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Meet our sales team!

Our in-house sales team have smashed sales in January, and they’re here to help you smash yours, too!

It’s time we introduced you to our in-house sales team. They’re here to help our Travel Consultants close those sales and ultimately, make more money. Their services are available to all franchisees who feel they need a little bit of extra help closing those bookings.

Whether you lack sales experience or simply work part-time and can’t fit everything in, the sales team at our headquarters are here to support you with their expert knowledge and experience.

Our team did over £70,000 worth of Lapland bookings in January alone, and the Travel Consultants who use the sales team’s service will have that reflected in their commission payment.

Want to know about how our sales team at HQ can benefit your business? Read on to find out more.

1. Years of experience and extensive knowledge

We truly believe that if you’re looking to start a career in travel then all you need is a passion for travel and a passion for people. Many of our franchisees have never worked in the travel industry before, but we provide you with full training and ongoing support to help you build your business effectively.

Our sales team have years of experience and extensive knowledge in the travel industry. Many have come from other travel agencies, airlines or tour operators, so they really know their stuff, and they can use this to help you with your business.

If you’re not as confident with the sales side of things as you are with the networking, then our in-house team can be a great asset to help you turn your enquiries into bookings.

2. Gives you more time to generate leads

Following on from our first point, if you’re great at generating leads but struggle to convert them into sales, then the head office team can help! With the team behind you, you’ll have the freedom to go out and do what you do best- network. Attend lots of events, speak to everyone you know, and then direct all the leads and enquiries directly to our sales team to seal the deal.

With their years of sales experience, they’ll be able to handle your enquiries efficiently and professionally so that you start to see a higher conversion rate from your enquiries.

3. Gives you more time to work on your business

Not only will you have more time to generate leads, but you’ll have more time to nurture your business in every area. While the sales team take care of closing the deals, you can be out networking, working on your social media presence, learning new skills, attending training events and so on.

We also offer a concierge service which means we can take a lot of the admin work of your hands, so you’ll have even more time to be generating those leads.For those that run their business alongside another job, this is also a great way to take the pressure off while trying to grow your business part-time.

4. More profitable for you

When you use our sales team service, you still make the same amount of commission you would when dealing with the bookings on your own, but it gives you a higher chance of securing those bookings. Not only that, our sales team only discount on average around 1%. During the first few months of starting up your own home travel business, you may find yourself offering discounts to secure sales, but if you find you start relying on this, the sales team could be a good way to get you and your customers out of that habit.

5. Higher repeat booking rate

Retention is one of the trickiest parts of business. As a personal Travel Consultant, you need to make sure you are always engaging with your customers before, during and after their holiday if you want to see repeat custom. We know how hard this can be, especially when you feel your time should be spent finding new leads.

Our in-house sales team has a repeat booking rate of 60%, so if you want to try and build up a regular client base, using the sales team could be a real benefit to your business. The power of an expert team behind you will make your business appear bigger, and their knowledge and skills will build a good rapport with your customers so that they’ll want to book with you time and time again.

Are you considering starting your own business but lack the confidence when it comes to selling? The Travel Franchise offers you ongoing support and training to help you grow a successful business in travel. To find out more about benefits like this, visit our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 084 8128.

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Travel Industry sales are booming, and there’s never been a better time to join The Travel Franchise.home/news/Travel Industry sales are booming, and there’s never been a better time to join The Travel Franchise.

Travel Industry sales are booming, and there’s never been a better time to join The Travel Franchise.

Travel is booming. Whether its UK city breaks, long-haul holidays, or cruises; sales in the travel industry are growing rapidly.

Recent stats from the likes of ABTA and Travel Weekly confirm that holiday sales are on the up, and there is nothing to indicate signs of them slowing down. For the last 7 years, the number of people booking holidays has only increased, with a whopping 46.9 million holidays abroad taken in 2018 alone, and 54.7 million EU trips made (despite Brexit looming over us).

This just proves that the demand for holidays isn’t going away, and with such a positive start to 2019, these stats are only set to increase in the year to come. But where are customer’s booking these holidays? Surely they just book online I hear you ask. Wrong!

Here’s a breakdown….

  • 40% of holiday bookings are made through a travel agent
  • 76% of the population take at least one holiday
  • 80% percent of those who took an overseas holiday also had a UK break (and the remaining percent booked a second overseas trip).

