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Travellingwith the Army

Why bookmy Ashes Tour with

Barmy Travel?

Well for starters, have a read of what Bryan, one

of our 5 Test customers, had to say after the 5-0

thrashing of 2013/14:

Hi Guys

Just a quick note to thank you for recent

trip to Australia From start to finish it was an

unforgettable experience I was fortunate to

meet so many new friends that I intend to keep

in contact with. Despite been a lone traveller I

never felt alone from day one. Everyone was so

friendly and genuine. The atmosphere around

the group, pubs HQ's and in the cricket grounds

was amazing. Your staff are a credit to your

organisation & nothing was a trouble to them.

This was my first tour but certainly will not be

my last. I look forward to meeting you all again

soon. A truly remarkable experience that will live

long in my memory.

Thanks & Take Care

Bryan Appleton

Okay so let's examine the issues in further

detail and get the elephant out of the room

straight away. You can save money by booking

your own trip but do not be misled into thinking

that the difference between the two prices is

simply the margin that the travel companies

are making.

All official tour operators are licensed by Cricket

Australia's own Travel Office (CATO), the exclusive

travel provider for all international cricket

fixtures staged in Australia. Cricket Australia, our

partners Thomson Sport and Barmy Travel are

all commercial organisations but our strategy is

to drive up supporter numbers not profit margin

so our tours are priced very keenly in what is a

very competitive market. As you will read, there

are plenty of positive reasons to choose Barmy

Travel and let us take you on the trip of a lifetime:

Tickets

CATO take an allocation of tickets even before

they go on general sale to Australian supporters

who in turn receive priority over independent

travellers. Therefore the biggest benefit without

doubt is that buying an official Barmy Travel

package secures your tickets and guarantees you

are sitting in the dedicated Barmy Army areas of

each venue every single day.

You will also benefit from being joined by Bill

The Trumpet (when he's available) plus many of

the guys who lead the singing and generate the

atmosphere that we are famous for.

Ticket collection is superbly organised by CATO

in advance of the first day offering complete

peace of mind. Contrast this with the situation

for independents. After the Aussie fans have had

their slice they will be doing their utmost to get

their tickets in the nearest bays to where you are

sat - without any guarantee of success.