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Costa Blanca hotel industry fears testing ‘obstacle’ that could stop UK tourists visiting

Costa Blanca hotel industry fears testing ‘obstacle’ that could stop UK tourists visiting

HOTEL bosses on the Costa Blanca have reportedly offered to work with the UK to protect British tourists’ winter holidays. Tourism experts in the region fear a shortage of Covid tests could ruin British tourists’ Spanish holiday plans.Costa Blanca hotel industry fears testing ‘obstacle’ that could stop UK tourists visiting

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UK holiday offers: Hotel breaks in Devon, Derby, Manchester and more from £89 up

UK holiday offers: Hotel breaks in Devon, Derby, Manchester and more from £89 up

Want to take your friends or family on a holiday this summer? There are now several new offers on hotels across the UK on Travelzoo that are perfect for everything from sunny seaside stays to weekend getaways.

There’s nothing more enjoyable than relaxing by the beach in summer and what better place is there to visit than Devon.

With prices slashed by 48 percent off, Travelzoo is offering customers an offer at beautiful beachside hotel, Royal Beacon Hotel, which is situated by the Jurassic Coast in Exmouth.

For £198, customers can stay in a standard inland double or twin room with daily full English breakfast and receive a bottle of Prosecco in the room on arrival.

Plus, they will also get £25 dinner credit each to spend at any menu in the hotel restaurant. 

A stunning hotel that’s perfect for a sunny seaside stay, reviews love the customer service and location.

The deal is available for bookings from 1 October 2021 to 28 February 2022.

Bookings are also fully refundable.

Book a stay here.

Why not enjoy a relaxing countryside break?

For £139, travellers can enjoy a two-night stay at the Holiday Inn South Normanton, which is complete with a G&T in the lobby bar, a two-course meal on the first evening and daily breakfast.

This offer saves customers 54 percent off original rates and guests can enjoy nearby visits to Peak District National Park, Derbyshire Dales and Chatsworth House.

Fully refundable, this deal is available on bookings from Sunday to Thursday until 30 December 2021 – book the deal here.

Escape to Cambridgeshire for a weekday or weekend with this special offer.

Reduced by 59 percent off, stay at The Bull Hotel, which is a converted coaching inn in the centre of Peterborough for just £99.

Including two nights accommodation in a double room with daily full English breakfast, it’s an ideal quiet getaway.

Available on bookings from now until 30 December 2021, book a stay here.

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Japanese capsule hotel opens in East Sussex for guests seeking alternative budget stay

Japanese capsule hotel opens in East Sussex

Pod Central, is based in St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. The venue has 16 pods to sleep in, each stacked in pairs and measuring up to 1.3m x 2.2m. Guests will receive complimentary wifi along with bedding, storage lockers, towels and USB port, plugs, reading lights, ear plugs and fans.

Eco-friendly toiletries will also be available to use on site and ther is also shared showers, toilets and hair-dryers.

Pod Central’s managing director Mia Preston has lived in the seaside town for more than 15 years. She said: “This is something new for the area, offering budget accommodation for young people, single parents, retired people – anyone looking for ‘no frills’ accommodation in a central location, whether for work, study or tourism.

“I came up with this fun idea when I was taking my son to explore universities around the country and it was difficult to find inexpensive accommodation.”

Mia Having worked in property renovation and management for several years. Mia ran a clinical aromatherapy business helping clients to unwind and destress.

Pod hotels were first made famous in Japan more than 40 years ago offering cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests that are commonly made from wood, metal, plastic or fibreglass.

Pod Central opened for business on June 21 and complies with the UK government guidelines regarding the coronavirus pandemic.

Popular tourist attractions for visitors to check out include the historic towns of Hastings and Battle and Eastbourne just a 30 minute train journey away.

The hotel’s mission is to provide a money-saving alternative business and stay thanks to their low energy and underfloor heating.

Other eco-friendly measures include motion sensors and LED lighting and recycling bins.

Plans are currently under way for 20 more Pod Central sites to open in the next five years in major cities such as Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Plymouth and, all located near train stations.

