Travel agents: Heads above water

October 15, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Tour Companies

ARLINGTON, USA, 15 October 2013: Contrary to the view that internet booking sites have killed the travel agency business, US agents appear to have their heads just above water.

Reporting on US airline ticket sales, ARC, a financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported Monday that consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by US-based travel agencies increased by a marginal 1.05%* year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

Sales totaled US$67.3 billion as opposed to US$66.6 billion in 2012. Sales for September 2013 were US$7 million, a 7% increase over September 2012.

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Pacific Leisure loses MGTO account

July 11, 2012 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 11 July 2012: Pacific Leisure Group (Thailand) lost a lucrative  contact, 30 June, to represent Macau tourism after 17 years promoting the destination in Thailand.

The travel company released a statement, yesterday, confirming the termination of its status as the Thailand representative for the Macau Government Tourist Office.

The announcement said the company’s contract with the MGTO had expired at the end of June with no sign of contract renewal.

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Khiri Travel opens Phuket office

July 4, 2012 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 4 July, 2012: Khiri Travel has opened an office in Phuket. The move marks a new commitment in southern Thailand for Khiri, which since 1994 has been strong in Bangkok, northern Thailand and the Greater Mekong region.

Mr Marc Ruffet, 28, a Swiss national, has been appointed branch manager to run the Khiri Phuket office, which opened in June in central Phuket near the Heroines’ Monument.

Khiri Travel Thailand General Manager, Andre van der Marck, said the Phuket office will be Khiri’s customer service centre for all of southern Thailand.

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