Flybe announces new Liverpool -Amsterdam route

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced the launch of a new route between Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The new service was launched on September 7 2015 and offers up to three flights per day, departing early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon. The service enables passengers to connect onwards to a host of European and long haul destinations available from Amsterdam including New York, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Toronto.

This new route will add to the airline’s existing Liverpool departures to the Isle of Man and Belfast City, with Flybe operating a total of up to 120 weekly flights to and from Liverpool. The airline has also recently announced further expansion from Liverpool with the addition of a new daily service to Edinburgh that starts at the end of October.

To mark the occasion of Flybe’s inaugural flight from Liverpool to Amsterdam, Mark Povall, LJLA’s Air Service Development Director, presented Lotte Harbers, Aviation Marketing Director for Schiphol Airport, with a special ‘Superlambanana’ gift on behalf of Liverpool. The ‘Superlambanana’ is a famous 17ft tall sculpture located in Liverpool City centre.

Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer of Flybe, said: ‘Flybe is delighted to play a part in making it possible for Liverpool customers to access the world through Amsterdam and, just as importantly, make it easier for the rest of the world to come to Liverpool. We already have a number of code-share and interline arrangements with long haul carriers that, in the future, have the potential to benefit passengers even further.’

Andrew Cornish, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented: ‘In the past, re-establishing a ‘hub link’ from Liverpool has been the most requested service by stakeholders and passengers across the Liverpool City Region. Both business and leisure passengers are now able to take advantage of the convenience of being able to start their long haul journeys from their home airport, as well as bringing a further boost for the region’s tourism offer and inward investment opportunities.’

Fares on Flybe’s new route to Amsterdam start from £34.99 one way including taxes and charges, and are available for booking through to March 26, 2016 at www.flybe.com

Thomson opens second holiday design store in Liverpool

Holiday company, Thomson, has opened its second holiday design store on Lord Street, Liverpool.

Spread over 1,032 square feet, the 25-year old store on Lord Street has been completely revamped and modernised and claims to combine the latest technology with great service to enhance the experience of choosing and booking a holiday. The latest retail innovations include an 84-inch touch screen interactive map and interactive tables designed to inspire customers while they research their holiday options.

Lord mayor, Gary Millar, officially opened the store in the presence of Rachael McCormick and Deborah Gales, who are both holiday advisors that have worked at the store since it first opened in 1988.

The fresh look and feel of the store is further enhanced with high definition screens and projections around the perimeter, where customers can view top ten lists, read reviews, gather live weather information and view videos of destinations.

Social media feeds will be streamed onto the screens, where customers are offered a condensed ‘virtual’ experience of their holiday before they book it.

Kathryn Ward, director of retail for TUI UK & Ireland said: ‘The opening of our second holiday design store today is very exciting for the business and demonstrates our commitment to developing the next generation of our retail network. Our first store at Bluewater Shopping Centre has proved to be a huge success and it’s great to be able to offer this unique service to our customers in the Liverpool area.

‘We’re combining the knowledge and expertise of our people with a range of technology that will really bring choosing and booking a holiday to life and we’re looking forward to welcoming our customers to the store.’

The store is zoned, and customers can choose to browse on their own devices or with staff in the pool area, self-serve on the customer computer at the Advice Bar where staff will be available to answer queries, or go for a more personalised experience in the large booths where relevant holiday images and video content will be projected on the wall.

Adagio brand makes UK debut in Liverpool

Adagio Aparthotels, a brand of France-based hotel group, Accor, has just opened its first UK property in the city of Liverpool.

Designed as a long stay hotel, the Liverpool Adagio has 126 self-contained apartments with their own fully equipped kitchens, but guests will also have the benefit of hotel services, including a fitness room, a laundry and two meeting rooms.

The new hotel, which is located near to the city’s Albert Dock, brings the company’s aparthotel ethos to the UK, adding to its 90 existing properties in European cities including Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Paris, Rome and Vienna. Another 60 aparthotels are scheduled to open around the world by 2016.

The managing director of Accor UK & Ireland, Thomas Dubaere, said, ‘The launch of Adagio is another significant step for Accor as we continue to grow our network and strengthen our brand portfolio in the UK. Accor invests in key strategically located cities. Liverpool is a fantastic city with lots on offer for business and leisure guests and the opening of this aparthotel is proof of Accor’s expansion across the UK and not just in the Capital.’

Rooms at the Adagio Liverpool are priced from £65 per night.

