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EASYJET is the first airline in Europe to allow passenger check in by use of a new passport photo app.

Travellers using the airline, can now book, check-in and go through the boarding gates using a special app on their smartphones, therefore avoiding the lengthy manual process of data filling and tiresome booking procedures.

The new facility, operated by validation specialist Jumio, allows users to automate the process up to two hours before taking off from one of easyJet’s 110 airports. The process simply takes a picture of the passenger’s passport and the app completes the check-in.

The new service works with Jumio to ensure customer passports will be recorded ‘easily, safely and securely’.

James Millett, easyJet’s Head of Digital, said: “Our new mobile passport scanning function will save time for the millions of customers who use the app to input their travel documentation details.”

As customers approach bag drop, they are advised to open their boarding pass at the right time so it is ready to be scanned and further beacons will send messages to travellers when it is time to present their passport.

The instructions are sent to registered passengers’ mobile phones as they pass each strategic ‘beacon’ placed in the airports.

Any passenger who has downloaded the easyJet app can expect ‘helpful’ notifications each time they pass the Bluetooth transmitters dotted around the airport.

And the airline deems the trial successful, customers can expect to receive messages at more European airports telling them when to open their passports and show their boarding pass.

easyJet already uses Flight Tracker technology in its app to keep customers up to date with the latest information on their flights.

The upgrade to their award-winning mobile app service, is available on both iOS and Android smartphones.

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Residencial Cala Magrana, is a new residential complex developed by Taylor Wimpey just 600 m from Cala Anguila beach.

The Cala Magrana III residential complex is situated close to the sea and very close to golf courses and the marina of Porto Cristo. It consists of 2 bedroom apartments in a Mallorcan design surrounding a communal garden with a swimming pool.

2 BEDROOM APARTMENTS FOR SALE IN CALA MAGRANA, MALLORCA, SPAIN

The Cala Magrana III property boasts a privileged position in a natural paradise with extraordinary sea views. The development consists of two-bedroom apartments designed to reflect the beauty of the surrounding area. There is a large swimming pool and wonderful sunbathing area for all the owners to enjoy. All the apartments come with a private outside parking space.

Apartments on the ground floor have a spacious terrace with a garden for private use. Top floor apartments benefit from a roof terrace also for private use.

The apartments are built to the highest standards and include designer brands of fixtures and fittings. The apartments are air conditioned with double glazing and security doors. There is also a terrestrial and satellite television dish.

Off plan development: possibility to personalize finishes. Last phase for sale !

SPORTS AND FACILITIES OF CALA MAGRANA PROPERTY, SPAIN

Cala Magrana offers peaceful sandy beaches, astonishing coves and crystal waters to practice all kind of water sports in Mallorca.

The area offers a wide range of amenities giving you the chance to sample the delights of the local cuisine or explore the famous caves of Drach. There are also different types of water sports and various golf courses to try or you can simply relax by the pool and enjoy the tranquillity of the property.

 

 

Mallorca is an island blessed with stunning beaches, scenic mountains and a climate that attracts holidaymakers in their droves. It became a major tourist destination in the 1950s, since when the island has delighted millions of visitors, offering everything that a summer holiday should entail.

The largest of the four main Balearic Islands, which together accounted for 18.3% of Spanish tourism during 2013 according to Ultima Hora’s economic review of the year, Mallorca is the isle of choice for those looking for a sun-soaked family holiday, as well as for couples looking for a beach break with a little more sophistication and elegance.

The Ultima Hora report highlights the popularity of Mallorca with German tourists in particular. German visitors far outstripped those from other countries, with 18.4 million overnight stays during 2013. Visitors from the UK trailed behind, with just under 10.8 million overnight stays over the course of the year.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director of leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, which has a number of leading developments on the island, comments,

“Mallorca is a true holiday paradise. Sun, sea and fabulous cuisine keep people coming here year after year and there are enough activities available to amuse everyone from toddlers to retirees.”

Pritchard speaks from the heart. His passion for Mallorca is such that he moved there with his family more than 20 years ago, since when he has been proud to present Taylor Wimpey España’s developments on the island to those looking for a high end second home in an exclusive location.

The company’s latest key-ready properties at the picturesque Cala Magrana III offer everything that visitors to the island are looking for from their accommodation, regardless of their country of origin. Available from just €230,000 thanks to an end of season offer, the last apartments have sea views and are located just 600m from Cala Anguila beach. Golf courses and Porto Cristo marina are also nearby, as well as a wealth of restaurants, bars and shops.

