#Summer Holidays

Holiday Inn owner sees recovery in bookings as travel opens up

The owner of Holiday Inn has seen a recovery in business as global travel begins to open up after the pandemic.Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) said revenues per available room, the industry’s preferred measure, was up 66% in the three months to the end of September compared with a year earlier.However, this was still 21% down compared with pre-Covid levels.The growth was particularly strong in the US during the summer holidays, with some hotels exceeding 2019 levels for occupancy levels.This meant overall revenues per available room in the country was down just 10% on pre-Covid levels, dragged down by poor demand...
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Five of the best festive tours

We round up some of the most exciting tours to take over Christmas and new year, from festive markets to winter sun escapes. For a true winter adventure, it’s hard to beat seeing the aurora’s ribbons of colour dance across the sky. Combine it with caving through lava tunnels, horse riding among Icelandic landscapes, witnessing the Great Geysir and hiking on the Sólheimajökull glacier and you have a glimpse into G Adventures’ five day Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Circle tour, which also takes in Reykjavik, Thingvellir National Park, Skógafoss and more.
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'Cheating map' reveals 1,600 are having affairs in Shrewsbury

More than 1,600 people are having affairs in Shrewsbury, according to a "cheating map". The map reveals 1,649 people in the town are cheating on their partner - up 13 from 1,636 last year. created the map. Spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said: “We have seen a small rise in cheating...
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Sisters-in-law glowing after opening high street tanning salon

Two sisters-in-law have launched a tanning salon in a High Street building that used to be a doughnut cafe. Gillian Hassom, 31, and Karama Simpson, 36, decided to start their own business in Stalham as a way of returning to full-time work after time out to start their own families.
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Sarah Ferguson enjoys glamorous night out in Rome

Sarah, Duchess of York cut a glamorous figure as she stepped out for a Red Cross charity event at Rome's 16th film festival in Italy on Wednesday. The 62-year-old looked elegant in a repeat floor-length red gown for the occasion, and accessorised with a pair of pearl drop earrings. Later, as she posed for a series of group photographs at the event, she added a two-tone military-style jacket.

John Lewis announces new Rees-Mogg Edwardian Collection

Conservative curiosity and jobbing PG Wodehouse character Jacob Rees-Mogg, has signed a deal with John Lewis to promote his own brand of Edwardian clothing, household gadgetry and toys. The new J R-M lines will be on sale in all stores in time for Spring 2022. He told Naga Munchetty: "It...

Free half-term swimming sessions in County Durham

Free swimming sessions are returning to County Durham leisure centres this half term following the success of the summer holiday scheme. Durham County Council has organised a series of pool activities for children and young people aged 18 and under living in County Durham. The aim is to encourage young...

The best places in the UK to buy a holiday home with £450,000

Demand for holiday lets in the UK has soared, with properties fully booked months in advance. In this series we have found the best places to invest in the staycation boom, looking at the most in demand spots to buy with a budget under £200,000, £250,000 and £300,000. Now, here’s where you can invest with a bigger budget of £450,000.

Throwback Thursday: A cliff fall, mass at the fort, and scary flights

JANET Dillon of Cork City Ballet wrote to tell us how delighted her father was to see his younger self in a picture we published recently. “My father, Noel Dillon, is very much enjoying your Throwback Thursday articles in the Echo. This particular week, his sister in Dublin sent him a copy of De Bats, and he was surprised to see himself as a youngster in one of the photos. He asked me to email you the following words....”

The holidays are coming: family-friendly NZ adventures

While those in Auckland and other parts of New Zealand adhering to level 3 restrictions may have lost complete interest in the school term times, notably because – what’s school again? Others will be well aware that the summer holidays are looming. Yep, the big one. With week after week...

Salzburg: life came back in the summer

There has been a clear upward trend at Salzburg Airport since April 2021. However, the traditionally strong winter season in the first three months of the current year was canceled due to lockdowns and tough entry and quarantine regulations. In Salzburg it is clear that demand has increased significantly around...

Passenger numbers: demand for holidays pushed the use of Vienna

Austria's largest airport, Vienna-Schwechat, was able to count well over a million passengers again in July and August 2021. The year 2021 started at a very low level. In Vienna, there has been a gradual upward trend since March 2021. The months of January and February 2021 were weak due to the lockdowns and the tough entry and quarantine regulations. They only had about eight percent of the previous year's volume.

Shell office move a ‘sign of growing momentum’

Energy giant Shell’s move to the Silver Fin building in the centre of Aberdeen has been highlighted as a sign of growing momentum across office rentals in the coming months, as workers return to their desks and leases expire. According to property firm Colliers, high quality space and environmental, social...

The best time of year for your next trip to Buenos Aires

The magic of Buenos Aires lasts all year long. The non-stop, fast-paced city has something to offer at every time of year, and its calendar of cultural events includes a different festival almost every month. When is the best time to visit Buenos Aires? It depends on whether you prefer...

Paintings of artists from Poland?

I had no idea how to paint such a painting anyway. I remember how I copypainted Black Madonna of Częstochowa with oil paints on a piece of cardboard when young. I still have it in my archives, looks extremely infantile. :):) black and white drawings. pawian 179 | 16,332. 20...

EasyJet unveils first airport lounge at Gatwick

Budget airline easyJet has unveiled its first ever airport lounge in London Gatwick’s North Terminal.The lounge - snappily named “The Gateway by easyJet & No1 Lounges” - opens tomorrow, 21 October, and can be booked in advance through the airline’s partner Holiday Extras, or in person while at the airport.Anyone travelling from Gatwick - not just easyJet customers - can purchase one, two and three-hour packages to access the lounge, costing from £18.50 for one hour.There will be hot and cold food and drink on offer, sofas and tables to choose from, speedy wifi, and a family area with a...

Thousands of families benefited from Healthy Holidays Hull events this Summer

Healthy Holidays Hull provides free activities for young people and families. Thousands of young people and families in Hull have benefited from free activities and food this summer, through the Healthy Holidays Hull programme. Across the summer holidays, 26 July to 7 September, the programme delivered sports, dance, music, crafts,...
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Sarah Ferguson looks SO excited by her birthday cake - see photo

The royal family are no stranger to a party, yet Sarah Ferguson opted for an understated celebration to mark her 62nd birthday last Friday – and just wait until you see her cake. Taking to Instagram to share a series of personal photos in light of her special day, the...