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Archived News Release 15-03-2004

Red Funnel Holidays launch new website

Red Funnel has recently launched a new Isle of Wight holiday section to its award winning website. The new site at offers the benefits of dynamic packaging, enabling customers to create and book their own unique ferry inclusive holiday. Accommodation, outdoor activities (including sailing, kitesurfing and cycling) car hire, insurance, event or attraction tickets, maps & guides etc can all be added to the shopping basket as required and at checkout, all items can be paid for securely in one single transaction.

The new site gives users a huge insight into the Island, providing a wealth of information on over 100 properties and activities. A powerful search feature allows establishments to be selected by name, type, location, price or by their brochure reference. Pre-sorted lists give quick access to properties with conference facilities, properties suited to the business market and to those on the mainland.

Choosing where to stay can often be a difficult decision but the 'Email a Friend' facility allows entries to be quickly sent to others, helping everyone choose their perfect holiday. It's possible to add up to 4 preferred establishments to a shortlist, compare their features and book up to 3 - ideal for customers looking for a multi-centre holiday. A number of properties are also featured in Southampton, allowing people to enjoy a night or two in the South's premier city before changing gear and heading across the Solent. Integrated mapping and route planning is also available for all featured establishments, providing customers with a printable journey plan to their holiday destination from anywhere in Europe.

It is also possible for online customers to book event tickets with accommodation including the Isle of Wight Garden Show at Osborne House in May and the Ribex Boat Show and Nokia Isle of Wight Rock Festival in June. Late availability offers are shown in a dedicated section and are continuously updated.

Red Funnel's website won the Award for Excellence for the Best Tourism Website at the Tourism South East gala awards ceremony in October 2003.

Olive Glass, Red Funnel's Marketing Director, comments:
"We are excited about the launch of which has been timed to coincide with the 2004 Isle of Wight Image Campaign. We believe the new site is unique in this market and sets the benchmark for retailing Isle of Wight Holidays online. It highlights the extensive range of accommodation and activity options available on the Island to customers with different tastes and budgets, allowing each to tailor make their own break."

Notes to editors:
Once the client has made a holiday choice online, a staff member from Red Funnel reservations will email to confirm the booking. If the accommodation, or activity, selected is not available, Red Funnel will advise of other options based on the client’s wish list and is happy to make the final booking over the telephone.

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