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Thomson Launches Summer 2012 Holidays

Thomson, a leading tour operator, has launched three new May Edition Summer 12 brochures; Summer Collection, Faraway Shores and Florida. Following on from sister-brand First Choice’s move to 100% all-inclusive from next summer, Thomson will continue to offer holidays across all boards, from room only in Florida, to all inclusive at its exclusive Sensatori properties.

Due to First Choice’s re-branding, all Florida properties will now be available through Thomson, and to reflect this, the new Florida brochure contains all the top International-drive hotels, villas and Theme Park hotels.

The new Florida brochure will feature top properties, such as the popular Coco Key Hotel with its on-site waterpark, and Lake Buena Vista Resort, which both join Thomson Platinum. The brochure will also include the same amount of Disney coverage as First Choice, so customers will have the same amount of choice as before. Flying from Edinburgh for the first time and re-introducing the East Midlands route places Thomson, flying on Thomson Airways, as market leading tour operator based on number of departure airports you can fly directly from to Florida.

Thomson is continuing to add to its exclusive differentiated product offering, Thomson Couples adding six more properties, bringing the grand total of Couples hotels to 25. These contemporary adult-only properties are all rated 4T or above. All hotels are in great locations across short, mid and long haul destinations, and are ideal for couples looking for a child-free, quality break. New additions to the range from May 2012 will include the 5T Pioneer Beach in Paphos, Cyprus and the 5T Secret St James in Montego Bay, Jamaica with Junior Suite Ocean View rooms as standard. You’ll find the other new Thomson Couples properties in Kos, Madeira, Ibiza and Lanzarote.

Following the launch of Thomson Family Resorts this summer, the concept is being added to with the opening of three new hotels for summer 2012. These exclusive hotels are perfect for young families, with a minimum rating of 4T, and come with large family rooms, creches, extensive childcare facilities and entertainment from Thomson Kids’ Clubs, plus extras like pre-bookable Mothercare equipment. The new additions are the 5T CS Salgados in Algarve, the 4T Golden Avenida Suites in Costa Dorada, and the 5T Atlantica Aegean Blue in Rhodes, bringing the total number in the range to 18.

Thomson has also introduced 12 new regional flying routes from next summer, to increase flexibility and choice for customers. These include new routes from Manchester to exclusive destination, Porto Santo and Cayo Santa Maria in Cuba, and Birmingham to Boa Vista in Cape Verde. These extra flights to Boa Vista mean Thomson Airways will be stepping up and offering six flights per week to Cape Verde. Customers in Scotland will also be able to fly directly to Cancun and Florida from Edinburgh, bringing the total number of UK long haul departure airports to eight – more than any other UK airline, offering customers increased choice and flexibility.

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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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Florida Cities Found To Be Among The Most Popular US Destinations

According to the hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI), Florida cities were among the most popular US destinations for domestic and international travelers. Orlando ranked third most popular travel destination for Americans, and Miami was the eighth favorite among US travelers and sixth most popular travel US destination for international travelers.

Steve Dumaine, senior director of merchandising at hotels.com, said: “Cities up and down the coasts of Florida, from the least expensive cities like Tallahassee to the most expensive like Panama City, are experiencing deep cuts in hotel rates across the board and some of the lowest prices in the country can be found throughout the South, not just in Florida.”

Florida and Georgia experienced the greatest drop in lodging prices among southern states with a 14% decrease in both states over a year. South Carolina was not far behind with a 13% fall.

Knoxville, Tennessee, had the lowest average price per room in the South at $83, placing in the top five least expensive cities in the country. Conversely, Panama City, Florida, had the highest average price per room in the South at $154, landing in the top five most expensive cities in the country.

The latest HPI showed six Florida cities – the most in any one state – were among the top ten US cities with the greatest drop in hotel rates. These cities included Orlando, Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and Naples, three of which – Orlando, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale – also ranked among the most popular destinations for US travelers.

In addition to Florida destinations, Southern cities Atlanta and New Orleans also placed in the top 20 US destinations for Americas at positions 11 and 14, respectively.

Orlando hotels ranked tenth in the US for lowest rates. Other Southern cities with the lowest rates included Knoxville, Tennessee, Tallahassee, Florida, Pensacola, Florida, and Lexington, Kentucky.

Mississippi had the lowest average price per room per night among southern states, dropping 11 percent from last year.

The hotels.com HPI tracks the real prices paid per hotel room rather than advertised rates, using a weighted average based on the number of rooms sold in each of the markets in which hotels.com operates. The HPI report issued today examines hotel prices paid at 78,000 hotels across 13,000 locations around the world for the period January to June 2009, compared to the same period the year before.

The international scale of hotels.com in terms of both customers and destinations makes the HPI one of the most comprehensive benchmarks available, as it incorporates both chain and independent hotels, as well as specialty lodging options such as vacation rentals and bed and breakfast properties.

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