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Time Out Film Club’s exclusive evening with Hackney writer Iain Sinclair who introduces classic post-war movie set in East London.

(PRWeb March 30, 2011)

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Bespoke tour operator Seven Directions, based in Santa Fe, launches a premiere tour encompassing some of the country's most important archaeological, cultural, and geological sites–all in the…

(PRWeb March 30, 2011)

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HONG KONG – The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong opens today and dominates the skyline as the world's 'highest' hotel. Located at the very top of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong, occupying floors 102 to 118, the hotel is the very pinnacle of luxury and a beacon of contemporary style and excellence in Asia's World City. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is the newest addition to the brand's growing global portfolio of 75 luxury properties and its 16th hotel in Asia.

'The opening of this landmark hotel in Hong Kong is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to delivering the very best product, facilities and service in this international gateway city,' said Herve Humler, president and chief operations officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. 'Partnering with Hong Kong's premier developer, Sung Hung Kai Properties, we have been able to create something truly spectacular to welcome our guests not just to the highest hotel in the world, but also to one of the very best hotels in the world. We are taking luxury to new heights in every sense.'

The stylish and contemporary interiors by Singapore's LTW set the scene for this thoroughly modern hotel set in the heart of Hong Kong. The sense of arrival is breathtaking with views of Victoria Harbour and the iconic Hong Kong skyline as the backdrop. Guests will be welcomed into the arrival lobby on the 9th floor before being transported up to the hotel lobby on the 103rd floor where panoramic views over Hong Kong await them.

The hotel's 312 guest rooms all offer spectacular city and harbour views. Starting at 530 sqft for a Deluxe Room, and reaching 3,920 sqft for the magnificent Ritz-Carlton Suite, rooms provide state-of-the-art technology including WiFi, iPod docking stations, blu-ray DVD players and flat screen TVs. In addition, Club room guests can enjoy the panoramic view from The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge with complimentary food and beverage presentations 24 hours a day. The Club also gives guests access to a dedicated Club Concierge, work stations, meeting rooms and WiFi throughout.

In a move that perfectly articulates the brand's shift in design philosophy and service evolution, the hotel's six dining venues have been created by some of the biggest names in restaurant design, including Japan's Spin Design Studio and Wonderwall. The hotel offers three restaurants on the 102nd floor, including Tin Lung Heen, which is a Chinese restaurant serving refined Cantonese cuisine, Tosca, an Italian restaurant which offers Southern Italian Cuisine with an open kitchen and the very stylish The Lounge & Bar which features stunning crystal fire pits. In addition, there is a chocolate-themed lounge named The Chocolate Library on the 103rd floor and a stylish patisserie located on the 9th floor.

Perhaps the jewel in the crown is Ozone located on the hotel's 118th floor. This sleek, stylish and contemporary restaurant and bar will set a new benchmark for Hong Kong's social and dining scene. Offering contemporary Asian tapas, signature cocktails and a stylish wine list, Ozone has bar and restaurant seating in zoned sections and the world's highest al fresco terrace where guests can indulge in the incredible views over the city.

For those wishing to relax and indulge, The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA is the ultimate in urban spa sanctuary experiences. Located on the 116th floor and featuring nine deluxe treatment rooms and two couple's suites all with floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views, the spa will appeal to both residential guests and Hong Kong citizens alike and offer a true escape from the city some 16,000 feet below. A world-class team of professional therapists will ensure a spa experience like no other. The hotel also features a fully equipped fitness centre and an indoor infinity pool overlooking the Victoria Harbour on the 118th floor with a 92ft x 23ft LED screen on the ceiling that can display images and videos.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong has one of the largest ballrooms in the city at 10,000 sqft. Elaborately decorated with a sea of crystal chandeliers, the décor of the Diamond Ballroom is suited to weddings, meetings and gala events. Complemented by an additional four meeting rooms, the total of 14,000 sqft of meeting space is set to become the new social centre for Hong Kong and the benchmark for events in the region.

In the podium of the ICC, the one million square foot Elements shopping mall offers some of the finest shopping in Hong Kong with luxury brand names featured throughout this world-class location. The ICC will also host an Observation Deck, Sky100 on the 100th floor and offer direct connections to Hong Kong International Airport in 20 minutes and Central in five minutes. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is strategically located at the heart of the city and will become a must-see tourist attraction now that it has opened.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 75 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR). For company news and information, please visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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Bombardier Aerospace announced today that fast-growing Porter Airlines of Toronto has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. The transaction involves the conversion of two of the six options announced by Bombardier along with Porter's firm order for four Q400 NextGen aircraft on August 6, 2010.

Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the order announced today is valued at approximately $61 million US.

The two aircraft will increase the total number of Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft ordered by Porter to 26; 20 of these are already in service.

Porter Airlines began operations from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport in October 2006, with two aircraft and two destinations. The airline, which currently serves 16 destinations in Canada and the United States, celebrated its 100,000th flight on March 11, 2011 with special guests and passengers at St. John's International Airport prior to the flight's departure.

'Bombardier's Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have been perfect for our operations based at Toronto's downtown airport,' said Robert Deluce, President and Chief Executive Officer, Porter Airlines. 'Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have a reduced environmental impact, and they are also fast and comfortable for our passengers.'

'In just four and a half years, Porter Airlines has become Canada's third-largest scheduled airline with a combination of the right aircraft and a devotion to passenger care and comfort,' said Gary R. Scott, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. 'We are very proud that Bombardier's Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft have played a pivotal role in Porter's success story.'

Q400 NextGen aircraft
Optimized for short-haul operations, the 'comfortably greener,' 70- to 80-seat Q400 NextGen aircraft, which is manufactured at Bombardier Aerospace's Toronto facility, is a large, fast, quiet and fuel-efficient turboprop. It provides an ideal balance of passenger comfort and operating economics with a reduced environmental footprint. Including Porter Airlines' order announced today, Bombardier has booked firm orders for a total of 408 Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraft, and as of January 31, 2011, 344 had been delivered. Q400 and Q400 NextGen aircraftare in service with more than 30 operators worldwide and have logged more than 2 million flight hours and over 2 million landing and take-off cycles. In November 2010, Bombardier delivered the 1,000th Dash 8/Q-Series turboprop – a Q400 NextGen airliner. This milestone delivery re-confirmed the Dash 8/Q-Series turboprop program as one of the most successful regional aircraft programs in history.

About Porter Airlines
Porter Airlines is Canada's third-largest scheduled carrier, based at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Porter is an Official 4 Star Airline® in the World Airline Star Rating® by Skytrax, committed to offering speed, convenience and service as part of a premium travel experience. The airline offers flights to Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, Moncton, Halifax, St. John's, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Windsor, New York (Newark), Chicago (Midway), Boston (Logan), and has seasonal flights to Mt. Tremblant, Qué. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. Visit www.flyporter.com or call (888) 619-8622 for more information.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, were $19.4 billion, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

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British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia have announced they will deliver more benefits to customers as schedules are coordinated across the North Atlantic and more destinations are launched in summer 2011.

From March 27, American Airlines and British Airways will effectively create a transatlantic shuttle service between the top US-UK routes by aligning the timing on their schedules.

The biggest change is on the Heathrow – New York route. Previously, five of the 11 daily flights to New York left Heathrow at almost exactly the same time, leaving gaps of up to three hours between services.

Now flights will depart every hour, on the hour between 1pm and 8pm from Heathrow. There will also only be an hour and a half between morning departures at the most.

Chicago flights inbound to London previously had four flights departing the Windy City at similar times around 5pm and 8pm. Now the flights will be evenly spaced, departing at around 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. The 9am and 9.45pm slots will remain as they were.

Two of the three flights to Miami from London clashed around 10am, and these have now been split to leave at 10am and 11am. The 1.30pm has moved to 1.35pm.

The joint business will also now give customers the chance to fly direct between New York (JFK) and Budapest starting from April 5, and between Chicago and Helsinki, both seven times a week on American Airlines from May 1.

British Airways will launch daily flights to San Diego from June 1, marking the airline's return to the route after eight years. It offers a great variety of hotels in San Diego suitable for all ranges of budgets and tastes. Customers can save by booking a flight and hotel package for their San Diego holidays at the same time on ba.com plus benefit from a 24 hour in-resort support and expertly chosen hotels which adhere to stringent health and safety criteria.

The British carrier will also increase its services from Gatwick to Cancun from two to three a week from March 27 offering even more choice to customers wishing to take their holidays in Cancun.

Iberia is starting the only direct flight between Spain and California; flying between Madrid and Los Angeles three times a week from March 28, with an additional flight between July and September. Iberia will also launch new flights between Barcelona and Miami three times a week from March 29.

