There Are Many Target Audiences for Travel Agencies

Identify travel agent clients for booking vacations

 

Marketing your Travel Agency to your Target Audience

When starting a travel agency, getting and retaining travel clients and making travel bookings takes work. The more effort you put into marketing your travel agency to your target audience, the higher the success rate and profit margins will be.

Everyone around the world was most likely watching the Olympics in Rio. Now it isn’t always easy to travel to faraway places to solicit new travel business; however, think about how many great opportunities you have if you do. Any large gathering (yes, even the political arena!) is fair game for small business travel agency owners.

As a travel agent, did you ever consider traveling to destinations with largest gatherings in order to find new travel clients?

Keeping Your Travel Agency Profitable

  • Convention Halls/Trade Shows. It may be restricted, but the lounges, pools and bars aren’t.
  • State/County Fairgrounds? Business cards and flyers go a long way at this type of place. Even a cheap coupon or small gift (pencils) can promote your business.
  • Gift bags at movie premiere sites
  • Churches – their events draw a lot of people for dances, casino nights, speaking events, etc.,
  • Clubs – Elks, Knights of Columbus, Ladies Auxiliaries, Bowling Leagues, Sports Games?

How to Find Travel Agent Clients

Just a few of many places you could go to increase your travel agency’s visibility and clientele with smart marketing approaches.

Are you in touch with the numbers? What demographic audience holds your highest potential?

Are you being open to all audiences? Remember, Bride & Grooms go on Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. Families take a yearly vacation. Baby Boomers are retired and can go as often and to as many various trips as they can budget for.

Has your travel agency ever raffled a trip? Every single person that signs up to win that trip is a potential client.

Have you partnered with a gym? What about the fall festivals all over the country already setting up for Oktoberfest’s and Halloween …and you know the Holidays are right behind that!

Get a jump NOW on the many opportunities that can assist you in marketing your travel agency business. Schools do candy drives; perhaps they would be interested in letting the kids sell tickets for trips!

Vow to talk to three people every day about your business and what you do.

Get away from your computer and find out where your ideal client hangs out and go visit them…they have a lot of friends.

Stay present on your social media’s contacts and mentions, but don’t be a slave to that arena that could stall your business with redundancy.

Don’t forget, referrals are direct compliments to the success of your travel business…make sure the clients you have, come back for more and bring their friends.

 

TIS THE SEASON FOR CELEBRATION

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 Season Greetings and Happy Holidays to all our friends, franchise owners, business

partners, affiliates, staff and our many cruisers near and far. May this season embrace

peace to all around the world. If you travel, please do so safely. If you stay home by the

fireside, enjoy your family, friends and loved ones

May the 2016 New Year show Promise, Peace and Prosperity for all!

Top travel franchise business for veterans

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We are celebrating Veteran’s Day this month. You may wonder what FRANCHISE DISCOUNTS or FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES veterans and today’s military are presented as a token of our appreciation for their service. There are many discounts, services and deals just waiting for veterans, as well as the enlisted men now, for all their hard work in keeping America safe.

http://www.military.com  has the following list for discounts from all over the country.  See if any of these can apply to you in your area.

2015 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation Discounts:

9/11 Memorial and Museum — Veterans will receive free Museum admission from November 7 to November 11.

Army Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on November 11.

B&Bs for Vets — Innkeepers are invited to participate in the 2015 B&Bs for Vets program by offering a minimum of one free room for one night on either November 10 or 11.

*NEW* Birmingham Zoo — All active and retired military, veterans and their dependents will receive free admission on November 9, 10 and 11.

*NEW* Boston Bruins — In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night on Thursday, November 12, all military will receive 20% off at the ProShop and all Fan Zone locations on the night of the game.

Boston Duck Tours — All military personnel get free rides during the week of Veterans Day, November 9 through 13. Spouses and children also get a special $10.00 per person ticket.

Colonial Williamsburg — Active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their direct dependents receive free Colonial Williamsburg admission for Veterans Day weekend (November 6–11).

*NEW* Discovery Times Square — On November 11, active and retired service members can visit Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. for free.

Harley-Davidson Museum — The Harley-Davidson Museum is offering free admission to active military, veterans and their families on November 7, 8, and 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

*NEW* Jefferson Lines– Jefferson Lines is offering free travel to veterans from November 8 through November 15.

Killington Resort — Active Duty, Retired and Honorably Discharged members of the military receive a complimentary lift ticket onNovember 11.

*NEW* Kingsmill Resort — Active military personnel, their spouses and retired veterans get a 25% discount off standard rates from November 9, 2015 through March 15, 2016 if booked betweenNovember 9-13.

Knotts Berry Farm — Knott’s Berry Farm is offering free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest, as well as 6 additional tickets for a discounted price from November 1, 2015 to December 20, 2015.

*NEW* LEGOLAND Florida – Veterans get free admissionNovember 1-22, as well as 50% off tickets for up to six accompanying guests.

Mariners’ Museum — Military members receive a special $5 admission price on November 11.

*NEW* Mount Vernon — All active duty, former, or retired military personnel are admitted for free on November 11.

