Thomas Cook Airlines announces 10 additional flights a week from Bristol for Easter 2019

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced the addition of 10 flights a week for Easter 2019 from Bristol airport.

With the introduction of 10 additional flights a week from April 3, 2019 until the end of the month, Thomas Cook Airlines has added over 12,000 seats to destinations including Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Majorca. Tickets are now on sale via www.thomascookairlines.com.

Henry Sunley, Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: ‘This is a bigger Easter programme from Bristol than ever before, with our season traditionally ramping up from May 1. It’s great to be able to reward our customers who fly with us from Bristol airport with even more choice and we look forward to adding more destinations from Bristol in the near future.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport added: ‘This is exciting news. The increased capacity for next year builds on the strong growth we are experiencing with Thomas Cook from Bristol Airport in 2018. It provides even more choice for passengers when using their local airport to travel to a variety of exciting holiday destinations. We look forward to working with Thomas Cook on future route opportunities.’

For summer 2019, Thomas Cook Airlines flight-only services from Bristol airport, one-way in economy, include services to Turkey from £168.99, Gran Canaria from £203.99, Hurghada, Egypt from £325.99 and Lanzarote from £203.99. With the new services, Thomas Cook Airlines now flies to 25 sun and beach destinations from Bristol, while increasing its number of seats on sale at Easter by 40 percent in 2018.

Thomas Cook is also offering a package holiday from Bristol airport, flying with Thomas Cook Airlines one-way in economy with seven nights in Turkey from £2,035 for a family of four, or £508 per person including discounted prices for children. Stay will be arranged at the five-star Sentido Perissia in Side on an all-inclusive basis, departing from Bristol on 8 April 2019. Tickets can be booked at www.thomascook.com, it said.

Looking for a last minute easter break?

Easter is just around the corner; a time for bunnies, eggs, and family travel. Even though this is originally a religious holiday, much like Christmas it has become a cultural phenomenon that transcends religion. Many cities around the globe host lavish celebrities which draw thousands of tourists every year. If you’re still undecided on where to go, here are some of Auto Europe’s last minute suggestions for Easter.

Seville is always an Easter favourite. The dramatic costumes and the elaborate processions are only the icing on top of the cake. The mysticism surrounding the brotherhoods, as well as the charming traditional mantillas worn by the women of the city make this a unique event that shouldn’t be missed. If you have time for some sightseeing, why not pick up a car hire in Seville and head out into the countryside, making the most of the weather, already warm and sunny this time of year.

Florence is another great option for a quick Easter escapade. A beautiful city at any time of the year, the city is even lovelier dressed up for Easter, and its festivities owe nothing to Seville’s. The high point of Florence festivities is the “Scoppio del Carro”, in which a cart loaded with fireworks is lit, in a rather loud yet amazing show of colour and light.

Portugal also has its fair share of Easter festivities, with one of the most famous being the Holy Week of Braga. Located in the north of the country, this city takes its festivities seriously, and is generally considered to be the “capital” of the Holy Week in this westernmost country of Europe. The whole city is decorated in purple, and there are processions throughout the week, including the famous Procissão da Burrinha (Procession of the Donkey), so called because an image of the Virgin Mary is carried through the streets on the back of a donkey.

Travelling during Easter doesn’t just mean travelling to watch religious festivities however, and due to school holidays this is a great time to travel with the family. Why not pick up a car hire in Nice and enjoy some leisurely days testing the theory that the weather is already warm enough for a bit of sunbathing? Disneyland Paris is also a great place to spend a fun day with the kids. With Auto Europe’s low rates for car hire at over 8,000 locations around the world, the possibilities are endless.

You say what you pay at 5 Star B&B

A five star bed and breakfast in Brockenhurst is offering its guests an unusual way of settling their bill. Echoing the vastly popular Channel 4 programme ‘Four in a Bed’, the Hampshire guesthouse allows their lodgers to only pay what they feel is a fair figure for their room. The decided sum is a reflection on the standard of the rooms, quality customer experience and the overall stay at this establishment.

So if your pillow is a little on the lumpy side, or the shower is still luke-warm after fiddling with the knobs for a few minutes, feel free to knock off a couple of quid. The hotel named the ‘Cottage Lodge’ is presenting this profit pending deal every night of the month, with the exception of Friday and Saturday nights.

