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Hostels on HostelBookers Offer Christmas Presents, Free Meals and Parties to Christmas Shoppers

HostelBookers are offering customers the ultimate Christmas gift – cheap Christmas holidays in the most magical cities in Europe.

The cities of London, Berlin and Prague are all perfect for a bargain city break this winter. Home to some of the best Christmas markets in Europe , travellers can get their shopping done in style and soak up the authentic atmosphere of a traditional holiday.

Berlin and Prague’s markets have hundreds of stalls selling traditional crafts and delicious treats like warm mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. London’s Shopper’s Markets, the ‘Winter Wonderland’ Ice Rink in Hyde Park and famous lights on Oxford Street also bring plenty of festive spirit.

Going away at Christmas may seem expensive, but hostels offer an affordable alternative for aChristmas holiday . And to really bring good tidings this year, HostelBookers have teamed up with three of the best hostels in each city to offer guests some top Christmas gifts.

Sir Toby’s Hostel in Prague is offering special Christmas rates for all bookings made through the HostelBookers website . One of the top-rated Prague youth hostels, the staff are hosting a Christmas Eve buffet with all the trimmings.

Celebrate Christmas at The Journey’s Hostel Kings Cross in London. Beds booked for the 20 th -27 th December are a bargain £10 per person , and come with a bumper batch of Christmas presents. Guests can enjoy free entry to top local clubs, free drinks vouchers in a local pub, and 30% off food in a cool London restaurant . There’s even a Christmas party with live singing carols.

The Generator Hostel in Berlin has some real treats in store for guests this December, with a free traditional Christmas dinner , welcome drink and Christmas party on the 24 th . The Generator also offers a VIP Christmas Package Deal through HostelBookers, with three nights in a shared room including dinner, for €49.

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Florida Holidays – How To Get More Bang For Your Buck!

Long gone are the days when you happily palmed just under two dollars per pound. Now the US dollar is worth just 61p (29th Oct), a situation that is making the US a less popular holiday option that it has been for years.

But Florida holidays have been on the top ten destination list for Brits for at least two decades and they’ve proved enduringly popular with children. A recession isn’t anywhere nea Industry: Travel PR Text: But Florida holidays have been on the top ten destination list for Brits for at least two decades and they’ve proved enduringly popular with children. A recession isn’t anywhere near enough to stop the kids nagging about Disneyland. So if you’re hell bent on a Florida holiday, how do you get the biggest bang for your buck?

At the 2008 World Travel Market, the feeling was that long haul travel was holding up well despite the economic downturn, mostly because Brits seem to be saving up for one big holiday rather than taking a handful of shorter ones spread over the year. Which is good news because a healthy demand keeps prices low.

Price comparison website BeatTheBrochure.com, has more advice. “Shop around online. It’s the most efficient way to find cheap Florida holiday deals.”

While the internet has made package holiday prices easily available to anyone with a PC, there’s so much information out there that sifting through it can be a nightmare. Using a good holiday price comparison website makes life a great deal simpler.

“We challenge anyone to find cheaper Florida holidays in any brochure, anywhere” they add. “Our unique search technology trawls through a huge range of holiday retailers and travel agencies, including big household names like First Choice, Thomson and Thomas Cook to deliver the best price, in one search, every time”

If the exchange rate really has put Florida holidays out of your financial reach, there are some excellent long haul alternatives. Check the exchange rates; New Zealand is looking good, as are Canada and Australia. You’d have to forgo Disneyland, of course, but then again not going to Disneyland can be just as much fun. Especially if grown men and women dressed as giant mice don’t appeal to you!

Looking ahead? Oil prices have stabilised and, OPEC willing, may fall again. Not long ago Merrill Lynch analysts predicted that oil might drop as low as $50 a barrel, and fuel surcharges should follow suit. With luck US holidays won’t remain out in the cold for too long. In the meantime, shop for your Florida holidays wisely!

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Independent Holidays in Cairo Beat Cheap Egypt Package Holidays this Winter

HostelBookers can reveal that Egypt is a top backpacking destination for Winter 2009. According to statistics from the budget accommodation website, the number of independent travellers booking a holiday to Egypt is rising year on year.

This new breed of backpackers are shunning cheap package deals for a more authentic travel experience, choosing Cairo and Dahab over traditional package holiday favourite Sharm el Sheikh.

Cairo is the booking site’s most popular destination year-round in Egypt, with its mix of ancient relics, buzzing bazaars and lively nightlife. Temperatures are at a pleasant 25 degrees in November, ideal for sightseeing and exploring this exotic city.

