Travel Agencies / Trade


Travel Agencies / Organisations

Includes: Destination management companies

Travel agencies (both online and retail store fronted) are good to find competitively priced flights, as most often they are the first to find out about cheap travel deals and seasonality pricing in flight fares. Also provide guidance on travel plans and possible tours. With some of your own homework and research you’ll have the tools to evaluate whether travel agencies best cater to your needs and if they are cheaper than your DIY online findings.

The travel agencies websites are also good to do mock bookings to see flight times and approx prices – Also for tour providers and deals. Their main niche is arranging round the world flights, where they can command the knowledge of insider deals with airlines and airline groups. Most helpful is that you can sign up to each of their newsletters for specials and deals via each of their websites

    Note – Many agencies offer price beat guarantees, if you find a cheaper price.

  • Escape Travel
    (Flights, Round the World Flights, Holiday Packages, Cruise, Tours, Car Hire, Rail)

    http://www.escapetravel.com.au

– Deals / Promotions – http://www.escapetravel.com.au/hot-escapes

– Escape travel Brochures (Latest) – http://www.escapetravel.com.au/travel-brochures

Flight centre – Deals / Promotions – – http://www.flightcentre.com.au/promotions and http://www.flightcentredeals.com.au/

– Flight Centre Brochures (Latest) – http://www.flightcentre.com.au/ads/vic-tas

– Aunt Betty – http://www.auntbetty.com.au/
– Corporate traveller – http://www.corporatetraveller.com.au/
– My adventure travel – http://www.myadventuretravel.com/

– Deals / Promotions –

– Helloworld Brochures (latest) – http://www.helloworld.com.au/instore/experience#js-brochure-section

– AOT travel (Owned by Helloworld) – http://www.aot.com.au/
– AOT Hotels (government hotel portal)- https://www.aothotels.com.au/index.php
– AOT Holidays (Government holidays portal) – http://www.aotholidays.com.au/

  • STA travel
    (Flights – includes blue ticket student / youth flights and multistop flights, Round the world flights, Accomodation, Tours, Bus, Rail, Car, Campervan)

    http://www.statravel.com.au

– Deals / Promotions –
– STA Travel Brochures (Latest) – http://www.statravel.com.au/brochures.htm

STA – Black Fridays sales – http://www.statravel.com.au/black-friday.htm

Thomas Cook –
Thomson (U.K) – http://www.thomson.co.uk/

Trailfinders (U.K.) – http://www.trailfinders.com/
Virgin Holidays – http://www.virginholidays.co.uk/home/

Backpacker / Budget Specialty Travel agents:

Airline Travel Agent / Holiday divisions:

    Most (if not all) worldwide airlines have a specialised holiday and travel agent division which offer holiday packages, accommodation and destination deals. This is offered as a complimentary service along side their flight ticketing operations.

Includes selected notable:

– Air New Zealand –
– LATAM – http://www.latamtravel.com/
– Qantas – http://packages.qantas.com/
– Virgin Australia –

Other options:

Active escapes (Specialised tours) – http://activeescapes.com/
Adventure Destinations – http://www.adventuredestinations.com.au/
Best of Victoria – http://www.bestof.com.au/vic/
Beyond Travel – http://www.beyondtravel.com.au/
Concierge business travel – https://www.conciergebusinesstravel.com.au/
Eclipse travel – http://www.eclipsetravel.com.au
Creative Holidays –

Holidays of Australia (Australia and limited overseas) – http://www.holidaysofaustralia.com.au/

Lola (U.S. only) – Online personal travel agent service – https://www.lolatravel.com/
Mobile travel agents Australia – http://www.mtatravel.com.au/
My Holiday centre (Portfolio of destination branded sub travel agency sites) – http://www.myholidaycentre.com.au/
Nexus holidays – Asia specialists – http://nexusholidays.com.au/

Travel Associates – by Flight centre – http://www.travel-associates.com.au/

  • Travel Corporation – https://thetravelcorporation.com/
  • Travel rite (Based in Melbourne – Organised experiences in: Escorted Cruises, Senior Escorted Cruises, Garden Tours, Fly and Cruise Holidays, Cultural Tours, Music Tours, Patchwork and Quilting, River Cruises, Food and Wine Tours, Cinematic Tours, Rail Tours, Golf Tours, Architecture Tours, Bridge Tours, Auto Tours, Painting Workshops) – http://travelrite.com.au/

    Note: Other general booking outlets and websites for accommodation, flights and tours are listed on the ‘Travel Resources‘ page – under the respective headings.


