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April 13 (TravelAndy): Good times are here for travel agencies in the US with an increase in the demand for professional travel agents, say American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA).
This is certainly interesting in the age of online booking websites where it is possible to find the best deals.
“Strong travel sales have necessitated increased hiring among agencies,” said ASTA president and CEO Zane Kerby.
ASTA claims they represent 80 per cent of all travel sold in the US through the travel agency distribution channel.
April 13 (TravelAndy): Season tickets prices in the UK could decrease by as much as 10 per cent by 2017 if the the railway service was run by the public sector and not private parties, a campaign group Action for Rail has found.
Train ticket prices in Britain are among Europe’s costliest.
The group further says that between 2015 and 2020, the contracts on 11 train lines will come up for renewal and the government could save GBP1.5 billion if the public sector took over the reins.
Budget travellers will be keeping their fingers crossed about this one.
April 13 (TravelAndy): If things go to plan, the travel time between Delhi and Chandigarh by train will come down to less than two hours.
Indian Railways and its French counterpart signed a pact to this effect during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country, PTI reported.
The two countries will co-finance an execution study “a semi-high speed project on upgrade of the Delhi-Chandigarh line to 200kmph”.
At present, the fastest train on this route is the Shatabdi Express that takes nearly three-and-a-half hours to complete the 266km journey.
April 13 (Travelandy): A former executive of the US-based Frontier Airlines has proposed to launch an ultra low-cost airline based in Canada, the Globe and Mail reported.
The new airline, operated by the NewLeaf Travel Co. Inc, will operate from two secondary airports at Hamilton and Abbotsford and will look to fly to beach destinations in the US.
Former Frontier vice-president and chief marketing officer Jim Young said they had partnered with the existing Flair Airlines Ltd, which is based in Kelownam BC, to supply aircraft and crew.
“Our goal is to stay out of the large primary airports and focus on secondary airports because they represent lower-cost opportunities for us,” the report quoted Young as saying.
With NewLeaf, three new players are now attempting to enter the ultra low-cost flying segment in Canada.
April 13 (TravelAndy): Buying your flight ticket on Tuesdays is most likely to give you the best deal, says travel giant Expedia.
In a “comprehensive review of air travel data” brought out by the company, it says, “For years, based largely upon data from ticket purchases over time, industry insiders believed that the best day of the week to buy (i.e., the day of the week with the lowest average ticket prices) was Tuesday. A recent study by Expedia of air-ticket price data indicates that for travel booked more than three weeks in advance of departure date, Tuesday still appears, by the slimmest of margins, to be the best day of the week to buy.”
It must be remembered that this statement by Expedia is only based on statistics.
April 13 (TravelAndy): Airfares tend to be lowest for flights that depart on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, say experts of Airfarewatchdog, Cheapair and Expedia.
However, it is important to remember that this is not an exact science and these assumptions are only based on trends.
In a “comprehensive review of air travel data” brought out by travel giant Expedia, it says for short-haul trips, travelers can save up to 25 per cent by departing on Saturday and returning on Tuesday as compared to departing on Sunday and returning on Monday.
For long-haul flights, Expedia says, leaving on a Thursday and returning on Monday can prove 20 per cent cheaper than departing on Friday and returning on Saturday.
Western Australia amazed me, detoxed me and inspired me.
It is difficult to put into words the kind of experience this place has to offer. All I can say is, if you are thinking of going to Australia, think beyond the Gold Coast. And do consider the amazing west. It will blow your mind away.
Here are ten reasons to go to Western Australia. Continue reading Ten reasons to go to Western Australia →
The incredible landscapes, the animals and the lack of humanity detoxes you and makes you one with nature. Continue reading Ten pictures to inspire you to visit Western Australia →
Three weeks. Zero planning in advance. A campervan.
That was the idea. And boy, was it awesome! We did some 4,500 kilometres and were ready for 4,500 more when, sadly, the 21 days came to an end. Continue reading Why road trip in Australia is a good idea →
By the afternoon of my ninth day in Australia, I had seen six dead kangaroos by the road (apparently killed by cars) and eaten a seventh. I was starting to wonder if I’d actually see any live ones.
We had had a nice day exploring Kalbarri National Park and its incredible gorges and there were still a few hours to go before the sun set when we were driving out of the national park to a rest area by the Northwest Coastal Highway, where we intended to stay the night. Continue reading Two kangaroos & some countryside hospitality →
My flight from Delhi to Kolkata was originally supposed to depart at 9.20am, but I got a message airline couple of days before saying it would now fly at 10.40am. Continue reading When I landed in Kolkata but my bag didn’t →
I’d asked the girl at the check in counter to give me either a window seat or an aisle seat, but NOT a middle seat. Guess what she did?
The seating arrangement was 3+3+3 and I realised she’d given me seat No. 5 when I got on the plane. I was running a little late and hadn’t thought of checking the number when she handed over the boarding pass to me. Continue reading Australia: First impressions →