There are no guarantees in this life for 2010 except a few sure things, taxes and cheaper travels for everyone. For families that love discounted travel and better travel deals for vacations, the deals will continue to pour out. And this is not just coming from some expert travel analysis overview of the travel industry, but rather yet coming directly from CEOs of major travel companies.
For instance Stein Kruse, CEO of Holland America Line (cruise industry) says, ” The deals and discounts will continue in 2010,” which means better travel discounts for all travelers. The recession of the U.S. hasn’t turned around yet for many travel companies and many are starting to re-focus on what really drives their business; the traveling customers.
Chairman of Sandals and Beach Resorts, Gordon Butch Stewart stated, “Let’s start with the idea that whatever we do, our service and satisfaction levels will have to improve. So we started a degree of restructuring.”
Companies are now restructuring their way of doing business to drive traveling consumers back to their hotels, airlines, cruises and resorts. And for once, consumers are really benefiting from this instantly. This means cheaper travel discounts and less cost per person will continue throughout 2010 with no sign of price rises, making travel that much cheaper and affordable to all.
Robert Joselyn, CEO of Joselyn Tepper and Associates, recently spoke to Travel Weekly magazine with this to say, “But first, agencies need to have an increased focus on their existing client base. Don’t lose touch with clients. Communicate with those folks more often and in a more personal way.”
Finally, they’re listening to our complaints, comments and suggestions. Consumers now have the edge in travel, not the companies. We can use this towards our advantage for demands in better pricing and service.
Shirley Tafoya, President, North America of Travelzoo, recently stated, “Look at consumer spending. People are definitely saving more. The decrease in travel spending is causing angst among suppliers, causing more deals to come into the market.”
More deals to come into the market, wow! It just keeps getting better and better everyday.
Travel agents are becoming more of a favorable choice to bargain with mainly because of their friendly customer service and access to unlimited travel deals. Just partner up with the right one and he/she will easily flood you with an avalanche of deals to knock your socks off.
So start planning for your 2010 family vacations now, travel deals and discounts are very affordable nowadays. Several years ago, the average household was spending on average $3000 annually on vacations. Expect that figure to decrease dramatically around $2000 or less per family primary because consumers are now the demand for the travel industry, and not the vendors.