Direct marketing has often been held out as the death knell for travel intermediaries as airlines, hotels and car rental companies communicate directly with their customers. The prospect of entering a one-to-one dialogue with customers while retaining the sales commission for themselves has seemed an undeniable attraction to service principals. However, a review of the roles of travel intermediaries leads to the proposition that talk of such ‘disintermediation’ is premature and the reverse process of ‘re-intermediation’ may be more appropriate in the travel and tourism sector. Research is reported which demonstrates the benefits of using intermediaries for a specific travel package. While traditional high-street travel intermediaries may be facing serious threats, a new breed of travel infomediary is becoming firmly established.
- channels of distribution
- electronic commerce
- travel and tourism
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management