HostelBookers have hostels close to all the main attractions downtown, so travellers can save money and see the real Egypt at the same time on a Cairo Holiday.

The top six hostels in Cairo were rated at 90% or higher by HostelBookers customers. Recommended for being safe, clean and away from downtown noise, travellers also rated their Cairo hostel for arranging personalised tours around the city and sharing essential travel tips.

With rooms starting at just 5 Euros per person per night for a shared room, here are some of the best Cairo Hostels:

WakeUp Hostel Cairo

Wake Up is popular for its plum location smack in the heart of downtown. Rooms have views of the Nile and Old Cairo, and there’s a kitchen and common room with internet access.

A guest writes:

“We loved Wake Up! Small and cosy, the staff were more helpful than words can describe. Always ready to write out directions, phonetic translations, or just plain hang out with you. The Room had Air Conditioning and was mosquito free – a very tough thing to find in Egypt!”

Meramees Hostel

The Meramees has a laid-back atmosphere and homely touches like fresh flowers, comfy sofas and art on the walls. In a safe and central location, it’s easy to explore the city on foot. There’s even free airport pickup, and a travel desk offering cheap tours.

A guest writes:

“The staff were absolutely wonderful! Rooms are large and clean…Great location for wandering through downtown and very helpful staff for arranging tours and drivers. I would recommend to anyone travelling on a budget.”

Luna Hotel and Hostel

Another downtown favourite, the Luna’s rooms are clean and secure, with comfortable beds and air-conditioning. The facilities and hospitality are second to none- there’s a professional tour advisor on site, authentic Egyptian breakfasts, 24-hour room service, and a ‘Bedouin Corner’ for chilling after a day of sightseeing.

A guest writes:

“Here, unlike most of the hotels, you can learn Arabic, taste Egyptian cuisine and get familiar with Egyptian culture. With the help of professional tour advisers, you can organize great, unforgettable journeys to places like Aswan, Luxor and many others”

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People Still Love To Browse Through A Brochure, Say Haven Holidays

Despite the rise in on-line bookings it seems more people than ever are requesting holiday brochures. ‘This year we had 25% more brochure requests from new customers than we received the previous year,’ said a spokesperson for the brand. ‘Even people who have already booked a holiday via our website often ask for our literature to be sent to them as well. Whilst people like the ease and convenience of booking on-line and love the videos of our parks they also enjoy the more tactile experience of reading the brochure and sharing their holiday plans with all the family.’

The research into brochure request figures was released soon after the Haven Call Centre was declared industry favourite in Britain’s biggest call centre awards. The Call Centre, which is based in Haven’s Head Offices in Hemel Hempstead achieved ratings of more than 90% in extensive mystery shopper surveys, despite answering 6% more calls than the previous year.

Whilst it’s possible to book a holiday via the internet, over the counter in a Travel Agency or by post – it appears that people still love to flick through the brochure and then follow it up with a chat on the phone!

Haven’s new 2010 brochure will be mailed during the first week of November and the new website goes live on November 6th.

They both feature 35 family holiday parksaround the UK all offering good value for money holidays and some excellent half price early booking deals. Family Spring breaks at a wide choice of parks start at as little as £99 for a family of four in Superior accommodation.

Next year even more family activities are included in the price and the entertainment package promises to be even more extensive with professional cabaret, comedy, tribute bands, stage-shows, variety nights, pantos and circus performances.Call 0871 230 1900 or click on www.haven.com.

About Haven Holidays:

Haven specialise in UK holidays and have a range of different types to suit all. Camping HolidaysFamily HolidaysCaravan Holidays and Touring Holidays throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

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HostelBookers Offers VIP Tickets To The 2009 Gillette Four Nations Rugby League Finals

Leading budget accommodation provider HostelBookers is offering three pairs of VIP tickets to the 2009 Gillette Four Nations rugby league finals to its top customers. The fantastic giveaway includes a chance to see the final game in style, complete with a champagne reception, a slap up lunch and a Q&A session with Rugby League legend Martin Offiah and other guest personalities.

The final game will be held at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 14th November 2009 and all customers can enter by simply registering on HostelBookers.com.

As the first two rounds of the 2009 Gillette Four Nations rugby league tournament loom, HostelBookers has pinpointed the best value accommodation in each host city, leaving rugby fans with more cash for the big game.

