Youtravel CEO John Kent is confident that 2010 will be a better year for his own company, and for the entire travel industry.
Speaking at a Youtravel VIP trip to Crete at the weekend, Kent said: -¬---Whilst the trend toward later and later booking patterns will continue, we firmly believe that 2010 will see a rise in bookings back to 2008 levels.
-¬---But, as with this year, we will witness a margin reduction on bookings, although not as bad as 2009.-¬~
He believes that this winter season will not bring any major failures like the demise of XL airways and its associated companies.
-¬---With a decrease in aviation fuel and companies like Easy Jet taking up the slack on many routes, I am confident of a successful winter and summer,-¬~ he said.
Kent also criticised the attempts by many companies to create bed banks by -¬Ë-XML feeds only-¬™.
-¬---The only way one can create a successful bed bank is by carrying out your own contracting,-¬~ he said.
-¬---Many have tried to avoid this route buts it-¬™s not possible. There is not enough margin to share.-¬~
He said Youtravel is still a target for acquisition.
-¬---We have been approached a number of times over the past two years, but we currently have no intention of selling and will never go to the market to sell. We have a long way to go,-¬~ he said.
-¬---I do see some consolidation in the market, however, with the potential for maybe an online travel agent and bed bank getting together.-¬~
Youtravel group managing director Graham Nicholls said the company-¬™s performance has been boosted by its overseas businesses.
-¬---The hard work we put in last year had helped many of our continental investments to prosper.
-¬---In France, Germany, Italy and Russia, all sales levels are up on previous years and it is a trend we see continuing.-¬~
Wednesday, September 30, 2009