U.K. 'Accessible Travel and Leisure' Franchising Scheme
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UK-based company, Accessible Travel and Leisure specialises in creating holiday packages for customers with disabilities. In 2007 it launched a new franchising scheme which provides the opportunity for disabled people to run their own business from home, selling accessible holidays.
In the U.K. there are some 10 million registered disabled people and as life expectancy increases, this number is set to rise, given that senior citizens are inevitably more susceptible to health and mobility issues. The size of our market sector is therefore truly massive and to continue to address it effectively - with emphasis on a growing local presence - Accessible Travel has developed an exceptionally supportive franchise, offering holidays to the “less mobile”.
The origins of Accessible Travel and Leisure go back to 1997, when three wheelchair users got together with the vision to create quality holidays specially designed for those with mobility difficulties, whether caused by medical conditions such as stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc., or as a result of unfortunate accidents.
Your operational role
As an Accessible Travel Franchisee your prime function will be to visit the less mobile, in either their place of work or at home, become acquainted with their particular needs and preferences, and advise them about the range of suitable holidays available. Compared with most travel agents, you will go much further and deal with essential detail regarding the special arrangements which may be necessary to facilitate smooth progress and personal comforts throughout the trip: at airports, sea ports, hotels, resorts, etc.
Having provided all this valuable information and guidance, your objective is to take the booking, making a careful note of all requirements.
Do you fit the accessible travel and leisure franchisee profile?
As with any venture with genuine potential, you must be enterprising and prepared to be “pro-active” in promoting your business, getting out and spreading the word, and not simply reacting to enquiries – we will show you how.
As with any venture with genuine potential, you must be enterprising and prepared to be “pro-active” in promoting your business, getting out and spreading the word, and not simply reacting to enquiries – we will show you how. First and foremost, you do not need previous experience.
- You do need to be outgoing and have empathy with mobility-impaired people.
- You must be a good communicator, comfortable in talking to clients individually and presenting to small groups – at homes for the disabled, for instance, or clubs and organisations.
- You also have to be efficient at administration, accuracy of travel arrangements being most important.
- You might not be fully mobile yourself. Perhaps more than most, we are fully aware of the capabilities of disabled people. If you have restricted mobility, but feel that you are able to deal with the demands of our franchise, we will be very pleased to talk to you.
Your Potential Rewards
Remuneration is by way of the Travel Arrangement Fee we pay you in respect of the total value of each of your client bookings: a full 10% for Accessible Travel and Leisure “own brand” holidays (which most clients prefer) and 5% for other operators’ holidays. On average, Accessible Travel and Leisure clients spend at least £2,000 per booking.
At the meeting stage, we will provide you with detailed budgeting information to help you consider the possibilities, which we envisage will produce personal drawings of £35,000 plus, in a mature franchise territory.
If you would like to pursue this opportunity, without obligation, and to find out more about Accessible Travel, go to the link in the right-hand panel, where you can read more about the company and download a preliminary enquiry form.
'Accessible Travel and Leisure' is an ENAT member