Travel experts collaborate on improved services
experts in the travel industry have come together to form a platform, called ‘Travel HUB’, in a bid to improve their services.
They said on Tuesday that this would take travel agencies off the streets into physical and virtual offices with credible location details and identity.
This was revealed in a statement made available to our correspondent by the Media Consultant to Travel HUB, Frank Meke.
it said, “Travel HUB is a collaborative travel agency platform that provides physical and virtual office spaces/ facilities to upcoming and credible agencies at no cost.
“The hub aggregates the collaborative purchases of airline tickets and other related travel products, and coordinates the professional conduct of members for regulatory compliance.”
According to the statement, the hub also supports members in times of need through a credibly established cooperative society and access to HMO.
it said the idea behind the hub was to get rid of faceless briefcase agents in the industry, adding that many unsuspecting travellers had fallen victims to the agents.
it added that the hub was also intended to redeem the credibility of genuine and professional travel practitioners battered by frequent reports of high incidences of fraud in the industry.
“Unknown to the travelling public, many of us credible travel agencies are heavily invested in training, capital, and capacity and do not deserve the negative perception we get,” said Yinka Folami, the chief executive officer of Travel & Logistics Centre Limited and a member of Travel HUB.
The statement quoted Mr Dayo Adeola, Board of Trustees chairman of the national Association of nigeria Travel Agencies, as saying, “The idea is not entirely new, but that the unique point is that Travel HUB is more focussed on the strength and growth of the upcoming agents referred to in the industry as sub-agents.