Archive | May, 2010

Windermere Hotel Launches New Website

Situated in an exquisite position overlooking Lake Windermere, the Hillthwaite House Hotel offers luxury accommodation whilst being family owned and run.

Hillthwaite House Hotel understands how important the internet is and how it continues to grow in its importance within the travel and tourism industry. The hotel’s newly designed website, launched yesterday was commissioned to keep them up to date within the industry.

The new, fresh look website has coincided with the recent refurbishment of the lounge, entrance hall and four bedrooms at Hillthwaite House Hotel. The lounge has been fully decorated and refurbished throughout including new carpet, furniture and sparkling chandelier.

The entrance hall has also been redecorated to complement the lounge and four of guest bedrooms have had brand new en suite bathrooms installed.

The new images of the refurbished rooms are shown off to their best potential within the new design and if a new website and major refurbishment wasn’t enough, a new streamlined online booking system provided by Guestlink has been incorporated making it even easier for guests and visitors to check real time availability and make bookings.

Purchased in 1971 by the present owners John and Marjorie Sodeau, the house was then called Hoggs Hill Close and was a six bedroom private residence from which a small private hotel in Windermere was born.

The house was very different then, with a stable block in the area to the rear of the building and a tennis court at the front. Continue Reading

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Enjoy A Family Diving Holiday In Egypt This Summer

WATER BABIES BARGAIN – Enjoy A Family Diving Holiday In Egypt This Summer
For families wanting more than the typical beach holiday this summer, Tropical Sky Family Diving Holidays ( / 01342 310585) are offering a seven-night package to the Sierra Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, from just £2,476 for a family of four (Adults from £679 and children aged 12 and under from £559).

Valid for departure on 3 July, the price includes scheduled flights from Gatwick, accommodation in a garden view room on an all-inclusive basis, transfers, taxes and surcharges.

Perfect for parents who love to dive and wish to introduce their children to the wonders of the under-water world, the family-friendly Sierra Hotel is situated directly on a beach and has fantastic diving facilities. In addition there are a wealth of amenities for adults and children to enjoy, including two restaurants, five swimming pools, floodlit tennis, a spa and a nearby 18-hole championship course.

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Scuba Diving in the Carribean

Children’s facilities include a Kid’s Club for those aged 2 – 12; swimming pool, playground and indoor games room equipped with various entertainment including PlayStation sets. Tropical Sky Cheap Holidays To Egypt offers a fantastic introduction to diving courses aimed at those aged eight upwards. Continue Reading

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Cape Verde – A Sun Seeker’s Paradise – With Parque das Dunas Hotel

For adventurous travellers wanting more than just a fly and flop holiday, Parque das Dunas Hotel ( ) on the ‘sand dune isle’ of Boa Vista in Cape Verde is a year-round, sun seeker’s paradise.

Located just off the west coast of Africa, Boa Vista is the third largest of 10 islands that form Cape Verde and boasts uninterrupted sunshine, an intriguing cultural history, miles of unspoilt beaches and a reef-ringed coastline ideal for a wealth of beach and watersports.

Situated directly on Boa Vista’s Praia de Chaves beach, the boutique and friendly Parque das Dunas Hotel has stunning sea views and is the perfect base for guests to try a choice of exciting activities, from surfing, scuba diving and sea kayaking to quad biking tours and deep-sea fishing. The hotel can also arrange various excursions including dune buggy rentals and off-road trips to discover the natural attractions of Santa Monica and Ervatão.

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Chaves Beach

One of the most exhilarating beaches in Cape Verde, the seven-mile long Praia de Chaves is also a renowned windsurfing and kite-surfing beach, with some of the best conditions in the whole of the archipelago.

What’s more, Boa Vista is a haven for wildlife, from mating humpback whales to exotic sea birds and it’s the third largest breeding site in the world for loggerhead turtles, with the nesting season taking place between June and September.

Summer is also a great time to witness the island’s colourful festivals, which include the day of Santa Isabel, the patron saint of Boa Vista, on 4 July and the Santa Cruz Music Festival in August. These lively events are celebrated with processions, swimming, horse racing, tours and a public ball.

Offering guests informal, barefoot luxury, in a relaxed setting, the Parque das Dunas Hotel is available to book this summer from £848 per person with The Cape Verde Experience (0845 330 2071 / Valid for selected departures in July and August from Manchester or Gatwick, the price includes flights, accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, resort transfers and taxes. Popular with couples and families alike, the hotel’s bungalow-style rooms each come with patio and stunning sea-views and many with direct access to the beach, whilst facilities include an open restaurant, bar and large swimming pool.

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Thailand Tourism industry likely to go bankrupt if Bangkok rally continues

Thailand’s tourism industry may eventually go bankrupt if the current political violence is prolonged, says an industry executive.

