The phrase, ‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’ is generally attributed to have been coined by Benjamin Disraeli, the famous British Prime Minister. The standard definition of statistics is ‘the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a representative sample’ The bigger the sample, the greater the likelihood of the inferences that are drawn from that sample in terms of predictions etc. We now live in the era of ‘Big Data’ where vast volumes of collected data from multiple sources is being parsed and analysed by sophisticated algorithms in order to find patterns that can in turn enable scientists, politicians, marketers and a whole bunch of other interested parties make informed predictions about the future. All heady stuff I think you will agree! Similar principles also apply in the case of the laws of chance. Simply put, if I purchase one ticket for this weeks’ lottery and let’s say another 999,999 also purchase tickets for the same draw, then my statistical chances of winning the jackpot are approximately 1,000,000 to 1. If I purchase two tickets and everyone else still buys just one ticket each, then those odds halve to 500,000 to 1. Chance, in other words, is a numbers game. So, you may reasonably ask at this point, what does this all have to do with travel and the point of this week’s blog?
Well, I’m glad you asked me that because at the moment, Travel Centres (the agency consortium that operates the Travelbug website) is running a 10-week consumer campaign in conjunction with the Sunday Times and seven of our supplier partners (Breakaway Tours, Celebrity Cruises, Insight Vacations, Riviera Travel, Royal Caribbean, Sunway Travel and Wendy Wu Tours) whereby anyone who makes a booking with one of the seven aforementioned companies can enter a free draw in which they can win €2,500 off their travel arrangements with that company! There’s no strings attached! No hidden extras. The travel arrangements cost exactly the same as if they would if they were booked with any other agent or even with the operators themselves. In addition, we are giving away two separate vouchers valued at €250 each, for anyone who doesn’t book but who submits their contact details so that they can be kept up-to-date on any future offers or promotions. Since we are unlikely to have people booking these holidays in their thousands, your statistical chances of bagging the €2,500 main prize are therefore quite high!
This is traditionally the busiest time of year within the travel industry and the market is full of all sorts of wonderful deals, promotions and incentives — particularly with major cruise lines such as Celebrity, MSC and Royal so you get to win on several ways:
- The most competitive pricing
- Loads of ‘extras’ included at no additional cost
- Low deposits
- Plenty of availability for the most in-demand dates and itineraries
- Free draws such as Travel Centres current promotion in the Sunday Times
In other words, now is not a time to procrastinate. If you know what you want and have the finances in place to fund a deposit then don’t dilly dally as prices are only likely to go up; availability will diminish and what you’ll end up left with are the dates, properties, itineraries or hardware that are least in demand!
Book now before it’s too late!