British Airways to entertain travellers with sports, arts this summer

British Airways is planning to entertain travellers with sports and arts this summer showing special highlights of the football from Brazil, tennis Wimbledon championships and Formula 1 motor-racing events around the world, as well as playing host at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Football fans travelling with several of the British Airways long-haul flights in June and July may tune in to the highlights from Brazil during the final stages of the tournament, and weekly during the group stages.

Tennis fans will be able to enjoy highlights of Wimbledon, when London’s famous tennis championship returns on June 23 until July 6.

Racing fans will also be able to tune in to special highlights shows following the British Grand Prix and the German Grand Prix in July.

Richard D’Cruze, British Airways’ in-flight entertainment manager, said: ‘Football, motorsports and tennis are some of the most loved sports – both nationally and internationally, and we are delighted to be able to bring the best action to passengers, so they don’t miss out.’

The highlights programmes will be available in the ‘Sport’ section of British Airways’ in-flight entertainment. The airline’s lounges will also be showing the action live for passengers travelling during this time.

Additionally, British Airways is providing a stage for emerging talent at the Isle of Wight Festival this year. At the event, ten brand new acts from across the UK and Europe will be given the opportunity to play to crowds of up to 55,000 from June 12 -14, 2014 on the #BAmusic Stage.

The acts, selected by British Airways, represent some of the short-haul destinations that the airline flies to from London Gatwick, bringing together artists from Spain, France, Italy, and Croatia – as well as from the UK – to the festival.

Colm Lacy, British Airways’ head of commercial at Gatwick, said: ‘We have many loyal customers attending the Isle of Wight festival who fly with us each year, and the #BAmusic stage will give them the chance to see and enjoy exciting new talent from destinations across our network.

‘We hope to see the artists we are showcasing flying with us in a few years, playing to crowds around the world.’

 

Catch the FIFA women’s World Cup on a German city break

German Travel Centre offer three night city breaks from £399 

FOOTBALL fans should head off to Germany this summer as the country hosts the sixth FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ from 26 June to 17 July 2011.

There will be sixteen teams competing at games across the country with the opening ceremony and match, Canada vs. Germany, taking place at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on 26 June 2011 and the final in Frankfurt on 17 July 2011.

The UK has seen a phenomenal growth female football and the English Football Association has reported that it has now overtaken netball as the most popular female participation sport in the UK. Travel operator, German Travel Centre is therefore gearing up for record numbers heading over to Germany this summer.
One of the biggest matches for UK fans will be England vs. Mexico on 27 June 2011 taking place at Wolfsburg, around 3.5 hours from Berlin by train and most famous for being the home of the Volkswagen Group.

German Travel Centre offer a number of packages to Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich so that fans can take in matches as the team’s progress. Prices start £399 per person for three-nights in Frankfurt for the final of the World Cup, including return flights from the UK and three nights bed and breakfast accommodation.
For information and reservations on short city breaks to Germany, please contact German Travel Centre on 0208 429 2900.

Guide to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

HotelTravel.com’s team has written a comprehensive collection of original travel articles covering the competition, including several on unique provinces in New Zealand where the majority of match tickets remain unsold.
According to HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer Olivier Dombey, hundreds of thousands of Rugby World Cup tickets remain available, as many provinces have sold only a quarter of their stadium capacities.

“From the organizer’s latest figures matches in Whangarei, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, and Invercargill, all have about three-quarters of their seats left for the taking. However, the NZ-France match and the knockouts are expected to quickly sell out when the final phase of public ticket sales starts in July.

“So far, top markets outside New Zealand include Australia, Britain and Ireland, France, the United States and Canada, South Africa, and then surprisingly, Tahiti and Kazakhstan.”

There are also more than 600 events scheduled for the REAL New Zealand Festival. The excitement could be as much about a six-week nationwide festival being held alongside the rugby as the sport itself. For Rugby fans heading down under to New Zealand to take in the events and World Cup matches, check out these Top 5 Rugby World Cup travel articles plus special promotional hotel rates available exclusively on HotelTravel.com:

1) RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 ALL BLACKS TO ROAR IN AOTEAROA BY NICHOLAS LACEY

New Zealand will host a spectacular sporting event as one of the favorites as its national side looks to claim their second crown on home soil in the seventh Rugby World Cup – which runs from September 9 to October 23, 2011.

2) RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011 ALES AND ALIMENTS IN AUCKLAND BY NICHOLAS LACEY

During the upcoming Rugby World Cup, New Zealand and Auckland in particular will host a thirsty bunch of fans. The city should be right up their street as it’s packed full of bars and restaurants that don’t have an official closing time. Check out HotelTravel.com’s guide to learn more about Auckland’s top watering holes. HotelTravel.com has also created outstanding promotional deals for Auckland hotels from US$14 per night for the 11 matches in the city.

3) AUCKALND’S URBAN COASTLINE: NORTH SHORE BY SAMIA EL-BALAWI

The area known as North Shore is made up of several towns and suburbs, both coastal and inland. Devonport was the first settlement to be established in North Shore, as well as it being one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs. Here you can explore Auckland’s highest volcano, Mount Victoria, which last erupted some 20,000 years ago. Exclusive HotelTravel.com promotional deals for hotels in North Shore are also available starting from only US$89 per night.

4) NEW PLYMOUTH: WHERE MARINE LIFE MEETS THE MOUNTAIN BY NICHOLAS LACEY

New Plymouth is a place that gets on with its business with little hullabaloo and bills itself as an eco-friendly city that heavily promotes walking and cycling, as epitomized by the pedestrian Te Rewa Rewa Bridge that forms part of the 10-km-long New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. HotelTravel.com helps you experience this eco-walk and much more with promotional rates on New Plymouth hotels starting from as low as US$95 per night.

5) WHANGAREI: WINTERLESS WOODLANDS AND WATERFALLS BY NICHOLAS LACEY

Whangarei is New Zealand’s most northern municipality in what is colloquially known as “the Winterless North” – the Northland Region – and has the honor of being one of the 12 venues for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2011. HotelTravel.com has also created promotional deals for hotels in Whangarei from just US$144 per night.

With the World Cup Over, Tourists Continue to Visit South Africa

South Africa’s estimated £2.6 billion investment in infrastructure and media for the recent World Cup is paying off. While the games are over and the country’s stadiums significantly more empty (albeit less noisy) the country is experiencing a continued period of high tourism. More travellers arrived in South Africa during the first seven months of 2010 than any year before it, data shows.

It’s easy to point to the World Cub for the country’s success, but doing so ignored the huge amount of long-term planning that went into South Africa’s investments. As one of Africa’s most stable and developed nations, South Africa has immense potential as a major tourism destination. If the World Cup is the ultimate pre-show display, it’s the next decade that will be South Africa’s feature show.

And by all accounts, the nation is up and ready for the challenge. Blessed with an immense variety of cultural attractions and natural areas, South Africa is one of few African nations that combines a close look at nature with accessibility. While the country’s safari culture is bested by its rivals to the north, it’s difficult to fault the country’s combination of Western accessibility and African style.

It’s certainly a healthy transition from South Africa’s past. Although the country still has numerous social issues and a severe HIV problem, it’s turned its ‘crime-ridden’ reputation on its head in a way similar to that seen in Colombia. Once regarded as the world’s most dangerous city, Bogota is now one of the continent’s most popular destinations for North American adventure tourists.

Will the multi-billion pound investment pay off? It seems likely. As travel industry operators know, the greatest barrier to international travel tends to be reputation and perception. With South Africa taking steps to shed its previous ‘violent’ image, we may see a continued surge in travel for decades.