The Travel Franchise can train you to become a homeworking travel consultant in less than a week, even if you’ve never worked in travel.
But in order for you to really be successful, we offer a free mentorship retreat in the sun where you can experience a destination and discover business skills in a classroom setting, too.
It’s a winning formula that has been known to help some of its franchisees create a travel agency worth over a million pounds. And we are the only travel franchise that does this…
To help you understand what it’s all about, Steve Witt, co-founder of The Travel Franchise and our customer-facing brand, Not Just Travel, answers your questions below.
What is the Millionaire’s Retreat?
It’s a five or six-day intensive retreat abroad where Paul and I take around 30-50 travel consultants away to explore a destination, visit a few hotels and spend time in a classroom coaching entrepreneurial skills and how to build a business worth over a million pounds
But don’t you learn everything in the initial five-day induction training?
Most of our consultants have never worked in travel before and the intensive induction tends may fry your brain a bit so we ease you in gently. During induction, you learn the basics but we don’t have enough time to teach you how to be an entrepreneur as well.
How soon after joining can I go on a Millionaire’s Retreat?
After you’ve been in the business six months or so and have achieved 10 bookings or £2,000 commission. That should be easy, even if you are working in your spare time.
What sort of topics does the Millionaire’s Retreat cover?
How to find more customers and achieve some of the huge holiday sales that you hear other consultants achieving, for example, the McCardies who sold a million pounds-worth of holidays in just one month.
Do you bring any other experts on the trip?
Yes, we bring along some successful consultants so that they can share their experiences of how they got the t-shirt, and the money too.
Where is the retreat typically located?
We tend to visit a popular short-haul destination in the sun and, in the past, we’ve been to Spain, Portugal, Canary Islands and France.
Who teaches the group?
In addition to Paul and myself, we take corporate team members, business coaches, life coaches, fitness coaches and sometimes an NLP coach too, so people learn about neuro linguistic programming, a technique where you can adapt your language and body language to boost sales.
Do travel consultants pay a fee?
No, the entire trip is included in your franchise fee if you are on an Elite franchise package (or Entreprenuer/Supreme Plus) because if our agents are successful, we are too. Sometimes there might be a few extras to pay for but we pay for flights and the hotel, the training and most of the food.
Is it fun?
Yes! We give people time to explore and get to know the destination. Because we’re in the travel business, we want agents to experience the destination as a client would so that they can sell the destination on their return.
Can you take bookings while you are away?
Yes, many sell holidays while we are away because they are posting inspirational pictures of the destination on social media and they know who to pitch the holiday to on their client list.
Does it work?
Yes! Many consultants tell us that the Millionaires Retreat is worth the franchise fee alone. The skills you get will help you in any part of your life, not just building a travel business.
Do other franchises offer this?
There is no other travel franchise, that we are aware of that does anything like this. Most offer run-of-the-mill FAM (familiarisation) trips.
What do other agents say?
Our most successful agent, David Walker, had the lightbulb moment on his Millionaire’s Retreat in Lanzarote.
“All I did from that point forward was do what they taught me on the Millionaires Retreat and it worked.”David Walker
The McCardies, a husband and wife team, recently took £1m of holiday bookings in one month.
Mark and Isobel McCardie
“The Millionaire’s Retreat was a game changer for our business, it laid out in simple terms the path to success and since we adopted that approach, we have never looked back!”