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Archive for April 2010

As a follow-up to my post on the use of professional travel agents, I’d like to talk about an innovation that my agency, Celebrations International Travel,  introduced last year.  I should stress that I think this, or any other online travel site, is best used when travelers have a good idea of what they want and are familiar with the destination and type of travel involved.  For all other trips, I highly recommend contacting a full-service, professional travel agency directly.

The Internet has become an indispensable tool for the majority of us, and I think it’s fair to say there’s no turning back now!  But a pet peeve I’ve always had about booking travel on the Internet is the lack of human interaction and contact.

Buying travel isn’t like buying a book or CD.  You can always return or have an item replaced, but if something happens to cause your hard-earned vacation plans to go sour, what then?  If it was booked through an online mega-agency, chances are you’ll have to call the customer service number on the Web site and speak to a rep who doesn’t know you or your travel plans, and could very well be reciting to you from a manual.

In an effort to improve the travel booking experience, Celebrations International Travel introduced Celebrations Travel Online, an automated booking site that allows travelers the flexibility and convenience of booking travel via the Internet, but with the added convenience and peace-of-mind that comes with the personalized service of a professional travel agent.

Agents are on hand to answer any questions prior to booking, and all bookings made via Celebrations Travel Online are serviced by an agent of Celebrations International Travel, our full-service agency.  We always contact the traveler to answer any questions, and to make sure they’ve received and understand their travel documents, procedures, and who to call if they need anything.  We think this combined automated booking and personal service gives travelers the best of both worlds:  modern technology and dedicated, personal service.

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With the advent of the Internet, travelers have greater access and more options than ever when it comes to booking trips.  I’ll be the first to admit that using the Internet is indeed a convenient way to book travel.  But I don’t think it’s always the best option, especially if you’re considering an extensive or detailed trip, or if the trip involves a destination or type of travel that you’re not familiar with.

In these cases, why not consider using a professional travel agent?  A good, knowledgeable travel agent is trained to ask the right questions, make suitable recommendations based on your needs, wants, and travel budget, and make your arrangements in a way that best ensures a smooth and hassle-free trip.

At many agencies, including Celebrations International Travel, it does not cost you extra to use our services.  Then how do we get paid, you ask?  The travel suppliers we work with pay us.  So there is no extra cost to you, our clients; and it is in our best interest to find you the best deal possible on travel experiences you’ll thoroughly enjoy.

The next time you have the urge to get away, to enjoy some much-needed time off, why not leave the planning to the pro’s?  Celebrations International Travel’s agents would be more than happy to help you plan the perfect vacation.  Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.

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I came across this very interesting and well-written article from Newsweek:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/236064

I especially like the introduction. Browse through the article, and take a look at the detailed captions in the photo gallery. This goes to show what an amazing, yet fragile world we live in….all the more reason to get out and explore as much of the world as we can, and all the more reason we should all work to protect it.

Happy reading, and happy travels!


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