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Your Airbnb in Japan might have been cancelled

Airbnb in JapanSo you are off to Tokyo this week? Did you book a hotel or an Airbnb in Japan?

It will be wise to double-check your reservation, as your Airbnb in Japan might have been cancelled. Japan has just introduced a new law that amends the country’s Hotels and Inns Act.

As a result more than 48.000 Airbnb properties have been removed from their website.

The new law requires the Airbnb hosts to register their property with the Japanese Tourist Authorities (JTA) and display their JTA licence number by the 15th June.

The new law also restricts the rental period to a maximum of 180 days per year.

However, conforming to the new law and the obtaining the registration is a lengthy process and as a result the Japanese government has announced that from the 1st of June any Airbnb host without a licence number had to cancel upcoming reservations that were booked before the 15th of June.

Airbnb in a statement said that it would automatically cancel any reservation made by a guest arriving between 15 June and 19 June at a property in Japan that does not display their JTA licence number.

For that reason, Airbnb is setting up an emergency compensation fund of $10 million to cover as it said “unexpected and unavoidable expenses based on this sudden development”. Airbnb guests who have been affected will receive a full refund, along with a $100 coupon toward its activity-centric Airbnb Experience service.

If your reservation has been cancelled you must email Airbnb and submit copies of the receipts and invoices of any additional expenses you had to pay (like hotel accommodation and flight change fees) in order to get reimbursed from Airbnb with in a month.

If you did book with Airbnb in Japan and your booking has been cancelled, have a look bellow to some alternative offers that we have source for you.

We looked into the 10 most popular destinations in Japan and we have brought for you some last minute bargains.

So don’t worry if your Airbnb in Japan has been cancelled, you might be better off booking a hotel in the following destinations.

Recommended properties not listed with Airbnb in Japan

Tokyo

Tokyo Station Hotel

Located in Tokyo, Tokyo Station Hotel offers stylish, 4.5-star accommodation close to INCJ. Those staying at the property can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi throughout their stay.

The hotel preserves its deep-rooted heritage and provides guests contemporary accommodations and unparalleled hospitality.

Kyoto

Bijuu

Set in Central Kyoto, Bijuu is within a 10-minute walk of Kennin-ji, Gion and Ichiriki Chaya. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a laundry service and a coffee bar. The apartment is air conditioned and includes tea and coffee making facilities, wireless internet access and a refrigerator.

The bathroom features a shower and provides a hair dryer. This is a very unique property that you will not find listed with Airbnb in Japan!!!

Osaka

Namba Oriental Hotel

Namba Oriental hotel is located in Osaka and provides recently renovated rooms and complimentary wireless internet. The various facilities this relaxed hotel has to offer include massage services, a coffee bar and a 24-hour reception. This charming hotel provides a safe, a currency exchange and a shopping mall.

There is off-site parking for those with a car. This hotel provides rooms with an en suite bathroom, air conditioning and a TV.

Nara

Guesthouse Nara Backpackers

Guesthouse Nara Backpackers is located in Nara and provides guests with free Wi-Fi. It is close to the area’s tourist attractions and is minutes on foot from Kintetsu Nara Station.

This traditional hostel offers luggage storage, bicycle rental and laundry facilities. There are a range of adventurous activities, including hiking, meaning the whole family will have an enjoyable stay.

Guesthouse Nara Backpackers has 8 traditional rooms that are fitted with all the essentials to ensure an enjoyable stay. There are also a number of rooms available for families. Another outstanding traditional Japanese property that is not with Airbnb in japan.

Hakone

Fukuzumiro Ryokan

This Hakone ryokan is located within a 10-minute walk of Tonosawa Railway Station. It offers 4-star accommodation and views of the garden.

Fukuzumiro Ryokan features a 24/7 reception, as well as meeting rooms and luggage storage. For added convenience, it offers a garden and a vending machine.  The rooms are air conditioned and include tea and coffee making facilities and a refrigerator. The shared bathroom includes bathrobes.

Guests of Fukuzumiro can relax at the in-house bar, ideally located for socialising in the evening.

Hiroshima

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel

Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel provides hip 5-star accommodation in Hiroshima. It also offers free Wi-Fi, a beauty centre and an indoor pool.

This relaxed hotel provides an on-site gym, 24-hour room service and a coffee bar. Corporate facilities include meeting rooms.

Each modern room at Sheraton Grand Hiroshima Hotel includes a refrigerator and a mini bar, and the bathrooms offer slippers and bathrobes. Hot drinks can be brewed with the complimentary tea and coffee supplies, and enjoyed in the comfort of the room’s living area.

Sapporo

Mercure Sapporo

Mercure Sapporo provides stylish, 3-star accommodation close to Susukino. Those staying at the property can also make use of complimentary Wi-Fi.

