On-the-go travel agency launches during coronavirus pandemic

Travel Weekly | April 06, 2020

A new travel agency which allows its agents to sell holidays while travelling the world has launched amid the coronavirus crisis. Travelisto.com, which has joined homeworking group Travel-PA, says its ‘travel designers’ will be “hybrids between enthusiastic influencers and real travel experts”. It says they will provide “the latest advice with the highest standards of customer service while enjoying a great work-life balance and productivity levels”. The Atol-licensed agency has been founded by Abraham Bravo, who has 15 years’ experience in the UK travel industry in commercial and operational roles including at airlines, tour operators and niche specialty travel companies.

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