British Airways Launches Jubilee Jumbo Aircraft

British Airways, a UK-based airline company, is featuring a special emblem celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on one of its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft.

11-year-old, Katherine Dewar, designed the celebratory emblem, she was the winner of a competition organised by the UK children’s television program, Blue Peter. The emblem will be part of the aircraft’s livery along with a message, ‘Congratulations, Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee’.

Katherine Dewar said, ‘Since winning the competition, its been like a dream come true to see my design in so many different places around the UK but I never expected to see it on a huge jumbo plane! I love going on holiday to Florida and hope the next time I do I’ll be lucky enough to fly on this plane so I can look out the window at my design!’

The airline pilot, Captain Mark Mannering-Smith, said, ‘As the national flag carrier I can’t think of anything more fitting than British Airways carrying a message of congratulations to Her Majesty around the world.’

Air passengers arriving at London airports over the Jubilee weekend, which is from June 2 to 5, 2012, will also be hearing congratulatory messages from the aircraft pilots, to celebrate the occasion.

For customers accessing the British Airways’ Heathrow lounges, the airline will be serving a regal afternoon tea, which will include a traditional British tea menu.

The Terminal 5 Elemis Spa is also offering Jubilee treatments for British Airways’ First, Club World and Gold Executive Club members.

London Heathrow Airport Celebrates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

London Heathrow Airport has unveiled a huge Union Jack flag on the airport runway, with an image of Her Majesty the Queen, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

The flag, which covers an area of over 540 square metres, is intended to welcome passengers to the UK and to help generate a spirit of celebration.

The 30 metre long flag is made of around 400 litres of red, white and blue paint, and is painted next to the Northern runway, so that it will be visible to passengers as their aircraft are arriving.

The queen is one of the most travelled heads of state in the world, having completed 261 official overseas visits and 96 state visits to 116 countries. The airport image celebrates the airport’s association with the Queen’s travels in her 60 years of reign.

John Holland-Kaye, the commercial director at Heathrow Airport, said, ‘The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations mark the start of an important and historic summer for Heathrow. As the UK’s hub Airport, we are delighted to welcome thousands of visitors to Heathrow to celebrate this momentous national occasion.’

The airport is presently gearing up to receive around 2.9 million passengers in the next two weeks, with 780,000 passengers scheduled to arrive between May 30, and June 6, 2012. All passengers will be treated regally with a red carpet welcome at the airport during this period, and will be offered official Diamond Jubilee and Union Jack flags to celebrate the occasion.

British Travellers Spending More on Holiday Extras for Jubilee and Half Term vacations

Families intending to holiday during the Jubilee Bank Holidays may be spending more than they need to on holiday extras, such as airport parking, travel insurance and travel money, according to a new report released by TravelSupermarket, a UK-based online travel company.

The report suggests that families may be paying up to £456.51 more on holiday extras, and on booking certain facilities. The report also suggests that with a little planning it is possible for British travellers to avoid spending so much on these extra holiday amenities.

Travellers may save up to £65.30 on airport parking by making advance bookings. The long stay cost for parking at Heathrow Airport for eight days, between June 2 and 9, 2012, is £137.60, but by booking ahead, travellers would only have paid £72.30 for the same period.

Bob Atkinson, the company travel expert, said, ‘Holidaymakers know they can save significant amounts of money by shopping around for their flights and accommodation in advance, but fewer consider the saving they could make on the cost of holiday ‘extras’. Often items such as travel insurance and car parking are left until the last minute and can end up costing more than they need to.

By shopping around online and by booking far in advance of a holiday, our research has found travellers could end up with more than £450 in their back pocket on a range of typical ‘extras’ which are likely to be essential for anyone going away with a family over half term.’

Families can save more money by comparing travel insurance online, pre-booking car rentals and car insurance policies in advance, and by planning and purchasing foreign currency online in advance.

Marriott Hotels in UK Celebrates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Marriott International hotels in the UK will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and claims to be highlighting the Best of Britain with entertaining attractions for guests.

Marriott hotels will be celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 4, 2012, by offering a complimentary Corgi cocktail at its hotel bars to anyone whose name is Elizabeth or that was born in 1952.

