Archive for January, 2012

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham, a landmark hotel in the heart of the city centre, has celebrated its sixth anniversary in style, with over 100 guests enjoying an Italian themed party at the hotel.

Many of Birmingham's finest, including the Lord Mayor Cllr Anita Ward, were on hand to share in the celebrations of one of the city's premier hotels.  

In tribute to the popular movie 'The Italian Job', guests were greeted on arrival by blue, red and white Mini's at the hotel's entrance. Super stylish Lambretta and Vespa scooters were loaned to the hotel to further celebrate and embrace all things Italian. Inside the party, guests entertained themselves on Formula One stimulators, testing their mettle behind the wheels of a Ferrari in a Top Gear-style "Filini challenge". Meanwhile, Amore Voce, the Italian pop-opera singers with a name that translates as "love voice", provided the evening's entertainment with some striking sounds.

The Italian flavour continued through the food and beverages on offer for guests, with Jonathan Parnell, Head Chef of 'Filini', the hotel's authentic Italian restaurant in Birmingham, serving up delicious treats including homemade pizza, mini risottos and selections of Italian breads and olives.  

Christopher Pike, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham, said: "We are all extremely excited to be celebrating our 6th year of business in the city and it is great to be able to celebrate in style with so many of our valued guests and clients, it has been a great six years with some challenges along the way but we are extremely proud to be here and look forward to many more successful years in this wonderful city,"

One happy chap at the end of the evening was the lucky winner of the hotels Formula One "Filini Challenge" who achieved the fastest recorded lap on the Formula One Stimulators, in a hotly contested competition, winning a VIP stay in the hotel's impressive Presidential Suite in the process.

Notes to Editors:
Ideally positioned near the business district, convention centre and shopping complexes, the Radisson Blu hotel in Birmingham city centre is located in a 39-storey glass skyscraper. This contemporary hotel offers stylish Birmingham accommodation, with 211 stylish guest rooms and suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-panel televisions, free high-speed Internet access and other desirable amenities. In addition to state-of-the-art conference facilities, this hotel features an award-winning Italian restaurant, two bars, three spa treatment rooms and a health and fitness centre offering spectacular city views from the 18th floor.

About Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts:
Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts (formerly Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts), part of The Rezidor Hotel Group, offers first class service, providing guests with a contemporary, upscale hospitality experience. Radisson Blu has received numerous awards for Best Hotel Chain and is renowned for its "Yes I Can!" spirit of service and the "100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee". September 2005 saw the roll out of a free broadband service across the portfolio – the first international hotel chain to offer this service. Radisson Blu currently includes more than 250 hotels either in operation or under development and with more than 58,300 rooms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including Birmingham hotels.

For more information, visit www.radissonblu.com.

PR Contact:
Christine Reiter
Senior Director Corporate Communication
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
B-1130 Brüssel
Belgien
+32 2 702 9331
www.radissonblu.com

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Radisson Blu Edinburgh has been crowned Gram Hotel Sustainable Champion of the Year by Gram UK, the award-winning manufacturer of energy efficient commercial refrigeration. The prize is awarded to the most environmentally conscious hotel in the UK.

To make the important decision, Gram appointed an independent judging panel, formed of representatives from Caterer & Hotelkeeper Magazine, the Considerate Hoteliers Association and the Institute of Hospitality, who were all impressed with the high standard of entries. The panel chose Radisson Blu Edinburgh as overall winner because of the focus the team at the hotel in Edinburgh city centre has placed, on putting sustainability at the top of their agenda for the hotel. The hotel walks away from the competition with a Gram refrigerator from the Energy Technology List.

Lisa Jenkins, products and suppliers editor at Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine, commented: "This hotel had an obvious passion for the environment with many systems in place.  I particularly liked the fact that they were reducing the use of chemicals.  They had also reduced the number of beverage deliveries and I think this will become much more of a key target for many businesses in 2012."

John Firrell, director of the Considerate Hoteliers Association and fellow judge added: "The winners have shown consistency and persistency in their intent, staff colleagues willingly embrace the hotel's green credentials and despite the economic outlook the hotel is prepared to press home their sustainable initiatives. Well done!"

The competition goes hand in hand with the publication of the hotel edition of the Gram Green Paper which takes all of the insight, findings and results from the landmark 2010 issue of Gram's Green Paper, and draws conclusions and results that are specifically relevant to the hotel sectors.

