Archive for June, 2011

Plus New Summer Offers Include Amazing Views of July 4th Fireworks and 'Interstay-cation'

INDIANAPOLIS – The landmark Omni Severin Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, today announced the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation. To celebrate and showcase the newly enhanced guest rooms and suites, two new guest packages have also been created for the summer season – 'Indy-pendence Day' and 'Crossroads of America.'

Just steps away from Center City, the luxury hotel is connected to the Circle Centre Mall and adjacent to the 2012 Super Bowl Village, making it the ideal spot to enjoy the sites of Indianapolis this summer. Already among the most sought-after downtown locations, the Omni Severin Hotel has updated its 400 guest rooms and suites, which now featuring a classically-inspired yet modern design with a nod to the neighboring, historic Union Station through railroad and train references found in the new furniture, linens and artwork.

Travelers are invited to celebrate the July 4th holiday with the 'Indy-pendence Day' package, where they can enjoy a spectacular view of fireworks from city-view balconies overlooking downtown Indianapolis. The offer features a deluxe guest room, complimentary parking, complimentary buffet breakfast for kids 12 and under and two tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo for the July 4 weekend with rates start $179/night. The 'Crossroads of America' package is an Indy 'interstay-cation,' where locals and guests from the surrounding states – Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky – can take advantage of an easy weekend escape. The offer, which also starts at $179, includes deluxe guest rooms, complimentary parking, complimentary buffet for kids 12 and under and an Indy-themed welcome amenity.

'The Omni Severin Hotel has Indy's biggest and brightest attractions right out our front door,' said Kevin Latone, general manager of the Omni Severin Hotel. 'With our great shopping, sites and more, families can enjoy all Indy has to offer, including the recent Georgia Street project, and our renovations.'

Packages are subject to availability and cannot be combined with groups or other special offers. For additional details, visit omnihotels.com

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences that take guests on 'A Total Departure' to 50 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. From exceptional golf and spa retreats to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its award-winning, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company's 'Power of One' associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations such as J.D. Power and Associates, which ranked Omni as 'Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotel Chains' in its 2010 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study(SM).

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TripIt Pro integration provides greater visibility for both managed and unmanaged travel programs, and simplifies the end-to-end process for companies and their employees

Redmond, WA, — Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management services, today announced the availability of deep integration between TripIt Pro and Concur's industry-leading expense reporting solutions. Now, any Concur corporate client can enable TripIt Pro to deliver business travel itinerary data – no matter where that travel is booked – directly into their employee expense reports. In addition to providing companies with enhanced visibility into business travel spend, this integration gives any company – even those with lightly managed or unmanaged travel programs – the power to link travel and expense with zero disruption to their current approach to travel procurement.

'Concur pioneered expense report automation and continues to innovate, enabling more and more companies around the world to enjoy the benefits of integrating travel and expense management through an open platform,' said Rajeev Singh, president and COO of Concur. 'Thousands of Concur clients already enjoy one integrated travel booking and expense reporting experience. Now, by leveraging the power of the Concur Connect Platform to integrate TripIt Pro with Concur's automated expense reporting, it's possible for companies of any size – and any style of travel management – to have complete visibility into all of their travel spend. For the first time, companies can now leverage itinerary data from any source and then apply robust policies and sophisticated workflow – all through one seamless solution.'

Concur already automatically sends travel data for Concur Travel customers, whether booked on-line or directly through their travel management company (TMC), to TripIt accounts, so business travelers can have all their travel plans in one place. Now, Concur clients can have all their business travel itinerary data – whether booked through Concur, the TMC, or through another source – automatically available for import into their employees' expense reports. Employees get the benefits of having the expense report auto-created with the combination of itinerary data and card charges.

The quickest way for any managed travel program to integrate travel and expense

For established travel programs, the integration of TripIt Pro with Concur expense reporting enables companies to gain greater visibility into all of their travel spend. Best of all, since TripIt Pro captures itinerary data from any source, companies can use any method of travel procurement to integrate their travel booking data directly into the expense reporting process – giving them greater visibility and insight into their travel spend.

And for organizations that require even deeper integration, Concur's most comprehensive travel and expense management solution comes complete with the power of Smart Expenses™ – Concur's unique capability to match travel booking information with credit card charges and electronic receipts to create a secure system of checks and balances. And by adding the unique capabilities of TripIt Pro, clients with a managed program that use Concur's travel and expense solutions now have even greater visibility to leakage issues. With Concur's reporting, travel managers will be able to distinguish between trips booked through Concur Travel, the TMC telephonically, or booked outside the program, giving them greater insights.

