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Business Travel: Why Use A Travel Agent?

By: Kenny and Karen Veldheer, KV Travel

Gone are the days when a travel agent just got you from Point A to Point B.
Today’s Travel agents are travel counselors skilled at providing business clients
with not only great service but helping them achieve the greatest value for their
money. Travel Agents have access to wholesale vendors, packages and savings
exclusive to travel agents. Travel Agents also act as advocates on their clients’
behalf in the event something goes wrong such as a vendor overbooking, natural
disaster or political unrest. Travel agents that work with businesses understand
that business travel is more than just about getting there– it’s about saving their
clients money, time, and allowing the business traveler to focus on their business
— leaving the details of the travel plans up to the travel agent. A skilled travel
agent will talk with you to find out what matters most to you when traveling for
business. This will guide the agent to put together a travel package plan that fits
your needs best.

There’s no end to the choices business travelers have today, whether it’s where
to shop, what to buy and especially where to travel, but one of the most important
choices a business professional can make is the decision to use a travel agent
when planning their next business trip.

Here are a few of the reasons ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents)
suggests travelers use a travel agent whether for business or leisure travel:

Time: Instead of checking a long list of travel Web pages, which only provide
rates and fares for the companies that have contracted with them, why not go
straight to the source? A travel agent has all the information at their fingertips,
saving you a few hours in front of a computer screen or on hold.

Cost: Travel agents get paid by the vendors so there is no cost for you to use a
travel agent. You get all of these benefits for free!

Personalized service: Instead of an impersonal voice thousands of miles away,
travel agents are your neighbors. They want to build a relationship with you, not
just your credit card. They know what you want and what you value in your travel
experience.

Professional advice: Travel agents are there to make sure you get where you
want to go, when you want to go and for the lowest price.

Unbiased information: Agents work for their clients, not for a travel supplier. It
makes sense that a happy customer will be a repeat customer.

Customer advocacy: If you have a problem with any part of your travel
experience, the agent is there to act on your behalf to see that restitution is

made. You are free to enjoy your vacation with a peace of mind.

Expert guidance: Travel agents, unlike instructions on a Web page, are experts
in understanding and deciphering the myriad travel information and codes out
there. It’s what they’ve been trained to do and they do it every day.

For those business travelers that prefer to book their travel online without
involving an agent — great deals can be found at www.kvtravel.net. Here you
can plan your whole trip while taking advantage of a travel agent internet booking
website verses a retail online booking website that typically has less inventory
and higher prices.

KV Travel is a full service travel agency operating as an independent contractor
under Rovia LLC. KV Travel specializes in business travel, family destinations at
Theme Parks, Cruise Lines, Hotels and Resorts world wide. Contact KV Travel
by phone at 877-657-8903 or email kenny@kvtravel.net for all your travel needs.
You can also visit us on the web at at www.kvtravel.net

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