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Alex Bainbridge replied to Jonathan Wakeham's discussion Legal Question Luggage
"Er, that is an interesting question I think this is a lawyers question rather than something fellow forum people know anything about.  However, as you point out, it should seem to be something that happens all the time, so there must be some…"
8 hours ago
Jonathan Wakeham posted a discussion

Legal Question Luggage

As a service to my clients I want to transport their Sports equipment (bike or Skis) and take their luggage with me in the support vehicle. I want to travel from UK to EU countries, my question is around customs.1. Will I be able to cross borders with baggage packed by clients?2. What if there were contraband in the luggage where would I stand?This must be possible somehow as excess baggage type companies do this (maybe with a disclaimer document I don't know) .Also If I offer a lift for the…See More
17 hours ago
Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza replied to Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza's discussion I need advice on how I can connect with other tour operators around the world
"Thank you for contacting us we are interested to work with you and my email address is ycezambia@gmail.com"
18 hours ago
Leki Wangmo replied to Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza's discussion I need advice on how I can connect with other tour operators around the world
"Hi, Greetings from View Bhutan. I would like to introduce my country Bhutan and company to you. we are registered company in Bhutan and rated No.1 local tour operator.  if you are interested kindly feel free to contact us at: Email-…"
18 hours ago
Leki Wangmo replied to Clifford Langatt's discussion Looking for Tour and Travel Operators outside East Africa for business partnership.
"Hi, Greetings from View Bhutan. I would like to introduce my country Bhutan and company to you. we are registered company in Bhutan and rated No.1 local tour operator.  if you are interested kindly feel free to contact us at: Email-…"
18 hours ago
Leki Wangmo replied to Laurent Rerat's discussion Swiss Tour Operator looking for partners
"Hi Laurent, Greetings from View Bhutan. I would like to introduce my country Bhutan and company to you. we are registered company in Bhutan and rated No.1 local tour operator.  if you are interested kindly feel free to contact us at: Email-…"
yesterday
Isaac Waithaka replied to Isaac Waithaka's discussion Inviting partners/agents to send travelers/tourists to Kenya and East Africa at large
" A point well noted! That's homework for the weekday starting in a few hours, considering that our new site will also be launched makes it have a different way of doing things. I will absorb that and hopefully, the next time I post will be…"
Sunday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Isaac Waithaka's discussion Inviting partners/agents to send travelers/tourists to Kenya and East Africa at large
"Focus on making your partners look good.  e.g. do you have a mechanism to track all incoming questions and know you are answering in a timely manner e.g. are you creating then an information flow so they know what is going on in your…"
Sunday
Isaac Waithaka replied to Isaac Waithaka's discussion Inviting partners/agents to send travelers/tourists to Kenya and East Africa at large
" Hi Alex, Thanks very much for your comment. We are at the verge of expanding our clientele despite major challenges in the Kenyan Tourism market. For the past two years, we have been serving clients mainly referred by our friends abroad. I…"
Sunday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Isaac Waithaka's discussion Inviting partners/agents to send travelers/tourists to Kenya and East Africa at large
"Hello Isaac The key questions about all of this is you are effectively an incoming agent. This is a great business to be in when working with overseas travel agents who are sending customers to Kenya However these kinds of deals are very much…"
Sunday
Isaac Waithaka posted a discussion

Inviting partners/agents to send travelers/tourists to Kenya and East Africa at large

We are a tourism services Kenyan registered company that provides quality and affordable services to our clients, offering exciting tourism safari and management packages within Kenya and other East African countries. We are one of the most finest adventure tourism management firm specializing in all types of Safaris, homestays , Camping and lodge safaris, shuttle services, beach holidays, air ticketing, bus ticketing and airport transfers, hotel and flight bookings, Car hire Services,…See More
Friday
Clifford Langatt replied to Clifford Langatt's discussion What are the unexplored tourism niches in Africa?
"Thanks, Great ideas. Can start from there."
Friday
Alex Bainbridge replied to Clifford Langatt's discussion What are the unexplored tourism niches in Africa?
"A couple of things customers buy - self improvement (learn a skill) - live a different life (a life of a local, live the life of luxury) Does that help get you thinking?"
Friday
Clifford Langatt posted a discussion

What are the uneplored tourism niches in Africa?