This suggests there is a huge opportunity to make sales from existing customers, making holiday sales even easier for our Travel Consultants.

What does this mean for us?

The busiest month of the year for the travel industry has just drawn to a close, and what a month it has been. Our January sales have already been considerably higher than last year’s, which has given us a really great start to the year, and we’re set to see this trend continue throughout 2019.

We understand that one of the most common doubts our Travel Consultants and prospective franchisees have is whether they will be able to find enough customers and make enough sales. This would be a concern of anyone going into any kind of business for the first time. However, one of the best things about the travel industry is there are always people looking to go on holiday. Always.

Think of your friends and family, and their friends and family. It is likely that at some point throughout the year, they will take a holiday. Whether it’s an overseas trip or a weekend break in the UK, it’s still a holiday. And that makes them a potential customer of yours.

Trends for 2019

A holiday trend that is big for this year is cruising. It is estimated that 2 million people will cruise this year, with 1.1 million of those being from the UK, and nearly 20 million nights spent on board ships by UK holiday makers.

This is a fantastic opportunity for our Travel Consultants to take advantage of, and that’s just a small percentage of the holidays that will be booked this year, so the earning potential from cruise bookings alone is huge, but by no means the only potential for earning in 2019.

After reviewing 2018’s stats, it is thought that 60% of the population will spend the same or more in 2019, and with 106 million domestic and overseas holidays sold last year, it certainly won’t be a struggle finding potential customers.

So if you’re thinking of making a career change, the travel industry is a no brainer. As a Travel Consultant at The Travel Franchise, you get to be your own boss, with the power of a hugely successful and growing brand behind you.

Our Travel Consultants have access to over 12 million holiday options, which really puts us ahead of the game in the industry.

To find out more about joining The Travel Franchise, check out our Discovery Site or give us a call on 0800 0848128.

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Travel 2 Homeworking Agents of the Year 2016home/news/Travel 2 Homeworking Agents of the Year 2016

Not Just Travel win T2 ‘Homeworking Travel Agency of the Year’ for the second year running!

Overlooking the Irish Sea in the South West countryside of Ayrshire, hundreds of travel companies attended this year’s annual Travel2 awards at the resort of Trump Turnberry in Scotland awaiting some of this year’s most anticipated awards within the travel industry.

Charlotte O’Brien, head of training and development at Not Just Travel, alongside David Walker and Scott Murray, two of the company’s leading franchise owners, eagerly awaited the award ceremony to discover who would come home with some of the travel industry’s most prestigious awards for UK travel agents.

And at this year’s annual T2 Awards with no surprise, The Travel Franchise was recognised once again for our achievements during 2016 bringing home the title of ‘Homeworking Travel Agency of the Year’

“I couldn’t be more proud to come away with this in-demand award for a second time,” says Steve Witt, Managing Director at Not Just Travel. “Winning in 2015 told us that we were doing something right – that the hard work of our Travel Consultants and our hands-on support was delivering real results in terms of sales, customer service, and overall performance. To win again demonstrates the most important thing of all – that our exceptional performance is consistent year after year.”

2016 has been an incredible year for The Travel Franchise with franchise ownership rapidly expanding hitting all time record highs with sales to match.

At this year’s Not Just Travel annual conference ‘Achieving Excellence’ was highlighted which is exactly what our Travel Franchise continues to achieve.

Winning the award of ‘Homeworking Agency of the Year’ is the perfect recognition to round of the year and undoubtedly solidifies the dent we continue to make in the travel market place. Travel franchisees have grown, sales have grown and head office staff continue to grow along with the rapid growth of the company.

It wasn’t just Not Just Travel corporate team that came home with awards either, our franchise owner David Walker also came home with the huge achievement of the ‘Winner of winner’s’ award.

2016 has been an incredible year for The Travel Franchise with the corporate team and travel consultants receiving awards for their businesses. We can only imagine what 2017 has in store!

The Travel Franchisees company ethos is outstanding and so are the marks we make on the travel industry, so here’s to even bigger things for 2017.

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5 Simple Ways to Find Customers in Your New Travel Businesshome/news/5 Simple Ways to Find Customers in Your New Travel Business

5 Simple Ways to Find Customers in Your New Travel Business

One of the biggest questions we get asked at The Travel Franchise is, how will I find customers? It’s a natural fear for everyone who joins. So, to help you see just how simple it can be, we have compiled our top 5 ways of finding customers (although when you join we give you over 100 different ideas).

