There are at least two ways to approach a home-based travel business. One is to become a genuine independent travel agent and another is to join a Travel Network Marketing Company (MLM). But it looks as though Travel Based MLMs may be in for some turbulence due to supply side issues. According to various sources, including this press release from YTB Travel (a home based Travel MLM), Royal Caribbean (a major league travel provider) is terminating their contract and in fact terminating the contacts of all Travel MLMs.
There apparently are some pretty hard feelings against the home based MLM group when it comes to travel. For instance, here is an online petition to stop MLM travel companies. There is a general feeling that people who join Travel MLMs do so only to take advantage of the benefits being offered such as FAM trips and not to build the actual business. There is further belief that Travel MLM agents don’t have the level of professionalism that independent travel professionals do.
It seems that there will always be ruffled feathers in industries when Network Marketing companies start to sneak in. If the Network Marketing company can bring professional level IBOs to an industry, they may be able to compete strongly in that industry. But those that are built primarily on the perks offered or on the MLM model itself may soon find themselves on a sinking ship. Travel industry MLMs have only been around a few years and it will be interesting to see how this develops. In the meantime, if you’re interested in getting the inside scoop from an actual home based independent travel agent, below is a great blog resource.
Home Based Travel Agents Blog