Posts Tagged ‘ customer satisfaction. ’

Barbados tops satisfaction index

Mar 11th, 2018 | By
Barbados

Norstat announced the winners of its Destination Satisfaction Index and the overall winner was Barbados. Second was the Seychelles and third, Bermuda.



Where’s the customer service?

Oct 10th, 2017 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

Next year as the World Travel Awards reach their silver anniversary maybe the organisers could remember the missing feature and the person on whom the travel industry relies for its very existence – the passenger, traveller and holidaymaker!



The Visit England Awards for Excellence 2017

Apr 25th, 2017 | By
aerial view of Waddesdon Manor

Visit England says, “The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence are different to other quality standards as they recognise and celebrate excellence across customer service and the quality of the experience.”



Customer service wins

Apr 23rd, 2017 | By
A United flight taxing on the runway

Those who fly with United will have a greater influence on how staff will be rewarded. Bad service and bad customer satisfaction ratings should mean lower pay cheques.



Recognising customer service in travel

Mar 21st, 2017 | By

Over the years, by my reckoning, we have written 104 stories about customer service and satisfaction. When a story appears there is reader comment yet the industry seems to shy away from extolling their successes in delivering customer service and satisfaction.



A great year for tourism customer satisfaction

Feb 13th, 2017 | By
happy customer service

“Generally speaking, it’s been a great year for customer service in the tourism sector,” said Jo Causon, chief executive of the Institute of Customer Service.



Rate my Ryanair flight

Nov 17th, 2016 | By
Ryanair

Readers will know that Ryanair has adopted a friendlier stance to customers than they seemed to do in years gone past. This is their “Always Getting Better” customer experience improvement programme Now the airline crows at the high level of satisfaction that passengers have with the airline. Look more closely however and it seems that Ryanair is putting the best spin that it possibly can on what it releases. This week it released  its ‘Rate My Flight’ statistics, which “show that 94% of surveyed customers
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What is the point?

Nov 6th, 2016 | By
Customer satisfaction machine

As I pointed out many months ago this is customer service on the cheap and is just a sop to passengers to make them believe that the provider is really interested in what people think.



If we don’t have EU261

Aug 31st, 2016 | By
cartoon of angry suitcase

It is hoped that the British government would adopt a revised EU261 act but one a bit fairer to both sides otherwise we shall be back to the bad old days of relying on courts or alternative dispute resolution systems to resolve problems.



Customer Satisfaction at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

Jul 3rd, 2016 | By
cartoon of an unhappy suitcase

Why aren’t we welcoming the fact that Liverpool John Lennon Airport has, in its Twitter account, introduced a customer satisfaction measurement tool called the Net Promotor Score



Countryfile meets Lilian

Mar 10th, 2016 | By

Visit England has announced the winners for the Awards for Excellence 2016. In order to have reached this stage, entrants had to win their local area awards as well



Rewarding customer satisfaction

Feb 28th, 2016 | By

With this one award, AITO is reminding the travel industry that customer satisfaction is something that no travel company can forget.



Smiley faces don’t indicate customer satisfaction

Sep 23rd, 2015 | By
Customer satisfaction machine

Installing a machine with smiley/unhappy faces at airports seems to be the latest fad. What a waste of money!



It’s Sheffield

Jun 15th, 2015 | By

Customer satisfaction is a fickle business and therefore, extremely difficult to assess from one minute to another. What pleases one person isn’t necessarily acceptable to another.



Ryanair and customer service

May 26th, 2015 | By
Ryanair

You may well have heard that Ryanair has announced bumper profits of €867 million. What is the reason for this large increase? Customer care, the airline will tell you, is the reason



Do we complain enough?

Oct 7th, 2014 | By
empty deckchair

HolidayTravelWatch would have you believe that we don’t complain enough about issues that go wrong we are on holiday.



The passenger comes first

Jul 13th, 2014 | By

In India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided that airlines, airports and the whole process of air travel should be made more passenger friendly. Hurrah!



Ryanair is in it again

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By

On the same day that Stonewall announced its Bigot of the Year award, we have Ryanair trying hard to win an award for “landing right in it up to our necks” award.



Air Canada Says Thanks

Jun 22nd, 2011 | By

As you’ll recall, there was some industrial issues at Air Canada last week with check-in staff and call centre people. That has now been resolved. So Air Canada sent an e-mail to its customers thanking them for their understanding.



The Longest Holiday?