Steve Valentine, Regional Chief Engineer of Radisson Blu Edinburgh commented on their win: "We are delighted to receive this prize as we have always taken pride in our green programme and which for many in the hotel is second nature. This prize will be welcomed by our kitchen team and will certainly not look out of place in our newly refurbished kitchen in early 2012."

The Radisson Blu Edinburgh offers 238 contemporary rooms of Edinburgh accommodation that reflect the individuality of the hotel and its unique location on the historic Royal Mile.

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About Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts:
Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts (formerly Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts), part of The Rezidor Hotel Group, offers first class service, providing guests with a contemporary, upscale hospitality experience. Radisson Blu has received numerous awards for Best Hotel Chain and is renowned for its "Yes I Can!" spirit of service and the "100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee". September 2005 saw the roll out of a free broadband service across the portfolio – the first international hotel chain to offer this service. Radisson Blu currently includes almost 250 hotels either in operation or under development and more than 58,000 rooms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including hotels in Edinburgh, and offers many special offers including Edinburgh hotel deals.

PR Contact:
Christine Reiter
Senior Director Corporate Communication
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
B-1130 Brüssel
Belgien
+32 2 702 9331
www.radissonblu.com

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Windmill Leasing, the  Bromsgrove based car leasing provider, is celebrating its latest award for Supplier of the Year 2011 as presented by one of its clients Portrayal Ltd for supplying them with an entire fleet of vehicles. These services contribute to the smooth running of Portrayals business which supplies photocopiers to companies on a nationwide scale.

Top 50 ranking UK car leasing company Windmill Leasing was nominated for the Supplier of the Year 2011 accolade for its continued high service levels for looking after the company's entire fleet of business vehicles as well as providing them with a bespoke fleet policy designed specifically to cater for all their requirements. Beating some extremely well-known brands to the award, Windmill Leasing's consistent high quality customer service standards were recognised and duly rewarded.

Managing Director of Windmill Leasing, Keith Townsend, said: "Winning Portrayal's Supplier of the Year award was a great ending to 2011, not just for Windmill as a business, but for the team as well.

"Windmill has worked with Portrayal for a number of years and over this time the business relationship has matured; both parties understand each other's needs and work together, which are the main reasons behind a successful working relationship.

"Providing excellent customer service and account management is part if the strong foundation that Windmill was built on. Every decision that is made is done so by looking at it from the customer's perspective, which is why we take great pleasure in receiving recognition from the clients that we serve. It makes all of the hard work more rewarding."

Winning this award is testament to the professionalism and care that can be found in all areas of the business at Windmill Leasing. It is a company that strives for continual improvement and they have a strong commitment to both their local and regional customers. This award will help to increase brand awareness for the thriving car leasing business as it moves forward.

About Windmill Leasing:
Windmill Leasing is an award-winning provider of company car leasing and contract hire services to businesses throughout the UK. Formed in 2004, the company employs a range of experts in the car leasing field in its Head Office, Bromsgrove and Sheffield satellite office, from which it offers initial advice and on-going account management services to its clients. From Audi car leasing deals to GAP insurance, the company prides itself in its holistic approach to contract hire for the UK business car leasing market.

Windmill Leasing PR Contract:
Jacci Kinsella
Online Copywriter
Oak Tree House
Waterside Unit C
Hanbury Road
Stoke Prior
Bromsgrove
B60 4FD
01527 573765
www.windmillleasing.com

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The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart. Located directly at the Marienplatz, the hotel offers its guests 181 modern rooms beside 460 sqm of conference space also divided into nine individual meeting rooms.

The Park Inn by Radisson hotel Stuttgart had a very successful first year and has established itself well in the Stuttgart hotel market.

According to the General Manager, Mr Norbert Schneider said: "Stuttgart has so much to offer every traveller. Business or pleasure, Stuttgart's infrastructure and excellent transport links makes it a perfect city to visit."

The guest reviews and comments of the hotel in Stuttgart reflect this success. In the popular travel website tripadvisor.de it occupies the prestige's ranking number 8 out of 154 Stuttgart hotels. Guests particularly appreciate the central location in Stuttgart, The RBG Restaurant & Grill and local delicacies such as 'Maultaschen'. These reviews are of great importance to the hotel.

Beside the central city centre location and the easy access to the airport and Stuttgart's convention centre the Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart offers its guest modern, spacious rooms, high speed Internet access free of charge as well as an international and local menu in the RBG Stuttgart Restaurant Bar Grill.

