April 14, 2009 13:32 ET

itravel2000: Tips on Travelling Smarter This Spring and Summer

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2009) - This is a fascinating time in the travel industry with value being on everyone's mind. Canada's travel industry is feeling the effects of the worldwide economic slowdown, a decline in consumer confidence, fluctuating exchange rates and volatile gas prices. This has however created an optimal opportunity to travel for those who are looking to getaway. There are many deals and useful tools for conscientious shoppers but one must know what to look for and who to book with.

Where are the best deals?

Vacationing down south this spring and summer has a great appeal as prices are being offered for hundreds of dollars less than last year. Already a shoulder season in the travel industry, this year has even greater deals to the already low prices offered during this time period. Tour operators have excess capacity to sun destinations and the continuing decline of the US economy has resort owners desperate for business. The result is great value for Canadian consumers heading south.

Finding the best deals

With all the great deals available in the marketplace, it can be hard to locate the one that best suites your needs. Recently, itravel2000 implemented the Best Price Calendar, a customer advocacy search tool that allows you to find the best price, by star rating in a monthly summary. Many people who are looking to travel in this economy are looking to make wise decisions when it comes to finding the best deal and this calendar allows them to do so by viewing top destinations (Cancun, Varadero, Punta Cana, Las Vegas, London and Paris) and the cost to go there for every day throughout the specified month.

Another recent addition to help itravel2000 customers is a tool called Price Alert that enables people to find the trip that they would like to take while telling us how much they would like to pay. When the trip becomes available at that price, itravel2000 will send the customer an email alert. itravel2000 sends thousands of Price Alerts a day to help better inform our customers of their desired trip and how particular destination pricing is trending.

Securing your trip investment

During economic uncertainty, the last thing you want to do is lose your hard earned money due to the bankruptcy of the airline or tour operator you booked with. In August 2008, the sudden and unfortunate bankruptcy of Zoom Airlines occurred leaving many customers stranded overseas without a way to get home. For customers who would not have had booked through a protected agency, they would have had to rebook with another airline and absorb the cost. If one had made travel arrangements as part of a holiday package originating in Canada and booked through a holiday company, they may have been able to make a claim under the TICO's (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) Compensation Fund. Booking your vacation through a TICO recognized company would have granted consumer protection. With itravel2000 being a member of TICO, we were able to help all of our customers who fell into this unfortunate incident with Zoom Airlines.

With concern in the media over the future of Air Canada, booking with a TICO recognized company will safeguard potential bad situations from getting worse.

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