Never fear, business travel agents “can still have their cake and eat it”, according to Steve Byrne, Travel Counsellors’ managing director.
Byrne said the number of people leaving the industry should give cause for concern about its appeal as a sector to work in, so Travel Counsellors has launched a new campaign to sweeten its appeal.
Research by People 1st showed 35% reduction in the number of travel agency managers and travel agents over the past five years, which Byrne said is worrying.
“There is so much uncertainty within the industry,” he said.
“The last thing we want is for experienced and highly skilled travel people to leave, not because they don’t love it, but because they just feel there is no future in it for them anymore.”
In a bid to raise awareness, and to gather new recruits to Travel Counsellors, the agency is this week sending cake to potential employees.
“We really do believe that even today travel professionals can still have their cake and eat it,” he said, with business travel especially offering strong growth potential.
“This is something we are extremely passionate about as we really want the keep good travel people in the industry.
“We are currently expanding our Business Travel division after we have seen an impressive increase in agents entering the corporate travel sector.”
Travel Counsellors has seen business travel “bounce back quicker and sooner than leisure travel”, added Byrne.
The agency has also set up a website outlining what business travel specialists can expect from working with them – visit www.evenmorecake.co.uk/Home/BusinessTravel.