Thursday, January 26, 2012

'Floriade 2012' Tours are Blooming Whilst Holiday Sales are Drooping

LARKFIELD, England, January 19, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --, the website tour consolidator, has revealed that overall flower show sales are up 158% year to date compared to the same period last year.
It has also found that that over half of the increase can be attributed to sales for the once-every-ten-years Euro flower show, Floriade 2012, an international event with more than 100 participants taking part from across the world, including countries, businesses and horticultural companies. Floriade 2012 is a showcase for the very latest trends in gardening, horticulture and the environment, with countless innovative attractions and interactive activities for all to take part in.
Despite the increase in flower show sales, has also found that interest in traditional UK breaks are down in line with recent reports from other travel companies such as TUI, who have also experienced weaker UK holiday bookings with an 11% drop in summer 2012 bookings compared to last year.
Rachel Jones, Online PR & Marketing Co-ordinator at, said: "Although sales for our flower shows appear to be blooming at the moment with favourites such as Chelsea and Floriade 2012 receiving huge interest from the public, this has been counteracted by drooping UK holiday sales despite holidaymakers tightening their money belts and trying to save the pennies by holidaying at home. One of the reasons for this decline in UK holiday sales could be because families simply cannot afford their annual holiday this year therefore are not booking anything at all."
The coach holidays company has also seen a 15% increase in Euro breaks, with a come-back for destinations like Rome, Spain, Belgium, Austria and Germany. Destinations that appear to have suffered since last year include France with interest in Paris city breaks declining, although trips to Disneyland Paris are selling extremely well, with travellers still being drawn to the major European theme park.
Rachel concluded: "Although our UK sales seem to be down this year compared to 2011, it would appear that our customers are taking advantage of the recent troubles in Europe and opting for European coach tours instead which is why we have seen an increase in interest for destinations such as Rome, Spain, Belgium and Austria. With many still trying to budget when it comes to planning their annual break away, some are choosing popular all-inclusive holidays so they do not have to worry about any hidden extras thus being able to enjoy their holiday. The added advantage of holidaying abroad is you're more or less guaranteed good weather compared to UK coach holidays where the weather is somewhat unpredictable."
Event sales are also flourishing, with a 73% increase in overall events sales. This has been boosted through early interest shown for events such as The X Factor and Dancing on Ice Live Tours, Royal Ascot, the British Grand Prix, The Grand National and the hotly anticipated Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
About is a consolidation of national and regional tour operators creating a diverse choice of UK, European and worldwide touring holidays including New Year breaks and Christmas breaks, coach holidays, day trips, mini cruises and holidays by air to many exciting destinations. All have live availability and offer the customer the opportunity to book online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. features over 35 operators, including Cosmos holidays, Travelsphere and Leger Holidays.
PR contact: Rachel Jones 14 New Hythe Lane Larkfield Aylesford Kent ME20 6AB UK +44(0)1732-879138

Monday, January 9, 2012

Teboza also in House of Taste at Floriade 2012

"Aparagus to be offered through entire chain"

Teboza have arranged with the organisation of House of Taste at the Floriade to be permanently present with a fixed stand 'in their backyard'. Will Teeuwen is enthousiastic about the fact that  they were able to obtain a stand. "We will be present for a period of three months with effect from the 5th of April in order to introduce the asparagus to an as wide as possible public.  Between two and |three million visitors are expected."

Teeuwen mentions that they can reach every visitor of the Floriade. We are represented in the entire chain from seed to fresh product. In this way we can talk to everybody interested in asparagus from improve to customer.

Various activities will take place in the house of taste and there are a number of stand holders from the fruit and vegetable sector. "Close by is the asparagus pavillion, where people may obtain all information about asparagus" Will tells. 

Also much will be done with cooking and tasting.  Koppert Cress will also be present."
Teboza will not keep the stand at the Floriade till October. "The asparagus is a seasonal product  and this will be presented till 1 July.  After that Giel Hermans will take my place."

