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Journeys : June July 2009
Here, there, everywhere People, places and prices H arvey Lennon has been RACT’s Chief Operating Officer since October 2007. In this role he has responsibility for RACT Travelworld, a core product of the club. Away from the office, his interests include serving as an officer in the Army Reserve and as a Board member of Colony 47. For relaxation, Harvey enjoys running, camping and fishing. His passions include family, wine and of course, travelling. On-line versus consultant O nline booking has had growing acceptance as a means of making travel arrangements. At RACT Travelworld we understand this trend – for some time we have had an online booking engine that provides a quick and easy screen to compare domestic flights. You’ll find it at www.racttravelworld.com.au. However, for more complex itineraries, there are a number of good reasons why you should seek the assistance of a qualified travel consultant. The first is that consultants usually have specialist knowledge of destinations as well as a range of travel and accommodation options. They have access to destinationspecific information that is just not available to the client online. By discussing your travel objectives with your consultant you maximise your chance of fulfilling your holiday dreams. The second is that travel agencies including RACT Travelworld and many of the key travel providers they use are members of the Travel Compensation Fund. This gives you the protection that membership of the fund provides in the event that a travel provider experiences financial hardship. It’s a source of considerable confidence in these uncertain financial times. The third reason is that consultants often have access to special product and pricing offers, which helps to ensure that you have the best chance of getting the holiday you want at the best possible price. So if you just have a simple itinerary, pointto-point travel or straightforward accommodation requirements, then give www.racttravelworld.com.au a try – but if you have something more challenging in mind, please talk about your plans with an experienced consultant at one of our nine statewide locations. There’s never been a better time all feel like there is a big black cloud hanging over us, they say that every cloud has a silver lining. W In the case of travel the silver lining is coming in the most wonderful deals for international air fares, cruising and accommodation. In recent months we have seen ‘two-for-one’ deals on business class seats on a number of airlines; heavilydiscounted cruise offerings with on-board credit thrown in; and extra free nights at accommodation places in cities around the world. In short, travel providers have been falling over themselves to attract travellers and the real winner is the client. There are so many deals coming out every day that it is impossible to keep up. This is where RACT Travelworld can help. Please phone or call in to your local branch and leave your email details – we’ll make sure you hear about the best rates before the masses, so you’ll have the best chance of enjoying the holiday you want at a price that suits your budget. Our qualified consultants in our nine offices around the state will be more than happy to help you take advantage of specials as they arise. Hobart Corner Murray and Patrick Streets Phone 6232 6300 56 June / July 09 hile talk of economic downturns and even the ‘R’ word might make us Everything you need to know about travel to Canada and Alaska the new APT itineraries to Alaska and Canada – these wonderful destinations are becoming increasingly popular with discerning Australian travellers. R Places are limited so please book your seat early – call us on 1300 368 111. July 28 – Hobart July 29 – Launceston July 30 – Ulverstone Collins Street grows! W e are delighted to welcome five consultants from Qantas Travel in Hobart, who moved next door to join the RACT Travelworld team at our Collins Street branch when the Qantas office closed at the end of May. Full details and photos next issue. To contact the Collins Street team, please call 6222 9222 or email travelhobartcollins@ract. com.au Hobart Collins Street RACT Travelworld Shop 1, 110 Collins Street Phone 6222 9222 Rosny Park Rosny Mall 2 Bayfield Street Phone 6232 6577 ACT Travelworld is pleased to host statewide information evenings on So if you’ve been contemplating a trip to see friends or relatives, to revisit a favourite destination or check out a new exotic destination, the big black cloud will not last forever – and nor will the amazing deals that we are currently seeing!
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