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Felix Billington replied to Felix Billington's discussion Looking for advice on regulations about reselling package tours outside EU
"Great thanks Matt, Ill get in touch with them. "
2 hours ago
Matt Purser replied to Felix Billington's discussion Looking for advice on regulations about reselling package tours outside EU
"Hi Felix Unfortunately not. I have a very old version but as there have been so many changes over the years I think you need to speak to a travel lawyer. One firm we use is Travlaw who should be able to…"
2 hours ago
Felix Billington replied to Felix Billington's discussion Looking for advice on regulations about reselling package tours outside EU
"Great, thanks Matt, that clears things up.  Don't suppose you could recommend/point me in the direction of some sample agency contracts that we could use as a template to start of from? Thanks again for all your help and if we do decide to…"
2 hours ago
Matt Purser replied to Felix Billington's discussion Looking for advice on regulations about reselling package tours outside EU
"Hi Felix If you act as an agent then your supplier would be acting as the principal which means the liability sits with them. However, I would advise you to have a written agency agreement in place which clearly sets out their and your…"
3 hours ago
Felix Billington replied to Felix Billington's discussion Looking for advice on regulations about reselling package tours outside EU
"Hi Matt, Thanks for your reply, yes we do have independent trustees setup and currently abide by all the eu package tour regs for the tours we run ourselves. Re:reselling our suppliers tours, the difference between setting up as an agent or a…"
3 hours ago
Matt Purser replied to Felix Billington's discussion Looking for advice on regulations about reselling package tours outside EU
"Hi Felix As a UK based tour operator you have to abide by the Package Travel Regulations irrespective of destinations.  The models you describe can shift the responsibility of liability from you to your suppliers but this depends on whether…"
4 hours ago
Alex Bainbridge replied to Victor Orao's discussion Starting a Tour Business in Kenya
"Sounds like you will have a lot of competition (which is good, as shows that there is demand) So your focus will have to be (once you have your service up to expected levels) to really understand marketing so you can differentiate your service from…"
4 hours ago
Matt Purser replied to Daniel Craven's discussion Starting a travel business (ATOL - UK)
"Hi Daniel It is quite common for tour operators to purchase from other ATOL holders and you can either act as their agent or you can act as the principal. Each model has its own risks in terms of liability (financial and public). Happy to discuss…"
4 hours ago
Will Plummer replied to Claudio Paoletti's discussion How to comply with PTR and have the right insurance cover (UK)
"Hi Claudio, Drop me a line at will.plummer@trustmytravel.com and I would be happy to go through what we can offer. Good luck with it all. Will Plummer Trust My Travel"
8 hours ago
Claudio Paoletti replied to Claudio Paoletti's discussion How to comply with PTR and have the right insurance cover (UK)
"HI Alex, many thanks for your reply. I have already appproach"
yesterday
Daniel Craven replied to Daniel Craven's discussion Starting a travel business (ATOL - UK)
"Many thanks for your quick response Alex   Regards   Daniel"
yesterday
Victor Orao posted a discussion

Starting a Tour Business in Kenya

I'm a bout to start a tour Company here in Kenya.. I therefore welcome any suggestions ansd advice on the same please. I will be selling Budget Safaris, Cultural Tours, Incentive Tours, Group safaris, Students Packages etc.VictorSee More
yesterday
Felix Billington posted a discussion

