Adios Paper Ticket!!!!

Come 1st June and paper tickets will gone forever! Airlines all over the world will start issuing E-Tickets only after midnight of 31st May 2008. Well, there is no need to look confused or panic when your travel agent will hand over a piece of printed paper with traveling dates etc printed on it. It is your ticket indeed from right now.

Lost it???????? No problems, it can’t be lost! You can print it yourself even on the airport just before your departure. Change your seating preferences, Order for meal of your choice and print your boarding pass and check-in from your bedroom! Yes, these are the few attractions of E-Ticketing. As for my fellow Travel Agents it is win win situation all the way. Let me show you some figures which can give you an overview of the tremendous cost cut and that will happen to travel agencies all over the world.

Electronic Ticketing benefits versus Paper Tickets – FOR Travel Agencies
Paper Ticket (PT)
Electronic Ticket (ET)

PT – Need for secure premises and provision of a safe, meeting minimum standards.
ET – Could set up as an Electronic Ticket only travel agency thereby removing the minimum requirement for a safe to store paper tickets and thus making accreditation easier.
PT – Deliver paper tickets on time to clients.
ET – Tickets can be issued up to departure time. No need to worry about providing the paper ticket, although there remains a need to provide mandatory notices to the passenger by electronic or other means.
PT – Need for knowledgeable staff to set up Prepaid Ticket Advices and check on ticket process status.
ET – No need to waste valuable time setting up Prepaid Ticket Advices as the tickets can be issued directly.
PT – Couriers or messengers may be needed to deliver tickets to customers thereby incurring additional costs.
ET – Not required any more.
PT – Changes after departure require a close relationship with the airline and the passenger who then must spend time contacting a ticket office to have a ticket changed.
ET – As the coupons are held electronically, the travel agent can perform the changes, exchange or reissue the ticket and make additional collections without requiring the passenger to waste valuable time at an airline’s office, resulting in added value services.
PT – Need for a storage facility for paper agent coupons.
ET – If audit coupons are required they may be stored electronically.
PT – Hardware, such as printers (ATB, OPTAT), needs to be maintained.
ET – Only a plain paper printer is required to print the itinerary/receipt and ticket notices.
PT – Ensure adequate stock in the office.
ET – Not required.
PT – Paper tickets can jam in the printer.
ET – Tickets are issued electronically.
PT – Customer may need to visit the travel agency for changes to their tickets
ET – Customer service is enhanced, productivity is increased and flexibility is added as all transactions can be performed without the customer needing to be present.

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Hello everyone!

SecondCityWelcome to SecondCity.in weblog. I think it is necessary to have an open space for every website such as this. Thanks to the great guys at WordPress.com who allowed us to do so. Secondcity.in will be doing so many updates in the coming days and I hope that you will keep checking on with those updates. Apart from our rich content which consists of world’s top travel site’s database of Air & Hotel, SecondCity will be frequented by its’ visitors for low rates and last minute real time bookings unlike other travel sites which will just pop-up a message after getting the details of your credit card by saying “Thanks for your recent query. Our dedicated staff will look for the room of your choice and will get back to you in 48 hours” (just imagine if the request was for next day booking).

Well, we can’t criticize our friends too much after all they belong to the same business category but still such hide and seek with the customers will only do harm to the online travel business. Not much to say about the sites offering air tickets online but there are hardly any site which offers really cheap rates. Every time you search for an air ticket, you will be shown the price less taxes, fuel surcharge and some kind of service charge and when you are ready to pay for your ticket it will become almost double the price which was actually shown to you. Why can’t they just show the final price at the first instance only? Some great Indian travel sites like cleartrip, Makemytrip, Travelguru and Yatra have already showing full price on their landing pages which is a very good sign but they are only catering to the domestic Indian market but still they are really cheap options for anyone traveling within India.

