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Dustin Walker replied to Mary Temba's discussion Promoting Kenya
"Hi Mary; Your website looks really good. However, I can't immediately tell what makes your company different or better than all of the other Kenya tour companies out there. Remember that travelers are going to be searching through a bunch of…"
Monday
Mary Temba replied to Mary Temba's discussion Promoting Kenya
"hello alex you can now check www.proxadventures.com and advice if i can get a partner to work with so that i can promote my travel agency Thanks Mary"
Apr 9
Patrick Mills replied to Richard Goodey's discussion Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract
"mills_patrick@hotmail.com"
Apr 9
cristiane replied to Richard Goodey's discussion Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract
"Dear Matt Could you send me a copy?  The email is: geral@ecotrilha.pt"
Apr 8
Patrick Mills replied to Richard Goodey's discussion Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract
"Hi Matt, A starting template would be great use for me at this point. I would be eternally grateful if you could send me a copy! Regards, Patrick"
Apr 8
Alex Bainbridge replied to Felipe Zalamea's discussion Need help hiring a Latin America travel consultant (Based London, UK)
"Hi Felipe Have you looked at people who may like to move to London? E.g by asking some of your suppliers who are based in the destination? Perhaps they can come over for 3-6 months and learn a different aspect of the industry.... "
Apr 2
Felipe Zalamea replied to Felipe Zalamea's discussion Need help hiring a Latin America travel consultant (Based London, UK)
"Hi Alex, Good knowledge of South America is essential, yes. Basic experience (ideally 1 year) creating tailor-made proposals for customers would be great. It's a junior position. Would you recommend recruitment agencies? Anyone in…"
Apr 1
Alex Bainbridge replied to Felipe Zalamea's discussion Need help hiring a travel consultant
"Hi Felipe How do you define a "good candidate" - it it about having local knowledge (of South America) or is it about how they create proposals for customers? "
Apr 1
Felipe Zalamea posted a discussion

Need help hiring a travel consultant

Hi everybody,This looks like a great forum, I am sorry I didnt come across with it before. We are Sumak Travel, a London-based travel start-up specialising in sustainable tourism to Latin America.It's been several months trying to hire a Latin America travel consultant but it's proving to be very difficult to find good candidates. I was wondering if you can recommend the best way for doing it? We are trying The Guardian (…See More
Apr 1
Alex Bainbridge replied to Jaden's discussion Need help promoting tour operator business start-up in Colorado
"Hello Jaden While I think travel agents MAY be helpful, due to your unique tours, I expect AFFILIATES may turn out to be more suited. (this is a hunch, not based on actual knowledge of your business or the market opportunity) i.e. you could have…"
Apr 1
Alex Bainbridge replied to Shabby's discussion Advice needed for UK-based start-up
"Hello Shabby If you are intending to go via agents, you are going to have to trade on your own business networks to start with. e.g. people you know and who know you. Otherwise agents are likely, initially, to trust companies that have been trading…"
Apr 1
Shabby posted a discussion

Advice needed for UK-based start-up

Hey guys,I am just in the process of setting up my business 'TotalTripOut London', a bespoke & private tour company helping inbound visitors make London and beyond their own personal playground.Using what I glean from emails about the private client group, I tailor a tour to suit them... Making it a unique experience though I do have predesigned tours for those who want them.As I said, these are private tours rather than group travel for families and the like.I have set up the website,…See More
Mar 31
Jaden posted a discussion

