8 Travel Planning Business Success Stories [2023]

8 Travel Planning Business Success Stories [2023]
Start A Travel Planning Business

Travel planning business is a service that helps people to plan their vacations, holidays, and trips. They offer information about destinations, hotels, flights, and other travel-related services. A travel planner can help you with any aspect of your journey. They will be able to suggest the best destinations for your budget and itinerary preferences.

To succeed in this competitive environment, a travel planner needs to have the following skills:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • A strong understanding of the various destinations
  • Good knowledge of hotels and other travel-related services
  • Good communication skills

Here are some real life success stories of starting a travel planning business:

1. Rayna Tours ($6M/year)

Manoj Tulsani (from Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates) started Rayna Tours about 17 years ago.

$500K / month
2 founders / 670 employees
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Case Study

Manoj: Kamlesh Ramchandani and I (Manoj Tulsani) are the founders of Rayna Tours and Travels. Fueled by our deepest interest in travel and entrepreneurship, we kicked off our business journey a decade ago from a small travel counter inside a five-star hotel in Dubai.

Kamlesh: We’ve been in the industry for over a decade and have now become a niche provider of destination management services in Dubai. As a one-stop, customer-oriented business for all travel needs, our main organizational goal is to design and craft travel services and packages in such a way that each of them ideally responds to the dynamic market trends as well as our clients’ specific travel requirements. We offer our full suite of travel solutions through our wholly-owned Rayna Group.


2. Flight Expert Bangladesh ($18M/year)

SALMAN BIN RASHID SHAH SAYEEM (from Dhaka, Bangladesh) started Flight Expert Bangladesh about 6 years ago.

$1.5M / month
3 founders / 60 employees

Case Study

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.


Learn more about starting a travel planning business:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a travel planning business?
-> Pros and cons of a travel planning business

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established travel planning business
-> Travel planning business Instagram captions

Other resources

4. Golf Trip Junkie ($1.98M/year)

Sean Petersen (from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Statele Unite ale Americii) started Golf Trip Junkie almost 8 years ago.

$165K / month
1 founders / 5 employees

Case Study

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.


5. Baboo ($600K/year)

Paul Sarfati (from Dover, DE, USA) started Baboo over 2 years ago.

$50K / month
3 founders / 5 employees

Case Study

My name is Paul Sarfati and I am the Founder and CEO of Baboo Travel. We built a travel platform that connects travelers directly with local travel agents or as we call them In-Destination experts to plan Custom Trips.

We are currently still depending greatly on COVID travel restrictions and can’t really operate the entire world as we would wish, but we are starting to see some interest in people traveling from the US to some countries in Latin America like Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile & Argentina, and also to Europe to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, so that’s good news.


6. CuddlyNest ($2.8M/year)

Ritesh Raj (from Orlando, Florida, EE. UU.) started CuddlyNest about 6 years ago.

$233K / month
2 founders / 72 employees

Case Study

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!


7. 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.

$500K / month
2 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

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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