Articles tagged “travel agencies”

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Saudi Tourist Visa Opens New Doors for Asia’s Muslim Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Since Saudi Arabia introduced a new tourist visa on Sept. 28, the focus has been on what it means for non-Muslim leisure travelers. But the new visa holds a bigger significance for the huge Muslim travel market in Asia and elsewhere.

6 days ago

Travel Advisors Cruise Over to Book Independent Shore Excursions

Travel Advisors Cruise Over to Book Independent Shore Excursions

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Shore excursions offered by third-party companies are growing in popularity among passengers and travel advisors alike. Independent options tend to offer more customization than ship-sponsored tours while also offering financial benefits for travel advisors.

1 week ago

Are Luxury Leisure Agencies Better at C-Suite Travel Than Their Corporate Peers?

Are Luxury Leisure Agencies Better at C-Suite Travel Than Their Corporate Peers?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

To meet the travel needs of a CEO, is a luxury leisure agency a better fit than a travel management company? Leisure expertise is useful for serving the customized demands of VIPs, but travel advisors may find that even deluxe business travel requires a corporate mindset.

4 weeks ago

Luxury Travel Agencies Claim Bragging Rights in VIP Business Travel

Luxury Travel Agencies Claim Bragging Rights in VIP Business Travel

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Some luxury-focused leisure travel agencies are finding success in handling their clients' business travel needs. The bleisure trend, as well as the desire for CEOs to keep their lavish travel a secret from employees, is creating opportunities for these agencies.

4 weeks ago

Mexico Tourism Marketing Gap Leads Ex-Board Staffers to Launch New Company

Mexico Tourism Marketing Gap Leads Ex-Board Staffers to Launch New Company

Paul Biasco, Skift

The true results of the Mexican government's dismantling of its tourism board likely won't be known for years, but former staffers in the Los Angeles office have formed a new marketing company they hope will fill in the gap. Keep an eye on neighboring tropical destinations, which are looking to swoop in on the opportunity.

1 month ago

Themed Cruises Are a Double-Edged Sword for Travel Advisors

Themed Cruises Are a Double-Edged Sword for Travel Advisors

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Travel advisors who understand their clients’ interests and hobbies will likely find a themed cruise that meets their needs. But it may not be plain sailing since some operators seem to prefer to sell direct — and have the marketing reach to do so.

1 month ago

Military Veterans Launch New Careers as Travel Advisors

Military Veterans Launch New Careers as Travel Advisors

Paul Biasco, Skift

A travel advisor host agency is finding success with a scholarship program for military veterans geared toward utilizing their unique skill sets. It has the potential to be a win-win for both the agency and the veterans who have made the transition into new careers.

3 months ago

Travel Advisor Risk and Responsibility in Sri Lanka

Travel Advisor Risk and Responsibility in Sri Lanka

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Leisure travel advisors may not have the same obligations as their corporate travel counterparts when it comes to keeping travelers safe, but this week’s terror attack raises questions about risk and responsibility.

6 months ago

Ensemble Travel’s First CEO Brings Agency-Owner Perspective

Ensemble Travel’s First CEO Brings Agency-Owner Perspective

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Ensemble Travel Group hired its first CEO, a veteran travel advisor and agency owner. The move signals a realization that first-hand understanding of the daily challenges faced by travel advisors can only help a consortium better serve its members.

6 months ago

Travel Advisors Can Be Part of Overtourism Solutions

Travel Advisors Can Be Part of Overtourism Solutions

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Overtourism is becoming a bigger problem for popular destinations, having a negative impact on local communities as well as on the visitor experience. Travel advisors can help the situation by suggesting alternatives to crowded places and times to take trips.

7 months ago

Overtourism Has Travel Advisors Telling Their Customers to Please Go Somewhere Else

Overtourism Has Travel Advisors Telling Their Customers to Please Go Somewhere Else

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

While everyone has heard horror stories of overcrowded destinations, hostile locals, and lining up for hours for a glimpse of a tourist attraction, travel advisors are still faced with requests to visit the world’s most popular places. They have a dilemma: Do they make the booking or risk losing the business by recommending alternatives?

8 months ago

Hispanic-Owned Travel Agency Emphasizes Trust as Key Selling Point

Hispanic-Owned Travel Agency Emphasizes Trust as Key Selling Point

Maria Lenhart, Skift

Express Travel, a travel agency serving a largely Hispanic customer base, has built an extensive clientele over the past 30 years. Relationships, community involvement, and intimate awareness of how its clients like to travel have a lot to do with its success.

8 months ago