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Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Cycle hub targets triathlon craze


Continued from front cover London is the third Athlete Lab to open and the com- pany believes the 4,500sq ſt (418sq m) site’s 30-custom- made road bikes (most fitness facilities only have spin bikes) will give it the edge in an age when triathlons and iron man competitions are growing in popularity. Members are also free to bring their own bikes, which can be easily fitted to an existing workstation. “In terms of coaches and


equipment, we’re offering members the cream of the crop,” operations and mar- keting manager Ben Franks told Health Club Management. “Our cycling coaches include national level age group triathletes and we make sure there’s one coach for every four to


Members can race head-to-head on the digital data-display screen


five people to ensure a personal experience with practical advice on technique, rather than someone just standing at the front of the room shouting.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=W9Y8f


Speculation soars around IPO of Merlin landlord Leslau


Property investor Nick Leslau – whose com- pany Prestbury Investments own a large chunk of Merlin Entertainments’ real estate portfolio – is set to make a return to the London stock exchange with an IPO likely to be worth £1.5bn, according to recent reports in the national press.


Leslau, whose Merlin assets include Torpe Park, Alton Towers and London’s Madame Tussauds, is being backed by veteran entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter and Lloyd’s Bank. He acquired the Merlin attractions in 2007 through a £622m sale and lease-back deal. Details: http://lei.sr?a=X2w7Y


Is school holiday policy hurting tourism?


Continued from front cover At present, parents are subject to fines if they take their children on holiday during school term time. Despite the fines, many parents are currently willing to risk the punishment in return for the gains of cut-price holiday deals available during term time. Justine Roberts, CEO of popular web forum


Mumsnet, wouldn’t be drawn on whether term time fines should be scrapped, but noted that their introduction, combined with the higher travel costs during school holidays, made it a “lose-lose” situation for parents. “Tree quarters of our users think holiday companies are exploiting parents who have no other choice about the dates they travel,” she told Leisure Opportunities. Tis was a point refuted by Janson, who said the perception that businesses increase


32 Is it right to fine parents for taking term-time holidays?


their prices to profit-gouge from families dur- ing the school holidays is wrong and largely stems from the fact they heavily discount their prices during off-peak periods – an issue exacerbated by the term-time fining system. Details: http://lei.sr?a=S4x5g


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