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February 21, 2013

Travel agencies report cruise rebookings are keeping them busy

Ship fire blamed on leak

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Zinn said Thursday that the cruise rebook is still not 100 percent sure, as there are several issues in trying to make sure to fill the spaces. Originally, 33 students and 11 adults were scheduled, because Carnival requires a certain number of adults for students. “I knew there would be conflicts. Jimmy did one in 2001 and he didn’t have these problems. We were going to go March 23,” Zinn said.
Presgrove and Riggins both said Carnival has been wonderful to work with in light of the issue, offering full refunds and even discounts for rebookings. 
Both Riggins and Presgrove said they have been extremely busy because of the rebookings. But they also said it seems like this will be a great year for travel. 
“That’s all our office has worked on all last week,” Presgrove said. In business for nine years, this isn’t the first time First Class Travel has had to scramble because of cruise ship issues. 
Presgrove said that during Hurricane Katrina, a ship had to be ported out of Galveston, Texas, to New Orleans so emergency workers could have housing. That meant that all the bookings had to be canceled. One of those bookings was the “Pat Bowles” group, with 52 people scheduled, Presgrove said. 
Presgrove said they’ve been super busy. She also said that in July 2012, they moved from their small space inside The Ginger Jar at Elk Plaza, to a much larger store right across from Hawkins TV. 
The move meant an expansion from 400 square feet to a full size agency of 1,500 square feet, with a waiting room even. Presgrove said it made a huge difference in dealing with the sudden rebookings. 
At Sundown Travel, Riggins said she was really glad that the recent Halliburton layoffs did not impact travel plans for area residents like she anticipated. 
“It’s really picked up and it appears to be a good year for travel. People seem to be booking earlier and there are a lot of last minute Spring Break trips scheduled for Mexico, the Carribean. I’ve been swamped all week,” Riggins said. 

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Should the date for The World's Largest Garage Sale be changed from the third weekend in July to sometime in October to take advantage of cooler weather like we had this past weekend?

No. It's better in the summer cause kids are out of school.
Yes. More shoppers would come during nice fall weather.
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