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February 8 2013 | ISSUE NO 1,812 | www.travelbulletin.co.uk
news medical study reveals how holidays can help us live longer
cruise bulletin RCI's Independence of the Seas receives makeover for summer
Escorted trips A selection of new tours, tailor-made programmes and the latest offers
malta & gozo MTA launches new Spa and Wellness brochure
accommodation-only operators add new destinations plus a round-up of new deals
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PORTOROŽ, SLOVENIA 18th - 20th APRIL 2013 Welcome to a land of innumerable possibilities for business and relaxation, for enjoying nature and for gaining entrepreneurial inspiration! Join us at the SLOVENIAN INCOMING WORKSHOP, which will be held in Portorož from 18t to 20t April, 2013. The Slovenian Incoming Workshop is a first class opportunity to meet all major Slovenian tourism providers, who gather together in one place to encourage business relations, establishing new contacts and partners, and raising the standard of tourism (every year more than 250 Slovenian tourism providers attend this event). Pre-arranged meetings give you an opportunity to improve on current business contacts and operations, establish new ideas, concepts and contacts for joint business cooperation and for us to strive together to give the best possible service for your clients and our guests. Participants of the Slovenian Incoming Workshop can also choose from various study tours to different destinations in Slovenia. This lets you discover, and see with your own eyes, the opportunities you will hear about in business meetings with Slovenian partners whilst attending the workshop.
Be ready for new features and grab a chance for new business opportunities. Visit SIW 2013! www.slovenia.info/SIW
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newsbulletin New research highlights missed opportunity of social media
CREWE'S CREW...Cruise and Maritime Voyages launched an in-store promotion in Thomson Travel, Crewe, following its recent agent booking incentive and the launch of its new brochure which highlights convenient cruise departures from Newcastle, Liverpool, Hull, Leith and Greenock. Pictured familiarising themselves with the new brochure are, from the left: Laura Brayford, John Grant, Joanna Bayes, Abbey Butcher and Claire Hudson, all from Thomson Travel, Crewe.
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medical study reveals how holidays can help us live longer discover what homeworker Eileen thought of The View from The Shard the latest booking incentives and prize giveaways
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puzzle bulletin you could win a £50 Hotel Chocolat voucher in our prize Su Doku puzzle RCI's Independence of the Seas receives makeover for summer
which senior partnership development manager would like to take a trip with Stephen Fry? a selection of new tours, tailor-made programmes and the latest offers Malta Tourism Authority launches new Spa and Wellness brochure operators add new destinations plus a round-up of new deals
Cover Pictures: Main - Durango & Silverton Railroad, Great Rail Journeys Inset - Valletta, Malta Tourism Authority
MORE THAN one in ten hospitality and leisure operators now generate up to half of all sales through social media according to new research from Barclays, but despite this the industry still questions its business potential. More than 60% of the sector, which includes hotels, pubs, restaurants, travel and leisure operators, say that they only see ‘some’ or ‘limited’ opportunity in using social media tools to engage consumers. This comes in spite of the benefits emerging from these channels: nearly a third (29%) of respondents directly attribute up to 25% of all their sales to social media, and a further 13% state that these platforms generate up to half of sales. In addition, more than two thirds (68%) of those currently using social media report that they have had a ‘positive’ or ‘very positive’ experience, attracting new customers and receiving positive recommendations. With estimates suggesting that more than half of UK consumers now own a smartphone, and almost one in five have ● continues on next page
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access to a tablet device, consumers have come to rely on networks and sites such as Facebook, Twitter and TripAdvisor to provide peer to peer recommendations and as a convenient way to connect with businesses. Yet more than one in ten operators do not currently use social media, nor do they have any plans to do so, and state that this is because they do not see any value or return on investment. Mike Saul, head of hospitality and leisure at Barclays, said: “The industry is missing a trick. Social media has blurred the line between personal and corporate communities - something that has been encouraged by consumers who now expect to be able to interact in an immediate and very personal way, not just
Pegasus adds new European destinations PEGASUS AIRLINES has added Serbia's Belgrade and Bosnia's Sarajevo to its flight network as its first new destinations for 2013. Flights to Belgrade operate four times weekly from Istanbul and later this month (February 28) a five times weekly service will launch between Istanbul and Sarajevo. For more information or to book visit www.flypgs.com
with friends, but with their favourite - and not so favoured brands. “This can create a very powerful feedback loop – if operators can successfully tap into these networks, both good and bad reviews can be used to their advantage. If a flight or dinner reservation is delayed for example, it’s easy for consumers to vent their frustration to the online world – the trick is being able to respond helpfully, turning a negative experience into a positive one. “Social media is everywhere, and for many businesses it not only influences and directly generates sales, but provides a personal link with consumers, building loyalty and driving repeat footfall. This is vital when consumers are increasingly cost-conscious and discerning about where they choose to spend their hard earned cash."
Medical study reveals how holidays can help us live longer THE POSITIVE impact of holidays on health has been measured in a new study. The Holiday Health Experiment was conducted by Kuoni and Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity between summer and autumn 2012, revealing how holidays can help us live longer. The study set out to establish whether the muchdiscussed ‘feel good factor’ generated by holidays is based on physical and psychological fact. Participants were divided into a travel group and a nontravel group and all had stress-resilience testing and a 360+ Health Assessment by Nuffield Health, plus psychotherapeutic tests. The experiment found that those who took part benefited from lower blood pressure, improved sleep quality and improved stress management – with the effects continuing for at least two weeks after returning home. Highlights of the findings included the average blood pressure of the holidaymakers dropped by 6% while the average of the non-holidaymakers went up over the same period by 2%; the sleep quality of the holidaymakers improved while that of the non-holidaymakers deteriorated holidaymakers saw a 17% improvement while the average for non-holidaymakers reduced by 14%; and the ability to recover from stress (known as the stress-resilience test) saw an average improvement of 29% among holidaymakers, compared to a 71% fall in stress resilience scores among the non-holidaymakers.
