A spokesman explained that Thames does not need to justify the expenditure of 'a few thousand pounds against the potential of earning millions of pounds in revenue'. The trips were part incentive, part 'thank you' for sticking with the station since it lost the franchise. Apparently, staff needed the promise of the trips to stop them leaving.
Australia was planned first and was chosen because . . . well, because Mr Shier is Australian. The India jaunt - the Indian government met some of the bill - was primarily for people not going to Australia. As to the choice of Udaipur and not, say, Brighton, he replied: 'They've been to Brighton.'
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