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More thoughts, submitted on an occasional basis by our Guest Blogger:  Jack Diamond.

It’s (nearly) holiday time

Well, the holiday season is nearly upon us (unless, of course, you’re reading this in the southern hemisphere when it’s almost winter – bad luck!) and our thoughts turn to those annual two weeks in the sun, maybe in a foreign land.

Before you go, perhaps it might be wise to give a bit of thought to what your expectations are. I say this only because I came across the following article in the Toronto Star recently in which a couple of tour operators list some of the more ridiculous complaints they receive from their customers.

Here’s a few, you can read the remainder on the Toronto Star website:

“We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.”

“The beach was too sandy.”

“No one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”

“It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England, it only took the Americans three hours to get home.”

It obviously takes a certain type of person to complain about the fish in the sea or the sand on the beach, but what is more worrying is that these people are actually allowed to roam loose on the streets!

Or, perhaps, it’s down to the compensation culture which is so prevalent these days? People will complain about absolutely anything in the hope of getting something for free. But, fish in the sea and too many Spaniards in Spain? Really?

Might I suggest IQ tests before people are allowed to book a holiday. Just a suggestion.

Thanks for reading.

Jack Diamond

(The views expressed in our Guest Blogs are personal opinions only and do not reflect the views of PCGraphics.)

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The PCGraphics ‘Who’s Who’ of Tourism Companies

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We mentioned (ok, boasted) recently in a blog post about the number of Tour Operator and Tourism companies we’ve worked with over the years. Well…we decided to see just how many we could find in a quick search through our records. Ok, so we were bored and had a few minutes to spare in the office!

It reads a bit like a Who’s Who of tourism. There’s some big names in there, plus some smaller outfits too.

Have a quick look and see if we’ve drawn maps for your holiday company.

Deep breath, here we go…

Accoladia
Accommodation Line
Acorn Ski
Affinity Villas
Africa & Asia Venture
Africa Travel Centre
American Holidays
Audley Travel Group
Bailey Robinson
Balfour France
Belfast International Airport
Bonnes Vacances
British Airways Holidays
Bufo Ventures
CARIBTOURS
Cassis Travel Services
Castaways Holidays
Citysightseeing
Classic Crete
Colours Of Oz
Consort Travel
Croatian Villas
Crossgates
Dilos Holiday World
Driveline
Edwin Doran’s Travel World
Emerald Global
European Travel Commission
Farside Africa
Fast Track Holidays
Fens Tourism
First Choice Holidays
French Golf Holidays
Geodyssey
Getaway UK
Helpful Holidays
Holiday Options
Holidays 4U
Honeymoon Worldwide Holidays
Hotel Connect
Hotels Abroad
Ian Mearns Holidays
IMS Travel & Consultancy
International Chapters
International Travel Connections
Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring
Isle of Wight Tourism
Kerala Connections
Kirker Holidays
Kuoni Voyages
Lupus Travel
Major Travel
Mallorca Farmhouses
Manos Travel
Mayo Naturally
Med Hotels
MyStay
New Experience Holidays
Not Just Villas
Ocean Explorer
Quark Expeditions
Quest Travel
Recommended Hotels
Regent Holidays
Room Service
Routes Online
Russia Revealed
SAS – Scandinavian Airline System
Select Apartments
Shearings Holidays
Shetland Island Tourism
Ski Activity
Ski Class
Something Special
Sovereign Holidays
STA Travel
Sunways
Swan Hellenic
The Caravan Club
The Peru Experience
The Responsible Safari Company
The Ultimate Travel Company
Thomson Travel Group
Tim Best Travel
Tony Backhurst Scuba Travel
Travelbeam
Travelbound
Traveleads
TUI
Venue Holidays
Vintage Travel
Virgin Holidays
Visit Norwich
Voyager Zambia
Wanderlust
Western Oriental
Westport Tourism
Wilderness Dawning Safaris
Worldwide Holidays Direct
WOTIF.COM
Yes Travel

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For some of these clients we’ve already been busy creating new mapping and revising existing maps for their 2015 holiday destinations – and it’s only the end of October 2014 as I write this. We actually started the first of the maps for 2015 back in July!

