A travel consultant also known as travel agent is a person trained in the travel industry to provide advice and services for customers seeking travel solutions for vacation, business or even relocation destinations. Travel consultants have specialized knowledge of travel issues, affording them the ability to help their clients make informed travel plans. They also assist in the entire process of getting the client to and from his or her destination.
Travel consultants are compensated for recommending vacations and cruises and finding hotels for their clients. Clients tend to depend on their travel consultants to take the stress out of making their vacation plans.
Travel consultants are privy to the latest developments in the travel industry. Many new deals are only presented to consultants or agents, and they can, in turn, offer these deals to their clients or reserve them for their own vacation plans.
Travel consultants generally choose to specialize in a particular travel field, since the travel industry is very broad, and there may be literally thousands of choices in each destination. Examples of areas travel consultants can specialize in include: cruises, business, golf, adventure, honeymoons for newlyweds, economy tourism, family trips and spa locations.
Travel consultants are skilled in how to plan travel packages. They know what to expect from the industry, including how to prepare the client for visas, country customs and currency changes. They assist in immigration requirements and help to secure air travel, car rentals, hotel rooms, tours and other vacation activities.
Travel consultants choose to either work for existing travel agencies or start their own travel consulting business. Some travel consultants, whether employed at a firm or self-employed, enjoy working from their own home offices.