Looking for advice on regulations about resoling package tours outside EU

Hi allI'm hoping someone can help with a query about the regulations when reselling a package holiday. I currently run a UK based touring business offering package tours around Europe and Morroco. We arent ATOL registered as we don't provide flights only hotels, some meals, routes and a guide. We abide by all the 1992 package tour regs for tour operators, hold clients money in a trust account and have the various levels of insurance for conducting our tours.I am interested in expanding our tour…See More
yesterday
Matt replied to Daniel Craven's discussion Starting a travel business (ATOL - UK)
"Hi Daniel, The TTA (Travel Trust Association) enables a new or existing tour operator (or tour organiser / travel agent) to gain the licenses required to sell its own package holidays including flights without large upfront costs or bonds. A…"
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Sean McCarthy's discussion Basic Software to manage product prices
"Hello Sean Managing prices is quite different to generation of demand.  The problem with being a 1 person business is you could spend a long time (half your time) organising your numbers, and if only one person is using the result of that…"
yesterday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Darren Burn's discussion LGBT travel agency / tour operators + best content management
"The key point is not just about managing supply side, but about driving demand in the first instance For example TourCMS connects to various websites / travel agencies (and you can bring new partners easily) - so driving you bookings.  Probably…"
Tuesday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Daniel Craven's discussion Starting a travel business (ATOL - UK)
"Sounds a good question for Matt from http://www.traveltradeconsultancy.co.uk/"
Tuesday
Darren Burn posted a discussion

LGBT travel agency / tour operators + best content management

OutOfOffice.com is a brand new travel agency based in the UK launching in Q4 this year. It will target the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) market with luxury travel experiences, tours and hotels. As well as looking to build relationships with inbound operators in as many countries as possible, I'm also looking for the best CMS to manage these relationships.Whilst we may end up building something in house, I wanted to know if anyone had any good suggestions. I realise Tour CMS…See More
Tuesday
Sean McCarthy posted a discussion

Basic Software to manage product prices

Hi, I am a small Golf Tour Operator based in Northern Ireland and I have been looking for a way of managing all the prices and products from my suppliers. I am using Mac Numbers at the moment but I'm moving between too many sheets, not knowing if Ive updated all the information.I just need very basic software to manage the supplier information and cost price etc.ThanksSee More
Tuesday
Alex Bainbridge replied to David Tunnicliffe's discussion Hi! Looking for software to help my Stag and Hen events company
"Half the problem you will find is that you are looking for software to run your business that will actually be complicated software (read expensive).  Tour software for companies like day tour operators tends to be less expensive as the product…"
Tuesday
 

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Looking for advice on regulations about reselling package tours outside EU 6 Replies

Hi allI'm hoping someone can help with a query about the regulations when reselling a package holiday. I currently run a UK based touring business offering package tours around Europe and Morroco. We…Continue

Started by Felix Billington in The clinic. Last reply by Felix Billington 2 hours ago.

Starting a Tour Business in Kenya 1 Reply

I'm a bout to start a tour Company here in Kenya.. I therefore welcome any suggestions ansd advice on the same please. I will be selling Budget Safaris, Cultural Tours, Incentive Tours, Group…Continue

Started by Victor Orao in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge 4 hours ago.

Starting a travel business (ATOL - UK) 4 Replies

Hi All, I am at the beginning of starting a business offering escorted and group tours of Asia for small groups. I have many personal years experience in the countries I hope to visit and contacts…Continue

Started by Daniel Craven in The foyer. Last reply by Matt Purser 4 hours ago.

How to comply with PTR and have the right insurance cover (UK) 3 Replies

Dear all, my name is Claudio and I am one of the directors of a newly established Tour Operator (acting as principle only) called Italian Travel Designer. We will deal with both the outgoing to south…Continue

Started by Claudio Paoletti in The foyer. Last reply by Will Plummer 8 hours ago.

Basic Software to manage product prices 1 Reply

Hi, I am a small Golf Tour Operator based in Northern Ireland and I have been looking for a way of managing all the prices and products from my suppliers. I am using Mac Numbers at the moment but I'm…Continue

Started by Sean McCarthy in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge yesterday.

LGBT travel agency / tour operators + best content management 1 Reply

OutOfOffice.com is a brand new travel agency based in the UK launching in Q4 this year. It will target the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) market with luxury travel experiences, tours…Continue

Started by Darren Burn in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge on Tuesday.

Hi! Looking for software to help my Stag and Hen events company 3 Replies

Hi, new to this site so - hello!!!We are a Stag and Hen Events company and not sure what software to look for to help with managing the events. We are looking for a purely back office system that…Continue

Started by David Tunnicliffe in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge on Tuesday.