Kongkrit Hiranyakit, chairman of the Tourism Industry Federation of Thailand, said the federation agreed at the meeting that a relief center for tourism operators be set up to act as their representative to work together with the state sector to find assistance measures for operators affected by the political rally.

He said the federation had evaluated the situation since the political violence erupted in April and found the tourism industry had shrunk by 10 per cent, but since the violence persisted until now, the industry is expected to contract by 20 per cent.

It is also forecast the number of foreign tourists would be less than 13 million this year.

In addition, Mr Kongkrit estimated the incident would cause a Bth100 billion in damages to the tourism industry, which could affect Thailand’s tourism competitiveness in the future.

If the political rally drags on, he warned, the tourism industry might finally go bankrupt.

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Olhuveli Offers Football Fans And Foes The Perfect Getaway

For those looking to soak up the sun as well as the atmosphere of the largest sporting event in the world, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort ( in the Maldives is offering football fans and their other halves the perfect getaway throughout the FIFA World Cup.

With live matches showing outside the Lagoon bar, 25% discount on all alcoholic beverages and a light snack buffet after midnight, Olhuveli offers a fantastic alternative venue to watch the football stars on the large outdoor screen under the night sky. In addition, the special drinks menu has a medley of beers and cocktails to tantalise the taste buds during games, from a Cappelo Cosmo to a World Cup Woo Woo.

The Sun Spa is also on hand with a range of treatments guaranteed to whisk guests in to a world of rest and relaxation. Valid between 11 June and 11 July, footy supporters can take advantage of a complimentary Football Frenzy Foot Massage with every Sun Spa Signature Massage taken – the perfect remedy for pre-match nerves!

Watch Football

For the aspiring Gerards and Lampards out there, Olhuveli plans to invite guests of all ages to join in the island’s weekly beach football matches. Continue Reading

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Celebrate MoMA’s Picasso Exhibit with the Buckingham Hotel

From the blue period to the rose period, cubism to surrealism, the legendary works of Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso will be on display at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art from March 28th through September 30th.

Step into Picasso’s world of neutral palettes, cubed forms and surreal depictions with the Buckingham Hotel’s VIP Picasso MoMA package.

Starting at $279* per night, this package includes 2 VIP tickets to the exhibition with passes that enable patrons to skip the lines, as well as an introduction to printmaking book and artwork book, Art Masterpieces to Color: 60 Great Paintings from Botticelli to Picasso. for guests to channel their inner artists.

The Museum of Modern Art is a short seven-minute walk from this midtown Manhattan hotel.

*This package is valid through August 30, 2010, and has a minimum stay of 2 nights. For further details, or to book, please call toll free at 888.511.1900.

About the Buckingham Hotel

The Buckingham Hotel is an intimate, 100-suite boutique property that provides guests with the unique experience of New York living combined with modern hotel style. Comfortable and chic with eat-in kitchens, spacious rooms, and public areas designed to echo the red velvet and dark wood of the hotel’s neighbor, Carnegie Hall, the Buckingham is city lodging at its finest. 

Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the property is just seconds from Central Park and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as shopping destinations like Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Bergdorf Goodman and Barney’s — only a few of the lifestyle experiences that make New York City exceptional.

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Continous Violence in Bangkok Hurting Tourism Industry

It will come as no surprise to learn that the ongoing crisis in Bangkok is having a significant negative impact on the city’s hotel performance.

Daily data compiled by STR Global shows the immediate impact while monthly trend data shows a marked resilience by hoteliers in the Thai capital during the last few years.

A dramatic decline in occupancy was experienced across the city following several disturbance-related fatalities during early April. After a slight rebound, occupancy plummeted again as the foreign offices of several key Thai feeder markets, such as Germany and the U.K., advised against all but essential travel to the market.

With the safety of both guests and staff in mind, some international hotels near areas of intense violence closed and have yet to reopen. Quite astonishingly, the Dusit Thani, which is right in the heart of the action, directly on the front line, remained open during all the recent violence, but has confirmed that it will today close after guests and staff spent Sunday night in the basement.

These daily performance fluctuations mirror the market’s long-term monthly occupancy trends. Declines in the metric began during 2006 at the onset of military control and bounced around throughout 2007. The 2008 protests were more significant: Unrest during August result in poor September occupancy levels; following the November airport closures, December also suffered with occupancy of only 38.6%. Continue Reading

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What is a Bed and Breakfast

A bed and breakfast is a smaller lodging facility that offers overnight accommodation much like a motel but usually includes breakfast as part of their package. The typical bed and breakfast is in a private home usually with 10 or fewer bedrooms available.

Most of the time the guests are placed in their own room with their own bathroom, but often times there is only one bathroom available for a few rooms. Breakfast is served either in the guestroom or in a dining room or sometimes even in the kitchen.

