Are travel websites killing travel agencies?

Are travel websites killing travel agencies?


. >>>WELL, WITH THE RISE OF TRAVEL WEBSITES TRAVEL AGENCIES HAVE BEGUN SHUTTERIG THEIR DOORS BUT A NEW BREED OF TRAVEL AGENTS HAVE EMERGED AND COMPETING AGAINST THE INTERNET TO HELP. PLAN YOUR DREAM VACATION. WENDY GILLETTE REPORTS. >>COULD WE DO ONE CRATER VIEW ROOM AND TWO DESERT VIEW ROOMS? >>Reporter: ROB CARP CREATES DREAM VACATIONS. ONE CLIENT AT A TIME. >>WE HAVE THE CONNECTING DELUXE OCEAN VIEW ROOMS. >>Reporter: STARTED HIS AGENCY MILES AHEAD WHEN HE WAS JUST 14 YEARS OLD. >>MY FRIENDS WOULD GO TO THEIR PARENTS AND THEY WOULD SAY ROB IS STARTING ATRIAL BUSINESS. HALF OF THEM WOULD — A TRAVEL BUSINESS. HALF OF THEM WOULD LAUGH AND HALF WOULD SAY IT’S GREAT. >>600 CLIENTS. >>Reporter: I’M 20 TODAY WITH 12 EMPLOYEES. >>Reporter: THE CORNELL UNIVERSITY STUDENT MOSTLY WORKS FROM HOME. A DEVELOPING TREND IN THE INDUSTRY. THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS RECENTLY CONDUCTED A SURVEY THAT FOUND ALMOST HALF OF TRAVEL AGENTS NOW WORK FROM HOME. JOCELYN SUNTAG IS ONE OF THEM. SHE RETIRED FROM PRACTICING LAW TO RAISE HER CHILDREN. THEN LAUNCHED A SECOND CAREER. MAKING HER OWN HOURS AS A TRAVEL AGENT. >>EVERYTHING IS ELECTRONIC RIGHT NOW. I HAVE ALL THE FILES ON MY COMPUTER. I DON’T NEED TO BE SITTING AT A DESK ALL DAY LONG. >>Reporter: THESE DAYS, AGENTS ARE BECOMING MORE SPECIALIZED. SOMETIMES FOCUSING ON SPECIFIC TYPES OF VACATIONS. >>HI I’M SHERRY AND I SELL CRUISES FOR CAT LOVERS. >>MY AGENCY SPECIALIZES IN BEER THEMED RIVER CRUISES AND TOURS. >>WE SPECIALIZE IN NUDE TRAVEL. >>Reporter: CARP SAYS AGENTS HELP CUT THROUGH THE ONLINE CLUTTER. >>IF YOU TREAT TIME LIKE MONEY, WE’RE YOUR ASSET MANAGERS AND WE’RE REALLY HELPING YOU GET THE MOST OF YOUR LEISURE TIME. >>Reporter: RECENT SURVEYS ESTIMATE MOST CONSUMERS ARRANGING A TRIP ON THEIR OWN VIEW NINE SITES BEFORE BOOKING. WENDY

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