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Does renationalisation spell the end of the line for the East Coast rail franchise?

Earlier this week reports began to circulate regarding the future of the East Coast rail franchise, with some sources claiming an announcement would be made before the weekend. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has now confirmed that the East Coast Mainline is set to be renationalised. The East coast rail franchise is run by Stagecoach who currently own 90% of the share and Virgin who own the other 10%

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Creating memories and rebuilding lives - Reuben's Retreat

This week it was our pleasure to present a cheque to Reuben’s Retreat for a whopping £2,703.05 raised thanks to the generosity of our Leeds office.  We have been inspired and amazed by the lengths people have gone to in support of the charity.  A very special mention to Julie Todd (Business Travel Consultant) who rose to the challenge of taking on the Paris Marathon this year in aid of Reuben's Retreat.  This was her first ever Marathon and we couldn’t have been prouder than when she crossed the finish line in 5 hours 16 minutes …we’re exhausted just thinking about it!  Also a huge thank-yo

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Put the Hallmark Hotels stamp on your next corporate event

Hallmark Hotels has a unique portfolio of 28 meeting venues across the UK, each property has its own individual character and welcoming team.  They bring together the best in hospitality, flexible spaces, great food and convenient transport links.  Over 170 smart, adaptable, dedicated meeting spaces are available, and you don’t need to worry about sourcing great audio equipment as a range of tech solutions are available, along with free superfast Wi-Fi for delegates and award-winning service as standard!

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SAS announce huge route expansion plans

SAS' have announced their new winter program featuring new routes and more frequent departures for all of Scandinavia, domestic, intra-Scandinavian, European and intercontinental routes. SAS plan to:

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Additional Chinese Visa requirements

As of today, the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in London will capture some applicants’ fingerprints on behalf of the Chinese Embassy, in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations. Applicants, aged between 14 and 70 inclusive applying for the following visa types are required to submit the application in person at the Visa Application Centre:

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British Airways introduce direct Durban service

British Airways will become the only carrier to operate a direct flight between Europe and Durban when it launches a three-times-weekly service from London Heathrow to the South African city on 29th October 2018.

The east coast city sits on a golden mile of sand, warmed by the Indian Ocean and frequented by dolphins. Durban is Africa’s busiest port and South Africa’s third largest city with a mesmeric overtone of African culture mixed with Indian and colonial influence.

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Go further with Virgin Australia

Virgin Atlantic has expanded its codeshare deal with Virgin Australia, creating more travel options between the UK and Australia – and giving customers the opportunity to travel around the world purely on Virgin airlines.

Virgin Atlantic passengers will be able to buy tickets now for flights from 2nd July flying to Sydney, connecting in Hong Kong onto Virgin Australia. The new Sydney service is in addition to Melbourne codeshare flights launched earlier this year.

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Emirates to launch a daily service to Edinburgh

Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, will arrive in Edinburgh later this year with the launch of an Emirates service to Dubai.

The daily year-round service will begin on the 1st October 2018 and will maintain and strengthen Scotland's busiest airport's links with the Middle East ahead of the departure of Etihad's Abu Dhabi route.

Edinburgh will become Emirates’ second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its eighth in the United Kingdom after the airline starts its daily service to London Stansted in June.

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Tried and Tested - Abu Dhabi

Last week members of the Traveleads team flew out to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways to learn more about the capital and second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates.
The destination takes its name from the ‘Dhabi’ an Arabian species of gazelle once common in the region. Abu Dhabi initially gained fame for its pearl fishing industry. Divers were forbidden from using air tanks or any mechanical devices and were not paid for their work, instead they received a portion of the profits each seasons trade delivered.

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Turn a layover into a stayover with Qatar Airways

Explore the culture and attractions of Qatar with Qatar Airways' free Transit Visa and enjoy a complimentary stay at one of the many international hotels in Doha on your onward or return journey as you treat your family and loved ones to an extended vacation, courtesy of Qatar Airways and the Qatar Tourism Authority.

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