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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?
April 12, 2022

I just came home from attending the 3-day Travel MBA Jumpstart program. Wow! I am so happy that I made the choice to invest in this program. The 3-day program was robust with content, the team from GTN are 110%. I left knowing that I had full support from each and every GTN team, tomorrow and always. GTN has provided me all the tools I need to become a luxury travel advisor. I also feel as though I have made lifetime friends. The GTN network is second to none and the partner network is superior. I feel like I almost have to thank everyone for this opportunity. <3

Host Agency Response
April 12, 2022

Hi Erica! Thank you for your positive and enthusiastic response to our NEW Jumpstart addition to the Travel MBA suite of education! It is so important to get off to a strong and positive start, create community immediately and to meet your mentors, staff and cohort members that you will be working with during your Travel MBA program. This will be an amazing year for you as you build a fabulous luxury travel career- I can't wait to cheer you on and your many successes!

April 11, 2022

I honestly do no know where to start. I had been with 2 other agencies over the last 5 years. Nothing bad there just not a good fit. I looked at Gifted 6 months ago, but didn't choose them at that time. I received an invite to attend their "Book More Travel" 3 day workshop. I knew then that Gifted had what I was missing. I know travel but I know nothing about being an Entrepreneur. I realized the 12 month MBA program was what I need to move me from hobbiest to successful business owner. I started with the March 2022 cohort group, they do 4 annually, spent 3 days in person meeting all the staff. I feel so connected as a result. Each of the owners and VP have a focus and they are all brillant !!
Love the fact they spends so much time on our Mindset, that with the supportive community is perfect. Love that you spend an entire year meeting with you cihort group 3-4 times a week ( virtually). You really get to know each other and bond.
The Travel MBA is Award Winning as well Magellan award winning. These ladies take their mission seriously and will stop at nothing!!!
And the Virtuoso partnership is a huge bonus. And speaking of partners...they are so highly engaged in their partner relationships and not just at a cheerleader type level but a deep trusting relationship.
Speaking of trust is everything to this company and their advisors. Trust and respect run deep.
If you want to be a professional come on board!!

Host Agency Response
April 12, 2022

Hi Jeannine! Thank you so much for highlighting so many elements of our core mission elements at Gifted Travel Network! We firmly believe in educating, mentoring and mindset as the foundation for entrepreneurial success. Couple that with the relationships with partners and community and you have a winning business model and hosting situation. We are so happy to have you as a part of Gifted Travel Network!!

April 11, 2022

I began my search for a Host Agency not knowing really what I was looking for. With help from HostAgencyReviews and other resources on the web I not only began to understand what I valued in a Host Agency but also I was able to narrow my focus down to a few select agencies.
My initial weed-out criteria was that the Host needed to be a member of the Virtuoso Consortium. Second, they needed to offer robust and detailed training for new advisors, such as myself, in order to not only become good travel advisors but to be come good BUSINESS OWNERS, as this would be my first foray into entrepreneurship. I'm happy to report that Gifted Travel Network (GTN) met and surpassed those two demands.
Firstly, they are very actively involved with Virtuoso and emphasize its tools and resources among their hosted travel advisors. Secondly, and most importantly, they have a very robust training program for new advisors that not only includes online training modules but a vast community engagement component that I believe is vital to new advisor growth and support. The training began with an in-person Jumpstart conference that is new for GTN this year. I found the meetings, being in-person, covered so much more in a shorter period of time than if the training was purely online. After completing the Jumpstart, I felt supported and understood the resources I had at my disposal and was ready to leverage them, and GTN itself, toward my success.

Host Agency Response
April 12, 2022

Thank you so much for your kind words Sherman! It truly is an overwhelming search for the host agency and educational program that fits what you best. The framework for success is so very important and we are THRILLED that you have found it at Gifted Travel Network and the Travel MBA program. We can't wait to watch your growth and numerous successes as you work through the Travel MBA program!

