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Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

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Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

There´s a new kid on the travel block to help holiday-makers make informed decisions before they book their holiday – the INSIDER EXPERT. The insider is someone who not only lives in the destination, but spends their time travelling and researching it; providing first hand, up to the minute information – warts and all.

Newly launched and specialising in Tenerife, http://www.tenerife.co.uk/ provide two views for every resort on their site; the travel agent view, and the insider view –side by side, so you can see at a glance if the resort is right for you.

How do I know that the insider information tenerife.co.uk are giving is ‘the best’? That’s easy; because I am also an insider checked the whole site and mostly agree with what they are saying. They are also my first port of call should I need advice particularly about the north of the island.

Yeah, you guys know them too they have probably helped you loads of times without you realising who they are.

Thanks Jack and Andy

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1. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

That site is very good, and has lots of information on it,

but when it came to booking my apt for new year it was £100 more expensive than alpharooms who i booked it with.

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I agree Lenny ...good info ...but my holiday with First Choice, came out at over £300 more with this site ....

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3. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

Aguilas, they are run by a company called Hays Travel who are basically travel agents who are often homeworkers.

My worry is, where is their ATOL licence? Surely in this day and age that's the most important thing to have. ABTA's fine but it's the ATOL one you need.

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4. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

I don't think anywhere in my OP did I recommend using the website for booking holidays, however before more people get the wrong idea let me make it clear.

This is an ideal site for making informed decisions rather than just taking the Tour Operators spiel which we all know is purely in their own interest. This site provides some telling comparisons such as “small, purpose built resort”- Travel Agent vs “housing estates in the sun” – Insider. It is only by having this sort of information tourists decide for themselves if the resort they are thinking about is for them.

Regular forum members know all about Andy and if not certainly Jack her OH and can IMO trust their judgement when they describe resorts.

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5. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

it looks like their price guarantee is going to get some hammer at those prices !! lets hope people read ALL the small print .lol

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6. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

Hi, I feel as though I need to come in here and comment about this. I think Aguilas has spelled it out about what makes this interesting and different for anyone trying to choose a resort to stay.

You don't normally get a travel writer's view side by side with a travel agent's - it's not a situation that some in the travel industry might feel comfortable with and having an honest summary of resorts might ruffle some feathers.

At the end of the day, people will choose the best price for the holiday they want where ever they find it - but the more honest the information people are able to access, from people who know the places they're interested in first hand, the better.

Interesting comment about homeworkers - I'm one : )

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7. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

Aguilas i never thought that you was recommending them to use to book a holiday.

And like i said yes, it is a very informative site, i've not used it that much, as i don't feel that i've needed to , but i have looked through it, and it is well worth a visit for some information.

But for me it's main job is to sell holidays, flights or hotels, and i just wanted to make people aware that when i was looking for accommodation it was nowhere near what alpharooms, travelrepublic and lowcostbeds came out at.

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8. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

That is interesting Gusto, I never knew that. I only know about Hays employing a lot of homeworkers as I have a friend who works for them in Greece and also my boss at one time looked into working for them but decided against it. She mentioned it to me, but to be honest I don't think I'd be motivated enough to do. That sounds awful, but I think I'd be too distracted by other things to be a homeworker. So anyone who has, I admire.

Aguilas, I don't recall saying that you were recommending them, I merely pointed out that there was no ATOL bond mentioned - a pretty important thing.

It is a good idea to get a truthful view of a resort as yes, brochures paint a fantastic picture of every resort and unfortunately a lot of travel agents are the same. My feeling is, if you give an honest opinion of a resort/hotel you're more likely to be trusted and that is how I work. If somewhere isn't great I'd rather say, and look for an alternative that's better. I'm probably in the minority.

Edited: 18 May 2010, 18:19
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9. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

Hi, I have not seen this sight, but having looked at Puerto de la Cruz, which I would like to think I know very well, I think the 'Insiders' view is a very fair one. Therefore if I had only looked at this site I would not be disapointed. As with all prices you have to look around, cheapest is not always best, service can be very important. I know an independant Travel Agent who works for Hays from home, she is very knowledgable and fair.

But I don't think you would get better advice than from this forum.

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10. Re: Booking a Holiday on Tenerife? Who’s advice do you trust?

Sorry MyBelle,

I may have been unclear there. I'm not a homeworker for Hays. I meant I work from home : )