So…and here comes the sales part (look away now if you’re of a nervous disposition)…if you work in the tourism industry and would like to talk to us about some new maps for your website or brochures, then don’t hesitate. We can handle last minute requests but it makes it easier all round, for us and for you, if we get a bit more time to produce exactly what you want.

For enquiries, either skip over to the contact page on our website, or email us. It’s dead easy really. And we’re very friendly too.

Oh, and enjoy next year’s holiday too, wherever you happen to be going and whoever’s map you are using.

 

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Mapping your holiday

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If you’ve booked a holiday or trip abroad through a Travel Agent or Tour Operator in the last 16 years or so, the chances are that you’ll have seen or used one of our maps.

PCGraphics have produced a huge number of maps for the travel industry, very probably more than any other cartographic company in the UK during that time. From small locator maps for holiday brochures and websites to large format printed maps of tourist destinations for sale in shops, online and on cruise ships etc, we’ve been asked to produce all manner and sizes of maps.

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(Left, Audley Travel Thailand and right, Vintage Travel Rhodes)

We’ve created maps of holiday locations on every continent. Maps of everywhere from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from North and South America to Asia, along with most places in between.

So, if you’ve been on holiday with many of the big names in the Travel Industry such as TUI (including Thomson Holidays, Airtours, Quark Expeditions, First Choice etc), British Airways Holidays, Virgin Holidays, Thomas Cook and many others, to smaller Tour Operators such as Vintage Travel, Audley, Ultimate Travel, New Experience Holidays, Helpful Holidays and loads, loads more, you will have probably seen our maps at some stage of the booking procedure.

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(Produced for The Peru Experience)

To give you an idea of some of the numbers of maps involved, for British Airways Holidays alone we have produced around 120 maps of holiday destinations around the World and for TUI the total is well over 160.

In our Job Records, which keeps track of each and every job we do, there are 459 unique records for Tour Operators and some of those individual jobs can have more than a hundred maps in each project. Which, by any standard, is a whole lot of tourist maps.

Maps for the Travel Industry come in a variety of sizes and designs, They can be small locator maps, perhaps showing where a particular town or village is within a country or region, or they can be highly detailed maps for tourists to find their way around a foreign city. Over the last couple of years we’ve had a lot more requests for customised maps of areas of Africa showing Nature Reserves, Safari Lodges etc and so, based on that, we’d guess that tourism to the wilder parts of Africa is probably becoming increasingly popular. One thing about all our maps though is that they are all custom designed maps, individual to each client.

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(Produced for Wilderness Dawning Safaris, The Responsible Safari Company and The Africa Travel Centre)

Many of our clients come back to us again and again for new maps or updates to existing maps and we’ve worked with some Tour Operators for well over 12 years.

We really enjoy working with Tour Operators and the Travel Industry in general. Producing maps of tourist destinations is always fun and interesting and, even if we can’t actually get to a lot of the exotic places around the World ourselves, the next best thing can be to draw maps of them.

 

Just a very few of our valued client from over the years. Some well known names in here:

Acorn Ski Ltd,   Affinity Villas,   Africa & Asia venture,   Africa Travel Centre,   American Holidays,   Audley Travel,   Bailey Robinson,   Bonnes Vacances,   British Airways Holidays,   Citysightseeing,   Consort Travel,   Croatian Villas,   First Choice Holidays,   French Golf Holidays,   Helpful Holidays,   Hotel Connect,   Kerala Connections,   Kirker Holidays,   New Experience Holidays,   Quark Expeditions,   Scandinavian Airline,   Shearings Holidays,   Ski Class,   STA Travel,   Sunways,   Swan Hellenic,   The Responsible Safari Company,   Tony Backhurst Scuba Travel,   TUI UK,   Vintage Travel,   Virgin Holidays,   Voyagers Zambia,   Worldwide Holidays Direct………… and many more!

 

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