Tour additions from Sardinian Places
LOVED UP...pictured helping to promote Superbreak's new A4 Valentine’s Escapes flyer for agents, which details a range of romantic short break ideas, is the operator's sales executive, Wendy Cameron. The flyer can be downloaded from www.superbreak.com/agents
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SARDINIAN PLACES has issued its 2013 brochure featuring more than 80 villas, apartments, residences and hotels across Sardinia, along with a choice of charter, low-cost and scheduled flights. The company, which has recently partnered with Avis, now offers new touring holidays including a seven-night Sardinia & Corsica twin-centre break from £879 per person, a Sardinian Taster from £899 per person and a ten-night Authentic Sardinia tour from £1,149 per person. Seven-night brochure prices lead in at £389 per person, based on eight sharing self-catering accommodation at the four-bedroom Sardinian villa, La Mendula, located in the seaside resort of Cannigione. The price includes flights, car hire and a welcome hamper. For more information call 0845-330 2050 or visit www.sardinianplaces.co.uk
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newsbulletin Brand USA launches new advertising campaign
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SCOTT HAS THE LOT... AITO has welcomed two new members – Derbyshire-based Bakewell Travel and Buckinghamshire-based Scott Travel. Pictured collecting their AITO membership goodies are Zoe Ryder (left) and Ruth Scott from Scott Travel. For more information visit www.aitoagents.com
BRAND USA has launched the next phase of its global campaign ‘Land of Dreams’, in partnership with British Airways. The campaign, which includes a series of TV adverts, invites visitors to “Discover this land, like never before” and runs until March 4. The tourism marketing body's CEO Chris Thompson said “Our goal is nothing short of rekindling the world’s love affair with the USA. We want to spread America’s message of welcome around the world and invite travellers to experience the limitless possibilities the United States has to offer.” For more information see www.discoveramerica.com
La Manga Club offers 25% savings on Easter and summer holidays SPAIN'S LA Manga Club is offering early booking discounts of up to 25% on all medium and high season stays booked before February 28. Clients can either stay in the resort’s four-star Las Lomas self-catering apartments or the five-star Principe Felipe Hotel. With an additional 20% off an adjoining room booked for children, a family of four can spend seven nights at the resort during the school summer holidays for €2,559 (approximately £2,130) – a reduction of €1,235 (approximately £1,030). All packages include complimentary access to the resort’s spa, taxes, use of onresort shuttle bus service, free kids meals for children under five, plus preferential rates for the resort’s golf courses, tennis courts and other sports facilities.
For couples looking to take a shorter break, a four-night stay in the Hotel Principe Felipe is available during April, May and June for €649 (approximately £540) per room – a discount of €216 (approximately £185). A 10% discount is also available on all accommodation for breaks taken in the low season until the end of March. Following its debut last year, the Michael Owen Rugby Academy will also return for a four-week spell during July and August. Daley Thompson’s Adventure Fitness company will also be back to hold its athletics courses, designed by the double Olympic gold medallist himself. For more information or to book email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lamangaclub.com
Rotana highlights Valentine's Day escapes in Sharm el Sheikh ROTANA IS highlighting a stay at the Grand Rotana Resort & Spa in Egypt’s Sharm el Sheikh for couples looking for a Valentine’s Day break. The property offers a private beach, outdoor pursuits and ten different restaurants to choose from. At the five-star Camel Dive Club PADI centre couples can embark on an open water dive course together and spend their days diving and snorkelling among the coral reefs. After a day at the beach, couples can relax with a personalised couple’s treatment and can also sample the Valentine’s meal at the resort’s signature Silk Road
restaurant, before heading for the Sky Lounge, an outdoor majlis that features a selection of shishas and Arabian teas on the roof top terrace overlooking the Red Sea. For clients with a larger budget, Grand Suites feature panoramic views over the Red Sea, a Kingsize bed and an in-built Jacuzzi. With Thomas Cook, five nights’ breakfast accommodation in a classic room costs £720 per person, including Economy flights from Heathrow with Egypt Air and transfers, based on a February 12 departure. For further details call 0844-879 8407 or see www.thomascook.com
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newsbulletin Coach investment from Crusader Holidays CRUSADER HOLIDAYS has announced that it is taking delivery of a further two new Setra Coaches in March, representing an investment of more than half a million pounds. The operator's agency sales manager Keith Elrick said: "Since being taken over by the Motts Travel Group in 2011 we have worked hard to re-establish ourselves with the travel trade, which now accounts for more than a third of our business." This year, more than 700 departures are offered throughout Britain and Europe and the company is also highlighting its largest programme of Easter tours. As an example, a seven-day tour to the International Garden Show near Hamburg leads in at £429 per person. For more information call 01255-425453 or visit www.crusader-holidays.co.uk
Flybe announces daily service between Birmingham & Lyon FLYBE HAS announced a new daily weekday route from Birmingham to Lyon from May 1. The new flights will be operated by new 88seat Embraer 175 jet aircrafts. Each weekday, flights depart from Birmingham at 10:30, arriving in Lyon at 13:15. Flights depart from Lyon at 13:40 and arrive back in the UK at 14:25. Flights will also run on Sundays, with flights departing Birmingham at 17:45 and arriving at 20:30, and return flights departing at 20:55, arriving at Birmingham at 21:40. Introductory fares are available from £39.99 oneway, including taxes and charges. For more information see www.flybe.com
THIS YEAR'S TNT Travel Show takes place at the Islington Business Design Centre from March 9-10. For details see www.tnttravelshow.com TRAVELPORT HAS announced a new full content agreement with Virgin Australia (VA). Under the new agreement, Travelport-connected travel agents have access to the airline's full published inventory, including both public and private fares. ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES is to commence flights from Heathrow to Blantyre in Malawi from March 30. See www.ethiopianairlines.com THE ASSOCIATION of Cruise Experts (ACE) has welcomed its latest cruise member – the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur. CITYJET HAS commenced twice daily scheduled flights to Nuremberg in Germany from London City Airport. Fares start from £109 return. For details see www.cityjet.com
AQUA HOTELS and Resorts has changed its name to Aqua Hospitality. See www.aquahospitality.com A NEW Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for the promotion of entrepreneurship, innovation, development, investment and tourism was established at the start of this year. SPIRIT Slovenia merged three public agencies – the Slovenian Tourist Board, JAPTI (the Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship and Foreign Investments) and TIA (the Slovenian Technology Agency). For details email email@example.com FREEDOM TREKS is offering a ‘Jewels of Slovakia by bike’ option. The itinerary is available from May to the end of September and costs from £549 including six nights’ breakfast accommodation in three-star hotels, four days’ bike hire and luggage transfers. See www.freedomtreks.com or call 01273-224066.