Notable Alumnis of Sanawar over 160 years

In the course of its 160 year old existence, many alumni that passed out of Sanawar, earned name for themselves as well as for Sanawar. Few of the notable alumni are:
Arun KhetarpalParam Vir Chakra The youngest recipient of the India’s highest military decoration.
Sanjay Dutt, Bollywood Actor , Producer, Playback Singer
Iqbal Khan Television Actor
Amarinder Singh
Omar Abdullah
Kirat Bhattal, model
Ajai Singh Mehta (Sonny), publisher and editor-in-chief of Alfred A Knopf.
Maneka Gandhi
Ajeet Bajaj – First Indian to ski to North Pole
Shiva Keshavan – Represented India in Luge at Olympics
Vishnu Bhagwat former Chief of the Naval Staff of India.
Ranjit Bhatia, Rhodes Fellow, represented India in the track at the Rome Olympics 1960.
Air Marshal KC Cariappa
Lt.General M.S.Shergill
Lt. General B.S. Thakker
Major General Aneet Sahota
Major General Darshanjit Singh Grewal
Kalaans,Indian Polo Team
Col.V.P. Singh, Indian Polo Team
Col. R.S.Brar, Indian Polo Team
Col R.S. Sodhi (Pickles),India Polo Team
Jai Shergill, Indian Polo Team
Rana Talwar – Erstwhile head of Standard Chartered Bank and currently Chairman of Centurian Bank of Punjab
Manavjit Singh Sandhu, World Champion,2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships.
Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of Defence
Ness Wadia
Jasjit S. (“Jesse”) Bhattal, CEO of
Lehman Brothers, Asia Pacific and member of the Lehman Brothers executive board.
Illoosh Ahluwalia – Artist
Apoorva Lakhia, filmmaker
Bunty Walia, Filmmaker
Rahul Roy, actor
Pooja Bedi, actor
Saif Ali Khan
Anant P. S. Chandel, Physician, and C.P.A.
Siddharth Kak – Television personality
Tejpreet Chopra– CEO, GE India
Sukhbir Singh Badal, President,Shiromani Akali Dal
Zorawar Singh Sandhu,Indian shooting Team.
Amar Talwar,
actor

Pine Konez goes on line for proud Sanawarians!

Pine Konez have been serving
proud Sanawarians, Kasauli Club, Educational Institutions, 14 Gorkha Training Centre Sabathu, Indian Air Force and Kasauli lovers for the past 10 years. Growing demand for our products and inability of our valued customers scattered worldwide to visit Kasauli & Sanawar frequently has encouraged us to go online with our unique range of products which are tribute to this wonderful nostalgic hill station. Now you can choose their wide range of souvenirs from anywhere in the world just by logging into http://pinikonez.blogspot.com and choose the product of your choice and they’ll post it within no time. Pine Konez, Sanawar can be contacted by phone also. Please call between 9:00 AM – 20:00 PM (Indian Standard Time).

Contact Person: Arvind Attri

Tel. NO. +91 1792 272434

People behind a successful school agency


I still remember my very first agent workshop in Phuket, Thailand in Oct – Nov 2004. How I barged into that website of Language Travel magazine, I still don’t remember but afterwards there was no looking back. I signed my first real contracts with many International Colleges and Universities in my first Alphe Workshop in Phuket. The Alphe Conference involves face-to-face meetings of an half an hour each between agents (who recruit and advise students) and educators (who want international students to attend their institution). If you want to meet with educators and/or agents, then Alphe should be a part of your marketing strategy. Why I personally liked the Alphe workshops instead of other bigger names is because they are really professional people. There arrangements are really remarkable and their choice of hotels, food and sightseeing packages are all up to the mark. Its bad that they’d to stop the Alphe Asia workshops used to held in Phuket but still one can go the UK, Russia, Korea and Japan and last but not least, for agents like us it is all FREE OF CHARGE!!! apart from air ticket of course…….

Let’s do it.


First of all let me clear every visitor about this Blog. Why I’d to create this particular Blog. Actually I wanted a helping hand from all of you people who are in this business since long time and by now we all have understood very well that unity is the key to success. There must not be any kind of competition between us agents. Lets share each other’s problems whether technical or personal. Share information, create a very healthy chain which can solve all kind of problems within no time, share information with blog members freely, help each other to grow in this industry and last but not least, lets make some good money out of this business! Coz……….. we are International Student Advisors for god sake!!!!!!!!!