JENKINTOWN, Pa.--(Friendly Planet Travel, one of the Internet’s leading group travel providers, unveiled an eight-day, escorted, all-inclusive vacation to Ecuador, including airfare from New York and superior hotel accommodations, for only $1,259. The tour, which is being offered nine times in 2009, has already sold out the first four departures, with packages still available from July through September of this year.)--For those who love to travel, the price may seem a misprint. This week,
“The fact that we sold out these tours in the first quarter of the year shows that people are traveling. This it at least partly due to the incredible incentives being offered by airline and hotel operators in exotic locations, who are anxious to maintain their tourism business”
“The travel industry is walking a fine line right now, balancing economic concerns against pricing that is simply too good to ignore,” says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. “We are booking vacations at deep discounts that provide travelers with a level of value I haven’t seen in 30 years of experience.”
Over that time, Ecuador has become an increasingly popular destination as American travelers have become more culturally and environmentally aware. “Ecuador’s biodiversity and its indigenous culture are major attractions for American travelers,” says Goldman. “Ecuador literally straddles the center of the world, bisected by the Equator, and its climate ranges from the rarified air of the Andes to Amazonian rainforests.”
The tour, which is escorted throughout by an English-speaking Ecuadorian guide, explores the rich culture, fascinating environment, and diverse climate of the country, starting at the capital Quito, labeled a World Heritage Center by UNESCO, and goes to the town of Otavalo, home to one of South America’s most colorful open air markets. The tour then heads south to the Amazon regions, and then north again into the Andes, and visits Cotopaxi National Park, site of the highest active volcano in the world.
“The fact that we sold out these tours in the first quarter of the year shows that people are traveling. This it at least partly due to the incredible incentives being offered by airline and hotel operators in exotic locations, who are anxious to maintain their tourism business,” explains Goldman. “It’s a buyer’s market with operators offering unprecedented prices to companies like Friendly Planet Travel, which can fill blocks of seats and hotel rooms. As always, Friendly Planet Travel continues to pass along those savings direct to our passengers, offering prices that continue to lure travelers even in these difficult economic times.”
For more information about Friendly Planet Travel, please contact Jackie Zima at 610-228-2138, 215-534-2973 (mobile), or write to Jackie@GregoryFCA.com.
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Each year, Friendly Planet Travel offers more than 30 different group travel packages to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America—at discounts of hundreds of dollars off similar vacations. With no hidden charges, add-ons or surprises, Friendly Planet Travel vacations include convenient flights and airfare, carefully-selected first-class and superior hotels, knowledgeable English-speaking guides, many meals and itineraries as well as friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
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