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Emirates to introduce CBeebies on flights


BBC Worldwide has secured a deal with Emirates to launch CBeebies as the airline’s first-ever branded channel targeting children aged six and under.

Loved by children and their carers the world over, CBeebies offers a range of high quality programmes which encourage the BBC’s youngest audiences to learn through play in a consistently safe environment.

From November 1st 2012, Emirates will feature a bespoke CBeebies branded channel showing a selection of long-time kids’ favourites like the award-winning Charlie and Lola and Nina and the Neurons.

The CBeebies channel on Emirates will also be home to several titles developed by the BBC and BBC Worldwide for the international CBeebies television network, including Andy’s Wild Adventures, Baby Jake and Mr Bloom’s Nursery.

The dedicated CBeebies branded channel on Emirates compliments additional programming from the BBC, such as Sherlock (BAFTA, Royal Television Society), starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, the landmark documentary series Frozen Planet, narrated by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and classic comedy series Absolutely Fabulous and Fawlty Towers.

Also available on Emirates is the BBC’s Live Text News and Sport service, which has kept passengers up to date for almost a decade.

Ian McDonough, senior vice president, BBC Worldwide Channels said: “As a company, we are committed to serving our international audiences – both young and old – with the best British content across a range of media platforms.

“This CBeebies branded channel on Emirates will keep young fans entertained and bring yet more children on a journey of learning and discovery.”

“Emirates believes that providing the best in in-flight entertainment is one of the key factors in a successful flight and we continuously invest in expanding our offering to our passengers,” said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates’ vice president corporate communications product, publishing, digital & events.

“Building upon the large selection of children’s TV channels already onboard, adding the dedicated CBeebies channel is just another example of how Emirates meets the needs of our passengers – be they young in age or young at heart.”

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Posted by on 24/09/2012 in Airlines

 

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Emirates adds two weekly flights to Seychelles


In a move to support the tourism sector of the Seychelles, Emirates, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world, will introduce two additional flights to the archipelago in December and February, thus increasing the service to thirteen weekly flights.

The airline, known to have contributed to the development of new tourism markets for the Seychelles, will enhance its promotional efforts across its network to sustain the awareness around the idyllic destination.

“As a partner of the Seychelles, we actively support the tourism industry of the archipelago. The increase in frequencies will provide even more travel options and flexibility to visitors from across our network,” said Ahmed Hashim Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean.

“Working with the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and the Seychelles Tourism Board has been very fruitful. We thank the government of the Republic of Seychelles for their trust in Emirates,” he added.

On his part, Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, said: “We welcome the confirmation by Emirates for its 13th weekly flight linking Seychelles to the world. This is an added boost for our tourism industry, because it helps to reconfirm that we are, more than ever before, but one stop from anywhere in the world traveling in First Class, in Business Class, or in Economy from start to finish. The continued support by Emirates to our tourism marketing drive, we hope, will be reinforced with these extra flights for the benefit of Seychelles and the airline itself.”

The 12th flight starts on December 3. EK707 will depart Dubai at 0845 hours, arriving in Seychelles at 1325 hours. The return journey from Seychelles, EK708, will depart at 2350 hours, arriving in Dubai at 0420 hours, the following day. The 13th flight will be operational from February 5, 2013.

From the start of its operations to Seychelles in January 2005, Emirates has promoted the island destination throughout its network. Every year, Emirates Holidays’ brochure – A World of Choice – dedicates a prominent part to the destination.

 
 

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World Travel Awards announces 2012 Africa winners


World Travel Awards has unveiled the leading travel brands in Africa for 2012.

South African Airways, Abercrombie & Kent, &Beyond, Avis, Travel with Flair and Mantis Collection were among the organisations named the finest in their field by voters.

Morocco’s continuing rise up the global tourism order was acknowledged with it emerging victorious in several blue-ribbon categories.

The ancient medina of Marrakech saw off tough competition from the likes of the Kalahari Desert (Namibia), Kruger National Park (South Africa), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Cape Town (South Africa) to win the coveted title of “Africa’s Leading Destination”.

Properties in Marrakech also enjoyed top honours.

Amanjena was voted “Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort”, while the Royal Mansour was named “Africa’s Leading Hotel” in a category that included The Palace of the Lost City (South Africa), Fairmont the Norfolk (Kenya) and Grand Hyatt Cairo (Egypt).

Nations across the continent shared in the travel triumph.

Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences (Egypt) was voted “Africa’s Leading New Hotel”, while Magical Kenya was named “Africa’s Leading Tourist Board”.

South Africa enjoyed a significant share of the accolades.

Notable winners included Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa (“Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel”), The Blue Train (“Africa’s Leading Luxury Train”), Ellerman House & Villa (Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa), Fairmont Zimbali (“Africa’s Leading Tourism Development Project”) and Shamwari Game Reserve (“Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge”).

The comprehensive WTA programme, hailed as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ by the global media, highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry in quality, innovation and service, over the past year.
WTA president Graham Cooke underlined the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across Africa.

He said: “Our winners are drawn from the breadth of Africa, reflecting how the outstanding natural attractions of the continent are being complimented with a growing portfolio of luxury facilities.

“I am sure these organisations will fare strongly in our Grand Final, which takes place in New Delhi, India on December 12th 2012.”

 
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Posted by on 20/09/2012 in Travel News

 

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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.

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easyJet woos the business and corporate market


easyJet has inked a new travel deal with parliamentarians which promises to provide affordable travel for MPs and peers.

The year-long preferred partnership deal between easyJet and Travel Management Company Hillgate Travel will deliver low cost, flexible fares to MPs as well as providing support for MPs’ constituency and Commons Select Committee’s travel arrangements and will be open for all MPs, Peers and Houses of Parliament staff.

Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet, commented: “We believe this new deal will not only help give MPs and Peers easy and affordable travel but will also safeguard the taxpayers’ purse.

“We know that many MPs, Peers and Government ministers already fly with easyJet. This deal will make it easier and more cost effective than ever before. We are sure they will vote with their feet and travel with easyJet across Europe.

“This deal is a good example of easyJet’s strategy of increasing the number of business travellers flying with the airline. Over 9.5 million business travellers fly with easyJet each year. They are attracted by our combination of low fares and friendly service, carrying our passengers to primary airports at convenient times.”

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