Dubai package deal from Emirates Tours offers 30% savings EMIRATES TOURS is offering an exclusive 30% early booking discount on breaks to its Lagoon Residences at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai. The beachside resort, which is styled on an Ottoman Palace, is located on Palm Island and offers a mix of bars and restaurants as well as a Talise Ottoman Spa. The private villas consist of four en-suite bedrooms, some with Jacuzzis, and offer 24-hour butler service, exclusive beach access and pre-dinner drinks. Villas come with a choice of a private gym, games room or pool house. Three nights’ half-board accommodation costs from £985 per person, including the 30% discount, and is based on eight adults staying in a four-bedroom Royal Residence. It includes Economy flights with Emirates and transfers and is valid for travel between May 8 and July 15. Bookings must be made by March 31 to take advantage of the offer. For further information call 0844-800 1400 or visit www.emiratestours.co.uk VILLA SELECT has added a new villa on the north west coast of Kefalonia to its portfolio. The three-bedroom Villa Melanthi, which offers a private pool, is located in the hamlet of Kampanata and is within easy walking distance of the nearby village, Manganos. Prices lead in at £795 per week. For more information or to book visit www.villaselect.com or call 01789-764909. (Accommodation-Only feature - page 27)
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UST RECENTLY, along with a number of my Travel Counsellor colleagues, I was given the opportunity to preview the “ View from the Shard” in London before its official opening to the public on 1st February. This new landmark building at 310m (1,016ft) high is the tallest building in Western Europe and the viewing platforms on floors 69 and 72 offer the very best views of the London skyline. Despite the fact that it was a dull overcast day when I visited, the views were still very good. You get the most amazing 360 degrees, 64km (40-mile) view of the city and beyond. At level 72, the highest public viewing level, you are exposed to the elements but surprisingly on a very cold January day it wasn’t as cold up there as I’d thought and I spent some considerable time excitably picking out recognisable buildings. Famous landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and even Tower 42 and the Gherkin are all totally dwarfed by the Shard. It was just possible to make out the Wembley Arch and the Thames Barrier in the distance and I found it fascinating to see the railway lines cutting their way through South London into London Bridge Station below. Work is still taking place on the Shard and when it’s finally completed, it will have offices, luxury apartments and restaurants as well as a new ShangriLa Hotel on the 34th-52nd floor. The area around London Bridge has had a major revamp in recent years and now has some really good places to eat, drink and shop dotted around unique historical locations such as Butler’s Wharf, Hay’s Galleria, Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral. The “View from the Shard” promises to be a very popular tourist attraction and booking in advance is recommended as well as being cheaper. Visitors get a timed entry but can stay as long as they like. London is one of the most wonderful cities in the world and I really enjoyed this unique opportunity of seeing it as I’d never seen it before.
Olympic adds new Greece & Cyprus hotels in Summer Sun 2013 brochure OLYMPIC HOLIDAYS has launched its second edition Summer Sun 2013 brochure with new hotel and self-catering properties in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and other popular summer sun destinations. New Cyprus product includes the So White Boutique Suites and So Nice Boutique suites, sister four-star properties with high-quality bungalow suites located close to Agia Napa. Major renovations on Cyprus for this year include the rebirth of the Apollonia Beach Hotel in Limassol in April, as the Royal Apollonia Beach Hotel following an upgrade of its 205rooms and public areas. The Alexander The Great Beach Hotel in Paphos will also re-open next month following a major reworking of the swimming pool area, the public rooms and the 202-guest rooms and bathrooms. Also in Paphos, the Louis King Jason Apartments has completed its two-year makeover, while on Crete, the Louis Creta Princess Hotel on Maleme Bay will soon feature a new water park, a renovated kids’ pool and a new playground. Early bookers (before April 30) are offered discounts of up to £3,890 per person at selected hotels, while discounts for single travellers at a range of properties are also available. Two weeks for the price of one are also offered at selected properties and group bookings qualify for up to one free place in 15. Prices lead in at £239 per person for a seven-night selfcatering holiday at a selection of Corfu apartments, with 14night holidays leading in at £289. For details call 0844-499 4449 or visit www.olympicholidays.com
WIN A FAM TRIP TO FLORIDA! Have you ever dreamt of year-round sunshine, soft sand and clear waters? If so, now is your chance to experience this by winning a place on one of Funway’s fantastic FAM trips to the Florida beaches, travelling in May/June! For more details, go to www.travelbulletin.co.uk/funway
Make sure you complete this week’s Crossword, sponsored by Jet2holidays, for the chance to win £50 in Love2Shop vouchers. Just fill in the Crossword on Page 11 of this edition, and then submit the mystery location along with your contact details via our website on www.travelbulletin.co.uk/competitions.
All this and more at: by EILEEN SAUNDERS of Travel Counsellors To respond to any of Eileen’s comments email firstname.lastname@example.org
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AGENTS COULD be leaving winter behind and heading to Barbados with the latest incentive from Couples Resorts. To celebrate the launch of its new resort, Casuarina Beach Resort, on Barbados, the company is offering agents a free week’s stay for two at the newly acquired Casuarina Beach resort for every four bookings made. In addition there are £30 Love2Shop vouchers for every booking plus reductions for holidaymakers, including 40% discount offers and a £500 ‘air credit’ for every couple booking to go towards their air fares to the Caribbean. To earn their week in the Caribbean agents should log on to the training academy website at www.resortacademy.co.uk, register and complete the training module. Each time an agent makes a Barbados booking they enter this on the site to receive the Love2Shop voucher, then when four bookings have
been made, they are eligible to take the trip. For details see www.resortacademy.co.uk ●
AS PART of its 2013 ‘Florida Beaches’ campaign, Funway Holidays has launched a new agent incentive that is valid until March 31 and gives agents the chance to earn up to £100 tax free in Love2Shop vouchers. Agents will receive a £100 Love2Shop voucher for every booking made more than £3,000 per person; a £50 voucher for bookings made between £2,000-£2,999 per person; and a £25 voucher for every booking made between £1,000 £1,999 per person. Bookings must be packages only and for a minimum of three nights to any destination featured in the company's ‘Florida Beaches’ 2013/14 programme. Agents should email details of the booking reference to email@example.com by April 12.
