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Stena Line has confirmed that its two new Superfast vessels, which will be introduced on the company's new Cairnryan to Belfast service in November, will have a Nordic Spa onboard to offer passengers a totally unique travel experience.

Stena Superfast VII and Superfast VIII will be the largest ferries ever to sail between Scotland and Northern Ireland and are currently undergoing extensive upgrades in Poland by specialist cruise ship outfitters.  When complete, they will be the first Irish Sea ferries to offer passengers the opportunity to relax and indulge in a Pure Nordic Spa during the 2 hour, 15 minute crossing.  

The spa will contain a sauna and Jacuzzi which will be exclusively available to Stena Plus and Premium fare passengers.

"We have established a reputation for providing a very high level of customer service so the prospect of offering our customers the opportunity to unwind in a Pure Nordic Spa at sea has really got our staff excited about giving our customers an even better travel experience," said Stena Line Route Director Paul Grant.

"We plan to make the facility available to our Stena Plus customers and are confident that it will enhance our premium service offering even further. Although the new ferries will have a crossing time of just 2hr 15mins, our customers will still have enough time to relax and unwind and enjoy their journey even more than before.

"We are always looking at innovative ideas to help improve our offering to customers to ensure that their journey with us is a truly enjoyable experience in itself.  The introduction of our Pure Nordic Spas is one such idea and one of a host of on board facilities which are dedicated to leisure and business passengers," he added.   

Stena Line's new Cairnryan to Belfast route is scheduled to launch on 21 November. The new Superfast vessels will make 12 crossings per day and each of the ten-deck ships can carry up to 1200 passengers, 660 cars or 110 freight units.

About Stena Line
Stena Line is the market leader on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland, including Stranraer to Belfast, Liverpool to Belfast, Holyhead to Dublin Port, Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and Fishguard to Rosslare. The ferry company carries over two million passengers on its Irish Sea routes each year, more than its rival ferry operators combined. 

PR contact:
Eamonn Hewitt
Communications and PR Manager Irish Sea
Stena Line
The Ferry Terminal
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
00353 1 2047617
www.stenaline.co.uk

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Fund for Teachers invests in PreK-12 educators by funding teacher-designed fellowships that catalyze authentic learning in the classroom.

(PRWeb September 30, 2011)

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The National Trust has announced its first ever Walking Festival, which aims to encourage families and individuals to get active and explore some of the UK's most scenic areas

Between Saturday 22 and Sunday 30 October, 150 National Trust properties around Britain will offer guided walks and special events information and trail maps for visitors who prefer to take self-guided walks. There will also be a range of activities aimed at younger visitors.

These walks in many locations around the country have been chosen for their diversity and wide-reaching appeal – from areas abundant in wildlife, where visitors may have the chance to spot wild deer and other indigenous animals up close, to outdoor properties famed for their architecture and heritage. Other areas truly give visitors the chance to get away from it all, when heading into the wilderness, with holiday cottages close to most locations.

Self-guided walks could be the ideal option for adventurous families who are keen to see some of the country's most magnificent sights under their own steam, and the National Trust has compiled more than 250 trail maps that can be downloaded from its website to offer a helping hand. These nature trails include the Wonderful White Cliffs Walk, taking in Dover's iconic cliff-side scenery, and walks around the woodland and farmland of Wallington in Northumberland.

For people who prefer the prospect of taking walks in company, led by an expert guide, there are many options to choose from throughout the Walking Festival – from Nordic walking around Cornwall's Trelissick Garden to gondola cruises around Coniston and Tarn Hows in Cumbria.

Visitors with children will also be able to take custom walks designed for smaller legs, including a discovery walk around Cambridgeshire's Anglesey Abbey, welly walks in Warwickshire and a pumpkin hunt at Erddig, Wrexham, to help you get into the spirit of the Halloween season. The Walking Festival also includes various challenges for more adventurous trekkers, such as long distance walks and runs around the Shropshire countryside.

About The National Trust:
The National Trust is the largest non-governmental landowner in the UK, owning approximately 250,000 hectares (660,000 acres) of the great outdoors across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and offers many ideas for days out.

The National Trust also offers a number of self-catering holiday cottages and last minute cottages located across the country and near to three hundred of England, Wales and Northern Ireland's greatest historic houses and gardens, 1,000 km of coastline and vast swathes of the country's most beautiful countryside.

