Voyager to give social-app fan a free holiday

UK-based online travel agency, Voyager Travel Direct, has announced a plan to use social media to offer a free holiday to Egypt.

The company said that it was giving away a free Red Sea holiday through its page at Facebook. The prize-winner can look forward to a seven-night, all-inclusive holiday for two people. Also included are return flights, transfers, 20kg luggage allowance and all meals and drinks.

The Siva Grand Beach Hotel has a private beach with a panoramic view of the Red Sea, and is just eight kilometres from Hurghada Old Town. The hotel has facilities that include a range of restaurants and bars, live day and evening entertainment, a large outdoor swimming pool, and sports activities. A daily shuttle bus-service takes tourists to experience the charms of the old town centre.

In addition to activities above the water, holidays at the Red Sea offer scuba divers ample opportunities to sample the abundant underwater life. Popular dive sites include Giftun Island, the wreck of the Thistlegorm, Abu Nunas and Safaga. The Siva Grand Beach Hotel also offers scuba diving lessons in its swimming pool for new divers. Visitors may also try aqua aerobics, water polo and beach volleyball. There is a dedicated aqua centre in the hotel where guests can hire pedalos, or try windsurfing or water-skiing.

To win the competition entrants need to ‘Like’ the Voyager Travel Direct Facebook page and have access to the ‘Win a Holiday’ app. Answer a question about the holiday and submit details to enter the competition.

Verity Eyre, general manager of Voyager Travel Direct said, ‘We took the decision to run the competition through our Facebook page as we thought this medium would work well with our client base and we wanted to try and increase social interaction with our brand. Our development team built an app within Facebook to host the competition and we took great care to ensure we were within Facebook’s guidelines. We’re really pleased with the level of interest that the competition has generated and as a result we are considering giving away another holiday in the future. We selected this particular prize as the Siva Grand is one of our top selling hotels and we have never had any complaints about it so we are confident that the winner will have a fantastic holiday.’

Heathrow Express Announces Booking Capabilities through Smart Phone Apps

Heathrow Express, a UK-based express train service from London Heathrow Airport  to London Paddington station, has announced new features for its smart phone applications.

The company is offering a new feature for the applications, which allows business travellers to purchase tickets for Heathrow Express trains using their smart phones.

Heathrow Express is a part of BAA Ltd, owner and operator of six British airports, including London Heathrow. The company has added new capabilities to its existing Blackberry and Android applications, for buyers to have electronic tickets bought and delivered to their smart phones, as well as receive updates on travel plans.

The upgraded app also allows business travellers to use a corporate trade account for making bookings for the train service, without having to go through their appointed travel agents.

Heathrow Express is implementing new initiatives at a cost of GBP16 million, which also includes new trains and uniforms for employees.

Michael Walker, the company head of commercial development, said, ‘We have a series of continued innovations planned throughout the year to ensure we keep upgrading the online functionality for our business and leisure customers.

These changes are the first in a long line of new developments due to launch throughout the year.’