Starting A Travel Agency

Written by Diane Sievert
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Starting a travel agency requires you to make a few key decisions. Not only do you have to decide what kind of travel services you will provide, but also you have to decide if you will act as travel affiliate or as a larger host agency. Creating a large travel agency is an expensive business endeavor that requires a great deal of research and a large initial down payment. Becoming an independent travel agent, on the other hand, is something that requires minimal training and only a small initial fee.

When it comes to starting a travel agency, you need to determine the type of travel products to provide. You can specialize in business travel, or you can focus your efforts on vacation travel instead. Many smaller agencies and travel affiliates prefer to specialize in vacation packages because so many of the larger agencies have cornered the market on business travel.

Easy Steps for Starting a Travel Agency

Once you have determined the type of agency to start, it's time to get down to business. Starting a travel agency is a major life decision, but it doesn't have to be something that sets you back financially. When you align yourself with a host agency you don't have to worry about marketing, pricing and other business considerations. Many agents sell to their friends and family when they're first starting out. This is a great way to earn commissions while you establish your reputation in the travel community.

One of the best ways to market your new travel agency is to design a dynamic website. You can place color photos and customer testimonials on your site to draw attention to the travel products for sale. You might even consider working with the host agency for official promotional materials.


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