What GTN Agents are Saying

Joining Gifted Travel Network is joining a community of advisors who are incredibly supportive, kind, and resourceful without an ounce of competitiveness or malice. GTN is run by proactive, innovative, compassionate, empathetic, intelligent, forward-thinking, transparent and all around terrific people who work tirelessly for the benefit of our entire network. Joining Virtuoso in January 2019 only propelled us further on our trajectory. This host agency is run by and filled with amazing people who care about the travel industry, professionalism, customer service, doing the right thing and achieving greatness for our businesses, our clients and also for ourselves. We’re one huge extended family who all work AND play well together and strive to be the best in all we do. GTN’s Travel MBA program helped prepare me to go from start-up to over $100,000 in sales in my first year as a solo-preneur. I could write tomes on how GTN and our community have changed my life for the better and helped me prosper as a business owner and as a travel professional. It probably comes down a lot to chemistry too, so if you’re considering GTN – just give them a call to chat! They’re one of the few host agencies offering up to 100% commission splits too. 

Danielle Dybiec, Nine Muses Travel

Amy Kaufman Relihan, Time Together Travel, LLC

GTN is a remarkable organization on so many levels. I began my travel journey 2-years ago and can not imagine this journey without the magnificent team at GTN. The Travel MBA program is a must for everyone, even if you have been doing this for years. As an entry level business owner; the training, education, support and partnership I received from the MBA program put me, and my business, on the fast track to success!!! I would not be nearly as successful today if I had chosen another path or Host Agency. The GTN team continues to be my partner, supporter, my BIGGEST cheerleaders and fans. I consider the GTN Team dear friends and have made some lifelong friends with the other members of GTN. It is an honor to be a part of this very special, and elite, group of travel entrepreneurs!!

My life changed 5 years ago because my business changed. My business changed because I joined a host who believes in the power of support.  Support that is so abundant and comes in so many individual choices to perfectly fit your needs.

GTN inspired me to take a good look at my business from branding, our message and yes, our numbers.

GTN helped me dig deeper into the soul of my dreams and helped me organize those dreams to convert them into reality.  I am no longer isolated even though I work from home. I have a huge community of professional colleagues and friends with me daily.  Because of GTN, I have a great modern brand and a solid message to my clients. I have a process in place that allows me to work smarter every day, not harder.

I have consistently won Best of the Best of Travel Agencies in our two communities in the past 4 years, I am the American Society of Travel Advisors Agent of the year for 2017, and I made the Top 10 Producers list for 4 straight quarters.  Known of this would have happened without the amazing training, guidance and support of GTN.

I truly found myself here and it is my wish that you will find yourself here too.

Lisa Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Travel

John and Helen Rees, J5 Travel

J5Travel has been hosted with Gifted Travel Network for over 4 years. I was brand new to the travel industry, following a 25 year career in finance. To say I needed guidance is a huge understatement.Although the GTN headquarters is local to us, this is not the reason I signed on with them. The Travel MBA program was a clear distinguishing factor for me, as I knew I would need a strong syllabus laid out for me, along with the support of a mentor. I could not find anything similar offered anywhere else. Within 18 months, my wife was able to leave her long term job in banking, and we now have a flourishing travel business and a team of 4.When I graduated the MBA program, I fully expected to be left on my own to sink or swim as a business, but this is clearly not how GTN operates. The entire team have pushed, pulled, cajoled, encouraged, supported, and inspired on a daily basis and I cannot imagine being anywhere else. I feel truly privileged to be a part of such a collaborative travel community and am now enjoying giving just a little bit back to fellow advisors, especially those starting on their journey. 

Wow, what a fantastically professional and supportive hosting agency. GTN is run by three strong, smart women who care tremendously about the travel industry, coaching travel entrepreneurs to run success businesses while maintaining a work/life balance, and each individual Travel Advisor within our network.

I personally found GTN on hostagencyreviews.com. After a full day of interview calls with 9 host agencies, GTN was the clear (very clear) standout. And a year later, I’m 100% confident I made the right decision.

If you’re in search of a Virtuoso host agency that is professional, provides support & development, and is financially sound, look no further.

