Australian travel agent stabbed to death in Thailand
A travel agent from Perth has died after being stabbed in the heart during a botched robbery attempt in the Thai holiday resort of Phuket.
The 60-year-old woman was travelling with nine other agents from Perth to inspect facilities on the island when two men on a motorbike attempted to snatch her handbag.
Eurozone Meltdown Means Travel Deals and Bargains
The troubled economies of Spain and Greece have turned out to be disturbingly weak links for the countries using the collective Euro currency.
However, these two sun-kissed Mediterranean nations remain among the most popular vacation destinations in Europe, and the silver lining in their financial struggles is that they are less expensive to visit than at any time in recent history – and will likely get even cheaper.
One year ago the Euro fetched a whopping $1.46. Six months ago it was $1.31. On May 31, just two weeks ago, it hit a recent historical low of under $1.24 and since has hovered within a cent or two of this bottom. The dollar has also strengthened against the British Pound, but the Pound never lost more than 5% of its value in the past 12 months, while the Euro dropped over 15%.
Hotels With Free Wi-Fi Consider Charging For It
Some of the USA’s biggest hotel chains that offer free Wi-Fi are considering adding charges after seeing insatiable demand for Internet bandwidth from guests.
No chain that includes Internet access in its room rate has pulled back on offering Wi-Fi for free, but some are giving customers the option of paying extra for upgraded bandwidth so they don’t get frustrated by sluggish speeds.
Currently, Marriott International and Carlson Hotels have some locations that offer free Wi-Fi and a faster choice for an additional sum.
Carlson’s Country Inn & Suites says it has no plans to expand this tiered pricing strategy. But, spokeswoman Rosanne Swanson says, the chain will “continue to monitor guests’ expectations and evaluate options.”
Airlines try to outdo each other pampering business fliers
The chase is on for the corporate trekker.
Airlines are racing to fill premium cabins on their planes with bed-like seats. They’re speeding up access to the Web. And they’re carving out space in coach class for those who’ll pay more to stretch their legs.
The goal? To woo business travelers, who often book the more expensive, last-minute fares, as well as others willing to pay more to fly. The premium-paying customer has always been valuable, but they’re more important than ever as airlines grapple with up-and-down fuel prices and try to compete in an industry increasingly dominated by a handful of mega-size competitors.