A revolution for SMBs and unmanaged travel programs

Concur Breeze and TripIt Pro is the first truly integrated travel and expense management solution geared specifically for small businesses. Concur's new offering automatically creates expense reports from the traveler's itineraries by seamlessly linking TripIt Pro's comprehensive itinerary capabilities with the easy-to-use expense reporting of Concur Breeze. In doing so, this solution now makes many of the benefits of a managed travel program available to any small business, even those that would like to continue to enjoy the flexibility of an 'unmanaged' approach to travel procurement. And with the combined capabilities of both TripIt Pro and Concur Breeze, users can organize travel plans, get instant flight alerts with alternative flight options, and enjoy a long list of exclusive features not available through any other expense management solution – online or on their favorite mobile device.

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OnFast provides the golf industry with a simple, time-saving way to reach golfers by leveraging social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and their blogs.

(PRWeb June 29, 2011)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/social-marketing-coupon/golf/prweb8603776.htm

One-of-a-kind dining adventure allows guests and waiters to wade to an immersed table for a refreshing, special occasion evening experience.

(PRWeb June 29, 2011)

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DELAFIELD, Wis.— On July 8th and 9th, visitors to the annual Delafield Block Party: Food and Music Festival can win one of two $250 top prizes or one of 20 instant win food and beverage tickets by scanning QR Codes displayed at more than 40 locations throughout the festival and other Delafield hotspots. Delafield is one of the first cities in the country to use this innovative technology to promote visitor interaction throughout its community event.

To be part of the fun, visitors simply need a smartphone and a QR Code reader app, which can be downloaded for free at www.getreader.com. Festivalgoers scan the QR Code, and it automatically links them to a mobile-optimized entry form they can submit for entry to win the $250 prize. Or they may be alerted that they are an instant winner and they can go to the red information tent on the festival grounds, with the instant win screen still displayed, to pick up their instant win prize, $10 of block party food and drink tickets. Each QR Code is only good for one scan per person, but participants can scan as many codes as they find – the more QR Codes scanned, the more entries entered to win!

The QR Codes, which are high contrast, square, two-dimensional barcodes, are often described as printed graphics that link to online content. The codes are scanned with a smart phone camera using the phone's QR Code reader app. Find the codes throughout Friday and Saturday at:
– Over 40 designated signs on the grounds of Delafield's Block Party and at other Delafield hotspot locations, including the Lake Country Art Festival, Saturday, July 9 (9am-4pm) at Naga-waukee County Park.
– On T-shirts worn by Block Party volunteers working at the festival
– On special coupons given out with every food and drink ticket purchase at the Block Party – up to 2,500 (no purchase necessary).
– Around local establishments

Held in Delafield's Williamsburg-styled downtown, the Delafield block party is a free, family-friendly community event that features live music and skylight dining under the stars with delicious menu items and beverages from local favorites. The Block party opens on Friday at 5pm and on Saturday at 4pm. Nearby stores, boutiques, and restaurants offer great places to shop and relax all day, and well into the evening.

Friday night, groove to live music from Higbee Higbee, followed by Mike Miller and the Piles of Rhythm. On Saturday, it's popular bands Loose Change and The Eddie Butts Band.

Festivalgoers should plan to stick around because the winners of the $250 prize package will be announced on stage at 9pm, each night. For more information, go to visitdelafield.org.

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All inclusive holidays with easyJet Holidays (http://www.allinclusiveholidaysuk.info) are becoming more and more popular among travelers nowadays and especially among families. All inclusive holidays is the ideal solution for families on a budget knowing in advance the total cost of their holidays. Everything from flights and airport transfers to food and entertainment are included in the price.

There are many companies providing all inclusive holidays services but easyJet Holidays is the one emerging as leader in holidays industry because manages to provide great choice without compromising on quality. easyJet Holidays brings together the favorite UK airline, easyJet, and the leading arranger in the UK of accommodation, Lowcostbeds, to provide great value for money all inclusive holidays to all easyJet's destinations.

A holiday should be a relaxing break without any worries and this is exactly what easyJet all inclusive holidays provide: Piece of mind and pure holidays pleasure. Leaving behind the fuss of having to budget extra for food and drinks, plus the chance to absorb the unique entertainment on offer at the destination resort, all included in the price.

