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ISSUE:  034
DATE:  June 11, 2001
TITLE:  Located in Argentina - Air Consolidator Defined
TIP:  What is an air consolidator?
LOCATION:  Argentina

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - June 11, 2001
Located in Argentina - Air Consolidator Defined
Hobotraveler.com
Issue 34 - HoboTraveler.com
A hobo trip around the world.

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~   FUTURE NEWSLETTERS TOPICS
~   UPDATE ON A hobo’s LOCATION
~   EXTREME hobo ADVENTURE (David Clark BOAT SANK, Rises again )
~   hobo WORLD CONTACTS, People around the world to help you.
~   TODAY’S TIP - Air Consolidator Defined
~   TODAY’S TIP FROM THE - “Peanut Gallery” Betty Fea
~   HOBO QUESTIONS FOR READERS


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~   UPDATE ON A hobo’s LOCATION

Elevation: 767 feet ASL
Latitude: 41 degrees north
Longitude: 85 degrees west

I am in Rio Gallegos. Sorry.... No pictures
(my Sony Digital camera broke, and I am hobo poor)
A city located in the south of Argentina. Rio means river
in Spanish, and the city is located on a river. (go figure)
This is a very large river that is half salt, and half
fresh water. The tide rises, and falls in front of the city.
The convergence of the river and the ocean. (South Atlantic)

There are large boats that enter the river to collect both
oil and coal to transport to market.

I visited the point of land called. Punta Loyola
Where they loaded the boats with both oil and coal.
We were very lucky, the man that worked there
gave us a tour. Explaining in great detail how this
process happens. They have those very large tanks
that hold 15,000 cubic meters of oil. He said it
take about 3 of them to fill a ship. The ship can
only be loaded during high tide.

I enjoyed this a lot. I like about where people work
in different parts of the world I find it best for me
to keep my mine open to everything. Tourism can be
about anything. The now have lots of Eco-tourism,
(Ecology) and Agro-tourism (Agriculture).
? Busi-tourism ?
Tours of a business are fun, and interesting.

I am also getting a tour, or lesson in cooking food.
? Cooking-tourism ?

This is good fun. Finding someone to teach
you to cook the local typical foods is a great
way to spend the day. Trying to discover what
the typical food is, may be more difficult. I find
people do not want to talk about what they consider
common, or normal. They believe that I need to learn
about the special food. Therefore they ignore their
normal foods, or typical.

But... These food are unique to me.

Typical here is

Empanadas
Locro
Asado

How made?

Depende, Varia mucho

EMPANADASs:
A sort of soft taco, made of softer dough, and either baked
or deep fried. They usually put some form of meat, maybe
eggs, and sauces. What they put in varies a lot, from
tuna to chicken. Sort of like a family recipe of meatloaf
where everyone makes it different.
PAGES
http://www.empanadaonly.com/
http://www.bolivian.com/cocina/equeso.html

Locro
A stew like soup, that reminds me of my mothers ham
and beans, but I am not sure them things are beans.
After the lesson, I may be more clear. Not a goulash, but
more of a soup. The one I ate the other day had ham.
PAGES
http://www.foodproductdesign.com/current/1200cs.html
http://latinroot.com/Argentina/locro1spa.html
http://www.comoeseso.com/recetas/msg00028.html

ASADO
Baked.... Asado means baked.
When the say Asado they man baked beef.
When they say Carne that means beef.
PAGES
http://gosouthamerica.about.com/travel/gosouthamerica/library/weekly/aa030600c.htm
http://www.tth-online.de/argentin1.htm
http://gosouthamerica.about.com/travel/gosouthamerica/library/weekly/aa101900d.htm

Carne is meat in English, but when you ask for carne
you get beef. If you want chicken you have to say POLLO.

They take various type of beef and bake it.
I got to go. I am hungry now.
Empanada binge yo me voy

Maybe it will help you to...
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE... be a hobo

Life is good.
The HoboTraveler.com

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~   EXTREME hobo ADVENTURE
I helped David Clark with the ropes going through the Panama Canal
He is TRYING to set a world record, by being the oldest person to sail
around the world solo. I will give updates until he arrives.
His boat SANK,
The story continues....
77 years old.
FOUND A BOAT....
GO TO WEBPAGE

MAY 13

Greetings Sponsors & Supporters of David and "Mickey"
They are nearing Ascension Island. When we spoke
via ham radio patch yesterday (Saturday) David reported
that he was at 10.25 S and 10.34 W, making about 5-6
knots and would probably arrive on Tuesday.

We do not have a contact person in Ascension.
When David nears the port, he will call on his VHF radio
regarding checking in with customs, etc. Although there
was a water taxi in St Helena, without a dinghy he will not
be able to get ashore at Ascension unless someone is
willing to transport him to and from the boat.   David will
be celebrating his 77th birthday at Ascension Island and
the best present he could possibly get will be the
replacement autopilot provided by Raymarine
(this means that David will not have to stay at the
tiller during those times he is under power); they have
once again come through to help David finish this world
record goal. We want to give Suzanne Hawley and
Raymarine our sincere thanks for all the support
they have given David with their outstanding equipment.

