ICT and the Travel Industry: Opportunities and Challenges for New Zealand Travel Agents

ICT and the Travel Industry: Opportunities and Challenges for New Zealand Travel Agents

Vladimir Garkavenko (Waiariki Institute of Technology, New Zealand) and Simon Milne (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch203
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the impact of the ICT on the travel industry with a focus on the New Zealand travel agent (TA) sector. We present key findings from a longitudinal study of TA businesses conducted during 2000-2004. These findings are compared and contrasted with information gathered from in-depth interviews with consumers. The study explores major pressure factors on TA businesses: direct airline-consumers sale, introduction of the Internet, and the emergence of the well-informed consumer. The research also establishes that there is great variation in the extent to which travel agents use the advantages associated with new technology and how New Zealand travel agents perceive ICT. We argue that in such a crucial moment of disintermediation and the fight for the consumer, TA will need to implement more aggressive advertising policies with a strong emphasis on their professional advice, personal financial reliability, and time-saving attributes for clients.

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