Ripoff Report: “The Truth About Travelhost”

A former employee of Travelhost, who claims to have worked for them for over a decade, provides a fair and somewhat balanced report.  While I don’t agree with everything this person says in their post, they seem to have a reasonable grasp of what it’s like to be an investor.  They just watched from the other side of the line…the Travelhost side.

The bottom line: They do not recommend becoming a Travelhost AP. 

Take a look:  Taken directly from:  http://www.ripoffreport.com/book-magazine-publishers/travelhost-magazine/travelhost-magazine-no-support-756mp.htm  (A SPECIAL THANKS TO RIPOFF REPORT FOR PROVDING A FORUM FOR PEOPLE TO DISCUSS THESE TYPES OF THINGS.  THE PUBLISHER’S ADVOCATE JOINS YOU IN THE CRUSADE TO HELP PEOPLE MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS BEFORE THEY BUY, POTENTIALLY SAVING PEOPLE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND WASTED TIME AND ENERGY.)

The Truth about Travelhost

Travelhost Magazine has been around for 40 years, and that alone should say volumes about the company. It has provided opportunity for countless people in both the Associate Publisher capacity as well as for numerous employees who have come and gone. I am one.
While it is true that the main reason Travelhost is in business is to print magazines, they do strive to prepare potential Associate Publishers for what is lies ahead. True, much of the information is vague, the sales training is indeed outdated, and the stories of great success of a few of the publishers can appear misleading. Like with any company selling an expensive product, facts are often embelished and half-truths soon become myth. The sales and production teams here are an odd mix of oversized egos and blinded loyalty.
I worked for Travelhost in production, editorial and training for over a decade. I knew every associte publisher, many personally over the years, and most were very satisfied with their investment . Yes, most new APs failed, and failed within months or the first couple of years, soon replaced with other investors. I often looked at the innocent faces of potential APs that arrived at the plant for the tour and the talk and wanted to say “Run! Take you money and run!” But that would go for any investment in any company. These people were mostly college educated (one I remember from Harvard), had business backgrounds and savvy, and were hardly naive. They walk into this opportunity knowing the risks, as this lady from Colorado should have known, and they take the risks and take the successes — or the hits.

I was laid off from Travelhost due to company politics and I could be bitter but I have chosen not to be. I have moved on to much better opportunities and do not regret a thing. If there was one thing I learned at this company it was not necessarily how to run a company, but how NOT to run a company. That in itself is a very valuable lesson.
Would I recommend someone becoming a Travelhost Associate Publisher? Probably not. The initial $40,000 investment (due up front) is only the beginning of the money drain to start up this business. This is a distributorship that needs to be carefully examined and planned for. There are definitely rewards if it works, but quick failure if you’re not prepared.
Former Employee

One other note on this posting: David Portner, owner of The Palm Springs Travelhost AND CMO of Travelhost Inc., is a very successful AP, and has provided a rebuttal for the original post.  He’s one of just a few.  Now…he’s not lucky, he’s very smart, and worked very hard to get where he is today.  However, he still pays double for printing.  (Unless he’s compensated for his CMO position with free printing.) 

Either way, it’s obvious that some people value the Travelhost brand enough to spend an (estimated) extra 2-3000 dollars per month just to be part of this network. 

It’s his choice, but I’m thinking his readers would enjoy “Dave’s Travel Guide” just as much, and his advertisers would get the same great results!  And, he’d make even more money.

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