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Why Low Cost Airlines Seats are So Cheap!

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I think the picture says it all 🙂

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Free Car Rental in New Zealand

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A new startup site may prove useful for travellers to New Zealand transfercar have got together with major car rental companies including Europcar, Apollo and Ace and arrange for the ‘relocation cars’ that need to transported to different branches.

These are listed on Transfercar’s website, along with the dates they’re available, and interested customers can book online after registering with Transfercar.

Drivers can also request to be notified by text message when cars are available for routes they’d like to travel. Most vehicles include basic insurance as well as ferry tickets between the North and South island, so no hidden fees even sometimes throwing in a full tank of fuel.

Rental cars need to be transported between offices. And travellers love freebies. Combine the two, and you get free rental cars, organized by Transfercar.

The New Zealand startup works with major car rental companies including Europcar, Apollo and Ace. Each rental company has a host of ‘relocation cars’ that need to transported to different branches. These are listed on Transfercar’s website, along with the dates they’re available, and interested customers can book online after registering with Transfercar. Drivers can also request to be notified by text message when cars are available for routes they’d like to travel. Most vehicles include basic insurance as well as ferry tickets between the North and South island, so no hidden fees. Rental companies often throw in a full tank of gas, too.

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Inflight Safety Videos by Thomson & Air New Zealand

Thomson Airways is first up and they has enlisted its youngest ever “cabin crew” to demonstrate the airline’s safety instructions on all its flights.

Children were used because Thomson felt the novelty and charm of the video would grab passengers’ attention more than the normal safety videos as it said standard videos were ignored by 54% of passengers, according to research by the National Transport Safety Board.

Air New Zealand have taken a different route and tried a different angle going for the “Bare Essentials” to capture passengers eyes to the inflight safety video.

Can’t wait to see what Ryanair come up with 🙂

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Live Interactive Ships Traffic Worldwide Map

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A bit of an anorak post this Google Mashup Map shows live infromation on ships around the world, it even shows the ships info if you click on one also interesting to see just how busy the seas around the UK are.

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Leger Holidays Site – Shortlisted for Travolution 2009 Awards

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Had a bit of good news last Friday the new Leger site has been shortlisted for the Travolution Awards 2009 in the Tour Operator Section, very pleased to even make the shortlist against such a prestigious list of operators.

Best tour operator-only website

www.greatrail.com
www.haven.com
www.centerparcs.co.uk
www.kuoni.co.uk
www.virginholidays.co.uk
www.balesworldwide.com
www.hoseasons.co.uk
www.leger.co.uk
www.adventurecompany.co.uk

Fingers crossed we might make it this year 🙂

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Extreme 19th hole – Par 3 with chance to win US$1 million..

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SOUTH Africa is promoting the ultimate golf destination – a par 3 hole with a US$1 million prize for the first golfer to score a hole in one. It’s quite a long hole for a par 3 – about 500 yards – and most of that is straight down.

This extreme golf hole is based at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort, within the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa’s north-eastern Limpopo province. It’s no mean feet to get to the tee as it involves a short helicopter ride, and brave golfers must teeter “terrifyingly close to the edge” in order to make their shot. The ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground. It’s actually the 19th hole on the course, with the other 18 designed by several world golfing legends.

A round of 18 costs about £35, with the Extreme 19th costing about £550 for four people including the helicopter ride, a souvenir cap and glove and a DVD of you playing the hole.

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Bing to Launch UK Travel Platform.

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Well had a bit more of a play around with Microsoft’s new search engine Bing and on the whole seems to work really well,  looks like the war of search is about to get a bit heated.

One interesting thing to note from a Travel point of view is Microsoft have integrated the Farecast travel engine, which its American surfers are currently able to use providing live flight and hotel search functionality, plans are also in the pipeline which will include a Hotel Rate Indicator which will search through historical data to indicate via a colour-coded system as to whether a current price for a room is a fair price for the user.

A Microsoft spokeswoman told Travolution: “Our goal is to fully localise Bing to the UK and that’s when we’ll remove the beta, however, unfortunately we cannot confirm when we will be bringing this to the UK yet.”

Will be intersting to see if Google take on the challenge?

Source Travolution

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Google Street View Comes to UK (Featuring Happydude)…

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I have been waiting ages for this moment –  although totally geeky –  its true I am on Google Street View looking out of my window, what are the odds on that.

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I saw the car last year so took a snap and he took one back 🙂

But seriously the streetview feature is great you can even check out my home town Sheffield

Now where did I put that euromillions ticket 🙂

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£1 to use Loo! Whatever Next From Ryanair..

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Following on from Michael O’Leary’s once again exceptional bit of PR regarding charging to use the toilet whilst on a flight. I stumbled on these set of proposed charges. 🙂

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Leger Holidays launch ‘eye-catching’ new website…

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Sorry for the self publicity but we have just launced our new site which has took a lot of time and effort to get to phase 1 of development  hopefully it has been worth it.

The site has been completely redesigned following feedback obtained through some unique customer research techniques which included eye-tracking technology.

We used Bunnyfoot a specialist company to monitor the eye movements of consumers in focus group tests to show the hot spots where website users looked most and the spots that were viewed least.

This research lead to more than 70 points of improvement over the previous site many of which have been incorporated into the new site and as stated earlier this is phase 1 so constant updates are to be added to ensure the site remains current and so it is able to constantly evolve and be improved upon.

Along with great improvements to the customer-facing look and feel of the site, a huge amount of investment has been made in the back-office, particularly in respect of usability and search engine optimisation and how the content is supplied to the visitor and search engines.