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One of the things I look for when I take a look at the leadership of a company like World Ventures is whether or not the executive team is readily identifiable or if you need to hire Scooby and the Gang to find them. The reason is because the companies in the past that turned out to be a scam, one of the things they had in common was multiple layers of contacts designed to hide, rather than showcase, who the real principals were.

For example, they’d register their website in Israel, set up a PO Box in the UK for their mailing address, and have an 800 number that forwards to a location in Romania with no mention of who’s running the operation.

That’s not the case with World Ventures. In fact they proudly promote their entire corporate team which includes some heavy hitters like  America West Airlines Co-founder  Michael Conway, Mike Rose, a former US Senator, and network marketing veterans Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue.

As you go further into your research into whether or not World Ventures is a scam, you may find some negative things being said about Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue.  From what I’ve seen, a few people have been bashing them on different blogs and online forums based on their past involvement as distributors in a failed network marketing travel company right before they founded World Ventures.

The truth is on the internet anyone can say pretty much anything they want, which is both the best and worst thing about it. Personally, I don’t feel their credibility with World Ventures should be based on their association as leading independent distributors with a failed company they had no control over.

Over the past 5 years, Wayne, Mike, and the rest of the  leadership team that World Ventures has in place have garnered very positive reviews. So far so good, right?

Travel Industry Certifications

As a company in the travel industry, World Ventures has gained, and more importantly held onto, certifications with the standard industry organizations including the CLIA, ASTA, & IATA for the past 5 years.  Unfortunately, there have been a number of MLM travel companies that opened shop and gained their certifications, but luckily for consumers had their certifications revoked for operating as a travel agent card mill.  That’s not the case with World Ventures, and it looks very unlikely that they would fit into the category of a travel scam since they have travel industry icons on their corporate team and have maintained their certifications.

How does World Ventures biz compare to their MLM competition?

As I mentioned previously, there have been a number of travel-related network marketing companies that have been called scams since they were selling travel agent credentials to customers disguised as a product. The good news is most of these companies  have been basically “weeded out” over the past few years with only a few competing MLM companies remaining.

TraVerus

TraVerus is a relatively new player in the home business travel industry and has some interesting quirks. Mainly what I’m talking about is they recently added a re-seller portal to their business model which allows their agents to sell products ranging from vitamins and supplements to household appliances.   It’s positive in theory, but in general when a company tries to offer too many non-related products, it can dilute their distributors’ marketing efforts.

As for their certifications, everything looks good on that front so far.

YTB (Your Travel Biz)

Size-wise, YTB is by far the largest MLM competitor (25th largest reseller according to Travel Weekly) that World Ventures has and is even a publicly traded company.  After taking a look at their online travel portal, I can’t say that it offered anything special which would make me want to use it over any other travel site. To be fair, I didn’t take the time to compare its prices to other sites, so it may be very well worth taking a look at in that respect.

I’ve heard some talk about YTB losing their IATA certification along with having some legal troubles with  a few states involving class action lawsuits, so they may be on a downward slide.  I guess only time will tell if they’ll emerge victorious or end up like so many other now defunct travel-oriented companies.

TVI Express

I hate to say negative things about other network marketing companies but in my opinion, TVI Express is a dog and probably shouldn’t be listed as competition…

Some Growing Pains

There have been some growing pains for World Ventures over the past 5 years, mainly stemming from having to make some changes to their compensation plan to keep it around an acceptable 65% ratio.  There was a time where they actually had to reduce their payouts to get back down to this level, which usually causes distributors to leave in flocks, so it’s a testament to World Ventures leadership team that the losses were kept to a minimum during these times.

Verdict: World Ventures is Not a Scam

After taking a look at World Ventures as a company, it’s my opinion that they are one of the few bright lights in the MLM travel industry which has featured more than one instance of people touting huge income claims to make a quick buck.  They have a strong corporate team with a history of ethical behavior and success, have a compensation plan that is both legal and fair to its representatives without any front running, and they offer a product that actually provides value to their customers regardless if they’re affiliated with the company as an agent or not. What more can we ask? :D

If this review has helped you, I’d love to hear your comments below. Thanks for sharing!

