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SALK INTERNATIONAL OFFERS FIRST ‘AIRPORT TRANSIT GUIDE’ APP

SALK INTERNATIONAL OFFERS FIRST ‘AIRPORT TRANSIT GUIDE’ APP

LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 8—The first digital edition of Salk International’s Airport Transit Guide is now available in the iTunes App Store for downloading on iPhone, iPod, and iPad. This, the 25th Edition, covering ground transportation at 460 airports worldwide, has been completely revised for 2011, and replaces the $9.95 print edition, which had been published continuously since 1982. The new app is $9.99, including free updates. (A Lite Version, featuring Denver and Hong Kong, is free.)

“Here, for the first time in one easy-to-navigate app,” said editor and publisher Ron Salk, “the traveler has all the critical ground-transportation data – found nowhere else in one place – for making informed comparisons and money-saving decisions to get from the airport into the city. We’ve made more than 10,000 changes since the last edition, and, now that we are digital, we can also offer our thousands of loyal users interactive dialing and website access to airports and transportation companies all over the world.”

Salk International’s Airport Transit Guide includes: taxi rates to the city and outlying points, plus tipping advice; website-telephone listings of airports, taxi, and shuttle services, most of them accessed by one touch of the screen; airport coach, limo, and van shuttle schedules and prices; train, subway, and bus fares, schedules, and routes; parking rates; car-rental agencies; inter-airport connections; cruise-port transfers; helicopter service; and more.

“Our new app, which has been under development for some six months with Amadeus Consulting, Boulder, Colo., completes the world traveler’s digital arsenal of flight, hotel, and restaurant apps, and just in time to be a great iTunes gift-card stocking stuffer,” Salk said. “Early, in 2011, we also plan to introduce the app for BlackBerry and Android smartphones,” he added.

For more information, contact: editor@airport-transit-guide.com
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MEMBERS OF THE PRESS: For a free download of the new app for review purposes, contact: ronsalk@salkinternational.com, 800-542-SALK (7255).

When The Airport Bible Goes App, You Know Print Is Dead

The blogs below reach tens of thousands of travelers weekly and are highly regarded in the industry

FROM JOE BRANCATELLI’S BLOG: “JOE SENT ME”:

When The Airport Bible Goes App, You Know Print Is Dead
For as long as I’ve been on the road, Ron Salk’s Airport Transit Guide has been the bible for business travelers. The annually updated, pocket-sized guide had exhaustive data on transportation options between airports and city centers. It was, quite literally, an irreplaceable asset. Well, now it has been replaced. For 2011, Salk has abandoned the print edition and turned the entire Airport Transit Guide database into an iPhone app. The app costs $9.99 and is compatible with the iPad and iPod, too. (More information is HERE.) Salk promises Airport Transit Guide apps for BlackBerry and Android devices early next year. He’d better hurry. My 2009 edition is dog-eared and falling apart and if I have to consult my airport bible on a phone, I’d like it to be on my BlackBerry.

FROM “THE TRAVEL INSIDER,” DAVID ROWELL’S BLOG:

I’ve long been a fan of Ron Salk’s excellent little reference book, the International Airport Transit Guide – click the link to see a review I wrote back in 2005.

Since the 2005 review, the only thing that has changed has been the annual updates and enhancements to the book, and the coverage has slightly expanded from 456 to 460 airports, spread around the US and rest of the world.

But now, just released, the latest edition has gone electronic. The book is now an iPhone app – click this link to access it through the iTunes Store : AIRPORT TRANSIT GUIDE by Salk International (don’t worry, Android owners – Ron plans to release an Android version early in 2011 for you too), and still at the same $9.99 price.

Better still, whereas in the past, we fans of this excellent publication would have to buy a new copy each year, the iPhone app offers free upgrades for I’m not quite sure how long (but for at least one or maybe two or more new editions), giving us a much greater value than that offered by the earlier print edition.

In my 2005 review, I pointed out how the Airport Transit Guide saved me $50 the first time I used it, by making it easy for me to understand how to get to the airport in Munich by train rather than taxi.

