Luggage Superstore, the UK’s premier vendor of Samsonite cases, is launching its promotion of the new Lite-Locked product. The product is being introduced with a 20% discount offer, so don’t hang around if you want the market leading case of the year.

Our launch co-insides with the TV campaign you can view a preview of here

Samsonite quality and durability have never been in doubt but with this nee Lire-Lock technology they have moved the industry on and it is clear that other vendors will have some catching up to do.

The case is the first to contain curved locked technology in a 3-point lock and so security is unquestionably the best in breed. The TV campaign follows the cases around the unexpected hazard of travel and shows that it will be your trusted, safe and reliable luggage companion. You will quickly see how and why Samsonite can say this is their strongest case ever, yet the weight is superb in class.

Luggage Superstore has been a Samsonite retailer for over 25 years and have become one of the largest, if not the largest online reseller of Samsonite cases. Paul Steadman , Director of Luggage Superstore says,

“this new  Samsonite Curv  case range is the truly go anywhere do anything case. For the globetrotting city executive who needs the robust case for the harsh environment of the New York taxi cab to the traveller who needs a lightweight case while take a Camel ride to their tent in the desert the Samsonite Lite-Locked case is the best there is”.

 

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Quentin Wilson releases industry first Car Warranty Video Guide

Quesntin Wilson - Warranty WiseTV motoring expert and former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson has taken a bold step to revolutionise the used car warranty market with his service and maintenance plan from Warrantywise. His campaign is kicked off by an informative and educational video release of ‘Quentin Willson’s Guide to Being Warrantywise’. In it, Quentin goes through the world of car warranty meticulously, outlining the dos and don’ts in his own unique and familiar style.

He says: “Too many warranty policies have furlongs of exclusion clauses, slippery wording and glacial customer service. They may look cheap, and that’s usually for a reason.

“A good used car warranty has clear definitions, no weasel words and a dedicated customer service team which gets back to you within a day or sooner. And that’s exactly what you get with Warrantywise. Clear definitions, fast service and no slippery words.”

Quentin says that, uniquely, Warrantywise publishes exactly how much is pays out to customers every week on its website. The company pays out in 80 per cent of cases and has a 92% customer satisfaction rating.

He goes on to say: “I am the person who has designed and written this warranty and I have painstakingly gone through it to make sure it is clear, transparent and easy to understand.”

And he promised: “If you’ve got a problem or an issue or if there’s something you don’t understand about your claim you can email me directly and I will personally get involved and sort things out.

“I am also the person who decides whether complicated, difficult or marginal claims get paid. The buck stops with me.”

The guide has been put together to give the customer an invaluable insight in to having a car warranty, whilst dispelling any doubts or uncertainties the customer may have in regard to achieving that all important peace of mind. Quentin Willson is incredibly passionate about customer satisfaction and finished with this important insight:

”When it comes to my car warranty I am usually asked the same questions. Is it any good? Does it pay out? Is it really me? I believe it is vital that we put these reservations to bed. Warrantywise is quite simply the best on the market and its scores of happy customers (www.warrantywise.co.uk/happy) are testament to its quality, transparency and above all, reliability. I wouldn’t put my name to something that didn’t deliver and that’s why the Warrantywise warranty has ‘The Quentin Willson Promise’, so you can rest assured that you will be covered when your car has a problem. This excellent video goes far and above in explaining used car warranties to our customer base, new and old, and I am incredibly proud of the outcome.”

The video guide can be found on the Warrantywise website (http://www.warrantywise.co.uk/choose-us/) and on the company’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tgUW9iGCdM&feature=youtu.be)

Take a look!

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Saudi Arabia Increases Maldives Investment

March-24The Maldives, a tropical archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is attracting an incredible amount of foreign investment from Saudi Arabia. Earlier this year, the Crown Price of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, booked three islands in the country for almost an entire month, frustrating many would-be holidaymakers.

