The travel agents listed here can help you plan and book your trip to New Zealand, whether you’re on a budget or wish to experience a luxury holiday. Credentials are similar to accreditation, though on an individual level. Some travel agents obtain certification through The Travel Institute, which confirms the agent’s interpersonal skills and destination knowledge. These types of certifications ensure that travelers are working with an agent that has the necessary experience to anticipate travel issues and provide solutions.
Besides strong online presence, it’s equally important to let your potential customers know that they can see you face to face should they have hesitations in making payments or disclosing confidential information online. This will make you more credible, especially to clients who have been victims of online travel scams.
With vacation travel, it’s different. You might have a client come in, and they’re not sure and they’re more flexible. They might want to go on a cruise. They may want to go to the Caribbean. You pretty much have to lead them in a direction. They’re relying on you to help them get to where they want to go. It’s also their budget. They know how much they want to spend.
Travel agencies charge fees for services provided to clients, for time spent researching and for booking travel arrangements. Inside knowledge of travel-related discounts may make booking through an agency less expensive than self-booking over the Internet.
A passport is a U.S. citizen’s key to international travel. Due to a surge in passport applications, your clients should apply several months in advance, especially if they need visas for their foreign destinations. Travelers should make sure their passport is valid at least six months after returning home and has two or more blank pages, or some countries may not let them enter. Note that passports for children under 16 are valid five years and adult passports 10 years, so check expiration dates carefully. We recommend all cruise ship passengers have their passport with them in case of emergency, even if not required.