The tourism sector thrives despite global price rise, environmental and social unrest. Therefore building a career in this line is certainly productive. However people today are more aware of the best deals available with regard to flights, accommodations, tours etc. The travel agent’s job has hence become more challenging in procuring the most feasible packages for their clients.
With the advent of the Computerized Reservations System (CRS), all what is needed is a PC with an internet connection to connect to any corner of the globe for coordinating tour operations. The success of a tour operator depends on the contacts he develops and the tie-up agreements he manages to acquire. An established travel agent can very well operate from home provided he/she is accessible to all travel intermediaries.
A safe way to operate would be to liaison with other’s in the same profession so that whenever opportunities come up, they can be alerted and a share in profits earned. A travel agent has the advantage of being rewarded with excellent offers from airlines and hotels wherein they get free tickets to exotic locations and accommodation in the most luxurious of hotels and resorts. These offers are mainly based on the business they contribute to these corporations.
A travel professional can safely operate from home if he has built up enough corporate and individual accounts that get all their ticketing and related formalities done with him. This ensures a steady flow of income and there’s no money lost on paying rents for office spaces taken in the heart of the city. A prerequisite for this profession however is a certified degree from any recognized travel and tourism school.
Anyone wishing to operate from home can look out for contracts with big tour operators who will provide them with all the necessary paraphernalia required for a travel agency. Training classes will also be provided along with audio and video training CD’s and manuals. Such agents can enjoy the superior buying power of these big corporations and commissions will also be on a higher scale.
The tourism industry which is the largest in the world has still more untapped areas to explore. One such is the cruise sector which is constantly on the lookout for more passengers. With people willing to spend more and experience new areas of the travel field, convincing them to take an exotic cruise is no more a big deal. You can start with your own family members, relatives, friends and people in the neighborhood and remember that whoever you meet could be a potential client.
A travel agent operating from home has the advantage of working at flexible working hours. This is quite an interesting profession for those who are eager to learn about different cultures, people and geographical locations. Dedicated travel personnel are always on the lookout for unexplored destinations to present to their more daring clients who have a taste for adventure.
A point to be noted is that customers may have expectations of 24 hour support from a travel agent working from home and therefore should rise up to such responsibility.