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First of all, you’re winning at life if you are even considering becoming a travel agent. Secondly, you’re showing your smarts by choosing to partner with us because we excel at being a kickass Host Travel Agency for beginners. When you start your travel agency business with us, you start strong and supported; we don’t leave you high and dry. From day 1, you have access to incredible tools and technologies that’ll set the stage for your Rockstar performance.
You don’t have to fish for promotional marketing materials when you are a part of the TPI Family. Because we have stellar relationships with over 380 preferred TPI and Signature Travel Network suppliers, you have access to all of their promos and advertising goods. If you were working on your own, you might not be so lucky. We create consumer-facing emails and videos for you, so you can just grab and go.
Whether you are a naturally-organized high-energy, person or a fly-by-the-seat of your pants go-getter, when you partner with us as your host travel agency, you get a built-in digitized assistant in the form of your very own Agent Portal. No need to keep track of five gazillion sticky notes with random information, or use third-party software to keep tabs on your billing. With us, you get all that and a bag of chips. Your Agent Portal includes a booking engine, an email marketing platform, and accounting software. Done and done, all in one place.
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We also hold conferences and get-together just for our Rockstars, where we celebrate how awesome you are, develop business-building strategies together, take part in high-powered agent-to-agent training, and applaud your success.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best home-based travel agency business.
The best home-based travel agency business sets you up for success. Look into how long they’ve been in business, how their partnerships for agents work, if they offer training, how their commission split structures work, and if they provide a community for you. You don’t want to be in this industry alone.
Why should I choose your company?
When you partner with TPI as your host travel agency , you become a part of a family and we’re here to grow with you. You have access to resources, training, community support, and commission split structures to get you the most money. Also, we’re just really cool to hang out with.
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As a Rockstar , you have access to marketing and promotional materials, an Agent Portal, local meetups, community support, and more! Our expert staff is committed to you and obsessed with your success. In fact, our travel advisors tell us that they can’t find our heart and soul from any other travel host agency.
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Many agents starting up their home-based travel agency have one question on their mind when looking for a host agency, “Who is the best host travel agency?”
Wait, wait. Hold up. Rephrase that. Instead of asking who is the best host agency, it's. important to ask, "Who is the best host travel agency for me ?" Host agencies aren't a one-size fits all scenario. Beyond reading which hosts have high (and current!) reviews on our site, this article will walk you through points on how to find a host agency that will work best for your specific needs. Here's what we'll cover (feel free to click on individual questions/ topics to choose your own adventure)!
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- Narrowing Down Your Host Travel Agency Options
- HAR's Course, "The Complete Guide to Starting a Travel Agency."
Finding the Best Host Travel Agency
Prepare yourself mentally that finding the best host travel agency requires research, lots of it.
Sadly, finding the best host agency isn't as simple as a Google search. Finding a good fit takes a lot of work. Prepare yourself mentally that finding the best host travel agency requires research, lots of it. You’ll probably get frustrated along the way as you hit information overload, but don't worry, it's normal. Going in with realistic expectations will save you a lot of heartache.
If the idea of a host agency is new to you and you're not sure what it entails or what questions to ask, watch this video to learn more:
Researching the Best Host Travel Agency
You have now accepted finding a host agency is no walk in the park. Congrats! Being realistic is the first step. Now let’s take another step towards your goal of finding the best host travel agency to begin your research.
To help you along, download our comparison chart to help you track your host research process! With this spreadsheet, you can easily document information about what you learn about the different hosts in your interview to help you compare. (Don't worry, we'll give you tips on how to narrow down your options, so read on after you download!)
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When you start host shopping, it's helpful to understand more about host agencies and what they offer. A quick look at our Top 10 Benefits of Using a Host Agency article will help you get a pulse on things. This will help you compare hosts to find the best host agency for you.
Which Host Agency Is Best for You: 6 Questions to Ask [+Video Guides]
Home-based travel agents frequently ask me who I recommend as a host agency, and I rarely answer. This is because there are different hosts for different folks . I believe that you, the agency owner, are the best qualified to answer that question.
Since you’re new to the travel host agency business, you may not think you know what you need, or even what to expect from a host. But trust me, you do. You just need a little help getting started with your brainstorming. Here are some questions you can yourself to see what might be the best host agency.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to get you started!