Found in recent independent research to offer hostel beds at an average of 5.1 per cent less than its rivals, HostelBookers has uncovered hostels from as cheap as £9.50 per person per night in the match cities of Doncaster, Southwest London, Wigan and Toulouse, France. Travelers looking to travel to the games with a bunch of mates can also get great rates for group accommodation with HostelBookers.

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Wild Excitement Ahead As Wild Wadi Turns Ten

Jumeirah’s Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai’s favourite family destination, has announced that it is celebrating its 10th birthday on October 10th 2009 and to help join in the festivities Jumeirah is inviting its friends to splash and giggle at its action-packed birthday party.

Wild Excitement Ahead As Wild Wadi Turns Ten

To get the celebrations underway, Jumeirah has organised a range of fun activities and exciting entertainment for all of its guests, including carnival performers, drummers, magicians and dancers, and many more surprises to be enjoyed along with the usual thrill-inducing Wild Wadi Waterpark waterslides.

In addition, because no birthday celebration would be complete without a gift, any child who is also having their 10th birthday on October 10th, they will get free access to Wild Wadi along with some special gifts in honour of their special day. Children who are 10 years old, but whose birthday is not on October 10th, can also look forward to a special day, thanks to a special discounted entry rate to the park; after all, being 10 years old is a big deal.

In between blowing up balloons, Chris Perry, General Manager of Wild Wadi Water Park and Official Birthday Cake Taster commented: “Wild Wadi Waterpark loves birthday parties – especially when it is our own. We are very proud to be 10 years old, and we want to celebrate this milestone properly with all of our friends. With the help of some special entertaining guests and a whole party bag of surprises we’ve managed to make Wild Wadi Waterpark even more fun and exciting than usual; we can’t wait to celebrate.”

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FIFA World Cup Section Added to The Emirates Tours Web Site

To coincide with the launch of Emirates Tours’ travel packages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the tour operating arm of Emirates Airline has launched a new section on its website to highlight the new luxury holiday options.

A range of luxury holidays in South Africa enable football fans to enjoy the FIFA World Cup with the minimum of fuss. Booking an Emirates Tours package means flights, hotels, match tickets and ground transport are all taken care of. Customers can book luxury holidays now – before the draw is made for the FIFA World Cup – and be based in either Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. Emirates Tours expects the highest demand to be for England tickets although other teams’ tickets are also available.

The new web section gives details of the way these luxury holiday deals can be customised, and has an extensive frequently asked questions guide as well as a brochure for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with prices and a list of terms and conditions.

The FIFA World Cup packages are available to customers through the Emirates Tours website or by phoning the tour operator directly.

Fabio Prestijacopo, General Manager for Emirates Tours UK, said: “We’re very excited about the new section detailing the packages that are sold exclusively via Emirates Tours in the UK. Customers can find all the information they need about the packages by downloading our brochure.”

“Booking through our dedicated FIFA World Cup reservations team or purchasing online is straight forward and we truly believe we have created a user friendly experience.”

Emirates Tours is offering football fans the choice of flights from six UK airports (Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow) to three South African cities: Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban.

Emirates’ partnership with FIFA began at the 2006 FIFA World Cup when it became the first airline to be a sponsor of the prestigious sporting event. Following on from the success of the tournament in Germany, Emirates then cemented its status as an Official FIFA Partner up to and including the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Market Differentiation Is Key To A Successful Cheap Holidays Comparison Website

So says online holiday price comparison website BeatTheBrochure.com. And they should know. Bringing a business like theirs to prominence in a hideously crowded market, during a global recession, at a time when the Euro exchange rate is clobbering UK holidaymakers across the continent, has been challenging. To say the least. So what’s the secret to cheap holidays price comparison success?

“First and foremost, your price comparison website has to do exactly what it says on the tin.” Says BeatTheBrochure. “No matter how strong your brand is, if you can’t deliver your brand promise you’re stuffed.”

Which is why their team has invested so much time, thought and care into creating holiday price comparison software that is unique in the market. “If you don’t deliver the goods consistently people won’t come back, and repeat custom equals commercial success.”

In the holiday business, price is a high priority. Cheap holidays have become part of our national culture and consumer expectations are high. So if a price comparison site doesn’t return the best deals, or fails to search all the top holiday suppliers, it is missing the mark by a mile. “Our comparison technology returns the best value cheap holidays every time” a BeatTheBrochure staff insists. “And we connect with household names like Thomson, First Choice and Thomas Cook as well as a huge range of secure, trusted holiday providers.”

