The mystery shopper visited two travel agencies in Bridlington, Yorkshire and requested a European river cruise for 7-10 nights in May or June 2017 for a couple with a budget of £6,000.
They then made two Google.co.uk searches using the term ‘European river cruise’.
Holiday Travel Ltd
Mystery Shopper said: The store looked well maintained, clean and tidy from the outside. Inside, the store was well set out with brochures along one wall. I was greeted with a smile and friendly “hello” and I was made to feel welcome. They were very friendly and seemed enthusiastic. I was asked about my travel needs and a number of brochures were brought over for me. I was recommended a Castles and Cathedrals of the Rhine cruise with Saga. The consultant found a 10-night holiday in May travelling on Eurostar for £3,458. The consultant rang Saga to enquire about flights and costs, and to see if there were any offers. I was told that if I booked a B-grade cabin, I would be upgraded to an A-grade cabin for free. They wrote out the costs for me so that I could consult my partner and gave me a brochure to take away.
senior travel consultant
Holiday Travel Ltd
How long in travel?
I’ve been with Holiday Travel Ltd for 10 years, since I was 18.
How often do you sell river cruises?
Not massively often, every couple of months or so. We sell lots of ocean cruise though.
What’s your top-selling destination?
We sell lots of the Mediterranean, and long-haul too.
What’s your favourite destination in Europe and why?
Turkey. It’s different and there’s lots of diversity.
Any exciting trips lined up?
Not at the moment. Hopefully that will change!
Standout travel moment?
Doing the Sydney BridgeClimb two years ago on an educational with Travel 2.
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