Archive for October, 2009

Explore Arizona Tours sees more family groups (particularly with young children) looking for Arizona tour packages. Tyson Bailey of Explore Arizona Tours suggests that the Arizona preference for families with young children in tow could be due to several characteristics of the state. (PRWeb Oct 31, 2009)


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Six of the city's finest hotels offer exceptional savings (PRWeb Oct 31, 2009)


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Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals Invites Visitors to Experience the 20th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest where from November to February, these quaint towns are transformed into a wonderland of brilliant lights, dazzling decorations and magnificent shows. (PRWeb Oct 31, 2009)


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St Kitts Citizenship is boosting demand for luxury villas, poolside cottages and condominiums at the $100 million Ocean's Edge resort development at Frigate Bay, report luxury property experts Savills Select Resorts. Privileged St Kitts Citizenship with all its second passport benefits is proving to be an added incentive for buyers keen to invest in aspirational but accessible property on one of the world's most beautiful islands. Citizenship of St Kitts brings with it a second passport plus significant offshore financial benefits such as freedom from income tax, property taxes, inheritance tax and capital gains tax for property owned for 12 months or more. (PRWeb Oct 31, 2009)


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Hotels.com revealed the results of a new survey which shows that, in the course of a generation, the number of countries visited by an Irish under-16 year old has doubled. The survey was conducted by Hotels.com through Rollercoaster.ie, Ireland's leading website for parents.

While a child today will have visited an average of six different countries by the age of 16, their parents had visited an average of three countries by the same age – a 100% increase in travel in just one generation.

While the rise in popularity of European city and beach breaks has contributed to children from Ireland venturing overseas, today's under-16s are also heading further afield. The Hotels.com research showed that 24% of children have been to America by their sixteenth birthday, whilst 5% have been to destinations in Asia and Australia. According to the research, almost every child in Ireland (98%) has made a trip to a European destination by the time they reach 16.

Alison Couper, Director of Communications at Hotels.com, said: "Irish children today are better travelled than ever with almost every under-16 year old experiencing countries abroad according to our research.

"While a generation ago, one-in-four Irish people hadn't ventured overseas by 16, now the same percentage of today's youngsters have been to an average of eight countries by the time they reach their sixteenth birthday, which is a huge turnaround between parents and their own children."

Parents' desire for their children to experience a range of countries and cultures early is the driver behind their offspring's travels. 86% of parents who responded to the Hotels.com survey said that experiencing different countries and cultures is important for their child's education. Learning another language was cited as a key reason for taking children overseas by over half of the parents surveyed (51%).

Carol Buckley, Editor of Rollercoaster.ie commented: "It comes as no surprise to me that children of this generation are experiencing the world at a much faster pace than their parents ever could by the same age. Access to affordable travel over the last decade in particular has enabled families to reach destinations which would have been a rarity in their parents' time. It's also encouraging to see that parents appreciate the cultural benefits to their children of visiting foreign countries."

The research found that parents consider their children seeing the world as so important that 79% of those surveyed let the decision on where to holiday be influenced by where the youngsters in the family would like to go.

Alison Couper concluded: "This survey shows that Irish parents are very keen for their child to experience travel and open their minds to new cultures and destinations. Our research suggests that despite cut backs in other areas, people see their family holiday as an important way of spending time together."

Notes to editor:
The survey of 361 people was conducted by Hotels.com through the rollercoaster.ie website between July and September 2009.

About Hotels.com
As part of the Expedia group which operates in all major markets, Hotels.com offers more than 100,000 quality hotels, B&Bs and serviced apartments worldwide including New York hotels, hotels in London, Rome hotels and hotels in Dublin. If a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry negotiating the best rates for its customers, plus there are 1.3m reviews from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers make an informed choice when booking. Hotels.com won the Gold Award for best hotel booking site in Webuser magazine in February 2009.

PR Contact:
Cordy Griffiths
Hotels.com
42 Earlham St
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9LA
020 7019 2268
www.hotels.co.uk

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Hotels.com has revealed results from its latest survey* which indicate that credit-crunched Britons are increasingly looking to book holidays out of season in a bid to avoid peak prices and get the most from their holiday budgets.

With some hotels slashing their prices by up to 70% for out-of-season stays, holiday-makers are taking advantage of off-peak prices to get more for their money, according to leading accommodation site, Hotels.com.

The research has shown that searches for low season stays in long-haul destinations such as South Asia, South America and the South Pacific have dramatically increased year-on-year, in some cases by as much as 200%.

Travellers to Queensland during the Antipodean winter month of June could save over two thirds (68%) on hotel accommodation while visitors to 'God's own country', Kerala, can enjoy heavenly savings of nearly a third (31%) if they choose to travel during the rainy season. Similarly, visitors to Mexico are not letting a little rain put them off with searches for Cancun in July up by almost a half (45%).

Alison Couper, Director of Communications at Hotels.com, said "It is great to see that, rather than forego their holidays, people are looking for ways to make their money go further in the current economic climate. Far from being fair-weather travellers, our findings show that if Brits are prepared to put up with a little uncertain weather, they can avoid peak prices and make significant savings.

"According to our Hotel Price Index, average hotel prices worldwide were down by 17% in the first half of 2009. Add out-of-season discounts into the mix, and travellers can enjoy some incredible savings."

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* Hotels.com search data (2008 to 2009) for selected destinations

Notes to editors

About Hotels.com
As part of the Expedia group which operates in all major markets, Hotels.com offers more than 100,000 quality hotels, B&Bs and serviced apartments worldwide including Hotels in New York, hotels in London, hotels in Dublin and Edinburgh hotels. If a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com will match it. Hotels.com benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry negotiating the best rates for its customers, plus there are 1.3m reviews from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers make an informed choice when booking. Hotels.com won the Gold Award for best hotel booking site in Webuser magazine in February 2009.

