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I wish you would write that up somewhere easy to find. I know I've been told that before. Unfortunately, when I searched for similar information to provide in the thread I couldn't find it.As the founder of Undercurrent, a nonprofit organization and newsletter, I can attest that the only income Undercurrent receives from anyone other than subscribers and donations, is from a few organizations that buy a link to their businesses on our website. I think our gross income from that is about $4000. Our travel reviewers pay their own way (we provide a small fee to the for the article) and write what they experience. Our reader reports come only from subscribers and if I find one that strikes me as being somehow "sponsored," I delete it. I can say that in all my dive travels, I've never so much a take a drink from a dive operator and, in fact, have never been discovered as a writer by an operator until after and article is published and they put 2 and 2 together. The only way any operator learns we review them is when the see the article in print.
Ben Davison, publisher since 1975
The internet is full of shams and issues, I came across live aboard.com and wanted to ask if it is legit? I am looking to do my first one in november and want to book with them but don't want to get off the plane and realize they don't exist So any feedback would be great!
If the middle-man company isn't helping out in any way then what benefit is it vs just dealing directly with the LOB?I think the post-COVID liveaboard market will present a special challenge to Liveaboard.com. There will undoubtedly be all kinds of sporadic travel restrictions, liveaboards going out of business, cancelled flights, etc. If the company takes a “buyer beware” approach that just recommends buying travel insurance and otherwise not getting involved when problems arise, there will be a lot of disgruntled customers. Especially if the company insists on being the intermediary in communications with the boat one chooses (which it did when I bought a trip through the company, as I didn’t get a local contact number for the boat until a few days before departure), and if the boat/destination reviews can’t really be trusted. If the company just wants to be a bare-bones portal for the sale of liveaboard trips, and not provide much additional support, it should make that clear, and just compete on price.
If the middle-man company isn't helping out in any way then what benefit is it vs just dealing directly with the LOB?