Articles tagged “travel agents”

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.

4 days ago

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Inside the Rise of Solo Luxury Adventure Tourism

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Forget millennials. It's their parents who have the money and time to sign up for luxury experiences around the globe. With the aid of digital communications, going alone no longer feels like tragedy but an asset.

3 weeks ago

Meeting Planners and Travel Agents Prepare for a Reinvention Amid Hotel Commission Cuts

Meeting Planners and Travel Agents Prepare for a Reinvention Amid Hotel Commission Cuts

Robin Amster, Skift

Travel agents and meeting planners feel betrayed by Marriott’s – and now Hilton’s – move to cut commissions on group bookings. They’re grappling with ways to deal with the cuts, even as they fear more hotel companies may follow suit. It's not personal, though; it's strictly business.

3 months ago

Travel Agents Look Past Iceland to New Offbeat Destinations

Travel Agents Look Past Iceland to New Offbeat Destinations

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

We don't even consider Antarctica to be an unusual destination anymore. Getting off the beaten path, however much that's possible, is getting more difficult and expensive.

3 months ago

Marriott and Hilton’s Group Commission Cuts Put Pressure on Industry

Marriott and Hilton’s Group Commission Cuts Put Pressure on Industry

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

As hotel chains have shifted their business models over the last decade, keeping owners happy has become the priority. Slashing group booking commissions for intermediaries saves owners money, so it's easy to see how the largest U.S. chains will follow the example of Marriott and Hilton in the near future.

3 months ago

Apple Leisure Group to Merge With Mark Travel in Consolidation of Legacy Players

Apple Leisure Group to Merge With Mark Travel in Consolidation of Legacy Players

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

This transaction makes one of the largest private players in leisure travel, Apple Leisure Group, even bigger and sweetens the potential reward for the almost inevitable private equity sale of its assets.

4 months ago

Former Travel Leaders Exec Alleges Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination

Former Travel Leaders Exec Alleges Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Termination

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Richard Branson might be a contender for the king of lechery, and Steve Wynn's sexual harassment scandal didn't come as a surprise to some, but the lawsuit against Travel Leaders Group, if the allegations turn out to be true, is a reminder that you don't have to be a household name to be held accountable.

5 months ago

Travel Hackers Turn Honeymoon Experience Into Expert Advice

Travel Hackers Turn Honeymoon Experience Into Expert Advice

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Most people don't have a year to spend honeymooning, but it's worth paying attention to advice about seeking less-obvious destinations and lodging options.

5 months ago

Australians Are Cruising Like Locals — Close to Home

Australians Are Cruising Like Locals — Close to Home

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Australians have taken to cruising like ducks to water. With around 85 percent of bookings going through travel agents, this sector is providing a shot in the arm for travel retailers hit by falling margins in their bread-and-butter flights and hotels business.

5 months ago

Marriott Commission Cut on Group Bookings Could Ripple Across Hotel Industry

Marriott Commission Cut on Group Bookings Could Ripple Across Hotel Industry

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Marriott will use its formidable presence in the North American hotel market to squeeze travel agents and meeting planners. The big question is whether competitors will follow suit. Could Marriott be setting the stage for a full-blown commission cut on all hotel bookings that would completely disrupt the travel sellers?

6 months ago

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New Research Study: How Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers Feel About Travel Agents

New Research Study: How Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers Feel About Travel Agents

Signature Travel Network + Skift

Despite the common misconceptions out there, travelers today—even millennial travelers—are open to using travel agents and consultants, as long as the price is right and trips can still be customizable and unique.

7 months ago

U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential

U.S. Tour Operators Optimistic About Cuba Travel Because They’re Even More Essential

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. tour operators and travel agents are betting that it will be business as usual, or perhaps even better, as the new Cuba restrictions take effect and individual people-to-people visas get sidelined. But many also find it ironic that the White House announced these changes while Trump was courting leaders of Asian countries that have poor human rights records.

8 months ago