Accor Hotels has its headquarters in Paris, France, from where it operates and franchises over 3,500 hotels that are based on five continents. The group’s budget brands include hotelF1, ibis and ibis styles. Its midscale brands include Grand Mercure (including Grand Mercure Appartments), Mei Jue, a Chinese adaptation of the Grand Mercure brand, Pullman and Mgallery. Sofitel is the group’s luxury brand and includes Sofitel So and Sofitel Legends.

DoubleTree by Hilton to Open in Liverpool

Doubletree by Hilton Hotels, a brand from the US-based hospitality company, Hilton Worldwide, will be opening a new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Liverpool, UK.

The brand is opening the new 87-room hotel, adding to its portfolio of properties in Leeds, Manchester and London.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, the senior vice president of development for Europe and Africa, for Hilton Worldwide, said, ‘The Liverpool market remains one of the most active development centres in the UK for Hilton Worldwide, already home to our upscale Hilton and economy Hampton by Hilton brands. With nearly 60 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels either open or under development, Europe remains a target development market for the brand.’

The new hotel will open in the summer of 2013, located in what was previously the city’s Municipal Annexe, an English Heritage grade 2 listed building that was constructed in 1865. It will be offering amenities that include a restaurant, a residents’ lounge, a spa and swimming pool, and conference facilities. Sanguine Hospitality will operate the hotel, under a franchise agreement with the brand.

Rob Palleschi, the global head for DoubleTree by Hilton, said, ‘A UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Beatles, Liverpool is a thriving cultural and historic centre that also is the home to numerous businesses and corporate headquarters. The market remains robust in the UK, and we look forward to continued development across the country.’

DoubleTree by Hilton hotel properties are located in around 240 worldwide destinations, and cater to both business and leisure travellers.

 

Beatles Fans Can Live The Yellow Submarine Experience

Fans of The Beatles pop band can now enjoy the ultimate live-aboard experience by booking accommodation on the Fab-Four-themed Yellow Submarine.

The iconic bright yellow vessel is moored at Albert Dock in the city of Liverpool, the hometown of all four members of the band. It is a converted canal narrow boat, but now has a psychedelic sixties-style interior that includes one of the scooters from the film, Quadrophenia.

The brainchild of Alfie Bubbles, a businessman, the Yellow Submarine takes its inspiration from The Beatles EP of the same name that was released in January 1969, and the animated movie that accompanied it. The boat’s painstaking refit includes sixties-style decor, furnishings and memorabilia, and a 3D television, computer and wi-fi in all rooms, including the three bedrooms.

The vessel has already had an illustrious existence, having previously been owned by film studio, Paramount Pictures, and used in the movie, ‘The Hunt for the Red October,’ which starred Sean Connery.

Accommodation on the ‘submarine’ can be booked for £149 per night from Monday to Thursday, and £299 and £350 from Friday to Sunday.

53-year old Mr Bubbles had already launched a Batman-themed floating hotel in Liverpool last year, and it was the success of that venture, which has attracted bookings from travellers worldwide, that encouraged him to develop the Beatles-themed attraction.

The entrepreneur has no intention of letting up on his winning formula, with other themed floating hotels already on the drawing board, including the Titanic and Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship, the Black Pearl, from the film Pirates of the Caribbean.

Ryanair Adds Liverpool to Warsaw Flights

Ryanair, the Ireland-based low cost airline, has announced a new route from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, in Liverpool, England, to Warsaw, in Poland.

The new route will be launched in October 2012, with the initial three times-weekly flights service commencing from October 28.

The airline will be landing at a newly converted military base in Poland, Warsaw-Modlin Mazovia Airport, about 35km from the city. The new airport has been converted to cater for visitors to the country for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships, hosted by Poland and Ukraine, and is scheduled to open for business on July 16, 2012. Currently the route between Liverpool and Warsaw is served by Hungary based airline, Wizzair; and LOT Airline from Poland.

Introductory fares for the new route commence at £20.99 per person, one way.

Previously, Ryanair announced eight new routes from Warsaw to Brussels (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary), Dublin (Ireland), London (England), Milan (Italy), Oslo (Norway), Rome (Italy) and Stockholm (Sweden). The new routes commence from July 2012.

Recently the airline also entered into an agreement with isango, a UK-based travel company, to offer low cost tours and travel to passengers. Ryanair passengers may book discounted tours and attraction tickets online, or on flights, with the help of the isango platform.

The company head of communications, Stephen McNamara, said, ‘Ryanair delivers Europe’s lowest fares and passengers can continue to save by snapping up great value discounted tours and attraction tickets online or on-board Ryanair flights. Ryanair is delighted to partner with isango! to ensure that passengers can enjoy tours and attractions and save time and money by bagging yet another bargain with Ryanair and isango!’