Ascension Island has a cam recorder mounted at the
Pierhead which records live photos every 10 minutes
and archives 30 minutes of pictures. If we check at
the correct time, we may see David coming into the port.
Click:
http://www.the-islander.org.ac/webcam/index.html

Lynda (& David)

David's WebPages is:
http://www.dclark.com/
http://www.captainclark.com/ (David's son)
My story on him: A man
http://www.geocities.com/captainclark_2000

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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

WHAT IS AN AIR CONSOLIDATOR

by Andy the hobo
HoboTraveler.com

Air consolidators buy tickets below published price,
and sell at higher price. The difference is profit.
They sell tickets cheaper than published fares,
and MAYBE the buyer saves money.

OTHER NAMES FOR AIR CONSOLIDATORS
- Wholesalers
- Bucket Shops
- Bucketshops
- Air wholesalers
- Air consolidators

HOW CONSOLIDATORS BUY TICKETS?
- Buy blocks of airline tickets directly from the carriers at a
heavily discounted prices (wholesale)
- Negotiate and buy direct from airlines.
- Sign and negotiate own contracts with the airlines.
- Specialize in specific routes, and negotiated discounts on
tickets to that region.
Example: Miami to Buenos Aires
- Some consolidators are owned by the airlines.
- There are usually multiple consolidators for major airlines.
- Negotiate discount agreements with the airlines to sell the empty seats.
- Commission rebates.
- They generally deal only with round trips originating in the country
where they are based.
- They buy the extra tickets.

HOW MUCH DO THEY SELL THE TICKETS FOR?
Full published price to
70% Discount.
Consolidators want to make money. They buy cheap, and sell
high. They earn difference between what they paid for the ticket,
and what they sell if for. When they sell to a Travel Agent,
the agent knows what is a good deal. The normal
public does not always know what is good.
A normal travel agent sells for a set commission.

WHO DO THEY SELL TO?
Each consolidator company has their own company policy on who
they will sell to, with various combinations.
- Only to travel agents (Wholesale only)
- Travel Agents and Public (Wholesale and Public)
The travel agent getting a discount, and the public paying more
- Internet web pages
- Bucket Shops

TYPES OF CONSOLIDATORS?
- Wholesale-only consolidators
- Destination specialists
- Bucket shops
- Multi-stop specialists

WHERE DO I FIND CONSOLIDATORS?
- Internet
- Travel Agents
- Sunday Travel Section of large papers
- Lists of wholesale suppliers maintained by the best retail discounters.
- Private list by individuals.
- Travel Agents
- Ethnic periodicals
- Tour Companies
- Charter companies

ADVANTAGE OF A CONSOLIDATORS?
- Buy below published price.
- Buy seats up till the day of departure

DISADVANTAGES OF CONSOLIDATORS
- Do not go to all destinations
- You should negotiate
- Will not help you to arrange itinerary, hotels, etc.
- Not for the business trip.

WHERE IS A COMPREHENSIVE LIST?
Lists are always being compiled by travel companies.
There are private list compiled by travel agents in cities,
but not available to the public. There are book
written with list of consolidators. Websites are being created
that specialize in these tickets.

PROBLEMS WITH LIST PROVIDED?
- Mix retail and (wholesale) consolidators together.
- Bait and switch. Offer cheap price, and try to sell expensive.
- Published prices easy to buy, unpublished or wholesale difficult to buy.
- Is a specialized list, that leave only from major gateway cities, and
may not be available at you local airport.
- Written books, and papers become obsolete.
- The normal person has no guidance.
- Expensive to maintain
- Different languages

WILL THE LIST BECOME OBSOLETE?
Yes, any list of companies changes. Telephone numbers
change, the business rents a new office. etc.
List needs to be maintained. A major problem with
books, and papers.

TRAVEL INDUSTRY CHANGES
Because of slim profit margins consolidators have traditional
sold directly to travel agents, with little or no advertising cost.
Consolidators advertised by trade publications, and word of mouth.

With the internet, advertising and communications has become
easier. The internet is making these tickets available
to the general public.

- Changes are immediate,
- Can be accessed by multiple users at the same time.
- Automated ticket sale are more efficient.
- Cheap to advertise on the internet.

With the internet consolidators are able to offer the same
prices to the public and maintain the same profit margins.
Because the internet provides cost effective advertising, and
cost efficient processing of ticket purchases
Small air consolidators websites are now offering fantastic buys.

Have fun! Life is Good!

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE “Peanut Gallery”
Here's a little tip from me, to you, as an experienced traveler

How to tell if you been in South America too long?
If you know the characters in the soap opera or
novela -La Betty Fea

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