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

15 awesome travel destinations include 'Floriade 2012'


The Lighted Sky: The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, is predicted to be highly visible in 2012. Head north — far north — and dress warmly. This is a view from Norway.
[Associated Press (2011)]
The Lighted Sky: The aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, is predicted to be highly visible in 2012. Head north — far north — and dress warmly. This is a view from Norway.

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According to some interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar the world is supposed to end this year. Doomsday is set for Dec. 21, but that gives you nearly a year to see parts of the world you've been putting off. And if that dire prediction doesn't come true? You'll have been able to cross a few things off your bucket list.

• This year's biggest event is likely to be the London Olympics, for which England has spent $14 billion on new stadiums and other improvements. Now that'll be something to see. 

• But there are plenty of other places to go and things to experience in the Year of the Dragon. 

Here are 15 suggestions of what to do with your vacation time, some near and some very far.

Floriade, the World Horticulture Exposition, is held every 10 years in the Netherlands, and this year it's Venlo's turn to host it. A 160-acre park with five floral and nature themes opens April 6 and runs through Oct. 7, so there is plenty of time to see what nature has wrought, tulips being just the start. 

Besides horticulture displays, there are music performances and plenty of food. Venlo is about 85 miles or a two-hour train trip from Amsterdam. For more information, go to
Take your pick. The Olympics July 27-Aug. 12 where you'll see some of the world's best athletes compete at state-of-the-art venues or theQueen's Diamond Jubilee celebration June 2-5. Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne will be marked by a 1,000-boat flotilla on the Thames, a huge street picnic, a carriage procession ceremony and lots of people milling about on holiday. Probably even a protest or two. London is already an expensive destination so save your pounds, but the city will be at its best-dressed finest this summer. Oh, and there will be some Dickens-themed events to commemorate the British author's 200th birthday. For more information, go to
Chinese New Year is Jan. 23 and if you can't get it together to celebrate in China, consider San Francisco, which has one of the country's biggest celebrations. The annual parade, which has been in existence since just after the Gold Rush, is Feb. 11. San Francisco has the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. Dragons seem to be a motif these days with the popularity ofThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Travel to Stockholm and take a guided tour in English of sites in the book and movie. Go to www.stads for more information.
While the powers that be tussle about where a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium might be located, the Miami Marlins debut their shiny $515 million homein the Little Havana neighborhood not far from downtown. Fans can sit in the air-conditioned, retractable-roof facility starting April 4 for the opener against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. If spring training is your game and the Red Sox specifically,JetBlue Park debuts in Fort Myers with an outfield replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster. Tickets on the monster are just $15. The season begins March 3 and the Red Sox play the Rays at the new stadium on March 10 and 27. Major League Baseball's site,, will lead you to tickets for all games.
Can't get enough Titanic lore? A new interactive visitors center in Belfast, Northern Ireland, honoring the White Star liner opens in late March, the 100th anniversary of the world's most legendary ship disaster. The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg, and more than 1,500 people died. The new center honors Belfast's shipbuilding history and the attraction includes a ride that re-creates the shipyards of the early 1900s. There is also underwater footage of the wreck. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning movie Titanic and a 3-D version of the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet will be released in April. For more about the Belfast center, go to
Bentonville, Ark.? Really? Yes, go to the middle of the country to a community of 35,000 people this year to visit an art museum that has garnered a lot of buzz. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, opened in November by Walmart heir Alice Walton, is being called the nation's most important new art museum in a generation. Some 440 pieces of artwork are displayed, with more in storage, and visitors can expect to see Revolutionary War figure portraits, renderings of early settlers and American Indians, plus works from the Civil War period. Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter from World War II is there, plus works by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Andy Warhol and Jenny Holzer. It's a small town but hotels and restaurants have sprung up to handle the visitors. Also, there's a new regional airport to make travel easier, too. Go to
