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    Dreaming of getting away on a summer holiday?

    Dreaming of getting away on a summer holiday?

    Well with the current UK Government’s ban on non-essential travel, that dream won’t be possible for the next few months at least.

    Many European holiday destinations are now tentatively getting ready to welcome visitors… However being totally realistic, with the state of Covid-19 in the UK it’s probably safe to say that welcoming UK travellers may not be their top priority for quite a while. The majority of UK tour operators have already written-off  their summer season and are busy trying to bring forward and expand their winter sun programmes for the Autumn.


    So what could be done?

    Taking a sunny summer UK or Irish holiday may be a possibility that could happen far more quickly. According to bookmakers Ladbrokes, the chance that summer 2020 will be the hottest on record is 3/1.  Given that many British people are much better acquainted with Tenerife than Tenby this year could be the perfect opportunity to re-acquaint yourself with the Great British Holiday. Of course all of this is dependant on UK travel restrictions being lifted.

     (Hotels in the UK are currently only able to accept bookings for key workers).


    So whether its for a Winter sun break in Europe or even further afield or for a closer to home UK&I Summer break, Baxter Hoare Travel has both the team and the resources ready to spring into action the minute the UK Government eases travel restrictions.

    Want to discuss possibilities? Please call our friendly, experienced leisure travel team on 020 7940 6261

    Alternatively e-mail enquiries@baxterhoare.com to register your interest.

     

     

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    Baxter Hoare Travel is Prize Hive's official fulfilment partner

    Prize Hive goes live!

    It’s Autumn the perfect time for the launch of Prize Hive Limited. The ultimate creative Prizes, Incentives and Rewards agency.

    Brought to you by dynamic duo Amy Nield and Gemma Barclay. Between them they have nearly 20 years’ experience in creating exciting and engaging experiences. All to help products fly off the shelves.

    What Do They Do?

    Prize Hive Limited help marketing agencies and brands come up with creative prize ideas for sales promotions and exciting travel for incentive programmes.

    Prize Hive can arrange anything from:

                      • sending out vouchers and gadgets,
                      • experience days
                      • exciting and inspirational travel
                      • personal chefs for dinner parties
                      • pet friendly staycations.

    You name it, they can probably do it!

    Their work encompasses:

                      • prize draws
                      • on pack promotions
                      • film launches
                      • loyalty and reward platforms
                      • incentive programmes

    …and anything else that requires a creative prize idea!

    With all that said, we couldn’t be more pleased to announce we are their official Travel fulfillment partner!

    Over 80% of Prize Hive’s prizes are travel related and guess which travel professionals are proud to fulfill that need?

    Get In Touch!

    They love meeting clients for a cuppa and a catch up on how to engage your clients or employees and make them feel the bee’s knees! So get in touch to see how they can help you.

    Give them a buzz on 07833 617240 for Amy or 07774 415956 for Gemma or drop them an email to buzz@prize-hive.com.  For a bit more info on Prize Hive and what they do, take a look at www.prize-hive.com.

     

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    Affordable motorhome rentals - baxter hoare

    Try something different – A motorhome holiday!

    Baxter Hoare have signed a new partnership agreement with Affordable Motorhome Rentals (AMR)

    We are very excited to announce our new partnership with AMR! With this new partnership we can now offer our customers a wide range of motorhome experiences worldwide.

    So, why AMR?

    AMR provides both special offers and competitive pricing through 135 rental companies at over 20,000 locations around the globe – giving our customers countless destination options.

    AMR offer both value for money and excellent customer service all with the added advantage of regular special offers. If you are new to a Motorhome break, we understand that you may have lots of questions. So please don’t hesitate to call our experienced leisure reservations team on 020 7940 6261.

    Or email us – We are here to help!

    Check out the AMR website for more information and some great holiday ideas.

     

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    Choice Hotels introduces Cambria hotels - a Baxter Hoare preferred partner

    Choice Hotels has launched a new style of hotel!

    Choice Hotels has launched a new style of hotel.

    We’re all used to the fabulous mid-range properties Choice Hotels operate such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites and Sleep Inn.

    But now Choice have gone upscale with a Boutique style offering they are calling CAMBRIA Hotels.

    Tailored specifically to the needs of the business traveller the rooms are simple yet sophisticated.

