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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.
The New York themed 2015 awards night 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.
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.
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
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.
The woman was seen pointing the gun at tourists (Photo: George Bamby) She also directed the weapon towards kids in the swimming pool (Photo: George Bamby)
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.
Holidaymakers were left terrified after spotting the woman holding a rifle (Photo: George Bamby) Some hotel guests ran for cover (Photo: George Bamby)
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.
Woman seen at the Oasis Village complex in Fuertaventura walking with a rifle at the pool (Photo: George Bamby) The incident happened at the Oasis Village complex in Fuertaventura (Photo: George Bamby)
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.
The UK has reported the most hotel rooms in construction in Europe with 15,643 rooms in 148 hotels in the pipeline, according to STR. STR s August 2016 pipeline report shows Europe reported 64,454 rooms across 433 projects as in construction for the month; a 19.9% increase compared with August 2015.
150,530 rooms over 1,055 projects were under contract in Europe last month; a 15.7% increase in rooms under contract in year-on-year comparisons. Only three other countries reported more than 5,000 rooms in the construction phase: Germany (11,006 rooms in 56 hotels), Turkey (7,951 rooms in 52 hotels) and Russia (7,537 rooms in 37 hotels).
Under contract data includes projects in the construction, final planning and planning stages but not unconfirmed.
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