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Sixt continues UK expansion


Sixt has announced the opening of a new branch in Edinburgh, which is their second outlet to open in the city.

The new rental-location is situated at Abbeyhill in the Royal Mile area and near the historic Palace of Holyrood and offers a full range of vehicles to suit both personal and business needs.

The branch’s fleet will feature a range of vehicles for hire, including economy and family cars, convertibles and premium brands such as Mercedes and BMW, to people carriers and vans.

Paul McLoughlin, managing director of Sixt UK, said: “The opening of a second branch in Edinburgh underlines our commitment to provide greater mobility in a bustling and lively city.

Compare Car Hire in the UK“We are very pleased to be able to offer a more extensive service in Edinburgh and provide even more convenience and flexibility to our customers.”

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Hotel overnights in Europe set to increase


Travellers from Germany are more modest in their choice of hotel than holidaymakers from the UK or Russia and prefer middle-class accommodation.

The proportion of Germans who stay in luxury hotels has even declined and currently stands at 13 per cent. These are the results of a special evaluation of the World Travel Monitor on the European travellers’ preferred types of accommodation conducted by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin.

At 57 per cent, overnights represent Europeans’ preferred type of accommodation. Around 234 out of 413 million trips abroad are spent staying at hotels, with currently more European travellers choosing a hotel bed than five years ago.

In 2007 this type of accommodation accounted for 52 per cent. Some 58 per cent of German travellers currently favour hotels. The leaders are Britons (60 per cent) and Russians (66 per cent).

Among Polish and Dutch travellers hotel overnights are less popular (44 and 45 per cent respectively). Around Europe the choices of hotel category also vary.

Among Europeans the proportion of overnights in standard accommodation (middle-class and budget hotels) has stagnated, whereas overnights in four and five-star hotels have risen by four and two per cent respectively.

According to the survey by IPK International Russian holidaymakers in particular prefer luxury accommodation, with 26 per cent opting for the comforts of a five-star hotel whenever they travel abroad. 22 per cent of Britons choose five-star accommodation, which puts them alongside the main nations preferring luxury hotels.

Over the last five years the percentage of Russians and Britons favouring luxury accommodation has risen by two and four per cent respectively, whereas the percentage of Germans preferring this segment stands at only 13 per cent.

Commenting on the reasons for growth in luxury hotel overnights, Martin Buck, director of the Competence Centre Travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin, said: “At many destinations these categories have been offering more and more in recent years.

“Increasingly, rooms at four-star hotels can now be booked for the price of middle-class accommodation. Luxury hotel over nights are also being offered at reduced rates. Frequent use of online booking portals and the growth in direct marketing play an important role here.”

“The effect of ever-present customer loyalty programs and tour operators who normally operate on the mass market advertising rooms in premium-class hotels should not be underestimated either. As a result bookings for four and five-star accommodation have increased and over the coming years will probably continue to do so.”

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Virgin Atlantic launch flights to Vancouver


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!As Vancouver celebrates its 125th birthday this year, Virgin Atlantic gives the city a very special present as the airline announces the launch of a new route from London Heathrow. The new service will commence on 24th May 2012 and will operate four times a week on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Initially the service will run throughout the summer up until 27th October 2012 and will see up to 40,000 Virgin Atlantic customers travelling between London and Vancouver in the first season. As the airline’s 34th worldwide route, Virgin Atlantic estimates that it will deliver around CAD$54million of tourism revenue to the Vancouver market each year.

In addition to the new service to Vancouver, Virgin Atlantic is also delighted to announce the launch of a second service to San Francisco which will operate three times a week. These two new services strengthen the airline’s network in the North American market, which already includes the nine long-haul destinations of New York City, Boston, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Edmond Rose, Director of Commercial and Revenue Planning commented: “We’ve had lots of customers asking us to fly to Vancouver over the years, so we’re delighted to launch this new route in response to customer demand. Vancouver is such a cosmopolitan city, full of culture, shopping and restaurants but it also offers stunning beaches and a range of outdoor adventure options on its doorstep. Vancouver’s tourism is thriving and we believe that we can drive demand even higher by providing great competition with our award winning product and service. The UK has the largest number of overseas visitors to British Columbia each year so it is a natural addition to our route network. This route launch further cements our position as the UK’s leading long haul leisure airline.”

Amanda Wills, Managing Director of Virgin Holidays, said: “This is fantastic news for our customers. Vancouver and British Columbia has been a growing destination for us over the last three years. We’re looking forward to taking Rockstar Service to the Rockies and building some really exciting packages and tailor-made itineraries that make the most of the region’s mix of city break, fly-drive and touring options. San Francisco is one of our most popular USA destinations and an increase in flight frequency will also be widely welcomed by our customers.”

“Today’s announcement by Virgin Atlantic, of four new weekly flights between London and Vancouver, is positive news for British Columbia’s tourism industry,” said The Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia. “The United Kingdom is one of our key markets and also serves as a hub for other international travellers heading to our province. Virgin Atlantic is recognised around the world as a progressive airline and we look forward to welcoming their passengers to Super, Natural British Columbia when their service begins next summer.”

