COMING WEDNESDAY: Sky-high travel tragedy
This Wednesday, Gleaner columnist Patria-Kaye Aarons takes the issue of overseas travel by government officials beyond senior strategist Delano Seiveright.
She argues that most overseas travels by government employees are booked by travel agencies, which significantly bumped up the rates.
"The reality is that were those tickets booked online, the bill would have been cut in half. Taxpayers can’t afford to pay travel-agency prices — not for ourselves or our public officials. This isn’t a Delano issue. It’s an issue right across the board."
She adds: "No disrespect to those who work in the [travel agency] industry. I’ve heard many make an argument that sometimes they are able to negotiate lower rates. Those instances, in my experience, have been few and far between."
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