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Gett, Lyft, Cabify and Careem – On-demand transport companies join Jayride.com platform

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Jayride Group Limited, the e-commerce marketplace that provides seamless transport experiences for travellers, from 3,000+ transport companies, is pleased to announce it has launched  a booking system and aggregator for on-demand transport companies in what the Company believes is a world first, after successfully completing a successful pilot program.

Over the past months, Jayride has been working directly with International on-demand transport companies  like Gett (Europe and Middle East), Lyft (available in the US), Cabify (Europe and South America) and Careem (Middle East, Europe and Africa) to create an additional offering that allows travellers to compare and book ride-hailing services, including to pay in advance at a fixed price through the Jayride.com platform, quoted in their currency, and with no app-install required.

Over 3,500 Passenger Trips have been Booked since launching the pilot program. In what the Company believes is a world first, these ride-hailing services are now available to be booked by travel brands, including Flight Centre, Rome2RIo, and Jayride’s other travel partners through Jayride.com at fixed prices, pre-paid in advance.

Railbookers Unveils New Independent Train Holidays in Japan

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Railbookers is thrilled to announce its new selection of train holidays to Japan!

From the ultramodern, neon-lit skyscrapers of Tokyo to the tranquil temples, cherry blossoms (March to May) and historic geisha district in Kyoto to Hiroshima’s historic sights and thriving food scene, these train holidays have great stories behind them.

The three new itineraries include: The Golden Route of Japan, Scenic Japan, and Best of Japan.

Save 10 per cent on a ride across one of the world’s most remote places – Mongolia – The world’s emptiest country

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Experience the vast expanse of Mongolia’s striking landscapes on the back of a classic Royal Enfield motorbike on some of the world’s most open roads with this special offer from Extreme Bike Tours.

Appealing to the more than one million Australians who ride motorbikes, Extreme Bike Tours is offering a special 10 per cent discount on a Mongolian tour starting on August 2, 2019, with the discount available until April 15, 2019.

Extreme Bike Tours’ 11-day Mongolian Adventure tour starts in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, home to almost half of Mongolia’s total population. The tour gives thrillseekers the opportunity to open throttle on the open roads and rarely visited, vast countryside of Mongolia, the world’s emptiest country, on the back of a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet.

Grand American Adventures Launches Cycling Sale

Small adventure group specialist Grand American Adventures is offering cycling enthusiasts a 10 percent discount with savings up to AU $346.00/ NZ $376.00 on cycling tours booked by 28 February 2019.

From cycling incredible coastal routes in California to riding through Vermont’s incredible rolling landscapes, Grand American Adventures’ cycling tours guarantee adventure enthusiasts an unforgettable holiday and a side to the States that is unable to see in any other way.

Averaging between 40-50 miles per day, the tours are suitable for different levels of ability. Riders can choose from 2-3 ride options, offering routes and challenges for different levels of expertise and are provided with custom fitted 2018 specialised Diverse Comp Cycles for the journey. Every tour is led by a world-class cycling expert guide and a dedicated support driver, to make the journey as smooth as possible.

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Tourism

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Tourism

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