Feb 20th, 2011 | By

In the US holidays of a week are common. Here the week or fortnight is more like the norm. In winter some seniors go away for a couple of months. But how do you fancy a year long holiday? All in the one place.
One of Sydney’s Sunday newspapers, The Sun-Herald, has reported today that a couple, Chris and Sally Allison, from the Sydney suburb of Mosman liked the place so much that they have booked accommodation for a whole year at a B&B in Rhyl in North Wales.



Goodbye Wrexham & Shropshire

Jan 28th, 2011 | By

In just under 5 hours the last ever service by the Wrexham & Shropshire railway will leave London’s Marylebone station on its final journey. Why get so concerned by a train service you might ask. After all, Virgin Trains run a direct service down to London even if it is only once a day.
The concern is because this little railway achieved so much in its short 3 year life. The satisfaction ratings given to it by passengers were better than anything ever seen since the ratings began. At 99% you can’t really get any better. And I doubt whether other train lines will. The service was good too. The staff would come through the train, address and treat you politely and then be there when you got off to thank you for travelling (at least on the few times I travelled with them.) And that’s part of the problem. I used them a few times; how often did others?



Hotel Guests Being Treated Better

Aug 3rd, 2010 | By

This isn’t the way that that the authors of a US report on hotels worded their announcement. They said that the satisfaction levels of hotel visitors had increased over the last year. Does it mean the same thing? But if hotel guests are more satisfied surely that comes as a result of feeling that they are being treated better?
The next question is whether we should believe what we read. After all how many of us have stayed at a place after checking reviews and then decided that the reviews must have been written by someone who was not too observant? Or as blind as a bat. The same applies with research. If we understand it then we can accept or reject it.



Which? Airline for Short Haul?

Jun 23rd, 2010 | By

The media are fixated by best and worst lists, top 10 lists and anything that seems to imply a rating. Some are just the works of individuals, some have research behind them and some are people adding their thoughts to a website. And if one person says this destination is the best thing since sliced bread do you believe them?
In their July issue Which? have published the results of their survey into short-haul airline routes based on what their members think



Railways and Customer Satisfaction

Jan 18th, 2010 | By

It is unusual that customer satisfaction gets mentioned by a government. It merits interest especially if it looks as though there is genuine interest rather than lip service in what passengers think.
Lord Bradshaw who worked for various parts of British Rail in his career asked whether additional measures of customer satisfaction would be added to the requirements when companies bid for new rail franchises.
Since 1999 passengers have been asked twice a year on behalf of the rail consumer watchdog, Passenger Focus, a series of questions including being asked to rate satisfaction with a number of elements of the service provided.



Customer Satisfaction Among Tour Operators

Jan 6th, 2010 | By

Looking out of the window at the large dollop of snow that has fallen overnight, it is easy to think of warmer parts of the world and getting away from the cold and bleak view I see. Where to go is one issue but who I go with is another.
You could be forgiven for thinking, after seeing the Which? Holiday report on tour operators that you should avoid the big companies like Thomson, First Choice, Thomas Cook, Cosmos and Virgin because they haven’t done very well in the report.
You would be wrong.
This is not to say that the survey is wrong.



Hotel Service

Dec 16th, 2009 | By
cartoon of an unhappy suitcase

As you might gather, I have been back on the road as we look at the entrants for our 2010 Tourism Awards, (More about that in a few days time,) so I have been staying in hotels again. The current hotel is a fairly old fashioned 3 star hotel, conveniently located right in the centre. You can guess that I chose it because I can easily get to some of the places I want to visit. I certainly didn’t choose it for the food which
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Customer Service in Travel

Dec 13th, 2009 | By

This is the time of the year when the National Customer Service Awards are announced. In any industry service is important. Good service leads to satisfaction. Satisfaction can lead to loyalty and repeat business. No customer likes being ill treated, ignored, patronised or fobbed off with meaningless official waffle so awards that support good service are welcome. But travel and tourism doesn’t seem to have done to well in this year’s awards. Is that because they didn’t enter or they did but weren’t shortlisted for the final?



Customers Come Second Place With Airlines.

Oct 28th, 2009 | By

That’s the conclusion from a company called Collinson Latitude. This company specialises in finding other ways for airlines to make money out of you other than just from ticket sales. It can be travel insurance or entry into airport lounges or a host of other things. The important thing is that they are successful in developing these services for travel companies.

So when they say that two thirds of airlines around the world have systems to increase revenue but that they still don’t focus on the customer you are inclined to believe them. If we take one airline, the one that says it is the favourite airline of Europe, Britain, Ireland and probably countless other places earns a lot of extra money from passengers. It would say that helps keep fares low. It would say that is what it has done for the passenger.