Archive for October, 2012

Eurostar has proudly announced the appointment of world renowned Michelin starred chef, Raymond Blanc as its Culinary Director. The exciting new gastronomic partnership will see Raymond share his passion for promoting the very best in sustainable and seasonal food with Eurostar's Business Premier passengers.

The announcement is supported by new research* which reveals that despite the prevailing economic downturn, nearly two thirds (63%) of business travellers have either maintained or even increased their level of business travel in the past 12 months.

While it's good news that the wheels of British business are still turning, it appears it's not such good news for business travellers themselves. The research also highlighted that over a third (34%) rated the quality of the meals they were served when travelling for business as below average.

When questioned further, these same travellers stressed the importance of good food and service on-board alongside more traditional considerations such as price and journey time. Two thirds (66%) highlighted the importance of eating sustainably sourced, seasonal and organic food, while over a third (35%) revealed that presentation of food was an important factor.

With these considerations in mind, Raymond Blanc is collaborating closely with Eurostar's catering suppliers to help transform travellers' perceptions of on-board catering. As a result of his on-going direction and work with Eurostar's suppliers in Belgium, the UK and France, his new and exclusive Business Premier menus have been created to be innovative, seasonal and sustainable and feature several Blanc family recipes such as mackerel salad and chocolate delice with praline custard.

Raymond's creative input has seen a renewed focus on locally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients of a local provenance. The resulting menus combine rustic, traditional dishes with a fresh, modern element of surprise.

Commenting on his appointment, Raymond Blanc said: "As a chef, I'm always searching for the purest ingredients, striving to ensure that everything I use is traceable and responsibly sourced. I'm delighted to work with Eurostar which shares these same values and was the first transport provider to join the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Together we're working to change the perception of on-board cuisine and serving sustainable and locally sourced food which is at the heart of our new Business Premier menus."

The YouGov research also uncovered some of the 'guilty pleasures' business travellers enjoy whilst travelling on business. These include snoozing on company time, using their headphones to drown out fellow passengers and getting stuck into complimentary magazines that they would never normally buy.

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Notes to Editors:
*Online survey by YouGov based on sample of over 1,000 business travellers aged 18 and above living in the UK. Fieldwork: 11 October – 15 October 2012

About Eurostar:
Eurostar is the high-speed train service offering travellers from St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International a convenient way of getting to the Alps, enjoying Disneyland Paris, Amsterdam city breaks and Lille 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 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
020 7843 5500
www.eurostar.com

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Bolen Family Estates Partners with Nation’s Largest Cause-Based Wine Company

(PRWeb October 31, 2012)

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Pedata RV Center recommends that RVers remember to consider the needs of the environment when completing standard “do it yourself” (DIY) maintenance on their recreational vehicle.

(PRWeb October 31, 2012)

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megabus.com, the market leading budget coach provider, is helping to beat the winter blues by offering thousands of free seats on its services.

The low-cost operator – which is part of Stagecoach Group – is offering more than 10,000 free seats on its coach networks in England and Wales between 14 January and 28 February 2013 in a huge giveaway.

Free bus travel seats are available for travel from Monday – Thursday each week during the promotional period and can be booked now by visiting the megabus.com website*.

megabus.com offers fares from just £1 (plus 50p booking fee*) and operates to dozens of destinations across England and Wales, serving large cities as well as smaller towns, including Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester, Preston, London, Birmingham, Norwich, Swindon, Plymouth, Newport and Swansea.

General Manager of megabus.com, Ian Laing said: "Everybody loves a bargain and we hope this huge seat giveaway will help our passengers beat the winter blues. We have a loyal customer base and we're delighted to be offering them this special promotion. We also hope it will encourage new customers to give our services a try and make the switch to greener, smarter and better value coach travel."

megabus.com was launched in the UK in 2003 and revolutionised travel by offering fares from just £1 (plus 50p booking fee) via a simple online booking system. Almost five million passengers now use megabus.com services in the UK every year, which operate to more than 60 locations across the country.

In 2006, Stagecoach launched megabus.com in North America where it has now been used by more than 18 million passengers and serves 90 locations.

Further information about megabus.com services and about the terms and conditions of the seat giveaway can be found at www.megabus.com.

Notes to Editors:
*The 50p booking fee still applies on seats booked through the promotion. Full terms and conditions for the promotion can be found at the following link http://megabus.com/wintersale-terms

About Stagecoach Group:
Stagecoach Group is a leading international public transport group, with extensive operations in the UK, United States and Canada. The company employs around 35,000 people, and operates bus, coach, rail, and tram services. Around 3 million customers use the Group's transport services every day.

Stagecoach is one of UK's biggest bus and coach operators. Around 2.5 million passengers travel on Stagecoach's 7,700 buses every day on a network stretching from south-west England to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The company's business includes major city bus operations in London, Liverpool, Newcastle, Hull, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge. It also operates the market-leading budget coach service megabus.com, which links around 60 key cities and carries 5 million passengers a year in the UK.

