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Starting a Travel Agency from Home in Africa or Latin America Regions

The concept of home-based business has taken up a firm shape. There are people who work from home and also have a successful business, which is being operated from their home. With the constant development of travel technology, operating a travel agency from the vicinity of your home has become a practical thought. With every feature that a travel management company and travel agencies turning online, it is very much possible to start up your own travel agency. The online booking system that comprises of online flight booking, online hotel booking and online car-rental has made the job of travel agent more organized and automated. There will be 12.3 million round-trip passengers, globally, on U.S. airlines during the holiday travel period, up 1.5 percent from last year, according to the industry’s lobbying group, Airlines for America. (AAA’s forecast shows fewer numbers of fliers because it looks at a five-day period while the airline group looks at the 12 days surrounding Thanksgiving. This is the high time, budding professionals are setting up their travel portal with GDS and APIs connected.

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Starting a travel agency from home is a good idea indeed. You need only a little investment. It is low-risk too. Just that you must be very enthusiastic to offer your clients best in class travel deals.

Related: How to Develop Travel Portal

The first step in your home-based endeavor is finding the right host agency. It’s better to have a host agency. It will keep your spending low, gives you big commissions, and do your back-end office. Moreover, if you are a novice in the travel industry, they will train you to and assist you in running the business. Most of the host agencies have their online travel software in place, which you can also get access off.

With the host agency, you need not have an ARC, CLIA, or IATAN number which is costly and difficult to get for a start up. The host agency’s accreditation number is enough and it will be your parent company.  If you use the GDS, the host will take care of the ARC report which will be time-saving to you.  They will also help you to get a travel agent license as required by your region.

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Experts recommend to restrict your travel business first to some niche rather than offering all airlines and hotels in the world. It may be for a particular region or a special holiday package. But don’t market just one product, try two or three. Or you can cater to the travel needs of business travelers to a particular country. Or try your luck in booking charter planes for the high-end corporate travelers or billionaires. Name your travel agency accordingly. Try to offer something, which is little different from the generic node.

Related: Amadeus Software for Travel

You are in travel business to make money by providing quality, reliable service to your customers. Have separate accounts and track business expenses. To get your home-based travel agency clicked, you must have a working knowledge of travel agency software, customer service experience, and experience in traveling to the destinations you deal in.

Starting a Travel Agency from Home in Africa or Latin America Regions

Keep on having very satisfied clients and serve your clients to the max. Word of mouth does wonder in the travel business.

With the contribution of travel technology to the travel industry in terms of travel software, travel portals, hotel booking systems, flight booking engines, car rental software etc, traveling is on the rise. It’s easy, its faster and its way convenient. Not only booking the travel deals but sharing the latest development, during the travel has also got the people connected. You can trek remote paths and keep on updating your footprints on the web.

How Amadeus, Travelport, Sabre are important for agencies in Turkey, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia?

Success of online booking systems including airline reservation system depends on the type of inventory and pricing. GDS systems like Amadeus, Galileo and Sabre provide singular access to top inventory and thus better deals for end clients.  

Regarding Author:

Author is a senior business analyst and an expert in travel portal development and marketing strategy implementation.




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