Saturday, 21 October 2017

Crystal Cruises earns top honours again

THE readers of Condé Nast Traveler have once again voted Crystal Cruises as the “World’s Best” medium sized #cruise line (501-2,499 guests), marking the record-making 24th year the #luxury line has earned top honours. 

The publication’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards included input from more than 300,000 readers, who cast votes for more than 7,000+ hotels, 500 cruise ships, 600+ cities and 200+ islands, resulting in a preeminent list of more than 1,400 of the world’s best travel experiences.


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Save in Switzerland




WHILE
many people may perceive a holiday in #Switzerland to be impossibly expensive, it is certainly more affordable than one may think. Switzerland Tourism has shared some useful tips on how travellers can enjoy a holiday in the #Alpine wonderland without breaking the bank. 

Avoid Peak Travel Seasons - The busiest travel seasons in Switzerland are summer, especially between July and August, and winter from mid-December to early January and February. To avoid high costs and crowds associated with the popular seasons, travellers should consider going over at the start or end of these seasons, also known as the shoulder periods. This is when costs are significantly lower, weather is still pleasant and most outdoor activities still available or accessible. 

Use the Swiss Travel Pass - The Swiss Travel Pass gives holders unlimited travel on all of the country’s public buses, trains and boats. Pass holders also receive up to 50% off mountain railways and cableways as well as free access to more than 500 museums around the country. Note also, children under the age of 16 travel for free when accompanied by a guardian using the Pass. 

Weekend and Alternative Stays - Many hotels, especially in the cities, offer cheaper rates over the weekend, so it’s advisable that travellers do some research while planning the best route for their visit. Alternatively, they can consider experiencing the country’s numerous Alpine huts, which, surrounded by pristine nature, offer a completely immersive and traditional Swiss experience like no other. 

Meals with Views - When it comes to meals, travellers should consider sampling a variety of local delicacies sold at market stalls or stores and enjoying their bites by the river, lake or in the middle of a lush meadow. Surrounded by great views, the luxury of picking and choosing the best – and free – vantage points for every mealtime is unbeatable. 

Activities and Experiences - Switzerland offers a range of free activities. Unless tour guides are required to provide in-depth information of a particular place or subject, travellers should consider picking up a brochure about the destination or reading up about it online so their actual visit can be done at their own pace. Other free activities include the many hikes available (trails are all well marked), swims (in most lakes and rivers) and museum visits. Unlike many major museums around the world, Swiss museums are free to enter for Swiss Travel Pass holders. With museums for all sort of interests from art, history to sports, transport and paper, visitors are spoilt for choice, especially on a rainy day. 

Tight budgets aside, with some planning and help from travel agents, travellers will enjoy the luxury of space, spectacular scenery and the variety of experiences on offer. www.myswitzerland.com

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No more Thomson

THE UK’s leading travel company has kicked off its name change campaign to highlight that Thomson is changing to TUI.

A new TV ad debuted during ITV’s flagship Saturday night programme the X Factor last week. The advert showed a man diving into clear crystal blue water; the message was simple, ‘Thomson is changing to TUI.’

The 20 second ad, created by Young and Rubicam, is at the heart of a wide scale communications offensive that will cement the name TUI in the minds of the British public as Thomson’s transition from UK number one to world number one reaches the final stages. The company announced in December 2016 that its summer 2017 marketing campaign ‘moments’ would be the last under the Thomson brand name, paving the way for a full re-brand by the end of the year.


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Friday, 20 October 2017

Explore the golden state

LITTLE Passports, the award-winning children’s media brand, and Visit California have joined forces to create memorable and exciting adventures that celebrate the state of #California.

Through this new partnership, Little Passports developed printable activities and interactive online content, including a dynamic California map for curious kids and adults looking to learn more. The content, available on littlepassports.com/visit-california, includes educational information about the Golden State, fun games and puzzles, all designed to inspire exploration.

In February, Visit California launched its family campaign, “Kidifornia” – where kids rule, and encouraged kids to bring their parents along for the trip of a lifetime. A growing number of bucket list-worthy theme parks, museums, national and state parks, and beaches make Kidifornia the perfect location for any type of family vacation.

Additional pillars of the partnership will be announced later this year, including a sweepstakes to win an all-inclusive family trip to California. Little Passports activities will also be available in California Welcome Centers.

For more kid-friendly travel guides and vacation ideas the whole family can enjoy, go to visitcalifornia.com/family.

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Have a Play in London

A hill of Mr Beans, made famous by comedian Rowan Atkinson and dressed in trademark tweed jacket while each clutching the iconic ‘Teddy’ bear, travelled on the Underground, went for a ride on the Coca Cola London Eye and took selfies with passers-by in Trafalgar Square.

The Beans were out on the streets to celebrate the launch of a brand new mobile game called #PlayLondon with Mr Bean, which helps visitors discover the city’s tourist highlights and forms part of a new drive to attract more UK and international visitors to the capital.

VisitLondon.com, Endemol Shine Group and Pointvoucher have worked together to develop the free to play mobile game which sees an animated #MrBean visit #London attractions. By spending time playing the game, players will be able to pick up vouchers which they can then cash in for discounts when they holiday in London, and also find great offers on locations around the city.

Download “Play London with Mr Bean” for free! For more information visit www.play.london


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Breaking the ice in Denmark

THE Winter swimmers, the "Icebreakers" (Isbryderne), hosts the yearly Skagen Winter Swimming Festival, which next year takes place the 25th-28th of January 2018. The event is organized in cooperation with the local Tourist Board Turisthus Nord.

The Skagen Winter Swimming Festival welcomes all true Vikings and guarantees ice cold sea dips, hot drinks, a close encounter with the unique nature of Skagen and a varied program.

Each morning starts of course with a morning sea swim for all participants at "Sønderstrand" near "Grenen".

The Winter Weather in Skagen is raw and gritty, and the winter swimmers therefore put their courage to the test when they meet the ice cold wind and waves. But the atmosphere is fantastic and invigorating! After the cold swim hot soup is served by Jacob's Café.


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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Eurostar tempting Australian travellers and travel agents

EUROSTAR is tempting travellers with an ‘Early Bird Savings’ promotion that slashes 20 percent off the cost of selected tickets while also rewarding travel agents with a $50 Coles Group & Myer gift card for every $1000 worth of #Eurostar fares booked during the sale period. 

The 20 percent reduction applies to Standard Premier (First Class) and Youth (Second Class) fares booked between 3 October and 10 November 2017. The discounted tickets are valid for travel between London, Paris and Brussels from 2 November 2017 until 21 August 2018. 

The Early Bird fares – available through Rail Plus, Rail Tickets and Infinity Rail – are exchangeable with a fee, but are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Picture Credit: Planet Blue Adventure 49548826@N02/36860072242 London & Eurostar views via photopin