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Didn't get an invite to the royal wedding? Forget Buckingham Palace, stay at the Strand Palace instead.

Thanks to the FA Cup and the Royal Wedding the worlds attention has once again turned to London albeit via Windsor and Wembley. Tourism is set to boom in the capital and with the promise of a glorious summer ahead (We're not convinced) this week we're taking a look at the Strand Palace Hotel  

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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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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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Win the chance to be a Time Traveller with Traveleads

Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland.

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The Traveleads Experience

At Traveleads we offer a level of service that is second to none, but that doesnt mean we're not constantly looking for new ways to improve our customer experience. We want to make sure that every journey taken with us is absolutely seamless, which is why last week we offered some of our clients the opportunity to experience a day in the life of the business traveller.

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Win a hamper full of international treats for your office with Traveleads

Access live 24hr telephone interpreting services in over 156 different languages with Traveleads.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Airport Experience

The travel industry is full of inspirational quotes: ‘Life is not a destination, it’s a journey!’  ‘Not all who wander are lost!’ Lao Tzu wrote:  ‘A journey of a thousand miles must start with a single step’ …easy for him to say - his journey didn’t involve self-check-in kiosks, security screenings, or immigration queues.  For many travellers the airport experience has become an unavoidable travel inconvenience, the least enjoyable part of any trip.  But it doesn’t have to be, in fact follow our 5 simple steps to improve your airport experience and you will arrive at your destination feelin

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Shares in Low-cost Norwegian Airlines Soar Following Announcement

International Airlines Group (IAG) the owner of British Airways has today announced it is considering making an offer to buy low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle
IAG confirmed it already has a 4.61% stake in the airline which it considers to be “A position from which to initiate discussions, including the possibility of a full offer for Norwegian” However IAG maintain “No such discussions have taken place to date” and “no decision has been taken to make an offer” which means there is no certainty any offer will be made.

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