With the opening of the Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart, the Rezidor Hotel Group just set another mile stone in hospitality. And the development of the fastest growing hotel company continues.

About the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group:
In January 2012, Carlson Hotels and Rezidor have announced that they will go to market and do business as the "Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group".
 
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – born in early 2012 – is one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels (including Stuttgart accommodation); a global footprint spanning 80 countries, a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, Park Inn by Radisson, Hotel Missoni and Park Plaza). In most of the group's hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 80,000 people.

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.

PR Contact:
Christiane Reiter
Senior Director Corporate Communication
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
B-1130 Brüssel
Belgien
+32 2 702 9331
www.radissonblu.com

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Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, is offering special, limited prices for Standard and Standard Premier travel to Paris, Brussels or Lille until March 29th.

With plenty of the special return Standard class fares available for midweek travel, this is the perfect time for Eurostar customers to book a reviving day trip or a relaxing long weekend. Travellers can also treat themselves to a more luxurious journey for less as Eurostar is also offering special Standard Premier return fares for travel during the same period.

When passengers arrive in their chosen destination their Eurostar ticket gives them much more than travel alone, with a range of enticing 'Eurostar Plus' offers and discounts.

'Eurostar Plus Culture' offers travellers 2-for-1 entry into paying exhibitions at selected top museums and galleries in Paris, Brussels and Lille, simply by showing their Eurostar ticket. So, whether they're visiting the Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales in Paris or the Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels, there's plenty to keep them entertained over the coming months.
 
'Eurostar Plus Gourmet' offers also give passengers up to 50% discounts on meals at popular restaurants in Paris, Brussels and Lille, by booking their table via www.eurostarplus.co.uk/gourmet and presenting their Eurostar ticket at the restaurant on arrival.

Nick Mercer, Commercial Director for Eurostar said: "Many of our travellers like to travel midweek as our destinations and their tourist attractions tend to be less busy. These discounted fares give everyone the perfect excuse to treat themselves to a getaway for less. After all, with special fares to Paris, Brussels or Lille and exclusive offers for museums, restaurants and shopping when you're there, this is an offer not to be missed."

For more information about the new promotional fares, Eurostar Plus, or to book cheap Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers, customers can visit eurostar.com or call 08432 186 186.

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About Eurostar:
Eurostar is the high-speed train service, offering a birmingham to paris train, a manchester to paris train, a train from london to paris, a london to brussels train and linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.

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.

About The Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel:
Since 2001 the Ashden awards have been supporting sustainability projects across the globe and now they're working with Eurostar to promote sustainable travel. As part of the Tread Lightly programme to cut carbon and get people thinking differently about their journeys, Eurostar has launched the Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel.

With a prize fund and a host of benefits, the Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel will celebrate and support local sustainable travel projects in the UK, France and Belgium. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.

Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.

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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Bay Area Ski Bus Taking Bay Area Skiers and Snowboarders to Lake Tahoe. If you are looking for something a little extra, Ski Ride Tours, Bay Area Ski Bus's sister company, will fly you to Utah,…

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The ski season has struggled to take off this winter due to mild temps and lack of natural snow, so Wise Vacations, central Vermont's largest privately owned vacation rental company is offering…

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Ever wanted to see a rocket launch that flies to the moon? How about surfing the waves at a nearby beach? All this is possible with a vacation Florida beach style. Florida's Space Coast is home to the Kennedy Space Center and is close to Orlando and Tampa beaches.

A memorable Florida family vacation allows families to enjoy cool restaurants, great hotels, attractions, entertainment and endless year-round family recreation. 

All ages can enjoy a Florida beach vacation. Golfing, surfing, building sand castles or a romantic stroll along the beach are fun, relaxing options for a Florida family vacation. Consistent warm weather throughout the year allows more outdoor activities.

As a matter of fact, warm weather brings a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon to the Space Coast area February 4-5, 2012 for the State Farm Melbourne & Beaches Music Marathon.

The cash and prize purse for the event is $17,200. Of that purse, $10,200 will go to the Masters group of top finishers of men and women aged 40 and over. The remaining $7,000.00 will go to athletes competing in the Top End/PVA EuroAmerican Handcycling Championships. Concerts will be held after the races each day.

