Archive for April, 2011

Voyages Jules Verne (VJV) has announced the relaunch of its tours to Burma (also known as Myanmar), following the reopening of tourism to the country. The move has been endorsed by the Free Burma movement.

Burma was the winner of the Wanderlust Travel Award 2011 for Best Emerging Destination. This award recognises countries that were visited by relatively small numbers of Wanderlust readers during the last year, but which gained very high marks from those who did go. Burma holidays emerged at the top of the pile and is a country that, in the past six months, has gone from being the world's most controversial travel destination to, potentially, its most exciting.

Voyages Jules Verne is pleased to be able to offer again comprehensive 14-night tours to Burma, including the remote cities of Mandalay and Pagan (Bagan) on the banks of the Irrawaddy, and Rangoon (Yangon). Travellers looking to enjoy Far East holidays can take in the breathtaking sights that Burma has to offer including the amazing Pagodas of Pagan. Those taking part in the tour of Burma with VJV will get to enjoy a private candle-lit dinner at an exclusively reserved pagoda in Pagan.

David F. Pattison, Head of Product and Marketing at VJV said: "We were delighted to hear that Aung San Suu Kyi had recently given her blessing to the return of tourism to Burma but we still considered our position carefully before deciding to return to the country. There will always be differing views about Burma but it is now felt that the controlled entry of visitors will now help create and sustain jobs for locals and boost the private economy. With communication and information previously restricted, Burma is now more exposed to the outside world and opens up the possibility of two-way exchanges between foreign visitors and the ordinary Burmese people."

It was 15 years ago that Burma's National League for Democracy (NLD) and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, first called for a tourism boycott as a way of denying foreign currency and moral legitimacy to the country's military dictatorship. That 1996 declaration – vigorously upheld by pressure groups worldwide, including British organisations Tourism Concern and Burma Campaign UK – meant that any visit to the country was fraught with ethical complexity.

Following the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in November 2010, the NLD announced that they were no longer opposed to all tourism, but only to large-scale package tourism.

Senior NLD leader U Win Tin said: "We want people to come to Burma, not to help the junta, but to help the people by understanding the situation: political, economic, moral – everything. But to have a very big cruise ship with hundreds of tourists coming in – that's a lot of money for the regime, and so we don't like such big business."

The first VJV tour departs November 2011.

About Voyages Jules Verne:
Voyages Jules Verne was founded in 1978 and its range of product encompasses longhaul and shorthaul, weekends and expeditions, the conventional and the unexpected, a variety of themes and special interests – all underpinned by quality and value for money. VJV offers tours to a number of exotic worldwide destinations including India holidays, Costa Rica, China holidays and a variety of European cities.

The tradition of innovation and creativity is still alive today and evidenced, amongst others, by a unique direct charter operation to Aqaba, stays at a convent in Rome, exclusive use of royal steamers for Nile River cruises, and a series of special events exclusively arranged for VJV clients.

PR Contact:
Prini Patel
Marketing Manager
Voyages Jules Verne
21 Dorset Square
London
0207 616 1094
www.vjv.com

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easyJet, the UK's largest airline, has crowned Simon Watkinson, 29, from London and Orsola Rossi, 29, from Milan as the most convincing Prince William & Kate Middleton look-a-likes across the whole of Europe.

Simon and Orsola joined 20 Will and Kate look-a-likes from more than 10 European countries in London where they competed for the ultimate title of best Will and Kate doubles and won a year's worth of free easyJet flights each.

Besides being a mirror image of the Royal love birds, they had to impress the judges by waving like a Royal, acting out a romantic wedding proposal and throwing the bridal bouquet.

Simon Watkinson said: "I've often been told that I look like Prince William, particularly since the Royal engagement was announced, but I can't believe that I've been crowned the winner. I'm so excited to have won a year's worth of free easyJet flights and to be in London for the big day."

Orsola Rossi said: "To be voted the best double to one of the most famous women in the world is very exciting. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and there isn't a better place to be to enjoy the celebrations."

