With the resurgence of travel, we have been seeing a huge jump in travel advisors returning to the industry.
Unsurprisingly many are choosing to be Independent, providing them with the ability for them to return to the career they love, but on their own terms.
There are several things an individual should consider when choosing the right host agency, that suits them and their business goals best, resources, recognition and rewards being among the most important.
Independent by Flight Centre is part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, a publicly traded company with over four decades of success in the industry. Our brand name recognition and global presence are a huge asset for our Independent Advisors to leverage to grow their businesses.
During the pandemic FCTG invested heavily in our Independent brand both in technology platforms and personnel. Recently, Danielle Galloway was named Global Managing Director of Independent & Premium Brands.
In addition to our upcoming marketing and lead generation platforms, being part of FCTG also allows Independent Contractors access to top tier commissions, in-house air and land contracts (reducing reliance on third party wholesalers), Workplace (our dedicated internal comms platform) keeps them informed on industry and company news, provides another method of communication with our preferred supplier BDM’s.
They also benefit from inclusive company initiatives such as dedicated BIPOC owned travel experiences within our internal booking platforms.
We know many get into the industry for the ‘love of travel’, but recognition and rewards are important benefits too!
In addition to exclusive fam trips and supplier incentives, Independent by Flight Centre runs internal incentives which culminate each year with an annual Preferred All-Star Trip (PAST) featuring our top 20 Independent Advisors.
This past June, we escorted them to Mexico where they experienced all that Hotel Xcarte Arte & La Casa del Playa had to offer. The trip featured a welcome dinner, site inspections and plenty of free time to experience these 5-star resorts, concluding with an amazing evening celebrating them and their accomplishments.
This fall IFC will be launching a new agent recognition program which, in addition to our PAST Trip, will allow us to celebrate and recognize even more of our Independent Advisors for the incredible work they do in growing their travel businesses.
We love nothing more than celebrating successful moments with our community, recognizing when our Independent Advisors have gone above and beyond, and celebrating their wins.
If you are an experienced agent looking to return to the industry in an independent capacity, keep resources and recognition top of mind when chatting with potential host agencies. Make sure they can support you, help you grow your business and ensure you are recognized in a multitude of ways for your hard work!