There are some evergreen businesses that will flourish as long as humans live on earth. And since I’m a refugee i thought about travel and tourism is one such area that will never become stagnant or die. From the weary businessman who wants to escape from the everyday stress of his work to the adventure-seeking backpacker, people are always travelling form one part of the globe to another.

So if you love travelling yourself or like to help others plan one, then starting your own travel business or start traveling while trading with an option robot might be a great idea. Here are a few things you must know before you get started.


First and foremost read up about the travel industry which includes, air travel, train travel, cab services, hotels and the various tour destinations. The internet is a great place to get all the information you want. However you could also find books from your local library which will give you the needed information.

Choose your niche

As the travel industry is so vast, it will be easier if you start with a niche market. A niche market is nothing but a specific aspect of the industry. For e.g., you can focus only on business tours and travel packages or group-specific packages like pilgrimages etc. You can either choose a niche that you are comfortable with or choose one for which there is a gap in the market.

Choose your location

Though today everything is done over the internet, you will definitely need a physical office location for your customers to meet you. Find a suitable location that is easily accessible and ideally in a place where customers are likely to look for a travel agent. Even if you are not able to satisfy this requirement, ensure that you have a spacious office and a great brand image to go with it.

Get your license

Get the required licensing to start your travel business. The good thing about the travel business is that in most places, you won’t really need a travel-industry specific license. But even if your state requires one, the procedure is fairly simple and straight-forward.

If you are going to be a franchisee, then you will need to get the appropriate franchise license for your business.

Hire your staff

Unlike other businesses, where a lot of staff might be required, travel business is something you can make do with just a few executives.

In addition to your office staff, you will also need to hire business consultants to help you with your business plan. Also for any business an accountant is absolutely mandatory to effectively manage your finances. Do not try to skimp on this one.

The best place to look for your staff and consultants will be the various staffing agencies. You can find one in your locality to fight the right candidates.

Finally, launch your business

The final step is to get your business known to people. You should have a marketing plan in place and advertise your company. To reduce costs, you can also look into ways to advertise on social media which is very powerful and can be totally free too.

An exhibit on the subject of Shanghai as the last refuge for European Jews which took place in the summer of 2011 at the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte, in Hamburg Germany.
This museum catalog is now available for sale.



Reunion Memories and Photos

Photos taken by the Poizners
The Reunion Report
Photos by Gary Naftaniel
Photos by Rene
Photos – Shul Visit by Gary Naftaniel
Photos by Lowe

Shanghailanders in the U.S. Military
My German Passport found in Shanghai. By Peter Nash
The friendship between the Chinese and Jewish People – By R. Harpuder
My Impressions of Shanghai after 61 years. – By Steven Low
On the Wings of the Phoenix” – An exhibition of Dr. Feng Ho’s life.
The first Wedding in the Ohel Rachel Synagogue
The Shammos of Shanghai – By R. Harpuder
Max Schmeling – Champ and savior of Jews – By R. Harpuder



Business in the Ghetto
“The Hongkew Yellow Pages”
My Parent’s Wedding and Rabbi Prinz
Wedding Photos – By Sonja Muehlberger
The Captain from Koepenick. –
A Center for Jewish life in Germany. –
What? More memorabilia! –
Envelopes and Postcards –
Jews in Modern China – a lecture by Prof. Pan – By R. Harpuder
The Leica Freedom Train –
A Memorable Piece of Mail –
A Small Photograph shows the Way – by R. Harpuder
‘Heimat und Exil’ – The Berlin Museum Exibit – by R. Harpuder

Memories from our lives –
Shanghailanders meet again in the City –
The Council of the Jewish Community- By R. Harpuder
Over 80 tombstones found –
Souvenirs from the Ghetto –
Commemorated on a philadelic lable –

The Shanghai Guild of Craftsmen
A ‘Shanghai Assignment’ Photo Exhibit –
The Golden Gate Bridge – A Doorway for Thousands
A  Cruise to Remember
In Appreciation of Bruno Heinsius

Thanks for care-packages

60th Anniv. of Liberation from MAUTHAUSEN

A Cozy Get-together
Purim in the Shanghai Ghetto
The Rooster Reigns in 2005

An Interesting Item

Chanukah as celebrated in Shanghai in ’45 & ’47.

A Special Envelope

Rosh Hashana – As celebrated 57 years ago

Assignment Shanghai

The Provision Stores in Hongkew

Making Contact Again

Celebrating and Commemorating

Mother’s Day in Hongkew

The Sinking of the tss Conte Verde.

Pearl Harbor – A Pivotal Day

July 17, 1945 – A day etched in our memory
Another Piece of Memorabilia
The Year of the Monkey
The Story of Shanghai
Did We Have Fun?
The European Jewish Artist Society
Horst Lewinski’s Photo Album
Hanukka – Some 60 years ago

An Escape from the Heat
A Photograph of 63 years ago

Rosh Hashana 5764
The Cigar Box
Oh, those deplorable Heime
Take a stroll down Chusan Road
Shanghai Boy Scouts

How we left Shanghai – A Profound Story

The Chinese Monetary System in the 30’s and 40’s

The Ships that brought us to Shanghai

From Marbles, Packs and Shanghai Millionaires

The Stamps from the Hongkew Era

A Tribute to the Artists

Tools for the Classroom

Shanghai Cigarettes

Gerhard Gottschalk –

The Way We Remember Shanghai .

KADOORIE – They helped build the schools.

The Streets and People of Shanghai.

Typhoons in Shanghai

Rare photos of The Bund and surrounding areas

Sunlight – A soap to remember.

A Gold Pocket Watch for Three Meals of Spaghetti
Hongkew musician Siegfried Sonnenschein

SHANGHAI – yesterday and today

Heimat und Exil’ – Another Look

 A New Book about our time in Shanghai is also available –
An Uncommon Journey” by Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs.The long missing Australia reunion 2009 pages are found!
australia 1.htm, australia 2.htm, australia 3.htm
Survival in Shanghai

The Journals of Fred Marcus 1939 — 1949
By Audrey Friedman Marcus and Rena Krasno
with a foreword by Deborah E. Lipstadt
Reminiscing by Paul Berg
Hot Water


Lungwha Airbase
Shanghai Polish consular records – by Peter Nash

Reunion Photo Albums –
A Brief Summary of the 2008 Reunion


The 2006 Reunion Chronicles

A Reunion and Seminar in Shanghai
“Risen from the Ashes” – a new book by Hans Cohn.
Shanghai Remembered – A new book by Berl Falbaum

Shanghai Diary’ – Ursula Bacon’s book.
Ghetto Shanghai’ – A new book by Evelyn Pike Rubin

The Toronto Reunion Page

How the Shanghai Municipal Police spied on the refugees.

“Chinese Exile” – A new book by Horst Eisfelder

Doris Fogel joins her Classmates for a Reunion in Berlin

Exile Shanghai – the list book

Flight and Rescue

A Search for My Childhood Friends
How to search for “lost” Shanghailanders

The Ash Tray – By Paul Berg
Blond China Doll – a new book
Hometown Shanghai – By Sonja Mühlberger
What a Surprise – The mini Reunion in Berlin – by Sonja Mühlberger.
Links:  The Shanghai Jewish Center. for Asian Rare Books The Jewish Communities in China   Jewish Headstone project and China Tours




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