Articles tagged “travel agents”

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.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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?

4 weeks 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.

2 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.

3 months ago

Ryanair Settles Legal Dispute Over Misleading Ads With Google and eDreams

Ryanair Settles Legal Dispute Over Misleading Ads With Google and eDreams

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sadly, whatever resolution was agreed upon will remain a secret between Ryanair, Google, and eDreams. We'll have to keep an eye on the Google search results to see if anything changes.

4 months ago

TripAdvisor Tours and Activities Brand Viator Debuts a Booking Tool for Travel Agents

TripAdvisor Tours and Activities Brand Viator Debuts a Booking Tool for Travel Agents

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Who needs middlemen distributors? TripAdvisor-backed Viator is hoping that travel agencies come directly to its new platform to find tours and activities to sell to consumers.

5 months ago

Travel Agent Plans Pricey (and Tricky) Trips for Corporate CEOs and Former U.S. Presidents

Travel Agent Plans Pricey (and Tricky) Trips for Corporate CEOs and Former U.S. Presidents

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Wealthy people have a right to spend their money as they wish. But some of the requests and complaints detailed in this story are absurd. Did one hedge fund owner actually complain the weather in Italy was too hot? Did his children really share "over-the-top" criticisms of a luxury spa?

6 months ago

Travel This Week — What to Expect: Virtuoso Will Tout Pivotal Role of Travel Agents

Travel This Week — What to Expect: Virtuoso Will Tout Pivotal Role of Travel Agents

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's only a segment of the U.S. population that has a go-to travel agent for trip planning, although they are more popular in other parts of the world. Virtuoso is trying to equip its members with the smarts to adapt to the evolving traveler, and you have to give Virtuoso credit for that.

6 months ago

Where Millennials and Baby Boomers Agree on Luxury Travel

Where Millennials and Baby Boomers Agree on Luxury Travel

Laura Powell, Skift

Demographics always defy preconceived notions, but the mindsets of consumer segments are where the focus should be.

7 months ago

Lola Travel App Will Pivot to Target Business Travelers

Lola Travel App Will Pivot to Target Business Travelers

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Paul English was pretty candid about the limitations of his initial idea and equally excited about the potential of tapping into the corporate travel world. The "travel agent in your pocket" approach was never going to be big for the average consumer and targeting businesses seems much more sensible.

9 months ago

Millennials Now Enjoy Cruising More Than Boomers

Millennials Now Enjoy Cruising More Than Boomers

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

After years of talking up the importance of attracting millennials and families to cruising, it appears cruise lines are leaving them with a positive impression of their time onboard when they do choose a cruise vacation.

10 months ago