All the arrangements for all inclusive holidays are made by easyJet Holidays, acting as principal for flights and as disclosed agent for travel insurance, car rental and airport parking; and by Lowcostbeds Ltd acting as disclosed agent for accommodation and transfers.

Main features of easyJet all inclusive holidays plans are:

• Huge variety of dreamy destinations

• Flights, accommodation, meals, drinks, entertainment all included in the price

• Special offers for tight budget family holidays

• Easy booking system through website or via phone

• Financially protected bookings through International Package Travel Regulations and IPP (International Passenger Protection)

• 24/7 customers support

easyJet Holidays have all inclusive holidays deals at destinations that will ensure a fantastic holiday experience throughout Europe. Three meals a day and entertainment paid for in one price. An all inclusive holiday provides a carefree getaway for considerably less. Also, easyJet Holidays caters for all food preferences, so whether the traveler prefers to go with what he knows, or love sampling new things he can be sure that the delicious food created at the resorts can satisfy his foodie desires. Having an all inclusive holiday save even more when booking flights and accommodation together.

To find out more about easyJet Holidays all inclusive holidays special offers, please visit:

http://www.allinclusiveholidaysuk.info

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Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel group and member of Dubai Holding, has celebrated the victory of its global brands ambassador, golfer Rory Mcllory, in the US Open at the Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Rory McIlroy, 22, led the tournament from start to finish, a feat which had not been achieved since Tiger Woods in 2000. McIlroy finished with a score of 268 which is the lowest score in US Open history and a massive 16 under par.

Executive chairman of Jumeirah Group, Gerald Lawless said: "Rory is truly an inspiration. Since his win at Quail Hollow in the US last year and indeed his victory in the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009, he has continued to impress and inspire golf enthusiasts around the world and we are immensely proud that he carries the Jumeirah brand."

Jumeirah group spotted Rory McIlroy golf superstar at an early age and have sponsored him from the moment he first turned professional in 2007. The luxury hotels group's connection with Rory McIlory first came about in his hometown of Holywood in Northern Ireland, which is also home to Jumeirah Group's chief financial officer Alaister Murray.

It was then that Rory McIlroy sponsor Jumeirah, spotted his talent and decided to invest in the young golfer's career. Jumeirah has closely followed Mcllory's burgeoning career with a passion ever since.

Rory Mcllory is a regular guest at many of the Jumeirah properties around the world, and has used these visits to demonstrate his skills off the golf course by trying his hand as a cook in Madinat Jumeirah's steak restaurant MJ's, riding on the new slides at Wild Wadi waterpark and helping as a turtle handler at Burj Al Arab.

Rory Mcllory has been sponsored by Jumeirah since 2007. He has since extended his contract with the luxury hotel chain in 2010 for a further three years.

About Jumeirah:
Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah, and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray; Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London; Jumeirah Essex House in New York; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai and Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme

PR contact:
Genevieve Picard
Director of Corporate Communications
PO Box 214159
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+971-4-406-8505
www.jumeirah.com

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Travel inspiration and virtual product experience with new Lufthansa flight-booking iPad app

Come 28 June, Lufthansa will be offering a free mobile application (app) for all iPad users – with numerous functionalities and services centred on flying with Lufthansa. Individual
functions have been tailored to iPad specifics, giving iPad users a totally new experience.

The central feature of the iPad app is an interactive world map for users to finger-tap intuitively and explore the entire Lufthansa route network: The departure and destination airport are simply zoomed-in for the user to select a flight. The map shows the requested route, making flight booking or flight planning intuitive, easy and fast. The destinations are graphically illustrated and accompanied by exclusive and unusual travel information. Available, too, are useful and practical tips on different airports together with weather updates. In the German market, the Lufthansa iPad app also furnishes updates on Lufthansa's latest fare offers.

The 'Experience Lufthansa' section provides an interesting, virtual insight into the Lufthansa world, inviting the user to interact and personally experience the aviation domain with a 3-D scenario of the new European cabin, exciting videos, a 360-degree take on the A380 cockpit and a wide choice of free wallpaper motifs to download.

Additionally, the familiar functions – 'Check-in', 'Miles & More Mileage Account' and 'My Flight Bookings' – are all within easy access on the navigation bar.

