January is Over!

Jan 31, 2024

January has finally come to an end, for some it has felt like the longest month of the year, but not for us. It has flown by!

It has been an exciting month with lots of great developments to improve the offering we give to our franchise owners. We love listening to their feedback in order to understand the things we need to change in order to give them the tools needed to drive their business forward. 

So what have we been up to -

  • We launched our new website which allowed our franchise owners customers to book holidays online, allowing our franchise owners to earn commission from these bookings - a first for the travel franchise industry! 
  • We saw seven new agents join us and lots of enquiries from people wanting to start their own travel franchise.
  • We had our best month so far! January sales were fantastic and we saw lots of our franchise owners take advantage of this lucrative time of year. 
  • We launched our Travel Agent Academy meaning that people with no travel...
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Jargon Buster - PEAKS

Jan 19, 2024

There are a lot of jargon words and abbreviations used throughout the travel industry so its time to bust some of these throughout our blog. Today we start with 'PEAKS' 

PEAKS is the common name used throughout the travel industry for the busiest time of the year, some travel companies also call this 'Turn of Year' or 'TOY' due to the busiest time of year taking place when a new year starts. 

So when is 'Peaks' - The busiest time of the year for the travel industry is typically January - February but some companies also include March although this is a quieter month compared to the previous two. Its not just travel agents that benefit during this time of year, it benefits the whole of the travel industry (airlines, tour operators, hotels, car hire, travel insurance and so much more) 

Tour Operators often sell around 40% of all their holiday 'stock' during the peak period, meaning that travel agents also achieve approx 40% of their annual sales during these months...

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What a fantastic week!

Jan 15, 2024

As a Travel Franchise we are always excited when our franchise owners are successful, after all the most important thing for us is support our franchise owners to achieve their goals and grow lucrative businesses. 

Last week our franchise owners saw some incredible results! 

  • Record breaking turnover
  • Record number of bookings made
  • Record breaking average booking values 
  • Record profit margins

Right now the travel industry is booming and customers are booking their dream holidays in order to give them something to look forward to. 

We have been on hand to support our franchise owners throughout the full week with late night calls, weekend meetings and regular WhatsApp messages to help them get as many bookings over the line as possible. 

January is known as 'Peaks' in the travel industry due to it being the busiest time of year for customers searching for holidays and right now its living up to its name! Here is to another fantastic week!

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The first travel franchise to offer a bookable website!

Jan 11, 2024

Today is a very exciting day!

Since launching in October 2023 our franchise owners kept saying to us how much they would love to have a website that customers could actually book holidays on...guess what, we listened and delivered! 

Listening to our franchise owners and taking on their feedback is vital to the success of our business as we know that without our franchise owners we cannot do what we do. So we started looking into making this possible so that they have all the tools they could need in order to help their customers and increase their earnings. 

With the help of Advantage Travel Partnership we worked on finding the perfect solution that would give a great customer experience as well as offering our travel agents everything they could need from a website. 

 

 

Today we are very proud to be launching these amazing tools for our existing travel franchise partners who have all shared in the joy and excitement of being able to share this with the...

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An Interview with our CEO

Jan 09, 2024
 

Jake recently caught up with Kidwells Business Solutions to discuss what we do at The Good Travel Franchise. Watch the full interview here!

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Celebrating Our Franchise Owners Success

Dec 13, 2023

Chanelle started her travel agent business with the support of The Good Travel Franchise back in October 2023 and has been flying since day one. She even managed to get her first booking as soon as she completed her training! 

The training that Chanelle completed consisted of 5 days of interactive training which covers off all the vital information you need in order to start your travel agent franchise. These include;

  • A day in the life of a travel agent 
  • Excellence in customer service 
  • Marketing strategies 
  • The customer journey 
  • Tour operator training 
  • System training 
  • Policies and Procedures of the travel industry 

After the training Chanelle said - "Training was a wonderful experience! Jake is a superstar and always on hand to help… an absolute pleasure to work with! Highly recommended!"

Within two months of completing her training Chanelle has already sold over £60,000 worth of holidays on a part time basis, even during the...

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How to select the right Travel Agent Franchise - The Ultimate Guide

Dec 11, 2023

Are you considering venturing into the travel industry as a business owner? The prospect of owning a travel agent franchise can be both exhilarating and daunting, so picking the right company to partner with is vital to your success. Navigating this competitive landscape needs a strategic approach, especially when searching for the right travel agent franchise that alights with your goals, values and needs.

In order to help you make sure you are on the right path, we have put together some key things to research and look out for when speaking to potential travel agent franchise partners. 

  1. Training & Support - Whether you are new to the world of travel or an experience travel agent you need to find out the level of training and support that you are given and not just at the start of your journey! Check to ensure you get full training when you start, along with a full support network to help you with any questions you have throughout your time with the business. Do they...
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When should I start my Travel Agent Business?

Dec 04, 2023

I often get asked 'when is the best time to start?' and most of the time the answer to this is simply, 'when you feel ready to get going' BUT January & February are the busiest months for the travel industry!

Travel Agents can typically expect to deliver 30-40% of their annual turnover in January & February alone so believe it or not, now is a great time to get going. 

The cut off for our December training has now passed which means anyone signing up now will be joining our training W/C 8th January 2024. This means you will be up and running and ready to start taking bookings right in the thick of our peak booking period. 

The cut off dates to book onto our January training is Thursday 21st December. After this date the next training will not be until W/C 19th February 2024.

So I think the real question to ask yourself right now is 'Can I afford to miss out on these busy months?' 

If the answer is no, then get a meeting booked in with me so we can discuss...

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Jake & Rob Attend Conference in Paris

Nov 22, 2023
 

Last weekend our Co-Founders (Jake & Rob) attended the Advantage Latitude conference in Paris, hosted by Uniworld Boutique River Cruise. This weekend was a great chance for Jake & Rob to network with other travel professionals, build relationship with cruise suppliers as well as getting to learn more about the big opportunities in the cruise market! 

After arriving in style in Business Premier on Eurostar, Day One consisted of training sessions about how big an opportunity cruise holidays will be in 2024 with over 300 ships sailing and more customers than ever choosing to see the world via a cruise. It is predicted that 31.5 million people will take a cruise this year which is an increase of 8 million passengers compared to 4 years ago. 

Jake & Rob also got a chance to take a tour of the Joie De Vivre, seeing the different types of cabins, facilities and entertainment venues. Jake was blown away at the quality of food onboard saying "The food was just...

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Are Travel Agent Franchises Profitable?

Nov 02, 2023

One of the main questions we get asked as a travel franchise is about how profitable the industry is and what the potential earnings are. While how much you can earn essentially comes down to how much work you put in we wouldn't be in the industry if we didn't believe that its a lucrative business to be in. 

 

 

How do I get paid?

One of the biggest myths of being a travel agent is that it costs more to book with a travel agent due to having to pay them to do the work. This is mostly untrue as it is not the customer that pays the travel agent for the work, the tour operators pay the travel agent commission for selling their products and services. These commission levels vary greatly from supplier to supplier but you will always have the help and support from your franchisors are the best ones for the customers and for your pockets. 

 

What is the average commission you can earn?

Based on our current data the average commission from holidays booked is around...

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