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Calling all vacation lovers

Calling all vacation lovers

The Kipp team loves going on vacation (who doesn’t), and thanks to the global meltdown, we can suddenly afford to go on numerous weekend breaks. Thank you, financial crisis.

January 24, 2009 11:36 by

While the world wallows in financial misery, we at Kipp have been delighted by the countless special deals airlines are advertising. The prices are so good, we’ve been calculating how many vacation days we spare over the next few months.

In fact, Etihad Airways sums it up on their website: “Online prices so low you’ve just got to go.”

It’s a terrible one-liner, but we’ll forgive Etihad its poor copywriting judgment because the prices really are so low that we really do have to go; you can go to London for AED1710 and Bangkok for AED2000. The holiday packages are even better: You can go to Thailand and stay for three nights at a hotel for AED2490, or travel to Kuala Lumpur and stay for five nights for AED1990.

Predictably, carriers are lowering their fares in a bid to attract customers who aren’t keen on spending their cash, or don’t have any to spend. The industry is well aware of the losses they face in 2009, and are hoping to attract as many travelers as they can.

In December 2008, the International Air Travel Association (IATA) announced that it predicted a profit loss of $200 million for local carriers in 2009. It’s a staggering loss that may lead to thousands of job cuts. It’s a terrible predicament for many who will be affected by the industry’s losses, but for the rest of us it spells ‘cheap vacations’.

It makes us feel like vultures. But pretty soon, we’ll be well rested and well traveled vultures.

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  1. iPaw on January 24, 2009 1:58 pm

    woe, i gotta go ;)

  2. DSouza on January 25, 2009 9:43 am

    Nice read, Kipp. Why be apologetic in being a layman & a vulture when there are plenty of examples of corporates & big business doign the same till now (real estate, landlords, govt bodies……endless)

  3. dubai property on January 28, 2009 8:50 am

    cheap vaccations are a must in this period.

  4. Johnes on February 2, 2009 8:52 am

    Cheap vacations are one thing folks,
    But what is this doing to the guys and girls who depend on the leisure industry for a livelihood?
    Interesting news to come out of the ACCOR hotels in Dubai this morning, is of staff lay offs being done by department as of yesterday, surely the hotels of ACCOR can absorb these “redundant” staff given that they make record profits for over 5 years now……
    Come on guys, instead of opening new hotels left right and centre, consolidate a little and look after the people that made the name!
    Atlantis are no better, if reports are to be believed, staff being frog marched to the Human Resources offices and given their redundancy papers with 24 hours notice!!


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