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Starting as Independent Travel agent - do 'host travel agencies' exist in Europe?

Morning, I am shifting my professional life and looking into how to start as a Home Travel agent. I have no past experience in the industry beyond long experience as consumer, so no accreditation at the moment.

In a nutshell, I am argentinean living in europe for 10y+ (currently in The Netherlands). I am planning to capture european customers willing to travel to argentina and Argentineans willing to do regional trips within western europe (target details is work in progress at the moment).

When browsing information on how to start most pages suggest to associate with a 'host travel agency'(agency hosting many travel agents to which you associate and through which the home-based agent makes bookings) but most links are from US... So...

Is there such as a 'host travel agency' in Europe (I live in The Netherlands), and how is it called please?

Would you advise any different approach for someone with my profile?

My current big question is how can I get the accreditations needed to i) act as a travel agent and ii) benefit for the discounts from vendors that should generate most of my income.

thanks a lot in advance, Felicitas

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Hi Felicitaz, 

We are a inbound and outbound tour operator for the Balkans and interested in affiliate programs with travel agents from all over the world. 

Please email me if you are interested in any cooperation.

Thank you. 


Hello Felicitas,

Have you had any luck in finding a European-based host travel company for independent travel agents?  I am currently living the US but will be relocating to NL in March.  Though I can easily start the business here, I want to continue it in the NL when I move.

I will be visiting the NL in August and will research a bit more then.  I will be near Amsterdam if you know of any travel agencies in AMS, Hilversum, Utrecht or Den Haag.

Dank u // Gracias // Thank you

MK Thomson 




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