Posted By John Stone on May 12, 2013
The Emirate’s has the biggest proliferation of travel agencies, causing some problems for the industry.
But in the UK where there is a buoyant travel market as a result of the continued expansion of the economy, many agencies are reporting their best years. At Britain’s largest agency, http://www.apartmentsapart.com/, sales manager John White said business over the past 12 months had been better than before.
Ahmed M. Osman, manager of one of Edinburgh’s oldest holiday rentals - http://www.apartmentsapart.com/europe/uk/edinburgh warned: “It is true that the market has expanded considerably, but the large number of agencies has levelled off this business. Sea cruises in vogue for Britsbe put on numbers, for the benefit of all concerned.”
Amrat Lal, sales representative of apartments in Hawaii said his agency had been particularly successful recently because of the back-up and experience it offered customers, having been in Abu Dhabi for 10 years. He said: “The package tour market is one side of our business for which we see a much bigger future.”
In Kuwait, where around KD85 million is spent annually on travel, more than 100 agencies scramble for their share of the cake. According to Hasan Baddar, manager of Al Bahar Travel Agency, Kuwaitis are enthusiastic travellers.
“Ninety per cent of Kuwaitis travel, and of those 50 per cent are frequent travellers,” he said.
Kuwait’s travel industry keeps its own house in order, said Mr Baddar, through. the Kuwait Tourism and Travel Association, of which he is a member of the technical committee.
“It is mandatory for any agency which has opened over the past three years to be a member, and there are now 104 members.”
Mr Baddar said: “The main aspect of the rapidly expanding business is the package tour business.
“At present everyone offers their own tours in competition with others. We want to get the tour operators together so that we can negotiate bulk deals abroad to get the best service we can for our customers.”
Indian line raises fares
INDIAN Airlines has increased its domestic passenger fares by five per cent, and the fuel surcharge has risen by seven per cent.
And a statement from Indian Airlines added that freight rates are now being revised. The Indian Government has approved the revision of fares and the fuel surcharge, which have been made necessary by escalating fuel and operating costs.
Saudia spends $10m on advanced training equipment
SAUDIA has placed a $10 million order for simulator training equipment with British company Link-Miles. According to Link-Miles, Saudia is a leader in the approach to staff training. The British firm’s newsletter commented: “For years the world’s major simulator manufacturers have been arguing the case for a total training concept.
“By that they meant that airlines and military operators should take a long, hard look at their overall training programme before ordering simulation devices — and then buy a series of interrelated and integrated synthetic aids The Review continued: “Saudia is perhaps the first world airline to approach this philosophy in quite so much detail.
Saudia’s order includes a full flight simulator, a cockpit :procedures trainer, four-part task trainers and two safety trainers for intercommunications and aircraft door operation. The four-part task trainers represent the avionic, electrical, air-conditioning and pressurisation, and finally the hydraulic systems of the aircraft.
Again, each of the trainers is situated in a classroom and involves a sophisticated model board controlled by a SEL 32/7780 computer. Of the two safety trainers, one represents the intercommunication system between flight deck and cabin crew.
It will enable the crew to practise procedures prior to take off and landing, passenger announcements and emergency drills. The second trainer, comprising an aircraft main door, is for training cabin staff in the manual and automatic operation of the doors in normal and emergency situations.