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lastminute.com is the UK’s leading online travel & leisure retailer, with over 1.65 million visitors per week, and provides customers with the best ways to make their free time go even further. Time is precious after all!

Whether it’s planning an exotic escape to the Maldives, jetting off to Marrakech, or maybe planning a great night out in the UK, lastminute.com has it all and at great value prices.

lastminute.com offers its customers the opportunity to book flights, tickets, hotels and more through a one stop shop. From adventuring in the mountains to relaxing beach breaks, spa stays, theatre trips and dining, there really is something for everyone.

At lastminute.com we're proud of our extended family of brands that offer you the widest choice of products possible. From holidays to hotels, car hire to business travel, our brands specialise in providing all the travel options you'll ever need.

If you want to contact the lastminute.com PR team please write to Communications_Team@lastminute.com

  • lastminute.com is the most popular travel and leisure site in the UK with around 1.65 million people logging on every week to bag the best deals
  • lastminute.com has sold 750,000 airline tickets to 1300 destinations worldwide in the last year – that’s the equivalent of packing off the whole of Glasgow abroad
  • We have 80,000 hotels available on our site worldwide
  • Every 15 minutes someone books their holiday
  • Every 60 seconds someone sleeps in a hotel bed booked on our site
  • In 2011 our top five most popular destinations include: Barcelona, Amsterdam, Prague, Paris and New York
  • Our most popular airline route is still Heathrow to John F Kennedy airport in New York with 12,000 people travelling there annually
  • In 2008 lastminute.com’s customers offset £141,561 through the double award-winning carbonwise scheme (an average of 15% of our customers set off their carbon footprint, which equates to nearly 50,000 tonnes)). This is equivalent to every household in the UK turning its lights off for more than 71 minutes
  • We sold 1.5 million theatre tickets in 2009. A theatre ticket sells every 26 seconds
  • lastminute.com is the largest independent retailer of West End theatre tickets, selling one in 9 of every seat sold.
  • Wicked, The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, Shrek & Ghost are the most popular theatre shows sold on lastminute.com.
  • The fastest selling show on lastminute.com was Robbie Williams in 2005, 12,000 tickets sold in 9 minutes
  • lastminute.com has sold 750,000 airline tickets to 1300 destinations worldwide in the last year – that’s the equivalent of packing off the whole of Glasgow abroad
  • Most popular event outside theatre every year is Benicassim Festival (Spanish music festival)
  • A Spa Break sells every 3.3 minutes
  • We offer over 350 fun experiences ranging from shark diving to chocolate making, to hot air balloon flights

Awards: British Travel Awards 2011
Winner of the Best Holiday Attraction/Ticket Provider

The British Travel Awards is acknowledged as the most definitive and largest monitor of public opinion on travel and tourism industry performance. lastminute.com is this year's winner of the Best Holiday Attraction/Ticket Provider.

Awards: Experian Hitwise Top 10 Awards 2010
Winner of the top 10 website award in 2010

The Experian Hitwise UK Top 10 Awards celebrates the most successful UK websites based on market share of UK visits a website has received. lastminute.com ranked as number 3 based on market share of visits among all UK websites in the Hitwise Travel - Agencies industry for 2010.

Awards: British Travel Awards 2010
Silver award: best hotel booking company and best holiday attraction ticket provider

Recognised by consumers and travel professionals throughout the UK, The British Travel Awards are widely referred to as the “Oscars” of the travel industry and are easily the most recognisable of all travel industry accolades amongst consumer and industry professionals alike.

Awards: Travolution awards 2010
Best hotel website

lastminute.com/hotels has won the travolution awards 2010 for the best hotel website. These awards are judged by a panel of proven business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs, and are the UK travel industry’s highest accolade for innovation and excellence online

Awards: e-consultancy Innovation Awards 2008
Innovation in Multi-Channel Marketing

lastminute.com won the e-consultancy Innovation in Multi-Channel Marketing award for its revolutionary fonefood application, which allows users to search and book more than 6,000 restaurants in 12 countries on mobile phones. The awards were judged by a panel of online experts from leading digital companies including Google, Organge, Apple and training and events e-comerce consultancy e-consultancy.

Awards: (Travel Weekly) Globe Travel Awards 2008
Category Winners: Favourite European Short Break Provider

lastminute.com scooped the consumer award of Favourite European Short Break Provider. The award was voted for by readers of Associated Newspapers collection of titles, which includes the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.

Awards: BT Online Excellence Awards 2007
Category Winners: Best Travel Website

lastminute.com landed the prestigious BT Online Excellence Awards 2007 Best Travel Website. A panel of expert judges choose the shortlisted websites from 5,000 nomination, before more than 27,000 online consumers voted for their favourite sites.

Awards: British Travel Awards 2007
Category Winners: Favourite Online Retailer

lastminute.com retained its Favourite Online Retailer title at the British Travel Awards. The award, voted for by the consumer, was also won by lastminute.com in 2006.