You see, four years earlier – as he was gearing up for the launch of The Travel Agent Next Door (TTAND) – Friisdahl told me much the same thing, writes CTP’s executive editor, Bob Mowat in the first of a two-part series on TTAND in this week’s digital edition of Canadian Travel Press.
“This is a partnership between the travel agent, the supplier and the Travel Agent Next Door. It has to be cemented together that way and that’s a very, very different approach and I think that’s why the suppliers have been extremely supportive of this,” he stated in March 2014.
Simply put, TTAND was all about Win. Win. Win.
Now fast forward to 2018, when the home-based agency group’s founder sat down with Canadian Travel Press and observed: “For me, the [TTAND] model was very much built on something that I call the three W’s. The backbone of it is if it’s not a win for the travel agent; if it’s not a win for the supplier; and if it’s not a win for The Travel Agent Next Door (TTAND) – then we just walk away from it.”
Once again, Win. Win. Win. Clearly, it’s a strategy that’s working for TTAND.
With Friisdahl telling CTP: “You know, knock on wood, we’ve been somewhat successful. We finished last year at over $80-million in sales [and] we have a lot more suppliers coming and knocking on our doors. We have people that offer us money to make them an approved or preferred supplier and we say ‘No, thank you.’ And it’s because it’s not a win for our other suppliers. And if it’s not a win for our other supplier partners, then eventually, they’re going to walk away and we’ll end up being like every other host agency.”
For the full story, check out this week’s digital edition of Canadian Travel Press.