Than They Cost In Terms Of Wellbeing

Kuoni Travel and Nuffield Health have revealed 84 per cent of British holidaymakers claim holidays are worth more to them in terms of wellbeing than the money they spend on them.

The UK’s largest healthcare charity and Kuoni Travel surveyed 2,845 UK adults between 14 April to 30 June 2012 to find out how a holiday can help to alleviate the effects that everyday life has on the public’s mental and physical wellbeing.

The research showed that taking a break can improve people’s lives in four key ways:
– It enables to break out of a routine
– Offers an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones
– Puts a fresh perspective on people’s lives
– Enables us to relax and recharge our batteries

These benefits explain why almost a third (32 per cent) of Britons say that every pound they spend on a holiday is worth 2-4 times more to them in terms of wellbeing, 21 per cent say it’s worth 5-7 times more, more than a quarter (27 per cent) say that its worth 8-10 times more, and 4 per cent say it’s worth over 11 times more.

Interestingly, of those surveyed, 67 per cent said it took up to four days to stop worrying about work, this breaks down into:
– 44 percent said it took between 1 and 2 days
– 23 per cent said it took between 3 and 4 days
– Younger adults (16-24) were most likely to worry the longest (74 per cent)

Chris Jones, Head of Physiology at Nuffield Health, said: “On a day-to-day basis, our bodies give us subtle physical signals for stress or tiredness that may be caused by our busy modern lives and we all intuitively know that a holiday can help us re-charge our batteries. The fact that two-thirds of people are taking up to four days to switch off maybe an important indicator of how we manage stress from our everyday lives.”

Derek Jones, MD Kuoni, said: “This study highlights the health benefits of a significant 10-day to two week holiday. Kuoni is well known for its expertise in tailor-making trips to long-haul destinations across the globe, and it seems more time away means the better we unwind and recover from the demands of our busy lives.”

This survey is part of a bigger research study the luxury holidays provider and Nuffield Health are carrying out this year called The Holiday Health Experiment. Across August, Kuoni are sending three different couples away on three radically different types of holiday – to Amazonian Peru, to Thailand and to the Maldives. Nuffield Health and psychotherapist, Christine Webber, will be conducing medical tests on the couples before, during and after their time away to see how the holidays may impact on a person’s well-being.

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Kuoni Launches New iPad App

Kuoni has announced the launch of a new iPad app which allows users to enjoy fast and easy access to Kuoni’s range of brochures, videos, travel article feed and website with Kuoni’s new app. The free app is available to download now from Apple’s App Store.

The app is automatically kept up to date with Kuoni’s full range of brochures, which once downloaded can be read anytime, even when the user is not connected to the internet. Updates to previously downloaded brochures are flagged for the customer’s convenience and, in addition, the app checks for new brochures each time it is started.

Developed by digital publishing specialists inbro, the app has already been downloaded and installed by hundreds of users, to whom it has delivered thousands of brochures. Users also have easy access to the Kuoni website directly from within the app.

Matt Gillam, inbro Director said: “The app’s purpose is to provide the user with the convenience of a single point of contact with the Kuoni brand on their personal device, which is why it offers one-stop access to news, video and an easy to use website link as well as Kuoni’s entire brochure content. We want the Kuoni brand to go to the customer rather than vice versa.”

Matt Rooke, Ebusiness and Publishing Vice President at Kuoni added: “We want to make Kuoni as accessible as possible to all its customers and provide effective and efficient methods that feed the current demand. The app self-updates so we can rest assured that customers are getting the best quality of information on a daily basis, in a format that suits them. Also, iPad is a fast growing channel and we particularly like the way an app gives Kuoni a branded presence on our customers’ devices.”

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Kuoni Shows Off The World In The New 2013 Worldwide Brochure

Kuoni has revealed its latest brochure, ‘Worldwide 2013’, featuring a selection of amazing holidays, unforgettable experiences, award-winning service and great value.

Brimming with exclusive properties (mostly in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand), brand new places to stay, a wide range of multicentre holidays, tailor-made options and a brand new navigational aid, ‘Worldwide’ represents an encyclopaedia of travel inspiration.

The tiny jewel that is the 12-bedroom Keyonna Beach hotel in Antigua, ideal for romantic getaways, contrasts with the family-oriented Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach. Both are new to ‘Worldwide’ this year.

As for destinations, Kuoni has expanded its offering to Vietnam on the back of the new direct flights, with 19, mostly new, beach hotels. The key resorts of Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An and Danang are all included and now tantalisingly closer. They are offered as both beach-only holidays or combined with a city or a tour.

Kuoni’s depth of knowledge of the paradise islands of the Indian Ocean is played out on the pages too, with a large selection of exclusive properties to choose from. More pages are also devoted to the colourful Caribbean islands, with competitive prices, great offers and a wide selection of all-inclusive holidays. In tune with Kuoni’s expertise in tailor-making the perfect holiday, each hotel and tour in the brochure is labelled with an icon to guide customers during the decision making process to help find the perfect holiday to suit their needs. The nine icons are:

– Mind, Body & Soul
– Away from it all
– Time Together
– For Families
– Holiday with Friends
– Sun & Socialising
– I want it all
– Explore & Discover
– Go Beyond

“The new ‘Worldwide’ brochure gives everyone the opportunity to find the best holiday they can experience,” says Mark Duguid, Head of Market Management. “The concept and style has changed this year but the fundamentals haven’t and that’s down to our passion for travel and our knowledge of the fantastic places waiting to be discovered around the globe.”

Kuoni has over 170 awards to its name, including Best Luxury Tour Operator at The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Readers’ Awards 2011 and Best Tour Operator at the Telegraph’s Ultratravel 100 Awards 2012. The company has also been voted a Which? top Recommended Provider.

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Emirates Tours Launches Photo Competition to Win a Luxury Holiday

Emirates Tours, specialists in tailor-made luxury holidays, has launched a photo competition in conjunction with leading camera manufacturer Nikon, offering entrants the chance to win a luxury holiday for two to Oman and a host of other prizes.

From the glistening atolls of the Maldives to close-up shots of wildlife on safari, Emirates Tours is looking for the most authentic photographs taken in any one of its six holiday regions.

The photographer of the best overall image will win a five night holiday for two to the five-star Six Senses Zighy Bay resort in Oman including return flights with Emirates, while the runner up will win a portable Nikon 1 V1 camera worth £800. Those snapping the best image of each of Emirates Tours’ six different holiday regions – the Middle East, the Indian Ocean, India, the Far East, South Africa and Australasia – will each win a Nikon COOLPIX digital camera, worth around £400.

“We are looking for truly inspirational shots that really encapsulate the beauty of Emirates Tours’ destinations,” said Fabio Prestijacopo, General Manager, Emirates Tours UK, who is on the competition judging panel. “You certainly don’t have to be a professional photographer – we’re simply looking for images with exceptional composition, clarity and uniqueness which really stand out.”

Entry images should be uploaded via the dedicated webpage

The closing date for entries for this competition is midnight on 31st August 2012.

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Notes to editors:
– Image files must be in jpeg format and there is no size restriction. Each entrant may enter the competition as many times as they wish, but can only win one prize and no image can be entered more than once.
– Emirates Tours is unable to accept postal entries.
– Entrants may use photo editing software to ensure they are entering the correct file format.
– These prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.
– The winners will be notified by email or telephone by no later than 31st October 2012.
– Other terms and conditions apply.

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