Prize giveaways US AIRTOURS and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are giving agents three ways to win a holiday for two at SeaWorld Orlando. A holiday for two will be given to the best dressed “Antarctica” themed shop window, while there will be two holiday prize draws for every SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment ticket purchased through USAirtours between now and March 31. The prize includes flights from London with Virgin Atlantic, five nights’ accommodation at a SeaWorld partner hotel and two SeaWorld threepark tickets. Terms and conditions apply. For details see www.usairtours.co.uk/freeseaworld JET2.COM IS calling for its own referendum on Europe and is asking people to email firstname.lastname@example.org with their favourite destination, stating why the airline should keep flying there. The winner will be rewarded with free flights to the continent for the next five years and the competition is open to agents. For details visit www.jet2.com
Training incentive IN AN effort to provide its trade partners and preferred travel agents with a richer understanding of the Rocky Mountaineer experience, the company has launched TRACKS, its first online training programme. The new initiative has been created to provide all representatives with the knowledge to sell the operator's holidays with confidence while achieving higher commissions. As an incentive, the first 100 participants who successfully complete modules one and two by March 15 will be entered into a draw to win www.travelbulletin.co.uk
SCENIC SEGWAY...The annual Sandals by Funway educational proved a hit with nine travel agents as they recently took in the sights of Antigua and St. Lucia on a five-star Luxury Included fam. The trip included two nights at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa and four nights at the Sandals La Toc Golf Resort and Spa in St. Lucia. Pictured on a Segway rally racing tour are, from the left: (back row) Jennie Watson, Ambassador Travel; Amie Hunt, Journey the World; Claire Conroy-Oldham, Off Broadway Travel; Maureen Beaumont, Traveltime; Sheran Lombari, Abbot Travel; David Roberts, Go Travel; Fiona Boss, Funway Holidays; Aimee Florence, Travel House; and Andrew Reed from Bath Travel, with (at the front) Lorraine Gill from Regent Travel. one of three iPad minis. The first two modules cover the company's basic product outline with company history, route descriptions and different levels of service. Each training session presents detailed information and, at the end, a short online quiz tests participants’ knowledge. Over the next four months, TRACKS will roll out additional modules that will cover an array of topics relevant to Rocky Mountaineer and its product offerings. To register visit agent.rockymountaineer.com February 8 2013
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TITAN HAS released the second edition of its Cruise & Tour brochure, featuring a range of holidays that combine ocean voyages with escorted touring. The brochure features destinations as diverse as Croatia’s Dalmatian coast and Antarctica, sailing with some of the most well-respected cruise lines in the industry, plus a host of new itineraries for 2013 and 2014. Prices for a 115-day South America & Australasia World voyage lead in at £9,495 per person, including onboard credit of up to £550 per person and private door-to-door transfers with the company's VIP Home Departure Service. A range of special offers on bookings made by February 28 are also available, and new lower prices mean potential savings of up to £700 per person. For example, a 17-day Alaskan Cruise with Rockies by Rail departing on August 18 now costs from £3,995 per person. On selected itineraries, complimentary onboard credit up to £200 per cabin and pre-paid gratuities and service charges are included in the price, plus every holiday includes scheduled flights, accommodation, a range of excursions and visits, the services of a tour manager and door-to-door transfers. For more information or to request brochures visit www.titanagents.co.uk
Balkan offers Glasgow flights for winter ski 2014
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BALKAN HOLIDAYS has launched its Winter Ski & Board programme for 2013/14, and is launching a new Glasgow charter flight to replace the present Edinburgh to Sofia service. The weekly charter service will commence on December 22 and continue through to March 30, 2014. Other highlights include new accommodation in Pamporovo, Bulgaria; free night skiing in Pamporovo; free lift passes in Bansko & Borovets; free ski/board storage in Bansko; 50% off full ski and board packs in Bansko, staying at the Strazhite, Pirin, Bansko and Mura Hotels; and 50% off full ski and snowboard packs in Borovets, staying at the Hotel Rila. Booking incentives include a deposit of £70 per person, early booking discounts of up to £147 per couple, a 5% loyalty discount for previous customers, free child places and free luggage allowance of 20kg (10kg for infants) on Bulgaria charter flights. Prices lead in at £244 per person, (plus applicable flight supplement) based on six sharing a two-bedroom self-catering apartment in Pamporovo, departing on March 16 from Gatwick. For bookings see www.balkanholidays.co.uk/agents or call 0845-130 1114.
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Fill in the crossword to spell the mystery location highlighted by the blue squares and visit www.travelbulletin.co.uk/crossword to submit your entry. All correct entries will be placed in a free prize draw and one lucky winner will win £50 Love2Shop vouchers. Closing date for entries is Thursday February 14th. tAcross 1. Complete the name of the Jet2holidays 5 star luxury product range, "Indulgent ___" (7) 5. Indian state and popular tourist destination (3) 7. Central American country (9) 8. Major car hire company (4) 10. Austin is the state capital (5) 13. Crystal offers holidays to this Colorado ski resort (5) 14. Hawaiian island (4) 17. County town of Surrey (9) 19. Athens airport code (3) 20. President played by Daniel Day-Lewis at a cinema near you (7)
Down 1. National airline of the UAE (6) 2. Charles de Gaulle airport code (3) 3. Scenic national park, ___ District (4) 4. This European country has a flag with a yellow cross on a blue background (6) 5. Spanish city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada (7) 6. Islands known for their cabled sweaters (4) 9. Historic Suffolk town (7) 11. It's famous for mint cake (6) 12. First name of Downton Abbey creator (6) 15. Home of the Taj Mahal (4) 16. Eastenders character, Alfie ___ (4) 18. Military medal awarded for valour, initially (3)
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cruisebulletin RCI's Independence of the Seas receives makeover for summer ROYAL CARIBBEAN International is set to revitalise Independence of the Seas in April, ready for its summer schedule. A new baby and toddler nursery, an enhanced digital way finding system and a giant outdoor cinema screen are just a few of the new features that guests will experience on the revamped ship from May. For guests with a sweet tooth, the refreshed ship will also see the introduction of The Cupcake Cupboard, featuring freshly-baked gourmet cupcakes and bespoke culinary parties and design classes. The ship will also benefit from the addition of Giovanni’s Table, an Italian trattoria featuring Italian classics served family-style. The 3,634-guest Independence of the Seas is just one of many ships in
the line's fleet that is receiving a major upgrade as part of a US$300million investment programme and, following a two-week long, $7million refurbishment, the vessel will arrive in Southampton on May 2 to commence its summer season, offering a series of new itineraries including shorter sailings such as two-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges. The ship will also offer eight-night cruises to Norway, 14-night Norway and Cork cruises, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, and 12-night Canary Islands cruises as part of its 2013 season, as well as a new call to Ibiza on a 14-night Spanish Mediterranean cruise. Prices for a two-night
taster cruise to Le Havre for Paris leads in at £249 per person for accommodation with a private balcony based on a May 2 departure, while a six-night Norway cruise from Southampton featuring ports of call in Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger costs from £599 per person, based on two sharing an inside stateroom and departing on May 26. Selected cruises booked before February 28 include additional offers as part of the company's 'Unbeatable Sale', including up to $1,000 on-board spending money per stateroom for cruises of more than 11nights and when booking deluxe accommodation. For more information or to book visit www.cruisingpower.co.uk or call 0844-493 2061.
