VBT Remains Committed to Keeping Travel Affordable, Despite Rising Fuel Costs

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Bicycling and Walking Vacation Leader Will Absorb Cost Increases for Trips that are Booked and Paid for in Full between March 1, 2011 and April 15, 2011

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, a leading provider of international active travel, has announced a plan to protect travelers against rising fuel costs: The company will absorb any and all fuel surcharges for its remaining 2011 tours for travelers who book their trips now and pay in full by April 15, 2011.

At VBT, unsurpassed value in active travel remains a top priority. The company believes that Excellent Experiences + Low Prices = Unsurpassed Value, and this new offer is tangible evidence of that philosophy.

“I recently booked my own personal travel and experienced firsthand how fees are steadily climbing--last week airline imposed fuel surcharges reached $400,” says Gregg Marston, president of VBT. “I am committed to maintaining our priority of offering the best value to our active travelers. As a company, we have absorbed these added costs for many months as they have been passed along to us from the airlines, and we will continue to do so if our travelers take advantage of our Good Buy Plan and pay in full by April 15.”

Marston notes further that VBT included fuel surcharges in the low cost of its 2011 tours and did not raise prices on any 2011 vacations—all of which are equal to or less than the price of these same trips in 2010. Additionally, unlike its competitors, VBT includes roundtrip international airfare in its prices.

In today’s climate of significantly rising fuel costs, however, many major airlines to Europe, for example, have added fuel surcharges that more than double the cost of the flight. While VBT will continue to absorb these increases for travelers who book and pay for their trips by April 15, the company will no longer be able to protect fuel costs for travelers who reserve and pay for their trips after that date.

VBT offers a host of affordable travel options to coveted destinations around the world, from Europe to South America and from the South Pacific to its Vermont home base. Offering invigorating experiences on every level—mind, body, and spirit—the company has been recognized for quality as well as value, placing 4th in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2010 World’s Best Awards in the Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter category.

Marston points out that VBT’s fuel protection offer coincides with an ideal time for travelers to lock in their 2011 travel plans, particularly for bicycling and walking vacations. Many spring and summer vacations are available, with new departures opening up based on demand. He adds that last-minute web specials that can add to VBT travelers’ value are frequently posted on the company’s website, http://www.vbt.com.

For more information about VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations please contact Paul Williams at 802-453-4811 ext. 3414, or visit our website at http://www.vbt.com.

About VBT
Founded in 1971, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. The company offers 37 deluxe bicycling and walking tours in 26 countries worldwide, including destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Peru, Argentina and the U.S.A. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full vehicle support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes international airfare and air fuel surcharges in its trip cost. As a commitment to its unsurpassed value, VBT guarantees its travelers that 2011 prices are less than or equal to 2010 prices.

For reservations or more information, call 1-800-245-3868 or log on to the company’s website, http://www.vbt.com.

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