Santa Arrives At London Southend Airport
Father Christmas and two of his helpers have made a special landing at London Southend Airport – five months before his traditional December visit to Essex.
Santa was visiting the airport in order to officially launch Christmas at the brand new 4-star Holiday Inn Southend, before jetting out on a pre-Christmas season break – by plane, rather than on a sleigh with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph.
The Laker Suite at the five-storey hotel will be transformed into a glittering Winter Wonderland for the 2012 festive season. Groups of friends, colleagues or relatives can enjoy a delicious 3-course meal before dancing the night away with the resident DJ.
In a first for Holiday Inn in the UK, will also have a magnificent, fully sound-proofed panoramic rooftop bar and restaurant which seats 70 people, called the 1935 Rooftop Restaurant & Bar. Each December weekend it will be hosting the Santa Sunday Lunch – with a delicious festive roast and very special guest flying in with surprise gifts for good boys and girls.
The hotel’s General Manager Steve Brazil says “We are very pleased that Father Christmas was able to take time out his busy schedule to visit us at London Southend Airport today and has given the festive celebrations we are planning at the brand new Holiday Inn the Santa seal of approval! Our aim is that the Holiday Inn Southend will become a destination restaurant and function venue for local people as well as a high quality hotel. Christmas 2012 is just the start of our plans.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
The striking 129-bedroom Holiday Inn Southend is the latest addition to the world-famous chain’s portfolio and will be completed in summer 2012. The £10 million Holiday Inn Southend is sited on land adjacent to the Harp House Roundabout and will provide high quality and convenient facilities for airport passengers and staff, as well as local business users and restaurant diners. Accommodation for all types of guests all the bedrooms will be furnished to a high standard featuring LCD HD Ready TVs, high speed Wi-Fi, trademark Holidreamer beds, pillow menu, spacious bathrooms and ample space to both work and relax. When choosing a venue for weddings, social events or meetings/conference, Holiday Inn Southend Airport will offer a state-of-the-art conference and banqueting facility in the Laker Suite for up to 150 guests, or a choice of smaller meeting rooms. Find out more at www.hisouthend.com
Images – In accompanying images, ‘Santa’ is Sous Chef Nathan Barnard, accompanied by ‘elves’ Emma Dean (Sales Manager) and Paige Morris (a member of the Food and Beverage team).
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