The Travel Company (formerly Travel Services International), Joseph
Vittoria's unstoppable acquisition machine, gobbled up two more
cruise-only agencies a while back that boast lucrative 800-number
businesses. "Thank you for calling The Travel Company. If we don't
own you yet, press 1..."
ARTA is trying to get consumers to give their loved ones travel
packages as holiday gifts. It's a great idea, but will the dads of
the world be able to cope with getting a week in Monaco instead of
the usual six-pack of disposable razors?
The on-line agency Preview Travel now offers clients video
clips, weather info, maps, currency conversion and detailed
destination information right in their Web browsers. Agent C.R.
Mudgeon of Old Dog New Tricks travel responded by pointing at the
eight tons of debris on his desk and exclaiming, "Oh yeah, well
I've got all that stuff, too!"