Paul Moore, Communications Director at easyJet said: "The competition has been fierce with hundreds applying to be crowned the best Will and Kate look-a-likes Europe has to offer. However, Simon and Orsola stood out as they bear such a striking resemblance to our future King & Queen.

"It has been great fun to fly look-a-likes from all over Europe to London to enjoy the wedding celebrations and crown our very own easyJet Royal couple."

Hundreds of Will and Kate wannabes from across Europe entered the competition to be in with a chance to be flown by easyJet to London for the grand final and be crowned the winner.

Simon and Orsola will stay in London to watch the real Royal wedding celebrations and take in the sights of the city with a friend courtesy of easyJet.

A recent survey conducted by easyJet Holidays revealed that 63 % of those polled would be watching the Royal Wedding, however only 8% would actually be heading to London for the celebration. 88.9 % of the total number preferring to take advantage of the full 11 day break to get away, with holidays to Spain revealing themselves as the most popular choice for beach holidays with 35% of the vote.

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About easyjet Holidays:
easyJet Holidays comprises flights by easyJet with other services provided by and arranged with Lowcostbeds.com and other third party suppliers.

easyJet is Europe's No. 1 air transport operation due to our leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline.

easyJet flies on more than 550 routes between 129 airports in 30 countries.

The airline takes sustainability seriously. Over the last 10 years the airline has reduced CO2 emissions per passenger km by 25% by investing in the latest technology.

Lowcosttravelgroup was founded in 2004 and is backed by a number of leading European hotel groups and Albion Venture Management, a £250m venture capital trust

Lowcost employs over 350 people across Europe, recorded sales in excess of £200m in 2010 and operating profits of £1.7m.

Lowcost provides accommodation and transfer to holidaymakers through its trade partners and directly to the consumer, featuring over 70,000 hotels around the world and private and shuttle transfer services in over 450 gateways worldwide.

PR Contact :
Greg Cartwright
easyJet Holidays
First Floor
Sussex House
London Road
East Grinstead
RH19 1HH
+44 (0) 1342 580 155
holidays.easyjet.com

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Door2Tour.com, the escorted tour consolidator, is hoping that April's 2012 Olympic ticket application frenzy, which caused the official site to stall and the deadline to be extended for an extra hour, will rejuvenate interest in tours to London's Olympic Park.

The escorted tour consolidator offers coach tours to the Park with a number of tour operators over more than 25 departure dates between June and January 2012. Tours have been on sale since autumn last year, and while there has been steady interest in those wishing to visit the East End venue since the start of 2011, packages to annual events such as the Wimbledon and Royal Ascot have so far outsold those to the Park four-fold.

Major factors likely to have diluted initial interest are the Royal Wedding and the incompletion of the Stadium, which was under construction until 29th March. It is expected that with patriotism riding high, the last piece of turf laid down in the Stadium and Olympic ticket payment imminent, all eyes should revert to the 2012 Games.

Kate Glanfield, web manager of Door2Tour.com commented: "Now that the ticket deadline has bought the Olympics to the forefront of people's minds, and after the excitement of the Royal Wedding, we should start to see a rejuvenated interest for Olympic Park tours. We're expecting this to increase by June especially, when applicants will find out for sure whether their entries have been successful. As we've seen with the Royal Wedding and our other events, the real peak is expected in the run-up to the Games themselves."

Visitors taking an Olympic Park tour can enjoy a sneak-peak of the Park before it opens, get to watch the development unfold from the VIP viewing gallery and learn about how the project is transforming the capital.

Kate concluded: "With the Royal revival, the recent hot weather and the Olympics on the horizon, now's a brilliant time to be British."

