Archive for September, 2010

CheapCaribbean.com, the largest U.S. dedicated online provider of beach vacations to the Caribbean and Mexico, will mark 10 years this year, and to celebrate a decade of success, the company is…

(PRWeb September 30, 2010)

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CruiseDealership.com launches a deeply discounted & incentive — "Cruise Sale" — offering different daily specials on cruises booked online. Their "Cruise Celebration" offers sales promotions on a wide range of three- to 12-day cruises to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe in 2010-11, with different promotions featured daily. Some offers for the "Cruise Sale" include shipboard credits; stateroom upgrades; special rates for third and fourth guests in a stateroom; pre-paid gratuities; holiday offers and regional savings; and discounts on a variety of fall, winter and spring departures.

Consumer interest in cruising remains strong, according to CLIA, with over 50+ percent of travelers who have never taken a cruise vacation intending to do so in the next three years. But many cruisers are watching their spending, says Chairman & CEO Thomas DeSimone, spending less onboard, planning less shore excursions and choosing a cruise near a home port to avoid having to fly to meet the cruise ship. With the Cruise Sales Event going on – Now is the perfect time to pick up a affordable cruise vacation.

The Caribbean is often cheaper than other cruise destinations, because it is a year-round destination and travelers don't have to travel far to board the ships. Other cruise destinations are seasonal: Canada/New England and Alaska are only traveled by cruise ships in warm months. "With the Caribbean, one of the biggest advantages is there's simply more choices and it's a much more flexible option," Cruisers will have the most choices in terms of a ship from the winter holidays to mid-April. "During times of the year when there's more variety, pricing will be more competitive as well." stated Chairman & CEO Thomas DeSimone

While vacationers, including cruisers, generally travel in pairs, family cruise travel is exceeding expectations, says Thomas. In 2009, 25 plus percentage of cruisers traveled with children under the age of 18, compared to 13 percent in 2002, as stated by CLIA. "Cruising is a perfect vacation for families because it offers activities for every age, supervised children's activities and the opportunity for families to share quality time."

Some features of today's cruise ships are retrofitted with theaters, teen lounges with video games, plasma TVs and dance floors. There's rock climbing, surfing and miniature golf. Some cruises even offer teens their own place to sunbathe and special mom and teen spa packages.

For additional information and reservations on a cruise vacation of a life time, contact: CruiseDealership @ 1(888) 604-0279 or visit us online at www.cruisedealership.com

Cruisedealership – Recognized as one of the Ten Best companies that give value and quality by National Geographic Passport to the Best the 10 Best of EVERYTHING – An Ultimate Guide for Travelers. It offers last minute cruise deals and other cruise specials on cruise vacations. Plus, travelers get the LOWEST Cruise Line rate guaranteed. Its member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. It offers exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.

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MyGardenRouteInfo reports local tourism businesses along South Africa's Garden Route are starting to place greater emphasis on environmental issues. In line with international trends, tourist businesses along the Garden Route are starting to see the importance of offering sustainable and environmentally friendly services and products that aim to lower carbon footprints and promote reduced impact on the natural surroundings.

The new trend which has been defined by non-profit ecotourism organisation The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) as "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people" has seen a dramatic increase throughout the world in recent years.

According to TIES, eco-tourism has been growing 20-34% per year since the early 1990s, and in 2004, eco-tourism and nature-based tourism around the world grew 3 times faster than the tourism industry as a whole.

MyGardenRouteInfo has also noted an increase in the number of businesses aligning themselves with goals outlined by the likes of TIES, but that does not mean a lowering of standards or necessitate a significant change in the individual travellers habits.

The travel website believes that luxury travel businesses can still offer unparalleled experiences but also do it in a responsible manner. This includes incorporating local communities into business models, increasing the use of energy-saving measures, as well as only making use of sustainable materials to build tourist establishments.

Leading the way in terms of responsible tourism development along the Garden Route is Phantom Forest Eco Reserve in the heart of the indigenous Knysna forest. Similar objectives have been achieved by Teniqua Treetops, situated in the Outeniqua forest, which offer eco-conscious travellers a "back to nature" collection of tree-top chalets, and places significant emphasis on long-term sustainability. Wildlife safaris are also managing to lead the way with the famous reserves of Shamwari and Addo Elephant Park providing tourists with eco-friendly activities and the chance to immerse themselves in the nature of the area.

MyGardenRouteInfo.com strongly believes that eco-tourism is a critical movement within local industry, and as such it aims to prominently showcase those businesses that offer sustainable alternatives to tourists by providing improved listings and greater details to increase awareness of these organisations.

About Mydestinationinfo.com
MyGardenRouteInfo.com is an online travel guide to South Africa's famous Garden Route, as well as the rest of the spectacular Eastern Cape. It is part of the MyDestinationInfo.com network, which has 60 destinations from around, including South African cities Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town. The network uses local experts in each destination, and is backed up by the best design, applications and optimisation available to create information websites for the modern traveller.

