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NHS staff offered free Ibiza holiday to say thank you for their hard work

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All NHS staff are being offered a free holiday in Ibiza as a thank you for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ibiza regional government has announced it is backing a campaign called ‘Together for Health Heroes’  which offers ‘best in class’ accommodation to NHS staff. 

More than 60 private properties have already been offered on the campaign, according to local paper Diario de Ibiza.

Rooms in hotel chains Atzaro, OD Hoteles, Concept Hotel Group and Aguas de Ibiza are also on the cards for NHS staff.

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Tourism Councillor of Ibiza, Juan Miguel Costa, told the paper that the project seeks to: “compensate those who have looked after us, risking their lives in many cases, and who deserve that we all do our share to make sure they have holidays that meet high expectations”.

The holidays for European healthcare workers will take place next year in April, May and October. 

Staff from hospitals, care homes and hospices in all COVID-19 hotspots will be included in the initiative. 

A statement says: “It all started with a simple idea early in March. How can we say thank you to those fighting for the lives of our families, friends and communities?”

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It continues: “How can we say thank you to those putting their own lives at risk for us?

“Together we are driving change by celebrating and rewarding those who put our community, family and friends first during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Unprecedented times highlight exceptional people. We thank those who we have trusted with our lives, by gifting them our homes and hotels in Ibiza and across Europe.”

We all know someone who deserves this huge thank you, and they are currently looking for submissions – find out more here.

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NHS staff can get a free holiday in the UK as a thank you this summer

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Supercity aparthotel is offering NHS staff the chance to apply for a free stay at one of their hotels.

The two-night stay is to be enjoyed with family or friends on any date from August until October.

Staycity is found in all of the UK’s best cities, from Manchester to Brighton and London. Each one is equipped with its own private kitchen, living room and the usual bedroom and bathroom.

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Alexis Burton, CEO of Supercity said: “ Thanking the NHS after everything they have done for us was a no-brainer for our business.

“Our UK health carers have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, so when the time comes for them to take a well-deserved mini-break, we want to be there to help ensure that they feel safe in doing so.”

The free two-night stay is available to the first 120 NHS workers to apply. After that NHS workers will receive 50% off their stay. 

To apply email sleep@supercityuk.com with your preferred location and dates. 

Find out more about the 50% off offer here. Don’t forget your full NHS identification! 

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Travelodge is having a huge sale with family rooms from £8.74pp at loads of seaside destinations

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Holiday in the UK’s top seaside spots for as little as £8.74pp in Travelodge’s latest sale. 

The prices of over 250,000 rooms in coastal hotels at the budget hotel chain have been slashed with prices starting at £34.99 a night.

The best news is that includes a family room which sleeps four, meaning it costs just £8.74 per person a night, the Mirror reports. 

36 hotels are included in the sale, including the likes of Blackpool, Brighton, Colwyn Bay, Llanduno and Newquay. It’s worth noting that the deals are subject to availability at each hotel, and the best deals are likely to be snapped up quickly.

The sale is live now on Travelodge’s website and the deals are valid on stays until March 4th next year! 

The chain has implemented a range of measures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic including additional checks on rooms once they have been cleaned, increased cleaning in public areas, hand sanitiser stations, and social distancing measures such as protective reception screens, contactless payments/check-outs and PPE for staff.

Housekeeping team members will no longer be entering customer’s rooms during their stay to further minimise contact too. 

Full list of hotels in the Travelodge sale: 

  • Barrow in Furness
  • Blackpool South Promenade
  • Blackpool South Shore
  • Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth Seafront
  • Brighton
  • Brighton Seafront
  • Caernarfon
  • Christchurch
  • Clacton-on-Sea
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Dover
  • Hastings
  • Hayle
  • Helensburgh Seafront
  • Holyhead
  • Llandudno
  • Lytham St Annes
  • Morecombe
  • Newport Isle of Wight
  • Newquay
  • Paignton
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Plymouth
  • Poole
  • Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth Hilsea
  • Ramsgate Seafront
  • Rhyl Seafront
  • Ryde Isle of Wight
  • Scarborough St Nicholas
  • Southend on Sea
  • Southport
  • St Austell
  • Wallasey New Brighton
  • Worthing Seafront

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Jet2 has cancelled flights and holidays to Cyprus

“We have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays”.

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Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays to Cyprus until August 17th. 

The country has implemented new coronavirus restrictions, leaving Jet2 with ‘no choice’ but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos. 

The new rules mean Brits have to provide a negative coronavirus PCR test, obtained 72 hours before travel, on arrival to the country. 

Travellers must also complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling which has your test result uploaded within 24 hours of departure.

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Because of prohibitive entry restrictions into Cyprus, we have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos up to and including 16th August.

“We continue to urge the Cypriot authorities to review the entry criteria in line with other destinations, so that our customers can enjoy their well-deserved holidays.

“Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for how we have been looking after customers, offering the option to rebook with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund, and we will be contacting customers to discuss these options.

“For customers who are due to travel to Cyprus from 17th August onwards, we are continuing to liaise with the authorities in Cyprus and we will provide further updates in due course.

“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience.”

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice state that travellors cannot enter Cyprus if they have been in the UK in the last 14 days. 

Jet2 has also suspended flight and holidays to Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia from July 28th up to and including August 16th, following the updated government advice from travelling to and from Mainland Spain. 

The World Health Organisation states that Cyrprus has a total of 1,067 coronavirus cases and a death toll of 19. 

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