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EDITORIAL
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Prepare your holidays

64 millions Americans have used the Internet to prepare a journey, and 39 million have made a reservation online (source: Travel Industry Association of America, 2002). The online tourism market in Europe represented 7.3 billion euros in 2002, according to the Centre for Regional and Tourism Research. E-tourism is in a period of rapid growth. So why are Internet users so interested in online tourism?

Not spending hours on the phone with travel agents and paying the lowest possible price are the objectives of the “Internet tourists”. All the necessary information is now available online: it is possible to take a virtual tour of a village, make a list of local specialities to try and, of course, buy the tickets. There's no lack of online travel agencies. Between the famous “discounters” that offer radical price cuts, the traditional travel companies that also have a presence on the Web and the specialized agencies, it can be difficult to make a choice. What's more, the dates of availability can vary, or the advertised price may not include taxes and other hidden costs… And it is generally necessary to move quickly, since everyone wants to go on holiday at the same time…

Happily, there are comparison services that specialize in travel and holidays. Whether buying a ticket or reserving the entire holiday package, these comparison services seek out the offers from different companies so that you can choose the one the best meets your desires. Enter the destination and the date of departure, and the comparison service does the rest. It's a significant timesaver because it lets you compare dozens of offers for different destinations in a single operation. And it may help you discover that special offer that is only available online!

See the comparison services that specialize in travel


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AGENT TEST: UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
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AGENT NEWS
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