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Old 07-01-2017, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Yes, I think this is true.

Most complicated, exotic trips still require travel agents. I don't use a travel agent anymore to simply buy plane tickets for domestic flights or book a hotel domestically for a short stay. But for longer international trips, I still use a travel agent. They can research different options, help plan logistics, advise on travel requirements, etc. There is still a market for travel agents but it's more narrow than it used to be.
I think I'd consider using a trustworthy agent specializd in Mexico.
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We always use a travel agent for our cruises. She combs the sites fore me so I don't have to watch for every little update or rebate etc. She watched and go us the best prices on the ship for the drink package in February. Nobody I talked to get it for as cheap as 30 pp/ per day as we did.
How about FREE? We haven't paid for an alcohol package in four out of our last cruises.
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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You would have startup costs? This reminds me of the real estate world, Realtors also have startup costs and they're failure rate after two years is in the high 90% and that is usually after spending thousands and thousands of dollars. Ask whoever is offering the training how many people are still in the industry after two years and take whatever number they give you with a tablespoon of salt.

While I understand that some people want a very structured vacation and don't mind waiting six months for a reservation (can't imagine doing that for Disney, I was very underwhelmed by their food and it was supposedly one of their better restaurants), that is a dying trend. Today the world is becoming more in demand. We don't hail cabs, we use Uber, we don't wait to watch tv shows, we binge them commercial free on Hulu or Netflix, we don't listen to the radio hoping our favorite songs come on we head to youtube or use Spotify.

You would be catering to an ever decreasing pool of clients, which means competition for those people is going to increase. If you have to go out and find your own clients think what that will mean for your bottom line, are you going to have to budget for lead finding tools and advertising?

Don't mean to be a downer, just trying to offer some fresh perspective, but at the end of the day we don't know your financial situation and if this startup cost would be something that you would feel comfortable losing with a toss of the dice at the casino, then why not? If this is something you want to do as maybe a fun way to spend some time in retirement, again not a bad idea, if you expect to make real money at this....well then I would really look at the failure rate and how much it could cost you.
You've made some valid points, but I'm NOT so sure that I'd agree about the "decreasing pool of clients " theory. For trips with multiple pieces and tours to be arranged, millennials ARE using travel agents.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyl...sVM/story.html

In any event, it's been obvious from the start of this thread that OP has already made up her mind. While I personally would prefer a root canal than go to Disney, I think the OP has an opportunity to make some extra money in her retirement, with little financial risk, and largely on her own schedule. I sincerely wish I could find a deal like that! Good luck to her.
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:37 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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You've made some valid points, but I'm NOT so sure that I'd agree about the "decreasing pool of clients " theory. For trips with multiple pieces and tours to be arranged, millennials ARE using travel agents.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyl...sVM/story.html

In any event, it's been obvious from the start of this thread that OP has already made up her mind. While I personally would prefer a root canal than go to Disney, I think the OP has an opportunity to make some extra money in her retirement, with little financial risk, and largely on her own schedule. I sincerely wish I could find a deal like that! Good luck to her.
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Old 07-01-2017, 02:19 PM
 
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You've made some valid points, but I'm NOT so sure that I'd agree about the "decreasing pool of clients " theory. For trips with multiple pieces and tours to be arranged, millennials ARE using travel agents.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyl...sVM/story.html

In any event, it's been obvious from the start of this thread that OP has already made up her mind. While I personally would prefer a root canal than go to Disney, I think the OP has an opportunity to make some extra money in her retirement, with little financial risk, and largely on her own schedule. I sincerely wish I could find a deal like that! Good luck to her.
Ha! I was just going to post that the OP had already made up his mind!

As for that article, I think they spun those numbers so much that I am still dizzy. Grouping together somewhat and very satisfied consumers is suspect and the numbers of millennials using agents was still very low. There was a lot of assertive statements with zero numbers behind it.

