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Paris by rail just got much easier

A new Rail Plus service delivers a luggage free Paris. Rail Plus has unveiled an exclusive new luggage storage and transfer service in Paris that gives passengers the freedom to fully embrace the City of Lights. Customers using the service are greeted upon arrival by train or aircraft in Paris by a concierge who collects…
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Germinators: the world’s cleanest airlines revealed

No germ carriers among these airlines.  If you’re a frequent flyer, you’ll know all about the importance of carrying hand sanitizer when travelling. But fly any of these airlines, whose cabins have just been named cleanest in the world at the World Airline Awards, and you just might feel comfortable leaving that little item behind.…
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Top tips for ensuring you book the right cruise

First in, biggest choices With bookings for the next two summer seasons now on sale, Royal Caribbean is on a mission to educate Aussies about the importance of booking early in order to secure the right sailing and cabin for their summer holiday at sea. According to Adam Armstrong, managing director, Royal Caribbean Australia & New…
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World’s biggest cruise ships unveiled

Capable of carrying a whopping 6,850 guests, MSC Cruises has unveiled its ambitious plans for the world's biggest ever cruise ships. With 2,760 cabins, MSC's 'World Class' ships will have room for 70 more guests than current largest vessel, Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas, and have been earmarked for a 2022 debut. Revealed at…
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Travellers may soon need proof of insurance to visit Thailand

Surely only immortal, loosely scheduled multimillionaires can afford to travel without insurance, so even if this proposed requirement does come to pass, it shouldn't impact most of us. The introduction of compulsory travel insurance prior to entry into Thailand was raised in a meeting last week and officials at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports…
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10 Ways to pick a bad travel agent

It’s no secret we’re pretty big fans of travel agents – we just love you all – but in every profession, there’s a few that let the team down. US travel publication, Travel Market Report, has rounded up 10 things that bad travel agents don’t do, starting with not listening to clients. Of course, this…
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Qantas credit card falls short of expectations

Recent research shows the new Qantas Mastercard delivers $300 less ‘net’ rewards value than the market leading credit card. The Qantas branded credit card has been criticised for failing to deliver on its ‘Premier’ name, ranking 26 for net value in a market-wide comparison by Mozo.com.au of 43 rewards cards earning Qantas Points. Mozo evaluated…
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Qatar Airways banned from biggest market

A political tiff between the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, came to a head yesterday, as they cut ties with Qatar. As a result, all three Gulf nations have refused Qatar Airways access to its airspace, in turn cutting it off from some of its biggest markets in Saudi Arabia.…
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Travel Agents and OTA’s Can Coexist – MTA MD

While he mightn’t be their biggest supporter, Mobile Travel Agents (MTA) co-managing director, Roy Merricks, still feels the two operators can coexist in the one industry. “Travel agents and OTAs can coexist and will into the foreseeable future,” he told Travel Weekly recently. “There’s nothing to be gained in my opinion by either one belittling…
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