I have been thinking of providing a tourism service which has not been provided by many travel firms. I am now wondering which one is the most which perfect niche can I venture into.Any ideas?See More
Friday
Matt replied to Eve Baker's discussion TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency
"Hi Eve, The TTA have a low cost solution for Travel Agents, Tour Organisers and Tour Operators which provides full compliance with the 'Package Travel Regulations' without the need for bonds or assets within the business.…"
Thursday
Eve Baker replied to Eve Baker's discussion TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency
"Thank you all for the replies. Slowly making progress!"
Thursday
Evan replied to Evan's discussion How does one find tour activity providers
"Hi Tracey Thank you for your interest and I do apologize that I have not included South America at this point in time but I can tell you its on our agenda and I will definitely consider your services in the very near future Regards Evan "
Sep 22
Tracy Skylar replied to Evan's discussion How does one find tour activity providers
"Evan Are you thinking of activity tours such as horse riding or river rafting, wine or photography, which we offer in Salta or landscape tours?  You don't mention South America, but if you do consider that area let us know…"
Sep 21
Alex Bainbridge replied to claire's discussion Starting up an Accommodation only business
"Hi Claire Some of them yes - but generally we help with booking flow (taking bookings & payments, and online marketing / distribution with the objective of taking bookings)"
Sep 19
Tshili Khupe replied to Eve Baker's discussion TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency
"Hi Eve, Please feel free to contact me and I will be able to talk you through what ABTOT maybe be able to offer. We are also able to provide you with an indicative quotation for the costs of membership at no obligation to you. My email address is…"
Sep 19
 

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Legal Question Luggage 1 Reply

As a service to my clients I want to transport their Sports equipment (bike or Skis) and take their luggage with me in the support vehicle. I want to travel from UK to EU countries, my question is…Continue

Started by Jonathan Wakeham in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge 8 hours ago.

I need advice on how I can connect with other tour operators around the world 4 Replies

I am very excited to be part of Small Fish Big Ocean family and am so thankful for management for approving my membership.I am a tour operator in Chipata,Zambia,our tour operator company is well…Continue

Started by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza in The foyer. Last reply by Chipayeni Kaluluma Mwanza 18 hours ago.

Looking for Tour and Travel Operators outside East Africa for business partnership. 12 Replies

We are an East African tours and travel agency specializing in domestic and international air ticketing, tailor-made holidays, safaris and hotel reservations. We provide quality and affordable…Continue

Tags: Hospitality, Holidays, Safari, Tourism, Travel

Started by Clifford Langatt in The foyer. Last reply by Leki Wangmo 18 hours ago.

Swiss Tour Operator looking for partners 5 Replies

Hello !I'm on a way to soon open a "special" web travel agency and I need partners. For now I'm mostly interested in partners in Europe (hotels, transfer companies, package trip, any original offer,…Continue

Tags: Hotel, Partner

Started by Laurent Rerat in The clinic. Last reply by Leki Wangmo yesterday.

How to attract partners for an inbound Kenya local travel agent 4 Replies

We are a tourism services Kenyan registered company that provides quality and affordable services to our clients, offering exciting tourism safari and management packages within Kenya and other East…Continue

Started by Isaac Waithaka in The foyer. Last reply by Isaac Waithaka on Sunday.

What are the unexplored tourism niches in Africa? 2 Replies

I have been thinking of providing a tourism service which has not been provided by many travel firms. I am now wondering which one is the most which perfect niche can I venture into.Any ideas?Continue

Started by Clifford Langatt in The foyer. Last reply by Clifford Langatt on Friday.

TTA / IPP / ABTOT - Cost efficiency 6 Replies

HelloWe are in the process of setting up a tour operator taking Chinese tourists around the UK. Currently, one of our biggest considerations is the cheapest way to comply with the Package Travel…Continue

Tags: IPP, ABTOT, UK, China, TTA

Started by Eve Baker in The foyer. Last reply by Matt on Thursday.