PR Contact:
Jeanette Heard
Assistant Press Officer
National Trust
Heelis
Kemble Drive
Swindon
SN2 2NA
01793 817706
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Guoman Hotels is to welcome top London salesroom Dreweatts Bloomsbury to its Cumberland hotel on October 10th for two style-packed auctions.Eight works by legendary graffiti artist Banksy, a vintage Hermes crocodile 'Kelly' handbag and a collection of costume jewellery that once belonging to the Duchess of Windsor are among the lots on offer at the auctions taking place at The Cumberland.

Collectors and fashionistas are expected to pack the Marble Arch hotel – famed for its chic contemporary interior – when Dreweatts Bloomsbury hosts Luxury: Fine Handbags, Pens and Accessories (from 2pm) and Urban Contemporary art (from 6pm).

Taking top billing is limited edition spray paint and emulsion work, 'Mosquito', by street art master Banksy (estimate £30,000-£50,000). Other notable items in the Urban Contemporary  sale include items from rising Brit star Eine, whose work was given to US president Barack Obama by prime minister David Cameron; French stencil king Blek Le Rat; and graffiti ace D*Face.

Meanwhile, Luxury: Fine Handbags, Pens and Accessories will feature a wealth of vintage and modern collectibles, including a 1960s Hermes brown crocodile Kelly bag (estimate £8,000-£12,000); four pieces of fabulous costume jewellery designed by Alexis Kirk for the Duchess of Windsor; and a number of contemporary pieces by Cartier, Gucci, Tiffany and Bulgari.

Tim Cordon, General Manager of the luxury London hotel commented: "The Cumberland has a long history of being at the cutting edge of the London design and fashion scene, so it's fantastic Dreweatts Bloomsbury are bringing these two incredible auctions here. The striking 'gallery' feel of the hotel makes it the ideal venue to showcase the incredible items going under the hammer."

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 in the UK consists of four landmark properties; Charing Cross, the Cumberland, The Royal Horseguards (current AA London Hotel of the Year 2010/11) and The Tower. Whilst each hotel in the portfolio is different with its own unique identity and style, each provides the very highest levels of comfort and service to its guests.

In 2010, Guoman Hotels launched internationally with its new property opening in Shanghai.  In the UK, The Grosvenor Victoria property will join the collection in 2011.

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.

For further information please visit www.guoman.com

PR Contact:
Victoria Savill
Siren PR
Room on the Roof
Riverside Studios
Crisp Road
London
W6 9RL
0208 237 1210
www.guoman.com

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Namba Gear adds a high performance laptop backpack to its line of laptop bags tailored to the needs of musicians and djs.

(PRWeb September 30, 2011)

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InstaManager™ FLEX is a Revolutionary New Product for the Vacation Rental Industry

(PRWeb September 30, 2011)

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Prudential Realtor Shauna Covington announced today that Cooks Pointe, one of only three estate properties ever to be built on the Cliffs of the Dana Point Headlands, is listed for sale. According to…

(PRWeb September 29, 2011)

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Adaco has attained the Gold Independent Software Vendor Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network, demonstrating the company's ability to meet the evolving needs of Microsoft customers in today's dynamic business environment. To earn a Microsoft Gold Competency, organizations must complete a rigorous set of tests to prove the company's level of technology expertise, have the right number of Microsoft Certified Professionals, submit customer references and demonstrate its commitment to customer satisfaction by participating in an annual survey.
 
Adaco created the first inventory control software specifically for the hospitality industry in 1984, and has taken a leadership position in best practices procurement and reporting ever since. As the standard-bearer for procurement hospitality platforms, Adaco .NET™ was completely re-written in Microsoft's .NET framework to provide comprehensive, consistent and reliable operations. It is used around the world by virtually every major hotel chain, not to mention cruise lines, resorts and educational institutions.
 
'Gold Certified Partners are the top level of Microsoft solutions partners and receive a rich set of benefits, including access to specialized tools and support,' said Adaco's Director of Technology Alexander Kvasov. 'Our significant effort to become certified ensures that Adaco software is written to harmoniously fulfill the promise of seamless .NET integration and confirms that our extensive Professional Services are delivered based on the most current set of best practices,' Kvasov said.
 
