travel agency

noun

Definition of travel agency

: an agency engaged in selling and arranging transportation, accommodations, tours, and trips for travelers

called also travel bureau

Examples of travel agency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web John Rose, chief risk officer at travel agency Altour, said clients have been asking whether passengers with connecting flights in China would be delayed in airports on their way to other destinations in Asia. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Global Corporate Giants Limit China Travel in Response to Coronavirus," 29 Jan. 2020 The business traveler booking a flight from the doctor’s waiting room teleports to the travel agency or the airport ticket counter. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "With a Phone, Are You Ever Really Somewhere?," 16 Jan. 2020 The 178-year-old travel agency that helped pioneer the package tour was brought down by a number of factors, including changing travel habits, online competition and recent heat waves in Europe. Pan Pylas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UK brings travelers home as Thomas Cook bosses criticized," 24 Sep. 2019 The rise of digital travel agencies and disruptive apps such as Airbnb threaten to leave Thailand’s less nimble hoteliers and tour operators behind. John Reed, Los Angeles Times, "Tourism was a powerful economic engine in Thailand. Then a boat full of Chinese sank," 23 Aug. 2019 The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism urged the travel agency, Shanghai Zhuyuan International Travel Agency, to spare no effort in rescuing the injured and properly handle the follow-up matters. Fox News, "Bus driver in Utah crash that killed 4 Chinese was first trip," 23 Sep. 2019 The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism urged the travel agency, Shanghai Zhuyuan International Travel Agency, to spare no effort in rescuing the injured and properly handle the follow-up matters. NBC News, "4 Chinese tourists killed, 5 in critical condition after Utah bus accident," 22 Sep. 2019 The British travel agency Thomas Cook, which announced its bankruptcy today (Sept. 23), was born with a railway journey that took place in 1841—the same year that Hong Kong was ceded to Britain, then at the peak of its imperial power. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "The travel agency of Britain’s far-flung 19th-century empire is dead," 22 Sep. 2019 Group tourism also fell in 2016 by 18% as Chinese officials urged domestic travel agencies to begin steering group tours elsewhere. Los Angeles Times, "China suspends independent travel by tourists to Taiwan," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of travel agency

1927, in the meaning defined above

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4 Feb 2020

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“Travel agency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/travel%20agency. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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travel agency

noun

English Language Learners Definition of travel agency

: a business that helps to make arrangements for people who want to travel

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