New to Industry Advisor

Thinking about joining Rainbow Getaways as a new advisor? Continue reading below for the steps to join the team.

If you're a tenured advisor, click the button below to explore the steps for those with industry experience.

Determine if Rainbow Getaways is right for you.

Rainbow Getaways is the premier LGBTQ+ Travel Concierge, offering customized itineraries to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. A strong Rainbow Getaways Travel Advisor is a member of our community who loves to travel, is detail-oriented, and has a passion for helping others live their dreams. 

As someone new to the industry, you will embark on a journey as an entrepreneur, opening your own travel business. Before applying to join Rainbow Getaways, you should have taken some formal education about the industry and be able to answer key questions about starting your own business. We have partnered with The Travel Institute to offer the new advisor TRIPKIT at a discounted rate to help you get started within the industry. The Travel Institute is the global leader in education and certification in the travel industry. 

The TRIPKIT curriculum is a college-level course designed to provide advisors across North America with a solid foundation on critical areas that all travel professionals must have to be successful in this rapidly changing industry. The curriculum includes lessons about career development, exploring the world, and other skills designed to help you start your career in the travel industry. 

When you're ready to start your journey with the TRIPKIT, fill out this form to request the discount code for $80 off the enrollment fee.

Founded in 1964, The Travel Institute remains a leading authority in travel industry education and certification, committed to enhancing the professionalism of agents and leaders for collective success. As an independent non-profit, it collaborates with industry experts to offer relevant, high-quality coursework. Its rigorous, proctored exams validate the expertise of over 30,000 graduates holding CTA, CTC, and CTIE credentials and administer the TAP exam for newcomers. The award-winning TRIPKIT is favored by individuals, agencies, and educational bodies for foundational training. Serving as a trusted resource, The Travel Institute has educated hundreds of thousands through courses, webinars, and Premium Access online content, contributing to the success of numerous agents and leaders across North America.

Essential questions to be able to answer before applying:

Before applying to join Rainbow Getaways, you should be able to answer these essential questions. As a new advisor, the TRIPKIT is designed to help you build a business plan and be able to answer these questions confidently.

  1. How extensive is your network? While friends and family are not your ideal long-term clients, having a list of at least 50 people will help set you up for success as you launch your new travel business. 
  2. Do you have a formal business plan? When you join Rainbow Getaways, you are opening your own small business, and having a formal business plan is important to ensure focus in your first few years. 
  3. Do you have the capital to start a small business? As a small business owner, having access to capital is critical to ensure you don't stall out before you even have a chance to get started. We'll talk more about the start-up and annual dues commitment in the FAQ section, but before applying to join Rainbow Getaways, you should be confident that you can cover your business expenses in the first few years.
  4. How comfortable are you with public speaking and engagements? Growing your client base is about personal connections; attending public events, sponsoring fundraisers, and joining lead groups are great ways. Still, you need to be comfortable speaking to others about your business. 
  5. Do you have the flexibility and capital to attend industry events? One of the best ways to build your network of partners and stay up-to-date with industry trends is by attending industry events. Some of these are virtual, and others are in-person, but either way, you should desire to attend these events at least a few times a year.

​Why choose to be a part of Rainbow Getaways?

  • - Work with the LGBTQ+ Community: While other agencies work with the community, we are the only Host Agency dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • - Key Travel Partner Relationships: We have built strong relationships with travel partners worldwide. These partnerships allow Rainbow Getaway Advisors to create unforgettable itineraries for their travelers.
  • - Affiliations: Rainbow Getaways is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), accredited by IATA, and a proud Ensemble Travel Group member.
  • - Training and Mentoring: Continuous education is important to being a successful business owner and travel advisor. We're here to help you as you start your business and grow in the industry.
  • - Simple Advisor Plans: low start-up costs and competitive revenue-based commission splits that include some of the best tech in the industry.

Request an interview with Rainbow Getaways.

Once you've completed your TRIPKIT course or another industry training program, it's time to apply to join Rainbow Getaways.

Click Apply Now at the top of the page to fill out an application, and we'll contact you to schedule a time to chat.

During the interview, we'll talk about your business plan, why you want to join Rainbow Getaways, where you see yourself in the travel industry, and you'll have the opportunity to get answers to all your questions.

Sign your contract and get started.

If we're a good fit, you'll receive your Rainbow Getaways contract to review and sign. 

After you sign your contract, you'll receive an invoice for your set-up fee and annual dues. Once you pay, it's time to start setting things up.

You'll start with the basics of your email and other key Rainbow Getaways back-end systems. We'll show you the ropes to help you get off the ground until you're ready to run. Over the next several weeks, you'll take training about our tools, Ensemble, and other business basics, plus, of course, partner training. 

Our preferred travel partners include Abercrombie & Kent, Celebrity Cruises, Explora Journeys, Kensington Tours, Olivia Events, Out in Colombia, Pleasant Holidays, Princess Cruises, Vacaya, Virgin Voyages, and more. We have partners around the globe to ensure your clients have fabulous vacations.

As you're getting things set up, you'll get one-on-one mentoring to walk you through the basics of working with clients, using Rainbow Getaways' tools, and helping narrow down the niche that you'll want to work with.

Just A Few Of Our Travel Partners

Explora Journeys
Virgin Voyages
TravelEx Insurance
Classic Vacations
Atlantis Events
Out In Colombia
Celebrity Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
Local Gay Guide
Project Expedition

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