Travel Agent Description
A Travel Agent helps their clients arrange trips of all kinds. They provide all types of travellers with travel advice and information needed to have the perfect trip. This can include information such as flight cost and time, hotel locations, rental fees and even leisure activities that a traveller can include in their itinerary etc.
- Planning and selling any form of transportation tickets, accommodations, insurance and other travel services.
- Determining the needs of their clients and advise them the appropriate destination, modes of transportations, travel dates, costs and accommodations.
- Provide relevant brochures, publications and packages. These can include, guides, maps, events etc.).
- Assist with rearranging details, fixing small issues that may arise. Such as missed or delayed flights etc.
Travel Agent Salary
The average Travel Agent Salary ranges between entry-level positions who earn about $26,000 to an experienced agent, who can easily earn $52,000 per year in Canada.
Travel Agent Training
To become a travel agent, you will need a high school diploma. It is recommended for you to complete a college/university diploma within the travel and tourism programs that many post-secondary schools offer. These programs can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years in college and at least 4 years in university. It is recommended that some travel agents, can start as reservation clerks, or receptionists for travel agencies. This is a good way to get a feel for the industry.
Useful Information About Being a Travel Agent
This is not mandatory, but you can also choose to be certified as a travel agent and it looks great on a resume. The Canadian Institute of Travel counsellors (CITC) offers two levels of certification: entry-level and advanced. Check-out the CITC website to learn more about the requirements. Most retail travel agencies in Ontario must be registered under the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO). You have to pass the TICO standards exam, to be certified to sell and provide travel services and advice to the public. Though again not mandatory, it is very important to know a lot about world geography and have some travel experience yourself. This gives you a better understanding and expertise you can share with clients.