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Greek Island Holidays
MAN: Greek Island Holidays, can I help you?
WOMAN: Yes, I hope so. I have a friend who’s just come back from Corfu and she’s recommended some apartments in Arilas. She thought they might be on your list.
MAN: Arilas, Arilas, let me see. Can you give me the names?
WOMAN: Yes, the first’s Rose Garden Apartments. I’d like to go with another friend in the last week of October.
MAN: Well, we’ve got a lovely studio flat available at that time. I’m sure you’d enjoy the entertainment programme there too, with Greek dancing in the restaurant.
WOMAN: And the cost for each of us?
WOMAN: That sounds very reasonable! I’m just jotting down some notes. Now the second one she mentioned was called Blue Bay.
MAN: Blue Bay? Yes, in fact that’s very popular and it has some special features.
MAN: The main attraction is the large swimming pool with salt water.
WOMAN: Much healthier, I understand.
MAN: That’s right. And it isn’t far from the beach, either – only Q1 300 metres, and only around half a kilometre to some shops, so you don’t have to be too energetic.
WOMAN: Is it much more expensive than the first one?
MAN: Let me just check. I think at the time you want to go it’s around ￡260 – no ￡275 to be exact.
WOMAN: Right, I’ve got that. Now there are just two more apartments to ask you about. Um, I can’t read my own writing! Something to do with sun… Sunshine, is it?
MAN: I think you meant the Q2 Sunshade Apartments. They’re on a mountainside.
WOMAN: Any special features?
MAN: Yes, each room has its own sun terrace and there are shared barbecue facilities.
WOMAN: Sounds lovely!
MAN: Yes, it is rather well-equipped.It also provides water sports – it has its own beach. There are facilities for water-skiing.
WOMAN: Any kite-surfing? My friend’s quite keen.
MAN: Not at the hotel but I’m sure you’ll find some in Arilas. There’s also satellite TV in the apartments.
WOMAN: And how much is that one?
MAN: ￡490 with two sharing.
WOMAN: You mean ￡245 each?
MAN: I’m afraid not! Each person has to pay that amount and there must be at least two in an apartment.
WOMAN: I don’t think that would be within our budget, unfortunately. And the last one sounds a bit expensive too – the Grand!
MAN: Actually it’s quite reasonable. It’s an older style house with Greek paintings in every room, and a Q3 balcony outside.
WOMAN: Sound nice. What are the views like?
MAN: Well, there are Q4 forests all round and they hide a supermarket just dow the road, so that’s very useful for all your shopping needs. There’s a disco in the area too.
WOMAN: And the price?
MAN: Q5 ￡319 at that time, but if you leave it till November it goes down by 40%.
WOMAN: Too late, I’m afraid.
MAN: Well, why don’t i send you a brochure with full details, Ms…?
WOMAN: Nash. But don’t worry about that. I’m coming to Upminster soon and I’ll call and get one. I just wanted to get an idea first.
MAN: Well, that’s fine. We’ve got plenty here when you come.
WOMAN: If you’ve got a minute, could I just check a couple of points about insurance? I got one policy through the post but I’d like to see if yours is better.
MAN: Fine. What would you like to know?
WOMAN: Well, the one I’ve got has benefits and then the maximum amount you can claim. Is that like yours?
MAN: Yes, that’s how most of them are.
WOMAN: Well, the first thing is cancellation. If the holiday’s cancelled on the policy I’ve got, you can claim ￡8,000.
MAN: We can improve on that, Ms Nash. For Greek Island holidays, our maximum is Q6 ￡10,000
WOMAN: That’s good – of course our holiday won’t even cost ￡1,000 together!
MAN: It’s still sensible to have good cover. Now, if you go to hospital, we allow ￡600.
WOMAN: Yes, mine’s similar.
MAN: And we also allow a Q7 relative to travel to your holiday resort.
WOMAN: My policy just says their representative will help you.
MAN: You can see there’s another difference there. And what happens if you don’t get on the plane?
WOMAN: Nothing, as far as I can see on this form.
MAN: Don’t you have Q8 missed departure?
WOMAN: No, I’ll just jot that down.
MAN: We pay up to ￡1,000 for that, depending on the reason. And we’re particularly generous about loss of personal belongings – up to ￡3,000, but not more than ￡500 for a single Q9 item.
WOMAN: Then I’d better not take my laptop!
MAN: Not unless you insure it separately.
WOMAN: OK – thanks very much for your time – you’ve really been helpful. Can I get back to you? Your name is?
MAN: Ben – Q10 Ludlow. That’s L-U-D-L-O-W. I’m the Assistant Manager here. I’ll give you my number. It’s 081260 543216.
WOMAN: But didn’t phone 08126 567294? That’s what I’ve got on the paper.
MAN: That’s the main switchboard. I’ve given you my direct line.
WOMAN: Right, thank you…