Makeover Monday Week 5 – 2/1/16

This week’s #MakeoverMonday challenge was based on an article that indicated that Travel Agents are a thing of the past. The chart showed the relationship of online hotel revenue compared to the number of travel agents from 2000-2014. Based on the data, I agreed that there was a sharp decline in agents. However, for the past three years the number of agents has remained fairly constant and in fact increased in 2014. When I set the Y-Axis to start at zero, we can see that there are still a lot of agents remaining while online hotel revenue continues to grow.

DeathofTheTravelAgent

You can download the workbook HERE.

Here is the original chart for reference from the Business Insider.

original_hotel_revenue

Andy Kriebel went with a very similar approach using the connected scatterplot. He used dashed lines, which came out very well but also used an adjusted scale similar to the original. I find it interesting how our two charts while so similar can tell such a different story based on scale alone.

Hotel Revenue and Travel Agents - Step 5

See Andy’s post HERE.