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Why now is the right time to work in travel, despite the Coronavirus

With the Coronavirus dominating the current news cycle, it’s important to balance concern with practicality – especially in business.

By no means should the Coronavirus be ignored. Any loss of human life is a tragedy and heartfelt condolences go out to anyone who has been affected in any way. 

But like many things in life, panic and fear spread through sensationalism are trumping statistical facts and actual risks. Did you know that at least 16,000 people died from the common flu this year in the United States alone, with over 250,000+ hospitalised cases?

That’s 11k+ more than current Coronavirus death totals. And yet no-one is sounding any alarms.

Around the world, there are several hotspots to avoid but – according to the FCO – there is absolutely no reason not to travel as normal in all other cases.

The FCO statement says:

‘It’s business as usual for pretty much everywhere unless the FCO has said not to go. Rest assured virtually all holidays are happening as normal’.  

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice

With a practical mindset, here are 3 reminders why this is actually the ideal time to join The Travel Franchise. 

1. You’ll help people booking holidays now, as well as be ready for the busiest time of year.

Some people have been affected by the news and have postponed their holiday plans. But the majority of people are still booking their holidays – and those that haven’t yet are adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach.

In the last week alone, 3 of our travel consultants passed the £1m in sales mark with their recent bookings.

Our Co-Founder Steve Witt was also on BBC Radio today talking about how people are still booking holidays – just not to affected destinations. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p082ytk6

If you buy a travel franchise now and go through the training programme soon, you can be ready for the next holiday rush.

2. Remember, the Travel Industry is incredibly resilient: 

The travel sector is incredibly resilient. It’s rare for there NOT to be something happening in the world that impacts the travel industry at any one time. Whether it be 9/11, SARS, MERS, H1N1 flu, Ebola, Bird Flu, zika virus the list goes on, people continue to travel and will always do so. 

Not Just Travel started trading the day after 9/11. It could have been viewed by the co- founders Steve and Paul as the worst time ever to start a business in travel. Nearly 2 decades later the business is stronger, bigger and more resilient than ever before.

Companies come and go all the time, but people always go away on holiday.

As an Not Just Travel Consultant, you’re in a fantastic position of strength, because you have the whole industry to work with instead of just one supplier.

3. Hotels and flights have never been so affordable

The prices across the travel industry are being brought down, so a great holiday is more affordable than it ever has been. There are currently incredible deals such as holidays from £1, Kids Go Free etc. 

Not everyone is afraid to catch a virus or being kept in quarantine, however everyone is always keen to grab a good holiday deal! As a travel consultant, this is the perfect time to get new customers on board.

Staycation will also be on the radar for many people, and the commissions are just as good.

Although some people aren’t travelling abroad, it doesn’t mean that they must stop travelling altogether; in fact this is the perfect opportunity for you to promote staycations (or domestic holidays) to your prospects and customers. With our 450+ suppliers and millions of options, you can bet you’ll have enough packages to sell to your customers and prospects – and they won’t need to fly or be exposed to endangered zones to enjoy their holidays.

If you want to make the most of the next travel busy season, make sure you don’t wait to take action today. Watch our discovery tour and book your call here.

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