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THOMSON AND FIRST CHOICE ANNOUNCE NEW ADDITIONS TO SUMMER 2014 PROGRAMME INCLUDING NEW DESTINATIONS

29/07/2013

  • Two new Couples properties in Marrakech, Morocco and Protaras, Cyprus.
  • New Thomson Family Resort in Paphos, Cyprus
  • Five new SplashWorld resorts in Tunisia, Kos, Marrakech, Cyprus and the Dominican Republic
  • Two exciting new hotel concepts – SuneoClub and Club Magic Life
  • Two new European destinations – Olympic Coast, Greece and the return of the Greek island Mykonos

Thomson and First Choice are delighted to announce the addition a host of new properties to their Summer 2014 programme, including two new and exclusive additions to the Thomson Couples portfolio, a new Thomson Family Resort and five new First Choice SplashWorld properties all available to book from 25th July 2013. They also announce two new and exciting destinations.

New for summer 2014 - Thomson Couples Resorts

Summer 2014 sees the addition of two new stylish hotels to the Thomson Couples portfolio – The 4T+ Medina Gardens, Marrakech and the 4T Atlantica Sea Breeze in Protaras, Cyprus. The Thomson Couples range is renowned for offering contemporary, adult-only hotels which combine chic design with a relaxed, child-free environment and these hotels are no exception.

The 4T+ Medina Gardens, Marrakech, is nestled in the heart of Marrakech, only a five minute walk from the souks, restaurants and shisha dens in Jemaa el-Fna Square – perfect for those who want to get out and explore Moroccan culture at its finest. The hotel itself stays true to Morocco’s Arabic roots with impressive swooping archways, grand-looking pillars and intricately-woven carpets. Outside, the hotel grounds are filled with lemon and palm trees, dating back hundreds of years, where guests can find an idyllic spot to relax with their loved one.

The 4T Atlantica Sea Breeze, Cyprus, takes prime location situated on the outskirts of Protaras overlooking a quiet sandy bay and the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel offers guests a huge outdoor pool which is framed by a sunny terrace and edged by a relaxed pool bar where guests can sit and enjoy a cocktail in paradise.

New for summer 2014 - Thomson Family Resort

Thomson is adding another Family Resort to its collection, the 4T Atlantica Paphian Sun in Paphos, Cyprus. The hotel offers all the features customers come to expect from a Thomson Family Resort with children’s buffets and family-size rooms as standard and there’s also a miniature pool for little guests, plus a playground just around the corner. There’s plenty to impress parents too, with great food and a fantastic location just a few metres from a sandy beach.

New for Summer 2014 – First Choice SplashWorld Resorts

3 Sun Thalassa Sousse SplashWorld Resort, Tunisia

The Thalassa Sousse SplashWorld Resort comes complete with a rainbow coloured waterpark; with black holes, twisters, and a couple of 100-metre-long hair-raisers among its army of slides. There’s also a pirate-themed splash zone, complete with dinky slides for the littler ones to enjoy.

4 Sun + Memories SplashWorld Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Set on the beachfront, Memories SplashWorld Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, has the little adventurers feeling like they’re exploring the wilderness in its tropical gardens setting. For the thrill-seekers there is everything from a multi-lane slide to a stomach-plummeting black hole. And the younger kids are catered for too with a pool full of mini-waterslides.

First Choice offers seven night holidays to the Dominican Republic staying at the 4Sun+ Memories SplashWorld Resort in Punta Cana on an all inclusive basis from £895 per adult. First child travels from £537 and second from £715. Price is based on a family of four sharing, and includes flights departing from East Midlands airport on 16 May 2014 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson featuring First Choice travel shop, firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 7799.

3 Sun + Aqua Fun Club SplashWorld Resort, Marrakech

With a massive 40 slides to choose from the 3T Aqua Fun Club SplashWorld Resort, Marrakech, has some first rate rides and the staggering height of the slides offers great views of the Atlas Mountain peaks which will take thrill-seekers breath away just before the slides literally do. It’s not all about the slides though, the hotel’s 10-acre grounds is also home to five pools, a rafting river and a wave pool. And for those who want to spend some time on dry land there is also a sports court, spa and gym.

First Choice offers seven night holidays to Marrakech staying at the 3Sun+ Aqua Fun Club SplashWorld resort on an all inclusive basis from £479 per adult. First child travels from £269 and second from £315. Price is based on a family of four sharing, and includes flights departing from East Midlands airport on 1 May 2014 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson featuring First Choice travel shop, firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 7799.

4 Sun Atlantica Club Porto Bello Beach SplashWorld Resort, Kos

Atlantica Club Porta Bello Beach SplashWorld Resort in Kos has something for all of the family. The brand new waterpark has two free-falling slides, plus a head-spinning Space Hole truly suited for those who want a surreal experience. The water fun expands to the sandy beach with its own fleet of pedalos, as well as a kids’ playground. After a day full of activities there are four restaurants to choose from and open air evening entertainment in the amphitheatre.

3 Sun + Hotel Laura Beach SplashWorld Resort, Cyprus

Hair-raising slides are this place’s speciality with the white-knuckle Boomerango and a whopping great Super Bowl, perfect for adrenaline junkies. Then there’s the multi-lane slide that’s made for family slide-offs and a kids’ splash zone. The sandy beach has its own fleet of pedalos, as well as a kids’ playground. Waterpolo matches are staged in the huge pool, palms fringe a sunny terrace and a pool bar comes loaded with wicker chairs and tables. As for restaurants, this resort has four – a Greek taverna serves traditional dishes, while the Italian offers pizza and pasta. An extra snack-come-cocktail bar sits right on the beach. Rooms here are done up in blues and creams, and they all have a balcony or terrace.