Stagecoach is a major UK rail operator, running the South West Trains, Island Line and East Midlands Trains networks. It has a 49% shareholding in Virgin Rail Group, which operates the West Coast inter-city rail franchise.

Stagecoach also operates the Supertram network in Sheffield.

In North America, Stagecoach operates around 2,700 buses and national coaches in the United States and Canada. Budget coach service megabus.com links more than 90 key locations in North America. Stagecoach is also involved in operating commuter and transit services, as well as tours, charters, sightseeing tours and a small number of school bus services.

PR Contact:
Jodine Milne
UK Bus Marketing Manager
Stagecoach Group plc
Wheatsheaf
Sunderland
SR5 1AQ
0191 5675251
uk.megabus.com

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Cruise America is not only tolerant of pets accompanying their owners on vacations; they welcome it. Unlike most rental companies, Cruise America doesn’t charge any special fees to renters who take…

(PRWeb October 31, 2012)

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Bed bugs were sighted in one Chicago courthouse. And stating that bed bugs can infest any place, Spray For Bed Bugs advised everyone to have a Bed Bug Bully prepared.

(PRWeb October 31, 2012)

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Hurricane Sandy and 12-12-12 Weddings

OCEAN CITY, MD (October 30, 2012)  'Hurricane Sandy is NOT going to destroy the 12-12-12 Wedding and Vow Renewal Celebration that is going to be held at Seacrets, Jamaica USA in Ocean City' affirms Pastor Mary Mazzullo, 'The Celebration will be held as planned for all of the couples looking forward to celebrating Luck and Love on 12-12-12 in Ocean City.'

Pastor Mary continued, 'The selection of Seacrets was a strategic move, so that regardless of the weather, couples will still have a spectacular day to be married, renew their vows and dance the day away during their reception on the white sand floors that are inside of Seacrets in the huge Tike Lounge area, and on the spectacular Nite Club area that holds 700 guests.'

Planning ahead is essential for couples, if they want to be a part of history on 12-12 12, and get married or renew their love on what is touted to be 'THE Luckiest Day of This Century'. The planners of this celebration have put together a spectacular inclusive package and are creating some very fun prizes, gifts and goodies and activities to surprise – and dancing and celebrating in all of the open-to-the-sunshine areas in this huge resort property – yet are completely protected from the elements.  Registration is open and the countdown has begun.

Seacrets, Jamaica USA has been the most popular tourist location in Ocean City for many years. They are now eagerly looking forward to hosting hundreds of adventurous couples who want to be a part of history, and enjoy their hospitality.  The Winterfest of Lights will be in full gear in Ocean City. Romantic and awe-inspiring lighted displays to enjoy as you drive around OC, and ride the train through acres of Holiday Light Displays.
Summer Visitors are encouraged to come back to Ocean City in the winter, to enjoy all this resort has to offer.   Come see for yourselves that this popular resort town is ready for business and fun after Hurricane Sandy's uninvited intrusion.

To get more information about this 12-12-12 celebration of weddings and vow renewals, you can send an email to:
PastorMaryMazzullo@gmail.com
and visit the website:
http://12-12-2012Weddings.com/

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After a spectacular summer which showcased the capital on a global stage, London & Partners, the Mayor's official promotional organisation, is joining forces with other London tourism businesses to encourage visitors to come and see it for themselves in 2013, at World Travel Market (WTM), 5 – 8 November 2011.

This year the capital's promotional organisation will use WTM as a launch pad for our latest visitor campaign London, Now See It For Yourself and will be joined on the stand (UKI400) by a very special guest – Rufus the Corgi – who will be meeting and greeting travel trade visitors at 4pm on the first day of the show at ExCel London.

Rufus, the face of the campaign, will help visitors to explore a specially designed digital map and microsite on the new and improved visitlondon.com site. The map for London shows key attractions across the capital and a gives a guide to what's new for 2013. In addition, the team will launch the new travel trade guide – another great tool for the industry to sell what's next for the capital.

UK Leisure Tourism Marketing Manager, Louisa Jackley, said: 'Once again we are delighted to be exhibiting at this pivotal event for the travel industry and in particular as a sharing partner on the UKinbound stand. This year the spotlight has been shining on London highlighting existing landmarks and attractions including Buckingham Palace, the Botanic Gardens at Kew and the EDF Energy London Eye as well as new ones such as The Shard, the Lee Valley White Water Centre and of course the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We are keen to use WTM to help the industry turn those millions of viewers into visitors to London in 2013 and beyond.'

In 2013, London promises more than ever for visitors to the capital. Transport links and connectivity around the capital were drastically improved ahead of the Games and investment to regenerate East London has seen the start of the greatest transformation of an urban park in Europe in 150 years – all making a trip to the capital more appealing.

At WTM all the experts with top tips on where to go to discover those hidden gems and the best way to get to them will be under one roof.

