Archive for February, 2012

API Limousine of Sacramento, Ca. is proud to announce the acquisition of California Limousine Inc., a long-standing leader in luxury transportation.  California Limousine was founded over 30 years ago by former owner John Riga and specialized in luxury transportation services in the corporate marketplace. In contrast, API Limousine is an industry leader in the Sacramento limousine services retail market and has been recognized as the 2011 Sacramento's Best Limousine Company on the KCRA A-List. 'With the combination of these two outstanding companies, API Limousine is now one of the largest providers of luxury transportation services throughout the Sacramento region,' states John Costan, CEO of API Limousine.
 
'In addition to growing our fleet, we also continue to implement our growth strategy by attracting top transportation personnel, expanding our corporate client base, and partnering with other quality oriented businesses throughout Northern California,' explains Costan.  'The purchase of California Limousine integrates perfectly into our goal to become the largest, superior quality provider of luxury and charter transportation services throughout Northern California.  We are very pleased to acquire such an outstanding company as California Limousine.'
 
Former California Limousine owner John Riga will be joining API as the Executive Vice President of Business Development and will focus his efforts on client acquisition and relationship management. 'We are honored to add John to our executive team and we look forward to utilizing John's tremendous knowledge and experience to help expand our corporate and government client base,' says Costan.
 
The combined companies will now operate under the brand API Global Transportation Inc.  API Global provides luxury, corporate, and charter transportation services through five distinct market brands, including API Limousine, California Limousine, Sacramento Sedan Service, Silver Oak Limousine, and All Dorado Transportation Services. API Global operates a comprehensive fleet of over 30 vehicles, including corporate sedans, executive vans, luxury limousines, Sacramento party buses, and charter bus services. API also operates a US military veteran-focused employment program with 36 staff members at different locations throughout Northern California.
 
For more information about API Global Transportation, contact John Costan or John Riga by calling (916) 852-5466 or visiting their website at www.apilimos.com.
 
 

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The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam has been awarded the title of 'Global Hotel of the Year 2011' by the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The property, located in the heart of Amsterdam, has been named the best of more than 420 Radisson hotels worldwide, and the leading player within the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group with regards to guest satisfaction, employee engagement, business performance, and market positioning.

"The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam has delivered an outstanding result – not only in 2011, but over the last three years. It has truly raised the bar in achieving operations and service excellence within our group", said Kurt Ritter, president & CEO of Rezidor at the Award Ceremony during Carlson Rezidor's Global Business Conference in Nassau, Bahamas. At the forefront of the Global Business Conference, the property had already been awarded the title of "Hotel of the Year 2011" in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

"Both awards are a thank you and a fantastic motivation to my staff. Such achievements cannot be won by a single employee or following a single activity. They are the result of long term and intense team work", said Ronald Smithjes, general manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam at the prize giving.

The hotel aims to combine past and present in downtown Amsterdam, and was carefully designed to encompass several 18th century merchant houses, a former paper factory and a 19th century vicarage. Featuring 248 modern and stylish rooms and suites, the "De Palmboom" restaurant with a Dutch and international menu, the unique "Pastorie Bar", flexible meeting rooms for up to 160 delegates and a business centre, as well as a gym including sauna and solarium, the hotel is an ideal location for both leisure and business travelers staying in Amsterdam hotels. The hotel also aims to adhere to Radisson's service philosophy 'Yes I Can!', a 100% guest satisfaction guarantee, and further signature services such as free high speed internet access at all times. According to the group's Responsible Business Programme, the hotel is a smoke-free environment, and pet-friendly.

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 – including a hotel Lyon, hotel Stockholm, hotel Salzburg and hotel Toulouse – the Middle East and Africa, which offer conference facilities and accommodation.

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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The National Trust has revealed that bookings of its working holidays are up 50% on this time last year.

The activity programme, celebrating its 45th year, runs over 300 breaks offering the opportunity to get out in the fresh air and play a vital part in conserving the country's natural legacy.

The wide variety of activities include surfing while repairing footpaths in Devon, planting trees and photographing the wonders of Snowdonia or dry-stone walling alongside Hadrian's Wall in Northumbria.

The Trust's Head of Holidays, Marianne Wanstall, said: "This increase in bookings is fantastic news. Our working holidays are not just an amazing opportunity to learn new skills but see behind the scenes of the National Trust, meet new people and enjoy unique experiences. The volunteering work ensures that our special places remain open, relevant and accessible."

As growing numbers of Britons choose to holiday at home amid the economic downturn, National Trust working holidays in the UK also provide great value for money, with seven night breaks available including accommodation, all activities and meals.