This modern hotel offers a 24-hour reception, a currency exchange and a coffee bar. There is off-site parking for guests travelling with a car.

Each modern room at Mercure Sapporo comes with slippers and a refrigerator, while the bathrooms offer showers and hair dryers. They all include wireless internet access, movies-on-demand and a telephone.

Mercure Sapporo features both a restaurant and a bar where guests can relax at the end of the day with dinner and a drink.

 

Nikko

Okunoin Hotel Tokugawa

This comfortable ryokan in Nikko offers complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as a coffee bar and valet parking. It provides 4.5-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Those staying at Okunoin Hotel Tokugawa can relax in their stylish rooms that offer a seating area, a bathtub and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests staying in the rooms also have access to a communal bathroom.

Kobe

Hotel Okura Kobe

Hotel Okura Kobe offers stylish, 4-star accommodation close to Meriken Park. This hotel is set in the heart of the city.

Kobe Hotel Okura has recently been refurbished and provides outdoor tennis courts, free Wi-Fi and a free shuttle service. Staff are available 24/7 and can help with booking tours and tickets. It also has a gym with a swimming pool.

The air conditioned rooms at Hotel Okura Kobe are stylish and provide a mini bar, a refrigerator and slippers. The bathrooms have a bathtub and a shower, and come with a hair dryer and bathrobes.

Those staying at Kobe Hotel Okura can sit down to a unique dining experience at the on-site restaurant, conveniently based for those who want to stay close by when looking for a bite to eat. Breakfast is available each morning and can be savoured in the comfort of the rooms.

Ishigaki Islands

ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort

An ideal base when visiting Ishigaki, ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort offers a range of deluxe leisure amenities such as a waterslide and a tennis court. It features an 18-hole golf course, a sauna, an outdoor pool and a Jacuzzi.

The resort treats guests to deluxe amenities, including a limousine service and Thalasso Spa. Free wireless internet is available for those who wish to stay online while travelling. It also features a sun deck with impressive ocean and garden views.

Furnished to a high standard, the 5-star rooms feature slippers, mini bars and in-room movies, a private bathroom with a shower.

Guests of ANA InterContinental Ishigaki Resort can wake up to breakfast each morning at China Shadow, plus dinner at Yaeyama Japanese Restaurant in the evening. Eateries at the resort include Suncoast Café and Omoto. Guests are also able to unwind with a drink at Tropics Lounge and Bar.

If you wish to book a property with Airbnb in Japan click the link here for additional discount.

 

Hotels near the Greenwich Wintertime Festival

Have you ever been to the Greenwich Wintertime Festival?

From the 1st to the 31st of December, London visitors and residences would have the opportunity to visit the Greenwich Wintertime Festival that would take place at the Old Royal Naval College. The well know Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site would be at the center of the festival welcoming visitors from all over the world.

Old Royal Naval College

Regardless if you are a first-time visitor to the festival or not, take a couple of hours off to explore the festival and the Christmas market. It is also highly recommended to stop by the Greenwich Wintertime ice rink to watch the ice skating show and if you are brave enough you can get onto the ice rink yourself!!!

At Hotels Fairy to make things easier for visitors of the Greenwich Wintertime Festival, we have handpicked 3 London hotels with amazing hotel deals.

Novotel London Greenwich

Novotel London Greenwich is within walking distance from the Greenwich Wintertime Festival

Less than a 20-minute stroll from Deptford Railway Station, Novotel London Greenwich provides guests with an ideal base while in London. It is located a brief walk from the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark.

This 4-star hotel offers meeting rooms, 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi. Staff are available 24 hours a day and can help with booking tours and tickets.

Rooms are stylishly furnished and include in-room movies and mini bars. They all offer a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a private bathroom.

A Superior Queen bed with a sofa is on sale for 219 Pounds, but it can be yours for only 139 Pounds per night. That’s more than 35% off!!!

The Greenwich Hotel London

The Greenwich Hotel London

The Greenwich Hotel London is situated on the Catherine Grove street and provides recently renovated rooms and free wireless internet. It is ideally positioned for those wishing to discover the area’s attractions.

This 4-star hotel offers a concierge, luggage storage and a 24-hour reception. Honeymoon suites are available for those looking for some added luxury.

The modern rooms at The Greenwich Hotel London are air-conditioned and offer an in-room safe, a flat-screen TV and free wireless internet access. They each have a radio, ironing facilities and a desk.

A double room usually available at 193 pounds per night can be at your disposal for only to 119 Pounds. That’s almost 40% off standard price!!!

Staycity Aparthotels London Deptford Bridge Station

Staycity Aparthotels London, only 1,5km from Greenwich Wintertime Festival

Situated less than a 10-minute stroll from the Deptford Railway Station, Staycity Aparthotels London Deptford Bridge Station provides guests with an ideal base while visiting London. Guests can also enjoy free internet in all areas.

