Rail Breaks – Why many people are turning their backs on flying.Written by Robin Richmond
According to statistics supplied by Great Rail Journeys (GRJ) – one of UK’s premier holiday companies that specialise in rail - an amazing 40,000 Britons are taking package rail holidays every year. These figures would have been hard to believe some five to ten years ago when phrase “British Rail” was synonymous with poor service and unreliable transport. However, as we will learn taking a holiday via train has become increasing popular amongst persons who prefer a more comfortable and yet adventurous way of travelling.
Traditional railway holidays were very much norm in 50’s Britain. Be it short breaks to cities such as London, York or Edinburgh or exciting trips across continental Europe many Briton’s grew up with rail package holiday. It is perhaps as a result of this that back bone of rail holiday industry in UK is couples in their sixties and seventies reliving vacations of their youth. Be it rushing to make tight connecting flights, crowed airports or a simple fear of flying – many travellers today simply don’t want to get from a to b on an airplane. The very fact you have allocated more time out of your schedule to travel by rail ensures whole experience can be a great deal calmer – which is one of key reasons why it is popular with elderly market
However, this trend is certainly changing slowly – with more younger travellers choosing rail over flying. One popular type of rail holiday is EuRail trips across Europe. Often associated with backpackers, Eurailpass is one of most convenient ways to see Europe as ticket offers unlimited train travel throughout 18 countries on their network – including whole of Scandinavia. With frequent departures on busy routes, it is often case that train is a faster option than flying when you consider commuting time it takes to reach most European airports on edge of busy cities. This is especially case when using fast train services such as German ICE, French TGV or indeed Eurostar which connects France with London.
RoomSaver.com Travelers Are Loyal to Hotel Rates, Not BrandsWritten by Jackie Moniot
July 14, 2005- In a recent survey conducted this month of over a hundred RoomSaver.com Travel Club members, hotel brand preferences were investigated. Results show that majority of respondents (34.8%) do not prefer a specific brand, instead they choose lodging based on best possible rate.
Based on these findings, hoteliers would be wise to advertise their best rates to attract those online travelers who sort lodging search results by price first.
Hotel brands included in survey were InterContinental Hotels, Choice Hotels, Marriott International, Best Western, La Quinta and Hilton. Twenty-five percent of respondents prefer Choice Hotels, followed by Marriott, Hilton, Best Western, La Quinta, and InterContinental Hotels, in consecutive order.
Since 1999, RoomSaver.com has specialized in showcasing hotels online and directing online travelers to hotel’s website, where they will find best rates. RoomSaver.com provides a comprehensive hotel database for travelers while serving as a convenient and effective advertising forum for hoteliers and affiliate travel businesses.