1. Large or small host travel agency?
Hosts agencies range dramatically in size. Some have one or two independent contractors, and some have thousands. One isn't inherently better than the other. It's all about what's a good fit for YOU.
To help you decide which is a better fit for you, consider whether you want the host you work with to have a smaller company feel or larger company culture? You can easily find out the size of a host agency on our profiles! And don't forget, our spreadsheet of Host Agency Questions will help you compare host size alongside other qualities you value in a host agency so you can easily see which host checks more of your boxes!
Here's a little more detail on that!
2. Is it important to you that your host agency is local?
With the ability to do everything remotely, location doesn't play as strong of a factor as it used to. But, there are unique benefits of a local host travel agency that may be extremely important to you. Examples include getting more face time with your host, potential education and supplier advantages, and access to BDMs (Business Development Managers). Figure out how much weight location will have in your decision-making process.
Here's a little more detail on how hosts (near and far) can support advisor/BDM relationships!
3. What type of training do you need/expect?
Do you need step-by-step directions or do you learn better if given the tools and left to explore on your own? Be honest in your assessment of what you need since training is going to be a key part of your success. The best host agency is the one that offers training to fit your learning style.
Here's (yet another) Friday 15 clip where I discussed host agency training (in addition to other travel agent education options).
We also just happen to have a comprehensive article on host agency education, travel schools, and certification programs that is a must-read if you're looking for travel agent training options.
4. What marketing support do you need/expect?
Your phone isn't going to ring by itself, so think about how you're going to get clients. Many hosts have strong marketing programs including direct mail pieces, websites, mobile apps for your clients, and more. Ask them what they have and what most of their new agents use.
Hosts may offer marketing support in a lot of different ways, whether it be a travel agency website, social media marketing tools, direct mailings, e-mail marketing tools, opportunities to travel to destinations to learn how to market places and/or properties (these are called FAM trips), marketing conferences/events or more. But the thing is, you don't want to pay for what you don't want to use. It's a good idea to get a sense of what type of marketing tools you want/need to use host support, when you want to use a third-party tool, or when you want roll up your sleeves and DIY.
If you're curious about how to get started with grassroots marketing, check out the resources below.
5. What type of travel are you going to sell?
You may want a host agency that specializes in your main niche (e.g. group travel, cruise, luxury travel etc.). Just keep in mind that when you're considering more specific niches (multi-generation SCUBA and watersports trips), you're not going to find a host that is that focused.
Most importantly, if you get a sense of what niche you want and the products you'd like to sell you can ask hosts how they can support you in your focus. Even if they market to your niche, in particular, they might surprise you! In this Friday 15 episode, I chatted a bit on the pros and cons of developing a niche
Want to start out on your own niche odyssey? Check our resources below:
6. What is Your Budget?
When choosing a host agency, your budget is critical. How do you ensure your host is offering you the best value for your budget and your hosting needs? Here are a few things to consider:
- Working out your finances and having a number in mind from the start helps keep you on target. You can always adjust the number, but not having a limit makes things harder on you. Keep in mind the savings a host offers you.
- One thing to mention; make sure your boundaries are realistic. You are investing in your future. While it would be nice if everything were free, you should expect to put out some money as you start your travel agency. I have heard people say be wary of a host agency that charges you. I say, be wary of the host agency that doesn’t charge. How are they making money and investing in their company?
- Also, remember that you're starting a business when you figure out your budget—it's more than just the cost of a host agency. While starting a home-based travel agency is inexpensive compared to most businesses, you'll be spending money on registering your name, business cards, talking with your tax advisor/lawyer about your business, marketing, etc. Make sure you're thinking big picture and taking being an entrepreneur seriously!
Below, I chat on whether or not expensive hosts equal better hosts in a Friday 15 episode:
I know that these questions are just the beginning. Check out our Friday 15 series where we answer big questions in a small amount of time!
Narrowing Down the Your Best Host Travel Agency Options
Even with the reviews, how do you start to narrow your choices down with a number that large?!? Here are some pointers on how to narrow down your list:
1. Read the reviews on Host Agency Reviews for your prospective host agencies.
While you need to take some reviews with a grain of salt, it’s safe to say that peer reviews can give you insight into what you can expect. We have a host travel agency list where you can find peer reviews.
