Agent needs geography lesson after failing double Dutch

That old travel chestnut rears its head again today with news a pair of hapless travellers planning the trip of a lifetime to Sydney, Australia ended up in Canada instead. reports the pair of Dutch tourists – Joannes Rutten and grandson Nick, from Amsterdam – only realised the error when they landed in Sydney, Nova Scotia, some 17,000km from their intended destination.

It’s a well-worn tale – I remember a remarkably similar incident a few years back – but usually the victim has booked online.

This pair, however, booked through a travel agent. Thumbrella wonders if they charged a service fee?

4 thoughts on “Agent needs geography lesson after failing double Dutch

  • August 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    What a great premise for a travel story.
    i wish it were my blunder.

  • August 20, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    i doubt you would when your clients return from their trip livid and demand a full refund (much of which comes out of your pay).

  • August 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Agreed Peter. Not so good.
    Hard to believe the travellers themselves aren’t implicated though. Aren’t they obliged to check their own itinerary?

  • October 7, 2009 at 10:45 am

    And wouldn’t they have had to change to a much smaller plane at an airport somewhere unlikely to be on the way to Australia? According to Wikipedia’s entry on the Sydney Canada airport: “CBSA officers at this airport currently can handle aircraft with no more than 44 passengers”.

    All very curious.

    I know what Penny means from a travel writer’s perspective though – what a story you’d get if you’d ended up there instead of Sydney AU!

    (Its attractions, btw, include “the world’s largest fiddle”)


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