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Jamie Wake
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  • Reading, Berkshire
  • United Kingdom
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Jamie Wake's Discussions

Booking Terms and Conditions
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Hi All I am trying to find a copy of the ABTA Model Booking Conditions - has anyone got a copy?  Or Failing that any example Booking terms and conditions for when we act as an agent and when we act…Continue

Tags: conditions, booking

Started this discussion. Last reply by Frances Tuke Mar 22, 2010.

Federation of Independent Travel Agents

This has just popped to my email inbox in case noone has seen it: …Continue

Started Mar 15, 2010

Streamline / Merchant Facilities
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Hi All I need some advice.  I have recently become a TTA member under the illusion that there are guaranteed Merchant Facilities although it seems my Streamline application was declined. Are there…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by PTS Sep 19, 2011.

New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
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Hi allI'm in the process of setting up as a Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator which seems the most natural thing to do after building up a client base homeworking for a while! I've been impressed…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Beijing Driver May 24, 2010.

 

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PTS replied to Jamie Wake's discussion Streamline / Merchant Facilities
"Hi Ralph,   Thank you for your reply.   HSBC along with a number of high street banks are quite reluctant to provide merchant services to travel businesses in today's economical climate. This is primarily due to…"
Sep 19, 2011
Ralph Foulds replied to Jamie Wake's discussion Streamline / Merchant Facilities
"Hi Kris, I spoke with HSBC last week about securing merchant services through them and they informed me that they do not provide them to any travel businesses whatsoever. Do they make an exception for your system? They weren't prepared to…"
Sep 19, 2011
PTS replied to Jamie Wake's discussion Streamline / Merchant Facilities
"Hi Jamie,   I know this is a year and a half late but 'better late than never' as they say!    I've been on this forum for just over 2 months now and have seen quite a few posts requiring the sort…"
Sep 19, 2011
Jamie Wake replied to Newbie Travel Agent's discussion Tour Operators offering Online Savings
"Hi there   Not posted for a little while but your post rings true for us!  As a small independent company we constantly face the Big two constantly offering their prices lower than the nett price that they offer agents,  Whilst we…"
Feb 15, 2011
Jamie Wake replied to Mathew McHugh's discussion Thomson Fly/ First Choice Trade accounts
"The user name will only work for TUI retail - specialist services such as ski have to obtained from TUI Specialist which Ralph has provided.  You have to have two different accounts"
Dec 22, 2010
Jamie Wake replied to james Lockett's discussion Card facility refused with TTA
"Hi James Went through exactly the same thing! Started the process with Lloyds but they were so slow! Went to Barclays for their EPDQ lite system - high CC charges but at least we got it in the end! Understand the panic completely! Jamie"
Sep 22, 2010
Lost replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Hi, 1. Yes, I see it's a T-ATOL. Do consumers really know the difference between a T-ATOL and a fully-fledged ATOL? 2. With the trust fund...how does it work, if you are taking money directly from the customer, say cash or credit card? You…"
May 14, 2010
Jamie Wake replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Hi Thanks for your message. I am not happy with any of my sites but they serve a purpose! To answer your questions: 1. I obtained the T-ATOL via the TTA 2. No bond necessary with TTA as it makes use of a trust fund 3. Flight bookings are made…"
May 14, 2010
Lost replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Hi Jamie, It's great to see you have a up and running website. The website looks fantastic ! I'm not sure if any of guys would share your experience...I'm totally new to the travel industry. 1. I see that you have an ATOL number on…"
May 14, 2010
Jamie Wake replied to Chrissie's discussion Travel Consortiums - does anyone belong to one?
"Hi Chrissie I did look at both Hayes and Freedom Travel Group (having been a homeworker for both in the past) but the costs worked out too much for a Start up. I ended up joining the TTA. Jamie"
May 10, 2010
Lemorios Holidays Maldives replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Ok. thanxs jamie. looking forward for your email. Regards Rishwan"
Apr 26, 2010
Alex Bainbridge replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Yes this is correct - TourCMS is pretty much (pretty much) designed for companies with their own products to sell - or who are taking responsibility for product contracts from a supplier. Tailor made, of course, TourCMS can do pretty much anything…"
Apr 25, 2010
Jamie Wake replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Hi Rishwan Spookily enoughm, I am currently looking for a contact in the Maldives for a new brand - ill email you tomorrow! Jamie"
Apr 25, 2010
Jamie Wake replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Hi Paul I did look at this but TourCMS is designed for a Tour Operators own packages - not dynamically packaging from a range of flight sources, bedbanks and transfers/taxi/car hire companies. regards Jamie"
Apr 25, 2010
Lemorios Holidays Maldives replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Hi jamie. My name is Rishwan and I'm representing an inbound travel agency in Maldives. We are affiliated with over 50 resorts, hotels from Maldives. I guess Maldives will be a demanding destination for honeymooners and luxury holiday makers. I…"
Apr 24, 2010
Jamie Wake replied to Jamie Wake's discussion New Travel Agency/Small Tour Operator
"Thanks for that - we did look at Squarespace originally but settled on Joomla for its cheap price - free! We also obtained artisteer which meant we had some control over the templates. Jooma is also good for seo as well. Whilst the site is not…"
Apr 24, 2010

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Do you have a website?
http://www.expressionstravel.co.uk
Tell us more about yourself:
I've been a homeworker for years and decided that I would like to start keeping 100% of the profits rather than 60/70%. As a homeworker I'm used to paying out the monthly admin fees, the technology fees etc and I realised that those outgoings are not far from the ones that I would have doing it alone! Hey Presto - here I am! We run a mainstream travel agency and a small tour operation offering exclusively gay holidays
Describe your travel products:
There are a few sides to the business model!

***Phase 1 Divisions***

Expressions Travel - The Main side of the business is trading as a travel agency
Xpressionz - Our small Tour Operations side organising Gay and Lesbian Holidays to exclusively gay accommodation. This is the only part of the business model that will pre-package holidays
Personal Expressions - Our planned Personal Travel Service - Field workers go to people’s homes/places of work/events etc
Corporate Expressions – Our Business Travel Service

***Phase 2 Divisions***

Luxury Expressions - Our Luxury Travel Service
Group Expressions - Our Group travel Service
Ski Expressions - Our Ski Travel Service
Cruise Expressions – Our Cruise Travel Service
Group Expressions – Our Group Travel Service
Educational Expressions – Our School trip Travel Service

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At 23:56 on March 21, 2010, Sian Bryson said…
I had a look at the TTA and I think that that is exactly what I need, many thanks
 
 
 

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