PR Contact:
Cordy Griffiths
Hotels.com
42 Earlham St
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 9LA
020 7019 2268
www.hotels.co.uk

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Kuoni announces the launch of a brand new America & Canada brochure for 2010 and 2011 (PRWeb Oct 30, 2009)


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The Power of Authenticity to Reposition a Destination (PRWeb Oct 30, 2009)


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Bethesda, MD.- Select Marriott hotels and resorts in California and Texas are joining the fight against breast cancer by offering the Dream for the Cure® at Marriott package. For each paid night stayed, the hotels will donate $5 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

'Every 3 minutes a woman in the US is diagnosed with breast cancer and every 13 minutes a woman in the US dies from the disease.* The Marriott hotels in California and Texas are committed to supporting this worthwhile cause and helping to find a cure for breast cancer. Every stay matters in this fight,' said Jim Kaufman, Marriott's regional vice president for the Western region.

Starting at $129 a night, the Dream for the Cure® at Marriott package at participating Marriott, JW Marriott and Renaissance hotels includes guest room accommodations, $30 hotel food and beverage credit, complimentary self-parking and a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Starting at $69 a night, the Dream for the Cure® at Marriott package at Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites hotels includes room rate and a $5 donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The offers are available now through May 1, 2010.

For more information and terms and conditions on the Dream for the Cure® at Marriott packages and a list of participating hotels, visit www.dreamatmarriott.com or call 1-800-228-9290.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested more than $1.3 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

In addition numerous hotels have donated a 'Survivor Getaway' stay to a breast cancer patient, survivor or caregiver, including: Residence Inn John Wayne Airport in Irvine, CA; Desert Springs – a JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA; Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA; San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina; Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA; Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa in Hollywood, CA; Courtyard Irvine in Irvine, CA; The Stanford Court, A Renaissance Hotel; San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, CA; Manhattan Beach Marriott, Manhattan Beach, CA; Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo, Aliso Viejo, CA; Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA; the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk; Residence Inn Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, TX; the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by Galleria; Renaissance Dallas, Dallas Marriott Suites Market Center; Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center; in Dallas, TX; Courtyard Fort Worth University Drive the Courtyard Fort Worth Downtown, in Fort Worth, TX; Houston Marriott at Texas Medical Center; TownePlace Suites Houston Northwest the JW Marriott Houston in Houston, TX; the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, which opens in early 2010.

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New concept hotel and Crowne Plaza opens in Yas Island

Today InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) opened two new hotels in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi – a Crowne Plaza hotel and Staybridge Suites, its first extended stay property in the Gulf.

Staybridge Suites

Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi is located in the centre of Yas Island, close to Abu Dhabi International Airport and within walking distance of the new F1 Yas Marina Circuit.

The property offers guests the choice of 164 suites, ranging from studios to two bedroom suites, all with fully equipped kitchens and access to a 24 hour convenience store.

Bridging a gap between conventional hotels and serviced apartments, Staybridge Suites offers a home-from-home for people spending long periods travelling on business. Introduced in 1998, Staybridge Suites is one of IHG's newest brands with 167 properties worldwide and 147 more in the pipeline.

The tiered rate structure ensures prices are discounted the longer a guest stays, making it a more economical and comfortable option for business travellers staying for more than a few nights.

John Bamsey, chief operating officer, IHG Middle East and Africa said: "The success and popularity of Staybridge Suites among guests seeking a home-from-home experience in the US and the UK, has led us to introduce this concept in the Gulf. For business travellers looking for an alternative to the traditional hotel environment, Staybridge Suites is the ideal solution."

Crowne Plaza

The 428-room Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi is the second Crowne Plaza hotel in the capital. Located on the banks of the Yas Creek, the hotel is near to both the city centre and Abu Dhabi International Airport, providing a great location for business and leisure travellers alike. Guests can also take advantage of the new F1 Yas Marina Circuit and the Championship Links Golf Course, both of which are located within walking distance of the hotel.

The Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi has six restaurants, including the Sundowner Pool Bar with outdoor dining, as well as full business facilities, a 25 metre part shaded pool, steam rooms, sauna and a squash court.

Commenting on the growth of the Crowne Plaza brand in Abu Dhabi, John Bamsey, chief operating officer, IHG Middle East and Africa said: "With an expected 2.3 million visitors to Abu Dhabi each year by 2013, it's important that we continue to invest and grow our presence in this region to maintain our position as the leading hotel provider. The Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi will strengthen our offering in the region and provide a high-quality base for business travellers, helping them to make the most of their business trips."

Paul Bell, managing director, Aldar Hotels & Hospitality added: "Yas Island is located between the coast and city of Abu Dhabi and Dubai and has grown rapidly to accommodate the influx of visitors. Its attractions, unmatched anywhere in the world, make it a unique destination for both business and leisure travellers. The openings of the Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites hotels are great additions for Yas Island because they are international brands known to business travellers worldwide."

The site of a $40 billion development project, Yas Island will also feature a host of attractions, including a brand new Formula One Championship Circuit, a movie theme park in association with Warner Bros, a motor sports theme park inspired by Ferrari and extensive retail, entertainment and hospitality projects. More than 100,000 people are expected to live and work on the island.

Featuring 32 kilometres of coastline, Yas Island will stake its claim as a super-yacht destination to rival those in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, with three exclusive marinas accommodating 1,400 luxury berths.

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