Travel Agency Startup Advice

Old Jul 7, 16, 6:35 am
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Travel Agency Startup Advice

Hi all,

Appreciate this is a very select userbase even on FT, but wondered if I could get some advice from anyone who has experience in Travel Agency businesses.

I am looking at starting a travel agency (not looking for advice on whether I should or shouldn't as this is a venture by the company I work for, not me personally).

I specifically have an IT background, so looking for advice there but also with the general commercial side of the business.
e.g.
  • What's the best route to market? Would you suggest starting from scratch or using a TA alliance such as Advantage or Uniglobe?
  • IT wise, what systems would you recommend? Specifically GDS- Sabre, Amadeus or Galileo?
  • Any other tips/recommendations you can give?

Any advice you can give would be very much appreciated. I have limited experience in this field. I expect we would start with hotels and then look to do air at a slightly later stage, as I know how complex it can be. I am UK based so any specific UK advice is also much appreciated.

Cheers.
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Old Jul 7, 16, 7:44 am
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Your business plan doesn't address your questions, so you come here to ask your soon-to-be competition for theirs and their trade secrets. Good luck with that.
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Old Jul 8, 16, 8:10 am
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Originally Posted by hcuk94 View Post
I am looking at starting a travel agency (not looking for advice on whether I should or shouldn't as this is a venture by the company I work for, not me personally).

I specifically have an IT background
hmm? many travel agents on FT do 'luxury' hotels/packages/cruises.
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Old Jul 9, 16, 3:18 am
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If you are goimg to start the travel agency, first you need to make your website and make it live with the help of web hosting provider.
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Old Jul 9, 16, 5:34 pm
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As a word of caution, it's a very saturated industry in which its rapidly becoming harder to become established. I wanted to do something similar a few years back but stopped.
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Old Jul 10, 16, 9:38 am
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Thanks all, appreciate the help. Will be an interesting ride either way I think!
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