Using the iPhone app has continued to save me money and make me a smarter traveler too. For example, a Brussels taxi driver asked me if I was going to add a tip to the fare for driving me from the airport into the city center. I knew, from Ron’s book, that the tip was included in the metered fare!

And in considering how to get from downtown Amsterdam to the airport, I wondered how much I’d save by taking a train rather than taxi. Answer from Salk’s International Airport Transit Guide : About €52, US$70. That sure motivated me to tow my suitcase a couple of blocks to the train station!

Some ebook format travel books don’t work, because they aren’t as convenient in how they are laid out as a good old fashioned printed book. But the new ebook version of Salk’s International Airport Transit Guide works perfectly. It is conveniently laid out, concise and succinct, and a joy to have.

If you do any sort of air travel, you’re sure to find yourself relying on this the same as I do, and saving money from using the information contained therein, again the same as I do. And the change of mental perception, from being a travel ‘victim’ with insufficient knowledge, to being a travel ‘victor’ with excellent knowledge, really provides an excellent start and end to any travels you make.

Recommended. David Rowell, The Travel Insider

AS FEATURED IN THE ABC HOTEL DIRECTORY FOR TRAVEL AGENTS WORLDWIDE

SALK INTERNATIONAL’S
AIRPORT TRANSIT GUIDE
is now a mobile application!
The 25th edition (and first digital edition) of Salk
International’s Airport Transit Guide covers ground
transportation at 460 airports worldwide, and is
completely revised for 2011, replacing the print edition.
Travelers and planners can access all the critical ground
transportation data – found nowhere else in one
place – for making informed comparisons and moneysaving
decisions to get from the airport into the city:
• Taxi rates to the city and outlying
points, plus tipping advice
• Web site and telephone listings of airports,
taxi, and shuttle services, most of them
accessed by one touch of the screen
• Airport coach, limo, and van shuttle schedules and prices
• Train, subway, and bus fares, schedules, and routes
• Parking rates and car-rental agencies
• Inter-airport connections, cruise-port
transfers, helicopter service, and more!
AVAILABLE TODAY* for $9.99
at the iTunes App Store, including free updates.

To view the new app, click HERE

*Digital edition available for download to iPhone, iPod and iPad. Versions for BlackBerry and Android smartphones
planned for early 2011. For more information contact editor@airport-transit-guide.com. ©2010 Ronald D. Salk

What Others Say

 OVER THE YEARS, THE ‘AIRPORT TRANSIT GUIDE’
 HAS MADE FRIENDS AND EARNED PRAISE 

“…one step behind comfortable shoes as a necessity for the air traveler…I hope (this guide) lives forever.” 

                                                                    –The New York Times

“I know of no other source where I can get ALL the up-to-date options for getting from the airport into the city — often the most stressful part of my journey.”

                                                            –John McManus,
                                                               Former Airline Executive,
                                                               Founder of MAGELLAN’S Travel Supplies

  “...this book is almost literally worth its weight (3 oz.) in gold…If your experience is at all like mine, (it) will pay for itself several times over with your first use.”

                                                                      –The Travel Insider

“To untangle the alternatives and stay within your budget, use Salk International’s Airport Transit Guide…”

                                                                     –National Geographic Traveler

“This guide covers just about all the options for airport access – taxi, bus, rail, and shuttle – with fares, travel times, and pickup points… it’s a useful reference for any traveler who heads for unfamiliar airports more than once or twice a year.”

                                                              –Consumer Reports Travel Letter

“We’ve found (this guide) especially helpful over the years.”

                                                          –Arthur Frommer, Author-Publisher
                                                            Frommer’s Travel Guides

The definitive source on ground transportation services.”

                                          –Frankfurt International Airport

“…as indispensable a tool for strategic planning on the road as the OAG.”

                                         –The Los Angeles Times

“I consider it an invaluable tool for the world traveler.  For a person who doesn’t like surprises, it certainly gives me an idea of what to expect…in public and private transportation from airports to the cities.”

                                                                                                  –Brook Hill Snow
                                                                                                     Syndicated Travel Writer