Matthew Weaver

From Safaris to Italian Gelato

From Safaris To Italian Gelato

16 February, 2016

From Safaris to Italian Gelato – The Top 50 Ultimate Children’s Travel Experiences

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announces the launch of the Planet Trekkers mobile app from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, designed for children to learn about and explore their travel destination, before, during and after their holiday. The app has been created in partnership with National Geographic Kids. To celebrate the launch of the Planet Trekkers app, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts appealed to children from all over the world to compile the Top 50 Travel List to be experienced by the age of 12, based on their most interesting, exciting and memorable travel adventures. From the reams of real-life experiences submitted by young adventurers across the globe, Daniel Raven-Ellison, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and family adventurer, helped curate the Top 50 List. Based on his extensive knowledge of individual cities around the world, and the many hours spent experiencing different cultures, atmospheres and ways of life off-the-beaten-track, in each of these destinations.

The Top 50 Ultimate Children s Travel Experiences include:

  • Stand in two countries at the same time
  • Walk over an inactive volcano
  • Float in a lagoon
  • Cross the Equator
  • Learn to cook a native dish
  • Barter in a Grand Bazaar

Simon Scoot, Vice President, Global Brands, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts said; The InterContinental brand is dedicated to providing enriching and authentic experiences to our guests, however big or small.

The launch of the new Planet Trekkers app in partnership with National Geographic Kids, helps us do this. It allows families to discover the world together in a very unique and interactive way, whereby even the youngest of travellers can cultivate a deeper understanding of the world around them.

The app is based on a treasure hunt style game and challenges children to discover indigenous wildlife, take part in local adventures, and taste native dishes, to truly get them excited about their holiday. It allows children to learn more about exciting adventures to experience within four categories Natural Discoveries; Active Pursuits; Local Culture and New Flavours. The Planet Trekkers app also allows children to upload photos and details from their adventures. The app is part of the Planet Trekkers family programme, a club of tailored services, cuisine and activities that are specifically created for families. It allows families to explore the world together and cultivate a deeper understanding of the world around them with an InterContinental touch.

Over the past two years the programme has seen a number of enhancements including the introduction of the Planet Trekkers Children s Menu and partnership with renowned Norland College. The National Geographic Kids partnership and launch of the new children s app is the latest addition to the Planet Trekkers programme. The Planet Trekkers app is available to download free of charge from the iTunes App Store. For more information on InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, visit

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Notes to Editors: Top 50 Children s Travel Experiences (in no specific order)


Float in a lagoon
2. Walk over an inactive volcano
3. Discover ancient temples and ruins
4. Camp in the mountains
5. Catch a train between countries
6. Dig for fossils
7. Make new friends who speak a different language
8. Photograph a local bird of prey
9. Create beach art with seashells

Cross the Equator
11. Taste authentic Bush Tucker
12. Take a dip in a river
13. Discover a local animal sanctuary
14. Ride on the back of a local animal
15. Roast marshmallows on a fire
16. Go to the highest point of a city
17. Drape a snake around your shoulders
18. Feel the rhythm of a traditional dance

Take a stroll in a night market
20. Learn history in an ancient castle
21. Enjoy a local festival
22. Experience a theme park
23. Go on a canyoning adventure
24. Barter in a Grand Bazaar
25. Build a giant sandcastle
26. Feel the splash of a waterfall
27. Learn to cook a native dish with a local

Photograph the mesmerising Northern Lights
29. Sleep under a mosquito net
30. Spend a day underwater snorkelling
31. Stand in two countries at the same time
32. Go whale watching
33. Sleep under the stars
34. Take a walk in a National Park
35. Trek to the top of a mountain
36. Go on an authentic Husky sledge ride

Eat ice cream in Italy
38. Go on a safari drive
39. Explore a city by bike
40. Surf at sunrise
41. Explore a shipwreck
42. Learn about a local folklore
43. Sleep on a boat
44. Explore a lake by kayak
45. Learn how to play a foreign instrument

See the world from a birds-eye view in a plane
47. Taste a delicious local dish
48. Get lost inside a museum
49. Catch local transport in a foreign country
50. Witness a local ceremony, such as a wedding

About IHG

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs) is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo , EVEN Hotels, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express , Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites . IHG franchises, leases, manage or owns more than 5,000 hotels in nearly 100 countries, with more than 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG Rewards Club, the world s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 90 million members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG s hotels and corporate offices globally. Visit for hotel information and reservations and for more on IHG Rewards Club.

