Travel agent action group Target has appealed for help from members to provide temporary work stations for tour operators’ sales teams on the road this winter.
Graeme Brett, co-founder of Travel Agents Reform Group Engaged Together (Target), said the group’s initial plea to members had immediately drawn responses from around ten agents who had space in their shops for operator staff to use when out on the road.
The call comes ahead of the turn-of-year sales period which agents hope will be busy in comparison with last year, said Brett.
He said: “It’s about the trade working together and helping each other out, particularly sales reps or business development managers when they are out visiting agents. Sometimes they can’t get Wi-Fi and it’s hard for them to reply to phone messages and emails between their visits to agencies.
“What we’d like to do is compile a list of travel agencies that have a spare desk or room where reps could spend up to an hour or so catching up on their messages and emails with a cup of tea.”
Agents who are able to help are asked to let Target know what space they have, if it needs to be pre-booked by tour operators, and give the agency’s contact details.
The list once complete will be circulated with tour operators.