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‘Zero Baggage’ service in Australia, Canada to enable
tourists to hire clothes

     Melbourne: A new service to be launched in Australia next year will make it possible for travellers to hire clothes for their holidays rather than lug heavy baggage to the airport. The idea is to enable people to book the clothes they want online before beginning a trip. The items will be waiting in their hotel room when they arrive. Canadian entrepreneur Catharine MacIntosh is planning to launch the Zero Baggage concept simultaneously on the Gold Coast and her hometown, Toronto , late next year. She claims that the new service will not only be more energy-efficient, but it will also save time wasted waiting in queues with bags and the worry about your bag being lost or stolen. She says that travellers will be able to choose between new and pre-worn clothes. A presentation on the idea will be made at a Tourism Futures Conference on the Gold Coast this month. Catharine has vowed to keep costs reasonable. "In Australia , the highest percentage of travellers are the backpacking crowd and I think a lot of people would be happy to use pre-loved items," the Courier Mail quoted her as saying. "When you think about removing almost half the weight from a plane when you get rid of passenger luggage, it's quite a sustainable action in terms of energy. "At this point, considering the economy and travel, we need to look at new ideas," she added.
-August 9, 2009

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