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Who knows the name of the literary agent and the publisher of Thilo Sarrazin?

Question by Steve: Who knows the name of the literary agent and the publisher of Thilo Sarrazin?
It´s that German guy who wrote that Germany had made a terrible mistake when it invited Turks.
The book´s title is “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germany does itself in).

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Answer by Nik
The publisher of the book is ‘DVA Verlag’.

The book itself however has nothing to do with what you stated above. Nobody in Germany believes that the turkish guest workers were a mistake. Thanks to them Germany was able to achieve a stable economy only shortly after the war.

What Thilo Sarrazin says is that the Turkish members of the German society, especially in first generation, have failed to integrate properly (partly due to the government, partly because of their own motivation) and that Germany is already feeling the consequences of this.

The main flaw of Sarrazin’s book is that he talks about different races having different genes, and in Germany especially, this reminds people right away of Hitler.

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Booking through website or travel agent??

Question by just me: Booking through website or travel agent??
My family is looking at going to the “Beaches” resort in Turks and Caicos next year. On their website, you can book your reservation along w/ airfare. We are definitely NOT seasoned travelers, and was wondering if we would be better off going through an agent?? Would prices be higher/comparible?? Any info or advice you can share would be much appreciated..
~Also, has anyone been to this location or have heard any reviews??…thanks!!

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Answer by summerxrolls
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g147399-d254897-Reviews-Beaches_Turks_Caicos-Providenciales_Turks_and_Caicos.html

my favorite site for checking Holiday destinations.

I never use a travel agent and travel quite frequently. In Canada I use
escapes.ca

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Q&A: Is it true those online travel agent things like the one with the Gnome and Capt. Kirk, etc often scam people?

Question by JH: Is it true those online travel agent things like the one with the Gnome and Capt. Kirk, etc often scam people?
People tell me if you book a hotel, for example , and they save you 40 dollars over the course of your stay, they will “make up” for this 40 dollars by increasing your hotel fees, in a very sneaky and hateful way.
Someone i know stayed in a hotel for a few days and so did their friend. The person who used the “discount” service paid a lower nightly rate than his friend, but they paid higher “fees”, so he actually paid the exact same amount as his friend.

Is this a scam?
what do you mean “Buyer Beware”???? They tack on these fees to your quoted price, after you check out of your hotel. They are stealing from you !!!

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Answer by Bazinga!
No. Buyer beware. Those sites don’t actually guarantee the best price, simply ‘good’ prices. It’s up to you to determine whether the price is better than another.

A smart buyer will check the entire cost of the stay and make his decision based on that. The fees are stated upfront, there is nothing sneaky or ‘hateful’ about it. I will admit you have to work through the process before you’ll see the total price sometimes, but it’s always listed before you pay or book.

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Is it better to book with a travel agent or the cruise line directly?

Question by Albex: Is it better to book with a travel agent or the cruise line directly?
I’ve book right on Carnival.com for my last 2 cruises but now I hear travel agents can get you free stateroom upgrades, free stuff onboard like wine, and even shipboard credit. I always figured travel agents just got people good rates by giving them a room in the crappiest location on the ship (because of course when you book with a travel agent you book a cruise, when you book on Carnival you select your stateroom number)

I was wondering how exactly they go about getting you all this extra stuff and good rates?. Carnival’s good past guest program doesn’t start until after your 11th cruise so for my next 9 cruises all I’m getting is a gold S&S card and the “past guest discount” which I bet is just like $ 20 off since it’s still expensive.

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Answer by Jayah**
Book with a travel agent. They get you extra amenities by working deals with the cruise lines. Use selectsailings.com They let you choose your own state room, dont charge a booking fee, have multiple cruise lines, and can get you very good rates.

The number is 800-400-7967
or call 928-499-9172 and you will speak directly with gabe. he will work personally with you

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Q&A: Can a travel agent get a better deal on a cruise than the internet sites?

Question by don_megaWC: Can a travel agent get a better deal on a cruise than the internet sites?
I’ve found a specific cruise that I want and every single “discount” travel website offers the same exact fare $ 549.00 as the actual cruise ships website. This seems as though the discount websites aren’t discounts at all. So my question is, can I get a better price than carnival has on their site by going to a brick and mortar travel agent?
Also, we plan to cruise at the end of June or early July of 07

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Answer by tech_fanatic
Not in every situation, but in many cases they can. Sometimes your rate is going to be the same price, but an agent may offer you some onboard credits, or other specials that may be available to them.

I would definitely book with an agent or directly with Carnival. The discount sites, which as you have seen aren’t really discounted, can cause a lot more problems than they are worth, so if there is no savings, I would definitely avoid them.

There are a lot of travel agencies that you can use online as well. If going to a travel agent office and working on things doesn’t really fit in your schedule, which is what I have found to be true for myself, online works so much better. I can e-mail my agent whenever I need, when I’m no the road, etc. I have actually found my online agent to be a lot o better than my old agent that in my local town, since they seem to be more specialized. So you may consider checking into an online travel agent, which is not to be confused with the online discount sites like Expedia, Oritz, etc.

So anyhow, you can’t always get a lower rate with an agent, but you may be able to get some extra benefits by booking with an agent, such as onboard credit or upgrades. Also, you always get the service from the agent, very rarely, if ever do I find that my agent is higher than Carnival.

Hope this helps!

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