Arthur Frommer began his career in travel after
Arthur started with the typical library story including the importance of libraries in the success of his first book.
They talked as a team passing back and forth. They structured the talk as one on travel for librarians including trends.
Arthur started with trends:
Decline in value of US dollar. The value of the US dollar is at its lowest against the Euro and the pound. With commissions on currency exchanges, need to double the cost in Euros/British Pounds. Therefore must change habits of travel and eliminate
Elimination of the cruise ship as the option for the intelligent traveler. Ships are not a giant metallic box containing an amusement park. It now excluded the experience of ship travel. Smaller ships are still available, but are high priced for us.
The Internet now makes available the true costs of air travel through aggregaotrs who do not sell tickets like Kayak and Sidestep.
Skyrocketing costs of hotels because of the lack of rooms. Price Waterhouse found that there were $2 billion in hidden fees after 15-20% increases. There are new fees and cancellation fees. Pauline writes budget guides which look at alternative travel. The series is aimed at travelers who want to travel with some dignity, but can’t afford the high price. For example, there are Londoners who will rent out a room with private bath. In many cases renting a complete apartment may be cheaper than staying at a hotel. In
Thousands will replace trips to Europe with trips to Central and
There is an explosion of buses which allow you to travel in the
Medical and dental tourism is a new field. With uninsured and underinsured, people are going to
Pauline: Sector tours is taking people to
Volunteer vacations can be good. National parks… Can be as little as $225 including meals.
There is an immense bargain: a trip to
Concluded with a slide show she featured places which are inexpensive, fascinating, under visited:
They saved time for questions which ranged over topics like going to