Travel Trends 2020: Industry Forecast

Travel industry trends change almost as often as rates on hotels or airfare. This past year, we at Sky Bird saw the predicted trends of 2019 develop into the norm. We’re now eager to see what 2020 has in store for us, our customers, and their customers as we prepare for the New Year.

Some trends from our 2019 list are continuing to be a hot topic of 2020. These trends include:
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How Consolidators Connect You with Airlines

The 2014 New Year began with a snowstorm. It came through the northern Midwest of the United States, causing enough disruption to earn recognition as the January 2014 North American Blizzard. Many people were bound by cancelled flights. When they called their airline in an attempt to remedy the situation, they were met with nothing more than an automated message repeating, “Due to high call volumes, all our agents are currently unavailable. Please try again later.
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You Need a Better Airline Consolidator

We have talked a lot about how good an airline consolidator is for your business, and you may have even added working with one to your travel agent toolkit. However, if you have been working with one for a while and doubt their services are helping you reach your goals, it’s time to find a better one.
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Travel Trend 2019: Luxury Travel

Investing in luxury travel is one of the year’s most significant trends. That being said, it’s important to note that 2019’s definition of “luxury” differs from previous interpretations. Knowing this information will help you update your appeal to the luxury travel market. Here is a rundown of how travelers define “luxury” these days.

Today’s characteristics of luxury travel are divided into personalization, authenticity, unique experiences, and 5-star service.
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How Sky Bird Helps with Religious Travel

If four travelers are flying out of New York to Mecca, and two of their friends are meeting up with them via Chicago, and they all require halal cuisine, and the trip must be booked in three weeks, what is the approximate stress level of the travel agent? If we had to guess, it’s pretty high. When customers make a journey of faith, they’re counting on you to make sure their spiritual voyage is a success. This adds pressure beyond the normal realms of trip-planning. Let Sky Bird show you how easy it is to book religious travel with us!
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Places for Couples to Travel

There is more to planning a couple’s getaway than sending them to the nearest beach. The more you cater the trip to their relationship’s personality, the happier the couple will be. Here are some destination suggestions for couples traveling together:
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5 Ways to Make Money with an Airline Consolidator

Time is money, as the old saying goes. If you’re hung up on trip planning details, or simply unsatisfied with your current commissions, there’s an easy and free way to ramp up your earnings: consider working with an airline consolidator. Not only will you be able to make higher, better commissions, consolidators will provide you with help in a plethora of other ways.
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Sights to See in the City of Dubai

Showcasing the landmarks that make up the city of Dubai can be a monumental addition to your clients’ visit. Whether you are working with a full vacation or a brief stopover, our tours division, Sky Vacations, has customizable Dubai packages that get clients up close and personal with the city.

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The Ins and Outs of Working with Airlines:

How Airline Consolidators Help Travel Agents

Working in the travel industry is rewarding, but it’s also highly competitive. When it comes time to book your client’s trip, you need to have all the expertise you can get. Working with an airline consolidator helps travel agents navigate the inner-workings of airlines and the travel industry as a whole by providing agents with special rates, discounts, tickets, and insights.
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How Airline Consolidators Boost Your Commissions

If you’re unsatisfied with how much (or how little) your current commissions are, you should consider working with an airline consolidator. The great deals they provide on airfare gives travel agents the power to mark up commissions. Imagine being handed a blank check on which to write your desired amount of commissions! If you’re ready to give your business a boost, tune in to this monthly series on airline consolidation throughout 2018.

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