Need help promoting tour operator business start-up in Colorado

Hello all,I am new to this forum, please forgive me if the questions I ask have already been answered. I work at Spiro Tours: we are a cannabis-themed tour operator located in Denver, Colorado. We specialize in luxury cannabis tours and we are currently focusing on expanding our business. To help our company reach this goal we are interested in forming commission-based partnerships with qualified travel agents or pretty much whatever we can do to get more customers. We currently have a website…See More
Mar 31
Doreen M O'Donovan replied to Jaco du Plessis's discussion Adventure tours New Zealand
"If you do use TourCMS, please link to my website and I would be happy to advertise for you. Doreen http://triptrist.com"
Mar 30
Jaozandry Jenita Harilala replied to Jaozandry Jenita Harilala's discussion Looking for partner for MADAGASCAR destination
"Hi Alex, Thanks for your answer"
Mar 29
Alex Bainbridge replied to Jaozandry Jenita Harilala's discussion Looking for partner for MADAGASCAR destination
"Hello Jaozandry Welcome to the forums As you say, you have a couple of choices (not necessarily mutually exclusive) You can build up a great website and go direct to consumers You can build up an operation that is a great ground handler (and works…"
Mar 29
Jaozandry Jenita Harilala posted a discussion

Looking for partener for MADAGASCAR destination

Hi Everyone,I'm a manager of a small local tour company in Madagascar,I've been in tourism for 8 years now and I've started my own business for 2 years  so looking for bigger tour company as  partner in English speaking coutries like UK,Netherlands,US or Germany and Switzerland or any other...We are english speaking tour company in Madagascar and we are specializing on wildlife tours but most of the itineraries in our Tours include visits to the local communities, hikes in the rainforest, river…See More
Mar 28
Alex Bainbridge replied to Andy's discussion Basic start up advice sought
"If you can set up this as a business with no experience, frankly, there is no barrier to entry ANYWAY - so take the default position the idea is already out there - and now focus on execution - forget about idea protection. Focus on - getting the…"
Mar 28
Andy replied to Andy's discussion Basic start up advice sought
"Hi Alex Thanks for the response. That's a good question and a good idea. I wonder if anyone else has tried such a tester? My worry would be that if there was a good response that the established company could easily just take the idea and run…"
Mar 28
Alex Bainbridge posted a discussion

Do you work with travel bloggers? Here is some new legal advice (UK, but generally useful)

This advice is well worth a read if you want to understand how to work with travel bloggers and what the expectation regarding disclosures might behttp://www.cap.org.uk/News-reports/Media-Centre/2014/New-words-on-the-blog.aspxSee More
Mar 28
 

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Promoting Kenya 4 Replies

Hey Everyone requesting for some advice,i own a tour agency here in  Kenya now one year old and it has been so tough on getting non resident clients who visits the country,i have been trying on…Continue

Started by Mary Temba in The foyer. Last reply by Dustin Walker on Monday.

Tour Operator - Travel Agent Contract 68 Replies

I know this is a long shot but hey it might be worth asking!!! I have some travel agents that want to stock my tours, I want to write a contract, I don't want to pay a solicitor a lot of money. Does…Continue

Started by Richard Goodey in The foyer. Last reply by Patrick Mills Apr 9.

Need help hiring a Latin America travel consultant (Based London, UK) 3 Replies

Hi everybody,This looks like a great forum, I am sorry I didnt come across with it before. We are Sumak Travel, a London-based travel…Continue

Tags: sustainable, tourism, start-up, hiring, jobs

Started by Felipe Zalamea in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Apr 2.

Need help promoting tour operator business start-up in Colorado 1 Reply

Hello all,I am new to this forum, please forgive me if the questions I ask have already been answered. I work at Spiro Tours: we are a cannabis-themed tour operator located in Denver, Colorado. We…Continue

Tags: help, partners, startup

Started by Jaden in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Apr 1.

Advice needed for UK-based start-up 1 Reply

Hey guys,I am just in the process of setting up my business 'TotalTripOut London', a bespoke & private tour company helping inbound visitors make London and beyond their own personal…Continue

Started by Shabby in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Apr 1.

Adventure tours New Zealand 11 Replies

Hey There,New Zealand tours. We are in the start-up process for a new adventure tour operator company in New Zealand and will be launching our Website early next year 2014. We are  looking for…Continue

Started by Jaco du Plessis in The foyer. Last reply by Doreen M O'Donovan Mar 30.

