If you’re an entrepreneur looking to create your perfect business, and you happen to have a passion for travel, why not turn your talents into a money-making opportunity? The travel industry is one of the most lucrative in the world, and as a luxury travel expert, you will have the opportunity to travel the world and discover a truly rewarding career. This business allows you to build a loyal and satisfied client base, with the opportunity to extend as far as you’d like to reach.
Below are some starting points when considering a career in the luxury travel business.
Know What is Expected of You
In the first instance, it’s important to understand that while you are building a career in luxury travel, it may not be all that glamorous for you. As the business owner, you may need to be on call 24-7, in case a client needs you. Time differences around the world may mean that you receive a call at 2 a.m. You may need to arrange travel and accommodation at a moment’s notice, as well as reacting to the whims and wishes of potentially difficult clients. If you’re prepared for all of that, then that’s the first positive step!
Know Your Market
It’s important to understand what is expected by a client in terms of luxury travel. What counts as a luxury, and what would a client expect from a package service? What budget and price plans are you aiming for? What are the most popular destinations and most ardent demands of important clients? The more you know, the better for your business.
You should equip yourself with details of relevant companies which could be useful to you, and endeavor to create relationships with them. This could be a dependable private jet charter company such as Stratos Jets Charters, a vacation rentals agency (like the Seabrook Exclusives) or important contacts at some of the most expensive hotels in the world. Learn who you need to liaise with and how to get the best deals whilst creating important business relationships. Start small and work your way up.
Undertake Relevant Training
Traveling extensively doesn’t make you an expert as a luxury travel advisor, unfortunately. You need to ensure that you can appropriately plan and research every aspect of a vacation, for a large number of people. If you have vast experience planning holidays for groups of friends and family and have prowess in creating luxury holidays, then you already have a host of valid experience, but if you feel as though you need further training in this area, there are many mentoring programs you can undertake to get to grips with the industry.
Build Your Online Presence
As with any new business, your online marketing is crucial. Ensure you create a luxury-focused website, relevant social media presence and market your product. In the area of luxury travel, photos, and videos which show spectacular locations are going to be imperative in your selling point, so it would be worth investing in a skilled photographer.