Aspire Road Test

Skoda Kodiaq SEL 1.5 TSI 150PS

Looking for the occasional seven-seater in the £35k range with the option of four-wheel drive at just £4,000 more.  The Skoda Kodiaq from the VW stable might just fit the bill. 

Even with the back seats used there is still plenty of space for luggage and the test car had roof rails.  But don’t get it muddled up with the Kamiq (BTN road test 9 March) and Karoq (BTN road test 8 April 2019). 

Here is the Business Travel News road test from last autumn with sunny weather and partial lockdown. 

www.btnews.co.uk/article/16867

Israel for a holiday

With the pandemic seemingly under control Israel could be in for a boom this summer as a UK holiday destination.  Wonderful beaches, great hotels and Jerusalem, said to be the centre of universe, to visit, you can’t go wrong.  There are flights from all the major London airports and Manchester.  But it needs UK government approval.  https://info.goisrael.com/en

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Electric Forecourt

The first Gridserve electric forecourt is now fully up and running and was the site for the recent launch of the Mazda MX30.

Situated on the westbound carriageway of the A131 at Great Notley, just outside Braintree, Essex, on a 2.5 acre site, the concourse can accommodate up to 36 electric vehicles at one time, all under cover.

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Cruising News

Fancy a cruise, at sea?

Well you can from 20 May on the Italian luxury liner MSC Virtuosa from the port of Southampton. 

But don’t expect to go outside British waters.  Three nights only to begin with for most lines. 

Real deep-sea cruises are still banned under law. 

Viking, Saga, P&O, RCCL, Fred Olsen and Princess all follow, some stretching to seven nights and typically calling at Belfast and Liverpool.  All starting out from Southampton, except Saga from Tilbury.

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Staycation it might be

Much as Aspire wants travellers to use our lounges for holidays abroad this year they are clearly in the main going to be the domain of flyers using the London gateways to the Irish and Scottish airports.  There are just too many places to note here but what we can recommend is membership of National Trust (who has a hotel portfolio) and English Heritage a charity that manages over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places.

Check out the websites, and Visit Britain, to give food for thought.

www.visitbritain.com   

www.english-heritage.org.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Luton Lounge for top award

The London Luton Airport Aspire Lounge has been nominated as Europe's Leading Airport Lounge 2021 in the 28th annual World Travel Awards™. This comes after the lounge underwent a full refurbishment last summer, reopening in early August, the lounge combines Aspire’s new brand identity with covid safety measures where guests can feel safe, comfortable and relaxed.   

You can vote for Luton Aspire Lounge in the World Travel Awards™  here. The Heathrow Terminal 3 Club Aspire Lounge is also nominated for the award and voting is on the same link. 

www.executivelounges.com/airport-lounges/london-luton-airport-aspire-lounge

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