2. Check out HAR's Luminary Awards
HAR's Luminary Awards were an invention I came up with back in 2019. They celebrate the host's engagement with advisors on our site. They recognize hosts not only for high reviews but also for being responsive to site users and participating in our survey. The beauty of the Luminary Awards is that any listed host can win one regardless of size.
3. Contact the prospective host agencies
You'll be getting a LOT of information so make sure to download our Host Agency Search Comparison Chart to help you keep track of important information. If you have more than a few host agencies you’re thinking of, they may start blurring together so take careful notes!
Connecting with host agencies can't be easier! You can go directly to their profile to write them via Host Agency Reviews' Q&A feature. The beauty of this is that tons of agents will also get to learn from your question too!
4. Watch our video to help find a host travel agency
You may not think you know what you want, but grab a seat and we'll walk you through how to figure it out in the video below:
5. Join our 7-Day SEtup Facebook Group
HAR's 7-Day Setup Facebook Group is a goldmine when it comes to getting firsthand host experiences directly from advisors. All you need to do is join the 7-Day Setup and search for your hosts of choice in the search box to see what advisors have said about them. Their thoughts are candid and unfiltered, so an endorsement goes a long way.
Need More Help Choosing a Host? We've Got You Covered.
The most important thing you can do to find the best host travel agency? Know what you want before you start looking. You may also find our starting a travel agency or choosing travel agency names articles helpful as you get your home travel business started.
And lastly, it is a big decision but it shouldn't be keeping you up at night if you're doing your due diligence. While you may think there is one best host agency for you, the reality is there are many great host agencies out there. If you do the proper research, chances are there are quite a few host agencies that you'd be very happy with!
If you're wanting more help finding your forever host and getting your agency off the ground, check out our new course, "The Complete Guide to Starting a Travel Agency."
Check out HAR's 3 different 7 Day Setup course options. The courses are written and facilitated by yours truly (Steph!) and Bridget Lee, a professional educator with deep roots in the travel industry. Maybe you notice a last name similarity? We happen to be sisters! We had a blast teaching the course, we think you'll love taking it too. With a free mini course and/or free trial of HAR's Accelerator All-Access Pass, there's a little something for everyone! Check out your options here !
I've worked with thousands (honestly, tens of thousands) of people looking for the best host travel agency for their needs, and hope this article has helped shed a little light on things.
If you like what you read, drop by our home-based travel agent resources page for more tips and tricks!
About the Author
Steph grew up in the travel industry. She worked with thousands of agents in her role as a former host agency director before leaving in 2012 to start HAR. She's insatiably curious, loves her pups Fennec and Orion, and -- in case you haven't noticed -- is pretty quirky and free-spirited.
If you’re looking for Steph, she leaves a trace where ever she goes! You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest as 'iamstephly'. 🙂 She doesn't do TikTok as no one would ever see her again.
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Choosing the Best Host Travel Agency for 2022: A Comprehensive Guide for Beginners
Entering the travel industry as a beginner can be an exciting and daunting experience. With so many aspects to consider, it can be overwhelming to navigate the complexities of starting your own travel business. This is where a reliable host travel agency comes in. Partnering with a reputable host agency can provide you with the necessary support, resources, and networking opportunities to build a successful travel business. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the key factors to consider when choosing the best host travel agency for the year 2022, including reputation, support services, commission structure, training programs, and technology tools. We will also discuss the advantages of partnering with a host agency, such as access to preferred suppliers, marketing resources, and emerging trends or innovative features that distinguish certain host agencies from others.
1. Reputation: The Foundation of Trust
When selecting a host travel agency, reputation should be one of the primary factors to consider. A reputable host agency will have a track record of success and positive reviews from travel agents who have partnered with them. You can start by researching online and reading reviews from other travel agents to gauge the agency’s reputation. Additionally, you can reach out to fellow travel professionals and attend industry events to gather insights and recommendations.
1.1 Testimonials from Travel Agents
Reading testimonials from travel agents who have worked with the host agency can provide valuable insights into their experiences. Look for testimonials that highlight the support and resources provided by the host agency, as well as the overall satisfaction of the travel agents. Positive testimonials are an indication of a reputable and reliable host agency.
1.2 Industry Recognition and Awards
Host agencies that have received industry recognition and awards demonstrate their commitment to excellence. Look for host agencies that have been recognized by reputable organizations or have won awards in the travel industry. These accolades serve as a testament to their reputation and can give you confidence in their ability to support your business.
