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Travel Agents See a Rise in Business

Travel Agents See a Rise in Business

A recent travel industry report showed that travel agents are coming back into fashion with customers recognising their value.

Travel Agents See a Rise in Business

A recent travel industry report showed that travel agents are coming back into fashion with customers recognising their value.

According to ABTA’s Travel Trends Report 2013 the number of people valuing the service of agents has risen 10% to 40%.

The report says that the outlook for high street agencies looks good for next year.

It is thought that mid-market operators will be hardest hit in 2013 as customers more towards tailor made packages, luxury and all inclusive holidays.

The ABTA Chief Executive, Mark Tanzer, said that “The early indications are that forward bookings for 2013 are looking positive despite a continued squeeze on household budgets.

“The majority of British holidaymakers are reluctant to give up their annual holiday even in tougher economic times.

In particular, we are seeing strong forward bookings for the luxury and all-inclusive sectors, which have both done well in recent years.”

It is thought that popular destinations next year will be Greece and Spain as the countries continue to struggle with the economic crisis. They will both be very affordable and shoppers can expect to find great deals and good accommodation packages.

Other popular destinations for next year include France, Italy, the USA, New Zealand and Ecuador.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.

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