Change Has Been The Name of The Game for this Local Business
Travel Central is celebrating 30 years of helping people in the New Orleans area curate travel around the world. Beginning in 1988 as a 4-person shop, selling a little over $500,000 of travel annually above a law office in the back of a 2-story building, they have grown by changing and adapting to challenges inside and outside of the travel industry. In the late 80’s travel was dominated by corporate travel and leisure was focused on Orlando, New York, London, Paris, Las Vegas Mexico and the Caribbean, with only a few cruise lines, Myanmar was still Burma and Cuba was sanctioned to the point that tourism was non existent.
Travel at that time was one of the few businesses with it’s own intranet, with access to schedules and fares for most worldwide airlines, though doing a lot by phone and hand delivering paper airline tickets. The fax machine was a tremendous NEW time saving device.
At Travel Central we have embraced other new technologies, the world wide web in '91, email in ’93, electronic airline tickets in 2000 to electronic cruise documents in ’10 and now offering our travelers a complimentary mobile app which has their full itinerary, vouchers, and destination guides all on a smartphone!
We survived travel industry upheavals like airlines cutting travel agent pay in ’95, 9/11 and it’s aftermath that completely halted travel, to the great recession, where agencies across the world saw business drop by 50% and of course locally in 2005, Katrina, after which we spent months obtaining full refunds or arranging complimentary rebooking for all of our clients. We are now celebrating 30 years in business with a staff of over 30 full time and independent travel experts, over $10 million annually in travel sales, embracing technology and designing trips throughout the world, including Cuba and Myanmar.
People sometimes ask – are travel agents still around? We answer YES, and better than ever. All of us at Travel Central appreciate why we are celebrating 30 years, our name says it...we are passionate about TRAVEL! We are your Travel Experts and help you design your perfect vacation ...we do this every day...and we love it! Check out our Travel Experts blogs and experience their favorite destinations...maybe one will become yours soon! Join us for our complimentary Vacation Talks...experts share tips about exploring your dreams and possibilities, ensuring you get your custom vacation!