Articles tagged “travel agents”

Isolation Is the Next Big Thing in Luxury Travel

Isolation Is the Next Big Thing in Luxury Travel

Laura Powell, Skift

Silence is indeed golden and isolation comes at a premium as well for luxury travelers who really, really want to get away.

1 week ago

Travel Agents and the Power of Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Travel Agents and the Power of Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Colin Nagy, Skift

Break through the travel recommendation bubble with a good old-fashioned human expert.

2 weeks ago

Affluent Travelers Increasingly Turning to Hiking and Upscale Hotel Packages

Affluent Travelers Increasingly Turning to Hiking and Upscale Hotel Packages

Abbie Kozolchyk , Bloomberg

Unplugging from push notifications, 24/7 intrigue in the White House, and the desire to get off the couch and to get active, are all feeding into a trend that has upscale travelers looking for active pursuits paired with a luxury hotel stay.

4 weeks ago

UK Travel Association ABTA Targeted in Cyber Attack

UK Travel Association ABTA Targeted in Cyber Attack

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sadly these types of attacks are becoming more common. We’ll have to wait and see whether the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office takes any action over the breach.

1 month ago

The Travel Agent of the Future May Be the Travel Agent of the Past

The Travel Agent of the Future May Be the Travel Agent of the Past

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Travel agencies are using digital education tools to reach the new generation of agents. More valuable could be back-end innovations that make life for agents more fun than figuring out dated computer systems.

2 months ago

U.S. Travel Industry Jobs Ended 2016 With Modest Gains and Smaller Growth

U.S. Travel Industry Jobs Ended 2016 With Modest Gains and Smaller Growth

Dan Peltier, Skift

As much as we wish 2016 was a thing of the past, we took a look at the U.S. travel jobs growth for last year and found that while it wasn't all bad news -- and many jobs were added -- that growth wasn't as robust as the previous year because of global events and a litany of other factors.

3 months ago

Apple Leisure Group Will Likely Continue Growth After Sale

Apple Leisure Group Will Likely Continue Growth After Sale

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It's one thing for a private equity group to own many fragmented hotel and travel assets. It's another to own a distribution platform to sell those products. Apple Leisure Group's new owners have to feel good about leveraging the company's scale and using its resources to help increase the viability of its existing assets.

4 months ago

Lola Travel Agent App Acquires Room 77 Technology

Lola Travel Agent App Acquires Room 77 Technology

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With Lola's acquisition of Room 77's metasearch tech, Room 77 essentially becomes a consumer insights and hotel search test lab for Lola. Room 77's original founders have essentially exited the business: Google licensed its tech and hired the bulk of its employees, Expedia acquired Room 77's pioneering room-view tech, TrustYou bought Room 77's Checkmate hotel-messaging app, and now Lola picked up the remaining technology.

5 months ago

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Online Travel Agencies Vs. Travel Agents: It’s Getting Personal

Online Travel Agencies Vs. Travel Agents: It’s Getting Personal

Signature Travel Network + Skift

With dozens of online sources available to consumers, travel consultants need the ability to clearly articulate the benefits of consulting an expert.

6 months ago

Mobile Apps and the Evolution of the Next-Generation Travel Agent

Mobile Apps and the Evolution of the Next-Generation Travel Agent

Dave Montali, Skift

Are travel agents being leveraged to serve as teachers for machine learning artificial intelligence? Time will tell.

6 months ago

Thomas Cook Closes 28 More Offices in Shift Away From Downtown Locations

Thomas Cook Closes 28 More Offices in Shift Away From Downtown Locations

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Thomas Cook’s disastrous merger with The Co-operative Group in 2011 gave it more than 1,200 retail shops at a time when the public was switching to online sales. Gradually it has been trying to reduce this number while at the same time improving those deemed to be in key locations.

7 months ago

Kayak Co-Founder Paul English Plans to Open Up Lola App to Travel Agents Worldwide

Kayak Co-Founder Paul English Plans to Open Up Lola App to Travel Agents Worldwide

Patrick Whyte, Skift

In a funny twist of fate, the man who helped drive consumers away from traditional travel agents with Kayak is now building a business around them. By combining the convenience of an app with the human touch, English and company are hoping to hit a sweet spot.

7 months ago