Don't forget the bus / Most expensive cities for biz travel / Deal of the day: Spain
I get focussed on the airline industry sometimes and forget there are other ways of getting around. Like the bus.
Greyhound Canada has announced the expansion of Greyhound Express, billed as their "premium city-to-city service." It started serving three new Canadian markets a week or so ago, with service in Ottawa, Montreal and Grande Prairie, Alberta.
They're offering five daily round trips during the week between Toronto and Ottawa, with increased service on Friday and Sunday, totalling nine round trips. They also has six daily round trips during the week with increased service on Friday and Sunday from Ottawa to Montreal, with 13 round trips in all. And they've added one daily round trip between Edmonton and Grande Prairie.
Greyhound offers more than 900 potential direct-service intercity pairings in more than 100 North American markets. Everyday fares start at just a buck and can be found at www.mygreyhyoundexpress.ca.
EXPENSIVE BIZ TRAVEL CITIES
I'm rather shocked at the findings of a study on business travel costs from a company called Concur out of the U.S. According to their report, four of the most expensive cities for business travel in the world (outside of the U.S. that is) are in Australia: Brisbane (1st overall, and that's a surprise), Sydney (#3 in the world), Perth (4) and Melbourne (7).
The study says Brisbane (see photo at right) will drain your budget to the tune of $547.53 per day for food, lodging, entertainment and ground transport, followed by Tokyo ($540.91), Sydney ($524.01), Perth ($520.93), London ($516.46), Stockholm ($513.92), Melbourne ($475.78), Zurich ($474.33), Paris ($463.58) and Dubai ($455.93). Those are only for cities outside the U.S. But even if you added New York it wouldn't change things much as New York comes out at $472.06, which would be ninth on the list and push Paris to tenth.
Here's a look at the most expensive U.S. cities: New York $472.06, San Francisco $407.04, Garden City New Jersey $389.44, Washington D.C. $374.29, Boston $368.94, Long Island City New York $359.05, Chicago $345.85, Miami $344.84, Las Vegas $336 on the button and Santa Clara California $331.05.
Canadian cities? Toronto weighs in at a sizeable $391.52, third highest in the U.S. and Canada markets. Vancouver comes in at $354.52, with Montreal at $345.15 and Calgary at $323.46.
If you look at the numbers, you can save about $110 a day if you're a biz person and you stay in Long Island City instead of Manhattan. And it's just across the river from Midtown with nice hotels like the Z, with awesome views of the city.
But I'm still shocked that Brisbane is rated some $70 a day higher than New York. Just for fun, I went onto Expedia.com this morning and found that the average price for a four-star hotel in town for a mid-week day in September was about $200. The average for New York City (Manhattan) was $400.
Something doesn't seem right....
Porter Airlines is increasing service between Timmins and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, with a fourth daily flight beginning Sept. 3. This is the first service increase for Timmins, which launched in January last year with three daily roundtrip flights .
Attention motorcycle fans: leather will meet chrome as thousands of motorcycles descend on the Muskoka Wharf (see photo at left with the great steamships you can take on Lake Muskoka), located in Gravenhurst July 19 and 20, 2013 for the First Annual Muskoka Motorcycle Rally – www.muskokarally.com - presented by Budweiser and Barrie Harley-Davidson. This event is sure to attract cruisers and sports bikes from all over the province. All in support of Rethink Breast Cancer – www.rethinkbreastcancer.com. Groups are coming in from all over Ontario including Windsor, Ottawa, Sudbury and Owen Sound to name a few.
“Local rallies have a positive effect on the local economy both during the days of the event and the post-rally visits.” says Greg Hoehner, Event Coordinator for Muskoka Motorcycle Rally. “Our group wanted to showcase all that is Muskoka. We have live bands playing both days, we’re building a temporary saloon in the event park, police motorcycle skills demos, a sunset cruise on a steamship, motorcycle test rides on the latest Harley-Davidsons and Yamahas, barbeques and many other activities to keep attendees entertained. Best of all, there is no charge to attend and motorcycle parking is plentiful and free. All within walking distance of the action.
JAUNT.CA DEAL OF THE DAY: SPAIN
Jaunt.ca, a division of Torstar, has a deal today for a great trip to Barcelona and Madrid, priced at $1,866, including $567 in taxes.
- 7-Day/6-Night Two to Tango Tour including train travel from Barcelona (see photo at right of the stunningly marvellous Parc Guell) to Madrid
- Includes train travel from Barcelona to Madrid for you to enjoy visiting two of Spain’s more vibrant cities
- Includes non-stop round-trip flights from Toronto arriving in Barcelona and returning from Madrid
- Get the best of both Barcelona and Madrid without having to commit to an extensive itinerary
- With all your travel and accommodation details covered, you have more time to spend thinking about all the sites you'd like to visit
- Valid for travel on Septmeber 15 & 22, 2013
- Accommodations included (or similar): Ibis Barcelona Plaza Glories, Barcelona (3 nights) and Mercure Madrid Plaza, Madrid (3 nights)
- Meals include 6 breakfasts
- Pricing (Rates are per person, plus tax):
Double: $1299 + tax
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