Posts Tagged ‘travel’

USA becoming a bargain for British Holidaymakers

Monday, August 10th, 2009

There has not been a better time all year for Britons to travel to the US. The pound is the strongest it’s been all summer and lack of tourists has brought prices down in the US. Airlines are dropping prices and offering deals that were unheard of at this time last year.

The pound has increased by 30 cents just this week alone. At the time of this posting it’s at $1.67 and rising. The falling prices and the rising pound have combined into a perfect storm making the US almost 25% cheaper than it was at the beginning of the year.

One aggressive tour operator, Jetsave, who has been in business for 30 years and specializes in Florida vacations, was offering up an entire 14 night holiday break in Orlando for two that included a room at the Continental Plaza Hotel, return airfare on Virgin Atlantic, and a Chevrolet Aveo rental car for just £575 per person.

“Reports this week show that the pound is at a 10month high against the dollar and with the high rate of the euro, travel to the US is seeming more appealing. Holidaymakers can also save on their travel costs, with many operators slashing prices.” commented a spokesperson for Jetsave.

Besides that, airlines are offering up end of the summer deals reportedly as low as £216 for a round trip ticket to New York.

Thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk for the above quote. For more information on this article please visit their website.

Japan Airlines losses mount as recession continues

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Japan Airlines set a new record for itself with the huge losses it experienced in the second quarter of 2009. They haven’t seen such bad times since 2003. Overall revenue declined by 32% because it was dragged down by weak international sales which were off by 46%. The airlines stock has dropped 21 % in price so far this year.

“Everything is going wrong for Japan Air right now. Costs are excessive, but at the same time, it needs to invest in new aircraft to renew its fleet,” said market expert Yoshihiro Okumura, of Chiba-gin Asset Management Co.

The recession has caused a reduction in business travel which has traditionally bolstered international travel. Swine flu was named as another factor negatively affecting the international market. Besides the trouble in the international sector, JAL saw a drop in domestic sales of 15%.

The troubled airline intends to initiate a series of cost cutting measures in response to the bad news. They will start by eliminating unprofitable routes to China and India as well as stopping service to Paris and Seoul.

They’re also trying to get employees to agree to a cut in pensions but are facing stiff resistance on that front. Employees were forced to a cut in pay last year in October.

Thanks to www.bloomberg.com for the above quote. For more information on this article please visit their website.

Britons willing to camp out for bargain flights

Friday, August 7th, 2009

It seems that some people are willing to go to great lengths at the moment to save money on flight tickets. When STA travel agents announced that they would be issuing £10 tickets to Australia starting from 8am Wednesday at eight branches across Britain, people camped outside the travel agents for up to 72 hours in advance.

The first people in the queue were friends Rosie Emeny and Ashleigh McPherson, both of who are 22-years-old. In an interview with The Telegraph Rose Emeny said that: “We got here on Sunday and by Wednesday morning will have been here three nights. We have been quite lucky with the weather and we are absolutely loving being first in the queue.The tickets will be saving us about £600 – this was too good an opportunity to give up. I wanted to go to Australia anyway and we heard about this at around the same time. Anyone who thinks we are mad for camping out is just jealous! I’m planning to just travel and we have got a year’s visa so I’ll definitely be out there until then.”

The promotion is being held to celebrate STA’s 30th anniversary. Anyone aged between 18 and 30 with a 12-month working holiday visa for Australia can still pick up these terrific £10 tickets.

Thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk the above quotes, for more information on this article please visit their website.

Aussie tour companies urged to go green

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Australian tour companies are keen to be seen as environmentally aware. This week, a leading Australian tourism organisation released a study to aid and advise tour companies in ways to become greener and leaner.

The Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) has used key climate change projections to compile a scoping study which exploring the environmental impacts on five key tourism sites within Australian. They have used the information to develop a range of 40 different tourism-focused climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Ian Kern is the CEO of the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre. In a recent interview he stated that: “The Minister appointed a Committee to deliver a long-term vision for the Australian tourism industry and that committee identified climate change as a significant industry issue. This new research provides an overview of key adaptation and mitigation strategies that can provide resilience within the tourism sector, subject to further community and business coordination.”

The research group is now looking at ways to promote their information and persuade various agencies to adapt it into their travel strategies.

Thanks to www.etravelblackboard.com for the above quotes, for more information on this article please visit their website.

British tourists attacked on Tobago Island

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

A man 65 years old and his wife of 59 have been hospitalized as a result of a grisly machete attack that happened yesterday in Bacelot on the island of Tobago.

Peter Green and his wife Miriam, both of the UK, had been long-time visitors to the island and actually own a holiday home there. The couple had just arrived back on the island a week ago.

Police are investigating the incident but there are no suspects as of yet. Reportedly the machete that was used in the attack has been recovered. A motive for the attack has not been established and actual details of the crime are sketchy at this point.

The country’s National Security Ministry commented, “The police are doing everything possible to find the attackers.”

The Greens had to be airlifted to a regional hospital shortly after the crime was discovered by a passer-by who saw Mrs. Green lying in the street. Mr. Green is in critical condition. His wife is listed as stable at this time.

This is not the first time that there has been violent assault on tourists on this island. Last year couple from Sweden was stabbed to death and the perpetrator was never caught. Police are saying that the two attacks are similar in nature.

Thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk for the above quote. For more information on this article please visit their website.

