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Traveling can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know where to start. Finding the right travel agent can be the key to making your trip a success. Here are some tips to help you find the nearest travel agent to you.
Use Online Resources
The internet is a great resource for finding local travel agents. You can search online for local travel agents in your area and read reviews from previous customers. This will help you get an idea of which agents are reliable and experienced in helping people plan their trips. You can also use online resources such as TripAdvisor or Yelp to find out more about the services offered by different agents.
Ask Friends and Family
Another great way to find a local travel agent is to ask your friends and family for recommendations. They may have had good experiences with certain agents in the past, so they can give you an honest opinion about their services. If you don’t know anyone who has used a travel agent before, you can also ask around on social media or in online forums for advice from people who have used them in the past.
Check Local Tourism Offices
Local tourism offices are another great resource for finding nearby travel agents. They usually have information about local agencies that specialize in planning trips for tourists in the area. You can also ask them for recommendations on which agents they recommend based on their experience with them.
Finding the right travel agent is essential if you want to make your trip a success. By using these tips, you should be able to find the nearest travel agent to you quickly and easily. With the right agent, you’ll be able to plan an amazing trip that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
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If all the avenues of complaint with a tour operator or travel agent have been exhausted then the next level to consider is taking to problem to a higher authority.
Many people accept unfair practises and dodgy service as fact of everyday life and have to be pushed over the edge before taking appropriate action. However, the travel sector is an exception to this rule.
Holidays are the one time of the year when we can leave behind all the frustrations of everyday life, so if anything infringes on the good times then it is often a step too far for most people. This explains why the travel industry attracts a particularly high number of complaints.
The ABTA or ATOL symbols are a reassuring sign when considering a package holiday, because they mean a customer will be financially protected if the operator goes bust.
When a customer books a holiday with a ABTA-approved travel agent they should be reassured that the company is financially sound, that the descriptions in the brochures are accurate, money can be refunded if the booking is unsatisfactory and that they will never be left stranded overseas for whatever reason.
This tight control ensures that when a customer purchases a holiday through one its operators they should expect quality, security and professionalism.
For instance the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) monitors the airline industry on behalf of consumers, offering advice and support with compensation claims. Whilst the British Airport Authority (BAA) is responsible for the management of seven large UK airports and the British Air Transport Association (BATA) is a non-profit trade association for airlines.
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Most tour operator’s terms and conditions specify that a complaint should be registered to the appropriate holiday representative whilst actually on holiday. A large number of complaints are solved at this stage. Holidaymakers are usually aware that if a complaint is lodged upon return it is too late to save the holiday by that point. If a resolution is accepted whilst on the trip then it is usually impossible to reopen the case upon return home.
If a problem arises before the holiday then the travel agent, or booking office, should be informed immediately.
If these local resolution efforts prove futile then the complaint can then be taken up with the appropriate trade association.
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If the timeshare company is not a member of OTE then the case should be forwarded onto the local Trading Standards office or Citizens Advice Bureau.
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A number of organisations exist to promote consumer interests. These are either trade associations or government organisations that have a duty to the travelling public.
If things go wrong on holiday and you haven't been able to resolve the matter with the individual travel company, you can approach these consumer bodies to try to resolve the matter. The fact that a travel company is a member of a particular organisation means that the company has met some standard of service that the consumer can rely on.
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Air travel organisers' licensing.
The Air Travel Organisers' Licence (ATOL) scheme is a financial protection scheme managed by the Civil Aviation Authority. All companies established in the UK and selling holiday air packages and air flights must hold an ATOL. If they are established in the EU or the European Free Trade Association, they'll need to provide similar protection but under their national legislation. Given the difficulty in researching and enforcing foreign rules, we'd suggest you book with operators with an ATOL.
ATOL is the only UK scheme that protects the vast majority of flights and air holidays. If a holiday is booked through an ATOL holder, you're protected from losing your money or from being stranded abroad if a travel firm goes out of business, either before you travel or while you're on holiday.
You should always ask for an ATOL confirmation certificate so that you'll be protected, regardless of whether the ticket has been issued or not. It will also establish whether the tour operator or air travel firm has a licence under the ATOL scheme.
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The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) is a trade body whose members must follow a strict code of conduct and provide high standards of service.
Members can be fined, required to make promises about future conduct or can have their membership terminated or suspended.
If you buy a flight-based package or seat through an ABTA tour operator, the financial protection will normally be provided by ATOL (see above). ABTA has its own discretionary financial protection scheme for non-air holidays, such as ferry and coach travel. In order to benefit from the protection of ABTA, the consumer should ensure that the tour operator is a member of ABTA.
ABTA provides an independent arbitration service to resolve disputes about the quality of holidays provided by its members. The decision of the arbitrator is final and legally binding. If consumers use this service and they're not happy with the result, they can appeal the decision for a further fee or take the matter to court.
ABTA also has a mediation service for disputes that aren't covered by their arbitration scheme.
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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) handles consumer complaints about airports and airlines.
It has a complaints procedure that you can use if you've already written a complaint to the airline or airport and you're not happy with the outcome.
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Some tour operators are members of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO). AITO has an independent mediation service that you can use to resolve a complaint with a member firm. If you want to use this service, there is a non-refundable fee.
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Transport Focus is an independent consumer watchdog dealing with journeys taken by road, rail, bus, coach and tram (but not London Underground).
You should first make any complaints about a rail operator to the relevant rail operating company. If you're not happy with how it's been dealt with, you can refer your complaint to Transport Focus.
Transport Focus doesn't deal with individual complaints about bus or coach travel (see below).
Visit Transport Focus for more information.
London TravelWatch (LTW) is an independent, statutory watchdog for transport users in and around London.
It advises passengers on refunds and compensation available from train, tube and bus operators in London and its surrounding area. It also can deal with consumer complaints from passengers unhappy with the response they've received from their transport provider.
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Bonded Coach Holidays (BCH) is part of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (a trade association authorised by the government). BCH runs a scheme to protect customers who have booked a package holiday that includes coach travel.
The scheme requires each BCH member to provide a bond from a bank or major insurance company, which ensures you'll get either your money back or be provided with alternative transport if your coach company goes out of business.
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If you have a complaint about a rail operator in Northern Ireland, you should complaint to the relevant rail operating company. If you're not happy with how the company deals with your complaint, you should refer the complaint to the Consumer Affairs Officer of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland.
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