If you've always promised yourself that you'd go to Washington, D.C., to see the cherry blossoms, mark your calendar for March 20-April 27. This year's Cherry Blossom Festivalwill be especially grand since 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the planting of 3,000 flowering cherry trees, a gift from the Japanese government. For a list of activities, including the parade and the popular kite festival, go to
You'll have four months to visit Vienna for a major retrospective of artist Gustav Klimt. "Klimt: The Wien Museum Collection" runs May 15-Sept. 16 at Wien Museum. While you're there, say "Happy Birthday!" The Austrian artist's birthday was 150 years ago this year and you'd be hard-pressed not to find a Klimt exhibit in Vienna. At least 10 museums are planning shows. His most famous painting, The Kiss, is in the permanent collection at Vienna's Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere. The Belvedere is also having a special Klimt exhibition this year. Find more information at (click on "art").
The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered a nuclear disaster devastated Japan in many ways, not the least of which were the deaths of 20,000 people. Tourism from outside the country has dropped more than 60 percent, which is also creating economic hardship. To lure people back, the Japan National Tourist Board hopes to persuade the government to fund 10,000 free flights for foreign visitors this year. The multimillion-dollar program is still awaiting approval, but if it is okayed online applications for free travel will start to be assessed in April for summer trips. Keep track of the news at
Is this the year that you go back to the motherland? If you've always wanted to visit the town where your grandmother was born or perhaps take your children to your own parents' hometowns, 2012 is as good a time as any. Do as much research as you can before you set out to find the church where your great-grandparents were married or the lake that your dad said he always swam in as a kid. There are lots of online genealogy sites, such as or, to help get you started. Or sit down with a family member and play like a reporter digging for information.
NASA is predicting that the northern lights will be their brightest in 50 years in 2012. In fact, the aurora borealis is likely to be visible from as far south as Rome, but obviously the best place to see the light show is from a perch in the north. Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska (think Barrow not Juneau), Canada and Russia are prime viewing spots. Tromso, Norway, is the town that beckons most aurora-chasers, and the best time to see this natural phenomenon is before April. Pack a heavy coat and lots of layers. For information, go to
Venus will be passing between the sun and the Earth this year, causing a total eclipse that won't be repeated until 2117. The best place to see the solar eclipse is northern Australia. Sort of a long way to go for 2 minutes of total darkness in the middle of the day, but there's plenty to do Down Under. Cairns is touting itself as eclipse central on Nov. 14 where predictions have the sky going dark just after sunrise at 6:39 a.m. For more information, including a guide of what to do when the sun returns, go to
As the travel editor of Tampa Bay Times, I've taken some nifty trips over the years. All have been worth my while but the two I would urge you to repeat are Glacier National Park in Montana and the outdoor Christmas markets in and around Salzburg, Austria. Get on the phone this week and see if you can get summer or fall reservations at one of Glacier's lodges. My favorite is the Lake McDonald Lodge where the three-story lobby is supported by massive cedar logs and decorated with mounted big game and American Indian-inspired chandeliers. The Salzburg Christmas markets open at the end of November and continue until the holiday. If your spirit has been deflated, you'll be able to revive it among the stalls of ornaments and gingerbread. Seriously, it's like you're in a snow globe. While you are there, go on the Sound of Music tour and see the benches that Liesl jumped on when she was singing 16 Going on 17. Information: for Glacier; and
So you've been to the Mouse Trap so many times you can find your way around blindfolded? Well, a new hotel and the first phase of a Magic Kingdom expansion, both set to open this year, might spark new interest. The Art of Animation Resort will be in Disney's more affordable class of hotels, but the biggest innovation will be the 1,120 suites that can accommodate up to six people. In other words, great for families or when you've got to take a couple of friends to keep your kids company. The Finding Nemo wing will open in May with others to follow by the end of the year. Also, the first phase of the Fantasyland expansion opens later in the year. Look for a Little Mermaid ride plus Belle's Village complete with a castle, restaurant and more. For more information, go to
Despite the economy, there will be a handful of new cruise ships launched this year including the Carnival Breeze (3,690 passengers), June; Disney Fantasy (2,500 passengers), April; and Celebrity Reflection (3,030 passengers), November. You can expect the deals of the last few years to continue with two-for-one prices, free airfare and onboard credits to lure passengers.