2. Support Services: Your Safety Net
Support services are essential for beginners in the travel industry, as they provide guidance and assistance when navigating the complexities of the business. A host travel agency should offer comprehensive support services to help you succeed in your travel business.
2.1 Dedicated Support Team
A reliable host agency should have a dedicated support team that is easily accessible and responsive. This team should be available to answer your questions, provide guidance, and address any concerns or issues that may arise. Having a responsive support team can make a significant difference in your overall experience as a travel agent.
2.2 Marketing and Sales Support
Marketing and sales support is crucial for promoting your travel business and attracting clients. Look for a host agency that offers marketing resources, such as customizable websites, social media templates, and email marketing campaigns. These resources can save you time and effort in creating and implementing effective marketing strategies.
2.3 Education and Training Programs
Continued education and training are vital for staying updated with industry trends and enhancing your skills as a travel agent. A reputable host agency should offer comprehensive training programs that cover various aspects of the travel industry, including destination knowledge, sales techniques, and customer service. Look for host agencies that provide ongoing educational opportunities to support your professional development.
3. Commission Structure: Maximizing Your Earnings
The commission structure offered by a host travel agency directly impacts your earnings as a travel agent. It is crucial to understand the commission structure and how it aligns with your financial goals.
3.1 Competitive Commission Rates
Compare the commission rates offered by different host agencies to ensure you are receiving competitive compensation for your bookings. While a higher commission rate may be appealing, also consider other factors such as support services and resources provided by the host agency. Striking a balance between commission rates and support can lead to long-term success in the travel industry.
3.2 Additional Income Opportunities
Some host agencies offer additional income opportunities beyond traditional commissions. These can include referral programs, incentive trips, or bonus structures based on performance. Consider whether these additional income opportunities align with your business goals and aspirations.
4. Technology Tools: Streamlining Your Business
In today’s digital age, technology plays a crucial role in streamlining business operations. A host travel agency should provide you with user-friendly technology tools that simplify booking processes, enhance customer service, and improve overall efficiency.
4.1 Booking Platforms and Reservation Systems
Look for a host agency that offers user-friendly booking platforms and reservation systems. These tools should provide access to a wide range of travel suppliers, enable efficient booking processes, and allow you to track and manage reservations seamlessly.
4.2 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software
A reliable CRM software can help you manage client information, track interactions, and automate marketing campaigns. Look for a host agency that provides a robust CRM system to streamline your customer management processes and improve client relationships.
4.3 Mobile Applications
With the increasing reliance on smartphones and tablets, having access to a mobile application can significantly enhance your productivity as a travel agent. Look for a host agency that offers a mobile application with features such as itinerary management, real-time updates, and communication tools.
5. Advantages of Partnering with a Host Agency
Partnering with a host travel agency offers numerous advantages that can contribute to the success of your travel business. These advantages include access to preferred suppliers, marketing resources, and networking opportunities.
5.1 Access to Preferred Suppliers
A host agency often has established relationships with preferred suppliers in the travel industry. These preferred suppliers offer exclusive benefits, such as higher commission rates, discounted rates, and access to limited inventory. Partnering with a host agency gives you access to these preferred suppliers, allowing you to provide competitive pricing and unique offerings to your clients.
5.2 Marketing Resources
Marketing plays a crucial role in attracting clients and growing your travel business. A host agency can provide you with marketing resources, such as customizable websites, social media templates, and email marketing campaigns. These resources save you time and effort in creating and implementing effective marketing strategies, enabling you to focus on providing exceptional service to your clients.
5.3 Networking Opportunities
Networking is essential in the travel industry, as it allows you to connect with fellow travel professionals, suppliers, and industry experts. A reputable host agency often organizes networking events, conferences, and webinars that provide valuable networking opportunities. These events enable you to expand your professional network, learn from industry leaders, and stay updated with the latest trends and developments in the travel industry.
6. Emerging Trends and Innovative Features
The travel industry is constantly evolving, and host travel agencies are adapting to emerging trends and incorporating innovative features to stay competitive. It is essential to be aware of these trends and features when choosing a host agency.
6.1 Specialization and Niche Markets
Many host agencies are embracing specialization and catering to niche markets. This allows travel agents to focus on specific destinations or travel types, such as luxury travel, adventure travel, or group travel. Consider whether the host agency aligns with your desired specialization or niche market, as this can provide a competitive edge and attract clients with specific travel preferences.