Many owners of bed and breakfasts operate them as a secondary source of income or often times depending on their popularity they can become a primary source of income. Typically it’s the owners themselves that prepare the meals as well as cleaning the rooms. Although some of the larger bed and breakfasts may hire a staff to help with the cooking and cleaning.

However if a Jersey bed and breakfast hires a professional management company, they are no longer able to be categorized as such and must enter the designation of inn or hotel.

A lot of bed and breakfasts operate on a niche level. Seattle or instance features floating bed and breakfasts which are accommodations on a house boat and many bed and breakfasts in North America cater to the historical buff by converting old historical properties with antique furniture into bed and breakfast facilities.

Recently a trend has emerged where B and B owners have been offering more upscale amenities in order to cater to a broader demographic and attract more of an affluent crowd.

Now it is not uncommon to see spa services and evening happy hours added to B and B itineraries. In their attempt to compete with the larger luxury hotels, B and B owners have also started offer conference facilities as well as offering complete wedding packages.

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Book A Holiday To Barbados And Get FREE Tickets to The Cricket

Book a last-minute holiday with Tropical Sky to Barbados for as little as £799 per person and get tickets to the cricket ‘thrown in’ totally FREE!

Long-haul specialists, Tropical Sky, has teamed up with the Barbados Tourism Authority to give customers a special welcome pack that provides discounts and free passes to a number of major attractions including the option of free tickets to any of the cricket matches taking place in Barbados – even the final!

For those ‘stumped’ for a last-minute getaway, May is a great time to visit Barbados.

Almond Casuarina Beach

It offers fantastic weather, spectacular sunsets, empty beaches and, most importantly, bargain prices. What’s more, the beautiful Caribbean island also plays host to the largest cricketing event in its field with a number of thrilling matches on offer including: Continue Reading

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Gray Line New York Announces Rachael Ray as Inaugural “Ride of Fame” Celebrity

Gray Line New York, New York City’s premier double-decker bus and motorcoach tourism company, announces the launch of its “Ride of Fame” bus dedication campaign with New York-based Emmy Award-winning TV personality, and bestselling author Rachael Ray to be the inaugural personality honored.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony with Ray on her bus will take place in front of her studio at 222 East 44th Street on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

The first 50 passengers to arrive at Gray Line New York’s stop in Times Square (7th Avenue & 47th Street), tomorrow by 11:15 am will receive complimentary tickets to travel with Ray for part of this inaugural tour (tickets are on a on a first-come, first-served basis).

Rachael Ray New York

Since 1926, Gray Line New York has been a proud staple of the New York City tourism industry, bringing visitors to all the must-see stops in New York City on its signature red double-decker tour buses. Now with its “Ride of Fame” campaign, Gray Line New York is recognizing and honoring leading New Yorkers, whom they identify as exemplary community figures. The city’s very own Rachael Ray stars as the first dedicatee. Continue Reading

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Forgotten trails in DMZ fit for trekking

Just an hour’s drive from the jostling metropolis of Seoul lie trails nearly untouched by humans for six decades, tempting adventurous hikers seeking pristine landscapes and scenes from the Korean Peninsula’s unfinished war.

But up until now, the overgrown routes just south of the Demilitarized Zone — a 259 kilometer strip of rugged no-man’s land stretching from coast to coast — have eluded most trekkers, except those with local knowledge.

This weekend, the government of Gyeonggi Province, which borders the DMZ, is unveiling a total of 182.3 km of courses in the area. It plans to post a map on its Web site and has started marking trails as part of a strategy to boost eco-tourism.

Trekking Sites near Seoul Korea

“If you come and visit this area, you can get a first-hand experience of the reality on the Korean Peninsula, which has been divided for over half a century, and also see a beautifully protected natural environment,” says Han Bae-soo, who is in charge of the project.

The courses include a dozen major routes passing through the cities of Gimpo, Goyang, Paju and the county of Yeoncheon, and vary in length from 8 to 21km — three to seven hours’ walk for an adult. Continue Reading

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San Diego North is a Health and Wellness Destination

San Diego North’s year-round temperate climate and an abundance of outdoor recreational activities make the resort region a great destination for health and wellness. Visitors can get a whole body work out while having fun and stimulating the mind during a getaway that encompasses all aspects of total fitness:

· Cardiovascular – Hiking Torrey Pines State Reserve on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean or cycling past a waterfall through the extensive geological formations of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve allows visitors to experience stunning views of the region’s natural beauty while engaging in cardiovascular activity.

La Jolla Cove

· Strength Training – Visitors can take a yoga class on a stand up paddle board on the ocean or learn to surf; these activities combine traditional fitness components to strengthen muscles and sculpt the body in a serene setting.

· Flexibility – Whether engaging in seaside yoga sessions, partaking in golf fitness screening and flexibility classes or learning circus-style aerial stunts, visitors can find a multitude of activities designed to increase flexibility and overall range of motion. Continue Reading

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