Alongside London & Partners will be Late Night London, Maykenbel Properties, Travelodge, Pestana and Planet Hollywood/Earl of Sandwich. Many more partners will be on hand to share their latest news and products including All England Lawn Tennis Club, Ambassador Theatre, GroupCity Cruises, Encore Tickets, Generator Hostels, Golden Tours, Historic Royal Palaces, Hospitality Line Ltd, The Leisure Pass Group, Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, Ripley's Believe it or Not, St Paul's Cathedral, The Big Bus Company, The Guild Of Travel & Tourism, The Original Tour – London Sightseeing, Royal Collection Trust and Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

Notes to Editors

Hi-res jpeg images of Rufus the Corgi available on request.

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Whitbread's brand new hotel and restaurant development in Halifax has opened, bringing a total of 37 new jobs to the local area. The new Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant is located on Broad Street Plaza in Halifax Town Centre and has injected a total investment of over £6.3 million into the local economy.  

The Halifax Beefeater restaurant offers guests a casual dining experience and features a newly developed menu focusing on steak as well as modern twists on classic dishes. People familiar with the Beefeater brand across the UK will also spot new trial branding for the restaurants that will reinforce the brand's steak heritage through a stylised pink cow logo and a new strapline "Passionate about steak".

Customers can enjoy an assortment of starters including soup, pate, prawn cocktail, fishcakes, portabello mushrooms and the new Beefeater sharing platter. Main courses include grills and tasty steak dishes with a wide choice of sauces and toppings, and mouthwatering salads including Teriyaki beef steak and grilled goat cheese and beetroot.

The menu also offers indulgent deserts such as the classic Beefeater black forest sundae and baked vanilla and toffee cheesecake.
 
As part of the new Broad Street Plaza, the new adjoining Premier Inn, the second of two hotels in Halifax from Premier Inn, is at the heart of Halifax city centre, perfect for both business and leisure travelers.

Christopher Thomson, Cluster General Manager of Premier Inn Halifax, commented: "At Premier Inn we want to be able to offer our customers value for money wherever they plan on staying and it is great to be able to offer such as prime location in Halifax."
 
Each bedroom caters for up to two adults and two children (aged 15 and under) and includes an en-suite bathroom; a king size bed; remote control TV with Freeview; tea/coffee making facilities, and a spacious desk area with 30 minutes free Wi-Fi Internet access. The site will also offer the All You Can Eat 'Premier breakfast' in the Beefeater restaurant.

Premier Inn offers all guests a no quibble 'Good Night Guarantee', which means if customers are not 100% satisfied with their stay they will get their money back.  

With over 600 hotels nationwide, Premier Inn is at more locations than any other hotel chain in the UK.

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About Beefeater:
Something exciting is happening at only a handful of Beefeaters in the UK.

The new look Beefeater is fresh, contemporary and has taken on a whole new take on steak where guests can enjoy delicious dishes in stylish surroundings. The new restaurants may look different to the original Beefeaters, but the same welcoming atmosphere and fantastic service can be found.

As well as its take on steak, the Beefeater menu now includes tempting salads, mouth watering mains and indulgent puddings. Each dish is prepared by experienced chefs and served with a generous helping of passion and pride.

About Premier Inn:
Award-winning Premier Inn is the UK's biggest budget hotel brand with over 600 budget hotels and more than 46,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland. Premier Inn bedrooms feature en-suite bathrooms, TV with Freeview, and Wi-Fi internet access. All Premier Inns feature a bar and restaurant; situated inside the hotel or adjacent, offering a wide range of food choices.  

In 2008 Premier Inn launched in Dubai and is now open in Bangalore, India. On a domestic front, Premier Inn aims to be the largest provider of budget hotels in London (within the M25) by 2012.

Premier Inn supports Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. The charity needs to raise £50 million every year to support the care the hospital provides to some of the UK's sickest children.

PR Contact:
Sara Lincoln
Frank PR
3rd Floor
Centro 4
20-23 Mandela Street
London
NW1 0DU
0207 693 6999
www.premierinn.com

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Lufthansa is making baggage check-in even simpler. From now on, at Munich airport passengers can check their bags in themselves. New baggage drop-off machines with easy-to-follow instructions guide passengers through the few steps needed to check in their bags. Six new-generation baggage machines are already in operation at the southern end of Terminal 2, and a further 13 will be added at Munich by the end of November 2012. At Frankfurt, two baggage drop-off machines are also undergoing a test run. By the middle of next year, a total of 16 will be in routine operation at Germany's largest airport. Since 2011, the new baggage machines have been tested by about 95,000 passengers. Passengers who request personal assistance or who would like to check in bulky items can, of course, still drop off their baggage at a check-in counter.&nb
Boarding service for premium passengers on Lufthansa's European flights

On European routes, Lufthansa passengers travelling in First and Business Class as well as HON Circle members, Senators and holders of a Star Alliance Gold Card can board their flight before all other passengers. The personalised Priority Boarding service, which is supervised by a staff member at the gate, allows these customer groups to board their aircraft immediately after families with children and passengers in need of assistance. Premium customers then have plenty of time to stow their hand baggage and take their seats. The new boarding service has already been tested on numerous routes and is offered on all European flights.

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