Saturday, 2 July 2011

Premier Inn to do deal with TripAdvisor

Budget hotel chain Premier Inn is to incorporate reviews from consumer review giant TripAdvisor. The chain will allow content and reviews from TripAdvisor to be seen on their 600 properties.

The move will allow Premier Inn's quality to be truly tested and for it to be the first chain to make such a move. TripAdvisor now has around 40 million monthly visitors and more than 45 million reviews.

Premier Inn spokesperson Gerard Tempest said: “Our guests’ opinions are an invaluable source of information for us and we constantly use guest feedback to shape and improve the standards of service available at Premier Inn.

“We also feel that it is important for visitors to our website to be kept well informed and that they should be able to read impartial and transparent reviews for all of our Premier Inn hotels to enable them to make an informed decision about where they would like to stay.”

Turtles on runway delay flights at JFK

Passengers departing from New York's JFK Airport faced delays yesterday which were caused by turtles crossing a runway.

Flights were halted for around 15 minutes as 150 diamond back terrapin turtles were spotted crossing a runway. It is thought that the turtles were trying to get to the other side of the runway to lay eggs on the wildlife refuge which borders the airport. The wildlife refuge is thought to be the diamondback turtles most popular breeding ground in North America.

Thomson Airways first to fly using biofuel mix

British airline Thomson Airways will become the first British airline to power its planes using a blend of traditional airline fuel and cooking oil. The first flight will take place between Birmingham and Palma on 28th July 2011.

The maiden voyage will be followed by plans to introduce the flights on a weekly basis in September and for this to incorporate Birmingham to Alicante in the winter schedule. Managing Director of Tui Travel, Chris Browne is quoted as saying

"As sustainable biofuels become more commercially viable, Thomson Airways plans to expand its use of sustainable biofuels across its fleet over the next three years," managing director Chris Browne said.

TUI Travel hope to cut their carbon emissions by six per cent by 2014.