  1. Friends and Family
  2. Business Networking
  3. Social Media e.g. Facebook
  4. Wedding Shows
  5. Partners in Travel

Each one of these 5 activities has the potential to generate all of the customers you need to be successful in this business. They are also the activities used by our top income earners within The Travel Franchise.

Don’t worry if you don’t know how you would use one of these five simple marketing ideas to make money, that’s what we teach you during your training with us.

Here are the top five ways to find customer in a little more detail:

Friends and Family

Think right now about how many of your friends, family or people you know go on holiday. That’s the best place to start your business. You already know enough people to keep you busy. It doesn’t matter if they live locally or far away, there are no territories in The Travel Franchise.

Business Networking

If you don’t know many people, business networking is a great way to build your contacts and find fantastic and loyal customers. Organisations such as BNI or 4Networking will be running events near you or your local chamber of trade. We teach lots of options and how to make this work when you attend training.

Social Media

Facebook is now a massive part of our lives, as is LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. During training, we cover a range of techniques to help you create a ‘social media strategy‘ to grow your business. This looks at the basics of how to get customers using Facebook, through to how to use social media to compliment other marketing activities.

Wedding Shows

With the average price of a UK wedding now over £32,000 it’s no wonder that one in six couples now gets married overseas. You can help couples and wedding parties plan their dream overseas weddings or arrange their perfect honeymoon. You can also offer our free honeymoon gift list service which is very popular. We teach you how to use Wedding Shows to generate a very profitable customer base.

Partners in Travel

Unique to The Travel Franchise, our Partners in Travel programme allows you to leverage the power of other peoples contacts or customer base to grow your business. It makes your business easier because you don’t have to go looking for customers, they come to you. We teach you how to find new Travel Partners. We manage the programme so all you have to do is help find the perfect holidays for the customers.

A Partnership for Success

At The Travel Franchise, we try to make it as simple as possible to start and grow your business. We teach you everything you need to know to be successful and run regular training sessions to help support and develop your business. As a partnership, we are only successful if we work together.



 

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Angela Gets Her Franchise Fee Back in 8 Monthshome/news/Angela Gets Her Franchise Fee Back in 8 Months

From 0 – 100% in just 8 months

Angela has achieved her money back in just 8 months thanks to The Travel Franchise. Not only has she made a lot of sales and commission, she also achieved our money back challenge target which means she will now get 100% of her franchise fee back.

We gave Angela the lucky news while she was attending our Millionaires Retreat at this fantastic 5-star resort.

Two Winners in One Day

It must be getting even easier to win the ‘Money Back Challenge’ at The Travel Franchise. Why? We’ve just paid out two money back challenges in one day.

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Introducing newly voted Star Council membershome/news/Introducing newly voted Star Council members

Meet your new Star Council members: Lorraine Robinson & Palvi Harvey

Our Travel Consultants have been voting for your favourite Travel Consultants to become the next Star Council members and now it’s time to reveal who has won the vote!

At The Travel Franchise, we want to ensure we are always one step ahead of the game in our industry, namely, so that all of our Travel Consultants can be as successful as possible. The team at the head office work hard to support those in the field as much as possible, and with the recent introduction of the Star Council, we’ll be able to do our job even better.

We wanted to give you a channel through which to feedback to our headquarters, as a way for us to improve your experience, and make our business model smoother and more efficient for everybody.

What is the Star Council?

As a forward-thinking business, we believe the best way to improve what we do is to hear from YOU. Each-and-every one of you is at the heart of what we do, and we want to work alongside you to support you, build yourconfidence, and listen to your ideas.

Your feedback is essential to the growth of the business because you know the role first hand; what works and what doesn’t, and we’re sure you have a bunch of great ideas to make it even better.  The Star Council launched earlier this year and currently has four members:

  • John Redding
  • David Walker
  • Raine Martin
  • Panna Shah

Each member has been a great asset to our team at the head office and they provide an effective line of communication from the office to the field. Each position runs for one year, and then you’ll choose new representatives for the board.

Newest members announced!

With the rapid growth of franchisees over the last few months, we decided it was time to expand the team. So we asked you to choose two more members for the board, and we weren’t short on nominees!