Art fans can go Dutch with Swan Hellenic SWAN HELLENIC is promoting a Dutch river cruise this summer where guests can discover the culture and art of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Rotterdam, from £2,250 per person, based on two sharing a cabin. Ideal for art enthusiasts, passengers on a Golden Age of the Dutch Waterways cruise can visit the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, the house of Peter Paul Rubens in Belgium and the Frans Hals Museum in the Netherlands. The cruise, on Royal Crown, departs on July 6, and prices include flights, transfers, a tailor-made programme of shore excursions, talks by a guest speaker, meals and entertainment on board, all gratuities and all relevant cruise taxes/fees. For more information see rivercruises.swanhellenic.com or call 0843-316 1715.
Round-the-world yachtswoman joins Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines FRED. OLSEN Cruise Lines has announced that Tracy Edwards MBE will be joining Balmoral’s ‘Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar Explorer’ cruise in August, as a host with the onboard enrichment programme, Vistas. The 12-night cruise departs from Southampton on August 11 and calls at Lisbon and Alicante, before heading to Mahon on the island of Menorca. On the return journey Balmoral calls into Gibraltar and the historic Spanish port of La Coruna, before heading back to Southampton. Edwards, who won international fame in 1989 as the skipper of ‘Maiden Great Britain’, with the first all female crew to sail around the world, in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race’, will be speaking on the subject of ‘Great Seafarers’. Prices for the cruise start from £1,269 per person, based on two sharing an inside, twin cabin, Grade ‘I’. It includes all meals and entertainment on board plus port taxes. For more information see www.fredolsencruises.com or call 01473-742424.
VOYAGES OF Discovery is encouraging agents to book clients on its 15-day Mediterranean Medley cruise, which follows in the footsteps of the ancient Romans, taking in sights such as the Trevi Fountain in Rome and giving guests the opportunity to experience a Gondola in Venice. Highlights of the cruise, on MV Voyager, include the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum; a trip to see the art of the Ufizi Gallery in Florence and a visit to Dubrovnik. The cruise departs from Marseille and takes in destinations including France, Italy, Sicily and Croatia. Prices lead in at £1,749 (a saver fare price based on two sharing an inside cabin) for a September 12 departure. The price includes flights, transfers, meals, entertainment and a guest speaker programme. To book call 0843-221 8499 or visit www.voyagesofdiscovery.com
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Lindsay Garvey-Jones The senior partnership development manager at Holiday Extras always takes an extension lead when travelling...
Who is your ideal travelling companion? Stephen Fry as he’s super knowledgeable and has great chatting ability!
"We’ve just returned from Benidorm, where my eyes saw things no woman should ever see!"
What's your earliest childhood memory? When I was six or seven and seeing an aeroplane with contrails in a crisp blue sky and thinking that it was going somewhere exotic – that was the start of my passion for travel… Where was your last work-related trip? We travel a huge amount supporting all of our industry partners with their annual overseas and UK conferences in addition to the many events we’re invited to where we train industry staff. We’ve just returned from Benidorm, where my eyes saw things no woman should ever see!
Career path ● ● ●
Holiday Extras - senior partnership development manager: 2012 to date Training for Travel - business development: 2009-11 Shearings Holidays - sales & marketing manager and account manager: 2005-09 First Choice Retail – retail manager: 2001 -05 Airtours & Travelworld – regional manager and retail manager: 1997 – 2001 Others before that include Butlins Redcoat, ATMays and Lunn Poly
If you were a celebrity who would you choose to be and why? I think right now I’d like to be James Arthur the most recent winner of X Factor because…it’s all about to happen, his life will change in extreme ways and who knows how long it will last, but I bet he’ll have a flippin great time!
If you could have a room full of any one thing, what would it be? Love and friendship.
What three words would your friends use to describe you? Funny, generous and embraces life.
If you could change three things in the industry, what would they be? Discounting, APD and more ancillaries!
What have your travels taught you? To embrace different people and cultures…that it can teach you how to be independent, to enjoy life and that a great attitude to others can get you many benefits.
Who has been the biggest inspiration/influence in your career? Two people stick in my mind… Trevor and Mandy Davis who encouraged me to use my enthusiasm, passion and vivacious persona within my roles…this gave me the confidence to use my personality and flair for the industry and still impacts people when I meet them. I owe them a lot in terms of their belief in me and my abilities.
What is the best advice you recall? Never sh*t on anyone on the way up as you never know who you may need on the way down.
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What's your favourite city and why? A super hard question...Glasgow and Manchester for its architecture, culture, people and community. If you were not doing this job, what would you be doing? A PA for a celebrity – I’m a lover of lists, organisation and influence. What is your motto in life? To always be happy, celebrate the small things in life, you only get one life...live it! What is your favourite mode of travel? Car! If you had a super power what would it be and why? To heal the sick. Sadly, there has been too many people in my life taken by cancer and other illnesses…. What was your nickname at school and why? I was a chubby girl at school so had cruel names like fattie etc… What item do you always take with you when travelling? An extension lead. Sometimes the plugs are far away from a mirror when getting ready or when working away from the office etc..
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REGENT HOLIDAYS has introduced a new ten-day Rural Romania tour for 2013 which takes visitors off the beaten track to discover monasteries, castles and local legends. Prices lead in at £1,580 per person for a July 22 departure. It includes flights from Heathrow to Bucharest with Air Tarom, breakfast accommodation and many other meals, all transportation and transfers and the services of an English-speaking guide. For details visit www.regentholidays.co.uk or call 020-7666 1244.