National Parks — On Veterans Day, November 11, veterans will have access to over 100 National Parks that require entrance fees for free.  National Veterans Day Run — The National Veterans Day Run onNovember 11 offers veterans and active duty military a reduced-rate entry into the race, as well as discounted rates to their spouses and children between 13 and 18 years of age.

*NEW* Queen Mary — The Queen Mary offers free admission to active service members, retired military personnel, veterans and special discounts for their family members on November 11.

Red Roof Inn  Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off stays in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.

*NEW* Southampton Inn – Veterans get a special $100 nightly rate for any stay between now and November 20.

UFC GYM — Veterans and active duty military as well as their families get free total gym access from November 11-15 at participating UFC GYMs. UFC GYM is also offering a special Basic Training themed Daily Ultimate Training class on November 14.

Westgate Resorts — Starting November 11, the first 2,500 eligible service members who complete the online military appreciation form will receive a complimentary three-day, two-night vacation. Veterans who don’t qualify are eligible for a 25% discount.

World of Coca-Cola — Active duty, reserves and retirees get free admission year-round, and November 5 through November 15, members of the Armed Forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.

If none of these fit your bill, here is a great business opportunity for you!

Cruise Planners/American Express Travel Services

This article reprint from Franchising.com indicated what there is business wise to offer the military and veterans.

Top travel franchise company is a 2015 Hot Franchise for Veterans, according to GI Jobs, and is offering 30 Percent in savings to the military community.

Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 – G.I. Jobs®, the premier resource for helping transitioning service members find success in civilian careers, released its 2015 Hot Franchises For Veterans™ just in time for Memorial Day. The list includes Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the top travel franchise business for veterans due to its focus on recruiting and training more franchisees with military experience. Aspiring “vetrepreneurs,” those active military and their families with a passion for travel can be their own boss, travel and sell the world with Cruise Planners.

“Cruise Planners continues to be dedicated to the men and women who serve our country,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We offer a Veterans Initiative Program that incorporates award-winning marketing, top-notch technology and ongoing training and business development support to help transition veterans from the military to civilian life and our work-from-home business model offers flexibility for active military and their families.”

A 2014 study prepared by Franchise Business Review for the International Franchise Association (IFA) found that, since 2011, 203,000 veterans and military spouses have started careers in franchising. Cruise Planners offers unique benefits that make it attractive for active military, military spouses and veterans to invest in a Cruise Planners franchise.

“It’s clear from the numbers that successful businesses like Cruise Planners and our other Hot Franchises recognize that veterans are among the best employees around,” says Sean Collins, Vice President for Military Products at Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and post-9/11 Navy veteran. “Skills and traits learned in military service – leadership, being a quick learner, determination, following operational procedures and leveraging all available resources – are used each and every day to run a franchise.”

Cruise Planners’ Veterans Initiative Program provides nearly 30 percent in savings and gives the military community the opportunity to become their own boss and build a home-based travel franchise using a proven track record of successful marketing, technology and business support.

“People with military experience typically think of Cruise Planners because they enjoy helping others, have a passion for travel, and have a large network within the military community,” Fee said. “We provide them the support they need to be successful since we don’t make money unless they make money.”

Veterans and military personnel interested in owning a Cruise Planners franchise should visit the Cruise Planners military page. The complete list is published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs.

Top travel franchise company is a 2015 Hot Franchise for Veterans, according to GI Jobs, and is offering 30 Percent in savings to the military community.

Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) May 22, 2015 – G.I. Jobs®, the premier resource for helping transitioning service members find success in civilian careers, released its 2015 Hot Franchises For Veterans™ just in time for Memorial Day. The list includes Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, as the top travel franchise business for veterans due to its focus on recruiting and training more franchisees with military experience. Aspiring “vetrepreneurs,” those active military and their families with a passion for travel can be their own boss, travel and sell the world with Cruise Planners.

“Cruise Planners continues to be dedicated to the men and women who serve our country,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We offer a Veterans Initiative Program that incorporates award-winning marketing, top-notch technology and ongoing training and business development support to help transition veterans from the military to civilian life and our work-from-home business model offers flexibility for active military and their families.”

A 2014 study prepared by Franchise Business Review for the International Franchise Association (IFA) found that, since 2011, 203,000 veterans and military spouses have started careers in franchising. Cruise Planners offers unique benefits that make it attractive for active military, military spouses and veterans to invest in a Cruise Planners franchise.

“It’s clear from the numbers that successful businesses like Cruise Planners and our other Hot Franchises recognize that veterans are among the best employees around,” says Sean Collins, Vice President for Military Products at Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and post-9/11 Navy veteran. “Skills and traits learned in military service – leadership, being a quick learner, determination, following operational procedures and leveraging all available resources – are used each and every day to run a franchise.”

Cruise Planners’ Veterans Initiative Program provides nearly 30 percent in savings and gives the military community the opportunity to become their own boss and build a home-based travel franchise using a proven track record of successful marketing, technology and business support.

“People with military experience typically think of Cruise Planners because they enjoy helping others, have a passion for travel, and have a large network within the military community,” Fee said. “We provide them the support they need to be successful since we don’t make money unless they make money.”

WE SALUTE OUR VETERANS AND OUR FUTURE VETERANS WHO SHOWED THE COURAGE AND HONOR THEY HAVE FOR THEIR COUNTRY.