    Private travel specialists / country specific travel companies
    Private travel specialists / country specific travel companies

    Automotive societies – Travel agency services
    NRMA (NSW) – http://www.mynrma.com.au/travel.htm


    Online Travel planning services and concierge
    – Travel planning / personal travel assistance planning links

    Flight Fox (Cheap flight procurement services) – https://flightfox.com/
    Lola – https://www.lolatravel.com/
    Mezi – http://mezi.com/
    Nugggit – Travel planner portal by travel writers – http://www.nugggit.com/
    Snaptravel – https://www.getsnaptravel.com/
    Virtuoso travel (Luxury travel network and online travel advisor / agent) – https://www.virtuoso.com/
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    Travel Trade Booking and Scheduling Systems

    Abacus (To be taken over by Sabre) – https://www.abacus.com.sg/
    Amadeus – http://www.amadeus.com/
    Galileo (also known as apollo or Worldspan)  – http://www.travelport.com/
    Sabre – http://www.sabretravelnetwork.com/home/ and http://www.sabrepacific.com.au/

    Other trade technology:
    Caravelo (Airline revenue management solutions – Industry) – http://www.caravelo.com/
    Flyr app (Fare predict – Industry) – http://flyrlabs.com/

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    Round the world Flights – Specific Resources

    Boots n all (Round the world trip planning) – http://www.bootsnall.com/

    Qantas – Round the world – http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/round-the-world/au/en

    STA Travel

    Round About Travel (Round the world flights specialist) – http://www.roundabouttravel.com.au/

    Round the World Flights (Wikivoyage) – http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Round_the_world_flights

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    Travel industry associations, news, events and awards

  • Adventure Travel Trade Association – http://www.adventuretravel.biz/
  • Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards –

    Business Traveller – Asia – http://www.businesstraveller.asia/

    HM aerospace news – http://www.hmgaerospace.com/news/inflight-online/
    Independent agents (Independent travel agents) – http://www.independentagents.com.au/about/benefits-at-a-glance
    International travel media – http://travmedia.com/immaus/
    ITB Berlin – Big international travel trade event (Mid March) – http://www.itb-berlin.de/en/
    International Luxury Travel market (Events and organisation) – http://www.iltm.com/

    Les Concierges (Global concierge services) – http://www.lesconcierges.com/
    Luxury Travel tourism award – http://www.corporatelivewire.com/luxury/
    Monash University Sustainable tourism club – https://www.facebook.com/mstaclub

    Travel Pulse – http://www.travelpulse.com/

    World Responsible Tourism Awards – http://www.responsibletravel.com/awards/

    World Tourism Organisation (WTO) – World Tourism day (27th September) – http://wtd.unwto.org/

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    Travel Promotions / Package Deals

    Some “group buying” companies offer reduced ‘special’ travel deals, but I would urge caution to read the terms and conditions very carefully. Many disclose that travel be made between certain timeframe and set conditions on travel. On occasions it may be cheap because it’s a poorly rated hotel wanting more business, or the ravel dates on a non ideal season (eg rainy). There is always a reason why it’s a special. Buy if you dare.

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    Secrets of Travel Agencies – Article

    Understanding how your travel agent works is useful to ensure you are getting the best deal possible and that they are looking for your best interests – in terms of cost. News.com.au published an insightful article about the inner workings and trade practices of the travel agenices. Definately a worthwhile read when considering to procure the services of a travel agent.

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