STAY­CA­TIONS GAIN TRAC­TION

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Staycations -

Every year stay­ca­tions grow in ap­peal thanks to a com­bi­na­tion of choice, price and qual­ity – and this year they look set to pros­per from travel re­stric­tions and lap­top bans. The thought of an in-flight gadget ban could be enough to force 26 per cent of par­ents of young chil­dren to aban­don flights abroad, ac­cord­ing to re­search by price com­par­i­son and switch­ing ser­vice uSwitch.com

Hote­liers al­ways cut rates to drive rev­enues dur­ing the low sea­son but in the cur­rent cli­mate of de­clin­ing RevPARs and in­creased com­pe­ti­tion, con­sumers have rarely had it so good.

Prop­er­ties are re­spond­ing with wel­come in­no­va­tions. La Ville Ho­tel & Suites City Walk is of­fer­ing ‘Day­ca­tions’ be­tween 10am-6pm where you can spend the day, use the pool and ac­cess a Deluxe room to re­lax and freshen up (AED400 for two adults and up to two chil­dren). The of­fer runs un­til the end of Au­gust.

Oth­er­wise many are re­sort­ing to the tried-and-tested in­cen­tives on F&B. The Shangri-La Ho­tel Dubai is of­fer­ing a gen­er­ous 50 per cent off all drinks un­til Septem­ber 15, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from pool­side smooth­ies to lobby-meet cof­fees.

SE­CRET STAYS WITH DNATA TRAVEL

dnata Travel has launched ‘Se­cret Stays’ which it claims of­fers the best last-minute deals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and sav­ings of up to 65 per cent. Two deals will be posted every Sun­day and Monday on­line and to ‘un­lock’ them, cus­tomer need to call 04-3898999. On com­plet­ing the book­ing, ho­tel vouch­ers will be sent by email.

The of­fers are non-re­fund­able and ex­clu­sive to dnata Travel, and they can­not be redeemed on the same ho­tel’s web­site. dnata­travel.com

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