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HostelBookers Is The Price Leader For Hostels And Budget Accommodation

The study, conducted by Reed Business Insight, compared over 900 hostels worldwide, with HostelBookers offering the lowest prices in 90 per cent of cases. On average HostelBookers were found to be 5.1 per cent cheaper than Hostelworld.

For example, customers booking a two-night stay for two people in a double en suite room at the Welcome Inn Backpackers hostel in Singapore will save £112.52 with HostelBookers. On average hostels in Singapore are 17 per cent cheaper with HostelBookers than Hostelworld.

Other destinations where HostelBookers offered significant savings compared to Hostelworld prices, were Belgrade at 12 per cent, Bucharest at 13 per cent, Moscow at 14 per cent and Lima at 15 per cent.

Individual hostels that offer the most significant savings included the Funnytime Hotel, Bucharest, at 62 per cent; the Peravel Beach Holiday Home, Goa, at 53 per cent; the City Center hostel in Belgrade at 53 per cent and Auckland’s Frienz.com Backpackers Accommodation at 53 per cent. Budget-conscious travellers can now book these properties through HostelBookers’ newly revamped website.

David Smith, chief operating officer at HostelBookers, said, “We are experiencing a phenomenal year in 2009, thanks to our cheap prices. The fact that HostelBookers works so closely with all our travel partners to negotiate the lowest price and doesn’t charge a booking fee, means that we’re able to pass these savings on to our ever-growing customer base.

“We’re delighted to be able to say with research-backed certainty that we are offering the best value in the budget sector of the travel industry, which is becoming more and more popular with consumers”, Smith added.

HostelBookers has now been confirmed as the leader of the pack when it comes to low cost accommodation, and to celebrate they are launching a 10 Day Free Holiday Giveaway. The prize draw will be open for participation from 1st to 10th October 2009 inclusive. Anyone booking a hostel, hotel or room will be entered into a prize draw, and one lucky person per day will get their entire accommodation costs refunded.

HostelBookers features 14,000 hostels in over 3,000 destinations and is the only website in the industry not to charge a booking fee.

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Enjoy Oktoberfest 2009 On A Budget With HostelBookers

It’s official: the price of a pint has gone up again for Oktoberfest 2009. Munich City Council have announced a price increase of 3.8% from last year, with the average cost of one litre of beer 8.44 Euros.

The news will come as a blow to fans of the annual beer fest, with prices already hiked up an extra 5% in 2008. 6 million litres of Bavarian beer are drunk at the festival every year, believed to be the best in the world for its ‘pure’ mix of hops, barley and water.

The recent price hikes may be enough to put anyone off knocking back a few, but you can still enjoy the festival on a budget with Hostelbookers Oktoberfest travel tips. With their lowest price guarantee, rooms are on average 4.2% cheaper with HostelBookers than its next largest competitor. So with late availability for group bookings in top Munich hostels, you’ll have more to spend on all the fun of the festival. Check out three of our fantastic hostels in Munich that still have availability for group bookings

The 4 You Munchen Youth Hostel has a lively atmosphere and central location perfect for the beer fest. Bring the after party to the well-stocked bar, with special ‘Happy Hour’ prices for HostelBookers customers. The delicious free buffet breakfast is perfect for soaking up the alcohol the next day.

Haus International is a favourite among young people visiting Munich. Situated in artistic the quarter of Schwabing, close to the Olympic Park, and boasting facilities such as a bar, restaurant, games room and lounge room, it makes for a perfect meeting place for students and backpackers alike.

The Hotel Blutenburg is a modern, family-run hotel, offering hotel facilities for hostel prices. The private ensuite rooms all have cable TV and comfortable beds, and there’s a scenic terrace for enjoying a beer after the festival.

All three of these properties are ideal for a group of friends, students or backpackers doing Oktoberfest on a budget.

To help beer fans get the best of the fest, HostelBookers have also put together a handy Oktoberfest beer guide. With tips ranging from food stalls to attractions beyond the beer tents, it’s the essential guide to this year’s events.

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Taiwan Tourism Bureau Invites More Than 600 Foreign Travelers And Media Representatives To Attend A Traditional “Taiwanese Open-Air Banquet” On Aug. 18

As part of its international 2009 Tour Taiwan Year promotion, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau is inviting more than 600 foreign travelers and media representatives to attend a traditional “Taiwanese open-air banquet” on Aug. 18. The event is being held in conjunction of the 20th anniversary of the Taiwan Food Festival. In addition to a delicious meal, the participants will also be able to experience some of the scenic beauty, historic romance, and warm hospitality of the ancient capital city of Tainan.

