Mary Stein has been working as an author and editor-in-chief for Host Agency Reviews since 2016. She enjoys supporting travel advisors in her entrepreneurial career and draws on her passion, tenacity and creativity. Mary is also a mother, dog enthusiast, writer, hiker and a Great British Bake Off Superfan. We have tons of resources that the host agencies define and explore, but for this article we will study in more detail the franchise model of the travel agency: if any conditions contained in this agreement are violated, the party that will respond to the possibility of terminating this agreement. The travel agency will offer items listed in this agreement to businesses and consumers as part of travel packages. I mention it only because when I first started working with Steph here at Host Agency Reviews, I was completely stunned by all the different options available to agents considering joining the host agency. The crossings are busy. Have you seen the number of franchises that help them continue? Thank you to the fabulous people who took precious time to keep us honest. Special thanks go to Pamela Hirsch, Perry Lungmus of Travel Leaders Franchise Group, Dan Hicks of Cruise Planners, Alicia Linden and Tim Courtney of CruiseOne/Dream Vacations and Heather Han-McManus of Expedia CruiseShipCenters – they really taught me in the travel agency`s various franchise models. With a host, you have access to your purchasing power, benefit from your relationships with suppliers and receive support for some of the “behind the scenes” of operational/administrative affairs. You are pretty much entirely responsible for your personal business model.
(Note . . . The article “What is a host agency?” explains in more detail the role of a host agency. If you work as an independent contractor through a host, you can grow your business at your own pace. While a travel agency franchise is most likely a full-time obligation, traveling with a host can be a good option for agents who want to move from a job/career or have a great passion and ability to sell trips and earn extra income.