Cookies and similar technologies
What are cookies?
What cookies do we use?
Essential cookies – These make our websites work. They remember what dates you want to stay with us, what sort of room you want and that you are logged in to your account. They also allow us to collect information about your use of our websites and apps, enabling us to improve the way they work.
Performance Cookies – Performance cookies also allow us to see if there are any technical issues on our websites and if you are experiencing any issues using our websites. They also allow us to look at usage statistics and performance. We use Google Analytics to help us understand how you use our services. For more information on Google Analytics, please visit Google’s website.
Functional cookies – These cookies collect information about the language you have requested the site display content in, remembering your username so you can log-in more quickly, text size, location you are in and generally allow us to customise your experience. Nobody likes having to repeat themselves and these cookies help with that.
Tracking and advertising cookies and similar technologies – We use these types of cookies and similar technologies to provide adverts that we think may be more relevant to your interests. This can be based on your browsing activity and is known as Online Behavioural Advertising or OBA. Cookies are placed on your browser, which remembers what websites you’ve been to. Advertising based on what you have been viewing is then displayed.
Web beacons and tracking pixels – These technologies help us to count users on a web page, and see if a cookie has been activated. They allow us to see how popular content is and if an email has been delivered to a recipient, opened and links clicked on. We use this information to track how successful campaigns have been.
- Allow you access to our websites;
- Permit your internet connection to our websites;
- Allow our servers to record information about your device (such as IP address, browser type, location, hardware and software information;
- Collect unique device identifier (UDID), geo-location and other transactional data to validate free trials when you use a mobile device;
- Assess content usage;
- Provide relevant content;
- Sell third party advertising and enable frequency capping;
By downloading our apps, we will require access to the following services on your device: UDID, MAC address, or other applicable device identifier and location. Other services may also be required in order for the apps to function. This information may be used to validate credentials and provide push notifications to your devices.
You can also control which companies set cookies on your devices by visiting the following pages. Please note that you will need to turn off any ad blockers or privacy tools to see what cookies are being set:
Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) Your Online Choices is an industry programme that allows you to control which companies can set cookies and show you advertising. It provides you an easy way of opting out several advertising networks.
The Network Advertising Initiative control page also allows you to control OBA from the advertising networks they represent.
The Digital Advertising Alliance’s control page also allows you to control cookies too.
You can stop web beacons being set, although you cannot decline receiving them in emails. For information about managing these, please visit https://www.allaboutcookies.org/