For further media information, please contact:
Thella Chester
P.O. Box 29167
Sunridge Park
Port Elizabeth
6008
+2782429398853

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The International Equestrian Festival in Lexington, Kentucky pays homage to the Thoroughbred industry with special appearances and autograph sessions by renowned jockeys Jean Cruguet, Steve Cauthen,…

(PRWeb September 30, 2010)

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Thistle Hotels has announced that the popular Jamie's Scottish Evenings are coming to an end for another year at the King James Hotel in Edinburgh. The event runs from April to October, 7 nights a week, and will be coming to an end on the 31 October.

Hosted by renowned Scottish entertainer Bill Torrance, diners can enjoy an array of traditional Scottish entertainment and three course meal in Lothian Suite in one of the grandest Edinburgh hotels.

At £55 per head inclusive of wine, guests can sample fresh, locally sourced produce, such as Shetland salmon, Highland broth and Haggis, whilst being entertained by fiddlers, dancers and pipers.

During the themed evenings, diners can listen to the resident band piping melodies such as the Scottish favourite 'The Flying Scotsman', as well as entertainment from jigging Jamie's Dancers and the popular 'Ceremony of the Haggis'.

While the Jamie's Scottish Evenings will be coming to an end at the end of October, they will still run on selected evenings throughout the winter until March 2011.

Ewing Stewart, Regional Operations Director, Thistle Scotland & North comments: ''As one of the United Kingdom's most popular city breaks, we know our customers will be on the lookout for a truly authentic Scottish experience package filled with entertainment and Scottish delicacies prepared by our expert chefs. To experience a true taste of Edinburgh, we encourage visitors to come along and sample 'Jamie's Scottish Evening' at The King James enjoy the festivities.''

About The King James Thistle Hotel, Edinburgh:
Located near to the infamous Princes Street and only a short stroll from the historic Royal Mile, visitors to The King James hotel have everything they need on their doorstep. This four star hotel is also ideally situated close to Edinburgh train station and airport, making it the ideal choice for visitors to the city.

About Guoman Hotels:
Guoman Hotel Management Limited operates two hotel brands within the UK market; Guoman Hotels, an exclusive collection of deluxe hotels located in central London and Thistle Hotels, a chain of quality full service hotels in the UK's major cities.

Guoman Hotels has many UK hotels, including London hotels, Liverpool hotels and Manchester hotels.

Guoman Hotel Management Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GuocoLeisure Ltd, part of the Hong Leong Group which has hospitality and leisure businesses across the globe with hotels in Europe, USA, Australasia and Asia.

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British Airways has opened up its Gatwick gateway with a growing route network that has firmly established it as the airport's leading long haul carrier.

As the airline celebrates the first anniversary of the popular thrice-weekly Sharm el Sheikh service, it is getting ready to launch a new twice-weekly service to Cancun in November.

With other new routes launched in the past year, including Male, in the Maldives, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Montego Bay in Jamaica, British Airways will operate flights to 25 domestic and European destinations and 16 long haul destinations from Gatwick this winter.

The most popular long haul destinations for families are Orlando and Tampa in Florida. This follows the recent announcement of the increased frequency of flights to Tampa, starting on March 27, 2011. Other hotspots for holidays include the Dominican Republic, holidays in the Maldives and Cancun. With increased frequency to St Kitts, Grenada, Barbados and Bermuda in summer 2010 and further increases to flights to Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia and Cancun, British Airways officially now offers more seats to the Caribbean from the UK than any other carrier.

With its substantial short haul programme British Airways has established itself as a favourite for city breaks in Europe, offering Euro Traveller, the Economy cabin for short haul flights, and Club Europe, BA's Business Class cabin. Popular choices from Gatwick include flights to Amsterdam, Rome and Faro. For the summer months, holidays in Dubrovnik are also an option.

Flights to Sharm el Sheikh and other new long haul routes are operated by Boeing 777 aircraft with a three-class configuration: World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World.

British Airways continues an excellent punctuality performance at Gatwick Airport with the airport achieving the best monthly punctuality figures British Airways has ever recorded in March.

In June, British Airways was the most punctual major carrier at Gatwick, with 87 per cent of short haul and domestic flights departing on time and 86 per cent of international flights on time. Sharm el Sheikh was the second most punctual route from Gatwick during the summer.

Now Executive Club iPhone users on short haul flights can also use the new Mobile Boarding Passes on their phones – introduced at Gatwick earlier this month – which can be scanned at check-in to speed up and enhance the boarding process.

In addition, customers using Android and Blackberry devices will now be able to benefit from a version of the British Airways App.

The airport experience is further enhanced as British Airways' customers will benefit from the £900 million investment by Gatwick Airport to upgrade and modernise the North and South Terminals.

Alan Peever, British Airways general manager Gatwick said: "In a year when we have seen record punctuality, even in extreme operating conditions, passengers have more reasons than ever to fly with British Airways from Gatwick.

"Not only do we offer excellent punctuality and customer service, we now have an excellent route network, with plenty of choice and a flexible schedule allowing passengers to connect from many parts of the UK."