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Improved Consumer-lending Site Speeds Up Access to Short-term Loans

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Starting 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, with new destinations. In addition, Disney Cruise Line will cruise from a second homeport in Florida, with Caribbean sailings departing from the Port of Miami for the very first time,  said Thomas DeSimone, Co-Founder & CEO of CruiseDealership.com

Disney Cruise Line Featured 2013 schedule (which can be booked at this time). Rates and ports of call are subject to change, to get up to date information and cruise deals vist www.cruisedealership.com

 Mediterranean from Barcelona

Beginning June 1, 2013, the Disney Magic returns to Europe.

The 12-night voyages visit destinations which include Venice, Italy, and Croatia's Dalmatian Coast on one itinerary and Ephesus, Turkey and the Greek Isles including Athens, on another. Each itinerary will offer a voyages departing in June and the other departing in July.

Rates start at $796 per person for four-night cruises, $1,015 per person for seven-night cruises and $2,244 for 12-night cruises departing from Barcelona for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy (prices subject to change) plus incentives for booking thru CruiseDealership.com

Four-night Mediterranean Cruises 
Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Departure dates: July 9, Aug. 6

Seven-night Mediterranean Cruise
Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy
Departure dates: June 1, 8, Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31

12-night Mediterranean with Greece
Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Mykonos, Greece; Valetta, Malta
Departure dates: June 15, July 13

12-night Mediterranean with Venice
Ports: Barcelona; Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence (La Spezia), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy; Venice, Italy (overnight); Dubrovnik, Croatia; Valetta, Malta
Departure dates: June 27, July 25

Bahamas and Western Caribbean Cruises out of Miami

Disney Cruise Line will now leave from Miami for the very first time on Dec. 23, 2012. One six- and one seven-night Caribbean Cruise Voyages onboard the Disney Wonder plus four or five night cruises from Miami to the Bahamas and Western Caribbean between Jan. 5, 2013, and May 2, 2013. The four- and five-night cruises have a range of itineraries. Ports of call to such destinations as Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for four and five night cruises departing from Miami start at $440 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy plus extra incentives when booked at Cruisedealership.com

Five-night Caribbean
Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 5, 19, Feb, 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27

Five-night Caribbean
Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22

Four-night Bahamas
Ports: Miami, Key West, Nassau, Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2

Western Caribbean Cruises from Galveston

The Disney Magic, will also begin departing from Texas in 2012, from the Port of Galveston through May 2013, to the Western Caribbean.

Rates start at $750 per person for six-night cruises and $920 per person for eight-night cruises departing from Galveston for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy plus added incentives when booking at CruiseDealership.com

Six-night Caribbean:
Ports: Galveston, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Departure dates: Dec. 15 and 29, 2012, Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20. May 4

Eight-night Caribbean:
Ports: Galveston, Key West, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel
Departure dates: Dec. 21, 2012, Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26, May 10

Alaska from Vancouver

Starting May 27, 2013, the Disney Wonder will cruise seven-nights from Vancouver to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska.

Rates for seven-night Alaska cruises departing from Vancouver start at $1,015 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy plus added incentives when booking online at www.Cruisedealership.com

Seven-night Alaska:
Ports: Vancouver, Tracy Arm (scenic cruising through fjord), Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan
Departure dates: May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2

Caribbean and Bahamas Cruises from Port Canaveral

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream will also be departing from a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries leaving from Port Canaveral.

The Disney Fantasy will depart out of Port Canaveral on seven-night Caribbean Sailings, alternating eastern (St. Maarten and St. Thomas) and western (Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel). Also Eastern Caribbean Cruises, January through April 2013, with stops at San Juan, Puerto Rico. All Disney Fantasy Cruises include Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rates for seven-night Caribbean cruises on the Disney Fantasy start at $1,085 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy plus Special Deals at CruiseDealership.com

The Disney Dream will cruise three, four and five-night voyages from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.
Rates for three and four night Bahamas cruises on the Disney Dream start at $450 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy which include incentives when booked online at CruiseDealership.com

CruiseDealership is one of 16,000 North American travel agencies and agent members of CLIA, whose 25 member lines represent over 97% of the cruise berths marketed in North America. According to CLIA statistics, the wide majority of travelers – about 90+% – book cruises through travel agencies, and for good reason: agents excel at finding the perfect cruise to match their client's vacation needs, lifestyle and budget. CruiseDealership is part of  CLIA's certified cruise counselors programs which are the cruise industry's premier professionals, providing the best service and value for travelers' vacation dollar

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