Comments
yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Computing
Conference & Expo
November 2-4, 2009 NYC
Register Today and SAVE !..

2008 West
DIAMOND SPONSOR:
Data Direct
SOA, WOA and Cloud Computing: The New Frontier for Data Services
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
Red Hat
The Opening of Virtualization
GOLD SPONSORS:
Appsense
User Environment Management – The Third Layer of the Desktop
Cordys
Cloud Computing for Business Agility
EMC
CMIS: A Multi-Vendor Proposal for a Service-Based Content Management Interoperability Standard
Freedom OSS
Practical SOA” Max Yankelevich
Intel
Architecting an Enterprise Service Router (ESR) – A Cost-Effective Way to Scale SOA Across the Enterprise
Sensedia
Return on Assests: Bringing Visibility to your SOA Strategy
Symantec
Managing Hybrid Endpoint Environments
VMWare
Game-Changing Technology for Enterprise Clouds and Applications
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts

2008 West
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
Appcelerator
Get ‘Rich’ Quick: Rapid Prototyping for RIA with ZERO Server Code
Keynote Systems
Designing for and Managing Performance in the New Frontier of Rich Internet Applications
GOLD SPONSORS:
ICEsoft
How Can AJAX Improve Homeland Security?
Isomorphic
Beyond Widgets: What a RIA Platform Should Offer
Oracle
REAs: Rich Enterprise Applications
Click For 2008 Event Webcasts
In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I u...
SYS-CON.TV
Great Britain: A Nation of Sun Seekers

LONDON, January 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Thomson Launches First Ever Sunshine Index to Help Brits Escape to the sun

After the UK faced the second wettest year on record in 2012, new research released today by Thomson reveals that many Brits are already concerned that 2013 will be the same, if not worse, with half (52%) believing that British summers are getting worse each year. This has led to a surge in holiday hunting on the Thomson website this month as 11.2 million consumers have searched for holidays. Saturday 19th January was predicted to be the busiest day for holiday bookings in Thomson stores as customers look to escape the weather for warmer climes.

The research showed that over a third (37%) of holidaymakers admit their main reason for travelling abroad is to enjoy sunshine which they can't be certain of getting in the UK. So much so, that almost half of Brits (45%) go online daily in the lead up to their holiday to get excited about how warm it'll be on arrival.  In response to this growing fixation, and to help consumers increase their chances of sunshine, Thomson has created the first ever Sunshine Index, designed to provide sun-seekers with information on holiday destinations that experience the most hours of sunshine per year.

Topping the list* of sun spots is Fuerteventura, eleven hours of sunshine daily throughout Summer and not much less throughout the other seasons. Cyprus and Southern Spain follow closely behind each enjoying an average eight and a half hours of sunshine each day. The Sunshine Index will be particularly useful for holidaymakers jetting off outside of the peak season, as it includes a breakdown of hours of sunshine per season. For example, it shows that Canaries is great for winter sun whilst Greece, Portugal and Turkey all make excellent sunny getaway destinations for spring.

Ian Chapman, Director of Holiday Experience at Thomson comments: "January is traditionally one of the most depressing times of the year and when the weather is bad, many people want a sunshine break to look forward to.  Year after year we continue to see more people book early so they know they have at least a week away in warmer climes. At Thomson, we are committed to giving our customers what they want, that's why we've produced a Sunshine Index, which shows the destinations that have the most sunshine hours as well as average temperatures."

With more than a quarter of Brits (26%) admitting that good weather is the most important factor in contributing to their holiday happiness and almost half (48%) claiming that bad weather makes them feel sad and depressed, it is clear that the lack of sunshine in the UK is having a negative effect on the nation's mood.

GP, Dr Rob Hicks explains "The weather impacts many parts of life; behaviours as well as emotions are affected. We feel happier when the sun is shining and tend to get out and about much more. Thomson's research shows that more than two thirds (68%) of people go out less often in bad weather and 14% let friends and family down by cancelling plans. More than a third (34%) say they can't be bothered to get up in the morning and, startlingly, almost one in every twenty (4%) doesn't go into work as they can't face the journey."

