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We Thought Travel Agencies Were Dying Out, Until We Saw This

February 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

This is a "coming soon" sign for a travel agency in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Wait—we thought that travel agencies were dying because of the move to purchasing travel online? Well, apparently a storefront travel agency is and is not an endangered species.

Liberty Travel, the agency moving into this well-located nook nearby New York University, has plenty locations around the country and even nine other locations just in Manhattan; that's a good support network to keep them going in the face of competition and technology. It's the family-run, independent travel agencies and smaller chains that you hear closing up shop, who angrily shake their fist at websites like Priceline.com and Orbitz.

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Do You Still Use A Travel Agency?

August 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

It's a question that's been tossed about in the travel industry for years now, ever since websites like Priceline and Expedia started eating the lion's share of business, and now we ask it again: Do you still use a travel agency?

We bet the British couple who flew to the wrong Sydney wishes they hadn't; even though they used a travel agency to book their dream summer vacation to Sydney, Australia, instead they ended up on flights taking them to the sleepy town of Sydney, Canada.

Reading the comments from that BBC articles, it looks like this isn't an isolated problem; another person remarked that their recent travel agency booking had them on a flight to the island of Antigua, rather than their intended destination of Antigua, Guatemala. Actually, we recommend reading all of the similarly hilarious comments on that story.

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