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‘Travel must be all about the experience’

Accra, July 7, GNA – Mr Elorm Baeta, General
Manager of Expertravel and Tours Limited, says travel is best appreciated when
travellers are deeply involved in the experience and ready to go beyond the
basic sightseeing recommendations.

“No matter how long the trip is for and
whatever the reason for travelling, it must be exciting, or at least
interesting, from start to finish. This is one of the reasons we are happy to
recommend an airline like British Airways to our customers,” Mr. Baeta
explained.

He said this in a statement copied to the
Ghana News Agency in Accra.

Mr Baeta, along with colleague travel agents
from Satguru Travel & Tours, Stellar Travel, Timewise Expo Travel &
Tours, Travel Places and Stellar Travel, was hosted by British Airways in New
York City for a few days in order to experience one of the airline’s most
popular destinations.

“With as many as 10 daily flights, including
Business-Class-only services to London City airport and Paris Orly airport, New
York is one of the airline’s most important routes,” the statement said.

According to British Airways’ Ghana office,
destinations in the USA were the most frequently visited by Ghanaians after
London. With seamless and quick connections by bus and/or train and no need for
an airside transit visa, it is easy to move from an arriving flight to the next
departure gate in a matter of minutes.

The transatlantic joint business (AJB), which
brings together American Airways, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and US
Airways, means customers can travel with ease from anywhere in Europe to
anywhere in the US – connecting passengers to more than 211 US destinations.

Mr Kevin Leung, British Airways’ Commercial
Manager for Ghana and Kenya, explained that the recent trip was also a way of
thanking top Ghanaian travel agents for their support over the years.

“This October, we will be celebrating 80
unrivalled years of operating in Ghana, and our partners – the travel agents –
are a very important part of this success story. We feel honoured that they
continue to recommend us to their customers, and we are delighted to continue
fulfilling the customers’ expectations,” he noted.

Mr Leung said the operation at Terminal T3 had
improved significantly despite initial teething problems. “We appreciate the
feedback that our customers, including the Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo, have
shared with us.”

The airline announced that it was going to
invest £400 million in Club World, focusing on improved catering and sleep,
following last year’s revamping of its lounges in Terminal 3 to give them a
refreshed look and feel.

A member of the team of travel agents, Mrs
Doris Tetteh, Sales Reservation Supervisor of Travel Places, praised the
Terminal 3 (T3) facilities, saying they were beyond expectation”, especially
the Club World Galleries Lounge.

During the trip, the group toured the One
World Observatory, currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere,
which allows visitors to experience 360-degree views of the city of New
York.        

While in New York, they also tried out the famous
New York City Yellow Cabs and Subway underground railway system, as well as
local food favourites including hot dogs, bagels, cheesecake and American-style
pancakes.

GNA

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