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Poland gets five-star rating
David McAughtrie | May 16, 2012 | 10:25 am | UK travel industry | Only Pings

Looking to find the best-value five-star accommodation that money can buy? Then head to Poland!

In a top 10 affordable luxury hotel list compiled by website Hotels it was the Polish capital Warsaw that took the gold medal, where the average price of a five-star hotel room costs just £84.

Marrakech in Morocco was found to offer the next best value for money based on average room prices per night last year.

European destinations dominated the list, occupying seven out of the 10 positions. Budapest (£105), Tallinn in Estonia (£112) and Berlin (£114) also offered comparatively affordable five-star rates.

Hotels chief marketing officer Nigel Pocklington said: “Britons looking for a taste of the high life but working to a budget don’t have to travel far to find some great deals.

“Eastern European capitals in particular offered excellent value in 2011, despite some substantial price rises as demand for rooms increased from bargain-savvy visitors.”

The most expensive five-star rooms were found in New York, averaging £340 per night. Paris came in a close second at £326, while Tokyo took third spot at £292.

London, on the other hand, had an average five-star rate of £225 – putting it 12th on the list of the most expensive luxury hotel destinations.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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City breaks boosted by currency moves
David McAughtrie | April 18, 2012 | 3:16 pm | UK travel industry | Only Pings

European cities breaks are no longer causing financial headaches for Britons due to improved currency rates, recent statistics show.

The strength of the British pound compares more favourably against the euro than it did this time last year. The pound is also stronger against non-euro currencies, including the Hungarian forint, the Turkish lira and the Polish zloty, making Europe a more affordable holiday destination for British tourists.

Your money will go the furthest in the Latvian capital of Riga, which topped Post Office Travel Money’s poll of 23 destinations for best value in terms of travel, accommodation, food, drinks and sightseeing.

A typical city break in Riga costs around £120. This compares with around £300 for the same stay in Stockholm and more than £330 for a trip to New York.

The second-best city with regards to value for money is Budapest, where the British pound is nearly 20% stronger against the forint than 12 months ago.

Other high-ranking European destinations, which can be reached from major UK airports such as Heathrow and Stansted, include Tallin in Estonia, Belfast and Dublin, where cultural sightseeing is exceptionally cheap.

“Our figures show clearly how the prices tourists will pay on a city break are inextricably linked to the value of sterling against individual currencies.

“In Budapest local prices are level with those a year ago but costs for UK tourists have fallen,” said the head of Post Office Travel Money Andrew Brown.

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Passenger numbers to rise at Luton
David McAughtrie | April 27, 2011 | 9:45 am | Luton | Only Pings

More than 105,000 passengers are expected to have travelled through Luton Airport over the Easter period as the hub reflects on its achievements over the past year.

The airport is likely to see a rise in the number of passengers heading to European cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Budapest, Milan, Paris and Prague over the holiday season as customers flock in their droves to take advantage of low fares to such destinations.

Sun-soaked destinations such as the Canary Islands are also proving popular with families looking to make the most of the Easter break. 

Simon Harley, the airport’s airline development manager, said: “With more than 90 destinations on offer, our passengers have a great deal of choice whether they are looking for sunshine or a cultural city break; perfect for that Easter getaway.”

The bulge in passenger numbers coincided with the publication of Luton’s 2010 Community Engagement Report, which sets out its successes over the last year and looks ahead to the future.

The airport helped raise money for a number of charity projects in 2010 – generating more than £42,000 for local charity Keech Hospice Care and raising £25,000 to aid flood victims in Pakistan.

The hub has also taken steps to become more eco-friendly by reducing its CO2 emissions by 7% from airport-controlled buildings between 2008 and 2010. In addition, It bolstered its environmental credentials further by recycling 22% of its total waste between 2009 and 2010.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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