Is the cost of becoming a travel agent holding you back? Fret not! There are host agencies like BNT Travel Group and Travellers Worldwide that offer free training, support, access to suppliers, and commission splits. Yes, you read that right, become a travel agent for free! Though a one-time sign-up fee might be on the cards, the host agencies often refund it. Register as a seller of travel if your state requires, gear up with essential tools like a computer, phone, printer, and a reservation system, and you’re good to go!
Taking the plunge into the travel industry but lack experience? No worries! Organizations like The Travel Institute, International Air Transport Association (IATA) or Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) offer training and certifications covering destination geography, reservation systems, marketing, and much more to help you kickstart your travel agent career. Joining a host agency or a consortium can also be a beneficial step as they provide support, training, and access to suppliers.