I am in my mid thirties and think that any flight under ten hours is a puddle jump, most of my friends and family travel internationally and no one uses agents, it's easy enough to figure out logistics on the ground, plus it is almost always cheaper to book rooms or big ticket tours in the country. The outfitters that can afford overseas advertising aren't generally the best.

Travel agents are for people with a lot of fear and for better or worse that doesn't include the majority of people under 40, heck at worse you can still instagram a failure and generate a lot of likes.

OP, have fun, try not to lose too much money on this venture, but this is along the lines of Mary Kay or any number of scams that promises for a little money down they can help you make serious money on your passion project. Using some basic critical thinking skills would show that if their database was really a money maker then why is everyone needing to chip in to maintain it? If this was a serious money making revenue it would have a normal setup with offices, bosses and employees.
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Old 07-01-2017, 03:52 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Ha! I was just going to post that the OP had already made up his mind!

As for that article, I think they spun those numbers so much that I am still dizzy. Grouping together somewhat and very satisfied consumers is suspect and the numbers of millennials using agents was still very low. There was a lot of assertive statements with zero numbers behind it.

I am in my mid thirties and think that any flight under ten hours is a puddle jump, most of my friends and family travel internationally and no one uses agents, it's easy enough to figure out logistics on the ground, plus it is almost always cheaper to book rooms or big ticket tours in the country. The outfitters that can afford overseas advertising aren't generally the best.

Travel agents are for people with a lot of fear and for better or worse that doesn't include the majority of people under 40, heck at worse you can still instagram a failure and generate a lot of likes.

OP, have fun, try not to lose too much money on this venture, but this is along the lines of Mary Kay or any number of scams that promises for a little money down they can help you make serious money on your passion project. Using some basic critical thinking skills would show that if their database was really a money maker then why is everyone needing to chip in to maintain it? If this was a serious money making revenue it would have a normal setup with offices, bosses and employees.
Actually, I'm leaning toward doing this, but haven't fully decided yet. I have an appointment with the owner soon.

Again, I know the owner and several agents personally, so I have no concern that this is a scam.
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:17 PM
 
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Scam might have been too strong a word, scam'ish? Scam-lite? There are plenty of these type of schemes out there.

When you meet with the owner expect the hard sell, with promises that being an agent will mean discounts, comps and free upgrades as properties and businesses will try to to woo you, but the reality is that they care more about a yelp review then what a travel agent thinks. Ask him how many people get trained every year and then ask how many are still doing this in a year or two Since you know several agents ask them how long they have been working with this company, what a typical day is like for them and how much they are making, I know you are retired, but you want to make sure that it will be net positive. Oh, and ask about income tax, if you are self employed that is a whole different ball.

Best of luck with everything, OP and let us know how the interview goes.
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:23 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Scam might have been too strong a word, scam'ish? Scam-lite? There are plenty of these type of schemes out there.

When you meet with the owner expect the hard sell, with promises that being an agent will mean discounts, comps and free upgrades as properties and businesses will try to to woo you, but the reality is that they care more about a yelp review then what a travel agent thinks. Ask him how many people get trained every year and then ask how many are still doing this in a year or two Since you know several agents ask them how long they have been working with this company, what a typical day is like for them and how much they are making, I know you are retired, but you want to make sure that it will be net positive. Oh, and ask about income tax, if you are self employed that is a whole different ball.

Best of luck with everything, OP and let us know how the interview goes.
I approached the owner, not vice versa. I don't think it makes a dfference to her. I told her I could bring a local clientele to her agency.
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:55 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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According to me, travel agent gives you a proper plan according to your budget as well as they will help you to save your time also.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:09 AM
 
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Not bad if it doesn't cost the guests any extra money.

I just wasn't aware of the presence of Disney agents at all.

But I'm not going to Disney anytime soon, because I don't have kids yet.
I went to Disney twice as an adult with no kids. It's plenty fun for adults.
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