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Vote in the UK holiday ‘Oscars’ and win a dream holiday for free

Vote in this year s UK Discount Holidays © holiday Oscars and you could win a dream travel prize – but you’ll need to hurry! The Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror have teamed up with the prestigious 2016 British Travel Awards1 the benchmark for excellence for the firms that make your time off extra special and it s your votes that count. So don’t hang around the big public vote closes at midnight on September 30!

Quite simply, these are the UK travel industry s most prized accolades because they re voted for by the people who pay hard-earned money for their holidays and services. The 82 prize categories include best overseas tour operators, cruise lines, hotels and staycation leisure attractions. To thank you for taking the time to join in, everyone who submits a vote is entered into a draw for a treasure chest of fabulous getaway prizes with more being added regularly.

Vote In The UK Holiday 'Oscars' And Win A Dream <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday For Free The New York themed 2015 awards night Vote In The UK Holiday 'Oscars' And Win A Dream <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday For Free Awards chief Lorraine Barnes Burton

There are some tremendous travel treats to win. In the Aladdin s cave of goodies, worth more than 35,000, there are Discount Holidays © holiday packages, cruises, flights, Discount Holidays © holiday vouchers and discounts. British Travel Awards chief Lorraine Barnes Burton said: The BTAs give Daily and Sunday Mirror readers the opportunity to vote for who they think provides the best service and products when it comes to those all-important holidays and you could be winning next year s holiday, just by voting. So don t miss out. This is the largest consumer-voted programme in the UK, and in 2015 more than 250,000 British households took part, casting well over a million votes.

The award winners will be announced at a glittering gala evening in London on November 23.

Vote In The UK Holiday 'Oscars' And Win A Dream <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday For Free

How it works

Voting is all online at britishtravelawards.com2 – You simply register, then vote and it s all scrutinised by leading accountants Deloitte. It s not limited to UK residents, so if you re reading our international editions or you re an overseas online reader, then you can vote too. There are 82 award categories, but you don t have to vote in every one you can opt for as many or as few as you want, right up to midnight on September 30.

And it s really simple. If, for example, you only want to vote for your favourite all-inclusive Discount Holidays © holiday firm and nothing else, you can.

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The online voting form allows you to return to it as many times as you like up to September 30 to dip in and out, to change your votes or add new ones. You will also be invited to take part in a survey that looks at the nation s Discount Holidays © holiday plans for 2017. It s entirely voluntary and, like the awards voting, you can do as much or as little as you like.

As a thank you for taking part in the survey, you get a bonus entry in the Discount Holidays © holiday prize draw.

The fab prizes on offer simply for voting

Some of the amazing prizes you could win include:

  • A 14-night Titan tour of America s Deep South. This trip of a lifetime is for two people and is worth around 5,000. It takes in civil war and civil rights history, musical heritage in Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo, a steamboat jazz trip on the mighty Mississippi, a visit to Jack Daniel s Distillery and much more
  • A weekend break for two to Rome with HolidayPirates, including flights for two and accommodation for two nights in a three-star hotel, worth over 500. Soak up the history and culture of the Italian capital, visiting museums, art galleries and ancient monuments and be sure to sample the cuisine.
  • An eight-day cruise for two along the Danube with Viking Cruises, including flights, six guided tours and all meals on board, worth over 5,100. Hungary s vibrant capital Budapest, Vienna s elegant caf s and Austria s Wachau Valley all await you.
  • Two pairs of flights for two people with Opodo, worth 2,500. Choose between Lisbon and Porto for your sundrenched break in Portugal, then jet off to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Flights are with TAP Portugal.
  • A week s villa Discount Holidays © holiday for two in Kefalonia, Greece, with Ionian and Aegean Holidays, worth 2,500. Flights, accommodation and resort transfers or car hire are all included in this beautiful break to the largest island of the Ionian sea, with white sandy beaches and pebbled coves.
  • Rental of a sporty BMW X6 M for a long weekend with Sixt Rent-A-Car, worth over 1,100.

