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How to Start a Travel Agency in 8 Easy Steps

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So you want to start a travel agency? We don’t blame you. The travel industry is lucrative, consistently growing, and demand doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. This is partly because of our seemingly innate willingness to explore new places, but it’s also because, in many countries around the world, disposable incomes are on the rise and the cost of travel is going down.

But where do you start? How do you make yourself a go-to provider of travel services? How do you get to the point where you simply sit and watch the sales roll in? How do you make your mark in a market saturated with products across the travel spectrum?

These are all questions that, here at Travelshift, we’ve put a lot of time and effort into answering. But we don’t just talk the talk. We walk the walk. We’ve built the foundations for Iceland’s largest travel services provider, and we’re here to help you spread your wings and dominate your chosen market niche.

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Gap in the Market Volume 5 – Bleisure Travel

Bleisure travel

Eurgh. Let us start by saying that we hate it when two words are randomly combined to form a new word (that’s called a ‘neologism’, by the way). ‘British’ and ‘Exit’ all of a sudden equals ‘Brexit’; the mix of a Labrador and a Poodle is now a ‘Ladbradoodle’. Horrendous. Those familiar with the travel industry will be aware of a neologism creeping into the industry. It also happens to one of the major trends of 2016: ‘Bleisure’ travel! Bleisure is, of course, the combination of business and leisure. Two of our favourite things now you mention it.

As part of our ‘Gap in the Market’ series, we’ve been looking at a different market sector each week, pinpointing where we think the opportunities are for ambitious travel startups. As you might have guessed by now, this week we’re taking a closer look at the world of bleisure travel. Why does this sector exist? What does the future hold? And how does it shape up as an option for startups?

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Gap in the Market Volume 3 – Adventure Travel

Adventure travel

Ah, adventure tourism. White knuckle thrills, adrenaline-fuelled moments, extreme sports – these are the elements of any trip that can give you memories that last a lifetime. Why sit on a beach for a week when you can para-glide over it? Why relax when you can really get your heart pumping?

In a strange change from the norm, people are beginning to use adventure holidays as a method of relaxation, as a way to get away from it all. After all, a dreary 9 to 5 becomes so much more bearable when your holidays involve dangling off a cliff or jumping out of planes. Each week we’ve been taking a closer look at a different travel industry sector. By now you might have guessed the theme for this week: Adventure travel.

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How Travelshift Helps Counter the Challenges Faced by Travel Agencies

By partnering with Travelshift your travel agency can become a thriving online marketplace

By partnering with Travelshift your travel agency can become a thriving online marketplace

Recently we outlined what we reckon are some of the toughest challenges facing travel industry operators at the moment. Conveniently left out though, was exactly how our Travelshift software can assist you in dealing with those challenges. You only have to read one of our expert content marketing articles to understand why we’d need a separate blog post for that! Here’s a quick recap of some of the challenges discussed, and what we think we can do to help…

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Why You Need to Build a Travel Marketplace

It´s hard to compete by yourself, but a marketplace can help you grow fast

It´s hard to compete by yourself, but a marketplace can help you grow fast

The travel industry is growing. More people than ever before are booking trips and venturing out into the world. But it’s no longer the case that you drop in at your local travel agency to see what they recommend or have on offer. Today’s traveller is internet savvy, and has no problem shopping around online to find the best deals. Read more