Valentine’s Day sees more couples heading off for a romantic city break reports Holidays-direct.co.uk

Couple in European cityThe ideal Valentine’s Day is spent on a romantic city break. Or so an increasing number of people seem to think as Valentine city breaks continue to grow in popularity. Online travel agency Holidays-direct.co.uk reports a rise in the number of bookings for Valentine city breaks.

The old time favourite romantic city breaks in Paris, Rome and Venice are still the most popular choice for Valentine city breaks, but new trendy destinations are emerging. City breaks in Reykjavik, Monaco and Barcelona have become much more popular in recent years, without taking travellers away from the beloved city breaks in Paris, Rome and Venice.

This shows that Valentine city breaks have become much more popular among couples. Part of the reason is that new flight routes have provided people with new cheap romantic city break opportunities. Flights to Iceland have become more affordable recently, which is one of the reasons city breaks in Reykjavik have become a popular choice for Valentine’s Day holiday.

Online travel agency Holidays-direct.co.uk has a website specialising in city breaks; on www.citybreaks-direct.co.uk people can search for their ideal romantic weekend break for Valentine’s Day.

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Jon Pearce from Holidays-direct.co.uk says: “City breaks are growing in popularity every year, and especially around Valentine’s Day people want to take a romantic city break together. We can offer many cheap romantic city breaks for our customers, and there are so many great destinations available. Paris, Rome and Venice of course are great choices, but we can recommend people to try somewhere different.

“For example, where better to spend a romantic weekend break than in a city called “beloved”? The name of Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana means just that. The city is a smaller Prague, with less tourists buzzing around and the incredible history has left the city with a very romantic feel and a chance for a great Valentine city break.”

About online travel agency Holidays-direct.co.uk:

Online travel agency www.holidays-direct.co.uk is part of the Midlands Co-operative Society Group and is a member of ABTA. They specialize in providing affordable flights and accommodation in the top holiday destinations around the world.

Midlands Co-op Travel, incorporating Ilkeston Co-op Travel, is the No 1 independent travel agent in the Midlands.

About Citybreaks-direct.co.uk:

Citybreaks-direct.co.uk is a part of Holidays-direct.co.uk website specialising in finding the best deals for city holidays.

UK rail telesales upgraded with Fujitsu STAR system

Fujitsu IT servicesFirstInfo Ltd will replace its existing rail ticketing system with Fujitsu STAR telesales – an integrated rail journey enquirer and ticket issuing system from Fujitsu Services.

London (eNewsWire) 18 January 2008 – The award-winning Fujitsu STAR telesales system will soon provide the ticketing operations for First Great Western, First Scotrail, First Trans-Pennine Express, Hull Trains and other rails services belonging to FirstGroup. They will join seven other rail services which already use the STAR system to better handle customer enquiries and bookings.

FirstInfo, a division of the FirstGroup transport company, is installing STAR telesales in order to improve the speed and efficiency with which enquiries and bookings are handled at its call centres in Plymouth, Fort William and in India. The new system should help telesales staff reduce time on calls by around 30 seconds.

Becky Simpson from FirstInfo said: “The STAR telesales system is fundamental to the improvement of the customer experience when they call us to book tickets or enquire about bookings. It will provide us with the flexibility to optimise the use of our contact centre advisors across all sites – this will ultimately mean that the most accessible, high quality booking service can be delivered to all of FirstInfo’s customers choosing to contact us by telephone.”

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Iceland Express offers discounted flights to Iceland

Iceland ExpressLow fares airline Iceland Express is currently offering flights to Iceland from as low as ₤52 from London, DKK 533 from Copenhagen and €71 from Berlin.

Reykjavik (eNewsWire) 14 January 2008 – For passengers wanting a mid-winter break, Iceland Express is offering a special deal on flights to Reykjavik, Iceland between January 15th and March 15th.

The offer, which starts at midday GMT today, gives passengers a unique opportunity to experience Iceland in mid-winter. Frozen waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and the spectacular Northern Lights are just some of the unique features making Iceland an increasingly popular destination for winter tourists.

Prices are from ₤52, €71 and DKK 533 one way, inclusive of taxes and fees. The number of seats and dates available is limited and the offer closes on January 16th at noon GMT.

To book flights to Reykjavik, Iceland with Iceland Express, visit www.icelandexpress.com

UK airports lift one bag carry on restriction

Starting Monday 7th January 2008, the UK Department for Transport has announced it will lift the one piece hand baggage allowance restriction at some UK airports.

As a result, Icelandair will re-introduce their two-piece hand baggage allowance for passengers departing and transferring through the following UK airports:

London Heathrow – LHR
Glasgow – GLA
Manchester – MAN

Click here to view Icelandair’s carry-on baggage guidelines.

Restrictions on the quantity of liquids allowed through airport security search remain the same and passengers must ensure that all liquid containers do not exceed 100ml and are carried in a clear, re-sealable plastic bag no bigger than 20 cm x 20 cm that can be easily closed.

Click here for more information from the BAA.

Icelandair scores 475 out of a possible 500

Icelandair, the national airline of Iceland, has picked up a prestigious website award at the 2007 Interactive Media Awards.

New York / Washington / Reykjavik (eNewsPR) 15 October 2007 – Icelandair.com was recently awarded the ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at this year’s Interactive Media Awards in the US.

Icelandair, in partnership with IT firm Amadeus, scored 475 out of a possible 500, doing especially well in the fields of content, usability and design. The Interactive Media Awards is an annual international competition designed to recognise excellence in website design, innovation and development.

Philippe Der Arslanian from Amadeus said, ‘Icelandair has adopted the full Amadeus e-commerce solutions for their website since 1997 and this award is a recognition of our perfected usability and design based on advanced technology such as xHTML. To stay ahead in the competitive online travel market, airlines need to continually improve their services for their customers’.

Icelandair recently changed its booking process by introducing a new fare structure which allows customers to book one way flight tickets and choose their exact ticket category. Passengers can, for instance, opt to fly out in Economy Class but return in SagaClass – Icelandair’s premier class service.

Icelandair offer flights and vacation packages to Iceland from the US and Canada through Baltimore / Washington, Boston, Orlando, Minneapolis, New York, Halifax and soon Toronto. Icelandair also operate connecting flights to 17 other European destinations from Iceland, including London, Paris and Copenhagen. Passengers can opt for a free seven night stopover in Iceland before continuing to mainland Europe.

Visit www.icelandair.com to find out more about Icelandair and book flights and vacation packages to Iceland and Europe.

Contact:
Icelandair North America
5950 Symphony Woods Rd Ste 410
Columbia, MD 21044
USA
Tel: 1-800-223-5500 ext 2 prompt 1
Email: america@icelandair.is