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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?
August 27, 2015
Old Review

I am new to this industry and was referred to GTN's Travel MBA program by my mentor. After reviewing the program, I enrolled and started the weekly modules immediately. Although I was itching to get into the "fun" content, I have been bowled over by the content of the first few modules, which focus on creating a sound foundation for a new business. I have a "real" MBA, and the information as presented was more practical and helpful for staring a real business than much of the marketing curriculum in my MBA program. I am also very impressed by the accessibility and responsiveness of the GTN staffers with whom I've had contact, and the mentor I've been assigned through this program Has been incredibly helpful and encouraging. I am truly excited and energized to be part of this community and am absolutely certain that my decide to train with GTN and be hosted by them has been a very sound one.

August 17, 2015
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I found GTN on host agency reviews after deciding I wanted to find my niche in the travel industry. For me, it was love at first sight! With no prior experience in this industry I definitely feel like I am learning as I go! I cannot imagine if I was trying to do all of this without GTN's support. Most host agencies offer credentials and possibly some back-office support...with GTN and the TravelMBA program, I receive all of that PLUS mentoring, guidance, technical assistance, answers to my (many) questions, mindset coaching and so much more!! The commission rate is more than fair and I have a "tribe" of people rooting on my business. Best of all, I don't have to subscribe to someone else's brand, I am building my own -- something that may not have been possible without the incredible support GTN offers me.

August 11, 2015
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I have been a Certified Travel Agent for over 20 years and have worked in several agencies around the country (thank you USMC husband) I left my brick and mortar in 2009 and joined a different host. After 5 years, I felt that I was becoming a number and not an individual. 18 months ago I was presented with Gifted Travel Network through a fellow travel agent. My life has not been the same ever since. This company is so focused on you, as an individual, as an entrepreneur, helping you grow your business in ways you may have thought impossible. Gifted Travel Network even helped me discover talents that I didn’t realize I had and more importantly, how to apply those talents to make me a very successful travel professional. My business has grown two fold. Not only do they offer amazing training and support, they become family. As an agent with over 2 decades of service, I have come full circle. I am thankful daily for GIFTE. If you are looking for a change, an amazing transformation actually, this is it.

August 10, 2015
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There just isn't enough STARS for this review. The GIFTE agency and team wants you to succeed and does so with support, training, 100% helpful staff and encouragement. I'm overwhelmed with how helpful and kind this host agency is. I'm currently a sub agent and have a great mentor. If you are looking to grow your business with a supportive team who can provide you with excellent resources than look no future and make the move to GIFTE.

July 20, 2015
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I cannot say enough about how wonderful GTN is! They were everything I didn't even know I needed! I switched over to GTN from a previous host a few months ago and I haven't looked back. I really wanted the chance to spread my entrepreneurial wings and build a business that I loved. GTN offers the support, training and encouragement to do just that! It truly is a tribe of amazing individual and I could not be happier that I am a part of it!
On top of all this awesomeness...they offer an amazing commission structure included the option of 100%! The list goes on and on! Whether you are a new agent or an experienced agent looking to make the switch--JUST DO IT! You'll be so glad you did. :)

July 16, 2015
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Even though I am still very new to the travel industry, I decided to switch hosts and join GTN a few months ago. I have learned in my short time as a travel professional just how vital it is to have the right type of support and leadership. GTN exists and thrives because it truly does support agents who are interested in figuring out how to be successful running your own business with your own personal brand, and adopting a true entrepreneurial mindset. This is a shift that needs to happen, and I believe GTN is at the forefront in doing so.

They are very supportive and helpful, and they also have many different ways to acquire the knowledge and expertise you need to develop the brand and the business you desire to have. The monthly mentoring calls are amazing, and there is a helpful community of likeminded people available to always offer support and guidance, no matter what level your business is at.

This agency is really a great choice for anyone who got into this business to be an entrepreneur and wants to develop a travel business that is unique and purposeful-- not to mention PROFITABLE! :)

July 16, 2015
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I joined the GIFTE team a little over a year ago now, they have been a wealth of information for me in my quest to becoming a travel business entrepreneur. When GTN decided to become a host agency I was very excited and could not have asked for more. I signed up with GTN five months ago and it has been the best decision I could have made for my travel business. I highly recommend if you are looking for answers as to how to have a successful travel business and have the opportunity to connect with like minded individuals than GTN is where you should be. Go ahead give them a call and get more information.

July 15, 2015
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Joining GTN has been the best decision I have made in my travel business. Meredith has an uncanny ability to help you uncover your message and nail your niche. This is so critical, because let’s face it, you can’t know everything about everyplace there is to travel. When you work within your specialty, you will see your business thrive. At GTN, they encourage you to grown your OWN brand, they are there to help and support you all along the way. The customer support is superior to anywhere I’ve ever been. Once on a holiday I emailed with a question and had an answer from Sarah within minutes. That was unexpected and above and beyond. Vanessa and Jen are always available to answer any questions you may have and to guide you through any challenges you may have! My business has completely changed in the last few months. I have joined Travel MBA, and had no idea how much I really didn’t know and to a mentor available by phone or email is priceless. The community at GTN has been so helpful and supportive. I’ve never worked with so many people who are happy and want to help everyone! There’s no sense of competition between us; other GTN members have (more than once) even messaged me to check in on a post/question I had a week or more before. I think one of the biggest perks of GTN is the opportunity of up to 100% commission when you’re ready. At some point it will just make sense to pay a small fee and keep 100% of your commissions. Call GTN. Set up an appointment to talk to them, this will be the change you’re looking for.

March 27, 2015
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As a travel professional with 25+ years experience, I recently made the move to The Gifted Travel Network. I had know Meredith Hill and liked her philosophy on helping the travel agent, I have been a part of GIFTE and the Travel Entrepreneur Success Academy. Even then, it was a difficult decision to make because of being with my old agency for 20 years. However, GTN offered something that my old host agency did not, 100% commission with a reasonable monthly fee. GTN recognizes the independent agent as a business owner, an entrepreneur, and provides the support that is so necessary to make a business run smoothly and the back office support that can be overwhelming to do on your own. If you have been wondering if making only a fraction of your commission is all there is, check out The Gifted Travel Network. Have a conversation with Jennifer Cochran, and find out the information that will help you make an informed decision.

March 19, 2015
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Being part of GTN is the best of all worlds. As an independent travel entrepreneur, I have the strength and negotiating ability of the group with suppliers. At the same time, I have the ability to pick and choose the suppliers I feel best serve my clients. I am not coerced into using "preferred" suppliers and/or penalized for not (as some Host Agencies do). My clients' best interests are always my highest goal. GTN supports me in offering that excellent service.

At GTN I really feel supported, not only in product knowledge, but more importantly in best business practices. As a solo entrepreneur, I have a "home office"who truly cares about my success on all level; financial, professional and personal growth. It's truly a win/win for all.

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