Everything, it seems, is just a mouse click away.

And when it comes to travelling, you can hunt for a bargain, put together a package, pay for the lot, even book a cab to the airport, without even leaving the comfort of your home.

Where then, does this leave the humble travel agent? The rows of glossy travel brochures, the service with a smile - is it all near extinction?

Despite growing numbers of people turning to technology, experts on both sides of the desk are saying there will always be a place for the human touch.

Online travel expert and managing director of the world's largest online travel agency, expedia.com.au, Arthur Hoffman says that "people will always like to walk into a store and get personal service".

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