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Thomson announces Summer 2013 programme

Dreamliner routes announced, more “Only From Thomson” holidays, New Sensatori Hotel

Dreamliner routes announced, more “Only From Thomson” holidays, New Sensatori Hotel

Thomson is excited to announce the launch of its Summer 2013 programme, with the latest editions of Thomson’s Florida, Summer Collection, and Faraway Shores brochures. The new brochures showcase the launch of the Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner, more hotels offering exclusivity and unique holiday experiences, than ever before, plus new Sensatori and Thomson Couples hotels and new destination of Costa Almeria. Summer 2013 holidays will go on sale as of Thursday 26 April.

“Summer 2013 is shaping up to be one of our most exciting launches ever,” says Garry Wilson, Purchasing and Product Director for Thomson.

“We are thrilled that our customers are going to be able to experience the benefits of travelling on the Dreamliner on our most popular long haul routes. We know that this addition to our fleet will set us apart from our competition and we’ll be able to give our customers the best possible start to their holidays.”

“In line with our strategy of offering customers holidays they cannot get elsewhere, we’ve been working to ensure that more hotels than ever are being offer exclusively by Thomson to our customers in the UK. This is the way the business has been taking for a few years, as we have found that when we are able to work more closely with hoteliers, we are able to tailor the hotels around our customers. I am confident that our customers will really appreciate this move, as it will mean that their hotels are more in tune with their needs and wants.”

NEW: THOMSON 787 DREAMLINER

Thomson Airways, the airline for Thomson and First Choice, is the UK’s first airline to take delivery of Boeing’s new 787 aircraft – the Dreamliner. From 1st May 2013, holidaymakers heading to Cancun, Mexico and Sanford, Florida from Manchester, London Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow will have the opportunity to travel on the brand-new aircraft.

Hailed as the greatest advance in air travel for passengers in recent years, the Dreamliner will revolutionise air travel for Thomson Airways customers through significant advances in in-flight comfort and wellbeing. The new Dreamliner routes will be included in the Florida and Faraway Shores brochures.

NEW: HOLIDAYS ONLY FROM THOMSON

From May 2013, 90% of Thomson’s holidays will be available Only from Thomson to UK customers. By increasing the number of properties offered exclusively by Thomson in the UK, we hope to be able to offer customers the best holidays in the market. The hotels have been handpicked by our product and purchasing teams, further to customer feedback, and Thomson will be working with hoteliers to ensure that all of our hotels are tailored exactly to our customers needs.

NEW: SENSATORI AND THOMSON COUPLES HOTELS

Due to popular demand Thomson can announce the latest addition to the Sensatori Collection, with the launch of Sensatori Turkey located in Sorgun. The brand-new beachfront hotel will have five a la carte restaurants, including a traditional Turkish restaurant and fine dining options, specially zoned adults and family zones, a beachside location and a world class spa. Prices start from £649pp

Thomson Couples is introducing six new hotels to its collection for Summer 2013. Thomson Couples has proved very popular amongst customers looking for adult only holidays, staying in chic, beachfront locations and offering real relaxation. The 4T Vilamendhoo Couples Resort & Spa, in the Maldives and the 5T RIU Palace Macao, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic will be the long haul additions to the programme. These properties will feature in the Faraway Shores brochure.

Closer to home, the 4T+ Iberotel Palace in Sharm el Sheikh, the 4T Los Gigantes in Tenerife, the 4T Medulin in Croatia, and 5T Atlantic Kalliston in Crete, have also become part of the Thomson Couples collection, due to their top dining scenes, contemporary style and great settings. Another first for Thomson Couples is the Couples Cruise, onboard the 4T Nile Legacy in Luxor. The luxury ship sails past the Niles iconic sights and will be bookable on a full board basis.

Thomson Family Resorts is also adding to its programme, introducing three new hotels. They include the 4T Golden Taurus Resort in Costa Brava which has non-stop activities and fantastic family facilities; the 4T Sirenis Club Aura in Ibiza, which is close to the beach and has its own splash park; and the 4T Coral Sea Aqua Club that has three swimming pools and an on-site waterpark. These mid and short haul properties will all feature in the Summer Collection brochure.

