Organizing Group Travel
Organizing Group Travel for Fun (and Profit)
Are you qualified to be a group travel leader?
Are you a people person? Are you attentive to details? Do you have a desire to travel? Then the answer is a resounding – YES!
How Do I Travel for Free?
Most attractions, restaurants, hotels, etc. offer at least one complimentary package per tour. Many will also comp the driver as well. When you plan the tour as the group travel leader, you would receive that comp therefore, travel for free.
How Many People Do I Need To Take A Tour On A Motorcoach?
30 people will allow for a successful, affordable motorcoach tour.
Where Do I Find People?
- Family Members
- Close Personal Friends
- High School/College Friends
- Business Acquaintances
- Golf Partners
- Social Club Members
- Bridge Partners
That’s it! Just think of all the people you know, work with, and associate with on a daily basis. This is a very achievable goal! As your group grows in size, so does your perks and benefits as well as the potential to make more money.
How Do I Get Started?
- Determine how many, what time of year & how long your tours will be.
- Determine where you want to go and which trip to begin with.
- Develop a travel plan.
- Match the travel plan with the suppliers that best fit your tour criteria.
- Complete a group proposal worksheet and determine price per person.
Where do I find legitimate travel suppliers?
Group Travel Organizations
- A Travel Agency – offers full range of services and work on commission basis.
- A Tour Operator – provides an all-inclusive group tour package program. You just add your mark-up to their net price and your tour package is ready to go.
- Destination Marketing Organization – Generally works at a state or regional level to help you gather the information you need. Some DMO’s book groups and others do not.
- Booking Direct – speaking directly with the supply source such as hotels, attractions and restaurants.
How Can I make Money?
There are two ways you can make money on group travel:
- You will be paid a commission. Usually when working with a travel agency. You will work with net price (no commission) and you will mark up the net price with the amount of profit you want to make – between 10 – 15%. Usually when working with a tour operator or direct with suppliers.
- You will work with net price (no commission) and you will mark up the net price with the amount of profit you want to make – between 10 – 15%. Usually when working with a tour operator or direct with suppliers.