Travel Advisor Coverage

Travel Advisors Are Selling Trips as a Kind of Therapy

Travel Advisors Are Selling Trips as a Kind of Therapy

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Transformative travel has been a buzzword for a while, and these companies are finding a way to put the concept into practice. Actual therapy should be left to professionals, but there's no denying travelers can find a helpful fresh perspective through their journeys.

5 days ago

Travel Advisors Tap Into Lucrative Destination Weddings Driven by Immigrants

Travel Advisors Tap Into Lucrative Destination Weddings Driven by Immigrants

Maria Lenhart, Skift

South Asian destination weddings, which involve large groups and multi-night stays, are big business for a growing number of resorts and travel advisors. Succeeding in the niche requires a marriage of cultural knowledge and logistical skill.

6 days ago

Travel Advisors Find South Asian Destination Weddings Very Lucrative But Tough

Travel Advisors Find South Asian Destination Weddings Very Lucrative But Tough

Maria Lenhart, Skift

South Asian destination weddings are a lucrative and growing travel niche, fueled by demand from affluent Indian immigrant communities in North America. However, travel advisors need to be prepared for complex challenges.

6 days ago

Adventure Travel Specialists Take Customers Beyond the Beach

Adventure Travel Specialists Take Customers Beyond the Beach

Paul Biasco, Skift

Adventure travel is a booming niche that many agencies would be wise to take on. Given the trends for retirees to live longer and healthier lives and for millennials to search for unique experiences, this segment of the travel market is just getting started.

6 days ago

Boeing Max 8 Flying: What Airlines, Agencies Are Telling Customers

Boeing Max 8 Flying: What Airlines, Agencies Are Telling Customers

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

A range of differing responses to the Ethiopian Air disaster involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 is making it hard for travel advisors.

2 weeks ago

Travel Advisors Resist Rivals’ Direct-Booking Efforts

Travel Advisors Resist Rivals’ Direct-Booking Efforts

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As one travel advisor told us about the Costco and state tax proposal flaps: “The little guys can fight back.”

2 weeks ago

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

Four Seasons and Costco Direct-Booking Efforts Irk Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

A recent Today Show segment touting Costco Travel is riling ASTA, as are Four Seasons ads on Facebook promising perks for direct bookings. Travel advisors are irked as well, but are finding ways to hold their own.

2 weeks ago

Would Tax Law Proposals Kill Travel Agencies in Some States?

Would Tax Law Proposals Kill Travel Agencies in Some States?

Maria Lenhart, Skift

As states look for new sources of tax revenue in the service-driven economy, businesses like travel agencies are viewed as likely targets. Part of the problem is ignorance among legislators of how agencies operate and why added taxes would be devastating for many.

2 weeks ago

Virtuoso Has a Trip-Planning Tool to Inspire Luxury Clients

Virtuoso Has a Trip-Planning Tool to Inspire Luxury Clients

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

We've seen trip-planning tools come and go, but this Wanderlist one might thrive because its users get additional assistance from real travel experts who charge fees. Until artificial intelligence improves substantially, this hybrid digital and human approach is the most promising approach.

2 weeks 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.

3 weeks 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?

3 weeks 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.

3 weeks ago