By Emily Peters
With the rising expenses of owning and operating a travel agency, host agencies offer an abundance of ways to save you money and maximize your bottom line. Whether you’re new to the travel agency or a seasoned veteran, partnering with a host agency can be one of the savviest business moves you make in 2018.
A return to the high-touch services of personal travel consultants is on the rise—but that doesn’t mean we can ignore the prevalence of tech tools in the travel space. OTAs (online travel agencies) continue to nip at our heels with the simplicity of booking travel—so agents must strike a balance between service, expertise and user-friendliness to seal the deal.
Progressive host agencies like MTravel lift the costly weight of licensing, training, and implementing tools like GDS systems, website development with online booking capabilities, CRMs (customer relationship management tools), itinerary builders and so much more. Moreover, MTravel includes most of these tools in the cost of our program, taking the stress of ancillary fees out of the equation.
An overloaded plate is a too-common complaint among independent travel professionals. Newbies can feel overwhelmed by navigating first steps without the guidance of an experienced agent or manager, whereas experienced agents may find it tough to take on new clients without passing existing work to an assistant.
As a full-service host agency as well as a retail travel company, MTravel reduces your need to pay for help by providing access to our front-line travel agents’ destination/sales expertise, sick and vacation back-up and our Business Development Team’s support to troubleshoot, assist with questions, train you on new processes and even help pitch to new prospects.
As independent travel professionals, it can be easy to work in a vacuum and lose exposure to cutting-edge tools and techniques. Partnering with an education-focused host agency like MTravel stacks one learning opportunity on another so you don’t have to spend time and money tracking down the best options to deepen your business knowledge.
MTravel includes live training webinars three or more times per week in our hosting program along with access to one-on-one mentoring sessions with our Business Development Team. With many of our in-person workshops taking place at our headquarters in L.A., we’re able to eliminate costly room rental, AV and F&B fees—passing those savings on to you, our training attendees. We even offer a free spot at our Annual Educational Conference to the travel professional with the most training points earned throughout the year—an awesome incentive for those who recognize that professional development = more money in their pocket. Plus, the content is customized for you and your agency, eliminating wasted cash and effort on external training sources whose subjects don’t wholly apply to you.
So how do host agencies save you money? Let us count the ways. These services and more add up over time, allowing you to focus your energy on building your business. If you’re interested in learning more about how MTravel can save you money, reach out to us—we have plenty more to share.
Are you ready to start your independent travel business with MTravel? We are here to help! Contact us here or call us at 800-870-5799. Be sure to check out our website at www.MTravel.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.