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Britons to avoid ‘exorbitant’ £1,750 hotel quarantine cost after major U-turn

Britons to avoid 'exorbitant' £1,750 hotel quarantine cost after major U-turn

Not only they are required to pay £1,750 per person to cover the costs of a hotel quarantine, but two PCR tests on days two and eight.

PGMBM senior associate, Taylor Burgess, said: “This policy was rushed through parliament and introduced without due thought as to how its one-size-fits-all application would penalise vulnerable citizens and residents.

“We are very pleased that our challenge has led the Government to review the policy, yet it remains frustrating that it has taken legal action for changes to be made.

“Many thousands of people have been subject to exorbitant costs over the past several months or been entirely prevented from undertaking essential travel or returning home because of the financial hardship they would face after paying the costs to quarantine.

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Bankrupt £500m businessman dies of heroin overdose in a five-star hotel

Bankrupt £500m businessman dies of heroin overdose in a five-star hotel

Martin Skinner, 42, was found dead at the Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City in Dubai after struggling with addiction. His inquest this week heard Mr Skinner rebuild his property portfolio after spending time in jail in 2019 for crashing his £140k Porsche while high on cocaine.

The accident, which happened in Worthing, West Sussex, left his female passenger in a coma for a week. Mr Skinner ploughed the red Porsche 911 GT3 into a tree.

His addiction to the Class A drug also cost him losing his £500 million property firms Inspire Asset Management and Inspired Developments London and being declared bankrupt.

But the inquest at West London Coroner’s Court heard the father of one was always “ambitious and smart”.

Mr Skinner’s former partner Magdalena said in a statement: “Martin was an ambitious and smart businessman, he established a successful business as a property developer.

“He lost his father at a young age but it did not stop him from being a loving family man.”

She said he was a “car fanatic” who loved travel and tennis, but for “many years” had been unwell due to drug addiction.

Ms Skinner said: “He was in and out of rehab but was never mentally strong enough to fight his addiction. It resulted in him losing his business and being declared bankrupt.

“He was unable to come back from his addiction, which cost him everything.”

No family members attended the brief hearing, which involved the coroner reading several documents into the record.

Mr Skinner’s GP at Knightsbridge Medical Centre said his patient had struggled for 15 years with cocaine addiction and had been to rehabs including The Priory.

A forensic report from a hospital in Dubai said morphine was found in Mr Skinner’s blood and urine in a “concentration which would produce death”.

Senior coroner Chinyere Inyama said: “The morphine is there from the use of heroin.”

Mr Skinner’s death was “drug related”, the coroner concluded.

When Mr Skinner was jailed, Worthing Magistrates’ Court heard he was driving the luxury car so fast the engine flew out, and his female passenger had to be put in an induced coma for a week, suffering life-changing injuries.

The court heard the pair had gone on a drive to the shops but the woman asked him to slow down because he was driving so fast that everything was a blur.

However he ignored her pleas and ended up crashing into a tree.

The judge branded the property developer “arrogant” as he jailed him for 22 weeks for careless driving.

Mr Skinner is believed to have been in Dubai to help rebuild his portfolio, posting a series of social media updates before his death including: “Living my best. Homeless… but no longer bankrupt life.”

Olga Velskaia, 36, told the Mirror last month she was in the UAE with Mr Skinner but she went to stay in another hotel the day before he died because they had argued.

Ms Velskaia said: “He called me and called all night, but I slept. I regret and blame myself that I didn’t come.

“He was the most creative person I know, wherever he went he captured the attention of any company and public.

“He was incredibly charismatic and talented. He could not be alone, he always needed people around him.

“He helped everyone as best he could, even when he himself needed help.

“Sometimes I got tired of so many people in the house, but I understood that he needed it.

“What I admired was that he was not afraid of public opinion and never judged anyone.

“[He] scolded me if I was worried about what people would say. He always did what he wanted.

“He was always in the spotlight, and even when he was gone, people do not stop talking about him. He left as brightly as he lived.”