STA Travel offers flights to Australia for £10

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, STA travel is offering a promotion on flights to Australia that has people camping out in a queue threes days before tickets actually go on sale.

The event is known as the “£10 Pom” and it offers plane tickets at the ridiculously low price of £10 to travelers who are between the ages of 18 and 30 and who already have a 12 month visa to Australia in place.

Tickets haven’t actually gone on sale yet so people are queuing up at the eight ATA travel branches throughout Britain in anticipation of their opening today at 8am when the tickets will officially be made available.
Rose Emeny came down Romford, Essex to the STA branch in Victoria, central London and managed to get first in queue.

“The tickets will be saving us about £600 – this was too good an opportunity to give up. I wanted to go to Australia anyway and we heard about this at around the same time. Anyone who thinks we are mad for camping out is just jealous! “I’m planning to just travel and we have got a year’s visa so I’ll definitely be out there until then,” said Ms. Emeny.

So far the weather hasn’t been a problem for the campers. Most people in the queue are passing the time reading books or playing cards.

Thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk for the above quote. For more information on this article please visit their website.

Holidaymakers travel light this summer

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

How far would you go to save a few quid? It seems when it comes to air travel, the sky is the limit.

According to a new survey by travelsupermarket, travellers are determined to avoid paying for excess baggage and go to great lengths to ensure they don’t have to. These measures include wearing heavy clothing while flying, wearing heavy shoes and leaving items behind. In fact, the survey revealed that more than have the respondents are saving money by packing fewer clothes and buying toiletries at their destination.

Bob Atkinson, is one of the research team responsible for putting the survey together. In a recent interview he stated that: “I can’t stress enough how important it is for travellers to weigh their hold and hand luggage before they turn up at the airport to avoid a confrontation at the check-in desk or gate. Many airlines have become much stricter about checking in overweight baggage, particularly in light of rising fuel costs. And many more are weighing hand luggage to ensure that people are complying with the rules they impose.”

So whether you plan to pack everything but the kitchen sink or like to travel light, make sure you weigh your bag carefully at home before leaving.

Thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk the above quotes, for more information on this article please visit their website.

British airline routes drastically reduced

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

In a move to trim costs in the midst of a recession, airlines have completely eliminated more than 140 routes that previously served UK holidaymakers on their way to the mainland.

Most the canceled routes originated at regional airports like Gatwick that has seen 13 routes shut down including the popular flight to Rome. Leeds/Bradford lost six routes and East Midlands lost nine routes including the run to Madrid as well as the hop to Copenhagen.

It looks like a lot more passengers will have to make the trip to London in order to start their holidays abroad.

“We don’t want to get back to 10 or 15 years ago when, if you were able to fly from a regional airport, then it would be hugely expensive – that would be a real shame. But if Ryanair is hurting, you can be sure that everyone else is.” said Simon Evans, of the airline watchdog group Air Transport Users Council (AUC).

Consumers strapped for cash in the recession are taking their holidays closer to home and airline are struggling to survive to fall in demand. Rising taxes and increased fuel costs have also contributed to the cutback.
Ryanair recently eliminated several routes in protest of the government’s plan to raise the air passenger duty.

Thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk for the above quote. For more information on this article please visit their website.

Travel agents swamped by onslaught of British holidaymakers

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Britons, tired of all the rain and facing more wet weather to come, are looking for last minute holiday bargains by the score.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) says that holiday bookings have increased by 40% just in the past few days. Meanwhile travel giant Expedia reported that bookings for long distance destinations loke Thailand and Hong Kong have more than doubled this week.

According to ABTA, the largest organization of travel operators in the UK, there are still a lot of good last minute travel deals available.

“Normally booking late in August it would be very expensive because companies are at or close to capacity, but that isn’t the case this year so there are some good deals out there. However, they are running out fast and those wanting a bargain in the next couple of weeks are going to have to be quick.” commented Sean Tipton on behalf of ABTA.

Up until now the travel market has been off by about 10% from last year. Faced with the recession, a lot of Brits chose to “staycation” this year taking their holidays closer to home. But now it looks like a lot of people are breaking loose.

Thanks to www.telegraph.co.uk for the above quote. For more information on this article please visit their website.

Eastern inspiration for Emirates’ event

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

As Australian citizens and travellers the world over eagerly anticipate the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Emirates have just announced the theme of their marquee. This year the airline will be adopting an Indian theme, drawing inspiration for some of the country’s most elaborate palaces such as the Taj Mahal and mighty monuments in Delhi and Jaipur.

Emirates, who are based in Dubai, are the Principal Partner of the Melbourne Cup Carnival this year as well as being the title sponsor of the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

Stephen Pearse is the Vice-President of Emirates Australia. In a recent interview he said that: “It certainly does not get much more exciting for a marquee theme than India. The Emirates marquee promises to bring everything that is India to life in the very heart of Flemington Racecourse. We look forward to welcoming our guests and taking the on a lively journey through this amazing destination, as they enjoy the thrill and excitement of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.”

A wide range of traditional Indian dishes will be served in the marquee, which will be created using authentic and fragrant ingredients to add some real spice to the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Guests will step through the elaborate carved entrance of the marquee to gaze upon brilliantly coloured saris, textured turbans, rustic swing seats and ancient artwork of Maharajas.

Thanks to www.etravelblackboard.com for the above quotes, for more information on this article please visit their website.