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Asia Travel Experts See Surge in Last-minute Bookings

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Immediate Turnaround No Problem for Asia Transpacific Journeys

BOULDER, CO, March 2009 – Time was when a trip to Asia was months in the planning. Now that’s no longer true, according to Asia Transpacific Journeys.

“A family called on Thursday. They had good airline rates to Thailand. We put the trip together for them overnight and they were out the door on Sunday,” says Marilyn Downing Staff, CEO of Asia Transpacific Journeys, specialists in travel to Asia and Pacific Rim destinations for 21 years.

Does this mean that the price of airline tickets is driving folks’ travel decisions?

In some cases, yes, Downing Staff says, remembering when the time between request and travel was about nine months out.

“Our clients are also booking last-minute, booking shorter trips and visiting destinations that are very economical, but they’re not taking what might be called budget trips,” she says. “They may forego a five-star accommodation for four stars but they still want private guides, authentic experiences and comfort with value.”

She says with demand down it’s now possible to book last-minute travel to Asia and secure amazing accommodations that formerly were booked solid months in advance. “With our connections we are pulling off some amazing hat tricks for our travelers these days,” says Downing Staff. “If you want to stay in a maharajah’s palace next week we can make it happen.”

About Asia Transpacific Journeys
Asia Transpacific Journeys is a Boulder, Colorado-based Asia travel company and Asia tour operator specializing in Custom Journeys and Small Group Trips to Asia and the Pacific region since 1987. Outstanding service, long-standing connections in Asia and deeply insightful cultural interpretation make them the Asia travel company of choice for the American Museum of Natural History, The Harvard and Yale alumni associations, the World Wildlife Fund, as well as discerning individuals, their families and friends. Journey Beyond the Ordinary ™

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