A choice of holiday options from Bass

The Crowne Plaza Dubai ... one of the summer options closer to home.

With summer fast approaching, travellers can now choose from a huge variety of great value holiday breaks at Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn destinations across the Middle East and Africa, and around the world.

From the tropical waters of the Arabian Gulf, to Egypt's Red Sea Riviera, and intriguing Morocco, to superb holiday hotel locations in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Weekender Plus gives tremendous scope for families, couples, and individual holidaymakers this summer.

Offering special summer rates and added benefits, seven days a week from June 24 to September 30, the unique leisure programme also gives Visa cardholders the bonus of a complimentary extra night's stay at participating Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels and resorts.

'Weekender Plus will be particularly attractive to families, whether they are planning summer breaks within this region, or overseas,' said David Atkinson, Bass Hotels & Resorts' area director of marketing, Holiday Inn.

Special summer rates are backed up by a range of value-added benefits, including a full American breakfast for two, free accommodation for children up to 19 years sharing their parents' room, and a free breakfast for two children up to age 12 sharing a room with their parents.

Guests can also enjoy a late Sunday check-out at 4pm. Visa cardholders taking advantage of the Weekender Plus programme will be given a free third night to extend weekend stays.

'With the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn names linking top hotels and resorts at many of the world's most appealing holiday locations, the choice for travellers from the Middle East and Africa is enormous,' said Atkinson.

For those deciding to spend their summer break within the region, Weekender Plus still provides a big selection of holiday options.

Among the impressive list of participating hotels and resorts to choose from is the Holiday Inn Resort Safaga Palace, with its stunning beachfront location overlooking Egypt's Red Sea, private beach, swimming pool, diving and fitness centres, floodlit tennis, squash courts, mini-golf, children's playground, and a jogging and cycling track.

Other appealing getaway destinations include the Crowne Plaza Casablanca, opening up a gateway to the mythical splendors of Morocco, and the lure of the Holiday Inn Resort Sharjah, set in a peaceful lagoon, with its own private beach.

Bass has also launched another attractive summer promotion offering Middle East travellers "first-class accommodation and distinctive service at a wide choice of destinations".

The promotion involving Bass' upscale brands, Inter-Continental and Crowne Plaza, was launched at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, UAE.

The two upscale hotel brands have combined to introduce a special edition of its Summer Options programme, which features special accommodation packages, and a range of attractive value-added benefits.

The programme, offering highly attractive rates, and available seven days a week from June 1 to September 15, this year also gives Visa cardholders the opportunity of a complimentary night's stay, plus added benefits, available at participating Inter-Continental and Crowne Plaza hotels and resorts in the Middle East, Africa, and around the world.

Guests can choose one of four options: an additional guest room at half price, an upgrade to a Club Floor or Junior Suite, a full American breakfast for two, 500 bonus frequent flyer miles or 2000 bonus Priority Club points.

Holidaymakers can enjoy the range of summer benefits at Inter-Continental and Crowne Plaza properties in prime locations around the world.

Among the participating hotels and resorts in the UK and Europe are the new Loipersdorf Inter-Continental Resort in Austria, home to the largest spa in Europe, and the George Inter-Continental Edinburgh, offering the enchanting cultural experiences of Scotland's premier city.

Those preferring summer breaks closer to home also have plenty of choice, from the breathtaking seaviews at the Hurghada Inter-Continental Resort and Casino on Egypt's Red Sea Riviera, to the impressive cliff-top setting of the Crowne Plaza Muscat, and the lure of the Crowne Plaza Dubai, with its own health spa, 11 restaurants, and prime location close to the main entertainment and leisure centres in the Middle East's shopping capital.