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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Canadian travellers surveyed Preclearance is favored WASHINGTON - More than 95 per cent of Canadian air travellers to the United States favor going through customs and other clearance procedures before boarding their flights rather than delaying the process until arrival in the United States, a survey by a major airline reveals. Preclearance serves about three million U.S.-boimd ai passengers annually. It is in Antwerp Diamond Festival NEW YORK - Antwerp is not only an important harbor city, the home town of Rubens and of the baroque, with a wealth of historical monuments and museums, it is also, par excellence, the world diamond capital. Last year, the city hosted a resounding congress of the World Federation of Diamond Exchanges in which the International Diamond Manufacturing Association played an important role. This year, Antwerp will proudly display its "Diamond Festival 1973", a scintillating exhibition of diamonds in which the most active Antwerp diamond dealers will participate. Amidst a breathtaking fairyland decor, diamonds will ,be displayed in all their forms: uncut, industrial types, as well as cut diamonds, together with jewels in many shapes and forms, and in many new designs. The history of that most noble of minerals and all stages of its production from mining to the last brilliant final incar nation will be highlighted during conferences with sound and light spectacles and documented by a vast array of illustrations. The Diamond Festival cf 1973 will be held at the Antwerp Municipal Festival Hall, at the Meir, from May 15 to June 5,' 1973. effect in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver, Bermuda, and Nassau. About 4,200 passengers being precleared at Canadian cities between Dec. 15, 1972 and Jan. 31, 1973 were surveyed by East-em Air Lines. Of these, 2,358 (56.1 per cent) were residents of Canada. Of the Canadian residents, 2,254 (95.5 per cent) favored preclearance. U.S. residents included in the survey favored preclearance by almost the same percentage. Many of the precleared air travellers being surveyed volunteered comments, including the following from residents of Canada: - The present arrangement is ideal. The proposed change would be chaotic; - Preclearance would appear to be in keeping with modern, efficient methods of travel. To stop preclearance would be a definite step backwards on tra-vol between our two countries - I think this a great idea to stop this hijacking; - I travel several times per month from Canada on business and find preclearance to be excellent; - The time saved is of immense value to me in my business; - I go to various U.S. cities on one-day trips. Time at destination is of the essence. You would lose working time. It is very important to have preclearance: President Richard Nixon's recent signing of an appropriations bill passed by Congress continues preclearance at least until June 30. Holiday planner on Ireland TORONTO - An unique new holiday planner, designed to help the visitor both to prepare for his trip and as a reference guide for use during his holiday, has been produced by the Irish Tourist Etoard and is now avail able without charge in Canada. More than 125 illustrations, all but three or four in color, plus two dozen maps, of which four are atlas-quality road maps of the ancient provinces of Ire land, are included in the 48-page, large format (eight by twelve inches) planner. The text includes general in-formation along with specific information in a wide range of subjects: scenery, historic sites, Irish homes and gardens, how to trace your Irish heritage, crafts, accommodation, entertainment, festivals, sports, youth activities, coach tours and self-drive itineraries, a table of distances, and a blank page for the traveller to make his own notes. Dust-free zones to Yellowknife U.S. tour agents visit Alta., B.C. OTTAWA - The Canadian Government Travel Bureau and Western Airlines are jointly sponsoring a tour of western Canada for 23 travel agents from southern California, the Bureau announced. Purpose of the tour is to familiarize the agents with Alberta and British Columbia so that first-hand information can be presented to their clients in California. The tour commenced March 24 and continues until March 30. Accompanying the group of agents will be Charles Watt, Manager of the CGTB's office in Los Angeles, and Paul Mi-chaud, Sales Development Officer for the CGTB in Ottawa. The agents are scheduled to spend two days in the Banff area, where seminars will be held by Travel Alberta. Later the group tours the hotels and lodges in Jasper, then travels by train to Vancouver- The following day sees the travel agents departing for Grouse Mountain, and remaining that night at the Bayshore Inn. The next day, the group takes the ferry to Victoria, visits Butchart Gardens, and stays overnight at the Empress Hotel. Next morning, the 23 agents go on a sightseeing tour of Victoria, depart in the afternoon for Vancouver, then later return to their homes in California. The newest view of Stockholm from the 460-foot high Kaknas Tower. -Photo courtesy Scandinavian Airlines Wide variety in 21-day packages Scandinavian tours Friday, March 30, 1973 - THE IETHBRIDOC HERALD - 17 Drivers taking the dusty road to Yellowknife this year will find dust free zones every 20 miles or so. Chemicals are sprayed on the road so that drivers caught b3hind a slow and dusty truck can pass in the marked areas with relative safety. And in Yellowknife, the once-free campgrounds will cost $5, but that, allows a car 14 days in each of the two campgrounds. The grounds have no electrical hookups, according to Mabel Braathen, a counsellor with TravelArctic in Yellowknife, but that doesn't stop tourists from making their way north. Last summer about 3,000 cars drove up the highway and that number is expected to increase each year. "We're getting the people who have been to Europe; they want to see the North now that it is starting to open up." This year there Is a wide choice of organized tours flor the traveller in the Northwest Territories or the Yukon. from Charter Flights from Calgary WITH V RmunES Oldest house in Sydney to be restored SYDNEY, Australia-In Australia, workmen have begun the restoration of the City of Sydney's oldest house, a working man's cottage built more than 150 years ago. The house is Cadman's Cottage, on the shores of Sydney Cove in Sydney Harbor, at the edge of the city's main business centre. It was in Sydney Cove that Governor Arthur Phillip landed on January 26, 1788, to establish the settlement of New South Wales and of Australia. The exact date Cadman's Cottage was built is now known, but it was first occupied by John Cadman, boatswain to