Travel agents offer advice on destinations, plan trips, and itineraries, and make travel arrangements for clients. In addition, travel agents sell transportation, lodging, and admission to entertainment activities.
Starting a travel agency can be fun and rewarding.
To get started, complete relevant tours and travel training, do market research and competitor analysis, then create a website so you can be found by travelers.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a travel agent:
1. Flight Expert Bangladesh ($18M/year)
SALMAN BIN RASHID SHAH SAYEEM (from Dhaka, Bangladesh) started Flight Expert Bangladesh almost 6 years ago.
Hello, I am Salman Rashid, Founder & CEO of Flight Expert. It is the first-ever online travel agency in Bangladesh. Our uniqueness was to build a state-of-the-art online travel agency with services focusing on Bangladesh primarily. This country has never before enjoyed taking assistance from any online travel agency.
However, the best part is that we achieved 50% more revenue in October 2021 than our pre-covid highest number on sales in a month, interestingly, and we are aiming to hit breakeven by March 2022 if all goes well in the market.
2. CuddlyNest ($2.8M/year)
Ritesh Raj (from Orlando, Florida, EE. UU.) started CuddlyNest almost 6 years ago.
I’m Ritesh Raj, the co-founder, and COO of CuddlyNest, an accommodation booking platform for travelers. I have a travel tech background of over 13 years—so I’ve been at it since 2009!
That means focusing on all kinds of travelers, who are looking for all kinds of property types, with all kinds of budgets. Our inventory currently includes over four million properties of all types in 80k+ cities!
3. Golf Trip Junkie ($1.98M/year)
Sean Petersen (from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Statele Unite ale Americii) started Golf Trip Junkie over 7 years ago.
Hello, my name is Sean Petersen and I am the founder of Golf Trip Junkie, a trusted source for delivering memorable customized golf vacations to our valued customers.
My business is growing more than I ever expected, with average monthly revenue of $165,000.
4. Gifted Travel Network ($500K/year)
Meredith Hill, Vanessa McGovern, and Jennifer Cochrane (from Mooresville, North Carolina, USA) started Gifted Travel Network almost 10 years ago.
Founded by Meredith Hill, Vanessa McGovern, and Jennifer Cochrane, Gifted Travel Network is a cutting-edge host agency that supports business owners in repurposing their love of travel into a successful enterprise and fulfilling lifestyle.
Gifted Travel Network promotes travel entrepreneurship success by offering exemplary service, award-winning professional development programs, and a supportive community.
The founders obtained a $100,000 loan from the bank to kickstart the business.
In 2019, they generated $30 million in sales from travel reservations made using their credentials.
They leverage a strong network of 311 capable travel advisors to assist their valued clients, and their revenue model is commission based.
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5. RoundAbout Travel ($6M/year)
Last week I asked him a few questions I thought you might be interested in – specifically about his fast growth and success in a really competitive industry.
Mark and Amy Trim (from Norwood SA, Australia) started RoundAbout Travel over 14 years ago.
Mark and Amy Trim, life partners & business owners, founded RoundAbout Travel in 2008 as Australia's first round-the-world airfare specialist.
Their journey started in August 2008 when they first got their license amid the GFC. They sold about $900,000 in the first year and have since increased that to an annual turnover of over $6 million.
Their head office is in Norwood, South Australia, and they operate as a national online travel agency. RoundAbout Travel offers both economies & business class trips around the world.
Mark started this online travel company at 23, quitting his job as a travel agent. After 14 years, they have expanded to 5 brands and now have more than $50 million annual revenue.
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