There are a variety of facilities at the property on offer to guests, such as luggage storage, a concierge and a gym. There is off-site parking for guests with a car. Just minutes from nearby bars and clubs, this 3-star property also allows guests to easily explore the best of the local nightlife.

Staycity Aparthotels London Deptford Bridge Station has 98 modern apartments that are filled with a variety of essential facilities to ensure guests have a comfortable stay.

A standard room cost 161 pounds but if you click the link above you can book it for only 97 Pounds!!!

That is 64 Pounds off the standard price. This is a great offer as the hotel is less than 1.5 km from the Greenwich Wintertime Festival.

Entry tickets to the Greenwich Wintertime Festival start at 15 Pounds per person for adults and 8 Pounds for kids. The Ice Skating Package starts at 20 Pounds for adults and 14 Pounds for kids.

Destination Yorkshire

Destination Yorkshire: The Shambles

The Shambles

If you’re looking for somewhere to go for that late summer break then Yorkshire could be the place for you. Yes, you did read that right. The largest county in England has been awarded two gongs at the recent World Travel Awards held in Athens, Greece.

Dubbed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’, the coveted accolades recognised Yorkshire for being Europe’s Leading Destination, and its tourism agency, ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’, as having Europe’s Leading Marketing Campaign.

This all comes hot on the heels of the county successfully hosting the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in July this year.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This is yet more evidence that

Yorkshire continues to be the premier European travel destination by winning this prestigious award.

It is a tribute to the 12 months of hard work that has gone into making this year the most successful year of all time for the county.”

In Yorkshire’s case, success certainly seems to have bred more success, as this is the third time the county has won for its marketing campaign, and the second year in a row for being the top destination in Europe.

Destination Yorkshire: Harewood House near Leeds

Harewood House near Leeds

Destination Yorkshire: Must see attractions

So if you’re considering a trip to ‘God’s own county’, here are some things you can do when you get there.

York – The city which gives the county its name was one of the top 20 most visited towns in Britain last year by UK residents, with the Shambles being hailed as the country’s most picturesque street.

Shopping – For those in need of some retail therapy, Meadowhall in Sheffield boasts Europe’s biggest shopping and leisure complex and is visited by over 400,000 people every week.

Seaside – Scarborough has been welcoming families for the past 360 years and is Britain’s oldest seaside resort.

Snow – Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy the real thing in Castleford’s Xscape. It has over 1,500 tonnes of real snow and the longest indoor slope in the UK at 170 metres.

National Parks – For outdoor types there is plenty on offer to explore as nearly one third of England’s national parkland is found in Yorkshire. (The North York Moors, most of the Yorkshire Dales and part of the Peak District.)

Heritage – Yorkshire is certainly rich in history with over 2,600 nationally important ancient monuments, 800 conservation areas and 116 registered parks and gardens. The county also has two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Studley Royal in North Yorkshire and Saltaire Village in West Yorkshire.

Destination Yorkshire: Scarborough

Scarborough

As we can see there are a wealth of different experiences and activities for you to enjoy whatever type of getaway takes your fancy. There’s also plenty of room to accommodate you if you want to stay overnight or longer, as Yorkshire has over 4,800 hotels, guesthouses, self-catering properties and campsites.

In fact there are enough bed spaces available to sleep the entire population of France over the course of a year.

By Sereena Assih Freelance Writer.

The images above are courtesy of the tourism agency ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’

Win a holiday for two on the magical island of Crete

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Have you booked your summer holidays? Or maybe you are leaving it for a last minute booking?

Whichever way it is, we have something very special for you at Hotels-Fairy.com.

Some hotel booking websites claim to give you 50% discount, some other even claim 80% off, for a last minute booking.

Some hotel booking sites advertise very low fares or even a $10 deposit to secure a hotel room. So it is getting very difficult to know who to trust. Which is a good deal and which is not.

These days you have to check and double check numerous hotel deals and rates from different website to make sure that you are getting a bargain.

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Win a holiday for two on Crete

That’s why at Hotel-Fairy.com we do all the hard work by searching all of the leading hotel booking websites for you.

On top of that we have decided to make things even easier for you and give away a holiday for two for free.

That is correct for FREE!!!

Seven nights accommodation for two people on the beautiful island of Crete, on a small traditional Greek hotel for free. In case that you missed that, Hotels-Fairy.com is paying the bill of the hotel for the lucky couple.

The hotel participating in the competition is called “Aptera Hotel” and it is located 13 km outside of Chania city centre on the island of Crete. More information about the hotel participating in the competition can be found at the hotels website here: Aptera Hotel

 

Competition

So it is a competition time, to win this holiday for two on the magical island of Crete.

How to enter in the competition?