    Pick up your stylish wheels on Thursday at noon and hand the keys back on Monday morning

  • A five-day break for two to Krakow
  • A seven-day China tour for two people (excluding flights)
  • A 750 villa Discount Holidays © holiday voucher
  • Two 500 cottage Discount Holidays © holiday vouchers
  • A five-star, all-inclusive week for two by the Red Sea
  • Two flights to Rio de Janeiro
  • A week s skiing for two in the French Alps
  • A 1,000 Cornwall Discount Holidays © holiday home voucher

References

  1. ^ British Travel Awards (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ britishtravelawards.com (britishtravelawards.com)

Holidaymakers left terrified after hotel worker carrying RIFLE sparks fears of ISIS attack at Fuerteventura resort

Tourists at a Canary Islands resort were left terrified after a hotel worker was spotted walking around carrying a RIFLE – sparking fears of an ISIS attack1 . The member of staff sparked panic at the Oasis Village complex in Fuerteventura as she pointed the weapon at holidaymakers as they soaked up the sun. The woman was caught on camera by a shocked onlooker as she strolled around holding the gun.

Some tourists did not appear to react to the scene, however others were clearly alarmed.

Holidaymakers Left Terrified After Hotel Worker Carrying RIFLE Sparks Fears Of ISIS Attack At Fuerteventura Resort The woman was seen pointing the gun at tourists Holidaymakers Left Terrified After Hotel Worker Carrying RIFLE Sparks Fears Of ISIS Attack At Fuerteventura Resort She also directed the weapon towards kids in the swimming pool

One eyewitness, named only as Marilyn, told MailOnline how one woman grabbed her bag and ran to the hotel reception. She claims some holidaymakers ducked behind a wall while others sought shelter in the bar area, the website reported.

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Holidaymakers Left Terrified After Hotel Worker Carrying RIFLE Sparks Fears Of ISIS Attack At Fuerteventura Resort Holidaymakers were left terrified after spotting the woman holding a rifle Holidaymakers Left Terrified After Hotel Worker Carrying RIFLE Sparks Fears Of ISIS Attack At Fuerteventura Resort Some hotel guests ran for cover

The woman was later revealed to be a member of the hotel’s Animation team, who had been seeking tourists to join her in a rifle-shooting activity. But her actions were criticised after it emerged earlier this year that ISIS vowed further attacks by jihadis posing as ice cream and T-shirt sellers.

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Holidaymakers Left Terrified After Hotel Worker Carrying RIFLE Sparks Fears Of ISIS Attack At Fuerteventura Resort Woman seen at the Oasis Village complex in Fuertaventura walking with a rifle at the pool Holidaymakers Left Terrified After Hotel Worker Carrying RIFLE Sparks Fears Of ISIS Attack At Fuerteventura Resort The incident happened at the Oasis Village complex in Fuertaventura

In June last year, 30 Brits were killed when Islamic State2 gunman Seifeddine Rezgui attacked a beachfront hotel in Sousse, murdering 38 in total.

The massacre came just three months after 22 people, mostly European tourists, were killed by gunmen in the Bardo National Museum, in Tunisia s capital, Tunis.

References

  1. ^ sparking fears of an ISIS attack (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Islamic State (www.mirror.co.uk)

Overseas investors purchase significant UK hotel portfolio

Overseas Investors Purchase Significant UK Hotel Portfolio

Two agents have advised on the sale of three branded UK hotels to an Asian joint venture. Joint agents Christie & Co and JLL advised real estate business Dominvs Group on the sale of Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Darlington, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Dumfries and the Mercure Sheffield Parkway for an undisclosed sum off a guide price of 12m. The buyer was a joint venture between Thailand-based Fico Corporation and Singha Estate.

This is a significant deal post the EU referendum result, explained Gavin Wright, director of the hotels and hospitality group at JLL.

All three hotels benefit from being operated by well-known brands and offer stable and steady income.

The total portfolio comprises 229 guest bedrooms. Fico Corporation and Singha Estate already own 26 Mercure hotels across the UK. Both the Mecure Sheffield Parkway and Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Darlington are freehold, while the Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Dumfries is held on a long leasehold basis.

The sale came as part of Dominvs Group s wider strategy to grow their going concern portfolio and development pipeline. In July, development finance lenders criticised Sadiq Kahn s plans1 to reduce the amount of London property sold to overseas investors. Last month, a Hong Kong-based group purchased a 42m central London hotel2.

Jeremy Jones, head of hotels brokerage at Christie & Co, suggested that the Dominvs Group deal was indicative of continued demand from overseas investors following the EU referendum.

This portfolio sale follows on from a number of recent high-profile sales processes.

It is further evidence of the appetite from both domestic and overseas buyers for good-quality regional UK hotel assets.

References

  1. ^ criticised Sadiq Kahn s plans (www.developmentfinancetoday.co.uk)
  2. ^ 42m central London hotel (www.developmentfinancetoday.co.uk)