Weekend news round-up

1 Apr 2017 by Marisa Cannon

Warner Hotels guests get prosecco on tap

Warner Leisure Hotels has introduced Prosecco taps in its hotel bathrooms, giving guests 24/7 access to the Italian sparkling wine.

The adult-only hotel group has plumbed the taps into all of its Signature Rooms in its Bodelwyddan Castle hotel, in response to feedback from a guest, who asked for “prosecco on tap”.

The Prosecco taps have been installed at the North Wales site over a 12-week period and will be available to guests for a limited time.

Mark Thompson, research and development project engineer, said:

“One of the main priorities is to ensure the Prosecco makes it way from tank to tap, whilst retaining its bubbles and flavour.

“This has been achieved by installing an oxygen-free, hygienic, stainless steel ring main, pressurised to 3.5 bar – the equivalent to that you would expect from a Prosecco bottle. It’s the first installation of its type I have ever seen.”

Kayak helps Brits book holidays during work time

Kayak has introduced a new interface to help Brits book their holidays at work without getting caught by their superiors.

Studies have revealed that flight searches during work hours spiked in September, with travellers looking to blast their autumn blues with the prospect of a holiday.

It was also revealed that Monday at 4pm was when Brits were most likely to scour booking sites in search of holiday deals.

Travel expert at Suzanne Perry said:

“At we are always innovating our site and app to create tools that help our customers find the best deals and holidays for them, ensuring they can make the most of their time out of the office.

“After our research last year revealed that a large number of Brits were using their work hours to book their trips, we decided to add a section to our site to enable users to discreetly search for their travels without getting caught by their colleagues. Everyone needs something to look forward to and there is no better motivation than the promise of a holiday.”

Customers looking to book a holiday while at work or during meetings can visit the new Kayak landing page at

Cruise ship discovers uncharted Caribbean island

A luxury cruise line has discovered an unknown island 720 nautical miles south west of Bermuda.

The discovery, made by Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Escape cruiselinerhas baffled scientists and Bermuda Triangle fanatics.

Currently sailing with 120 crew on-board and no guests, Celebrity Escape is used by Celebrity Cruises to research new destinations and itineraries that passengers might enjoy. Previous missions include test sailings in one of the world’s largest swimming pools at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Algarrobo, Chile, and an attempt to cruise between Southampton and New York in three days.

Early reports indicate that the previously unchartered and uninhabited island is one of the Caribbean’s last remaining gems, complete with sandy beaches and idyllic bays. On board the ship, crew have broadcast images and videos of the newly discovered island on their social media accounts.

The island remains unnamed, but as the discoverer, Celebrity Cruises has been asked to name the new-found archipelago. The cruise line is looking for a modern name that reflects the rarity of the event, and captures the “essence” of ocean-going adventures.

Captain Yilo Apradfolos said:

“We need our guests’ help in finding a suitable name for the new island. Anyone can submit their ideas via social media using the hashtag #IslandX.”

Entries for the naming competition close at midnight on April 21, 2017.

Air Transat launches maple-sap based aircraft fuel

Canadian airline Air Transat has announced the launch of a new maple-sap based aircraft fuel.

After eight years of research and extensive tests carried out on the nectar, Air Transat has produced large quantities of the substance in the airline’s home province of Quebec.

Through the process of electrolysis, the airline has found that hydrocarbons in maple sap develop into a synthetic kerosene, and a natural source of renewable energy that is compatible with the fleet.

Air Transat serves the UK and Ireland with direct flights to Canada from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin, and plans to launch maple-sap-powered flights on these routes soon.

Westjet rebrands as Canada Air

Canadia low-cost carrier Westjet has announced that it will rebrand as Canada Air from today.

Celebrating 150 years since Canada was founded, the airline has rebranded to celebrate its status as “the most Canadian, Canadian airline”.

In a press release, the airline states that “the people who make up our brand and airline represent many of the Canadian values we are known for globally. Kindness, a great sense of fun, warmth, a desire to do the right thing and an incredible sense of caring are what make Canadians Canadian and we believe it’s time for our name to reflect this reality. We are sorry we didn’t do it sooner.

With the warm and caring guest experience delivered by our more than 12,000 WestJetters, or should we say ‘Canada Airers’, we do see ourselves as the most Canadian Canadian airline.”

The airline has repainted its aircraft with the new livery and installed new signage for all airports. See the video below for more information.

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