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November 30, 2022
A passion project in retirement that turned into a thriving business: Two reasons why and the how: First, a little background: After twenty years of trading risk arbitrage and equity derivatives in downtown manhattan, the time had come for chapter two, or no chapter at all; the latter option was not appealing. My dad said, "what about being a travel advisor? You love to travel, have a great client list and have been to +60 countries. We use an advisor and it makes all the difference in the world?" I love the idea, but where do you begin? With Wall Street clientele, the appeal of Virtuoso as the luxury leader in travel helped me narrow my search for a host agency on this very site. The other requirement was a real education; only GTN had both. The year-long program was vital to my success. One could launch without the education on the back of my extensive travel and business experience, but aren't your odds of success drastically higher if you are a true expert? Doesn't that take immersion and mentorship? Would I have done more damage to my budding travel reputation with the finance clients I hoped to convert to travel clients had I not? Would I get more than one chance from those clients? Fast forward to December 2021, I am in GTN's top producers club (top 30) in my first full year of business! I am invited to the Virtuoso ultraluxe community, attended Belmond's signature Bellini event for 10 USA advisors in Sicily and was on a top producer retreat with GTN. Without education, it would not have unfolded this way and certainly not this quickly. The second reason is: In real estate, the most valuable metric is location, location, location, but at a host agency, it is culture, culture, culture. The collaboration and support amongst advisors in our community is the silver bullet and goes hand in hand with the educational foundation of GTN. Imagine how much the collective mindshare benefits our clients. I was not expecting instant responses to questions or requests for advice yet opening up the browser to 7 responses in thirty minutes is common. It's another level of vetting and advocacy, but it only happens if the culture is there. We are not competing like local real estate agents who might compete for a listing in town. Our clients are worldwide, an enviable difference, and it means we are not competing so let's help each other win. We share tips, insights and experiences on our internal system in discussion groups that pale in comparison to snarky online forums. We travel together, 14 GTN advisors and I are just back from 12 days in Tanzania, and as a result, we grow together. It's made all the difference in professional growth inspired by culture and education. What more can you ask for?
July 22, 2017
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I started working with GTN last October in their travel MBA program. From my first initial phone call with Jennifer Cochrane, I felt comfortable and confident that I had made the right decision. I know absolutely nothing about the travel industry or starting a business. But with Meredith Hill, Vanessa McGovern, Lisa Fletcher, and the rest of the GTN team, I have learned so much and feel nurtured and secure in this community. The GTN team has guided and assisted me as I discover my brilliance, develop my brand, and move forward in my entrepreneurial journey. I never feel judged or pressured. The amount of intuitive wisdom the team imparts is amazing and they have the unique ability to tease out negative mindset issues that may be holding me back. The best part is that GTN has so much more mentoring and education to offer through their sister company, GIFTE, so I know I will receive support as my business develops, and guidance to keep my business growing and progressing. I attended the Book More Travel Workshop and met their amazing community of travel agents. I got to hear first hand success stories of entrepreneurs who had followed their lead. GTN has made what can be a scary process (starting my own business), fun, exciting, and inspiring. I highly recommend GTN as a host agency and for mentoring.

July 12, 2017
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I have been with GTN for 1 1/2 now and I love everything about it. I had some industry experience with another very weak host along with real brick & mortar travel school classes before I started the MBA program. I wanted to delve into a new career but was finding it very confusing and didn't care for the franchise model. The travel industry isn't so easy to navigate, I wasn't getting any traction with my decision making, until I found the MBA program. The membership in The Global Institute for Travel Entrepreneurs, was also a much needed find. I found my place to thrive. GTN and GIFTE answered so many of my questions and provided the support I needed to forge my way into being a travel entrepreneur! The camaraderie, level of support and positive nature of all involved is something I know I don't want to live without. We have fun, there's lots of energy, someone is always there when you need them, the suppliers are top notch and the leadership team has their pulse on what works in this industry. Marketing insights (especially social media), lead generation ideas, mindset, and unique/trending business strategies are always fresh and current. There is so much content consistently provided I'm always finding new tools and viewpoints to explore. I feel supported, valued and while I'm not a top earner (yet), as long as I'm engaged and doing my best I feel an equal to my fellow colleagues. If you are looking for a new host agency, where you still wear the pants because it's your own business or you are brand new and don't know where to put yourself, please give GTN a try. You won't be disappointed!

