Home based and traditional travel agents are set to increase their revenue when booking London bound vacations and flights for their clients.
Various travel suppliers are springing up and bringing out add-on travel products and services that travel agents can sell to prospective clients going to London.
This type of add-on sale and in fact the add-on travel market in general is increasing as more travellers seek destination specific activities and services.
London especially seems to be leading the way with up to half a dozen companies offering these type of add-on products and services to travel agents.
This new add-on travel market could well help reverse the fortunes of many Home based and traditional travel agents who over the last few years have seen a steady decline in their revenue. Many have gone to the wall while others have had to work harder just to stay afloat.
One of the main problems agents have been facing is that tour operators and airlines have greatly reduced the amount they pay agents for getting them customers.
Many ordinary travellers may think it’s just them that are being squeezed by airlines by being charged for luggage and other things that were once free.
But in many respects it’s the ordinary home based and traditional travel agent that is really being squeezed. For example many agents earn less than $20 for flight bookings they make for their clients and some agents earn a lot less than that.
Home based and traditional travel agents often voice concerns that they should be paid better for the work they do. Add-on products and services are an answer to that call as they generally earn agents a lot more money than say a flight or car hire sale.
If home based and traditional travel agents are to survive into the future they will need to get more innovative in what they do and what they sell. Finding travel products and services to sell as add-ons to the original sale could be a way forward and provide agents with another stream of revenue.
Ronnie Rodney is co-founder of EPok.com. EPok.com helps visitors to London save money on eating out and going out in London. It also provides visitors with a free independent hotel report on the hotel that you are thinking of staying at.
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