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Working Solutions Poll Reveals the Face and Challenges of a Travel Agent

04/23/2019

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Dallas, TexasWorking Solutions, a leader in on-demand contact center outsourcing, polled nearly 1,000 travel agents in its remote workforce to document their expertise and the challenges they face.

Of the agents surveyed, more than half (56%) had 10+ years of industry experience, coming from travel and hospitality positions.

More corporate travel agents migrated to the virtual, work-from-home environment (44%)—with 19% coming from a leisure travel background and. More than a third (37%) stated they had equal experience in both realms.

 

Most Important Skills

When asked about the skills for successful customer service, 94% of travel agents cited three areas as most important:

  • Knowledge of destinations, airlines and hotels
  • Empathy with travelers—business and leisure
  • Knowledge of global distribution systems (GDS)

“As travelers use self-service to book reservations, their expectations rise when they have to turn to live agents for help,” said Kim Houlne, Working Solutions chief executive. “This means contact center agents today must be even more resourceful and responsive to serve customers well.”

For more details about this survey, check out the infographic, “The Modern-Day Travel Agent” and blog, “Working Solutions Survey Shows: Savvy Service Experts Know What Sophisticated Travelers Expect.

Coming up: Look for the next Working Solutions agent survey to be posted in May. It will profile the broader Working Solutions agent population of customer sales and service reps who serve many industries, including consumer services, financial, healthcare and retail.

 
About Working Solutions
With 20+ years of success, Working Solutions is a recognized leader in onshore, on-demand contact center solutions. Its remote workforce includes sales, customer care and technical experts—with 110,000+ registered agents in the United States and Canada. They deliver fast-flex business process outsourcing (BPO) services for clients and their customers across diverse industries, such as consumer services, healthcare, retail, travel and hospitality.

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Springfield Lewis, Director of Communications
slewis@workingsol.com
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Phone: 972-964-4800 x334

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