The travel Industry is a multibillion dollar Industry and is
growing significantly each year. In the past the Travel Suppliers would sell their travel packages to the travel agency and the travel agency would sell the package
directly to the public. This is changing!
Because of the Internet and the positive response to the Internet by Travel consumers, Travel Suppliers are now placing their products online for ALL to see. Many Travel suppliers have set up their own web sites, however, hundreds of Travel Suppliers, Consolidators and Travel Wholesalers have teamed up with Travel Industry Trade Associations. For example OSSN (Outside Sales Support Network) is the #1 Travel Industry Trade Association representing and supporting the Home Based Travel Agency, Independent Contractor Seller of Travel and the Outside Sales Travel Agent. There are over 100,000 members in OSSN.
Because of this vast number of outside travel agents — Travel suppliers overwhelm our in baskets with travel deals. Most agents select a particular region, destination or type of travel like Honeymoons, Cruises Gulf trips, Skiing or what ever area they feel comfortable with. When a new Travel supplier is introduced to the membership, members often discuss their product on the private members only message board. The Travel Agents then present these great travel deals to their client
database and the rest of the consumers are left searching for these true yet unbelievable travel deals. (If you want to see a sample of what I am talking about, find the “catch all” fax machine at your work place. Ask about the Travel Faxes that come in? Because faxing unsolicited information is a no, no, you may not see the real deals on a consistent bases)
Travel consumers can view an e-vacation catalog without having
to speak with a travel agent. Not only can you read and see what
travel agents see, you can view videos, online, of your selected destinations.
Travel Suppliers have come a long way. Go to the http://www.travel360degrees.com
site and click on Vacation Catalog to see what the Travel Agents see.
Some Travel Agencies markup the Travel Tours if possible, others will only charge you the price that the Travel Supplier is charging them! There is much debate about how to expose the public to these great travel deals. There is also, it appears, to be a silent push from the US State Department for US citizens to travel in groups when traveling aboard. Well the Travel Suppliers, got the unspoken message. The group tour deals are unheard of and the individual, select a date, vacation packages
are extremely affordable.