With either spacious gardens or generously appointed roof terraces, the apartments ensure that owners can partake of Mallorca’s laid back, outdoor lifestyle. The resort boasts a large swimming pool, communal gardens and dedicated sunbathing area in furtherance of this approach.

According to data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), occupancy in touristic apartments on Mallorca during August 2014 was some 3.4% higher than the previous year, emphasising the popularity of this kind of accommodation on the island. Visitors looking to own their own apartment, rather than renting someone else’s, are frequently delighted with the range of offer from Taylor Wimpey España, as well as the ease of the buying process.

Barbara Hibbert, an owner at Cala Magrana, was impressed with the high build quality of the development and that the apartments had clearly been built for owners to live in, rather than just as holiday accommodation. Features such as decent-sized fitted cupboards and a handy utility room ensured that her apartment could be a true home from home, meaning she could relax the moment she arrived. The location, with the beach, restaurants and shops all within walking distance, was also perfect.

With more and more visitors discovering Mallorca each year, Taylor Wimpey España’s developments are rarely for sale for long, so those looking to live the Mallorquin dream, whether full time or just for a few weeks of the year, are encouraged to act sooner rather than later.

For more information please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or visit www.taylorwimpeyspain.com. Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.

Monocle Magazine, in conjunction with the Spanish Tourist Office, has just launched the new comprehensive Monocle Spain Travel Guide, which aims to give readers an insight into Spain from innovative new vantage points. Written by Monocle’s seasoned travel experts, the guide explores how to do Spain in many different ways – on skis, by boat, train, bike and car, or on foot.

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The travel guide highlights Spain’s fantastic offering for keen skiers, delving into some off the radar Spanish towns which offer exceptional experiences. The best ski resorts, hotels, après ski entertainment, food and best ski schools are also included.

The Spain by Train section covers routes for food lovers, culture enthusiasts and those interested in unique designs and landmarks. With fun and useful facts such as the no luggage size limit on certain trains and best restaurants to make a pit stop at; this section is an essential guide to exploring Spain’s vast train network.

With some of the best roads in Europe, a road trip across Spain is often a popular choice. The Monocle guide takes readers on a route along the Northern coast through ‘Green Spain’ with the best places to stop for historic sights, must-see shops and restaurants. In turn, the Spain by Bike section gives cyclists the tools to explore the 1,800km of disused train tracks, ‘vías verdes’ with routes suitable for all cyclist skill levels.

The Spain Travel Guide also covers the best ways to enjoy Spain’s warm waters and explore the country’s wealth of culture and heritage by boat. Through a mix of island hopping and a cruise along the south coast, the guide features some of the best beaches and sites to explore. If readers prefer travelling by foot, this guide ensures that the best exploration spots are not missed and even the seasoned traveller can find something unique and suited to their taste, from gourmet cuisine to the rich history that lines the streets.

Within the pages of the Spain Travel Guide lies an abundance of travel tips and advice for exploring Spain’s old cathedrals, the diverse Paradores, the best beaches and mouth-watering cuisine.

Spain’s tourist board has a new 10-point marketing plan for the UK as it seeks to mature the market.

Enrique Ruiz de Lera, north Europe area co-ordinator for the Spanish National Tourist Office (SNTO), said he will focus on the new trips as the board pushes the ideals of relaxation, discovery, enjoyment, learning and meetings.

To this end it is hoping that trips based around relaxation, gastronomy, nature, activity, cities, art and culture, golf, tours, special interests and MICE will entice a new market.

He said: “All these products are mainly niche (in the UK) but should be mainstream so we have the perfect opportunity for growth.

“The biggest challenge we have is to attract and counsel the consumer. The UK market is a very immature market, it is not very well developed or as sophisticated as it could be.

“There’s enormous potential for growth.”

Ruiz de Lera said while operators are more often driven by market demands as to what they sell, agents can easily work with the tourist board to sell more niche product.

He added: “If you have any ideas, just get in touch with us so that we can help you sell and promote your product to your audience.”

He argued the new markets would not only help the UK trade but also Spanish tourism which he believes is in need of a shake up having become too focused on bucket and spade trips.

Ruiz de Lera said this was particularly true of the UK market, 85% of which either goes to the country’s coastline or islands.

He said: “It is a killer for those who sell holidays, that’s why I think we have an interest in creating a difference in the products that carry a good price.

Ruiz de Lera also spoke of the importance of the UK travel market, which accounts for 1% of Spain’s GDP.

He said while the 60.6 million tourists from the UK spent £59.1 million in Spain last year, between January and July the 36.3 million Brits have spent £34.5 million, a 7% increase on both sides.