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Abercrombie & Kent is introducing a new Concierge Rail service. An English-speaking escort will meet A&K rail clients at their hotel at a pre-arranged time to escort them to their train, ensuring they are comfortably seated in the correct seat, and handling the luggage. When they arrive at their destination, another escort is waiting to take them to their hotel. Aug 2, 2004

Chicago-based iExplore [www.iExplore.com], an on-line seller of adventure travel, is seeing a rebound in sales to such exotic destinations as Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Namibia, all of which are now in the company?s top 10 best-selling destinations. Other top 10 best sellers are Peru, China, France, Antarctica, Chile and the Galapagos Islands. National Geographic owns equity in iExplore. Aug 5, 2004

Orbitz.com has added a new feature to give travelers more control over choosing departure and return flights. Customers can now select their airline flights in any order, even starting with the return flight and then selecting the departure flight. Orbitz says the new flight search feature is especially useful for travelers who have time-sensitive schedules, book multiple-city itineraries and have specific budget parameters. After conducting a flight search, users can pick from pre- bundled flight options or build itineraries starting with any flight segment. When choosing flight options separately, users still see roundtrip fares to make it simple and fast to plan a trip around a price. Aug 9, 2004

The Statue of Liberty has reopened after undergoing security upgrades and renovations for more than two years. Visitors can enter the pedestal of the statue, which has a new glass ceiling allowing for views of the interior. From the statue's observation deck, located 16 stories above New York Harbor, visitors can experience 360-degree views of New York City. Tickets for the Statue of Liberty can be purchased at Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park or by calling 866-STATUE-4 (866-782-8834). Timed-pass tickets are required and a limited number of daily walk-in tickets are available at the Circle Line ferry office at no additional cost. A $1.75 handling fee per ticket is applied for timed passes. Tourists can also visit [www.statuereservations.com] as of Aug. 16 to reserve ferry tickets as well as promenade and observatory tours. Aug 3, 2004

Travelport Corporate Solutions, a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation, today announced an agreement with Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car that delivers discounts on car rentals for Travelport corporate customers using Travelport's complete "end-to-end" package of services that combines online booking, GDS, fulfillment and customer support from a single source. The agreement provides Travelport customers a market- leading package of services including discounted rental rates and enhanced loyalty benefits. The new car rental rates and options will be seamlessly integrated into Travelport's online booking tool at companies employing Travelport's complete solution of services and displayed for their users within car rental search results. Although operating in separate divisions, Travelport, Avis and Budget are all owned by Cendant. Aug 3, 2004
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Title Annotation:Travel industry and online travel services news.
Publication:Airguide Online
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 17, 2004
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