Posts Tagged ‘travel agent’

October 7, 2013 11:16 am

Job Description of a Travel Consultant

Do you love travel? As a travel consultant, you can help your clients plan dream vacations by using your resources to make the best travel arrangements possible. You might even want to specialize in a type of travel, if you have a particular destination that’s close to your heart. In this post, we’ll review the job description of a travel consultant so you know what to expect as you enter the industry. If you’re interested in learning more, check out QC Travel School’s Travel and Tourism + GDS course.

Travel consultant - what's involved?

Skills Required

Travel consultation relies heavily on customer service. Because of this, you should be a people-person with strong communication skills. You should also be comfortable with sales. You’ll also need to be highly organized, as you’ll be managing every detail of your clients’ travel plans. The travel industry can move quickly, and you’ll need to be able to keep your cool in a fast-paced environment. Ultimately, you need to love travel and have a lot of personal experience with travel.

Daily Tasks

–          Advising clients on destinations
–          Booking flights, accommodations, car rentals, tours, and activities
–          Arranging travel insurance
–          Using a GDS booking system
–          Managing payments
–          Advising clients on particularities like customs regulations and exchange rates
–          Sending tickets and itineraries
–          Keeping customers happy

Education Requirements

There are no specific education requirements to become a travel consultant (other than a high school diploma). That being said, because clients are becoming smarter when it comes to travel– due to the ease of internet booking – many employers will prefer candidates who have vocational training from a school like QC Travel School. Many employers also require GDS (global distribution system) training.

A job as a travel consultant will require continuous education. The industry is always changing, and you’ll be expected to keep up with those changes. Many employers will sponsor their employees to take classes to keep them up-to-date.

Salary

A travel consultant’s salary depends on their experience, skill level, and place of employment. The majority of travel consultants work for reservation services (for an airline or cruise, for example), followed by travel agencies. About 15% are self-employed.

The average starting income of a travel consultant is roughly $20,000. With experience, salaries raise to an average of $45,000. Keep in mind that some travel consultants are paid on commission, which means that they earn a percentage of what they book. If you’re a savvy salesperson, the income potential can be even higher! There are also perks and incentives to the job, such as fam trips.

Are you interested in becoming a travel consultant? You can learn from home with QC Travel School’s Travel and Tourism Courses.

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March 24, 2013 9:11 pm

Avoid These Pricey Travel Mistakes

It’s bound to happen – you’re in a foreign country, you don’t speak the language, and you’re just not as street smart as you would be back home. Unfortunately many of these little travel mistakes can be very costly, which is not what you need when the cost of a flight is high enough as it is! Luckily it’s pretty easy to avoid paying unforeseen costs by putting in a little extra planning time. Any good travel agent will advise you on the following five travel mistakes to ensure a safe, cost-effective, and happy trip.

Buy an international phone plan

If you want to use your cell phone at all while in another country, make sure it’s not costing you an arm and a leg? Even sending a text can skyrocket your phone bill into the thousands! Before your travel date, contact your service provider about overseas plans.

Copy your important documents

Most peoples’ biggest travel fear is having their passport lost – or stolen! Minimize the damage by making at least two photocopies of important documents like passports and ID, so that it will be much simpler to replace if need be.

Pack light

How many outfits are you really going to wear on your trip? Probably not as many as you’ve packed! Bringing an overweight bag, or an extra bag, can add unforeseen costs to your travel budget. Make sure you check the airline’s baggage regulations well before your travel date. If you really want to be sure, you can purchase a portable luggage scale – the small investment can save you a lot in the long run.

Get insured

Travel insurance does not cost a lot, but it can literally save you thousands of dollars, as well as a lot of worry. If you get sick or injured in a foreign country, you do not want to be worrying about your medical expenses. You can buy insurance at most banks and airlines.

Don’t book too early

A lot of people get anxious about availabilities and book their flights the moment they decide to travel. While it’s good to get this major stress out of the way, booking a flight too early generally does not get you the best pricing. A good rule of thumb is to wait until three months before your departure date.

Did we miss anything? We would love to hear your travel advice to avoid the big mistakes. Let us know in a comment below!

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