Travel agent is one of the jobs that is most commonly reported to have been "killed" by the internet. Who needs a travel agent, the thinking goes, when there are dozens of online booking sites allowing travelers to customize their voyages? And who needs a hotel concierge, for that matter, when there are GPS-enabled restaurant-finding apps loaded with user reviews and photos? But a new generation of travel companies are betting that premium travelers need personalized, local expertise more than ever. And not without reason: Earlier this year, the American Society of Travel Agents reported that the number of people using travel agents had reached a three-year high. That may be partly thanks to the health of the industry overall. Travel and tourism constituted a growing portion of the world's GDP for six years running, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, and today accounts for one in 11 jobs worldwide. Get the full story at Chase