The list of participants was compiled over a period of more than two months with the help of travel agencies, who are including the open-air banquet in their tour itineraries. Most of the attending groups have not changed their schedules despite the recent ravaging of southern Taiwan by Typhoon Morakot, and their presence at the “Taiwanese open-air banquet” will help to dispel misconceptions about overall conditions on the island. They will see that as far as international tourists are concerned, the island is mostly back to normal.

The open-air banquet was originally to have taken place at the Old Fort of Anping, a first-grade historic site, but because of environmental and weather considerations it has been moved under-roof at the Anping Tourist Fish Market. During the meal, diners will be treated to performances of hand-puppet opera, spinning-drum music, and the “Twelve Nannies” prancing to solicit the blessings of the gods, providing a rich glimpse into the folk culture of southern Taiwan.

Among the diners will be a group of 40 visitors from Japan, led by two famous Japanese culinary masters, who will not only enjoy Taiwanese food but will also engage in Taiwanese-Japanese culinary exchange. There will also be a famous culinary expert from Hong Kong, and French culinary expert and critic Alain Cirelli will be on hand to experience the unique open-air banquet and the warmth of the southern Taiwanese people. These experts will spread the word about Taiwanese food and the attending international media people will report it to the world, giving a strong boost to Taiwan as an attractive culinary destination.

The kitchen team for the banquet will be headed up by top chef Master Ah Yong, who has prepared a menu consisting of traditional open-air-banquet dishes in consultation with a group of food consultants. Master Ah Yong is donating half of his income from the banquet to the victims of Typhoon Morakot.

The banquet is co-organized by the city governments of Tainan and Taipei with the aim of using the allure of fine food, along with the historic sites of the area, to upgrade the image of tourism in southern Taiwan. The banquet will also be used to publicize next year’s Taipei International Flora Expo in the international arena, and the foreign invitees will be urged to return next year for more culinary pleasures along with the flower show.

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Are UK Holidays Automatically Budget Holidays?

Budget holidays are all the rage. Research by UK tourism’s VisitBritain and VisitLondon showed that a whopping 20% of UK holidaymakers who went abroad last year plan to save money this year by choosing a holiday on home soil.

Obviously this is great news for the UK tourist industry. But is a UK-based holiday always the lowest cost option?

Holiday price comparison website BeatTheBrochure.com advises people to do their research first. “This country has the widest variety of weather and geology of any country in the world.” they say. “I’m not knocking it as a holiday destination, far from it. But if people genuinely want to save money it’s a good idea to check online and see if a holiday abroad might actually be the lowest cost choice. Never assume that UK holidays are always going to be budget holidays.”

Despite 2008’s fuel price crisis there are loads of low cost flights and budget holiday packages around. XL Leisure collapsed last September and Thomas Cook and rival Tui Travel’s reduced their 2009 holiday capacity. But there are still some fantastic deals to be found. You just have to spend time hunting them down.

In addition to that, fuel costs have fallen and fuel surcharges might carry on falling in line. “Things are still extremely fluid out there in the holiday market, as they are in the economy as a whole” says BeatTheBrochure.com. “For the forseeable future, we recommend keeping a completely open mind.”

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More Women Than Ever Before Are Swapping Handbags For Backpacks And Hitting The Road Solo


The budget accommodation and backpacking specialist conducted a women’s travel survey with Lost Girls World (who have a novel about their adventures coming out soon). The results revealed that 74% of participants considered themselves ‘solo travelers’, and 67% regularly travel alone (once or twice a year).

Whether for a gap year, career break or way to avoid the recession, an increasing number of women are escaping the 9 to 5 drone and breaking free by backpacking around the world solo.

To help out these backpacking beauties, HostelBookers have also launched a series of top women’s travel resources especially for women travelers, from destination guides, safety advice and packing tips for every continent to the top ten hostels for women. There will also be exclusive guest posts from Chelsea Duke, author of High Heels and a Head Torch: The Essential Guide for Girls who Backpack, the Beauty Terrorist of St. Christopher’s Inns and Lauren Resnick, who has penned the Princess with a Backpack guide and blog.

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“A Week In The Life Of Haiti Cherie” Internationally Supported Project Just Six Months Away

Today marks the six months point from the launching of “A week in the life of Haiti Cherie” the photo book and school project slated for Haiti.