How does one find tour activity providers 5 Replies

We are in the process of developing an on-line tour activity site and we are looking at on how to best streamline the process of getting activity suppliers on-board mainly form Europe, Pacific and…Continue

Started by Evan in The foyer. Last reply by Evan Sep 22.

Starting up an Accommodation only business 4 Replies

Good afternoon,I really hope people can help with a little advise. I need to clear up a few questions that i have to help me move my business forward. I am wanting to start up an accommodation only…Continue

Started by claire in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Sep 19.

Do anyone know how Priceline API Private Label work or how we can use it? 6 Replies

Hi All,I am interested by the private label/affiliation program offering from Priceline. It seems they release an API to build your "own" website.But there is absolutely no information about this…Continue

Tags: priceline, affiliation, API

Started by Oli Ma in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Sep 19.

Looking for accredited travel agent (USA) to partner with. Need full partnership for a startup project. Any agent in need of opportunity? 4 Replies

About to launch an innovative travel startup to sell travel products.I have been speaking with many host travel agencies and totally understand what we can get from them.I am looking for :1- a host…Continue

Tags: startup, industry, agency, travel, host

Started by Oli Ma in The foyer. Last reply by Oli Ma Sep 16.

Site Launch - Advice 7 Replies

Hi Everyone,I am new to SFBO. I am launching Tourdigger.com, which is a tour portal and I am looking for shared experiences that can help get…Continue

Started by Brian Stoneman in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Sep 15.

Setting up an online travel agency in UK 29 Replies

Hello to all Small Fishes!!!I am a new-comer in this site as well as to travel business. So, don´t be surprised by my REALLY beginner-questions.My plan is to start-up with a Host Agency (or couple of…Continue

Started by Anastasija in The clinic. Last reply by Oli Ma Sep 15.

Uk tour operator start up: costs, requirements, VAT 16 Replies

Hello,firstly, let me introduce myself: I'm Beppe, 28y old, italian. I live in Spain since 5 years and I run an international student traveller association.Now I would like to create a real business,…Continue

Tags: costs, requirements, start, up, set

Started by beppe in The clinic. Last reply by Andrea Sep 12.

Free Places on Tours: Booking Handling, Liabilities, etc 4 Replies

After 24 years of specialist tour operating, we have just stumbled on what may be a gap in our handling procedures.We are often asked to supply one or sometimes more 'free places' on our tours.Up…Continue

Tags: and, procedures, responsibilities, places, tour

Started by Brian Macdonald in The foyer. Last reply by Brian Macdonald Sep 11.

London UK Permissions / Licences 2 Replies

Hello all,I plan to run small niche tours in and around Central London. Will I need specific licences and / or permissions from the local councils?SteveContinue

Tags: UK

Started by Music Mosey in The clinic. Last reply by Music Mosey Sep 10.

Research 1 Reply

Hello again,You've probably already discussed it, but how do I ascertain wether there is a market / audience for my niche tour ? What sort of market research is appropriate and adequate ?SteveContinue

Tags: Research, UK

Started by Music Mosey in The clinic. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Sep 10.

Meta search Engine for Tours and Activities 4 Replies

We are underway to build our meta search engine for tours and activities in Africa. We have agreed to start with one supplier (based in South Africa). Our research shows that, Currently there is no…Continue

Started by Baraka in The foyer. Last reply by Baraka Sep 4.

Hotel Price Management and Website Integrations 4 Replies

Hi all, newbie question approaching!I am in the process of getting a website developed for my tour ops company, using Wordpress. I am technical, and understand the plug ins available and realise…Continue

Started by Rob Sherali in The foyer. Last reply by Rob Sherali Sep 2.

Does anyone know where to get travel industry statistics in the UK? 1 Reply

Mainly information on flight purchase, do customer prepare to buy from the airline or travel agent? Continue

Started by adijat lawal in The foyer. Last reply by Alex Bainbridge Sep 2.

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