Business Travellers Enjoy Extended Stays in Exciting Destinations

Posted: Wed 25 July 2018 at 10:00

Business travellers often view their trips more as leisure than work, according to a new survey.

Bristol Airport commissioned a survey of 1,000 employees and found that they viewed 42 percent of their trips as leisure rather than business.

The survey also found that the vast majority (86 percent) said they generally enjoyed work travel and 60 percent admitted that they used business trips as an opportunity to visit new places, thus expanding their horizons.

Far from being an inconvenience to many workers, business travel is largely seen as a positive as employees enjoy high standards of business accommodation, such as serviced apartments and luxury hotels. Work travel also enables them to visit countries that would be beyond their reach in their day-to-day lives.

BUSINESS TRAVELBristol Airport’s Business Development Director, Nigel Scott, said that the term ‘Bleisure’ has been coined to describe trips that offer a break from the humdrum working life for many business travellers.

He explained: “Previously passengers would arrange business travel involving for one or two nights away, but increasingly we are seeing passengers selecting three or more nights stays, in some cases this allows passengers the opportunity of relaxing and enjoying time in and around the destination they are visiting.”

Business travellers staying in Windsor can enjoy everything our historic Royal town has to offer from the comfort of one of our high-end serviced apartments.

Royal Swan Upping Takes Place in Windsor

Posted: Fri 20 July 2018 at 14:13

An impressive flotilla of old-fashioned wooden skiff boats adorned with Royal flags has made its way up the Thames from Windsor bridge to carry out the annual Royal Swan Upping.

The Upping is the official process of counting the swan flock on the Thames in an attempt to help conserve the population. Following an outbreak of avian flu earlier in 2018, the Upping was seen as particularly important this year.

Speaking to the Windsor Express, David Barber, the Queen’s official swan marker, who was in charge of this year’s Upping, said: “It’s been the first time it really hit the Thames hard and it was very, very difficult to deal with in Windsor.”

However, the official count found some 200 birds were still living in the area, much to the relief of conservationists.

The Royal Swan Upping has been taking place for centuries and has its roots in the Middle Ages when the Royal Family declared that all ‘unmarked’ swans in open waters belonged to them. During that period swans were seen as a prized delicacy. The event takes place for five days each summer and begins on the third Monday of July.

These days the practise is very much about conservation and each swan identified in the Upping, which happens between Marlow and Cookham, is weighed and checked over for illness.

The Royals still play an active part in the Upping, with Princess Anne getting involved this year by observing the annual swan census in Marlow.


Posted: Thu 10 November 2011 at 14:32

Stretch by Bob the Binman
Stretch, a photo by Bob the Binman on Flickr.

Here’s another one for you – lovely shot of the swans by Bob the Binman!

Windsor Castle

Posted: at 14:25

Windsor Castle by VT_Professor
Windsor Castle, a photo by VT_Professor on Flickr.

Beautiful shot of the Castle from an unusual angle!

Could a Windsor Wedding be on the Cards?

Posted: Wed 17 November 2010 at 12:03

Congratulations to William and Kate on the announcement of their engagement.  Delightful news for both them and their families, but let’s not forget the overwhelming joy felt by wedding planners, designers, journalists and paparazzi across the land.

Here in Royal Berkshire the news is very exciting for us too.  Windsor has already been on London Tonight and that was just on the first day.  Could we be host to yet another Royal Wedding?  Well, it was good enough for Elton…  

Probably St Georges Chapel won’t be big enough, but don’t rule it out yet – the Castle makes a wonderful backdrop for photos. 

Watching the interview on The One Show last night, I cringed a bit for Kate’s interview technique.  She waffled a lot and said “you know” far more than one might have expected.  Although in fairness how many times can you answer essentially the same question?  (And isn’t it ever so slightly intrusive to ask if they were living together as friends or as a couple?  This man is going to be the King for goodness sake!)   Prince William was utterly charming and showed his consummate interview experience, wearily answering essentially the same question in a variety of hats, jumping in a couple of times to help Kate out.  She looked gorgeous and by all accounts she is independent and intelligent and has shown a degree of backbone. 

In the inevitable comparisons to Charles and Diana’s engagement announcement some thirty years ago, lessons have clearly been learnt.  There can be no suggestion here of a dynastic union or any unwilling parties.  After being together all these years and after their brief split, they must be sure about each other by now and from her point of view, what she’s letting herself in for.  They look like a lovely couple and I’m pleased for them… to a point.

Do you think we could leave it there; lovely couple, lovely news we’ve all been waiting for, liked the fact she’s got his mother’s engagement ring?  Can we leave it there please until we get just a wee bit closer to the big day?

Will we allow them to have some semblance of privacy and normalcy in their lives…?  Not a chance.  Will we let her have bad hair days and make outfit faux pas without ripping her to pieces in the tabloids the next day…?  Unfortunately not.  Will she ever live down that roller skating photo…?  Perhaps in time.  Will we try to forget her mother was – gasp! – an Air Hostess…?  No, that one will run and run.  

Well of course there is one huge advantage to this story dominating the headlines and that is a brief but well-earned rest from Wagner and the gang.  Given time, I’m sure the X Factor PR machine will think of something.    The Weasel might get her roots done or Cheryl could sing live.  Perhaps they’ll announce a love tryst between two of the finalists, I can hear Dermot now, “Have you been living together in the house as friends or….”

Do YOU think Windsor would make a great venue for the wedding next year?  Let us know what you think.