A Week In The Life Of Haiti Cherie

More than 20 international photographers and photojournalists have volunteered to travel to Haiti in order to document all aspects of Haitian life for one week and produce a large format volume as a testament to Haiti.

“This is going to be the most talked about photo book on Haiti ever” predicts the project founder and current program manager Phil Anglade. “We have been planning this for more than 10 years and to see it finally come about is truly gratifying” The international photographers and photojournalists who will be contributing their time and effort to the project are from Hungary, Taiwan, France, Estonia, The Netherlands, Thailand, Israel, South Africa, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Venezuela, Korea, USA and of course Haiti…to name a few. They will travel to every corner of Haiti and truly experience Haitian life before, during and after Carnival 2010.

A documentary film entitled “Behind the scene of Haiti Cherie” will also be produced with support from various universities and media professionals.

A full week of activities is envisioned starting with a mega musical performance by various artists and numerous other activities throughout the week and ending with the ground breaking ceremony for the school.

The “Haiti Cherie” photography and media production school will offer a wide variety of courses to equip under privilege young adults with marketable skills they will in turn be able to use in order to support themselves.

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The FT Reports Bookings For All Inclusive Holidays Were Up 20% On 2008

The Financial Times reported recently (6.2.09) that bookings for all inclusive holidays were up 20% on 2008, despite the current economic troubles. Holidays in Turkey and Egypt are increasingly popular medium haul destinations, out of the expensive Eurozone but close enough to be medium haul.

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Tui Travel’s latest UK consumer research indicates that 87% of Brits are planning to travel abroad on holiday this summer, the same as last year, and 94% of them are heading straight for a package deal.

At the same time, VisitBritan’s research shows that Brits are planning to stay home in 2009, rushing to book five million more UK-based holidays than last year. So what’s going on?

Holiday price comparison website BeatTheBrochure isn’t surprised. “Both arguments make complete sense. Take the surge in demand for UK-based holidays. In hard times people go for known quantities. They choose serious leaders rather than charismatic ones. Staying in becomes the new going out. On the other hand people who took an exotic foreign holiday last year might be making savings by choosing a better value foreign option, like all inclusive holidays. They’re still going abroad, they’re just spending less.”

So can the apparent resilience of the all inclusive holidays market, long and medium haul travel and package holidays co-exist with an equally apparent massive hike in UK based ‘stay at home’ holidays?

Obviously doing your homework is as important as ever, if not more so. In line with the economy, the travel market is in a complete state if flux and – whatever the statistics say – the future is unpredictable. “There’s lies, damn lies and statistics” quotes a BestTheBrochure spokesman. “We’re getting contradictory messages from the industry so my advice is to keep an open mind. Don’t assume anything as far as your holidays are concerned!”

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Summer Sale 2009 On HostelBookers.com

The heat is on as HostelBookers launches its first ever hostel summer sale with as much as 70% off selected European hostel prices in August. HostelBookers guarantees to offer the cheapest accommodation around, as rooms are available for as little as £3 per person per night.

Over one hundred participating hostels throughout Malta, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Cyprus are offering the opportunity to bag the most amazing bargain for bookings and travel in August.

Stay in Madeira for just £3.80 at the Os Manos – Lodging which is offering savings of 40%. The lodgings are situated in the Santana area of the island, which offers some of Madeira’s most dramatic scenery, f r o m the rugged coast to inland mountains. There are eight bedrooms all with satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms.

The Splendid Guesthouse in Malta is offering a massive 70% off with rooms starting atjust £5 per person per night. The guesthouse is situated in Mellieha, a picturesque hilltop town in Malta. One of Malta’s leading beaches (Mellieha Bay) is only 15 minutes’ walk away. Alternatively the guesthouse’s sun terrace with its picturesque view of Comino and Gozo offers an ideal place to while away lazy afternoons.

Save 50% in Corfu staying at the Gorgona St & Apts for just £8.50 per person per night. The apartments are ideally placed in the tourist village of Ipsos, only 50 metres f r o m a beautiful long, sandy beach and only 20 minutes f r o m Corfu’s historic old town, Corfu Town.

Art lovers won’t be able to resist the 30% discount at La Controra Flashpackers Hostel in Naples. La Controra is a converted monastery right in the centre of Naples. Its recently refurbished rooms are decorated by art sculptures, Neapolitan coffee pots, garlic and chilli peppers.

The lounge bar is used for contemporary art exhibitions and the garden hammocks offer the best way to relax after a day exploring this bustling city. Prices start f r o m just £10per night for a dormitory room.

