Starting your own agency with a TRUE code can be a far different prospect than joining a host agency and/or becoming a franchise. We can objectively weigh the pros and cons of each choice and let the travel agents decide what's right for them.
We've spent the last 18 months really listening to our members needs as well as those who were not choosing to join CCRA or OSSN. The truth is that most businesses in the industry were taking for granted that an agent knew the difference between having a TRUE code and being hosted... and it really isn't crystal clear. There are benefits to BOTH and we want to help agents connect the dots.
Agents who join CCRA and decide to become hosted will be IC agents with us for $99 per year. That way they can still enjoy the education and association benefits we provide, but still belong to you as their host.
We've already done that. When a new agent comes to us, we ask them what they want from their travel business. For those who do not want to start their own business from scratch, they need an alternative. A host agency is that alternative. We will honor and respect that decision, and we assume if it turns out being hosted isn't right for them, they'll let us know. We're not going to actively solicit your customers. That's a promise.
We can offer email communication. Web banners. Enhanced directory listings. A presence at our events. The list goes on and on. Actually, the list is right here.
We hope you have read the last few questions and understand that we aren't competing with you. Our goal is to help travel agents thrive. If that means they'll do better with a host, we want to walk them to your door. We won't lose them, they'll still be able to utilize our association benefits.
Once an agent has chosen to join a host agency, the next question is which one. We will work hard to provide the best information possible, compare contrast and allow agents to review their experiences with you. We feel this is the best way to present all options to agents in a transparent way.
Our agents see marketing from suppliers of all shapes and sizes - through us and through everyone who they do business with. We are an open marketplace and have no exclusive agreements with any kind of supplier.
CCRA does not get involved in agency transactions EXCEPT for our hotel portal and our rate codes. Then we are involved with the commission payments. But that's it. We do not monitor or track performance. We really are an open marketplace for the agents to use or not use. If you are offering something stronger than what we have, then we'll feel really good about sending an agent your way. We'll be there for them in the background for networking, training, education and discounts.
When a travel agent joins us, they undergo a review that qualifies them to carry the CCRA badge. That means they should likely be a good fit for you too. Any additional requirements, screening or background checks are the responsibility of the host.
And growing every day. We can't be the only ones noticing the huge influx of new blood into the industry. These agents need education, training, guidance and direction. We want to make sure we're providing a connection to everything they need, including a host if that's what they want.
Let us prove to you that our vast resources, expertise and the power of our people can help ALL suppliers and travel agents succeed. Including host agencies. We can help you with your marketing, your distribution, recruiting and even your rewards. There is so much we can do together, so what are we waiting for?
You can take travel agents who are just starting out and market your host to them. We will provide them with the information through marketing and even a profile on our website if you so choose.See An Example Profile
We can help you reach agents who have expressed interested in learning more about host agencies and the different types of products and services they provide.Check Out the Menu
CCRA is spending a considerable (huge) amount of time and resources bringing in new agents from Mexico, Argentina, Spain and many more countries who could be a good fit for you.The Global Market
We'll give you your very own enhanced profile/landing page on our site so that we can easily guide agents looking for a host to our list of partners. Present unique offers and language geared toward our agents and earn their business.See Example
That's right - those are usually $4000! And we believe so strongly in offering our agents the very best options when it comes to a host, we want you to get out there and show them what you've got to offer.See Example
This one is a $2200 value. We'll take your custom email and send it to our non-TRUE members letting them know that if they're looking for a host, we can help guide them to the right host for their business model and goals.See Example
That's right. We'll approve you to take part in chapter meetings in any of our 80+ markets. You'll get up close and personal with our chapter members and let them know that a host has many benefits to offer.See Schedule
Reach out to our very own travel agent extraordinaire and leader of our membership services division, Margie Jordan. She'll be happy to walk you through the value we can provide to your host agency business.Email Margie