From June 1, 2012, all hotel bar staff at Marriott UK properties will be offering the signature cocktail, The Corgi, while wearing Union Jack waistcoats and ties. The Corgi is priced at £7.50, and will be available at hotel bars including Gillray’s at the London Marriott County Hall, the sea-view Conservatory at the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott, the Chase Bar at the York Marriott Hotel in North Yorkshire, and at several other venues.

Special, limited-edition UK flag mini Pommery POP champagne bottles are also being offered at all hotels for £16 each, during the celebrations.

There are currently 58 Marriott International hotels across the UK, a total that includes Renaissance and Marriott brand hotels.

The company has reported that weekend rates, including breakfast, start from £65 per room, per night in May and June 2012. The rates based on two people sharing a room including breakfast at Leeds commence from £75; at Birmingham from £92; at Portsmouth from £96; at Edinburgh from £99; and at Swansea from £105

The UK is celebrating the Queens Jubilee from June 2 to 5, 2012, with Monday and Tuesday declared as Bank Holidays.

City Cruises Participates in Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Flotilla

City Cruises, a UK-based river cruises operator, will be participating in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant on June 3, 2012.

The company is participating in the celebratory flotilla on the river Thames in London with its fleet of 15 boats. The boats will be carrying around 2,000 passengers, and will be moored on the river before and after taking part in the flotilla.

The company managing director, Kyle Haughton, said, ‘2012 is an exciting time for London and this historic jubilee is something everyone wants to be involved in and City Cruises is proud to be flying the flag for river tourism with this sell out success.

There is a growing demand to increase leisure activities on the Thames and this demand will continue to grow throughout 2012 and beyond.

This is a huge year for City Cruises, as well as, participating in the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics we have a new brand and have launched new products including Lunches, Afternoon Teas and the Sundowner cruises to meet the demand for river based experiences from Londoners and tourists.

In addition, July will see us take delivery of a new boat which will be the largest passenger boat on the Thames. We are looking forward to building on our heritage and continuing to offer the number one tour of the Thames.’

The company is offering short cruises on the river Thames from June 1 to 3, 2012, for passengers to experience the city from the waterway, for a price of £9.50 per person.

Thomas Cook Announces Royal Globetrotting Tours

Thomas Cook Group Plc, a UK-based travel company, is offering a number of new tours celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to places visited by the royal family in recent times.

Queen Elizabeth II has visited around 129 countries during her reign to date, making her one of the most extensively travelled crowned heads in history.

The company is offering a seven night ‘stay in Bahamas, a favourite destination of the Queen, which she visited on a total of six occasions. The tour prices commence from GBP1,429 per person, which includes stays at the four-star Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in Nassau, daily breakfast, and return airfares from London Heathrow Airport with British Airways, for departures scheduled between August 6 and November 10, 2012.

Canada is the Queen’s most visited Commonwealth destination, and the company is offering a number of trips to the country. The Thomas Cook Signature 14 day Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Explorer includes two nights in Halifax, two nights in Baddeck, one night in Corner Brook, one night in Twillingate, one night in Gander, one night in Clarenville, two nights in St John’s, one night at Bras Dor Lake and one night in Antigonish. The tours are priced from GBP2,213 per person on a self-drive basis, and are inclusive of car rental, accommodation, ferry crossings, and return airfare from London Heathrow with Air Canada, for departures scheduled between June 1 and September 3, 2012.

The Thomas Cook Signature tour of five nights in Vancouver is priced from GBP658 per person, and includes stays at the Howard Johnson Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, and return airfare from London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic, with scheduled departures on October 16, 2012.

Hotel Rates Expected To Rise for Jubilee Bank Holiday in UK

Hotel prices are expected to increase substantially for the Jubilee Weekend Bank Holiday, says a new report from Santander banking group.

Hotel prices are forecast to go up by as much as 54 percent on average in London, UK, for the four nights in June 2012, compared to an equivalent weekend in May 2012. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will officially run from June 2 to 5, 2012, and with three working days left in the week, people are expected to make the most of the opportunity to extend their holiday.

