Deathwatch: Travel agents

travel agent Can you recall the last time you went into a travel agents and booked a holiday? No? Well then that would explain why they're all closing.

In yet further 'bad news for the high street' news, travel agent closures have soared by 45% in the last year.

A whopping 77 travel agencies and tour operators went out of business in the 12 months prior to March 2013.

That's not to say no one is going on holiday anymore, as Gatwick recorded an increase of passengers passing through it. No. It's down to the pesky internet innit?

The rise of online booking services and price comparison sites, along with everyone having broadband, has made booking a holiday less stressful than thumbing through a heap of fancy brochures.

DIY holidays, supermarket points systems and the ability to book direct from accommodation websites has proved to be the death knell for the travel agent.

It's looking likely that this trend will soon wipe out the existing travel agent shops faster than downloading killed everything else.

Oh well.

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