Articles tagged “travel agents”

Skift Podcast: Travel’s Tough Truths and Inspirations

Skift Podcast: Travel’s Tough Truths and Inspirations

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Skift Founder and CEO Rafat Ali sparked some heated debate with a recent story on lessons he's learned about travel in the six years since he started the company. In this podcast, he riffs with Co-Founder Jason Clampet on uncomfortable observations as well as inspirations.

2 days ago

Viator’s Travel Agent Program Gets Mixed Reviews

Viator’s Travel Agent Program Gets Mixed Reviews

Paul Biasco, Skift

The market for off-the-beaten-path tours and experiences has been heating up this year with the emergence of Airbnb’s Experiences. TripAdvisor, which emphasizes on-the-beaten path offerings, is putting a huge effort into trying to stay on top. Its new travel agent program is part of that effort.

1 week ago

Storied Tour Operator Cox & Kings Still Smoothing Out Travel’s Rough Edges

Storied Tour Operator Cox & Kings Still Smoothing Out Travel’s Rough Edges

Cat Ferguson, Skift

Longevity doesn't automatically mean success. Cox & Kings has had to adapt to the needs of 21st-century tourists and the ever-changing travel market. That it's still around after 260 years is testament to its ability to reinvent itself.

2 weeks ago

Travel Leaders Settles Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Travel Leaders Settles Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

When cases like these settle out of court, the public doesn't get to learn much.

3 weeks ago

Luxury Travel Agencies Begin to Enlist Teens to Plan Family Itineraries

Luxury Travel Agencies Begin to Enlist Teens to Plan Family Itineraries

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Grandparents may be footing the bill, but teenagers are the most important demographic for travel agents to please. TCS World Travel, a Seattle-based luxury agency, is leading a trend in asking teenagers for trip creation tips with the launch of a Teen Advisory Panel. Interesting!

4 weeks ago

Travel Agency Association Remakes Itself in New Consumer Marketing Campaign

Travel Agency Association Remakes Itself in New Consumer Marketing Campaign

Dennis Schaal, Skift

There is something happening at the newly named American Society of Travel Advisors. It not only has a new name, but has a new energy and confidence about where it is headed as it reaches out directly to a new generation of travelers.

1 month ago

Travel Agents Get a Dose of the Sharing Economy Through Sabre Deal With Booking

Travel Agents Get a Dose of the Sharing Economy Through Sabre Deal With Booking

Paul Biasco, Skift

This move signals Sabre's eagerness to remain a powerhouse for travel agents in a changing landscape where alternative lodging, driven by the popularity of Airbnb, takes off. Come 2019, Sabre aims to be more of a one-stop shop for agents. Some agents applaud the move; others couldn't care less.

1 month ago

7 Issues Confronting the American Society of Travel Agents

7 Issues Confronting the American Society of Travel Agents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In its rebrand to the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA wanted to keep the acronym as is. But is "Society" really a gateway to the future? The success or failure of the move may hinge on the effectiveness of the organization's new marketing campaign. We can't wait to give it a look.

1 month ago

The Many Ways Travel Companies Target Luxury Agents

The Many Ways Travel Companies Target Luxury Agents

Patrick Whyte, Skift

In certain sub-sectors — luxury and cruise spring to mind — travel agents still play a big part in driving sales. Hoteliers and tour operators know this and are happy to splash the cash in order to get some of their business.

1 month ago

How Luxury Operators Dial Into Top-Producing Agents

How Luxury Operators Dial Into Top-Producing Agents

Laura Powell, Skift

It's an old business axiom that 20 percent of customers are responsible for 80 percent of one's business. Top travel companies are recognizing this is certainly the case in the world of luxury travel agents. That's why more and more of them are starting to create novel programs for their best sellers.

2 months ago

Sabre Blends Distribution Network and Airline Units Under New Leadership

Sabre Blends Distribution Network and Airline Units Under New Leadership

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The travel technology giant has bowed to investor and airline demands for a management team more focused on software solutions that help with the retailing, distribution, and fulfillment of travel as an end-to-end journey, not just siloed by function.

2 months ago

Mixed Fortunes for European Tour Operators as Summer Season Begins

Mixed Fortunes for European Tour Operators as Summer Season Begins

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Periods of prolonged hot weather can hurt tour operators with potential customers staying at home or booking a domestic trip instead. However, it shouldn't be used as an excuse to mask other problems within a business.

2 months ago