The Travel Gallery Inc.— Illinois Reviews

(7 reviews)
6571 N Avondale Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
(773) 763-6161
[email protected]
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Host Agency Details

Affiliations:
Signature
2015 Sales:
$10-24.9 million
Host Type:
Hybrid (Host & Travel Agency)
Accepting:
Beginner Agents, Experienced Agents
Members Of:
ARC, ASTA, CLIA, IATA
# of Contractors:
Less than 50
GDS:
Apollo

About The Travel Gallery Inc.— Illinois

It feels like “home.”  That’s what affiliates say about their affiliation with The Travel Gallery.

Back in the ’70’s, I worked during high school and college at the neighborhood travel agency doing all the “behind the scenes”duties including manually writing air tickets, running the airline report, putting brochures away.  Then, with little to no training, I started selling travel and I LOVED IT.  After graduation, I turned an offer into an opportunity and opened The Travel Gallery.

Now, surrounded by a great team of travel professionals, we have survived and thrived since 1976 and today, TRAVEL GALLERY is a dominant leader in the travel industry. Travel Gallery takes great pride in establishing the right partnerships including our Signature Travel Network membership. We are respected in the travel industry and community and recognized as being a company that is committed to high standards and customer satisfaction. As a full service agency, we assist with travel arrangements for leisure, corporate, group and incentive travel worldwide.  We are an agency you can trust and who cares about you and your business.  

An affiliation with The Travel Gallery benefits you AND your clients in so many valuable ways:

 MARKETING BENEFITS – Travel Gallery’s marketing highlights preferred brands offering timely and enticing travel programs featuring customized print marketing, e-marketing and digital publications all reminding your clients of the fabulous products and services you offer and reminding them why they should book with you.

Print Marketing

  • 10 publications per year: 6 issues of Travel Magazine, 2 issues of Travel Redefined, 2 issues of Ultimate Experiences…each publication featuring hot new travel destinations, travel trends and tips, and valuable travel offers.
  • Monthly direct mail campaigns– FREE                  
  • Bi-annual Hotels & Resorts Collection brochures PLUS an Annual Hotels & Resorts directory complete with detailed hotel information
  • Annual Wall Calendar (our travelers absolutely love and wait to receive their calendars)

E-marketing

  • Weekly promotional emails–FREE                        

 Digital Publications

  • Travel Magazine and Ultimate Experiences are conveniently available Online                    

TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS – Travel Gallery’s innovative technology program makes managing travel plans a snap.

  • ClientConnection – ClientBase+ (our customer relationship management database), stores client information based on travel preferences and history
  • Offer ID searches for all promotions allowing for quick access to updated information
  • Mobile App –  “AXUS” an itinerary app for your clients that reinforces the consultant-client relationship every step of the way                          
  • Customized one-to-one client emails featuring your personal contact information
  • Hotel Connection – provides ease when booking preferred Hotels and Resorts
  • Comprehensive web content for cruise, land, destinations and hotels allows for up-to-date information sharing with clients                      
  • Client Reach –messages that can be customized, personalized and automated to clients on your behalf based upon their itinerary information.  Messages include reminders to book pre and post hotels, shore excursions for cruises, travel insurance and “bon voyage,” “welcome home” messages as well as passport renewal reminders.
  • Cruise Track – proprietary technology that automatically tracks booked and quoted preferred cruise lines for any change in price, amenities and itinerary allowing for early response time for changes that provides your travelers with the best pricing and amenities.
  • Microsites with valuable and relevant information to send your customers on their travel destinations, luxury and family resorts as well as adventure and specialty travel.

TRAINING –Don’t stop learning!  Convenient online courses and live events offered by The Travel Gallery help both established and growing travel businesses. 

  • Travel Expert – online certification course that demonstrates how marketing and technology tools can impress clients, save time and increase sales 
  • Blueprint to Sales Success Series – online sales courses customized for you by travel industry expert, Nolan Burris
  • ASTA’s Travel Agency Regulatory Compliance Course – complimentary training for our affiliates   

Training Events

  • Sales Meeting – 2,200 consultants, managers, owners and suppliers join together in Las Vegas for a three-day conference filled with fun, learning, networking and more
  • Regional Training – once a year, this event is held locally offering sales, technology, product and destination training
  • Familiarization Trips: Educational Journeys – exclusive opportunities to experience preferred supplier products first-hand while learning how to best promote and sell to clients
  • Learning Immersion Journeys – special departures, geared towards consultants with less than 5 years of travel industry experience, journeys expand training time to include peer-to-peer mentoring 
  • More Resources: online training portal that includes one-stop-shop access to webinars, specialty training, supplier training, new to the industry training, destination training and more 

PREFERRED SUPPLIER BENEFITS – Travel Gallery offers more than 1,000 suppliers specializing in a wide range of exclusive privileges that can help you close sales and build client loyalty.

