A good entrepreneur always knows how to make a good business out of any situation and invariably comes up with a novel idea. One such entrepreneur must have once thought of finding possible accommodations, transportations and all of the needs of a traveller and at the same time make money from it. That is when a whole new aspect of tourism came into being known as Travel agents.
Travel agents help travelers get the right information in regards to their requirements. The travel agents and agencies for that purpose have to ensure a good network of contacts with hotels, airlines, bus agencies and at times even with restaurants. Sometimes it even may matter which is the most happening sports bar or the best spa in the city the customers want. They charge a commission for the information and booking that they provide from their customers and at times even from the other party involved. Depending on how much tourism a city draws, the number of agents increases accordingly. Nowadays they also provide packages of tours and even certain places like for example Essel-World in which all fares are covered. The result is a convenient but slightly expensive experience.
However this job is not easy as it looks. It involves a constant battle with competitors in terms of cost and quality. Customer loyalty then becomes a crucial part. They also need to be lucrative and have loyal employees who have a knack of convincing and also luring customers towards them. Travel agents even have contracts with certain airline or hotels and have to ensure their conditions are fulfilled. Since the advent of internet however people have direct access to information regarding their means and places of travel which led to a decrease in the number of such agencies.
As can be seen, such agencies gain or lose popularity mainly on word of mouth publicity and so even if the commissions are taken from them, the satisfaction of customers also matters. The main factor no doubt driving the competition is money. The cheaper and easier the information provided, the better the business. The demand for tourism and travelling in work is unending and so travel agents are here to say. Simply as long as there is money in your pocket, there is always going to be someone to help you.