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The “World Ventures Scam” Weakens Some More

A common theme when you take a look at World Ventures’ marketing materials is how large the travel industry is and how a rapidly growing amount is being booked online.  While this is completely and absolutely true, this can be a little misleading and may very well be a factor in why a few people have claimed that World Ventures is a “scam“.

The travel industry is an interesting animal, especially when you mix in a network marketing element. While travel is one of the largest and most rapidly growing sectors worldwide, largely due to the baby boomers, what many people don’t realize is that it also has some of the lowest profit margins. For instance, there was a time when travel agents would earn commissions for booking flights, but now airlines can no longer afford to pay these commissions and have done away with them completely.

Good for the end consumer but bad for World Ventures travel consultants (LTC) and other people in the retail travel industry.

Another challenge that has caused a small minority to falsely claim that World Ventures is a scam is the fact that travel has largely become a commodity due to the fierce competition in the industry. More and more, people don’t care which airline they fly or what hotel they stay at because, at the end of the day, they’re most concerned with getting the lowest price.

Would you say that’s accurate?

This movement to booking travel online and the extreme competition brought to the travel industry by players like Travelocity, Orbitz, and Priceline has put most of the brick-and-mortar travel agents out of business, but the good news is this shift plays into World Ventures business model. The reason is because of their Rovia travel search engine, which is expertly designed to find the lowest price for World Ventures’ travel consultants and customers.

The challenge for anyone who is thinking about becoming a travel consultant with World Ventures is that the Expedias, Orbitz, Priceline’s, and Travelocity’s of the world have multi-million dollar advertising budgets which they make up through the volume of travel they book – an advantage that an independent travel consultant wouldn’t have. It would be absolutely crucial for anyone who is thinking about joining World Ventures to learn how to market their business properly to be able to compete.

What it all boils down to is World Ventures is a player in an extremely competitive industry with small profit margins and with commissions on vacations, hotels, and cruises topping out around 10% (none on airfare), the truth is simply that anyone who is looking to become an LTC will have to develop a large customer base before making a good income in the retail travel industry. That fact is what I believe causes the small minority of people to claim that companies like World Ventures are a scam and is completely false. It’s simply a fact of business and doesn’t change due to a few people with unrealistic expectations that want to say it’s a scam.

Does that make sense?

The good news is World Ventures is positioned to capitalize on the trend of booking travel online, and through its Rovia booking engine, Leisure Travel Consultants have a very good chance at making a sizable mark on the retail travel and network marketing industries.

Now can we finally put the whole “World Ventures Scam” talk to rest? :D

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(disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with World Ventures in any way and am only providing my opinion based on research and my understanding of the network marketing industry)

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Seeing as that a common question that many people who are new to the network marketing industry have when evaluating a potential company is “Is this a scam?”, so I wanted to take some time to research an upstart in the notorious MLM travel industry that has a lot of people curious whether or not it’s a good opportunity. The company I looked at is World Ventures, so here’s what I found which I hope will help you in determining for yourself, “Is World Ventures a scam or a legitimate business opportunity?” .

You may have bought your entire seat, but you’re only going to need the edge on this one, folks…

Here’s the thing that’s most important to consider with any network marketing company you look at:

  1. Whether or not  a real product and/or service  exists.
  2. Does the product or service provide tangible value to people regardless if they’re involved with the company as a distributor? Basically, would people still buy it even if they did not earn a commission (We’ll go over the World Ventures Dream Trips and LTC program in-depth soon)?

This is the most critical part of any serious evaluation, and World Ventures is no exception because if the product or service doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, than every other aspect of a company like World Ventures doesn’t matter.

Make sense?

World Ventures travel products: Do they provide real value?