About Door2Tour.com:
Door2Tour.com is a consolidation of national and regional tour operators creating a diverse choice of UK, European and worldwide touring holidays including events packages, coach tours, theatre breaks, mini cruises and holidays by air to many exciting destinations through a wide range of operators including Leger Holiday and Cosmos Tours. All have live availability and offer the customer the opportunity to book online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

PR contact:
Rachel Jones
14 New Hythe Lane
Larkfield
Aylesford
Kent
ME20 6AB
UK
01732 879138
www.door2tour.com

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TerraPass Releases Update of their Online Carbon Footprint Calculator with All-electric Vehicle Emissions Data and Latest EPA Fuel Economy Data for US Vehicles

(PRWeb April 28, 2011)

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Club Med boasts 60+ years of experience in all-inclusive holidays: independent research confirm the appeal to UK consumers

(PRWeb April 28, 2011)

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A new history tour company is providing dream vacations for history lovers. www.HistoryToursofBritain.com is a new website offering a range of luxury history tours for history lovers worldwide, incorporating staying at historic houses, such as Hever Castle and Leeds Castle, with visiting historic attractions and listening to talks from eminent historians. Following on from the resounding success of the 2010 Anne Boleyn Experience and the response to the launch of the 2011 Executed Queens Tour, which was sold out within 1 week of launch, History Tours of Britain have just launched a new programme of Tudor history tours for 2011 and 2012.

In an interview, the brains behind www.HistoryToursofBritain.com and www.theAnneBoleynFiles.com creator Claire Ridgway said that 'History Tours of Britain is a result of all of the emails and enquiries we have had about our previous tours and the requests for more tours. We were blown away by the response to last year's Anne Boleyn Experience Tour, where people were commenting on how it was their dream vacation and the experience of a lifetime, and where people were crying on the last day because they didn't want to go home. We want as many people as possible to be able to have their dream vacation and that is why we have extended our tour programme to include a Tudor London Tour and a Discover the Tudors Tour. We are so excited about this new venture.'

By booking with History Tours of Britain, history lovers will enjoy a dream vacation spent with like-minded people, learn more about history and stay in luxury accommodation. History Tours of Britain have set themselves apart from other history tours by focusing on staying in castles and historic places rather than anonymous hotels. If you want to learn more about the programme of tours on offer this year and next, just visit www.HistoryToursofBritain.com

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KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas has added Coral Lagoon Luxury Resort Villas & Marina in Marathon to its portfolio of spectacular waterfront properties in the Florida Keys. Coral…

(PRWeb April 27, 2011)

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AMSTELVEEN – KLM challenges Facebook fans to convert their Facebook profile pictures into a Delft Blue tile with an inspiring message. The most inspiring 'Dutch Delft Blue tiles' will be placed on the body of a KLM-plane Boeing 777-200. This worldwide campaign is named Tile & Inspire and starts today.

Though the emphasis of the Tile & Inspire campaign is on Facebook, it is open to anyone. In the Dutch market it is also available on Hyves. For those who do not have a Facebook or Hyves account, it is possible to create a personal Delft Blue tile via www.tileyourself.com and to try to secure a spot on a KLM-plane. Inspirational messages for the plane will be judged in Chinese, Dutch, English, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, French and Spanish. Ultimately the plane will carry a range of inspirational messages in these languages and it will fly the messages to many destinations.

Erik Varwijk, Managing Director KLM says: 'With this new campaign, KLM takes its Journeys of Inspiration strategy a step further. Tile & Inspire is another initiative to inspire our passengers and to actively engage customers around the world, like we did with the successful KLM surprise and our worldwide Luggage tag campaign'.

Delft Blue tiles and KLM's Delft Blue miniature houses

Delft Blue tiles are part of the Dutch tradition. The porcelain tiles were decorated with typically Dutch scenes, such as windmills or fishing boats. These Dutch scenes were commonly supported by some words of wisdom or an inspirational proverb. For ages Delftware decorated many Dutch houses.

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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Pedata RV Center releases Top Five Pieces of Advice for family oriented road trips.

(PRWeb April 27, 2011)

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2.5 inch sandal is the first of its kind for the Atlanta based eco-chic footwear company

(PRWeb April 27, 2011)

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