How To Best Use a Professional Travel Consultant
A professional travel consultant is a valuable resource if used correctly. If you are like most hard workers, your vacation time is limited so it’s important that you use your vacation time wisely. Most Americans only receive two weeks’ vacation time if they are lucky. And let’s face it; most of that allotted time is not used for your personal/family vacation. Our motto at Showtime Travel is “You deserve a luxury vacation” because we assist many who want to maximize their vacation experience by using the services of a professional travel consultant. Today I am going to give you 4 quick steps on how to best use a professional travel consultant.
Recognize Their Value:
Professional travel consultants are trained and certified by various travel suppliers and destinations to offer you the best service. They also have a vast network which can include: travel consultants, clients, resort mangers, cruise directors, tour operators, business development managers and more. When you hire a professional travel consultant you are privy to this network. This network allows the travel consultant to better serve you and to resolve issues quickly.
I was able to get some of my guest upgrades for special occasions because of my strong network relationships. It’s always a pleasure hearing their surprised response when they get back home. I also was able to resolve issues quickly. I had a client whose name was mistakenly omitted from the list for her transfer from the airport to the resort. She didn’t have to call a call center and hope to get it resolved. She contacted me and in a few minutes she was on the way to resort. This type of personal service is invaluable and gives you peace of mind as you travel.
Using professional travel consultant also saves you time. Most travel consultants have a service fee which is a mutual agreement that acknowledges the commitment, time and expertise that will be provided to customize your personal travel package. There is a misconception that a travel consultant just gives you a quote. A professional travel consultant will set a consultation time to discuss your travel goals and provide you with a proposal based on your request. That research takes times and there may be a lot of “back and forth” until the right destination/resort/cruise is chosen.
To help expedite the process it’s ok to have done some of your own research. Some of our clients have specific idea where they like to travel and others may rely on a few suggestions. It’s fine with either case but lean on the professional travel consultant’s knowledge and expertise when it comes to making a decision.
I have clients who like to bounce ideas to me for Caribbean group getaways. Sometimes we find out that the specific destination that they initial chose is not a fit for their group. Although some of the informational you receive online is beneficial, it is not always correct, especially reviews. I make sure that each client knows the pros and cons prior to making their decision.
Once you have made your decision on your vacation, ask your professional travel consultant if there are any incentives or promotions that you may be eligible for. A lot of suppliers have great incentives if you get some of your friends and family to join you on your vacation. Some of the incentives may be resort credits, discounts, complimentary dinner, room upgrades and even a free night stay. Keep in mind not all suppliers may have an incentive during your vacation time but it never hurts to ask.
In conclusion, a professional travel consultant provides a valuable service for your limited vacation time. Just like other service oriented professions, i.e. attorney, mechanic, hair stylist, etc., you can attempt to try to do it yourself; but why? Don’t take a risk with your time because time is something you can never get back.
Author: Belvin Baldwin II – Showtime Travel -www.showtimetravel.com