April 11, 2022

I am new to Gifted Travel Network and am enrolled in their Travel MBA program. I switched to GTN from another host agency, and I am so grateful to have found this community. In the brief time I've been with them so far, I've already had more training and mentorship than with the prior host agency - and much more than I expected. I have felt supported every step of the way. I'm so grateful to have found Gifted Travel Network and their fantastic Travel MBA program.

Host Agency Response
April 11, 2022

Merry Jennifer- we are so pleased that you are finding what you wanted - and more - at Gifted Travel Network! You are a powerhouse and we excited to watch your trajectory and successes as you make your way through the Travel MBA program.

January 24, 2022

Gifted Travel Network has been the perfect community for us. We had vetted many host agencies and also pursued going direct with consortia. From the onset, it was obvious that GTN would be the best fit for us and the Virtuoso consortia is an added benefit. GTN has provided all the resources needed to thrive in this business. From practical guidance, education and encouragement. They are always helping us to grow personally and financially. I love the community of sharing resources among advisors, not competition. The leaders are responsible for teaching all advisors how to share vs. compete. Another big benefit is that the leaders are heavily entrenched in the travel industry and education, therefore suppliers treat us with so much respect. It is really nice to hear how much the suppliers respect our leaders and GTN as a host agency. If anyone is looking for a good host, I highly recommend GTN.

Host Agency Response
January 27, 2022


You are so right! We agree that one of the most important tools you can have as a travel entrepreneur is a community of people to learn from, and we believe, that Gifted Travel Network has one of the best communities in the travel hosting space. Combining that with the leadership and the amazing preferred partners associated with Virtuoso that you mentioned, it makes for a win-win for our advisors. We are so glad you are a part of Gifted Travel Network!

January 22, 2022

Gifted Travel Network has been our HOME since inception. The extremely brilliant women that started this company truly are so inspiring. Gifted Travel Network and it’s advisors have truly built such an amazing sense of community and support system. Through this community and the amazing coaching provided we have been able to grow a thriving business even in the midst of these trying times. I can honestly say I don’t know where we would be without GTN.

Host Agency Response
January 27, 2022

Hi Justin! Thank you so much for your kind words about Gifted Travel Network. We are so happy to have you as a part of the Gifted Travel Network family-it is an amazing community- and we are so glad you're a part of it! And we agree, the founders bring an insane amount of wisdom and knowledge to our advisors and help them to grow their businesses and succeed in this exciting world of travel.

January 17, 2022

I’m relatively new to the Travel industry after many years in the corporate world. Many months of research on host agencies, travel business models and Virtuoso partners led me to the Gifted Travel Network - Travel MBA program. It was exactly what I needed. Not just expert industry specific knowledge and access, but the program also includes the basic building blocks to start my travel business from scratch. TMBA provided me invaluable mentorship, coaching, and collaboration. Every TMBA mentor is an experienced Travel business owner with many years of experience. They are amazing experts who genuinely went you to succeed! And I can't say enough about my fellow GTN’ers who are always encouraging and generous with their knowledge when I ask questions. Joining the Gifted Travel Network changed my life and I am so grateful for their guidance and support.

Host Agency Response
January 19, 2022

Thank you for your kind words! We are so thankful your research led you to choose GTN and our TMBA program. Our mentors are some of the best in the industry and are always eager to help. Your hard work and dedication to GTN and the TMBA program is greatly appreciated always!

January 14, 2022

GTN has provided a strong foundation for my business. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to be part of the GTN family. I started a few months ago with zero experience in the industry. At the time, I had no clue how much I didn’t know. My decision to be hosted by GTN was based on lots of research. I honestly thought I was playing it safe by going with an agency that checked every box with an extra-strong emphasis on training and education. I realize now, knowing all I still have to learn, that the educational component of GTN is not just a “nice bonus” but a requirement.