July 5, 2017
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Gifted Travel Network is a wonderful team of women who devote their time in assisting other to succeed as travel entrepreneurs. They provide amazing resources, support, and state of the art training's. I have been a wedding planner for many years and have offered destination weddings and honeymoons through two resorts. They have assisted me in opening up my offerings not only as a planner but as a travel consultant, for that I am grateful. I appreciate their weekly calls and private forums. I look forward to growing with GTN, thank you ladies.

April 12, 2017
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I can't say enough good things about the Gifted Travel Network ("GTN"); I decided last year to start a travel consulting business and conducted research on a number of host agencies. GTN's emphasis on empowering agents to achieve success really resonated with me, as did the opportunity and encouragement to develop my own brand.

The support and encouragement from the GTN team is amazing, but even more valuable is the community of agents, both experienced and new, who provide practical, real-world advice on everything from dealing with sticky client situations to trusted suppliers.

I'm extremely pleased with my decision to launch my travel business with the help and guidance of GTN, and wholeheartedly recommend them.

March 31, 2017
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I decided to make the leap from corporate America to running my own travel business last year. I wanted to be certain I gave myself the best chance for success in the travel industry where I had a lot of personal experience but no professional experience at all. So, I did extensive research on host agencies that would provide the support I'd need as well as the education I required. Consistently, Gifted Travel Network came up as a front runner in both areas.

When I wanted to meet the folks at GTN personally before I signed up with them, they bent over backwards to make it happen. Maybe even more importantly, now that I'm a member of the GTN family, the amazing support and focus on helping me be successful in my business has been incredible. The Travel MBA program is fantastic. The mentoring with experienced agents is priceless. Combine these with the ability to communicate with the whole "tribe" regularly, and GTN has helped me build the momentum to launch my business, share my passion for travel and add new clients every week.

I wish there was a 6-star rating, because I can't recommend them highly enough!

March 13, 2017
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February 10, 2017
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[…] “Selling the experience is the best way to connect with them and makes this an emotional decision. I indulge them in how they will feel when they first see the castle, or that first time their little ones hug Mickey. They don’t want to buy a package, they want to have an special personalized travel experience.” —Denise Lorentzen of Dreams Travel Consulting, an independent contractor with Gifted Travel Network […]

December 23, 2016
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With 36 years as a travel expert, 16 of those home-based with another host, it was a BIG deal for me to change host agencies. Without a doubt, I made the right choice. I did not realize how alone I had worked for the past 16 years with no contact with other agents or any BDMs. Having the support of the Gifted Travel Network Team has been amazing. There is constant access to support, product knowledge and business building tools. I love most of all how the agents support each other instead of seeing each other a rivals. GTN really encourages finding your expertise or your "brilliance" and building your business on that foundation. Even an old timer like me has found I had a lot to learn. Thankful I opened an email in July and discovered this wonderful host agency. The name alone "Gifted Travel Network" drew me to them.

November 2, 2016
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I am sure that I have choose the right host agency that will help me get to where I would like to be and that is to have a learn more on how to own my own travel agent

October 22, 2016
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Looking to change careers and find a way to turn my passion for travel into a thriving business, I happened upon an advertisement for a free webinar about how to monetize my passion for travel hosted by Gifted Travel Network. I signed up for the webinar and the rest, as they say, is history.

Even though my only travel industry experience came from traveling, I was immediately taken by the comfortable interaction between Meredith (Hill) and Vanessa (McGovern), their sincerity about GTN’s mission, and passion for helping travel entrepreneurs succeed.

After considerable research, I joined GTN’s Travel MBA program, and I’m pleased with my decision. GTN (and the Travel MBA program) provides an abundance of educational opportunities, guidance, and support. As someone new to the industry, the special focus on how to build a business (not just sell travel) was extremely valuable.

The focus on entrepreneurship (mindset, marketing, financial planning, use of social media, and technology, etc.), combined with industry expertise, stellar backend support, and a blueprint for success, has catapulted me from knowing zero about the industry into a proud travel entrepreneur.

By far, the greatest benefit I’ve received from GTN is connection to the GTN community. In every interaction, whether in person or online, I truly feel supported and encouraged to keep pushing forward towards my goals. Ask a question on the member forum and more experienced agents will quickly, and freely give advice, suggestions, and guidance, while other newbies brainstorm ideas and provide support and encouragement. It’s an amazing way to work.

If want to work with a host agency that fuels your passion and supports your entrepreneurial spirit (by teaching you to fish, rather than giving you a fish), take a look at GTN. You won’t regret it.

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