New private home pick-up service and new tours from Cosmos Tours & Cruises COSMOS TOURS & Cruises is offering a range of special offers including a low deposit of £49 per person (for bookings made before February 22), no single supplement to pay on selected holidays, as well as a UK airport hotel offer of £29 per room. Also available on a wide selection of holidays in its USA, Canada & Worldwide brochure is a newly introduced private door-todoor home pick up service, where customers will be driven in a private chauffeur car to the airport and given assistance with luggage to the terminal building, as well as being met in the arrivals area on their return and driven home. The operator's head of product David Binns said: “As our range of holidays and worldwide destinations grows, our customers are travelling further afield and their journeys are becoming longer. We want to make their journeys as easy and comfortable as possible and provide the flexibility of starting and finishing their journeys by being picked up in a
privately chauffeured car. The service is available to customers who live within a 50-mile radius of the departure airport." Meanwhile, special offers include an airport hotel offer of £29 per room available at a four-star rated airport hotel for a one-night pre- or post-tour stay and includes up to 14 nights' airport parking. To meet demand from single travellers, a wider choice of departure dates and itineraries with no single supplement to pay are also available. The company has also added two new itineraries to its premium brand, 'Select by Globus', following demand from customers. An 11-day ‘Sights & Sounds of the South’ option leads in at £2,295 per person and a ten-day ‘Classic Fall Foliage’ costs from £2,169. The holidays include a private door-to-door home pick up service, first class hotels often in city centres or close to iconic sights with a range of facilities and many meals, and are based on a minimum sized group of 44.
New holidays to North America include a tour to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, the 12-day ‘Footsteps of Martin Luther King’ which costs from £1,795, as well as a 14-day ‘Texas – the Lone Star State’ which costs £1,965. A new itinerary to experience America’s national parks and ‘Wild West’ including a chuckwagon cookout, Wild West Show and Pritchard Creek river trip is the 16-day ‘National Parks & Canyon Country – the Wild West’, which leads in at £2,195, while a new tour of Atlantic Canada is the ten-day ‘Highlights of the Maritimes’, leading in at £1,655. New worldwide tours include a new itinerary of Cuba to include the Vinales Valley, colonial cities and Santa Clara, the 13-day ‘Viva Cuba’ which leads in at £1,795; a 12-day ‘Grand Tour of Sri Lanka’, which costs from £1,999; and a 12-day ‘This is Burma’ itinerary which costs from £2,589. For more information or to book call 0844-573 0668 or for brochures visit www.trade-gate.co.uk
Collette teams with RHS for garden themed tours COLLETTE WORLDWIDE Holidays has launched a new brochure offering escorted tours with garden themes in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Featuring a selection of carefully designed horticulture-themed holidays around the world, the brochure includes itineraries to the US, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, The Azores, France, Italy and Spain. Tours include visits to private gardens, private or expert tours of exceptional public and botanical gardens and the chance to see many plants in their natural habitat. The tours are also rich in cultural highlights, making them of equal appeal to any non-gardening travel companions. The brochure contains a total of ten tours, with departures starting in May. As an example of prices, a six-day Eternal Gardens of Rome option costs from £1,549 per person and explores the gardens in and around Rome, the ruins of the city of Ninfa, plus a specialist tour of the Vatican Gardens.
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escortedtrips Ilios Travel offers new Italian tours ILIOS TRAVEL has introduced a range of escorted tours which cover the major Italian cities of Venice, Rome, Florence and Sienna, Assisi and Sorrento. Under the ‘Visions Of Italy’ brand, the country’s cultural and artistic heritage can be explored with a like-minded group of individual travellers and tours include a guide, luxury coach transport and a range of guided tours in each location. There is also free time for guests to explore the cities on their own and the tours can be extended with a stay at one of the company's villas or country houses, with pools in Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio or Veneto. Prices lead in at £285 per person for a three-day Florence tour, based on two sharing on an accommodation-only basis, excluding flights. For more information see www.iliostravel.com
Intrepid launches Family Worldwide Adventures brochure INTREPID TRAVEL is offering 10% off bookings made on selected itineraries featured in its new 2013 Worldwide Family Adventures brochure. The company is offering the discount on adult and child places booked by February 28 and departing by August 31. Trips in the promotion include an 11-day Active Turkey tour (minimum age 12), which leads in at £503 per person; a 15-day Marvels of Morocco (minimum age seven) itinerary costing from £692 (£657 for under-12s); a 15-day Elephant Paradise in Sri Lanka (minimum age seven) from £1,079 (£809 for under-12s); and an eight-day Serengeti Safari in Tanzania (minimum age seven) from £1,232 (£1,109 for under-12s). To activate the discount agents should quote 9502 at the time of booking. For more information visit www.intrepidtravel.com/family
Hayes & Jarvis introduces new tailor-made programme HAYES AND Jarvis has created a range of short escorted trips in India and Indochina that can be incorporated into individual itineraries customised for clients as part of the operator's new tailor-made travel programme. These include the opportunity to discover Bhutan on a nine-night tour to the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’, with stays in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro, plus Calcutta, where the tour starts and ends. The trip offers the opportunity to see Mount Everest on the flight into Paro; get an insight into Buddhist philosophy at the National Memorial Chorten; tour Punakha Ritsha Village on foot and have tea with a local family; and take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery (the ‘Tiger’s Nest’). Prices start from £2,657 per person and include full board three-star plus accommodation, flights from London to Calcutta, internal flights to/from Paro and transfers. Other escorted tour options include a cycling tour of central Vietnam, which provides the opportunity to explore the ancient cities of Hoi An and Hué on a private tour led by an English-speaking guide. Passing through traditional rice paddy fields and stopping off at temples and palaces, the operator has designed the trip for amateur cyclists looking for a unique way to explore the area’s highlights. These include visits to villages and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hué monuments, the chance to see Vietnam’s countryside and meet local people, plus a sunset cruise on the Perfume River. Prices start from £2,055 in May and include seven nights’ breakfast accommodation, flights and transfers.
