When it comes to your business travel we all know that this comes write out of your bottom line, but in order to keep good customer relations this is something that you must do. One of the most common things to do is to hire a business travel manager to handle all your business travel arrangements.Did you realize that the median salary for a business travel manager is $73,000.00 per year? (FACT) Where’s the savings?The best way to slash thousands from your travel expenses is to out source. You can have a travel agency do the same things as a business travel manager without spending thousands doing it. By having a travel agency handle your travel arrangements, you can save anywhere from 80 to 90% depending on how many traveler’s you have. By doing this makes your bottom line more profitable.Let me ask you, would you rather spend 73,000 or 10,000?The responsibilities of a travel manager are to choose transportation and lodging for company employees, advise about passport and visa requirements, rates of currency exchange, all things that a travel agent is already doing. Additional perks of hiring a travel agent is they can handle convention planning and group vacation organization for employees.One of the best benefits from hiring a travel agent over a business travel manager is that a travel agent is offered reduced travel rates from preferred vendors as to where a business travel manager is not.By out sourcing and hiring a travel agent over a travel manager, you are not only saving from paying a large salary, but you also save by not having to provide benefits such as health care and retirement. These could easily bring the cost of hiring a business travel manager to well over $100,000.00 a year. That’s Insane!!!There are so many more benefits from hiring a travel agent over a business travel manager because they are so much more knowledgeable in the travel industry. How, when, and where travel is booked whether online or offline is very important when it comes to saving money on your business travel. These are techniques that only travel agents will know because they deal directly with travel vendors. Nine times out of ten a business travel manager will either call a travel agent or go to a travel agent’s web site for their information.(FACT)Haven’t we learned in the past couple of years that foolish spending is not the way to go? Look at what it has done to big business. It’s time we get smart and trim the wasted fat. Wouldn’t you rather spend the money growing your business than hiring someone that’s probably looking out for them self rather the company?When looking for a travel service for your company make sure that they have incentive and rewards programs. Look for a service that has the customer’s best interest at heart.I understand that customer service must come first in order to have long standing business relations. I want to help you to accomplish this same goal.
Do you love to travel? Do you own an iPad? Do you want to tour the globe with the best travel tips from regular people who have lived or visited your destination recently?Then you’re in luck!A global travel services company called WorldNomads.com has launched an innovative mobile application designed exclusively for the iPad, known as ‘Ask A Nomad.’ The great part about this app is that it allows users to connect to a global network of knowledgeable people who can provide first-hand information about travel questions, local trips advice and where to seek assistance in that part of the world.You can also connect with like-minded tourists from different parts of the globe as Travel Knowledge Network, which is a group of tour operators powering this app, shares their online communities’ database with the iPad app users, enabling them to ask related questions anytime, anywhere.It also has a provision for utilizing geo location programs for searching travel related content close to the user’s current location so its account holders simply need to connect to the net and sign in to their account to ask questions, store answers and access these offline later at anytime. This is a huge advantage for tourists who face limited or no Internet access during travel, especially to remote or exotic destinations.So, one can get pertinent advice from local experts, travel journalists, travel writers, frequent travellers and government approved tour operators all of who are reliable advisors for the region since they will have travelled extensively through the area.As Christina Tunnah of WorldNomads.com explains this unique app for iPads from her company, “When you pose a query, your question gets routed to the travellers in the network most likely able to answer it based on their travel profile and answer history.”After completing a simple sign up process, account holders can download the app and browse a list of Q and A from global travellers and ask their own questions from the large community of travellers; they can share their answers to become active members of the community.If the statistics from Frommer’s Unlimited May 2011 Travel User and Experience Survey is anything to go by, it would emphasize the need for reliable and current travel content because the research reveals a considerable spurt in consumption of travel content by users of mobile devices, including iPad users. This 3rdAnnual Survey reports 52% respondents to the study used mobile devices to access travel content while travelling; out of this number, 72% were in the 18 to 34 age-bracket. That left only 38% of survey respondents using their mobile devices for planning.However, it’s not just the convenience factor that makes the Ask A Nomad app so practical and welcome in this age of fast-travel. It’s the fact that the answers received through this application are also updated and current to different situations and a wide variety of destinations that makes it so much more fun and easy to use as compared to travel guides or travel website newsletters.A truly handy and efficient travel companion, the Ask A Nomad app is a great tool for special interest tour groups like travel writers, singles, seniors, women and many others apart from companies looking to offer a useful service for their customers ensuring a safe and stress-free holiday for them – anywhere in the world!
Cheap airline tickets, family vacations and last minute deals found on major search engines like Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline, and many other highly advertised websites don’t save you much compared to personal online travel agents, no matter what travel deals they claim to offer. If you aren’t saving at least $50-$100s of dollars per hotel, per vacation package, then you really aren’t getting the best vacation deal.Did you know that cheaptickets.com and Expedia.com is owned by the same company? You are still getting sold by the same company. The travel deals, vacation and family package you thought were money savers really aren’t. They’re all selling commercial rates. Huge online travel agencies capitolizes off the average consumer’s ignorance when it comes to traveling, because they know the industry. Which is why working personally with a good travel agent, closes to gap. Travel agents and travel agency will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your typical Disney and ski vacation, last minute vacation, hotels and major airline tickets if you find a good one.Travel agents generally get all the specials first hand that the travel industry releases before they reach the general public. Generally we get wholesale rates on major international travel that’s never released to the public, only travel agents. Saving customers $300+ dollars on a vacation packages within 2 weeks notice are really all within a travel agents daily work day. Cheap airline tickets and guaranteed cheap hotels rates are always within grasp by a travel professional.With the internet being the number one source for travel bookings(82 percent of all travel) it’s best to work with an online travel agent that has their own travel business because of the savings you’ll always receive if their true professionals of travel. Three good reasons to book family vacations and more through travel agents are:#1. Hotel discounts: For instance, using a personal travel agent’s online travel agency, some may able to guarantee you the best rate 110 percent, all the time. How many other online travel agencies gives you those rates all the time. Plus having access to a good travel agent, you can find immediate access to unpublished hotel discount rates only available to agents. Exclusive travel agents with these insider secrets are always savings their clients hundreds of dollars.#2. International travel: Airline consolidators only work with travel agents. They publish international and some domestic unpublished airline fares to travel agents only and sometimes at thousands below commercial rates. And before this, you thought you were saving money.#3. Promotional Rates. Last month a travel agent ran a special from their company where two people could travel free for one entire year across the globe as many times they wanted. It’s over now, but its countless promotions like these that you will receive and immediate access to if you work closely with a travel agent. Getting specials on an all-inclusive honeymoon vacation for 5 days at $409, are just one of many specials certified travel agents gets easily. Talk about travel deals.Yes, it’s true the old travel agency days are gone, but the use of having your personal travel agent, priceless! If the agent has their own online travel business and sounds professional, use them for all travel needs, they’ll really save you thousands.