The Prince’s long-term visit is one symbolic example of Saudi industry’s interests in the Maldives. The small country, which has historically generated most of its income from tourism, is attracting a new wave of attention from many of the Middle East’s most wealthy and powerful investors.

Prince Salman’s visit wasn’t entirely for the purpose of leisure. The prince, who is also Saudi Arabia’s minister of defence, made an official visit to the island nation at the request of President Abdulla Yameen. The Maldivian president was elected at the end of 2013 after two years of turbulent political protests.

Last year, Saudi Arabia promised a five-year soft loan facility worth over £300m to the tiny country, as part of a deal made by the Maldives’ previous president during an official visit to the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. In coming months, air links between the two countries will open for the first time in history.

As part of the two countries’ development plan, the Saudi prince plans to build at least 10 world-class mosque throughout the island archipelago. Saudi Arabia and the Maldives both share a religion – Sunni Islam – making the island country what seems like a perfect destination for tourists from Saudi Arabia.

Despite the surge in foreign investment from Saudi Arabia, investors from many of the Western countries have warned others not to become involved in the Maldives due to large-scale nationalisation activity. Widespread human rights violations are also a major concern for would-be investors.

Expatriates, who make up over 30 per cent of the Maldives’ population, have been targets of abuse and discrimination, claims British journalist J J Robinson.

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Holidays Could Take Up to 10 Years to Pay Off, Survey Shows

February-01A new survey by TotallyMoney.com has found that holiday spenders in the UK will put 8% more of their bills on their credit card, racking up an astounding £9 billion collectively. The increase means that over a quarter of all holiday spending will now be billed to credit cards.

Worryingly, 11% of the people that take international holidays this year will only make the minimum repayments on their credit card balances, meaning that even “cheap” trips to destinations such as Tenerife could end up costing almost twice as much as they should and take more than 10 years to pay off.

Credit card usage has soared in the UK as families and individuals struggle to deal with rising living costs. An increasing number of people are putting almost all of their leisure spending – holidays and consumer shopping – on credit cards in an effort to delay repayments.

While a short trip to Tenerife could cost as little as £1,200, credit card interest and long repayment periods can increase the cost to as much as £2,100. Travel further from Britain and the cost increases even further – a £3,561 trip to New York City is an incredible £3,000 more expensive if you pay it off over 16 years.

Consumers are well aware of the dangers of excessive credit card spending, but an alarmingly large percentage of individuals and families are nonetheless opting to buy costly international holidays using their credit cards. Twice-bankrupt Kerry Katona visited Tenerife in January – signalling, some experts believe, that holidays aren’t an unaffordable luxury, even for the financially distressed.

While the smart choice is to avoid international travel and instead holiday at home in the UK, many consumers are choosing to avoid thinking about the repercussions of credit card use and travel internationally anyway. Financial experts are worried that dependence on credit cards could lead to serious consumer debt issues.

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Qantas Credit Rating Cut to ‘Below Investment’

january-13Australian airline Qantas suffered a damaging financial blow this week as financial ratings firm Moody’s reduced its credit rating to ‘below investment’. The airline had previously issued a warning announcing that it would cut 1,000 jobs due to profits that fell below expectations.

Qantas has suffered from a decline in domestic bookings, one of the company’s most important service offerings. Due to the vast distances between Australian cities, the bulk of travellers rely on airlines for domestic travel. Increased competition from a growing group of budget airlines may have hurt Qantas’s sales.

Profits from domestic ticket sales fell by 21% over the last financial year, hurting the airline significantly. Moody’s credit rating cut follows a similar change to the rating of Qantas by Standard & Poor’s in December, which also downgraded the struggling Australian carrier.

Cuts to domestic earnings aren’t the only concern for Qantas. The airline has made several changes to its operations in response to poor international earnings. High fuel costs, reduced demand for international travel, and increased competition on major routes have all taken a toll on Qantas’s profitability.

