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It's like that everywhere for guided tours (not just Chinese people) It makes it easier to follow the guide. The guide tour leader will carry a flag so that if/when people get lost they can spot the flag; This is especially the case now because most guides have radio systems so that people can be further away from the guide and still hear her/him.


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For the same reason that Western and Near Eastern militaries have been carrying "colours, standards (and) guidons" for 7,000 years: so the troops know where the commander is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_colours,_standards_and_guidons In military organizations, the practice of carrying colours, standards or guidons, both to act as a rallying ...


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This is very common in China. You might have a number of tour groups simultaneously at a busy tourist site and the use of a flag (and stickers on the participants) helps keep them together and is very much necessary. Sometimes the tour leader will dress in minority costume as well (for example in Lijiang), which also helps them stand out from the crowd. It'...


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Probably the official answer is that each adult should use the lane appropriate to her circumstances. That said, in practicality, in the US and elsewhere, a small group of two or three may stay together and use the fastest line. By a small group, I mean perhaps an adult citizen with his alien parent, someone travelling with a disabled person using a fast ...


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If you get a higher price for a booking for multiple persons, then most likely there are not enough seats for the cheap fare available any more. So you will most probably end up with the same total amount, when you book separately. An edge case could be, that a booking engine would choose the same more expensive fare for the whole booking, even e.g. one seat ...


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The problem with arranging a group trip involving anyone other than close friends is that you (as the organiser) can easily be left out of pocket or worse if things go wrong; people can and will cancel at the last minute, pull out without telling you, miss their flights, trash their rooms etc. leaving you with the liability. That's why I'd recommend using a ...


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As others said, you'll see those everywhere, not only in Thailand. Each tour guide has a stick with some special identifying items, most often flag or stuffed animals, to make them visible in a crowded area. It's also useful for tours that tourists join individually and arrive at the meeting point on their own. European tourist companies more commonly use ...


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I don't know if my experience with group ticketing for airplanes is of any use to you, however I'm going to share it. Every year I take groups of students for language courses abroad and I always face the problem of getting the lowest tariff possible while having everybody on the same plane (they are minors and I can't risk their getting in trouble). What I ...


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The main problem is these days, almost every big site tries to bill themselves as a community. In addition, many of them don't release stats on demographics, membership numbers and so on. Some of the most popular ones include: Couchsurfing - over 5.5 million members in 97,000 towns, in over 250 states or countries. TripAdvisor claims to be the largest ...


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Finally, we got the last visa after 6 weeks (3 weeks after receiving the other 3 visas). Here I would like to inform about what to do if someone faces the same situation. Sometimes they take the applications randomly to assess the visa. I had to call the service (00 44 203 481 1736) 3 times to explain my situation. The first woman said that the application ...


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Side note: I love when things like that just pop out and you discover "definitions" no one person you know in that area would ever use, like when Milano inhabitants discovered that GMaps decided that there is a Chinatown in the city :-D Anyway, bttq: the concept of "Italian lake region" cover a surface of about 11.000 km, so maybe you should narrow things a ...


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There are multiple possibilities here and which one will work really depends on your situation. Here is a list of a few things you could do: Book through an agency offering split payments. There are a couple of them around. This way everyone can pay their part. For example ba.com offers this service. Go to or phone up a travel organisation and have them ...


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No. The tickets for the no-show passengers will be cancelled, but the rest of your party will be unaffected. More specifically, the T&C for airlines (as a random example, here's Singapore Airlines) differentiate between a Ticket and the Passengers on that ticket. All the rules about showing up on time etc apply to individual Passengers, eg. Article 7: ...


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You are probably best off finding low fares online (google flights, ita matrix, skyscanner, hipmunk, etc.), then confirm the price (for 1 passenger) on the airlines website, and then contact the airline directly to buy in bulk mentioning the specific fares that you have found and want. I would do this rather sooner than later. December is a busy travel ...


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My experiences entering the US suggests that a group can use any line as long as at least one member of the group qualifies for that line. These experiences include: Being told by a CBP officer to take my European girlfriend with me to the US citizens line (15 years ago or so). Entering the US through the "A and G visas" line when traveling with my wife ...


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I don't think so. Any search engine is only going to as good as the code that it runs, and not many companies would be willing to spend time and money coding something not very many people would use. My advice: Contact a travel agent and ask them about this. Travel agents are still helpful as they are people, and can figure out workarounds.


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This was prepared on the stated assumption that the performances would be unpaid. OP later stated We aren't going to get paid (if they pay us, it'll be a nice bonus!) but we do expect to be reimbursed for most or all of our travel costs. Some Indian visa regulations on the web seem to be described about as clearly as a pea souper at night during a power cut ...


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I've traveled with friends who call the shots before - it can be a bit nerve wracking. If it's someone you know well, make it a point to voice when you'd rather skip out on the group plan for the day. Just because you travel together doesn't mean you have to spend 24hr/day together. It helps to remember the perks involved with group travel too - being able ...


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I found the Nibduck website, which shows different tours worldwide and lets you contact the tour operator directly. Also found Tour Radar which is a similar but bigger company.


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Heathrow does have some meeting points, but most of these are aimed at meeting arriving passengers landside. I'd suggest you avoid those, as otherwise you'll have to clear immigration which you don't really want to do if you can help it. For both of you, when you land, follow the (largely) purple Flight Connections signs. You can see an example of what to ...


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Contacting UK Visas and Immigration is a fee-based service: You can call or email English-speaking* staff with a question about your application. By phone Telephone: 00 44 203 481 1736 Monday to Friday, 24 hours Calls cost £1.37 per minute on top of your standard network charges. By email Email UK Visas and Immigration. Emails ...


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In theory, yes, as long as you have a valid visa, you may travel to Switzerland. In practice, however, you may have issues entering the country. Your stated premise has changed considerably from when you submitted your visa application and, instead of a group of more than 50 and the original purpose of the visit, you are a sole traveller with an entirely ...


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Regarding your side question: For the Schengen area, family members of EU/EEA citizens with the appropriate residence permit can use the EU lane. That's because the immigration officials will only check their identity, not the purpose of the visit or whatever. A "mere" boyfriend/girlfriend won't have those papers.


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It seems that this special day ticket can be used at any time during one calendar day, like a regular day ticket. NS regularly offers special deals for day tickets like that. The problem is that you also need to print it out (that's the e-ticket option) or to have an anonymous OV-chipkaart on which you could load the ticket (the card itself costs EUR 7.50).


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From Indian Embassy in Rome: Those going to India for Charitable performances e.g an artist going for painting exhibition, musician for musical shows etc on charitable basis have to apply for Entry Visa. Those going to India for short term paid performances e.g an artist going for painting exhibition, musician for musical shows etc have to apply for ...


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