About British Airways:
British Airways offers a wide range of holiday experiences around the world to complement its flight network – with city breaks, beach holidays, hotels from value two star hotels through to luxury five star resorts, fly-drive holidays with Avis car hire and as well as a wide range of experiences in-resort from city tours through to transfers. Customers can save time and money with ba.com when booking ATOL protected holiday packages utilising flight+hotel or flight+car (ATOL number is 5985). 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
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01293 722513
www.ba.com

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As the popularity of endurance events including the marathon, Ironman and adventure racing has exploded, more athletes are venturing into ultrarunning. Squamish author Margreet Dietz, a five-time…

(PRWeb March 29, 2011)

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ESCORT Inc, the leading manufacturer of premium automotive electronic accessories and maker of the world's best radar and laser detectors, announced the release of its new SpeedTrapUSA .Com…

(PRWeb March 29, 2011)

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‘Rooms for Good' is a Vacation with a Donation

(PRWeb March 28, 2011)

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Door2Tour.com has reported that while the overall viewing figures for the 2011 series of Dancing on Ice may not have reached the heights of the show's first airing in 2006, the coach holidays and short breaks website latest revenue figures show an unprecedented year-on-year increase of over 1000% in packages for the live tour.

The 5th live tour, hosted by Andi Peters and featuring skating legends Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, is showing at 7 major venues across the UK over 28 dates. Celebrity skaters lining up to appear include Radio 1's 'Comedy Dave', Vanilla Ice and 2010 winner Hayley Tammadon, as well as Sunday's finalists Laura Hamilton, Chloe Madeley and newly-crowned 2011 winner, Sam Attwater.

The incredible increase in breaks is thought to be down to the growing popularity of the TV series, heightened media attention surrounding catty judge Jason Gardiner, as well as the continued following of loyal Torvill and Dean fans looking to relive the moment the pair skated their way to gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics with Bolero.

Rachel Jones, Door2Tour.com's Online PR & Marketing co-ordinator commented: "It's unusual to see an increase like this for a particular event, but we believe that the emergence of other dance shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Comic Relief's Let's Dance and Strictly Come Dancing have made dance-related breaks overall incredibly popular."

The coach holidays consolidator also believes that the success of this year's live Dancing On Ice tours could be due to the profiles of this year's celebs, like lovable Essex lad Jeff Brazier and Loose Women's Denise Welch.

Limited spaces are still available on the Dancing on Ice tour in Birmingham, which includes return coach travel, hotel-to-venue transfers, one night's bed and breakfast accommodation, a ticket to 'Dancing on Ice Live at Birmingham's NIA Arena, an excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon and the services of a tour manager.

About Door2Tour:
Door2Tour.com is a consolidation of national and regional tour operators creating a diverse choice of UK, European and worldwide touring holidays including New Year breaks and Christmas breaks, coach holidays, day trips, mini cruises and holidays by air to many exciting destinations. All have live availability and offer the customer the opportunity to book online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Door2Tour.com features over 35 operators, including Cosmos holidays, Travelsphere and Leger Holidays (coming soon).

PR contact:
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Amstelveen – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today marked the start of the summer schedule, operating its first flight to Xiamen International Airport in China. KLM is the first airline to operate a direct service between Xiamen and Europe.

'With this seventh destination in China, KLM strengthens its position in this important market. KLM is the leading operator of flights between Europe and Greater China. The KLM network thus ensures even better connections between mainport Schiphol and China, generating new job opportunities and business establishment potential for the Netherlands,' said KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman.

The new scheduled service brings the frequency of weekly flights from Amsterdam to Greater China on a total of 73. KLM offers together with partner China Southern Airlines a total of 53 weekly services to China. The flights to Xiamen will be operated three times a week. Flight KL883 to Xiamen departs from Schiphol on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with flight KL884 departing from Xiamen on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Amsterdam the same day.

The flights are operated using Boeing 777-200ER equipment, with room for 318 passengers; 35 in World Business Class and 283 in Economy Class.

KLM's SkyTeam-partner China Southern Airlines offers connecting flights from Xiamen to numerous destinations in China.

About KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world's oldest airline operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brand names and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The two airlines collaborate on three core activities while maintaining their own identities – passenger transport, cargo transport, and aircraft maintenance.

In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group which further includes KLM cityhopper, transavia.com en Martinair. KLM serves 130 destinations using a modern fleet of 158 aircraft and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, which offers reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.

KLM is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance with 13 members providing access to an extensive global network with over 12,500 daily flights to 898 destinations in 169 countries. KLM participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France, Delta and Alitalia. With nearly 250 daily trans-Atlantic flights and a fleet of 144 aircraft, the joint venture between AIR FRANCE-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines provides customers with the benefits of a vast route network offering more frequencies, competitive fares and harmonized services on all trans-Atlantic flights. The JV network is structured around seven main hubs: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris-CDG and Rome Fiumicino, together with Cincinnati, Lyon, Milan, Memphis and Salt Lake City.

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