'Utilisation of these services and flight bookings on smartphones and tablet computers, like the iPad is coming increasingly to the fore in online sales,' emphasised Marcus Casey, Head of Online Sales and Mobile Services Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. 'With this iPad app, we are responding to customer requirements, allowing them to find and
engage with Lufthansa from wherever they happen to be. Through personalised customer interaction and service visualisation, the new app makes the most both functionally and optically of the iPad's potential.'

The new application extends the array of Lufthansa's mobile solutions and is a product of the airline's ongoing expansion of its portfolio of services for users of mobile devices. Alongside the mobile.lufthansa.com portal, applications are already available for users of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and J2ME smartphone devices.

The new Lufthansa iPad app can be downloaded free, worldwide, in English or German for installation on iPad's from the iTunes App Store at itunes.com/apps/lufthansaforipad.

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The Co-operative online magazine is offering its readers a chance to win a fantastic two-night break for two, including tickets to a comedy show and vouchers for a show of your choice – worth £500!

The lucky winner will enjoy two nights' accommodation at the perfectly located Ricks Hotel in the heart of the Scottish capital, where they will be treated to luxurious living, with fluffy white towels from the White Company, free Wi-Fi and seriously comfy beds as standard. This unique and stylish hotel is tucked away in the New Town area of Edinburgh and guests are free to enjoy a quiet drink or a full-blown three course meal at the hotel's bar and restaurant.

This fantastic prize includes two tickets to the hilariously funny world of comedian Jason Byrne, a stand-up routine that will have you rolling in the aisles! The lucky winners will also be given vouchers to spend on any other show of their choice on the first night.

Readers of The Co-operative online magazine can enter simply by signing up to the newsletter to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize. The competition closes on 30 July and the winner will be selected and contacted on 31 July. The prize must be taken on 11 and 12 August 2011.

For more information on what the festival is all about, visit the Travel & Leisure section of the magazine for a complete beginner's guide to the Edinburgh Festival, including everything you'll need to know about where to stay (if you're not the lucky winner of this prize)and how to get the best tickets to the most popular shows, as well as hints and tips on what not to miss and the best places to eat.

Become a reader of The Co-operative magazine today and enjoy features on great days out for all the family, advice on how to cut your shopping bill, access to a huge database of recipes – including delicious low-fat meal ideas – and, of course, the chance to win some more truly fabulous prizes.

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For more information please contact:
Jeanette Franks
Editor – Online magazine
0161 827 5692
E-mail: jeanette.franks@co-operative.coop

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British Airways has announced the launch of two new routes to Faro and Malaga and added more frequency to the popular destinations of Nice, Palma and Ibiza. This means that British Airways now offers 39 leisure flights per week for this summer from London City Airport to top sun destinations at the height of the season.

The four times a week flights to Faro and the three times a week flights to Malaga are now both in operation and will operate year round.

The existing Nice service has been increased to double daily flights from May until September, and from July to September both Palma and Ibiza flights will be increased from four to ten a week.

Flights are operated by the wholly owned British Airways' subsidiary BA CityFlyer on the new Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft.

Luke Hayhoe, BA CityFlyer commercial manager said: "We first launched leisure only flights from London City last year in direct response to demand from our customers. They proved so popular, particularly during the summer months that we have decided to expand them further this year.

"The addition of two extra aircraft to the fleet means we can also offer year round services to the summer and winter sun destinations of Malaga and Faro."

British Airways offers holidays to European cities with a selection of hand-picked 2 to 5 star hotels, ideally suited to budget travelers as well as the urban tourist seeking sophistication. Customers looking for hotels in Nice can stay at the budget two-star Compte de Nice offering great value yet comfortable accommodation. For family atmosphere, travellers can stay at the friendly four-star Splendid located close to Nice's renowned Promenade des Anglais. For a luxury holiday there is the stylish 4.5-star Le Meridien Nice within strolling distance of the old town. With Cannes being just down the road, the five-star Martinez hotel in Cannes is an established flagship Riviera hotel, ideal for a romantic break as a couple or single travelers away on a celeb spotting adventure.

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About British Airways:
British Airways plc offers a wide range of worldwide destinations – including European city breaks, holidays, hotels, flights, car rental with Avis and experiences. Customers can save time and money with ba.com when booking ATOL protected holiday packages, 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.

Press Contact:
Claire Ioannou
Astral Towers
Betts Way
London Road
Crawley
RH10 9XA
01293 722513
www.ba.com

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