6.2 Virtual Training and Support
In response to the global pandemic, host agencies have shifted towards virtual training and support. Look for host agencies that offer comprehensive virtual training programs, webinars, and online resources. Virtual training and support enable you to enhance your skills and knowledge from the comfort of your own home, providing flexibility and convenience.
6.3 Enhanced Technology Integration
Host agencies are continuously investing in technology to improve their services and streamline business operations. Look for host agencies that offer enhanced technology integration, such as artificial intelligence-powered chatbots, virtual reality experiences, and advanced analytics. These innovative features can enhance the overall customer experience and differentiate certain host agencies from others.
Choosing the best host travel agency for the year 2022 is a critical decision for beginners in the travel industry. By considering factors such as reputation, support services, commission structure, training programs, and technology tools, you can make an informed choice that aligns with your business goals. Partnering with a reliable host agency provides you with the necessary support, resources, and networking opportunities to navigate the complexities of the travel industry and build a successful travel business. Remember to stay updated with emerging trends and innovative features in host travel agencies, as these can provide a competitive edge and enhance your overall business operations. With careful consideration and research, you can find the perfect host travel agency to embark on a fulfilling journey in the travel industry.
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Choosing the Best Host Agency for Your Blooming Travel Business
Have you ever dreamt of owning your own business in the world of travel? Do you fancy the idea of helping others plan the vacations of their dreams while also exploring the globe? If these aspirations have enchanted your mind, starting your travel business might be an excellent route for you.
Perhaps you're already excited, but you’re also wondering where to start. The good news is, you’re in the right place—with the right guide! Our focus today is on choosing a host agency, and not just any agency, but the best host agency for beginners.
Unmasking Host Agencies
Before we jump into explaining how to choose the right host agency, let's take a moment to uncover what a host agency actually is. Essentially, a host agency is an established travel organization that home-based travel agents can affiliate with. They provide the crucial help you need, especially when beginning your journey in the travel world.
By functioning under a host agency, you’re able to enjoy the resources, support, and accreditations that an already established travel agency possesses. In simpler terms, it’s like entering a sturdy ship that’s ready to sail, instead of having to figure out how to build your own.
Stride into Success in the Travel Industry
We understand that you likely have a vision for success in the travel industry, whether it's about earning substantial income or receiving perks and benefits, like discounted or free travel. But recognizing that every beginner needs an aid to navigate through the waters of the industry, you're left with a crucial decision to make which is where a host agency comes into play.
The Importance of Correctly Choosing a Host Agency
Requesting the assistance of a host agency can impact your voyage into the traveling industry significantly. Choosing a host agency accurately from the get-go can considerably contribute to whether your business sails smoothly or encounters rough waves.
An ideal host agency cares about your growth, offers excellent support, provides vital resources, and has a trusted reputation in the travel industry. It's not about just signing a contract; it’s about partnering with a firm that will help you navigate the rough seas and bring you safely to victory shores.
Making the Best Decision for Yourself and Your Business
With all these in mind, the question that remains is - how do you select the best host agency for beginners? The truth is, the "best" host agency varies from one individual to the next because it largely depends on what you want and need from your business.
Remember, though, this isn't a decision to be made hastily. You must take the time to understand each prospective host agency, their style of business, their support system, available resources, and reputation in the industry. This careful scrutiny will ensure you're starting your own travel business on the most fluid path possible.
Why Choose Gateway Travel as Your Host Agency Partner?
At Gateway Travel, we have the understanding, the resources, and a devoted heart to see you grow your travel agency into a successful business adventure. We pride ourselves on being a host agency for beginners that offers the utmost support every step of the way.
From assisting with your first booking to significant decisions affecting your business growth, our priority is to be your steadfast and reliable partner. We offer inclusion, a welcoming community, continual support, vital resources, and more.
We have been in this business long enough to understand the ropes and know the value of helping our agents shine. When you succeed, we all succeed—that’s our philosophy here at Gateway Travel.
Starting Your Own Travel Business with Confidence
Setting off into the travel industry may seem intimidating at first. But by partnering with a supportive and well-established host agency like Gateway Travel, you can start your own travel business with confidence, knowing you have a solid support system behind you.
This beginners guide to host agencies aimed to clarify not only the importance of a good host agency for any aspiring travel agent but also how to approach picking the right one. And you have all the information you need to make an informed choice for the sake of your business.
