When you buy a travel package, tour or service your price may include a number of levels
of commission added to the original pure cost of the product direct from the supplier.
To give an example of such:
Let’s take a tour operated in Australia at a cost direct from the operator of say $1,000:
1. This tour may be listed with an Inbound Tour Operator.
2. The ITO buys for $1,000, marks up 10%, sells to Wholesaler, tour price now $1,100.
3. The Wholesaler buys for $1,100, marks up !0%, sells to Retailer, tour price now $1,210.
4. The Retailer buys for $1210, marks up 10%, sells to Traveller, tour price now $1,331,
(prices changes if percentages are higher, or less if the ITO is not in this equation)
(without the ITO the retail price would be $1,210 at 10% or $1322 at 15%).
The commission element, without the ITO at 10% mark-up is $210 per tour per person (21%).
The commission element, without the ITO at 15% mark-up is $322 per tour per person (32%).
So the Traveller pays variable levels of middleman commissions.. When you have 2 or 3 or a
family of travellers, this is a considerable amount of cash and if you have a tour costing in
excess of $1,000, just do the math.
Similarly, brochure prices have commissions built in to them for the retailers of 10 – 25%.
If a consumer goes to an Outlet Store they expect outlet prices, if they go directly to the
Manufacturer they expect ‘go-direct’ prices, so why not handle travel arrangements in a
Because, it is only fair that each level of the product sales cycle earns revenue for the
business involved and these businesses are necessary and needed to ensure that some
products are marketed, promoted, brochured and sold to consumers around the world who
may not be comfortable with handling their own bookings and need the assistance of an
expert professional travel consultant.. However, with the growth of the internet and the ability
to now find the source of travel products, travellers who handle their own arrangements should
get a fairer deal on the pricing as a middleman is not needed in the purchasing process.
It does not make sense for most travel operators to show different prices on their websites,
Retail, Wholesale or Internet Direct etc as this could undermine their supply chain by deterring
the efficient middlemen from representing their products, so we have to find a way for all of the
‘do-it-yourself’ bookers to get a fairer price.
There is a way. A new service has been introduced that enables travel operators to encourage
and reward travellers who are comfortable with direct bookings and for them to get a fair price
break for the commission no longer required to be paid out. The new service, operated by
TopTravelSites.com, offers TopTravelVouchers for sale that have values equivalent to, or more
than the commission elements on the operator’s travel products. These may be purchased by
travellers at very deep discounts to their redemption values, getting closer to the direct cost
price of the travel product for the consumer… think outlet pricing or go-direct deals.
The Travel Operator still incurs the commission cost by issuing a toptravelvoucher but the
beneficiary of the price break is the traveller, not the middleman. By encouraging and
rewarding travellers, the operators should get more traffic to their websites.
TopTravelSites can be compared to a retail travel company but it does not sell travel. It only
introduces travellers to operators involved with the program and invites them to go directly to
the travel websites of its clients. If travellers want to do business directly with the travel
providers on the site they can get a price break by purchasing toptravelvouchers online at
prices of $30, $50 or $100usd (or equivalent foreign currency). The vouchers have a 100%
money-back guarantee and if, after the travel has been completed, the traveller is unhappy
with the product, the cost of the voucher is reimbursed and redress is sought from the operator.
Hundreds of vouchers are currently available and new vouchers are being added each month
but when you see a voucher valued at 1,500 euros for sale for $100usd it may not be long
before you will see thousands of choices. Many other vouchers are available and can be
purchased by single travellers, groups or families, leading to very healthy savings for all
Many travel operators will continue to only sell through a supply chain but this is a program that
could be added to their marketing options in the future but there are thousands of travel businesses around the world that want to improve their representation and for their services to be seen by a wider audience of travellers. Most travel operators would always be willing to pay a commission on sales and so this site should appeal to them. It will attract travellers who are comfortable with booking their own arrangements as they are being rewarded by rebated commission and as long as the site operator keeps to low overheads (no bricks and mortar stores or expensive brochures) they will be able to continue rebating commissions to self-booking travellers.