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Travel News: Car Rental Companies in the UK Urged to Clean Up Their Act

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Car Rental Companies In The UK Urged To Clean Up Their Act

Consumer watchdog, Which? is calling on the car rental industry to stop slapping on ‘steep, unexpected’ charges to customers. It comes after an investigation into more than 40 car hire contracts from 18 providers found some had ‘unclear terms and conditions, surprise fees and penalties’. Which? has submitted its findings to the Competitions and Markets Authority, saying the industry need to improve and act on these industry practices. Rory Boland, Which? travel editor, said only 14% of customers surveyed read through their rental contract in detail. “Few people have the time or inclination to read these lengthy, clunky contracts. Alarmingly, this could lead to consumers being slapped with steep, unexpected charges that can ruin a trip,” he said. Potential charges may include late fees, speeding charges, low fuel costs – or even charge customers who have forgotten to print out their confirmation. Note: WIT Agents only book car rentals with respected and trusted suppliers.

Singapore Airlines To Code Share With Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines has added Singapore Airlines as a global partner. On Sept. 27, Alaska’s Mileage Plan and Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer will begin offering reciprocal mileage accrual. Reciprocal redemption will come at a later date. Singapore Airlines already offered loyalty program reciprocity with Virgin America, which Alaska has acquired and will have absorbed by next year. Alaska Airlines and Singapore Airlines also are seeking government approvals for a codeshare partnership, which will enable seamless ticketing and baggage handling through Alaska’s Los Angeles and San Francisco hubs. Other new global partners are Condor Airlines and Icelandair.

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Sydney, Nova Scotia Added To Cruise Itineraries Due To Restrictions In Gulf Of St. Lawrence

The Port of Sydney will have at least five extra cruise ship visits this fall. In what has already been its busiest cruise ship season on record, the Port of Sydney, N.S., can look forward to some unexpected extra business this fall due to new regulations restricting ship speed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The restrictions were brought in recently to protect the endangered Atlantic right whale population. Federal scientists determined whales have suffered injuries, and in some cases, been killed when they were struck by large ocean-going vessels in the Gulf. Reduced speeds for right whales prompted a surcharge for Oceanex Montreal-St. John’s route and the speed restriction has forced some cruise lines to change their itinerary to cancel a stop in the restricted speed zone and go to Sydney instead. Because of the geographical positioning, Sydney is completely outside that protected zone, so ships are looking to go there, away from the speed reduction area. The changes mean five previously unscheduled cruise ship visits will happen this fall including: Norwegian Dawn (Sept. 25 and Oct. 9), Seven Seas Mariner October 12 and Oct. 22), Silver Whisper  (Oct. 18). 2017 will be a record year, with 89 ships having visited.

Tactical Traveler: Joe’s Weekly Briefing for Business Travelers

Tactical Business Traveler Digest from “Business Joe,” including: – The high cost of Harvey for the Houston-hubbed airlines. – Hypocrisy, thy name is Delta’s new Indianapolis-Paris route. – The immediate future of U.S. lodging in one word? Marriott. – Air Berlin chops its U.S. nonstops to Berlin – Amtrak’s “soft” upgrades – and more: http://www.tacticaltraveler.com. 

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

We already have clients booking their trips for Chinese New Year in Asia! Folks are getting ready for this wild lunar week, starting February 10, 2013. Call us now to book, because flights and hotels are already filling up!

photo by Benj Roberts

Hong Kong is a wildly popular destination for the Lunar Year due to its fantastic fireworks displays over Victoria Harbor. Want to join in the fun but need to avoid the crowds? Still not sure where to go? Here are some of the great alternative spots to catch the festivities:

1) Beijing

Where else to catch the festivals at their finest than the capital of China, Beijing? With a dizzying myriad of fireworks, acrobats, tours, parades—here there’s no end to the sights, dazzle, and fun activities. Visit a temple for a true immersion into culture, and catch exhibits of feasts, art exhibits, tea ceremony demonstrations, dragon dances, and other entertainment.

photo by tanakawho

2) Bangkok

During the New Year, the wild metropolis of Bangkok is teeming with celebrations, red paper lanterns, and colorful decorations. Travelers can enjoy the Southeastern slant on this dynamic festival—from acrobatics and firecrackers, to dragon parades and street fanfares. Pay your respects to the gods at Leng Noei Yi Temple. Dress up in your best red attire, purchase a gold coin in Chinatown for good luck, and eat at a traditional noodle house.

photo by Chelsea Hicks

3) Bali

Festivities in Bali, though more modest, are no less enthusiastic. Families typically celebrate at home, where they clean their houses of any bad luck, and prepare traditional meals together. Special dishes, such as egg skin dumplings, are thought to usher in good fortune. In the cities, festivities center around small parades, dragon dances, and the lantern festival. For a special treat visit the Buddhist temple in Kuta the Vihara Dharmayana.During thefestival the temple is dressed in red lanterns and colorful masks, with dance performances and tasty feasts for all visitors to share.

photo by Trevor Mills

4) Malaysia

Nearly 24% of Malaysians are Chinese, and so the air is ripe for New Year celebrations. Families usually head home to spend time with their loved ones in the country, but that’s not to say there aren’t festivities abound in Kuala Lumpur. The week of festivals is all about food and dance in the capital. Catch a lion dance, a parade around town, see the midnight firecrackers, or go on a shopping spree, as many retailers hold sales during the week. Enjoy Chap Goh Meh, the 15th day of the New Year, when unmarried women will toss tangerines into the waters and wish for husbands. Head up to Penang, perched on the Malacca Strait, to see this in full blown action.

photo by tanakawho

5) Singapore

The Chinese New Year in Singapore is a conglomerate of festivities, nighttime performances, dancing competitions and more. Vendors set up nighttime stalls and red lanterns in magical night markets. Families clean their home of any bad fortune. Head over to Chinatown, the center of the festival, where decorations are abound and street troupes mesmerize you with their lively acrobatics. Don’t miss the Chingay Parade to view its vividly colored floats, multiethnic dancers, and spectacular Fire Party.

photo by Bridget Coila

Heading to Asia for the festivities in February? We’re already booking clients for winter and spring travel! Ask our agents about their firsthand experiences in Asia. Call us at 503.224.0180.

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