Remember, in this business, it’s not so much about the destination, but the journey—and choosing the right host agency can make all the difference. Welcome aboard and enjoy the breathtaking view of your bright future in the travel industry!
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Written by: Melissa on June 24, 2022
Partnering with the right host travel agency will help you and your business to be successful. If you are a new travel agent, getting started on your own can be daunting. Experienced travel agents are often concerned about how the change will affect their day-to-day processes, supplier relationships, and commission levels. How do you know which host travel agency is the best?
First of all, remember that the term “best” is subjective. What works well for one agent may not be the right fit for another. Think about the goals you have for your travel business, your own strengths and weaknesses, and which tools you will need to get started—or to keep growing. As you compare host travel agency options, research the answers to these important questions:
What am I getting for my money?
All host travel agencies will require some type of payment, whether in the form of membership fees, a commission split, or both. Understand the fees and percentages involved, but also consider what is included with each membership package so you’re not comparing apples to oranges. A basic plan may only include the ability to make travel reservations at the minimum commission percentage, while other programs include valuable benefits like a client management system , higher commission levels, and access to marketing tools .
Where is the agency located?
Using a local host agency potentially offers some geographic advantages, but many national-level agencies provide excellent support to agents across the country. Near or far, it’s important to be able to easily contact your host agency whenever you have questions or concerns. Do they offer multiple methods of communication—phone, email, live chat? Which days and hours do they offer support? If the agency’s main office isn’t located near you, do they offer local events or a regional representative in your area?
What type of travel will I sell?
If you plan to specialize in a particular type of travel—such as cruises, Disney vacations, or destination weddings—you will want a host agency that provides the tools you need for that type of business. Ask what their current commission levels are for the main suppliers in that specialty. Do they offer industry connections to help you serve that niche?
How much education is available?
For a new travel agent, understanding the basics of booking travel and how to set up your business will get you off to a great start. But travel advisors never stop learning, so a good educational program will continue to offer professional development opportunities throughout the agent journey. Even the most experienced travel agents need to stay current on booking technology, marketing trends, and product updates. Does the host agency offer educational opportunities that meet your needs, both now and in the future?
What do other agents think?
Feedback from other travel agents can help you to compare host agencies, and most are happy to share their personal experience with a particular company. Ask the host travel agency to provide references from current members. The website Host Agency Reviews offers access to agent reviews and advice on how to compare agencies to find the best fit for you.
Ready to get started? We invite you to find out why over 4,000 travel agents have chosen to partner with KHM Travel Group as their host travel agency. Give our Membership Team a call at 888.611.1220 to learn how our comprehensive education program, marketing resources, and support staff can help you build a successful travel business.
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If you’re new to the travel industry and looking to start your own travel business, finding the right host travel agency can be a daunting task. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know which agency will be the best fit for your needs. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the top host travel agencies for beginners and what makes them stand out.
What is a Host Travel Agency?
A host travel agency is a company that provides support and resources to independent travel agents. As a host agency, they handle the administrative tasks of the business, such as booking and ticketing, while the independent agents focus on sales and marketing. Host agencies typically charge a fee or take a commission from the agents’ sales in exchange for their services.
Top Host Travel Agencies for Beginners
1. avoya travel.
Avoya Travel is known for their award-winning technology and support for their independent agents. They offer a comprehensive training program for beginners, as well as ongoing support and marketing resources. Avoya Travel also has a strong reputation in the industry, which can be an asset in building your own business.
2. Nexion Travel Group
Nexion Travel Group is a well-established host agency with over 25 years of experience. They offer a variety of resources for beginners, including a mentorship program and access to industry events and conferences. Nexion Travel Group also has a strong focus on technology, which can be a valuable asset in building your business.
3. Travel Planners International
Travel Planners International is a host agency that prides themselves on their personalized support for independent agents. They offer a variety of training and education resources for beginners, as well as ongoing support from their experienced staff. Travel Planners International also has a strong reputation in the industry, which can be an asset in building your own business.
Choosing the right host travel agency for your needs can be a crucial step in building your own travel business. By researching different agencies and their offerings, you can find the right fit for your experience level and goals. Whether you choose Avoya Travel, Nexion Travel Group, or Travel Planners International, you can feel confident in the support and resources they provide for beginners.
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