'This certification reaffirms the Adaco promise that our customers will always receive the most qualified customer service,' said Sunil Ippagunta, President of Adaco. 'From initial consult to ongoing support, our goal is to exceed the customer's expectations in every interaction. By inclusion in the Microsoft Certified Network, our Independent Software Vendor Competency is truly 'golden.' The Adaco team looks forward to helping our customers be 'what's next' and leverage our prestigious Gold competency.'
 
'The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to empower solution providers to succeed in today's business environment. By achieving the prestigious Gold competency, participating companies are provided  with a rich set of benefits, including increased customer visibility through branding and accessibility, training and support,' said Jon Roskill, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. 'We are proud to put forth a program that provides the right resources to  help a company develop the expertise customers demand in today's competitive market and also provides the community and infrastructure that can connect them to one another, lowering costs for all parties.'
 
The Microsoft Gold Competency signifies to the market that a company has demonstrated the highest level of skill and achievement within a given technology specialization. The Microsoft Partner Network is designed to equip organizations that deliver products and services based on the Microsoft platform with the training, resources and support they need to provide their customers a superior experience and outcomes.
 
About Adaco
Adaco is the industry leader in hospitality procurement, management and optimization. Adaco software improves efficiency and eliminates labor-intensive manual and paper-based processes. Adaco .NET™ supports 160 regions around the world, and the company's solutions are used in more than 54 countries. Adaco has focused exclusively on the hospitality industry since 1985. For more information, please visit www.adaco.com.

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Eurostar, the high speed rail service between UK and mainland Europe, has awarded NOMAD Digital Ltd ('NOMAD'), the specialist provider of connectivity solutions to the rail industry, the contracts to supply on-board Wi-Fi connectivity and state-of-the-art infotainment for its existing fleet of high speed trains. This follows a rigorous, competitive procurement process in which NOMAD emerged as the clear winner.

Over the next three years, Eurostar is making a £700 million investment in its fleet. This includes the complete overhaul and refurbishment of the existing fleet as well as the purchase of 10 new e320 train sets from Siemens. This programme of investment will ensure that Eurostar will be able to expand its operations and provide its passengers with the best possible travel experience and service in a competitive environment across its entire fleet.

When the Eurostar refurbished trains and the new e320 trains come into operation in 2013 and 2014 respectively, customers will have access to high speed broadband internet on board. Passengers will also be able to view and/or download pre-loaded entertainment/infotainment to their own devices via a Secure Wireless LAN. The quality of the NOMAD technology is such that passengers will enjoy a high speed connection to the internet at all times throughout their journey, a seamless switchover at international borders and connectivity wherever the customer is seated and whenever it is required.

In addition to providing connectivity solutions and infotainment the contracts will also cover the provision of spares and maintenance (for 5 years) as well as monitoring and multilingual service support to customers.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director at Eurostar, said: "We are very pleased to be working with NOMAD and are confident that their Wi-Fi and infotainment solutions will significantly enhance the on-board travel experience and deliver our customers a high quality broadband service. Access to a high speed internet and quality infotainment is increasingly important to passengers and will ensure that whether they are travelling for business or leisure, they get the most out of their journey. In a world of on-rail competition providing the optimal digital experience will be key to our success."

Alexander Eriksen, CEO at NOMAD said: "We are delighted to have been selected for provision of the wifi and infotainment solution for the Eurostar fleet. This contract is very strategic to NOMAD representing its entry into both the high speed rail and French markets. We look forward to working with such a prestigious company as Eurostar and delivering a high quality broadband experience to its customers."

For more information and to find Eurostar deals such as cheap Eurostar tickets, interested parties can visit www.eurostar.com.

About Eurostar:
Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Avignon and the French Alps. The company also offers a London Paris train, Disneyland Paris packages and Amsterdam city breaks.

Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.

The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.

Eurostar is the Official International Rail Service Provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the UK

PR Contact:
Aude Criqui
Senior Press Officer
Eurostar Press Office
Times House
Regent Quarter
Bravingtons Walk
London
N1 9AW
0044 (0)20 7843 5405
www.eurostar.com

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Brad Schmett of Luxury Homes by Keller Williams has announced today that now is the best time to buy Palm Springs, California real estate.

(PRWeb September 29, 2011)

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