  • Hotels & Resorts Collection
    900+ of the world’s finest hotels, resorts, lodges, safari camps and unique places to stay offering your travelers special amenities including breakfast daily and/or food and beverage credits, complimentary upgrades, early check in and late check out.
  • Cruise Lines: 28 cruise partners offering thousands of voyages each year offering privileges including exclusive savings, upgrades, shipboard credits, pre-paid gratuities, complimentary car and driver shore experiences, complimentary shore events and more
  • Tour Operators and Land Suppliers: 55 handpicked suppliers offering you and your travelers a worldwide selection of land-based vacation options for every interest and budget
  • Destination Specialists: Access to 90 of the world’s best overseas in-destination specialists in 110 countries on 6 continents providing your travelers with personal attention and all the “extra special” amenities they require
  • Tourism Boards: 50+ tourism boards provide marketing and training support to enhance your ability to sell destinations near and far with webinars, live training, educational trips and online tools
  • Insurance Provider: Travel Guard International offers valuable protection for your clients travel adventures
  • Car and Rail:Suppliers include car rental, limousine rental, chauffeur services and rail providers
  • Air Suppliers – Preferred air consolidators and airline contracts offering you upfront commissions and attractive net air fares which benefit you and your travelers.

COMPENSATION: For the experienced travel consultant who wants to maintain and/or grow their business, we offer attractive commission programs with all commissions paid promptly.    For “new to the industry” individuals, our comprehensive in-house training helps you turn your passion for travel into a successful travel business.  For those of you that just want to earn some extra cash so you can “see more of the world”, our referral program is for you.  Simply tell  contacts from your daily activities at work or school, social networks or memberships in clubs and organizations about The Travel Gallery. We pay you to “talk travel.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT US… CLICK HERE

So, come on “home” where we look forward to welcoming you on our team!

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The Travel Gallery Inc.— Illinois Reviews

7 Reviews for “The Travel Gallery Inc.— Illinois”

  1. Janice Caporale
    March 20, 2017 at 10:18 pm #
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    I have been an independent travel consultant with The Travel Gallery for almost 10 Years. Kathy, the owner, is very nice person to work with – she is very business oriented and she will do everything she can do to help you grow your business. Everyone affiliated with Travel Gallery is willing to share information and knowledge to help you close a sale. They have a wonderful network with Signature and other industry vendors and suppliers to keep us competitive with other agencies. There’s also training and marketing help from Signature Travel Network. I feel privileged to say I am affiliated with The Travel Gallery, Inc

    Industry Experience: I have 11+ years industry experience
    Affiliation: I am currently hosted by this host agency

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  2. Catie Burns
    February 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm #
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    I have been an independent travel consultant with The Travel Gallery for almost 20 years. Kathy the owner and the amazing staff, will do everything they can to help you grow your business. They have a wonderful network with Signature and other industry vendors and suppliers to keep us competitive with other agencies.
    The work atmosphere is amazing. Everyone is willing to share information and knowledge to help you close a sale.

    Industry Experience: I have 11+ years industry experience
    Affiliation: I am currently hosted by this host agency

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  3. Barb Golden
    February 23, 2017 at 11:38 am #
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    I have been in the travel industry since 1981, and with The Travel Gallery as an outside travel Consultant since 2004, and I wholeheartedly agree with my colleagues comments above. The support from Kathy, and the rest of the staff, is terrific. There’s also training and and marketing help from Signature Travel Network. My commission statements have been accurate every month. They are very professional.

    Industry Experience: I have 11+ years industry experience
    Affiliation: I am currently hosted by this host agency

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  4. Denise Erickson
    February 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm #
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    I started at The Travel Gallery as an in-house agent for two years before I moved into my Independent Consultant role. The Travel Gallery Inc. is an awesome company to work with. It is a customer oriented agency who values every client and offers top notch service. With the great blend of consultants, this agency offers a wealth of experience and everyone is so willing to share their knowledge. The owner is fabulous. She wants everyone to succeed and is always there to support and assist whenever she can. I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team!

    Industry Experience: I have 11+ years industry experience
    Affiliation: I am currently hosted by this host agency

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  5. Judy Parisi
    February 22, 2017 at 9:11 am #
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    Being in the business over 40 years has truly been a win proposition. I’ve been with ASK MR FOSTER, CARLSON, AMEX and TRAVELSAVERS and joining THE
    TRAVEL GALLERY, INC truly is the best. They are always there for assistance and on a daily basis they keep me informed on worldly problems and specials from the vendors so I can truly concentrate selling to my clients. And with being part of SIGNATURE TRAVEL NETWORK, I can truly offer my high-end clients and those on a budget the best of both worlds.

    Judy

    Industry Experience: I have 11+ years industry experience
    Affiliation: I am currently hosted by this host agency

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  6. Susan Burke
    February 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm #
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    I’m somewhat of a newbie to the travel Industry. A friend referred me to the Travel Gallery five years ago, and I have never looked back. They have taught me so much about the Industry. The in-house training and supplier seminars are outstanding, and their support is amazing. They are with you every step of the way.

    Industry Experience: I have 1-5 years industry experience
    Affiliation: I am currently hosted by this host agency

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  7. Debra Spencer-Gordon
    February 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm #
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    When I first started in the travel industry, I considered several host agencies and decided on The Travel Gallery, Inc. I have not regretted my decision. Commission levels are important, however, so is supplier support and training. Suppliers respect The Travel Gallery, Inc and they respond. The Travel Gallery partners with Suppliers to provide relevant training and marketing support. The Travel Gallery team has helped me understand HOW to grow MY business, stay abreast of the industry and become a better travel professional.

    Industry Experience: I have 6-10 years industry experience
    Affiliation: I am currently hosted by this host agency

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