Experience cosmopolitan Spain at the Apartments El Pilar situated in the beautiful historical centre of Valencia. The spacious apartments with their own kitchen and dining area are just two minutes f r o m Valencia train station. Prices start f r o m just £13.50 per person per night with a 20% discount and include daily cleaning, airport pick-up and return, and catering service.

HostelBookers features 14,000 hostels in over 3,000 destinations and is the only website in the industry not to charge a booking fee – its lowest price guarantee means that prices are on average 4.2% less expensive than other well-known hostel booking companies.

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Get Creative with Arty Hostels at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Celebrate the biggest arts festival in the world with Hostelbookers. Use our Edinburgh Fringe Festival top tips to help you plan your visit to the Fringe Festival and book yourself in to the coolest arty Edinburgh hostels.

Edinburgh takes center stage in August for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With a line-up of the freshest new talent in theatre, music, film, comedy, art and dance, Edinburgh Fringe 2009 looks set to be the best yet.

Close to all the main venues and after-parties on the Royal Mile, these arty hostels are the perfect place to sleep in style after a show, with swanky design features and flash murals on the walls. So why not indulge your creative side with this list of top Edinburgh hostels :

Caledonian Backpackers
With an enviable location right between the Old and New Town, this funky hostel boasts murals on the walls, and has a vibrant bar packed with pool tables. Perfect for post-fringe parties, the Caledonian Bar is open until 5am on weekends.

Budget Backpackers
Located in the lively Grassmarket area, Budget Backpackers is ideal for students who want to be in the heart of all the action. Fresh and modern inside, the bright rooms pop with color, and there’s a slick chill-out room with a plasma TV when you want to recover from the night before.

High Street Hostel
You can sleep easy at the High Street Hostel – a stone’s throw from the Royal Mile, this chic eco-hostel is arty AND environmentally friendly. The ‘High Street’ is carbon neutral, recycles and only uses renewable sources for all electricity, but eco-warriors will also love the historic building, chilled out atmosphere and paintings on the wall.

Royal Mile Backpackers
Right on the Royal Mile, this hostel always goes all out for the festival, kicking off the festivities with a load of Edinburgh Fringe Events. From a Festival Pub crawl to the chance to win show tickets, this fun-loving hostel is the place to get your Fringe Party started.

Princes Street East Backpackers
Get into the alternative spirit of the Fringe at Princes Street East . This independent hostel has a ‘creative’ and easy-going atmosphere, from backpackers jamming in the ‘Cave’ bar to the graffiti decorating the walls.

For further details, please go to: www.hostelbookers.com

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Iceland ProTravel Sees Massive Increase In Self Drive Breaks Around Iceland

Iceland ProTravel, the fully licensed tour operator, has reported a massive increase in UK travellers to Iceland, spurred by the favourable exchange rate between the Great British pound and the Icelandic krona.

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Coupled with the fact that the average price of petrol is currently lower in Iceland than in the UK, Iceland ProTravel has been recommending a self drive holiday for travellers who are yet to make up their mind about where to go.

Having recently taken top spot in the annual ‘Best Value Holiday Destinations’ report carried out by the Post Office, Iceland is expected to see even greater interest as a holiday destination. In response, Iceland’s main airline is increasing its number of flights from the UK to Iceland in September 2009.

As the pound continues to lose value against the euro, there are only three countries in Europe where UK tourists can expect a favourable exchange rate: Iceland, Hungary and Poland.

Eli Masson, general manager of Iceland ProTravel, said: “We recommend to our clients that they go to Iceland this summer and autumn because of the favourable exchange rate.

“On our self drive tours we find that all our clients this summer have over budgeted their spending money. One pound will get you 209 krona now, but 18 months ago you would only get 130.

“We feel that the interest in Iceland has increased a lot and we have seen that numbers of people travelling there has doubled from last year.”

While most visitors to Iceland travel to the capital – and many more expected to be in Reykjavik for the city’s marathon in August – Iceland ProTravel is recommending more people make Iceland breaks and look into car rental in order to explore the savings and the full length and breadth of Iceland.

Flights from Iceland take three hours from London. Flights to Reykjavik are also available from Manchester, with Glasgow flights planned for later in the year.

About Iceland ProTravel
Iceland ProTravel is a UK based company offering tours of Iceland, managed by Gudmundur Kjartansson and Ann Cathrin Brocker. As well as standard guided round trips, Iceland ProTravel offers adventure, hiking, city-breaks and horseback tours.

