Rabu, 09 Oktober 2013

The Travel Agent Is Dying, But It's Not Yet Dead

Highlights from the report: At a time of rising youth unemployment and global economic austerity, more young people than ever before are traveling to gain work, educational and cultural experiences, while those traveling purely for leisure has fallen from over 75 percent in 2007 to just 47 percent. More young travelers are shunning the traditional sun, sea and sand holidays to improve their resumes. According to the report, 22 percent of young travelers want to learn a language, 15 percent want to gain work experience, and 15 percent travel to study all significantly up from 2007.

"When decomposing the travel effect over time, we find significant, positive effects for the first two periods: 1870-1913 and the period of the First World War," she writes. "There is no travel effect for artworks produced after 1918." Perhaps as foreign travel became easier and more commonplace, it also became less of a comparative advantage for the artists who had done it. Hellmanzik argues that the study has implications beyond the art world, as "the motivations for travel and the benefits of short-term movements for artists seem analogous to those of international business travellers or scientists . .

The holiday is characterized anyway by long lines of traffic and delayed journeys, complicated further Sunday by the partial closure, according to state media, of six inter-provincial expressways, including one linking Beijing and Shanghai. Nearly 30 highways were also restricted around the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area. Beijing Capital International Airport said four international flights were canceled Sunday morning, including to Mongolia and Russia, while three others were delayed. Two domestic flights were canceled and 20 delayed.

What happens as the days turn into weeks is another matter. If the shutdown circus leads to an impasse on the debt ceiling toward a subsequent federal default, there is word from the Federal Reserve that another Recession could follow. That would certainly have an effect on travel as citizens trade Christmas in the Caribbean for protein on the table. Fewer travelers do mean freed middle seats, shorter lines through security and better Travel Tuesday deals from the airlines.

"It's very different than the mature U.S. market, where people are more comfortable traveling internationally independently," says Quinby. Germany In Germany, one-on-one contact is still more common than in other developed countries, partly due to remote credit card restrictions. Specialty trips "Agents are trying to differentiate themselves, to be much more specialist," says Pickett. Niches catering to specific activities, sports and students are viable or those catering to journalist and nonprofit circles.

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