Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Business & entrepreneur  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 11.01.2013, 17:52
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Zurich
Posts: 1,175
Groaned at 101 Times in 60 Posts
Thanked 1,904 Times in 645 Posts
Busby has a reputation beyond reputeBusby has a reputation beyond reputeBusby has a reputation beyond reputeBusby has a reputation beyond reputeBusby has a reputation beyond reputeBusby has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

Quote:
View Post
And hotels that do reasonably priced single rooms.

Me ma (newly widowed) is going on a "singles" holiday for the same reasons as you.

Unfortunately for you it's from UK (though I think they're visiting Switzerland as part of the tour).

Yes, that I have discovered. Twerenbold does decent coach tours (last year I went to Sicily with them) the coaches have a row of single seats and a row of doubles for the couples. They also offer very reasonable single room rates and do actually offer a super holiday for the total price. But... it's a tour, whereas I want to walk and walk. A hobby of mine for years.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 11.01.2013, 18:04
adrianlondon's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 9,212
Groaned at 171 Times in 154 Posts
Thanked 25,643 Times in 6,892 Posts
adrianlondon has a reputation beyond reputeadrianlondon has a reputation beyond reputeadrianlondon has a reputation beyond reputeadrianlondon has a reputation beyond reputeadrianlondon has a reputation beyond reputeadrianlondon has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

You may be over-estimating how fit some young people are, or how unfit you are! Maybe try and find a walking holiday; usually holidays around an activity have many single travellers and hence the tour company usually has low/no single supplements.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank adrianlondon for this useful post:
  #23  
Old 11.01.2013, 18:06
prof. taratonga's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Zürich & Bignasco
Posts: 2,312
Groaned at 27 Times in 25 Posts
Thanked 4,542 Times in 1,439 Posts
prof. taratonga has a reputation beyond reputeprof. taratonga has a reputation beyond reputeprof. taratonga has a reputation beyond reputeprof. taratonga has a reputation beyond reputeprof. taratonga has a reputation beyond reputeprof. taratonga has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

As already said by a few people this is a hard business. I used to work for travel agencies til the late 90s. In the end it was nearly impossible to earn enough money if you were not specialized in a niche.

First visit travel agencies over here and get all catalogues about the destination. This will give you a picture of what is possible. Maybe get in touch with Product Managers of one of the bigger operators here like Kuoni, Hotelplan etc, or Specialists for the destinations you offer. They know the home market and might be interested to work with you.
__________________
Guns don't kill people, George R.R. Martin kills people.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank prof. taratonga for this useful post:
  #24  
Old 11.01.2013, 18:32
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: NE
Posts: 245
Groaned at 114 Times in 44 Posts
Thanked 245 Times in 161 Posts
Gamebuwa Gamebuwa Gamebuwa Gamebuwa Gamebuwa
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

Quote:
View Post
How are your customer service skills?

Customer skills are quite good as good as papa gooses (PG) groaning skills
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 11.01.2013, 21:43
IK36's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: VD
Posts: 360
Groaned at 70 Times in 41 Posts
Thanked 297 Times in 145 Posts
IK36 has earned some respectIK36 has earned some respect
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

Aren't the Maldives sinking?
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 12.01.2013, 06:52
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Albisrieden
Posts: 4,549
Groaned at 100 Times in 69 Posts
Thanked 6,597 Times in 2,462 Posts
nickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

My Dad said he knew he was getting old when the Saga brochures started arriving in the post.

Cheers,
Nick

Quote:
View Post
Busby - find an operator who deals in holidays for retired people; as you can already see it's not what gamebuwa is offering. You also want everyone going to be single? Hmm. Good luck with the search.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 12.01.2013, 06:55
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Albisrieden
Posts: 4,549
Groaned at 100 Times in 69 Posts
Thanked 6,597 Times in 2,462 Posts
nickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

A measure of your ability at customer service is how well you deal wih some old geezer who groans all the time and throws jam doughnuts at you.

Cheers,
Nick

Quote:
View Post
Customer skills are quite good as good as papa gooses (PG) groaning skills
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank nickatbasel for this useful post:
  #28  
Old 12.01.2013, 23:50
Papa Goose's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ägeri
Posts: 3,696
Groaned at 192 Times in 161 Posts
Thanked 4,243 Times in 1,797 Posts
Papa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

Quote:
View Post
How are your customer service skills?


Quote:
View Post
Customer skills are quite good as good as papa gooses (PG) groaning skills
OFF TOPIC ALERT:
I could only account for 16 of your groans max and thats if I groaned all your groanworthy posts (which I haven't I have actually given you 9 related not drive by's)... but that would still leave you with more groans than thanks. Feel free to think I made your stats look like they do, and you rep more in the red than Greece, but I fear you may be looking in the wrong place.

ON TOPIC:
There is a wealth of information for free on the tinterweb on just about everything, and good old google will help you find it and travel agents are largely a dying breed as a result. The likes of Trip Advisor will almost always tell your the unbiased version of peoples experience with a resort/hotel/restaurant/operator etc. Experienced and established tour operators are under the cosh financially across most holiday sectors and pricing aggressively to try and keep business coming in, so unless you are offering something truly unique (which is what they all say), have experience and a quantifiable track record (which it sounds like you don't), and very deep pockets (which you may have).... I would say (from experience) it's a bad time to be in the holiday business, let alone anyone with any sense even thinking of trying to get in, but then from your posting history, sense does seem to be in short supply.
__________________
How do you know if a Frenchman has been in your garden.... your rubbish is gone, your dog is pregnant.... but at least your cabbages are pest free

Last edited by Papa Goose; 11.02.2013 at 23:16.
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 13.01.2013, 00:13
gata's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Geneva
Posts: 3,759
Groaned at 67 Times in 48 Posts
Thanked 3,432 Times in 1,623 Posts
gata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond reputegata has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

I agree. Why do i want to pay somebody when i can do all the work myself and save money? Im the only one who knows what i want anw. And i cant be calling the travel agent every five minutes because there is another thing i remembered.