Reports also indicate that some hotels have upped their prices for the Jubilee Weekend by a massive 223 percent, with luxury accommodation prices set to rise by 81 percent, when compared to normal summertime weekend prices.

Most three to five star rated hotels are set to offer rooms for a price range commencing at £832 to £6,606 for a four-night stay, for a family of four, during the Jubilee Weekend.

Other cities in the UK are also reflecting a price rise for hotel rooms, with Edinburgh registering an average increase of 28 percent in room rates; while Manchester hotels are increasing by an average of 8 percent.

Andy Smith, head of media relations at Santander banking group, said, ‘Demand for hotel rooms in London is likely to be fierce over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. The premiums our research has uncovered will price many families out of the capital altogether.

Families hoping to book a hotel stay around June 6 can still avoid some of the steeper premiums by shopping around for the best deal, or if they have transportation, considering a location that is slightly less central.’

Pontins Cancels Cheap Jubilee Weekend Offers and Increases Price

Pontins, a UK-based travel company, has enraged its customers by cancelling sold holidays that were due to be taken over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.

The company has cancelled the Jubilee weekend holidays that were booked in January, for rates commencing at £33.07 for seven nights. Citing a computer glitch, the company has subsequently re-listed the same holidays at 15 times the original cost, with rates commencing at £550 for six nights.

In an interview with The Daily Mirror, a spokesman for Pontins, said, ‘We apologise that our computer booking system did not work in this case and the cancellation was issued as soon as we realised the problem. It only affects around 17 bookings.’

The breaks were all for stays at the company owned, Brean Sands resort in Somerset, and the Jubilee Weekend Offer was also picked up by discount website, Hot UK Deals, earlier in January, 2012.

A customer, Nicky Biggs, aged 38, said in an interview to TravelMail, that while she had booked the vacation and had called the company to confirm, ‘They basically said it was an error, but they would honour it and that I had got myself a bargain.’ Recently however she has received an email cancelling her booking. Similarly, Scott Foster, 31, said in an interview with the Daily Mirror, ‘We are devastated. We looked around for an affordable holiday as we are on a tight budget. We booked with Pontins as it seemed a very good deal. The reason given for the cancellation was the park being oversubscribed.’

Brits to get a FOUR DAY bank holiday break to mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The extra long weekend, thanks to the Royal Wedding, put everyone in high spirits and now the Government is hoping to have a similar weekend next year in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Next year’s Whitsun Bank Holiday, will be postponed from May until Monday, June 4 and an extra Bank Holiday will be added on Tuesday, June 5.

The celebration will mark the monarchs 60 years on the throne, will give Brits the a four day break.

It is hoped that millions will join in the celebrations, which mark the start of a ‘feel good’ summer culminating in the Olympic Games in London.

But business leaders have criticised the move saying it will damage firms during a period of economic downturn.

Phil McCabe of the Forum of Private Business said: ‘The extra day off will no doubt motivate staff, but at a real cost to firms.’

One of the highlights is expected to be The Big Jubilee Lunch, for which neighbours will be encouraged to share a meal. It is to be launched by the Palace and environmental and educational charity the Eden Project.

A Whitehall source said: ‘We hope everyone will join in by holding street parties or other celebrations to mark a very special weekend.’

A Royal source added: ‘Local celebrations have always been part of previous Jubilees.

Eden Project founder Tim Smit has joined Buckingham Palace to lauch the Big Jubilee Lunch

‘People particularly remember the street parties in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee and grassroots celebrations in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee.

Eden Project chief executive Tim Smit said: ‘We liven in a country where we keep talking about celebrating our differences, but this is a way of celebrating our commonality. One thing we have in common … is that we treasure the monarchy.’

A further highlight of the Jubilee celebrations is likely to be when the Queen’s Royal Barge leads a flotilla of more than 1,000 boats along the Thames on Sunday, June 3.

It will be the largest river pageant to take place in Britain since the reign of Charles II.

The Queen, who will be 86 when she marks 60 years on the throne, is due to become only the second British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. The first was Queen Victoria in 1897.