"Vitamin D, made in the skin in response to sunlight, is hugely important for health and well-being. With there being no guarantee of good weather here in the UK during the summer, a holiday abroad is an increasingly attractive way to get guaranteed sunshine and lift your spirits."

To find out which destinations provide the most sunshine hours, view the Sunshine Index at http://www.thomson.co.uk/blog/weather.pdf

Research commissioned by Thomson of 2,000 UK citizens was conducted in November - December 2012 by OnePoll

  • Other interesting statistics from the research include:26% say the weather is the most important factor contributing to holiday happiness compared to good food (13%) and even good accommodation (20%).
  • 15% say they couldn't make it through the year without a sunny holiday
  • 79% of the optimists who have attempted a summer holiday in Britain experienced miserable weather while doing so.
  • While 45% go online daily in the lead up to their holiday to get excited about how warm it'll be, of those, 13% start checking the weather every day a full month before their departure date
  • It's fortunate that we can rely on good weather abroad - 15% say bad weather abroad would ruin their holiday, a further 10% would sulk and 4% would go to the extreme of flying home early.
  • *Average hours of sunshine per season - Southern Europe
                                                                 Overall
    Country/region/island Winter    Spring   Summer    Autumn    average
    Fuerteventura         8.75      11       13        10.5      10.8
    Tenerife              8         9.5      10        9.5       9.25
    Cyprus                5.75      8.5      12        10        9
    Southern Spain        6         11       11-12     5-6       8.5
    Lanzarote             7         8        10.5      7.5       8
    Malta                 4-6       10       11        6         8
    Southern France       5         8        11        7.5       8
    Greece                4-5       10-11    10        4-5       7
    Italy                 3-4       7-10     10-11     6         7
    Portugal              5-6       10       9         5         7
    Turkey                2-3       9        11-12     4         6.75
    Croatia               3         6        9         5         5.75
    Czech Republic        3         7        7         3         5


Data taken from the Met Office and climate and weather databases including:


THOMSON

Thomson, part of TUI UK & Ireland, is one of the UK's most well-known holiday brands, delivering unique and modern holiday experiences for its customers every year.

In 2013, 90% of hotels in the Thomson brochure will be exclusive to Thomson and these properties continue to be popular among our customers.

Flagship properties include; four Sensatori hotels in Crete, Tenerife, Mexico and Egypt with another planned to open in Turkey in 2013 - these hotels give customers a luxury holiday experience, featuring world class spas and gourmet dining; Thomson Couples resorts offering stylish hotels in beach front locations exclusively for adults with a real contemporary feel and Thomson Family Resorts which have been designed for families with younger children, featuring excellent kids clubs giving parents a care-free, relaxing holiday.

Thomson is the sister company of First Choice and uses Thomson Airways as its carrier to take over 5.5million people on holiday each year.

TUI UK & Ireland is part of the TUI Travel PLC Group.


SOURCE TUI PLC

About PR Newswire
Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

SOA World Latest Stories
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows Agile...
SYS-CON Events announced today Isomorphic Software, the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications, will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Isomorphic Software is the gl...
Verizon Enterprise Solutions is simplifying the cloud-purchasing experience for its clients, with the launch of Verizon Cloud Marketplace, a key foundational component of the company's robust ecosystem of enterprise-class technologies. The online storefront will initially feature pre-b...
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Execut...
“We are a managed services company. We have taken the key aspects of the cloud and the purposed data center and merged the two together and launched the Purposed Cloud about 18–24 months ago," explained Chetan Patwardhan, CEO of Stratogent, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Ex...
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker....
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)sys-con.com!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)sys-con.com! 201 802-3021


SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
ADS BY GOOGLE