What agent in their right mind would recommend Hull for a holiday for example?
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 13.01.2013, 09:37
Pachyderm's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Zurich
Posts: 1,229
Groaned at 56 Times in 37 Posts
Thanked 2,399 Times in 848 Posts
Pachyderm has a reputation beyond reputePachyderm has a reputation beyond reputePachyderm has a reputation beyond reputePachyderm has a reputation beyond reputePachyderm has a reputation beyond reputePachyderm has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

Quote:
View Post
I agree. Why do i want to pay somebody when i can do all the work myself and save money? Im the only one who knows what i want anw. And i cant be calling the travel agent every five minutes because there is another thing i remembered.

What agent in their right mind would recommend Hull for a holiday for example?
What's Hull got to do with it? And I think we know now that 'travel agent' was the wrong description, so no need to make the same mistaken point over again.

There's always a market for specialists to tailor travel packages. Ayurveda researchers/enthusiasts are never going to be a mass market but there may well be enough of them to provide an individual with a business. And Sri Lanka/India are places that many travellers are still nervous about, so a bit of hand-holding and inside knowledge would be valued.

The main problem would be devising a workable business model. The danger for the OP is people using him/her as a free information resource and then arranging their own travel. We almost did this once when we wanted a cycling holiday in France. The company we spoke to gave us so much information about the best routes and hotels they used that we nearly ended up just doing it ourselves and saving money. What swayed us was that they took care of all our luggage while we cycled, which was a great 'value add ' that we couldn't easily organise ourselves . The OP needs to make sure they have a similar offering that the average individual traveller would value a lot, but not be able to do themselves. And it's not always about saving money. People will pay a premium for things like peace of mind, extra comfort, convenience, expertise... especially in an alien environment.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Pachyderm for this useful post:
  #31  
Old 03.05.2019, 10:24
Jim2007's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Kt. Bern
Posts: 3,982
Groaned at 96 Times in 81 Posts
Thanked 4,324 Times in 2,068 Posts
Jim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

Quote:
View Post
Hi Folks,

I am thinking about starting up a travel agency as I have very good contacts from where I am originally from (Relations have a reputed travel agency in the holiday destination)

I can organise custom made holiday packages for individuals as well as help anyone to get very good rates for Long Haul Flights (flight Bookings will be done by a partner travel agent in Switzerland for a special price)

Does anyone know if I need to have any special qualifications in order to register as a travel agent/ consultant?

If succesful I will offer special EF discounts as well

Thank you all
So about five years on, how did this work out?
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 03.05.2019, 11:29
Today only's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Europe
Posts: 7,052
Groaned at 773 Times in 528 Posts
Thanked 8,669 Times in 4,093 Posts
Today only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

Quote:
View Post
So about five years on, how did this work out?

He discovered the internet i guess
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 03.05.2019, 12:00
Jim2007's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Kt. Bern
Posts: 3,982
Groaned at 96 Times in 81 Posts
Thanked 4,324 Times in 2,068 Posts
Jim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond reputeJim2007 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

Quote:
View Post
He discovered the internet i guess
You never know. Yesterday on a train home from Basel, I got talking to an old German guy, who started a travel agency when he retired at 60. He was on his way to Gelterkinden, where he as going to catch a Postauto to somewhere or other to try a particular restaurant for his newsletter.

He was telling me that he prints and distributes nearly 9,000 copies of his newsletter each month, he sends travel brochures etc to people who send him a self-addressed envelope etc... just like in the days of old. He has no website as he said his customers want to deal with real people not the net.

He said his business was booming so much so that he has now taken on a second employee!

So you never know.
__________________
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." - Nelson Mandela
Reply With Quote
The following 5 users would like to thank Jim2007 for this useful post:
  #34  
Old 10.05.2019, 09:23
parkadam's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Zurich
Posts: 335
Groaned at 9 Times in 5 Posts
Thanked 215 Times in 101 Posts
parkadam has a reputation beyond reputeparkadam has a reputation beyond reputeparkadam has a reputation beyond reputeparkadam has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Starting up a Travel Agency

to what someone said before, its "Tour Operator"


On the Travel Agency side, if this is dying, why am I seeing so many travel agencies? I agree its a crowded market but dying? Why are there so many store fronts for this? Drugs, hookers maybe (joke)? And I don't see high turn over here. They seem to be persisting so somebody is buying (i'm sure they have high operation costs for a store front?).


But this is something I've seen here in CH alot of travel agencies. I think in the US they're basically dead. I don't really see"em.
__________________
Long Islander and New Yorker (Upper East Sider in the House!) living in Kanton Aargau.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Travel Agency thylord Travel/day trips/free time 10 16.10.2013 16:41
Online travel agency? nadiao Travel/day trips/free time 1 02.09.2011 22:47
Travel/Visa Agency Holmes Permits/visas/government 1 20.08.2011 08:43
Travel agency gift cards Russkov Other/general 0 02.02.2010 11:43
Travel agency lokami Daily life 0 21.02.2009 09:33


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 11:05.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0