Iceland ProTravel UK is part of a family of tour operators that are based in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. It also has an office in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik.

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M&S Travel Money Report Shows Most Tourists Need To Take More Currency Abroad This Year

The M&S Q2 2009 travel money report, which analyses data from sales at the national network of M&S in-store bureaux de change from April to June 2009, reveals that while Egypt and Turkey are amongst the most popular holiday destinations for 2009, going to Fiji will make the travel money go further.

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Egypt and Turkey – two of the most popular destinations for Brits in 2008 – are set to be firm favourites again this summer. Sales of Egyptian pound and Turkish lira increased by 20% and 27% respectively in Q2 compared to the same period in 2008. The Turkish lira was the third most popular selling currency behind the Euro and US dollar.

James Yerkess, M&S Travel Money Manager, said: “The increased strength of the euro against the pound means that holidaymakers have been looking at destinations outside the eurozone in the past year. Egypt and Turkey have become increasingly popular among Brits.

“Turkey represents particularly good value-for-money. The Turkish lira is one of the few currencies against which the pound has held it’s value, meaning tourists heading to Turkey this summer will still see their cash go further.”

The falling value of the pound during the past year means there are few destinations where British tourists will get more for their money compared to last summer.

Currencies used in the most popular tourist destinations have increased in value against the pound, meaning Brits will find the cost of everyday items more expensive in most resorts. For example, the pound has dropped in value by 22% against the US dollar and by 15% against the South African rand.

However, there has been a 55% year-on-year increase in travel money sales of the Fiji dollar. Savvy British holidaymakers are making the most of the weak Fiji dollar with tourists receiving 7% more dollars per pound compared to last July.

In addition to Fiji, the only other countries where Brits are getting more for their money compared to July 2008 are Iceland, Poland and Russia. The Iceland krona is 27% weaker, the Polish zloty 15% weaker and the Russian ruble 5% weaker.

James Yerkess, M&S Travel Money Manager, said: “It’s always a good idea to buy foreign currency before you fly and make the best of competitive exchange rates on the high street. But tourists returning to their favourite resorts should remember that everyday items will be more expensive this year, so it’s worth taking more currency with you.

“M&S offers a commission-free ‘buy back’ service, so you can exchange any currency you bring home. We have seen an increase in the amount of foreign currency exchanged for sterling in our bureaux as travellers make the most of the relatively strong ‘buy back’ rates.”

About M&S Money:
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks & Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company is now a top ten credit card provider and the secondlargest travel money retailer in the UK. M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover, including travel insurancehome insurancecar insurance, as well as loans, savings and investment products.

In November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money to HSBC. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 9,500 offices in 86 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,527 billion at 31 December 2008, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. HSBC is marketed worldwide as ‘the world’s local bank’.

M&S Money has an executive committee comprising an equal number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer.

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BeatTheBrochure Launches Package Holidays Price Challenge!

How’s the recession treating you? Are you one of the lucky few who are coping fine? Or, like most people, are you tightening your belt and making savings wherever you can?

People need holidays during the hard times, probably more so than when times are good. We all need a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life. But, like many things, holidays aren’t as cheap as they used to be. So how do you track down the cheapest package holidays?

Pre-internet, finding the best value package holidays could be a nightmare. Dragging yourself round high street Travel Agencies and spending weeks poring over brochure small print. Today, the internet’s your first stop for cheap holiday deals.

Online travel and holiday price comparison website BeatTheBrochure.com believe they have the best solution. “Our price comparison technology is unique. It searches multiple package holiday suppliers in one go to find the very best price.”

But isn’t that what they all say? There are plenty of holiday price comparison sites out there on the web, most of which claim to find the lowest cost package holidays on the market.

“When we said unique, that’s what we meant” is their response. In fact they’re so confident that their site will return the lowest cost holidays that they’re happy to throw open a challenge. “If anyone can find a cheaper like-for-like package holiday via another holiday price comparison website, we want to now about it.”

The secret to BeatTheBrochure’s success is that they deliver on their promises. It’s all in the name – BeatTheBrochure’s core purpose is to beat brochure prices across the board. Their software cunningly interrogates major providers including household name travel agencies Thomson, First Choice and Thomas Cook to deliver the lowest cost package holiday, via a single fast search, quickly and easily.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. “We’ve been testing the system on an ongoing basis” they conclude. “So far, no matter how hard we’ve thrashed it the system has always come up with the goods. Now it’s over to the consumer… beat us if you can!”

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