the colony's fifth governor, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, in 1816. MONTREAL - Scandinavian Airlines and Bennet Tours - Scandinavia's oldest travel agency - have again joined forces to present an excellent variety of all inclusive tours of Scandinavia with departures from Montreal from May 19 until August 25. All tours are 21 days in duration and vary in prices from $990 to $1,270. feature strictly de luxe or first class hotels with double occipancy, multilingual guides and transportation by bus, coastal steamers, ferryboats and motorboats. Bennet Tours who have been in the travel business for over 120 years, have put their reputation in these tours. These escorted tours offer a traveller the security in knowing that the tour arrangements represent the utmost in quality and expert planning - that the hotel accommodations are guaranteed and that the most professional tour escorts in the world will be with you to help with matters of language, currency, local customs, tickets and baggage. The tours departing from Montreal are 'Scandinavian VikingLarid Tour' with eight scheduled departures from May 19 until Aug. 25; 'Scandinavia Finlandia Tour' with three scheduled departures between June 13 and Aug. 8, and 'North Cape, Capitals and Fjords' with two departures from Montreal, on June 13 and June 27. Furthermore, there is a wide selection of departure days from Scandinavian Airlines' gateway J cities in North America, as for instance from New York, Chicago and Seattle. The air fares are based on the Group Inclusive Tours (GIT) and are, for the time being, quoted on the basis of 1972 fares in the Bennett's tour program which now is available at all SAS offices and at all travel agencies. In view of the changing air fare situation, it is advisable to check the price of air transportation be-for the booking is made. To reserve accommodations, a deposit of 25 per cent of the tour cost is required. The balance is due not later than six weeks prior to a scheduled departure. Tour firm closes over bad publicity For Your CHARTER FLIGHT RESERVATIONS TO LONDON Phone or call in today to A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL 60S 5th Ave. S. - Phone 328-7921 or 328-1181 - All enquiries welcome Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 Ample free parking at rear of building p.m. Schedules ond Fares subject to Terms and condition* published In SUNTOURS LONDON FOR LESS program. TORONTO (CP) - The president of Fantasy Tours of To-1 ronto has announced the company is closing because of bad publicity received recentLy over a tour arranged to Aca-pulco, Mexico. The announcement from J. M. Birnstihl followed closely on a decision by Nordair Ltd., Montreal, not to accept any more contracts with the firm. Mr. Birnstihl said the company was not able to overcome "all the bad publicity over all the Acapulco nonsense." "Too many people thought the operation was a rip-off," he said. He said the company lost money earlier this month in flight deposits and additional hotel bills when 40 Canadian tourists were confined in an Acapulco hotel because the peo-erator claimed Fantasy Tours had not paid the full bill. In addition there was a typhoid scare involving a Windsor, Ont., man who was not part of the tour. Earlier, John Stafford, president of the central Canada chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents, notified its members that the Montreal airline company will accept no more flights. He said Fantasy was in default to Nordair by $45,000, but all tourists now on tours will be returned by Nordair. Paper museum Bohemian lure PRAGUE - The village of Vetrni in southern Bohemia can boast an unusual oasis of quiet - a museum of paper in the midst of a noisy paper mill. In the museum, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, the beginnings and the development of paper production in tho world can be seen, including the gradual spreading of, paper making from Asia to Europe. There is also a model of the temple which the Chinese built in gratitude to Cchai Lun, the inventor of paper. Tours of Danube countries set The Czechoslovak Travel Bureau CEDOK has prepared several motocoach tours of Danube countries in co-operation with the Yugoslav Travel Agency PUTNIK. The principal countries involved are Cezchos-lovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary and Austria. The tours range from nine to i 15 days with a price range of \ $225 to $349 U.S. per person on a double occupancy basis. Antigua Sailing Week subject of paperback TORONTO - For anyone in terested in sailing in the Caribbean, the Antigua Tourist Board has a 76-page paperback dealing with the Sixth Annual Antigua Sailing Week which v/ill be held between May 5 and 12 this year. The book contains the program for the Week, sailing instructions, some background on the race and other information, including a centerspread grouping of color photographs. For further information or a free copy of the book, write the Antigua - Barbuda Information Office, 21 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto. More Canadians visit Czech land Vaclav Dubsky, director of CEDOK Czechoslovak Travel Bureau for North America, reports that Canadian visitors to Czechoslovakia for the first 11 months of last year totalled 8,� 539, an increase of nearly 23 per cent over the total of 6,-948 for the comparable period of 1971. Visitors from the U.S. Increased by 17 per cent in the 11 months, from 45,033 to 52,-859, and from Mexico by better than 13^ per cent, from 3,181 to 3,612. Record visitors to Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas - The Bahama Islands welcomed a record 1,511,858 visitors in 1972, up 3.3 per cent over the 1,463,-591 arrivals in 1971. Of the 1972 total, 1,044,973 visitors entered the Bahamas by air, an increase of 7.6 per cent over the previous year, according to the ministry of tourism. It was the first time that visitor air arrivals have ever surpassed the one million mark in any year. Passport Photos Candid Weddings - Picture Framing - Pholo Supplies A. Ee CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 SPRING BLOSSOM FESTIVAL TOUR $207 Double occupancy VICTORIA, Vancouver, Penticton, Banff, Jasper. MAY 5-10 day* transportation and accomodation. SPRING CALIFORNIA TOUR . . . $255 MAY 18, double occupancy Reno, San Francisco, Disneyland, Palm Springs, Las Vegas. Book now - Limited number of tickets available NORTHERN BUS TOURS PHONE 327-3536 LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. 7J> Now is the time to book your CHARTER FLIGHT TO LONDON, AMSTERDAM, OR FRANKFURT Book now and avoid disappointment! A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE is your agent for the following tour Operators in Europe . . .  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