Looking for partner for MADAGASCAR destination 2 Replies

Hi Everyone,I'm a manager of a small local tour company in Madagascar,I've been in tourism for 8 years now and I've started my own business for 2 years  so looking for bigger tour company as  partner…Continue

Tags: to, Madagascar, tours, parteners, operators

Started by Jaozandry Jenita Harilala in The foyer. Last reply by Jaozandry Jenita Harilala Mar 29.

Basic start up advice sought 4 Replies

Hello everyone, my name is Andy and this is my first post here, so please forgive my naivety in what I ask.Basically I am looking for some advice on setting up a small UK tour company. I have only…Continue

Started by Andy in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Mar 28.

Do you work with travel bloggers? Here is some new legal advice (UK, but generally useful)

This advice is well worth a read if you want to understand how to work with travel bloggers and what the expectation regarding disclosures might be…Continue

Started by Alex Bainbridge in The foyer Mar 28.

Online travel agency in Indonesia 7 Replies

Hi SFBO dear members,I am established in Indonesia for one year now. I have discovered that Indonesia has to much to offer in travel and tourism industry, so I am planning to set up my own OTA. I am…Continue

Started by Ben Hamdy in The foyer. Last reply by Koushal Mar 28.

Looking for travel partners 1 Reply

Hello everybody!I am representing an incoming tour operator to Poland. We propose culinary tours on the highest level. We are looking for travel partners who whould be interested in selling our…Continue

Tags: polish, touroperator, cooperation, agents, partners

Started by Magdalena Trawińska-Krawiec in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

Looking for UK tour operator partner for our project selling destination UK to the Chinese 1 Reply

We are 2 China experts who (very) recently launched a company focused on the growing Chinese market for luxury UK tours. We did this because of the vast potential of this relatively poorly catered…Continue

Tags: Business Partner, UK

Started by Tom Gracey in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

Partner in UK 3 Replies

I own a small travel agency back in Malaysia, my agency provide holiday package throughout Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. I am interested to broad my business in UK and Europe. Anyone have the…Continue

Started by Amirjan Nawabjan in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

UK Travel Agency Requirements 7 Replies

Hello, I am Croatian resident and I want to start a limited company in UK.  The company will be a tour specialist for adventure travel in Croatia. This means the company will offer, on its site tour…Continue

Tags: agency, travel, UK

Started by Mihovil Magdić in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

Any tips on improving our google search 11 Replies

HiWe are a small tour operator concentrating mainly in safari and adventure holidays in Africa. We know this is a crowded market and are trying hard to establish our we presence but, like all small…Continue

Started by Rachel Whorton in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

OWN LABEL TOURS IN EUROPE 6 Replies

We launched late last year an online magazine focusing on Europe as a destination and so far things have been going really well. We now need to look at ways to more effectively to monetise the return…Continue

Started by David Jacobs in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

Homeworking - Independant Travel Experts or Travel Counsellors? 3 Replies

Hi there.  I am looking at joining a homeworking agency and I am torn between Travel Counsellors or Independent Travel Experts.  Does anyone have any knowledge of any of them?  Which one is the…Continue

Started by michelle thomas in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

I'm looking for Travel Contract Language 2 Replies

I am a small, independent tour operator and travel agent who is looking to create a travel contract for my clients that encompasses all facets from A to Z. If anyone has a contract that they wouldn't…Continue

Started by Shane Mahoney in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

A Start up Tour Operations company 1 Reply

Hi Alex,I came across this site to be very useful for a start up like us. We are recently set up tour operators and re only going to be focusing on ground operations. Our itineraries are now in place…Continue

Started by Abhay Marwaha in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

Responsible Tourism practitioners 1 Reply

Hi everyone,Firstly, I was interested in knowing who classes themselves as working in Responsible Tourism? I'd like to understand how you determine and communicate this? And what are the best places…Continue

Tags: rt, tourism, responsible

Started by Vicky in The foyer. Last reply by Tashi Tshering Mar 26.

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