The number of travel agents is quickly growing as many people are discovering the endless possibilities that come with a career in the travel industry. If you were planning to book a trip a decade ago, you would have had to make an appointment to go into an office and talk with an agent. Nowadays, the business model has changed. Since then, most travel agencies have moved to a home-based business which led to the start of host travel agencies. You might be wondering what a host travel agency is and how they differ from travel agencies.
Simply put, they offer services to independent travel agents who sign a commission-based contractor agreement with them. The agents still own 100% of their business, but they are affiliates with the host agency. Keep reading to learn what to expect from a host travel agency.
Here’s what to expect from a host travel agency:
- Access to various suppliers, such as cruise lines or all-inclusive resorts;
- Network and community of travel agents—usually in terms of events, webinars, or conferences;
- Booking and accounting support;
- Marketing and tech tools support;
- High commission shares;
- Mentoring and educational programs.
It’s easy to say the best part of the model is sharing based on productivity. Let’s remember, an agency with 1,000 agents will offer higher commission percentages due to the higher sales volume. So, the more travel agents, the better!
Some hosts charge a small fee for their services, others just retain a percentage of the sales. There are no set rules for this new business model so you can find pretty much any mix, but you need to be aware that there is no real need to pay a fee to become an agent!
Other fundamental benefits of affiliating with a host travel agency, especially for newer agents, are:
- Strong credibility;
- More efficiency;
- Colleagues always there to support you and your business;
- Wider travel platform.
As with anything, it won’t be all rainbows and unicorns. You will still have to find the agency that fits you, your needs, and most importantly do the job! Here at KVI, we are a team dedicated to supporting each other. You will not only find a strong support system behind you, but you will also find great suppliers, vendors, and agents. In addition to, there are free personalized training sessions with no fee to join. This is only a few of the reasons why we are growing every month and why each of our agents are falling more in love with their job!
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