New concepts*

For Summer 2014 First Choice is delighted to announce the addition of two exciting new concepts which will offer customers the choice of even more unique holiday experiences that they can’t book elsewhere.

Club Magic Life

From Summer 2014, six beachfront Club Magic Life resorts will find a home within First Choice, combining a 24 hour all-inclusive offering with an extensive sports programme and entertainment schedule included as standard. Available only through First Choice in the UK, these six exciting new properties are found in Fuerteventura, Kos, Tunisia (Yasmine Hammamet and Djerba) and Egypt (Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada).

SuneoClub

From Summer 2014, budget conscious sun seekers will be turning to SuneoClub from First Choice to find the perfect all-inclusive beach break. SuneoClub will feature a series of bright, modern and friendly three star all inclusive hotels in eight of the most popular beach resorts - Costa Del Sol, Menorca, Ibiza, Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, Cyprus and Turkey.

New Destinations

Olympic Coast, Greece

The Olympic Coast winds along the south-west of mainland Greece and is often considered the mythical heart of the country. It forms part of the vast Peloponnese region and is a beautifully unspoilt corner of the country with deep valleys, soaring mountain ranges and fields of cypress trees. The landscape is scattered with castles and temples that inspire animated tales of nymphs and maidens. It’s the home of the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, and the thermal springs, Roman baths and Bronze Age sculptures are all within easy reach.

For those who want to get out and about it’s easy to spend a day or two island-hopping here. A three hour ferry ride to Zante may be rewarded with spotting loggerhead turtles and experiencing a lively nightlife. Plus, it’s less than a three hour drive to Athens. Thomson and First Choice are offering customers unique holiday experiences with a selection of their product including Platinum, Premier and A La Carte properties.

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Greece staying at the Platinum 4T+ Aldemar Olympian Village on a half board basis, from £515 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on the 2nd May 2014. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

First Choice offers seven night holidays to Greece staying at the 4Sun Grecotel Lakopetra Beach on an All Inclusive basis from £519 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on 2nd May 2014 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson featuring First Choice travel shop, firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 200 7799.

Mykonos, Greece

Considered to be one of the most stylish and fashionable islands in Greece, Mykonos is returning to the Thomson Small and Friendly collection of intimate and authentic hotels for Summer 2014 due to popular demand. Mykonos is Greece’s designer island, with boutique hotels, luxury villas and label-laden shops. The island is belted with beaches and there really is something for everyone from exciting water sports to funky cocktail bars and traditional tavernas. Little Venice is a favourite with the well-heeled crowd where waterfront bars offer the perfect place to sip a cocktail whilst watching the sunset out at sea.

For those after something a bit quieter, the coves at Elia and Kato Livadi are the place to go with the surrounding headland perfect for walking, or visit the ruins of temples, theatres and sanctuaries on the neighbouring island of Delos, just a 20 minute ferry ride from Mykonos.

Thomson offers seven night holidays to Mykonos, Greece staying at the 4T Hotel Porto Mykonos on a bed & breakfast basis, from £539 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on the 2nd May 2014. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.

These destinations are in addition to the long haul routes announced earlier in the year; as of Summer 2014 Thomson will be flying direct to Mauritius and Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast of Mexico on the new Thomson 787 Dreamliner.

Mark Hall, Director of Product for Thomson and First Choice, said: “As always, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of new and exciting hotels, destinations and concepts to our programme. The Olympic Coast is perfect for sun seekers who want to combine the beach with culture and we’ve also taken the decision to bring back the ultra-stylish Greek island of Mykonos due to popular demand.

We continue to grow our portfolio of exclusive hotels offering customers unique holiday experiences they can’t find anywhere else. Today we announce seven new properties for summer 2014 in addition to the other five announced earlier in the year, as well as two brand new and exciting concepts, which demonstrates their continued popularity with our customers.”

Notes to editors

*More information and lead in prices for the new concepts can be found on the supporting individual releases.

Ends

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THOMSON

Thomson, part of TUI UK & Ireland, is one of the UK’s most well-known holiday brands, delivering unique and modern holiday experiences for its customers every year.

In 2013, 90% of hotels in the Thomson brochure will be exclusive to Thomson and these properties continue to be popular among our customers.

Flagship properties include; four Sensatori hotels in Crete, Tenerife, Mexico and Egypt with another planned to open in Turkey in 2013 – these hotels give customers a luxury holiday experience, featuring world class spas and gourmet dining; Thomson Couples resorts offering stylish hotels in beach front locations exclusively for adults with a real contemporary feel and Thomson Family Resorts which have been designed for families with younger children, featuring excellent kids clubs giving parents a care-free, relaxing holiday.

Thomson is the sister company of First Choice and uses Thomson Airways as its carrier to take over 5.5million people on holiday each year.

TUI UK & Ireland is part of the TUI Travel PLC Group.

FIRST CHOICE

First Choice, part of TUI UK & Ireland, became the first major holiday brand to offer 100% all-inclusive holidays in 2012. The brand offers exclusive hotels designed specifically following customer feedback and gives families, couples and groups the peace of mind they need when budgeting for a holiday.

Flagship hotels include; First Choice Holiday Villages, which deliver everything a family could want in one place – great entertainment, food, kids clubs and lots of activities such as swim academy and high ropes – enough to keep the whole family occupied; and First Choice SplashWorld hotels which have a water park either onsite or nearby that families have unlimited access to at no extra cost.

First Choice is the sister company of Thomson and uses Thomson Airways as its carrier to take over 5.5million people on holiday each year.

TUI UK & Ireland is part of the TUI Travel PLC Group.

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