Published On : Thu, Apr 25th, 2019

Beware, holiday makers, don’t fall prey to phony travel agencies

Nagpur: With the onset of summer vacations and a rush of people hopping to their favourite destinations, caution is buzzword when it comes to making reservations online. A hurried decision could mar the vacation plan as a large number of phony travel booking websites are lying in wait to scam the holiday makers. Armed with the hi-tech tools, these scamsters manage to hide themselves under the cover of online travel agency which seeks to provide you exciting regional or luxury foreign tours at affordable prices. It has become really easy to fall in their trap.

Nagpur Today has come out with a solution for the people planning holidays in destinations of their choice. After detailed discussions with prominent travel agencies in the city, following tips could be helpful to people plan their trips to their dream destinations without hassles.

Check for IATA, TAAI certification: Seastone Travels

“With the technology and various social networking platforms seeking to assist you with your travel planning it is quite easy to fall for some unauthentic travel agency which might ruin your ideal family time. Thus as a consumer it’s his or her duty to be cautious while choosing any plans or site,” said Muzakkir Sheikh, General Manager, Seastone Travels, Civil Lines. To curb such inconvenience he further suggested that, “One should always look for International Air Transport Association (IATA) certificate and Travel Air Association of India (TAAI) certificate on booking sites, just to check on their authenticity.”

Referral from family, friends must to avoid uncertainty:

Speaking with a spokesperson of a prominent travel agency Nagpur Today learnt that tally of your travel plan and a referral from your family members or colleagues who have been to a regional or foreign tour can save you lots of time you would waste while checking the authenticity of your travel agency.

“The best way to avoid any sort of irregularities reported in hospitality business is recommendations from your known person while planning for your tour. As persons who have been on tour can guide more effectively owing to their experiences as mouth-to-mouth publicity plays key role in this business,” he said.

While asserting on the importance of brand while travelling, he further said, “Brand always aims to offer you more secure and safe tour. If you faced any inconvenience or brand failed to deliver their promises, they won’t hesitate to return your money, as consumers’ satisfaction is their key objective. However, if you feel the price range is high then you should only compare it with the prominent sites or tour agencies rather than local ones, to get an authentic idea, he stressed.

Don’t rely on online info, pay them visit: Kesari Tours Pvt. Ltd.

“While planning any tour, one should never reply on the information they find on social media platforms only. Collect more details about the tour, about the firm you booking with, as these information plays key role in preventing you from fraud,” said Abhishek, franchise owner Kesari. “One should always pay the tour agency a manual visit, as it helps to siphon all the essential details about the tour and also helps you to check authenticity of the firm. GST certificates, referral from known persons are also key aspects while deciding tour,” he added.

By Shubham Nagdeve