*Resulting from courtroom order, TravelAgentCentral has eliminated a remark that was revealed February 18, 2009 and allegedly submitted by Peter Stilphen
Whereas journey brokers’ consideration has been targeted on the effectively publicized issues of Joystar/Travelstar and YTB Inc., on-line presents of free or decreased journey advantages and revenue from journey gross sales stay a mainstay of web enterprise alternatives. It’s additionally on the coronary heart of the continued drawback of multilevel advertising scams, card mills and community advertising that plague the trade.
As we speak, presents are being made to the general public to develop into a journey agent, get pleasure from journey perks and earn revenue that doesn’t match the laborious slogging, professionalism and excessive ability ranges demanded of journey gross sales acquainted to skilled brokers. Free or decreased journey advantages are getting used as a lure, as are ID playing cards.
TraVerus Journey Community is one present instance. (Also referred to as Traverus Journey) TraVerus’ on-line provide invitations shoppers to “Be a part of Traverus Journey, Develop into A Traverus Licensed Journey Agent, Get Entry to Traverus Journey Member Journeys, Journey The World and Have Enjoyable Doing It!” The fundamental price: $199.95
The Allen, TX based mostly firm, headed by David Manning, CEO and founder, says Traverus Journey (previously often called TravelWorks) is without doubt one of the “main suppliers of journey companies and training on the earth. With their Worldwide on-line journey radio present – Traverus Superstar Journey Speak – and forefront journey portal, Traverus Journey is altering the way forward for journey.”
TraVerus Journey says it’s a 26-year-old journey company that applied its Community Advertising and marketing division in November 2006. “This transfer has allowed folks such as you and me to develop into part of Traverus Journey’s worldwide community of Unbiased Journey Brokers.”
There isn’t any accessible monetary info on the corporate or verifiable knowledge on annual gross sales or members by class.
TraVerus Journey says it’s a “ full service journey company that operates retail journey companies, (and) a reduction cruise division.” The corporate says it’s bonded and accredited by the Airways Reporting Company (ARC), the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA), and the Cruise Line Worldwide Affiliation (CLIA). It’s unclear if TraVerus is an accredited company or is utilizing one other company’s accreditation.
“TraVerus Journey is an affiliate based mostly worldwide journey firm with tens of hundreds of brokers spanning over 90 international locations. TraVerus Journey is without doubt one of the main suppliers of journey companies and training on the earth and is the unique journey associate of 5CTV and China Clicks2.” The corporate additionally claims to have an “worldwide on-line journey radio present—TraVerus Superstar Journey Speak.” A press launch was despatched out ‘confirming’ the connection with 5CTV and China Clicks2 in Could 2008.
TraVerus presents a number of ranges of participation. By changing into an Affiliate (for an Affiliate charge of $20 and a $40 annual renewal) members profit by incomes commissions on private gross sales. Associates are capable of have a customized TraVerus web site for a further $19.95 per thirty days.
TraVerus additionally has costlier Referring Journey Agent and Licensed Journey Agent packages. Associates can earn $50 for gross sales of Referring Journey Advisor packages or $70 for the “Licensed Journey Agent bundle”: Associates can improve their standing at anytime to develop into a Referring Journey Advisor or Licensed Journey Agent and reap the benefits of TraVerus’s fee program.
The customer is urged to buy the “Referring Journey Advisor Bundle” for $199.90, (This consists of the signup charge, Affiliate charge and the primary month-to-month charge of $59.95.) One other various is the “Licensed Journey Agent Bundle” for $399.90, which incorporates the $319.95 CTA Signup charge, $20 annual Affiliate charge, and $59.95 first month Web site charge. The usage of the CTA designation can also be complicated because it duplicates a program provided by The Journey Institute. (Repeated makes an attempt are being made to achieve TraVerus’ administration to achieve perception into the corporate’s operations.)
TraVerus additionally make it handy for consumers to check different presents. It has a side-by- aspect on-line price comparability chart of TraVerus’ provide and people of two different on-line advertising firms –World Ventures and Your Journey Enterprise YTB. Fee ranges and advantages differ by class of affiliation.
Like many on-line presents the TraVerus web site is slick and elicits info on the potential purchaser through pre qualification questionnaires. It additionally refers inquiries to a TraVerus affiliate. The presidents telephone quantity is a pre-recorded message. TraVerus additionally has different internet sites that feed into one another and in a single case seems to be a direct reserving web site.
The TraVerus web site reveals little of substance in regards to the firm. There isn’t any verified monetary info, no knowledge on gross sales, earnings or staffing, or its company, GDS or consortia affiliations –if any. TraVerus does checklist Florida, California and different state Sellers of Journey numbers. The corporate will not be publicly held and thus no monetary reviews. The patron is left shopping for right into a largely unknown firm with a slick gross sales platform.
For journey professionals, TraVerus’ provide will be rapidly recognized as a multilevel network-marketing scheme providing rewards for constructing the community’s membership in addition to for journey gross sales. However to the unwary shopper the provide seems a professional enterprise alternative – and in an financial downturn a attainable supply of added revenue. Its uncertain that the common shopper is conscious of the chapter of Joystar or the allegations towards YTB by the legal professional generals of California and Illinois.