New additions in 2012 include a farming holiday which involves hands on experience of all aspects of farming with management of cattle, pigs and even emus. Families are also well catered for with some new holidays offering child friendly activities such as sand sculpture competitions, beach cleaning and orienteering.

Marianne Wanstall added: "We're really focused on providing unique experiences; our most popular choices are those with activities at their core, such as cycling, surfing, sailing, bush craft or photography. One of the real positives is the range of participants, from young to old, and we're delighted that there's been a major growth in our family holiday packages."

With 60,000 regular volunteers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, working holidaymakers join a huge tradition of volunteering with the National Trust.

Rob Clarke, holiday owner in the Lake District, said: "Working holidaymakers play a really valued role, giving up their time and skills to help us look after this special place. It's also fantastic to be involved with all the camaraderie and enjoyment that comes from the people taking part."

More information on the scheme can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/workingholidays.

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About The National Trust:
With more than 250,000 hectares of countryside and 710 miles of coastline across England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy days out with the National Trust. The charity is one of the most important countryside conservation organisations in Europe. It promotes environmentally friendly practises and cares for the diverse and rare wildlife that lives on its land. It also looks after for more than 300 houses and gardens, from workers cottages to stately homes, preserving not only buildings but the stories of the people who lived there. The National Trust also offers a range of holidays and days out, including camping holidays. These spaces inspire the Trust's 4 million members, 61,000 volunteers and 5 million other visitors every year.

PR Contact:
Phillip Harper
Press Office
The National Trust
Heelis
Kemble Drive
Swindon
SN2 2NA
01793 818562
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Gregg Wallace, co-presenter of the popular MasterChef TV show, has opened a restaurant at The Bermondsey Square Hotel, which is run by hotel group Bespoke Hotels. The restaurant, which has replaced Alfie's Bar & Kitchen, matches the hotel's throwback 1970s style and design.
 
The restaurant, called 'Gregg's Table', features classic 1970s meals and recipes, all of which are fully updated to appeal to modern tastes. Dishes such as fish fingers, chips and beans appear on the main menu, while starters include mushroom vol-au-vents and two of the desserts available are the decidedly 70s Knickerbocker glory and banana split. The meals available on the menus are some of Wallace's childhood favourites, with main meals costing between £13 and £19, while starters are just £5 to £7.
 
Wallace, who grew up in the South East area of London and was a greengrocer in his earlier years, has a love of British 1970s cuisine and has long-since been a fan of the Bermondsey Square Hotel.
 
'I have been a supporter of the hotel, which has an inbuilt sense of humour and nod to the 1970s,' he said. 'It seemed a perfect choice for the launch of Gregg's Table.'
 
'We are excited about delivering good honest food, and the hotel has one of London's best outdoor seating areas – we want to fill it with local residents and hotel guests who just want a drink and to have good food while taking in this part of London.'
 
The restaurant can seat a total of 80 people inside, while the outside al fresco dining area has further seating and comes with its own menus for drinks and snacks. The hotel itself has been open since 2009 and is ideally placed just a short distance from some of London's best attractions, such as the TATE Modern art gallery and the Globe theatre.
 
Gregg's Table officially opened on February 27th 2012 – for more information please visit the official Bespoke Hotels website at www.bespokehotels.com.
 
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About Bespoke Hotels:
Bespoke Hotels is one of the UK's leading hotel companies offering truly unique venues for weddings, conferences, weekends away and other special occasions. With 52 properties located across the world, Bespoke Hotels is proud to be able to provide individuals and corporate customers with individually designed rooms, fine dining restaurants, spa facilities, outdoor activities and perfectly manicured landscapes, all at affordable rates.
 
For further information contact:
Robin Sheppard
Email: rsheppard@bespokehotels.com
Telephone: 0207 629 2899
Website: http://www.bespokehotels.com/

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Key West Seaplanes' Little Palm Island private charters are showcased on The Travel Channel in this new episode. The premiere companies work together to provide the ultimate in tropical getaways….

(PRWeb February 29, 2012)

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The Semi Truck Accident Victims Center is urging any family dealing with a seriously injured loved one, who has been innocently involved in a passenger vehicle accident in Texas, that involved a semi…

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Kuoni, a leading luxury travel brand, has opened a sumptuous new store in the Whitefriars Shopping Centre in Canterbury, with an unusual 'meet and greet' desk. The desk is knitted from 3,250 metres of Merino lambs-wool, other mixed wools and cotton in a variety of eye-catching colours.

