Travel agents need to be kinder to tour op staff on the other end of the phone, says travel boss Phil Nuttall.
In a strongly worded statement the Travel Village Group CEO says:
“Having been an active member of the travel agent community for over 38 years, there is very little that surprises me, but so much that frustrates the life out of me.
“You would have thought that after everything we have been through – and survived – travel agents would have a full understanding of the circumstances we now find ourselves in.
It is quite clear that service levels are suffering hugely and we can debate the reasons for that until the cows come home, but it is what it is for now and I included have my own issues delivering our award winning customer care.
“Therefore why is it that ‘some’ travel agents feel it is acceptable to be abusive and aggressive towards those people employed by our tour operator partners, who are simply trying to do their job in very difficult situations.
“Do they not realise that tour operators are training new people and then struggling to keep them because of the abuse they are receiving. It is this short sighted and unacceptable behaviour that is only fueling the fire in recruiting and keeping people in this amazing industry.
“Can we not find it within ourselves to be more tolerant in the belief that things will improve, but the longer we continue to be aggressive on the phones, the longer it will take to fix the problem.
“I think that the tour operators could do better in communicating their own position to the travel agent community and how they are moving forward to resolve the current crisis with their service levels.
“We have all done incredibly well and shown resilience above and beyond throughout the pandemic and we must all pull together now before this fracture becomes a canyon.
“But above all – BE KIND – how short are our memories!”