The Dream Trips product currently sells for a $199.95 fee up-front and $24.99 per month after that.  The basic concept behind the product is the same as Sam’s Club or Costco. They buy in bulk and through their customer’s monthly membership fee, they get access to discounted travel packages.  I took a look at the World Ventures website and there are currently about 70 vacations to choose from.

Are the travel packages worth it or are they a scam?

It would be almost impossible to compare all of the vacation packages currently being offered by World Ventures to adequately determine the value, but the few prices I audited were actually very good deals when I looked at some of the leading travel booking sites.

One vacation I compared was a trip to the Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas (yes, please!).  For two adults, this vacation was priced at about $760 with World Ventures via the Dream Trips product and Travelocity was almost $200 more expensive at about $950.

Another comparison I found was for a Jamaican vacation at the Grand Lido Braco resort.  This trip for two adults was priced at about $890 via the Dream Trips product with World Ventures and Travelocity came in around $1050.   So in these two examples at least, the savings were fairly substantial.

In the spirit of comparing “apples-to-apples”, there were some more extravagant vacations listed that couldn’t be readily compared because they included extras that couldn’t be purchased through some of the major travel sites, or they didn’t show the price unless you were a World Ventures member.

Based on the numbers so far, it sounds like most World Ventures consumers would recover their Dream Trips membership cost with the money they’d save by taking their first vacation.  You’ll have to keep in mind that this isn’t an exhaustive Dateline NBC-type investigation since I only compared 2 of the almost 70 Dream Trips to a major travel booking site, but based on the numbers so far, I think it’s fair to say that people who take at least one good vacation per year would get some value out of their World Ventures membership.

The “World Ventures Scam” is looking unfounded so far…

World Ventures Leisure Travel Consultant Package (LTC)

The World Ventures LTC package also sells for an up-front start up cost of $199.95  and $24.99 per month.  The best way to think about it would be as an online travel business-in-a-box.  The start-up fee includes your own online retail travel website, online travel learning modules along with an exam, and includes opportunities for higher-level travel industry training. Cutting edge marketing training excluded, from what I can tell they give their distributors many of the tools necessary to build a thriving online business in the travel industry.

I was also very impressed by the Rovia search engine because, after messing around with it for a while and seeing how it searches all the other major sites, I could start to see how World Ventures’ claims of not needing to search multiple sites to get the best deal could be very true.

Speaking of getting the best deal,  they also have a “Match or Beat” price guarantee for online travel bookings against Priceline, Travelocity, Expedia,  and Orbitz which could be a very positive tool for someone who is working to build a travel business with World Ventures.

Common claim of why World Ventures is a “scam“: World Ventures Leisure Travel Consultant program essentially a “travel agent card mill”?

Over the past 10 years or so, there have been a number of network marketing companies that have tried to capitalize on the undeniable fact that a rapidly increasing amount of travel is booked online. Unfortunately for the end consumers, these companies didn’t really provide much real value and left them with “a bone to pick” with the entire MLM travel industry.

What these companies were doing was they were selling a cheap plastic card disguised as a good product that allowed people to get a few discounts as if they were licensed travel agents when they technically weren’t.

It’s kind of like those B.S. scam “workshops” that are conducted in international waters where a school will grant you a college degree in an afternoon for a fee. Super, you got a piece of paper that says you’re a qualified lawyer in Kazakhstan. Great success!

The good news is that I didn’t see anything on their website or in their marketing materials which would show that World Ventures has gone this route with their Leisure Travel Consultant program.   Actually, World Ventures went a step further and made it so that you can’t get this card until you’ve booked a standard number of travel sales along with going through additional training  similar to what offline agents must do.

Remember, World Ventures product is a discount based on their buying in bulk and not by giving everyone travel agent discount cards like some less-than-reputable  MLM travel companies have done in the past.

I hope this has helped provide some insight into World Ventures as a company and will help you determine for yourself if it’s a scam or not. If this has helped you, please share this and leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

(Disclaimer: I am NOT affiliated with World Ventures in an way and am providing unbiased information along with my opinion based on 10 years in the network marketing industry.)

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