It is very easy:

1)      First you have to go to our website http://hotels-fairy.com and click “Like” on Hotels-Fairy.com Facebook button.

 2)      Then you have to share this competition on your social media profile, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedln, Google Plus, Instagram, etc. Spread the word around. Even better if you have a website or a blog share this competition online.

 3)      Come to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HotelsFairy and lets us know that you have completed steps 1 & 2.

 That is all.

 The deadline for entry into the competition is 31st of July 2014

 

Rules of the competition

1)      Only one entry per person is allowed into the competition.

2)      The name of the winner will be published on the Hotels-Fairy.com website as well as on our Facebook page.

3)      The prize is for 2 persons sharing a studio. The accommodation has already been reserved for August 2014.

4)      The lucky winner will have to contact the hotel directly and choose the dates that can fly out to Crete, from the 1st to 31st of August, subject to availability.

5)      The prize is not exchangeable for cash, it can not be sold and it is not transferable to another person.

6)      The winner will be responsible for arranging flights to Crete and back as well as travel insurance.

7)      Hotels-Fairy.com reserves the right to give the prize to a runner up if the winner fails to claim the prize within 10 days from the end of the competition.

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Win a holiday for two on Crete

Good news from Greece! Greek tourism is UP!!

Good news from Greece

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Good news from Greece, after a rough 2012 when tourists, scared off by political and social unrest and images of protests, strike and riots stayed away in droves, 2013 is shaping up to be a rebound year with more than a million more visitors than last year expected.

The good news came from the head of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises, Andreas Andreadis, who spoke to the Bank of Greece shareholders’ meeting on Feb. 25.

Andreadis said figures show that the British market is reporting a rise of 20 percent, and the markets of Germany, France and the Scandinavian countries displaying growth of 15 percent.

Developing tourism markets such as Russia, Ukraine, Israel and Turkey are also showing a rise in demand, leading to an increase of more than 20 percent in the number of seats available, he said, according to the newspaper Kathimerini.

Andreadis cautioned though that there are concerns about the markets of Italy, Spain and Bulgaria, as their financial troubles may cut back on visitors traveling from those countries. He said there has been increased interest in maritime and cruise tourism, though incoming conference tourism remains somewhat lackluster because Athens and Thessaloniki are not seen as favorable destinations.

Good news from Greece - Holidays in Santorini

Holidays in Santorini

Domestic tourism isn’t looking good though as Greeks buried under austerity measures are cutting back or giving up on visiting their own land. Last year Greeks spent only 1.5 billion euros ($1.98 billion) in Greece, half of the levels of the pre-economic crisis year of 2008. He said a further decline, although smaller, is expected this year.

Andreadis added that the targets of 17 million foreign tourists and 11 billion euros ($14.4 billion) in revenues from tourism are likely to be attained or even exceeded. Should a few crucial measures be taken, he noted, Greek tourism could in the next two to three years reach up to 20 million visitors, adding some 3 percent to the country’s faltering Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and tens of thousands of new jobs.

The Greek news agency AMNA reported that he also said tourism is  strong supporter of the Greek economy after achieving its targets of attracting 16 million international arrivals and 10 billion euros in tourism receipts last year, although that was less than the previous year and achieved despite the crisis.

Andreadis said that annual investments worth 2.5 billion euros ($3.27 billion) were needed to raise tourism’s contribution to 40 percent of the country’s future economic growth. He said it could be attained stressed that the first 11 significant new investment plans were currently under licensing procedures by Greek authorities.

Meteora Greece

Meteora Greece

Promotion of an ambitious privatization program and the sale or lease of idle tourist real estate assets by banks were also expected to help towards achieving this year, he noted, although the country’s international lenders say the expectations are far below projections.

He said it was critical  to speed up procedures for visa issuing, reducing the 23 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on the restaurant industry to 13 pct and of the VAT on coastal shipping to 13 pct, with the goal of reducing a VAT on tourism to 6.5 pct.

Source: http://greece.greekreporter.com

Happy New Year from Hotels-fairy.com

Get the best Happy New Year hotel deals from Hotels-Fairy.com. River Festival Brisbane Fireworks

Brisbane River Festival

At Hotels-Fairy.com we would like to wish Happy New Year to all our fans, followers and subscribers on Facebook as well as on the other social media.

The Fairies are back in the office after the festive holiday season, and what a holiday season has been!! Click here to read more »

William Hague on Role of British consular services

British consular services - British Embassy 2015Yesterday the Foreign Secretary William Hague talked about the role of British consular services, and plans for the future in a speech at the Foreign Office. You can view the speech here –

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=Speech&id=749982782

In the speech, the Foreign Secretary mentions the great support that the travel industry gives the Foreign Office; as partners of the Know Before You Go campaign we wanted to pass on this thanks as we could not have such a successful campaign without you!