One of the airline’s biggest concerns is the growth of Virgin, which has grown into a leading Australian domestic airline. In an effort to win back market share lost to its competitors, Qantas may need to reduce its prices and cut its profit margin, further reducing its profits.

The airline recently reported that it could lose up to $300 million AUD during the first half of the financial year. Its investment ratings are largely ‘negative’, with a growing domestic competition and sluggish international performance forcing the airline to revise both pillars of its business.

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Commuters Hit With 2.8% Rail Fare Increase

january-02Some commuters could spend almost £5,000 per year travelling to and from work, a new campaign from shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh claims. Rail fares will increase by 2.8% this Thursday in order to reduce the government’s commitment to subsidising rail transportation.

The government currently pays approximately 32% of railway expenses, picking up the bill for the majority of travellers. However, ministers are believed to have set an overall goal of 25%, with measures such as increased fares aimed at increasing the amount of rail expenses picked up by consumers and reducing government costs.

It has also invested £16 billion in upgrades and maintenance in the country’s rail network, further increasing its need to increase revenues. While economists have praised the government’s attempts to increase railway revenues, consumers are upset at the lack of transparency and protection regarding price increases.

The fare increases are not uniform, with certain tickets increasing in price to a far greater extent than others. Season tickets and off-peak rail tickets now cost 3.2% more than in 2012, while rail fares as a whole have increased in price by 2.8% for most of the country.

Commuters with annual season tickets for certain routes could now pay as much as £5,000 per year on public transportation. The Milton Keynes – London route is now priced at £4,772 per year – a 3.3% increase that’s typical of the new pricing scheme.

Some rail commuters have voiced their disappointment as the price increase, noting that the idea behind the government controlling rail prices was to prevent fare hikes from occurring. Analysts have noted that large fare increases affect regions that lack alternative forms of travel.

Despite the fare increases, many analysts believe that rail transportation is still a far better option than travelling by private car. Thomas Ableman of Chiltern Railways is supportive of the price increases, claiming that travelling by rail is still “good value for money” for most commuters.

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Cost of Rail Travel on the Rise, According to CPI Stats

december-02Rail travel is becoming more expensive than ever before, both in real terms and in comparison to wages, statistics from the Office of Rail Regulation indicate. Walk-on passengers are now paying as much as 23.1 per cent more than they were just nine years ago.

Many domestic rail routes are now significantly more expensive for consumers than long-haul international flights. In a recent study by the Telegraph, reporters found that customers could purchase a return ticket from Newcastle to Marrakech for £139, while return travel from London to Newcastle via rail costs £301.

Rail travel is one of several sectors to have increased in price at a rate significantly above the average inflation rate, causing problems for the millions of people that rely on rail transportation for their daily lives. Passengers are protected from the forces of inflation by the government, but only for certain rail services.

The prices of season tickets, for example, are controlled by the government, giving daily commuters a reasonable degree of certainty over costs. Despite this, they have still increased in price by 12.7 per cent over the past nine years – significantly above the inflation rate for most consumer goods and services.

Daily tickets, particularly same-day tickets, have risen in price at a rate far above the official inflation rate. Travellers who purchase their tickets on the day of travel have no protection from the government regarding pricing, and many believe that today’s rail prices are simply too high to remain competitive.

Long-distance routes have seen the most significant price increase, up by 17.9 per cent in the last nine years. The rising cost of long-distance train travel, along with the significant reduction in long-haul airfare pricing, has resulted in many former train travellers opting to fly to and from their holiday destinations.

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Virgin Atlantic Struggles With Poor Domestic Ticket Sales

december-01Since starting earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic’s domestic service has failed to meet many of its goals. The Little Red service, which offers routes between Manchester, Edinburgh, London, and Aberdeen has only managed to attract 300,000 passengers since launching earlier this year – figures that experts believe mean that planes are just 30% full on average.

Travel industry experts believe that the airline could be losing as much as £3 million every week due to the service’s poor performance. Virgin’s stated goals are to boost its domestic flight popularity and provide its international customers with a greater selection of cities to choose from for connections.

