Travel Agents

The Ins and Outs for Travel Agents in Planning Billionaires’ Honeymoons

The Ins and Outs for Travel Agents in Planning Billionaires’ Honeymoons

Brandon Presser, Bloomberg

A postnuptial trip by a billionaire or celebrity can be as over-the-top as the big day itself. Some of the requests that elite travel agency Ovation Vacations have handled are entertaining to hear.

1 month ago

New Skift Research Report Offers Best Practices For Attracting Chinese Tourists

New Skift Research Report Offers Best Practices For Attracting Chinese Tourists

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

Chinese outbound travel continues to boom and shows high potential for future growth. Travel brands and destinations need to understand the evolving behaviors and preferences of Chinese travelers in order to most effectively appeal to this market.

3 months ago

Apple Leisure Group CEO Says Mark Travel Merger Is Win-Win for Travel Agents

Apple Leisure Group CEO Says Mark Travel Merger Is Win-Win for Travel Agents

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many travel agents will have the benefit of selling a wider variety of packages from one distribution channel because of this deal, but will this industry giant really want to give travel agents, and their clients, the best rates if agents don't have anywhere else to turn? Time will tell.

4 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.

4 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.

6 months ago

Travel Leaders Group Buys Scottish Retail Chain in Ongoing Merger Spree

Travel Leaders Group Buys Scottish Retail Chain in Ongoing Merger Spree

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Travel Leaders Group is clearly playing a scale game, and although Barrhead Travel might be an old-fashioned travel business, at least it still makes money.

6 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?

7 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.

8 months ago

British Airways Surcharge Means Travel Agents Won’t Get Lowest Fares Through Sabre

British Airways Surcharge Means Travel Agents Won’t Get Lowest Fares Through Sabre

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airlines have learned that standing up to the global distribution system giants can actually yield benefits. It has been a hard-earned victory.

9 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.

11 months ago