Monday, March 13, 2006

Can you really find the best deal online?

Despite the abundance of cheap deals, great flights and reasonable accommodation online, many tourists are still reluctant to part with their hard-earned cash, or submit the organisation of their precious few days a year out of the office, to the mercy of a nameless, faceless entity.

Yet in the face of stiff competition, are high street travel operators really upping their game and offering better service and specialist knowledge in the face of cheaper deals elsewhere? It would seem that in a lot of cases the answer is a rather depressing, no. Too many travel operators are neglecting to cash in on their 'always happy to help' advantage by being, quite frankly, unhelpful. There is also a nagging doubt that high street travel operators are no longer the specialists; offering lots of holidays to lots of places is not always an advantage if it dilutes understanding.

This of course is not to say that face-to-face holiday booking should be discounted, but high street agents may need to raise their game if they want to offer a viable, personable alternative.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

New tourism angle for Scotland

Forget haggis, loch ness monsters and beautiful scenery - the Scottish Tourism Board has set its sights on some new attractions.

Kilt-clad men are apparently the most appealing thing about Scotland, especially for those involved in the current sweepstake to find the 20 most eligible Scotsmen.