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Welcome To The Family, Ari Levy

Meet Ari Levy, aged 29, who lives in Manchester. Ari previously worked as a sound technician with The Blue Man Group before the pandemic changed everything. The Blue Man Group is a performance company that takes audiences on a spectacular journey bursting with music and laughter.

Ari is one of five. Currently living with his family and grandparents he loves to travel the world, hence a life of touring, where he would often be away for 2/3rds of the year.

He used to help his tour family book holidays as a favour, the only difference now is that he gets paid for it.

What were your first few bookings like and who was it for?

My very first booking was for a family friend to Camber Sands in East Sussex. My second booking was for a friend of mine who is looking to go away over Christmas, I booked them a mini-break for 4 nights in Devon.

These bookings were in my first week of business!

Why did you decide to start your own travel business?

I’d been booking holidays for people long before I joined, trained, and became a certified Personal Travel Consultant. The difference now is that I run an official travel business and actually get paid for my time.

Whenever we had a short break on tour I would help my tour family find hotels nearby or help book them a flight to get-away for some much-needed downtime.

The bookings that came in when on tour I wasn’t able to benefit from. I wasn’t charging for helping people find a great deal online, I was just doing it for the love of it.

One of the areas I became known for over the years was helping people to improve their status with British Airways. If someone wanted to become a Gold level passenger I would share my tips with them.

What made you choose The Travel Franchise in the end?

I’d been following the Travel Franchise for quite a while, I’d been getting the updates for a couple of years before deciding to join. The pandemic brought me to make a decision.

Before the pandemic hit I didn’t have the time to do the 5-day training or run my own business, as I was always touring with the performance group. I’d usually be on tour for 2/3rds of the year.

I knew there was a gap in the market which I was ready to move on. I had built up connections within the entertainment sector for years across theatre, live, and corporate event companies.

I want to be ready to help these touring and production companies with their travel, once it all starts up again. Partners in Travel is a great way to start conversations with businesses.

If you love the idea of starting a travel business from home, watch the video tour to get started today. Alternatively, reach out to our friendly team on live chat.

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