Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
- THI IETHBKIDOI HERALD - Friday, March 19, 1971 Off-season holidays cheaper every minute By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) - "Soon it's going to be cheaper to take a girl-friend to Spain than out for a night in London." That jaunty comment from a travel company spokesman sums up the price-war explosion which has erupted on the British winter-holiday scene since the Conservative government recently took the lid off minimum rates for inclusive package tours. First into the breach was Canadian-born Lord Thomson, whose travel subsidiary offered four days in the Spanish island of Majorca for $45 including return jet travel and full board and lodging. Thomson's rate now is down to $35, but his competitors are fast outstripping him. Federal government looking for missing ferry vessel WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) - A 220-passenger ferry which was to be used in a recreational development on the Detroit River is missing and The Star says the federal government, which had paid a subsidy to have it built, would like to know where it is. The paper says the 75-foot Peche Island IV has been the object of a federal investigation since it was reported sold out of Homeowner deduction allowed EDMONTON (CP) - Amendments will be introduced in the legislature to streamline payments of the provincial homeowners discount, Municipal Affairs Minister Fred Colb o r n e said here. Alberta will adopt the British Columbia system which authorizes a municipality to deduct the discount from the homeowner's final tax notice, the minister said in an interview. This would overcome the problems of homeowners who underpaid their taxes as a method of getting the discount but were charged for late payment. Homeowners whose taxes are paid in full in advance by a mortgage company will receive a cheque from the municipality the same way they do now, he said. The minister was commenting on an announcement Tuesday night in the legislature increasing the homeowners grant to $75 from $50. Recover paintings PARIS (AP) - Police said Thursday they have recovered 10 paintings valued at $180,000 which were stolen from a local art gallery a y e a r ago. The paintings included a Picasso, Utrillo, Modigliani and a Fou-jita. They had been left in a baggage checkroom at the Montparnasse station. Canadian ownership and regis try last year in violation of the subsidy agreement with the department of industry, trade and commerce. The ferry was one of four such boats built in 1968 for Sirrah Inc., as part of the Detroit financier E. J. Harris' proposed $35 million development of Peche Island, five miles up the Detroit River from here. Meanwhile, The Star says it has learned Peche Island IV is operating as a passenger ferry in Mexico. It quotes a spokesman for Gotaas-Larson in New York, previous owners of the boat, as saying it is plying Mexican waters under the name Zacnichte. Peche Island IV was sold to Gotaas-Larson Dec. 8, 1970, and the same day its registry was transferred to an unnamed Mexican company, the newspaper says. Total cost of the four ferries was $440,000, of which 25 per cent was provided by the federal government subsidy on condition that they remain Canadian-owned and registered for five years. They sailed their maiden voyages in May, 1968. Pupils fight pollution: use slates FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - An ecology-minded fourth-grade class here has come up with a practical solution to one aspect of pollution. Each of the 28 students of Peggy McLaughlin's class uses a slate on which to do written calculations, resulting in a reduction of more than 80 per cent in the amount of waste paper accumulated weekly. The slates, made by painting a piece of wallboard wibh blackboard paint, cost each student 25 cents. If each of the nine classes at the elementary school adopted the slates-^and such plans are under way-tha reduction in waste paper would amount to nearly two tons in a school year, Mrs. McLaughlin figures. The latest bargain package to hit the travel agents' count* era is a four- or five-day holiday on Spain's Costa Brava next winter for a mere $26.25. This includes return jet travel and bed-and-breakfast in what the company, a newly-acquired subsidiary of Cunard Steam-Ships Ltd, describes as "reasonable" hotels. The same company offers four-week vacation." in Spain for $56.25. Incredible as may seem, it claims it will make a profit even at these rock-bottom rates. NOT A SECRET Managing director Harold Goodman, who says the company already has 36,000 bookings for its first season and expects 80,000 next winter, says there is "no great secret" about its operations. "Usually, tourist hotels and aircraft either sit on the ground empty during the Ocotber-to-March period . . . or if the hotels and aircraft are operating, they are less than one-quarter full." The company's sales manager estimated the profit as about $3.75 on each $26.25 package and $12 on each $56.25 four-week sale. An independently-arranged one-month winter holiday in Spain would cost around $300 or more. Part of the secret is that Spanish hoteliers are anxious to keep their hotels and staff occupied during the slack win ter months and thus may offer giveaway rates to tour operators-sometimes as low as 50 cents a night for bed and breakfast. Goodman describedhis company's operations as "the shape of things to come as far as off-season package holidays are concerned." Another, tour operator simultaneously announced a four-day villa holiday including automobile rental for $37.50. Some other travel operators, plainly shaken bv this lightning offensive in the price war, said they would be taking a close, hard look at their own fare structures. But a spokesman for the Thomson company said he couldn't see the possibility of going below $35. "That just covers our costs," he said. 700 jobs for students MONTREAL (CP) - The na tional revenue department will hire a substantial number of university students to work in customs this summer under the federal government's new summer employment program. Revenue Minister Herb Gray said Wednesday that it would be a "substantia] increase, proba bly close to 700 students in all." At the time, the students were performing duties similar to those of senior customs officials -checking luggage and quizzing passengers. Think a bit about Alberta. Think a bit about'Blue'. And smile. 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