As I write this article, I’m sitting on a airplane flying to Boston to go on my 105th cruise. The gentleman beside me made a comment I hear often. “How’s the travel agency business? With the internet, I would think that travel agents are extinct.”
I’m here to tell you that we are not extinct. We are thriving.
Here are 6 reasons why we are thriving:
1. Buying Power: My agency belongs to a
travel group called Signature Travel Network. There are 221 agencies in the network and over 7000 travel advisors. Many cruise lines and tour companies are our partners. These partners provide discount pricing and amenities for us to offer to our clients. One example is a complimentary “Private Car and Driver” excursion on our luxury cruises.
2. Destination Knowledge: “We Know Because We Go” is our motto. Eight travel advisors work with my agency. One of us is usually traveling somewhere so we can give you first hand knowledge of your destination. Just this morning I received this email from my client. “Hi Beth….you are a wealth of ideas!”
3. Expert Trip Planning: We plan your entire trip from the beginning to the end. Flights, cruise, hotels, tours, insurance, we do it all. We are the only travel group with a program that alerts us if your cruise fare has