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About British Airways:
British Airways plc offers a wide range of worldwide destinations – including holidays in Florida, hotels, hotels in Jersey, flights, car rental and experiences. Customers can save time and money with ba.com when booking ATOL protected holiday packages. Passengers are offered added peace of mind to their holiday plans and the security of travelling with British Airways. British Airways plc constantly seeks to exceed customers' expectations, both in terms of the value for money and quality of the service provided.

For further British Airways / British Airways Holidays Ltd media information please contact:
Katja Cooper
Astral Towers
Betts Way
London Road
Crawley
RH10 9XA
01293 722513
www.ba.com

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Saturday 18th September marked a historic day for Cruise Amour and its cruise line partners, with the launch of a brand new website packed full of new features and usability enhancements. This news follows their announcement of "The UK's Biggest Cruise Away", which Cruise Amour has declared a great success.

Speaking from onboard the Celebrity Eclipse in Southampton, Managing Director Tim Hurrell said: "This is a momentous occasion for Cruise Amour. A little over a year has passed since we decided to start Cruise Amour and now, after countless months of hard work, the website is now live. We are all immensely proud of the site and truly believe it is the best in the industry."

The launch was attended by a number of invited guests including Cruise Amour staff, industry figures and Cruise Amour's first customer, who was present in the capacity of honorary godmother. An industry first, the decision to appoint the newly launched Cruise Amour website with an honorary godmother shouldn't come as a surprise. Cruise Amour is an agency that brands itself as the "Apple Mac of the Cruise Industry" and strives to deliver the very highest standards of customer service. With a number of testimonials available on the Cruise Amour site already, it is clear that the company is focused on maintaining these high standards.

Hurrell added: "It was something we thought fitting of the occasion; every cruise ship is launched by a godmother, why not a cruise agency's website?"

The launch of the website met with applause from all present and was topped off with champagne and nibbles. After the launch, guests enjoyed a VIP tour of the ship and a three-course meal in the Moonlight Sonata dining room. Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises Key Account Manager, David Chidley said, "It's been a wonderful day and I'm delighted that we've been able to play a part in the proceedings. We see Cruise Amour as a pivotal account in growing our future online sales."

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About Cruise Amour:
Cruise Amour is part of the Freedom Travel Group a subsidiary of Co-operative Travel. Specialising in selling cruise holidays, including P&O cruises, Holland America cruises and Princess Cruises. Cruise Amour was started in December 2008 and is regarded as the "best in industry" when compared to other on-line cruise agencies. For more information about Cruise Amour, please visit the 'About Us' section of the company website.

PR Contact:
Tim Hurrell
Managing Director
1000 Lakeside
North Harbour
Portsmouth
PO6 3EZ
02393990036
www.cruiseamour.co.uk

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Signature Aruba Restaurant Enhances Dining Selections with Local Aruban Ingredients, Gluten-Free Options and Exquisite New Flavors

(PRWeb September 30, 2010)

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Luggage Pros, an industry leader in online Luggage Stores, receives a best-in-class 5-star rating from TopConsumerReviews.com.

(PRWeb September 30, 2010)

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Red River, New Mexico
9/30/2010

This weekend (October 1 – 4) is Red River's 4th annual Days of 1895 celebration of the town's founding in 1895. This is a free, town-wide event for the whole family, sponsored by the Red River Chamber of Commerce. Experience the tastes, sights, and sounds of the old west. Red River's scenic atmosphere captures the authenticity of this historical event. Please see the website for the complete schedule and more information: www.RedRiverDaysof1895.com/

Events include:
* food vendors
* kids sculpture painting
* cowboy poetry performances
* gold panning demonstrations
* a historical tour
* Madame Fifi and her "Soiled Doves" (dancing girls) performing around town
* a free Spaghetti Western movie and dinner sponsored by the Red River Chamber of Commerce
* an old fashioned barn dance complete with costume contest
* lots of live music including a special performance by the Jimmy Stadler Band
* NM Humanities Council Chautauqua Speakers performing throughout the weekend
* a raffle
* and many more activities

A new event this year is the Red River "GOLD RUSH". For $5 visitors can participate in an exciting scavenger hunt throughout town. The prize for this is a Winter Package Giveaway that includes: A two night stay for four people at the Lazy Miner Lodge, Red River Ski Area lift tickets for four, Red River Sled Shed snowmobile tour for two hours on a single machine for two, a $40 gift certificate to Timbers Restaurant, and a 30 minute massage from Darcy's Massage & Spa Therapy.

Events are centered around the Red River Conference Center. Event times are:
Friday: 10:00 am until 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am until 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am until 4:00 pm

This special historical celebration is taking place during the peak of the fall colors in the mountains around Red River. It's a perfect weekend to drive the Enchanted Circle and play in Red River.

Company History:
The Red River Chamber of Commerce promotes business and tourism in the town of Red River. Red River is one of the best kept secrets of New Mexico. We have high mountain majesty, down-home friendly people, and the chance to let go, relax and enjoy your family. Visiting here is almost like stepping back in time to small town values and great customer service from people who are genuinely glad to see you. We have loads of activities available throughout all four of our distinct seasons. Escape the city, traffic and hassle, and experience the magic of a Red River vacation.

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