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Journeys : Feb March 2011
60 February / March 2011 Here, there, everywhere with RACT Travelworld Hobart Corner Murray and Patrick Streets Phone 6232 6455 Hobart Collins Street RACT Travelworld Shop 1, 110 Collins Street Phone 6222 9222 Rosny Park Rosny Mall 2 Bayfield Street Phone 6212 6777 Loving our new look! We’re all enjoying working at our newest R ACT Travelworld office – RACT House, on the corner of Murray and Patrick Streets in Hobart. It may be the same location but it is definitely a new look for our Hobart branch staff. Fully operational since 18 October, the office has seven travel staff to look after all your travel needs. The branch is open on Saturdays from 9 am until 2 pm so it’s even more convenient to call in and start making your next travel plans. Don’t forget there is free onsite parking and plenty of street parking outside. We have a few new ideas to go along with our new look as well. RACT House has several meeting and function areas and we will be hosting free travel information sessions on the last Friday of each month. Keep an eye out for further details! Aussie dollar soars – a bargain bonanza for travellers in 2011 The rise of the Australian dollar, now at near 25 year highs, means there has never been a better time to head overseas than right now with travellers set to reap the benefits. Two years ago the Aussie dollar bought you just 63c US – now it’s at or near parity that’s an increase of 59% during this period! During this same period we have seen the introduction of competition on the aviation front. Virgin Australia and Delta Airlines have launched direct Sydney to Los Angeles ser vices and airfares have tumbled as the new entrants give both Qantas and United a r un for your hard-ear ned money. Forget the days of 2008, when it routinely cost about $2000 to fly to Los Angeles and back. The Eurozone is also cheaper for Australians, with the Aussie dollar buying more than €0.76 compared with €0.49 at the end of 2008, an incredible rise of 55%. The news is almost as good for Australians travelling to Britain, with the Australian dollar now 48% higher against the pound, buying £0.65 compared w ith £0.44 in the same period. Huge savings are also available on travel to many Asian destinations such as Thailand and Vietnam where the Australian dollar is buying almost 20 per cent more Vietnamese dong than at the beginning of 2010. The climb of the Australian dollar against the Vietnamese currency has been particularly strong during the past six months. One Australian dollar buys almost 20,000 dong, compared with about 11,000 dong it was buying in the middle of 2010. Destinations such as Norway, China and Tonga are all at least 10 per cent cheaper now than the start of 2010 TRAVELLING TO EUROPE IN 2011? Join us for a dining experience A FRESH TASTE OF ITALY Featuring Chef Will Chapman and the Italian Pantry includes three-course dinner and matching Italian wines hosted by RACT Travelworld, Tempo Holidays and The Hybrid Rooftop Function Centre At RACT House Corner of Murray and Patrick Streets, Hobart Wednesday 23 February 2011 at 7 pm FREE* * If you book any Tempo Holidays on the night valued at over $2000 RSVP: 03 62364322 firstname.lastname@example.org • Cost $100 per person if no Tempo Holidays booking is made. • RSVP with $50 deposit by 11 February, balance due on the night • Should you make a reservation (as above) the $50 deposit will be deducted from your holiday cost
Apr May 2011