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Cornwall holidays: A look inside Carbis Bay hotel where G7 leaders will stay this weekend

Cornwall holidays: A look inside Carbis Bay hotel where G7 leaders will stay this weekend

Adventure seekers, though, might want to make use of the Ocean Sports Hire Centre, offering kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and sea safaris.

If the rain cloud do make an appearance, guests can tuck themselves away in the hotel’s private cinema room.

Of course, there are also a number of business meeting rooms and even a boardroom where it is likely the world leaders will spend plenty of time throughout the summit.

When it comes to dining, visitors could be stuck for choice thanks to an array of cuisines on offer.

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Dianne Buswell on travel & hotel quarantine in Australia – 'it's hard, not going to lie'

Dianne Buswell on travel & hotel quarantine in Australia - 'it's hard, not going to lie'

Australia has been on the UK’s green list for travel since May 17, however currently only Australian nationals and residents, as well as a select list of essential travellers, may enter the country. Heading to a foreign country may be top of the wish list for many people at the moment, but as Strictly Come Dancing star Dianne Buswell has shown, following the rules put in place isn’t always easy.

“Australia is on the UK green list so if you are an Australian citizen I believe you can get a flight,” she said.

“They are very few and far between so as soon as the Strictly Come Dancing Pro tour got cancelled I went online and booked my flight.

“You have to do PCR tests 72 hours prior to the flight, obviously that has to be negative. You have to do a health declaration form, for Western Australia you have to do a thing called a G2G pass. There’s just a lot of little bits and pieces you have to do to actually be able to fly.”

Dianne says this process left her feeling “stressed” right up until she was seated in the airport lounge.

“There are so many bits and pieces that you need to do and if you don’t do those bits and pieces it’s like you might not get on the flight,” she explained.

“I thought my PCR test was wrong, it wasn’t positive it was negative, but I thought I hadn’t done the right dates.

“It turns out I did do one thing wrong though. I’ve put the wrong date of arrival so [the check-in desk worker] has told me to come to the lounge, fix that, and then they will fix it at the gate. I feel a little bit uneasy only because I was so stressed.”

Luckily, the 32-year-old dancer managed to make it onto her first flight without a hitch and was surprised by how empty her business class aircraft cabin was.

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She filmed herself wearing her face mask while showing the deserted seats behind her.

“No one else is in here, it’s literally just me which is pretty crazy,” she said.

Once she arrived in Singapore, Dianne had a seven-hour layover, which she describes feeling as though she was “handcuffed”.

“Basically what happens is you get given a little wristband and you have to go into a waiting area which my waiting time is seven hours,” she explained.

“They give you a band. They put it on you, like full-on clamped to your wrist. It is like handcuffs almost except your hands are not cuffed together.”

Thankfully, during this time the dancer says she felt “safe” thanks to social distancing and sanitised seating.

She was also able to order food to be delivered to her via an app.

Throughout the whole process though, it was the 14-day quarantine that Dianne admits is, so far, the most “intense”.

“I have three Covid tests while I am here. I have to do 14 days here. They give you food, breakfast lunch and dinner,” she said.

During her stay, Dianna has been offered a diverse range of meals.

Some of her breakfasts have consisted of fruit and granola, lunches of chickpea salad and crisps, and on one evening she enjoyed a vegan sushi option.

However, she did note a yoghurt that was placed in her vegan meal.

Despite this, she says the experience “is not that bad”.

“I just want to point out they aren’t treating me bad,” she said.

“It is just a hard thing to have to do for anyone to stay in a hotel for 14 days. I think it’s sensible really. If I was to leave here, imagine, and then I went to see my Nan. I’d never forgiven myself.

“In many ways, I think 14 days is sensible. Yes it is hard, I am not going to lie.

“If you are going to do something like this you need to realise the 14 days in a room is intense.”

Luckily, the staff are very accommodating. Guests are able to order exercise equipment to their hotel rooms for rent, order food from a separate menu if they do not like the food included in the hotel quarantine package, and accept deliveries from friends and family.

Dianne added: “It is all good and I don’t want to make out that the hotel is bad because it’s not.”

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