travel agency


Definition of travel agency 

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

called also travel bureau

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Stopover programs are most common among international carriers that fly long-haul routes and can be booked directly with the airline or through the travel agencies that fliers purchased tickets from. New York Times, "Two Cities, One Fare: How Airline Stopover Programs Can Work for You," 14 June 2018 Travelers will also get a coupon equivalent to their full Airbnb trip and a $100 voucher for Airbnb Experiences, along with assistance from local travel agency JTB to find alternative accommodation and 24/7 backup from Airbnb's support team. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Your Airbnb in Japan May Be Canceled," 7 June 2018 In the Mississippi River case, there were two companies — the travel agency and the cruise line — that were the subject of numerous online warnings from former passengers. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Booking a summer cruise? Here's how to protect your money," 8 June 2018 Many have been forced onto those carriers by in-house corporate travel agencies looking for the cheapest fare. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Budget Airlines Woo Globe-Trotting Business Passengers," 6 June 2018 Too often, travel agencies are complicit in this moneymaking scheme. Christopher Elliott, miamiherald, "Please fix the name on my baby’s airline ticket, Expedia | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 Village Ways, named best tour operator in the poverty reduction category in 2017 by Responsible Travel, a travel agency that specializes in sustainable travel, guides trips in Bhutan, India and Nepal that focus on village life. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Sustainable Travel: It’s Not Just About the Environment," 13 Apr. 2018 Sylvia Longmire of Sanford is an advocate for accessibility and runs a travel agency mostly catering to those with limited mobility. Sylvia Longmire,, "Final straw for wheelchair users: BYOS or you’re out of luck," 10 July 2018 Join email lists for cruise lines and travel agencies. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "11 Things You Should Know Before Booking A Cruise This Summer," 6 July 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of travel agency

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

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