As mentioned before, becoming affiliated with a good host agency is vital to your success as a new home-based travel business owner. You will be much more likely to succeed if you have someone who is willing and able to help you learn the ropes of the travel industry. At the beginning, you will need to learn about travel destinations, reservation booking procedures, tour operators and what they have to offer, cruise line policies and procedures, how to find the best deals for your clients, how to find clients, how to find groups, how to sell group travel, special group travel requirements, and more. Being affiliated with a good host agency who specializes in helping new business owners will save you money, shorten your learning curve, and help you to establish a successful home-based travel business.
Here are a few things to consider:
- Is the host agency recognized by ARC, CLIA, and IATA?
- Does the host agency have a good reputation with travel vendors?
- Is the host agency staffed by people who are experienced, knowledgeable, and willing to take time with new home-based travel agents to help them succeed?
- How long has the host agency been in business?
- What type of training does the host agency offer?
- What is the cost for joining the host agency?
Since 1974, we have been helping people, just like you, get a solid start in the travel industry. Host agency affiliation as an independent contractor with LTA Central includes access to our full appointment credentials with ARC, CLIA, IATAN, and others. You will also benefit from the relationships that we have built with the major travel providers and their local representatives. We also provide access to our special New Owner’s Training, Travel Industry Reference Guide, product training, vendor training, travel agent familiarization trips, phone support and office support that includes invoicing, ticketing and help with research tips that will help you provide the best value to your clients.
While other host agencies charge an average of $495 or more for access to their agency services, LTA Central wants you to be able to get started with minimal expense. Below are our current startup costs.
Initial Investment: $175*
A pre-payment of $175 is required to join our travel program. This amount would apply to a single owner, partnership or corporation and permits the issuance of one TRAMS account number, one reference guide, a New Entrepreneurs Orientation session at LTA Central offices, and a single name registration with IATAN. *Note: The annual renewal fee ($100) beginning with the first anniversary sign-up date is waived if the IC has earned a minimum of $600 in sales commissions via LTA Central in the previous year.
Travel Agent’s Professional Liability Insurance (Errors & Omissions): $100
For your protection, LTA Central requires you to participate in either the LTA Central E&O program (the most economical way to cover yourself), in which you are charged for the E&O coverage provided via the LTA Central umbrella policy, or you may purchase your own E&O insurance and add LTA Central to your policy as an additional insured. If you purchase your own E&O and include LTA Central under your coverage, the LTA Central fee of $100 is waived.