Window on Europe


This year, The Churchill Intercontinental London will be offering special rates for Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.

For Eid Al Fitr, the hotel is offering a standard room including English breakfast and VAT for £189 ($271) per night from December 16-26.

For Eid Al Adha, the special rate is valid from February 23 to March 2 and is priced at £159 per night including English breakfast and VAT and a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room.

A 24-hour Arabic menu from the renowned Fakhreldine Lebanese restaurant will be available including a traditional Arabic breakfast, complimentary buffet for children under 12 in The Terrace on Portman Square.

Arabic newspapers and magazines and, as always, Arabic speaking staff will also be available.


Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is not only rated within the top tier of conference centres in Europe but is also renowned for its excellent spa and leisure facilities.

The Hotel Andrassy, located on the 19th century architecture of Andrassy Avenue, is in the very chic Opera district in the heart of Budapest, surrounded by embassies. It is also close to major museums and the Varosligeti amusement park.

The 1937 Bauhaus designed hotel has been entirely renovated and offers 63 elegant rooms and 8 suites, fully equipped with the latest technologies such as high-speed Internet access and inter-active television systems.

A spa centre with sauna, fitness room and swimming pool in addition to up-to-date conference rooms and business centre complement this latest and most exclusive hotel in Budapest.

Hotel Andrassy, affiliated to Warwick International Hotels, offers attractive Opera and SzŽchenyi spa packages.


The world's newest coral reef is about to be formed where locals can swim amongst stingrays, sharks and vibrantly coloured marine creatures - in sunny Manchester in the UK.

Manchester has been chosen as the location for Europe's first inland coral reef, to be built near Manchester's Trafford Centre.

The company behind the venture, reefLIVE, has submitted for planning permission to build the unique attraction over the next 14 months.

Underwater adventurers will be able to swim, snorkel and dive among shoals of tropical fish and the more adventurous can come face to face with sharks and rays.

Dry facilities include an underwater observatory, mini aquarium, a theatre/classroom, shopping and cafŽ areas.


Travellers who book through an agent or a website connected to the Sabre global distribution system are now able to get SMS text messages on their mobile phones if their flights are delayed, or if their departure terminals are changed at short notice.

The facility is available through the Sabre Virtually There website,, and the online itinerary and travel-shopping tool is automatically available to the customers of Sabre Connected travel agents.

Travellers who enter their individual six-digit Passenger Name Record (PNR) code on the site can see a wide range of details relating to their air, car and hotel bookings, and can make additional travel-related purchases.

The UK-based Mobile Data Association Ltd reports that the number of SMS text messages sent in Britain exceeded one billion in August - almost double the volume of last year.