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Croatia welcomes record number of visitors


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!The first six months of 2012 have seen a record number of visitors travel to Croatia.

Arrivals from the UK are up 25 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to official statistics.

A number of new routes out of the UK have launched in recent months, including Heathrow to Zagreb with British Airways and Ryanair’s East Midlands to Zadar, which have led to anticipation growth will continue.

Star Power

One special visitor to the destination was Beyoncé, who reportedly named her daughter Ivy Blue after a tree she saw on the popular island of Hvar during a holiday last year.

In recognition of the development, the mayor of Hvar, Pjerino Bebić, bestowed the title of honorary citizen on the baby.

Pictures of Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z holidaying in Croatia hit the news last summer, when the expectant mother was photographed on the beaches of Hvar.

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Sixt brings luxury car rental service to UK market


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!Sixt has unveiled the expansion of its services in the UK, with a range of high-end luxury vehicles.

Sixt Luxury offers a range of super premium cars, including the Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari California, Porsche, Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Bentley, for short- and long-term rental agreements.

The range of vehicles in the luxury fleet are now available from a number of London’s Sixt depots, including the newly revamped centre at Heathrow airport where customers can take advantage of last-minute vehicle upgrades.

A delivery service is also available at an additional charge for people outside of London.

The new expansion into luxury means that there is now a car to suit every customer’s needs – from the economical Chevrolet Spark, through to the Ferrari California,

Paul McLoughlin, managing director of Sixt UK, said: “Our business is going from strength to strength and we are really excited to launch our new premium vehicle rental service as part of our ongoing expansion in the UK.

“Our growing offering now includes a convenient, flexible way of renting luxury cars at a fraction of the cost of ownership – catering for customers looking to hire for a special occasion, right up to large scale corporate businesses requiring top-end, long term rentals.

“The flexibility of the service will also give luxury car-owners access to short-term replacement cars straight away.”

Sixt was recognised for the World’s Leading Marketing Innovation by the   World Travel Awards in 2011.

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Emirates plans three new destinations


Emirates is embarking on a major expansion of its route network with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months, on top of the 12 new routes already being rolled out in 2012.

From 1st November, Emirates will launch four weekly flights to Adelaide, rising to a daily service from 1st February 2013. Adelaide will be the airline’s fifth destination in Australia, currently served with 70 flights per week.

The airline’s current double-daily service to Perth will grow to 19 weekly flights from 1st December, becoming a triple daily operation from 1st March next year.

The French city of Lyon will be added to the Emirates’ network from 5th December, the carrier’s third point in France after Paris and Nice. Emirates will operate five weekly flights to this vibrant economic and tourism centre of south eastern France.

From 6th February 2013, Emirates will begin flights into Poland, where recently the World bank predicted the highest economic growth in the Central and Eastern European region. The airline will operate a daily service to the capital, Warsaw.

Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has launched nine new destinations so far in 2012; Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Lusaka, Harare, Dallas, Seattle, Ho Chi Minh City and earlier this week Barcelona.

Lisbon will launch on 9th July, Erbil follows on 12th August and Washington comes on board as of 12th September.

 

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Malaysia Airlines launches A380 route to London Heathrow


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!Malaysia Airlines has celebrated the launch of its first Airbus A380 service between KL International Airport (KLIA), Malaysia and London Heathrow, joining the elite league of airlines to fly the world’s largest and most eco-efficient airliner.

The A380 painted in its full celebration livery arrived into London Heathrow from KLIA as flight MH002 early this morning.

Malaysia Airlines’ group chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya was joined by Malaysian dignitaries, the first A380 passengers and UK travel trade partners to celebrate the airline’s inaugural non-stop Airbus A380 flight from Heathrow to KLIA.

Speaking at the event, held in Malaysia Airlines’ newly refurbished Golden Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 prior to the departure of flight MH003, Yahya highlighted the airline’s commitment to the London Heathrow – KLIA route.

“The A380 showcases our latest premium offering and it was imperative that the first of these new aircraft was inaugurated on the prestigious London route, a route we have been operating from Kuala Lumpur since 1974.

“The A380 is our latest flagship aircraft offering new levels of comfort, luxury and convenience for long-haul travel and we look forward to delivering our great Malaysian Hospitality to our UK guests.”

Malaysia Airlines has introduced a number of unique enhancements onboard its first A380 including the widest seats of any First Class cabin in the sky at 40 inches.

The A380 has a capacity of 494 seats, comprising of 350 economy and eight fully-flat first-class seats on the main (lower) deck, and 66 fully-flat business-class and 70 economy seats on the upper deck, providing some of the most spacious cabins in the skies.

The new interiors have been designed by leading aviation design consultancy, Priestmangoode.

Malaysia Airlines preparation for the A380 and its forthcoming membership of the oneworld alliance, which it is set to join in the last quarter of 2012, has also included front and back of house upgrades on the ground at London Heathrow Terminal 4.

The flagship Golden Lounge at KL International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia has also been refurbished and reopened last week in time for the A380 operations.

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