The bed and breakfast’s safety net however, seems to be the fixed rate of £9 for breakfast, which stands whether the offer is on or not. The confident and plucky owner Christina Simons was quoted: ‘We are placing our trust in the consumer to give us the ultimate feedback. If you are a fan of the TV programme ‘Four in a Bed’ then this is the perfect opportunity to have a go at staying overnight and pay what you think the room is worth’.

The Cottage Lodge is certain they can deliver all guests a flawless and faultless stay which is arguably an attractive offer for those who felt a night in Premier Inn didn’t quite stack up. So, for a sparkling bathroom, pristine bedding, modern décor and top notch service, why not visit this quirky bed and breakfast where you can pick the price.

Article by Emma Boyle

Coastal businesses get a boost

The number of Brits taking ‘staycations’ is ever increasing, with tourists wanting to find interesting things to see and do in the UK.

 

Coast Radar, an online community that brings visitors together with all types of businesses in coastal regions, is on hand to help local businesses take full advantage of this renewed interest.

 

This is a guide for things to do and places to stay around the coast of Britain, with all the information you need in one place. From the top ten beaches, to things to do in your area – this guide can give you ideas on how to have a action packed, relaxing, or family friendly break.

 

Coast Radar is the brainchild of Ian Barnes, an experienced IT enterprise architect and internet marketing expert.

 

A lover of Britain’s beach resorts and a keen water sports enthusiast, Ian found that the number of websites he had to visit to get the range of information he needed was daunting and time consuming.

 

He recognised the clear need for a single platform to help tourists find what they needed quickly and easily, which in turn could help local coastal businesses reach potential customers.  And so, Coast Radar was born.

 

Covering the entire coast of the UK, initial listings are free, but businesses have the option to choose from three further levels of enhanced listings – Standard, Business and Business Plus.  Features include location markers, a clickable website address and SEO listings through to photo galleries, social media references and keyword review and selection.  In addition, Coast Radar offers a free consultation to optimise listings at Business Plus level. Businesses can not only benefit from quality traffic to their own sites, as a result of the online marketing expertise of Barnes and his technical team, but they can be sure they are being seen in the right spot that is associated with their region.

 

“We understand that small outlets or single owner tourism businesses such as a B&Bs may not have large budgets to promote themselves or the knowledge to increase the marketing performance of their website.  Yet it is crucial for these businesses to get visitors through the door all year round.  That is why we offer affordable packages that give businesses the benefits of advertising their service, while also drawing on our expertise to drive traffic to their websites,” comments Ian Barnes.

 

Independent of any other travel organisation, Coast Radar does not charge a commission and does not share data with any third party organisations.

 

For further information and to see the site in action, visit www.coastradar.com

 

Just the idea of going on holiday can lift your sprits

A study by comparison site TravelSupermarket.com has revealed that 25 per cent of Britons think the anticipation of holiday is as important as the holiday itself. In some cases those surveyed said it was more important than the getaway.

A sixth of those involved in the survey (117 per cent) stated that booking a break before the end of the year helps make the winter months more bearable.

In the run up to a holiday the research revealed that women are more emotionally attached than men.

The research found that 24 per cent of women count down the days immediately after booking a holiday in comparison to 16 per cent of men.

Female travellers were also found to be more organised, and book holidays up to 4.4 months in advance, in contrast to 4.1 months for men.

Results revealed women are more concerned about achieving the perfect holiday body, where one in two women (51 per cent) attempt to shed the pounds and tone up in preparation for their holiday, compared to men where results shown a third (30 per cent) were concerned about their beach body.

Bob Atkinson, TravelSupermarket travel expert, said: “We’re not surprised to see that Brits feel a holiday is important – not just for the break itself, but to give you a real ‘emotional boost’”.

That is why – in addition to helping you find a good deal – it’s a smart move to book your holiday sooner rather than later so that you have something to look forward to”.

Atkinson warned however that despite holidaymakers booking breaks in advance, 70% of travellers were left vulnerable by not purchasing travel insurance at the same time.

He stated: “There is a real misconception that insurance is just to cover you whilst you are away for things such as medical costs”.

Yet buying a policy at the same time that you are making your booking not only costs you extra, but it gives you protection should you need to cancel your holiday before you go for things such as medical reasons”

Article by Charlotte Greenhalgh