GTN covers SO much more than how to book travel, it’s the complete package consisting of business education, mindset training, how to book travel, and a caring community. In a field that can sometimes leave advisors feeling isolated, I have not experienced that once! I can reach out to fellow advisors, my mentors, and a long list of staff members to help me with anything I need. Best of all, I don’t need to ask for help all the often because GTN provides the training and resources I need to answer my questions. This leaves me to work through more advanced topics and scenarios with my mentors and fellow advisors during our twice-weekly Zoom sessions.

Additionally, GTN attracts, trains, and maintains the highest caliber of advisors. They aren’t just great advisors, they’re great people. We have a Facebook group where my peers blow me away daily with the knowledge they share and how much they are willing to give of themselves to help a fellow advisor.

I highly recommend GTN for their leadership, guidance, tools, reputation in the industry, and most importantly, the people! I’m so lucky to be surrounded by advisors and mentors who inspire and push me daily.

Host Agency Response
January 19, 2022

We are so happy you made the decision to join us here at GTN! Something we pride ourselves on is our advisors. You couldn't have said it better. They truly are the highest caliber advisors but also kind and helpful people. Thank you for making us a part of your entrepreneurial journey, we are always here to help!

October 21, 2021

I am still really new to this industry, but GTN has such a comprehensive Travel MBA program that I feel has given me a good foundation to build on. I was with another host agency before this and did not feel supported. They were all about their growth and not the growth of their agents. I was blessed to be able to attend the first Travel MBA retreat in the Dominican Republic. I finally got to meet the people I have only interacted with online or by phone. I learned. i experienced a luxury all-inclusive resort that I can now recommend to my clients. The opportunities are endless. I am excited to see where this industry and my hosting relationship with GTN can take me in the future.

Host Agency Response
November 5, 2021


We are always here to support YOU! The Travel MBA retreat was such a great way to meet and interact with other advisors here at GTN and build strong relationships while supporting each other. We are so excited to grow with you while seeing where the travel industry takes you in the future!

September 29, 2021

Gifted Travel Network (GTN) is an incredibly supportive and knowledgeable host agency that truly has the best interest of each of its member advisors in mind. There are many host agencies out there, some much bigger than GTN. Yet GTN is growing quickly and has already claimed a leadership position in the industry because of what it uniquely offers to the market: helping travel entrepreneurs become successful, profitable independent advisors behind their own brands and marketing strategies. GTN supports and encourages its advisors to succeed based on how each unique advisor defines his or her success. Whether that means offering hands-on counsel to advisors looking for explosive growth right out of the gate, or offering resources to those looking to achieve both better profitability AND work/life balance, or robust training/tools to help build a growing agency team that employs multiple advisors across the country.

In my experience, how they are able to do this successfully for so many advisors comes down focus:
(1) A hands-on training program through its GTN Travel Business University (and Travel MBA). No other host agency offers such rich programming to stand up a successful independent travel business. I've researched this! It's untouchable.
(2) Guidance and know-how through a community approach. This is not a group of competitors under one host agency. Far from it. It's a group of members supporting each other in their own success. Trusted advice and expert guidance when you need it, from people who have been in the industry a long time. Open forums to ask questions to fellow advisors across the country or to host agency mentors.
(3) A powerful and growing host agency leadership team with top-to-top relationships with global luxury partners. As a member of Virtuoso and close partnerships with the luxury suppliers/brands, GTN advisors are able to offer clients the best and most exclusive experiences available, that clients simply can't find on their own. And this network keeps growing.

I highly recommend GTN if you are either starting a travel business or are ready to move into a community of like-minded and supportive people with resources to help you elevate your path to success in the travel business.

Host Agency Response
September 29, 2021


Thank you so much for the kind review. It has been terrific and informative being able to collaborate with you as well. You are a wealth of knowledge and we love seeing you soak up so much with the training. I see great success in your future, regardless of how you define it.

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