Romania, London & Arctic highlights from Ffestiniog Travel FFESTINIOG TRAVEL is highlighting a selection of itineraries from its 2013 programme. They include a 12-night Romania – Life as it used to be, which takes guests back to a bygone age when farmers worked their fields with horses and drew water from picture postcard wells. Departing on May 12, prices lead in at £2,195 per person based on two sharing. A nine-night Behind the Scenes in
London & the South East visits some of region’s oldest and newest railways, dropping in on depots and uncovering hidden secrets of the capital’s transport system. It departs on April 25 and costs £1,360 per person, based on two sharing. Meanwhile, a 14-night Grand Arctic option is also being highlighted. The Scandinavian holiday embraces both Norway and Sweden, travelling beyond
the Arctic Circle to the Land of the Midnight Sun. Visitors will visit historic cities, experience rail journeys and take in Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Swedish Lapland and Stockholm, as well as a two-day trip on the privately-owned Inlandsbanan (inland railway). The tour departs on June 22 and prices start from £2,705. For details or to book call 01766-772030 or see www.ffestiniogtravel.com
Exodus launches new wildlife brochure showcasing more than 50 experiences EXODUS’ WILDLIFE Encounters 2013/14 brochure showcases more than 50 wildlife experiences - from sighting rare species in their natural habitats, to whale and dolphin watching in the Azores and seeking snow leopards in the Himalayas. New for this year are a range of itineraries including Bears Of The High Tatras in Slovakia, delving into the Peruvian Amazon and wildlife viewing in Southern Tanzania, as well as an expanded Galapagos offering with two new ships – a motor yacht and a luxury catamaran – on three-, four-, seven- and 14-night expeditions. As examples of prices, a four-day Bears of the High Tatras wildlife trek explores two regions of the High Tatras
National Park in Slovakia and leads in at £899 per person including flights, transfers, accommodation and meals, with the first departure on May 18. A 12-day Amazon Wildlife Discovery, which takes visitors deep into the Manu National Park, Peru's largest park, staying in remote lodges and tented camps leads in at £3,899, based on a May 18 departure, and includes transfers, accommodation and meals. Meanwhile, a Southern Tanzania Safari takes guests in search of wildlife by 4WD, by boat and on foot. It costs from £2,799 including flights, accommodation and meals, and the first departure is on June 26. For more information visit www.exodus.co.uk
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escortedtrips Great Rail Journeys & Treyn unveil key trends in escorted rail tours THE UK, Switzerland, India and the US are just four of the destinations growing in popularity for escorted rail holidays this year, according to Great Rail Journeys and its sister company Treyn. And, with more than 40 new tours across both brands for 2013, from a total of 339 destinations, the companies have put together what they see as key trends this year. In the UK, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Yorkshire stand out as regions which lend themselves to being discovered by rail. In Europe, Switzerland, Italy and Spain are countries which the operator has identified as being particularly popular for 2013, whilst further afield, the US, India and Ecuador are set to be hot destinations in rail experience holidays this year, while there remains a substantial growth for river cruising by rail. Great Rail Journeys, as well as its sister Treyn and Rail Select brands, carried more than 50,000 people on a rail holiday for the period March 2011
to March 2012. The company puts this down to the increasing popularity of rail as a method of holiday travel as opposed to travelling by plane, as well as the variety of rail holidays on offer across different price points, from affordable to luxury. As a rail holiday destination, Switzerland is set to receive a boost in interest this year and the improvement in the exchange rate of the pound against the Swiss franc, means holidays have dropped in price by about £100-£200 per person. The company's marketing and sales director Alex Roberts said: “After a few years of being eclipsed by other destinations, we expect Switzerland to reclaim its spot as the rail holiday destination in Europe. Great scenic rail experiences on iconic trains such as the Glacier Express, Bernina Express and Jungfrau Railway, the Swiss Travel Card (which gives customers flexibility), the inclusion of a wide range of content on our tours and events such as the Montreux Jazz
Festival, will help feed the growth in rail holidays to Switzerland amongst our customers.”
RAINBOW TOURS has added a new Essence of Tanzania small group tour to its programme, which offers a chance to discover the iconic scenery and varied game of Tanzania’s northern parks over nine days. The trip leads in at £2,995 per person and, in the company of top guides, guests will visit the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara to obtain a deep understanding of local life and spot wildlife. The price includes flights; private use of 4x4 vehicles and unlimited game drives; the services of a guide/driver; national park entrance fees; a visit to Olduvai Gorge; and accommodation in lodges and camps with all meals included. The trip departs in March, June and October and the maximum group size is six per vehicle. See www.rainbowtours.co.uk or call 020-7666 1250.
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escortedtrips EAGLERIDER HAS launched a new tour, available through operators including Bon Voyage, TUI and Virgin holidays. The company has teamed up with Sony Pictures to offer a 15-day Easy Rider Movie Tour which gives guests the opportunity to visit the locations where the movie was filmed and then ride from the highways of Southern California to Death Valley, Monument Valley to Taos, New Mexico, then across the plains of Texas down to New Orleans to experience jazz and blues music. Guests will also be given the opportunity to ride the new Captain America bike that the company has commissioned. The tour is offered six times throughout this year, starting in May and ending in October, with prices leading in at approximately £2,647 per person. For details see www.eaglerider.com or email email@example.com
Western & Oriental launches Luxury India programme WESTERN & Oriental has launched its new Luxury India programme for 2013 featuring a collection of experienceled journeys with both tailor-made itineraries and fixed departures. The collection includes Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and options to combine India with these countries, as well as the Maldives. Prices start from £1,469 per person for an eight-day Golden Triangle Group Tour in mid-range hotels, based on two sharing on a bed-and-breakfast. It also includes six dinners, flights and transfers. The new larger group tours programme also includes the 12-day Rajasthan Group Tours with prices from £1,799 per person. The operator's group head of product and commercial
David Pointer said: “With travellers continuing to press agents for more value India itineraries we’ve created three tier pricing for our most popular itineraries and introduced value hotels to ensure our fixed departures are competitively priced." The programme’s tailor-made journeys include National Parks and Tigers and a Western Ghats itinerary which takes in the region’s newest hotel – Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri, Coorg. Other new hotels include Uma Punakha in Bhutan and Carnoustie Beach Resort in Kerala. For more information or to book visit www.westernoriental.com or call 020-7666 1234.
Egypt Uncovered & Nepal Uncovered unveil family adventure tours from £400 FAMILY-FRIENDLY adventure specialists Egypt Uncovered and Nepal Uncovered are offering a selection of trips designed to fit within school breaks - from elephant riding through jungles and fun visits to the Pyramids, to boat excursions and camping. As examples, a ten-day Nile Family Adventure visits the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Pharaonic tombs where children can act as Egyptologists for the day, searching for mummies and discovering the secrets of ancient kings. Travellers will then visit a local school and experience a traditional Egyptian meal before stepping onto a felucca sailboat and sailing down the Nile towards Luxor, spending the evening singing around a campfire. Once in Luxor, children
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will have the chance to see Tutankhamun’s tomb and the temple complex at Karnak. Prices lead in at £620 per adult and £500 per child for a departure on March 30, including a saving of £75 per adult and £120 per child. Also included are transfers, varied accommodation on a mixed-board basis, six nights in four- and fivestar hotels, two nights on a sleeper train and one night on a felucca boat, plus the services of a guide. A two-week Nepal Family Adventure begins with a city tour of Kathmandu and combines cultural visits to religious sites, before flying to Pokhara for a three-day camping trek through forests and a climb to Panchase Hill. A cycle trip follows to the Devi Falls and later children can enjoy comparing their school to a
local Nepalise one, where they will have the chance to pick up a few Nepali words. The trip also sees families tackle the Trisuli River on a raft, take in a jungle walk or jeep safari through Chitwan National Park and experience an elephant ride. Prices lead in at £950 per adult and £800 per child, based on a March 24 or July 28 departure. Offering a saving of £100 per adult and £150 per child, the price includes transfers, varied accommodation on a mixed-board basis, nine nights in hotels, three nights camping and two nights in lodges, plus the services of a guide. Prices for both tours exclude flights. For more information visit www.egypt-uncovered.com and www.nepal-uncovered.com
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escortedtrips Up to £400 savings per couple from Journeys of Distinction JOURNEYS OF Distinction is offering up to £400 discount per couple for bookings made by February 28. The operator's Luxury Classic Collection offers more than 30 worldwide destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South America, with hand-picked hotels and a maximum group size of 25. The Great Value Light Collection offers a more adventurous approach to touring holidays, with time for guests to explore independently. New destinations include Burma, Borneo, Cambodia and Costa Rica. The company is continuing to offer an agent incentive, with enhanced commission and every booking counting towards a fam trip to Sri Lanka in May. For more information visit www.jod.uk.com/ travelagents or call 0161-491 7616.