Erica Carr, bookitbox Travel

Mary Funkhouser, Journeys That Fit: Active & Wellness Group Adventures

GTN is inspiring, knowledgable, educational, supportive, honest, community builder, forward thinking, cutting edge, strong entrepreneurs, positive & professional. Those words are the adjectives that quickly come to mind when I reflect on GTN as my host for the past two years. After being in the professional business world for a while, I sincerely appreciate their professionalism with and respect from their consortia, suppliers, and membership. They were recently invited to be a Virtuoso affiliate which speaks volumes of their ability to support travel advisors with luxury level clients and financial earnings. This occurred due to their high respect in the industry from relevant influencers. Also, they take care of their members by creating a high-energy, fun, educational, supportive, and professional culture. Their multiple in-person events plus educational retreats and trips enhance this culture. Additionally, the extremely supportive (not competitive) engagement of the community on Facebook is a blessing to all members! Operationally, while they are continuing to grow, they pay on-time and give multiple payment arrangements to fit each members financial needs. They continue to partner with/pay for or suggest operational suppliers that help our businesses flourish in areas such as itinerary designer tools, operational excellence tools, social media support, etc. You will find your niche and home at GTN if you are looking to be a successful entrepreneur in the travel industry, be around a supportive community and have fun!

After looking at several different options, it became clear to me that Gifted Travel Network is the right choice for anyone looking for a host agency. First, this host should be considered cutting edge in the way they stay current with trends including social media and how it affects the travel industry. They are also cutting edge in the way they provide training on these topics to their members. Unlike a lot of other host agency which can be an older crowd with a less than friendly outlook to “new” travel professionals, Gifted Travel Network will embrace you and most importantly help you on a journey to success. The focus is on you and your needs not on making you conform to the host’s ideas about how you should run your business. As a business owner this freedom to do what fits me and and my clients in combination with the support on trending topics as well as the resources for it’s agents make this company the best choice and the only one I would recommend to others.

Carol McKee, McKee Travel

Wendy Chambers, Your Victory Travel

I won the host agency jackpot! I am new to the industry and selected GTN from a list of agencies I researched. I knew they were terrific but had NO IDEA how amazing they are until I went on my first FAM and heard about others’ experiences and relationships with their host agencies. What makes GTN absolutely shine is that they fully embrace the ‘all boats rise’ mentality and celebrate each and every member’s unique propositions, areas of focus and wis. They provide robust training and support via the Travel MBA and then beyond with things like GIFTE and TESA. You function as an IC but you are never alone. The support coupled with the empowerment and autonomy to forge your own future and business success feels unique. The options on commissions is flexible and mature. I have a successful and growing business thanks to the excellent training and teaching; support both in terms of feeling championed by the leadership and my peers as well as the business model/structure. I do not feel ‘bound’ to GTN, I consider it a privilege to be a part of their organization.

I love this host agency! I came to them after being in the industry for eight years and was blown away with the support, training, technology, and inspiration I receive daily. I have never experienced anything like it. This company is there for you! What I have learned and didn’t realize I didn’t know is astounding. They are consummate professionals, and their goal is to help us all be successful. Running a business is so much more than selling travel, and I will forever be grateful to this fantastic team, who address our needs holistically, starting with a mindset, identifying best practices, learning how to market, and “knowing your numbers.” All I can say is how grateful I am to be here.

Lise-Marie Wertanzl, Sterling Journeys

Wendy Guth, Rebel on the Go Travel

I am celebrating my first anniversary with GTN, having previously been with another host agency. I couldn’t be happier with my choice to switch. GTN truly has an entepreneurial spirit – for itself and for its members. We are encouraged to find our own voice and brand, knowing that this is a critical piece in our success. GTN provides excellent educational opportunities to learn and grow. Plus support when you get stuck. Other host agencies may offer these features as well. What they don’t have is Jen, Meredith and Vanessa, who lead with vision, passion and accessibility. It’s been an amazing first year. With the addition of membership in Virtuoso, I can only imagine it getting better and better.BA and then beyond w