Updated: Aug 20, 2019
Even for the most experienced and traveled, bringing a group of travelers abroad, managing the associated logistics and entertaining them can be a daunting task. That is why if you are passionate about such things as putting together travel itineraries for large groups; booking air travel and accommodations; finalizing the group size; arranging entertainment and excursions; and; coordinating payments, managing all of these should be a walk in the park, or so your clients should think. More so, because you happen to be their travel agent, your clients will look at you with awe.
As a travel agent, you have the resources that you can leverage to help book and manage groups thus help ease the logistics of planning such trips. Let’s delve into what group travel is, how to succeed in travel business by selling groups, and the benefits therein through travel agent commissions.
Nature of Group Travels
Group Independent Travel (GIT) refers to a travel group where individuals buy a group package and travel with others on a predetermined itinerary. Group travel involves booking a travel as a group, typically made up of 10 plus travelers aged 16 or older, on the same itinerary.
Benefits of Group Travels
As a travel agent in a group travel setting, you will be tasked with coordinating the booking for the group and directly negotiating with travel vendors such as the airlines and resorts to provide discounts for the members of the group. Whether you are running your own travel agency from home or you are working with a host travel agency, you will earn generous commissions from working with the group.
Gain Instant Satisfied Prospects
To become a travel agent of repute now and in the future, a group travel setting lays the stage for you to instantly wow a large number of prospects by the excellent service you will offer them. Now more than ever is the time for you to showcase your skills in seamlessly handling the hassle of group travel, booking of their flights and hotel accommodations, excursions or other forms of local entertainment abroad, and best of all, save them some money.
Grow a New Niche
Group travels are a sizable and growing chunk of the huge U.S. travel market, and naturally the best fit for you as a travel agent, whether you are working alone or with a host travel agency. Because group travels or GIT involve lucrative group business, they hold tremendous revenue potential for travel agencies.
Widens Your Professional Network Scope
Another benefit to you as a travel agent juggling group travel(s) is that at any given time, you are working with an equally dedicated built-in support from an army of devoted travel vendors. Be they airline-ticketing agents, event planners at virtually every resort, hotel, or cruise line. These experts design the holiday stays beforehand and handle arrangements once your group clients/their guests arrive on-site or on-board. As you plan together, you are also gaining a network of dedicated professionals to boost your career. It’s a win-win-situation for travel agent as well as all vendors involved!
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