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Road & Rail Wrap: LAX’s historic rental car facility, Rail Adventures’ Sri Lanka commission + MORE!

If this week’s Road & Rail Wrap was a meal, it’d be a family-sized banquet, as opposed to it usually looking like chicken stuffing and sides.

LAX breaks ground on historic consolidated rental car facility

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti (pictured above) has broken ground on the Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which will centralise rental car operations into one convenient location and offer a direct connection to the upcoming Automated People Mover (APM) train.

Image: 'Rendering of the ConRAC facility at night', supplied by Adhesive PR

Garcetti was joined at the ceremony by councilmembers Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) president Sean Burton, and Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) CEO Deborah Flint, as well as community and labour leaders.

The 5.3 million square foot ConRAC facility will feature 18,000 parking stalls with 6,600 ready/return spaces, 10,000 idle vehicle storage spaces, and 1,100 rental car employee spaces as well as visitor parking. A Quick-Turn Around facility will also be on-site, allowing for fuelling, washing, and light maintenance of rental car vehicles.

Railway Adventures offers 15 per cent commission on Sri Lanka tour

Image: 'Scott McGregor, owner and managing director, Railway Adventures', supplied by Railway Adventures.

Railway Adventures is encouraging agents to contribute to rebuilding the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, by offering 15 per cent commission for all sales on the exclusive ‘Sri Lanka on the Viceroy Special’ tour.

Departing on 5 November, this 15-day roundtrip from Colombo includes travelling on the highly acclaimed steam train, the Viceroy Special, and includes a selection of art workshops and creative experiences by Sri Lankan-born Australian artist and art tutor, Chan Dissanayake, who will accompany the group on this adventure.

Through this rail package, Railway Adventures employs 26 staff on the train for two weeks; there are three operations personnel who work on the tour and two local guides. The economic benefit to these people, their families and communities is significant, and they rely heavily on this job for future income, according to Railway Adventures.

Railbookers introduces Vietnam rail itineraries

Image: Supplied by Railbookers

Railbookers has launched a collection of three handcrafted itineraries featuring Vietnam’s most sought-after destinations.

The new itineraries include Classic Vietnam: Hanoi to Hoi An, Vietnam – Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and Vietnam – Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta.

And for a limited time, travellers can save $400 per booking on these new holidays.

Itinerary highlights include a two-day Mekong Delta cruise, immersive city walking tours, an overnight journey onboard the Reunification Express train, and a cruise in Ha Long Bay.

Save on Eurail passes with International Rail

Image: Supplied by SMB Communications

Rail savings across Europe for agents are now available through Australian-owned rail travel expert International Rail, with the release of Eurail’s Golden Autumn/Winter promotion, which includes a 10 per cent discount on global passes when booked by 10 October, 2019.

The offer applies to all Global Flexi and Consecutive passes in both first and second class for adult, youth and saver passes.

Alamo Rent A Car adds pickups as fleet expands for 2019/20

Nissan NP300 Navara Off Roading

New to international leisure travellers this year is Alamo Rent A Car’s range of pickup trucks, suitable for up to four adults.

These vehicles cater for unique needs while delivering serious attitude on the road – ideal for driving in the mountains, traversing desert landscapes or for transporting heavy loads.

Standard pickups available in the range are the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma, with the Premium featured pickup being the Ford F150, with Chevy Silverado and RAM 1500 as alternatives.

Pickups are available to hire now from Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Denver airport locations, with convertibles available in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

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