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Sagan and Van Avermaet top of Trek’s shopping list to replace retiring Cancellara

With Fabian Cancellara retiring at the end of 2016, Trek-Segafredo manager Luca Guercilena has already started writing his shopping list of replacements

Sagan And Van Avermaet Top Of Trek’s Shopping List To Replace Retiring Cancellara

Greg Van Avermaet and Fabian Cancellara in action during the 2014 Tour of Flanders (Watson)

Fabian Cancellara s retirement1 could leave a large hole in the Trek-Segafredo2 team come the end of 2016, but general manager Luca Guercilena won t be scouring the bargain basement for his replacement. The Italian is looking for a like-for-like replacement for Spartacus, who has had 10 Monument podium finishes, including three wins3, during his five-year stint with Trek. There aren t many riders in the peloton who could match such production, but Guercilena is reported in Het Nieuwsblad as4 saying that Peter Sagan5 (Tinkoff) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) are top of his shopping list.

The person to replace Cancellara will be someone who is already on a high level and immediate results can score, he said. We want to show us, we want to win races. That pressure you put on the shoulders of young people, how talented they are.

Van Avermaet will soon be free.

Sagan also, as Tinkoff ceases to exist 6]. They are the level we aspire. Of course I would love to have one of those ride for us, but the market is a bit more complicated. Trek, with new Italian sponsors Segafredo7, have also been a rumoured landing spot for Vincenzo Nibali, should the 2014 Tour de France winner leave Astana. Guercilena was diplomatic in his response to the question, claiming he is happy with his current general classification options, but wouldn t rule out signing the Italian should he become available8.

I would like first of all emphasise that we are very satisfied with Bauke Mollema, he said.

But a rider with the record of Nibali is more than welcome in our team.

He has won several Grand Tours and smaller stage races. Does the fact that he is Italian play a role? No, but also yes. Segafredo is an international company and really look well beyond the Italian market. But while they and we like to have an Italian champion on board.

One thing is for sure, with a new sponsor comes more money for Trek to chase the talent they need to win races, be them Classics, stage races or Grand Tours.


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Term-time holiday fines are damaging UK tourist industry, say MPs

MPs are calling for a review of the Government’s ban on term-time holidays after producing evidence that it is damaging the UK tourist industry. A parliamentary debate held yesterday also heard that the policy, introduced by Michael Gove in 2013, undermines parents and intrudes on families. So far, 120,000 people have signed a petition opposing the new fines for parents who ignore the ban on term-time holidays. Leading yesterday’s debate, Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay in Cornwall, which has lost 87,000 in tourism revenue every year due to an 8% drop in visitors since the fines were introduced said: “Whilst I support the aim of getting children to attend school regularly, I fundamentally disagree that telling parents when they can and cannot take their children on Discount Holidays © holiday is a job for the state. “This policy effectively says to people who cannot take a Discount Holidays © holiday during school Discount Holidays © holiday times that they cannot have a family holiday – this to me seems completely unfair.” Double said it should be up to parents to decide ‘what is best and right for their child’. MPs said the policy ‘arguably intrudes on families’. Before the rules were introduced, headteachers had discretion to grant up to two weeks’ leave during term-time. Since 2013, heads can only grant leave in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and parents who take their children out of school risk a 60 fine by the local authority.

Headteachers have been given new powers to set their school holidays outside peak periods to enable parents to take advantage of lower prices, but a YouGov survey of nearly 500 schools found that only 4% plan to do so. Over half of teachers and heads surveyed as part of a Parent Trap study by Discount Holidays © holiday deals website Travelzoo weren’t even aware of the changes, which were due to come into effect in September, and nearly two-thirds said they opposed the idea. TravelZoo is pushing for holidays to be set per region, not per school. European MD Richard Singer said: “Most of the travel companies we’ve spoken to agree staggering should be investigated further, as it could lead to more affordable holidays for state-school parents. “However, we believe it would only work if holidays were set per region, and not per school. It’s obvious that not enough is been done to help schools understand how best to use it, and that’s been backed up by our meetings with head teachers and from our research.”

Travelzoo put forward recommendations to investigate regional staggering of holidays to MPs as part of yesterday’s debate. It claims its study shows 58% of teachers feel heads and governors haven’t been given enough guidance on how to implement staggering, even though half believe the new rules will give parents access to cheaper holidays. Singer added: “For UK holidays in particular we are confident costs could come down. If, for example, the summer-Discount Holidays © holiday period were staggered to encompass a 10-week period rather than our current six weeks, this would mean tourist hotspots like Devon and Cornwall would have a bigger window of opportunity to welcome UK families. “This in turn would have a dramatic effect on local businesses, which suffer from excess demand in July and August followed by bookings dropping off a cliff in September. “Some of the major airlines have also told us that prices would drop if UK school holidays were staggered regionally, in the same way they are in France and Germany.

We urge the government to help the education bodies and schools implement staggering in this way before we miss out on the biggest opportunity we have to fight the Parent Trap.”

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