After a several weeks of voting, we are pleased to announce that your new Star Council members are Lorraine Robinson and Palvi Harvey! Both are still relatively early on in their journey with The Travel Franchise, but each have fantastic sales figures to date and have been voted as the people you want to represent your voice! Find out a little more about them below…

Lorraine Robinson

Lorraine has just reached her one-year anniversary with us and has done extremely well so far. Having had her own set of challenges since becoming a Travel Consultant, Lorraine would love to be able to help other Travel Consultants have a voice, so that we can all learn from each other as we move forward.

 

 

Palvi Harvey

Palvi is coming up to her two-year anniversary as a Travel Consultant. During her time as a franchisee she found speaking with other consultants in the field one of the best ways to learn and grow, and now she wants to do something in return. Palvi knows that people are at the heart of what we do, and as a people person, she’s excited to become your next Star Council representative.

A big well done to Lorraine and Palvi, and we look forward to working closely with you in the future! And If you ever need a friendly face to speak to then don’t be shy to get in touch with either of them for a chat.

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Daley Thompson talks about Peakshome/news/Daley Thompson talks about Peaks

Support from our Brand Ambassador Daley Thompson!

January is fast approaching, and it is one of the busiest times for the travel industry. Our Travel Consultants know this time as “Peaks”. Here’s a little insight into how we support our franchisees during this busy time…

Supporting our Travel Consultants

When Boxing Day hits, the world will begin to think about where they can go on their next holiday. The TV is generally littered with adverts about cruises and holiday offers, but what the general public do not know is how these deals are only a handful of what is actually available. 

When you become a Travel Consultant with The Travel Franchise, you will have exclusive access to the best deals, choice and availability, giving you a huge advantage when it comes to selling holidays.

But in order to truly take advantage of this, you’ll need to be able to educate your customers on why they should book with you, and this is something we provide endless support and help with. 

Our Brand Ambassador Daley Thompson

This year, we have worked with our Brand Ambassador Daley Thompson to create a short video that will help our Travel Consultants explain what “Peaks” is, how it works, and how they can find the best deals for customers.

As one of the world’s most successful athletes, who has himself travelled the world, he acts as a figure of credibility that potential customers can engage with.

We provide training on how to speak to customers and promote your own business from the very start, but marketing materials such as this video are a great way to add value to what you say.

Ongoing support and training

This is just one of the many ways we work to support our franchisees with the growth of their business. 

To find out more about what support you could receive when you join The Travel Franchise, check out our Discovery Site!

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Ski Trip to Banff, Canadahome/news/Ski Trip to Banff, Canada

We so excited for our ski trip to Banff, Canada in March next year. This is one of our biggest trips we’ve planned to date, and it’s set to be one of the biggest and best yet, with places filling up within hours of announcing it!

Discover beautiful Canada

Banff, Canada is home to one of the best ski resorts in the world, not to mention stunning scenery and wildlife. Here, you can take in the surroundings with various outdoor activities such as hiking, glacier walking and dogsledding, or relax in the Banff Hot Springs and enjoy the Apres ski after dark.

Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a novice looking to learn to snowboard, the snowfall in Canada is pretty perfect in March for all types of winter activities. If the snow isn’t for you, then hiking in the National Parks is an experience that is second to none, with the opportunity tospot wildlife such as elks and grizzly bears.

And then of course there’s the Apres Ski. Banff is also home to a whole host of restaurants and bars where you can enjoy some hearty local cuisine and sip on cocktails in front of an open fire. And there’s nothing better than that after a day in the fresh mountain air.

The perks of being a Travel Consultant

At The Travel Franchise, we know that one of the biggest attractions of becoming a Travel Consultant is the lifestyle it allows. If you’re a frequent skier, then you’ll know that trips like this don’t come cheap, but when you’re in the industry, one of the perks is having exclusive access to some of the best holiday deals.

So we’ve teamed up with some of our best suppliers to arrange the trip of a lifetime for our Travel Consultants. The trip will be heavily subsidised with activities and entertainment organised by the tour operator to really make this a fantastic experience for all, even those that don’t ski!

Meet your fellow Travel Consultants

One of the biggest concerns new franchisees have when they join us is the thought of working from home getting lonely sometimes. However, at The Travel Franchise we are one big family, and host these regular trips and events to help you socialise with fellow Travel Consultants.

We host a lot of overseas training trips, but this ski trip is purely for our Travel Consultants to have fun and let their hair down (with the added benefit of becoming a Banff expert in the process). These trips are designed to keep morale high and allow our Travel Consultants the opportunity to see the world for less.