Mrs Margit Viola of Augsburg in Germany is the lady who spent weeks lovingly knitting the desk using 34 balls of wool in colours: orange, bright blue, grey, black, brown and white. The completed piece was then flown to the UK and installed ready to meet Canterbury's Lord Major and other VIP guests from Canterbury on the 31 January 2012 at the store's official opening party. Mrs Viola, well known for her knitting prowess, was commissioned by Kuoni to start knitting the desk back in 2011.

The inspiration for the knitted desk came from Julie Day, Facilities Manager at Kuoni who says: "I wanted to create a dramatic first impression to the store as well as an unusual feature. The knitted desk is a real talking point and people love to touch and feel its texture. There is something about wool that is naturally warm and welcoming; this feel links with what Kuoni wants to convey – the warm welcomes our travellers receive from our staff across the world."

In addition to the meet and greet desk, the store also boasts a dramatic 16 metre long rug that runs the length of the floor and up a wall to ceiling height in a dramatic mix of terracotta, mustard, olive green and beige colours. Authentic artefacts from different countries such as Bali and Africa make visitors feel a sense of far flung places and exotic travel from the moment they arrive in store.

Kuoni's Personal Travel Experts are on hand in the Canterbury store to help advise-on and plan the best holiday for you. Customers can find the store at 16 Marlowe Arcade, Whitefriars Shopping Centre, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TJ or phone on 01227 463 800.

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About Kuoni:
Kuoni was established in 1906 in Switzerland by Alfred Kuoni, a visionary adventurer and explorer of his time who opened some of Europe's first travel agencies. Today it has branch operations in over 40 countries. For 105 years Kuoni has been creating holidays with a spirit of adventure and has been recognised consistently, winning coveted awards such as The World's Leading Tour Operator for 11 years in a row at the World Travel Awards, Best Large Tour Operator at the 2011 Daily Telegraph Ultratravel 100 Awards for five consecutive years, best Luxury Tour Operator at the Sunday Times Travel Magazine Readers' Awards and scored most highly in the Which? top 20 travel company survey 2011. Kuoni has also been voted Britain's Best Long-haul Tour Operator by travel agents for the past 29 years. Kuoni offers holidays in a wide variety of destinations, such as USA holidays including Hawaii holidays and Las Vegas holidays as well as many packages for honeymoons and weddings abroad.

Kuoni is ABTA and ATOL protected, giving customers financial protection and ensuring they won't be stranded abroad. And customers are safe in the knowledge while they are abroad that Kuoni have professional ground agents and English speaking guides to ensure they have an enjoyable stay.

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BlueSunProperties.com is offering deep discounts to help families seeking relief from rising fuel prices this summer. Discounts range from 10 to 15 percent off.

(PRWeb February 29, 2012)

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Qualifying athletes and their families will to travel to Killington VT for the Eastern J3 Finals, scheduled to take place from March 8th – 11th. Wise Vacations, central Vermont's largest privately…

(PRWeb February 29, 2012)

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Vancouver, February 28, 2012 — Passport Medical, a Vancouver, British Columbia medical tourism company, announced today that they have contributed to and appear in an article in the most recent issue of Delta Sky Magazine.
 
The section, titled 'Need Health Care Will Travel,' outlines patient need for information and assistance with medical procedures done internationally. Large numbers of citizens of Canada and the US are now traveling overseas to have medical procedures at healthcare facilities accredited by international bodies such as The Joint Commission International which ensures high international standards. The benefit to patients is that procedures cost considerably less than the amount that would be charged at home for equivalent treatments. From dental to fertility treatments, patients are now realizing that world-class care can be accessed at dramatically reduced prices.
 
'As leaders in our field, we know why people are drawn overseas to have medical procedures done,' said Mark Semple, president of Passport Medical. 'Whether it's cost savings for elective procedures, more timely access for procedures like joint replacement or spine surgery, or access to procedures not available in Canada, people are realizing that they have options.  As mentioned in the magazine, my wife and I owe an overseas fertility clinic for the birth of our son, and we saved seven thousand dollars.'
 
As a recent winner of a global award in medical tourism, the opportunity to give the company's position of medical tourism to the airline's global readership was just too important to pass up.  'Delta Sky Magazine's coverage of this issue shows the increasing prominence of the topic and let people see that medical tourism can be a viable alternative,' said Semple.

Passport Medical is a leading medical tourism company in North America, and member of The Medical Tourism Association. The company continually provides full-service medical tourism benefits that serve Canada, the United States, and other countries around the world. Passport Medical is committed to working with top-rated international health facilities, and offer opportunities for world-class healthcare to those who want and need it. They are also accredited by The Better Business Bureau.

 
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