Travel Agents

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.

3 weeks ago

The Travel Agents Rethinking the Brick and Mortar Retail Experience

The Travel Agents Rethinking the Brick and Mortar Retail Experience

Laura Powell, Skift

There are vastly fewer retail travel outlets now than two decades ago, but a few creative agents are rethinking how to buy and sell travel in the real world.

1 month ago

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 month ago

Flight Centre Invests $7 Million for Stake in Leading Argentinian Booking Site

Flight Centre Invests $7 Million for Stake in Leading Argentinian Booking Site

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Can a legacy brand like Flight Centre really transform itself and get more digital and global? The company is making the investments and acquisitions in people and technology to do so. Will the strategy be successful? It will take a few years to find out.

2 months 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 months 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.

3 months ago

Travel Agents Say Visa Controversy is Dampening Demand From Abroad

Travel Agents Say Visa Controversy is Dampening Demand From Abroad

Austin Weinstein and Randy Woods, Bloomberg

The problem with the U.S. travel ban isn't just about the seven Muslim-majority countries. Travel agents and business travel entities fear it is having a broader impact with clients from abroad reluctant to visit the United States given all the uncertainty and unrest.

4 months ago

Venezuelan Travel Agencies Get Creative in Reinventing Themselves After Very Tough Year

Venezuelan Travel Agencies Get Creative in Reinventing Themselves After Very Tough Year

Zayira Arenas, Skift

Venezuelan travel agencies have refocused their strategies to face the economic crisis. The shift has not been enough to boost the business, which shows no signs of recovery.

4 months ago

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The Perks of Working with a Travel Consultant

The Perks of Working with a Travel Consultant

Signature Travel Network + Skift

Skift recently released our Megtrends Defining Travel in 2017. One trend, Humanity Returns to Travel, notes that, “all of the data in the world is much more powerful when placed in the hands of a well-trained, empathic person who can anticipate, be flexible, and help steward a cohesive experience.” This observation is coming to life through 2016’s increase, and 2017’s predicted increase in travelers seeking the services of travel agents/consultants.

4 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.

5 months ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: Lola CEO on Why Messaging Matters

Skift Backstage Podcast: Lola CEO on Why Messaging Matters

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Tune in to hear how Paul English is rethinking the tools that travel agents use.

6 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.

7 months ago