A new lifestyle for 2019

If you’d like he chance to be joining us on similar trips in the future, then check out our Discovery Site to find out just how easy it is to start your own travel business.

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Homeworking Travel Agency of The Year 2017home/news/Homeworking Travel Agency of The Year 2017

Travel Homeworking Agency of The Year (again)

And the winner is….

We are proud to announce that for the third year in a row, we have been named ‘Homeworking Agency of The Year‘ at the prestigious Travel2 awards in Scotland.

[We were also nominated for 6 other awards as well as winning one other prestigious award. See below.]

To even be nominated would be an honour, but to win it, not just once, but three times, beating competition from all other leading household names, we are incredibly proud.

Ed Ramsey from our head office business development team and Sarah Laverty, one of our existing Travel Consultants were on hand to collect the coveted award.

What does ‘Homeworking Agency of The Year’ mean?

Quite simply it means we are a business which can be trusted by our customers. It means we have created the very best team of Travel Consultants and it means we have created a recipe for success.

Having been accredited with the title of ‘Homeworking Agency of The Year’ for the last three years, it certainly gives credibility to our business and that of our Travel Consultants, ultimately making it easier to sell holidays.

What does ‘Homeworking’ mean?

Within the travel industry, if you are not selling via a retail store or a website, you are typically called a homeworker.

At this prestigious awards ceremony, we also nominated for multiple awards including:

  • Homeworker of the Year
  • Cruise Agency of The Year
  • Pure Luxury Agency of The Year
  • Caribbean Agency of The Year
  • Middle East Agency of The Year
  • T2 Online Agency of The Year

We Also Won…

Quicksilver Agency of The Year for 2017. Voted for by one of the key suppliers at this event, this award means a lot to our business because it comes from our peers and isn’t a simply popularity contest.

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Meet Ben & Tonihome/news/Meet Ben & Toni

We spoke to Ben and Toni about their journey with The Travel Franchise so far and what they like most about being Travel Consultants

Ben and Toni joined The Travel Franchise in August 2015 as a husband and wife team and have been hugely successful since setting up their home travel business in Liverpool.

Franchising wasn’t a completely new venture for the couple, as they both had experience in running their own car hire business. However, starting out in the travel industry was something totally new and exciting for them.

Seeking a better work-life balance

Ben used to be an engineer and Toni worked for the NHS, but they were both looking for an opportunity that could give them the work-life balance that allowed them more time to spend together and as a family; something their current careers just didn’t offer.

The couple were keen to transition into the travel industry so that they themselves would have more opportunity and flexibility to travel. Ben also says, “we like that it’s a proven business model that has been tried and tested”.

The Travel Franchise has hundreds of franchisees, all working as successful Travel Consultants across the UK, and Ben and Toni felt they really stood out compared to other franchise brands they’d researched.

Support and mentorship

After considering their options, Ben and Toni decided to join The Travel Franchise due to the ongoing training and support offered to franchisees. Both attended their first week of training at the Bournemouth Head Office but as Toni said “the training was great, but it doesn’t stop after that initial week. There are ongoing opportunities to develop your skills.” 

They say they’ve experienced sales training, supplier training and regional training days which have helped them massively in securing sales and working towards those five-figure monthly commissions.

Both Ben and Toni say that their Personal Travel Coaches were great at motivating and supporting them, not just when they joined, but throughout their journey with The Travel Franchise. They also say that “Steve and Paul are very hands-on, making the entire business feel like a family, and you always have the opportunity to speak to them directly and seek advice”.

Ben and Toni are now Personal Travel Coaches to their own group of franchisees and they really enjoy helping others get the most out of their business. Ben says, “it’s really rewarding to help other people realise their dreams and grow their own travel business”.

Life at The Travel Franchise

Ben and Toni have a growing family and starting their own home travel business has allowed them to spend quality time with each other and their children, without having to sacrifice a healthy income.

The couple said, “the best thing about joining The Travel Franchise is the work-life balance it’s afforded us.”  They say it does take hard work, but when it’s something you’re passionate about you can really reap the rewards. Their only regret was not joining The Travel Franchise sooner.

Want to find out more about life at The Travel Franchise?

If you think The Travel Franchise could be for you, then you can find out more on our Discovery Site. 

We only have a couple of training spaces left in December which means we won’t be running any more training until the new year. Secure your space now by calling us on 0800 084 8128.

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