HOTEL PRICES TUMBLING
You see a lot of air fare deals in the paper. Not as noticeable are falling rates for hotels around the world.
A new study by the Hogg Robinson Group finds that New York City prices last month were down 19 per cent from a year ago, with the average room going for $291.01 versus $360.10 (U.S.) a year ago. Dublin prices had the same percentage drop, with average rates falling from 161.75 Euros to 131.16 Euros (about $220 Canadian dineros).
Johannesburg was down only 5 five per cent, as was Frankfurt. But Zurich was down 22 per cent (Good, I'm headed there in May) and Dubai down 26 per cent.
Moscow, and go figure on this one, saw prices go UP by 3 per cent versus February, 2008. Maybe a foreign exchange thing or something to do with oil?
CARIBBEAN GOLF DEAL
There's a deal on offer from the Dominican Republic, where the Casa de Campo complex is offering a "Canadians only" package from now through Dec. 20, with prices starting at $187 U.S. per night, based on double occupancy. That includes your hotel room, breakfast and golf at one of three courses: Teeth of the Dog (there's an extra $75 surcharge), the Dye Fore course and the Links.
I didn't get a chance when I was in the DR last year, but reviews of the Teeth of the Dog have been outstanding from just about everyone who's played it.
GEE, THANKS FOR THE UPBEAT REPORT
First day of spring and I hate to do this and ruin your mood, but check this story from Conde Nast Portfolio via msnbc on the future of the aviation industry. Kinda scary.
Bet this guy tells his kids there's no Easter Bunny, too.