Both home based travel agent and consumers can and do benefit from the flood of online data on travel.
Data that helps them decipher airfare mysteries, figure out which seats are best on each plane and learn the historical highs and lows of prices for any specific destination.
If you are a frequent flyer or someone willing to invest time to get the best deal and the best trip, it's heaven. If you would rather let someone else take care of your travel research and planning, it's overload.
Before you book your next trip, carefully evaluate the home based travel agent of your choice and clarify all the charges.
Travel agents offer advice on destinations and make arrangements for transportation, hotel accommodations and car rentals. It is their job to stay on top of travel trends and to look after the little things.
Knowledgeable and experienced travel agents can quickly track down discounts and bargains, set up complicated itineraries and provide “insider information,” such as reports from others who have taken your proposed trip or vacation.
Some agents may be influenced by supply chains such as accommodation companies, beverage companies, food and recreation companies, shopping compagnies, tour operators, transportation companies.
NAICS guidelines divide our tourism industry into six sectors, transportation, accommodation, food & beverage, recreation & entertainment and travel services.
But, and for many years, our tourism industry was divided into into eight sectors, accommodations, adventure & recreation, attractions, events & conferences, food & beverage, tourism services, transportation and travel trade.
So, simply ask your travel agent. What you want is a solid company that can and does provides a wide range of expert services including those related to problems and delays.
That said, some travel agents only work part time, many are retired and have pensions and investments, others sell travel to family and friends while maintaining a career elsewhere and each and everyone of them enjoy the benefits of being in the travel industry.
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