So I've been wanting to start my own travel agency - which from one I've read looks easy enough. basically join up with a host company and use their access to reach suppliers. main disadvantage though, is all loss & liability is in my hands. Travel, being a high tight and risky business, is not something I'd like to take loss on.
I've thought about it too, and it seems like travel agents are more about selling packages from their preferred suppliers which give them highest commission. and i'd rather be working for the customer/traveller than the supplier. so this is my idea:
start a concierge/travel planning service where i'd create customized itineraries based on the traveler's interests (with a focus on off the beaten path and adventure tourism) - this means finding the best hotels and activities for them without being limited to certain suppliers. I'd request the customer's credit card info and book the details directly with the hotels/tours on the customer's behalf. this would mean, I wouldn't be liable for chargebacks or other disputed charges. so a disadvantage would be that I wouldn't have access to discounted fares or reserved spots, but an advantage to the customer would be - 100% in their interests, not in my commissions. So I'd choose hotels and activities that I genuinely think they would get the most enjoyment from.
Would be less of a profit for me, but less risky and more client oriented vs sales oriented.
would be something between a personal assistant and a travel concierge.
What do you guys think? Do you think people would be interested in this?