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A new luxury look for 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

It’s been a long time coming, but today we’re pleased to unveil the new look www.drakeandcavendish.com website.

The new site feature a price comparison tool that will check prices of over 65,000 of the world’s most luxurious hotels, from 31 different online travel agencies. Of course we’ve kept all the contact details and website links of the hotels so you can check prices with the hotels directly before you book.

We hope you enjoy using the new site and we will be adding new hotel offers onto the site…so make sure you pay a visit before you book your next hotel stay.

If you own a luxury hotel, or are responsible for promoting a luxury hotel; please get in touch with us by clicking here and completing the online form.

Happy new year.

Russ Pooley
Drake & Cavendish

Hard rock offers ‘wild’ experience

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

A “wild” new theme park has been opened in the US, the Times reports.

Hard Rock Park, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is dedicated entirely to rock n’ roll music.

The theme park has been developed as an off-shoot of the Hard Rock Cafe chain and boasts priceless music memorabilia for public view, such as Elvis’ motorbike and a set of original sketches from John Lennon.

On-site concerts at the park, which opens on June 2nd, are also scheduled from the likes of Kid Rock and George Clinton.

Tourists more used to the sedate charms of the Disney resorts might be somewhat thrown by the park’s main ride – a Led Zeppelin rollercoaster, with design input from Messrs Page and Plant.

Hard Rock head Steven Goodwin confidedd: “We met them in London and told them we wanted to design a ride around a Led Zep song.

“Straight off, Jimmy said it should be based on Stairway to Heaven, but Robert said, ‘Like, no way, man. Stairway is sacred. People have it played at their funerals, man.’ So we went with Whole Lotta Love.”

Other attractions at the park includes Nights in White Satin – which takes place in blackout conditions – and the Magic Mushroom Garden, a children’s play area.

Britons ‘still planning their holidays despite economy’

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

British consumers facing tough economic conditions at home are still planning to go on holiday, new research from Tui Travel shows.

The firm, which owns Thomson and First Choice in the UK, claimed today that sales over the past six weeks were nine per cent up on the same period in 2007.

Winter holiday bookings also showed a 15 per cent increase, the Guardian reports.

In recent months, the global credit crunch has seen a general economic slowdown and house price inflation coming to a dead halt.

Inflation is also on the up – with a new benchmark pegging the current annual rate at three per cent today.

Tui chief executive Peter Long said: “We see no evidence of deteriorating consumer sentiment in our booking patterns, in the average holiday duration booked, average selling price or cancellation rates.

“This confirms our research that the annual holiday is an important component of the family budget.”

Pre-fab hotels for London 2012

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

New pre-fabricated luxury hotels are set to be a feature of the 2012 Olympic tourist experience, the Times reports.

The “modular” hotels – which can be quickly constructed and disbanded – are set to be built by Travelodge in time for the London event.

Each building will be able to hold 120 rooms – and is to be manufactured in the Chinese town of Shenzhen.

Building through pre-fab cuts down on construction time by around 25 per cent – and also reduces costs by ten per cent.

However, the structures have also come in for criticism by some on environmental grounds.

Speaking to the newspaper, Simon Storer at the Construction Products Assocaitaion said: “Lowest cost is not necessarily best value as this doesn’t take into account the CO2 emissions from the transport. ”

It is understood that unions are also unhappy about the outsourcing of construction jobs abroad in this way, the report adds.

Famous feminist hails new Uluru trend

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

cclaimed writer Germaine Greer, whose book the Female Eunuch is one of the central texts of feminism, has remarked on a new “ethical” trend among tourists.

The enormous rock near Alice Springs - previously called Ayeers Rock but now known by its aboriginal name of Uluru – is one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions.

Historically, many visitors have chipped off pieces of the rock to take home as souvenirs – little realising that Uluru holds sacred significance to local aborigines.

However, many are now sending the small rocks and pebbles back – often with a note simply reading “sorry”.

Around one-quarter of these people have reported some form of bad luck since taking the souvenir, according to research from the University of Western Sydney.

In turn, many of these have attributed the downturns in fortune to their “desecration” of the sacred site.

“Uluru is one of the holiest places in the world. No man-made shrine approaches anything like its sublimity,” Ms Greer writes in the Guardian.

“It is not the thieves who are punished by bad luck when Uluru is desecrated but the [aboriginal] people, for whom the cash revenue from tourism has been lethal,” she added.

“If grace and meaning are to be restored to their lives, Uluru must be cleansed and healed.”