start a travel agency
How to start a travel agency in Nigeria is not a science rocket as you might think, its not hard as it sound, looking at the website of Travelstart of Nigeria.
Starting a travel agency here in Nigeria requires certain and simple steps and very easy to establish once you have the requirements, tools, resources, and in-depth knowledge about the travel industry and if you are still looking doing your research about the travel industry you can still steak around our website and goto through every bits of info on it. More on domestic airline in Nigeria
How to start a travel agency in Nigeria without a mega bucks
Nigerian travels a lot to other countries of the world and travel by air and this people are not in hundred but in millions scattered around the country and they need a travel agent to book their tickets.
In order to start a travel agency you must know agent’s role is to help people plan, choose and arrange their holiday. They will usually work to a budget set out by whoever is planning the holiday. They also offer advice and opinions on where to go and local tourist attractions, events and customs. Read about 10 duties of a travel agents
If this basics are got right then you are on your way to start your travelling company.
Travel agents are the one filling the gap between the travellers and the airlines
Opportunities In starting a travel agency In Nigeria
- Sell Transportation
- Sell Lodging
- Tickets to Entertainment Activities
- Consult for Individual and Organizations
- Arrange Trips, Vacations, and Excursions for Clients
- Visa Procurement
Flynaija Blog say the challenges of starting a travel agency in Nigeria (stated below).
“The capital for starting a travel agency is a bit on the high side contrary to what most people think, especially if you are starting a licensed agency. This is further exacerbated by the epileptic power supply in the country.
A lot of people still find it difficult to understand why they need a travel agency. The reason for this is that most people think they are being cheated for paying an extra cost on their travel tickets.
The advent of the internet and the continuous accessibility by air travellers in recent times has reduced the income of travel agencies.
Getting the required international certification (IATA) maybe a little daunting.”
Start a Travel Agency In Nigeria
List Of Requirements in no particular order
- Computers (laptop etc)
- Internet Service
- Business registration of the agency (CAC)
- Well tailored travel website
- Email Accounts and Phone Number
- Social Media
- GDS ( Booking platforms Sabre, Amadeus and Galileo)
- Business Card
- Two weeks training
Start a Travel Agency In Nigeria
Computers (laptop etc):
With a laptop you are good to start a travel agency in Nigeria, this is where most of your bookings, reservations, rentals are be done, laptop is where you are connected to GDS company,a computer reservations system through which it can access airline ticket inventories, hotels, trains, road transport etc.
This gives you right to access information on the GDS network from your laptop.
Business registration of the agency (CAC):
It advisable you register your travel agency business with relevant government agencies in Nigeria
This is where you share with your clients and the rest the world about what you do, where you are and how they can reach also prepared a well-tailored packages, excursions, city guides, and lots more you can even go ahead with acquiring API from one of the GDS company Sabre, Amadeus, and Galileo to enable your clients and customers make their booking your site.
Email Accounts and Phone Number:
Setting up email account takes less than minutes to do, you can either have a customised email for your business or go with the normal email like Yahoo, Gmail or AOL. customised email are e.g. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. The other email is email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org this is very important to enable your customer reach you on-line and on phone. Set up a seperate phone number for your business alone.
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GDS ( Booking platforms Sabre, Amadeus and Galileo):
Its a system through which you can access airline ticket inventories, hotels, trains, road transport etc.
To use this system you will under go training for two-weeks in any of the registered and IATA certified training institutes in Nigeria.
To show what you do and also give to clients, friends, and neighbour when require. Your business card speak for you and your service.
Two weeks training:
It is however important for a prospective operator to go for a minimum of two-weeks training in any of the registered and IATA certified training institutes in Nigeria. To enable you make use and have full knowledge of the GDS booking platforms.
This is where you will probably get 70% of your potential customer with the help of social network site like Facebook, Twitter Google+, LinkedIn, Path and Pinterest and many others, take to your social media advertise your services and ask friends and family to share your post and always remember when posting about wat your services online always put your Phone no, email and your office address if available.
With all these i believe by now ideas are pumping your mind, yes you can do it and remember if you are not able to get GDS on your system you can actually sign up with travel website has an affiliates marketer they will give you an option to book ticket at reduced cost and also give you commissions on every ticket sold apart from your service charge
Identify area which could distinguish you from the next agent, guide yourself with the right certifications and understand the regulations.
If you have information that might help you can also contribute to this post i welcome corrections.