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and the spokeswoman surmised that,
“When they say ‘work through a host’
they are likely at home, too.” If she
was correct, which seems likely, then
there actually is no spike in the numbers of agents working from home.
Some 37.9% of respondents said
they are “fully independent,” meaning they are not affiliated with a host
agency and that they deal directly
with suppliers. Hosted agents followed at 29%, and 20% said they
are a combination independent and
hosted agent (Fig. 3).
The report found that Nexion has
the largest percentage of responses
when agents were asked which host
or franchise they use. Twenty percent
of agents said they are affiliated with
Nexion. Travel Planners had the second highest percentage, 7.8%, in the
list of hosts.
Also on the list of 14 hosts, Joystar
claimed 3.4%, America’s Vacation
Center, 3.7%, and YTB, 1.5%.
The average commission split between contractor and host is 74/26.
The contractor’s portion of the commission split has been inching upward since the 2006 and 2007 surveys,
from 70% and 72%, respectively.
GDS USAGE TRENDING DOWN
Turning to technology, the GDSs
continue to lose business from independent agents. The percentage of
agents who have their own GDS contracts is 7.3%, down from 12% in the
2007 report. That 7.3% breaks down
as follows: Sabre, 3.6%; Amadeus,
2.3%; and Travelport (Worldspan/
Galileo/Apollo), 1.4%. Overwhelmingly, however, Nacta agents (65%)
said they don’t need a GDS with their
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