A spokesman from the company claims that it understands the new route will take a large amount of time to become profitable, and that customers will require as much as six months to become fully aware of the new services. The company’s business plan reportedly allows for long periods of limited patronage on domestic routes.

Experts have noted that Virgin’s strategy could be successful if the large network of domestic flights succeeds in supplying passengers to the airline’s longer and more profitable international routes. Many airlines operate domestic flights using a ‘loss leader’ strategy in order to attract customer to long-haul travel.

The airline currently leases its planes from Aer Lingus, which also manages most of the aspects of operating the route. The ‘wet lease’ deal means that Aer Lingus is paid for its services regardless of the popularity of the routes or Virgin’s profitability.

Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson noted that the routes offered by Little Red are important for the British travel industry, giving customers a new level of choice on routes that were previously only served by one airline. He claimed that bookings are “growing steadily” from passengers located around the world.

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UK Reduces China Visa Requirements to Encourage Tourism

october-16Chinese visitors to the UK can enjoy relaxed visa regulations that would eliminate a great deal of paperwork. Chancellor George Osborne announced changes to Chinese visitor and business visas during a recent trade trip to Beijing.

The new system will allow Chinese citizens travelling in the EU to bypass Britain’s previous visa regulations. Chinese travellers in the EU will now receive a valid visa automatically, provided they book using a network of approved travel agents.

Mr Osborne’s recent trip to China was dedicated to changing Britain’s attitudes to trading with the giant East Asian economy. He told students in Beijing that the visit was about ‘deepening the friendship’ between the two countries.

Chinese companies have invested heavily in UK industry in recent years, with a large firm in China buying a 20 per cent stake in a new Manchester development. Chinese company Wanda also recently acquired British yacht manufacturer Sunseeker.

Under the current rules, Chinese citizens can travel throughout most of Europe on a single visa, but need a separate travel document to enter the UK. Experts think that many Chinese visitors are deterred from visiting the UK due to the more extensive visa requirements.

Chinese visitors can now apply for a visa using the UK’s 24-hour service, which will be launched in Chinese cities next summer. Select travel agents will now be able to issue visas for travel both within Europe and in the UK to Chinese applicants.

A booming travel industry has made China one of the top targets for international destinations. In the last year, over 210,000 Chinese visitors travelled to the UK and spent over £300 million during their stay. Travel agents and hotels are anticipating a significant increase in business following the introduction of the new visa rules.

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Chinese Airlines Will Triple Operations in Next 20 Years

september-06-03American aerospace company Boeing believes that China’s airlines will triple the size of their fleet within twenty years as the world’s second largest economy sees continual growth in its travel industry.

Strong Chinese economic growth and an increased interested in travel from China’s growing middle class has made many in the aerospace engineering industry highly optimistic about sales growth in the East Asian country.

Boeing’s China sales forecast was released during its annual sales outlook. The company’s focus has increasingly shifted to East Asia as rising tourism spending amongst the Chinese middle classes makes it an attractive market for the company.

Despite recent predictions of slowed growth, China has maintained a 7.5 percent economic growth rate. While it remains below previous economic growth rates, a 7.5 annual growth rate puts China far ahead of Europe and North America.

Boeing believes that the East Asian country will purchase an additional 5,580 planes over the next twenty years, spending over £500 billion in the process. The new stock will triple the size of China’s air fleet and make it one of the world’s largest air travel markets.

The Chicago-based company noted that most of the planes used for domestic travel within China will be single-aisle aircraft. It also announced that sales of wide-body planes would likely increase to serve a growing demand for long-haul travel to and from China and other East Asian countries.

China’s massive air expansion makes it an attractive target market for aircraft firms such as Boeing. The company faces immense competition in China from French firm Airbus, which recently secured a £5.2 billion deal to deliver 60 planes to China.

Airbus also beat out Boeing on its home turf, securing a 40-plane deal worth over $6 billion with Delta Airlines.

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