NEW DESTINATION: COSTA ALMERIA

Finally Thomson will be introducing the Mainland Spain destination of Costa Almeria to its Summer 2013 programme. Costa Almeria was chosen as destination thanks to its fantastic beaches, ideal for families. Thomson Airways will operate weekly flights from Manchester Airport throughout the summer season. The Costa Almeria programme will be featured in the Summer Collection brochure. Holidays will start from £485pp.

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For more information please contact Leanne Mullineux on 01582 645 387, or at leanne.mullineux@tui-uk.co.uk

FIRST CHOICE ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2013 PROGRAMME

LAUNCH OF THE DREAMLINER, NEW HOLIDAY VILLAGES AND SPLASHWORLD HOTELS AND COSTA ALMERIA

First Choice is pleased to announce the launch of its Summer 2013 programme, with the latest editions of First Choice’s Tropical and Summer Sun brochures. The brochures showcase the fantastic selection of all inclusive resorts First Choice has to offer as well as introducing two new Holiday Villages, three new SplashWorld hotels and the new destination of Costa Almeria, Spain. Most excitingly, the Tropical brochure will also include news of Thomson Airways’, the airline for Thomson and First Choice, new 787 Dreamliner routes. The new Summer 2013 programme will go on sale as of Thursday 26 April.

NEW: THOMSON 787 DREAMLINER

Thomson Airways, the airline for Thomson and First Choice, is the UK’s first airline to take delivery of Boeing’s new 787 aircraft – the Dreamliner. From 1st May 2013, holidaymakers heading to Cancun, Mexico and Sanford, Florida from London Gatwick, Manchester, East Midlands and Glasgow Airports will have the opportunity to travel on the brand new aircraft.

Hailed as the greatest advance in air travel for passengers in recent years, the Dreamliner will revolutionise air travel for Thomson Airways customers through significant advances in in-flight comfort and wellbeing.

NEW: DIFFERENTIATED PRODUCTS

Summer 2013 will see two new Holiday Villages added to First Choice’s popular Holiday Village collection. The 5Sun Holiday Village Majorca, in Cala Millor will be a modern and stylish addition to the collection with six swimming pools and variety of themed restaurants, as well as the great kids clubs, football, swim and stage academies offered in all Holiday Villages. The 4Sun+ Holiday Village Kos in Marmari, will be the second Holiday Village in Greece offering a beachside location and a wide range of family rooms. Prices start from £625pp.

The SplashWorld collection will also see three new additions to its programme including the 4Sun Coral Sea Water World in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, which will have a brand new waterpark for Summer 2013. Also in Egypt the 4Sun Akassia Club Calimera in Marsa Alam, Egypt, is a great addition to SplashWorld offering customers one of the biggest waterparks in the collection with over 20 slides! The final addition is the 3Sun+ Thalassa Village in Tunisia, which will also have a brand new waterpark ready for launch in 2013.

NEW DESTINATION: COSTA ALMERIA

Finally, First Choice will be introducing the Mainland Spain destination of Costa Almeria to its Summer 2013 programme. Costa Almeria was chosen as destination thanks to its fantastic beaches, ideal for families. Thomson Airways will operate weekly flights from Manchester Airport throughout the summer season. Holidays will start from £485pp.

“Following on from the success of First Choice’s switch to 100% all-inclusive holidays we are adding even more exclusive holidays to First Choice’s programme for Summer 2013,” says Garry Wilson Director of Purchasing and Product for First Choice.

“At First Choice we always listen and respond to customer feedback and we know that our customers love the Holiday Village and SplashWorld holidays, which offer families spacious rooms, fantastic activities, the best childcare in the business and of best of all happy kids. Our overseas teams are hugely selective when choosing new properties to add to our collections so I am confident that our customers will enjoy these new additions to the programmes.”

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