Posts Tagged ‘ Travel Agents ’

D-I-Y travel. The end for travel agents?

Oct 22nd, 2015 | By
holidays may, just may, get cheaper if APD is removed from under 12's

Virgin Holidays has decided to avoid the travel agent (other than those it owns) and become an online only tour operator. Customers will select and book their own holidays without recourse to travel agents.



Do You Use a Travel Agent?

May 11th, 2011 | By

By that I mean do you book a holiday with one? Or do you just use a travel agent as an unpaid source of information about prices and destinations?
The reason I mention it is that the biggest group of independent travel agencies, Advantage, met last week to discuss the woes of the world. And woes the travel industry has.



Online Or A Travel Agent?

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By

For years people have announced the coming demise of the travel agent. We’d book our holidays online from the comfort of our own homes. Technology would enable us to put together our own travel arrangements. Now come two pieces of research from well respected companies that suggest our fondness for travel agents means they could be around for a good while to come. And that our love affair with online booking may have peaked.



Are You an Amateur Expert?

Nov 20th, 2009 | By

A company called Amadeus, one of the companies that provides the technology allowing travel agents to book your holidays in shops, has conducted some research which, it claims, highlights the growth of the traveller who can almost rival travel agents.

They didn’t really go that far but say that certain people have such a grasp of the internet and where to locate information that they could be called experts.

Why should this be a surprise? We have always had amateurs who know as much about subjects as experts do. Unless the expert has visited every place on earth, there will always be someone that has been somewhere the expert hasn’t or spotted something the expert has overlooked.



Haggling for Your Holiday

Aug 5th, 2009 | By

When you buy your holiday do you pay the asking price? Do you shop around first?
The reason I ask is that there is another survey out, this time from Visa, those wonderful credit card people, who claim that from their survey of 1,077 people that 22% of us negotiate on the price and only 11% accepting the first price they are offered.