A travel agency set up by agents for agents is a brief description of the idea of travel expert Michael Rntzsch. In his opinion, the time has come to become independent of ordinary tour operators.
Michael Rntzsch is a German tourism expert with a strong commitment to the industry. During the lockdown, he and Timo Iserloh will create the Deutschland-Mein Urlaub portal, which connects agents with hotels and thus increases the revenues of both parties. Also during the pandemic, he organized two trips for agents to Majorca without the help of tour operators, thus proving that travel is safe and possible despite the spread of the coronavirus. At first, they are looking for thousands of people, but 72 tourist advisors have finally decided to go on a trip.
Now Rntzsch has come up with a proposal to set up a cooperative travel agency, writes the German tourism industry portal Reisevor9. Its owners would be agents. The idea was discussed during the aforementioned trips, and they are even the first to be interested.
As an expert says, by creating such an office, it would be possible to obtain a certain independence from ordinary tour operators. Each stationary agent would be able to contribute to the project. Rntzsch admits that the creation of such an enterprise would take some time, it would certainly not be possible to build a travel offer to every place available on the German market today, but although the situation is not the best, the company has never had a better opportunity to reorganize.
The expert emphasizes that everyone is aware of the risks arising from the current market division. More large tour operators may go bankrupt, and agents hope to maintain the status of a sales representative only in the medium term. The idea is to keep the same prices in each sales channel. When net prices emerge, all but the large portals may find themselves in a difficult position. To guard against these risks, stationary agents should take matters into their own hands. Rntzsch announces decent commissions, no price wars, advice fees included in the trip price in a word, the taken should return to its roots.
The originator realizes that in the current situation many agents do not have the money to pay for further expenses, but on the other hand, those who have done well in previous years and benefited from government assistance during the pandemic can still access their savings. The plan assumes the acquisition of thousands of agents who would on average invest a thousand euros in a new business. The next eight weeks will decide whether the project will actually be implemented. If 50 people volunteered during this time, we will put off the idea of the act. If there will be 600 of them, we are going to move full pair, assures Rntzsch.
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