    With meeting facilities and bistro menus no wonder they’re proving popular.  They’re already at over 40 locations with lots more to open in 2019 such as Boston & Houston.

    As a preferred agent Baxter Hoare have extra-special rates ready to pass on to you!

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    Going to New Zealand after 1st October?

    Visa’s and ETA’s

    British nationals travelling as tourists entering New Zealand without a visa will need to hold an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) before travelling to New Zealand.  You will be able to apply for an ETA from July 2019.  It will run for 2 years and will cost NZD 9 if you apply from a mobile device or NZD12 if you apply on a website.

    An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) will also be introduced alongside the ETA and will cost NZD 35 but will last as long as the ETA is valid.

    Find more information on ETA New Zealand

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    Visa free travel to EU post Brexit

    UK Citizens WILL be able to travel to the EU after Brexit without needing a visa!

    The European Union has confirmed that visa-free short stays will be permitted even if there is a “No Deal” Brexit. With flights continuing to operate normally it’ll be “Business as usual” for all our British travellers.

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    Premier Inn’s Non-Flex rate will suit the Business Traveller

    Premier Inn have been making some changes. The old Saver rate has gone and in its place is the “Non Flex” rate instead.

    But the best part is that you can CANCEL – AT NO CHARGE within 24 hours of booking it.

    So when you’re planning your next trip (for the UK, Ireland or Germany) … and bringing all the parts of it together …. you can call us straightaway to get the very best rate. And if the rest of the plans go pear-shaped then you can cancel FREE–of–CHARGE! (As long as it’s within 24 hours of booking.)

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    Second passport application for business or leisure travellers

    Passport renewal beat the rush!

    Don’t forget that after we leave the EU after the 31st October many member countries may then require that British Passports have 6-months unexpired validity left on them.

    The Passport Office is expecting a surge of applications around that date so CHECK YOUR PASSPORT NOW!. Get your application in ahead of the crowd.

    Don’t worry if it’s a bit early – If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to 9 extra months may be added to your new passport’s expiry date. Be careful though, any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.

    Check with us for further information

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    Congratulations to Trio Ostomy Care!

    We’re absolutely thrilled that one of our clients has been presented with “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise : Innovation 2018”.

    Trio Ostomy Care are leaders in their field and have pioneered the development of a new silicon-based adhesive which keeps the vital kit firmly attached to the body whilst still allowing the skin to breathe.

    That’s got to be great news for those patients with Ostomy conditions.

    Well done to everyone at Trio Ostomy – Keep up the good work!

    The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise is an awards programme for British businesses and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.

     

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    Company Travel Policy

    Does your company have a travel policy and is it enforced?

    Most companies tend to have a basic policy in place even if they deviate from it all the time but why have one in the first place? Most people are aware of the usual benefits;

    • Ensures travel parity throughout all grades of traveler
    • Defines clear boundaries for when various products & services may be used.
    • Sets a financial limit of subsistence for travel and lodging.
    • Introduces a control element so that all travel is properly authorised.

    But did you know…?

    • Your company can get better hotel rates by everyone using the same property or chain. By mandating usage of specific hotels in a policy even better rates may be achieved. Additionally the hotel recognises the value of repeat clients and will often provide “value-added” services like free Wi-Fi or parking, complimentary breakfast, manager’s cocktail hours for lone business travellers, etc.
    • The company needs to know where you are and can only keep tabs if you make your plans through the prescribed channels. “Corporate & Social Responsibility” means they have a Duty of Care to make sure you are safe and well provided for whenever you are travelling on business.   If you’ve deviated or gone and done your own thing then they might not be ready and able to help you out in a crisis.
    • If your travel arranger knows where you are (roughly) then in the event of a political crisis or natural disaster or some commercial disruption then the Travel Management Company can get ahead of the crowd and get you re-protected on alternative travel plans as oon as the news breaks and hopefully ahead of the crowd. This means YOU will be on the flight home and not at the back of the queue trying to find out what’s happening.
    • By keeping track of your movements your company can also calculate your travel miles and therefore estimate your carbon footprint. By receiving the reports for all travellers “footprints” on a regular basis your company is able to take steps towards being “carbon neutral” , maybe by planting trees somewhere or some other eco-friendly method.
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