Seven-night Morocco tour from £699 with Menara Travel MENARA TRAVEL is promoting a seven-night Imperial Cities escorted tour in Morocco for £699 per person. The itinerary takes in the cities of Fes, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech, and departs every Sunday from Gatwick. The price includes half-board accommodation in four-star hotels, flights, visits to Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat, 20kg baggage allowance, tour guide, transport, entrance fees for monument visits and dinner with a show. For more information call 020-7371 2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Shearings promotes new itineraries for 2013 SHEARINGS IS highlighting a range of new itineraries including a 12-day Discover Indochina & the Mekong option from £2,699. The cruise takes in Vietnam and Cambodia with key destinations including Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. Customers will also have the opportunity to experience a “tuk tuk” trip, visit floating markets, explore Angkor Thom and the Ancient Royal Palace. The price includes eight nights' full board cruise, a two-night stay in Siem Reap, flights and transfers. Departures are available from March to December. Also new is a 13-day China and the mighty Yangtze River tour from £2,239. The holiday takes in China’s top sights, including Shanghai, Bejing and the Great Wall of China and includes a four-night cruise on the MV Century Star, which takes in the Three Gorges Dam and the Yangtze river. The price includes full board on the cruise, seven nights' hotel accommodation, several meals, 14 excursions, flights and transfers, with departures available between April and October. For more information call 0844-824 6351 or visit www.shearings.com
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escortedtrips Titan highlights tours from second edition Worldwide brochure TITAN IS highlighting a selection of escorted tours from the US’ Grand Canyon to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from its second edition Worldwide brochure. Complimentary regional flights are offered from northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, plus generous rates of commission and a simple booking process. As examples, a 19-day Best of South Africa option encompasses the highlights of the region, including four open-top jeep game drives in the Mala Mala reserve and three nights at the fivestar Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. Departing on March 24, April 28 and dates throughout next year, prices start from £3,995 per person. A nine-day Beauty of
the Italian Lakes option offers four-star accommodation throughout and visits to Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, plus a guided tour of a local winery. Departing on May 22, prices start from £1,395 per person when booked before February 28. Other highlights include a 34-day Grand Voyage to Easter Island on Fred. Olsen’s purposebuilt expedition vessel, the Black Watch, next year. Bookings made by February 28 will receive a £200 per cabin onboard credit to use towards purchases such as drinks or spa treatments, and prices for the cruise lead in at £4,995 per person, based on a February 13, 2014 departure. For more information call 0800-988 5166 or visit www.titanagents.co.uk
VISIONS OF Africa's ‘Taste of Kenya & Mombasa’ escorted tour is one of the operator's most popular and includes visits to Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The six-night full board safari takes in three safari regions in Kenya followed by five nights in Mombasa and leads in at £1,365 based on two sharing. It includes flights, all meals and accommodation as specified, transfers, game viewing activities and a guide. Visas are excluded and regional UK departures can be arranged at an additional cost. For details call 01444-225640 or visit www.visionsofafrica.co.uk
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Kirker highlights cultural tours and music holidays KIRKER HOLIDAYS is promoting a selection of cultural breaks and music holidays. As examples, The North Norfolk Music Festival offers a range of music performances and the itinerary includes a visit to the Houghton Revisited exhibition at Houghton Hall. A four-night holiday departing on August 27 leads in at £948 per person, with no single supplement. A Music Cruise to the Baltic & St Petersburg on Fred.Olsen’s ‘Black Watch’, offers private musical performances in the ship’s Marina Theatre and the chance to join the Kirker Choir. The 14-night no/fly cruise also includes shore stops in Warnemünde (for Berlin), Stockholm, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Karlskrona, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. It departs on May 7 and prices start from £2,385 per person based on two sharing an inside cabin. Meanwhile, a Extremadura & Castille in Spain visits two of the country's most historic and unspoilt regions. The seven-night itinerary is based first in Trujillo, from where the group travels to Cáceres and Mérida, before moving on to Ávila and includes excursions to Salamanca, Segovia and El Escoriál. It departs on April 15 and October 21 and leads in at £1,889 per person, based on two sharing. A seven-night France trip staying in Beaune and Auxerre is also being highlighted, with prices leading in at £1,989 for May 7 and September 2 departures. For more information call 020-7593 2284 or see www.kirkerholidays.com
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MARITIM ANTONINE Hotel & Spa Malta has opened â€˜Al Ponteâ€™, a new Mediterranean Bistro. The restaurant, which is located on the seventh floor of the hotel, offers a menu of classic Mediterranean dishes, as well as stone oven pizzas and fresh fish from the harbour.
Prestige Holidays sees a surge in Malta and Gozo bookings for summer PRESTIGE HOLIDAYS has reported a boost in bookings to the islands of Malta and Gozo for this summer. The operator's marketing manager Nicky Shafe said: "Malta and Gozo bookings have remained flat for the last couple of years but this year they have really taken off. We have seen more than a 200% year-on-year increase in business, with the majority of bookings being for couples on stays of between seven and ten nights. "The increase has been helped by a combination of strong hotel offers, the great range of luxury hotels that are available and also the fact that the destination offers great value with a week's five-star stay starting from just ÂŁ649 at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa this summer." Special deals from the operator include free nights across its Malta portfolio, as well as early booking offers, free child stays at selected properties and free car hire at Ta Cenc in Gozo. For more information see www.prestigeholidays.co.uk/malta or call 01425-480400.
Pool at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa
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