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Vine Hotels Launch Vegan Menus for Delegates

As part of November’s National Vegan Month, Vine Hotels is launching vegan delegate menus across its portfolio of seven UK hotels and venues.  The brand-new choice of dishes has been designed to specifically meet the growing demand of delegates who want to enjoy vegan foods as part of their meeting and event experience.

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Additional rail compensation scheme goes live

TransPennine Express (TPE) has today launched an extra compensation scheme for rail customers following the May timetable change.
Non-season ticket holders (for example, those that work part-time) who were affected by the disruption are being given the chance to apply for a full refund on specific routes across the North.
The scheme is in addition to the existing compensation scheme already available for season ticket holders.

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Traveleads appoints new Head Of Sales

After witnessing +20% sales growth in the last FY, Traveleads has appointed Sally Cassidy, currently Sales Director for West of Scotland/Aberdeen, to the position of Head of Sales to run the UK sales operation.  Sally will focus on building a larger sales force while developing a dynamic sales strategy to maximise on Traveleads’ combination of award-winning service standards and leading technological solutions.

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Grantley Hall - opening Spring 2019. The difference is in the detail.

We’re delighted to introduce you to Grantley Hall – an exciting new luxury hotel and wellness retreat scheduled to open in Spring 2019 in North Yorkshire.

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Win An Amazon Echo With Avis

Avis are not only giving you the chance to win an Amazon Alexa they are also giving you the ability to become an Avis Preferred Member.  Perfect for the Business Traveller, Avis Preferred is a Loyalty & Speed of Service programme designed to provide a faster, more convenient rental experience and reward customer loyalty on every trip.

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Traveleads official networking sponsor of the Aberdeen-Abu Dhabi/UAE Gateway

Traveleads was delighted to attend the latest Aberdeen Gateway event aimed at linking the North-east of Scotland with Abu Dhabi and the wider United Arab Emirates.  Aberdeen based company GranitePR has significantly expanded its series of popular Gateway business networking events, the latest of which took place at Macdonald Norwood Hall, Aberdeen.

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TransPennine Express announce enhanced delay compensation scheme

TransPennine Express in collaboration with Northern, will be extending and enhancing their temporary compensation scheme for any regular travellers (without Season Tickets) that experienced delays and cancellations from 20 May to 30 June. The following routes will be eligible:

• Manchester Airport to Lancaster
• Liverpool to Scarborough
• Liverpool to Newcastle
• Manchester Airport – Middlesbrough
• Manchester Piccadilly – Hull
• Manchester Piccadilly – Leeds

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Traveleads announces partnership with the Welsh Sports Association

Traveleads is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Welsh Sports Association.  The alliance will provide members of the WSA access to a dedicated travel service, complete with expert sports travel consultants, offering the best rates and lowest fares on sports travel.

Already the trusted travel partner of the Sport & Recreation Alliance and the Scottish Sports Association, Traveleads is the largest provider of travel services to governing bodies of sport in the UK.

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Tube Strikes - Wednesday 26th September

A strike on the London Underground line serving Heathrow Airport will go ahead after the latest round of talks collapsed.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the Piccadilly Line will launch a 48-hour walkout from 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday) and a five-hour strike from 8.30pm on Friday. The union says there has been a complete breakdown of industrial relations.
Transport for London warned there will be little or no service, including the Night Tube on Friday.
The two sides met at the conciliation service Acas but talks ended without agreement.

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Major disruption to rail services between Edinburgh and London

LNER have announced this morning that they are unable to operate electric trains on their Edinburgh services, because of overhead line damage covering over six miles of the route near Durham.
Therefore LNER will be operating a reduced timetable today, using diesel trains to operate an hourly service on the Edinburgh-London route.

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