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                     Start Your Own Travel Agency
             Worldwide, over a trillion dollars are spent on
        travel each year; over six billion in North America
             Travel was the second largest employer in the U.S.
        and Canada, supporting over 6 million jobs.
             Travel represented 7% of the U.S. and Canadian
        Gross National Product.  65% of U.S. and Canadian
        residents took at least one trip over 100 miles.
             Nearly 42,000 travel agencies averaged $22,500
        each week in airline ticket sales.  Agencies book an
        additional 40% in tours, cruises, hotels, etc.,
        therefore making the average travel agency volume
        $1,500,000, according to the U.S. Department of
             Net profits average 4% to 5%, making the potential
        net profit in a travel agency $60,000 to $70,000.
             The travel industry has been growing even during
        the recent recession and is now experiencing
        unprecedented growth worldwide.
             You can start your own travel agency, which can be
        operated from your home, for under $10,000, including
        required training, operations manuals, reservations
        software and access to the airlines reservations
        computers, and initial supplies (stationery, posters,
             These services are provided as part of a package
        by TPI Travel Services, who also provide a TPI photo ID
        card for immediate free and reduced rate travel
             You also receive the right to use the TPI name and
        its trademarks.  This will make it much easier for you
        to obtain high profit commercial accounts, as they
        supply you with references of existing accounts
        serviced by TPI.
             The commissions are also higher than you would
        receive as an independent travel agent, because TPI has
        volume contracts with airlines, cruise lines, and other
        suppliers and passes the increased commission on to its
             This is one of the easiest ways to get into the
        travel agency business, and is a fraction of the cost
        of doing it independently.  If an investment of this
        size is in your budget, you'll want to look into this
        opportunity, as starting a travel agency from scratch
        can easily cost $25,000 to $50,000.
             If you can't afford an investment this large, you
        might want to get one or more partners to share the
        deal with you.  Another successful strategy can be to
        line up commitments from one or two large business
        customers for their travel needs, and then use those
        commitments to make the investment more interesting to
        a partner.
             For more information, write to Travel Business
        Information Package, P. O. Box 1201, Skyland NC 28776.
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