The Holiday Franchise

Unique opportunity to launch your own branded, fully bonded online travel agency

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About The Holiday Franchise

The business was created after recognising a need to welcome and support people into the industry who didn’t have experience but amazing skill sets and a passion for travel, so we created a unique franchise model which allows us to utilise and build on your own travel experiences.

As part of Hays Independence Group we have access to 500+ suppliers so we can tailor your business to your preferred area of specialism. 

We are owned by multi award winning Holidaysplease.

Holidaysplease was created in 2003 on just a £6k investment, we now turnover in excess of £25 million per year so we fully understand what is needed to create and run a successful online travel agency.

What makes us different?


With us you are a stand-alone business. 

We support you to create your own brand making you a fully bonded independent travel agent. This means you are building a business you could go on to sell.


All training is bespoke to you and your business, ensuring you’re getting the most from your time and money. 

The five days can be spread out to suit your schedule, with flexibility on start and finish times.


Our in-house system can be accessed on any device meaning you can work anytime, anywhere. 

You don’t need a dedicated laptop with you, all you need is an internet connection.


Our in-house system will grow with you and your business. 

Users can be added without any further cost if you choose to build a team. It enables tracking on performance.


We have our own in-house tour operator, that only serve our companies. 

This means you have a dedicated Head Office sales team to help you close sales with preferred commission levels well above the industry average.


We don’t offer commission splits like other companies. 

We only take 2% of the revenue which means you earn more on every booking.


We are looking for longstanding partnerships so we don’t charge our franchisees renewal fees.

This means more profit for you and your business.


Our team’s careers have been built in the travel industry which means you have expert guidance from people who understand the role of a travel agent.


If we both feel we are the right fit then we invite you to sign a deposit agreement of £500 + VAT to secure your business planning meeting. The deposit is non-refundable, however, if you enter into the full franchise agreement the deposit will go towards the cost of the package you decide to take.

It's a half day spent with one of our directors who have built a £25 million online travel agency from scratch and who have won 'Online Travel Agency of The Year', to explore earnings, costs and cash flow.


We are proud to be accredited by the British Franchise Association who are the voice of ethical franchising in the UK.


We are the first travel franchise to be accredited by the Approved Franchise Association & the first travel franchise to be accredited by both the Approved Franchise Association & The British Franchise Association. This endorses our model and ethical approach to recruiting and supporting our franchises.


We are proud members of EWIF who focus their time and energy supporting women who are looking for a route into the franchise industry.

Level of Investment needed?

We have a range of packages to choose from based on your experience, skill set and the level of support you are looking for.

Our entry package starts at £13,745 + VAT up to our top package which is £15,795 + VAT

Awards and Accolades

Over the years Holidaysplease has won numerous awards for the quality of our holidays and the service we provide.

One of the most prestigious is the Online Travel Agent of the Year which we have won four times now.

We are also rated in the top 5 of UK holiday companies for customer service with Trust Pilot. This is from over 1300 travel companies ranked!

Some of our more recent awards:

  • 2019/20 UK & Ireland Online Travel Agency of the Year - Travel Trade Awards
  • 2017 Online Travel Agency of the Year - Travel Trade Awards
  • 2016 Gold Medal - Emirates Airline Partner of the Year
  • 2016 Runners up "Best Online Travel Agency" - Travel Trade Gazette

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If you would like to learn more about how we could support you to create and launch your own online travel agency then simply fill in the box below!

Holidaysplease has shrugged off any doom and gloom surrounding Brexit by recording its first ever week turning over more than £1 million. The number of homeworkers at the online agency has risen by around 15% since last January, but year-on-year sales are up 20% at the midway point of the month, said director Charles Duncombe. He said this was driven by repeat bookers with many of them seeking honeymoons and family holidays. Duncombe said: “The second week of January was our first even £...

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