The Independent Traveller: Ten Years After
HOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED: AN INNOVATIVE CITY BREAK SERIES
Simon Calder’s career in travel started at Gatwick Airport, where he cleaned aircraft for Laker Airways and later worked as a security officer. He became The Independent’s Travel Correspondent in 1994, and is known as “the Man Who Pays His Way” because he does not accept free travel facilities. He writes across the Independent titles, as well as for the Evening Standard.
Saturday 20 November 1999
The main reason is the birth of Eurostar, which began running trains through the Channel tunnel five years ago (it is now selling weekends with first-class travel for pounds 129, though the hotel does not compare with the Hilton). The company that took out the advert (pictured above) in The Independent was, in 1989, a small tour operator that was aggressively buying up seats on scheduled flights and packaging them with accommodation.
Today, Airtours is the second-biggest holiday company in Britain, with its own airline and travel agent (Going Places). It recently bought city- break operator, Bridge Travel, which sends hundreds of thousands of people to Paris each year - many of them paying less than pounds 179.
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