Travel Agents

Travel Agency Acquisitions Are Being Driven by Aging and Ambition

Travel Agency Acquisitions Are Being Driven by Aging and Ambition

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Many of the mergers and acquisitions among leisure travel agencies have been sought after by big companies looking to grow their sales volume, for a variety of reasons. But an aging population of agency owners is looking for an escape hatch as well, adding fuel to the acquisition frenzy.

6 months ago

Business Travelers Booking With Travel Agents Aren’t Using the Sharing Economy

Business Travelers Booking With Travel Agents Aren’t Using the Sharing Economy

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

One-in-four of Travel Leaders Group's business travel agents say their sales numbers are worse than last year. You have to worry about the sector's health going into 2017, given its quantifiable decline compared to previous years.

6 months ago

Expedia In No Rush To Replace Outgoing Northern Europe Boss

Expedia In No Rush To Replace Outgoing Northern Europe Boss

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It seems Expedia is happy to bide its time to find a replacement for Andy Washington, its managing director for Northern Europe.

6 months ago

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A Look Back at How Far Travel Agents Have Come

A Look Back at How Far Travel Agents Have Come

Signature Travel Network + Skift

Travel agents have come a long way since the early days of travel. Despite the rise of online travel websites and do-it-yourself planning, savvy travel agents are doing better than ever with the help of their networks.

7 months ago

Is Global Chaos Affecting U.S. Vacation Bookings? Not Really, Say Travel Agencies

Is Global Chaos Affecting U.S. Vacation Bookings? Not Really, Say Travel Agencies

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Security concerns in Europe seems to be the new normal, according to travel agency executives. Travelers are simply booking vacations to safer destinations instead of putting off travel altogether.

7 months ago

A Year After CEO Change, Travel Leaders Group Merges Leisure Brands

A Year After CEO Change, Travel Leaders Group Merges Leisure Brands

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Vacation.com, once upon a time, was a prestige asset in the travel agency community. By getting rid of the brand, Travel Leaders Group is looking to simplify its brand offerings to consumers and travel partners.

7 months ago

Corporate Travel Embraces Chat-Based Apps With Hyper Travel Acquisition

Corporate Travel Embraces Chat-Based Apps With Hyper Travel Acquisition

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Chat-based apps that use real travel agents are getting a lot of buzz; we're interested to see how they will fit into the corporate travel space.

9 months ago

Millennials Are More Likely to Use Travel Agents Than Any Other U.S. Demographic

Millennials Are More Likely to Use Travel Agents Than Any Other U.S. Demographic

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Once millennials start making money, they're willing to spend to receive personalized treatment from a travel agent. They're also tired of the hassle of do-it-yourself online travel booking.

9 months ago

Lola Deal With Virtuoso Is Rare Truce in Travel Agent-Online Booking Relations

Lola Deal With Virtuoso Is Rare Truce in Travel Agent-Online Booking Relations

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It remains to be seen how much of the future of travel booking will be based around mobile messaging and service. But it does seem reasonable to expect a hybrid of traditional personal service and digital do-it-yourself accessibility to appeal to many travelers going forward.

10 months ago

You Can Now Make an Airbnb Booking for Someone Else at Your Company

You Can Now Make an Airbnb Booking for Someone Else at Your Company

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has now removed one of its most egregious limitations by now enabling third-parties to place business travel bookings. But travel agents and travel management companies are still left out of the picture.

10 months ago

Tour Operator Booking Patterns Are Going Through a ‘Seismic Shift’ in 2016

Tour Operator Booking Patterns Are Going Through a ‘Seismic Shift’ in 2016

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Shifting consumer demands for new destinations and more experiential trips may have finally caused a big impact on the way tour operators sell vacations.

10 months ago

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Abruptly Replaces Its CEO

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Abruptly Replaces Its CEO

Hannah Sampson, Skift

It will be interesting to see how this shakeup will affect such a major player in travel management. We look forward to hearing more from the new CEO (as well as learning the backstory of his predecessor's departure).

11 months ago