Setting up an online travel agency in africa - where do I start? 11 Replies

we want to open an online travel agency. we want to know the procedure on how to set it up, step by step procedure. and if possible where each stage of the set up can be gotten with the associated…Continue

Started by frankie paul in The foyer. Last reply by frankie paul on Tuesday.

Taxation (UK) 1 Reply

Hi,Just trying to get my head around taxes (if that's possible).I'm setting up as a Tour Operator & have a company formed in the UK (not trading yet), selling adventure travel tours that operate…Continue

Started by Alex Curtis in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge on Tuesday.

Automating the calculation of quotes 3 Replies

Hi,We are a golf holiday tour operator and we have got to that stage where providing prospects with quotes is a complex manual process due to the number of different components which comprise of it…Continue

Started by Corrie Renton in The clinic. Last reply by Corrie Renton on Tuesday.

Need advice on becoming a travel agent/tour operator (UK) 1 Reply

Hi guys, Let me introduce myself.  My name is Sid and I am thinking of starting a business in the tourism industry.  I am totally new to this and never worked in tourism before but I am keen on…Continue

Started by Sid Miah in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge on Tuesday.

Travel websites & leads 2 Replies

Hello Friends, please recommend us how to get genuin travel leads for Sri Lanka?RachithaContinue

Tags: tour, leads, travel

Started by Rachitha Hathurusinghe in The foyer. Last reply by Rachitha Hathurusinghe on Tuesday.

Travel Agents 6 Replies

Hi all,I thought it's a great platform to share experience and seek advice and assistance where needed.I represent a travel company trading as tour operator registered in England. The company sells…Continue

Tags: Burma, Sri, Lanka, Bhutan, Tibet

Started by Narayan Pokhrel in The foyer. Last reply by Rachitha Hathurusinghe on Monday.

How to find tour operator partnerships 10 Replies

Hello everybody.I am running a little tour operator specialized in tailor made holidays to Tuscany (www.yoursecrettuscany.co.uk).As my dream was to…Continue

Started by Federica Bartolomei in The foyer. Last reply by Rachitha Hathurusinghe on Monday.

Looking for weddings tours operators as partners 19 Replies

Hi I am looking for wedding tours operators from every part of the word can anyone help please ?Thanks RitaContinue

Started by Rita Cassar in The foyer. Last reply by Rachitha Hathurusinghe on Monday.

New Business (UK) 2 Replies

1Hi AllI'm starting a new business within this sector. I've been in the leisure industry for 15 years but not directly associated with travel. I'm looking for a couple of small online tour…Continue

Started by Daniel Jones in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge on Saturday.

travel agency set up (India - IATA) 7 Replies

hi there,I am interested to set up a travel agency in India(Bangalore). I also downloaded the application for IATA. Should I open the agency first and then apply for IATA and should i attend the…Continue

Started by haithm ali thabit in The foyer. Last reply by haithm ali thabit on Saturday.

Card Payment Systems 6 Replies

HiAnyone know a card payment system provider (in the UK) that actually accepts applications from new tour operators. I spoke to at least 10 companies out there (including banks) almost all said that…Continue

Tags: UK, payment, card, accounts, merchant

Started by Ahmet Guler in The foyer. Last reply by James Thomas Jan 20.

Travel Industry Merchant Account 1 Reply

I understand the struggles to finding a good merchant provider in an industry often considered high risk. Some banks will not even give you the time of day simply because they consider you high risk.…Continue

Started by Scott Keever in The foyer. Last reply by Scott Keever Jan 19.

TTA Member List? 10 Replies

Hi all,Does anyone know if there is a list of TTA members anywhere to see and possibly contact existing members for their view on their services (other than here)?I have been reading the various…Continue

Started by Rob Sherali in The foyer. Last reply by Rob Sherali Jan 16.

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