How To Profit Handsomely From The Failure of The Travel Agent Industry

Contrary to what one might think, the tragic events of 911 and the subsequent “war on terror” have not stopped people from traveling. In fact, the demand for travel has actually been growing, mostly due to the ever-increasing numbers of retired baby boomers who love to travel. Now, the travel industry is generating annual revenue well in excess of 6 trillion dollars. However, despite this tremendous growth, the conventional travel agent business model has been failing miserably and this represents a great opportunity for you to profit handsomely by marketing wholesale travel direct to the public. Here’s why.

The key to the travel agents’ business was the their ability to get exclusive information to book travel. They had information that the general public was unable to get. In the past if you or I wanted to book a trip it would be necessary to use a travel agent who would access the information through private computer systems such a PARS, SABRE and APOLLO and then relay that information to us. We would use this information to get the best possible travel accommodations to fit our budget and schedule. The Internet has dramatically changed this situation.

Thanks to the Internet, the general public can now access information that was once only accessible by travel agents. Now anyone tap into airline websites directly to book flights and lodging accommodations. In addition to that, there are sophisticated travel search portals such as Priceline, Travelocity and Expedia that access huge databases of travel service to providers to offer attractively priced travel accommodations to the public. The competition for your travel dollar is extremely fierce.

This has had a negative impact on travel agent commissions. The generous commissions that conventional travel agents once enjoyed have now dwindled to nickels and dimes! The airlines reduced travel agent commissions to such an extent that they’ve effectively told the travel agents, “we don’t need you anymore”. Consequently storefront travel agents are leaving the business in droves! Three years ago there were about 190,000 travel agent storefronts in operation. Today that number is down to about 65,000. That’s roughly a decrease of 66 percent! You may refer to detailed supportive data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor at this address – http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos124.htm

At this point it should be clear that the conventional travel agent business model is on the decline despite the growing demand for travel. There is yet another factor which I am about to share, that will make you realize the tremendous potential of the wholesale travel niche. That factor is excess capacity!

Excess capacity has always been a bane to the travel industry. Why? Because hotels, cruise lines and resorts can’t make money from empty rooms! So they are willing to negotiate surreptitiously with select travel service companies and even companies outside of the travel industry to make sure that those rooms are filled with travelers even if it means giving them away for free!

They know that once a traveler is on their property, that person will spend money at their affiliated gift shops, nightclubs, restaurants, tour programs and casinos etc. Thus, giving away free accommodations can turn out to be quite a profitable venture. So they’re eager to make arrangements with wholesale travel distributors who will help keep their room filled to capacity every night.

Wholesale travel packages allow a consumer to easily book their own travel arrangements with prestigious service providers and enjoy complimentary and deep discount travel privileges up to 75% off retail rates. Even the hugely popular travel search portals mentioned earlier can’t match these savings!

Marketing wholesale travel packages direct to the public is and extremely simple lucrative way for anyone profit from the annual multi-trillion dollar travel industry revue. It represents a perfect way for disheartened travel agents to adapt to the new travel industry environment as well!

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Travelling Tips for the Disabled

Unlike in the past, today people with disabilities have been recognized, and are less discriminated against. In many countries there are legislations that protect them and make their life a little easier. Also many public buildings have been designed or renovated in order to accommodate people with disabilities.

With all these improvements, people with disabilities are now able to travel for vacation or a business trip to places far away from their home. However, with all these improvements we have made, travelling for people with disabilities is still a challenge for them, especially when they are travelling alone or, they are travelling to an unknown destination. Below is a guide to help people with all forms of disabilities to travel safely.

1. Plan well in advance
Planning is key to any form of success. This is very important because it reduces chances of getting stranded and being inconvenienced. Booking flights and hotel rooms are the top priorities, however if you are going to stay at a friend’s or a relative’s house; notifying them in advance is very important. Then they can be prepared and even pick you up from the airport.

2. Book hotels that are disabled friendly
Hotels with disabled friendly structures are very convenient as they allow disabled individuals to move freely with minimal effort. Most of these hotels also have special emergency protocols that ensure disabled individuals are not left behind in case of an emergency, unlike some hotels where these issues are over looked.

3. Use a travel agent that offers travel packages for disabled travelers
Booking flights and hotel rooms with travel agents that offer travel solutions to disabled people is advantageous in a number of ways. They ensure they book for their disabled clients airlines and hotels that are disabled friendly. They strive to offer services and suggestions that will ensure their clients travel comfortably.

4. Understand and know your rights when at the airport
Travelling, for people with disabilities, is very hectic, especially when they arrive at the airport. They face the challenge of getting proper information and directions. This is further aggravated by the huge number of people traveling and long queues. In airports, there are attendants that are supposed to attend to the needs of those travelling with disabilities.

Disabled travelers should not, and are not, treated differently when they go through security measures. They are also protected from any form of discrimination from any airline. Disabled travelers are advised to be very conversant with their rights to avoid and report any form of discrimination when travelling.

5. Bring extra medication
There is no harm in carrying an extra dose of medication when travelling. People do lose their luggage as they travel so, having an extra dose will act as a backup when one dose gets lost. This also ensures that when travelling, a disabled person does not run out of their medicine forcing them to start looking for a drug store when travelling. These medications should be stored properly to ensure their safety.

6. Take a doctor’s note and contact information when travelling
A doctor’s note contains important information about a condition that a disabled person is facing and this will help doctors save a lot of time on tests in case of an emergency. Contact information for your doctor allows other doctors to get important information from your doctor should the need arise. This small, but vital, information can save lives.

7. Use direct flights
It is very hectic and tiresome for a disabled traveler to use connecting flights. Using connecting flights exposes them to loss of their luggage and even injury as they get in and out of a plane. Using a direct flight cuts all these risks down and saves a lot time and energy when travelling. Direct flights also ensure that those travelling with disabilities are not stranded in an airport as they wait for a connecting flight.

8. Disabled travelers are advised to have some knowledge about where they are travelling to
There is nothing more difficult than looking for directions to a place you do not know about. This is even harder for disabled travelers so, it is advisable to have at least some knowledge and understanding about their destination. This will give them an upper hand when moving around and the knowledge to know where to go and where not to go. This will be very helpful when they are stranded or experience an emergency situation and need urgent assistance.

9. Carry the appropriate luggage
Disabled travelers are advised to carry luggage that they can manage when they are travelling. Unless they have company, travelling with a huge amount of luggage is not easy. Traveling lightly enables disabled travelers to be more flexible to situations that arise besides, a large amount of luggage can also easily get lost.

10. Enjoy travelling
Many disabled people do not travel often because of a lot of limitations which discourages them. However modern technology ensures safe travel for all regardless of their condition. Travelling should be enjoyed by all since it is a chance to experience new things that are different than what they are used to.

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